The Awara Generation

  To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt Less than a generation ago, I’d have been considered a blasphemer and a degenerate of the highest degree. In my native Urdu, the best word to use is awara. It describes someone who is […]

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A Man’s World

The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts. But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by an animal ferocity. They have no kindness, gentleness or love, since animality dominates their nature. Love and kindness are human attributes; anger and sensuality belong to the animals. She is the […]

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Ramadan Musings: Day 1

  Welcome oh the month that purifies us from the sins. Umar ibn Al-Khattab (R.A.) Being the holiest month of the Islamic calendar and a rich expression of Islamic spirit and unity, Ramadan is a time when most Muslims think more deeply about their faith. At the very least it’s a test of one’s discipline, […]

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Between: Part I

I have never agreed with my other self wholly. The truth of the matter seems to lie between us. Khalil Gibran The biggest challenge for me as a writer is finding that perfect condition that allows me to effortlessly pour out a rainfall of words. When I find myself fighting to find the right words […]

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Answering Islamic Reform

And the servants of the Beneficent Allah are they who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace. Surat Al-Furqan [25:63] If I went through the laundry list of false criticisms and lies spread about the religion of Islam by the West, my body of literature would put Isaac […]

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Courage

He who stands for nothing will fall for anything. Alexander Hamilton I wrote an article for the McGill Daily in my first year called ‘Having Guts’. At the time, I equated ‘having guts’ with being a political conservative, and I do still stand by that idea to some extent. Today, I don’t care much for […]

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Victimless Crimes

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice. – Quintilian I have spent a great deal of time recently reflecting on my sins. As an inquisitive thinker, and a rational mind – it has always been important to […]

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