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Mysticism of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai

"[tag]Sufi[/tag] is made one with all,
Like breath in veins,
What he achieves he discloses not,…

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Vocabulary Development and the Cyber Age

The stale, musty-sweet smell of the pages of my tattered Oxford Learner’s Dictionary fills up my memories of not so long ago whenever I used to embark on the quest of finding and exploring new words; learning about its etymology; wondering how would I use it in a sentence; feeling a joyous, chest-swelling thrill whenever […]

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umar akmal clashed with traffic warden lahore

Of “national heroes” and tongue twisters

Pakistan’s second match of the now finished Asia cup saw her beat Afghanistan quite convincingly and gain a bonus point, thanks to Umar Akmal’s whirlwind of a century; aptly timed, in complete congruence with the issuance of his arrest warrants for not attending a hearing of the traffic warden case he was indicted in.   […]

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What Happened To The Sunnah Way Of Marriage?

It seems as though to go along with society’s customs, people are willing to compromise with Islamic teachings, specifically the sunnah way of marriage. Even religious people spend enormous amounts of money on their son’s and daughter’s marriages. In this day and age, the sunnah way of marriage seems non-existent. What happened to the sunnah […]

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Lawn Exhibitions in Karachi

Lawn infested!

The ultimate necessity of summers, the ‘lawn ka jora’ that has been taken for granted for so long now has the ultimate mentor: the designer faculty! Here is how you feel towards this brand mania about what used to be a predictably boring three-piece lawn suit with the same old plain prime colors being mixed […]

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Child Abuse

At the time of our parents, it was normal for a child to be treated like a slave and still be respectful to his parents. Many parents today treat their children in the same way that they were treated by their own parents, and when children rebel, they wonder why. Parents today want their children […]

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Women postponing Marriage for Career and Enormous Amounts of Money spent on Weddings

There are many women in the subcontinent who, in order to have a career, postpone marriage until it becomes too late. No one wants to marry a woman over thirty, or even in her late twenties. No one is stopping women from having a career, and they can surely continue with their career after marriage. […]

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Karachi Literature Festival

Karachi Literature Festival 2011

The second Karachi literature festival 2011 took place on 5th and 6th February at Carlton hotel in Karachi. The festival, jointly organized by Oxford University Press and British Council, was aimed at promoting Pakistani writers and bringing them closer to the readers. Festival included book stalls, panel discussions, book launches and creative writing by writers […]

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The Beggar Mafia in Pakistan – An Unexplored Truth

Those 15 seconds, when you’re anxiously waiting for the red signal that is just about to turn green- a small child comes up to your car sticking his face in the window as hard as he can to make himself seen, or holding consumer goods, like tissue packets, biscuits, combs etc. asks you to buy […]

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Custom of Holding Holy Quran above Bride’s Head during Rukhsati

The custom of holding the Holy Quran above the bride’s head during rukhsati is a bizarre one. Not only does it not have any basis in Islam, it also does not make sense at any level. Apparently it is done so that the bride can gain blessings. In reality, blessings are gained by reading the […]

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