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Online Petition by a Bangladeshi to Change Islamabad to Islamagood

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There’s a petition circulating online to change the Pakistani capital’s name from Islamabad to Islamagood. People were thinking that it is a joke but apparently it is not.

At first, the Internet was legit confused as to whether this is real or not. This is not a joke, someone is actually campaigning for the name of Pakistan’s capital to be changed. But why?

The petition has been started by a person named Ayham Abrar. This person wants to change Islamabad’s name to Islamagood. He is a Bangladesh native. According to him, the name Islamabad is a compound word of sort comprising Islama+bad. 

Here is the petition which has already been signed by 228 people.

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He started this petition online to Imran Khan and said, “Islam is good. Pakistan love Islam. Why IslamaBAD? Love from Bangladesh.”

Pakistanis React to the Petition

Soon people started making fun on twitter and saying that he does not know the real meaning of islamabad.

There are mixed reactions about it on social media. Some people are appreciating it while others are surprised to see someone coming up with such name and Pakistanis not knowing the real meaning of Islamabad. They want to clear the misunderstanding about the name Islamabad.

The Real Meaning of Islamabad

The name “Islamabad” actually means “City of Islam”. A suitable name for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with Pakistan itself meaning, ‘land of the pure’. It is derived from two words: Islam and abad. In Urdu that would roughly translate to ‘where Islam dwells’.

Islamabad has attracted people from all over Pakistan, making it one of the most cosmopolitan and urbanised cities of Pakistan. Islamabad is the ninth largest city in Pakistan, while the larger Islamabad–Rawalpindi metropolitan area is the country’s fourth largest with a population of about 3.1 million. Islamabad was built as a planned city in the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital.

Islamabad is noted for its high standards of living, safety, and abundant greenery. It was named to reflect Pakistan’s founding ideology. In fact, Pakistan is the 1st ideological state in the world, making it one of two such countries of its sort.

Prior to that, the city was not a city but a collection of villages along the Margalla Hills. This included Shakar Parian, Saidpur, Bara Kahu, Golra, Malwar, Peer Sohawa, Dina Sayyedan, Nirala, etc. These are now names of key locations in the city. Remnants of Saidpur, right under the Margalla Hills is now a posh food area. The village still has its old Gurdwara, once connected to Rawalpindi through the famous ‘Saidpur Road’, which still exists in Rawalpindi.

Ayham Abrar seems to have gotten his facts wrong. However, we appreciate the sentiment. Given the fact that Islam is the majority religion in Bangladesh, it’s nice to have a neighbor look out for you and think about your country.

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