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What is Scientology? – Part 1 (The Eclectic Religion)

What is Scientology? – Part 1 (The Eclectic Religion)

Danish Hameed Scientology has been called the world’s most significant new religion, and scientologists themselves claim to draw on 50,000 years of wisdom. However apostates from Scientology claim it is a vicious, dangerous cult masquerading as a religion. No matter which description we choose, the fact remains that Scientology is a controversial, mysterious religious movement, […]

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The call of woods

The call of woods

Raja Zulkarnain Our vale is famous for breath-taking scenes, swift streams and brooks, snow clad mountains and deep lovely woods. The woods that form our innate part. Besides adding to aesthetics they act as lungs of our motherland. Talking of the vista. The pine forests of Kashmir are unrivalled in exquisiteness. It makes one to […]

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‘Shikwah’ (A complaint of a victim of oppression)

‘Shikwah’ (A complaint of a victim of oppression)

Kamran Bashir  This complaint is of perpetual grief Leafing from the exceptional memory the immortal misery, And the four roomed heart. The exit from a muscular home Of thy creation To the ongoing oppression, We are inclosed by Draconian nights. After leaving the ungodly night Our dawn worshipped thy might. As the day excited in […]

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Islamic Terrorism: Myth or Reality?

Islamic Terrorism: Myth or Reality?

Danish Hameed What does Islam say about Terrorism? One of the distinctive characteristics of the times we live in is the overwhelming presence of violence in our societies. Whether it is a bomb going off in a market place or the hijacking of an aircraft where innocent people are held at ransom to achieve political […]

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Why I went to woods?

Why I went to woods?

Khaksar Naqeeb Adnan This world is the abode of many dreams for people living out here, specially its young generation. They cherish themselves of becoming engineers, doctors, politicians etc. in their future years, but I’m lost myself to a different thought world. I was born in 1992 in the conflict torn Kashmir, where the history […]

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Position of woman in Islam

Position of woman in Islam

Misbah Mukhtar and Zarka Tasneem  Woman as an element of society has always remained under discussion. The modern world in the name of the ‘equality’ and ‘empowerment’ has made her a commodity, more marketable and saleable. But on the other hand Islam and true followers of Islam treat her in some other way, where her […]

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Kashmir Now

Kashmir Now

Abrar Munawar Wani  Don’t tell me you aren’t oppressed Over lacs of killings, one left blessed Nou Bahar was slapped, as if possessed Triggers of guns though, keep us stressed Kiths and kins were handedover, the dead Killings, blood loss, struck my head Let’s check if still alive on hospital bed Left hopeless, we allowed […]

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Comparative Study of Religions: Islamic and Western Approaches

Comparative Study of Religions: Islamic and Western Approaches

Junaid Farooq Zargar  The western idea of religion is in direct clash with the meaning and understanding of religion from an Islamic perspective. Therefore, the aims and methods of comparative study of religions in the west are totally different from what they are in Islam. The approach of western civilization towards religion is defined through […]

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Normalizing the Abnormal – The ugly shades of violence and occupation

Normalizing the Abnormal – The ugly shades of violence and occupation

Masuood Reshi My parents say I was born in a crackdown in a small idyllic village of picturesque Lolab, north of Kashmir. By the time I was thirteen, I already lost the count of times I had made an enforced attendance in a crackdown where we would be called to gather in a nearby meadow […]

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Junk Food… A short story

Junk Food… A short story

Waseem Makai  “They stitch the packets very tight, don’t they…? I mean do they sell gold or something?”  Kabir complained while opening the packet of tomato chips. “Well I think you should carry a scissor in your pocket….Hunh…. Give that to me”. I opened it for him and took a slice from it for my […]

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