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Islam and Sectarianism

An Attempt to Understand Ahmadiyyas
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam
An Attempt to Understand Ahmadiyyas
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

It is true that in many ways, Muslims are being led astray by those who should be guiding them on the right path. New Age Islam also has the same mission in its own way. Surely this cannot disqualify Ahmadiyyas from being accepted as Muslims. Most of the opponents of Ahmadiyyas are those who seem to have gone astray. Even someone like Abubakar Baghdadi is accepted as a Muslim, though what he stands for is the complete opposite of what the Holy Prophet taught. Mainstream Muslims should rethink the whole issue and try to form an independent judgement about Ahmedis....

Sectarian War in Pakistan and Urdu Media's Narrative of Denial
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
Sectarian War in Pakistan and Urdu Media's Narrative of Denial
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Some of them even make a mockery of the Sufi denomination, blatantly emboldening the sectarian war-mongers in the country. A fatwa-factory declaring the Sufi practices as 'Haram' (forbidden in Islam), 'Bid’at' (un-Islamic innovation) and 'Mushrikana Rasm' (heretical practice) can be seen in the mainstream Urdu media in Pakistan, let alone the social networking sites. This is how the country's Urdu media is radicalising the common Muslim viewers and readers who are already influenced by the sectarian tendencies....

The ideological insecurity of the Sunni-dominated northern establishment should never be taken for a threat to state security. How could the "roar of the words", for which the Shia clerical establishment is famous all over the world and which is replicated in Nigeria by the equalitarian, republican sermons of the Islamic movement of Nigeria, constitute a threat to state security?....

 

Mosque officials say some 120 families have been moved to buildings nearby, while others have left to try to go home. Plenty remain, crowded into a row of shelters crafted from fencing, trees, blankets, corrugated metal, and in one case what appears to be a billboard for a pricey Calvin Klein watch....

 

In a nearby prefab shelter, Fazih, weathered and sun-beaten, isn’t sure of his age but recalls fleeing so-called Islamic State after months of surviving on animal feed. He tells how the men of his village waved their white undershirts in the air at the advancing Iraqi army....

 
Pakistan: More Smoke and Mirrors
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Pakistan: More Smoke and Mirrors
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Sectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan's long history of violence against minorities. Sectarian strife has afflicted Pakistan virtually from the moment of its birth, but has escalated continuously since 1979, with the then President General Zia ul-Haq's 'Islamicisation' of Pakistani politics. Shias resisted this process as the 'Sunnification' of Pakistan, since most of the laws and regulations introduced were based on Sunni Fiqh....

 

Like many other segmented communities worldwide, the possibility of violent skirmishes is high in Nigeria for an array of reasons which are too numerous to mention here. One of these violent confrontations occurred between the state security forces and the Muslim-Shia group resulting in wanton destruction of lives and property with a confirmed death toll of about 348 Shiites...

We can present the argument to the growing followers of Ludhianvi and Hanafi that they are militants or radicals but to them they are religious activists and political leaders. They are seen as such because our political forces and military have treated them as such....

 

What I find extraordinary is the Muslim indifference towards Islam’s future, as if they couldn’t care less. A standard smug reaction is that all religions, notably Christianity, have gone through upheavals and emerged stronger. So will Islam; a “new” Islam fit for the 21st century will emerge from the debris of the old.

I am a citizen of an Islamic republic where five-year-old girls are raped, where women are traded like a commodity, where lust is stronger than the religion that claims to hold the country together. I am citizen of a country that lost its innocence in infancy....

 

In today’s politically correct hyper-humanitarian world (wait until the end of the sentence) a scholar wouldn’t sleep the night if he implied that a group of innocent people deserved to be blown to pieces because of their apparent religio-political alignment. The escape route for such scholars is silence. This is not the silence of a mourner seeking seclusion for the passing of his beloved. It is one of satisfaction. It is one of sanctioning.....

 

The silence is truly deafening. But more so, the silence from Muslim leaders and communities across the world is heart breaking. Shia Muslims are being left isolated when they are butchered. We forget that regardless of sects and ideologies, we all believe in the same God, we pray in the same direction and we all follow the same Prophet (pbuh).....

 

The New Testament seals the topic in these words: “Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”(1 Corinthians 6:10.)

 In the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred book of Hindus, chapter 17, verses 8-10, it is said: “Food that promotes life, vitality, strength, health, happiness and satisfaction; which are succulent, juicy, nourishing and pleasing to the heart are dear to one in goodness. Food that are bitter, very salty, very sour, very hot, very pungent, very dry and burning causing unhappiness, misery and disease are palatable by one in passion. The food that is stale, tasteless, putrid, decomposed, foul and impure, as well as the leavings of others, is dear to one in nascence.”....

