Editorial

With parliamentary elections in India only a few days away, the ruling party is bent on enacting a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and imposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). This is seen as a strategy to benefit the party in the upcoming elections. While the very idea...

Sibling Rivalry : A Healthy Competition or Damaging Feud?

We all know - or have had experience of - sibling rivalry. But can it be taken too far?A sibling, characterised by sharing at least one parent with another person, can be a brother if male and a sister if female. An only child, on the other hand, lacks siblings. While...

Life is So Beautiful

The author argues that “we should know the worth of this beautiful life, spread goodness, comfort others through our presence, and leave positive impressions wherever we tread.” Read to find out more.Life is a marvel. It is indeed a profound journey. People are born;...

Voices Unheard: The Silent Genocide In Gaza

The people who fight for women’s rights, human rights, child abuse, racism, and animal cruelty stand ignorant towards the sufferings of the people of Gaza, which shows their hypocrisy.The world no longer seems like a place with humanity since the genocide in Gaza...

Editorial

Aura turns three! It has been a journey of three fruitful years of insight and inspiration while we made an effort to not only educate, inform and entertain it readers but also to motivate and challenge them. The month of March dawns with two more important occasions...

Indian Muslims: The Saga of Distinguishment

IntroductionNarendra Modi, the Bhartiya Janta Party’s parliamentary leader, started his prime ministership’s first tenure after swearing in as the 14th PM of India on 26 May 2014. This gave momentum to Hindutva ideology in India, which is a political code of maxims...

Hind Rajab – Remember the Name

Hey there! I need your attention real quick. Consider the following situation carefully- you find occupiers all around warning you to evacuate your homeland straightaway.Sounds difficult. It is not an easy task to abandon your home and the associated memories - the...

Life

The author is a Class IX student of Insight International School, HyderabadWhat is life? Is it the number of days you are alive or the number of days you are not dead? Should life be spent in enjoyment or earning? Is life supposed to be hated because sometimes it gets...

Editorial

Aura takes pride in presenting its 35th issue, depicting the perception of a blissful married life that ensures harmony in union. The success of a marriage thrives on the ability of both partners to adapt and grow together. It flourishes with proper communication and...

To Live Happily Ever After

In this article, the author Rahamathunnissa explains why marriage is the most natural way of merging minds, bodies and souls for eternal peace and joy.“I am single but not alone.”“Let me settle in my career first.”“I don’t want to enchain myself.”“Let me enjoy my...

Marriage – A RunDown On The Lessons From The Qur’an

What are some examples of the best marriages in history, in these tumultuous times for us to be inspired by? Dr Amna Shabi from Pune has a list for you -Marriage is an institution wherein two individuals and two families unite for future generations. The world has...

People, Trials or Gifts?

 Nuha Maryam Chakwa, from Vaniyambadi, Tamilnadu wants you to know - If we talk about people who are gifts, not every gift will be a gift all the time, some unwrapping of gifts, some openings, and some utilisations will be trials too...Life is a complexly...

The Little Unsung Heroes

Maijabeen Gaihlot Chaudhary Who are the unsung heroes of Gaza? There are many, but as Maijabeen Gaihlot Choudhary takes us through in this piece, the children of Gaza are in a category of their own.No soft toys to hug, no flavours of ice cream to choose from. They...

Bilkis Bano Case – Isn’t the Government Responsible?

In our media watch roundup, let's take a look at the bravehearts from India and Gaza who made news this month. (Bilkis’ letter released through her lawyer after the latest order) It was a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court of India restored the life imprisonment of...

Editorial

Yet another eventful year comes to an end, leaving the world on a threshold of new beginnings, renewed hopes and refreshed enthusiasm. 2023 witnessed a whirlwind of events - triumphs and tribulations that make it imperative to pause, reflect and embrace novel...

2023: The Year in Retrospect for Women in India

Firasha Shaikh Looking back at the year gone by, Firasha lists out some important events that involved women in India...Pc: Al JazeeraOn September 20th, India’s Parliament passed the Women’s Reservation Bill with an overwhelming majority. This piece of legislation...

The Special Friend

Dr Saima Naeem Bilal Here is a creative story to understand a very special friend, often gone unnoticed - let Saima take you down the route of true friendship.Something was weird in Amina’s house. The most frustrating thing was a copy of the Qur’an lying on the...

Fiction, not Information

The world is full of hoodwinkers.I don’t want information; I need fiction.There are numerous con men ruling.I don’t want information; I need fiction. They are influencing con artists.A hoax of politics encircling.It’s better I don’t get informationBecause the essence...

Care vs Interference

Care vs Interference Shyla: I hate this. Always “do this, do that, take food, take bath…..”Maya: Come on, what happened? Why so angry? Whom are you talking about?Shyla: No yaar. It’s so irritating that I sometimes feel like leaving home. Why doesn’t she understand...

Continued International Law Violations By Israel

Mohammed Salman Siddiqui & Ammarah Ishaq In our Legal Desk, two law students tell us what are the actions of Israel that violate international laws.It has been more than three months since Israel launched a brutal military campaign in Gaza. Nations throughout the...

Editorial

The last two months have witnessed a continuous onslaught on millions of innocent Palestinians in Gaza and beyond, with occupying Israeli forces carrying out relentless attacks with the encouragement and abetment of global powers. Terms like ‘ceasefire’ and...

Deepfakes Are Women’s Privacy At Risk

In our cover story, Maliha explores howdeepfakes work and their risks and consequences,particularly for women.Credit: DWDeepfakes have been around since 2017. Deepfake AI is a type of artificial intelligence used to create convincing images, as well as audio and video...

