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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husband wants to remarry his divorced wife, she has to be another man’s wife first before a final comeback, should be repealed completely.....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.....


Many Schools Of Thought in Islam Recognise the Validity of Arbitrary Triple Talaq: Kamal Faruqui
Kamal Faruqui

We represent 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 ugliest thing.....

It’s Genital Genocide: That’s Exactly What’s Been Happening to Women and Girls
Leyla Hussein

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 table.....

It Is Through Those Caricatures That I Sarcastically Address the Social, Cultural and Political Situation in Egypt:  Islam Gawish
Walaa Hussein

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......


Muslim Women Support Hindu Women on Shrine Entry – No One Can Be Banned: Zakia Soman
Zakia Soman

Well, we’ve 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 temple......

The US is one of the Most Fundamentalist Countries in the World: Chomsky
Noam Chomsky

 “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.”.....


Slow Genocide of Minorities in Pakistan: Farahnaz Ispahani
Farahnaz Ispahani

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.....

India Is Tolerant, I’m Proud to Be Indian — and I’m Still Music’s Original Heart-Throb: Zakir Hussain
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....

Pakistan’s Minorities, Majority Scared Today — Mosque-Military Alliance Decides All, Including Pathankot: Farahnaz Ispahani
Farahnaz Ispahani

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.....


India, Afghans Not Enjoying Pak Cooperation – But Afghans Are Smart: Ata Mohammad Noor
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,


‘Bhakti Challenges Communal Religion’
Anuradhan Raman

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!


Religion Seeks To Touch People’s Hearts
Mouhanad Khorchide

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


Egyptian Researcher Ahmad Abdou Maher: ISIS Implements Islamic Heritage Taught by Al-Azhar
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.”


Terrorism is a New Ideological Trend, Has Nothing to Do with Islam - Grand Mufti of Syria
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.

Pervez Hoodbhoy on Liberalism, Religious Freedom, and Extremism in Pakistan
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.


Modi's a Force of Nature ... Not Communal At All: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
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.

Tariq Ramadan on Refugees, Far-right, Extremism and Muslim Identity
Professor Tariq Ramadan

We are 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.....

A Year with the Quran
Souheila al-Jadda

A Year with the Quran
Souheila al-Jadda

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,...

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  • Saudis should switch from funding Wahhabi schools to funding liberal and scientific education and...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Why would any Muslim in Australia go to a mosque/imam/priest to file for a divorce?!
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • One-sided but thought provoking article.'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is half story, there are many Hindus also accused. This sick people always talk of victim play, Hindus as culprit.
    ( By Aayina )
  • Dr. Kafeel's imprisonment and denial of bail smell to high heaven. I hope the wife's approaching the Supreme Court results in a judicious....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Prejudice and stereotypes seem to be predominant yardsticks of assessing people and situations. Humanism...
    ( By Meera )
  • Exclusivist and hegemonistic tendencies must be rooted out of Islam. Pluralism and respect for other religions and other sects are the true tenets of Islam.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • وہابی دیوبندی ہمیشہ یہی جملہ کہتے پھرتے ہیں کہ نبی ہماری طرح ہیں کسی دیوبندی نے اپنی کتاب میں لکھا کہ نبی کا علم چوپایہ ...
    ( By Abdul Ghani )
  • The writer has mixed two different issues in the article. But... good effort, bachcha.'
    ( By arshad )
  • What Hats Off wants to be considered are in fact items which need to be rejected and denounced.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • the matter of "idrubihunna", the matter of the evidentiary value of a woman and kuffar being less than that of a momeen....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Bahut khub lajwab. Alhumduliillah
    ( By Arifkhan )
  • The article tries to cover certain important issues related to marriages. No doubt there are certain expectations for a successful....
    ( By Dr. M. A. Haque )
  • "The real reason for the loss of faith in Islam is not the West but Turkey itself: It is a reaction to all the....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is somewhat of a stretch but it is harmless.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • اسلام علیکم یا شیخ ما طالعت بنسہ کتب الدیوبندیۃ ما قالوا ھکذا قط بل انما قالا
    ( By muhammad khalid )
  • You seem to blame everyone except yourself!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • i suspect it ois the company. with so many foul mouthed exegetes, lying "moderates....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Yes, dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin saheb, This is the bitter truth. The pathetic plight of ....
    ( By GRD )
  • What makes you do it? I don't know. Is it just bad manners
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Worrisome but does have elements of truth!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Islam Bharat me na hi aata to shi Tha
    ( By Parveen )
  • Sad to note that Justice Sachar passed away today.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The status of women seems to be directly proportional to how civilized a society is.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sharia upholders get Legislative Council seats while reformers get nothing
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The charge-sheet leaves no doubt that she was a target only because she was a Muslim. The Hindu right wing in Jammu has been indulging ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • We can blame all Muslims for they hate the Hindus as Khafirs Kufueer........( so many such words ) etc.What....
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • After all you are the expert here. Right? So you tell me ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Hats Off, what makes you write such inane comments?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • mathematicians think god id a mathematician. ulemas think god is an ulema. garbage pickers think god ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Great article except there was one bad apple - Hajj Amin al-Husayni who " al-Husayni still collaborated with Nazi Germany and Fascist....
    ( By Zakaria Virk )
  • God is the greatest mathematician" - which God we talking about: Hindu, Muslim, Christian....
    ( By Zakaria Virk )
  • kaash khuda mujhe bhi apne mehboob k nakshe kadam par chla de sari umr bs itni si iltija h aapse'
    ( By sharib )
  • The muslims view Trishul as a weapon...but the hindus see it as a symbol of Lord Shiva. Who is today using the Trishul as a ...
    ( By indiewater )
  • Having said that, one must add that none of these played the causative role in the current marginalisation and brutalisa­tion of the community. For that, ...
    ( By indiewater )
  • The problem is Muslims neither understand hindus or hindu fears, nor hindutva . When they think of " Hindu rashtra" or "hindu right wing" the ...
    ( By indiewater )
  • Very strange logic..so when you can practise hindu phobia why shouldnt the world practise I... tell me....
    ( By indiewater )
  • I am unable to fathom what is the purpose of this ARTICLE. I know the author has been writing similar articles earlier too. But he ...
    ( By Dr. M. A. Haque )
  • Your article drives us to introspect and reflect on how politics has become devoid of any humanity. Truly, women’s bodies have been used as sites ...
    ( By Meera )
  • Political parties exploit communalism because it is an exploitable issue. They will exploit anything that yields them. .
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )