Salahuddin Ahmed

Maulana Salahuddin Ahmed of Adabi Duniya fame, Lahore, 1964 Excerpt from Lahore: Portrait of a Lost City by Som Anand, Chapter 7 ‘Those who grieved’: (This account directly contradicts Nano’s first-hand account of the house burning, which was not empty, and which was apparently burnt down by a Hindu mob, not a Muslim one. Nonetheless, it is interesting to see how Som Anand describes par nana.) ‘Communal riots became more intense after March ’47 and it seemed that the Muslim leadership was out to clear the city of its non-Muslim inhabitants. That is not to say that every Muslim in Lahore liked … Continue reading Salahuddin Ahmed

Notable Muslim thinkers

With thanks to Reza Aslan and Ziauddin Sardar. Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) wrote many works, including Revival of the Religious Sciences in which he argues that God is movement itself. Another work is The Alchemy of Happiness. He criticised al-Hallaj for publicly disclosing that he had reached a level of spiritual unification with God. Ibn Sina, aka Avicenna (980-1037) considered God’s attributes to be nothing more than ‘guideposts’ that merely reflected the human mind’s understanding of the Divine and not the Divine itself. In the 1990s Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, a professor at Cairo University, argued that while the Quran … Continue reading Notable Muslim thinkers