TV hypocrisy: Conveniently religious

Published: August 25, 2011

PHOTO: REUTERS

The newfound piety of morning show hosts and other television anchors during Ramazan is annoying, to say the least. Why have female anchors started covering their heads in the ‘spirit of the holy month’?

Considering that many of these hosts only gingerly place veils on their heads (probably to prevent their backcombed hairdos from getting ruined), this effort at modesty appears rather contrived. Also, why have singers and entertainers suddenly transformed into naat khwaans, who solemnly give spiritual advice and efficiently relay religious maxims?

I fail to understand why Ramazan must precipitate such ostensible religiosity on Urdu television every year. The holy month appears to be nothing more than a transitory phase for the most unlikely of television personalities to don dupattas, sing naats and flaunt their religious knowledge, before they all switch back to their ‘normal’ mode. My question is: why can’t they all just be themselves during Ramazan. Why the utter pretension of sanctimony for 30 days?

The simple answer is because we, consciously or otherwise, want to see them that way.

Being ‘holy’ sells during Ramazan; hence the rapid rise in the Islamic brigade’s membership during the month.

We love hypocrites simply because they are easier for us to idolize. Living up to our notorious tendency to spawn personality cults, we prefer charlatans, who epitomise our benchmark for appropriate behavior, over real people.

Let’s just face the discomfiting truth; the reason why an impostor like Aamir Liaquat, was able to rake in millions as a religious scholar, a religious channel’s executive, and an endorser for cooking oil, was because the public foolishly believed in his authenticity.

When I saw the ‘aalim’s’ viral video, I felt redeemed because as I had suspected all along, he was a normal guy, who swore, snickered, watched Hindi movies and acted for a living.  The video revealed a person far more credible than his TV persona of a perfect scholar uttering ahadith from memory in his melodious Arabic accent. The disingenuous ‘Doctor’ was able to deceive the masses because they were enamored with the idea of a ‘scholar’ who appeared to emulate the perfection of religious figures in history.

It is clear that people, sans pretention, are not “sellable” on TV and hence our anchors have turned into actors, to appeal to Pakistani audiences. Surely, the dupattas will come off and naats will be a thing of the past for most TV personalities when Ramazan wraps up. Yet the hypocrisy in television, with our active endorsement, will remain.

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Maria Waqar

A journalist working for The Express Tribune. She can be reached on twitter at @MariaWaqar

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Tahir Amjad

    well written artical to highlight double standards our so called islamic society is practicing.IS ACTING PIETY ONLY A RAMADHAN BOUND PHENOMINON. IS NOT THIS MONAFICAT.HIPOCRACY…..Recommend

  • http://life.aaghaz.net Mohsin

    “imposter like Amir liaquat” love this tone of yours. Atleast there are few who dare to call crow a crow, fox a fox and an imposter an imposter. I wish if the society can be massively influnced and awared of views like this. Hope lives!Recommend

  • Talha

    Maria,

    Like much of the (minuscule) Pakistani left, your hatred, which comes through more than anything else in this piece, blinds you. It’s assuming how blatantly you claim to be a liberal but come up with such ridiculous dictatorial claptrap when something you dislike is at hand.

    Your arguments are beyond silly. If you ever find the heart to dispassionately think about the positions you take you’ll see it yourself.

    Since you’re ET staff, let me also say this: maybe ET should consider publishing a balanced assortment of opinion pieces instead of a constant volley of articles all catering to the same puny minority? Recommend

  • Sh. Muneeb

    Interesting read.Recommend

  • Humanoids

    True Maria, but logically barren (see below) Ramadan has become a ritual and mere symbol for us. Islam forbids rituals and symbolism. The things we should do whole year long we just do them during Ramadan only, we have become great actors thus! Hypocrisy is a small word for whats being done, forget covering head, Islam just not in covering your head. Islam much more than that a dynamic logical religion which has been enclosed in the walls created by us to suit. On another account your articles logic is weak, I see from the picture that you do not observe head covering but blame them (media) for doing so in Ramadan out of hypocritic religiosity, which makes it seems like pot calling the kettle black?Recommend

  • Talha

    How you doin?

