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Islam and Sectarianism

What Lies Ahead For Ahmadis
Yasser Latif Hamdani

What Lies Ahead For Ahmadis
Yasser Latif Hamdani

So this idea that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam is an entirely false idea based on a lie. Yes some populists might have used Islamic slogans but so did opponents of the Muslim League. Maulana Ataullah Shah Bokhari, a man championed as a freedom fighter by India to the extent that even Nehru sent moving eulogy on his demise, famously declared that voting for Muslim League or for Mr. Jinnah is like eating pork. Mazhar Ali Azhar of Majlis-e-Ahrar called Jinnah Kafir-e-Azam and Pakistan Kafir-i-stan. Their abuse against Pakistan and Jinnah is a matter of record. ....

Merchants of Hate
Kamal Siddiqi

Merchants of Hate
Kamal Siddiqi

However, the fact that a senior member of the ruling party would make such a statement is indeed unfortunate. This is because it gives encouragement to those who use violence to justify their beliefs. In the past, members of the Ahmadi community have been killed after statements were made against them. Who can forget the killing of two Ahmadi persons in Hyderabad after a famous TV talk show host condemned the community on television a day earlier....

 

Damage Control Does Not Need To Come At The Expense Of Our Minorities, Capt Safdar

Awan indulged in the most shameful bigotry by questioning not only the beliefs but also the patriotism of Ahmadis by suggesting that the minority should not be recruited in the armed forces or the judiciary. In that hateful diatribe, Awan also raised objections on the decision to name the Physics department of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) after Dr Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate....


 

Silence of the Lambs in Fox Land: The ISPR Stands at the Precipice of a Burgeoning Civil-Military Divide
Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

The media has, of course, spiralled out to become a complex field that any otherwise efficient officer may find too hot to handle. The internet has broadened the frontiers of information, which means that what is written in a country is no longer confined to its borders. Both friends and foes use cyberspace....

 

This also reminds me of your deeply profound love and affection for Shaheed-e-Millat Mumtaz Qadri. I wonder why Raza Hiraj sahib did not make it to your illuminating sermon. The nation will always remain indebted to you for standing against the rights of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Why shouldn’t the religion of every Pakistani be the state’s business? These infidels deserve no share in government and public sector; armed forces and judiciary. Never in your pious lifetime, never!...

Pakistan: Confront the Anti-Minority Mindset
Kaleem Dean

It is about time the social narrative of the country is revisited. Fanaticism, aggression and intolerance are not the postulates of the Islamic ideology. The followers of aggression will generate aggression whereas a new narrative of love thy neighbour will provide a sound foundation to a civilized Pakistan and in the real sense we would achieve Jinnah’s Pakistan....

 

Shifting Towards the Right - The Systematic Persecution of the Ahmadis in Pakistan
Mehmal Sarfraz

We need to leave behind a country where no one will hand out certificates of patriotism, where no one will ask which faith/sect you belong to, where your religion is not the State's business, where you can have a peaceful debate on religion without worrying for your safety, where you can walk without the fear of a terrorist attack and where people - even powerful parliamentarians - are taken to task for hate speech. If our ruling elite is actually interested in a progressive and peaceful Pakistan, they need to challenge the narrative of the far-Right....

He also called for Nobel Laureate Dr Abdus Salam’s name to be delinked from Quaid-i-Azam University’s physics department, which has recently been renamed — by his own father-in-law, the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — in honour of the celebrated Pakistani scientist....

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Mainstreaming Of Bigotry

Pakistan: Sectarian Spite
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Pakistan: Sectarian Spite
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Islamist terrorism continues to flourish in Pakistan as a result of the state strategy of support to externally directed terrorist formations. Domestic terrorism remains essentially a blowback phenomenon, and will continue to afflict Pakistan as long as the establishment continues to support certain terrorist formations in its policy of using these as "strategic assets" against its neighbours....

 

But what he could not do was to put an end to the Safavid Empire in Iran – it survived. And part of its strategy for survival was to give permanent form to its borders with neighbouring Turkic Sunni empires. The Safavids made their borders permanent by vigorously promoting Twelver Shi’ism on the Iranian plateau and persecuting those who would not conform. Both Ottomans and Safavids used sect to define themselves against the other, mark out their grand strategic goals and above all – to justify using fire and sword against internal dissent....

 

Why Doesn’t The Muslim Community Look Up To Its Black Celebrities?
Sarah A. Harvard

It’s hard for Muslim Americans to celebrate black Muslims’ success in entertainment — whether it’s Ali, Chapelle, Busta Rhymes, Akon, Lupe Fiasco, Ice Cube, Iman or many others — when black people are not seen on par or as equal with the immigrant Muslim diaspora due to class divides....

 

Injustices in Balochistan Need the World’s Attention
Husain Haqqani

Instead of attacking and destroying the Baloch, Sindhis, Pashtun, or Muhajirs, the Pakistani military establishment should focus on eliminating safe havens for international terrorists like Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban. I join all of you in recognising the sacrifice of the Baloch people. May the sacrifice of thousands of Baloch men and women – bear fruit and Balochistan get justice....

