Muslims are too busy crying ‘Islamophobia’ rather than tackling jihad or
other issues including domestic violence, mental health and women’s rights.
These are the real issues for us as Muslims – it’s not about Hijabs or making
sure western culture embraces us more. It’s about human dignity...
Our crisis stems from the inability to reconcile with others, with
modern life, and first and foremost, with ourselves. Even though we lead a
modern life, the foundations of our minds are traditional, belonging to another
age. Therefore, some sort of schizophrenia is inevitable...
Ramadan is more than abstinence from food and drink during the hours of
daylight. It is a time for contemplation, devotion and remembrance of God,
especially through the reading or recitation of the Quran. Tending to the
welfare of the less fortunate members of the community, giving to the poor....
Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Peoples’ interpretation of religion can change, but I don’t believe the
role of religion is changeable. Religion does not just concern one’s personal
relationship with God; it’s more about the manner in which we interact with
others – about our broader responsibilities to the human family and the earth
Globalization is very much in accordance with divine culture. This is
because for the past thousands of years, the divine message had remained
restricted to the local level. Globalization made it possible to disseminate
the divine message to people at a global level through various means....
Just because Sunnis and Shias disagree on certain points of theology
does not preclude them from working together to face the existential threat
that is facing all of us equally. When the US invaded Iraq in 2003 with their
“shock and awe” carpet bombing campaign, they didn’t care if the people buried
in the rubble were Sunni or Shia. When a new atheist like Sam Harris or Richard
Dawkins rants about the “evil of Islam,” they don’t make any distinction between
Sunni or Shia. ....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Muslim countries have adopted a “We-They” concept with respect to
non-Muslim minorities. This concept is anachronistic to the modern world. The
concept of today's age is “We-We”, that is, equal human rights for all.....
Prosecution is difficult in a system where Jihadis targeting India are
seen as 'the good guys'. Yes, Secretary Rice had told Islamabad to shut down
all terrorist operations. But that wasn't the first time and certainly not the
last. Pakistan has persisted with the same policy since the 1990s. When pushed
by US on terror: first deny, then list Pakistani grievances, bring up Kashmir
and blame India, provide commitments and assurances and end again with
ISIS and Women
To give you a concrete example, when they talk about the veil, for
instance, the discourse surrounds the questions: Is it required? Is it in the
Quran? Is it Islamic? So there is a reduction of this idea to a doctrinal question....
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam
And yet, one can sense something else beneath the surface when looking
out upon these Phoenician, Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusader,
Ottoman, and finally modern ruins. . .all in the same place. . a place that
connects, as you have mentioned in your question, significant mosques (Shiite
and Sunni) and churches (Catholic and Orthodox)....
fanatics are against human rights, women’s rights, free speech and democracy.
Islamic fanatics are against everything Indian liberals stand for – but
liberals strangely sympathise with them....
So he gave me a dusty, old, thick copy of Tagore’s Gardener. He must
have thought I wouldn’t understand this and I especially wouldn’t be able to
finish it off in one day. The moment I started reading Tagore’s poems, Woh
Kahin Mujhe Lag Gayi....
Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Well, if you have identified terrorism with Islam, that is a problem and
it has become an issue of what means you have to contain the situation. One has
to find out if Christians in Nigeria ever committed any act of terrorism.
Therefore religion should not form an issue in dealing with terrorism...
Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
It is true that ISIS, al-Shabab, Boko Haram are all using Islam to
justify their actions. However, again, this is not something new. There have
been groups such as the Hashashin, one of the assassins who have been
assassinating rulers across the Muslim empire and they considered themselves to
be Muslims; they used Islamic terminology to justify their action. The
Qarmatians did the same thing. They attacked Makkah and killed pilgrims and put
their bodies into the well of Zam-Zam and took the Black stone away to eastern
Arabia for 25 years. You know, they considered themselves to be Muslims. You
have the Khawarij during the time of Ali bn Abi Talib.....
The men in our community fully exploit women. I have great hopes now
that triple Talaq will be abolished in our country. Along with this, the
‘Halala’ tradition, which demands that if a repentant husband wants to remarry
his divorced wife, she has to be another man’s wife first before a final
comeback, should be repealed completely.....
Saudi clan ruled through a logic of Kemalism seemed to go against the
grain of what they understood about rule from Riyadh. They were more
comfortable with idea that Kemalism was to be found among the Ba’thists of
Syria and Iraq, Mubarak in Egypt, Qaddafi in Libya, Suharto in Indonesia. The
identity of a political project and its meaning is not merely a function of its
content, but rather how the content is articulated in relation to other
elements. So for example, the Pahlavi regime was dominated by the logic of
Kemalism even though it was a monarchy.....
My interest in
Sufism began at the same time as my inquiries into Islam – very early after
high school. I read Spanish mystical literature that cited the Muslim Sufis as
examples of effective religious instruction. I heard that the Bosnians in
particular resented the interference of the Wahhabis in their affairs, using
the pretext of Islamic solidarity during the war. As Bosnians would tell me,
they needed arms and relief, which they got from America, but the Saudis, sent
them Wahhabi editions of the Quran....
Islamist organization Jamaat ud Dawa has reportedly set up a Shariah
court in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore. According to Pakistan's Dawn
newspaper, the "court" will dispense "speedy justice,"
taking up citizens' complaints and issuing verdicts in accordance with the
Shariah. Although similar courts already exist in the tribal areas of
Afghanistan and Pakistan, this is the first time that Islamists have
established a Shariah tribunal in a major city....
This task has to include not (only) more exhortations to greater piety,
but also broadening and enriching the sense of the Islamicate. Muslim autonomy
requires not only Muslims to know their Deen but also to know their history. I
would argue that without a historical sensibility any understanding of our Deen
will be stilted and simply reproduce and reinforce Orientalism.....
In many cases, the use of sexual violence continues to foster and
empower these insurgents and these terrorist networks in a way that really
demands a response. So we need to start thinking about preventing sexual
violence and punishing sexual violence and being a key element of conflict
prevention and resolving conflict....
Mohamed Nasheed, Ex-President , Maldives
I don’t think
this need to go through the UN route. I think it should be country-based. The
actual leverage is with England and Europe. They [the ruling regime in
Maldives] have their money here, their children here, and their second homes
here. But for the ordinary people of the Maldives, India is very important
because for they depend on India for almost everything -- medical treatment,
education, holidays, good food and films.....
all schools of thoughts followed in the Islamic world, be it Shafai, Hanafi,
Hanbali, etc. We come to a position on any issue, take for example Talaq
(divorce), after a thorough consultation with Islamic experts. Many schools of
thought in Islam recognise the validity of arbitrary triple Talaq announced at
one go. That’s why we have accepted this. But many of us consider this the
Oh, you don’t
know what it’s like to have FGM, because you haven’t had type III.” [Leyla had
type I, the least severe type.] Physically, yeah, I didn’t have type III. But
psychologically, it’s still the same, because for me, it’s not necessarily
about the cutting. It’s the fact that a child’s being grabbed, pinned to a
It is an old
and very simple idea, widely used internationally, but not in the Arab world.
Al-Waraqah relies on a beautiful, popularly enjoyed drawing style that employs
stick figures, not detailed drawings, to convey meaningful ideas. It is through
those caricatures that I sarcastically address the social, cultural and
political situation in Egypt......
been opposing the ban introduced in 2012 on women’s entry to Haji Ali Mazaar –
we believe in equality of all human beings, irrespective of gender, caste, race
and religion. We are opposed to women being excluded from anywhere – we totally
support the women who’ve demanded entry into the Chabutra at Shani Shingnapur