“There is plenty of anger and good reasons for
it, if you look at what is happening to people.” Citing a recent study in the
United States that points to increasing mortality rates of less educated, white
men in the age range of 45-55 years, he says: “that just does not happen in
developed societies.” “It is a reflection of depression, hopelessness, concern
that everything is lost – nothing is in our lives, nothing is in our futures,
then at least show your anger.”.....
Two things, he
legalised Islamisation—whether it was bringing in the Hudood (ordinance in 1979
under which Sharia laws applied in cases of extramarital sex, theft and
prohibition). From very little things like introducing prayer times in
government buildings to very, very, very harsh laws of blasphemy. The other
thing would be the birth of these Jihadi groups in a very, very big way. He
attempted to alter our culture—Pakistani diplomats’ wives could no longer wear
saris—they were considered Hindu and un-Islamic. You could no longer say Khuda
Hafiz; you had to say Allah Hafiz.....
Zakir Hussain, India’s Iconic Tabla Maestro
My father used
to say, ‘I am a worshipper of Maa Saraswati. I love her and she loves me, that
is it.’ He introduced me to Lord Ganesha’s Pakhawaj, to Lord Shiva’s Dumroo.
Every religion preaches, ‘Love thy neighbour.’ I believe if you are kind to the
people around you, you have practised your religion....
Very early, it
was clear that for Pakistan’s religious minorities to be equal citizens was
going to be very difficult. The first major sign was PM Liaquat Khan giving the
Objectives Resolution soon after Partition, talking about a Muslim nation.
Right off, the Preamble was not secular – anyone who’s not Muslim was already
not being addressed in the same way.....
Ata Mohammad Noor
Ata Mohammad Noor, a former mujahideen, is governor of Balkh province in Afghanistan and personally helped defend the Indian consulate at Mazar-iSharif when it was attacked by heavilyarmed militants alongside the Pathankot terror strike. Speaking with Rohit E David, Noor discussed Pakistan’s role in fomenting militancy in India and Afghanistan,
To recognise that religion is not likely to disappear from human history is really an important thing. Just look at world politics! Secularism cannot hide from that if it is to be truly secular in the best Indian sense. I think the formulation of the idea of the Bhakti movement tried to take that into account, even if it did so from a majoritarian, Hindi-speaking — Hindi-constructing!
The new book by Islamic Studies scholar Mouhanad Khorchide argues for a modern understanding of the Koran and considers the relationship between God and humanity. "The Koran aims to bring up mature human beings, who develop their own religious nature", says Khorchide. Interview by Canan Topcu
Ahmad Abdou Maher
Ahmad Abdou Maher, an Egyptian researcher of Islamic studies, criticized the Egyptian school curricula in a December 21 interview on Al-Hayat TV. Maher complained that Egyptian history books glorify Islamic heritage and are “full of wars, blood, and slaughter.” Maher stated that “ISIS is a loyal and bona fide implementation of our Islamic heritage, which is taught by Al-Azhar.”
Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, Grand Mufti of Syria
Terrorism is a dangerous political trend. It is also a cultural trend. And we have to study it in order to fight it. ISIL is trying to promote its political agenda through violence, using weapons. They tell their followers that they will go to paradise, “If you murder people, you will end up in paradise.” But this goes against the Prophet’s teachings, because, of course, nobody gets to paradise using these methods. We need to preach the idea that a person gets to paradise through cultural enlightening, education and solidarity.
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is a prominent Pakistani nuclear physicist, essayist and defense analyst. In 2011, he was included on the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, for his “bold secular defiance.” His articles and commentaries about Islam, education, and secularism have had a lasting impact on debates in Pakistan. He recently spoke with Muhammad Akbar Notezai on liberalism, religious freedom, and extremism in Pakistan.
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
He has a mandate; he is the leader. He is not corrupt, he has credibility. Maybe the land Bill was wrong, and the GST is now stuck. But in the long run, he will be successful and the hotheads will be marginalized once there is visible economic growth. Yes, I will say a PM has to have badappan, he must reach out, he must have dialogue, win over the Opposition.
Professor Tariq Ramadan
self-critical, but we are unhappy in an emotional way, so it's not structured,
it's not sophisticated. We need to be able to confront some of our
interpretations. There is such diversity in Islam so we have to be
constructively self-critical in a rational and structured way and not in an
emotional defeated way, as victims.....
