Hamza Farrukh

Hamza Farrukh

Hailing from Rawalpindi, he is a recent graduate from Williams College, MA, where he majored in Economics and Political Science with a concentration in Leadership Studies. He spent his junior year at Exeter College, Oxford and was featured on PTV News last summer as the pride of Pakistan. He is a cricket enthusiast and loves to cook. He can be reached at www.facebook.com/HamzaFarrukh93. He tweets as @hamzafarrukh (twitter.com/hamzafarrukh)

Has the world forgotten Muslim contributions to humanity’s progress?

This speech makes one simple proposition –  learn to distinguish between extremist radicals operating on a grotesque and inhumane interpretation of Islam, and the 1.6 billion other Muslims who show, day in and day out, the vitality and robustness of the message of peace and harmony engrained in the teachings of the last Prophet (PBUH). Scaremongering and racially-charged stereotypes perpetuated by the constant fixation of popular media on ‘Islamic’ terrorism and ‘Muslim’ violence, supposedly inevitable by-products of the faith, has allowed images of savagery to overshadow, and crowd out the voices and experiences of the vast majority of practicing Muslims. Those quick to call extremist ...

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Should he stay silent just because he is a Hindu MNA in a Pakistani National Assembly?

Lal Malhi’s one minute and thirteen seconds on the National Assembly floor this past week summed up more than just the ignorance of our elected representatives; it spoke to an alarmingly prevalent disregard for our Hindu citizens. That not all Hindus are Indian and that not all Indians are Hindu seems too complex a concept for most of us. If only these despicable “Hindu ga’ay ka pujari” (Hindus are cow-worshippers) slogans were an anomaly. Earlier this month, the hammer-wielding Lutf Lashari destroyed five idols in Durga Shiv Mandir (the story eerily broke in a very Fox News “let-me-tell-you-how-this-man-was-mentally-ill” style). Malhi also called attention to forced conversions: ...

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