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Socio-Religious Irony

By Saad Hafiz It is an irony that the world’s great religions speak of caring for the sick, the poor and the orphaned, of eradicating poverty and illiteracy, and of practicing mercy and goodwill towards fellow humans, yet these traits are often more evident in the world’s least religious states. In fact, secular states today are faring much better on nearly every single indicator of well-being imaginable compared to the most religious nations on earth. Coupled with strong democratic structures, secular societies protect their citizens from the authoritarianism that is characteristic of religion when it has temporal power. In contrast, oppressive religious states and conservative religious scholars have colluded to produce certain interpretations of religion that represent serious impediments to human development, particularly when it comes to freedom of thought, accountability … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Society

Parliament has the authority to enact laws based on ijtihad says Ghamidi

Malik Omaid These are few tweets by Raza Rumi about his meeting with Javed Ghamidi and the discussion during their meeting Summary: Parliament has the authority to legislate and enact any ijtihad as the law. In other words, scholars will do ijtihad but parliament has the right to adopt any one ijtihad on the basis of majority. [View the story “Raza Rumi’s meeting with Ghamidi” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Twitter

Return to the Path of the Sufis

Return to the Path of the Sufis

Uzair Khan Auqabi Rooh Baidar Hoti Hai Jawanon Mein Nazar Ati Hai Iss Ko Apni Manzil Asmanon Mein When an eagle’s spirit awakens in youthful hearts, It sees its luminous goal beyond the starry heavens. Words that were used to rally a nation into action. Have self belief, it tells the agitators and the activists. Focus on the innate ability and capabilities one is endowed with. Reach for the stars and believe. Iqbal in his famous poems brings to attention … Read entire article »

Filed under: Sufism

Religious Absolutism

Religious Absolutism

By Saad Hafiz Arguably, absolutism has played a part in some of the worst social and political evils throughout history. While there is little doubt that religion has made a valuable contribution to civilisation, religious absolutism has also exercised a pernicious influence at times. No one can deny the atrocities of the Crusades or the Inquisition and other evils started by the Church. Bloodshed justified by religious dictum became a widely accepted doctrine. People were branded … Read entire article »

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

پرویز رشید کی راست گوئیاں – کچھ حیا کرو البکستانیوں

پرویز رشید کی راست گوئیاں – کچھ حیا کرو البکستانیوں

محمد حمزہ بن طارق آجکل پرویز رشید کے اردو زبان میں بولے گئے چند بہت ہی واضح اور حقیقت پر مبنی جملوں پر پرویز صاحب کو مذہبی حلقوں کی جانب سے شدید تنقید اور رد عمل کا سامنا ہے- اس مختصر ویڈیو کو جب میں نے دیکها تو یہی سمجهنا دشوار ہوگیا کہ انہوں نے تو آرٹس کونسل کراچی کے پلیٹ فارم کا بڑا خیال کرتے ہوئے بہت احتیاط سے کام لیا- مجهے وزیر صاحب سے یہ شکایت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islam, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Urdu

مُلا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔ میرے مولا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔!!!

مُلا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔ میرے مولا کا اِسلام اور۔۔۔!!!

تحریر: عدیل اورنگزیب شمال مشرقی لندن کی اِس وسیع وعریض مسجد میں حسب معمول جمعہ کی نماز کے وقت تِل دھرنے کی جگہ نہ تھی۔ مجھے جس صف میں جگہ ملی، عین اسکے پیچھے پیلے رنگ کی بالٹیوں کی ایک قطار تھی، جن پر “چندہ برائے تعمیر مسجد” ، “صدقہ” ، “زکوٰۃ” جیسے سٹکر چسپاں تھے۔ سفید عربی عمامہ میں پاکستانی امام نے انگریزی میں اپنے خطاب کا آغاز کیا۔ امام صاحب نے اپنی تقریر کی ابتدا، … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

Distorting Pakistan’s history and identity

By Umer Ali Ever since Pakistan came into being, it has faced different challenges of various magnitudes. Right after its creation, Pakistan lost its father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. With his body, the hope for a better, progressive Pakistan was gone as well. After the death of Jinnah, a campaign started which led Pakistan to where it is now – radicalized, intolerant and on the verge of destruction. Pakistanis are living through lies and myths presented to them. … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, India, Islamism, Pakistan, Partition, Secterainism

Pakistan wants to be ‘Arab’