The Permanent Cessation: Death

Sajida Zubair Healing is a nonlinear journey, marked by moments of resilience and introspection. Healing isn’t easy. Healing is messy, but healing is possible - Sajida Zubair writes.“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say, ‘We believe,’ and will...

Rediscovering The Essence of Family: A Call to Reconnect

Simran Shaikh's call to action reminds us that amidst the chaos of the modern world, the value of family remains an indispensable cornerstone of a fulfilling and meaningful life.In the hustle & bustle of the modern age, where social media dominates our lives, it...

Children’s Corner

Facts about Human Rights #1: By freeing slaves, allowing freedom of religion, and establishing racial equality, King Cyrus the Great of Persia (600-530 BCE) recognises a basic concept of human rights.#2: In 1215 CE, a group of barons forced King John to sign the Magna...

Remember, Remember the 6th of December

Dr. Amna Shabi traces how the exploitation of religious sentiments has led to the present moment, through the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid.Introduction The Bhoomi Pujan (ground-breaking ceremony) of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya concluded on...

For Palestine, You are No Match

Boldness personified is PalestineThe souls of its people are pristineYour bombs to them are mereAllah’s wrath, you should fearTheir confidence you can’t tearYou are the ones scared, that’s clearFor them, success is being a martyrDespite all the trials they are...

Dear Palestinians

This poem is for the innocent souls who have lost their lives,writes Zenith KhanI don’t know how it feelsSo I can’t tell you how it will heal.I can’t tell you I have been thereBecause I am in my room without any of that stress.Trust me when I say that, with Allah is...

Here and There

I have a baby in my hand whose smiles fill my day.She has a baby in her hand with airstrikes filling her day. I have a baby in my hand with birds chirping on the tree.She has a baby in her hand with bombs dropping on a spree. I have a baby in my hand with food cooked...

The Sky Gaze

It so happened to me one night,That sight crossed limits of sight.On me this realization dawned,That I could look even beyond.As I watched the starred sky,Stars did not appear high.Pasted they seemed on some background,Although hazy was that background.And there I saw...

The Roads of Gaza

TestimonialA crowded road it wasBetter than empty roads here. To reach there, tough journey it wasBetter than simple journeys here The pain was slight after all that was borne. Oh people why so you cry, I am not dead why do you cry?Oh my people I am with the best...

Jacinta Kerketta Declines Award

Renowned poet and journalist Jacinta Kerketta, celebrated for her sensitive and grounded writings addressing injustices faced by Adivasi communities, made a brave decision on 21st November 2023. She received a call and later a message notifying her of being selected...

Editorial

Yet again, the international community is talking about Palestine. Unfortunately, Palestinians are remembered only when they react to and lawfully resist Israel’s colonial power within their limited resources. In the interceding years, when their oppression continues...

Empowering the Next Generation

"On the occasion of Children’s Day, Tasneem Ataullah writes on how the next generation can be empowered, and how complicated issues and heavy discussions can be addressed."Amidst the giggly chatters, cranky complaints, the need to be constantly available to just hear...

Harmony in Home: Maintaining Mental Health in a Shared Space

Yaaseen Basit argues that in the intricate tapestry of family dynamics, the relationship between spouses and their in-laws can play a pivotal role. While many families embrace and support one another, some may harbour misgivings and toxicity that can adversely affect...

When we met…

In the morning, shines the sun and goes away at nightDoes that mean he has no might,And won’t be coming next morning for light? The moon gives us light even at the darkest nightWithout thinking that it is alone and not full of might. They are mostly alone and have...

Holocaust In The Holy Land

Palestine, The Homeland Of The Prophets!Some Were Born Here, Others Emigrated.So Many Messengers Here, Converged.Embraced This Land As Their Home Turf.Some Breathed Their Last And Here, Lie Interred.A Land Infinitely Blessed And Revered.Here, Prophets Sulaimaan(AS)...

When Death Finds You, May You Be Alive

Nihal Kidiyoor asks: empathy is what makes us human- if we cannot feel it, then what?As the kid stares at the wilderness of the razed buildings, the skies poisoned with phosphorus gases, the missiles and bombs being showered down, the children’s coffins being dragged...

Children’s corner

Let’s Learn a Quranic Verseيَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ قُوٓا۟ أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًۭا وَقُودُهَا ٱلنَّاسُ وَٱلْحِجَارَةُ عَلَيْهَا مَلَـٰٓئِكَةٌ غِلَاظٌۭ شِدَادٌۭ لَّا يَعْصُونَ ٱللَّهَ مَآ أَمَرَهُمْ Believers, guard yourselves and your kindred...

Do What You Can

Mom: Have you finished reading the book?Son: Yes Mom. It’s very interesting. He is so great that he did a lot to change people’s lives.Mom: Yes, my dear, we need to read such books to learn how to make our lives meaningful on Earth. Nowadays, you people are after...

Math Quiz: Puzzle to Puzzle YOU!

THE DIGITS AND SQUARE NUMBERSAll the nine digits are arranged here so as to form four square numbers:9      81       324      576How would you put them together so as to form a single smallest possible square number & a single largest possible square...

Palestine – the Ongoing Struggle for Justice

  The People of Palestine have witnessed 75 long years of apartheid and persecution under the brutal Israeli occupiers. In this article, Sameena Afshan covers how the media has treated it:After the state of Israel was brought into being in 1948 by the ruthless...