Category: Opinion

Building up Pakistan-Israel Relationship

Very rarely I put myself in political confabs or depict my views over political issues because I have always been confronted by extreme zealots, but one cannot be aside from the instinct of politics specially in a country like Pakistan…
A Pakistani’s American Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I am reminded of the many reasons why I am thankful. The concept of gratitude in the US began for us five and a half years back when we left Pakistan and came to America. The…
The Ahmadiyya Diaspora: An Interview with author Michael Nijhawan

On October 18th, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslims, the worldwide head of millions of Ahmadis. Over 30,000 of these Ahmadis, call Canada their home, majority of these Ahmadis migrated from Pakistani Punjab due…
Syrian Refugees in Canada: Suha’s Story

I had a very nice life in Syria. I was an elementary school teacher. I got along with all of my neighbours, whether or not they were the same religion as me. When the war began I lost my whole…
Syrian Refugees in Canada: Mutaz’s Story

I was held at gunpoint. They took me from my home, blindfolded me and interrogated me for four hours. They asked me to prove that I am Muslim. The only thing that stood in the way of death was literally…
5 Pillars UK: Dangers of Extremist Muslim Media

The Ahmadis have been long the subject of extreme animosity and defamation by other sects of Islam within Britain and for years have dealt with physical as well as a verbal abuse from Muslims who consider them heretics. The Ahmadis…
The Burkini Ban casts shadow over French Freedom

France might be very progressive when it comes to fashion sense, but their recent ban on the burkini shows how the administration’s thinking still dwells in the past. Burkini is a swimwear designed to allow women to cover as much…
But Islamophobia doesn’t exist

In light of recent events, it has been repeatedly observed that a dangerous and potentially peace threatening form of domestic terrorism is conceiving birth in a civilized society. Elements of a such a devastating concoction include bigotry, racism, hate speech,…
Respecting others’ view is the way out

It is time we learned to dissociate Islam from any form of intolerance and extremism. Islam is a religion that teaches and advocates peace among people of diverse backgrounds and the whole world in its entirety. Owing to the heterogeneity…
Islam, Blasphemy & the Nigerian State

The subject of blasphemy, as it concerns Islamic personages or symbols, has become more visible in recent times especially in countries or regions that pride themselves as adhering to the Islamic faith, no thanks to the attendant jungle justice that…
Is Dr. Yasir Qadhi an Extremist ?

Shaikh Yasir Qadhi is an American Sunni Muslim scholar and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute. In a very passionate Facebook Post, Mr. Qadhi recently lamented the rise of sectarianism and the practice of Takfir (anathematization, or refusing to identify sect of…
Nigeria’s path to Religious Tolerance & the NCEF

Our national independence was hard fought by many prominent personalities from all works of life, from various parts of the country and of course with a different understanding of faith. Prominently, the likes of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi…
Sex offender Brock Turner set loose

Brock Turner, student, swimmer, rapist. The name of Brock Turner has been juggled around a number of times during the past few days. Long story short, a few months ago two teenagers called the police on Turner after they found…
The Rape Culture We Accept but Shouldn’t

“Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused.” The above quote is by Freda Adler, now it doesn’t matter who she is, but it does matter about what she said. Let’s look at our first case.…
Burkini Ban: Hypocrisy in the making

On a bright sunny morning Siam, a mother of two was enjoying her day on the beach, lying down and relaxing on the warm sand with her two children not knowing that her leisurely moments would not last long as…
The Hairy controversy gripping the U.S.

Being an adolescent, I’ve seen quite a few number of “distracting” hairstyles from fellow classmates. Needless to say none of those were natural hairstyles. In the state of Kentucky which recently just abolished unnecessary regulations for hair braiders, there is…
Trump vs Muslim American Woman & The First Amendment

Much has been written, said, & tweeted (mostly by Trump himself), about Trump’s Anti-American rhetoric. Yes, I said Anti-American! Rose Hamid is an American & is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution to peaceably assemble; the…
The 5 Forgotten Children of Conflict

A video of 5-year-old Syrian boy who was injured in an airstrike in Syria has gone viral after the dazed look on the boy’s face shook the world. The video shows 5-year-old Omar Daqneesh being pulled out of the rubble…
One by one….spares none…!

Sindh province of Pakistan is known to be the land of Sufis and Saints. Its overall texture is tolerance blended with hospitality and perseverance. It’s deep and remote areas may be far behind educationally but they have advanced in levels…
Am I not Australian enough ?

