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Not Your Average Love Story

By Zulqarnain Khan Couple of months back, I turned 25, that magical number that is somehow seen as the pinnacle of early youth. Tomorrow it’s February the 14th, I’m in America and quite literally, love is in the air, (and wind chills too). You might be thinking what has my age got to do with Valentine Day, the answer lies in the story I intend to tell, one oft told, but not reflected upon nearly enough. We can argue about the merits or demerits of Valentine Day, say it’s not a part of our ‘culture’ like the President of Pakistan, or form teams to ‘forcefully marry’ couples caught celebrating the day, but love has and will always play a central role in everyone’s life, so it is probably better to tell … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Love, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

IN THE LOVE OF PROPHET by JDC

By Dr. Muhammad Hassan Auj   Do terrorism and justice ever dwell together? Can extremism and harmony ever be tuned with each other? Will the transformation from Barbarian society to a humane civilization ever complete? Till when will the saviors of the nation be plundered with the defilement of the sanctity of their lives? Will respect ever be bestowed to other human beings regardless of their cast, creed, culture, religion, ideologies? With these inexorable questions probing my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, History, human rights, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, violence, war

زندگی کی شطرنج پر میں پیادہ نہیں ہوں

زندگی کی شطرنج پر میں پیادہ نہیں ہوں

تحریر: عماد ظفر شطرنج ایک صدیوں پرانا کھیل ہے جو 600سال قبل مسیح دریافت ہوا تھا۔اس کھیل کو کھیلنے والے جانتے ہیں کہ یہ ذہانت اور گہری سوچ رکھنے والوں کا کھیل ہے جس میں آپ کو حریف کو شطرنج کی بساط پر چالوں سے مات دینا ہوتی ہے۔کسی بھی ماہر نفسیات یا انسان کے دماغ پر تحقیق کرنے والے سائنسدانوں کی آرا اس کھیل کے متعلق دیکھی جائیں تو اسے انسانی دماغ کو چست و … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, sex, sport, Urdu

State without Sect

By Ahmad Karim   The recent beheading of a prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stirred a debate in the world as well as in Pakistan. That whether Pakistan should take side of one party or should play a reconciliatory role? Sheikh Nimr, was a Shia Sheikh in al-Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province. He was popular among youth and critical of the Saudi Arabian government, calling for free elections in Saudi Arabia. He was first arrested by Saudi authorities in 2006 for being critical of Kingdom. On 15 October, 2014 Al-Nimr was sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court for seeking foreign meddling in Saudi Arabia, disobeying its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces. The beheading of Shiite cleric is being denounced by the … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Iran, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, secularism

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

حفیظ سنٹر میں ریاست ’پی کے‘ بن گئی

تحریر: ملک عمید گزشتہ ہفتے احمدیوں کی مخالفت میں لگائے گئے ایک اسٹیکر نے حفیظ سنٹر کی دھوم ساری دنیا تک پہنچا دی۔ یوں حفیظ سنٹر بین الاقوامی شہرت یافتہ ہوگیا۔ بدنام اگر ہوں گے تو کیا نام نہ ہوگا؟ ایک تاجر کی دکان سے احمدی مخالف اسٹیکر اتارنے کی خبر پنجاب حکومت نے ٹویٹر پر برادرم رضا رومی صاحب کو دی۔ ساری دنیا میں واہ واہ ہوگئی۔ ایسے لگا کہ ملک بدلنے لگا ہے۔ تاجروں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, state

دہرا پن اور اس کے دائرے

دہرا پن اور اس کے دائرے

تحریر: عماد ظفر دہرا معیار بھی ایک عجیب شے ہے یہ آپ کی آنکھوں پر ایک ایسی پٹی باندھ دیتا ہے جس سے آپ اپنے لیئے ہر چیز جائز اور دنیا یا معاشرے کیلئے ہر چیز ناجائز قرار دیتے ہیں۔کرہ ارض پر شاید ہی کوئی ملک وطن عزیز جیسا ہو جہاں ہر کوئی بھانت بھانت کی بولیاں بولتے اپنی اپنی ذات کو عقل ِکل قرار دیتے تمام مسائل کا حل دیتے نظر آئے ۔ اٹھارہ کروڑ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society, Urdu

Islam and the West at the Crossroads

Islam and the West at the Crossroads

By Hasan Naser Khan Recent terrorists attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California have re-launched a debate on the role of political Islam in relation to the West. Since 9/11, the subject of Islamism has been brought to the light amply by the Western media and the scholars. Yet there is confusion and little understanding of Islam in the West. In the wake of terrorists’ attacks, two narratives have emerged and dominated the discourse on political Islam: … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, USA, war

