Intimate Communion: Relieving Sufism from Masqueraders and Imposters

Intimate Communion: Relieving Sufism from Masqueraders and Imposters

By Tahir Iqbal The essence of Sufism , as stated by Martin Lings is ,“plunging into the ebb of the waves of ‘revelation’ and being drawn back with it to its Eternal and Infinite Source”. Given the etymology of the word ‘Sufi’, scholars differ in their views. Some opine, it is derived from Greek word […]

Surviving the Water Crisis

Surviving the Water Crisis

By Rao Farman Ali The famous world civilisations ancient and modern which flourished along the banks of rivers are testimony to the rise and fall of hydraulic human cultures, which all the way through history exhibit that the water-wealth is essential for the growth and progress of a strong, independent sovereign state, in view of […]

Why Kashmiri Intellectuals should Avoid Debate Shows of Indian News channels?

Why Kashmiri Intellectuals should Avoid Debate Shows of Indian News channels?

Usman Khurshid The patriotism of a person cannot be judged on the basis of the religion he or she follows. This becomes more relevant in India where vast religious and cultural diversity was taken as a matter of pride. The things have, however, changed drastically after right-wing Hindus came into power. Since then, patriotism is […]

RADICALISM AND ISLAM: TWO DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE CONCEPTS

RADICALISM AND ISLAM: TWO DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE CONCEPTS

The concept of “Radical Islam,” which is widely used today, especially in the Western world, emerged in the second half of the 20th century as a concept that entirely contradicts the essence of Islam and the Koran. The radical minded people misinterpret the Holy Scriptures ,God sent to people for peace and brotherhood, and through […]

On Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Measures

On Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Measures

Amanullah Khan Jammu and Kashmir having an area of 222, 236 square kilometers and total population of 12,5482, 926 people, is divided into three regions Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. It lies between latitudes 32º . 17’ to 36º.58’ North and longitudes 73º . 26’ to 80º .26’ East. Jammu and Kashmir borders touch Pakistan in […]

A Time of Anxiety and Excitement: First Day at University

A Time of Anxiety and Excitement: First Day at University

By Gowhar Iqbal Lone Who hasn’t enjoyed college days? Those moments make us nostalgic every now and then. By chance as well as by choice, I would like to offer my thanks to all my friends for being there at every moment. The everlasting memories remain etched in my heart. The memories of those bunks […]

Remembering Shahbaz

Remembering Shahbaz

BY FIDA FIRDOUS Shahbaz, a philosophical poet and writer, is certainly above any description and needs no introduction as his contributions and charisma have already carved a niche for himself in the literary circles for ever. It is certainly a thing of shame to know that the state government’s culture wings as well as other […]

Beloved Nature

By Mir Umar I have reached the milestone when I found nature. The best moments of ecstasy can be enjoyed with it. A sense of inspiration flows through it. Nature’s beauty is enormously addictive which attracts human soul towards it. The creatures residing in the palace of nature grace the strangers when they fest with […]

Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims

Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims

Two officers sought me from within a crowd at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They seemed to know who I was. They asked me to follow them, and I obliged. Being of Arab background, often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant. In a back room, where other foreigners, mainly Muslims, were holed for ‘added security’, I was […]

Trumpism and its (Dis)Contents: The Decline and Decline of the West?

Trumpism and its (Dis)Contents: The Decline and Decline of the West?

  Oswald Spengler- a great historian of merit , repute and a polymath- whose interests and specialization included the philosophy and meaning of history, attained great fame for predicting the decline of the West. Written in the context of the Treaty of Versailles and general economic depredations which hit Germany hard, Oswald rather boldly predicted […]