Religion

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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



Losing Our Religion

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Religion
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Losing Our Religion  That’s me in the corner That’s me in the spotlight Losing my religion Trying to keep up with you And I don’t know if I can do it Oh no, I’ve said too much I haven’t said enough… (R.E.M., Losing My Religion)  The meandering mythologies of the Greeks have some insightful truths […]



The ‘Begum’ and ‘Saheb’ Culture

Sep 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured, Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social
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Come, visualize with me.. Sakeena, a 10 year old who has never been to school, never enjoyed playing with dolls let alone the funky hi-tech gadgets,  is carrying a 1 year old in her lap, sitting on a table distant to begum saheba’s. Her dull glitterless clothes, unadorned arms and ears tell us, she’s the odd one. […]



How I Came to Love the Veil

Sep 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Religion, Social, World
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Politicians and journalists just love to write about the oppression of women in Islam … without even talking to the females beneath the veil. They simply have no idea how Muslim women are protected and respected within the Islamic framework which was built more than 1400 years ago. Yet, by writing about cultural issues like […]