I wouldn’t say “learn the Quran” because that would be presumptuous. But to read and debate particular issues with the sheikh is probably closer to the point. I’d written on Muslims and Islamic societies for about 17 years as a journalist. …
Is Islamic Terrorism A Myth?
Ludwig Watzal Interviews Elias Davidsson
Not many people have the guts to question the official narrative of the attacks committed on 9/11 in the United States of America, in London, Madrid, Mumbai or elsewhere, which governments attribute to Islamic terrorists. Elias Davidsson is one of those,...
Recently, i was part of a TV discussion. I told the panel that the scene i’d written in Sholay, where Dharmendra is behind an idol, talking to Hema Malini in a temple, well, today i would not write that scene. There’ll be many people up in arms, saying this is an attack on their belief. One thought such things happened only in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan – it’s sad that it’s taking place in our society......
flourished in the royal Mughal court primarily under three emperors: Akbar,
Jahangir, and Shah Jahan. However, we should not make the error of attributing
Aurangzeb’s lack of interest in Sanskrit to his alleged bigotry. Aurangzeb is a
severely misunderstood historical figure who has suffered perhaps more than any
of the other Mughal rulers from present-day biases. There are two main reasons
why Sanskrit ceased to be a major part of Mughal imperial life during
Aurangzeb’s rule. ....
In an interview to The Wire, ex-bureaucrat, former secretary of the Planning Commission and currently Supreme Court Commissioner for Food Security N.C. Saxena tells Chitra Padmanabhan that there are many more factors affecting the population growth rate than just the natural ones. Chief among these factors are regional patterns of population growth in India, the urban-rural dimension, and migration. Excerpts from the interview:
Former Secretary Of The Planning Commission And Currently Supreme Court Commissioner For Food Security N.C. Saxena
God’ is a philosophical concept and not an established fact. If the concept of
the indwelling God was factual, then every person should have experienced that
God. However, there are only few persons who make this claim. People at large
have never had this experience. Everyone knows that thirst and hunger are
indwelling realities. So, had God been an indwelling fact, we would have been
able to realize God just as we realize thirst and hunger. If only few people
claim that they have realized that God dwells in them, while the larger part of
humanity has not experienced this, it means that the concept of indwelling God
is not correct.....
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam
The first challenge that Muslims, and with them the whole human community, must face according to me, if they do not want to sink deeper into irrationality, is an intellectual challenge. As I have said, it seems that the troubles that we are seeing in West Asia today, and even more elsewhere, will be repeated as long as the sources that feed fundamentalism are not purified and healed. It can be compared, when it expresses itself through violence, to a new form of Nazism because of the methods used and because of its promotion of racial and religious hatred: attacks against places of worship and culture ...
According to Çeviköz, stories and comments with a “neo-Ottomanism” theme appeared in the Western media extensively following Turkey's regional policy of 2002-2009 due to Turkey's successful foreign policy that resulted in temporary membership in the UN Security Council. Such coverage contributed to “a boost in confidence” among Turkish leaders......
shocked. The Palestinian people and the leaders, we were very happy with the UN
resolution, but the voting of India has broken our happiness. India is a very
special country for us, and its abstention from voting can be termed as a
departure from India’s traditional position on Palestine that has remained
unwavering since the last seven decades. The India-Palestine relationship is
built on mutual trust, respect and common cause against colonialism. And it has
remained steadfast irrespective of what political disposition is in power.....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
If you have abundant love and well-wishing for your madu, you will instinctively know how to relate with him. Even if he oppresses you, even if he conspires against you, you must unilaterally love him. You must unilaterally have well-wishing for him—unlimited well-wishing....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
In Kashmir, internal terrorism has almost ended. Terrorists active in Kashmir are now mostly from Pakistan, who have infiltrated from across the border. Our mission’s work in Kashmir has made a major impact in changing the minds of many Kashmiris, in helping them realise the futility of violence and the value of peace....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
I would say that Muslims should think of the nation’s interests, and not in terms of sectional or communal interests, otherwise they can never progress. Why? Because the nation’s progress will benefit everyone, and not just one community. So, Muslims should actively participate in the general progress of the nation, and not demand separate development schemes....
Figures vary but it is safe to report that over 50% of Egyptian men admit to sexual violence towards women, and a more worrying trend is that a higher percentage state that it is the woman’s fault for dressing or behaving “provocatively.” 92% of married women in Egypt between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone “voluntary” or forced FGM (female genital mutilation)....