Raakin Iqbal Speaks

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Month: January, 2009

Offended & Proud by the Inauguration…

We are all grateful that America has finally moved on and elected the 1st African American to be the leader of the free world. I my self am a big Barack Hussain Obama. I volunteered at his VA location and also at the Young Democrats location in Fairfax. So I my self am a big supporter of Change.

So the question I am sure you are raising eyebrows is “Why are you offended by the Inauguration?” Let me basically start and build to my main point.

Don’t you hate it when someone introduces you and they either make a mistake or pronounce your name wrong? and not because of a common accident. But because there was some MEANING behind it? maybe hate? or to carry some message to your surrounding environment?

Like for instance when someone was introducing me and a close friend and she had some “beef” with my friend who had accompanied me purposely mispronounced her name. It really offended me. Why cant you treat someone as how you want to be treated?

So why was I offended? Approximately around 11:40 am on the televised broadcast. The announcer who was introducing all the senators, previous presidents, and other members of congress, he would clearly state there full name, such as “George Walker Bush”. But when he announced Mr. Obama’s name around 11:40 am, he did not say “Barack Hussain Obama” but instead “Barack H. Obama”. I was like “Ok..hmm..wow?”. Was that done on purpose? Hating an Islamic name? …Whatever…

Then as moment in history continued to unfold it self. A speaker came up (i forgot his name) and gave a speech which he referenced all the religious prophets and “religion heads” of all the major monotheistic beliefs. He mentioned all of them people who started a religion or belief but he failed to mention Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). Because I could’ve sworn he was a founder on the fastest growing religions in the world. It just questions me, was this done on purpose? is there some “secret hate against Muslims in the political system but no one cant show it publicly? Because remember, this nation is a “free nation”. Any religion can come out and practice what they feel. Because of this amazing Constitution which allows us to practice what we feel. Giving organizations such as CAIR, our local Mosques, and Islamic based charity based organization to practice good will in these United States of America.

Some proud moments includes quotes which Mr. Obama said in his speech. It rejuvenates us the General Public. a quote or two which really got my attention was, “Society judges you on what you build…not what you destroy”. I am guessing he is referencing to Iraq and other foreign policies the U.S has decided to get involved in. Another favorite was “The Challenges We Face Are Real”. Now with Mr. Obama in office officially, he has quite a lot of work to do. The economic down spiral, the two wars, and creating jobs. So these major elements are great challenges and now we have 4 years to see how the guy who gave us hope of change will act. 

But as I continue to witness History unfold (towards the end of the program), the speakers started to incorporate Islamic terms such as “Mosque” in there dialog. Now I am not sure was that if it was pre-planned in there speeches of if they realized that the people before them really screwed up and some nut who writes a entertainment blog will point it out and post something general about it.


Meeting the Stars (Pakistan 2008 Series) Pt.1 (Ali Noor & Ali Hamza)

I am sure I am not the 1st lad writing a series of whom I met. But my series is quite temporary. I am basically going to be writing about people who i have had the pleasure of meeting in my recent trip to Pakistan.

So to show case my 1st person or in this case persons is Ali Noor and Ali Hamza from the hit rock band, Noori.

Noori is one of Pakistan’s most demanded rock bands. In some case I consider them a “formation father” of the Pakistani Rock scene. A casual way of putting it is they basically picked up the remains of Junoon and 90 Rock and fused educated lyrics to it. Which is what the industry needs.

Well here is how the story goes of our meet up…

Once upon a time there was a dude named Raakin who was staying with a really good friend and his family in defense sector or Lahore. Raakin decided to pick up the phone and see what was Ali Hamza upto..maybe an ice date @ hotspot was lurking the evil mind of Raakin Iqbal. Well when Raakin had called and offered to take him and Ali Noor for Ice Cream, He offered that he comes over to there residence for some good chai and amazing pastry’s.

Well when Raakin arrived, Ali Noor, Ali Hamza and Raakin got engaged in a very heated conversation about what is happening in our industry and what role must be played by the artist, organizer, sponsor, and government. As one topic lead to another topic and one pastry to another, Ali Noor and Raakin found out they share a common fear together… 😛

Later on I met there manager and Ali Noor’s very supportive wife, Mandana, who I must say was the most creative in practical skills.

Overall the meeting was very productive and I got to learn more about the band and the creative minds behind such success….