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Down to Earth – With a Bump

Dec 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Lauren Booth's Diary, Religion, World
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It doesn’t happen quickly, it takes time. For a long time you can’t imagine it happening at all. Then one morning, you wake up and it’s living within you. A spiky, pebble in the midst of joyous certainty; disappointment. Disappointment in the Ummah, you are now a part of. For ‘born Muslims’ the acknowledgement that […]



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 […]



Feminism – Are We Doing It Wrong?

Nov 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Social
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Feminism (Oxford definition) – the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. EQUALITY! Not supremacy.  Feminism is all about advocating women’s rights not advocating their supremacy above any other human being and certainly not about loathing men like some sort of filth. Then why exactly do some self proclaimed “feminists” […]



The Clash of Spirit of Sacrifice and Lavishness

Oct 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest
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Depression and psychological complex amongst sacrificial animals would be highest during Zilhaj if they could comprehend the criteria of ‘khoobsurat janwar’ which Pakistanis have created. Similar to how the advertisements make us believe that we need products to look good and for example, men and women who use fairness creams excel both in professional and personal […]



From Christopher Columbus to Malala Yousafzai‎

Oct 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, World
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Parallax errors of selective historical and contemporary view points A simple definition of Parallax would be “an apparent change in the position of an object resulting from a change in position of the observer”. By some accounts on October 12 Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas [1]. 521 years later a girl, Malala Yusufzai, from Swat, Pakistan […]



Muslim Schools, Hijab and the Media

Oct 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Lauren Booth's Diary
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‘I’m not wearing that!’ My 12 year old daughter winces as we examine the bathing suit she must wear for swimming lessons at her private girls school in Manchester. A whole section is cut away from rear ribs to the (very) lower spine. As for the front, well, the thighs of the suit are so […]



Am I Not Your Lord?

Oct 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured, Latest, Religion
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“Apart from what theologians have taught you what do you know of God yourself?” asked a new found friend. I reflected on the question and thought some more, during the early morning showers, the long drives to work, a lunch completed in solitude, the gratitude and the atmosphere of reflection that is born in the […]



The Political Economy of Hatred

Oct 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, World
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Hatred is a scam. Just like a lot of stuff Capitalism and its globalizing effects want to sell us. This is what they do right? They come at our doors and they sell stuff. We buy stuff. But we also buy into stuff. Into the ideology of stuff. The ideology of stuff isn’t your next […]



Who is Behind the Bloodbath?

Sep 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, World
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The catalogue of bloodbath in the Muslim world is harrowing and sickening. I want to know who is responsible for it all. It has been a bloody week – the Westgate shopping centre massacre in Nairobi that left 67 people dead, the killing spree of students in North Eastern Nigeria has left 50 students dead, […]



Reclaiming Rainbows

Sep 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Religion, World
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Human thought finds a rather romantic metaphor in a rainbow. With reflection one may find more in it than a fleeting comfort. Perhaps find even a way to reconnect with our purpose and reassurance that God ordered the perfection of Angels to bow to the ‘imperfection’ of humanity. “Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: “I […]