I loved reading Aleezeh Fatimah’s piece regarding the importance of closure. She somehow managed to give voice to everything that I’d been feeling for some years now. I know sometimes the answers we find are not exactly soothing, especially if the event has been a pretty traumatic one, but at least with those answers we would know for sure that the particular chapter has ended. I mean – death being a different matter – with different experiences at work places, growing apart from your friends or love interest, I also think how unfortunate it is that we allow someone to have so much control, so much power over us, literally controlling how we move on from those moments in life. It’s so easy to tell someone to “forget everything”, “be strong” or “you’re better off without them”; if the need for closure remains unfulfilled then no matter how hard we try and how much we really want to be okay and move on, we just cannot. And so no matter how strong we appear on the outside, it does take a toll on our health. I wish we could learn (and be supported in our quest) to find the peace we seek elsewhere within ourselves only, to not be dependent on others for how we lead our lives.
Rameen Ali, Karachi
I hold the issue of this week (17 Sept) in my hands but find it devoid of art work yet again! But, surprisingly, the quality of printing was good, and I hope you people keep it up. I still feel the size is small, but when I said that to my grandfather he told me valuable stuff comes in small packages. So, I guess I have to be content with that! The cover story dealt with a topic that is very sensitive and has been impacting our educational system for a while. I say ‘for a while’ with a good reason; my grandfather is a product of what people derisively call ‘peela school’. His English and Urdu are both better than us, and he retired as a director from an international company about 20 years ago. So, the problem is not language: it’s the attitude. The attitude of both the teachers who are not devoted to teaching and students who are fond of taking short cuts. I enjoyed the story and I feel that both languages are important for Pakistan’s progress.
Sabiha Banu, Karachi
Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A):
While the Prophet (S.A.W) was saying something in a gathering, a Bedouin came and asked him, “When would the Hour (Doomsday) take place?” Allah’s Apostle continued his talk, so some people said that Allah’s Apostle had heard the question, but did not like what that Bedouin had asked. Some of them said that Alllah’s Apostle had not heard it. When the Prophet finished his speech, he said, “Where is the questioner, who enquired about the Hour (Doomsday)?” The Bedouin said, “I am here, O Allah’s Apostle.” Then the Prophet said, “When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday).” The Bedouin said, “How will that be lost?” The Prophet said, “When the power or authority comes in the hands of unfit persons, then wait for the Hour (Doomsday.)”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 3, Number 56
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