Shia Islam & Shia Muslims Archive

Am I a Zionist? – by Irfan Qadri: Dear LUBP editors: I will really appreciate if you could publish the following note and the exchange. Thank you. Irfan As a Pakistani Muslim of Sunni Barelvi origin, I have always supported human rights of Pakistan’s persecuted and target
A boxing champion’s letter to Imran Khan – by Ahsan Shah: To, Imran Khan alias Taliban Khan alias Writ Khan Chairman Tehrek e Be Insaf Islamabad, Pakistan Dear Mr Khan Hope you would be “Crying and Dying” in grief for the poor Pakistanis while living in your 400 Kanal House
SOS from Damascus: Save the lives of Shia and Sunni Sufi Muslims living near Syeda Zainab’s shrine: Related post: We condemn attack on the shrine of Prophet Muhammad’s granddaughter by Saudi sponsored terrorists Adapted and edited from SRW July 20, 2012 Washington DC – According to our sources in Sayedah Zainab, Syria, 10 kilometers outside Damascus,
Analysing the Syria situation – An interview with Dr. Muhammad Rehan Naqvi: SHAFAQNA exclusive | Dr. Muhammad Rehan Naqvi analyses the situation in Syria This is the English version of the interview that I gave to SHAFAQNA analysing the overall situation in Syria. The original interview was in Urdu, which is
Unchallenged Hatred: Neither Hindu nor Muslim Sacrificing pride, let us sit together. Neither Sunni nor Shia, Let us walk the road of peace! (Bulleh Shah) But things don’t look like so among us proud Pakistanis.  We see God as the one
Baba Abdul Ali Mazari – A Shia Hazara but a Global Father – by S.Batool: Related post: Remembering Baba Abdul Ali Mazari – by Abdul Nishapuri A never tiring majestic personality, audacious explorer, a brave warrior, a revolutionist and consistent Leader, a baronial individual, a spiritual Jihadist, a ray of hope for the innocents
The Shia-Hazaras of Quetta are grateful to LUBP – by Anwar Changezi: I want to reassure the dear friends at LUBP that the Shia Hazaras of Quetta are grateful to you. I came to know about your work only recently, but as I checked your archives and matched them with the
Letter from Quetta: ‘I too had a dream, but being a Pakistani Shia, it will remain a dream’ – by S. Batool: Editor’s Note: In this time of distress and misfortune, LUBP stands with all oppressed people, and demands of the government to ensure equal treatment of its citizens. It seems that after covert complicity with the terrorists, the state of
The Slippery Slope of Intolerance – by Banda-e-Khuda: According to reports, the Shia Hazara students in Quetta have been asked by their university administration to take a separate bus to travel. They ave been asked to travel as a separate ethnic group (making them more vulnerable to
A sample of typical reactions to massacre of Shia Muslims in Pakistan – by Anas Abbas‏: Specimen news: 20 Shia Muslims gunned down in Quetta. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (aka Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, a sister organization of Al Qaeda) claims responsibility. Typical reactions: 1) Imran Khan: I condemn them but War on Terror is responsible. Zardari is
Fundamentalism is killing religious diversity and cultural pluralism: کسی بھی ملک کی آزادیٴ ترقیٴ خوشحالی اور استحکام کا اندازہ اس امر سے لگایا جاسکتا ہے کہ اس میں بسنے والی اقلیتیں کتنی مطمئن اور خوشحال ہیں۔ علاوہ ازیں ان کو کس حد تک قومی دھارے اور معاشرے
Equality of citizens: Common sense that’s not so common! – by Dur-e-Aden: A bomb explodes in a market, some 80 people die and 100s get injured. Can anyone tell me the identity of those who lost their lives? Do bombs differentiate when they explode that I am only going to hurt