    Lol, sorry, back to the topic.

    The people you are writing about are doing so because they want to earn sawab points in the holy month and get a ticket to Jannat aka Heaven.

    Creepy pictures of hijabi mannequins by the way.Recommend

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Pugnate Noman Ansari

    Well written. Was discussing how conveniently they become religious during Ramadan, the other day with someone. Recommend

  • http://meezajedeen.blogspot.com Tribune Reader

    well said, the ladies have their head scarves, men u shaven with prayer caps, i remember nadya hussein hosting a ramzan special on some channel, Pakistans biggest super model doing a ramzan show kinda indigestale. And wait why isnt there a show on actual spiritua
    learning, all presenters seem like advocate of strict adherence to symbolic rotuals,why is no one peaching love, compassion,brotherhood, patience and tolerence, there are non religious muslims who arent fasting, the harassment they face in ramzan grows, some one pls talk about that.Recommend

  • Conrad

    Yes… but you should think of this trend as a salutary thing. ; )Recommend

  • http://www.pakistani-revival.blogspot.com Ovais

    Maybe its just me , i guess we are a nation of hypocrites, a nation applauding the visible change rather then the spiritual. Well Aamir Liaquat may not be an aalim but some of his sayings and actions are worth much higher in the eyes of many Aalims.Weather it be his Shia Sunni Unity , His apology or his resignation from a ministry , he has shown courage when many couldn’t sought to and his television persona has taken the better of his real persona.
    With all said and done i guess this is a compromise by the religious populace and its anti Islamic media personality. maybe its the special quality of RamazanRecommend

  • M.REHAN

    Why we people dont appreciate if someone recites NAATS? why we always criticise them all the time? if they sing songs then we have problem.If they are reciting naaats then we have problem? what we want? we just criticize others this has become our national game…we want to change the whole society but we dont change ourselves…!!! A person should change herself or himself then hes/she could have a right to give a lesson on change…!!!Recommend

  • Amjad

    Aamir Liaqat has been exposed as a fraud and charlatan but what about millions of Pakistanis who say one thing publicly but behave differently. For that matter, this applies equally to all Muslim states in the world. Look at the Arab world and the corruption and mismanagement there. I used to think that because we did not speak Arabic and couldn’t understand the message of the Quran, we would improve if we learned to understand Arabic. This will make no difference since the dictators in the Arabic speaking world put even our petty dictators and politicians to shame in comparison. These Arab leaders kill more of their own people, loot more money and abuse their powers far more than any Pakistani could ever do. Maybe if we focused less on appearance and displays of religion but just focused on being good people we will improve. For the moment, I am turned off religious leaders by the antics of Aamir Liaqat.Recommend

  • Everlast

    Liked you piece but end kind of abruptly. As for the topic I would say this is who we are as a nation we liked to tricked and fooled only to recover and the go through the process again and again. Like you said this is consumerism at work Recommend

  • http://Australia Naeem Siddiqui

    @Maria Waqar

    I wonder! Before writing this blog did you tried to study the philosophy of Fasting and virtue of Ramadan in Islam!?

