Kashmir, abode of Sufis and Saints

Kashmir, abode of Sufis and Saints

Rather Nasir The valley of Kashmir is known as “pir waer”, the abode of saints. The first Sufi Muslim saint from Central Asia who visited Kashmir was Sharif ud din Abdur Rehman. He later became popular as ‘Bulbul Shah’. His shrine is located in downtown Srinagar at a place called ‘Bulbul Langar’ (now Bulbul Lankar). […]

The illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship

The illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship

Sahil Showkat Of course, technology impacts culture—destructively. For example, how could people living in the same house or workplace be looking at different screens and communicating with different people—some within the same physical space—without even considering that they could talk with each other face to face? It never crosses their minds. How’s that for culture […]

China-India Standoff: Lessons from History

China-India Standoff: Lessons from History

Umar Khalid Dar Nations will always go to war, especially if negotiations yield no results, over issues that are strategically and economically important to them. This holds truer for nations that are eyeing to be superpowers of the next century. Assumptions are dangerous. Assumptions that nuclear-armed neighbours would not go to war could be hazardous. […]

From whence have you the light by which you enlighten others ?

From whence have you the light by which you enlighten others ?

Mir Abas Has there ever been an age in which immorality and egotism have been greater or more dominant than in this one? The tree is known by its fruits. With your imaginary natural reason, from whence have you the light by which you are so willing to enlighten others? Are not all your ideas […]

Stay Mentally Healthy!

Stay Mentally Healthy!

Arif Nabi According to the World Health Organisation, “Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Like our physical body is subject to […]

Beware of Communism or Socialism

Beware of Communism or Socialism

Zubair Rashid Some modern-day liberals are definitely starting to swing closer towards Socialism or Communism in their economic thought. It’s all about wealth redistribution, right? The rich should pay more taxes than the poor because they hold ___% of the wealth (that number jumps up and down depending on who says it), and everyone else […]

More liquor shops in Kashmir? God, no!

More liquor shops in Kashmir? God, no!

Mushtaq Hurra Nations across the globe are worried about growing debauchery, immodesty, sexual anarchy, violent behaviour and fornication among their youth, the chief cause of which is liquor, the mother of all vices and evils. Islam forbids every form of liquor. Other religions like Hinduism and Christianity also disapprove of the consumption of liquor and […]

Mobile Phone Addiction: What to Do?

Mobile Phone Addiction: What to Do?

Aamir Altaf We live in a digital technology era and it is a blessing, but every coin has two sides. Technology makes our life easier but also quite dependent. It influences the way we behave and alters our thinking. The perfect example of such technology is the smartphone, with unlimited internet access. Nowadays it has […]

Syed Kifayat Ali Kafi: Moulana, Poet, Patriot

Syed Kifayat Ali Kafi: Moulana, Poet, Patriot

ZEESHAN RASOOL KHAN India’s struggle for freedom involved people of every hue. Despite the British divisive policy, people from all sections of society contributed to it. There could be a difference only in the means adopted. Religion, caste, creed, colour barriers did not hinder people’s participation in the movement for independence. However, only a few […]

Depression is not the End of Life

Depression is not the End of Life

Samiya Nazir Our social conditioning has been such way that either we are goal-oriented, concentrating all our efforts towards making our future monetarily and materially secure, or trying all available means to be better than others and better than what we are. In doing so, we forget all other psychological and spiritual needs. We are […]