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Are We Really Independent - Vol 1 - Issue 2

Are We Really Independent - Vol 1 - Issue 2

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Published by: Shifa Student Society on May 06, 2011
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August - October 2009Vol.1- Issue 2
Shifa Student Society
 A Traveler through the Night
Written by 
Ahmed Malik
Written by 
Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal
 Are we really Independent?8Movie Review - “Occupation 101”
Written by 
 Yousuf Raza
Forgotten Debts15
Written by 
 Yousuf Raza
 A Day in Aman Refugee Camp
Written by 
Zahid Saeed
Thinking outside the Box 22
Summary of a lecture delivered by 
Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki
Written by 
Dr. Waqas Ahmed
Umar Bin Al-Khattab12
The Caliph and the Bedouin
 A story from the time of Umar bin Khattab (RA)
Manifestations of Religiosity28
Written by 
Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui
Pakistan achieved freedom from the British sixty two years ago. Hundreds of thousands of people poured their lives into the making of a homeland for Muslims to live in
peace and prosperity. Even a cursory look at the current state of affairs though, conrms
that our independence is not yet complete.Take the recent happenings in the Swat Valley. Being pressured by the U.S. intoconducting a military operation that has displaced 3.5 million of its own civilians is not theact of an independent government, nor is the allowing of drone attacks on sovereign territo-
ry. Where is the benet in any of this for Pakistan? The growing disillusionment among the
displaced civilians will only bolster the position of the Taliban and worsen the security situa-tion. Furthermore, the huge additional burden placed by the refugees on an already failinginfrastructure could lead to the total collapse of healthcare and other essential services.Alternatively, look at the recent 7.6 billion dollar loan Pakistan took in November of 
2008 from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Facing a drastic decit shortfall, and be
-ing refused help by China, the United States, and Saudi Arabia, Pakistan took another loan,on top of what it already owes to the IMF, the Asian Development Bank, and the WorldBank.It is not only our politics and economics that are so dependent on foreign powers.Every aspect of our lives, from education to entertainment, from clothing to food, is heavily
inuenced by the West. This cannot be dismissed as a natural consequence of globaliza
-tion. If that were the case, why do we not see many Americans walking around in shalwar 
Most frightening of all is that not even our basic Islamic values are safe. We are
succumbing to foreign inuence even in fundamental concerns like “what constitutes Islam”and “who is a Muslim.”
It is only through careful thought and determined action that we can remove all ob-stacles to true independence. With this issue of 
, we hope, inshaAllah, to inspirea bit of both.
Ahmad Yaseen Arain
4th Year Student, Shifa College Of Medicine
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What the Mirror can Reveal18
Written by 
Muhammad Hammad
A Traveler Throug
By Ahmed Malik
4th year MBBS student at Shifa College of Medicine
s he picked up his pen for the rst time
in many days, he felt heaviness in hishands; it was a kind of reluctance. When
he nally allowed his mental determination totranslate into action, and as he began the rst
downward stroke of his pen, Sameer couldn’thelp but notice a slight tremor arise in his hand. Itlasted only a few seconds but was long enoughto cause him consternation. He was well-read inmany disciplines of science and was particularly
keen on constantly scrutinizing himself for any
symptoms of neurological disease. Sameer had afamily history of such diseases; some of his familymembers had succumbed to the fatal outcome.Naturally, when he noticed a tremor in his hand,he could only think of all the diseases associatedwith an ‘intention tremor,’ as it was referred to in
medical jargon. The tremor subsided as quickly
as it had begun. Sameer gradually turned hisattention back to writing, hoping that the tremor was due to the weight of his task.It had been just two days since his best friend,
Tariq, had died. They had practically grown up
together, and had been the best of friends sincekindergarten. They had attended the sameschool, and had been in all the same classes untilit came time for college and choosing a career. At
this point, Sameer and Tariq parted ways. Sameer went abroad to study journalism and Tariq stayed
in his home country to study medicine. Despitethe physical distance that had developed betweenthem, they still kept in touch and would often
visit one another. One summer vacation Tariq
would go and visit Sameer and the next vacation
Sameer would come to visit Tariq. Sitting with
paper in front of him and a pen in his hand,
Sameer had vivid ashbacks of the times whenhe and Tariq would meet up after long hiatuses
and talk about all the things affecting their dailylives.It was during one of these conversations that
Tariq had expressed his grief for the way things