What role did Pakistan’s Shias play against Ahmadis?: Related posts: Debate on Shia role in Ahmadi persecution – by Ali Abbas Taj Polemics of apostatizing in Pakistan Recently I read two articles on the systematic murder of Shia Muslims in Pakistan, by Marvi Sirmed (in Daily Times,
Stand up for Ahmadis, Shias, other oppressed groups and be counted – by Mehmal Sarfraz: In Satellite Town Rawalpindi, ‘Ewan-e-Tawheed’ is in place for the last 17 years. It is the property of Jama’at Ahmadiyya and is used as a place for prayers ever since. Some adventurists have decided to make it an issue
Dammaj: Zaydi Shias vs Al Qaeda – the story behind a siege in Yemen – by Theo Padnos: Related posts: A war that remains unreported: The Saudi Arabian war against the Houthis of Yemen How Saudi Arabia has corrupted Yemen to spread Wahabism Editor’s note: Apparently, not unlike Pakistan’s Shia Muslims (in Parachinar and Balochistan) and Afghanistan’s
In defence of Shia rituals on Ashura – by Fawad Manzoor: Related post: An open letter to Prof Saleem Ali – by Mustafa What can Pakistan and the entire world learn from Pakistani Shias? This article offers a rebuttal to Professor Saleem Ali’s article in Express Tribune (later retracted
Al-Qa’eda’s new war: The main targets are Shia innocent civilians – by Ahmed Rashid: Sectarian bloodshed, in Afghanistan and Egypt, is a tool to thwart democracy and diplomacy Lahore, Pakistan From a distance, the devastating attacks on Shia Muslims in three Afghan cities this week looked like the type of sectarian religious attacks
New low: DT editorial on Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s attack on Afghan Shias: One might have thought a new low for Pakistan’s reputation would have been a little difficult to achieve given the attention it gets on a daily basis for ‘strategic depth’-led support for criminal and extremist elements within and without
Blasphemy: Australian Shia sentenced to 500 lashes in Saudi Arabia: The 45 year old man was arrested in Medina while making the annual pilgrimage, and sentenced to lashes and a year in prison because he has insulted “the companions of the Prophet.” The result is a diplomatic incident between
Is the youth in elite universities in Pakistan radical? – by Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa: Abstract This is a study of the socio-political attitudes amongst youth in elite universities in the three major cities in Pakistan: Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. The primary objective was to see whether better education and access to resources made
The persecution of Sikhs and Hindus in Pakistan is unaccaptable!: The following two incidents should be a source of shame to all Pakistanis.  The first instance involves our dear Sikh Pakistani brothers and sisters and this is how Express Tribune reported it: “The Sikh community in Lahore have been
A community under siege in tribal Pakistan: As US prepares troop withdrawal, Taliban’s strong hold on border regions reveals Pakistan’s vulnerability. By Mujib Mashal Parachinar, in Pakistan’s tribal north west, remains under siege. The only road connecting this district bordering Afghanistan to the rest of Pakistan
The Kufi Shia sellouts of the military establishment – by Laibaah: Syed Mushahid Hussain, Nasim Zehra, Ejaz Haider, Mosharraf Zaidi, Syed Talat Hussain, Shireen Mazari, Meher Bokhari and Abbas brothers: Take a bow in front of your Yazid Masters! While the massacre of Shias in Pakistan continues unabated, these establishment apologists
Faith in minorities as equals can only strengthen Pakistan: By Adnan Rehmat The primary function of a national constitution is to guarantee universal rights and to ensure all citizens of the state are dealt with equally in terms of these rights. The guarantees are supposed to be unambiguous.
