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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

مذہبی رواداری

مذہبی رواداری

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل پیرس میں چارلی ایبڈو( ایک طنزیہ میگزین) کے دفتر میں دہشت گردی اور بارہ افراد کے بہیمانہ قتل کے بعد مسلمان حلقوں میں ایک بار پھر عدم برداشت اور عدم رواداری کے موضوع پر بحث شروع ہو گئی ہے۔ مسلمانوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد نے اس واقعے کی مذمت کی ہے اور سوال اٹھایا ہے کہ آزادی اظہار رائے کی کوئی تو حد ہونی چاہیے؟ کیا آزادی اظہار رائے کے پردے میں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Free Speech, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism, Urdu, World

DON’T LIE TO ME

DON’T LIE TO ME

By Shaheera Syed We advocate for freedom of expression but we are against freedom for practicing religion. We chant slogans of liberty, equality and justice but we slander, disrespect and mock anyone who doesn’t adhere to what we believe in.Hypocrisy.Hypocrisy.It’s everywhere! The seemingly endless bigoted, offensive and biased anti-Islamic commentary of people like Judge Jeanine or Bill Maherin the wake of the recent attack on Charlie Hebdoare enough to boil the blood of even a pacifist. Dramatic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Democracy, Europe, Free Speech, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Religion, Terrorism, violence

Not in my name! #JeSuisCharlie

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi tweeted after the brutal attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo as a ‘revenge’ to provocative cartoons on Islam. 12 People were killed in this attack.   [View the story "Not in my name! #JeSuisCharlie" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Islamism, journalism, Raza Rumi, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter, violence, Writers

آئیے اسلام مال چلیں!

آئیے  اسلام مال چلیں!

تحریر: نضیرا اعظم ہم مسلمان ایک عجیب دور سے گذر رہے ہیں، کیا افراد کیا اقوام سب غلامی کے دلداہ اور آزادی سے نالاں نظر آتے ہیں، ایک ایسی آزادی جو ذہنوں کو جلا بخشتی ہے، جو رواداری، برداشت اور تنظیم کا سبق سکھلاتی ہے، جو افراد کو ذمہ دار اقوام کا روپ دیتی ہے ہم من حیث الجماعت اس سے قطعی بے بہرہ ہیں کیونکہ ابھی تک ہمارے پاس وہ لیڈرشپ نہیں جسکا زمانہ صدیوں سے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, History, Identity, Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Society

Peshawar Attack: Taliban and Banu Qurayzah

Peshawar Attack: Taliban and Banu Qurayzah

Since the appalling murder of nearly 150 innocent souls in a Peshawar school, a Taliban propaganda snippet in Urdu has been circulating on social media. In this, their spokesman Khurasani allegedly makes the outrageous claim that Taliban did a repeat of Banu Qurayzah against these children. The killing of children who had attained puberty and justification of the murder of women was based on “Sunnah”! It is indeed an insult to one’s faith to even … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

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

The profusion of terrorist outfits in Europe and Middle East; Bewilderment for the world

The profusion of terrorist outfits in Europe and Middle East; Bewilderment for the world

By Muqeet Tahir Malik Dear Readers! Do any of you know about the extremist organizations operating in the Balkan states? Have you ever focused on the spread of terrorism especially in Europe? How fast is this trend in Middle East? What are the causes, and how to impede growth of extremism? Do you know the historical importance of the Balkan states?Do you know the ECJM faction? These are pertinent questions that we need to analyse, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Iraq, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion, Secterainism, Taliban, USA, violence

The Temples of Sindh-Culture of Coexistence under Threat

Malik Omaid There were times when Hindus and Muslims lived peacefully in the Land of Sufi saints, Sindh. But today we see Hindus in Sindh being target of forced conversions, abduction and mob rule destroying their temples and houses. Bigotry in the society has also made these images of symbols of peaceful coexistence a story of the past. Raza Rumi tweets the images of Hindu Temples and how they were visited by both Hindus and Muslims. [View the story "The Temples of Sindh-Culture of Coexistance under Threat" on Storify]Malik … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, culture, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, Hinduism, History, Images, Islam, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Photos, public policy, Raza Rumi, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Society, Storify, Sufism, Twitter

Sunni militants, their friends versus Sunni Sufis

Sunni militants, their friends versus Sunni Sufis

By Andaleeb Rizvi This time around, the Pakistani state was left with no other choice but to launch an operation against terrorists after the Karachi airport attack on June 8, 2014, but the state conveniently forgot the urban allies of the extremists living comfortably with or without beards. With militant Sunnis like the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) wreaking havoc in the Fertile Crescent, and al-Qaeda anywhere it pleases, Pakistani Sunni groups are at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, baluchistan, Blasphemy, Doctors, human rights, ISI, Islamism, Karachi, Lahore, Lashkar e Taiba, Pakistan, public policy, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, Zarb-E-Azb

Jinnah and the Shahidganj dispute: “Give me more Gokhales”

Jinnah and the Shahidganj dispute: “Give me more Gokhales”

Independence Day special By Yasser Latif Hamdani Jinnah’s role as the main leader of the Pakistan Movement 1940 onwards has overshadowed his other numerous contributions to India in the independence struggle and as a mediator between communities.  Jinnah, who even the mid 1930s, was denounced as “more Congress than Congress” on numerous occasions intervened in inter-communal disputes and resolved them, which tragically have been forgotten because of the partisan approach to the India’s partition.  Indians have since … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Jinnah

Ahmadiyya Community digging graves day before Eid

Ahmadiyya Community digging graves day before Eid

by Syed Foaad Hassan Eight Months old along with an eight year old girl and 55 years old women laid to rest just a day before Eid in Rabwah. Sunday night a mob attacked Ahmadi houses in Gujranwala, Four people were burnt alive, there was an unborn child also who died in womb due to suffocation. On media people in mob were seen dancing and enchanting slogans against community after burning down their homes. Series of … Read entire article »

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

Photo of the day: Can you Spot the Difference?

Photo of the day: Can you Spot the Difference?

By Saira Nizami Comparison of 3 major incidences, we leave it on the reader to see how they react to each.         Saira Nizami is a Human rights activist and can be reached @sainiz … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, human rights, Islam, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine-israel, Photos

Gaza Under Attack

Gaza Under Attack

by Vijay Prashad More than ten days of Israel’s war on Gaza have passed. It has been catastrophic for this small piece of land – and for the Palestinians who live a bare life on that land. On Wednesday, Israeli forces shot at and killed four young boys who were playing hide and seek right in front of the hotel — Al-Deira — that houses the international press (and where many on this list have stayed at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Justice, Middle East, Palestine, peace, violence, war, World

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