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi explains how the Prophet condemned the discrimination between Arab and non-Arabs. [View the story “Pakistan wants to be ‘Arab'” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Raza Rumi, Religion, Storify, Twitter

حجاز پھر خطرے میں؟

حجاز پھر خطرے میں؟

تحریر: علی ارقم زمانہء طالبِ علمی میں اردو کہانیاں اور رسائل پڑھنے کے شوق کے باعث جن رسائل سے تعارُف ہوا، ان میں ماہنامہ نونہال، ماہنامہ ٹوٹ بٹوٹ، ماہنامہ آنکھ مچولی اور جماعت اسلامی کی ذیلی تنظیم کا ماہنامہ ساتھی شامل تھا۔ آخرالذکر رسالے کی ایک خصوصیت یہ تھی کہ وہ ہمیں مُفت پڑھنے کو میسر آجاتا تھا اور اُس میں مواد بھی بڑا دلچسپ تھا جیسے حکیم سعید کے ادارے ہمدرد میں ‘مونٹی کرسٹو کا … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Middle East, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu

Pakistan should not join Regional Sectarian Conflict in Yemen

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi on the dangers of Pakistan joining another conflict. Instead it should play the role of an arbiter. [View the story “Pakistan should not join Regional Sectarian Conflict in Yemen” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Iran, Islamism, Middle East, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Secterainism, Storify, Twitter, war, World

A war of narratives

A war of narratives

By Saad Hafiz Apart from the security challenges, the struggle against jihadi extremism is primarily a ‘war of narratives”. Extremists have been able to cleverly manipulate, promote and reinforce their master narratives, which are largely based on the west’s hegemonic designs in the Muslim world and its crusade against Islam. They have also been able to exploit, to great effect, narratives related to the weak political, social, and historical conditions of Muslims. Jihadi narratives are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Taliban, Terrorism

ہبڑ دبڑ

تحریر: عندیل علی بم پھٹا، دہشت گرد پکڑو! ٹیمیں بنائو! موم بتیاں جلائو! کمیٹیاں بنائو! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! فائرنگ ہوگئی! سی سی ٹی وی فوٹیج لائو! ٹیمیں بنائو! موم بتیاں جلائو! کمیٹیاں بنائو! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! تھر میں لوگ بھوک سے جاں بحق ہو رہے ہیں! بیپر بنائو! ٹیمیں بنائو! کمیٹیاں بنائو! موم بتیاں جلائو! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! سیلاب آگیا! ٹکر چلائو! موم بتیاں جلائو! ٹیمیں بنائو! کمیٹیاں بنائو! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! بجلی چلی گئی! پھر سے موم بتیاں جلائو! ٹیمیں بنائو! کمیٹیاں بنائو! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! سیاسی کارکن کی ویڈیو منظرِ عام پر آگئی! موم بتیاں (نہیں) جلائو! ٹیمیں (نہ) بنائو! کمیٹیاں (ضرور) بنائو! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! ہبڑ دبڑ! طوفان کا خدشہ ہے! موم بتیاں (نہیں، نہیں) اگر بتیاں جلائو! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, public policy, Society, Urdu

A time for introspection

A time for introspection

By Saad Hafiz There is a growing desire to understand the root causes of Islamic extremism. This is a natural reaction to the unspeakable horrors that transnational terrorist groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Boko Haram (translated as western education is forbidden) and Daesh or the Islamic State (IS) are carrying out against innocent people, the majority of whom are Muslims. It is recognised that extremism now poses the greatest challenge to universal human values and world peace. See More: A new realism President Obama has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, Islam for Peace, Society, south asia, Terrorism

Good for Nothing

Good for Nothing

By Taj Siddiqui Last week we were invited to our friend’s home, Abdul and his wife Katharine. We have known them for over 30 years. Our children grew up playing together. During the dinner, their daughter Salma asked me, “Uncle I want to marry a boy in my college. His name is Mike. My father tells me that I am not allowed to marry him because he is an infidel”. Instead of answering her, I politely … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Islam, minorities, Pakistan

Free speech and sensibilities

Free speech and sensibilities

By Saad Hafiz The ghastly terrorist assault in Paris at the office of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a direct attack on freedom of speech, thought and expression, the basis on which all open, democratic societies are created. The bedrock of such societies is the protection of life, pluralism, openness and freedom of religion, conscience and security. Whether we agree or not, the value of publications like Charlie Hebdo lies in what they represent: an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islam, Pak Tea House, Religion, secularism, Terrorism, violence