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I do a crime, I wear a smile

I do a crime, I wear a smile

Naveed Jeelani Khan  You wake me up with the roaring guns Fill my sense with cutthroat calculations I break my fast with your brazen feasts Tear shells, bullets and other iron beasts In the valley torn down I do a crime, I wear a smile My grave! an exhibition of your nationalism Pierced eyes! a […]

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Lullaby

Lullaby

Hurmat Altaf My land is in need of a lullaby, A lullaby that may soothe it’s torn heart. From thousands of nights, My land hasn’t slept well. A perpetual nightmare haunts it, Like a beast haunts a deer. The nightmare of the shrieks of the innocent The nightmare of a mother’s sigh, The nightmare of […]

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In an interview with Dr. Altaf Hussain Para

In an interview with Dr. Altaf Hussain Para

There could be no thorough understanding of Kashmir’s history unless one comprehends the personality and politics of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. It is a matter of fact that Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah has been Kashmir's most enigmatic and complex political leader who was as much master of his persona as he was victim of it. Dr. Altaf Hussain Para in an engaging and scholarly work 'The Making of Modern Kashmir: Sheikh Abdullah and the Politics of the State' tries to unknot the Sheikh’s complex personality.

Altaf Hussain Para completed his masters as a gold medalist in History from the University of Kashmir in 2004 and a degree of Doctorate in Modern History from the same university in 2009. Currently he teaches History at Cluster University of Srinagar. His papers have been published in several reputed journals including Economic and Political […]

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Conceptualising Syed Maududi’s polity in the context of modern nation-state

Conceptualising Syed Maududi’s polity in the context of modern nation-state

The modern Nation-State rules the roost and it seeks our adherence, urges our allegiance, shapes our culture, above all, it often shapes religion. It has assumed the powers of God in regulating society, as opposed to God's will (submission of own will to God's will). Showkat Ahmad writes about the ideology propounded by Syed Maududi who emerged as a strong voice of muslims in the 20th century when modern nation-state made their influences in every sphere of life.

Showkat Ahmad  The first and the most significant fact to know about the Islamic political theory is that it does not prescribe or articulate any particular form of governance that should be conventionally adopted in all occurrences, instead, Islam gives principles on how to form states and manage affairs and then it is left to […]

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End Times and Dystopia: An Islamic Perspective

End Times and Dystopia: An Islamic Perspective

From the Islamic perspective specifically, this world is not eternal but has to end at some point of time. While there is no explicit information in the religious text about the exact time of occurrence of the final day (Day of Judgment), there are prophetic traditions that talk of some events which would unfold before God almighty wraps up this world. Faizan Farooq briefs us about some eschatological events in the light of ahadith and suggests how to approach the study of this particular branch of Islamic theology.

Faizan Farooq ‘Atheism will eventually take over the world’ read the title of a Shaikh Hamza Yousuf clip I recently came across on YouTube. In the video, Shaikh was referring to a Hadith (probably from Bukhari) which explains how the ‘last hour’ (Quranic phrase for the Day of Judgment) would come only upon the disbelievers […]

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From George Stanny to George Floyd: What Americans Can Learn From Islam

From George Stanny to George Floyd: What Americans Can Learn From Islam

It is an important aspect to understand that this message is not just for Muslims only because God is addressing all of humanity. As Muslims we are taught that we are one brotherhood, which is part of a larger brotherhood of humanity.

MUHAMMAD SHAFI ATHAR WASEEM In the year 1944, two white sisters, Betty Binniker age(11) and Emma Thames (age 7) ride their bicycles into the woods of Pinewood, South Carolina USA,  to fetch “Mypops” a local name for passionflowers. Along the way, was George Stinney, a 14-year-old black boy with his sister, perhaps roaming in pinewoods […]

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Is Russia Aiming At Exit From The Syrian Conflict?

Is Russia Aiming At Exit From The Syrian Conflict?

Assad has become more a liability than an asset for Russia. Russia finds it  extremely difficult to untangle itself from the Syrian conflict. 

Mohammad Zubair Ud Din A report emerged in the Middle East Monitor on 04 May, 2020 which , no wonder , has evinced keen interest among international observers in view of the breadth of its scope. This report says  the ” Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) expects that Russia, Turkey and Iran will reach a […]

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Iqbal’s Islamic Democracy: Addressing the Challenges of Western Democracy

Iqbal’s Islamic Democracy: Addressing the Challenges of Western Democracy

With the caveats of Tawhid and finality of prophethood, Iqbal laid out a concrete democratic model of Islamic democracy. Based on the legal tools provided by Islam, this could provide for a more democratic society than that of the West and could provide people with the greatest freedom possible. It is the best case to be made of Iqbal's claim that Islam can be reconstructed to not just face up to, but address the challenges of modernity.

  Haris Rashid As an intellectual of India’s minority Muslim community, Mohammad Iqbal was confronted with the question of the fate of the Muslim community in a Hindu majority India. Muslims in India had with great difficulty negotiated a separate electorate for themselves in the Lucknow Pact of 1916, but in 1928 an All Parties […]

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INVEST IN CHILDREN – The Message on the “World Day Against Child Labour”

INVEST IN CHILDREN – The Message on the “World Day Against Child Labour”

An interview with Dr Javaid Rashid, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Kashmir, Srinagar

When we think about any vulnerable population (s), locally as well as globally, women; old-aged persons; and children are seen atop. This is because of the various issues they get exposed to on a continuous basis. Despite having laws, policies and programmes related to the aforementioned vulnerable populations, there seems no proper enforcement as well […]

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Reading Khilafat-wa-Malookiyat in our times

Reading Khilafat-wa-Malookiyat in our times

The current lockdown has not really been a boring experience for people who choose to befriend books. It has given a sense of companionship to those who missed their friend circles. Tawseef Ahmad Mir shares his observations of reading the book 'Khilafat wa Malukyat' and elaborates on the relevance of this discourse in modern times.

Tawseef Ahmad Mir When Covid-19 pandemic forced us to be within the confines of our homes, we had the opportunity to reflect afresh on the purpose and meaning of life itself. Carpe diem and brazen materialistic attitude to life had almost made us forget the inescapable reality of death- a universal phenomenon as common as […]

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