While Indians and Pakistanis are fond of fighting each other, they frequently neglect their common and alarming enemy - an upcoming environmental catastrophe! What environmental challenges is this region facing? To get a glimpse of it, click on the picture to read!
"If the earlier writings are fading away and newer ones are finding hard time getting published, it goes without saying that the overall effect on society will be severely detrimental"! Due to a significant decline in reading of books, the intellectual heritage that is contained in our books is slowly being lost. This article talks about the need to conserve this heritage and gives some advice in this regard. Click on the picture above to read it!
Delusion of knowledge is worse than not knowing. In contrast, admitting to one's limit of knowledge is considered to be a hallmark of learned people. Whereas the knowledge has spread far and wide in this age of media, a behavior exhibiting a 'delusion of knowing' has probably also seen a rise. Click on the picture to read more!
Whereas the education is generally assessed through literary rates, number of schools, qualifications, publications and the ‘bright careers’, a frequently ignored side to this is that what is the crux of all this education and what sort of educated society do we envision? Are human values an important part of it and should it be a defining part among ‘educated people’? The answer should of course be 'yes' but are we really going in that direction? Click on the picture above to learn more!
Fake and misattributed quotes are a common phenomenon nowadays especially on the internet. Apart from seemingly providing words of 'wisdom and inspiration', they can also be quite misleading. Therefore, this article attempts to mention some famous and interesting instances of misquotations, some possible dangers associated with such 'fake quotes' and some instructions and guidelines on how to avoid them. Click on the picture to read more!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!