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KARACHI: 

The youth of Karachi are planning a huge Independence Day present for their compatriots this August when they will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the largest number of people singing a national anthem simultaneously.

The present record – which was set in Pune, India, on January 12, 2010 – featured 104,637 people singing ‘Vande Mataram,’ one of India’s most popular national songs. However, some confusion exists about the 2010 record, because “Vande Mataram” is not the actual national anthem of India.

“We have contacted the Guinness World Records to rectify this record… We are waiting for their response and correct record details,” said Abid Beli, an entrepreneur with the heart of a social worker and one of the focal persons organising the record challenge in Karachi.

Should that record be set aside, the previous one set by 5,000 plus people singing the Philippines’ national anthem Lupang Hinirang would be recognised again. Either way Abid and his fellow organiser Waqas Pai say they and their volunteers will be prepared.

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Karachi youth hope to sing their way into the record books and beat India while they’re at it.

A mosque goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to mosque every Friday. ‘I’ve gone for 30 years now,’ he wrote, ‘and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the Imaams are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.’

This started a real controversy in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
‘I’ve been married for 37 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals, But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to mosque for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!’ When you are DOWN to nothing…. Allah is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank Allah for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

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I think everyone should read this! ‘When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, ‘Allah, could you get that for me?’

A 4 minute intro to Pakistan. Non-commercial & unconditional love work of Zeelaf & Munir for Pakistan. It shows a Pakistan that is largely hidden from the public eye in the West. Without doubt, religious extremism, some decadent Madrassahs and violence exist in Pakistan but such symbols are not entirely representative of Pakistan, its rich cultural heritage, architectural marvels, a passion for sports, and great music productions, shades of which are shown in the video, also signify what Pakistan stands for. This is an effort to show this side of the coin as well.

More at http://www.whatispakistan.com

FAiTh in collaboration with PYR Karachi Chapter is organizing Free Thalassemia Screening and Blood drive to start 2011 and to say goodbye to 2010!

Attending? Please RSVP

Lets build a greater & positive Pakistan

(Courtesy/ Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kharison/lets-build-a-greater-positive-pakistan)

Can I Borrow $5?

Posted: October 14, 2010 in Mind Sciences, Motivational, Pakistan, World

This could be quite old, but I still feel that we must keep on reminding ourselves on this. I always feel touched with this real story. Here it goes:


Can I Borrow $5?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: ‘Daddy, May I ask you a question?’

DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.

SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make an hour?’

DAD: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the man said angrily.

SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’

DAD: ‘If you must know, I make $20 an hour.’

SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $5?”

The dad was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.’

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut
the door..

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $5 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

‘Are you asleep, son?’ He asked.

No Daddy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy.

‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the man. ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here is the $5 you asked for.’

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you Daddy!’ he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the father grumbled.

‘Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied.

‘Daddy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow.
I would like to have dinner with you.’

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It’s just a short reminder to all of us working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $20 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

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Pakistan in need – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

All started suddenly and thousands died, millions displaced, hundreds of villages vanished in the matter of just 4 days!!…strangely there were no weather warnings, no alarms.. these are the worst floods in the history of Pakistan BUT no one from Global MET offices could even trace what is going on in this region? We have investigated this matter and concluded that HAARP has recently been used in NW area of Pakistan .. the choice of starting point was perfect.. all the flood is going in downstream i.e. Khyber Hills to Karachi Sea… it is designed to submerge entire Pakistan and bring up the worst crises and chaos ever happened.. they know they cant win a war with Nuclear armed Pakistan – it would be a mutual destruction, so they have other ways to do it! HAARP High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is a little-known, yet critically important U.S. military defense program. HAARP can and has been used for weather modification, to cause earthquakes and tsunamis, to disrupt global communications systems, and more.

via Pakistan Flood: HAARP Used in Pakistan? – Urgent.

Continuing Pakistani floods – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

Why worried? I am not affected !!!

This is what comes in our mind when we got saved and/or not harmed by any calamity or disaster that hit our neighbourhood.  At one point, we think that this could have been me but very next moment, we let that thought go and think that thank God we’re not those who got affected. We always try to escape and seek any comfort zone in such catastrophic incidents… but my question is  why we forget that this could have been me, my family, my kids, my parents, my relatives, my neighbours ???

