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It is often heard that people have lost interest in reading books. This is only partly true but they are often so busy trying to earn two square meals a…

Allama Iqbal on equitable taxation

In this article, we are highlighting the ideas of the great thinker, philosopher and poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, on economics and taxation. He is popularly praised and acknowledged as Musawwir-e-Pakistan…

Taliban: questions, answers, and facts

Have the Taliban achieved power through the process of Shariah? Islam is clear that transfer of power is only credible through one route – and that is through advice and…

Ethical themes

OVER the centuries, Quranic concepts of an egalitarian human society have either been forgotten, or diluted through simple-mindedness, narrowness of thought and need for political mileage. Scholarship and discourse have…

Iqbal: Poor Philosophy, Rich Poetry

Iqbal: poor philosophy, rich poetry

The state and its propaganda apparatus have been a great hindrance in the development of an objective approach or objective approaches to Iqbal. Yet, one can ask whether Iqbal didn’t…

Interesting Books

Interesting books

The political blame game is continuing. The Model Town massacre report has been made public and everyone is giving their own interpretation of it, mostly according to their own wishes.…

Muhammad Iqbal On The Spirit Of Islamic Culture

Muhammad Iqbal on the spirit of Islamic culture

Iqbal states that the essence of ‘Tauhid’ as a working idea is human unity, human equality and human freedom. Therefore, practically speaking, the spirit of Islamic culture liberates man rather…

A Fresh Narrative

A fresh narrative

MILITANT groups, including the Taliban and the Islamic State, have unleashed unspeakable terror in the world. Yet they also attract Muslims in large numbers, driven by a desire to establish…

Mosque & Seminary

Mosque & seminary

The two emblems of Islam — the mosque and the madressah — are frequently vilified, feared and even shunned by many non-Muslims. In Pakistan, some are places to avoid, rather…

Beneficiaries Of Riba

Beneficiaries of riba

The rich and influential in Pakistan, thriving on riba (this Quranic term is wider terms covers all modes leading to earning and enjoying wealth through exploitative means) are not taxed…

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