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Living with political Islam

Living with political Islam

by Saad Hafiz As secularists and democrats, we do not want religion applied to politics, as we believe that religion is too divisive. We believe that democratic freedoms are strengthened by the separation of religion from politics. We are sceptical of religion playing a constructive role as an agent of stability and predictability. This does not mean, however, that we should support demands to ban political parties having a religious platform, like the Muslim Brotherhood in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Middle East, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Religion, secularism, Society

توہین مذہب کی مختلف اقسام اور ہمارا رد عمل

توہین مذہب کی مختلف اقسام اور ہمارا رد عمل

ملک عمید   کچھ دنوں پہلے جنید جمشید کی ایک ویڈیو دیکھی جو سوشل میڈیا پر شیئر کی جا رہی تھی اس عنوان سے کہ ‘جنید جمشید امہات المومنین کی گستاخی کرتے ہوئے’۔ سو اپنے آپ کو ایسی ویڈیوز سے پرہیز کرنے کی عادت کے باوجود اسے دیکھنے پر مجبور پایا۔  ویڈیو میں جنید جمشید کسی ماہر فنکار کی طرح حضرت عائشہ کی نقالی کرتے ہوئے پائے گئے، نیز کہانی کا سبق یوں تھا کہ “عورت تو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Constitution, Islam, Islamism, Justice, minorities, Pak Tea House, Religion, secularism, Taliban, violence

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

But What About Blasphemy Against Human Decency?

Usmann Rana A five month pregnant woman and her husband beaten up by a mob and burned alive in the very same kiln where they worked. A child with mental challenges (reportedly Down’s Syndrome) jailed for ‘allegedly’ desecrating the Holy Qur’an, the Muslim scripture. A colony set ablaze by self-righteous defenders of the faith which ended up costing the lives of eight Christian men, women and a child and damage to a church. In any society with human decency and compassion such … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, Justice, Lahore, minorities, Pakistan, Punjab, Religion, Rights, Society, violence

Corporatization of Militancy

Corporatization of Militancy

By Andaleeb Rizvi It was the year 2011; pro-Shia TV channels and wire services were abuzz with claims about US and Saudi Arabia funding and arming anti-Shia groups all over the Middle East. During the same period, there were several Shia uprisings in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and of course Iraq and Syria.The Pakistani government too continued to face the onslaught of anti-Shia groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jondullah, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat, and Lashkar-e-Islam. Videos of men … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islamism, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Terrorism, violence, war

پاکستان میں توہین مذہب کے قوانین

ملک عمید مذہب کو استعمال کر کے جب بھی قانون سازی کی جاتی ہے تو وہ قوانین خود بخود “مقدس” حیثیت اختیار کر لیتے ہیں، پھر ان میں محض ‘سقم’ کی بات کرنا بھی توہینِ مذہب میں شمار ہوتا ہے، پاکستان کا یہی حال ہے جس پر رضا رومی نے یہ درد انگیز ‘ٹویٹز’ لکھیں۔ [<a href="//storify.com/Pakteahouse1/story" target="_blank">View the story "پاکستان میں توہین مذہب کے قوانین" on Storify</a>] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Islam for Peace, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Terrorism, violence

Islamic reformation

Islamic reformation

by Saad Hafiz It is hard to dispute that there is a cancer of extremism within Islam today. Groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Taliban reinforce a particularly harsh description of Islam as terrorist-prone, modernity-proof, plagued by fanaticism and susceptible to the hellish clarion call of jihad. The frequent incidents of beheading, suicide bombing and lynching confirm that a section of Muslims celebrate violence and intolerance and harbour deeply reactionary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Islam, Islam for Peace, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Islamism, Middle East, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کو درپیش خطرات سے ایک ملا قات

اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کو درپیش خطرات سے ایک ملا قات

سعد خلیل میں ایک گھنٹے کا سفر کرکے ہوٹل پہنچا تھا اور لابی میں بیٹھا کمرے کی صفائی کا انتظار کر رہا تھا کہ اچانک پیچھے سے آواز آئی ،”سر-آپ پاکستان سے ہیں”۔ کولمبو (سری لنکا) میں پنجابی لہجے کی اردو میں ایسا سن کر ایک خوشگوار سا احساس ہوا۔اثبات میں جواب  کے بعد میں نے اس سے پوچھا کہ اس نے یہ اندازہ کیسے لگایا۔ تو اس نے کہا کے اپنے ملک کے لوگوں کو … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, human rights, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Secterainism, south asia, Terrorism, Urdu, violence

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Photo of the Day: Quetta Bombings, Hazara Comunity again Under Attack

Malik Omaid Quetta’s Hazara Shia community was again under attack yesterday when a suicide attacker blew himself inside Hazara town, the self maintained Ghetto by the Hazara community. Five people have died and 25 have been injured in the attack (Source)  No one has yet claimed responsibility but in the past Hazara Community has been under attack due to their Shia Identity and this is a fourth attack in the Hazara Town in past two years. … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Democracy, human rights, Islamism, minorities, quetta, Religion, Secterainism, violence

