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Fundamentalists, Islam, Muslims, Apjabdulkalam

Why Kalam continues to pay the price for being a nationalist

Kalam wasn’t just a political nonconformist. He was a nonconformist in his religion too.


 |  Tarar Square  |  7-minute read
Marriage, Divorce, Islam, Triple Talaq

Triple Talaq and Halala in Islam: No, my religion doesn't approve of this

Triple talaq is more in practice today in melodramatic soap operas in Pakistan. It is a legally punishable offence and its ugliest fall-out, halala, finds no favour in the holy Quran.


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Islam, Dangal, Bollywood, Zaira Wasim

Zaira Wasim’s Bollywood exit: Botox for our collective brain

Why, secular or communal, we are all so entranced by a teenager’s filmi angst.


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Muslim, Islam, Parliament, Nusrat jahan

Ban Fatwas - These have no place in a secular, modern state

The latest fatwa against MP Nusrat Jahan shows why it is imperative to come down heavily on these despicable judgements.


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Miswak, Prophet Mohammad, Islam, Ramzan

Cleanliness and godliness: Why Muslims use miswak during Ramzan

Cleanliness is half the faith. But the reason why Muslims use this 'blessed twig' goes beyond physical cleanliness.


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Islam, Namaz in mosque, Ismail faruqui case, Ayodhya verdict

Do Muslims need mosques to offer namaz: How the VHP, and a BJP chief minister, helped shape this debate

The Quran does not instruct Muslims to offer namaz only inside a mosque space.


 |  Tarar Square  |  8-minute read
Islam, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Bushra wattoo khan

If Bushra Khan chooses to wear a full veil, what's your problem?

What Pakistan PM's wife chooses to wear is not affecting anyone else. Why is it then a topic of malicious discussions?


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Islam, Hindu terror, Priyanka Chopra, Quantico

With its 'Hindu terrorist', will Quantico end with a whimper, not a bang?

The Priyanka Chopra-starrer will end on a bizarre note. But why are people getting so enraged over a television show anyway?


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Politics, Congress, BJP, Islam

When the iftar was just another political party

The 'political iftar' dinner was sheer tokenism, often seen as minority 'appeasement'. Its demise is fortunate – it lets ordinary Indians reclaim the iftar, rediscover true secularism.


 |  Beijing Diary  |  3-minute read
Pakistan, Uighurs, Xinjiang, Islam

How China is waging war against Muslims

Beijing has launched an all-out assault on what it calls separatism.