Sultan Aibak’s Tomb in Lahore and our Turkic-Persian Heritage

Qutubuddin Aibak (d 1210) was a Turkic slave who hailed from Central Asia, lived in Iran and Afghanistan (as a slave) and then ruled large areas of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (as a 'Sultan'). He died in Lahore (Pakistan) and was buried here. Today his legacy is hiding from the public eye the way his tomb hides in a congested neighborhood of Lahore. So who was this 'slave turned Sultan' and what effect did his and his succeeding Turkic-Persian dynasties have on the Indian subcontinent (present day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh)? How does this form a historical link between the Indian subcontinent Central Asia and the modern state of Turkey? Click on the picture to find out more!

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Remembering Maulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi

It's been 19 years since the esteemed Islamic scholar, historian, and literate, Maulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi, passed away (on 31st December 1999). The variety and extent of his contributions is mesmerizing to say the least! Today, he is still remembered due to his services and, particularly, through his writings which haven been translated in various languages. This article is a brief obituary in his remembrance; click on the picture above and read it through!

What is ‘Sufism’ and how far is it related to Islam?

What is Sufism all about? To what extent is it related to Islam? Is it a distinct sect among the Muslims? What are some its core teachings? This post attempts to briefly answer these questions. Click on the picture to read it out!

The Doctors need to learn ‘Empathy’!

Empathy is a quality that is possessed naturally but it can be learned as well. Whereas it's an important trait for every human being, it is even more important for those who have to 'take care' of others and this very much includes health workers! Doctors, among other health workers, have to interact with people from various backgrounds and diverse problems who have one thing in common - they all need 'care' and some level of 'empathy'! Click on the picture to read more!

Trump’s statement ‘the world is a very dangerous place’ and its irony!

The brutal murder of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has been grabbing global attention since two months and will likely continue doing so. While the investigations are still underway and the culprits are still being looked for, the American President, Donald Trump, released a statement regarding his stance on November 20th. The statement disappointed many and ironically began with the remark 'The world is a very dangerous place!' Click on the picture to learn how the world can actually become an even more dangerous place in the light of this statement!

University campuses: Venues to camp amid the trash?

This is a satirical article aimed at those university students who casually leave their food leftovers on the tables and benches throughout the university campuses. It is thus a pity that those of our youngsters who come from educated backgrounds, are in the process of acquiring higher education and are mature in their age (if not in their thinking) are paying little or no attention to this growing menace.