Shia-Sunni marriage based drama 'Firqa e Ishq' divides social media users

04:45 PM | 29 Sep, 2023
Firqa e Ishq
Source: Platform X

Upcoming Pakistani series, Firqa e Ishq, has divided the internet due to its sensitive plot line revolving around inter-sect marriage between a Sunni and Shia couple.

While the miniseries should have served as a breath of fresh air from the oft-used tropes of saas-bahu narratives, many people have come forward to lambast the production of such a project that highlights allegedly “forbidden” and frowned upon marriages between Shias and Sunnis.

Set to air on the OTT platform Urduflix, Firqa e Ishq boasts an ensemble cast of Hiba Bukhari and Arsalan Naseer in lead roles. Bukhari will essay a Shia woman who marries Naseer, a Sunni.

The Bukhari-Naseer starrer project will focus on the couple bearing constant pressure from family and society. 

Social media users, however, did not take it lightly and criticized Firqa e Ishq, even demanding a ban. Others have been making memes while a few highlighted the disrespect that comes with filming scenes that were shot at religious events.

Speaking of Firqa e Ishq, one platform X user wrote, “I want to inform you that this is a drama which is going to be released soon on Urduflix. The name of the play is Firqa e Ishq. Shia'at is being promoted in this play, in which the marriage of a Sunni boy to a Shia girl is shown as permissible and many acts which are not permissible in Islam will be shown.”

“This play,” he wrote, “projects Shia religion as the true lover of Ahl al-Bayt.”

“The writer of the play is also a Shia. All of you Sunnis are requested to raise your voice against it and ban this play,” the user added.

In response, another user asked, “So according to you marriage between Sunni and Shia is not permissible?” and advised them to “stop spreading hate.”

“Marriage is permissible among Muslims and People of the Book,” he opined.

“Jazak Allah - Maulana Sahib - You gave free publicity to the drama - Allah will reward you - By the way, sometime turn your rocket towards Mars - I have heard that there is a dire need for publicity there,” one user sarcastically wrote.

“Why don't you guys make a Sunni drama, Rakiti Sahib. Who stopped you?” another user replied.

One user jokingly remarked, “I think out of this they are going to create new Firqa "sushi."”

Another user wrote, “this drama is going to unleash our hidden gems *molvis* of both sects.”

“How did they even allow these actors to shoot in between the jaloos e aza? Highly disrespectful,” another one stated.

Another user anticipated that Firqa e Ishq “will either take the world by storm or banned forever.”

This isn't the first instance in Pakistan's drama industry that a television serial has stirred drama or controversy for its plotline. Previously, Hadsa featuring Hadiqa Kiani was banned for its misrepresentation of sexual assault victim and was alleged to promote victim-blaming.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 10 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 741.76
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold price drops in Pakistan; Check out today gold rates here

Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 10 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs216,300, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs185,450.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs198,274, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs189,263 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,225 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Karachi PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Islamabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Peshawar PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Quetta PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sialkot PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Attock PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujranwala PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Jehlum PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Multan PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Bahawalpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujrat PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nawabshah PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Chakwal PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Hyderabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nowshehra PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sargodha PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Faisalabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Mirpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486


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