The International Day of Tolerance & Insaaniat

November 16, 2013   It’s tragic that on the International Day of Tolerance (November 16), Pakistan is dealing with the aftermath of sectarian violence. In a region that has a brilliant history of Sufi poetry (Bulleh Shah) and that has produced individuals like Abdul-Sattar Edhi, time and time again, we have seen the darkness that … More The International Day of Tolerance & Insaaniat

On Death

Lately I have been thinking a lot about life and death. How we consider the two to be the opposites of each other, like light and darkness. Perhaps it is this idea of the two being seen as the converse of one another that I find the concept of death so challenging. It seems tragic, … More On Death

Interfaith Harmony in Pakistan?

The first week of February was World Interfaith Harmony week. On Wednesday, as part of interfaith services at Boston University, I participated in a celebration of interfaith harmony, and it was one of the most spiritually uplifting experiences I have had.  The theme was justice, and representatives across different faiths said a few words and prayers (Specifically … More Interfaith Harmony in Pakistan?

1947

Pakistan and India both celebrated their Independence Day yesterday on the 14th and 15th of August respectively. Its a joyous occasion in both countries, celebrating freedom from colonial oppression and the imperialist British Raj… Both countries had a chance at self-rule, the swaraj they had aimed for. But for country ties, old scars, deep wounds … More 1947