Picture of the Day: Aaj ke gham ke naam

Posted on December 13, 2006
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Economy & Development, Photo of the Day, Poetry, Society, Urdu
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Owais Mughal

aadmiat se hai baala aadmi ka martaba
pust himmat ye na howay, pust qaamat ho to ho

(A man’s destiny is much higher than humanity.
He can be short in height but should not be short on courage)

This photograph in Dawn (December 13, 2006) shows a homeless man on Karachi roads. The poor guy has wrapped himself in a cloth banner of a political party to save himself from winter temperatures.

I tried to read the urdu message on the banner. To me it seems like the words ‘huqooq ke-khilaf‘ (against the rights) are written on the banner. The dawn caption says that old man is put on the streets by his irresponsible children and is left to fend for himself by seeking alms.

kia hai qed mujhay os jagah pe zalim ne
jahaaN se saaf mera ghar dikhai deta hai

(I’ve been imprisoned at such a place,
that I can see from here my home clearly)

I was just touched by this photo and wanted to share with our readership. Imagine spending a winter night out in just 2 layers of clothing. lag pata jaaye ga! (You’ll know the reality).

chal ae hawa-e-zamistaaN, chal aur zor se chal
tu sard-mohri-e-ehbaab se ziyada nahiN

(O cold breeze, blow even stronger
You are not cooler than my cold acquaintances)

15 responses to “Picture of the Day: Aaj ke gham ke naam

  1. Bilal Zuberi says:

    Mariam, a fascinating point! Why do we not turn our mosques into homeless shelters at night? Kiaa hamaaraa daaman mailaa ho jaye gaa?
    I remember a few years ago when I traveled in a few US cities to question Pakistani Americans about philanthropy. In a mosque setting near LA I was told that when a few muslims in that community became homeless, the few who tried to help could not get the mosque officials to let them stay in the mosque. Instead, a nearby church allowed them to stay. What a pity! I guess Ishaa kay baad Eimaan per taalaa per jaataa hai.

    I am sure there are many exceptions – but in some sense many of our masjids have lost their centrality as social community building places. Now we go there on Fridays to attend obligatory namaaz, buy fruits after the namaaz, and all the time stay under the watchful eye of heavily armed guards.

  2. British Pakistani says:

    Oh My Lord, thats a really sad picture.
    Its heartbreaking seeings such people. I always find it worse seeing children, But since I dont have much understanding of such peoples circumstances, many questions cross my mind, where is his family? his children? his relatives?
    If a relative of mine was in such a condition, I am postive family members and other relatives would help him out financially.

    Its terrible seeing such sites, stays on my mind.

    May Allah help him, grant him warmth and safety, amin.

    However I know there are MANY people in pakistan who beg as an occupation, thats the worst thing one can do, I was in a state of shock when I was made aware of this reality.

    Oh Lord, save me from such tribualtions! and forgive me for everytime I whine, for the world is mine…

  3. Pakistani, though you were trying to be funny/sarcastic but in reality,Yes, you seem right.

    Mariam ,masjids are not guest houses. They’re closed after Isha prayers.

  4. Pakistani says:

    Iss sakhs ki ghurbat bhi umreeki saazish ho gi zaroor!

  5. Mariam says:

    There so many mosques in the city. Can’t he spend a spent a night there?

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