‘Forbidden to sit on sofa’ – Watch Lal Masjid’s Maulana Abdul Aziz setting furniture on fire

Web Desk 09:25 AM | 11 Mar, 2021
‘Forbidden to sit on sofa’ – Watch Lal Masjid’s Maulana Abdul Aziz setting furniture on fire

ISLAMABAD – The khateeb of Lal Masjid or Red Mosque in Pakistan’s capital says that it is “forbidden to use sofa in Islam.”

“The Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his companions used to sit on the ground throughout their graceful lives. They (the companions of the Holy Prophet) were mujahids (fighters) and we have no place for those who love a life of comfort,” says the 61-year-old cleric, before setting a sofa set on fire at his seminary in the heart of Islamabad.

In a short video circulating on social media, Aziz says he was hurt over the use of sofa inside the seminary and it was for his pupils' training for becoming the mujahid – a tough life for making a tough fighter.

“Mehnat kero (get used to hard work),” he advises his disciples – while the obedient ones help Abdul Aziz light fire to a plastic wrapper placed on the fabric sofa, one jokes about sparing the ‘life’ of the ‘poor’ sofa set. “Muaf ker den issey!

Aziz then use a knife to cut the fabric so that the fancy furniture no longer remains of any use.

Last year, Maulana Abdul Aziz and his supporters had laid a siege at the Lal Masjid for almost four months that ended in a deal with the government for re-allotment of a sizeable piece of land for Jamia Hafsa, a seminary run by the cleric’s wife.

In 2019, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had cancelled the Capital administration’s allotment of a 20 kanal piece of land to Jamia Hafsa in H-11. When the administration started evacuating the building Aziz and his followers forced their way to Lal Masjid in February 2020. He returned to the mosque and tried to take over from where he was deposed by the Musharraf government during the siege of Lal Masjid which lasted from July 3 to July 11, 2007.

At least 103 people were killed in the bloody 10-day siege that shook the country and even troubled a powerful military rule. Among the dead was Aziz’s firebrand brother, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, his mother and son. Both the brothers had publicly supported Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a terrorist outfit that has been involved in attacking public places and killing thousands of people including women and children across the country.

After the crackdown, Aziz was caught trying to escape disguised as a woman. He faced two dozen indictments, including incitement to hatred, murder and kidnapping; but was released on bail in 2009.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.1 271.6
Euro EUR 298.27 298.87
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335.5 336.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420


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