Month: January 2016

علم کی شمع بجھانے کی ایک اور سازش

  ارے  واہ  بہت بہت مبارک  ہو  مرزا صاحب  چلو اللہ کا لاکھ لاکھ شکر ہے آپ کو بھی اللہ تعالی نے  دس سال بعد دادا ہونے کا شرف بخشا ابھی رضیہ بیگم  مبارک باد کے بعد  کچھ فلسفانہ  باتیں کرنے ہی والی تھی بیگم صاحبہ ڈھول  کہ تھاپ اور مٹھائیوں کی  تھالیں لیے ہوئے نمودار ہوئی  آنکھوں میں نمی اور چہرے پر مسکراہٹ   بیگم  کے چہر ے پر صاف  عیاں تھی ۔ اس سے محلے والوں کے لیے خوشی کا انداز لگانا مشکل نہیں تھا  اتنےمیں محلے  کے بچے  ، جوان اور بوڑھے سب مرزا صاحب کے گھر  جمع ہو گئے کوئی خوشی سے جھوم   رہا تھا  تو کوئی مرزا صاحب کے پوتے کی خوشی میں بھنگڑے ڈال رہا تھا . اتنے میں محلے میں اعلان ہوا کہ  مرزا صاحب  کے پوتے کا نام مسجد  کے سب سے بڑے امام صاحب رکھے گےاور تھوڑی دیر میں  امام صاحب تشریف  لانے والے ہیں  اس سے پہلے  جلدی جلدی  میں محلے والوں  میں مٹھائی بانٹی جائے. اچانک  امام صاحب کی آمد ہوئی پوتے کو  فورا گھر …

Who is responsible for Charsadda attack

Another terror incident but similar responses. I pray for those who died and respect the valiant effort of Dr. Hamid to protect his students. He was the real hero of the day. By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi It seems the wave of terrorist attacks is emerging again after it subsided for some time in 2015 after the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb. After each terror attack we engage in a predictable behavior. As usual there were statements of condemnation issued by everyone who has a social media account including myself. A debate ensued between those calling themselves liberals versus those that claim to be champions of the religion. As usual fingers were pointed at a foreign hand and demands made to stop any dialogue. As usual Prime Minister and Chief Minister were out of the country and VIPs rushed to the scene to become a hindrance rather than facilitate the operation but at least made political points. Once again provincial government blamed federal government for its failure to protect while federal government hide behind 18th amendment …

اندر کی گندگی

  ساحرہ ظفر آپا ساتھ والے گھر کے سامنے ابھی گاڑی رکی ہے ماموں اور ماموں اور اُن کے بچے اور ماموں کے دوست بھی ساتھ تھے سب ہمارے گھر آرہے ہیں آپا اماں سے  اماں چھوٹی کیا کہہ رہی ہے؟چھوٹے ماموں اپنے دوستوں اورخاندان کے ساتھ  ہمارے گھر کی طرف آرہے ہیں۔ اُف اماں!  ہمارے گھر کا تو حیلہ بگڑا ہوا ہے   کل سے اماں  آپ کے سامنے چھوٹی کو کہہ رہی ہو  ں کہ مہربانی کر کے اپنے کمرے میں لٹکے ہوئے جالے  جو ویرانی کا منظر پیش کر رہے ہیں  ان کو اتار دو  لیکن اماں اس کے سر پر جو  تک نہیں رینگتی  اماں آپ نے اس کو سر پر چڑھا یا ہوا ہے  گھر کی صفائی تو دور  کی بات ہے یہ اپنی  صفائی نہیں کر سکتی گندے کپڑے، اٹے ہوئے بال  اس کی تصویر

What is Islamic economics?

By Dr Asad Zaman The answer to this apparently simple question is surprisingly complex. This article can only provide a brief sketch. Early in the 20th century, about 90 per cent of Muslim lands were colonised. The two world wars substantially weakened the European powers, and enabled liberation movements to succeed all over the globe. At the time, there were two competing models for organising economies: capitalism and communism. Revolutions are driven by ideologies, and leading Islamic thinkers like Maududi and Baqir Al-Sadr offered a third alternative as the natural option for newly-liberated Muslim countries. They argued that Islam had its own distinct economic system, and this system was superior to both capitalism and communism. For reasons to be discussed, this idea of constructing a radical alternative to dominant economic systems was not realised in the post-colonial period. Colonial educational systems had explicit goals to create a buffer between the rulers and the colonised, as described by Lord Macaulay in his famous Minute on Education: “We must at present do our best to form a …

Part I- What does it mean to be modern?

Here is a series of blogs exploring what it means to be a modern Pakistani Muslim.  The literary meaning of modern is “Relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past”. By looking at the definition we can easily conclude that modern means adopting all new and trendy things moving in the society. This conclusion however is superficial and wrong.The true meaning of modern may not match this hasty and sup racial conclusion as its meaning varies from person to person and in various different contexts.

Culture is who we really are…

“Civilization is what we have and culture is what we are” _ Dr.sarvepali Radhakrishnan A teenager girl wearing shalwar kameez, dupatta, offering namaz seems quite shocking to our youth .We are greatly influenced by western culture as it looks more trendy and modern. What one means by trendy and modern, and whether what good does it bring, is a different debate altogether. Western culture is presented to the world as something to be really proud of. We can’t deny the fact that the West being more powerful have more resources, to influence the public opinion and shape them according to its will. Led by wealthy Western conglomerates, the fashion and beauty parameters are determined by the West, simply due to its hold on media, their high tech facilities and globalization. It seems that everything needs to be modern and fashionable as per the criteria of the West. Gradually it seems, West is painting our roots with its own colors. However, at the end it is up to us that how much we let west dominate …

It is High Time to Discard the Pernicious Myth of India’s Medieval Muslim ‘Villains’

BY AUDREY TRUSCHKE  Whatever happened in the past, religious-based violence is real in modern India, and Muslims are frequent targets. It is thus disingenuous to single out Indian Muslim rulers for condemnation without owning up to the modern valences of that focus. Prince Aurangzeb facing a maddened elephant named Sudhakar, 1633. The idea that medieval Muslim rulers wreaked havoc on Indian culture and society – deliberately and due to religious bigotry – is a ubiquitous notion in 21st century India. Few people seem to realise that the historical basis for such claims is shaky to non-existent. Fewer openly recognise the threat that such a misreading of the past poses for modern India. Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal Emperor (r. 1658-1707), is perhaps the most despised of India’s medieval Muslim rulers. People cite various alleged “facts” about Aurangzeb’s reign to support their contemporary condemnation, few of which are true. For instance, contrary to widespread belief, Aurangzeb did not destroy thousands of Hindu temples. He did not perpetrate anything approximating a genocide of Hindus. He did not instigate a large-scale conversion …