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To Amir Liaquat Hussain about Taher Shah & the big snake


Mr Amir Liaquat Hussain

Assalamualikum.

You have done a lot of things in the past that have scandalized, traumatized and shocked people. More evolved people, at least. But you have a huge fan following of naive masses who still are head over heels over you. You know very well, sir, how to win them over. You are very entertaining to some. And so you have been going on.

As someone who is always the devil’s advocate and likes to see the good side in people, I have always liked to think that you, like all of us, are a combination of good and bad. Secondly, no matter what, you talk with love and reverence about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). And so I always try and give you the benefit of doubt.

But this time, Amir Sahab, you have pushed it to far. And it is better that I say it to you directly as an open letter, rather than back-biting about you.

In yesterday’s Amaan Ramzan transmission of GEO, aired at Iftar time on 25th July 2013, you publicly humiliated and insulted this singer called Taher Shah who sang the viral song “Eye to Eye”. You made fun of him, embarrassed him, touched the grown man’s hair and brought attention to it in an offensive manner, cut short his song as he tried to sing, and you put a huge snake on his shoulders.

To Taher Shah, I digress and give a very short message: Sorry that this happened, Taher. But you should have known what you are getting into. And for the record after seeing you insulted like that, I am feeling remorse that I laughed about your Eye to Eye, although it was hard not to, but I accept I should have done better than mock.

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Coming back to Amir Liaquat Sahab. Well, sir, this has nothing to do with Taher Shah really, or about one particular show. My worry and concern is at deeper levels.

The first and foremost is that people call you, for reasons best known to them, an Islamic scholar and as a member of clergy. And that places HUGE responsibility on your shoulders. Because you are the most prominent pop tv cleric as they are calling you, people associate everything you do with Islamic scholars. We, the human race, love to stereo-type and pass sweeping generalized statements. We make people heroes too quickly and write them off too soon. And so I have heard friends say “ALL Islamic tv shows, specially in Ramadan, are drama. They will do anything for ratings. Look at Dr Amir! They are ALL the same.” Fact is, they are not! I have heard humble and peace-loving Muftis and Aalims on tv imparting their knowledge, some of them not there for money or ratings but simply because they feel they must share the knowledge they have. It is disturbing to see that they are being doubted because of something that someone else might be doing.

Secondly, I have honestly and sporadically respected you for the fact that your love of Rasool Ullah (saw) is so intense. When you initially became a celeb, your naats and the way you talked about the Sunnah of Rasool Ullah (saw) and his life and times was very motivating. But what’s happening now, sir, is that in the same sitting you are mocking people which is against the Sunnat of my beloved, may upon him be peace, and you are also reciting durood. Yes, we all make those mistakes at times. And we shouldn’t. But with honour comes responsibility. You, sir, represent a lot more than the average man. Your voice is heard by millions and your sentiments are echoed across the globe. You need to be more careful with the trust people have vested in you.

Many feel that your current way of distributing gifts in your shows when they answer questions is unethical. I don’t think so. “Neelam Ghar” is legend in Pakistan, and you are filling that gap. So good for you. But how come people respected Tariq Aziz sahab so much but you are under such tough scrutiny? Because it all depends on HOW something is executed. You need to re-think how you are doing it.

Other morning shows have also been known to have orphan or abandoned children given to couples who wish to adopt. Why did it make to the international media when you did the same? Why did it hurt people so when you gave that baby away? Again, sir, its the way you did it. On one side lawn and motor bikes were given away and on another a human baby! That is simply in bad taste.

There is nothing wrong if media persons, to encourage people to take parent-less children as their own, with legalities and background check, have such things on their shows, though it’s debatable if such private things should be done on media in the first place. But if the element of respect and decorum is missing, it even makes a good act unsavoury.

Please re-think all that you are doing and the precedent that you are setting. Otherwise you may be the most watched anchor person but not the most respected.

