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Zainab bint Ali: The Symbol of courage and resistance to oppression

Recently in Syria the shrine of Syedha Zainab, the grand daughter of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was attacked and decried. All Muslims, Sunnis or Shia have condemned this heinous crime. Let's refresh our knowledge about this great courageous lady, the symbol of resistance against oppression and tyranny:

SYEDNA ZAYNAB (May Allah be pleased with her) was the third child of Hadrat Ali bin Abi Talib and Syedah Fatimah (Razi Allah). She was born in Medina in the 5th year of the Hijra (i.e. 627-628 CE) on the 5th of Jumada al-awwal (although some traditions say she was born on the 1st of Sha'aban) (of the Islamic calendar). Zaynab was named by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) just as with her two elder brothers, Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain.  Zaynab means "the adornment of her father" as a reference to Imam Ali. Zaynab lost her mother when she was only seven …

USA in Afghanistan - Endgame

Pakistan has been continuously advocating peace talks with Taliban and insisting upon finding a political solution, but Kabul regime and Washington preferred brute force in Afghanistan. Pakistan was also advised to follow suit and pressured to launch another major operation in North Waziristan (NW) and eliminate safe havens of Haqqani network.

Pakistan has all along helped Hamid Karzai regime and at no stage added to its problems by playing one community against the other. On Karzai’s request, Pakistan has deferred repatriation of 3.1 million Afghan refugees and has taken the major brunt of war on terror as a frontline state. Karzai however failed to reciprocate Pakistan’s goodwill gestures and has preferred to dance to the tunes of USA and India. He has been callously leveling serious allegations against Pakistan and has always preferred India over Pakistan and allowed RAW to use Afghan soil for covert war against Pakistan in concert with Central Directorate of Security (CDS) and RA…

Our` own little wars

EVERYONE knew how the drones came about,long before the Predators` route to Pakistan and elsewhere was acknowledged, and before some of us were able to bring ourselves to protest the loss of innocent lives by rising above our tolerance for collateral damage. `Things fall out of the sky all the time,` Mark Mazzetti quotes General Pervez Musharraf in The Way of the Knife at the outset of the chapter that recalls the first drone strike in Pakistan in June 2004 that killed Nek Muhammad.
Garlanded by the Pakistani administration one day and unwanted the next, Nek Muhammad was just one point on the long, treacherous road on which the interests of the two sides had converged. From Mazzetti`s account, it was business turning sour, at the beginning of which all Pakistan wanted was to make a few bucks and see America leave as fast as possible.

The Pakistani emphasis from the start, the book points out, was to distinguish certain elements within the Taliban from the `other` Taliban and Al Qaeda…

The Energy Challenge,Power Shrtage in Pakistan -Solutions

OVERCOMING Pakistan`s energy crisis has been proclaimed as the highest priority by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s government. The recommendations issued by the Pakistan asionary Forum`s energy experts at their Lahore meeting on June 30 constitute an excellent agenda for action.

The government has already acted on the first recommendation: to eliminate the so-called circular debt by paying Rs306 billion and promising to pay the rest of the Rs503bn that is owed by later this month.

The other proposals made by the experts for short-term action acceleration of recoveries, including from government institutions; stopping electricity theft; rationalising tariffs and medium-term steps to enhance energy efficiency could `save` up to 40pc of thecountry`s current power production.

This would be sufficient to meet the current demand.

The critical policy decisions, however, concern the selection of future energy options, their priority,magnitude and sequencing. These decisions will need to take accou…

Who will be New Army Chief , COAS: critical decision coming up for PM

Before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s proverbial honeymoon period is over he will be faced with critical decisions like succession in the army command and rotating the ceremonial chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee among other services.

When these decisions are to be made, Prime Minister Sharif, who is in office for a record third non-consecutive tenure, will find himself at the same crossroads he has been at twice (in 1993 and 1998) – in fact thrice if his botched attempt to appoint Gen Ziauddin Butt as army chief in 1999 is also counted.

On both previous occasions he chose men (Gen Waheed Kakar and Gen Pervez Musharraf) who sent him packing months later. Nevertheless, the choices were relatively easier in 1993 and 1998.

