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Amjad Sabri’s Murder a Shame for Pak Authorities … India Best for Artistes – and Muslims … Triple Talaq’s Un-Islamic Patriarchy
Salma Aagha

The violent death of Amjad Sabri, an artiste who gave so much to music, is shameful for Pakistan. He memorably sang the famous Qawwali ‘Bhardo Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Tere Dar Se Na Jaoonga Khali’ – but what has Pakistan given him? Bullets in his chest....

 

The Prophet Muhammad (saws) was considered even by his enemies to be an honest man, so much so that they trusted him with their valuables despite being at war with him. For us as Muslims, it’s important to let non-Muslims judge us from our actions, not our words. The best way for that, I believe, is to expose them to our Muslim hospitality, especially during Ramadan.....

 

Turks Pray To the Quran yet They Don’t Know the Quran
Emre Dorman

God recognizes the liberty of its subjects to choose with their free will. In the Quran people have the freedom of even being without a faith. What is being done by pressure has no value for God. By forcing Islam on people you end up creating hypocritical people....

Talaq Must Go Through the Court Of Law
Bader Sayeed

'My religion is great and it has given a lot of rights to women, but these intermediaries are interpreting it wrongly and ruining it.' 'I have great faith in our judiciary. I am sure they will see through the drama of men.'...

 

‘Trump’s Right, Islamic Fundamentalism Biggest Threat … US Has Intolerant Liberals … Muslims Cry Bias – But Don’t Try Reform’
Shireen Qudosi

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...

 

Turki Al-Hamad: Islam Needs a Luther, a Calvin; Ideology of Most Clerics Is ISIS-Like
Turki Al-Hamad

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 Beginning, Here’s What Islam’s Holiest Month Is About
Hossein Kamaly

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....

 

God Is Not A Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu…
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 we share....

 
Globalization Is Very Much In Accordance With Divine Culture
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

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. ....

Londoners Demonstrated To the Entire World, And Especially To Muslims, What the Spirit of This Age Is
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.....

Islamabad Sees Jihad as Low-Cost Option to Bleed India
Husain Haqqani

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 denial.....

ISIS and Women
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ISIS and Women
Rafia Zakaria

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....

 

Interfaith Relations in Lebanon: Ancient, Tragic, Diverse, But Hopeful
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)....

 

Bangladesh Safer than Syria for Jihadis … India’s Muslims Equal, B’desh Hindus Oppressed … Indian Liberals Back Islamic Fanatics: Taslima Nasreen
Taslima Nasreen

Islamic 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....

 

Gulzar Is Always Looking For the Right ‘Lafz’
Gulzar

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....

 

Terrorists Misrepresent Islam: Religion Should Not Be an Issue in Dealing with Terrorism
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...

 

Terrorists Misrepresent Islam: ISIS, Al-Shabab Boko Haram Are Only Using Islam To Justify 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.....

The Caliphate beyond ISIS (Part Two)
Salman Sayyid

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.....

 

I Took the Qur'an in English with Me and, As I Read It, Realized I Had Found My Religion: Foremost Advocate of Islamic Pluralism, Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz

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....

 

Muslims and the Challenge of Historiography (Part One)
Salman Sayyid

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....

 

'Maldives Is Sitting On a Time Bomb'
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.....

 
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