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About FarahnazZahidi

Journalist, writer, blogger & activist. Currently working for The Express Tribune. Focus on human rights, health, gender, peace & Islam. Idealist. Wannabe photographer. Chaai, traveling, reading, friends and motherhood.

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  1. Very well written and well explained letter. Hope this helps putting some sense into him and his fellow anchors.

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  2. I hate the new fad of everyone writing about everything anyone ever does through blogs in every newspaper, which I find opportunistic and an indication of a subtle God-complex. But I genuinely like what you write, and I appreciate your thoughts and words of wisdom, and because of you alone, I do not completely condemn the paper you write for 🙂

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    • Thank you Waqas 🙂 I genuinely felt what I wrote. This blog Chaaidaani, however, is my individual space & does not represent the views of the Express Tribune.

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      • hi farzana
        i just wrire one thing that making fun of others is totally bad and ill mannered, we have to think about the respect of others…..i totally agreed with u in this matter,,,,
        God bless you thanks
        regard
        M.iftikhar qureshi

      • Very well said and truly felt bad as it seems like insult after insult.this is totally giving wrong impression to the common man ,now any one can do the same to any targeted person.this is also targeted emotional killing of humans.

  3. that was really sad, I saw the 7 minute video, I feel pretty embarrassed. Thanks for this

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  4. In my humble opinion the responsibility lies with media houses who are promoting this just for Trps

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  5. very well written, expressed the sentiments of a lot of us who wonder at what this man is trying to project…he is capable of a lot better and must try to retain his dignity.

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  6. Very well written but please do not refer to him as Doctor…I wish we simple hearted people would only first research who we follow and why..in this day and age it’s not a cumbersome task all we have to do is Google…

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  7. The guy is a munafiq, and every now and then he is exposed , yet we still all fall for him , maybe out of love for what he says and not what he does.

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  8. Very well written and quite well phrased Farahnaz Zahidi. This is a debatable topic indeed but something you wrote caught my eye as quoted below:

    ‘Secondly, sir, I have honestly and sporadically respected you for the fact that your love of Rasool Ullah (saw) is so intense. When you initially became a celeb, your naats and the way you talked about the Sunnah of Rasool Ullah (saw) and his life and times was very motivating’

    If a person would be so much in love and motivated by our beloved Prophet Mohammad (saw), spoke so good and did naats and talked about Sunnah like this person does, do you really think that person would know tactics of a snake or to know all the Dramaybaazi this so called ‘Daaktar’ is so famous for? Ishq-e-Rasool and Ishq-e-Haqiqi at any level makes a person selfless, and to use his own Ikhlaaq to teach Islam. Whatever this person does is only for his only will gotten gains.

    But, hats off to a well written article. We need such journalism into our system just to try to change the system to make it more better 🙂

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    • Thanks for the thoughtful feedback 🙂

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    • yes, this is exactly what i was thinking. professing to be something and actually BEING that way are two different things. and i personally think that the more sincere one is about something, the less one finds it necessary to talk about it.

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    • jamal syed brooklyn,NY

      yaar why we are giving so much importance to such a meniac,just ignore these kind of persons,our time is very precious,why should we waste our time and energy for these kind of stupid ideot,in this scenario u people just upgradind his TRP

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  9. Very well written .
    Here I would like to say that Geo needs to look into it as well ,is this what they want there Ramadan transmission to look like .

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  10. i agree with the lady, the question and the drift was stucked in my mind since so many months. Me too think that Sir Amir is not a respected being but an appreciable person all over the world where Muslims are populated . He mocks those who doesn’t have much Islamic knowledge as if he has a full command over Islam. I do acknowledge his love for Prophet(S.a.w) but he shouldn’t ridicule others of being unaware of Islamic cognition.
    I would say to him that don’t do this stuff.
    And make yourself respectable rather than criticized.

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    • How can u acknowledge his love for Prophet(S.a.w), did u see his heart???

      Only God knows the inner niyat of people.

      He is the most abusive person not a scolar.