    I am not supporting ‘Ramadan based dupatta’ on female TV anchors but asking to be well prepared before writing a blogs on religious matters.Recommend

  • baqar

    totally agree…its actuallly a dilema…in pakistan if u arabianize something it becomes sacred…more hilarious to see reema doing ramzan show and talking religious stuff… lolRecommend

  • BraveHeart

    A very well written article
    our media is filled with pretentious people they are successfull because we like them that way
    your article is appreciatedRecommend

  • Shahid

    An awesome article! Couldn’t have been written better. We need more writers like you. Keep up the good work!Recommend

  • umar

    Then whatelse you want them to do?
    On the other side if you see, they do (or i should say they show) in the respect of holy month. Should we expect anything else from them ? C’mon they are TV , everthing they show is not real and if we believe in them that would be fool of us. And if we see ourselves, don’t we start to pray five times a day during month of Ramazan and as soon eid comes even quarter of poeple are not seen in mosques

    Well witten!Recommend

  • Mooed

    do you expect the same writer to pen an article on 14th of Feb ?
    “Why have female anchors started to celebrate ‘spirit of the valentines day’? ” by wearing red, changing the design of their sets and having hearts/flowers etc

    Yes we do “We love hypocrites “!Recommend

  • umar

    I don’t know why People have gone so mad and crazy about alam’s video, did they actually believe amir liaqat was a real dude islamic scholar, a saint? that would be more fool of us to believe him that he is same as in real life that he shows infront of camera.

    I never believed people who call in morning & cooking shows are real living humans LOL!Recommend

  • saira

    very well written!Recommend

  • Abbas

    absouletly sickening article, with so much hate in it… definitely these double standards are wrong, but the tone by the author is far from right.

    Recommend

  • Paradigms

    I think what Maria is trying to show is the utter lack of spirituality in our ‘Islam’s, it has been commercialized to such a despicable extent that it seems like Pakistanis are mindless drones, dancing to the religious adverts of mobile phone companies and masala manufacturers. A religion is no longer a spiritual experience when it becomes dogmatic, mechanical and ridden in hypocrisy. What a country!Recommend

  • Hasan Adeel

    Indeed,it’s covered the whole and real picture of the doubled faced media role.Someone already wrote here that “Hypocrites”.
    I really appreciate your article on a serious matter.
    One thing i wanna share with all of you that most of the Pakistani channels are broadcasting the Indian drams,mostly based on fake and unrealistic stories.Why! they are doing this?
    PEMRA should take serious action against these channels to stop doing like this activity.Instead of running these ridiculous dramas,they should start their old one’s,which were famous the whole country.Recommend

  • Akumen

    Comon guys, Its not hypocrisy but a holy virtue of their profession. I reckon, Why we trust on TV??? TV industry is based on only ACTING, there are good actors and bad ones as well. By employing clever meaning of mass communication they run for their motive to make money. Perhaps, money is only one factor and their hidden motive is to manipulate our thinking according a set pattern. This pattern makes us believe the unseen things and eventually we end up in more chaotic situation than ever.Recommend

  • True pakistani

    first of all if some body wear duppata for 30 days then you must have to incorage her to wear for all 365 days. we all are mulims so its no issue of any one wearing duppta yes its issue if our hosts not wearing it in remaning 11months….. second aamir liaquat hussain never claim him self AALIM si stop this issue.Recommend

  • waqqas iftikhar

    Its a symptom of a wider malaise….the appearance of being ‘mazhabi’…..and that is the root of the problem, whether we are spiritual or religious or not, because a ‘herd’ mentality, people act like they are during ramadan…Recommend

  • http://fruitforbidden.wordpress.com/ The Forbidden Fruit

    Hello! This is not the only thing that sells! All types of craptastic twaddle sells on tv girl. That is what the people want and can ‘digest’. Then why does religion specifically pricks more? Is it worse than the vulgarity people feast their eyes on and show to their kids too? Oh please.Recommend

  • R

    @True pakistani:
    What about those of us who don’t want to cover our heads? Recommend

  • Nafisa

    So true, so true.
    So pathetically astucious we all are.Recommend

  • Umar

    We look for easy, fun-filled religious life. We want to sing and dance, bring all the glamour in lives all through the year and then grow beard or cover head in ramadan to call ourselves pious Muslims. But Alas! Life is not so simple after all.Recommend

