For those with no sons

When I was expecting my first child, the occurrence itself was immensely exciting, hence pondering over the gender of my baby didn’t seem important at that time. However, others were more concerned about the gender, thus I would come across common remarks such as,

“Allah (SWT) beta hi dai ga.”

(God will bless you with . . . → Read More: For those with no sons

Ali Zafar demands public clarification from Junaid

Junaid Jamshed is in the spotlight again and not for a good reason. After facing severe criticism over his recent sexist remark, the pop star-turned-televangelist released a clarification in the form of a video.

That, however, didn’t stop superstar Ali Zafar from grilling Junaid — and that too publicly. Giving Junaid some benefit of the . . . → Read More: Ali Zafar demands public clarification from Junaid

A series of unfortunate fatwa’s

Just like our political leaders have mastered the art of condemning each and every unfortunate event that takes place in this country, our so-called religious leaders seem to belch out a fatwa after every ‘halal’ meal (Lays chips) they devour. One would conveniently turn a blind eye to the intoxicated ramblings of these . . . → Read More: A series of unfortunate fatwa’s

Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic

In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. “We need a Muslim reformation,” announced Newsweek. “Islam needs reformation from within,” said the Huffington Post. Following January’s massacre in Paris, the Financial Times nodded to those in the west who believe the secular Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, . . . → Read More: Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic

Lindsay Lohan is fascinated by Islam but is not converting to it

Lindsay Lohan was seen carrying a leather-bound copy of the Koran on her first day of community service – prompting speculation that she’d converted to Islam.

However, this might not be the case.

Despite reading the Muslim text, she is apparently not “fully converting” to Islam.

A spokesperson for Lohan told The Independent: “To . . . → Read More: Lindsay Lohan is fascinated by Islam but is not converting to it

Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

The assassination of two liberal bloggers in quick succession in February and March raises some very disturbing questions.

First was that of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American, who came to attend the “21st February” book fair where a couple of his books were on sale. Machete wielding assailants killed him while his wife Rafida Bonna was . . . → Read More: Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

A bloody ascent

Now at the centre of an international struggle for power over the region, the Houthis initially began as a theological movement preaching peace. Though their slogans embodied Khomenian ideas such as “God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam”, the focus of the movement remained . . . → Read More: A bloody ascent

A call for introspection

Jinnah’s speech on August 11, 1947 that is often quoted, widely circulated on social media and sometimes even naively used to argue that the Islamic State of Pakistan in fact endorses religious diversity and does not have an inherent bias in terms of its ideology and its policies is an outright negation of . . . → Read More: A call for introspection

The glaring double standards within the free speech debate

Dear liberal pundit,

You and I didn’t like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubya’s slogan: either you are with free speech… or you are . . . → Read More: The glaring double standards within the free speech debate

How the West lost in the Middle East

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

The Collapse of Order in the Middle East Remarks to the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Washington, D.C. October 28, 2014

Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve . . . → Read More: How the West lost in the Middle East