BY AHMAD ALI KHALID ON AUGUST 23RD, 2011 For a self proclaimed religious society we are incredibly reserved when it comes to talking openly and frankly about our own religious experience and journey.
By Khalid Aziz | From the Newspaper THE government of Prime Minister Gilani is inconsistent, yet sometimes it surprises everyone with a landmark moment. Though it is marked by questionable decisions and bad governance most of the time, periodically it pulls out political rabbits out of its hat. It defies the Supreme Court for months and remains at the tip of disintegration, yet frequently finds the energy to emerge with accolades in another area.
By Nilofar Ahmed | From the Newspaper SOCIAL activism by citizens is often looked upon as a modern-day phenomenon. What is not commonly known is that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) started his social activism in his youth, much before his declaration of prophethood.
By S. Akbar Zaidi | From the Newspaper IN a rather long-winded article recently published in an Indian journal by one of Pakistan`s best-known liberal public intellectuals, the writer has analysed and detailed the divisions within Pakistan`s Army.
By Awaam At another place we have argued that establishing Allah’s discourse in Islam is the first and the most fundamental requirement for Islamic renaissance. This was the dominant and main discourse, in fact perhaps the only discourse that defined and governed Prophet’s life and time there in.
By Awaam Pakistan’s first problem is that of identity. We have a firm belief that every successive generation has to redefine its identity and let it evolve with both, time and space. Evolution means that central core features of the past are preserved and new features are added in the new space and time. These new features and values in their own time will become both permanent and critical to the core identity or give way to the new ones. This is, and always have been the way of history.
By Awaam Every Identity has a history and so does that of Pakistan. It is short but tumultuous, although some say it was born with the conversion or settlement of the first Muslim in India. In truly modern sense though India was only itself born, when British firmly established their rule from Afghanistan to Burma, by 1890s. In the process of doing this however, they sowed the seed of national consciousness in the minds of Indians. British influence moulded Indian nationalism by omissions and commissions. However it inevitably also laid the seed of communalism, as different regions and nationalities in the sub continental melting pot, woke up to the British rule and demanded their rights.