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Shoey celebration

Albert Arooj Bhatti

There is a famous example that Pakistanis go to Europe to drink alcohol, go to nightclubs and do everything in imitation of White people, but they always ask for Halal food. After Australia won the T20 World Cup, the Pakistani people are strongly criticizing the way Australians celebrated their victory according to their own whims and fancies.

Apparently, Australian players Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis celebrated their win by drinking from the shoe. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had shared a video from Australia’s dressing room where the players can be seen enjoying the final win.

On social media, our Muslim compatriots linked the celebration with religion and tried to prove that maybe the Australian players are Christians, so they did it. Meanwhile, it should be clarified that it was a personal act of the Australian players which has nothing to do with any religion or nationality.

Just as Arab Muslims consider themselves ‘Holy’ by drinking camel’s urine or Hindu drinks cow’s urine, so too if Christians drink alcohol or any other beverage through their shoes then according to the teachings of Christianity there is no good deed.

According to the biggest sect of Muslims ‘Hanafi’ in terms of numbers, the urine of all animals, including camels, is as unclean as human urine and its drinking is illegal, because numerous authentic Hadith shows that most of the grave Punishment is caused by urination.

When it comes to Christianity, what God commands Christians to drink is: Don’t get drunk, because it can lead to immorality. (Ephesians 5:18). The Bible actually condemns alcoholism and its effects (Proverbs 23: 29-35). Christians are also commanded to never allow their bodies to be enslaved to anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12; 2 Peter 2:19).

Too much alcohol is definitely a bad habit. The Bible prohibits Christians from doing anything that would be detestable to other Christians or could lead them to sin against their conscience, which causes them to stumble (1 Corinthians 8: 9-13).  In light of these principles, it would be very difficult for any Christian to say that his drinking can be a cause for glorifying God’s name (1 Corinthians 10:31).

This is not the first time or the last time they have been drinking alcohol in Australia because it is their style of celebration that has nothing to do with religion. It is not appropriate to associate the action of any nation or sect with religion, we should do thorough research before talking about anything.

However, the problem is that because of the slavish mentality many people consider every act of White people to be imitable and sometimes a source of pride and this is probably the reason why in the past Javed Miandad used to wave happily after receiving a bottle of wine as a reward.

In Pakistan, if you visit any vine bar, you will mostly find Muslims there instead of Christians or Hindus. Alcohol is forbidden in Christianity and the ban on alcohol in Pakistan was also imposed by Christians which had to be lifted at the insistence of the Muslims.

In the past, it was customary in Europe not to take a bath and even today many celebrities do not like to take it. We have nothing to do with the way the Australian team celebrated the victory. Drinking alcohol in shoes or urine of a camel, all these things have to do with culture, not religion.

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