I like to think that I’m just as Australian as the kids that I went to school with, as the teachers that gave me my education and as the students I share my lecture theatres with. I come from a…
Rabwah – No, it’s not safe

‘No, it’s not safe,’ my mother used to tell me when I asked to join her as she taught the Holy Qur’an to small children in remote areas of Rabwah, Pakistan. I wondered what exactly was not safe. Innocently, I…
Fact Check: Biggest Charity Fraud in Panama Papers

‘Kill Ahmadis’ Hate Group alleges financial misconduct by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.  An anti-Ahmadi activist with links to the extremist Khatme Nabuwat group recently wrote a libelous article alleging financial misconduct on the part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The allegations are so absurd,…
Pakistan: A Paradoxical Divinity

The 4 January 2016 marked five years since the Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed by a member of his own security detail in a popular market in Pakistan’s capital city. His self-confessed assassin, 26-year-old Mumtaz Qadri, told interrogators he…
Three and a half Ahmadis and a Shia

My family moved to Lahore in early 1970s. We rented the lower portion of a house in what was still called Kirshan Nagar, despite being renamed Islampura, probably after the 1965 war. It was an old style house with an…
A guide to growing up Ahmadi in Pakistan

Welcome, to the beautiful land of the pure. Here, we are blessed with four wondrous seasons and the geographical features are aplenty. This is a land hard won through the sacrifices of many and now, you too, are a part…
Sir Muhammad Iqbal and the Ahmadiyya Movement

Anyone remotely familiar with the poetry of Dr Muhammad Iqbal would know of his multi-pronged flirtations with numerous – often paradoxical – ideologies, at the same time. From fluctuating between a poet and a preacher to being the torchbearer of…
No one can judge whose prophet is kosher

We’d never allow Marxist-Leninist schools to brainwash children so why do we give religions similar rights? Come with me on a flight of fancy. It is open day at the latest educational establishment in a suburban part of Essex. The…
Exploring Multan &  a look at Cholistan Desert Jeep Rally

At first glance, Multan is like any other middling-to-large provincial city in Pakistan; an unkempt sprawl of grey concrete buildings and chaotic traffic. However, beneath the gruff exterior lies a city steeped in history and heritage. Conquered by Alexander the…
Peshawar Attacks: A day of great pain

A day of great pain. A mother’s pain. A family’s pain. A city’s pain. A country’s pain. A nation’s pain. The gut-wrenching day on which Pakistani Taliban’s barbaric and ruthless murder of more than 148 school children and teachers occurred.…
Why don’t Ahmadiyya Muslims perform Hajj ?

Only 2 Muslim groups have EVER been denied Hajj. Muhammad (saw) & his Sahaba by Meccan Kuffar & Ahmadi Muslims by the Ummah. “And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Kabah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah,…
Ahmadis – Traitors or Patriots ?

Ahmadiyah community that has been a victim of multiple fatwas against it since ages ; ironically have been playing a major role in strengthening the roots of the beloved homeland whether it comes to economy, foreign affairs military and much…
Choosing the Caliph – The war within Islam

“I do not regard the Ahmadiyyas as Muslims”, says a female medical student emphatically to me, emphasizing that they are kaffirs and should not be regarded as Muslims at all. What shocks me is that it is a female student…
British paper Luton on Sunday sides with extremists against Ahmadi Muslims

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is 125 years old this year and in commemoration of this anniversary, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community took out a two-page advertisement in a number of local British newspapers. Luton on Sunday agreed to publish this double page advertisement (pp4-5).…
A man of Pakistan – Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan was created on a beautiful vision; a vision of freedom, a vision of a secular society, applying the Islamic principles of peace, justice and equality for all. Muhammad Ali Jinnah stated in his speech on 11th August 1947 that,…
“Halalgoogling” and the Censorship of Ahmadiyya Islam

As I casually scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed one morning, I stumbled across an Al Jazeera English post linking to an article  on a “Muslim-friendly alternative” to Web searching that filters haram content. Intrigued, I clicked and read on:  functions much like Google or Bing, but…
July 4 And The Ahmadiyya – OpEd By Katrina Lantos Swett

Last Saturday, on June 29, I was honored to speak in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the Ahmadiyya Muslim American Community’s 65th Annual Convention. For the past several years, the Ahmadiyya have chosen Harrisburg for their convention, just days before America’s July…
My Take: New Year’s resolution – don’t get murdered

My New Year’s resolution is to not die for my faith. I’d hoped that 2012 would bring a revolution among Muslims and Muslim-majority nations to free oppressed minds. Yet I find myself still waiting to not die.  That’s the “curse”…