Entries by Lafz Magazine

Shams ad-Dîn Tabrizi: An Esoteric Parable of the Divine

by Nasir Shamsi Shams al-Din Tabrizi was a Persian mystic, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Maulana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi.  Songs of Shams are part of Pakistani folklore and sung in Farsi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu.  My life-long study has traced his life and teachings to his final […]

A FORGOTTEN HERO – SIR MUHAMMAD ZAFARULLAH KHAN

by Jahangir Ahmed Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Chaudhry was born in Sialkot in the early spring of 1893 to a well-known landowning Jat family.  His father was a lawyer in his native city of Duska, district of Sialkot. The young Zafarullah studied at Goverment College Lahore, obtained his degree in law from Kings College, London in […]

Jinnah’s vision for the nascent Pakistan

Muhammad Ali Jinnah set out his vision for the nascent Pakistan, a nation he hoped would be democratic, prosperous and tolerant. Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, is an icon of history and an excellent example of how an individual can change the course of history.  Such a history- making person always posesses an extraordinary personality and […]

Imran Khan, as New Leader, Could Help Pakistan Reshape Its Image

by Jeffery Gettleman For a nation often in the news for all the wrong reasons — suicide bombings, horrific school massacres — Pakistan has reached a turning point that could possibly alter its dysfunctional trajectory. Imran Khan, the cricket star and A-list celebrity whose political party won this past week’s elections, could use his fame […]

SOUNDS OF THE ALHAMBRA by Al Firdaus Ensemble

How did Al Firdaus come about and how did you all meet? I moved to Granada in 2006 and gradually got to know musicians who were also interested in Sufi music. Granada has attracted a lot of very talented artists from Morocco due to the great interest in traditional Andalusi music and its relationship with […]

WATERSHED ELECTIONS: PAKISTAN 2018

by Wasio Khan Abbasi Pakistan will hold a general election on 25th of July in what could be only the second democratic transfer of power in the nuclear-armed country’s history. The election is expected to pit the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party against former cricket star Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. It’s been […]

ALEXANDER AND THE BATTLE OF HYDASPES

by Saima Durrani Alexander the Great and his army had swept across Western Asia and into Egypt, defeating King Darius III and the Persians at the battles of rivers Granicus, Issus and Gaugamela. Next he turned his attention to India. In 327 BC Alexander invaded continental India through the hills of Bajaur and Suwat (Swat), the […]

Editorial – Where is Jinnah’s Pakistan?

Editorial To all our readers and well-wishers I would like to apologise on behalf of the magazine for the delay in publishing issue 10. We are a small team and work long hours to produce what we hope is a perfect issue. Over the last couple of months we have faced a number of the […]

MASTER AND FRIEND – US-Pakistan relations

by Wajid Shamsul Hasan A Dodgem Relationship To understand Pakistan’s relations with the United States, especially when they are at their lowest ebb, as they are today, one would like to refer to two extremely relevant books, most prominent in any library on Pakistan. Each one represents a period when Pakistan was the best of […]