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How Islam Can Fight the Patriarchy
Riada Asimovic Akyol

The misogynists often justify their positions by referring to archaic interpretations of Islam, which is why we must work to revoke their monopoly on interpreting religion. Islam must be a part of the solution. The way forward is to emphasize that while Islam has eternal values, Islamic laws also in part reflect the norms of medieval societies — and as times change, laws should, too....

First Time In Its Entire History, Darul Uloom Deoband Comes Out Openly Against the Tablighi Jamaat and Its Chief Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhaulvi

Going by the news report published in Inquilab, dated December 6, 2016, the Deoband seminary claims to have received complaints regarding the ‘perverted views’ of the Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulvi Saad Kanadhalvi from various places including Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Darul Uloom also said that scholars across the Indian subcontinent should express their concerns over the way Maulvi Saad Kandhaulvi is propagating his perverted and distorted views among the Muslim masses....

Sufis Show Mystical Side of Islam
Anna Rohleder

“The Sufi tradition is important because it goes beyond otherness to the unity. Salaam stands for wholeness. It’s not about defending Islam, but creating a climate of unity beyond diversity.”…

The Failure of a Neo-Ottoman Foreign Policy
Behlul Ozkan

Almost a century after the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his supporters believe that they can restore the empire’s former glory.....

 

Islamic Religious Texts Must Be Read In Context to Understand Blasphemy
Ismatu Ropi

To avoid following a misguided use of sacred texts, religious believers should understand the context in which the texts appeared the first time. Religious texts usually emerged as answers to problems that occurred within the social and political contexts of the time....

 

Muslim Men May Soon Be Punished For Triple Talaq
Shahnawaz Akhtar

Besides working on the idea to punish those who pronounce triple talaq, the board has sped up the formation of Darul Qazas or Shariat courts across the country. These courts can be approached by a woman, who does not want to stay with her husband, to seek a smooth divorce without approaching Indian courts....

Is Islam ‘Exceptional’?
Shadi Hamid

Muslims are, of course, not bound to Islam’s founding moment, but neither can they fully escape it. The prophet Muhammad was a theologian, a politician, a warrior, a preacher, and a merchant, all at once. Importantly, he was also the builder of a new state. It is difficult to know when he was acting in one role rather than the other...

The Four Essential Facts about Islam You Really Need To Know
Sarah Harvard

In Islam, Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus — along with numerous other biblical figures — are considered prophets and highly regarded. Since these figures are mentioned in the Quran, the Bible and the Torah, Muslims are required to treat the Christian and Jewish holy books with respect. The Quran orders respect of the Bible and Torah in chapter four and verse 136….

 

Masjid-Al-Haram Tax: What Has Happened To Muslims’ Collective Conscience?
Maulana Yahya Nomani

Every Muslim has the right to perform Hajj and Umrah. What right does anyone have to stop him from this or charge a tax from him for doing so? This is definitely an act of high handedness and the misuse of the authority on Masjid al-Haram. It can have dangerous consequences in this world and in the hereafter....

 

I began ‘practicing’ Islam – I actually don’t even know what that word means anymore – around 10 years ago, and although initially in awe of the “Sheikhs” western Islamic circles are often focused around, after a few years, I became somewhat disillusioned when it became apparent just how human these self proclaimed Sheikhs actually were. Although I could put all the blame on the behaviour of the said Sheikhs...

 

Upon migration, the Sufis blended with local customs and traditions. While some Islamic societies frown upon music, keeping in mind the love of Indians for music, Sufis preached equality in the form of Qawwali, a form of music which developed in this country. While Qawwalis continue to be sung regularly at famous Sufi shrines...

 

Islamic banking is a banking system in accordance with the Shariat. In Islam, money has no intrinsic value – money, therefore, cannot be sold at a profit and is permitted to be used as per Shariat only. The Islamic Law or Shariat prohibits paying any fee for renting of money (called Riba) for specific periods of time. It also prohibits any sort of investment in businesses that are considered Haraam or against the principles of Islam....

 

How to Construct a Liberal Islam – Part One
Akbar Ganji

The major world’s religions are products of the ancient times and, thus, do not and cannot represent liberal ideologies, as liberalism was developed in modern times. It is not difficult to identify verses in the Torah, the Bible or the Quran that are in complete conflict with liberalism….

