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Marghdeen: there is magic in free will

Throughout history there have been visionaries who believed that our intentions matter more than what we understand and what we know. This idea has been upheld by most religions and by some of the most influential thinkers of modern times – Rousseau, Goethe, Iqbal and others. One of the latest developments in this line of thinking is ‘Marghdeen’, an ideal world based on the premise that human will is destiny and we can achieve anything by desiring it together. The work of Khurram Ali Shafique is an effort to show that the opportunities for achieving this goal are greater today than ever before.

Unity. Faith. Discipline.

To see the possibility of Marghdeen, we need to learn about some of the most important connections that exist between ideals and realities across cultures. This is what this website is all about.

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By organizing our knowledge on the basis of human will, rather than human intellect, we can see how our societies are being shaped practically by each one of us.

The unity of the social process
Source: “2017: the Battle for Marghdeen”

The Ten Commandments of Modern Politics

‘We have the ten commandments for the individual; we want the ten commandments for the state,’ Mary Parker Follett wrote in 1918. We may now have a set of ten principles unanimously agreed upon by some of the most credible leaders of the last three hundred years have been in agreement on the basic propositions about human being and the world. We now have a set of ten political principles unainmously cherished by some of the most credible leaders from the United States, Europe, India and the Muslim world – and perhaps also some other regions. Between Rousseau, Goethe, George Washington, C. R. Das, Muhammad Ali Jauhar, Iqbal and Jinnah (just to name a few), we certainly cover a very large part of the world. If nations devoted to these pioneers cannot see this unity, we are perhaps justified in asking if the institutions of higher education have been fulfilling their obligation towards humanity.

Political organization

Our loyalty should be to common goals, not political parties.

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The United States was envisioned by the Founding Fathers to be a country without political parties.

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The electorate

We should use elections for discovering a collective idea, and not treat it like a game in which some win and some lose.

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According to Rousseau, the “general will” cannot be wrong or evil.

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The religious 'other'

We should use religious diversity for creating a collective feeling.

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A non-Muslim can become the Prime Minister in an Islamic State according to the classical Muslim theory of politics.

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The 'ethnic' other

We should use ethnic diversity for creating a collective will.

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We should transform our ideal principles into a tangible reality through the state.

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According to Rousseau, Renan, Follett, Iqbal and many other thinkers state is not a thing but an action and a process.

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Families of states

We should use our creative power for the unification of humanity.

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According to Iqbal, the ideal is Islam is not a centralized government for the entire Muslim community but a commonwealth of states.

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Ideal principles

Our ideal principles should be solidarity, equality and freedom.

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Iqbal believed that the essence of “Tauhid” as a working idea is equality, solidarity and freedom.

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The Divine Right of the People

Our political activity should aim for the revelation of the highest ideal within every individual.

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Shah Waliullah, a Muslim thinker of the 17th Century, is now believed to have reinterpreted the law of Islam as a natural law.

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The essential nature of human being

Political sovereignty de facto resides in the people.

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The second caliph of Islam recognized in the 7th century AD that political sovereignty de facto resides in the people.

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Spiritual democracy

We should reflectively criticize the revelations of our political experience.

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A major reason why people fail to resolve conflicts is because they theorize over issues rather than adopting a practical approach.

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A university in our hearts

This website is meant to serve as a gateway to ideas that offer an alternative to conventional wisdom. The ideas presented here can be seen as the common heritage of humanity. They are tools we need in order to find durable solutions to the problems that face us today.

Publications in English and Urdu

You can find here the complete list of the publications of Khurram Ali Shafique. Soft copies of some are available for free. Others can be ordered as printed books from online stores, or from the respective publishers.Find out more
You can find here the complete list of the Urdu publications of Khurram Ali Shafique. Soft copies of some are available for free. Others can be ordered as printed books from online stores, or from the respective publishers.Find our more

Blog, knol and archives

You can read the blog of Khurram Ali Shafique here, usually containing short pieces for sharing his latest research and findings.Go to Blog
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What the Quaid said on August 11, 1947, and how it has been distorted

It seems that both the liberals and the conservatives in Pakistan have been missing the main point of the Quaid’s famous speech.

You are free; you are free to go to your temples; you are free […]

Knols consist of elaborate papers published directly on this website instead of a journal. Go to knol
Most of the articles and papers by Khurram Ali Shafique from magazines and journals can be read online.Go to Archives
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Samandar, a parable?

Whaeed Murad: His Life and Our Times (2015) by Khurram Ali Shafique

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Ibn-e-Safi makes a resounding return

References to Psycho Mansion and Rana Palace in an article in Dawn 

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Anniversary: Ibn-e-Safi strikes again

A mention of Psycho Mansion

  • Stray Reflections

Iqbal Academy, studies and awards

Brief review of Stray Reflections (2006), revised and annotated by Khurram Ali Shafique

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Shakespeare Day celebrated

Report of a presentation by Khurram Ali Shafique in Dawn

There are brief posts containing my introductory notes about recommended works by other authors, and links to websites where those works are available (mostly as free soft copies). Please note that links to my own works appear separately under “Publications in English” and “Publications in Urdu”.

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The Delhi Resolution 1946

Adopted by the majority of the elected representatives of the Muslims of the subcontinent at the All-India Muslim League Legislators’ Convention, Delhi, April 9, 1946

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