Tag: Tolerance and intolerance

  • Pakistani Muslims build church for Christian neighbors

    Pakistani Muslims build church for Christian neighbors

        In Pakistan’s northeastern Punjab province, Muslim villagers are raising funds to help their poor Christian neighbors build a church. The initiative was begun shortly before Easter by a group of Muslims from a village in Faisalabad, Pakistan’s textile-manufacturing hub. “There is a tiny Christian population in the village — only 20 families — […]

  • لیکن یہ سب تو ہونا ہی ہے – امجد عبّاس

    لیکن یہ سب تو ہونا ہی ہے – امجد عبّاس

    جب سبھی مسلمان مسالک، مذہبی جماعتیں، گروہ خود کو ہی اہلِ حق اور دوسرے کو کافر/مرتد/مشرک یا مبتدع، ضال و مضل، گم راہ اور فاسق قرار دیں گے، دیگر مسلمان فرقوں، مسالک کے لوگوں کے ساتھ میل جول کو منافیِ حمیتِ دینی جانیں گے، جو نا مانے اُسے بھی کافر/مرتد/مبتدع/فاسق قرار دیں گے تو یہ […]

  • اسلامی فرقوں اور غیر مسلموں بارے اپنے خیالات میں اعتدال رکھیے – از علامہ عمار خان ناصر

    اسلامی فرقوں اور غیر مسلموں بارے اپنے خیالات میں اعتدال رکھیے – از علامہ عمار خان ناصر

    Extracts / opinion of Ammar Khan Nasir on tolerance towards Islamic sects and non-Muslims

  • ریحام خان کی سماجی زندگی اور سیکولر لبرل اور ملحد کی عدم برداشت – از عمار کاظمی

    ریحام خان کی سماجی زندگی اور سیکولر لبرل اور ملحد کی عدم برداشت – از عمار کاظمی

    ریحام خان ایک عوامی شخصیت، سیلیبرٹی اور لبرل خاتون ہیں۔ ان کی ڈانس وڈیو ان کے پرانے ٹی وی شو کی تھی جسے سوشل میڈیا پر شئیر کرنا کوئی گناہ عظیم نہیں تھا۔ مگر کچھ روشن خیال دوستوں کو بھی اس کے شئیر کیے جانے پر ناراض دیکھا۔ میرا ماننا تھا کہ مشہور، عوامی اور […]

  • Deobandi Atheism – by Pejamistri

    Deobandi Atheism – by Pejamistri

    I have noticed that all those self-proclaimed “atheists” who show their “atheism” by bad mouthing religions instead of liberal values of atheism come from “Deobandi” or “Salafi” background. I call them Deobandi atheist. It is simple. It seems that for Pakistani variety of atheists, atheism is nothing more than another religion. It is like finding […]

  • President Asif Zardari’s legacy – by Pejamistri

    President Asif Zardari’s legacy – by Pejamistri

    Back in 1993, if someone had told me that one day Nawaz Sharif will be calling Benazir Bhutto as his sister and would declare her a great leader, and Sheeda Tully will call her “Mohtarama” (he used to curse her, call her names)… I would have laughed. If someone tell me now that this guy […]

  • Yin and Yang: The psychology of balance – by Maryam Sadiq

    Yin and Yang: The psychology of balance – by Maryam Sadiq

    Why is it so difficult for the battle within ourselves, or within our homes, to end in a draw? Must it always be(pun intended) ‘plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’? “According to Chinese philosophy of the time, there existed an invisible, intangible¬ world influencing the empirical world of human events. Despite the emphasis […]

  • Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy and Malala Yousafzai: Janus-faced society -by Javed Akram

    On 9 October 2012, a girl with a name Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. Ehsanullah Ehsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai “is the symbol of the infidels and […]

  • Roots of religious intolerance in Pakistani curricula – by Nazir Naji

    Source: daily Dunya

  • My thoughts on the anti-Islam movie – by Naveed Javed

    Past one week has been a rough one for not only Muslims across the globe but also for the people of other religions. It all started with a movie “Innocence of Muslims” by an (allegedly) Egyptian-American Coptic Christian, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. The trailers for the film, published on YouTube on July 2, 2012, after they […]

  • There were good days and there are good people

      Because personal experiences count and these personal stories help reveal the fabric of society it is worthwhile to share my story of being a child whose childhood was free of prejudices and who was grown in Shias, Sunnis, Ahmadis, Hindus, Christians, Punjabis, Pustoons, Sindhis, Muhajirs and Balochis without even knowing that all these identities […]

  • Trial or wrath? – by Zubair Khalil Khan

    For many years now Pakistan seems to be engulfed with ever increasing internal/external disturbances, turmoil and natural calamities. These internal/external disturbances, turmoil and natural calamities jolt the country either in the shape of terrorist attacks, sectarian based killings or in the form of earthquakes and floods. Same time armed gangs belonging to various Islamic, ethnic […]

