Salman Rasheed

Salman Rasheed

The writer is a Karachi-based research analyst and political consultant.

Anger Management: Islamic Perspective

No doubt living in Pakistan is very stressful and takes a toll on our mental health.  Also, Allah (SWT) will test our temperament during the holy month of Ramadan.  All those with a short fuse including myself must try harder

The Algebraist of Baghdad

Sutaytah al-Mahamali was a renowned mathematician during her time. Her math skills were so remarkable that the scholars of Baghdad came to her when they could not solve an equation. Through her knowledge of math, she became an expert in

Fatima al-Fihri: Founder of World’s First University

Many including me will be amazed to know that the world’s first-ever university was founded by a Muslim woman, Fatima al-Fihri. In the Moroccan city of Fez, she founded a masjid that developed into the famous al-Qarawiyyin university.   Fatima al-Fihri

Nafisa – The Gem of Knowledge

Nafisa Al-Tahira bint Al-Hassan was the great great-granddaughter of Hazrat Ali (AS) and thus, a descendant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).  Also, she was an acknowledged scholar and teacher of Islam, having taught Imam Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi, and

What’s next for PM Khan?

The drama and comedy of the Senate elections along with the election of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate are finally over for the people of Pakistan. Now, the time has come for Prime Minister Imran Khan and the PTI-led

Compassion: Greatest Quality of a Believer

Wouldn’t it be amazing to characterize a person as compassionate which is the greatest trait associated with the Almighty Allah (SWT)?  Notice how the Holy Quran starts with the name of Allah (SWT), “Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem”, “The Most Compassionate, The

Generosity in Islam

There is no doubt that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was a generous person, not only materially but ethically and spiritually. One of the characteristics of the Prophet (SAW) was that he (SAW) was someone that others knew that they

Electronic Voting System – need of the hour

Given the alleged widespread electoral fraud occurring in nearly all elections and by-elections in Pakistan since 1977, the time has come for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to examine alternative voting systems.  The days of paper ballots and manual

Sumayyah Bint Khayat (RA): First Martyr of Islam

The story of Sumayyah Bint Khayat (RA) is one of courage, sacrifice, defiance, and dignity.  Sumayyah (RA) was the first martyr or shaheeda of Islam and thus, when the different categories of people will rise on the Day of Judgement,

America’s Afghan imbroglio

The new American administration of President Joe Biden has ordered a review of the peace agreement with the Afghan Taliban that his predecessor former US President Donald Trump negotiated.  The US Department of Defense stated that it might not withdraw

The Kashmir Quagmire

The dispute over Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is part of the unfinished agenda of Partition of the Indian subcontinent into two independent states of Pakistan and India by the British rulers in August of 1947. This dispute has already led

Virtues and Sins

In a famous hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) narrated by Abu Huraira (RA), the Prophet (SAW) stated that there are three categories of people from our Ummah to be burnt in the hellfire by Allah (SWT) with the

Scrolls of Abraham

The scrolls of Abraham (AS) emphasize the importance of justice that all messengers of Allah (SWT) preached. Abu Dhar (RA) narrated the following hadith on the scrolls of Abraham, “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah (SAW), what were the scrolls

Crossing the Rubicon

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) or as I like to call it, the ‘Pakistan Daku Mahaz’ in its latest rally at Malakand on January 11th has crossed the rubicon when it comes to its vitriolic attacks on the state of

Dua of Musa

In Surah Al Qasas, Ayat 24 mentions a dua of Musa (AS) when he was in exile and reached Madyan. This dua contains lessons for all of us to ponder upon. It is important to know the background story of

Lessons from Surah Luqman

Surah Luqman is the 31st Surah of the Holy Quran and contains 34 ayaat. Allah (SWT) revealed this surah to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the middle of his Meccan period. This surah takes its name from the wise

Never look down at any good deed

Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) narrated a story to his companions about a man from the previous generations before Islam. The man in the story was a righteous person and lived among the people but had difficulty in his life.

Life lessons from Holy Prophet (PBUH)

We all have struggles and it isn’t surprising that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) also had struggles in his life.  If we examine the struggles of the Prophet (SAW), there are some lessons we can learn when dealing with our

Silence and injustice

Qays ibn Abi Hazm reported Abu Bakr (RA) saying, “O you people! I hear you reciting this verse: ‘O believers! You are accountable only for yourselves. It will not harm you if someone chooses to deviate as long as you

Iqbal and Jinnah

The Pakistan nation is blessed with two icons in its founding, one is our political leader, the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and the other is our spiritual/ideological father Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Iqbal gave us the vision

Society and sins

Most of the injustice that occurs in society is because it has become normalized. There is the notion that “everyone else is doing it so it must be okay.” For example, in some places, nothing gets done without bribery. However,

Punishment of Rape in Shariah

One of the goals of the Shariah is to protect the family and honor. In a hadith reported in the Sunan Abu Dawood, a lady was raped while going to the masjid to pray the Fajr prayer. She complained to

Rembering Liaquat Ali Khan  

On October 16 each year, the Pakistan nation pays homage to Shaheed-e-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of independent Pakistan and Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s right-hand man. He was born in Karnal, which was

Dua and Maryam

We have this common belief that when we make duaa (supplication), Allah (SWT) will immediately solve our problem, or else, He (SWT) is not happy with us. However, this can’t be further from the truth. We often confuse duaa with

Elitist Privilege

The elite or privileged of society are the most likely to get away with various forms of injustice. This is also a despairing reality in Pakistan. Privilege is natural and comes in various forms (race, tribe, gender, wealth, geography) and

Nawaz Sharif’s bitter speech

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the All Parties Conference (APC) or should I say Association of Pakistan’s Corrupt held this past Sunday might have sounded defiant and revolutionary by his party and cheerleaders in the media

Right to water, food, shelter

In a hadith, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) stated, “There is no right that the son of Adam is more entitled to other than these (four) rights: A home to live in, a garment to cover his nakedness, a piece

Child Abuse in Pakistan

The recent kidnapping rape and murder of five-year-old Marwa in Karachi has brought back memories of Zainab Ansari who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Kasur back in 2018. In March 2020, Pakistan’s first national child abuse law was passed

No justice, no peace

Surah Nahl Ayah 90 states: “Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” Ibn Masoud says that this is the

Quaid’s Islamic Vision

The creation of Pakistan on August 14, 1947, is a historical moment not just for people of the Indian sub-continent but in terms of modern Islamic history as Pakistan was the first nation-state established based on religion, namely Islam.  However,