Month: August 2012

Intellect and knowledge: Education and learning

By S.G. Jilanee Education and learning are often regarded as synonymous. But this is a mistake. According to Concise Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster, education requires formal instruction or supervised practice for “moral and intellectual training”. On the other hand learning is knowledge acquired by study. Thus, it may be said that whereas all education is learning, all learning is not education.

The 14th August

By Mehwish Mushtaq Another year has passed by and another 14th of August has arrived. And like every year the buzz and fervor related with the event is here too. Green flags can be spotted everywhere reading jashn-e-azaadi mubarik, as sales of independence day related merchandise skyrocket during this time of the year.

The Ethics of Ramazan

By Mehwish Mushtaq The Messenger of Allah (saw) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward …

Science for the ummah

Nadeem F. Paracha Recently an enterprising Pakistani engineer claimed to have invented a car that is powered by water. Excited by the news, Pakistan’s, nay, the whole Muslim ummah (and some North Korean’s) favourite scientist, Dr. Qadeem Khan, endorsed the invention and demanded that the automobile be called ‘Islamic car.’ Of course, there was the usual whining from liberal fascists/scum/extremists who ridiculed the glorious invention as a product of ‘pseudo-science’ and technical quackery.

2nd Day of Power Failures Cripples Wide Swath of India

NEW DELHI — The world’s largest blackout ever crippled roughly half of India for a second consecutive day on Tuesday, sending officials scrambling for an explanation. The power failure spread across 22 of the country’s 28 states, an area whose population is nearly 700 million, almost 10 percent of the world’s population. Hundreds of trains stopped across the region and, in Delhi, the subway system stalled, and massive traffic jams collected as traffic lights stopped functioning.