It has been a few days, but Eid Mubarik and season's
greetings to everyone. Though it was a peaceful celebration for most of
us, it wasn't true for all. A large number of people in the NWFP province were
killed by a suicide bomber
during Eid prayers.
Nothing can justify the taking of another life, but the ignorant may
be fooled into believing that a suicide attack against an infidel would
grant them a place in heaven. What boggles my mind is how the hell can
this be true if the very people you are killing are in the midst of
Overall, it was an usual Eid since it coincided with 25th December,
another national holiday in Pakistan (no, not to celebrate Christmas,
nor a former thug's birthday, but that of Jinnah, the nation's founder).
Most Islamabadiites took advantage of these extended holidays
and left to celebrate Eid elsewhere for once, while those from out of
town had gone back home, leaving most of the capital hauntingly empty.
This really disappointed some of my friends who, for the first time,
had decided to stay in Islamabad. The emptiness really seemed to get to
them. The rest of us however, tried to make the most of it. It had been
a while since I enjoyed driving on wide, empty roads without any limits
to speak of. The photo is of Islamabad's main highway which isn't this
empty even on a Sunday. And there was no trouble finding parking
anywhere. The hiking trail was pretty lively though and the good company
and nice weather made it one of the best climbs so far.
As for the Eid sacrifice, we didn't get a separate animal this time.
That requires scrutiny in buying a flawless animal, then looking after it
till the time of the sacrifice and finally cleaning up afterwards.
Instead, we took out a share at a mosque and got the meat when it was
The rest of the holidays were lost somewhere between distributing
the sacrifice meat (it is to be divided into three equal parts with one
meant for the poor and needy, another for friends and family and the
third for your own consumption) and visiting relatives or inviting them
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