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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

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. “For an hour I was transported to a place where every new minute inspired me to fall in love with Pakistan again.” Above are the words of one brilliant Pakistani entrepreneur of Silicon Valley, Dr. Safwan Shah, which he wrote to convey his tributes to a dynamic young Pakistani lawyer, politician and social activist, Mohammed Jibran Nasir, after attending his talk in a USA Talk Series 2015 seminar in the Silicon Valley, San … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Terrorism, USA, Zarb-E-Azb

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

Evolution of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

By Syed Amir As per an estimate 96.4% of total 199 million Pakistanis are Muslims and rest of the population consists of Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other minority groups. However, diversity in Pakistan is more visible along cultural and ethnic lines and less through its religious distribution. Pakistan is the cradle of Indus Valley Civilization and since those days, Pakistan opened its arms for all the migrants, settlers, traders, invaders and nonetheless preachers from all over the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Religion

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

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

UAE Minister Threatens Pakistan: Twitter reactions

UAE Minister Threatens Pakistan: Twitter reactions

Malik Omaid Late night yesterday, UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash responded on the Pakistan parliament’s resolution to stay neutral in the Yemen crisis. The minister was literally throwing tantrums on Twitter on this decision and threatened Pakistan for its consequences. Pakistani twitterati responded to his tweets and gave their views. Some are selected for our readers.   UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash on Pakistan’s Parliaments decision on Yemen … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Iran, Middle East, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Religion, Top Tweets, Twitter, UAE, war, World

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

کرائے کی ریاست کا کردار بند ہونا چاہیے

تحریر: محمد شعیب عادل ایران اور سعودی عرب کی جنگ اب یمن میں لڑی جارہی ہے ۔ یمن میں حوثی شیعہ قبائل جن کو ایران کی فوجی و مالی امداد حاصل ہے یمن کی سنی حکومت کا تختہ الٹ کر اقتدار پر قبضہ کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ اگر یمن میں شیعہ اقتدار پر قابض ہو جاتے ہیں تو ظاہر ہے یہ سعودی عرب کی شیعہ اقلیت کے لیے تقویت کا باعث بنے گااور یہ اقلیت سعودی بادشاہت … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Middle East, Pakistan, Religion, Secterainism, Urdu, war

Murder of Rationality

Murder of Rationality

Raza Habib Raja Bangladesh and Pakistan are similar and yet different. They are similar as both of them are Muslim countries and both have Islamists in their midst. And yet they are different as the latter is definitely more embroiled in Islamic extremism than the former. Bangladesh to be fair is a more moderate country compared to Pakistan. And this moderation owes to many factors. Bengalis are foremost nationalists and this characteristic to some extent acts as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bangladesh, Blasphemy, Islamism, Religion

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

Is DHA promoting sectarianism?

Is DHA promoting sectarianism?

By Naeem Sadiq Mr. Justice Maqbool Baqar Chief Justice, Sindh High Court ​DHA promoting sectarianism In September 2009, two Karachi citizens filed an appeal in the Sindh High Court against the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Karachi stating that the DHA be asked to remove the requirement of declaring religion and sect from its application forms for allotment of plots in DHA City Karachi. The citizens pleaded that this was a totally irrelevant piece of information for the purpose of allotment … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Judiciary, Karachi, Pak Tea House, Regulatory Affairs, Secterainism

Milaad Events Over, Advertisement Continues!

Milaad Events Over, Advertisement Continues!

By Kasim Osmani Every year the month of Rabiyul Awal comes with streets of my town glittering with iridescent flashing lights hanging down from top of every house like a necklace, while in a few streets, the enthusiasts fix rows of tiny electric bulbs on either sides of the street that looks as if you stand beneath a ceiling decorated with multicolored stars in the night. All these arrangements are made by local Milaad committees comprising volunteers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Blasphemy, Islam, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Society

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 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

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