To Pray or Not to Pray at #Espresso

Pakistanis have mastered the art of making a big deal out of small stuff. We lack the ability to let go of matters and taking it easy.

Your son is in love with your daughter-in-law.

Haye haye!

Your son didn’t come FIRST in the class.


He does not want to become a doctor or an engineer.

Not even CSS?!

Your kids are living abroad.

Hamara kya hoga!

Your kids are living in Pakistan.

Oh why only mine! Haye Allah!

Kids return home late and hit the bed.

Hotel banaya hua hai ghar ko!

You think differently from your parents.

Naafarmaan aulaad!

You are not fasting!

Tobah, tobah!

You went to a coffee shop (Espresso) and the waiter didn’t let you pray.


Let’s blow it out of proportion!

Read a brilliant article on the hoopla related to the prayer issue at Espresso Karachi in the Tribune’ s blog.

Here’s my comment over it:

Interesting article. I don’t know why we are blowing everything out of proportion. Some reader opined that the management of Espresso Karachi is not courteous. Well, I live in Lahore and have a fantastic experience with Espresso’s management and staff here. My 2 year old baby daughter left her sippy cup there, quite usual for a kid of that age. I called them as soon as I figured out that it was missing. The staff remembered us and said over the phone that the cup is safe and we could collect it whenever we wanted.

I keep blogging on my personal blog about how upset I am about the rising fundo-ism in this country. We need to be more sane and tolerant as a society. I witnessed students have serious arguments with each other when Governor Salman Taseer was brutally murdered. I see parents argue with their children and vice versa over religion. Sadly they are so often so willing to practice a very harsh and unreasonable kind of religion which is contradictory of my understanding of a peaceful Islam which inspires people and does not shun them away.

We are probably so disgruntled and frustrated as a people because of the state of the economy, load-shedding, brain drain, materialism, consumerism, among other things that we are willing to pick every fight, regardless of whether it is ours or not. Let it go!!! Haven’t we made enough of a mess already!? The most spiritual man I know who has written and read a plenty about Islam does not even need a prayer mat to pray. He just sits in the ‘general’ direction of the Kaaba and offers his prayer. During last Ramadan, he arranged lectures by Dr Khalid Zaheer at his learning center. They were amazing! Now that’s something that real Muslims do. Talk less, create an uproar less, inspire more, and make Allah and His people happy.

If you are patient enough to scroll down the comments, then press ‘more’, you will find this comment there too. Happy reading!

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2 Replies to “To Pray or Not to Pray at #Espresso”

  1. While I agree with the concept of the article, I have to add that to get to the point where one can just “pray in the general direction of the kaaba” one has to educate oneself about islam throughly. Now that is what we are lacking, having said that an image comes to mind that always makes me laugh which is a classic case of religion being blown out of proportion – Once while on a plane about to take off, we the passengers had to wait 15 minutes for our darling maulvi fellow passengers to complete their prayers in the kitchen gallery of the plane. What I’m trying to say, is we have begun to make a mockery of our religion by making it so difficult for ourselves.
    There is no tolerance – ‘Oh my god shes wearing nail polish / lipstick during ramazan’
    I feel religion is best something one should keep to one self. However this increasing trend of iftar and sehri in restaurants is something that really puzzles me.I feel iftaar and sehri should e something done at home properly, spiritually and most importantly with reflections of how the day has been/ will go and how it could/should go / have been better.
    One only starves oneself but still goes about their daily routine being aggressive, lying cheating, etc etc and no one bothers about their prayers. And then the price hike in things during ramazan. Everything is just becoming a joke now. And with reference to the person wanting to pray in espresso after iftar, really? What was he expecting? Its not a mosque. One should have the common sense to understand the pros and cons of eating iftar outside. Which is why i’d prefer staying at home rather than flaunting how religious I am and imposing my religious beliefs on everyone else. Theres a time and place for everything.

    And kids coming home late is never acceptable :p

  2. Another thing that’s been really bothering me is one should be able to eat in public!! Even if its ramzan! Why are all the restaurants closed?? What happened to the basic teaching of restraint and tolerance that fastings supposed to teach one?

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