[28 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 672 views]
What does Azadari mean for the Shias?

Shias place such strong emphasis on their Imams and the rituals associated with their deaths and are not content to limit themselves to the kind of law-governed and dutiful religious observances that form the backbone of Sunni religiosity. Shia believe that spirituality is to be found in the urgent drama of Hussain’s martyrdom rather than in strict observance of pious duties or laws. The Shia seek redemption and forgiveness in the grace and forgiveness of God and the blessing that flows from a renewal of their spiritual ties with Hussain and his progeny during Ashura or at the resting places of their saints.

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[3 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 23 views]
My name is Tahera, and I need a die Coke!

It’s shameful though that while I was gathering universal support against my oppression over a can a diet Coke, a few dozen of Shia innovators choose to get killed in Quetta. Another dozen or so decided to get killed in a Baghdad hotel while a few more deliberately came in the line of fire in Karachi and choose death. Over the years, they have made a habit of being killed and taking over the news, becoming a cause of disuniting the great Muslim Ummah. Thank the Lord Allah, no mainstream newspaper, magazine or celebrity figure came in support of them to water-down my oppression. They were not able to gain mainstream attention when a serious issue of privileged-Western-Muslim discrimination was a hot topic. All clicktivists and angry Muslims were working hard to get me a diet Coke. A few twitter handles and some Facebook profiles attempted to divide the Ummah speaking of a few hundred of Shia innovators killed using divisive and exclusivist hashtags like #ShiaGenocide but nobody listened to them. Brother Yasir Qadhi and my fellows at CAIR and other Muslim associations across the world continued to ignore and downplay the irrelevant massacre of Shias across the world, like I always do. We are one Ummah after all and if a Shia dies, it’s a Muslim dying, and they were never denied a diet Coke, were they?

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[18 Dec 2014 | One Comment | 95,162 views]
10 questions Pakistan Army fans can’t answer

What is more tragic is the unflinching support that Pakistan Army enjoys, specially in urban centers by young educated lot who find it unpatriotic and traitorous to question Pakistan Army. So, here are my ten questions to Pakistan Army fan boys and girls….

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[28 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 672 views]
What does Azadari mean for the Shias?

Shias place such strong emphasis on their Imams and the rituals associated with their deaths and are not content to limit themselves to the kind of law-governed and dutiful religious observances that form the backbone of Sunni religiosity. Shia believe that spirituality is to be found in the urgent drama of Hussain’s martyrdom rather than in strict observance of pious duties or laws. The Shia seek redemption and forgiveness in the grace and forgiveness of God and the blessing that flows from a renewal of their spiritual ties with Hussain and his progeny during Ashura or at the resting places of their saints.

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[27 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 144 views]
Appeasing terrorists, blocking progressives – even on the internet!

Some claim the state is only using the religion card as an excuse while the real motive is to curb freedom of speech and block tools like YouTube which provide an opportunity to disseminate alternative opinion. Whatever the case be, neither should the state curb freedom of speech which is a fundamental human right, nor should it give in to demands of radical Islamists.

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[5 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 1,384 views]
Mainstream discourse on Shia Genocide and sectarianism

Why should the guarantee to life of the Shia, a fundamental human right, be tied to respecting the Sahaba, offering taraweeh or participating in Youm-e-Farooq? Why not accept that someone honourable to us is not so worthy of respect to someone else. The whole idea of Shaan-e-Sahaba, blashpemy laws and mutual agreement on Islam is meant to cover up the bloody history of Islam and the great divide in the Muslims following the death of Prophet

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[29 May 2013 | No Comment | 1,171 views]
Action Required: Unblock Roshni

Facebook has put country restrictions on Roshni page making it inaccessible to users who have set their location to Pakistan. Details of this can be read here and a petition demanding unblocking it is here.This page requests users to log a complaint to Facebook using the methods given below.

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[26 May 2013 | No Comment | 507 views]
Woolwich: Muslim reaction, Saudi connection and inept states

The support of UK and other countries in the West/EU for the Saudi Arabia is tragic and destructing for world peace. The nerve centre of Islamist terrorism is not Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya – it is Saudi Arabia. The root of all Islamist terrorism lie in Salafi Wahabi ideology, as clear from data and evidence we have shown above. The Wiki leaks also made it clear how Saudi Arabia has been found funding radical terrorist producing factories in South Punjab in Pakistan involved in killing minorities.

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[3 May 2013 | One Comment | 784 views]
Keep calm and vote anti-Taliban!

Despite the performance of the last coalition government, each and every Pakistan need to appreciate and acknowledge the courage, steadfastness and bravery of ANP, MQM, PPP, Shia and women candidates who have refused to bow down to Taliban. They are standing for democracy. The are risking it for us, for Pakistan. So, keep calm and vote anti Taliban!

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[26 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 97 views]
PTI losing the opportunity to fill the political vacum

On the other hand, I hope PTI realises the political mistake they are making. Jamaat-e-Islami needs no introduction but as a reminder to the readers: AlQaeda No. 2 Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was captured from Naazim of JI’s house in Rawalpindi. 2 more listed AlQaeda terrorist were also found from JI residences in Pakistan. JI held funeral prayers of Osama Bin Laden all across Pakistan. Nazim JI Mirpur was killed in a drone attack in NW with other terrorists and Qazi led his funeral prayer in Mirpur. Samia Qazi calls Taliban killers her brothers. When Govt asked religious leaders and parties to issue statements condemning suicide blasts, JI refused to do so. Munawar Hasan in his famous interview with Shahzeb Khanzada from which he ran away mid way, said that TTP is also doing Jihad and its okay to blast away Pak Govt and people if need be. The same Munawar Hassan rejected Women Protection Bill and claims if a raped woman should remain silent and sent to jail if she fails to provide 4 witnesses. PTI can definitely do better without the baggage of fascist Jamaat-e-Islami and I hope good sense will prevail in PTI.

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[13 Mar 2013 | 3 Comments | 980 views]
Asia’s largest slum has lost a mother figure

She was threatened several times by land mafias, they even wanted to occupy her office. She continued to bravely work for the poor of the Karachi slums in a chaotic city. She changed the lives of several thousand poor of Orangi by setting up sanitation facility, water connections, severage setup, building or advising on house construction and dealing with issues related to land occupation. Her actual contribution lies in the fact that she educated the local communities to solve their issues for themselves even with little or no intervention of the Government. She as an expert provided technical advice (e.g. what angle of inclination is necessary for a sewerage pipe) and encouraged the locals to build it for themselves. This self sustained, DIY method with locals funding collectively for their projects changed the lives of thousands in a city fighting for resources and land.

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