How Secularism Can Help Pakistan and Saudi Arabia


There should be no compulsion in religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong; so whosoever refuses to be led by those who transgress, and believes in Allah, has surely grasped a strong handle which knows no breaking. And Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.  (Al Quran 2:257)


Interior of Islamabad National Assembly.  The Muslim Times' collection on secularism

Interior of Islamabad National Assembly. The Muslim Times’ collection on secularism


Pakistan: Why the urban-based clerical establishment grows bolder by the day

By Pervez Hoodbhoy Source: When Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed spoke at the Karachi Arts Council on May 3, he stated the self-evident. Without explicitly naming madressahs, he said large…

Saudi court upholds blogger’s 10 years and 1,000 lashes

Epigraph: The hypocrites say, “If we return to Medina, the one most honorable will surely drive out therefrom the one most mean (‘Muhammad’);” while true honor belongs to Allah and…

Op Ed by Yasser Latif Hamdani: Rohingyas and Ahmedis

Source: The Daily Times By Yasser Latif Hamdani While Ahmedis can get passports as citizens of Pakistan, the officially sanctioned Muslims of Pakistan have to certify on the passport application…

‘False legitimacy’: Saudi Arabia hosting UN Human Rights Council slammed by watchdog

Russia Today: The decision to hold a UN-backed human rights summit in Saudi Arabia in early June, attended by the Human Rights Council’s chief, has sparked an outcry from rights…

Ahmedis in a Chakwal village fear for their lives

Dawn: CHAKWAL: On a first visit, one only notices the calm which engulfs the sleepy village of Pichnand, located some 90 kilometres from the district capital, in Talagang tehsil. Most