O men of God! You people know that when rain is held back and a long period goes without rainfall, then the final result of this is that even the wells begin to dry up. Therefore, just as in physical terms the water of the sky also creates a commotion in the waters of the earth, likewise, that which is the heavenly water in spiritual terms (namely the revelation of God) is that which bestows freshness to stale intellects. Thus, this age is also in need of this spiritual water.I deem it necessary to say this much about my claim that I have been sent by God precisely at the time of need. This is the time when most of the people have become similar to the Jews. They have not only abandoned the fear of God (Taqwa) and purity of heart, but like the Jews of the days of Jesus, have become the enemies of truth. Thereupon, as a matter of contrast with them God named me Messiah. Not only is it that I call the people of this age to myself, rather the age itself has called me!
Among the various encroachments on Pakistan’s footpaths are the bright-kurta clad local fortune-tellers sitting with their parrots picking up ‘fate’ cards for their customers.
This old practice has been flourishing in various ways; some of them grab a small space on the footpath and use parrots to pick an answer while others read palms. Some reach the elite by sitting at different restaurants and hotels, offering their skills through tarot reading, palmistry and numerology. But the questions are typically the same; revolving around health and marriage mostly.
The pursuit of knowing things is an undefined part of human nature. Aslam, a fortune teller who sits near Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s Mazaar said “I’ve been in this business since 15 years and have regular customers who come to me every Thursday, asking almost the same questions every time they visit, the war is between money and love …
some ask more about paisa and others ask about mohabbat.”