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VOICES

 |  2-minute read
Islam, Coronavirus, Islamophobia, Tablighijamaat

We Muslims must stop being ‘Us’ to not be treated as ‘Them’

You can't stand up to the haters outside if you're not standing up to the peddlers of hatred within.

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
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.

POLITICS

 |  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.

ART & CULTURE

 |  5-minute read
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.

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
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.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
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.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
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.

POLITICS

 |  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?

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
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?

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
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.