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    Pakistan Religion Before Islam And After

  • Less religion, more religion

    STATES and societies are struggling to find ways to deal with religion — or religious thought, to be precise...

    While most states see religion as a challenge, for the common man the attraction of religion is increasing...

  • Bangladesh court to hear petition challenging Islam as state religion

    DHAKA: The Bangladesh High Court will this month hear a writ petition that was initially filed 28 years ago, challenging the constitutional amendment that gave ‘Islam’ status of the state’s religion...

    The development comes amidst a crackdown by the Bangladesh government against ‘militants and extremists’ behind the ‘Islamist violence’ that has recently gripped the country – liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects and...

  • Matli SHO helps Hindu family convert to Islam, vows to continue 'efforts for religion'

    Riaz Ahmed Bijarani, the station house officer (SHO) of Matli police station in Badin district, on Wednesday said that seven members of a Hindu family have converted to Islam through his efforts...

    Bijarani informed Dawn that the family — comprising three adults and four minors aged 5, 8, 10 and 12 years, respectively — entered into the fold of Islam after reciting the kalma at the hand of prayer leader Moulana Mazhar Depar...

  • ‘We should all be like doctors, who don’t ask patients’ religion before treating them’

    KARACHI: “The people of India thrived in a pluralistic society from the time of Ashoka until the British arrived there and started their divide and rule policy,” said historian Dr Mubarak Ali on Saturday...

    He was speaking at a national symposium titled ‘Medical sciences, spirituality and mental health’ organised by the United Medical and Dental College (UMDC) in collaboration with the Dow University of Health Sciences...

  • Dutch envoy to return to Pakistan 4 months after receiving death threats in wake of anti-Islam contest

    The Dutch ambassador to Pakistan will return to Islamabad in February following an absence of more than four months in wake of the alleged death threat received last year, reportedly from religious parties angry over anti-Islam tweets by far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, the Dutch media said on Saturday...

    ”“The letter spoke of a 'specific threat' and was related to the [anti-Islam] cartoon contest which had already been...

  • ‘Christianity to Islam and back’: Woman moves court against father

    LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought assistance of the Punjab advocate general on a petition of a Christian woman seeking action against her father for changing religion twice...

    Aneela Saleem filed the petition through Advocate Aftab Bajwa stating that her father Saleem Nazeer converted to Islam, married a Christian woman and converted her too...

  • Saudi Arabia bans selfies, photos and videos at Islam's holiest sites

    The Saudi Arabian government has banned pilgrims from taking photos and videos using any devices for any purpose at Makkah's Grand Mosque and Masjid-i-Nabvi (Peace be upon him) in Madinah...

    The development surfaces days after Russian-born Israeli Jew Ben Tzion posted a selfie of a visit to Masjid-i-Nabvi (PBUH), prompting backlash from certain individuals on social media, leading Instagram to suspend his account...

  • Islam and tribalism

    WHAT do Afghanistan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Mali, northern Nigeria, Pakistan’s tribal areas and Yemen have in common?They all have Muslim populations, are socially backward, mistreat women, and have a profound distrust of reason and modern education...

    Above all, they are tribal societies that use Islam to rationalise and uphold archaic tribal values and laws...

  • Nazis, Ataturk and Islam

    Nazi interest in Islam and Turkey, especially in Kemal Ataturk, is nothing to be proud of...

    But the interest in Islam precedes the Nazi era, for German focus on the Muslim world during WWI was equally intense...

  • View from abroad: Islam and the role of Muslim democrats

    As Brussels began a lockdown last weekend to search for suspected terrorists following the murderous attacks in Paris, I was on my way to Jakarta to attend the second world Forum for Muslim Democrats, a still little-known but potentially powerful platform for reflection on 21st century Islam...

    Islam was on the agenda in both cities and on both continents...

  • How shrines helped indigenise Islam and Christianity in South Asia

    Just before the Jhelum River, as the Salt Range and Potohar Plateau gradually merge into the plane of Punjab, I always a notice a small isolated shrine located on the top of a hill...

    Further north, deep within the Hazara territory is the shrine of the Muslim Sufi saint Wali Qandhari, who had a confrontation with Guru Nanak and was humbled...

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