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Hope In Afghanistan

Hope in Afghanistan

The snowballing crisis in Afghanistan triggered by allegations of massive rigging in the run-off stage of the elections, seems to have been checked in its tracks at least for now…

Rituals And Values

Rituals and values

The month of fasting has begun for Muslims. Fasting is perhaps the profoundest of rituals in spiritual terms as it is fundamentally about two things. First, learning to regulate our…

A land of ‘bholas’

The death of more than 120 devotees, mostly women and children, in a stampede in India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh is a grim reminder that despite being the world’s…

Pakistan’s dark side

The disturbing case of a dog being thrown from a balcony in Karachi’s Liaquatabad area has captured the attention of social media, triggering widespread outrage and concern and calls for…

Polarization and threat to society

Long hauls often necessitate one to walk around inside the aircraft. I often stand peering through the tiny window on the emergency door, looking down at the passing ‘Lilliputian’ landscape…

Learning from the kingdom

While Pakistan considers selling its national airline PIA to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE, it is worth noting that the national airlines of those countries were originally established, nurtured,…

The martyrdom of Hazrat Ali

This weekend’s surge in the number of pilgrims heading to Najaf, the holy city in southern Iraq, has yet again reinforced the towering personality of Hazrat Ali (a.s), the fourth…

Healing wounds

LITERALLY, ‘healing wounds’ is a laudable act, no matter in which context it is exercised. It means a lot metaphorically in the social context, where individuals or communities deeply ‘hurt’…

Love of God

ONE of the recurring themes in the Holy Quran that may stimulate any reader’s imagination is the description of those who God ‘loves’ (uhibbu) and those He does not love…

A peaceful life

December 8 holds immense significance for the followers of Gautama Buddha, the messenger of peace, around the world. Historically, Bodhi Day commemorates the day when Prince Siddhartha, who grew up…