The past 7 days have been one of the toughest the country has faced in recent memory and all of us have been affected either through association with the people who lost their lives in a tragic air crash or by just feeling the grief of the entire nation.

We all know that in the face of adversity, our entire Nation has historically risen to the challenge, be it the earthquake or the IDP crisis where every single Pakistani contributed funds, clothes, drinking water, food items and time.

My brothers and sisters, time has come again to rise up to the challenges. The issues faced this time are complex. There is a noose of grief around our neck. The water levels are preventing people from accessing areas therefore food and first aid is difficult to get across.

Lot of people have been coordinating with welfare agencies on how to overcome the issue , helicopters are US$ 3000 per hour and are not large enough to carry goods and each trip will take hours. Unfortunately events are moving so fast that NGO’s and disaster management outfits have currently no clue as to the extent of damage and how much it will cost to replace or repair it.

In this heart-trodden scenario, TOGETHER  we can help alleviate the suffering of all that have been effected by this calamity. Alone neither you nor I can make a difference, together even if we save ONE life we save humanity.

I on behalf of my entire Pakistan Youth Renaissance (PYR) Team request all of you to please come forward to volunteer time, items or money towards the relief efforts on a collective basis.

PYR can assure you that our members will personally visit the places to ensure that your funds have been properly utilized.

Please Contact for any Donations, Food Items, Clothes, Medicines etc. :

info@pyr.org.pk, ahkath@pyr.org.pk, smkhan@pyr.org.pk, jahanzaib@pyr.org.pk, junaid@pyr.org.pk, shakeel@pyr.org.pk

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The ones below speak for 2.5 million – that is the number of people who are trapped, displaced, affected by the worst floods, Pakistan has ever seen.

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A bridge is washed away following flooding in the Swat region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on Monday. The United Nations and the United States announced $10 million in emergency aid for Pakistan on Sunday. (W. Khan / EPA)

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People carry their belongings where heavy flooding destroyed homes in Nowshera, Pakistan on Monday. The disaster has killed up to 1,500 people and forced millions to flee their homes. (Mohammad Sajjad / AP)

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Flood survivors walk over a makeshift suspension bridge built by the Pakistan army after floods washed away the iron bridge in Chakdara, near Mingora in the Swat valley on Monday. (Naveed Ali / AP)

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People camp along railway tracks on Monday after their homes were destroyed by flooding in Nowshera. (Mohammad Sajjad / AP)

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Pakistan army soldiers pass a baby as they help people flee from their flooded village in Taunsa near Multan on Sunday. The army deployed 30,000 troops but thousands remain trapped by floodwaters. (Khalid Tanveer / AP)

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Residents scramble to recover water bottles dropped from a Pakistan Air Force helicopter on Monday, Aug. 2 in Nowshera, Pakistan. Rescue workers and troops in northwest Pakistan struggled to reach thousands of people affected by the country’s worst floods since 1929. (Daniel Berehulak / Getty Image

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Ikramulla, 37, stands near a pen where he lost a handful of water buffalo to floods in Nowshera, on Aug. 1. (Adrees Latif / Reuters)

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Men assist residents in crossing the Islamabad Peshawar tollway, parts of which were washed away by heavy floods, in Charsadda, Pakistan, on July 31. (Faisal Mahmood / Reuters)

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Houses are submerged in Dera Ismail Khan on July 31. (Ishtiaq Mahsud / AP)

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A man tries to cross a makeshift bridge to escape his flooded home in Nowshera on July 31. (Adrees Latif / Reuters)

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Stranded Pakistani villagers wait for rescue helicopters on their house in Nowshera, Pakistan, on July 30. (Mohammad Sajjad / AP)

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An aerial view shows Nowshera city submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy monsoon rains on July 30. (Mohammad Sajjad / AP)

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Residents take shelter on high grounds from floods in Risalpur,in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province on Friday, July 30. (Adrees Latif / Reuters)

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A boy hangs on to the front of a cargo truck while passing through a flooded road in Risalpur on July 30. Three days of heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, pulling down bridges and flooding towns. (Adrees Latif / Reuters)

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Pakistani residents stand by flood water that entered a residential area of Muzaffarabad on July 30. (Sajjad Qayyum / AFP – Getty Images)