Art & Literature

 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 […]

 Mugees Ul Kaiser

Approach to Knowledge: Specialization vs Generalization

Approach to Knowledge: Specialization vs Generalization

Focusing only on one discipline at the cost of others is inevitably going to create a “fragmented” tunnel vision in students. It leads to biases, imbalances, narrow and sometimes extreme ways of looking at things.

The trade-off alluded to in the title above is an important debate on one’s approach to knowledge as an endeavor.  On one side of the debate, people support specializing and zooming into one specific field of expertise. In contrast, people on the other hand opine that ‘instead of knowing a lot about one thing one […]

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Lost Nest

Lost Nest

Umair Rashid  Birds woken by a scary sound Nests brought down to ground. Debris of misery scattered around Leaving forever a deep wound. My abode that predators raided From rain and pain it had shaded, In ashes everything faded With crumbling dreams that had made it. All memories and dreams went down the drain Leaving […]

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Kashmir – her unending poem

Kashmir – her unending poem

On the intervening night of 29 and 30 May 2009, two Kashmiri women from Shopian were raped and murdered by armed men. The incident was followed by protests and curfew throughout the entire valley. Shopian observed the shut down for about two months. It is also observed that there was a systematic denial of justice. […]

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Hope

Hope

Hurmat Altaf Nothing but hope is left now, for the bird in the cage.   Its heart is heavy, eyes are full of tears.   The despot has kept it for his own joviality, on his diktat, it has smile and frown.   The caged is in search of a glimpse, to break the shackles […]