US Commission accuses Pakistan of failing to protect minorities: This year, according to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom USCIRF report, 14 countries were designated as countries of particular concern (CPC) since “those governments have engaged in — or tolerated — particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”
Why are Pakistan’s urban (fake) liberals neglecting the Bahrain uprising?: Related articles: Fake Civil Society of Bahrain U.S. follows two paths on unrest in Iran and Bahrain – by Mark Landler and David E. Sanger Editor’s Note: While the Pakistan urban chattering elites were going ga ga over the
Rehman Malik, who do you represent? – by Imtiaz Baloch: While Rehman Malik statements regarding the peace process in Balochistan of threatening aggrieved Baloch elements of using more force was responded by the sensible Baloch political leadership as Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal and Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo,  Newspaper
Denialistan: DAWN’s romance with jihadis exposed – by Nasima Zehra Awan: Nasima Zehra Awan laments the media romances with sectarian Islamists while the country drowns The August 21st editorial by DAWN is a good example of what is wrong with the media in Pakistan. “Hardliners and Flood Relief” is precisely
Rewarding hate – by Nadeem F. Paracha: The more mischievous among us even prayed to the Almighty to let the Saudis fall in love with this eminent ‘Islamic scholar’ and fund his outlandish theories, leaving television viewers ever so grateful for keeping him there. But, alas,
Friedman and Pakistan-bashing- by Yasser Latif Hamdani: Oscar Wilde once described patriotism as “the virtue of the vicious”. In the many articles published in this newspaper, I have tried to steer clear of the vicious kind of narrow chest-thumping patriotism, preferring Benjamin Franklin’s version instead —
Shias of Kashmir: Socio-political dilemmas – by Sajjad Haider: Source: Kashmir Observer Come Muharram, the month of mourning, Kashmir’s Shia-dominated areas come alive with black banners, and now increasingly, with portraits of religio-political revolutionary leaders from Iran and beyond. The banners of modern day Shia icons from Iran
MCC condemns massacre of Ahmadiya Muslims in Pakistan: MCC is a grassroots organization founded by Tarek Fatah that provides a voice to Muslims who are not represented by existing organizations; organizations that are either sectarian or ethnocentric, largely authoritarian, and influenced by a fear of modernity and
Religious Leaders Reject Enforcement of Talibani Shariat in Malakand Division: Religion being used to further evil designs: ulema council HYDERABAD, April 18: The Ittehad Ummat Council’s Sindh chapter said on Saturday that a handful of people were using the name of Islam to further their own nefarious designs and
Saudi Shias call for secession: AWWAMIYA: The street graffiti is so brazenly political in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province that it hardly seems like Saudi Arabia at all, Reuters reports. ‘Down with the government’, ‘Death to the traitors’ read the messages on the walls of
Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia: Reports by BBC and Financial Times: Saudi Arabia’s Shia press for rights By Anees al-Qudaihi BBC Arabic Service Underlying tensions between Sunni and Shia in the Middle East have escalated to full-scale crises in the past few
A Shia backlash in the offing in Pakistan?: A Shia backlash in the offing? After a suicide bomber killed at least 30 Shias and injured another 157 who were attending the funeral of an already murdered Shia leader in the southern district of Dera Ismail Khan in
Killing and ghettoization of Shias and the responsibility of the State: Return of sectarian war A suicide blast on the occasion of the “chehlum” of Imam Hussain has killed 32 innocent Shia Muslims in Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab, hours after someone killed a Sunni in the neighbouring NWFP district
Countering extremism and Imam Abu Hanifa’s advice – Syed Mansoor Hussain: Countering extremism – Syed Mansoor Hussain If the coalition in the Punjab can survive then perhaps there is hope that these two parties will develop some sort of an understanding at the centre to mobilise Pakistanis against the real
Shia Sunni Dialogue in Pakistan: Why and How: By Abdul Malik Mujahid When in a Karachi Shia masjid a suicide bomber killed worshipers on a recent Friday, the first people who rushed to the rescue were worshipers from the nearby Sunni mosque in the Sindh Madrasah. They
Tribal Shias as cannon-fodder to fight the Taliban menace: Pakistani security establishment is playing a dangerous game by forcing Shias of tribal areas to rise against Taliban. On 10 October, Army forced Shia tribe Alizai to form a lashkar in Orakzai agency while providing little protection and logistic support