Peace – the solution for humanity

“Muslims often feel apologetic upon been labeled as ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Extremist’ which they must not.” Says Dr. Zakir Abdul-Karim Naik, a recognized dynamic and international spokesperson on Islam and Comparative religion. The man went on to highlight why he declared so by presenting the most persuasive rationalization in front of over a million audiences worldwide on Sunday while delivering a public lecture LIVE on the topic “Peace, The solution for humanity”. “If somebody attacks a Muslim by saying you are an extremist, don’t be defensive instead be proud of the label and say yes I am an extremist. Continue reading “Peace – the solution for humanity”

The Miraculous Night

This sunup, when I tuned onto my TV sets, my eyes caught a programme on GEO TV Network on “Lailatul Mairaj and Ummat-e-Muslima” The host was doing a public survey about the importance of Lailatul Mairaj. It was so thwarting and disappointing to find out hardly a very few individuals were aware of which Islamic date it was and what valuables the night has stored for them. Girls wearing sleeveless outfits, giggling and enjoying in the shopping malls when asked the importance of Shab-e-Mairaj, replied they have no idea! Continue reading “The Miraculous Night”

Corrupt Pakistan

I am mortified being a Pakistani, and you must be too, at least after the most disastrous and humiliating performance that Pakistani players displayed in their second world cup match against the stimulating Irish team thus upsetting the whole course of Pakistan’s cricketing history. The question is who is to be blamed, the Pakistani board of directors, the coach, the selection committee or the players themselves. Would blaming anyone could rectify the system? Has blaming ever been the part of a solution? Is this not the high time to think of revitalization? Has the right time come for accountability? Will this corruption prevail? There are ample questions that need answers. Continue reading “Corrupt Pakistan”

Job selection

Students are given the right to chose which discipline they want to take admission in and they should use this right wisely. I know every student before taking admission in TIP consult a lot of people, friends, seniors and teachers as well as they analyze their own abilities according to which they take one of the most important decision of their lives that is to decide whether they are fit for BBA, Apparel, Sciences or Designing. And once they spent four years in their respective fields, when it comes to doing job, texperts seems to shift their interests. For instance, management graduates entering into processing, a sciences graduate going for merchandizing or marketing and designing graduate going for pattern making. I am not saying that this is the wrong approach. Everyone has a right to explore new grasslands. The thing is our textile industry is at the stage where we need professionals, which mastered their fields. There are lots of vacancies in processing, weaving, knitting and spinning for which mostly textile sciences graduates are fit. They know each and every technicality, which a designer or a management student is not taught nor they have in depth understanding. Likewise, for merchandizing and marketing, BBA students fit in more than others. And similar is the case for pattern making, spreading, and cutting where an apparel student has more grasps. A designer is more aware of fit, styling, incoming and outgoing fashion forecasts and developments so they have their separate job requirements and textile industry needs a lot of designers. When designers decide not to pursue designing as their career rather going for management or sciences jobs then this disturbs the natural decorum of textiles industry. I am not hitting any one discipline in particular, just giving out random examples to make my point of view clear. When TIP takes in a particular number of students for different disciplines, they have forecasted that four years from now, we’ll be providing the textile industry with this much of sciences graduates, this much of management, this much designers and this much apparel graduates but when we enter into jumbled up jobs we not only made the forecasting go wrong but this also adversely affects the industry though we may not notice it. So my question is why do designers find interests in merchandising? and why do management students with not a strong understanding of chemistry and physics want to go into wet processing? Why sciences students want to make their way into planning and floor engineering? Why not go into that field that is meant for you and leave other vacancies that are not meant for you. I just wanted to raise this, as I was very confused seeing all graduates going into cluttered up jobs.

Coverage of Designer’s thesis

I was told to cover the degree show of designers for the DAWN weekly paper, Images, and today my article got published. With the photographs taken by Nida Khan and all the support she put forward by the encouraging words, “You can do it!” I am extremely thankful to her. I have been writing for Young World for almost 7 years now but this is the first time I got an exposure in Images for which I am very glad partly because I somehow made my way to Images and partly because my first article was related to my beloved Institute! I am copy pasting the published write up here.

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Teachers are the gems and pearls:

Aisha Rahat

The teaching profession is one of the most meaningful jobs there is. It is the teacher who made us believe we could make our dreams come true. They are just like our parents and deserve respect and honor from us.

Hazrat Ali (May Allah be pleased with him), gave a comprehensive and complete advice concerning the rights of the teacher upon his student saying,

One of the rights of the scholar is that you greet people generally and then greet him with a special greeting; sit in front of him; do not point with your hand in his presence, nor wink with your eye; do not quote someone else who said opposite of what he said; do not backbite anyone in his presence; do not hunt for his faults, and if he makes a mistake accept his excuse; dignify him for the sake of Allah; if he needs anything, rush before everyone to serve him; do not whisper in his presence; do not grasp him by his garment; do not insist for answers when he becomes tired; do not ever feel you have accompanied him enough, because he is like a palm tree from which people wait for fruits to drop from.

