Zakat is a tool to empower life!

The objective of Zakat is to transform the beneficiary of today into benefactors of tomorrow.

By Aamir Edresy

The importance of Zakat can be very well understood with the number of verses commanding the believers to ‘establish the prayers and give zakat’ appearing in the Holy Qur’an. Almighty Allah at many places differentiated between believers and non-believers by whether or not they paid their Zakat.

पत्रकारों की हत्या में मक़सूर होता लोकतंत्र

मोहम्मद आसिफ़ इकबाल

सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने उत्तर प्रदेश के पत्रकार जोगेन्द्र सिंह को जिंदा जलाकर मार डालने के मामले में केंद्र सरकार और राज्य सरकार से जवाब तलब किया है. न्यायमूर्ति एम वाई इकबाल और जस्टिस अरुण मिश्रा की पीठ ने पत्रकार सतीश जैन की जनहित याचिका पर सुनवाई के दौरान केंद्र, राज्य सरकार और प्रेस काउन्सिल ऑफ इंडिया को नोटिस जारी करके जवाबी हलफनामा दायर करने के लिए दो सप्ताह का वक़्त दिया है. इस जघन्य केस के आवेदक ने मामले की सीबीआई से जांच कराए जाने के साथ ही पत्रकारों की सुरक्षा के लिए स्पष्ट दिशानिर्देश जारी करने की उच्चतम न्यायालय से अपील की है.

'Majority of middle-class Indians prefer branded products'

By Nivedita

New Delhi: There is a clear shift of design sensibilities and an eye for detail in Indian consumers, especially the middle-class regarding home decor, says lifestyle designer Raseel Gujral Ansal, the daughter of renowned artist, architect and sculptor Satish Gujral.

Inspired by her father's creativity, Raseel considers "luxury as a way of life".

"Luxury is everything bespoke, tailored to satisfy one's needs and wants. Today the consumer is more experimental and comfortable in their own skin," the Delhi-based designer told IANS in an interview.

For the Love of Urdu: Running free Urdu classes

"Even when Qamar Hayat retired in 2003 as a teacher from the Nagpur Municipal Urdu School, the Urdu class continues to be free of cost. “I don’t want to teach Urdu by taking money. I will never do that.”

By Nivedita Khandekar

Yoga is ok, yoga politics is not!!

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam

On its own, yoga is like other systems of exercise that promote physical, mental and emotional well-being. Despite its origins in a Hindu religio-cultural milieu, its widely acknowledged “founder” – Patanjli – was said to be an agnostic. Even then, practices such as Surya Namaskar (literally, bowing to the Sun) that makes it look like Sun worship, and emitting the Hindu sacred word Om during breathing exercises make it belong to the vast body of Hindu religio-spiritual rituals.

Hijabi rebels in India

By Kousar Fathima

Purdah is not new to Indian Muslims, it has always been a part of Muslim society but with passage of time and access to education, many Muslim women came out of purdah. The burqa, as it is popularly known, became widely synonymous with the uneducated and poor Muslim women. Burqa-clad women were commonly seen in Muslim ghettos or in the families of clergy. Most of the educated kept a safe distance from it, especially for the convent educated, it was a big no.

Modi hasn't shown signs of dictatorship: Journalist Coomi Kapoor

By Preetha Nair

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn't shown any signs of dictatorship nor is there any chance of an emergency being declared again, says veteran journalist Coomi Kapoor, who has recently authored a book on the draconian measure imposed on the country by Indira Gandhi during 1975-77.

Lalit Modi case: BJP rallies around Vasundhara Raje

By Brajendra Nath Singh ,

New Delhi: Amid mounting pressure for resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over her help to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, the BJP leadership has decided to back her for now - till the documents, purportedly signed by her, are verified.

“Vasundhara-ji is not going to be asked to resign under any kind of pressure. Be it from Congress or from Media,” a senior Bharatiya Janata Party functionary told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

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जावेद अनीस,

Marital rape is unacceptable: Maneka Gandhi

By Preetha Nair

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Marital rape is condemnable as is violence against women in any form, said Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi. Her view assumes significance as it runs contrary to the government's position that charge of marital rape was untenable in India due to the nature of the society and its beliefs and mindsets.