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A Quiet Grandeur: An Appraisal of The Tableeghi Jamaat

Jan 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Latest, Religion
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My attempts at landing upon an official Tableeghi Jamat statement on the attacks on a Tableeghi centre in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan) and on Tableeghi Jamat members in Karachi fell in vain. I ceased to wonder when I chanced to meet a lady who was an acquaintance of one of the victims of the mosque target-killing in […]



In the Times of Futile Debates

Nov 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan
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We gloat over carrion; we gather to pick up the pieces. We discriminate between dead bodies under labels of ‘halak’ (merely killed) and ‘shaheed’ (martyred). As we do so, we don God’s hat, partaking of what is exclusively His right with a self-righteous audacity. Our opinions on the dead may not be worth a shred […]



Still, I Rise: Reflections on the Massacres in Egypt

Aug 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Religion, World
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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. “By the sky containing great stars. And by the Promised Day. And [by] the witness and what is witnessed, Woe to the makers of the pit (of fire)! Fire supplied (abundantly) with fuel: When they were sitting near it. And they witnessed (all) that they were […]



Quran Journey series – Reflections on Quranic verses – X

Aug 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Quran Journey Series, Religion
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            In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful “Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just. Allah only forbids you, […]



Quran Journey Series- Reflections on Quranic verses: IX

Aug 5th, 2013 | By | Category: Quran Journey Series
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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful   (Say: “O ‘Ibadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) [Surah Al-Zumar, verse 53]   One of the greatest blessings bestowed upon […]



Quran Journey Series: Quranic Reflections- VIII

Jul 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Quran Journey Series
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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful   ‘Whoever should hope for the meeting with Allah – indeed, the term decreed by Allah is coming. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing.’ (29:5)   The concept of the Hereafter ought not to arouse fear alone, but also, as said in this verse, a […]



Quran Journey series: Reflections on Quranic verses- VII

Jul 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Quran Journey Series
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  In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful ‘They made not a just estimate of Allah such as is due to Him.’ (39:67) ——————————————– The man whispered ‘God, speak to me!’  And a meadowlark sang.  But the man did not hear.  So the man yelled ‘God speak to me!’  And the thunder rolled […]



Quran Journey Series: Quranic Reflections- VI

Jul 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Quran Journey Series, Religion
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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful “Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him? Or think you that most of them listen or understand? They are only like cattle;- nay, they are worse astray in their Path.” (25:43) One of the […]



Quran Journey Series: Reflections on the Quran Verses – V

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Quran Journey Series, Religion
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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful Woe to every slanderer and backbiter. Who has gathered wealth and counted it. He thinks that his wealth will make him last forever!  Nay! Verily, he will be thrown into the crushing Fire. And what will make you know what the crushing Fire is? The fire of Allah, kindled, Which […]



Quran Journey Series: Reflections on Quranic verses – IV

Jul 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Quran Journey Series, Religion
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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful “And they will say: “Our Lord! Verily, we obeyed our chiefs and our great ones, and they misled us from the (Right) Way. Our Lord! give them double torment and curse them with a mighty curse!” (33:66-67) The verse illustrates the perils of blindly and unquestioningly following […]



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