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Ibn Khaldun, Islam’s Man for All Seasons

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Tensions tearing at the basis of Islamic societies are never more acute than when stoked in the name of Islam. Idealists invoking Islam as a lever for change spark upheavals that time and again hand power to cynics. Looking for an explanation why Islamic societies wallow in paralysis, some suggest Islamic societies stagnate because Islam itself does not admit of contemplating change in society, that Islam, to put it simply, comes without a toolkit for handling social change. To think so is tempting – but wrong.

CapX Essay: Ibn Khaldun, Islam’s Man for All Seasons

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Syrian child photographed ‘surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun’  

 Turkish photographer Osman Sağırlı took this picture at a Syrian refugee camp

This photo of a Syrian child so scarred by war that she stared into a camera lens believing it was the barrel of a gun and raised her arms in surrender has  been shared around the world.

The fear in the little girl’s eyes as she bit her lip to stop herself crying has caused an outpouring of emotion about the “heart-breaking” image showing how “humanity failed” in the Syrian civil war.

It spread across social media this week after it was tweeted by a photojournalist in Gaza.

Nadia Abu Shaban’s post on 24 March has been shared more than 14,000 times, sparking threads on Reddit and other forums being inundated with thousands of comments.

She said the child thought the photographer had “a weapon not a camera” but the lack of further information caused viewers to speculate that the image was fake, posed or taken in an unrelated situation.

But now the man who took the photo has come forward to explain the real context behind it.

Now working in Tanzania, he said the child was a four-year-old girl called Hudea who was forced to flee fighting near her home in Hama with her mother and two siblings.

“I was using a telephoto lens and she thought it was a weapon,” Mr Sağırlı recounted.The photo was traced to this newspaper article by an Imgur user

The photo was traced to this newspaper article by an Imgur user

“İ realised she was terrified after I took it, and looked at the picture, because she bit her lips and raised her hands. Normally kids run away, hide their faces or smile when they see a camera.”

During his 25 years covering conflict and disasters for theTürkiye newspaper, he has visited many refugee camps and told the BBC that suffering can be most keenly be seen through children because they “reflect the feelings with their innocence”.

The image was first published by Türkiye in January alongside an article on the desperate families fleeing the Syrian war, claiming Hudea’s father was killed by bombing in Hama.

The province was the scene of an offensive by the Syrian opposition in December 2012 that sparked a counter-operation by the Syrian Army leading to battles in dozens of towns and villages, as well as the alleged massacre of hundreds of civilians.

More than 200,000 people have been killed so far in the Syrian civil war, where Isis, other Islamist militants, secular rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s government are fighting on numerous fronts.

Most of the 3.9 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt see no prospect of returning home in the near future and have little opportunity to restart their lives in exile, according the UN’s refugee agency.A man helps a boy through rubble in the eastern Hama countryside

A man helps a boy through rubble in the eastern Hama countryside

Millions of children are suffering from trauma and ill health, with a quarter of Syria’s schools have been damaged, destroyed or taken over for shelter and more than half of the country’s hospitals razed to the ground, the UNHCR said.

The Atmeh refugee camp, where Hudea was photographed, sprung up on the Turkish border at the start of the conflict in 2011.

Housing up to 30,000 people, it is known as the “Olive Tree Camp” after the groves surrounding it.

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عوام کو ریلیف کی فراہمی ہمارا نصب العین ہے

پاکستان ایک بارپھر  دہشت گردی کی زد میں ۔ خیر یہ کوی نئی اور حیرت انگیز بات نہیں ہے ۔

 پشاور کے دردناک  واقعے کے بعد اب لاہور کے گرجا گھرکو  بربریت کا نشانہ بنایا گیا ہے  ۔ 15 مارچ  2015 ایک اور واقعہ  دہشت گردوں   نے خون کی ایسی ہولی کھیلی ۔ پورا  لاہور جاگ اٹھا اور کہیں معصوم بچوں  کی لاشیں ، کہیں  زخموں سے نڈھال بزرگ  زخموں سے چور  چور  آہیں اور سسکیاں  لے رہے تھے ۔   میڈیا  دھڑا دھڑ  خبروں پہ خبریں دے رہا تھا ۔  پورا یوحنا آباد  ایمبولینس  کی آوازوں سے گونج رہا تھا ۔   ایسے میں حکومت Continue reading

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The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

A Palestinian hold a poster with a picture of slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh during a protest in front of the Jordanian embassy, in the West Bank City of Ramallah, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

They burned him alive in an iron cage, and as he screamed and writhed in the agony of hell they made a sport of his death.

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پھر بھر پور مذمت کرتے ہیں

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چھوٹے بڑے بوڑھے بچے ہر کسی کو اتوار کا بے صبری سے انتطار ہوتا ہے ۔کیونکہ اتوار ایسا دن ہوتا ہے جو سب کے لیے آرام کا دن ہوتا ہے۔ہر جگہ چھٹی ہوتی ہے۔کوئی اس دن کو سو کر گزارتا ہے تو کوئی اس دن کو گھوم پھر کر گزارتا ہے۔15 مارچ 2015 کو اتوار کا وہ خوبصورت دن ہے جس کا سب کو انتطار تھا۔ لیکن اس دفعہ 15 مارچ کے اتوار کو پورے پاکستان نے ایک طرح گزارنے کا سوچا ہوا تھا۔ہر کسی کو پاکستان اور آئرلینڈکے میچ کا بڑی بے صبری سے انتطار تھا۔لو میچ شروع ہو گیا ہر کسی کی نظر ٹی وی سکرین پر جیسے جم گئی ہو کرکٹ کے منچلوں نے ساتھ ساتھ کرکٹ کو اور ساتھ ساتھ بارش کو خوب انجوائے کیا۔گو کہ اس دفعہ میچ پاکستان اور بھارت کا Continue reading

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Bad Luck

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An accidental way in which things happen without planning is called luck. Or it is also been put as the circumstances that work for or against the individuals. A huge debate about the pre-determinism and human effort or free will also seek understanding of luck as a philosophy of life.

While parallel to being the centre of focus in this intellectual discourse, in our practical lives the concept of luck is majorly used as a trash bin of the failures of humans. Yes a mere trash bin. What we cant correct, complete or accept we throw it right in there. Here is an exempt from the list…Its all about bad luck here while you can work out the flip side of it to understand how we define the good luck.

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The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

A Palestinian hold a poster with a picture of slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh during a protest in front of the Jordanian embassy, in the West Bank City of Ramallah, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

They burned him alive in an iron cage, and as he screamed and writhed in the agony of hell they made a sport of his death.

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