I fired up my laptop immediately after reading the letter of Adil Khan in today’s magazine (Oct 23), and here I am writing furiously, before my temper cools down and I decide to ignore his chauvinistic remark. Ed, in this day and age when women are making their presence felt in all fields that were previously labeled ‘Men’s only’, the claim that recipes are only for girls leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I would like to point out to Adil Khan that although girls usually cook, it does not mean boys cannot or shouldn’t cook because it’s the duty of girls only. This mindset is anti-progressive! Why shouldn’t boys cook or, for that matter, help with household chores when girls nowadays work side by side with men of their families? My mother is a working woman and my father always help her with the household work, whether it’s cooking or doing dishes, and my older brother and I cook when our parents are tired. I like trying recipes, and have noticed that most of the recipes you publish are simple. So, please don’t stop publishing recipes because some boys think cooking is for girls only. I know many boys who cook and enjoy doing it.
Hassan Faroqui, Karachi
In today’s Us (Oct 16), I read about the majestic Noor Mahal in Bahawalpur, and was very impressed with its picture. Pakistan has a rich cultural heritage, but most of us, especially young people, are not aware of it. We like to visit places abroad, but I feel that we should all first visit different parts of our beautiful country and appreciate what Allah has blessed us with. We have historical sites and scenic beauty in abundance, and should make an effort to become acquainted with what we have. I give tuitions to earn extra money which I use to travel. Nowadays, there are many groups that offer trips to different parts of Pakistan on very reasonable rates. My next stop will be Bahawalpur. Thank you, Dr Khawaja Ali Shahid.
Sarim Ali, Peshawar
Narrated Anas bin Malik (R.A):
The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) fell down from a horse and his right side was grazed. We went to him to inquire after his health when the time of prayer came. He led us in prayer in a sitting posture and we said prayer behind him sitting, and when he finished the prayer he said: The Imam is appointed only to be followed; so when he recites takbir, you should also recite that; when he prostrates, you should also prostrate; when he rises up, you should also rise up, and when he said "God listens to him who praises Him," you should say: "Our Lord, to Thee be the praise," and when he prays sitting, all of you should pray sitting.
Sahih Muslim Book 4, Number 0817
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