were running in their home country. Sameer had agreed with him, but felt that it would do nogood to grieve as things weren’t going to change
anytime soon. He would tell Tariq, “Listen, things
are going to stay the way they are for a long time,so we shouldn’t be bogged down in depression,nor should we develop any false hopes. That’swhy I left and came here to study. If things ever get better, maybe I’ll go back, but if not, at least I
won’t have to deal with them day in and day out.”Tariq would stay quiet for sometime as was hishabit. He was never too quick to try to counter 
anyone. He always gave time for all the words of a conversation to settle in, and for his thoughtsto collect in his mind before expressing themas clearly and as politely as possible. After the
pause, he asked Sameer, “What do you knowabout diabetes mellitus?” In other circumstances,
Sameer would have been taken aback by this
seemingly off-topic question, but he knew hisfriend well enough to entertain his question with
an answer. Besides, it gave him a chance todemonstrate the ‘well-rounded’ education he wasgetting from the country he had moved to.
“It’s a disease of the pancreas where the
production of the hormone, insulin, is not
sufcient, or the receptors for insulin in other partsof the body are not responsive.”“So how do we treat it?”“Well, insulin is needed so that glucose, the sugar 
content of our diet, can be removed from our blood and be transported to our cells, where it isused for energy. So, I guess we would need to dosomething to increase the insulin in our body if 
it is decient; otherwise we need to increase the
responsiveness of our cells to insulin. That’s whypeople with diabetes are on insulin injections or on tablets that either increase insulin release or the response of cells. Also, they are told to watch
their diet, especially foods high in sugar.”“That’s right! Now imagine someone you know is
diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (we ask Allahto protect us) and he decides not to take hismedication and completely ignores the doctor’sinstructions about a balanced diet. What wouldhappen if his family decided that he was never going to change and that his attitude toward themedication and a proper dietwould never improve,and without tryingtheir best to helphim understand thesituation, decided to
leave him be? Then
what if everyone elseclose to him—hisfriends, his doctor—decided the same andrefused to do anythingto help him or to
get him help? Andnally, what if you,
too, decided to do the
same? Wouldn’t it be
the wrong thing to do on
the part of all those people?”“Yeah, it would be. I don’t think anyone would do
that unless they had already tried convincing him
and failed.”“I think that’s what a lot of people are doing with
our country. Without even trying to help it cometo terms with its ailment and to start taking theproper medication and precautions, people areleaving the country and letting it be. It’s almostlike leaving a ‘non-compliant’ diabetic at his own
mercy.”Sameer quickly realized that he had led himself 
into a trap by enthusiastically displaying hisknowledge of diabetes, and decided to changethe subject slightly. He could not work out a
proper argument to what Tariq had said, and even
if he could have come up with something, it wouldonly have been for the sake of argument.
“You doctors really have a funny way to describe
people who don’t listen to you and who don’t takeyour medications: ‘non-compliant.’ It sounds likeyou’re accusing them of disobeying a military law
or a curfew.”“Well, at least we’re not scaring the entire world
by stretching every threat into an enormousgoliath. Before it was the ‘communists,’ and now
it’s the ‘terrorists.’”Sameer knew that Tariq loved to take jabs at
his career choice, so he
always took Tariq’s
comments in goodhumor. Even now,Sameer could clearly
remember how Tariq
had tried convincinghim against taking upa career in journalism.
It was not that Tariq
did not respect the
eld, but it was the
metamorphosis of the once noble idealsof journalism into aform foreign to humandignity and honestythat he detested. Sameer 
could clearly remember his words as if Tariq weresitting next to him at that very moment: “They talk
about how journalism represents a venue that canfoster honesty and transparency in a government;they talk about how a work of true journalism isuntarnished by the slightest element of slander or libel; but everywhere we look we see somethingdifferent all together. Journalism only becomes avenue trying to foster honesty and transparencyin the government when its community is at oddswith the government. Then, too, it employs allmeans necessary to ‘expose’ the government,
even if that requires slander and libel. Sadly, that
is the kind of journalism that pays these days, andthat’s the kind of journalism you’ll end up working
on if you want to be a success.”
When it came to these discussions, Sameer didnot have as dismal an oulook.
“You know, everyone isn’t out there just to make a
lot of money. For that matter the money factor can
even be applied to the eld of medicine, and even
“We need to have apurpose for everything we do and in the end itis that purpose which will determine its worth.”

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