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
Sometimes life can take you down a thorny path; you may feel lost and alone in the world; you’re emotionally parched through this desert walk in the sweltering heat; you feel like you’re losing strength, and that you can’t play the cards you’re dealt; you see no exits in this labyrinth; it seems like you’re … More On Healing
Ramadan means something different for everyone. As a time of self-reflection, those of us observing it have very personal responses to Islam’s holy month of fasting. “Allah said ‘Every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me. I give the reward for it.” (Tirmidhi) There’s a … More On Gratitude (Shukr)
In today’s world when most of the Muslim world is caught up in violence and strife, tragically, justice is the last thing the world associates with Islam. As a Muslim, it pains me to see my religion misrepresented as an oppressive regime, but Muslim-majority countries in the world hardly present a better picture. In a … More “Islam, Justice, & Politics”
…if anyone slew a person―unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land― it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people Quran 5:32 (Yusuf Ali) “That is the one unforgivable sin … More “There was no one left to speak for me”
Ghar ka na Ghaat ka So I think the memo “to live and let live” escaped the attention of the world population (excuse the gross generalization). How hard is it to let go of a holier-than-thou “I’m right and you’re wrong” attitude? And I don’t mean this in just the “holy” sense. Naivete had led … More Ghar ka na Ghaat ka
(My thoughts after reading this article on why “A Secular Pakistan is Closer to Islam”: http://t.co/TMPSx7R ) Good article! Twelve years ago I remember examining the map of the world and wondering why Pakistan was only on good terms with China. After all, Pakistan was an Islamic Republic, and the nearby countries of Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, … More Why secularism would work?