A few days back I saw a picture labeled ‘vigil brigade’shared on social media about the candlelight vigils for the Peshawar school attack. A girl was shown in a chic dress (in this cold), with a candle in her hand,saying “I wish I could save those children in Peshawar from terrorists.” A camera man is seen recording her and right behind him a malnourished child is weeping and saying,“You could still save them from dying in Sindh.”

This picture was worth a thousand words as it portrays the mind set of our society. How we are divided on issues and the way we treat events.

Firstly, the candle vigils were not attended by ladies only, but people of different walks of life, ages and genders are attending the protests and vigil activities.So I fail to understand why only a lady was shown in it.

Secondly, if someone wants to make a point, at least show enough respect to ladies and depict them properly dressed. I personally have been attending vigils for a while now but never did I see inappropriately dressed girls. So why should the detractors be allowed to throw such filth on women?

Thirdly, if we take the picture in a positive sense, yes women attended the vigil and this shows that women are no longer living behind the four walls.They have a brain of their own and can raise their voice too on issues that disturb them. Because the ladies who attended the candle vigils were not just school, college going kids, there were mothers who could feel the pain of those mothers who lost their children in Peshawar.

Next the child from Thar was mentioned in the picture. I would like to ask, how many of you have ever visited Thar? At least I have not, and due to various reasons.

I am sure many would have in their own capacity contributed to charity organizations or some social activists who were collecting money to get food for Thar victims in Karachi.This should have been done silently as it is an act which does not need publicizing.

Now coming to the media.It has not only been covering the Thar crisis but has also shown the hypocrisy of this democratic government.

Sindh government very conveniently put the blame on rain and shrugged the crises away. But when ministers and other people visited the place, sumptuous lunches were served. Even yesterday four children passed away, but no one from the government is paying heed to it.

The artist who made this caricature did not understand was that he was mixing too many issues in one picture.

To add a cherry to the topping of the cake, there was a debate if candle vigils are not part of Islam or not.

One should pray for the departed souls, recite Quran and offer funeral prayers in absentia, as it is the only way to pray for those lost souls. But let’s not squabble over religious divisions, when it’s clearly a time to unite.

Why is Islam not offended when terrorists hit innocent people? Why do the self-proclaimed custodians of Islam never stand against these barbarians? Why does human life need to be weighed on the basis of faith?

Funeral prayers in absentia have been offered for the victims of APS across Pakistan. No one stopped anyone from attending them. Prayers were held everywhere.

Then why is it such a problem if candle vigils are used to unite people for a cause? If you can use a pen, paper, technology and food of the west, then stop cribbing over this.

You are living in a global village, where ideas are exchanged. And if this is not according to Islam then I would like to ask, how are those protests according to Islam, which come out after Friday prayers causing inconvenience to the traffic and disrupting life for a few hours?

If you claim it to be a democratic right then we are practicing our democratic right by protesting in a peaceful manner.

It seems the apologists of the terrorists are feeling insecure now that their monopoly is being questioned. People are standing against it and not accepting it. Islam is not in danger due to candle light vigils but the rope which these people had tied around us has finally caught the flame. It will take time to break free from their ropes. But one day it would turn to ashes.

Umaima Ahmed is a member of staff at The Nation.