  • Deeply bitten by your liberality – by Zainab Binte Ali

    Plato, the totalitarian, out of passion and prejudice hushed Democritus to strangulate the spirit of progress, evolution and above all democracy. Ali abbas Jalalpuri must have been working with darbar in Jalalpur if he had paid heed to the advice of Nawab Mehr Ali but he is now a more celebrated figure than any other […]

  • Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing – by Syed Salman

    Though I wrote this blog last year when daring Salmaan Taseer was assassinated, hoping his death would not be just another to increase tally, but unfortunately things didn’t move an inch towards improvement, rather further deteriorated;  Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated then, Shahbaz Taseer got abducted & is still missing. This is not all, lately we […]

  • In the land of “mentally unstable” – by D. Asghar

    When the news reached the Twitterverse that a man was burnt alive in Bahawalpur, it just created a cycle of shock and disbelief. Very regretfully, this scribe was not shocked one bit. Knowing full well, what we are capable of and how low we have stooped in the past, this was just part of the […]

  • The exploiters and the faithful -by Zeeba Hashmi

    This is about the illusions we create about our shaky existence in a world that demands conformity to homogeneous institution we know as religion. With variation in human perceptions, to consider somebody’s lie as an absolute truth and legislate non-compliance as a punishable crime rapes freedom, individuality and soul of all those who refuse to […]

  • ICG Report: Radical parties threaten Pakistan’s fragile democracy

    Religious intolerance, sectarian violence and radical Islamic parties threaten to undermine the democratic reforms on which Pakistan’s stability depends. Islamic Parties in Pakistan , the latest International Crisis Group report, examines the internal workings, policies and agendas of these parties, and their relationship with the state, particularly the military, in order to assess how they […]

  • Qila Bhatianwala: A tiny oasis of Sunni-Shia unity in Pakistan – by Karamat Bhatty

    LAHORE: A small village near Lahore has achieved what most of the country has failed to forge: religious tolerance. In Qila Bhatianwala village, Shia and Sunnis live, pray, celebrate and mourn together, while the rest of the country sinks deeper into religious intolerance, ethnic violence and a generally distressing divide within society. But the village’s […]

  • The Buddhist heritage of Pakistan: The beauty of ancient globalisation

    Pakistan’s problems with violent extremism have eclipsed its historical role as a place with a tradition of tolerance. TODAY Peshawar in north-west Pakistan is a hotbed of insurgency and a strategic military entry point into Afghanistan. But more than 1,500 years ago the Gandhara region, which surrounded present-day Peshawar, was an important point along the […]

  • Intolerance in the curriculum -by Kamila Hyat

    There have been several shocking incidents over the past week or so that go only to highlight the kind of intolerance we are facing in our society and the manner in which this is spreading. Worst of all the spirit of hatred has also seeped into classrooms, and is being used to poison the minds […]

  • Death can not kill a character – by Ahsan Abbas Shah

  • Are we a moral society? -By Meera Ghani

    Lately, I find myself losing hope. It seems as if we all are so caught up in our mundane day to day lives that we’ve stopped caring about what’s going on around us. I would much rather believe that it is for this reason that not many decided to come out to condemn the recent […]

  • Bullets of Intolerance – by Farhad Jarral

    The apparent lull following the daylight slayings in recent months of two of Pakistan’s most prominent liberal politicians raises even more questions about a nation unwilling to confront the propagators of fear and destruction. They took less than 60 seconds to complete. Each cold blooded murder was carried out in a public place, and within […]

  • Another way – by Imran Qadir Butt

    Here is a thing for you; you heard spine chilling, devastatingly frank and shockingly straight forward admission of botched suicide bombing attempt by a teenage boy of impressionable mind, what would you make of it? To make your life little easier, you have two options to select from. One is beaten since inception and other […]

  • In support of a secular state in Muslim majority countries – by Hasnain Khan

    The following is a short clip of an interview of the Lebanese Shia Muslim scholar Muhammad Hassan Al-Amin. He discusses the need for a secular state, which is quite rare in the Muslim world, particularly within what one would label the orthodox clergy. Source: http: //youtu.be/pnwI2jcQ2Ww In much of the Muslim world, and particularly in […]

  • The bleeding sufi – by Suleman Akhtar

    With the every bleeding Sufi the dream of tolerant and democratic Pakistan is fading away and the culture that may prove to be the final antidote to the militant Islam is slipping away into the abyss.

