Faisal Mosque Glows Pink in Solidarity with Breast Cancer Victims

Monday saw Faisal Mosque go pink in solidarity with the breast cancer patients and survivors. It was done as part of the awareness and solidarity campaign that is being observed all over the world.

Pink Ribbon and CDA collaborated to increase awareness among people about breast cancer and its early detection. In addition to lighting up the Faisal Mosque in pink, CDA commemorating the month of October as PINKtober.

An event was also organized in the lawn of Faisal Mosque where people were briefed about various symptoms of this disease and how timely detection benefits the patients.

This is not the first time that a public building has gone pink. In the start of October, Parliament House in Islamabad also lit in pink to draw attention towards breast cancer which causes 40,000 deaths every year and more than 90,000 are diagnosed with it.

Government of Pakistan and Pink Ribbon also collaborated last year for the same purpose. Mazar-i-Quaid was illuminated in pink lights to show that Pakistan stands with the victims.

Other historical buildings that make the cut in this global campaign are Minar-e-Pakistan and Wapda House Lahore.

      • [EDITED]
        It’s a very sensitive topic. But before proceeding, allow me to assure you that I’m a Muslim man (Alhamdulilah) and would never dare to say something against Islam.
        You said in your comment that mosques should never be used ‘like this’?
        Like what, may I ask?
        We go to mosques for what?
        We go to mosques to say the prayers, to seek knowledge and to get awareness, right?
        And the very reason The Faisal Mosque is glowing pink is for the “AWARENESS” of a disease, an extremely deadly disease, right?
        There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, nothing disrespectful, and most importantly, nothing outside the boundaries of Islam and that’s what truly matters.
        Islam liberated women, gave her rights and most importantly respect. And what we are doing?
        Ask yourself this question, brother.

        [I hope people find it acceptable. Although my previous comment, God forbid, was never meant to be patronizing.]

        • Yes you said it right, just want to add on to that, the way you introduced yourself like syed and from which bloodline your was bit unnecessary don’t you think?

            • There are two interpretations of your comments. One interpretation is that of progress and the other is just because you belong to “noble blood” doesn’t give you power to change things. As you have said all Muslims are equal and Islam teaches the same, shouldn’t opinions of all be respected. You feel this is progressive and try to justify your actions totally neglecting and ignoring the other person’s views. Just think that the mosque authorities decided it would be great to turn the mosque pink to raise awareness (mosque belongs to all and presuming no initiatives were taken to seek public opinion) what is the difference between these guys and those who issue a fatwa at the drop of a hat with no rhyme or reason.

            • It is totally awkward and insensitive to flash your noble blood and to enforce your thoughts as progressive (at least through your comments). It is completely disrespectful for the names of your ancestors that you have mentioned. What do you expect? You shouldn’t have “used” your lineage. Sorry to say this, I share your thoughts but the moment you mentioned that you belonged to “noble blood” and hence you justify the action taken by the mosque, it just lost the plot.

              Good day to you.

              My thoughts, no intention of disrespecting or hurting your sentiments.

            • What????? A simpleton like me cannot think progressively like you and I have to flash my lineage to drill down my point. That means people like you who belong to noble blood are entitled to opinions and you expect people not to question your opinions because of your lineage. Nepotism rules. Thanks for highlighting this.

            • “I’m no better, nor worse than any of my Muslim brothers and sisters.” That’s exactly this should be about. Not your ancestry. Simple and humble, neither a king nor a servant, neither blue blood nor down trodden. ALL MUSLIMS ARE EQUAL.

            • Off topic. Now that you have mentioned your blood line, does your name signify anything? (like Voldemort or Darth Vader)

            • This is what happens when you mix government and religion. Government can only change things in its control, it should not interfere in religious affairs. If the mosque was painted pink voluntarily by the people then fine.

            • Now I truly regret what I said…
              Come-on people, I’m no racist or perhaps… Err… A “cast-ist”!
              It was just to “establish” that I’m a fellow Muslim and not an atheist and/or an alt-left liberal with an anti-Islamic agenda because whenever you defend something that’s considered controversial in most of the religious community; people get all angry and don’t hesitate to call you a “Kafir”.
              Why people think so negatively in ProPakistani?
              Lets not divert from the topic, shall we?
              [I shall change and delete my original statements shortly]

              • The word you are looking for is “elitist” and a mixture of racism and castism. Anyways, your actions (editing and deleting your comments) shows you care for other people’s opinions. Having said that, it is always (some times never) difficult to be politically and diplomatically correct. I completely subscribe to your thought. But, lineage, ancestry etc was not needed. I still have the same respect for you. My thoughts of what rubbed the fellow commentators in a wrong way. No intention of proving you wrong or scoring brownies by highlighting you in a negative manner.
                Have a great life ahead.

                • I stand corrected.
                  It was a mistake to mention my heritage. Just mentioning that I’m a Muslim man would be more than sufficient. Hence I edited my post and I sincerely apologize if anyone here found it patronizing in any way. That wasn’t my least of intention.
                  Anyhow, truly appreciate your kind words!
                  May you have a great life as well.

        • Why dont we paint our flag pink instead of green, you know, to raise the awareness? Is it too dark in there for the bulbs of your brain to light?

  • Wait till some self proclaimed ‘Walli’ issue a ‘fatwa’ against it and make it a highly controversial topic! That’s my Pakistan!

    This ultra-backward conservative perspective of ours should change. We live in a brand new world now, and it’s about time that we accept it and move forward.

    Brest cancer is deadly but women are either not aware of it, or just too ashamed to discuss it as we’ve made it sort of a ‘taboo’ and hence it claims hundreds of lives in Pakistan alone, each year. Thing is, by the time our women seek medical attention, it’s too late as the cancer spreads rapidly.

    It’s too bad that most of us don’t believe in equality rights, judging by the comments.

    • There are other things that can be done but Mosque should be used for such purpose. It will set a bad precedent.

      • Masjid Allah ka ghar hai, agar insaan ki bhalayi aur awareness keliye istemaal hou tou Allah ta’llah khush hi houn gay. Apni soch ko please badlein, sir.

        • Totally agree with you, my brother.

          We go to Mosques to seek awareness. And this awareness might be religious in nature or it might be social or health related.

          I personally don’t find anything even remotely offensive about it.

        • exactly. In Islam, a mosque is the center of knowledge. Mosques are multi purpose. They are a place of worship. They are a roof for refugees. They are a school. They are a place where one can go to if they are lost and yes it can be used to spread awareness which is for the good of Muslims

    • Yes, paint everything with pink but don’t provide medical facilities for this fatal disease..!! ——- Jawad Amin •

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