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25 years old child, trying to exist amid this chaos by penning down his thoughts on philosophy, psychology, history & an eclectic mix of topics.

A Poem

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Call me a madman or a dreamer
I don’t mind because that’s my personality

Unlike you and your friends — devoid of life
I don’t like to live in a cage of my actuality

No, I am not questioning your beliefs
For me, you’re too young for the irrationality

I’m not calling you out either,
It’s just my way of propagating my spirituality

Listen! Don’t fall for it,
Negativity will kill your soul and its vitality

Yes, at times, the air’s too thick to breathe
But remember, only death is the ultimate finality

After the rain, wait for the sunshine
Truth…


Is it a mosque? A cathedral? Or a museum?

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In July 2020, the Turkish government decided to convert/revert Hagia Sopha into a mosque — sparking a religiopolitical discourse on the global level. The said move not only became a subject of an intense international debate but also reinvigorated the dialogue vis-à-vis secular-religious dichotomy in the Turkish state.

The non-Muslim world, especially Christians, opposed the reversion on the basis of Hagia Sophia’s centuries-long connection with Christianity.

Apparently, they were right in arguing for the Christian character of the said building. …


How religiously intolerant monarchs tortured and killed thousands of non-Christians?

Tomás de Torquemada speaking in front of Spanish monarchs, Source: ©Photos.com/Thinkstock

Coinciding with the fall of the last Islamic stronghold in the region — Emirate of Granada — the late 15th century saw the establishment of a religious institute to stifle the existence of non-Christians in the Spanish Kingdom.

It was a religious tribunal — set up by King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabelle I — and was named to be Spanish Inquisition.

Although it was said to be established for punishing heresy — belief/practice contrary to Catholic doctrine — yet the said institution showed its intolerant designs when hundreds of thousands of non-Christians were asked to either convert to Christianity…


Come, let’s build a new narrative together!

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It’s June 2021 and by the time you’ll read this, you must have encountered at least one video/article about productivity/hacks/self-improvement. I can bet on it.

If not, then this piece is not for you. You are already doing it right. (Only if sarcasm has a font!)

First, this piece is not an effort to disregard all the productivity ideas or hustle mantras altogether. In fact, this article is a humble effort from my side to advise you on how to filter the right pieces of advice from superfluous and unnecessary bundles of information.

So, let’s start with addressing the elephant…


A writer’s predicament

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For the last three hours, I have been thinking about writing but I haven’t written a word. Why? Well, I’m still figuring it out. However, I’m quite certain that this piece will lead me to the right answer. So, let’s talk about it.

I am of the view that every writer — a beginner or a master — experiences this common issue where he struggles to pen down his thoughts/ideas. Mainly because of the uncertainty and the ambiguity he has about a certain subject. Or sometimes, because he lacks sufficient knowledge of a certain topic.

In some cases, he even…


Part-II

The Capitulation of Granada, Muhammad XII surrenders to Ferdinand & Isabella, By Francisco Pradilla y Ortiz, Source: Wikimedia

The fragmentation of the Caliphate of Cordoba proved to be the beginning of the end for Muslim rule in the Iberian peninsula. The absence of leadership, decentralization of power, and the internal political struggle between principalities/taifas proved to be a turning point vis-à-vis Muslim rule in Spain.

1086–1248: Reign of Almoravids & Almohads

Christian rulers of the north, who had been waiting for the opportunity for quite some time, now had the best chance to reconquer what had been lost. Thus, they started expanding their rule till the Princes of Muslim taifas of Al-Andalus asked the Berbers from North Africa —the Almoravids — for help.

The…


How did the Second Rashidun Caliph conquer the city without bloodshed and usher in a new era of religious freedom & religious tolerance?

Photo: Mosque of Umar, Source: Islamicity

After its conquest and the subsequent massacre in 70 CE by Roman general Titus, Jerusalem remained under Roman/Byzantine rule for the better part of the next six centuries.

During the first half of Roman rule, most of the inhabitants of the city — known as Aelia Capitolina — were pagans. However, things changed in 313 CE, when Roman Emperor, Constantine I, converted to Christianity and paved the way for Christian pilgrimage to the city of Jerusalem or Aelia.

As a result, a number of churches were built, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as Christianity spread across the city…


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Yes, you’ve heard it right! Although it took me quite some time, yet I have finally done it.

Backstory:

It has been more than a year that I have been thinking about doing YouTube. Especially, during 2020, I gave it a serious thought but given the circumstances; I thought of postponing it for later. Then, in October 2020, I gave it another try. This time procrastination took over. Thus, no progress.

Things took a different turn last month.

Almost a month ago, I called a dear friend — asking him for advice on taking some concrete measures to full use whatever…


Part-I

The Court of Abd al-Rahman III, Source: Mirage News

Of all the Muslim conquests in the late 7th and early 8th centuries, the capture of the Iberian peninsula and establishment of Muslim Spain — Al-Andalus — is the most interesting case study of how religiously tolerant Islamic rulers and their efficient administrative designs transformed a region into a focal point of the Medieval European.

711–756: Under the Rule of the Ummayad Dynasty

It was the early 8th century CE and the Iberian peninsula was under the rule of the Visigoths. Although the Visigothic Kindom had spread across the whole Iberian peninsula, yet it didn’t have a stronghold over its territory. …


From a historical, geopolitical, and religious perspective

Source: Reuters

Irrespective of whatever you’ve been told/fed by Western and European media outlets, what’s happening in the occupied Palestine region is nothing but a GENOCIDE.

I know, they are claiming it to be a ‘conflict’ between two aggressors but the truth is, there is only one aggressor/oppressor and that’s the illegal Zionist state.

If you ask me, the asymmetry of power, military might, technology, economy, and diplomatic clout between the two sides suggest that it’s neither a conflict nor a clash. …

Muhammad Zunair

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