Short Story : MashAllah Man

“Sister Humaira has a question now…” Raees Ahmed, the bushy moustached bespectacled host, had the camera on him as he read out a message from a card infront of him. “She says Asalamualikum Aalim Sahib..” “Walakumasalam “ muttered a voice in the background. The camera was still on Raees. “My daughter recently completely her Intermediate…

ISIS and Pakistan

There is the lush screen scenery. There are the picturesque Margalla Hills. There are the curve-friendly roads on these hills that remind one of Vital Signs and Junaid Jamshed. There is the crisp and cool weather. There is a particular calm never found in other major cities of the country. Then there is the Lal Masjid – the antithesis of everything in Islamabad –…

The Curious Case Of Tarek Fatah

Unless you’re fairly active on Twitter, and/or have a genuine interest in expat Pakistanis who are active within sociopolitical circles, you might not be aware of who Tarek Fatah is. Originally from Karachi but now based in Canada, he writes a regular column for one of the country’s largest newspapers and has a frequent broadcast…

Left-Wing Islam

When I was 10 years old, I asked my Islamic Studies teacher, then a mandatory course in Pakistani secondary schools, a question. “Why if on the day of judgement, we realize that Islam was wrong, and some other religion was right?” Her answer “Islam was the last of all Abrahamic religions. It was perfected, fixing…