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  11. Sumera Rahman

    Very well written ….tv channels also responsible for these type of shows

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  12. I feel ashamed as I have been part of the mocking on facebook :-/ – Love the article which is a message not only for amir liaqat only but all those who were mocking thru other mediums

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  13. Very well written mam
    i must say i never expected this kind of behaviour from Mr. Amir liaqat hussain.

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  15. A very well written letter indeed. I hope he reads this letter of yours and changes his way to be a better person and apoloizes to Taher. I am not a fan of his song, but no guest should have been treated that way. The letter is really tastefully done. I am myself to see what the amir guy is all about really. I remember that tariq aziz show. There is nothing wrong what he is doing but as long it is done tastefully. There should be a sense of decorum especially with him as he is being watch and judged. Young and other influential people are watching him.He needs to becareful. He needs to bring back some dignity and respect.. BRAVO again..

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  16. Very well written. I felt terrible when I watched this clip. It was utterly rude and disrespectful of Aamir Liaquat!!

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  17. For starters, I have also made fun of Tahir but I simultaneously given him a lot of respect openly on Facebook. My reason: He made me laugh. Hell, he made EVERYONE in my office laugh for the entire day. And then there were moments when we were caught humming the song, got mad at ourselves and then laughed again. Tahir is nothing but a simple human being who simply keep us entertained. On that note, Amir Liaquat . . . oh well, his video (of him caught off guard) also kept us entertained. Amir is what I call an Islamic con Artist NOT scholar. I have met Islamic Scholars. I have attended Islamic conferences. Amir’s monthly pay cheque (for those who are not aware) is to the tune of approximately 4 million. Its all about the television ratings, sponsorship money added with rich people who are generously sending in their donations after watching the show. So yea, not impressive Mr. Amir.. Just disgusting hypocrisy at its best. Tahir on the other hand has his ratings even higher now after the interview. 🙂 Moral: What goes around comes around – eye to eye *winks*

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    • 4 million is 40 lacs. Per month?

      Anyway.

      Tbh, I am in a quandary myself. There were some very colourful comments on TS when his ..erm.. Singing effort went viral. Now those same (not literally) people r defending him against AL’s bullying (as it was referred to in one place).
      If every1 feels so strongly about this ( and I am not condoning it at all) please also take a hard look in the mirror at one’s self. Just B/c AL be it someone who has questionable integrity has done it in front of the camera and we sniggered and ridiculed in the privacy of our homes with friends and family will not abolish the sin of making fun/mockery of someone. yes we all did it too. admit it.
      After all society individuals se hi banti hai.

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  18. Ms Farahnaz Zahidi
    I totally agree with you.Very well said.

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  19. If this was any other decent country, Liaquat would have been sued by now. What if that snake had reacted negatively? It was a PYTHON. Not only did he embarrass and ridicule Taher, but he put his health at risk. These are Pakistan’s current leaders and prominent members of the media…in Ramadan.

    We are doomed.

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    • I am quite agree with you sir. Aaimer Liaquat did a disgraceful act with that so-called singer, despite the fact, what he song in the audiance. Insulting a muslim people, putting snake to his body, touching his hair, embrassing to him just for joke are shameful. It is the time to think in the month of holy Ramadan, what we have achieved/learned. The answer is just a big zero. As a nation, we are still there and unaware the destination.

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  20. Muhammad Taimur Rizwan

    Amir Liaqat IS like this, @Author.
    Nice letter, but if you ask me, I’d say it is too subtle for such hypocritical behaviour. :S

    This was the same fault we committed in the last government, we staged no serious and aggressive protest. There are some times for subtlety, there are some for brutal retribution.

    This is one of brutal retribution.

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  21. You have simply written what is the voice of every sane Pakistani! He has used religion in such a pathetic manner. But this shows that Geo has actually stooped to the lowest levels of increasing its ratings. When we were kids, I remember that my mother would watch all those informative programs by renowned Aalims and Muftis and we would sometimes watch with her as well. Now that I am a mother myself, with my elder one going to be 8 soon, I want him to stay away from this magic box and I would make sure that he would not watch such pathetic Sehri and Aftari transmissions. what a shame!

