The Philosophy and Practical Aspect of Pilgrimage (Hajj)


By: Muhammad Kamran Rifat

There are five pillars of Islam; Uniqueness (Tauheed), Prayer, Fast, Pilgrimage (Hajj) and Alms-giving (Zakat). The first pillar is Tauheed (Uniqueness), the announcement of the Uniqueness of the Almighty and the Prophet Hood of Muhammad (PBUH). Although it is just a confirmation uttered from the tongue but you cannot get into the circle of Islam without it. This announcement is the prelude and a basic step for introducing into this particular Institution and the Class called religion Islam. Unless you stipulate, you cannot become the part and parcel of this particular Class. Because of this fact, Tauheed is an essential pillar, but you don’t have to abide by rules and regulations. Regardless of wherever in the Universe you’re, whatever your age is, what words you speak, your ethnic background or time, if you have recited Kalimaah-e-Haq (Kalimaah-e-Tayyaba), given acceptance from your tongue, you become part of the Islamic Republic. Continue reading

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Yousaf – Zulaikha


 

Love is seemingly a four-letter word, but it spins our world around more than the merry-go-round. Still, our lives are incomplete without it. No matter how much has been written on this emotion, it remains a mystery and inexplicable. Every time, it manifests something new and not two experiences of love can ever be the same. This four letter word is the reason behind the creation and expansion of the universe in every imaginable sense. People have sacrificed lives and taken the lives of the other all in the name of love. In the end, it comes down to every individual’s perception. Poetry, prose, stories and quotes are all incomplete without the element of love. Continue reading

To Whom It May Concern


 

Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf secured majority in the 25th July elections. They went on to form the coalition government in only the second consecutive transfer of the power in the 70 years history of Pakistan’s existence. Unfortunate but at least it is happening now and hopefully it will continue and one fine day the democracy will mature in its true form. Continue reading

Sacred Conglomerate


Photo: Zubair Khawar

On 5th August 2018, news reads ‘China’s Military asked to cease its kindergarten businesses’. China’s military had established businesses in the 1970s, when the country was struggling with a shortage of funds. In the later years, questions were raised over the corruption and effectiveness of the army. The demands of separating military from business had started in 1998 Continue reading

The Change We’re Seeking


The simplest definition of change is to make a difference, to give different position course and direction but unlimited usage. Since childhood, I have heard and talked incessantly about the change Pakistan needs. Change is a relative term thus different from one and other. Continue reading

25th July – Election Day


On the 25th July Pakistan will vote to elect a new government and a prime minister. The popular anthem these days is tabdeeli and naya Pakitan just  like Bhutto’s popular slogan ‘roti, kapra aur makan’. Politicians have the knack of playing with the emotion and sentiments of the people and ignite them by using a psychological slogan. Continue reading

The Station of Love


 

Mustaqeem Hussain entered the newly built café in Lahore and was captivated by the aromatic, energizing and pungent smell of coffee beans. The fingers in his two hands were enough to count the people sitting in the made in wood café.  He stood there inhaling, Continue reading