 

Tehran's Sunnis Still Waiting For Their Own Mosque
Zahra Alipour

"Why should citizens of a country be deprived of building a place of worship in the capital city of that country? Even in Sunni-dominated areas where the Shiite residents number less than a hundred families, there are still Shiite mosques and Hosseiniyehs [Shiite worship halls]. Having a place of worship, be it a temple, mosque or church, is the right of every citizen, and it is against the law and human rights to take this right away. The only person who can solve this problem is Ayatollah Khamenei."....

 

A Trip through Iran's Sunni Heartland
Ali Hashem

The Sunni question in Iran is very sensitive, and the establishment in Tehran walks a delicate line in its attempts to build relations that could lead to Sunni integration. At the same time, the establishment's primary concern is to protect the country from attempts at destabilization — a hard task that requires the patience of a rug weaver and the exactitude of a careful artist....

 
Another Masih Down
Syed Kaswar Gardezi

Another Masih Down
Syed Kaswar Gardezi

Wake up! O beloved people of the country. Wake up and fight the wrong perceptions of the society. Wake up and rid your country of the intolerance within. Wake up and cleanse the souls of fanatics and fundamentalists present. Wake up and clarify the wrong perceptions about religion. Above all, wake up to save the minds of the people from decaying....

 

Ethnic Cleansing And Genocide In Myanmar
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Despite all these, the scale of violence against the Rohingya has shot up, with a surge in mass killings and ethnic cleansing following the release of the Kofi Annan Commission report because the government’s plan is to eliminate Rohingya Muslims either through killing or threats of killing and that created a wave of fleeing out of the country.

 

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar: Genocide and Beyond
Kamal Siddiqi

Fed up with waiting, this year the Rohingya took matters into their own hand. On August 25, fighters from a small militant group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, staged surprise raids on 30 police stations and an army base in Rakhine State, where many Rohingya live. The attacks, in which 110 people died, including 10 policemen and many of the militants, triggered a crackdown by Burma’s military.

Why Are All Those Racists So Terrified?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Why Are All Those Racists So Terrified?
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

In fact, of course, western elites are now (unconsciously) projecting their fear and self-hatred onto Muslims as well and this manifest behaviourally in many ways, including as war on countries in the Middle East. And when the blowback from these wars manifests as ‘terrorist’ attacks on western countries (assuming they aren’t ‘false flag’ events, which is often the case), such as the recent attack in Barcelona, it is simply used by elites, employing their corporate media particularly, to justify more intrusive social control under the guise of ‘enhanced security’....

 

Iraqi Religious Minority Struggles To Survive In Hostile Environment
Adnan Abu Zeed

Mandaeans have settled in over 20 countries around the world, with an estimated global population of 150,000 prior to activating laws and addressing the Mandaean community’s material needs in Iraq, it is necessary to promote a culture of respect and tolerance for different beliefs and to combat religious discrimination....

 

The Return of Maliki and a New Sunni Insurgency in Iraq
Pieter-Jan Dockx

The counterinsurgency efforts intended to remove ISIS from the country are accompanied by a high degree of violence and repression aimed at the Sunni community. While violence is attributed to all groups fighting ISIS, the most prominent actor targeting the Sunni population is the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), an umbrella organisation of predominantly Shia militias under the authority of the Iraqi state but with strong ties to Iran....

 

Dynamics of Ethnic Conflicts in Pakistan
Dr Raza Khan

Ethnic conflict is particularly likely in states in which ethnic groups are inadequately represented in the government and the political and judicial systems. Liberal democracies that focus on the ideals of pluralism, individualism, inclusion, political debate, and near consensus among all participants are less likely to experience rebellion or uprisings.....

 

End of Muslim Sunni-Shia Hostility: Qatar-Iran Alliance Brokered By France
Rahul Manchanda

Economics and human practicality have finally triumphed over backwards superstition and religious dogma underlying the Sunni-Shia conflict, which has caused 100s of millions of unnecessary deaths, war, global terrorism, and destruction over the past few hundred years....

It's Okay To Be Racist in Israel
Zena Tahhan

In the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Israeli army is responsible for controlling the lives of more than three million Palestinians through hundreds of checkpoints, raids of villages and homes, trial of civilians in military courts, demolition of homes, suppression of protests, and the killing and injuring of civilians, to name a few. ...

 

Kurram Agency: Sectarian Monster Revisited
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Despite the high security alert and arrangements, the devastating terrorist attack has exposed gaping holes in the security apparatus, and in the Government's claims of having neutralized terrorism in the tribal areas....

 

Burden of the Past: Sectarian Rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran Is Far From Over
Ramin Jahanbegloo

But now, rising anti-Shiite sentiment prevalent across social media in the Gulf states and anti-Iran media messaging will erode what little is left of Iranian soft power. Salafist Jihadism will fuel new recruits — not only satisfied with targeting Shiites, but also Iranian interests. The recent Tehran attacks indicate that the sectarian rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is far from over....

 
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