Life & Style

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

I am Young, I am a Muslim, I need Help

Do you know the ways in which the personality of young Muslims is torn apart while living in a western society? We, in Pakistan, are fortunate that we were born in a place surrounded by people with the same beliefs and practices. Practicing Islam in non-Muslim societies is far more difficult than in predominantly Muslim countries. This is particularly true for Muslim youth; they have their work cut out for

How to Make Creative, Cute and Even Beautiful Bookmarks for Bookworms

For someone who loves reading books, a bookmark is essential to keep. Now people have all sorts of ways to keep a reminder where they left once reading. Some choose to fold the corner of the page (which leaves the book “dog-eared”), while others leave stationery inside just in case they forget. You can make your very own bookmark with the help of just a few items like chart paper,

Islam and Tolerance

Religious tolerance in Islam has been a hotly debated aspect of this religion for decades.  However, these debates tend to overlook a very important point, the need to differentiate between the actions of Muslims and the teachings of Islam.  The two may seem interchangeable but that is not the case in reality and following this course often leads to incorrect conclusions.  On many occasions throughout the history of Islam, we

The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Islam

Islam is probably the least understood and most demonized religion today.  The critics of Islam have created this persona based primarily on misconceptions, ignorance and malice.  You’ve probably heard of some of the following common misconceptions about Islam. Misconception # 1: Violence and Terrorism is the Muslim Creed Islam and Muslims have become synonymous with terms like terrorism, extremism and fundamentalism.  The involvement of some so-called Muslims in the acts

From Dusk to Dawn: The Story of Sheikh Yusuf Estes

Can you imagine giving up your religion?  Regardless of whether we are practicing believers or not, the thought of just giving it up seems unimaginable.  So what is it that makes people change their faith? Especially convert to Islam? It is the most controversial and misunderstood religion today and over the years Islamophobia has been trying to win over the west. “They don’t believe in God; they worship a black

From Hawkins to Muhadith – Rapper Loon Embraces Islam

Chauncey Lamont Hawkins, also known as Loon in the music world, embraced Islam and changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith. On May 26, 2010 he opened up to the public and gave a speech in Canada talking about the change, the reasons behind it and the effect that Islam has had on his life. He now travels the world to speak to teenagers from all different backgrounds and talks

Death of the Greeting Card

‘Happy B’day 2 U!’ Does that bring about any warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart? You must have received 30 plus similar one-liner phone messages on your most recent birthday. And, if you’re like me, you probably deleted them soon after reading – like 60% of us would. But let’s be honest, more than likely you must have sent more than a hundred similar messages throughout the year. The funny

A Look back into the 2011 Lawn Exhibition Frenzy

Summer 2011 brought with it an absolute craze for designer lawn exhibitions. Though mostly huge in Karachi due to the longer summers, lawn exhibitions were the place to be seen throughout the entire country. Whether it was the sheer number of people who attended these events or lack of planning on the organizers part, the exhibitions were a pairing of chic design and relative chaos. The Exhibitions The launch of

Beat the Heat with Healthy Summer Smoothies

Go online and google ‘smoothie recipes’ and you’ll literally get hundreds of recipes for making drinks to beat the heat. Sadly, many of them include ingredients we don’t get in Pakistan, or forget to use fruits that are our specialty in the summers. Below you’ll find three smoothie recipes which will cool you down, keep you healthy and make your tummy happy all at the same time! You’ll note that