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  22. I m so impressed by your writing. And also feel so proud of you being a Muslim and a Pakistani. I also pray from Allah to Shower His blessings upon you.
    People like you should be in a spotlight rather than Amir Liaquat!. I don’t know what he studied or where he studied. But whatever he did study was a waste and is a waste!.GEO T.V is very much resposible for Portraying Amir Liaquat as an Islamic Scholar which is such an embarrassment to the world that this is how Islamic Scholars are??. He is more of a comedian or a wanna be an actor and shold be on Comedy Programs.
    Thank,you again for your Letter and I have become a fan of you. Keep up the great work!!.

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  23. Nice thoughts; but I am failed to understand one thing. We remain silent when such guys mock our religion and raise our voices when they are misbehaving as mention in the article.
    This Ramadan especially you find each and every channel is selling Islam/Religion to get worldly benefits and doing no good to religion itself neither spreading good values to people. Ignorant are the people who like them but what about people who are blessed with Knowledge? We are not raising our voices against such acts.
    People like your views and thus I request you to ponder some light on this issue.
    Jazakallah Khair.

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  24. Such wonderful way of expressing the wrong and unethical program. They are actually ruining the image of our religion. Very well written .

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    • Muhammad Siddique

      I 100% agree with Ms. Farhana & Ms. Ayesha and others view points also. Amir Sb should avoid such unethical actions in future.

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  25. We all laughed on Tahir Shah and his song when it went viral. We all made fun of his choice of vocabulary, of his curly hair and his smile and black swan vs white swan appearance. Now when Amir Liaqat did the same, we are all very angry about it. The fact is WE are hypocrites.

    Saying that, I do think that calling a guest on your ramzan transmission and humiliating him in front of a laughing crowd is an honorable deed. Amir bhai should apologize to the victim of his abuse.

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  26. not an honorable deed***

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  27. very well writtten ..i think these are the words of every person who watched tht video .i personly hate this jaaaali and munaaafiq mulaa and doctor and his indian paid platform ..kindly say laanat atleast once on amir liaqat .jzaakallah

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  28. Very well written , i want to add something to this , i just want to tell amir liaquat sahab … Bohat nazuk soorat e haal hai , lagta hai aap apni video bhool gaye hain ? and i want to tell mr taher shah that i respect him no matter wht he sang , whenever he appeared on any show , he was never rude to anyone .

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  29. Well, a question had been raised in my head, as so called Ramadan program by Amir liaqat is suppose to be an Islamic program and he is also so called Islamic scholar! Than how come we invite singer in this show and ask them to sing, when we all know music is haram!!! Does that mean MR. Amir is trying to modify Islam??? Well to your attention MR Amir there is a Hadith stating: whoever add or change anything in Islam is out of Islam.

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  30. Gud

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  31. Lady,after reading your letter all i can say is that u immediately need to see a psychiatrist. Do not delay it

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  32. Just surprised at the level of stupidity of people who think ALH is a scholar of Islam and a clergyman :/

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  33. officialwarranty

    Reblogged this on What Lies Beneath The Rock and commented:
    Although I do not agree entirely with the author, I do stand by her basic point. Our media and its representatives are irresponsible and they need to pull their act together. If they can’t do it themselves then they should be told to do so. They’re merely exploiting the industry they’re working in and must be told that there are certain ethics they should abide by. If we come to compare the amount of positive work they’re doing against the negative, the latter would trump the former. So Mr. Amir Liaqat and Geo, learn the import of your medium and act accordingly!