  • Asad

    what usesless article is this…does ‘secular’ Maria want the TV personalities to be as unislamic during ramadhan as they are during other months? Does the writer even know the significance and holiness of Ramadhan? Rather than writing an article that the TV hosts (and Pakistani people at large) should continue with their religious spirit even after Ramadhan, this writer says that even in Ramadhan, no one should remotely follow islamic rules/principles!! I wonder if you call yourself a muslim Maria, and if you do then you should get some knowledge of Islam and the significance of ramadhan! Secularism is a cancer which is spreading in the English speaking/writing youths of upper class families in Pakistan. unfortunately 90% of tribune writers and commentors seem to be openly secular and unislamic in their writings and comments. Recommend

  • Usman A.

    @Maria Waqar

    Hypocrisy is “a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles etc. that one does not really possess”. Going through this, made me understand your point of view. I hope it helps others too.

    What we need to understand is that these types of shows have different dimensions than anyother media in Entertaining industry. In films for example, they are supposed to act or follow the script and indulge themselves in a particular role which is pretty much fake from their real life and ppl know this fact. But on these shows audience expect these ppl to act real and show their real-self. And avoiding/hiding their inner self and acting makes them hypocrates.

    This article would have been complete with an example of Mathira wearing Hijab and reciting Naats.Recommend

  • CRITIC

    Well, I agree to someone’s opinion here that the writer‘s analysis is more out of sheer hatred for Islamic ways i.e. wearing a dupatta and recitation of Na’at rather than pointing out the hypocrisy that people in showbiz are trying to exhibit. Don’t be naïve! Anything shown on TV is exactly what the masses want to see, what’s so hypocritical about it? If it’s the Valentine’s Day, everything becomes red, if it’s Independence Day, everything becomes green, if it’s the New Year, and they talk about the New Year, if it’s Basant, they wear yellow. What’s the big deal? If there is an earthquake or a flood, everyone talks about relief, and if it’s Eid the very next day, the entire set up changes on TV. We are the masses, and that’s what we want to watch on TV.
    For such people, I suggest they ought to stick to Star World and MTV and shouldn’t waste their precious time watching and criticizing anything which goes against their personal tastes. Talking about “selling”, aren’t YOU trying to sell your views by capitalizing on the emotions of the pseudo liberals of Pakistan who cannot tolerate anything Islamic? ET, I would suggest not to at least read the pieces before publishing them. I think you just see who the writer is, which institution he or she is from and which country is the writer from and that’s that! Recommend

  • http://lonepkliberal.wordpress.com Loneliberal PK

    It is as Nadeem Paracha tweeted.
    In Pakistan, to be a good Muslim, one has to be a good exhibitionist. Long beards, black hijabs and overzealous naat-khwanis are all excellent ways for us to wear our religion on our sleeves, because God knows, it doesn’t really matter what you are on the inside!

    To avoid religion from turning into a political circus, it needs to be kept private. It’s a matter between you and your God…keep it that way.Recommend

  • SA

    Hatred is oozing from every phrase of this note.. Well why cant Ramazan be celebrated wearing a dopatta over the head, be it gingerly, if valentine day has to be celebrated wearing red? Who’s into double standards? Admit it, we’re ALL hypocrites, the religious as well as the liberals. All hate mongers, all sick to the core. Recommend

  • WaqasAli

    I am fully agreed with writer’s view point.elements of hypocricy and duplicity are very common among the people of Pakistan.Mass Media is not playing responsible role in the society.It is media’s responsibility to check person’s bio data before letting him on air.Recommend

  • saleem

    I recall Moin Akhtar and the memoni joke , jehan do paisa ka ayeda, .Lady it is just business. In some countries sex sells, so all tv , movies , magazines do it . In ramazan religion sells , advert, trp etc , so all pak tv have gone ramzan special . Money. Money, Money. Recommend

  • Psudo Echo rarely reverberates

    Someone newly found piety or reverse thereof is no ones business.
    The so called liberals acting like hypocrites.
    Bibi, have you heard of Laissez faire?

