Really enjoyed Laraib Zakir’s story in March 8 issue. Her style is quite engaging; I really like when writers combine prose and poetry in their writing.
I also love reading Laraib’s poems. I must say she is a brilliant writer and poet. I also see that Us poets are trying new things; came across Sa’ad Nazeer’s art mart and totally love it.
Ed, I noticed there wasn’t a single story in the March 8 issue that celebrated women’s achievements. I think it was a perfect day to talk about the lives of young women in our country. Another thing I noticed is all the stories in the magazine were by female writers (maybe that’s how Us celebrated Women’s Day). I know names could be misleading, but I am sure Tooba, Javeria, Laraib and Aimen aren’t boys.
Hajra Farhan, Karachi
“KLF 2019 - event of the decade” was an interesting read. I would definitely agree with the writer when she says literature festivals only cater English-speaking section of the society. I know many people who read Urdu literature are very passionate about promoting literature in the society. Festivals like KLF have nothing to offer them. Why don’t they just call “Karachi English Literature Festival” so that speakers of other languages don’t visit this festival?
And yes, the writer pointed out correctly that nobody at the festival mentioned Javed Bhutto. He, too, was literary figure from Pakistan.
I hope organisers reflect on what’s wrong with the festivals they organise every year to promote literature in our society.
Amna Chaudry, Karachi
Narrated by Abu Mas’ud
The Prophet (S.A.W) said, “If somebody recited the last two Verses of Surat Al-Baqara at night, that will be sufficient for him.” Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah ‘s Apostle ordered me to guard the Zakat revenue of Ramadan. Then somebody came to me and started stealing of the foodstuff. I caught him and said, “I will take you to Allah’s Apostle!” Then Abu Huraira described the whole narration and said:) That person said (to me), “(Please don’t take me to Allah’s Apostle and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Ayat-al-Kursi, (2.255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Satan will not be able to come near you till dawn.” (When the Prophet heard the story) he said (to me), “He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Satan.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 6, Book 61, Number 530
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