On conferring hell and heaven on the deceased

Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hassan recently declared former TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr, thereby sparking a debate that has plunged the nation, and the Army, into an existential, ideological muddle.

Martyrdom, the ultimate sacrifice in the way of faith, is a tricky business….especially with so many Muslim claimants to the honour. Who gets to . . . → Read More: On conferring hell and heaven on the deceased

Disputed design of religion

ISLAMABAD — Last week, a group of police officers in the eastern city of Lahore visited a mosque run by Ahmadis, a minority Muslim sect viewed by the rest of the country as heretics. They took a look around and announced their conclusion: This mosque looks too much like a mosque.

So, two laborers . . . → Read More: Disputed design of religion