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  34. A very well written letter, I hope that this results in Mr. Amir Liaquat rethinking about his show along with the GEO management, what is that they actually want to give to the public, a “Neelam Ghar” a ” Ramadan Program” or a “freak show”
    I surely hope that as mentioned in your letter, the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (SAW) is to honour guests and therefore Mr. Amir Liaquat should ensure that he should not insult the guests of his show
    I hope that your letter changes the attitude

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  35. the other day he insulted a ladyy for wrong answer n said apkay dhitai k sath bolay janay walay jhoot pe firdous ki lawn apki hui

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  36. 100% agreed to you admin., whatever he is oing is surely unacceptable , Tahir Shah songs really fetch up disgusting remarks but calling him as a guest and insulting is really pathetic !! I believe Amir Liaqat should say Sorry word if he wants his lost dignity!… Whatever you wrote us almost from everybody’s heart!

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  37. mahams_ash@yahoo.com

    MAHAM
    u gave exact words to wot i was feeling since then…..amir liaqat should apologize frm tahir shah in his progrm like he realy means it n should b careful in the futue..n v shud start watching other ppl who r more trustworthy nn less into commercialism like J.J

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  38. maleeha khwaja

    I am happy you wrote this letter. I really felt very bad how Amer Liaqat was bullying Taher Shah. I am a teacher and I have seen boys like Amer, who feel they are machos and can look down upon others and make fun of them. Taher Shahs and Amer Liaqats talent, I would rate the same. How can Amer think that he is better than Taher? It was especially disgusting and shameful as it was in a ramzan transmission program and being a good muslim we dont make fun of others and ridicule them…………DISSAPPOINTING Mr. Liaqat

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  39. I completely agree with your thoughts and I condemn such fake scholars.
    Have you guys seen this transmission carefully, how he is treating audience sitting at studio and how AL throwing gifts towards them is exactly like we throw bone in front of our pets. This is really disrespectful manner.

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  40. Touched by this beautiful write up. The best thing is that the write never crossed limits of decency, and to me, this is the biggest message to Dr. Amir. He should learn this art.

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  41. Syed Ali Moazzam

    God bless you for writing a very decent piece. And I really sincerely hope that Amir Liaqat does get to read this and mend his ways….which at the moment reflect how proud he is of his power through his fan following. You have put everything very aptly and I also now feel bad for Tahir Shah after watching the clip online. In the first spiderman movie his grandpa tells spiderman while he is dying…”with great power comes great responsibility” I guess all tv anchors should always keep that in mind.

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  42. Moin Azhar Siddiqui

    very well worded, a good and healthy criticism, watching his show regularly every day had a strong feeling that he is continuously humiliating the audience, and Tahir Shah, well I do not have words for Tahir Shah and Amir Liaqat both, it was a a height of frustration and humiliation both, humiliation by Amir Liaqat and Frustration on behalf of Tahir Shah what made him come to sing when he can not sing…. amazing, I was thinking to write something or to convey a message to him for changing himself,but could not do it, and you have done the job, I adopt the same and will request Him to kindly read your letter carefully if he is following. he need to understand that there are so many followers who consider him ….. I don’t know what to say and people still believe that he is undata, in my humble opinion he need to change, any way you have done a superb job using a good forum,,,,,,,,,,, Shayad kay utar jaay dil mein teri baat.
    Professor Moin Azhar Siddiqui

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  43. U have done a great job .i think amir liaqat should apologize to all muslmano

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  44. Plz write something about our celebs as well who use religious obligatories to earn fame.i regret a lot when i see all those ladies who dont even know what is hijaab n its hurmat n just tag the duptta in a way that nothing should b covered.v should react for all those sign boards n bill boards where models r selling i dont know whether lawn brands or what so ever.we have junaid jumshed example.is he the faliure if he is not using this flash market for lawn endorsement.v shud react to all these before its too late n that day is not too far when v will c nacked boards n vehicles selling all that n saying this is commodity

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  45. Reblogged this on nasehamushtaq. and commented:
    it was necessary to reblog this!

