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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/jan/15/coronavirus-live-news-hospitals-in-brazilian-state-at-breaking-point-amid-oxygen-shortage-global-deaths-near-2m
  2. For those who say nations should forget past experiences and move on, this is yet another example that collective historical memory is difficult to shake off. Other prime examples are Confederate flags inside the US Capitol about 150 years after the US civil war ended. Some Pakistanis believe polio vaccine is a foreign conspiracy to sterilise Muslims, because CIA ran a fake campaign with legit doctors who went from door to door on a spying mission while administering plain water to infants. Iran's distrust of everything and anything that comes out of the mouths of white men in
  3. "During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Vladimir Putin was greeted by a tune very familiar to him. Though judging by his facial expressions, he couldn’t quite remember where he had heard it before."
  4. Farewell by Agha Shahid Ali, a poet from Kashmir ------- At a certain point I lost track of you. They make a desolation and call it peace. when you left even the stones were buried: the defenceless would have no weapons. When the ibex rubs itself against the rocks, who collects its fallen fleece from the slopes? O Weaver whose seams perfectly vanished, who weighs the hairs on the jeweller’s balance? They make a desolation and call it peace. Who is the guardian tonight of the Gates of Paradise? My memory is again in the way of your history. Army convoys
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    Those who are worried about Whatsapp should get rid of their Facebook accounts first
  6. 3 My prayers and best wishes for the sick.
  7. A dark day for America. I support people's rights to a protest against the oppressive US political establishment which stole the elections from the rightful winner and suppressed the will of the people! No to ballot rigging. No to the fraudulent elections. #WeWillNeverConcede.
  8. I can see that mutah is still the top trending topic in Social and Family forum. And why not, many kids grew up while we old timers were getting older and moving on from our youthful fascination with mutah...
  9. https://tribune.com.pk/story/2278513/pakistan-bans-promo-of-sacrilegious-movie-lady-of-heaven Those who didn't know anything about this silly film now know all. Shias in Pak should prepare for a backlash.
  10. True, the Ottomans never had a role in Indian history but historically Indian Muslims considered the Ottoman Caliphate as a legitimate centre of (Sunni) Islamic power. That's why there was a big Indian Muslim-led movement for its restoration during the dying days of the Caliphate. https://www.britannica.com/event/Khilafat-movement
  11. Ws It's Bengali and the calligraphic design in the middle is Urdu which reads "Hukumat-e-Pakistan." Its style resembles the Ottoman tughra but it is just one of the designs from earlier coins. We don't have that on newer coins.
  12. He needs an electric chair.
  13. A great classic. A great writer. There is already a longstanding thread about books where you may post updates.
  14. John Pilger may be old but he is not coming slow. A timely and educational film.
  15. Never laugh at your wife's choices. You're one of them.
  16. I hate lying to my parents. But.. It is for their own good.
  17. It isn't much bigger than our average upper-middle class houses, but yes on the bigger side, but certainly not a mansion! That's why I added a postscript that Western standards don't apply lol. One of the biggest issues for me while living a few years in the West (Britain) was just how small everything was. You put an IKEA wardrobe and a so-called double bed that sleeps one and you're left with just a sliver of space to navigate. I think older homes tend to be bigger but newer ones, on average, are too small for someone like me who was used to living in relatively bigger houses back home.
  18. The Legend of St Xavier. Bless whoever is behind these memes
  19. This is probably the most unusual question I've seen put to people on a public board lol. Khair, it's approx 4500 sq ft on just over an 8000 sq ft plot of land. PS: Western standards don't apply.
  20. I wish all of you in here a happy and blessed 2021. I hope the Curse of the Covid is lifted soon and life gets back to normal for everyone around the world. I pray for the health and happiness of everyone who is reading this. Ya Ali
  21. My new glass eye fell out as I was leaning out of my bedroom window. Luckily, a lady walking by heard my cries and caught it. I was so grateful, that I offered to cook her a meal. 'Do you often do this for ladies you've only just met?' 'No,' I replied, 'only those who catch my eye."
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