This sunup, when I tuned onto my TV sets, my eyes caught a programme on GEO TV Network on â€œLailatul Mairaj and Ummat-e-Muslimaâ€ 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!
A man with a beard answered that he came to his shop and stayed there dawn till dusk and that constituted his whole life! Another girl in a freaky English accent said I think itâ€™s a night, which decides our fates! (Thatâ€™s Shab-e-Baraat! Ms. England) The host asked what Islamic date it was, the public had no idea especially the Pakistani Youth who could talk hours on the Valentines day and Friendship day but when was asked to talk about a subject that must linger in our roots, THEY HAD NO IDEA. Yesterday it was 27th Rajab that is known in Islamic history as â€œShab-e-Mairajâ€ The night when Archangel Jibreel (P.B.U.H) came to accompany Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) in a journey towards the skies. Itâ€™s a night of worship, it a night of prayers, itâ€™s a night of gratitude, itâ€™s a night of celebration, itâ€™s a night to pay homage to our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him) for this remarkable journey towards Heaven and presenting the Muslim Ummah with the gift of five Salaat which keep our hearts at ease. But Alas! Regret and remorse! We have time to celebrate western festivals and events but we have forgotten our values, the ISLAMIC VALUES, which differ us from the whole wide world. We have time to read Harry Potter Series but no time for the Quranic Tafseer. Take that book out, read its tafseer, its all stories, very interesting and eye-opening stories, real stories, stories of old times, stories of me and you, that book deserves a night out. It is said, â€œIlm hasil karna har musalman mard aur aurat par farz haiâ€ what do you think which ilm is it? It is the ilm of Islam. Wake up youth! If you are like this who is going to teach the coming generation?