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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

Muslim Identity Crises : From Golden Ages to Militancy

by Fazal Abbas “Read! (Iqra)” said Archangel Gabriel. “I am unable to read.” replied Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Gabriel caught hold of Prophet (pbuh) and embraced him heavily and then said again, “Read!” Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) replied again, “I am unable to read.” Gabriel embraced the Prophet (pbuh) again and said to recite the following verses: “Read! in the name of your Lord who created – created man from a clot. Read: for your Lord is Most Bountiful, who teaches by the pen, teaches man that which he knew not.” — Quran, Sura 96 (Al-Alaq), verse 1-5 In the history of the religions of the world, the Holy Quran holds a distinctive attribute for being the only holy book whose first word of its first revelation decreed the pursuit of knowledge. So why is it that the religion … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, History, Imperialism, Islam, Pakistan, Religion, Society

The bigotry I live with

Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi Over and again, I found myself in the same frustrating situation. I was repeatedly told that I – along with my community – was a non-Muslim. Each time, I tried to defend my position quoting the Holy Quran and sayings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. I tried to explain why only God could decide one’s faith and I had all right to sincerely believe and consider myself a Muslim. This had become a daily exercise. My own colleagues insist that the Ahmadis are infidels, in my very presence. Some of them knew well that I was one. On a few instances, people even declared the Ahmadis “worthy of death” during routine conversations. Hearing such stuff frequently is not what frustrates me the most. The fact that I cannot respond to such bigotry because … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Democracy, human rights, Islam, Islamism, minorities, Pakistan, public policy, Religion, Rights, Society

It All Started With…

Obaidullah Khan Some of us might have heard the story of the young apprentice who was sent to a renowned healer of that time in a far away village to master the art of healing and could become a source of blessing for his village where no healer was available. The first patient they attended together was suffering from abdominal problem. The healer checked the pulse and while observing the surroundings he saw some grains of chickpeas under the patient’s bed. He asked the patients whether he ate chickpeas last time. His speculation got confirmed and the healer suggested the medicine and the patient became healthy again. While returning the apprentice told him that he had learned a lot during that visit and had already mastered the art of healing enough and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Citizens, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, Islamism, Justice, Law, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Opinion, Punjab, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, Society, violence

Democracy and religion

By Saad Hafiz The theological ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr summed up his arguments on democracy and religion in two powerful sentences: 1) “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary” and 2) “Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values.” Taking heed of Niebuhr’s concerns, modern secular, mostly western liberal democracies have tended to exclude religious considerations from civil affairs or public education.  These societies actively foster democratic traditions and institutions and discourage strident religious dogma.  Secular institutions ensure equality under the law, human rights, freedom of expression and respect for all religious beliefs.  In the political sphere, a tradition of free and fair elections encourages politicians and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Education, History, Islam, Pakistan, Religion, Rights

Who was Raza Rumi?

It was only late in the night when I came to know that Raza Rumi was attacked—By whom and why? I do not know. I just know that because of the consequence of that unprovoked attacked, Raza was compelled to leave Pakistan and settle in some neutral land where his safety and security is, at least, not at risk. Well, so much has been written about the unfortunate circumstances and plight of the security of journalists in Pakistan and so much has been said already too. I may save myself from taking a dip in this vast sea. Here I want to expound on who was Raza Rumi. A Teacher? A Sufi Master? A Friend? I have no words to express my grief over these unfortunate and saddening times. Long gone … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, human rights, Identity, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Media, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism, Twitter, violence

Crying Over Spilt Milk

Crying Over Spilt Milk

By Obaidullah Khan If you are living in a wooden cottage and see someone setting the very next wooden cottage on fire, what would you do? If you sit quietly and watch silently, thinking that a very next cottage on fire will cause no harm to my wooden cottage then you certainly are none other than a Pakistani. Believe it or not, we Pakistanis have the very same mindset as a whole. We damn care what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Citizens, Democracy, human rights, Islam, Islamism, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pakistan, peace, Punjab, Religion, Rights, Rural, secularism, Sindh, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Richard Dawkins and Islam

