Singer and politician Abrar ul Haq is getting mocked for ‘talking down the mothers of today’ from celebrities and Twitterati alike.
How it Started
Abrar was at the PTI Celebratory Convention in Islamabad on August 26, when he made some derogatory comments and said “When we used to be young, we got to listen to the Kalma being recited by our mothers,” he said. “Today’s kids are handed cellphones so that mothers can play them ‘Baby Shark’,” he said.
The video of Haq’s controversial comments including him singing the popular nursery rhyme ‘Baby Shark’ spread like wildfire on social media.
Comedian Faiza Saleem in a video message termed it as ‘Mom Shaming’ and urged husbands to support their wife’s in raising their children
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Model Nadia Hussain went all out to bash Haq and wrote: “Not sure how you go from listening to the Kalma from your mother to belting out song such as ‘Nach Punjaban’ or ‘Billo De Ghar’,” she said on Twitter, referring to the singer’s popular songs about women.
Maa ki godh se kalma sunte sunte NACH PUNJABAN ya BILLO KE GHAR tak ka safar pata nahi kese tey kia https://t.co/L0dVYq6Jpx
— NADIA HUSSAIN (@NADIAHUSSAIN_NH) August 28, 2021
Actor Yasir Hussain supported Nadia’s critique on his Instagram stories and said: “You’ve hit the nail on the head. Good one,”
Hussain further shared a video of wife Iqra Aziz singing ‘Baby Shark’ to her newborn. It highlighted the message of never judging a mother
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Artist Adeel Afzal shared a video message in which he said that ‘Haq’ should then make an album with children s lullabies instead of criticizing Baby Shark.
Adeel Afzal aka Kasae Darvaish responds to Abrar ul Haq’s recent speech about upbringing of children in today’s world. Does it make a point?
VC: @kasae.darvaish #AdeelAfzal #AbrarulHaq#babyshark pic.twitter.com/Gqv9VPqFFe
— Lollywoodnow_ (@Lollywoodnow1) August 29, 2021
Celebrity Who Came In Support
Actress Xarnish Khan came in defence of Haq. She slammed those who made personal remarks against him.
Singer Amanat Ali penned a note supporting Haq
Ushna Shah who supported Haq and called him a legend was further slammed by social media
Several others took to Twitter to express their disappointment as they just couldn’t understand Abrar’s point at all
Umm so the guy who sang ‘Billo de Ghar’ and ‘Nach Panjaban’ thinks that Pakistani moms letting their kids listen to ‘Baby Shark Doo Doo’ are responsible for our collective social and moral decline. #Taaliyan #AbrarUlHaq
— Maria Amir (@Beentherella) August 28, 2021
Comparing Baby Shark with Kalimah is plain stupid!
Ibrar has made a joke of himself to please his boss by joining him in blaming the mothers/women to cover up the crimes against women under this government esp in Punjab.#AbrarUlHaq
— Rizwan K Qalandar (@qalandarkriz) August 30, 2021
Someone sent me the Abrar-ul-Haq video, well joke’s on them. I first recite the kalma and then sing Baby Shark to my niece. Deen bhe aur dunya bhe, bro.
— H. (@hifzakhann) August 29, 2021
So trueee! I’m a PTI supporter but I wonder, what was the need of this shameless joke. If a woman of his age & profession would have done something like this. Imagine what names she must’ve been given. #Shame on #AbrarUlHaq who’s business is about singing & dancing about women https://t.co/n02C8R2ZmP
— Fariha 法裡哈 (@FarihaMunirShah) August 30, 2021
Baby Tharak doodoodoodoodoodoo#abrarulhaq pic.twitter.com/ON6gHSRpGS
— 𝓛𝓪𝓪𝓵𝓮𝓮𝓷 لعلین 🍇🍬🍭🍊🍪🐢🤖📱 (@laaleen) August 30, 2021
In the modern age the traditional modes of teaching and learning are changing and digital apps are now being used to teach children new concepts and ideas. On the contrary, the teaching of Islam is also necessary, but calling out mothers on a public platform is wrong. All we say is, ‘Never judge a mother.’