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.

Remembering Haji Abdul Wahhab

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!

‘Quacks’ masquerading as ‘Doctors’?

Some Medical Doctors exhibit a dangerous misconduct during their clinical practice. Is it ignorance, dishonesty or arrogance? The Medical community needs to ponder over these issues. This article mentions a few of my personal experiences in Pakistan. Click on the picture to read further!

‘We don’t have much time’: Rafay Alam on Pakistan’s environmental problems

Rafay Alam is an environmental lawyer and activist from Pakistan. In this interview, he highlights some of the significant environmental problems being faced by Pakistan (due to global and local issues). Furthermore, he also talks a bit about himself, his passion for cycling and more! Click on the picture to read it through!

‘Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth’ — separating exaggerations from truth

'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!