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Saudi Arabia: the Root of all that is Medieval
Inas Younis, New Age Islam

We need to recognize that the only difference between the  human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and  those of any other illicit gang is that a criminal does not expect his victims  to sanction his crime with the pretense that he is exercising a right over them.  Delaying lashes,  or decreasing the number of lashes from a thousand  to one hundred are meaningless gestures.   If the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia intends to flog their citizens, behead them, imprison women for driving, and deprive them of sunlight, then let them do it in broad day light so the world can see with greater clarity, just how reprehensible their laws are.  We need to leave them at the mercy of the one billion Badawi's who might one day  be able to do what the most powerful government in the world could not; and that is to say to the kingdom and its monarch- you have no power over us........

Islamic History Is Full Of Free Thinkers - But Recent Attempts to Suppress Critical Thought Are Verging On the Absurd
Ziauddin Sardar

The psychotic followers of these organisations all think that they are Muslims, and their Islam is based on beliefs that millions who subscribe to Wahhabism, the Saudi version of the religion – and its kin, Salafism – accept as essential ingredients of their faith. For example, that Sharia, or Islamic law, is divinely ordained and immutable; that apostates and blasphemers should be killed; that women should be shrouded and confined to four walls and that men are their guardians. This is a widespread version of Islam, made more so by modern communications; increasingly gaining followers in Europe, it can be, and is, used to justify all manner of atrocities. Yet this is an Islam of manufactured dogma which relies on neither the Quran nor the example of the Prophet Mohamed….

The punishment of Mr Badawi is a reminder to us all that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an enemy of free speech, of free thought, of honesty and of courage wherever they may be found in the world today. The British government should remember the slogan used against the mafia in Sicily: to be silent is to be complicit....

Far Too Many Western Muslims Speak Of Freedom as a Sin
Yasmin Alibhai Brown

Things get even more complex when you think about freedom and Muslims. Muslims living in the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia or Turkey have no freedom to say what they think about the political system or the faith. Turkey imprisons more journalists than any other nation. Iran is the second-worst country for journalists and bloggers. In Pakistan people are tortured for blasphemy – often false charges trumped up to keep people in line…..

 

Freedom Of Expression About One’s Thoughts About The Prophet Or Faith Of Islam – One Died Over14 Centuries Ago And The Other An Established Historical Reality – None Vulnerable To Word Of Man
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

The irony is the Ulema of Islam regard the Ahadith (narratives), however insulting to the Prophet, as some kind of indirect revelation and therefore do not muster the courage to say a word against their compilers, narrators or initial reporters. They fail to understand that all such accounts that show the Prophet as a legendary character, let alone a great warrior, a sadist or sexually obsessed are merely fictions of people’s imagination – verbalization of the imageries that rose in the minds of his admirers or detractors.  They still study them and keep them alive as part of Islam’s Secondary sources, but if someone who is not a Muslim allows his artistic mind to fabricate something about the Prophet in written or art form or as a cartoon, the hell breaks loose upon the Muslim world……

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Free Speech and Islam: Could Voltaire be Muslim?

His copious writings on the matter are adamant that Islam does allow, indeed insist on, freedom of religious choice, and on diversity of opinion about many matters. He has written approvingly of cases in Malaysia where apostasy (leaving Islam) was allowed….

 

Presenting the Spiritual and Moderate Narrative of Islam is the Pressing Need Of Today: Islamic Scholars and Ulema Assert in Delhi

In his key-note address, Mr. Akhtarul Wasey, raised a question: “since we are in minority in India, we Muslims often complain about being deprived of our basic rights, but what about the Muslim majority countries where we are not willing to give the rights to the minorities?” He stated that democracy is one of the foundational principles of Islam which was fully institutionalized in the rightly-guided years of early Islam fifteen hundred years ago. “And hence it must not be discarded in today’s Muslim world too”...

