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‘China Wants to Stabilize Its Entire Western Periphery’
Raza Rumi

China certainly wants to see a strong, capable Pakistan able to play that role, and that needs an economic underpinning. But with some very specific exceptions – infrastructure in Kashmir, ports with military utility and so on – a better China-Pakistan economic relationship isn’t intrinsically problematic for India, and may even yield some economic and security benefits....

 
Necessity of Dialogue for Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Necessity of Dialogue for Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Dawah cannot be effectively engaged in without peace, without peaceful interaction with others. Islam is a religion of mission. It has a mission—which is to convey the word of God everywhere. This was the Prophet’s mission. It is the duty of believers in Islam to explain to people the Creation Plan of God, to convey to them God’s message to humanity….

“It is a war within Islam” — Ahmed Rashid
Ahmed Rashid

The Saudis may disguise it and say it’s a threat to territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia. The Iranians will disguise it in other ways. But essentially this is a sectarian war — a war within Islam. It is not a war against the West. This war within Islam must end because the bigger enemy is the ISIS....

Peace and Justice:  An Islamic Approach
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

In Islam, then, there are two different fields of justice—personal justice, or justice practiced by the individual in her or his personal life, and social justice. As an individual, you can or should follow justice as your personal ideal in your own life. But as far as the society is concerned, you have to take into account the practical situation. You have to be practical or pragmatic....

Faith and Hope: Conversation with Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin Sardar

Dr. Sardar deeply hopes people of all faiths will come to understand each other and where conflicts based on religion, culture, or ethnicity have no place. Dubbed one of Britain’s top 100 public intellectuals, he is one of a handful of individuals who have thought deeply about the nature of the faith and how best to promote better, deeper and more peaceful understanding today....

Iran and the Obama Doctrine
Thomas L. Friedman

Iran and the Obama Doctrine
Thomas L. Friedman

The same is true with respect to Iran, a larger country, a dangerous country, one that has engaged in activities that resulted in the death of U.S. citizens, but the truth of the matter is: Iran’s defense budget is $30 billion. Our defense budget is closer to $600 billion. Iran understands that they cannot fight us.

 
Islam, Peace, Justice and Dialogue
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Islam, Peace, Justice and Dialogue
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Some of the Prophet’s companions wanted to first solve the problems that existed at that time between the Makkans and the Muslims, instead of first accepting peace. The Prophet did not agree with this approach

 

Islam Would Never Allow Farkhunda to be Lynched
Bisma Tirmizi

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a very gentle man, he was famed for his honesty, kindness and gentle ways; it was the Prophet’s (pbuh) humanity that made many a people of that era, and of today, convert to Islam. There are countless stories of born again Muslims who have studied the Prophet (pbuh) and his teachings and have changed the course of their own lives for the better….

 

Tunisia: Islamists in fragile democracy - Interview with Rashid Ghannouchi
Konrad Pedziwiatr

“Tunisia is the only democratic country in the Arab world”, one may read sprayed in French and Arabic on the wall of the construction site by the majestic Municipal Theatre on the main street of Tunis, Bourguiba Avenue. The graffiti captures well the mood of the vast majority of Tunisians who four years after the start of the Arab Spring feel proud of this new political reality....

 

The Many Names of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
Ali Hashem

Uncovering the man behind the demagogue was no easy task, so to find an answer I interviewed people who met him, saw him or lived with him in the past. I visited the neighbourhood where he lived in Baghdad and the mosque he led the prayer services as an imam; I saw pictures of his family members, including his sons, daughters, brothers and wife….

 

...there has been a serious decline in Islamic scholarship and in the understanding of tolerant Islam. All religions are complicated but investment in their scholarship is important. Those who interpret these religions are often in doubt. You will hardly find students entering Islamic schools; they're becoming engineers, doctors, economists, etc. Islam, a multifaceted religion, is being interpreted by those with a mediocre understanding of it……

Much of What We Believe In Is Manufactured Dogma: Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin Sardar

At the same time, we have to look critically at ourselves, our worldview. A great deal of what we believe in is manufactured dogma. A lot of this was manufactured in history but sometimes in front of our eyes and justified with all sorts of Ahadees which have no basis in authenticity or our history. So criticism is essential. Critical Muslim is essentially about looking at Islam.....

Religious Pluralism Is the Expression of the Will, Design and Desire of God
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam

Islam is a religion inclusive by nature and stands for Unity of God, Unity of Religion and Unity among all people. Secondly, I stressed that religious pluralism is the expression of the will of God for the world. It is God’s design and desire for humanity. If God wanted he could have created all of us within one religious mould. Therefore, we should respect the will of God and as far as our role is concerned vis-à-vis our religions we should communicate, whatever is truth according to our religious perspective. I accentuated that tolerance is not a virtue, but respecting others is really required.....

 

The Constitution gives freedom to citizens to follow faith of their choice, so as Quran. Indian Constitution and Quran don't discriminate between genders, don't allow polygamy. Both are rational and give equal rights to women.....

‘Growing Up As A Hindu in Pakistan Has Made Me More Sensitive To the Issues of Minorities Elsewhere’
Lal Chand Malhi, Member, National Assembly of Pak

We are Hindus but Pakistan is our homeland. Why should we leave our homeland? I know some Hindus who believed the propaganda of the Sangh Parivar and migrated from Pakistan to India in recent years. They are treated as second-class citizens in India....

