Spending Ramadan in the Holy Cities

Experiencing the month of Ramadan in the holy cities is truly a blessing for any Muslim on earth. I have had a chance of spending some days at the holy places during Ramadan, including the last 10 days. Performing Umrah during this month has been encouraged by the Prophet PBUH in a Hadith: “When the…

Conspiracy Theories

Pakistan & Modern-Day Conspiracy Theories

Evolution of conspiracy theories has always been quite a common phenomenon around the globe; so much so that even the incident of 9/11 gave rise to certain ideas where it was considered to be America’s inside job to find a reason for a war against Muslim nations for its own vested interests. Those who do…

Burying her self-esteem, one proposal at a time!

Her parents have told her to get ready. A family is about to visit their home to ‘see’ their daughter. The parents are all set to welcome the guests; the prospective in-laws of the girl. The guests leave in a very happy mood telling the host family that they ‘liked’ the girl and would soon…

Attacking our Churches is attacking Pakistan

On a not-so-fine day (15 March, 2015), most of us were glued to our TV screens watching the Pakistan vs Ireland match, praying for the win of Team Green to qualify for the Quarter Finals of World Cup 2015. Amid all the enthusiasm, a very heart-breaking and saddening incident happened in a Christian locality of…

Banner displayed in Lahore - Pakistan

Kashmir Solidarity Day: More than a mere Holiday

Every year, 5 February is observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan which has comes as a national holiday as well. Happening since 1990, on this day the country shows solidarity with the people of Kashmir in form of collective prayers, rallies, human chains etc. The generation that grew up in the nineties can very…