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Exodus: Gods and Kings – Movie Reviews

Exodus: Gods and Kings – Movie Reviews as a Muslim

Exodus, meaning “going out” is second book of Torah (Torait), The movie goes around how Pharaoh (Firoon) was treating israelites (Bane-Israil) as slaves and abusing them. Moses who was grown up as a prince was part of Pharaoh family. During his discovery of him being adapted son and that he is originally an israelites, he accidentally killed Pharaoh men and was asked to leave Egypt. The movie story goes on how Moses discover God commands and then return to Egypt. There are stories of plagues including river of blood, frogs, flies, diseased livestock and death of first born and then there is famous story of israelites leaving Egypt and how Pharaoh and his army follow them to the red sea.

I have not read the “Exodus” book however, I have read a lot about Moses from Quran and for some reason, I thought that something was missing from this movie. Don’t take me wrong, this is a great movie to watch, special effects are very well done and story runs very well but I think direction was not very well done for some parts. Pharaoh does not seems as mean or aggressive king as we have read in the books. Moses was speaking fine and was not in need of help of Aaron (Haroon) for his message. Pharaoh survived crossing the red sea. Really???

There is no reference of Moses using his cane as miracle and magician of Egypt using their tricks. It make senseiIf Exodus does not have any reference of these miracles but if it does, them missing it from the movie is a major disappointment.

I will suggest to read Quran Chapter 7 (Surat Al-‘A`rāf ) : Ayaat from 130-138 for more information on topics that are covered in “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Urdu – Garam Raitoon kay Saraboo ko Samandar Jaana

گرم ریتوں کو سرابوں کو سمندر جانا            ڈاکٹر محمد افضل شاہد

گرم  ریتوں  کو   سرابوں  کو  سمندر  جانا
آنکھ  جو  دیکھ  سکی  وہ   ہی  مقدّر  جانا

تجربہ  ایک    سزا  ہے  کہ  سِکھا  دیتا  ہے
بعد  میں جو  بھی  کِیا  پہلے  سے بہتر جانا

ہائے    ظالم    کہ  رہائی    نہ    ہماری   مانے
عین  پرواز   میں  توڑا   جسے  شہپر  جانا

چوٹ  پہ  چوٹ  لگاتے ہیں مزے لے لے کر
آپ  تو  تھے  ہی ہمیں بھی کوئی پتھّر جانا

بدنصیبی  کی بھلا اِس سے بڑی کیا ہو مِثال
لُوٹنے  والوں  کو  ہی  قوم  نے   رہبر  جانا

لاکھ  ڈُھونڈا ہے جِسے ہر جگہ اور پا نہ سکا
جب  کہیں  بھی  نہ  مِلا اپنے ہی اندر جانا

میں  بھی  اِنسان  تھا مسجودِ ملائک شاہد
آج   اِنسان    کو   اِنسان   سے   برتر   جانا

Quran 02:62, 04:48 and 05:69

Quran 02:62

Quran 02:62

Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (Translation of Quran 02:62)

مسلمان ہوں، یہودی ہوں، نصاریٰ ہوں یا صابی ہوں، جو کوئی بھی اللہ تعالیٰ پر اور قیامت کے دن پر ایمان ﻻئے اور نیک عمل کرے ان کے اجر ان کے رب کے پاس ہیں اور ان پر نہ تو کوئی خوف ہے اور نہ اداسی

Quran 04:48

Quran 04:48

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin. ( Translation of Quran 04:48)

یقیناً اللہ تعالیٰ اپنے ساتھ شریک کئے جانے کو نہیں بخشتا اور اس کے سوا جسے چاہے بخش دیتا ہے اور جو اللہ تعالیٰ کے ساتھ شریک مقرر کرے اس نے  بہت بڑا گناه اور بہتان باندھا

Quran 05:69

Quran 05:69

Indeed, those who have believed [in Prophet Muhammad] and those [before Him] who were Jews or Sabeans or Christians – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (Translation of Quran 05:69)

مسلمان، یہودی، ستاره پرست اور نصرانی کوئی ہو، جو بھی اللہ تعالیٰ پر اور قیامت کے دن پر ایمان ﻻئے اور نیک عمل کرے وه محض بےخوف رہے گا اور بالکل بے غم ہوجائے گا

Quran 50:22

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Quran 50:22

Quran 50:22

Quran 50:22

Sahih International Translation:

[It will be said], “You were certainly in unmindfulness of this, and We have removed from you your cover, so your sight, this Day, is sharp.”

