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The ISIS is a manifestation of the intellectual bankruptcy of the Muslim ruling elites. The real challenge thus is not the expansion of the group in physical spaces, but the mindset of the ruling elites and their partners, ie the clergy, which is scared of new ideas. They don’t realise that their traditionalism and orthodoxy are eroding their own foundations....

 

Is polygamy widely prevalent among Muslims? The only report on the subject is that of the Committee on the Status of Women in India, 1974, which revealed that polygamy was not exclusive to Muslims but was prevalent among all communities of India: tribal (15.2), Buddhists (9.7), Jains (6.7) and Hindus (5.8). Muslims were, in fact, found least polygamous (5.7)....

 
Charity and Terror Financing
Dr Huma Baqai
Charity and Terror Financing
Dr Huma Baqai

The link between charity and terror financing is also a phenomenon which jelled in the eighties. Many charitable and service organizations emerged that served as fronts for international terrorist groups, providing them funding, material, recruits and more. Authorities globally have failed to take decisive action against the vast network of charities identified as tied to terrorist groups. For countries like Pakistan, it is an even more difficult to address....

 
A Diverse World: Diversity Is Something Natural
Kashif Shahzada
A Diverse World: Diversity Is Something Natural
Kashif Shahzada

It was revealed to the Messenger (PBUH) that everyone is responsible for his own conduct and is answerable to God on his own; therefore if people are not receptive to the message then he should not despair. Under no circumstances are people to be compelled to follow the course of righteousness. And his job was only to deliver the message, while it rested on God to hold the people to account. This standard is in stark contrast to the holier-than-thou mindset that prevails in many who think that they are on some sort of a divine mission to compel the people towards ‘righteousness’....

 

“If you observe fasting, then it should be that you are fasting from hearing and seeing evils and telling lies, besides not doing any harm to your servant. As for fasting, it has some manners, respect and dignity, and that should be adhered to and maintained while staying away from everything that comes in the purview of falsehood.”...

Fasting has been a tradition of prophets and mystics, holding timeless wisdom. Rumi writes, “Hunger is God’s food for which he quickens the bodies of the upright.” Shaqiq Balkhi, a ninth century mystic, taught that 40 days of constant hunger could transform the darkness of the heart into light. Sahl Tustari, another early mystic, fasted perpetually and earned the title of Shaykh ul Arifin, master of the knowers. He said, “Hunger is God’s secret on the earth.” Ramzan is an extraordinary time to cleanse one’s heart of spiritual maladies and to get closer to God.....

Remember the Less Fortunate This Ramadan
Aijaz Zaka Syed
Remember the Less Fortunate This Ramadan
Aijaz Zaka Syed

From Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Muslims are being killed at the hands of lunatics who call themselves Muslims. These terror attacks in Europe, in Iraq and Afghanistan ostensibly carried out by an extremist fringe bring nothing but shame to the believers and help the agenda of their enemies. While we enjoy the blessings of the holy month in the comforting safety of our homes with our families and look forward to Eid, there are thousands for whom life is a daily struggle....

 

Why does Saudi Arabia mean so much to us, when we mean so little to them? What would it take for Saudi Arabia to reciprocate the support and respect we’ve been granting it unconditionally, for many generations? How long would it take for the Muslim world to address the elephant in the room, and acknowledge this great betrayal...

Saudi Arabia has been working for decades to pull Indonesia away from moderate Islam and toward the austere Wahhabi form that is state religion in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis’ campaign has been patient, multi-faceted, and lavishly financed. It mirrors others they have waged in Muslim countries across Asia and Africa....

 

Wahhabi Movement was a 17th century reform movement that began in Persia with a view to see the basic tenets of Islam were followed strictly and with sincerity. The movement was started by one Wahhab in the 18th century and therefore it was named after him. Wahhabi movement was popularised in India by the Islamic religious leader, Shah Waliullah....

 

Such a mass movement must originate from the most prestigious centres of Sunni and Shia Islam, such as the holy cities of Mecca and Medina and Karbala, and from intellectual centres such as the Al-Azhar in Egypt. Every available media device and pulpits in the mosques must be used to send the message of disapproval in the most unambiguous language.....

Some Saudis still can’t stand it. Cinemas and concerts are “a depravity”, said the kingdom’s grand mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, in January. But what really set off the conservatives was a Comic-Con event in Jeddah a month later. Young geeks dressed up as comic-book superheroes, boys and girls mingled and some even danced together. Imams accused the attendees of idolatry and debauchery....

 

      All the important stations of spiritual path including Tauba, Wara', Zuhd, Faqr, Sabr, Tawakkul, and Riza, of which Sufis are said to be specialists, are necessarily to be tasted by a pilgrim – they constitute God’s offer/ choicest dishes to his guests in special five days of Zilhajj. A pilgrim is required to journey within to the sanctum sanctorum (heart) – and a thorough knowledge of symbolism of rites and sites in hajj is important here. Pilgrimage is a marriage that is to be consummated in new birth....

