Ramadan: An Obligation and Not a Burden

Ramadan: An Obligation and Not a Burden

By Humaira Sadaf Siddique Islam proceeded step by step and by degrees in the formulation of its obligatory duties. The same was done in the case of the Fast. At first , the Holy Prophet (PBUH) advised the Muslims to observe fasts only for three days in a month but this was not obligatory. Then […]

Islam and Women: Misconceptions and Misperceptions

Islam and Women: Misconceptions and Misperceptions

Syed Suhail Yaqoob There exist a number of misconceptions regarding the stance of Islam on a number of issues particularly women. Islamic scholars have varied views on the role of women in family and society. Some scholars have confined them to the walls of home (for household work, to care for husbands and rearing of […]

Kashmiris’ Red Cheeks: A New Concern in India

Kashmiris’ Red Cheeks: A New Concern in India

By Inam ul Haq and Hilal Ahmad Rather A couple of days ago, on Republic TV, an Indian Army major namely Gaurav Arya asked a simple question that half of the time Kashmir is under bandh, under lockdown, half of the time they (Kashmiris) are stone-pelting, still there are no cases of malnutrition[..] where is […]

Backbiting (Ghibat) – The Plague Afflicted Evil

Backbiting (Ghibat) – The Plague Afflicted Evil

By Kumar Sajad Ahmad Ghibat (back-biting) has been defined as “saying on the back of a person something which would hurt him if he came to know of it”. This definition has been reported from the Holy Prophet(SAW) himself. According to a tradition which Muslim, Abu Da’ud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i and others have related on the […]

For a Better Future with the Millennials

For a Better Future with the Millennials

Harun Yahya Millennials, the generation born between 1982-2004, represent a large group of young people poised to play an important role in the near future of our world. They are either in, or nearing, the prime of their lives and are getting ready to be the newest mothers, fathers, teachers, politicians, leaders, or executives. But […]

Testing Times for Kashmir

Testing Times for Kashmir

By Syed Suhail Yaqoob Kashmir is on the brink’, we are about to lose it’, it is highly disturbed place; these are the very sentences that we often find media and politicians resorting to. Although good for public consumption, particularly for Kashmiri people, who are engaged in a battle with India for their human rights, […]

Why Educational Reform is an Existential Imperative for Kashmir?

Why Educational Reform is an Existential Imperative for Kashmir?

In a new milieu characterized by “life long learning” where the shelf life of degrees and formal education  have inherent limitations and  where employability is determined by “ on demand skills”, where does Kashmir or the educational infrastructure and system of Kashmir stand? Zilch is the sad answer. The reasons are multifarious. The predominant amongst […]

On Sunday Markets: Small is Beautiful

On Sunday Markets: Small is Beautiful

Farah F. Shah The evidence of weekly markets can date back to the European markets of 1960’s (or before) when the authorities organized these markets to cater to the needs of the lower income groups. These have typically and traditionally been an example of informal type of markets with essentially no particular skills required to […]