    Not sure what qualifies for a person to be inducted in or labelled as belonging to
    Gharait brigade. LOL you do realize that 99% of you country’s population would actually fall under these term you readily coin if i try to guesstimate the connotation. But then is that not the very problem with Pakistan? It has been made to exist for a very small minority.

    I also could not understand what is meant my urdu press or Urdu TV. Wallahi, only in Pakistan! LOL. I wonder if living in the US I can criticize a publication or a media outlet for broadcasting in their national language or assuming those who prefer to read/watch in their own language are somehow low life, and uneducated losers who matter not!

    Why do you people not liberate yourself from the social and economic inequality first?
    But then how would your ever achieve that and more when you are , as a nation so confused about your real identity, culture and religion?

    It is like my man J.C said; The truth shall set you free!Recommend

  • waqqas iftikhar

    @Asad…why is being secular so bad? secularist thought dictates that you keep religion personal….its not against religion…it allows everyone the freedom to adhere to whatever belief systems they feel fit without being intimidated by a majority…..again, social and civil codes dictated by narrow religious interpretation only throttle development, they dont encourage itRecommend

  • Disgusted!

    Simple question: So what do you want them to do in Ramadan? Start wearing bikinis or tank tops and do mujras? Recommend

  • zain

    i dont know why we are criticising the solemnly personal act of someone that they are ACTING religiously for 30 days. I know by reading this article a person will not change his choice to see this drama of 30 days. But never the less a well written article.Recommend

  • http://Houston Warsi

    @Maria

    Yes Hypocrisy is our blood as Pakistani Muslims. Its everywhere. We cry all out for corruption all the time and bribery is part of corruption. And we all know that majority stop taking/giving bribes in this holy month. Its starts with something. I wish you could have read Quran where it says in Surah Baqrah 183 it clearly gives the reason why Fasting is there in this whole month. The reason is so that we can become Pious.

    I know that minority does change everyear for quite some months. I know women start wearing Hijab I know ppl don’t do business with corruption. But again we are living in a society where ppl don’t condemn what is wrong and promote what is right so we come back to zero.

    You never know those who are being a little religious might change completely after this month. So stop judging ppl compared to yourself. Recommend

  • san

    spot on girl…any religious scholars want to give a concrete answer the author raised…or just do hawai firing.. Recommend

  • Mani

    Vant to Frandship?Recommend

  • Waseem

    I 100% agree with you.. such a hypocraicy in these channels. We as a nation are hypocraites… We change not for Allah but for the channels, for people and for the word “ramadan”

    If they are god fearing people they would be covering themselves all year long, the actoress who are sleveless and showing their clevage all year long would not come on tv during ramadan with dupatta and hosting and religious program and the actors who are acting with these actress won’t come on tv doing religios progroam..

    Point here is be yourself, during ramdan be yourself and you will get the respect and or if you are changing then change for the whole year/life..Recommend

  • Huzaifa

    Let’s forget Aamir Liaquat for a while. He was hosting religious programmes 5 years ago, and he is hosting religious programmes now too. The ‘Ramzan Offset’ isn’t applicable for him, because his attitude is more or less the same (on the TV screen) during and outside Ramzan.
    ..
    However, it is certainly true that the rest of the Television hosts/actors/musicians are all hypocrites. While hosting their respective programmes, a special hypocrisy is visible on their faces. The way they talk and the way they sing the naats clearly shows that they are hypocrites. A great example of such a person is Ahsan Khan, who worked for the ‘Sooper Biscuits’ commercial by playing a major role in dancing, and now is hosting an Islamic quiz show on HUM TV with that aforementioned hypocrisy on his face. What the non-sense it is. Another example is our very favorite Najam Sheraz, he is the biggest hypocrite on earth.
    ..
    They all think that ‘yeh hamaara deen hai, woh hamaari dunya hai’. Non-sense. Complete non-sense. Recommend