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  46. u have done a pretty good job at humbly describing the abominable behaviour of amir liaqat without using harsh words and disgracing him (which i thinkk he deserves after what he did to tahir shah on his show tamasha he bana diya uska).i hope he reads this and learns something and get over his rude and disrespectful attitude

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  47. there is one specific “manner” amir liaqat realllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy needs to get acquainted with and that is to stop cutting in while someone else is speaking,

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  48. Hats off Farha… most of the people have already commented on the thoughts I was having.
    You are doing a Jehad bil Qalam. Keep it up and May Allah protect you and WE are with you.

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  49. I’m honestly surprised that seemingly rational and educated people like yourself are continuing under the sad misconception that a person like Amir Liaquat whose words and actions are there for the world to see, deserves credit because he “talks about” his love and reverence for the Holy Prophet (saw). I’m sorry but though your heart may be in the right place, this kind of mentality needs a serious rethink in Pakistan. Is it enough to sing songs and talk about love for anything or anyone when our actions are so contrary to the legacy of it? I am infuriated by people who cannot stop declaring their love for the Prophet and yet their actions are so vile that they would be better off not drawing those associations at all.Amir Liaqat is an utterly pathetic specimen of a certain type of Islamic observance that is popular in pakistan today – all talk and no play. Love, dedication and devotion should be judged by actions. A sad, pathetic man making declarations of love on TV and singing nazms should not be presumed to have love for Islam or its Prophet when his actions are so repulsive and abhorrent.

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  50. thoroughly disgusted!

    Farah thank you for voicing what we felt in our hearts and didn’t have either the guts or the right words to phrase them the way you did to convey our feelings! These clerical dramas have no doubt disturbed what we call the essence of the spirituality of this Holy month of Ramadhan! More the channels we tend to surf, a new seasonal clown acting as a scholar turns up ruining those most important times ….futoor and suhoor….which are the moments when most of the duas are accepted and more are encouraged to be asked!
    it is a kind request to those who mint money with all the crap and crazy stuff all year round…please refrain from maligning the holiness of this sacred month……you can also increase your personal TRP in the hereafter during this month……why dont you work on it!!!!!

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  51. Very well written … Good job… This hypocrite imposter Mr Liaqat who claims to be a religious icon doesn’t keven know how we Muslims are supposed to look after their guests… I am not Tahir shah’s fan but he made a song with clear intentions in fact made himself a laughing stock… But never did wanted to harm or hurt anyone …his would Mr Liaqat have felt if Tahir shah asked him AAP NAY GHALIB FILM DAIKHEE HAI?he could have easily as it was a live show …WAISAY Mr Liaqat should apologize to Tahir shah

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  52. Very nice

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  53. I usually don’t see his programs but I saw these clips on Facebook you have written very well about the implications tv personalities have on our lives, especially when it relates to deeni personalities /scholars we generally see scholars as serious people having no fun on their programs, he is different a singer an actor and an aalim (if he really is one i cant say) that I feel is attracting towards him, unfortunately it’s the lack of education in the people that can’t discern right from wrong, hope your letter appeals to him to take action, but there will be hundreds more like him, as soon as he gives way. Education of our children is the only way in the long run we will be able to overcome these types of challenges

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  54. I am very sorry for mr.Tahir Shah but aamir liaqat is just wearing a mask of good man but if you see his 27th july 2013 iftar transmission he himself exposed him that he can do every thing in bad mannar but not in good akkhh thoo i am from Libya but i see him he is also a copy cat and says that it was my soft part now i am saying him let me see what he does to me my Allah is with me .

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  55. So well written within the boundaries of respectful words and yet, totally exposing the dramatist. I, for one, will not have been able to complete a sentence without using harsh adjectives for him! The day I saw him sitting on a huge throne like gold chair along with other maulaanas in some episode before Ramadan, I knew he was a munafiq bc one cannot profess to all that love for the Prophet (pbuh) and yet, dress and sit in such regal way bc our beloved Prohet was the king of both worlds and yet, lived the simplest of all. When will out people ever learn? And how? It’s just not him… Look at Maya khan with the dramatic utterance of Allah hu Akbar every time someone answers wrongly, or tell something useful. And throngs of people send messages to be wanting to come to shows…. Hopefully just for the prizes and not for the love of these two faced people!

