21 Year Old Iranian Sentenced to Death for Insulting Prophet Muhammad

An all too familiar story. Via Radio Farda [in Persian]: According to a number of pro-human rights websites, the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Sina Dehghan, 21 year old prisoner in the city of Arak, for insulting the Prophet Muhammad. He used to insult the prophet in social networks. When he was [Read More…]

How my language was taken away from me.

Some days I worry that I am migrating away from my language a little every day. It’s like words of Urdu are almost slipping away from me. Urdu was the language in which I spoke my first few words. English, on the other hand, I started learning because it was important to be learned if [Read More…]

RIP Chuck Berry: Great Covers of His Songs

Chuck Berry, the father of Rock ‘n Roll, has passed away. No matter what you thought of him as a person, there’s no denying the fact that he was the most instrumental man in shaping Rock ‘n Roll, as tributes paid to him by the giants of the genre such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, [Read More…]

Introducing the Erdogan’s Law

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been going around calling western countries “Nazis”. First he did it to Germany, which has caused them to — understandably — get angry and ask him to knock it off. Via the Telegraph:  Comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials accusing Germany of “Nazi practices” cannot [Read More…]

Iranian Conservatives Seem to Have No One to Run Against Rouhani

Are you tired of reading about American elections, especially considering the awful outcome? Well, take a break by reading about the Iranian one! Less than three months remain until President Hassan Rouhani, the reformist who came to power in 2013, will have to face his conservative rivals for reelection. If you have followed this blog, [Read More…]

The Muslim community that broke my heart

I am not really part of the Muslim community in a real sense anymore. I do not know if I necessarily feel like part of the Atheist community either. I am not sure what an Atheist community entails at this point, I just happen to find more people that I can click with in the [Read More…]

Sex Education in Pakistan.

It is an education you receive in secret, hidden places. An education you receive in subtle ways at your school when that dude harasses you and tells you his thing is x inches long and no one really cares about your discomfort with that. It is an education you receive in the religious preaching about [Read More…]

Let me tell you a story about Mangoes.

There was a little girl named Sophiya whose love for mangoes pretty much preceded her love for chocolates and ice-cream and all other things little kids love. The mangoes made hot summers worth waiting for in Pakistan. She knew she was ever so lucky to have access to some of the most delicious mangoes in [Read More…]

Liberals Should Stop Talking About Boycotting the Alt-Right (Whether For or Against)

Note: I wrote this three days ago, but couldn’t post it. It’s slightly out of date. I have added two updates in the end. I’m sure that you all have heard this controversy a few times already. Whether people were angry at Trevor Noah for inviting Tomi Lahren or at Bill Maher for inviting Milo [Read More…]

Male Gaze: Within religious and progressive contexts.

Our Islamic studies teacher at school would tell us, “Women must always cover their chest, and men must always lower their gaze.” I believe that instruction for men was merely my teacher’s way of making the rules of modesty look equal for both men and women (when they really aren’t). In any case, the whole [Read More…]