Browsing All posts tagged under »Secularism«

Saving a Drowing Country Needs an Ideological Shift

August 17, 2010 by

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by Nasima Zehra Awan Source: Pak Tea House “You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques……..Religion is not the business of the State”.   Thus spoke Jinnah, whilst addressing the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947. Sixty three yearslater, this is what our “honorable” Chief Justice has to say: “Parliament […]

Why Muslims reject modernity- by Khaled Ahmed

August 15, 2010 by

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It is often said that Muslims in the 21st century have rejected modernity. What they are in fact rejecting is the process of suiting themselves to changing circumstances. There are two kinds of thinking: one that seeks to change in order to relate to times and one that seeks to change the world to suit […]

Is the Koran a constitution?

May 31, 2010 by

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By Dr. Abbas Zaidi Now that Fauzia Wahab has apologized in the face of Islamofascism at its worst (or best, if you may), it is only appropriate that someone should try to put her remark in its context. Unfortunately, no one—either liberals or the PPP leadership—has come to support her claim that during the time […]

No More…. by Chauhdry Ahmad Khan

May 29, 2010 by

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Pakistan is reeling from the murder of 70 of its own citizens-massacred due to their faith by the self-appointed guardians of faith. Anyone with a shred of conscience left in Pakistan should declare themselves as Ahmadi – “I am an Ahmadi” should be the call of the day. Just as they should have declared themselves […]

Discriminatory Laws of Pakistan for Non-Muslims

May 2, 2010 by

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by Dr. Mehwish Ghazanfer Blitz – April 30, 2010 There was sudden silence when she entered the company cafeteria. All that could be heard was the sound of spoons on plates. She greeted everyone with ‘hello’ and a friendly smile, but after noticing the cold faces around her, she rapidly took a seat, totally embarrassed […]

Paradise Lost

February 10, 2010 by

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By Nusrat Pasha Europe drew wisdom from pragmatism, and eventually separated the Church from the State. Ataturk had to struggle ardently to emancipate Turkey from its theocratic past and lead it to a secular and secure future. Secularism, as some people misleadingly propose, does not at all imply being anti-God, anti-Religion or atheistic or even agnostic; it only […]

State Religion

January 27, 2010 by

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By Nusrat Pasha Interfaith Harmony is unattainable until there is Interfaith Equality. Equality, on the other hand, is bound to remain a fantasy as long as there is a State Religion. As soon as you start talking about a State Religion and involve that religion in legislative matters, you inadvertently open the door to theocracy. […]

Jinnah’s Will to the Nation He Founded

January 26, 2010 by

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By Nusrat Pasha This nation still has hope if it succeeds in reverting to Jinnah’s Will : 1 : “….Religion should not be allowed to come into Politics….Religion is merely a matter between man and God”. [Jinnah, Address to the Central Legislative Assembly, 7 February 1935] 2 :  “….in the name of Humanity, I care more […]

Role of Youth in the Current Situation

December 27, 2009 by

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From Institute of Peace and Secular Studies The Institute for Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS) organized a day long youth convention with the theme of Terrorism and Peace under the title “The Role of Youth in the Current Situation” (on December 12, 2009). The convention was attended by over 200 youth including university students from […]

The Clash of Ignorance

September 26, 2009 by

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by Edward Said Published in The Nation -  October 22, 2001 Samuel Huntington’s article “The Clash of Civilizations?” appeared in the Summer 1993 issue of Foreign Affairs, where it immediately attracted a surprising amount of attention and reaction. Because the article was intended to supply Americans with an original thesis about “a new phase” in […]

The Roots of Violence

September 26, 2009 by

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by Eqbal Ahmad Making Enemies, Creating Conflict: Pakistan’s Crises of State and Society. Edited by Zia Mian and Iftikhar Ahmad (Mashal Books, Lahore, 1997).,  1997 Contents Proliferation of violence has become the most serious soc ial problem in Pakistan today. Not a week, often not a day, goes by without so me terrible act of violence […]

Bring Back Jagannath Azad’s Pakistan Anthem

September 26, 2009 by

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by Beena Sarwar (Taken with gratitude from Beena Sarwar’s blog) As children we learnt that Pakistan didn’t have a national anthem until the 1950s. My journalist uncle Zawwar Hasan used to tell us of a reporter friend who visited China in the early 1950s. Asked about Pakistan’s national anthem, he sang the nonsensical ‘laralapa laralapa’. […]

The Betrayed Promise

June 7, 2009 by

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by Eqbal Ahmad DAWN – 18 June, 1995 [Editor's note: An Urdu translation of this article is available at Roshni] Before I recall Mr. Jinnah and the aspirations which inspired the subcontinent’s Muslims to seek separate statehood, it is relevant to underline the price nations pay when the values and expectations on which a state […]

Roots of Fundamentalism

May 30, 2009 by

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by Karen Armstrong Excerpt from The Battle for God (published 2000) by Karen Armstrong. There have always been people, in every age and in each tradition, who have fought the modernity of their day. But the fundamentalism that we shall be considering is an essentially twentieth-century movement. It is a reaction against the scientific and […]

Islam and Secularism

April 18, 2009 by

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Asghar Ali Engineer (Secular Perspective October-1-15, 2000) Is Islam compatible with secularism? This question is quite important in the present context, particularly in 21st century. Both non-Muslims and orthodox Muslims feel that Islam is not compatible with secularism. Fundamentalist Muslims totally reject secularism as anti-Islamic and haram. Maulana Maududi, founder of Jamat-e-Islami-e-Hind had said, while […]

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