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Pakistan: Girls, you should know the first kalma

All Things Pakistan looks at some lines of poetry written on the back of a bus with initial amusement and then with a slight sense of horror. The post and the comments discuss expectations from Pakistani women. “Roughly translated, it says: Girls these days are so proud of their beauty. They don’t know the first kalma, but speak in English.”

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  • Kalma Tayyab: Laa ilaaha illal Lahoo Mohammadur Rasool Ullah

    Translation:

    “(There is) none worthy of worship except Allah. Muhammad(sal-allahu-alayhi-waallyhi-wsalum) is Messenger of ALLAH.”

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