Tattoos gaining popularity in Pakistan: A moral decline

The loss of morals & values in pakistan

I have been meaning to write this piece of article for the last few days. Having recently changed professional profession, it has been difficult to find the time to put pen-to-paper as it were, and express my thoughts on why people leave their traditions/beliefs/values and adopt another. why I believe the, (to coin a new phase) ‘inferiority plague’ is sweeping across the Indian sub continent region, now more than ever. More importantly across the Pakistani populace.
When the populace of the Indian sub-continent region first started to flee to the west in search for a better living. The initial several weeks and months of the transition was the hardest level of sacrifice our veterans forefathers, of Indian origins, could make. Some leaving their families; wife, children, parents, forever. Never knowing if they would be back to see their smiling faces again. Sacrificing all, only in search of a better living.
However, what rose from these darkest hours was something that will make our future generations proud and elated with being associated with them. Giving a sense of honour which has no bounds. This great accomplishment was, the ability they displayed in holding firm to our traditions & values no matter what came their ways. With out the hard efforts of our older generations we would not have had the strong Islamic presence which is flowing throughout the blood of the British isles, today.

It is a great point of concern for me personally to see the demise of such brave & proud forefathers. With more and more days that are whispering past our ever busy lives, we are beginning to see the loss of such pragmatism. In recent days the event of valentine and it’s festivities throw another huge amount of weight towards my argument. There is a growing trend, (which has been feeding itself over the last few years), is the need to express ‘modernity’ as much as possible. – A sign often times seen as the acceptance into the western society. The more western values a person can hold and embed into his life, the more modern he/she is.
All throughout the array of asian satellite television channels, there were almost a full day of valentine day programmes being aired throughout the day. Dedicating a day to celebrating an alien tradition which has nothing to do with them. So much so, one would think that ‘valentine’ is the festival of the indo-pak populace. The western world is not that much preoccupied or to be frank, bothered with valentine as they are.

This now leads into my main point. Since the days of the British in India, the population of Indian sub continent have always displayed the notion of being inferior towards their white-skinned counterparts. This sub conscious and infectious mind frame is still widespread across that region of the world. Whenever the chance to express their cooked up notion of ‘modernity’ and ‘up-to-date’ ideals are ready to be shown, they do not fail to do so. Even if it means adopting alien/foreign traditions into their culture and traditions at the expense of theirs. Simply, due to the fear that should they fail to do so, they (the indo-pak populace) will be seen as being backward and ancient, by the onlooking world.

The bewildering thing is, the western born, 3rd generation british Indian-Pakistanis’ also express this idea of ‘inferiority’ complex. You see, many have this idea that forsaking their traditions and values by adopting others, will enable them to enter the close and exclusive club of being a ‘modern’ & ‘up-to-date’ individual and be seen as such. A class which should be sought after no-matter what requires to be done. Today I came across a small BBC clip which shows the pakistani elite are resorting to ugly tattoos and body piercings in-order to feel comfortable of their sub conscious inferiority complex their are suffering from. A disease which is growing in the minds of the psycological cultural slaves of pakistan. People who tend to show this type of attitudes are in actual fact emotionally, psychologically and mentally insecure. This again, reinforces the idea of how the Pakistani populace are always awaiting the approvals of the west to be seen as ‘modern’, ‘up-to-date’ and ‘trendy!’ Continually displaying the inferiority complex, -feeling the need to be seen as modern, ‘like-that-of’ the west. In its ideals, fashions, traditions and cultures.

Tattoos are something which is not only ugly but despised upon here in the UK. It is seen as a product which the ravaging, mindless teens are seen to do. Something which they do in their days of being wild and rebellious. Which in later years, they regret having done. However the amusing thing is, people of that region (the indo-pak) see tattoos as something that will catapult them as being seen as modern and western. From the advent of movies to that of music. The western values and fashions are displayed as the ideals for the world to follow. Seeing this, the population of the Indian-subcontinent region adopt these so-called ideals without question. Seeing it as ‘heavenly and divine’. Something which is superior to their traditions.

In Pakistan’s mostly conservative society, having a tattoo can be controversial.

But this has not stopped tattoos becoming the latest trend among the country’s youth.

Mehvish Hussain reports.

– BBC news website

To sum up, when a person chooses to leave following the divinely revealed rules and regulations, Al Quran. The standards of fashions which the prophets’ set, the sunnah.
An individual will go to great lengths to fill the ‘void’ within them. The emptiness, and the dark pitiless feeling which is always constant within them. To feel this void within, an individual, whether male or female will go to unfathomable struggles and lengths to find his/her standing and association in life.

By ServantofAlMalik

Islam is in the spotlight now more than ever before and this has caused people to question the faith itself and none more so than the new-age modernists muslims, largely from the convert western countries who are hell-bent on reforming Islam and its traditional values. This blog is a small space in the vastness of the internet where the fight to preserve, uphold and dignify the traditional inherent human values, are proactively argued against the onslaught of modernist propaganda and hate. Covering topics from current affairs to life-enriching inspirations, though to the traditional teachings of the pious and the awliyah of the past and the present. If you would like to contribute to this blog, or become an author of articles then why not contact me on

7 replies on “Tattoos gaining popularity in Pakistan: A moral decline”