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  56. Where “Musalmaanon Tukka lagaao” is the standard slogan, and the Musalmans sitting there find it hilarious, what more do you expect? They know their worth.

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  57. I just want to thank the person who has taken this very sensible and candid letter which is representative of the sentiments of so many of us. I pray that those who have taken it upon their shoulders the responsibility of spreading the good word may also exhibit the good sense to do it wisely

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  58. I tried to read but then quickly skimmed through it due to excessive use of ‘sir’ in almost every sentence. Annoying.

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  59. I agree t& apprecite to wat u wrote, & the tv channels should not allow such ppl to host shows that r below ethics

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  60. It’s one thing putting a snake around a GROWN MAN’S neck and it another to make children (hardly 6-7 years old) to put that huge ass snake around their neck.

    How come nobody is outraged over THAT!

    What he did to those children was barbaric! Where the f is Pemra?! and media outrage?

    Oh wait, they DON’T CARE. because it is not their child.

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  61. Why call him sir in every other sentence?

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  62. I have never watched Aamer Liaquat’s programs after the initial scandals of his degrees being “fake” or not. There was something in his smile which felt absolutely wrong to me, it was more of a sneer but that’s my personal thought. I have seen the clip of Tahir Shah being mocked and what felt terribly wrong was the way the audience reacted, especially the kids to that mocking. It was as if what Aamer was doing is correct, as if that man Taher Shah deserves to be mocked. What wrong has he done, but write a song, sing it in some Pakistani accent and make a video. I was amazed at that man’s confidence, in believing in what his passion or hobby or dream is. Can we not let people alone ??
    I shall watch that complete video now and probably comment again. Good article, but you are too polite.

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  63. assalam o alikum,
    i read the article, it was really awe-inspiring,very well phrased,and it completely fits the bill.Here i would like to mention another occasion where Mr Amir was asking about the name of his first ramadhan show and repeatedly mentioned” jo ab kisi aur channel nai chori kar liya hai”.for what i believe such a person cant be an islamic scholar.there is no iota of doubt in it that he is a gifted gabber and he is using this to manipulate the minds of ignorants and to serve his purpose.From head to toe, he seems pretentious.I am happy that you -Farahnaz zaidi, pointed out his gruesome act and gave him a chance to mend his ways.

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  64. JAHANGEER RAZA

    AOA

    Jazakallah Khair.

    Regards
    Jahangeer Raza

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  65. One word for types like Aamir Liaqat, Maya andJunaid Jamshaid : MUNAFIQAT. The Ramzan shows ought to be banned as they are leading to millions of people gaining a misplaced understanding of what our religion teaches. On one programme, in the midst of all the opulence of the tasteless sets set up for these programmes, talk was of how Islam teaches simplicity. Very well said in the article.

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  66. Very politely written, but in my opinion he doesn’t deserve to be ban. His type of muslim scholars are even worse then non muslims. Munafiq

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  67. I strongly agree with every word of yours. not only he, but each one of us should analyze our self of our doings and ask forgiveness. please keep writng. its an eye opener. thank you for taking the step:)

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  68. To me this is a most crucial and mature analysis, because some people criticize him because of his actions and they find contradiction between what he says and what he practices.. if it is waived-off by him, he may be liked and encouraged.

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  69. Ms. Farahnaz, You have been so polite and much ethical in your lines above and I really appreciate that. But I am not supportive to the idea treating people like Amir Liaqat with such respect and honor. I have reason to believe that they are the people who do not deserve such fame and do not really know how to handle it. Fortunately, I have been sitting with many media celebrities and it is my personal opinion that none of them, even after getting enormous fame, would adopt such humiliating behavior which Amir Liaqat has demonstrated with consistency and stubbornness. I agree what you said but not convinced your suggestive manner. He doesn’t deserve it at any cost. He is crossed the lines. We need to make people aware about his real face not him to correct his actions. This is first time and that’s enough!

