Month: May 2016

Verse 34

Shaaista “Men are (meant to be righteous and kind) guardians of women because God has favored some more than others and because they (i.e. men) spend out of their wealth. (In their turn) righteous women are (meant to be) devoted and to guard what God has (willed to be) guarded even though out of sight (of the husband). As for those (women) on whose part you fear ill-will and nasty conduct, admonish them (first), (next) leave them alone in beds (and last) beat or separate them (from you). But if they obey you, then seek nothing against them. Behold, God is most high and great. (4:34) Like many other erroneously interpreted religious concepts, the conflict of men’s superiority over women is the one that most of the people take as the basis of justification for their unjust behavior with women. Here are the points of my understanding of the verse;

Manufacturing the Muslim Enemy

By: Abdullah Thomson Islamophobia – a thousand years of deadly lies What we are witnessing in today’s socio-political climate is not the first period of intense propagation of Islamophobia in the West. There have been a few other periods which stand out in history and each is intimately linked with empire.

Justice vs greed

By: TARIQ KHOSA THE Panama leaks have shaken the bastions of political power in Pakistan. People by and large had an uneasy feeling of something rotten in our state and now these unpleasant facts have come to the surface: there exists a great sink of possibly illicit loot and a potential conduit for proceeds of crime and corruption.

The abandonment of science

By: RAFIA ZAKARIA The past achievements of prominent Muslims, particularly Muslim scientists, play an important role in the lives of living ones. In schools all over the Muslim world, the achievements of one or the other long-dead Muslim scientist, Al Farabi or Ibne-Sina, Al Biruni or Ibn Rushd, are taught to schoolchildren who may be vulnerable to believing that science and Islam do not get along.

Muslim world in decline

By: NAJMUDDIN A. SHAIKH MYANMAR is a country that is supposed to be recovering from years of dictatorial rule and moving towards democracy and an opening up to the rest of the world. It is a country with an opposition leader who has won the Nobel Prize for her struggle against dictatorship and for upholding human rights.

Deeply moving account from the daughter of a Pakistani POW in India.

By Sunniya Ahmad Pirzada My father, a Pakistani prisoner of war in India A daughter’s tribute to the father who never recovered from his war wounds. It was a great source of pride to my father that he was captured and did not surrender. Doctors filled his file with words like Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Schizophrenia. Our lives were measured out in what, for want of a clearer diagnosis, we would just call his ‘episodes’.

The Age of Impunity

By Jeffrey D. Sachs May 17, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – “Boston Globe” The Panama Papers opened yet another window on the global system of financial corruption, showing how political leaders and businesses use shell companies in secrecy havens like the British Virgin Islands and many US states to evade taxes and hide corruption and other crimes. Yet the system of corruption depends on another factor beyond secrecy, one that is perhaps even more important: impunity. Impunity means that the rich and powerful escape from punishment even when their malfeasance is in full view.