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Universes Explored

Universes explored

Exploration of the universe is a fascinating subject. While many do not even bother to think about it, there are many who spend sleepless nights in reflection. Great strides have…

Quranic Aesthetics

Quranic aesthetics

Aesthetics of the Quran/Islam is a vast subject of study. Traditional studies have focused largely on the beauty of the Quran in terms of its language and eloquence. However, let…

Intellect & Islam

GIVEN the lack of analytical thought, deep reflection and serious scholarship in many Muslim societies today, the fact that intellect was cited by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as the most…

Arabic Pakistan?

THERE is a curious contrast in how the people of Pakistan have consistently prevented religion-based political parties from receiving more than eight to 10 per cent of the votes cast…

A ‘people’s History’ And Its Sources

A ‘people’s history’ and its sources

In this series of columns we have been discussing some sources of a people’s history. We have talked about the writings of civil servants who work with a people’s perspective…

Rare Collections

Rare collections

No politics or current topics today, but some recently published books of interest. The first is titled ‘Hasil, La-Hasil’ (Gainful, Fruitless Efforts) written by Capt (r) Liaquat Ali Malik. After…

Beauty of the Quran

ALLOWING our senses to open up to the majesty of the universe, we are struck with its beauty and grandeur. The activity of humankind in pursuit of livelihoods during the…

Divine Favours

Divine favours

The month of fasting is slowly but surely moving forward. Prices of electricity gas and fuel are all being increased with the new IMF deal which will result in an…

Interesting Books

Interesting books

I receive a few books by mail every day and almost all the authors hope that I will write review them in my column which, of course, is not possible.…

A Hateful Education

A hateful education

On March 20, Khalid Hameed, a professor at Sadiq Egerton College Bahawalpur was stabbed to death by his student Khateeb Hussain, who suspected his teacher’s religious credentials. Later, the student…