From admitting that “it’s not even a joke” to some calling it “stupid” and “funny”, the petition to change the name of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad to ‘Islamagood’ has received hundreds of signatures. The online petition on change.org started by Ayham Abrar to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has caused quite a stir on social media with citizens actually considering a name change. With at least 404 signatures at the time of writing this article, Abrar said, “Islam is good. Pakistan loves Islam. Why IslamaBAD? Love from Bangladesh “
The petition started four days ago and has since gone viral on social media with several internet users giving their own advice on changing the name Islamabad. One Twitter user wrote that ‘Bikharistan’ is better than ‘Islamagood’.
However, there are several other netizens who think that ‘Islamagood’ is ‘stupid’ and even mention the meaning of the place, Islamabad. Many are seen criticizing Bangladeshi nationals because the petition has been started by native Bangladeshis or ‘jokes’.
It is not “IslamaBAD” that we need to change to “IslamaGOOD”. This is “ABAD Islam”
Simply put we Pakistanis are very MUCH and this is the proof 🤣#islamagood 😂
– FATI م AH 🇵🇰 (@FSadia_PK) 20 February 2021
The Bangladesh joke petition wants the name of the Pakistani capital ISLAMABAD to be changed to ISLAMAGOOD.
– ElAziz 🇺🇬 (@ElAzizug) 22 February 2021
The Pakistani asked Imran Khan:
Change the name Islamabad to Islamagood
– Naren Kumar (@ Naren_kumar07) 21 February 2021
Changing the name Islamabad to Islamagood actually had an entire petition that read😂😂 Wut 😂👏🏻
– Aaliyah (@ Aaliyahhassan15) 21 February 2021
It’s very good idea from Islamabad to Islamagood 🙌
– Happiness Uwikigali❤ (@ Happy28465133) 19 February 2021
The person who signed the petition to change the name from IslamaBAD to IslamaGOOD. Friends, submit another petition, it should be Pakistan ZindaGOOD, not ZindaBAD.
– Alina (@AlinaManiar) 20 February 2021
why do they plan to change the name Islamabad to Islamagood 🤦♀️
– Aniela Ayub (@aniela_ayub) 19 February 2021
Islamabad means- Islam century (inhabited place or city)
It’s not bad Islam.
But that guy thinks like this, that’s why he wants to turn Islamabad into Islamagood .😂
After changing the boy’s name it would be like-
“Yeh hum hai yeh islamagood hain aur yeh hamari”#PawriHoRahiHai🤣
– Yezdani Shareef (@ShareefYezdani) 19 February 2021
What does Islamabad mean? Who named it?
While the idea floating around the internet divides ‘Islamabad into Islam and’ Bad ‘, it originally stems from’ Islam and ‘century’ which means ‘Islamic City’ or ‘City of Peace’. The territory of the planned federal capital in Pakistan is a stretch of terraces and natural meadows that surround the city. The name was decided upon by Muhammad Ayub Khan and was officially renamed on February 24, 1960.
Ayub Khan even formed a special commission in 1959 with Greek architect-engineer and urban planner Dr. Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis as advisor on the location of the capital. It was Doxiadis who suggested two regions, one outside Karachi and the other north of Rawalpindi. Finally, Job decided to support the latter on the Potwar Plateau.