By Abuzar Khan
I know many people whom come from apparently conservative school of thought will take it on to the streets, as yet again 14th of February came and as assumed, the moral police would certainly set up blockades of moral checkpoints, and vilify what they deem as the immoral masses of Pakistan.
Having said that, except for Ramazan and every Friday, on which the credit of acting holy and playing decent is due and of course add to this list Valentine’s Day too. I suggest that anyone to wander into the major cities of Pakistan and have a look around with observational eyes, and witness the hooting and peeping at women of any class and you will come to know where we stand on the bar of morality and indeed this all comes in the domain of harassment.
Furthermore, about fact-checking at Valentine’s Day, this day as it associated with promotion of fornication or sex without wedlock is misrepresentation of the essence of this day, this day came about when Saint Valentine or in some other accounts Saint Valentinus defied the decree of Claudius; A roman emperor in the age of early Christianity, who by his logic of eyeshot was of the opinion that young men who were not married made out to be good soldiers, while the married one are home-sicken and can’t perform well at the battle grounds. While Saint Valentine/Valentinus secretly married off young couples appearing to be in love or willing to be in a wedlock, and the Saint was put to death for doing so.
Moreover, celebrating Valentine’s Day in personal sphere is purely a private matter in which no one can and should interfere. We live in a democratic country, a state who is a signatory of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by the declaration we are bound to follow it’s “Article 12; No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.” This Article in its waywardness implements the right to privacy.
Since we are not an autocratic state, and we have the free will to exercise it in a genteel manner, just the way a civilized country is right of every individual.
Some of the religious scriptures are displayed on banners in some corners of the country against the immodesty shown on Valentine’s Day. However, we can hardly get a glimpse of anything from people who are opposing this day against murdering an innocent human, which is the second gravest sin according to Islamic accounts of Hadiths and Quran after Shirk (noted by some scholars).
Article 12; No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Though immorality (as it is perceived by some, to which I have a strong opposition but for the sake of argument let’s suppose it is) is not among the seven major sins according to some Islamic scholars. It is, however, blatantly vituperated than other sins and had we been so out-spoken against the tyranny and heinousness of crimes that really end up in killing innocent human beings, we would have been at a better place at his time.
I am not pleading a case for Valentine’s Day, I am beseeching for introspection and reshuffling of priorities.