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!
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!
Haji Abdul Wahhab (1922-2018) was a pioneer in the global 'Tablighi Jamat' Movement. Upon his recent demise, his funeral was attended by thousands and messages of condolences spread throughout the world. Haji Abdul Wahhab’s name had remained at the top in the list of ‘500 influential Muslims’ since many years. So who was he and what made him so popular? Click on the picture to find out!
'Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth' has become a hot title penned by the renowned American historian, Audrey Truschke. While most scholars and people have applauded her work, some have resorted to denial and hateful attacks on her. The reason for this contention is the personality around whom the book revolves - the Mughal Emperor of India, Aurangzeb Alamgir (d 1707). So what prompted Audrey to write this book and what makes it different? Click on the picture to read my review!
"A myopic worldview has generally tied ‘extremism’ with specific communities — much of the world has put the blame of extremism on Muslims while the Muslims, in turn, have tried to throw it at particular ‘religious’ groups. However, this ‘erroneous perception’ bars us from identifying ‘extremist tendencies’ beyond the communities/groups whom we’ve comfortably put the blame upon!" Click on the picture to read more!
Since the advent of the British colonialists in the Indian subcontinent, the Muslims of this region (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) have largely remained divided in the camps of conservatives (termed 'Mullahs') and liberals (called 'Misters' in archaic terms). Recently, the case of Asia Bibi in Pakistan became typical manifestation and a hotbed for this century old divide. How should we approach such matters as a nation? Click on the picture to read my opinion!