We are posting this well-researched paper by Tayyab Mahmud for the readers here. Hope the debate here gets informed and enriched as a result of this brilliant exposition. Raza Rumi
The full paper can be read by clicking on the title: Freedom of Religion and Religious Minorities in Pakistan
By Adnan Syed
It does not matter if niqab is indeed mandated by Islam or not. For those few hundred women out of 1 Million Muslims living in Canada, or for that matter in Europe or anywhere in the world, niqab is mandated by Islam. They prefer to move around behind this hideous and dehumanizing dress, happy with their chastity preserved, away from the prying eyes of lustful men, and feeling liberated while being covered from head to toe.
They and I can go on quoting our versions of whether niqab is mandated by Islam, or it is a redundant cultural attic from tribal and patriarchal societies that we just do not want to part with.
There are many pseudo religious practices that the modern societies have banished. From the extreme Hindu religious practice of Sati, to the female genital mutilation that is still disturbingly practiced in the Muslim African societies, the world has taken a clear stand against the atrocities in the name of religion. Such practices go against the principles of equality and welfare of the population; where members of the society are either coerced into acting in a certain way, or are too young and helpless to stop their own genital mutilation.
By FAIZ AL-NAJDI
President Barack Obama’s historic address of Thursday 04 June-09 from Cairo is certainly talk-of-the-town now. A great speaker that he certainly is, he was surely able to leave some good impressions especially in the Muslim world and the results are showing already. The elections results of Lebanon, where a pro-West coalition has been able to trounce the Hezbollah-led coalition, and those in Iran, where street protests go on with full fervor, may be termed as the testimony to the same. His speech continues to resonate all over and is already winning praises from his foes and friends alike. The pundits say, in his 55-minute address he was able to connect to the Muslim world largely because of the fact that he was bold enough to speak the truth. Continue reading
Dr. Ijazul Hassan (Writing in The Nation)
The time has come when we have to decide whether we want a Pakistan of the Quaid or the Taliban. The latter had said: “You are free to go to your mosques, to your temples, …because that has nothing to do with the business of the state…and that Pakistan will not be a theological state.” However, as soon as we lost our beloved Quaid, we passed the Objectives Resolution in 1949 which was directly in conflict with the basic concept of the state he had created at the risk of his life. Continue reading