Urdu Translation:

یقیناً تو اس سے غفلت میں تھا لیکن ہم نے تیرے سامنے سے پرده ہٹا دیا پس آج تیری نگاه بہت تیز ہے

Quran 02:201Dua

Quran 02:201

Quran 02:201

But among them is he who says, “Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” (Quran 02:201)


Barish, Badal “Tum Aur Main”

Written by Anonymous …

Barish, Badal “Tum Aur Main”

Khushboo, Mousum “Tum Aur Main”

Kaley Badal, Rimjhim Barish

Neela Anchal “Tum Aur Main”

Behti Nadiyan, Girta Pani

Ankhein, Aansu “Tum Aur Main”

Paas Kisi Drya Ke Koi

Bheega Jhonpar “Tum Aur Main”

Dur Kahin Koyal Ki Ku Ku

Gehra Jungle “Tum Aur Main”

Barkha Rimjhim Geet Sunaye

Jhurmat Daley “Tum Aur Main”

Dur Kahin Per Chota Sa Ek

Kach’cha Sa Ghar “Tum Aur Main”

Kandha Tera Aur Sir Mera

Pagal Si Chup “Tum Aur Main”…!

2014 Peshawar School Attack

2014 Peshawar School Attack


2014 Peshawar School Attack


In many part of the world, we do see people and nations are fighting with each other.  Since beginning of human kind, we are fighting with each other, sometime it is small quarrel that only take some heated debate or argument and other times it involves fighting as small as between two people or as big as multi nations fighting with each other.  They both claim to fight for justice yet they both label each other on evil side.

Societies have formed rules and regulation to form peaceful nations and within those nations if justice is served they all live in peace otherwise it is chaos.

Long ago, for Pakistan, it was India that was labeled as number one enemy due to Kashmir conflict and many injustice that was done from both side of nations, and then Pakistan got involve with war in Afghanistan when U.S.S.R invade the Afghanistan among with USA and Saudi Arabia.   Folks who were fighting from Afghanistan were labeled as hero and “Mujahid”.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and USA played a major role in Afghanistan and U.S.S.R war.  Charlie Wilson, member of U.S. House of Representative from Texas was key figure fighting among “Mujahadeen” and against U.S.S.R.   However, when fight was over in 15th Feb 1989, Afghanistan was left alone without much support from anyone.  This was the birth of “Taliban”.


US Congress Man Charlie Wilson with Afghan Mujahid during USSR and Afghan War.


The fight that started on 27th April 1978 as U.S.S.R invasion to Afghanistan changed its name many times but it never ended.   Roles of fight have been changed; those who were once friend are now foe.  We have witness many retaliation and we are still in war now known as “War on Terror”.

Attack on Pakistani military School by Taliban on December 16th 2014 is another retaliation attack ever since Pakistan started operation “zarb e azb” against Taliban. I have no idea how any Muslim can justify this attack?  If Taliban want to have war, they better come face to face against Pakistan Army and let Allah decide who is on the right path.  Killing innocent kids and women who had no defense is no pride of any war.

What will come next could be more worse attack on Taliban from Pakistan Army.  When this war will  end?  Who will set rules and regulation of Shaheed?  Who will serve justices?  We have no correct answer.  We all will find the true side of justice on the day of Judgment when no one will be allowed to talk except who is allowed by Allah.  That day will come soon. Taliban … We will see you there soon.


Pakistan Army


How to unzip *.bz2 files

On unix (and sometime on windows), you will run across files that are zipped with bz2 file extension.  Following are some command on how to zip and unzip files using bzip2 tool.

To unzip *.bz2 files, type following on unix machine.

> /usr/bin/bunzip2 myfile.bz2

Where myfile is the file name you want to unzip with bunzip2 tool.





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