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John William Draper another scholar banned in his time

George Santayana is well known for the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  If we have to follow his advice there are three names we cannot forget, Andrew Dickson White, Joseph Priestly and John William Draper.  All three of them wonderfully exposed the vulnerabilities of Christianity in general and Catholic Church […]

Age of Reason by Thomas Paine in the Islamic light

Mark Twain said, “It took a brave man before the Civil War to confess he had read the Age of Reason … I read it first when I was a cub pilot, read it with fear and hesitation, but marveling at its fearlessness and wonderful power.” In 18th century Thomas Paine was a believer and […]

Book of the week: Connivance by Silence

This book covers several themes and many messages to different groups of Muslims around the world.  The underlying message is that under a defeatist mindset, Muslim scholars adopted politically expedient positions through fatwas many of which are contrary to the scripture.  This was established through the Investigative Commission established in Pakistan in 1953-54.   Their report […]

Sir Zafrulla Khan, a Polymath: Introducing Islam to the West

Encylopaedia Britannica states about Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan: “Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan was a Pakistani politician, diplomat, and international jurist, known particularly for his representation of Pakistan at the United Nations (UN). The son of the leading attorney of his native city, Zafrulla Khan studied at Government College in Lahore and received his LL.B. from King’s […]