Hazrat Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) gathered in his advice what suffices the need, but do we comprehend? Do we practice these small things in our daily life? Do we respect our teachers? No, we don�t! And it is very sad to know this. All through our academic career, the only thing we do is pointing the faults of the teacher and letting them down in every way we can as if God forbid we are superior to them. This is a very alarming and tragic situation. Our teachers are our assets. They are the ones who build our personality. No matter what ever we do, they would always have an upper hand on us. We should behave with our teacher nicely and sweetly, after all they also posses a heart. They need to be loved and cared. Teachers teach us for satisfaction of their soul and not just for earning money. No matter how harsh a teacher may be, we should learn to be down towards them and should do exactly as they say, should learn to accept our failures and should not argue with them.

Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (May Allah have mercy upon him) said, “Knowledge cannot be acquired except through humbleness”.

We should complete our studies with dignity and pride and should always give due respect to our teachers, so that when we graduate, we graduate with honors and our teachers greet us by giving pats on the back rather than ignoring us because of how we behaved with them during our academic career. It is said:

“If you expect respect, be the first to show it”.

So my dear fellow students, show the teachers that you care and you love them by your behavior and if you have done wrong to them, say sorry to them because they need it and it will add to their greatness.

The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) said, “Seek knowledge and train to be dignified and calm while seeking knowledge, and humble yourselves with those whom you learn from” (Tabaraani).

Eat TIP drink TIP

TIP,situated some 40 km from central Karachi, at Ghaggar Phatak, has its own uniqueness and distinct features. This 50 acre land with a population of almost 500 students and over 20 teachers has its own rules and regulations which distinguish it from all other institutes located in the city. Whether it is raining cats and dogs, or it is burning with 50 °C., whether it is a strike or the conditions of the city are not good, whether the terrorists are on the loose, or the enemy is preparing for an attack, you have to at all cost open your eyes at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for Tip and catch your point. This is an everyday routine of an ordinary Tipian. Some mad people like me are at the stop 30 minutes before the actual timings of the point�s arrival to be on the safe side, while some are just on time. And some! They are doing multi-tasking: writing SMS to a friend to stop the point for them, at the same time waving at a rickshaw to give them a lift and then they start playing �Pukram Pukrayee� Some of these latecomers are lucky enough to catch the bus while some end up lutkafying in a Thatta bus. For these people Shakespeare once said “better to be three hours earlier than one minute late.”

In the point, there are various activities going on. Looting the juniors, boys� hooting on girls, girls opening their Gheebat corners is a usual way of passing one hour and forty minutes in the point. Mostly after every 20 minutes you would hear a cry �Tape chala do!� By the time the point passes by FAST, everyone in the point is fast asleep and just when you start having sweet dreams, the point would land on TIP premises.

In TIP some are habitual latecomers. They arrive in the classes 10 to 20 minutes late with very intelligent excuses; “Sir Ghaggar Phatuk bund tha” or “�Sir! Aaj hostel ka point late ho gaya.” Once classes start, there are various ways of entering and exiting the classroom. Some enter through the door and leave through the window while some enter through the window and leave through the door. When it comes for the teacher to take attendance, some attend their roll call by waving their hand from the door “Sir, I am present” Some leave this task to their friends “Sir woh present thay abhi abhi bahar gayay hain!” Some students are present physically but mentally absent. Some times the teacher is also absent! When this time comes, it is like Eid for that class. Some times the teacher is present but there is complete “Sannaaata” in the class. And sometimes only the teacher is present in the class.

There are many places at TIP and how these places are being used is worth mentioning. The library for instance is a favorite place not for studying, but breaking library rules and chappering books because students of TIP believe Ilm ki choori koi choori nee hotee.

…Most suitable for all kinds of sports, playing cards and for smoking. And when you want to buy a mirchon walay chips, the cafeteria wala will tell you Bachon ko mirchain lagtee hain iss liyay hum nay mirchon walay chips hata diyay.

Designing studio is a different world altogether. It is like a TV studio where you can hear any kind of music, where you can find all sorts of actors and actresses, directors and writers, and all kinds of funny people.

The auditorium is a place where we take our weave design classes and bunk all the so-called important speeches of important personalities.

Lake is the place where germs live instead of ducks.

Hostel is a wonderful place where Sadaf and her friends live.

Classroom is a place where you can throw chalk at each other, eat Tuc biscuits and Super Crisp chips, drink water, sleep, laugh, cry, mourn and merely do everything except study.

So this is the beautiful world of TIP! A place without whom we TIPians cannot survive.