Written by: Emaan
After returning from Saudi Arabia with a deep imprint of their environment enriched with purdah, namaz, separate masajid for women along the highway and much more, I wished I were an Arab. After observing the Turkish people's strong bond of brotherhood with all Muslims and particularly with the Syrian refugees, I wished I were a Turk. But being a Pakistani I felt a unique sense of pride. This country has been blessed with some distinctions which no other country has. It is an honour to be a part of it.
Each and every kid knows that Pakistan is the land made on the foundation of the Kalimah. Nonetheless, it is more. Let's take a look… once in a bayan, Shaheed Junaid Jamshed said that this country, Pakistan, is a secret among the secrets of Allah. Only He knows why he divided this subcontinent after 10,000 years thus creating Pakistan. This is a recent thing which I heard and it has become another point for me to love my land. It's a secret. SubhanAllah!
Wait there's more... a couple of years ago, I read in The Truth International Magazine, in the article, "The Spiritual Side of 1965 War" that The Daily Jang newspaper received a letter from Madinah Munawwarah which said, “The day Lahore was attacked by India, two people residing in Madinah saw the same dream. They saw Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم going somewhere mounted on a horse. When they humbly asked, “Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم, where are you going in such a hurry?” Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم replied, “I’m going to Pakistan for Jihad.”
This concern of our beloved Prophet for Pakistan also makes me feel so special and honoured.
I owe a lot to my country. My Allah, through it, has granted me with beautiful times, wonderful people, peaceful environment and a free air to breathe. Alhamdulillah!
I know it's neither Independence Day nor Defense Day, nor any other national holiday still, expressing one's love for one's country, doesn't need a specific day or time to do so, does it? No matter how much you hate it, I adore Pakistan. I may not fully express myself in Urdu yet I truly love its national language. I may dislike the gas and electricity load-shedding, however I love the liberty of observing purdah, reciting the Quran and the sound of azaan ringing in the towns everywhere, Masha'Allah.
Don't ever think of Pakistan-bashing as Alhamdulillah still many odd and out-of-ordinary people like me are here to protect it and always will be. Physically and orally, Insha'Allah.