پروفیسر اجمل خان صاحب کے طالبان کے متعلق انکشافات پر ایک تبصرہ

پروفیسر اجمل خان صاحب کے طالبان کے متعلق انکشافات پر ایک تبصرہ

ملک عمید چار سال کا عرصہ اعصاب کو تباہ کرنے اور بندے کو مجنوں بنانے کے لئے کافی ہوتا ہے،مگر یہ پروفیسر صاحب کے مضبوط اعصاب اور اپنے فرض سے دیانتداری کی انتہا ہے کہ جہاں بھی گئے علم کی شمعیں روشن کیں۔ وہ  بھیڑیے جو لوگوں کو اندھا کرنا چاہتے ہیں، وہ بھی اپنے بچوں کے لئے روشنی چاہتے ہیں۔وہ لوگ جو ملالہ  جیسی ہونہار بچی کو علم کی بات کرنے سے روکنے کے لیے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Education, FATA, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Reviews, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

تمہیں یاد ہو کہ نہ یاد ہو

عبیداللہ خان   چوہدری اعتزاز احسن صاحب جنہیں اللہ نے نہ صرف جوش خطابت سے نوازا ہے بلکہ اردو اور انگریزی دونوں زبانوں پر ملکہ بھی عطا کیا ہے۔ اس سونے پر سہاگہ یہ کہ موصوف پاکستان کے چوٹی کے قانون دانوں میں شمار ہوتے ہیں جن سے بحث میں جیتنا جوئے شیر لانے سے کم نہیں ہے۔ ان کے سامنے کسی کی چودھراہٹ نہیں چلتی خواہ وہ ملک کاوزیر داخلہ چوہدری نثار علی خان ہی کیوں نہ ہو۔ اعتزاز صاحب کی تقریر سے گزشتہ سال بھر میں پہلی بار احساس ہوا کہ پیپلز پارٹی واقعی اپوزیشن کی جماعت ہے۔ یا شاید یہ احساس دلانے کا وقت ابھی آیا ہے؟ جب اعتزاز احسن صاحب نے اپنی گھن گرج قسم کی توپوں کا رخ نواز حکومت سے دھرنا سیاست کی طرف موڑا تو ایک … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Democracy, History, Islamabad, minorities, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s speech on 14 August 1947

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s speech on 14 August 1947

Pak Tea House is sharing another speech from the founder of Pakistan, M A Jinnah. These speech’s are being shared to better understand the vision of M. A. Jinnah right after the very foundation of Pakistan as on which principles the state of Pakistan will operate.             Transcript: Inauguration of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly on 14th August, 1947 Your Excellency, I thank His Majesty the King on behalf of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly and myself for his gracious … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Colonialism, Constitution, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, History, Islam, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Jinnah, Justice, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pakistan, Partition, People's Pakistan, Photos, Rights, south asia, video

Peace and tolerance

Peace and tolerance

by Saad Hafiz In yet another manifestation of the hate that appears to be deeply ingrained in Pakistan, four members of the Ahmedi community in Gujranwala were murdered last week by a mob protesting an allegedly blasphemous post on Facebook by an Ahmedi youth. A mob incited by the pulpit, feeding on suspicion and rumour, killed the defenceless for simply being different. These acts ensure that minorities live with murderous intolerance that tarnishes society at large. It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, human rights, Islam, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, violence

Please celebrate Eid for me

Please celebrate Eid for me

By Bilal Haider Sitting on the second day of Eid, still wondering if Eid has finally come. Never have I experienced such a quiet and barren array of emotions. Each gush of blood down my viens, warms memories of little Kainat and her sister, who were burnt alive in Gujranwala. Every moment a text message of Eid Mubarak comes in on my phone, a new vision of Kainat celebrating Eid comes in front of me and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, human rights, Islam, Islamism, minorities, Pak Tea House, Religion, Rights, violence

Iftar Deals In Pakistan 2014

Greetings to all Muslims on Holly Ramazan. Ramazan is a special month for Muslims of and they respect this month, keep fasts, offer prayers and recite Quran-E-Pak (Islamic Holy Book). People love to do very early morning breakfast (before Fajar Prayer) called Sehar and don’t eat or drink whole day and allow to eat or drink just (before Maghrib Prayer) called Iftar. Many people love to go outside for Sehar and Iftar and enjoy the best tastes from restaurants in Pakistan. Sehar: Sehar is very early breakfast time in Ramazan people eat healthy dishes to maintain their whole day because keeping Fast they can’t eat or drink anything so they love healthy meals. People of every age love Ramazan and they have energy in them to complete the law of Islam. We see … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Food Crisis, Islam, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society

The rise of atheism in Saudi Arabia, where talking about atheism is illegal

The rise of atheism in Saudi Arabia, where talking about atheism is illegal

This article was originally posted here! Caryle Murphy, GlobalPost In the “cradle of Islam,” a growing number of people are quietly declaring themselves nonbelievers.   JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — In this country known as the cradle of Islam, where religion gives legitimacy to the government and state-appointed clerics set rules for social behavior, a growing number of Saudis are privately declaring themselves atheists. The evidence is anecdotal, but persistent. “I know at least six atheists who confirmed that to me,” said … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, human rights, Islam, minorities, Religion, secularism, Society