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Mourning Our Culture Illiteracy
Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

How Islam has been such a great cultural force and in fact has “conquered” the world – Rumi, Hafiz, Ghalib, Ibn Sina, Ibn Arabi, Khayyam are world phenomena – needs to be understood at a time when the question of Muslimness has been more ideologically or politically framed. Culture literacy will counter fundamentalism on the one hand and nihilism that lurks in secularization project on the other....

The good manners of Prophet Mohammad are legendary. When it came to laughter, it is well known that “his laughter was his smile”, nothing more. He was never heard actually laughing out loud. But at times, he would smile to the point where his teeth would show as well, and that is when people around him knew that he is finding something very funny. The Prophet and the imams were exemplary in all of their behaviour, including their playfulness and good demeanour.....

 

At another time, in another place, many conversations could have been had: whether ordinary men and women can forgive an offense against the Prophet (may peace be upon him); whether to follow his practices of Makkah or only of Medina after an Islamic state had been established there; whether the word story, Kahani, is indeed offensive, implying something that is not true; and why violence has become the predominant proof of love.....

The anecdote that Ahmed narrated in his paper to demonstrate these concerns a standoff between Ahle Sunnat – or Bareilvis – and Ahle Hadith – or Wahhabis – over what transpired at a conference about the life of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him). And it is pretty instructive: some young Barelvi men in Kamoke town near Lahore attended a gathering of Ahle Hadith. They claimed that two Ahle Hadith clerics implied during the gathering that Bareilvis were like “dancing girls” and made fun of the Barelvi insistence on the Prophet’s intercessory role and perpetual presence.....

Suppose someone who cannot read, buys food from a street side stall, suppose what he buys is wrapped in newspaper which has the name of the Prophet written on it. If the wrapper is thrown away, wonders Shaikh, if the person who cannot read unthinkingly tosses it into the trash – insult would have occurred, but without intent. “That isn’t blasphemy,” he says. “Is it?”....

 

Pakistan Honour Killings Continue Despite Tough New Laws

"I asked her many times not to talk to the boy, but she refused and finally the same boy came to our door, which made me crazy."...

 

As part of a shock therapy to overhaul the deteriorating economy, the government is relaxing the rules on having fun in the ultra-conservative society -- and also plans to make some cash from it. The kingdom is hardly synonymous with entertainment: religious police order music to be silenced and citizens usually travel to Dubai or Bahrain when they want to catch a movie or a show. Now the plan is to turn cheering people up into an industry.....

Calling him “moderate” is the most Orwellian use of the term. AFP has also (unsuccessfully) attempted to white wash bigots like Ashrafi whose bullying and loud mouth tactics are filled with sectarian invective against Sunni (Barelvis), Shias and Ahmadis – muslim groups which are routinely targeted by Ashrafi’s friends from ASWJ-LeJ....

 

One of the core tenets of Islam is its insistence on its compatibility with human nature. God created the universe, including human beings, and instilled various, even divergent faculties, traits, abilities, desires, instincts, etc. in them. Left to themselves, human beings allow some of these aspects of their nature to dominate others aspects, and this explains much of the oppression and corruption (committed against oneself as well as others) that takes place in the world. ...

 

In Turkey’s Heartland, Rumi’s Turquoise Soul Is Alive and Twirling
Shabtai Gold

Despite a layer of snow and temperatures that freeze the waters flowing from plentiful fountains dotting the streets, many thousands make the pilgrimage to his grave, housed inside a lodge once used by whirling dervishes. Often they struggle to articulate the reason for the visit. “There is something about him, it comes from the heart. Things like this, from the heart, they are hard to explain,”....

 

Religion and Regression in Pakistan
Khaled Ahmed

Hindutva may turn out to be less terminal in its destructive spread than Sharia, but the seduction of religion is there in South Asia. In the Sindh district of Ghotki, there is the Sant Satram Das temple from where Hindu girls have been picked up and “converted” before being forcibly married to Muslim men. Near the temple, there is also the infamous Bharchundi Sharif shrine whose patrons once became famous in India for converting...

The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi
Rozina Ali

... Brad Gooch describes how Shams pushed Rumi to question his scriptural education, debating Quranic passages with him and emphasizing the idea of devotion as finding oneness with God. Rumi would come to blend the intuitive love for God that he found in Sufism with the legal codes of Sunni Islam and the mystical thought he learned from Shams….