  • Mariam javaid

    hahaha i was going through channels and came across a cooking show that had invited a naat khuwa to recite naat from time to time during the show ….i was like seriously and changed the channel. Recommend

  • faraz

    The comparison with Valentine’s Day is ridiculous. You celebrate Valentine’s Day just once a year. In case of dopatta, you either wear it or not; it’s not a one day enterprise. Recommend

  • Arslan

    nicely notifiedRecommend

  • Neutral view

    @Talha:
    i Cannot understand your criticism of maria’s article or where it bodes from. You have just ridiculed her article without telling us why! all she has said is that our society loves hypocrisy which is completely true. what she means is that if the abayas can be taken and want to be taken in ramadan, then why not in any other month as well. and if its only a temporary facade, then we don’t need to put up with this, and if we do then we at least call it a facade, which is true i believe. i don’t know what really has hurt your feeling, except may be you to are from the religious brigade, preaching piety while forgetting what it truly means.Recommend

  • Umair

    Nicely done, Maria. What I love most, though, is how some people have completely missed the point of the article. I believe your argument was not against religion but in its practice, which tends to be sensationalized in Ramadan like a seasonal fad. Islam is yet again used as means for otherwise normal/boring people to gain fame and everyone buys into it like cattle. And I agree with what you said about people wanting to follow hypocrites. It’s probably because there’s so much in them that they can relate to.Recommend

  • A-THARKI-PAKI

    What i like the most about the article is the picture on top of the page. That’s all :DRecommend

  • Huzaifa

    By the way, I also remember Sadia Imam hosting an Islamic programme some two or three years back.
    ..
    But what makes me really appreciate the author’s effort is the fact that we all hate these people, but let it remain within our minds or hearts. The author has nicely put this up on the platform. Great Effort.Recommend

  • Muhammad Taufiq

    Truly pointout about double standard of our tv anchor but how can u surely say about that Aamir Liaquat is “Imposter”? have you any strong evidence? Islam me buhtaan lagana mana hy. First investigate & then say about anyone.Recommend

  • Nadir

    Well said and well done, Maria! I agree !!!Recommend

  • Zohaib Khan

    I am sure you know what is the meaning of word Naat, if not it specifically praises our Prophet(P.B.U.H), hence saying that a Naats are sung is disrespecting the whole concept.
    And why cant as you mentioned those people READ Naat, we are allowed to do what we like, even if we are worth it or not. Who are you and I to decide that this is Hypocrisy.
    Talking about why people tend to be more Islamic, its because its a month of blessing and you want your prayers heard, who knows if all your prayers are accepted or not, we just have to give it our best.
    Coming to the point where you mentioned Aamir Liaquat, Let assume that you are correct in saying that he is a Hypocrite, but i love the fact that he was the first person to make the sunni’s and shia’s sit in one place like brother-which we are. I love the fact that he is doing charity work. I appreciate his efforts and actions against blasphemy of Prophet.
    I know that its modern times and people talk about secular thinking, the founder of our nation was also secular and not extremist.
    Hence try to get your FACTS right first, and if you want to criticise someone of been wrong, first make sure your actions are not CRITICAL!!!Recommend

  • SA

    @san: Read the post above yours. You might find the answer!!!Recommend

  • Freya

    @Abbas:
    Actually, the article is not sickening, but the people presenting this galore on TV is sickening. Why does holiness have to pertain to just these 30 days? The article is not filled with hatred, its filled with reality; something you like the rest of “in denial” Pakistanis dont want to acknowledge. Recommend

  • Abbas

    @Freya,

    If u happen to read my comment carefully i did say that double standards / hypocrisy is bad, tv anchors are just a glaring example, we have this problem all around the world, not only in pakistan… so when we criticize pakistan, we should keep in mind that Pakistan is known by its citizens, which are infact us …

    but the article seemed to hit more on religious practices and being religious.. someone rightly said above that if someone is doing something right, even its for a month, then why should anyone have a problem with it ?

