Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak has announced that Eid in the country will be observed in a solemn manner honor those who died in MH17 crash and those who were on the unfortunate flight of MH370 that mysteriously disappeared back in March. He has cancelled many celebrations to assure the victimsâ€™ families that he, along with the rest of the country, stands with them and share their sorrow. Meanwhile in Pakistan, around 500,000 people in North Waziristan and surrounding areas have been driven out of their homes due to ongoing military operation to wipe out terrorists. Several have been killed in sectarian and other incidents of violence in the past few days. Yet Eid preparations and celebrations in Pakistan are in full swing. Our PM is on a long Umrah in Saudia Arabia and will be back after Eid (hopefully) and expecting any sort of consoling announcement from him will be wishful thinking. Maybe the above incidents arenâ€™t significant enough to affect us. Probably because the IDPs and the people killed are considered â€˜infidelsâ€™ by many. But there has been a lot of mourning over the conflict in Gaza (even though most of it is on the social media). A day of solidarity was observed recently, protests against Israelâ€™s atrocities were held, posters and banners condemning Israelis can be seen everywhere. One would think that Eid will be a bit simple this year, out of respect for all those who died an undeserving death. But I guess the feelings arenâ€™t strong enough to stop people from spending thousands on Eid celebrations. Iâ€™m not against the celebrations. Itâ€™s a religious festival and must be celebrated. But the purpose of this festival is for us to come together as one community and celebrate with fellow Muslims. How can we rejoice with such zeal when so many of us are suffering? How can we spend so carelessly when so many of us are dying of hunger and are living without any shelter? How can we be so merry when many of us are dying at the hands of the enemy? It becomes even more heart breaking when on one hand you see people cursing Israel, Taliban and all other miscreants and being so extravagant on the other. A little simplicity never hurts anyone. If you want to spend all that money, spend it on those who actually need it. It isnâ€™t the festive spirit that bothers me. It is the hypocrisy. People in Pakistan love to criticize every soul on this earth apart from them, yet they canâ€™t restrain themselves from being a bit sensitive towards those who are suffering. They condemn, curse and then brush it off. This isnâ€™t resilience, this is pure selfishness. After all our nation has been through over the years, people have turned inhumane instead of becoming more compassionate. To make it worse, they live under the blissful delusion that they are most empathetic towards victims of violence. My message for my compatriots this Eid is: if you canâ€™t do anything apart from uttering abuse, donâ€™t act like you are a remarkable citizen or a Muslim unless you are ready to take some concrete steps. You are only fooling yourself. Eid Mubarak. Eid, war and Muslim 'ummah'