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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Final Thoughts on Junaid Jamshed

Dec 11th, 2016 | By | Category: Featured, Latest, Pakistan, Religion
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I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, When he beats his bars and would be free; It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core, But a plea, that upward to Heaven he […]



Dr Muhammad Iqbal’s Political Philosophy in the light of his poem, The Advisory Council of Satan (Iblees ki Majlis-i-Shura) – (1936)

Nov 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Latest
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 1. Introduction ‘Muhammad Iqbal – lawyer, jurist, and poet – rests in a simple tomb just outside the main entrance to the Badshahi mosque in Lahore. That simple tomb is a place of pilgrimage to me. For Iqbal was a man who belonged to all races; his concepts had universal appeal. He spoke to the […]



Love Conquers The World

Aug 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social
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Love Conquers The World (محبت فاتح عالم) I thought of contemporary love as a feeling of deception that you have for somebody, enslaving you to inferior desires. It was not until I read عشق کے پانچ درجے1 by Khurram Ali Shafique and discovered Iqbal through his Marghdeen2. This change introduced me to that powerful love […]



Our Shackled Patriotism

Aug 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan
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So, August arrives again. Like every year, channel logos change to green. Youth begins placing flags on their roof tops, buying badges and flags only to find them on the floor beneath our feet the next day. More deceitful promises and more lies by dearly loved leaders; more national songs and a load of new […]



The Second Coming

Jul 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest, World
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Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.                                                                         -W.B. […]



Israel’s Zionist Foundation and Expansionist Dream – A Short History

Jul 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest, World
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‘At Basel, I founded the Jewish State. If I said it out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. Perhaps in five years, and certainly in fifty, everyone will know it.’[1] ~ (Theodor Herzl writes in his diary about Basel Zionist Conference, 1897 where Zionism was officially coined) The birth of the State […]



A Model of Sacrifice in a Despair Stricken Society – Nasrullah Shajee

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan
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In a society stricken by war, insecurity and poverty, where everyone seeks a safe and prosperous life for themselves and their families, and people live lives day to day, we have somehow become self-centered feeling relieved if our families are safe, no matter what disasters are befalling in the other parts of the country. The […]



Khadijah – The Beloved of The Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Feb 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured, Latest, Religion
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He was young, handsome, of noble lineage and of impeccable character. He was known as “The Truthful” and “The Trustworthy”. Yes, he was born an orphan and his financial standing was not the best when Khadija (ra) met him. But he, nevertheless, was the best of the best. The epitome of the human race, when […]



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 […]



The Regime of Reason

Dec 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Social, World
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Your intelligence is different from mine. And mine is different from yours. Times changed. “My intelligence is superior to yours”, said Reason. Who and what is ‘Reason’? Reason was born and raised like any other intelligence. It too lived on the imaginative outskirts of human minds. It too insisted that it had a point. ‘A […]