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  70. Nice written letter. ALLAH pak bless you

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  71. Well written! I hope people get a clear picture of amir liaqat…..yes v all laughed at eye to eye but humiliating the guest is not the right thing to do! Also snake symbolizes something else as well and there’s no point in havin it in the show Only Allah knows the niyyat of every1
    …. MAY ALLAH give us Hiddayat!

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  72. Bravo dear good article

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  73. For me it turned out like a commenting fiasco where each and every person mocking Taher shar started praising him and every person praising Amir Liaquat started taking notes of his bad deeds. In the end they both are humans and they are bound to make mistakes.

    We need to let go of what they both did and move on. Or better LEARN from their mistakes and silently correct ourselves.

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  74. excellent. A good portrait of ALH. Only for a man i do not respect, i avoid using the word ‘Sir’ so many times

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  75. If you don’t like what you saw, pease complain to PAMERA about this: http://www.pemra.gov.pk/feedback/

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  76. This guy is destroying the culture and the true essence of Islam through GEO network. No doubt he is being paid alot and lives a lavish life and in the end, nothing else matters to him. But one day we will all die, nobody can live forever. So you have only two choices. Live it the way it pleases you, or live it the way it pleases Allah. Following are my concerns about the show:
    – Gifts worth millions of rupees are distributed to people who dont deserve at all.
    – The audience is full of rich or middle class people who can afford everything they get from the show.
    – Singing naath is not an obligation or fard, neither will it add to good deeds. Recitation of the Holy Quran, translation of the Quran, or discussion on Hadiths and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet PBUH will benefit the society and that will be rewarded as a good deed.
    – This and all the other live transmissions on other channels are just a way to sell BRANDS and products, and a way to increase the Channel rating and viewership.
    – What is shown on the TV shows is making the society a high consumption society. The general population cannot afford it, but you are creating the desire and need for a lavish life, which is technically Haram because you are destroying the society’s morale.

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  77. Very well written and please accept my appreciation.

    Amir Liaquat has become quite a subject these days, and it was thoughtful of you to write this. (I really wonder if he’s going to read it anyhow :/ )

    His love for our Prophet (SAW) is impeccable! I really appreciate his naats and his duas plus all the good things that he has ever said or done. Because if someone, anyone, can bring you remembrance of Allah and His Rasool (SAW) then surely he is respectable.

    But these things that he’s doing now are only causing embarrassment for the rest of us. He is preparing beggars!! It certainly is GREAT to help those in need, but distributing motorcycles and lawns and expensive equipments to those who otherwise look well-off is disturbing. Aunties hugging with delight, a girl crying to get a motor for her bro and people getting over-excited to win is humiliating. Not just this, the Tahir Shah incident that you have discussed about needs to be reviewed by Amir Sahab. Laughing and mocking him wasn’t kind, and that man (though he sung ‘that’ song) deserved respect while he was called on the show.

    Firstly, in my view, Amir sahab must have NOT called Taher in his show and let the Molvis stand up for a singer and if he just HAD to call him, then why insult him?

    Toally second you here:
    “But what’s happening now, sir, is that in the same sitting you are mocking people which is against the Sunnat of my beloved, may upon him be peace, and you are also reciting durood. Yes, we all make those mistakes at times. And we shouldn’t. But with honour comes responsibility. You, sir, represent a lot more than the average man. Your voice is heard by millions and your sentiments are echoed across the globe. You need to be more careful with the trust people have vested in you.”

    Amir Sahab must know that he is respected by many, and people like us get shocked to see what he’s been doing. O fcourse there are alot of rumors that have spread too (probably from haters) which might not have anything to do with he reality, but not every news is a rumor. He really needs to mend things back and gain his respect back.

    -maria.

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  78. Tamkeen Pirzada

    Very well written. I am at peace with myself that I didn’t watch his show deliberately & have no regrets. Most of us r talking about Dr.Liaqat but no one says anything to GEO network, who is promoting him like anything. When will GEO come to its senses.

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