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Since then, I have been to Karachi on short visits, so I read the article ‘Karachi – its splendor and flaws’ by Savaira Rehman...

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Dear Ed,

I don’t understand what the problem is with the recipes that you occasionally publish. Some people like recipes and some don’t. So those who don’t like them should simply flip the page. I am more into entertainment news and stories and feel that entertainment is being neglected by you. ‘The Green Room’ gives us bare bones. We need more. The thing is that in the magazine, such articles are selected carefully, and online there is a deluge of articles and information that I, for one, don’t have time to sift through. I feel that a weekly review of important events about celebs and movies, and in this review Pakistani celebs and shows should be given space, too.

Shazeen Akbar, Hyderabad

Hi Ed,

I moved to Karachi when my father got a job here in when I was 14. After five years, my family moved back to Rawalpindi, our hometown. Since then, I have been to Karachi on short visits, so I read the article ‘Karachi – its splendor and flaws’ by Savaira Rehman (November 6) with interest. The writer highlighted this splendid city’s flaws, but failed to include the most important – and endearing – aspect of Karachi: it embraces everyone, regardless of ethnicity. I was accepted by my class fellows wholeheartedly. I am still friends with them, and my mother and brothers also formed lasting friendships. For its flaws, I can only say that along with authorities, people are also responsible. Charity begins at home, and if we all keep our homes and areas outside it clean, there won’t be so many problems. And, another thing I would like to say is that food in Karachi is the best in Pakistan, and at very reasonable prices, too.

Bilquis Waheed, Pindi

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Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (R.A):

Umar bin Al-Khattab (R.A) saw a silken cloak (being sold) at the gate of the Mosque and said to Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W), “I wish you would buy this to wear on Fridays and also on occasions of the arrivals of the delegations.” Allah’s Apostle replied, “This will be worn by a person who will have no share (reward) in the Hereafter.” Later on similar cloaks were given to Allah’s Apostle and he gave one of them to ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab. On that ‘Umar said, “O Allah’s Apostle! You have given me this cloak although on the cloak of Atarid (a cloak merchant who was selling that silken cloak at the gate of the mosque) you passed such and such a remark.” Allah’s Apostle replied, “I have not given you this to wear”. And so ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab gave it to his pagan brother in Mecca to wear.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 13, Number 11

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