Islamism and Pakistan

Quilliam chairman Maajid Nawaz defines Islamism as a desire to impose any given interpretation of Islam over society. He notes that Islamism, like Communism before it, comes in different shades: organizations who want to work within democratic set up to further their agenda; groups which are revolutionary in nature and of course militant . . . → Read More: Islamism and Pakistan

Biden derides trump over comments on muslims

(By Margaret Talev) Vice President Joe Biden said Donald Trump is treading dangerous ground with his call to stop Muslims from coming to the U.S. and predicted that if the billionaire businessman wins the Republican nomination for president, Democrat Hillary Clinton “wins in a walk.”

“I don’t know what his motive is, but I know . . . → Read More: Biden derides trump over comments on muslims

On selective outrage

No, this isn’t about Syria or Myanmar or Palestine or Kashmir or India. This is about Shab Qadr, Mandi Bahauddin, Lahore, Faisalabad and the like – places that are within the territorial boundaries of a country that is not in a state of civil war. It is about the systemic pogrom of a . . . → Read More: On selective outrage

From “Incredible” to “Extremist” India

Who was Muhammad Akhlaq? He was a young hard working Muslim living in a village in India. One day the village priest told the Hindus of the village that Muhammad Akhlaq had slaughtered a cow and that its meat was in a freezer in his home. Hardly anything to bother about yet the . . . → Read More: From “Incredible” to “Extremist” India

Republicans hate against Muslims

The Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is drawing criticism over the bigoted comments he has been making recently about Muslims. It is well deserved, and is not a matter of “P.C. culture,” as Mr. Carson has claimed. Nor does Mr. Carson represent some minor fringe element in the Republican Party.

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Take a different route this time

Over the years, Eid ul Azha has become an occasion to show off—the bigger the sacrificial animal and the more elaborate and extravagant the sacrifice the better the Muslim—or so it is believed. It has become apparent that the understanding of religion and the spirit of sacrifice or giving to the less fortunate . . . → Read More: Take a different route this time

India’s massacre of Sikhs

(By Sajjad Shaukat) Operation Blue Star was an Indian military operation which occurred between 3–8 June 1984, ordered by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to control over the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs in Amritsar, Punjab, and to arrest Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed followers from the complex buildings. . . . → Read More: India’s massacre of Sikhs

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

I am not yet born

I am not yet born; provide me With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light in the back of my mind to guide me.

I could sense sheer terror for the first time: hiding in a small room . . . → Read More: I am not yet born

Murder report – when the law fails to protect the minorities

Pakistan, a state built for Muslims but very much inclusive of other ‘minorities’ has on many occasions breached this notion which has led to the society now becoming increasingly intolerant of the ethno and religio-ethnic minorities present within Pakistan. News have been infiltrated with the wave of Shi’i genocides of the Hazara in Baluchistan, Shi’i . . . → Read More: Murder report – when the law fails to protect the minorities