Spirituality

The Clash Within and Without

The Clash Within and Without

By Zubair Torwali, Researcher, Linguist and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

In the past there were few Muslim intellectuals in Western academia who were bridges between the West and East. For the last few decades, particularly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Muslims have faced multiple challenges. The world was pushed into another hostile environment by the force of narratives obviously manipulated by the powerful capitalist class in Western industrialized societies. They refurbished the old model of the clash of history and of the recent […]

January 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality
Charlie Hebdo Reveals Failure in Understanding Values

Charlie Hebdo Reveals Failure in Understanding Values

By Moheb Arsalan J, Afghan Analyst
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

The terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine was an unjustified act of violence. Those carrying out the attack meant to infuse a vicious circle of hatred and divide, and may have succeeded in doing so. However, as common citizens of this world we need to avoid pointing fingers and instead unite as the one human race against this vicious aim. Violence is not a response to such acts, especially if those targeted are innocent civilians. […]

January 16, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality
Paris Attacks a Wake-Up Call

Paris Attacks a Wake-Up Call

By Rev. Majed El Shafie, Founder of One Free World International
Location Canada Canada

The Paris attacks should be a wake-up call to the Muslim community which must begin a serious internal dialogue about its religion. The recent terrorist attacks in Canada, Australia, and now in Paris are not a surprise for anyone monitoring the rise of Islamic extremism throughout the world. They are the logical result of a murderous political religious ideology focused on its ultimate goal of world domination being met with a response that uses every […]

January 13, 2015 · 0 comments · France, Islam, Spirituality
Europe’s Conflict Between the West and Islam

Europe’s Conflict Between the West and Islam

By Giuseppe Terranova, Deputy Editor of the Online Newspaper West
Location Italy Italy

The conflict in Europe between the West and Islam has claimed about 275 innocent lives since the beginning of the new millennium. The massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is shocking but not surprising. Europe has certainly been under siege, not only for the past 72 hours, but for more than at least a decade. On March 11, 2004, an attack by an Islamic group on Madrid’s subway caused the deaths of 191 people. […]

January 12, 2015 · 1 comment · European Union, Islam, Spirituality
My Reaction to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

My Reaction to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

By Zubair Torwali, Researcher, Linguist and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

What we need now is a “narrative of dialogue and coexistence.” The terror attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, though not surprising, is yet another blow to Europe’s multiculturalism. The murderers, who are alleged Islamist terrorists, once again pose pertinent questions to those who believe in a free and pluralistic society. It is a difference of world views, between secular Europe and extremist Muslims. The former takes freedom of “all expression” for granted while […]

Pakistani Christians Mark Christmas Amidst Islamic Uprising

Pakistani Christians Mark Christmas Amidst Islamic Uprising

By Kiyya Qadir Baloch, Freelance Baloch Journalist at the Daily Times
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan is among the worst countries in the world for minorities, especially Christians. ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Christians celebrated Christmas on Thursday with prayers even as violence claimed dozens of lives in Pakistan and the threat of fresh attacks loomed in the country. The recent Taliban massacre claimed at least 148 lives—mostly children at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan—shocked people from all communities. The attack at the Army Public School and College in Peshawar on […]

December 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Pakistan, Spirituality
An Open Letter to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

An Open Letter to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

By Irum Sarfaraz, Freelance Writer/Editor
Location United States United States

You have made every single person who died on December 16 a martyr of Pakistan. I take the liberty to write this letter on behalf of the entire Pakistani community in the USA. We join the entire world, especially Pakistan, as it stands horrified, appalled and sickened by your act of terrorism at the army school in Peshawar that has left 132 children and 9 teachers dead. The people of Pakistan, both within its borders […]

December 24, 2014 · 1 comment · Pakistan, Spirituality