The last thing you would expect from Mehwish Hayat is to misquote Pakistan’s national poet. The actress, who prides herself on being a patriot, made a blunder on her Twitter account recently. Of course, she’s as human as the rest of us.
The Internet didn’t take to well to this slip-up and now she’s being trolled. The Load Wedding actress shared an inspirational poem and attributed it to Pakistan’s national poet Allama Iqbal.
One catch though, the poem was actually Muhammad Ismail’s creation.
ہر شیشہ ٹوٹ جاتا ہے پتھر ک چوٹ سے
پتھر ہی ٹوٹ جاۓ ، وہ شیشہ تلاش کر ۔۔
ہر شخص جل رہا ہے عداوت کی آگ میں
اُس آگ کو بجھادے، وہ پانی تلاش کر ۔۔
سجدوں سے تیرے کیا ہوا صدیاں گذر گئیں
دنیا تری بدل دے ، وہ سجدہ تلاش کر !
– علامہ اقبال 🌺 pic.twitter.com/bMN6oratj6
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) May 4, 2020
People who recognized the slip-up, immediately pointed it out. The Tamgha-e-Imtiaz recipient was bashed for not knowing her Urdu poets. Some even said that she was misquoting the national poet.
It also shows Ur utter lack of understanding –zooq– in Urdu poetry.
Hmm, Well, beautiful girls don't need that anyway.
— Malik Faisal (@malik_faisal43) May 6, 2020
Copy Paste Option not to be used blindly to pretend intellectual.
— Nosh (@Nausheenn) May 6, 2020
Her sources were not spared either, but there were some funny bits.
— SPECTATOR 🇨🇦🇵🇰 (@athariqbal) May 7, 2020
Whatever is fed or loaded in the Google comes up. It's not Allama Google..!!
— Mustafa Khan (@mupagreat) May 6, 2020
Ma'am Google is just a search Engine, it is never a source of the contents. It merely searches and prioritizes the sources of info you are looking for !!!
— Dr Muhammad Saleem (@drmsaleemabid) May 6, 2020
No, it only proves that not googling isn't reliable … I can bet money that a person who writes "TI" in her name couldn't have possibly verified anything before her "copy paste" .. #sasti
— Muzammil Butt (@MuzammilMueen) May 8, 2020
Certain Netizens took serious offense to the whole thing.
Madam, would you like to cite the reference of the verses you have ascribed to Allama Iqbal? Please rest assured that this kalam does not belong to him. Let us do our research first before making anything public..
— Amanat Ali Chaudhry (@Amanat222) May 4, 2020
Even though she admitted her mistake, the trolls just couldn’t resist.
— ASIF Iqbal (@1Asi786) May 7, 2020
You have to prove that you are a supporter of PTI, neither regretted your mistake nor deleted the tweet
— 🍁J a w a i d 🍁🇵🇰 (@Roomi002) May 6, 2020
Then there was the unsolicited advice.
This wouldn’t be the first time an actor has been trolled for misquoting a famous figure. Shaan Shahid was trolled far more brutally for wrongly attributing a quote to the Muslim emperor Salahuddin Ayoubi.
Mehwish Hayat later accepted the mistake but that didn’t keep the trolls from coming after her.
Correction, I have been reliably informed that these verses attributed to Allama Iqbal are in fact by Muhammed Ismail . Proves google is not always a reliable source. lol
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) May 6, 2020
Mehwish Hayat is often seen trolling hate-mongers like Tarek Fateh online. On the plus side, she’s very vocal about the Kashmir issue and pushes a positive image of Pakistan.
Recently the Jawani Phir Nahi Ani actress has been posting about COVID-19, amid the Coronavirus lockdown. We might want to double-check the info she shares from now on.