Posts From Hasan

Pakistan through the eyes of foreign students at LUMS

We’re all very aware of the negative perception that exists about Pakistan in international media. At times like these, one loves coming across something that slices through the air of pessimism and portrays a positive image. Here are two international students who not only chose to leave the comfort of their home countries but also chose to embrace education in Pakistan and are currently studying at LUMS. This speaks volumes

How to Find the Direction of the Qibla

The ‘Qibla’ is of utmost importance for the daily lives of Muslims. It is the direction towards the Ka’bah in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and is also the direction towards which all Muslims are ordered to pray five times a day. In the Quran, Allah (SWT) says: Verily! We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s SAW) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction)

Do I Love Democracy….Maybe Not?

All hail democracy! All hail democracy! That’s all we heard around the end of the Musharraf era. Thinkers, bloggers, scientists, politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, people on the streets, janitors, tea boys, they all wanted it. We had had enough of dictators and finally the people had an opportunity to decide their own fate. Well like they say, ‘be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!’ That above statement

Load-shedding has devastated Pakistan

The energy crisis has devastated Pakistan–a country so young and powerful, a country that has been able to stand tall, proud and resistant to come what may, ever since it was born in 1947. Pakistan is the country that did not let herself fall down to the greater problems she faced after The Partition. It survived. It survived well due to the honest leaders and committed determination of its population.

Is it Time to Leave Pakistan?

In August last year my parents went to Canada to visit my sister. The whole time they were there they were all praise for the place and every other Skype call had the same lecture for me: Apply for immigration! Why don’t you apply for Canadian immigration? What is it in Pakistan that has you stuck there? Apply for Canadian immigration IMMEDIATELY! I didn’t. Why you ask? Well for one

The Effects of 9-11 on Pakistan

It’s hard to fathom Pakistan without constant bomb blasts, a crippling economy, a mismatched budget and countless lives lost in a war more than half of the population does not understand, but life in Pakistan before the atrocious attacks of 9/11 was a rather normal, peaceful one. As per the nature of the article, various people were asked what life felt like before the war on terror began; the majority

The Four Great Imams of Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh)

Why do we need to follow a specific madhab or school of jurisprudence (fiqh) when we have direct access to Qur’an and Hadith, which are the sources of this knowledge? This question that echoes in the minds of many Muslims is of great importance as it directly relates to our lives in this world as well as in the hereafter.  It is possible for all Muslims to learn about the

Women in Islam: Respected or Oppressed?

Majority of the critiques on the position of women in Islam as well as the opinions of the general public on this matter suffer from a significant flaw.  These debates take place in a wrong frame of reference i.e., the comparisons are made based on the 20th century expectations and standards.  However, an objective discussion must take into account the historical contexts because if you compare the status of women