Abolishing Death Sentences: Nothing Can Be a Graver Sin than Taking Away the Life of the Innocent
Zeeba T Hashmi

What moral repercussions could the judiciary face for falsely sentencing death to the accused? Currently, there are about 8,000 inmates serving on death row. Though it might not be appropriate to state that all verdicts have been unjustified, there is a huge dilemma because of the debatable and loose laws of Pakistan, as we see in case of Aasia Bibi in which the onus of responsibility is on the accused to bring her defence, not on the prosecutor who may just orally claim blasphemy, even without producing any viable proof or by forging evidence, and walk away free……

 

Israeli Barbarity and International Hypocrisy
Dr. Elias Akleh

Zionist leaders know very well that in order to accomplish their Zionist project they have to evict the Palestinians out of the land. They use supremacist religious ideology to brainwash and to manipulate naïve Jews to do this dirty job. Thus, Judaism has become the driving force for Zionism. Palestinian forced eviction and ethnic cleansing are the operating mode of Zionism….

While the Tablighi Jama’at has brought about radical reforms at the religious level among the Meos, it has made no tangible achievement at the social level. Meo women continue to toil hard like chattel in the fields. They don’t receive their religious right and share in property. Dowry is rampant. The literacy rate among the Meos is a mere 10 per cent. Only two among a hundred Meo girls are literate. ...it also shows how the Tablighis view the religion of Islam. They consider Deen (religion) as something diametrically different from and vehemently opposed to Dunya (the world).

Let Bill Maher Speak -- Islam Supports Free Speech
Mike Ghouse

Saudi Arabia or Iran may not support free speech that is their problem and not Islam's problem. Islam does not have a problem in case the right wing nuts want to make it. My strongest argument with Hannity and Geller was -- I do not want America to change for Ghannouchi, I do not want our constitution be compromised for Ghannouchi, and I do not want our character to change for Ghannouchi. We don't want to ban Maher because he says unpalatable things….

When politics plays, the poor die. That has been there for thousands of years and will remain there for as long as humans live, and their aspirations live. John Milton’s assertion that “the root of all evil is man” often seems true, especially when it comes to politics—the most favourite game of human beings. It is favourite because it gives them power. The power—an illusion, man has been haunted by for millennia. Everything that comes in the way of this illusion is enemy, whether it is innocent or guilty, he or she, concerned or unconcerned….

Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti: A Moderate Silenced

The Chinese government has invested heavily in Xinjiang, including in infrastructure and oil and gas extraction. But critics note that many of the best jobs for these projects have gone to ethnic Han Chinese. Meanwhile the government has intensified its controls on religious activity in Xinjiang. In July the region experienced more violence at the end of the holy month of Ramadan……

 

 

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Evin Prison in Tehran and the Rajai-Shahr Prison in Kavar have, additionally, been used by the Iranian state to hold members of the Gonabadi-Nimatullahi Sufi order. These Muslim contemplatives, with a history in Iran dating back centuries, and representing the largest public Sufi group in the country, have undergone an extraordinary campaign of suppression. Their intense persecution began in 2006 with the official destruction of a Sufi house of observance in the religious centre of Qom.......

 

On arrival in Manama airport, Maryam was reportedly approached by security officials who tried to take her mobile phone. She resisted, which led to her being charged with assaulting a police officer, and arrested.  At the time of writing she is awaiting trial for the latter offence, as well the crime of “insulting the King”. These charges, her family report, are “very serious”, and may result in significant jail time. Needless to say, her treatment is widely perceived as having everything to do with her status as a high-profile government critic, and very little with legitimate issues of law or justice….

 

The jailed ayatollah appealed previously for the abolition in Iran of all restrictions on women's rights and of such punishments as stoning. He has released a concise statement of his views, which are summarized under the simple title, "Secularism." While in prison, he voluntarily abandoned his clerical turban as a protest against the state ideology of "Velayat-e Faqih," or rulership by religious jurists. He wrote, "the non-secular, so-called 'Islamic' religious government in Iran so disadvantages and damages the people, and its effects are so negative, widespread and profound, that they demolish the people's pride in and honor [toward] Islam's religious founders. . . . Secularism is the only way to save Iran from continued material and spiritual regression.".....

In place of such a cruel and outrageous way of disposing of the prisoners of war, Islam preferred to spread them in the population and thus brought them in contact with individual human beings. Over and above, their guardians were ordered to treat them well. The result of this humane policy was that most of the men who were captured on foreign battlefields and brought to the Muslim countries as slaves embraced Islam and their descendants produced great scholars, imams, jurists, commentators, statesmen and generals of the army. So much so that later on they became the rulers of the Muslim world.….