A Fatwa against Fatwas
Zaigham Khan
A Fatwa against Fatwas
Zaigham Khan

The website of Darul Uloom Haqqania states five objectives of the institution. While its first objective is to produce religious scholars, its second stated goal is to produce “men of action who can wage jihad against infidels for greatness of the word of God”. The fifth is to produce “such political activists/politicians who could confront oppressive rulers and save the nation from slavery of Jews and Christians.”...

 
Ramadan Is a Month of Work and Devotion
Mahmoud Ahmad
Ramadan Is a Month of Work and Devotion
Mahmoud Ahmad

The Prophet said, “Verily, the bankrupt of my nation are those who come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers, fasting, and charity, but also with insults, slander, consuming wealth, shedding blood, and beating others. The oppressed will each be given from his good deeds. If his good deeds run out before justice is fulfilled, then their sins will be cast upon him and he will be thrown into the Hellfire.”…

 

Before his Prophethood, Muhammad   used to spend the entirety of the sacred month of Ramadan in solitude, at Cave Hira, escaping the corruption of the mercantile class in Makkah while contemplating Divine Truth. Today, when Muslims observe Ramadan, we echo our Prophet's solitude, fasting by day and praying at night, yet we do not fully seclude ourselves from the secular.  We have to balance our quotidian tasks without allowing our conscience to be sullied by the dross of materialism….

 

Fasting may sound strenuous, and it is, but it’s also an act of devotion during a month filled with immense joy, culminating in the feasts of Eid al-Fitr. There’s an emphasis on community and charity, self-reflection and kindness. The absence of food can deepen its meaning: After pushing through long stretches of hunger and thirst, there is a heightened sense of gratitude and delight that comes with breaking the fast while surrounded by family and friends....

 

Dear diary, this afternoon at university an acquaintance approached me and said: 'I want to have a debate with you. I heard you're an atheist.' It was an expression of disbelief, as if to ask: 'How do you function?' She wanted to know where I get my morals from. For her, morality comes from religion and without faith you can't be expected to have morals. Later that afternoon I text all my friends. 'Stop telling people I'm an atheist. I don't want to die.' I must learn that discretion is a good thing."....

 

The fatwa, whose contents are though not new to the scholars of the field, has nine points which can be summarized as follows: a) there is no room for religious extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam, b) those who commit (suicide) terrorism are rebels, c) Fasad-fil-Ard (persecution) is un-Islamic and the Islamic state (of Pakistan) has the right to curb it with military means, d) only the Islamic state (of Pakistan) has the constitutional prerogative to enact Islamic injunctions, and not any (armed) individual or group....

 

In the age of Isis, we should remember Nasr Abu Zeid. He was a hero of his time, who would, had he lived – now that the Salafist cult has been let loose in the Europe of his exile as well as the Egypt that was his home – have long ago been murdered. Before I telephoned him for the first time in Cairo, I wondered if he’d be still alive to talk to me by the time I reached his home.....

The centuries-old Dars-e-Nizami curriculum taught at religious madrasa originally comprised both religious and non-religious subjects such as philosophy, geography, mathematics, and astronomy etc. Resultantly, in their more than 15-years of education, the graduate of these Madaris (religious scholar) acquired a more holistic view about the world around them with reasonable critical thinking skills....

Curb Saudi Export of Wahhabism
Shantanu Mukharji
Curb Saudi Export of Wahhabism
Shantanu Mukharji

Against this backdrop, fresh Saudi plans to inject 1 billion US dollars worth monetary help to construct mosques do not surprise Saudi watchers but its imperative for the right thinking forces to alert the world against the perils of fanning Wahhabism which poses a threat to the remaining peace loving Islamic nations.....

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and marks the month that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammed. For many Muslims it means a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, forgoing food and water, smoking and sexual activity during daylight. When fasting, Muslims will have one meal before sunrise, called Suhoor, and share another meal with friends and family after sunset, called Iftar.....

 

While a tiny minority perpetrates these heinous acts, it is the narrative stoked by a sizable mass of Muslims that pushes those at the cusp to engage in the unthinkable. Even a scholar who rejects mob lynching and capital punishment leaves "room for lighter sentences." This narrative affects not just atheists but also progressive believers with viewpoints disdained by the mob majority....

We are often times told that it is not the quantity but the quality of our worship that matters. So if you are able to memorize one ayah in a day (and are able to fully understand its meaning and context), then maybe in some ways you are better off than the individual who can memorize ten Ayaat in a day without understanding what (s)he has memorized. The same principle of quality over quantity can be applied to other things like Salat (prayer), Sawm (fasting), and Sadaqah (charity)....

 


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