Kite Flying is Un-Islamic!

Kite Flying Branded Un-Islamic

Kite Flying Branded Un-Islamic

Spring is here, so are kites, controversies and bans on all things un-Islamic! Kite flying is an old custom in the Asian subcontinent of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangla Desh; people, young and old have been flying kites for decades. Somehow Pakistani authorities have dropped the plan to revive ‘Basant’ festival and kite-flying in the central province of Punjab in the wake of a warning issued by Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which has described the event as ‘un-Islamic’. Incidentally, Jamaat-ud-Dawah is the front group for terrorist group Laskar-e-Taiba, also responsible for Mumbai terrorist attacks in which about two hundred were killed and more than three hundred injured. Not surprisingly, government of Punjab province surrendered and dropped the proposal to celebrate the Kite Festival even though the festival has been an intrinsic part of Lahore culture for many decades.

BBC reports that police in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad have arrested dozens of kite-flyers and seized thousands of kites.  Parents have been asked to stop their children from kite flying, as the popular pastime is now “totally banned” in the district, Associated Press of Pakistan news agency reported. Kite flying has apparently been banned for safety concerns; the thread is often coated with abrasive material, such as crushed glass mixed with rice glue, to cut the strings of other people’s kites. It seems Pakistani authorities have become very concerned about the number of people who died in accidents caused by flying kites.

Unfortunately, Pakistan authorities do not show the same  concern for recurring attacks on innocents by Muslim fanatics like they do for kite-flying!  Minorities like Christians have been under constant attacks under the pretext of insulting the Prophet or insulting Koran or insulting Muslims. In reality, Pakistan has been steadily regressing into an intolerant state where real and imagined insults to its state religion of Islam, take precedence over everything else. Its customs and culture of  kite flying, music and food have to be banned if fanatics and terrorists say so. Lately, Pakistan’s Sufi influenced traditions of veneration of saints and musical tradition of Qawaalis have been under assault as well. In January, 2014,  six bodies were found with their throats slit near a Sufi shrine in Karachi and two people were killed at a Sufi shrine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. In Pakistan, it is not the people who or their elected officials who are in charge but Jamat-ud Dawa and other terrorist organizations which lay down rules of behavior for people of Pakistan and its elected officials.

In Jhelum, a province in Punjab, there have been many reports that young people are getting influenced by hardline and radical groups which project immense power and wealth to would be believers;  many of these groups are aligned and financed by none other than Saudi Arabia, upholders of strict tenets of Wahhabism.  All 9/11 hijackers were Saudis! Apparently, suicide attacks and other killings in the name of Islam are permitted, encouraged and rewarded while a simple activity of kite flying is treated as blasphemous! Music is banned; films are banned; sports are banned; Internet is banned; in short, any activity that could provide a simple pleasure – is banned! Yet, Osama Bin Laden and 9/11 hijackers permitted themselves hardcore porn and other vile stuff yet had no qualms about dictating strict rules of behavior including murder and destruction for all non-Muslims!

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Politisite Human Interest Editor: Joyce is a graduate in Films and Communications and has found herself gravitating to writing with an increasing fervor. She has made short documentaries for Unicef and Indian TV. Joyce joined Politisite and writes regularly for Yahoo, Allvoices and her Blog on politics, religion, spirituality, family, cultural idiosyncrasies and anything else that catches her fancy. Joyce believes humor to be an essential ingredient of life and loves art, poetry and books. She is also a Homeopath and does Homeopathic consultations (alternative medicine).

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