Qaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah with Sister Fatima and daughter Dina

When time stood still I was dining with friends at my home when Shaukat Aziz, the finance minister, mentioned to me that the Quaid-i-Azam’s daughter and her family were due to visit Pakistan during the Pakistan-India cricket series. I could hardly believe that. The rest of the dinner passed in a haze while I wondered what it would be like to meet this remarkable lady. I grew up in a family where stories of the Quaid were often narrated and listened to in rapt attention. I never had the opportunity of meeting the great man himself, even though he seemed omnipresent in our house. MyRead More →

Kids in the Mosque

Notice at a Mosque in Turkey: “Dear Muslims, if there are no sounds of children laughing in the back as you are praying, fear for the next generation” What a contrast from some mosques I’ve seen – mainly from within the Indo-Pak community – where children are discouraged from coming to the mosque at prayer times or are outrightly banned because “they make too much noise” and “distract the worshippers” when they’re undoubtedly in the midst of their deep contemplative meditation [khushu’]. What irony! I’m certain these people are unaware of the fact that the blessed Prophet would often bring his young grandsons – al-HasanRead More →

Stop Genocide sign

To understand the matter we need to to trace the historical origin of the conflict. The crises is a spillover from a conflict stretching over the last 300 hundred years or more. The Rohingya are a minority ethnic group living in the Myanmar (Formerly known as Burma). At present they are about 800,000 to about 1.3 million people. Although they live belong to Myanmar, the government denies them citizenship or any rights. Neighboring Muslim countries of Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Malaysia have turned a blind eye to their sufferings, and at times have increased their sufferings. Who are the Rohingya people? Why are they persecuted? TheRead More →

Smartphones restrict our access to information. Are they preventing our intellectual growth?

Smartphones restrict our access to information. Are they preventing our intellectual growth? What did we do? When we all had desktop computers way back in 2007, 8, 9, etc., we accessed too much information, we learned too many truths, many of us collectively researched across “the internet” and we found out things we weren’t supposed to know. And we posted about them and linked to references. Oops. Well now you’ve done it. In fact, we all did it. So the system is reacting. The system responded. The system created Smart Phones as a response to the population accessing way too much data and learning farRead More →

Main Stream Media (MSM) has become irrelevant because it perceives public as dumb. This has indirectly forced the public to educate themselves through Social media, which in turn has made MSM even more irrelevant. Why does the Main Stream Media (BBC, CNN, Geo, ARY, AlJazera), have to explain the spoken audible words of Leaders or Politicians? These words or speeches are beamed through our TV screens, after initially reminding us several times that the said speech by said party leader or opposition or whomever it is, is about to get reinterpreted in the main-stream-media’s image and that it would be aired live as soon asRead More →

14 August and 15 August should be remembered for the largest known migration in modern history. Millions died when Pakistan was created. Muslims living in India had to cross over to the newly created nation to ovoid being slaughtered by Hindu vigilantes. Hindus living in Pakistan had to leave for India fearing revenge by Muslims for deaths in India by Hindus. The partition displaced up to 17 million people in the former British Indian Empire. In matter of weeks a mass migration took place in which everyone lost their homes, their belongings and their loved ones. Children, women and the old died on the way,Read More →

Spirituality, Religion and Healing Many of us may believe that our way of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating is related exclusively to the events or things happening around us and that this way is the  ultimate truth, only choice or perspective available to us to view and cope with the situation. We conveniently ignore how our past colors our present to a varying degree and enslave us to the repetitive , stereotyped Mal-adaptive patterns. The superimposed unhealthy defenses, perspectives and cognitive distortions act as protective shields and provide temporary relief to our painful emotional and other problems but pay havoc to our long term peace and productivityRead More →

If one is fortunate enough to buy a bakra worth eighty thousand or may be a bull worth 2 million, there starts a non-stop ‘family entertainment’ and showing off the highly priced and overweight animal. Some people get extra lucky and get a few minutes coverage by any news channel too. Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated with great religious fervor across the Muslim world. This festival not only fulfills the religious obligations but also gives a social and economic boost to the society, as every ritual and action taught by Islam is universal and always has a positive impact on an individual and on society at large.Read More →

Many of us may believe that our way of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating is related exclusively to the events or things happening around us and that this way is the  ultimate truth, only choice or perspective available to us to view and cope with the situation. We conveniently ignore how our past colours our present to a varying degree and enslave us to the repititive , stereotyped maladaptive patterns. The superimposed unhealthy defenses, perspectives and cognitive distortions act as protective shields and provide temporary relief to our painful emotional and other problems but pay havoc to our long term peace and productivity in various areas ofRead More →