At the end of day between the different sects of Islam we have more similarities than we have differences. I can say on the week of Muharram, at a Shia mosque, I have firsthand experience being the only Sunni Muslim amongst the entire Shia congregation could not have felt more at home....

 

We never learn about the murder of the Prophet’s ﷺ grandsons at the hands of his Ummah. We never learn about the betrayal from a son of Bani Ummayah. We never learn about the theft of Khilafat from the righteous. We never learn about Muawiyah’s warning his son to not “meet God with his [Imam Hussain’s] blood.” We never learn about the gross disobedience to his father, his soul’s nature, his sense of inhumanity, to the Prophet he claimed to love ﷺ....

 

Delve in to the history of your religion and you will see that the masses mourned Hussain and the tyrants used fear to silence his revival, for his death was the greatest revival of our faith. He rekindled the love for the Prophet in even those who were silent witnesses to his murder that they regretted and came back to true faith afterwards. How great can a man be that his name has rekindled hearts of non-Muslims through the ages? Yet my Muslim brothers and sisters from other sects are silent?...

 
Iraq’s Sunni Minority: The Day After
The Economist
Iraq’s Sunni Minority: The Day After
The Economist

Attempts at reconciliation feel tortured, but at least the sects are again talking, not boycotting. “In the past each sect used to sit in separate corners of the parliamentary canteen,” says a Sunni MP from Mosul. “Now we argue at the same tables.” Quenching the schismatic flames depends on countries beyond Iraq’s control, like Iran and Saudi Arabia. But restoring Sunnis’ place in a post-IS Iraq would be a good place to start reducing the heat...

 
Who are the Zikris of Baluchistan?
Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Who are the Zikris of Baluchistan?
Muhammad Akbar Notezai

On the 27th of Ramazan, Zikri Baloch say special prayers at Koh-e-Murad, which is considered to be a sacred place for them? “They are simply Muslims; with great affinity to Shiites. They are simple people, having four enemies. One is the wolf that attacks their live stocks; second is drought; third is the thief who steals from them; fourth is conflict among the tribes. And to prevent the last, they have a simpler set of beliefs,”...

 

Wahhabism’s most dangerous deviation, in the eyes of the Sunnis who met in Chechenya, is that it sanctions violence against non-believers, including Muslims who reject Wahhabi interpretation. Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban are the principal foreign adherents to this creed outside Saudi Arabia and Qatar...

Today, around the world, Shia Muslims will be celebrating an occasion of vital importance to them; an event that it is widely considered to be the one that split the Muslim world. Eid al Ghadir is named after the event in which Shias believe that Ali ibn Abi Talib, the cousin of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), was appointed as the religious authority and leader after the Prophet by Allah (swt)....

The same scenario had played out in previous Islamic eras. Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri (671-741), an Islamic jurist who was close to the Umayyads, issued a fatwa calling for pilgrimage to Jerusalem instead of Mecca, which at the time was under the control of the Ibn al-Zubayr caliphate, the Umayyads’ main rival. The situation prompted Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik to build the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for the pilgrimage. The Qarmatians stole the Black Stone of the Kaaba and hid it for 22 years to prevent their Abbasid rivals from reaping the lucrative hajj proceeds....

 

The CPEC cuts through the entire north-south length of Pakistan and is aimed at giving China access to the Gwadar Port that it has helped construct on the Balochistan coast. The total cost of the project was projected at $46 billion, but recent reports in Chinese state-run media have hinted concern in Beijing at the "increasing cost of security" and "potential setbacks"....

 

Saudi Arabia is home to Wahhabism (who themselves prefer the term Salafis and scripturalists), an ultra-conservative branch of Sunni Islam, under the Hanbali school of Islamic law. Generally speaking, the reverence that Muslims have for Saudi scholars stems from the symbolic significance of Islam’s 2 holiest sites being in Saudi Arabia, as well as the unmatchable funding that Saudi Arabia uses to propagate its ideology and promote its policies....

The Crisis of Mohajir Identity in Pakistan
Harris Khalique
The Crisis of Mohajir Identity in Pakistan
Harris Khalique

Mohajirs as a category today would mean those whose ancestors migrated from areas of India other than Punjab. Derogatory words like Tilyar, Makkar, Matarwa or Panahgir – based on names of migratory birds or insects with certain characteristics, or even the term shelter-less – were also not used for immigrant Punjabis. ‘Hindustani’ was a more serious and respectable term used by the elderly in Punjab and Sindh...

 
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Slow Burn
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Slow Burn
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

The Mardan court suicide attack comes just hours after terrorists of JuA attacked the Christian Colony in the Warsak Dam area of provincial capital Peshawar in the morning of September 2. One civilian, one Levies official and four suicide bombers were killed in an exchange of fire with Security Forces (SFs) in that incident....

 
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