As I understand Islam and its history, and I think I understand them right, the Prophet (PBUH) was a political liberal. Islam’s stated position on religion makes that abundantly clear.
A famous soccer personality is in deep trouble after his kiss was declared offside. It was an innocent expression of joy, he insists.
I used to have a colleague. He was born in London. He was raised in London, worked for a while in the United Arab Emirates, and then went back to London. One afternoon he walked into my flat and saw me oiling my hair. He shot off a question, “What are you doing?” I replied, “I am oiling my hair, trying to fight hairfall.”
Attacker, If you have the courage of your conviction and if you seriously believe that you belong to one of the world’s most progressive societies and if you, like the cultured in your part of the universe, value the power of reason and not celebrate prejudice with pride like the ill-bred and insecure do, then you should find ways to
I, like most ordinary mortals, hate many things about life. One of them is its changing nature. The trigger for this discussion is the following page from my friend’s diary.
A good number of people, including a large number from the province of Bengal, strongly feel that the people of the state are very warm,
The demands of modern life, nurtured to their abhorrent health by unrelenting materialism, invariably leave us self-centred.
It was the Kolkata of the eighties. We went to watch an Amitabh Bachchan film on a crowded Sunday and ended up buying tickets at a premium.
He goes to bed each night hoping for a better tomorrow, but lost bliss is like a plucked flower. He had a house where joy lived in the shape of a wife and some lovely children
Shaadaab S. Bakht, who worked for famous Indian dailies The Telegraph, The Pioneer, The Sentinel and wrote political commentaries for Tehelka.com, is Gulf Today’s Executive Editor.