Storm Track Intimidation: Islam? Go Fly a Kite!
Jeezzz !! Now we have to add kite flying to the long list of things that upset Muslims?
"Kite flying is not permissive in Islam according to some religious elements," said S.M. Masud, 70, an attorney who argued against the ban. "The government has used all tactics to stop it."
The current clash has its roots in Basant — an ancient Hindu festival celebrating spring. Basant is highlighted by thousands of people flying kites from rooftops.
According to historian Tahir Kamran, a Hindu boy named Haquiqat Rai was charged with blaspheming Islam and sentenced to death in the mid-18th century. The Qazi, or Muslim magistrate, offered to spare Rai's life if he converted to Islam. Rai refused and was executed. To honor Rai and protest his killing, Hindus in
flew kites across the city. Lahore
"Orthodox Islamists view kite flying as having antecedents in Hinduism and therefore anti-Islamic," said Kamran, who chairs the history department at
Government College Universityin . Lahore
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