    unfortunately, our society is getting divided into two extremes, extremist religious and extremist liberals, both of them are adding nothing to the society… Recommend

  • szs

    it is convenient and to a certain extent a correct observation when you label some media practices as hypocrisy. i would, however, like you offer a parallel view.
    reading some of the comments and sensing the general tone of your article, i would only like to point out that if a model chooses to cover her head on a morning show during ramazan, may appear as hypocrisy but might not really be. you see, when we see people on tv we tend to judge them a little too harshly. during the entire year, i do not pray regularly but somehow during ramazan i make it a point to pray regularly. i don’t do it for sawaab as such but because the spirit of the month reaches out to me, makes me feel closer to God. in the same way, since the media’s job is to educate our society and does in general reflect our practices, then surely there is no harm if during ramazan we do promote religious harmony and knowledge? nobody is perfect or can be but if they are trying only for a month even, should be fine. who is to say whether or not they might undergo some spiritual experience and alter some ways of life, again since you will never live with them, you will never know. aamir liaqat for that matter, is a similar icon. the only problem i see here is with our public. we should and do KNOW that the media is not always what it tries to portray. aamir liaqat, if he got an islamic show, does not automatically become a mullah/aalim. a lot of it is scripted. if the masses choose to be blind, if their own faith is so weak that it can be swayed with one host on one tv show, if they refuse to look for knowledge beyond that and if they empower such impostors as aamir liaqat then they deserve to be conned. if, when i watch a tv show, and am only observing what xyz model is wearing or criticizing her wearing a dupatta, and not focusing on the effort or the content or the message of the show or the spirit of the month then really whose fault is it? the media’s sole objective now is to do and say anything that sells, so we need to know the authenticity of what we’re watching, the purpose and its effects. being in as Islamic country, watching tv produced in Pakistan, even for a month i see it as a relief that our tv channels do not show girls in tight t-shirts and jeans, speaking in absurd English and flirting their way through a 30 minute tv show they’ve got. seriously, it is a relief to see that at least there is one month where even if it is a fallacy or hypocrisy, we do get to see a reflection of respectable media showing “ihtaram” for the month of ramazan.they overdo it a little, but something is still better than nothing.Recommend

  • Umair

    I knew aamir liaqat was a fraud from the begginning! Thank god for exposing his real face. I KNEW IT!! Recommend

  • Niqiqi

    @Talha:
    Weird thing is, you don’t actually make an argument. You’re just trying in vain to demoralise someone without any rational evidence to it by calling her a ‘puny minority’. She has a point, if you want to disagree, do so with proof.
    She’s pointing about hypocrisy, not being anti-religion.Recommend

  • Salman Khalid

    Alas! Everyone among us is a hypocrite in one way or another (not talking about religion specifically here but in general). Rarely do you find a person who can truly be themselves in every situation. Now don’t tell me that you’ve never found yourself in a situation to change your behavior in a certain environment? If not… then damn! now that’s what i call luck!

    That said, take a step back for a second and consider what Ramadan is all about? It is about trying to come closer to your religion and changing your behavior in light of what the month represents. A person that barely offers namaaz may try to pray regularly in Ramadan. One who swears all the time, tries to control his tongue. And so on…

    Islam is a religion that many people belong to. A person who believes in Allah and Quran and Muhammad (SAW) and the prophets before him… He’s a Muslim by definition. One who does not pray regularly, swears all the time, is an adulterer, and more… that doesn’t make him a non-Muslim or a hypocrite but he is still a Muslim. (yes, yes, many here would probably argue with my thinking here, but its not just my thinking really… )

    And with that said too… If an anchor starts to cover her head, or a singer only sings naats during this month, and so on.. is that really hypocrisy? They may actually be doing it because “being holy sells during Ramadan” or they actually may be doing it for their own personal/religious reasons as well. Either way… their life, their choice… and completely a matter between them and God.

