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Influence of Western culture in Pakistan
Causes of Problem is that British during their reign not only influenced the Indians politically, economically and socially; but also influenced their minds to such an extent that even the next generation has not been able to overcome that influence. The colonization of mind still exists among the people of Pakistan and is one of the root causes of the identity crisis faced by the youth of Pakistan today.
Islam is practiced by the majority of Pakistanis and governs their personal, political, economic and legal lives. Among certain obligations for Muslims are to pray five times a day - at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening. Friday is the Muslim holy day. Everything is closed. During the holy month of Ramadan all Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk and are only permitted to work six hours per day. Fasting includes no eating, drinking, cigarette smoking, or gum chewing.
Pakistan is a hierarchical society. People are respected because of their age and position. Older people are viewed as wise and are granted respect. In a social situation, they are served first and their drinks may be poured for them. Elders are introduced first, are provided with the choicest cuts of meat, and in general are treated much like royalty. Pakistanis expect the most senior person, by age or position, to make decisions that are in the best interest of the group. Titles are very important and denote respect.
The rights for women came with the arrival of westernization in Pakistan. Arguably, women in Pakistan enjoy more autonomy as compared to any other Muslim country; be it political rights, social rights or even religious rights. This influence has not only allowed women to take active part in politics and international sports; but also resulted in elevating status of women when it comes to getting high profile jobs, thus helping them stand on equal footing with men which will be unacceptable for men that are practicing Muslims thus resulted in family problems.
Joint family system, a trademark of Pakistani social culture is losing its value and seems to be vanishing from the scene. It is being replaced by a culture of individuality. The youth of today believes in independence and individuality and as a result we have seen a rise in the psychological disorders, divorces and crime rates (suicides and rapes).
Traditional food The traditional concept of home-cooked food in our culture is being replaced by fast food meals from renowned restaurants like KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonalds. The Pakistani dishes which were famous for their taste, hardly seem to find acceptance amongst the youth. As of today, we see cold drinks being used to such an extent that they are part of almost every meal, even in formal dinners which lead them to various health problems.
Impact on language By far, the greatest impact that the westernization has had on our culture, is on the language. Our mother tongue Urdu is being replaced by English as the more common language used in the conversations. The reason, being increased number of English medium schools in our society and the excessive emailing and messaging amongst the youth Surprisingly the influence is to such an extent that some part of the youth feels ashamed of speaking Urdu. We have started using English as a tool to distinguish between the classes; high and low class.
The role of Media in spreading westernization. Westernization has been spread through out our country because of the media. The TV channels shows various newscasters and different characters in the dramas wearing westernized clothes. In addition to this, intimate scenes are becoming more common in TV programs. Even our Lux Style Awards depict the western style of dressing and decor.
Adaabs Westernization has intruded so deeply into our culture that the Islamic values and “Adaabs” have faded away. The obligations of a Muslim have long been forgotten. No longer do people respond to the call for prayers, No longer do they keep fasts in Ramzan, in fact, they eat or smoke openly. Alcohol, prostitution, drugs are becoming regular and despite their openness, no actions are being taken to eliminate them from our society.
Fashion No doubt it is an age of fashion. The fascination of fashion is particularly very strong in our cities. Adults as well as teenagers now fully well the social importance of fashion. The craze to look smart and update is becoming even stronger. The garment industry attractive advertising and films are mainly responsible for this craze. the fashion moves like windstorms. Eid lowly and steadily loosing its charm and importance in the youngsters Muslims. When they are children and young, especially for the children aging from 18yrs onwards, they have become bored of eid and are less interested in its preparations.
Nowadays, with the changing trends in fashion and lifestyle, youngsters have become too much influenced by media and their surroundings that their interests have diverted elsewhere. For example, they are more enthusiastic about Holi, Diwali, Christmas, Halloween, and New Year. All these celebrations are not included in our culture but yet we find them more amusing and enjoyable.Christmas in Pakistan New year party.
Relationships before Marriage A new trend in Pakistan is the emergence of the boyfriend/ girlfriend relation which starts at the age of 15 (hopefully). Parents send their children to schools and universities to study but unfortunately they end up into some other activities. There's no right or wrong over here its not bad to like someone but is it good to have relationships that are not meant to last?
Dating People have come forward with this western culture of going out together and dating in the "Cafe's" . Being physical in a relationship is not much of a big deal and they actually think its cool. Is this the future of Pakistan? Why is it that it has become mandatory to have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Our Assumption We think wearing Shalwar kames is too uncool, speaking Urdu is uncool, listening to Urdu or Hindi songs is uncool or is even considered cheap. We must respect and follow our culture rather than following American culture.
Overcoming this problem is to Offer prayers. Get knowledge about Islam and try to implement in their lives. Recite holy Quran with understanding its meanings. Learn from old people to follow Islam properly. So that we would be able to transfer this precious asset into to our next generation and we would be able to overcome all of these issues that we are facing nowadays
Islam is solution to the humanity
Today humanity is facing many of the problems... Some problems are on social level and some of them are on personal level.... Everyone of us are well aware of the problems and want solution...what is the solution??? And the answer is none other than but Islam.
Islam is only true religion given by the real creator Allah.Allah is the creator of this universe, humans and all other creatures of this world. He created humans and He is the only one who knows His creation. For example the gadget invented by someone and place it in front of a person who has never seen before what he will do? He will look for the person invented or manufacture of the gadget....same is the case with humans...Allah is the creator and no one knows better Him...And the source of guidance is His glorious book Quran.Quran is the last and authentic book of Allah given to the prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
Allah says in Quran:
"It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces towards East or West; but it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and fbnror the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity, to fulfill the contracts which we have mad, and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing" (surah Al baqra:177).
Turning one's face towards the east or the west is mentioned here only by way of illustration. The actual purpose of the verse is to emphasize that the observance of certain outward religious rites, the performance of certain formal religious acts out of conformism, and the manifestation of certain familiar forms of piety do not constitute that essential righteousness which alone carries weight with God and earns His recognition and approval.A Muslim must be good and helpful for others and society as well and he must be accountable for his acts on the day of judgement.
After this we can see the life of prophet Muhammad(PBUH) nothing but the application of the Quran...He had shown in his life how can we get rid of all the problems that humanity can face by following the commands of Allah given in Quran. Prophet's life was nothing else but implementation.
"And you are truly ˹a man˺ of outstanding character".(surah Al qalam verse4)
So if humanity want to get rid of all of their problems they just have to turn their faces on the right direction and the right direction is none other than but Islam.