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Girls, because of gender barriers and cultural issues, are not permitted to make this journey. In Pakistan, girls have a lower literacy rate than boys because the distance children must often travel to school prevents girls from attending. Many families also do not want their daughters getting an education in the same school as boys. There are also very few female teachers in the rural areas in Pakistan. Poverty and the weak governmental education system are pushing more children into religious schools, called Madrasas, because they provide food.……

 

Pran Nevile: Lahore A Part of Me
Aasim Akhtar

So what draws me to Lahore? I feel so much at home here even all by myself. Walking along the Mall, I can still recognise the landmarks that I left — Dinga Singh Building, Shahdin Building, Feroz Sons, Dayal Singh Mansions, the High Court, E Plomer — they are all there for the last one hundred years. From Charing Cross to the GPO, it’s much the same save a few new structures. I go to Anarkali Bazaar and to the Walled City where I spent my childhood. I’ve been practically all over the globe right up to Latin America but nothing quite compares to Lahore…..

 

The funny thing is, of course, that all these extremist groups, they come up, they fight among themselves, they boomerang from Iraq to Syria, to Lebanon, but no one does any harm to Israel. Isn’t that strange?....

 

The Saudi government is very concerned that the violence spread by ISIS militants could also be directed against Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the Saudi government's stance is somewhat split. Saudi Arabia could theoretically prevent the flow of money toward ISIS, but it does not do so - probably out of concern that such a move could lead to internal political turmoil. The government, therefore, sees ISIS as a danger, but there are rich Saudis who see in ISIS a spiritual ally against the Shiites……

 

The Battle for the Soul of Pakistan
Sophie Shevardnadze

We need to think about the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is that it’s not just Americans; many other countries also are getting concerned about Pakistan as a Petri dish for global terrorism. Most of the people arrested in Europe have had some kind of relationship – either they went through Pakistan or were in Pakistan when they became radicalized, and those are things that we need to address for ourselves. So a radical Pakistan which is also nuclear is definitely a problem. But a nuclear Pakistan that is responsible and takes responsibility for its nukes? …….

 

Sunnification of Pakistan is a Real Threat: Arif Jamal, US Based Pakistani Scholar
Arif Jamal

Unfortunately, instead of fighting sectarianism, the Pakistani state has continuously and actively encouraged and supported Deobandi and Ahle Hadith sectarian groups and organisations because they were ready to fight jihad in Kashmir and Afghanistan. Another important reason for this was that Saudi Arabia was continuously forcing Pakistan to keep Barelvis and Shias out of both Kashmir and Afghan jihad. This is why we see only Deobandi and Ahle Hadith groups participating in jihad in Kashmir and Afghanistan. As a concession to the Deobandi/Ahle Hadith groups fighting in Kashmir and Afghanistan on behalf of the Pakistani military, the government turned a blind eye to the sectarian terrorism in the country. As a result of these policies, Pakistan is on the road to become a Sunni state. I believe the Sunnification of Pakistan is a threat to both Pakistan and world peace. .....

 

'Help Us Fight the War in Afghanistan'
Suhasini Haidar

I clearly see the constraints to helping us. But India should also be clear what the goal of this assistance is? Help for what? The goal should be a more secure future for us both. It wasn’t a small decision for Afghanistan to sign India as its first strategic partner, given the geopolitical situation that surrounds Afghanistan. We took that decision because we wanted to secure our future together. Now that future needs tough decisions, needs risky decisions…..

 

Egypt Salafist Party Leader Defends Decision to Back Sisi
Enas Hamed

When it comes to electoral alliances, we have no problem with opening channels of communication and forming alliances with prominent political parties. However, according to the conditions and standards set by the party, we currently have no proposals for potential alliances with specific parties. The claims about the Nour Party allying with the leftist National Progressive Unionist Party and the liberal Conference Party are unfounded……

 

‘Revoking Article 370 Means Burning the Bridge between J&K and India’
Praveen Swami

Well, if Mr. Modi goes ahead and fulfils his poll promises, he will end up severing Jammu and Kashmir from the rest of the country. That is what Mr. Modi will do. He has promised to revoke Article 370 from the Constitution, which means that the constitutional bridge between Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian Union will be destroyed. This basically means that the structure of Jammu and Kashmir’s position in the Indian Union will be undermined…..

 

Former Muslim Alom Shaha: Why Atheists Should Care About Anti-Muslim Prejudice
Chris Stedman

Although I am an atheist, I nevertheless find it distressing that people can be contemptuous of all Muslims based on their own prejudices about what it means to be Muslim. Some atheists are guilty of this ideological categorization, too, and it bothers me that some of those who really should know better feel that Muslims and non-Muslims cannot, by definition, get along…..

Hamid Mir himself has never been above controversy. He is known to have liaisons with some unseemly characters like Malik Ishaq of LeJ, which cannot perhaps be explained away on the ground of an exercise in investigative journalism. He has been described as India-phobic and Indian agent in the same breath. Some people insist vehemently that he is an ISI agent, and claim to have proofs to back their claim. But what can be said without fear of contradiction is that he has had close relations with Osama and other Al Qaida figures....

 

Q: How did Islam come to be used as a justification for terrorism among Saudis?