Paris Attacks: Defend the Secularist Faith

Paris Attacks: Defend the Secularist Faith

By Ayushman Jamwal In the Dark Knight, the Joker poignantly expresses his belief to the caped crusader that human society is always prey to its base, survivalist instincts, where the notion of humanity is nothing more than a punch line. In that legendary interrogation scene he reflects on human society saying, “their morals and code, it’s a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They are only as good as the world allows them … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Opinion, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism

In the Muslim World there exists an ideology and it needs to be blamed

In the Muslim World there exists an ideology and it needs to be blamed

By Umer Ali Beirut was rocked with bombing on Thursday, a day before Paris attack. There was no reaction from most of the Muslim world. It was just another day of terrorism for most. Some condemned but many thought it was a good riddance since Shias were killed. Many celebrated because Hezbollah’s stronghold was attacked. Rest didn’t just cared. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and it was over. A day passes and Paris attack happens. Unlike … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war

Social Media Campaign #ProfileForLove for Ahmadis in Pakistan

Social Media Campaign #ProfileForLove for Ahmadis in Pakistan

By Kashif N Chaudhry It was great to see messages of peace trend between India and Pakistan a few days ago. After the success of #ProfileForPeace, we thought it would be a good idea to show some love to fellow Pakistanis who only see hatred back home. I therefore asked Sunnis and Shias to share their love for Pakistan’s Ahmadis using the tag #ProfileForLove. Great #ProfileForPeace trend for India-PK peace. May I suggest #ProfileForLove trend for Pakistan’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, Islam, Islam for Peace, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Twitter

مذہب اسلام میں شدت پسندی پر اجمل کمال اور فہمیدہ ریاض کے درمیان دلچسپ مکالمہ

مذہب اسلام میں شدت پسندی پر اجمل کمال اور فہمیدہ ریاض کے درمیان دلچسپ مکالمہ

ملک عمید فیس بک گروپ “بزم” میں معروف ایڈیٹر اور ناشر اجمل کمال صاحب نےمبارک حیدر صاحب کی معروف کتاب ‘تہذیبی نرگسیت’ کا دیباچہ کتاب کے لنک کے ساتھ پوسٹ کیا جس پر ان کے اور معروف شاعرہ اور دانشور فہمیدہ ریاض صاحبہ کے درمیان ایک دلچسپ مکالمہ شروع ہوگیا۔ پاک ٹی ہاؤس کے قارئین کی دلچسپی کے لیے اسے بلاگ کی شکل دی جا رہی ہے۔ فہمیدہ ریاض صاحبہ کہتی ہیں: مسلمان کوئی قوم نہیں ہیں ۔۔۔ان … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colonialism, culture, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu, Women

An Islamic Version of Consensus [Ijma]

An Islamic Version of Consensus [Ijma]

By Ahmad Kareem Consensus [Ijma] is the last institution in the history of Islam and when the nation of Islam is in some local situation, in some domestic milieu or at national level encounters a big crisis or if a big question rises and savants of religion and savants of time are unable to solve it then it is transferred to community for some solution but how strange it is that the problem after taking back … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism

Wajid Shamsul Hasan and the Punjab Assembly

Wajid Shamsul Hasan and the Punjab Assembly

Pakistan’s ex-envoy to London Wajid Shamsul Hasan spoke last week at the annual Ahmadi Convention. It was a frank talk which hit home certain important points, the gist of which was that declaring Ahmadis Non-Muslims was a huge mistake on part of Pakistan’s National Assembly -which has destroyed the social fabric of the state. Wajid Shamsul Hasan comes from a family which has been committed to Pakistan. His father Syed Shamsul Hasan was a close … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Malik Ishaq Killed in a Police Encounter: Twitter Reactions & Analysis

Malik Ishaq Killed in a Police Encounter: Twitter Reactions & Analysis

By Malik Omaid Malik Ishaq, leader of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been killed with his two sons and aides on Tuesday night in a police encounter. This news broke on Wednesday morning when the TV channels started reporting it. As expected reactions on social media including twitter started pouring in and where there was much jubilation especially in the Shia twitteraties there was much skepticism on the way Malik Ishaq has been killed. Though police claimed that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Lashkar e Taiba, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Secterainism, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

A Tale of Two Sermons

A Tale of Two Sermons

By Ahmad Faruqui First there was the ‘Eid sermon which began at 9:30 am. As the congregational service at a small town Fairgrounds ended, three of us stood up and moved to a shaded area with chairs, tables and tents. The sun was beating down on us mercilessly and the day had just begun. We were no longer officially in the congregation but the post-prayer sermon was audible. Another friend joined us and we began to chat among ourselves, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam for Peace, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism