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 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

Mr Tarek Fatah on sale!

This person called Tarek Fatah never ceases to amaze me. He has an uncanny ability to tailor his writings and utterances to suit the desires of the audience he is addressing. No wonder then that he has been given residence and citizenship in a western country that should know better. Not content with . . . → Read More: Mr Tarek Fatah on sale!

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

How not to be a Muslim

Muslims have largely brought their present pathetic position on themselves by falling into traps laid by prejudiced provocateurs

Let’s talk of the most degrading and damaging issue, the sheer stupidity of those who claim to be Muslims but commit heinous un-Islamic crimes in the name of Islam contrary to the injunctions of God and fuel . . . → Read More: How not to be a Muslim

‘Ghar waapsi’: the rejectionist project

Dating back to independence currents of religious nationalism were on a rise and Pakistan’s creation based on this ideology took the spotlight. However, what lay in the back shadows and was given little significance was the rise of the Hindu right, despite the Indian state’s secularist nature. The Hindu Right comprises of several . . . → Read More: ‘Ghar waapsi’: the rejectionist project

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