A: It is a matter of how a group of so-called clerics interpret, or misinterpret, Islam. In Surat Al 'Imran of our Holy Book, it says, "No one knows [the Qur'an's] true interpretation except God, and those who are well-grounded in knowledge say, 'We believe in it. All of it is from our Lord.'" But some clerics stop in the middle of the verse, and just say, "No one knows [the Qur'an's] true interpretation except God and those who are well-grounded in knowledge." Then they put it to you that they alone are well-grounded in knowledge, and go on to use the half-sentence as a divine mandate for their own authority. If we claim that our religion is a peaceful religion, calling for peace between nations and between religions, then these false foundations need to be addressed…..

Jimmy Carter Talks About Iran, Campus Rape, Jesus Christ and the Paintings of W.
Elizabeth Dias

But unfortunately there have been interpretations of what Jesus did by very wonderful theologians that wrote individual letters to individual churches all across Asia minor and so forth, that can be misinterpreted and to prove by male religious leaders that women should not be equal in the eyes of God…..

 

That is why we should all work according to our abilities to save the young people who are lured by paradise, virgins, the defence of oneness and loyalty and disavowal. You should open the eyes of our young people to the real Islam - the Islam of love and compassion and charity - not the Islam of bombing and killing and cruelty…..

 

“Allah Makes Muslims, Allah Makes Queers”: A Interview with Terna Tilley-Gyado of Coming out Muslim
Terna Tilley-Gyado

I’m currently based in Boston area and I’m actually also a student, studying to become a therapist in the global mental health field. I am especially interested in working with LGBT folks, particularly refugees and asylum-seekers. I consider myself a practicing Muslim and a dervish of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order. I converted to Islam nearly 15 years ago…..

 

"I do not consider that there is a chance lost by Hezbollah, because I think there weren't a chance even. Yes, our idea is to employ the respect that we got in the interest of promoting a culture of resistance in the Arab and Muslim world. Hence we are open to the national and Islamic forces.....

 

Seymour Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked US Bombing
Amy Goodman

Here’s what’s scary about it. What’s scary about it is the military community—I know that the Southern Command, etc., were very worried about this possibility. The war is going badly for some of these jihadist groups. They obviously—more than al-Nusra, other groups obviously have the capacity now to manufacture sarin, with the help of Turkey, and the fear is that as the war goes bad, some of this sarin—you can call it a strategic weapon, perhaps; when used right, it can kill an awful lot of people very quickly—is going to be shipped to their various units outside of Syria. …..

 
Social Struggles in Indonesia, Women Workers and the Left
Alex de Jong, Wolfgang Alles, Zely Ariane

There are attempts to give a political expression to the workers movements worth mentioning. The first is the “workers go political” approach of FSPMI, the metal workers union. They encourage their members to be parliamentary candidates for any political party that agrees with a platform put forward by FSPMI. The agreement includes that the FSPMI candidacy will only obey the union, and not the political parties on whose ticket they are running…..

 

Mona Eltahawy:  Many Governments Are Confused They Don’t Know What to Do About Egypt
Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American writer

What you’re seeing in Egypt now is people continuing to be willing to pay their lives to have that ... to demand accountability and to demand that government listen to you. And so you can’t be anywhere in the world and be watching this and not have to ask yourself, ‘What would I do if I were in that position? Would I also be that courageous and would I also be willing to pay with my life, with my physical safety, in order to ensure that my country is being run the way that I want it to be run?'….

 

If an infant in a cradle can be a prophet (Issa AS), then why an eight-year-old child can not be the Imam? It is not strange. Although we may not accept this belief as we are Sunni. However, this belief does not harm their Islam, and they are Muslims.....

Ulema have a very important role in keeping societies – especially various sects of Muslims – knit together by spreading Islam in its true spirit. If Ulema do not perform their role well, people will kill each other as they are doing in various nations right now…..

 

Fethullah Gülen on Arab Uprisings, the Sunni–Shi’ite Sectarian Tensions, Radicalism, and Conservative Islam
Manuel Almeida

Treating religion as a political ideology is the greatest betrayal against religion, as it amounts to reducing Islam to a simple or lowly set of principles and caricaturing it. The role of the centuries-long colonialism in this should be noted. Indeed, the tendency to reduce religion to politics and to resort to violence is more prevalent in countries which were colonized in the past. To our dismay, the violence by these radical groups is sometimes given wider coverage in the media when compared to the vast majority of Muslims, who do not approve of them….

Fethullah Gülen on Hizmet Movement, Hanafi School of Islam and the Relationship between Islam, Politics and Democracy
Manuel Almeida

Let me put it blatantly: If Muslims can freely cherish their religion, perform their religious duties and rituals, establish institutions defined by their religion, teach their religious values to their children or other aspirants, speak their mind about their religion in public debates, and make religious demands in compliance with laws and democracy, then they do not have to try to establish a religious or “Islamic” state....

AAP and the Indian Muslims
Humra Quraishi

Together with Kejriwal's anti - Modi stand, the fact that he is talking of the Bijli - Paani - Sadak issues has helped build the connect. For let’s not overlook the fact that a great majority of the Muslim population of this country survives in under - developed Bastis and Mohallas and ghettos. He is talking of relevant issues which affect their daily lives.…..

My initial reaction was disbelief. My work is always in verite and focused solely on characters. We started following eight characters in January 2011 in Tahrir Square. Their trajectory would determine whether there would even be a film. It's been a tough road but a truly gratifying one. There were so many other great films that were shortlisted [for the Oscar nomination] and just as deserving…..

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