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Vision 21 is Pakistan based non-profit, non- partisan Socio-Political organisation. We work through research and advocacy. Our Focus is on Poverty and Misery Alleviation, Rights Awareness, Human Dignity, Women empowerment and Justice as a right and obligation.

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How Islamic are the Islamic Countries

A study conducted by Prof. Hussain Askari of George Washington University entitled *“How Islamic are the Islamic Countries”* showed that most of the countries that apply *Islamic Principles* in their daily lives are not ones that are traditionally Muslim. 

New Zealand ranked 1st,  Luxembourg 2nd, 

Ireland 3rd, 

Iceland 4th, 

Finland 5th, 

Denmark 6th 

Canada 7th. 

Malaysia 38th, 

Kuwait 48th, 

Bahrain 64th 

and the to surprise

*Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked 131st*.
The study, published in the *Global Economy Journal* might be shocking to most of us but when we look around us and see the reality of the situation, we find that the results of the study are accurate and true.
As Muslims we seem to care only about performing religious Obligations/Rituals/Sunnah (prayer, fasting, niqab, beards, etc), reading the Qur’an and the Hadiths, but we don’t practice what we espouse. We listen to religious lessons and sermons more than the other people on the face of the earth, but we are still not the best of Nations. In the last 60 years, we have listened to 3,000 Friday sermons.

A Chinese merchant once said: “Muslim merchants come to me and ask me to put fake international labels and brands on their goods. When I invite them to eat, they refuse because the food is not Halal. So it is Halal for them to sell fake goods?”

A Japanese Muslim said: “I traveled to the West and saw Islam in practice applied in the daily life of non-Muslims. I traveled to the East, I saw Islam but did not see any Muslims. I thank Allah I knew Islam before I knew how Muslims act.”
Religion should not be reduced to Prayer and Fasting. It is a way of life and it is about how we treat others.
Performing a religious obligation is up to you and it is something between you and Allah. However, good ethics is something between you and other people. In other words, if we do not put Islamic ethics into action and practice, corruption will become rampant and disgrace will be our future.
We should not judge a person based on how he performs religious obligations for he might be a hypocrite.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Verily, the bankrupt of my nation are those who come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers, fasting and charity, but also with insults, slander, consuming wealth, shedding and beating others.”
I believe *Islam* (external aspect of faith) is incomplete without *Imaan* (internal aspect of faith) and *Ihsaan* (social aspect of faith). Ponder, understand and realize this.
Lord Bernard Shaw is said to have said:
Islam is the best religion and Muslims are the worst followers.
A statement by Nashruddin Shah before Shariyah court in Pakistani movie ‘ Khuda ke liye’ , “Haram ki kamai jeb me dale hum halal gosht ki dukan dhundhte hai” !!!

“If we fill our pockets with Haram earnings then halal meat shop is just a show”

ہم نے کیا دیا؟

 

قلم اُٹھتا ہے تو سوچیں بدل جاتی ہیں

 اک شخص کی محنت سے ملتیں تشکیل پاتی ہیں۔

اللہ تعالی نے انسان کو سب سے اعلی مخلوق بنا کر  دُنیا میں بھیجا اور  اُسے صاف اور واضح الفاظ میں  کہا   اب جاؤ اور زمین میں پھیل جاؤ ۔تلاش کرو غوروفکر کرو۔ پرانے زمانے میں انسان پتوں کا لباس بنا کر پہنتا تھا ۔ اور  جھونپڑیوں  میں رہتا تھا۔آہستہ آہستہ انسان نے غوروفکر کی اور اپنے رہن سہن کو   وقت کے ساتھ ساتھ بڑھاتا  چلا گیا۔

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Rethinking nationalism

Here we are sharing an article written by ‘Ali Rafi’ published in ‘Express Tribune’ on August 16, 2016.

As the clock struck 12, the power supply went off for an hour at my residence in Islamabad. However, there was no dearth of bright lights as the sky soon erupted with a grandiose display of celebratory fireworks marking the beginning of August 14. It made it easier to observe the celebrations with no lights around us; it also presented a sharp symbolic reflection of a society eager to look upwards for satisfaction into bright lights, immune to the now common problems around us. There is no doubt that August 14 is a day to celebrate; and independence is a privilege we all hold dear. However, celebrating the occasion so extravagantly days after a fatal blast in Quetta, inches beyond the boundaries of resilience and into apathy. Read More

Tourism of faith

Here we are sharing an article written by Hajrah Mumtaz published in ‘Dawn’ on 15th Aug, 2016.

ANOTHER Independence Day celebrated, another round of frenzy that the citizenry has fallen into the habit of indulging in at this time of the year. From young motorcyclists menacing the public with wheelies to women complaining of being harassed to the sheer volume of jubilant yells and sporadic gunfire that echoed yesterday from the streets of cities across the country, it is evident that Aug 14 has become a day for the latent unruly energies of the populace to be unleashed. Read More

Overcoming trauma

Here we are sharing an article written by Juggun Kazim published ‘Express Tribune’ on August 14, 2016.

For the past 69 years, Pakistan has been subjected to one horror after another. Whether it’s natural disasters like floods and earthquakes or man-made tragedies like bomb blasts, the end result is that Pakistan bleeds. And by extension, so do you and I.

The attack in Quetta was so frightening and uncalled for that now people are scared to go to hospitals in Lahore and Karachi as well. A whole generation of lawyers wiped out along with so many other innocent lives. Seventy-one  people dead and 112 injured — for what? We all fail to understand. Read More

Is development aid racist?

Here we are sharing an article written by  Syed Mohammad Ali  published in ‘Express Tribune’ on August 11, 2016

Faced with multiple and recurrent development challenges, it is important to keep questioning whether prevalent approaches to international aid and development are indeed the most effective ways to alleviate and address the suffering of millions of people around the world. The institutional architecture for the delivery of international aid has become increasingly sophisticated over the past 70 years. In addition to espousing increasingly ambitious aims, and garnering ever-larger resources, a greater number of stakeholders have also come to the fore in trying to achieve varied development goals. These development stakeholders include multilateral and bilateral development agencies, which work with an increasing number of government agencies, as well as multitudes of non-government organisations within both developed and developing countries. Read More

تربیت

کسی بادشاہ نے ایک قیدی کے قتل کا حکم دیا۔ قیدی بیچارہ جب زندگی سے ناامید ہو گیا تو اس نے بادشاہ کو بُرا بھلا کہا اور گالیاں دیں۔ کسی نے سچ کہا ہے

جو اپنی جان سے ہاتھ دھولیتا ہے وہ جو جی میں آتا ہے کہہ گذرتا ہے۔ مجبوری کے وقت جب بھاگنے کا موقع نہیں ملتا ہے تو انسان اپنی جان بچانے کے لیے تیز تلوار کی دھار کو ہاتھ سے پکڑ لیتا ہے۔

بادشاہ نے پوچھا یہ قیدی کیا کہہ رہا تھا۔ ایک نیک خصلت وزیر نے جواب دیا۔ حضور یہ قیدی کہہ رہا ہے کہ وہ لوگ بہت اچھے ہوتے ہیں جو غصّہ کو پی جاتے ہیں اور لوگوں کی خطا معاف کر دیتے ہیں۔ یہ سن کر بادشاہ کو رحم آگیا اور اس نے قیدی کی خطا معاف کر دی اور اس کو رہا کر دیا۔

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