This article only reflects the views of the writers and like-minded people. Pakistani youth, irrespective of their history, religion and geography, has equal right to do whatever they like to do, without hurting anyone. If one feels to look trendy and urban, what’s wrong with it? Telling you the fact, the mentality posed by writer is the mentality of ugly Overseas Pakistanis/ BBCDs / ABCDs first, second and third generation. They view Pakistan as being outdated country. Truth is after living so long outside Pakistan, these people have even the same lifestyle shabby lifestyle and confused moral values, which Pakistani youth has left behind many many years back. By wearing hijabs and having long beard do you define it as being the part of moral value. I am teenage Pakistani, living in Briton (Just for studies- not for work like you [Edit:inappropiate and childish language used], who sold [Edit: Inappropiate language] (the country) just to gain few extra bucks. And honestly, today dude we have better morals then brits teens, more style then UK has, minus any sort of complex. Because we are Pakistani and we are proud of it. Its these burkhas ladirs and bearded man in the street of london, manchester, bradford, stoke and list goes on who are low in moral values and far away from being as trendy as Pakistanis. We as trendy youth of Pakistan shit on their face for claiming being pakistani and not-working-for-Pakistan and on top of everything portraying us as them [Edit: inappropiate language used].


Firstly, as you said your here there in UK to study, then i’d also suggest you get some good english grammer lessons. Trust me you need it! The amount of grammatical errors littered in your comment is abysmal!
Secondly, The tone of your responce using childish and inappropiate language suggests to me you must be a adolescent youth, being ravaged by horomonal activity. When you are in your normal senses i may consider giving a worthy respnce to your very immature remarks. But, for the time being this does not merit a worthy responce. For a mature discussion and elaborations of the insecurities faced by the pakistani populace.
Thridly, Your respnce is qualitative evidence which serves to show how you need to justify the image of being seen as ‘trendy’ as you call it. Clearly this a sign of the insecurities and instabilites with the youth of your nation. Who are having difficulties finding indentity and understanding of where their loyalties lay. With feeling insecure in your confused state of ignornace, people in the same crucible as you, are always looking to the western ‘gods’ in your eyes, to find a sense of belonging, fashion, identity and purpose.
Fourthly, If you are a muslim, i would be very worried about the state of your iman. Attacking the symbols of islam, the hijab and the beard, both of which are highly praised & worthy actions in the quran and sunnah, will only serve to expel you out of islam. By, you attacking these symbols of islam, you are not attacking me or anyone else, but directly the dheen of islam itself. Which means, directly Allah and his authority. These are the same actions which the non – muslims carry, ridiculing islam. When in actual fact they are only ridiculing themselves and noone else. The proof is in the pudding as they say. More and more western, born and bred non-muslims are becoming muslims. Faster than any other religion or idealogy. This is testament enough to the success of the divinely revealed fashion, moral values and customs.


I, for one totally support this article and to the younster above who commented so rudely to this such thought provoking article you call yourself a muslim yet you display such harsh views on other respectable muslims who wear a hijab or who have a beard. I am pretty sure you have read the Quran and if you have read the interpretation you would know that in our religion we are meant to cover ourselves (and our heads mind you). In Islam there is a sense of simplicity which true muslims should embrace at all times. Also, just so you know even in the UK the more educated also dislike such vulgarity. What the author of this article has said I absolutely agree with, most Pakistani youth (but not all) are becoming quite influenced by the west. I mean even when talking about fashion the celebrities on red carpets in Pakistan mostly don on dresses. Yeah like that is so original! Rather than celebrating our own culture and promoting it we are trying to change it by incorporating western designs to an extent where the traditional dress of shalwar kameez and dupatta has become a shirt with capris without a dupatta, for an example. Yes fashion evolves but at least keep it islamic. We are muslims and Pakistani and all this stuff and others likewise mentioned in the article are not allowed in Islam and definitely should not be allowed in Pakistan.period.

PS. I live in the UK as well and wear a headscarf. I do not see anything wrong with my traditions and culture which I follow in the West.


firstly with absolutely no intention of sparking a silly debate or for that matter insulting anyone personally, I’m just curious to try and understand things from the authors perspective. I am a Pakistani male who was born in Islamabad and am currently residing in Australia pursuing a bachelors degree. I have been very interested in tattoos from a young age and yes I can easily admit that a lot of this interest comes from western cultural influence. Anyways all that aside, and I only speak for myself when I say this but I feel absolutely no sense of an identity crisis what so ever or feel an inherent need to ‘fit in’. My tattoos are simply a representation of my internal perspective of life and things I’ve been through and things I feel strongly about. Why is that so morally unacceptable I wonder?. Now I am not claiming to be a saint of a human being, but that does not at all mean I am a bad person and having tattoos certainly does not reinforce that way of thinking. Again id like to just go ahead and say that I speak for myself here. I never grew up in an overly religious house hold but have no ill will towards any one belonging to different faiths. So the point here is if I cant be bothered by another persons personal beliefs and philosophical stand points then why does it bother you that the youth may not share your same sentiments?. Look we are all different and have different stand points and opinions regarding certain matters and surely you’d agree that when speaking of morals and ethical values and norms its quite normal to not necessarily see eye to eye. If you do not like the idea of tattoos and the youth embracing this very old art form then fair enough that’s perfectly fine, as you are just like everyone else entitled to your opinion. But please just as I tried to see and understand things from your perspective, perhaps talk to some young people with tattoos and understand the reasons as to why they got them in the first place. We are not all rebels and id like to be an optimistic by saying we are not all bad apples. Anyways Interesting read and I wish you all the best!


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