Religious freedom conditions in China have continued to deteriorate, particularly for Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims. To inhibit the growth of independent Catholic and Protestant groups, the government has arrested leaders, shuttered churches and selected Catholic bishops without Vatican approval. The Falun Gong and other groups deemed “evil cults” face long-term imprisonments, forced renunciations of faith and torture in detention. Saudi Arabia still restricts public expression of any religion besides Islam, allowing no non-Muslim houses of worship. Favouring its own interpretation of Sunni Islam, the government arrests and detains Shi’a dissidents and imprisons individuals for apostasy, blasphemy and sorcery……

 

"Islamists" as a presumably monolithic term are frequently cited for terror, but Muslims are also the most numerous victims of human rights abuses by other Muslims and non-Muslims. The challenge for both Muslims and the international community is to counter the hijacking of the Muslim identity by extremists and also to respond to the victimization of all, including Muslims who are targeted by bigotry as well co-coreligionists…..

 
Miracles of Quran: Human Rights Granted by the Quran
Khawaja Azhar Abbas, Tr. New Age Islam

One of the proofs of the divinity of the Quran is the revolutionary thoughts that Quran presented in that age. These theories do not have precedence in history. Though the human intellect was progressing gradually, the principles Quran presented were ahead of its age. Since human intellect progress slowly, the human mind also rises along with it and accepts lofty ideas. But when the Quran raised its revolutionary ideas, only those who have believed in it accepted the ideas. People out of this group had not accepted the ideas as their intellectual level was not up to that level.....

 

This is because human rights in Islam are governed under the purview of Huquq Allah and Huquq al-‘Ibad, the rights due towards the Creator and the Sustainer and the rights of Allah’s servants, i.e., human beings. As such, rather than wasting their time creating sentiments among Muslims that human rights are a dangerous threat to them, Muslims should instead spend more time and encourage others to read, research and understand what Islam actually says about human rights……

 

Sudan: A Misconception of Apostasy
Dallia M Abdelmoniem

Sudan's ruling regime prides itself in a constitution that "preserves the rights of non-Muslims", but Mariam's case completely goes against that claim. In addition, Sudan is a signatory to a number of African and international treaties that "protect privacy and absolutely prohibit corporal punishment and the use of the death penalty in these contexts"….

Lesser Hindus, Purer Pakistan: This is how Pakistan reacts to Dr Ramesh Kumar’s disclosures on ethnic cleansing in Pakistan
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

Member of National Assembly and head of Pakistan Hindu Council Dr Ramesh Kumar has said on the floor of the Assembly that no member belonging to minority sections in Pakistan is safe even as the government has completely failed to provide protection to their places of worship and religious scriptures. ... Since we have looked at Dr Ramesh Kumar’s statement through the prism of conspiracy against Islam and Pakistan, his statement is not important to us nor have we to be bothered about the least bit. As the proverbial good riddance, if every year five thousand Hindus (according to Dr. Ramesh Kumar) migrate to India from Pakistan, it is a good omen for the purification of the country. It is also a warning to other minority communities of the country that they should leave the God’s own country for their own good.

Detention without Trial Common in ‘Democratic’ Israel
Daoud Kuttab

Imagine being stopped at an Israeli checkpoint and being taken into custody. Then finding yourself in an Israeli jail for six months without charge or trial. After six months, the administrative order signed by a military commander is renewed. An Israeli military judge is presented a secret file which neither you nor your lawyer are allowed to see. Within minutes your nightmare is extended for another six months…..

 

Rouhani Is No 'Moderate' When it Comes to Human Rights
Irwin Cotler

The Iranian regime also incites hatred and violence against other religious and ethnic minorities, violating their political, social, religious, economic, cultural, linguistic and educational rights. Among other abuses, minority schools and houses of worship have been closed or destroyed, restrictions have been imposed on both the public and private use of minority languages, and members of minority groups -- including the Baloch, Kurds, Ahwazi Arabs, and Christians -- have been imprisoned on spurious charges such as "spreading corruption on earth."….

 
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