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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 […]

 Sameem Javeed Wani

Confessions from a murderer

Confessions from a murderer

I set the trap; tricked him into a catacomb of words; rhymes and allusion got him all dizzy; my naked words as they danced aroused him, somewhere in between the line breaks I caught hold of him; took out my metaphors sharpened on the whetstone of time; I confess! I confess! I gorged his eyes […]

 Sheikh Javaid Ayub

When The Eggs Hatch: On Consciousness and Existence

When The Eggs Hatch: On Consciousness and Existence

In this write-up, Sheikh Javaid Ayub deduces the philosophy of life by drawing the analogy of egg and hatching with human life and education.

When the eggs hatch, life is born. The birth of life has never been an easy task, but a difficult journey indeed. Life, in order to exist, has to break the chains that keep it submissive, subdued, confined, fossilised and hence dead. These shells have always been the guardians of the status quo. Birth cannot […]

 Mugees Ul Kaiser

Muslim Modernism, Traditionalism and Liberalism: Putting things in perspective

Muslim Modernism, Traditionalism and Liberalism: Putting things in perspective

In the postmodern world where some of the Muslims accept and follow religion only when in conformity with the western 'isms', Mugees Ul Kaiser writes how these 'isms' fail because of the 'liquid modernity' and how religion stands tall above all for its basis on what he calls 'metaphysical intellect which is trans-temporal and trans-historical'.

Modernist Muslims, who cut themselves off from tradition under the influence of evolutionism and progressivism, thinking that they develop a better understanding of things with the passage of time, are putting themselves in a quite vulnerable position. They seem to suggest that modernity and post-modernity are closer in conformity to the truth than Prophet Muhammad […]

 Khubaib Mujtaba

A Long Awaited Freedom

A Long Awaited Freedom

Khubaib Mujtaba Let’s march, break free from the chains of curfew, till every blood drop falls onto the bloodied streets, till each breath ceases and Heaven wakes up to our call.   In the crowded lanes of Delhi I hear the unsung melodies of emancipation, Koyal adds to the music of Freedom, the deadly silence […]

 Sameem Javeed Wani

Two ‘Ghazals’

Two ‘Ghazals’

Traditionally invoking melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysical questions, introduction of Ghazal form of verse in English poetry is popularly ascribed to Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. Working on the same themes, Sameem  Javeed Wani here presents two ghazals invoking the grief and longing in a place that in itself has become a metaphor of grief […]

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The Blessed Path

The Blessed Path

All of us face some experiences in our lives but only those who are critical and sensitive in their pursuit draw lessons. In this short story, Uzma Bukhari writes about one such person namely Amina who experiences events in her life that make her God-conscious.

Uzma Bukhari Intelligent and brave Amina was the eldest child of the family. She lived in a serene village with her parents, uncle, aunt, and cousins (Umar and Shabeer). As usual, Amina’s Father and Uncle were up before Azan and left for Mosque. The sweet and melodious chirping of birds was echoing in the village, […]

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Curfewed In

Curfewed In

When the death had been curfewed in

Raafi Ul Islam Something had set in and the whole town seemed to be a reflection of an old house under a spell, with the only exception that no doors creaked and no shadows haunted. But with time that too happened. A stillness that surrounds an ice block surrounded this town. Such suspension however, could […]

 Nadeem Gul

The Controversial ‘Khilafat o Malookiyat’

The Controversial ‘Khilafat o Malookiyat’

Moulana Syed Maududi's book 'Khilafat o Malookiyat' again trends on social media after someone set it ablaze somewhere in Pakistan. In this piece, Nadeem Gul comments on the different criticisms given by some scholars and reminds what exactly was the motive of Maududi behind writing the book and how misleading the criticism stands.

A picture of the burning of the book Khilafat o malukyat has gone viral on social media reflecting the intolerant mindset of a section of our society. Though the authenticity of the incident could not be verified but the incident in itself did not come as a surprise. The Maslaki bias or the ‘sectarian conflicts […]

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