    Why do we need to play the damned blame game anyways? (I’m actually writing a blog entry on that and will post here soon, so keep an eye out… ;)

    As for Aamir Liaqut… I didn’t care much from him originally and don’t care much for him now. Why do we, in these times, put religious scholars on such a high pedestals to begin with? Yes, i know they are extremely important and i respect them all – heck, even Aamir Liaqut – because they have dedicated their lives to learning our religion and understanding it better. What makes me angry are the people that follow them blindly… Why can’t we keep in mind that every person is, well a PERSON! The Scholar’s opinion is one to be considered deeply, but that doesn’t make it the last word. I’ve grown up believing that you need to understand before you take a leap and contrary to popular belief, Islam is certainly not about following it blindly.

    I can probably go on into a little bit detail on that as well, but hey… what’s the use. Not like anyone’s gonna care anyways.

    It was an interesting read though, for sure, your article. And i do kinda agree with what you said too… ;)

    What cracks me up though is that we, the humans, are sort of a funny creation. We’d rather see corruption/evil/wrong in others than in ourselves or in those that we love. :)Recommend

  • Hunniya

    Thanks for writing this ! Pakistani TV channels have been making me sick this Ramzan…
    its is amazing how we appreciate hypocrasiy and lap it up ! I am not watching telly till after Eid when all the lovey-dovey things have finished !Recommend

  • My Name is Khan

    @ Talha – the “puny minority” you speak of is the only hope for Pakistan. If you can’t deal with the fact that guys like Dawn and ET are the only ones with the courage to speak the truth and try to save Pakistan from reverting to the Dark Ages, then you might want to stop speaking in English, using the internet because you might run into truths about Pakistan and our history should you happen to read about what happened in 1971 in Bangladesh or might realize our Armed Forces have never won a war.

    The truth hurts. Recommend

  • Zehra

    Well Written truth!!

    I believe this is the time now to come up a with a strategy to unveil these hypocrites.I am adamant on the point that educated lot of Pakistan totally despise Amir Liaquats words and action, however, people who live abroad or are in villages worship him because for them someone speaking about Islam on the Media is a great big thing.

    Besides, TV anchors need to know that Ramazan is not the only time when they become muslims apparently by covering their head partially.What are they otherwise, without dopatta’s throughout the year.Recommend

  • farah

    Maria, why do you even watch these shows in the first place? Recommend

  • Asma

    This made for a very interesting read. I wholeheartedley agree that it is appallingly hypocritical to manipulate religious practices for the sake of media popularity. I think it also sends a mixed message to impressionable, young minds by confusing religion with doing what is socially acceptable. A well-written article, indeed.Recommend

  • Faryal

    Well said, I don’t know why our celebrities start wearing dupatas just for one month it is better that they should stay the way they usually are.Our channels are loaded with Indian stuff and unfortunately PEMRA is sleeping like rest of our departments, and thus these channels are showing and promoting vulgarity.Recommend

  • A

    Why can’t they be “pious” for the remaining 11 months?Recommend

  • Zoheb

    Pakistan has a 97% Muslim population and we have nothing in common with each other except Islam. Compare a Pakhtun Pakistani to a SIndhi Pakistani, we have different cultures, different languages, even different physical appearances so secularism will never work in a country like Pakistan. Islam is what binds all the ethnic groups and all the provinces of Pakistan. If theres no Islam in Pakistan then there is no need for Pakistan. So it is in Pakistan’s best interest to be as Islamic as we can, to hold Pakistan together. Yes we do have 3% non-muslim population in Pakistan but they dont make a majority in any area of Pakistan so they can never break Pakistan, but Pakhtuns, Punjabis, SIndhis, and Baloch could if they wanted to.Recommend