I think clearly ISIS are trying to position themselves as something more than just a fighting force, that are trying to be seen to be controlling and delivering local services, children’s services, presumably also adult services. And this I suppose is a natural evolution for that organization to be trying to provide this kind of thing. They want social, ethical and moral credibility in the region, and ostensibly to keep attracting foreign fighters especially from the English-speaking world. This is why it is important that Islamic scholars, Muslim commentators, leading figures speak up and step up and say to people “Don’t go out to the region, don’t go to join them, don’t go to fight them, it’s not your warand this is a twisted ideological form of Islam we shouldn’t be getting engaged with….

 

Progressive Muslims in a World of ISIS and Islamophobes
Karima Bennoune

Let us take the media, for example. As progressive Muslims, ours is a narrative that does not fit the dominant story line. We were interviewed by a public television station, akin to the BBC, for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Afterwards, the executive producer said, “your voice is irrelevant.” That is one example. Another is coverage of LGBT issues. They will interview the LGBT Muslim who has been discriminated against, and they will interview the homophobic Imam. But, even after interviewing me, they will not include us in the story. That adds to the Islamophobia. Because then the narrative is “all Muslims are intolerant so why should we tolerate them?" ….

 

Islam teaches us to be moderate. Islam teaches us to respect other religions. And yet we have this kind of rhetoric which does not benefit anyone. And the frightening thing to me is that at home and abroad, the Malays will be seen as politicising Islam – encouraging Islamic extremism….

 

Islamic State Was Born In 1979 with Covert Operations in Afghanistan
Jeffrey Steinberg

The whole idea was to play Islamic Fundamentalism against the "godless Soviet Union", but the problem this created was the emergence of groups such as al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden himself went to Peshawar in Northwest Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, as part of this Anglo-American/ Saudi project to create a terrorist organization against the Soviet presence in Afghanistan…..

'I Make Literature, Not War: Literature Is Not Jewish, Arab, Or American, It Tells Stories to Everyone,' Says Liberal Algerian Writer Boualem Sansal
Boualem Sansal

 In his panel at AIR, organized around successful novels written in the form of diaries, one of the writers expressed her surprise (felt by many of his readers) that he, a Muslim living in an anti-Semitic country, should write about the Shoah and express such compassion. My interview with him was wonderful, even though the tape recorder I bought for the occasion failed to work and I had to write all his answers at record speed. Those notes were then lost in boxes of books and documents that I shipped from Europe, and were only miraculously recovered a few weeks ago. …..

 

President Barack Obama once again refused to label the fight against terrorism as a war on radical Islam or any kind of "religious war," insisting that such labels hurt efforts to root out radical ideologies in Muslim communities. Obama also cautioned against the risk of overplaying the threat of terror groups and said the U.S. should instead align itself with the overwhelming majority of Muslims who reject the radical ideology and tactics of terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda….

 

Ensaf Haidar: Raif Badawi Is a ‘Peaceful Person’ Who Deserves To Be Freed
Ensaf Haidar

My husband is an activist and the founder of the "Free Saudi liberal network". Raif believed in the freedom of speech and the respect of other beliefs. The main reason he launched the network is to promote debate and discussion about lots of topics in Saudi society. He is accused of lots of things. In my opinion, Raif's detention is unjust and they should re-try him and set him free. All he was asking for was freedom of speech. And because he wrote that down, he was thrown in jail…..

France Is Tense — If Ideas Weren’t Strong, Journalists, Writers Wouldn’t Be Targets: Florence Noiville
Florence Noiville, French writer

One of the keywords in France is ‘laicite’, which means public life should be separated from religion. This often goes with ‘assimilation’, which, in people’s minds, means everyone should be like the mainstream, Franco-French, and all differences should be erased. People forget France has been populated over centuries by very different ethnic groups. Things are paradoxical. France is the country of the Revolution, human rights — but it’s always had a problem with its minorities, Protestants, Jews, Roma, now, Muslims…..

The Faith of the Islamic State
Students of Habib University

…the black banner with the Islamic creed written on it. In all its simplicity, it echoes the most basic claims of Islam as a system of belief and world order. Furthermore, it underpins IS’s claims to represent the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s spiritual and physical heritage. It thereby serves as a symbolic transfer of the Prophet’s (PBUH) authority as a religious and political leader of the first Islamic State in Medina. By and large, this visual sign, notwithstanding — or precisely, because of — its simple graphical structure, is heavily charged with meaning and compels notions of prophetic succession, rebellion, unification as well as of revenge and annulment of dishonouring actions which have remained in the collective memory of Muslims….

 

Patrick Cockburn: U.S. Turns Blind Eye as Saudis Fund Jihadists in Syrian Conflict
Patrick Cockburn

I mean, this may have started off as a popular uprising in Syria, but by now it has four or five different conflicts wrapped into one, that—and you have an opposition, but an opposition which is fragmented and really proxies for foreign powers, notably Saudi Arabia, Qatar. Turkey plays a role. What has changed recently, since midsummer, is that Saudi Arabia is becoming the main financier for the rebel military groups inside Syria. Qatar is playing a lesser role. And the Saudis are trying to develop a Sunni Islamic force that is against the Assad government in Damascus, but is also against al-Qaeda. But this is, even so, very much a sectarian force, which is already being blamed for sectarian attacks on Christians and Druze and Alawites. There, then, of course, you also have the United States and Britain and France…..

 
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