Religion (or, rather, religiosity) here is stifling. It is so pervasive. It is annoying and grating, especially for one who doesn’t buy into it.
Now, I am a religious and spiritual person. But even I think there should be a limit to religious ostentation. The levels to which people express and showcase their religiosity is ridiculous here. Read the rest of this entry »
Near where I am staying in Karachi, there is an Ahmadi jamatkhana (Urdu and Persian: جماعت خانہ, jamaat-khaanah, “gathering-building”). If one passes by it, one cannot guess this immediately. This jamatkhana is in a home – although I don’t know if the whole home is a jamatkhana or just a few rooms in it. Read the rest of this entry »