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Things Pakistan Had In My Childhood

Let me be frank with you. I am not a young man or a teenager in college, or even a university student. I am a middle aged man and today I want to write about my life growing up. Yes, during the 80’s and the 90’s! And yes when there were no mobile phones nor any internet! You must have seen the posts floating around on Facebook that we 80’s

HAJJ: A Spiritual Journey

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is compulsory on every adult, able bodied Muslim who can afford it, once in his life time. It is an annual pilgrimage constituting many rituals; which are mostly sunnahs of various prophets. As described by many pilgrims Hajj is more than a cluster of rituals, it is a spiritual journey that brings one closer to his creator, explains the essence

My “Hissa” this Bakra Eid!

It’s almost that time of year! The smell of fresh cow dung will soon fill the air… everywhere! The butchers will hike up their service prices, bakra jokes will be all over social media, and the question ‘kitne ka liya bhai?’ will be the conversation starter at every gathering. Yes my dear brothers and sisters its almost slaughter time, I mean Bakra Eid! The Qurbani Routine Every year it’s the same

What about your Akhirah?

One of the things that is supposed to make us walk the right path is the fear of Akhirah, the Day of Judgment; when Almighty Allah will judge our actions and decide where we are to spend the rest of eternity. Either enjoying the breathtaking gardens and rivers of Jannah, or roasting for our sins in the burning dungeons of Jahannam. Where we will end up is our decision, and

Performing Hajj – the Right Way!

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Hajj is a very important and complex ‘ibadah. For people performing Hajj this year and for everyone who wants to know, below is a description of how Hajj is performed. Hajj is performed in three ways: Ifraad Qiraan Tamatu’ All three variants are very similar so to make them easier to understand we have described ifraad in detail and will highlight

How Islam Came To The Indian Sub-Continent

Arabs used to travel to the Indian subcontinent even before the advent of Islam and the Prophet (SAW).  Traders would take their goods by sea to the west coast of present day India to sell their spices, gold, and African goods. This contact between the Arabs and the shores of India naturally brought this budding religion to India. The First Foothold The major incursion of Islam into the Indian subcontinent

How about a Bucket Challenge to Eliminate Poverty?

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, or just plain alive, I am sure you are aware of the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, or the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge is simple, a person nominates another to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads while being filmed. If the person does not complete the challenge in 24 hours, he/she has to donate $100 towards helping ALS research. What

Pakistan and its World Records – Episode I

Pakistan holds many records in the world. Some man made, some achieved via great feats and some natural. To acquaint my readers with these, I have compiled a list of some of the interesting world records that Pakistan holds. World’s Largest Mosque After the two holy mosques of Makkah and Madinah the largest mosque in the world is the Shah Faisal Mosque. Situated in the capital city of Islamabad, the

Baby’s Diet – Difference between Success and Failure in Life

A new study has concluded that there is a very important correlation between healthy eating and a child’s success in school. The study concludes that if you want your child to be successful in school and give a high-level performance he/she needs to be on a healthy diet. Doing well in school is not an option these days. Everyone wants their children to pass with flying colors as this is

Pakistani Wedding Season – Its Here!

The craze has begun people! No, not the “azaadi” craze or the “inqalaab” craze. Those are just passing fads. This is a craze to surpass all crazes! It’s the Pakistani Wedding Craze!! Every Pappu, Raju and Munni knows that the wedding season in Pakistan begins by the mid of October and continues till mid-March. In these 5 months you won’t find a hall or lawn empty i.e. unless you have