Moderate Islam at Stake in Jakarta in Ahok’s Blasphemy Case
Amanda Hodge

Indonesia has long been viewed by Western allies as a model of religious pluralism and stable democracy in the region, but mobilisation this month of more than 100,000 moderates and conservatives marching side-by-side to demand the once unassailably popular Ahok be punished for insulting Islam has raised questions about the direction of the country...

The Way of the Sufi
Marisha Karwa

The Way of the Sufi
Marisha Karwa

Pointing out that while the institution of whirling is deeply spiritual, it cannot be dissected — just as one cannot explain why one prefers salad with lemon dressing or salad with balsamic vinegar dressing. "You have to first learn the religious institution, then Islam, then Sufism, then Tariqat, which is the organised version of Sufism, and then Mevlevi (Rumi) Tariqat,"...

 

To extend the explanation of this, Jafar ibn Mohammed (Al-Sadiq) was approached by a man with a stomach ache and the heaviness of bowels; the Imam asked him to eat only twice a day, in the day and nights, as Allah (swt) prescribed for this as the food served for the people in heaven, “they will get their food prepared both times, morning and evening.” (19:62)...

 

When we fail to develop love for art literature, poetry, music and dance in our generations; we might as well deprive them of the instruments to think beyond the horizons we have established for them. The means to imagine cease to exist and their minds & souls are delved into harshness of the world. ...

Similarly, the Sufi made it clear that a proper spiritual life requires that the spirit or intellect rule over the passion of the Nafs or soul. At the same time, the hidden and the eternally unmanifest Essence of God, the God Beyond- Being, the Dhat, is also symbolically feminine.  If the Nafs may kindle man’s baser desires, the Dhat, or Essence, standing at the opposite end of the Sufi’s mystic path, is on the contrary the source of his greatest and most ennobling desire....

The sole purpose of sending the prophets was to establish Justice in the world and end injustice. Broadly speaking, doing justice means giving everyone his due. But this simple statement camouflages all the complexities of life in their myriad and ever-changing relations; all the temptations; all the apprehensions and concerns; all the conflicts and dilemmas....

 

The Debate on Triple Talaq Must be Based on Proper Research and Data
Faizan Mustafa

Should the Supreme Court or government take crucial decisions to reform personal law on the basis of such unscientific research? The apex court should ask the Law Commission to conduct a major comparative study on this subject to know the ground realities of women from various religious communities. On its part, the government should release all the data from the socio-economic- caste census. Let this research be used as a starting point for a truly informed debate on the plight of women in Indian society – all women, regardless of caste, region or religion....

 

It is in the spirit of diversity as Sunnatullah (divine providence) that we must understand the notion of jihad not in its offensive form or in the invocation of religious supremacy that closes the way to dialogue.

 

It is a trend that is in North America and in the UK, and is seems to have no clear goal other than convert everyone, even Muslims, to their very narrow and unsophisticated view of Islam. Islam historically has done very well with pluralism....

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The Holy Prophet (pbuh) praised him for his phased approach and raised his hands in supplication to Allah to bless Muad. We therefore need to use logic and reasoning to move forward. Look at the achievements of the philosophers, of old, rather polymaths, that followed later e.g Al-kindi, Al Razi (Rhazes), ibn Sina (Avicenna), Al Biruni, Al-Haytham (Hazen) and many others and they were not necessarily Muslims.....

 

Sufism in Russia: Pro Et Contra
Alfrid Bustanov

Many students who went on a long journey looking for knowledge in the East returned to their native settlements and opened madrasas and Khanqahs – a place where pupils were brought up and Sufi services took place. Mentor sheikh's location frequently became sacral: graves, springs and trees whose holiness was linked with Sufi mentors were situated near a village…

 
Talaq in India
A.G. Noorani

Talaq in India
A.G. Noorani

In 1943, Maulana Abul Ala Maududi opined: “[Triple divorce] is an innovation and a sin leading to many legal complications. If people knew that triple divorce is superfluous and even a single Talaq would dissolve the marriage, of course, leaving room for revocation during the next three months and remarriage thereafter, innumerable families could have been saved from disruption.”...

 


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