The Stasis of the Muslim Mind

Jun 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Religion, Social

“Lost in the loneliness, we turn inwards- with a knife in our hands and a lump in our throats”, writes Muhammad Fadel describing the deep crisis in contemporary Muslim consciousness. The loss of the Khilafah has imbued Muslim sensibility with a deep and haunting nostalgia for a bygone glory. The direction of foreign policy taken by […]

A Colonized Ridiculousness

Apr 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Social

How many times do we actually sit down and ask ourselves how ridiculous we sound? And how ridiculous we should sound? And how we are indoctrinating this ridiculousness to our coming generation? Now let me be the odd one, the strange one, the party pooper, the nonsensical one, and let me tell you that there […]

Children – Flowers of Paradise

Mar 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social

It was my first week of school as a 2nd grade teacher, and the day was about to end.  Students were packing up their bags. Suddenly, I remembered that I had to distribute notice flyers which were given to me by the administration. I said to the class in my firm bossy voice, “ok, calm […]

He Needs Me Like I Needed Him

Mar 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social

It was my nephew’s Annual Result Day at school. While parents lined up awaiting results, children were busy playing around. Suddenly, a very beautiful child while running to her sister, tripped over something and fell. Her dress went all muddy and she started crying with tears. In a flicker of second, while I was just […]

Tug Of War – Lord Of The Rings

Mar 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Social, World

Ah, why Should life all labor be? Let us alone. Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb. Let us alone. What is it that will last? All things are taken from us, and become Portions and parcels of the dreadful past. Let us alone. What pleasure can we have […]

Love in The Time of Narcissism

Feb 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social

Arguably, love is the highest sentiment the human spirit is capable of. In essence, it is selfless, generous, liberating, sublime. It purges one of all that holds one down to the mundane and earthy. Kahlil Gibran famously writes: “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it […]

Qazi Hussain Ahmad – The Sign of Unity of The Ummah

Jan 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social

Don’t know how to start … Qazi Hussain Ahmad, former Ameerr of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) left us in deep sorrow and grief and I don’t even have words to express it. He is still living in our hearts and minds. Like many others, my adulthood was spent in chanting slogans ‘hum baitey kis k __Qazi k’ […]

Foundations of Secular Educational System

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Religion, Social

Know thy enemy. “Allah is the Protecting Friend of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are false deities. They bring them out of light into darkness. Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein. 2:257 Are we conscious of what […]

We Are All Shahzeb Khan

Dec 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Social

Just like Madame Defarge of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ silently kept knitting the registry of all those condemned to death and punishment, once the simple and humble peasants eventually rise to the massacre of the oppressors, the nature is writing down all the names and crimes of the feudals acting as pharaohs […]

The Color of the Painting

Dec 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, Social

The painting was absolutely stunning. It carried a latent meaning which was profound and deep. It was both intriguing and complex. No single narrative or interpretation could really sum-it-up. It was colorful; you could see all sorts of colors of all sorts of variations and shades. And there stood the painter gazing at his work […]