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, John Lennon, Mic Jagger, and others have paid him. The king is dead. To commemorate his memory, I thought of sharing the works of some… Read more

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 be tolerated and need to stop, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Parliament on Thursday. In her strongest comments so far about Erdogan’s statement, Merkel said the Nazi comparisons were “sad”… Read more

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, you know that I support him, that I was very stoked for his most major achievement which is the nuclear deal, and I will gladly… Read more

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 Atheist community. I continue to feel like I still belong to Muslim community while not really belonging in it. I am read as Muslim after… Read more

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 the things you should not do. The “don’t talk to boys”, the “don’t leave your hair and chest uncovered”. Sometimes, the education is dirty jokes… Read more

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 the world. She knew Pakistani mangoes were famous around the world. She knew they were known for their taste. She felt so privileged to be… Read more

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 Yiannopoulos, they believe that liberals should deprive the alt-right from their programs. On the other hand, there are other people who say a systemic boycott… Read more

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 thing seemed ridiculous to me, it seemed like a very rigid and conservative view of sexuality and sexual attraction. It was also heteronormative to its… Read more

I believed in heaven and hell even after I had stopped believing in god and religion. It wasn’t this strong, righteous, assertive belief but in some small subconscious way, I continued to believe in heaven and hell. I believed in hell much more so than heaven. Or perhaps, you could say that the fear of hell was not a thing I could quite completely shake. Hell had been my worst nightmare for about 18 years or so, it had been… Read more

If we can’t call the Bible fairy-tale, here are four alternatives. Read more

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