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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

جنید جمشید سے چند اہم سوالات

جنید جمشید سے چند اہم سوالات

“یہ بلاگ پوسٹ اس سے پہل دنیا پاکستان میں پوسٹ ہوچکا ہے. پاک ٹی ہاؤس اسے اپنے قارئین کی دلچسپی اور موضوع کی اہمیت کے پیش نظر کراس پوسٹ کررہا ہے.” تحریر: علی ارقم قرآن میں خواتین کا نام لے کر تذکرہ نہ کرنے کی جنید جمشید کی مجوّزہ تشریح ، اس حوالے سے شدید تنقید اور جْنید جمشید کی جوابی وضاحت کے بعد چند سوالات اْبھرتے ہیں، شاید جْنید جمشید یا اْن کا فین کلب اس کی وضاحت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Urdu, Women

Debunking The Filthy Image Of Junaid Jamshed

Debunking The Filthy Image Of Junaid Jamshed

By Haider Rifaat The recent ARY transmission of Junaid Jamshed’s Ramadan program heaped constructive criticism soon after his controversial statement about women went viral on the social media. The 50-year old singer-songwriter is notorious for his speeches about women in Islam. The much controversial statement Jamshed claimed was: “Hazrat Maryam’s name has been solely mentioned in the Holy Quran and that too because of Hazrat Isiah. Other than that, no other woman’s name has been quoted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamic Holy Book Quran, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, video, Women

Which School Should My Child Go to?

Which School Should My Child Go to?

By Nilofer Qazi Met a friend the other day, while discussing how to choose a play school for one’s 2 year old, the conversation turned out to be quite existential in nature. Which school should one put our little ones in is a very big deal; All parents will tell you this. What are some of the issues one considers? The quality of the teachers is definitely a consideration, given that most teachers here are not professionally … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Islamism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

By Haider Rifaat The social media has played a pivotal role in promoting the importance of Ramadan in our lives. However, the occasional perversion often seems to surface every now and then, despite all the awareness. I have come across many individuals on Facebook and Twitter (most of them being Pakistanis FYI), who post comical yet unreasonable pictures, comments, statuses and memes about fasting that we ought to ignore while observing it. I am not trying to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

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