Dr. Shaukat Mahmood

  • TBefore Babur won the battle of Panipat in 1526 he had invaded Lahore at least four times on one pretext or another. The battle of Panipat was his fifth attempt to defeat an Indian ruler and it was after this victory that he decided to stay for good in India, thus laying the foundations of Mughal ...

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  • THagg or Hajj is a very archaic Semitic term. Whatever its primordial interpretation may have been, it correlates to word ‘festival’. In Arabic the verbal form of this root is used also transitively auguring ‘to visit’ a shrine. How familiar the idea of pilgrimage was to the ...

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  • TOnce the messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, was lying with his face covered with a shroud. Two young Ansar girls were beating a daff and were singing martial songs nearby. The companion of the Prophet (PBUH), Abu Bakr, happened to arrive there. Seeing the Prophet (PBUH) ...

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  • TAfter a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died on Friday June 3 at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications. Cassius Marcellus ...

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  • TThe practice of fasting was prevalent in the pre-Islamic tribes of Arabia. It has also been considered as a holy act in many other religions. As a matter of fact, fasting is ordained in all the major divine religions, where amongst the others only the Zoroastrian dogmas prohibit the practice of ...

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  • TThe ancient Greeks considered wisdom to be an important virtue, personified as the goddesses Metis and Athena. Athena is said to have sprung from the head of Zeus. She was portrayed as strong, fair, merciful, and chaste. To Socrates and Plato, philosophy was literally the love of Wisdom (philo + ...

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  • TAn exhibition of some forty large paintings of Shahida Manzoor opened at the Hamail Art Gallery. The show was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of the Punjab University Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran, himself an ardent lover of paintings and fine arts. Shahida Manzoor rather Dr. Shahida Manzoor is the ...

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  • TThere are a number and variety of mosques in Multan. Most of these mosques are tomb-mosques. Two such mosques are known as ‘Sawi’ or green mosques. The larger sawi mosque is comparatively recent, while the smaller one is old and belongs to Akbar’s period. The older, Lilliputian ...

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  • TBefore Babur won the battle of Panipat in 1526 he had invaded Lahore at least four times on one pretext or another. The battle of Panipat was his fifth attempt to defeat an Indian ruler and it was after this victory that he decided to stay for good in India, thus laying the foundations of Mughal ...

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  • TThough the conservation of the architectural heritage is considered a fundamental issue in modern societies and conservation is considered a very recent phenomenon, Islam showed the importance of conservation several hundred years ago. In sura 59, al-Hashr in ayah 2, Allah says, ...

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  • TI was in Shenzhen, China during the recent months of June and July. Being a Pakistani and being familiar with the type of life and environs and governance we have in Pakistan, my stay in China was nothing short of total amazement. Having achieved freedom after us China has gone miles ahead of us, ...

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