No More Guilt Trips on Currency Notes in Pakistan

Posted on January 13, 2008
Filed Under >Deeda-e-Beena, Economy & Development, Society
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ATP Editor’s Comment: It turns out that, in fact, the said line (husool-e-rizq-e-halal ibaadat hai) does still exist on the new note. Our thanks to the readers who were able to catch the oversight that we failed to. However, we have kept the post live partly because the discussion is itself interesting and partly because the issue of whether having such a line on the note makes any difference on people’s behavior on ‘rizq-e-halal’, is itself an interesting topic.

Original Post: For many years every banknote in Pakistan reminded its owners that to make an honest living was a form of piety in itself.

No one really paid heed. And those who did probably laughed it away as a joke. The State Bank of Pakistan has therefore decided to stop that nonsense once and for all. If you don’t believe what I am saying then believe your own eyes here:

The old currency notes at the back were all inscribed in Urdu:

husool-e-rizq-e-halal ibaadat hai
making an honest income is prayer

Here is the face and back images of the old currency note of Rupee 10 denomination, prominently displaying that powerful statement:

And abracadabra: That wording has vanished from the all of the new currency denominations issued in 2006 onwards.

Witness for yourself this image of the new currency notes of Rupee 10 denomination below. Same is true for all other denominations too.

This could not have been decided by some graphic designer. No could it be attributed to some artist playing a practical joke on the Government, the State Bank or the Nation itself. It must be a conscious decision.

Has the government accepted its defeat in fighting corruption and removed whatever little symbolic semblance of ‘conscience-pricking’ these words might have generated? The guilt-trip imbeded into this little statement on the banknotes never did really work. Now we can accept something less that “rizq-e-halal” without even that reminder of guilt!

“Zinda Baad Rishwat”

Reference: World Paper Money Image Gallery.
See ATP Post on Coins of Pakistan.

46 responses to “No More Guilt Trips on Currency Notes in Pakistan”

  1. It is actually a great lie written on mony in pakistan

  2. Agadir says:

    AOA to alls

    Today our currency goes to felldown why?…..
    We didnot know about that wtat is happen. Before some years our currency was up in market but what is happen now,our coutry currence was fell down.
    Our currency is down in world for example
    Amercan Dollar
    1$ = 60 PKR
    1 Pound = 125 PKR
    1 Saudi Riyal = 17 PKR

    The main words on our currency notes “Rizq Hilal Ibadat” but the need to put

  3. readinglord says:

    In continuation of my previous post.

    Here I relate a story to further explain my point.

    I had a fouji cousin who had the habit of interpreting and justifying every thing in terms of Islam. One he paid a visit to my house. After taking tea, etc., he suddenly got up and started to leave. On my asking why was he leaving when we have prepared lunch for him, he told me that he must take his lunch at his mess as if he doesn’t take that they will throw it to crows and since the crow is a ‘harram’ bird it would bring guilt upon him in allowing this happen.

    “But, dear, you yourself are also a ‘harram’ animal”, I said jokingly.

    He was just flabbergasted by realizing that the man and the crow are equally harram. In fact, according to Quran, the crow was man’s first teacher as he had taught Qabil how to burry the dead body of his brother Habeel whom he had murdered for not a very islamic reason.

  4. readinglord says:

    Rafay Kashmiri


    Wah kia zabaan he Arbi bhi! Language is, as a matter of course, a means of communication and not of creating confusion. The Arabic language, as you interpret and evaluate it, is unique, apparently, only in creating confusion as, excuse me, your multi-vocabularity of the language has aptly done in interpreting the word ‘haraam’ in this very haram month of ‘Muharramulharram’.

  5. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    Not jokingly !

    In arabic language Hurmat is determinant as to
    the status of any

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