So the ‘Turn’ is now ended! Please convey my appreciation to Sanniyah Eman for penning such a compelling story. The plot was a bit complex and the writer also brought a couple of things out that we usually shove under the carpet: mental health and the way we treat our minorities. The protagonist - if one can call him that - was a classic example of a self-absorbed obsessive jerk! Unfortunately, we have them in plenty. Bravo Saniyyah and also Us, for publishing this story.
Zameer Qureshi, Lahore
I was delighted to read ‘The Quest’ by Zeeshan Ahsan Khalid in the issue of May 21. It was a very thought-provoking and well-expressed piece and I enjoyed it so much because I am a fan of both Bullay Shah and Farida Khanum. In the ‘Poets’ Corner’, I was happy to see the last Mughal Emperor featured, but I couldn’t help thinking that essence is lost in translation. Bahadur Shah Zafar’s poetry is all we have as his legacy so the young people should be introduced to it, but preferably in our own language. Keep up the good work!
Asmara Khan, Islamabad
The weather is way too hot, so I think there should be something on grooming, especially how to look fresh and maintain makeup despite humidity. Ed, young people have different requirements as far as makeup is concerned, and most of us need guidance about the style that suits them. I really feel you should publish articles on hairstyles and fashion trends that suit young people. I hope you will consider my opinion.
Sarah Ali, Karachi
‘Turn’ is a very good story as it brings to light an issue that is shameful for us: our prejudice towards our minorities! The way we treat them is very anti-Islamic, and I hope this mindset changes. Hats off to Saniyyah for writing on this sensitive topic.
Faez Ali, Lahore
Narrated Ali (R.A):
Fatima (R.A) went to the Prophet (S.A.W) complaining about the bad effect of the stone hand-mill on her hand. She heard that the Prophet had received a few slave girls. But (when she came there) she did not find him, so she mentioned her problem to ‘Aisha (R.A). When the Prophet came, ‘Aisha informed him about that. ‘Ali added, “So the Prophet came to us when we had gone to bed. We wanted to get up (on his arrival) but he said, ‘Stay where you are.” Then he came and sat between me and her and I felt the coldness of his feet on my abdomen. He said, “Shall I direct you to something better than what you have requested? When you go to bed say ‘Subhan Allah’ thirty-three times, ‘Alhamdulillah’ thirty-three times, and Allahu Akbar’ thirty-four times, for that is better for you than a servant.”
Volume 7, Book 64, Number 274
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