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The Holy Women of Pakistan

The Human Lens

“But the practice, is frowned upon by almost all religious scholars and much of mainstream Islam, is generally practiced in secret,” says a local cleric. Further he adds, “Islamic rights on women’s share in property are very clear; but reflecting upon the issue of Quran marriages, it is appalling that in the 21st century such out-dated customs still prevail.”

The tradition of “Haq Bakshish” most common in province of Sindh, but also followed in Southern parts of Punjab province, is most often practiced by the feudal families, often `Syeds’. The Syeds consider themselves upper caste Muslims families are often reluctant to allow their women to marry into non-Syed families, in a kind of caste system that sees such families as being lower in status.

These Syeds claim to be the descendents of Muhammad and regard themselves are pure-blooded “Muslims”. That is if any such thing exists. There is…

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Fir sham dhali…

lonely
Fir sham dhali
Fir din hai hua
Fir teri yaad ayi hai

 

Tujhse bichde hue Barso hue
 par dil me ab bhi tu chhai hai

 

Tujh ko kya khabar kya hua hai mujhe
Jaise tuta parinda ho koi bina par k

 

Bol mai kaise udhun
Bol mai kahan chalun
Tune na di koi manzil hai

 

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Fir teri yaad ayi hai

 

Kyun tujh se koi me shikwa karun
Kyun apna haal bayan me karun

 

Tu dhokha hai sanam
Tu bewafa hai sanam
Tu hi to mera katil hai

 

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Fir teri yaad ayi hai..

 

Meri zindagi jaise, gam ka koi saaya ho
Behta hua pani ho jaise, na jiska koi kinara ho

 

Bus me behta chalun
Aur bikharta chalun
Jeene ki na khawahish hai

 

Fir sham dhali
Fir din hai hua
Fir teri yaad ayi hai..