All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board to Form a Council of Islamic Jurists (Majlis-E-Shara'i) To Address Muslim Personal Laws with a Consensus (Ijma’a)

Talking to New Age Islam, Hazrat Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichchawchchwi, the founder and president of the AIUMB, said that a selected group of Islamic experts on the Hanafi jurisprudence (Fiqh) will govern an all-India body of muftis and Ulema and hence the AIUMB will form a complete council of Islamic jurisprudence (Majlis e Shar'ai) to address Muslim personal laws and other related issues with a unanimous opinion (Ijma’a) in order to help reduce the religious controversies in the Muslim community……

How Fish And Chips, Refugee Camels And Burqas Made 2016 A Year To Remember
Nadeem F. Paracha

This is a picture of the two women, Sharmila and Fouzia, whose main existential purpose in 2016 was to travel to various European countries to get harassed. Both landed in a European country without niqabs but wore hijabs the moment they left the airport. When they didn’t face any harassment, they wore an open-faced burqa. When even this didn’t trigger any harassment, they adorned a full head-to-toe niqab. When this too failed to attract any Islamophobic pestering, they felt offended and believed that they had let down their faith.....

 

The Semantics of Becoming Muslim: Converts, Reverts and the New Muslim
Anisa Abeytia

Unfortunately, we became an Ummah devoid of both love and mercy for ourselves and our families. In its place, a face culture sprung up in which the guest and stranger is honoured above everyone else, but only for three days and then you are on your own. As an Ummah, we cannot expect to offer much to New Muslims when we offer little to ourselves....

Teaching the Message of Islam
Alia Hogben

On other faiths: “... those who follow the Jewish faith, and the Christians, and the Sabians — all who believe in God and the last day and do righteous deeds —shall have their reward with their Sustainer; and no fear need they have, and neither shall they grieve.” And, “For every community faces a direction of its own, of which God is the focal point, vie with one another in doing good works.”….

Blaspheming Religion Vs Blaspheming Humanity
Al Khanif

If blasphemy is defined as the insulting of sacred religious symbols, blaspheming against humanity may be defined as demanding rights without fulfilling the duty to respect the fundamental rights of others. This means that blaspheming against humanity includes false respect for human rights, especially the basic rights of vulnerable people....

They do not pay heed to the Prophet’s (PBUH) warning to Muslims not to unsheathe their swords against each other. Otherwise, the sword will never go back to the sheath. The sword that was unsheathed in the civil war between Sahabah (the Prophet’s (PBUH) companions has not gone back into the sheath. It must be sheathed now if our civilisation has to survive.....

Politics of Muslim Identity over Santa Outfits
Azis Anwar Fachrudin

Ulema, priests and rabbis wear robes. Rosary or prayer BEADS are used in Islam, Christianity and Judaism; Buddhist monks use prayer beads, as well. Do not forget our national symbol the Garuda bird, which is the mount of Vishnu that originates from Hindu mythology. Adopting a Garuda as a national symbol certainly does not mean Indonesian Muslims promote Hinduism....

 

Rediscovering Sufism
Moin Qazi

They discovered that in addition to the mind human beings have other centres of consciousness that serve as inner faculties for attaining knowledge. Foremost among these centres is the heart. With diligent practice, teachers of Sufism perfected techniques that activate the heart, cultivating profound intuition and realization. The polished heart becomes a mirror that catches the light of truth and reflects it in one’s consciousness....

 

Sufis in Pakistan: Missionaries, Warriors or Statesmen?
Nikita Singla

Sufism has a lot of different faces in the world and the one in South Asia is certainly very peculiar. In the wake of increasing religiously motivated violence and not-so-rare attacks on the shrines in Pakistan, the argument exists if Sufism is just a tolerant, mystical practice in this Islamic state or it’s a weapon that has the potential to backfire, further wounding rather than healing the domestic stability in Pakistan….

 

Abolishing Sponsorship System, So It Can Be Done
Mahmoud Ahmad

With the abolishing of the Kafala system, the relationship between the expatriate worker and business owners is sure to improve. Injustice and abuse would be easily spotted and dealt with. The expat worker will no more be at the mercy of the business owner. Workers will have the right to travel and work and change jobs according to the regulations, and of course at the same time the law would be guaranteeing the rights of business owners....

 

Critique of Popular Religion: A Fear Psychosis Promoted In The Name Of God Understood As Cosmic Policeman
Muhammad Maroof Shah

There is something terribly wrong with religions as ordinarily understood and practiced, and appropriated for political ends. There is a truckload of guilt associated with non-issues; a fear psychosis promoted in the name of God understood as cosmic policeman, exploitation and oppression against women, minorities and religious other in their name….

The strange thing is that the same man appeared in a subsequent video explaining why he had used improper words to describe the female nurses and students. He even refused to apologize for using such language. This particular man is known to adopt a Takfiri ideology. During a Friday speech, he described Saudi actor Nasser Al-Qasabi as Kafir....

The major jihad is known as the spiritual struggle, a struggle between two powers within ourselves: the soul and the body. The conscience is in conflict with the bodily desires. This spiritual conflict is an ongoing jihad within each one of us. Islam expects its followers to give preference to the soul and the conscience over the body and its desires. ... The minor jihad is the armed struggle. However, that does not automatically mean unjustified use of violence. ...



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