He now has to look for a man who can deal with the multi-dimensional threats to national security, turn around the country’s fortunes in the fight against terror and, more significantly, work with the civilian leadership in redressing the civil-military imbalance b…

رمضان میں قیامِ لیل اور تراویح Taraweeh Salah in Ramadan- History

تراویح: آں حضورؐ کا عمل حضرت زید بن ثابتؓ کہتے ہیں کہ رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے مسجد میں بوریا کا ایک حجرہ بنایا۔ کئی راتوں تک اس میں نماز پڑھی یہاں تک کہ بہت سے لوگ آپؐ کے پیچھے جمع ہوگئے۔ پھر ایک رات لوگوں نے حضورصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی آواز نہ سنی۔ انھوں نے گمان کیا کہ حضوؐر سوگئے ہیں۔ بعض نے کھنکارنا شروع کیا کہ آپؐ حجرے سے نکل کر ان کی طرف تشریف لائیں۔ آں حضوؐر نے باہر آکر فرمایا: مجھے تمھاری کیفیت معلوم ہے۔ مجھے یہ خوف ہوا کہ کہیں تم پر یہ نماز فرض نہ کردی جائے، اور اگر یہ چیز تم پر فرض ہوجاتی تو تم اس کو ادا نہ کرپاتے۔ اے لوگو! اس کو اپنے گھروں میں پڑھو۔ آدمی کی بہترین نماز اس کے گھر کی ہے، ماسواے فرض نمازوں کے‘‘(متفق علیہ)۔حضرت جابرؓ کہتے ہیں کہ رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے فرمایا: جب تم میں سے کوئی مسجد میں نماز پڑھے تو اپنی نماز میں سے کچھ حصہ گھر کے لیے بھی رکھ لے۔ اس نماز کی وجہ سے اللہ تعالیٰ اس گھر میں بھلائی کردے گا‘‘۔ (مسلم) حضرت ابوذر غفاریؓ کہتے ہیں کہ ہم نے رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے ساتھ روزے رکھے۔ آپؐ نے تراویح میں ہمارے ساتھ قیام نہ کیا، یہاں تک کہ صرف …

Zardari rule -The worst period of Paksitan's history

"Even as the democratically elected government led by the PPP became the first civilian government to complete its tenure, one finds very little to cheer about its performance in office. This was evident on August 29, 2012 when Syed Munawar Hasan the Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer ridiculed President Zardari's claim of having served the cause of democracy. In a statement the JI Ameer had said that the corruption-smeared Zardari had driven democracy out of the country and that his four-and-a-half-years rule was akin to a period of the worst kind of dictatorship. "Zardari", Syed Munawar Hasan said, "was personally littered with corruption and the long list of his government's failures included US slavery, target killings, load-shedding, price spiral, lawlessness and a debt ridden economy". Many will not find fault with Syed Munawar Hasan's assessment as it became increasingly clear over the years that carte blanche to commit wrongdoings was allowed during Pr…

Failure poses a danger beyond Egypt

Even the most global events, those whose reverberations are felt far beyond their borders, are rooted in the specific and the local. This week’s coup d’etat in Egypt, the army stepping in to remove and then arrest the democratically elected president, is no different. The toppling of Mohamed Morsi had a hundred causes, many of them wholly peculiar to Egypt. A choice example: Morsi wanted to close all shops at 10pm, so that Egyptians would be fully rested in time for morning prayers. That didn’t go down well in famously nocturnal Cairo where, as the New Yorker put it, “there are still traffic jams at 2am and where internet usage peaks at 12.45am”.

Still, what happens in Egypt matters outside Egypt. The country is just too important to keep its upheavals to itself. Consider that one in four Arabs are said to be Egyptian, the ancient nation repeatedly setting the lead the rest of the Arab world follows. One example: within a decade or two of Nasser taking power in the early 50s, similar…

The Great Journalist : میں ایک سورما صحافی ہوں : سید طلعت حسسیں

Renowned senior journalist Syed Talat Hussain exposes the intellectual, professional dishonesty and corruption of media and journalists in Pakistan.  میں ایک سورما صحافی ہوں : سید طلعت حسسیں 

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