Richard Dawkins and Islam

Raza Habib Raja Richard Dawkins, the famous scientist and bestselling author is no stranger to controversy. Fiercely atheist, his attacks on religion in general and Islam in particular,  have often generated polarized reactions, with some hailing his candidness and freethinking while others alleging that he generalizes too much and is in essence a racist and xenophobic. Due to increasing penetration of social media, particularly Twitter, Mr. Dawkins’s views have started to reach a much wider audience. And … Read entire article »

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Moderate Muslims, Hard Line Islam

Raza Habib Raja Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) is a body whose job is to give recommendations to the government for making the legal framework more in line with Islam and right now it is actively reviewing several existing laws for that purpose. The impetus for Islamization is not only emanating from the constitution itself which declares Islam as a state religion but also from the general public’s desire to see religion play a greater role in Pakistan. It has been claimed that a huge majority actually wants religion to have a more prominent role in Pakistan’s legal framework. This is a claim I won’t dispute as many surveys have indeed confirmed it. For example Pew Research revealed that a whopping 84% want Sharia as their official law. At the same time it has also been … Read entire article »

Filed under: secular Pakistan, secularism

Dr. D. Latifa – Normative Islam

Dr. D. Latifa – Normative Islam

Academic, psychologist and feminist. It’s never nice to use short labels for uncategorizable people like Dr. D. Latifa, but it sets the tone. For a long time she was the director of an important research program in a Pakistani university. These days, however, she mainly focuses on her work as a psychologist and a center for the study of gender and culture. If she had to place herself within a certain strand of Western psychology it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Islam, Islamabad, Pakistan, Religion, Writers

Muslims need to re-evaluate their interpretations and Ulema

By Amaar Ahmad: Chaos and violence in the name of Islam across the Muslim world should make us pause and evaluate the root cause of the problems. Is is not true that some Muslims (i) believe in violent Jihad against non-Muslims, (ii) believe in applying Takfir against fellow Muslims who disagree in interpretation of religion, and (iii) believe that punishment for apostasy or blasphemy is death? We must admit that these very beliefs are the root cause of so many conflicts. We must not deny that these so-called “Islamic” beliefs are used to fuel violence and terrorism today. We must accept that numerous religious scholars throughout history have believed in such violent concepts. Many apologists say that “Jihad” can only be conducted by state and not individuals. That blasphemy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Does A Veil Define A Muslim Woman’s Character?

Haider Rifaat Fear is the first word that comes to my mind when I hear the phrase “Degradation of Women.” Islam, on every level has given women paramount rights more than any living being on earth. On account of the terrorist activities, millions of lives have been affected in both, rural and urban areas of Pakistan. Children’s mindsets, on the other hand are being brainwashed in some religious institutions, even today. Furthermore, several extremist groups have been using children as military weapons. In many rural areas of Pakistan, women are forcibly thwarted from holding pens in their hands. Similarly, there have been cases of sexual enslavement, castigation and physical ill treatment of women who struggled to receive better education from schools and colleges. One of the reasons as to why such … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, Islam, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Women

Was Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar Deobandi or Shia?

Was Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar Deobandi or Shia?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani   My reference to the Munir Report vis a vis the fact that Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar (the Ahrar leader who called Jinnah Kafir-e-Azam or the great infidel) was a Shia leading an essentially anti-Ahmadi and anti-Shia movement has evoked a rather disgraceful reaction from online Shia Islamic Fundamentalists.  The idea that Azhar could be a Shia is so revolting and repulsive to them (and rightly so because some of his opinions are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Taliban and Sharia: A Comparison

Athar Mahmood Nowadays, on TV shows, many die-hard supporters and sympathizers of the Taliban are propounding their agenda to enforce sharia, and form a society within the Islamic parameters. I ponder are they actually so naïve or deliberately trying to make us deluded souls. Imperialism is being shielded under Islamic rule of laws; barbarism is being introduced under the camouflage of Islamic culture and so on. Worth noting is the point that everything is being charted out in the name of Islam. This article is an attempt to expose the Taliban’s misunderstanding of Islamic principles and their self-proposed agendas in the light of Quranic verses. Islam does not require weapon or force to implement its teachings. Carrying a gun or rocket launcher can be the tradition of tribes but not of Islam. Those … Read entire article »

Filed under: Taliban