Is this the right way to celebrate Independence?

Seeing these flags and decorations on the street, I can’t help but remember the times of actual independence that my grandparents told me about. The struggles they went through – the number of horns they had to blow, the number of badges and t-shirts they had to wear, the number of one wheels and races they had to do on their bikes, the number of songs and movies they had to write and launch… this and so much more.

I can’t even begin to imagine their struggle.

But I guess if you have to form a whole country, these kinds of struggles and efforts are inevitable.

Wait, what?

That didn’t happen?

There were no trumpets and badges? No race cars and bikes on the streets? No traffic jams? No songs?

Did they go through actual sacrifices, including that of wealth and blood?

La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah.

What are you saying?

That Pakistan was made with bloodshed and struggle?

SubhanAllah…

That’s too tough, man!

What a bummer! I was just about to prepare my list of national songs to blast onto speakers tomorrow.

Wait, are you saying I can do something even better?

Are you saying I can celebrate independence by doing something worthwhile for Pakistan?

Wow! Why didn’t I think of that?

I guess I’ll start by making some promises to myself for the sake of a better Pakistan.

On this independence day, I promise I’ll try not to go over the speed limit, not use my mobile phone while driving and abide by the traffic rules as much as possible!

I might wave my flag a little too, and I might also wear green and white, but I won’t count that as the most important part of the celebration. I will pay my gratitude to the country by doing what’s better for the country In Sha Allah!

I know it’s going to be difficult, but it isn’t even 0.1% as difficult as what people went through to gain the independence I have in this country today!

May Allah (SWT) bless Pakistan!

Pakistan paindabad!

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