An Incident during Friday Prayers

Cars gutted at Faisal Mosque

Today when I picked up Metropolitan section of Dawn, the picture above startled me. I missed news and TV updates yester-night so after seeing this the first thought was of yet another blast but then I read the Caption below that was:

People gather around the gutted vehicles parked near the Faisal Mosque where Imam-i-Kaaba Sheikh Abdur Rehman Al-Sudais led the Friday prayers.

As the paper reported, many vehicles including (1 bike and 15-18 cars) picked up the fire and hence the above image. The cause of fire can be a cigarette but thrown away carelessly. Yesterday was a hot day in Islamabad, enough to rage the fire. Ironically, 31st May was World No Tobacco Day. Every pole on Islamabad is still adorned with say no to tobacco and other posters/flyers alike.

Hoping no damage was caused to any living being. Rough estimates of the attendance of men and women who turned out for the Juma’a prayers reached 2 Lac. The halls of Faisal Mosque can suffice 60 thousand people.

Ws

PS: Talha would soon bless you with his account of Friday Prayers :-)

6 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

    ouch!
    thankgod it wasn’t anything sinister!

    2 lac people!!!! how do you GET so many in ISB?????!


  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    You karachi walay :P

    You think, only you have people :P


  3. Omer Farooq (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 12:20 am

    I was there too! Most of the people came from areas near islamabad. A lot of them were also from pindi.
    At first I thought the fire came from some garbage dump :P. But later I found out there had some cars burnt infront of ASAS.
    BTW has anyone been noticeing the fires at the top of the margalla these days?


  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 1:24 am

    Yupp, Omer the fire on Margallas in this season’s a norm now … Thanks to many careless smokers around us !


  5. Nosheen (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    well that’s too bad.going through this one unconciously starts thinking about God forbid mishappenings or planned happenings in a huge gathering .one thinks twice while going even to markets .Anyways i just wonder what bad is going in Pakistan that no news is any more a good news …sigh


  6. Nosheen (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    well that’s too bad.going through this one unconciously starts thinking about God forbid mishappenings or planned happenings in a huge gathering .one thinks twice while going even to markets .Anyways i just wonder what bad is going in Pakistan that no news is any more a good news …sigh



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