  • Are we a nation of murderers? — by Marvi Sirmed

    Never had I felt so dejected and heartbroken throughout my life of activism and movements I had ever been a modest part of, the way I did when a friend called me to be careful. These ‘be careful’ messages have become a routine after each of my media appearances. “No dammit, you have to remain […]

  • As Pakistan battles extremism, it needs allies’ patience and help – by Asif Ali Zardari

    Source: Washington Post, 6 March 2011 Two months ago my friend Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, was cut down for standing up against religious intolerance and against those who would use debate about our laws to divide our people. On Tuesday, another leading member of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Shahbaz Bhatti, the minister for […]

  • Shahbaz Bhatti: Another death, another day – by Nadeem F. Paracha

    Related articles: Shahbaz Bhatti assassinated: Thank you, deep state! LUBP Archive on Shahbaz Bhatti The Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti was killed today in an attack on his vehicle in Islamabad. Two gunmen fired on Bhatti’s vehicle in I-8/3 area of the capital. He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to […]

  • Taseer’s murder is a warning to all sane voices in Pakistan – by Imran Qadir Butt

    One by one, extremists are silencing every sane voice in Pakistani society. The cold blooded murder of Salman Taseer is another warning for people who are harbingers of sanity and tolerance and crude reminders for them that they are not welcome in this land of fundamentalists and extremists. I was astonished at the hypocrisy of […]

  • Affirming diversity: The only way forward to unity – by Suleman Akhtar

    E pluribus unum !

  • Pakistan, not a lost case: An example of sectarian harmony and tolerance – by Amna Imam

    The following article suggests that religious fanatics (belonging to Deobandi, Ahl-e-Hadith, Shia and Barelvi sects) are a tiny minority in Pakistan. The dominant majority of Muslims and non-Muslims of Pakistan are a peace loving, tolerant nation. Unfortunately, our enemies within (the ISI) and without (the CIA) have exploited the religious and sectarian differences within Pakistani […]

  • Fearing diversity – by Nadeem F Paracha

    Related articles: Sindhi Topi, Indus Valley Civilisation and Our Fast Track Intellectuals – by Qais Anwar LUBP Archive on ‘Sindhi Topi Day’ December 4 is Sindh Culture Day. A day when the people of the Sindh will celebrate the cultural heritage of the province. Though this year’s celebrations are being organised by the Sindh government […]

  • No respect for the dead

    Related articles: A tale of two Pakistani girls which remains hidden in other more important news No Place for Ahmadi Body in a Muslim graveyard LUBP Archive on Hindu (tag) THERE is no end to the injustices suffered by Pakistan`s minority communities because of the regressive thinking of many among the dominant religious group. As […]

  • In defense of organized religion – by Garret Keizer

    In defense of organized religion – by Garret Keizer

    Related post: Is LUBP an anti-religion blog? – by Sarah Khan Editor’s note: Lately, I have noticed a trend in Pakistan’s middle class urban chatterers and elitist liberals that they attack and ridicule individuals and communities on the basis of their religion or sect based beliefs and practices. On various occasions, consistent with their norms of hypocrisy and […]

  • Jew-hatred infects Muslim world, activist says – by David Lazarus

    Video link of the interview: Tarek Fatah: Blood and Brotherhood In his continuing quest for ecumenical understanding, Tarek Fatah, Author of “The Jew is not my Enemy”, explores the historical roots of Muslim anti-Semitism. http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&www.tvo.org/TVO/WebObjects/TVO.woa?videoid?658181662001 MONTREAL — Tarek Fatah turns 61 on Nov. 21, but the controversial, Pakistani-born Muslim, a fierce and unrelenting activist and […]

  • Lynching of two brothers in Sialkot – Where was the conscience of onlookers? By Ahmed Iqbalabadi

    I was terrified when I saw disturbing pictures of an unruly mob beating two boys with sticks, killing them, hanging their bodies with poles and then parading their bodies in the back of a tractor trolley around the industrialized, progressive and apparently well managed city of Sialkot. The city which is known as Shehr-e-Iqbal and […]

  • 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, he is set to make a comeback. This time he would be seen on a different […]

  • Mosque at Ground Zero: Saudi wins America loses- by Imtiaz Baloch

    The New York City Landmarks Commission unanimously allowed for the demolition of the Italianate building of 1857, near where the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers stood, and paves the way for the construction of the Cordoba House, a Mosque in the heart of Manhattan. Cordoba symbolizes the Muslim conquest of  Spain. Today the western democracy […]

  • Pakistan, not Islam, is in danger – by B. R. Gowani

    Every time a non-Muslim or a Muslim is killed on charges of insulting Islam, Qur’an, or Muhammad, the hands of those Muslims, who are involved in these heinous acts, are strengthened; because the Deobandi (Sunni) fanatics want the non-Muslims and other Muslims either to leave Pakistan or get killed. On the other hand, the secular […]