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The Barricaded Muslim Mind: The Sufi Way Was Being Lost; the Wahhabi Interpretation Is Gaining Ground
Saba Naqvi

... sadly the Sufi way was being lost, the Wahhabi interpretation is gaining ground because of the money and influence they have. Part of the problem I believe is in the condition of the popular Sufi shrines themselves. For instance Hazrat Nizamuddin himself espoused expansive humanist ideas that can be described as genuinely secular. ..

Iqbal's New Muslim Man
Nadeem F. Paracha

Iqbal's New Muslim Man
Nadeem F. Paracha

Iqbal wrote that Islam was not opposed to Philosophy because the Holy Quran urged believers to reflect upon God’s creations and to peruse knowledge for the sake of it. Iqbal did not see Islam and its holy scriptures as a ‘block universe’; instead he saw them as processes of ‘continual actualisation’. Iqbal and his new Muslim man was to reconcile faith with the realities of the now and the here. Like Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Iqbal, too, was a steadfast advocate of interpreting the scriptures according to the realities of the day....

The Sufi Art of Devotion
Maria Sartaj

Hundreds of years later, people still take their names together, often in the same breath: Rumi and Shams, Khusro and Nizamuddin. The level of commitment to their beloved was so profound that the association continues even in the afterlife. In Qawwalis penned by Khusro, his mentor’s name keeps popping up, and when people read Rumi they end up looking for his Shams....

 

If the Book is studied and its meanings are pondered upon in an authentic quest for truth, all the veils of darkness shall be lifted from our heart, and the inner self – the soul – will get illuminated by the light of true faith. Note that faith is not something that can be planted in us from the outside....

 

Similarly, millions of Muslims across the globe have long been subscribers of this healing technique as it has been recommended by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family). In several instances, he has described is as “the best cure,” and the “best of remedies.” [Sahih Muslim]...

 

The Indian Muslim Must Back a Uniform Civil Code
Najid Hussain

Dependence on medieval values and archaic conventions, continue to dominate our intellectual bandwidth on a range of topics governing customs, traditions, and personal laws.....

 We want out charities to be the beacons of our Ummah yet we question them at every turn. The penny we give at the local Masjid has the ability to transform our world. But we must remember that as we drop that penny and walk on home, a thousand cogs turn before our money reaches the hand of the needy.....

 

Marrying Minors in Indonesia: Islamic Conservatism Makes It Harder To Cut the Number of Child Brides
The Economist

Mounting religious conservatism complicates attempts to change the law: last year a court in Jakarta, the capital, threw out a petition by local campaigners calling for the marriage age for girls to be raised to 18, with no exceptions. Quoting passages from the Quran, the judges said that the change might mean more girls having sex and children outside marriage....

The Maulana Out to ‘Reform’ Pakistani Education
Ayaz Amir

There are Surahs of the Quran revealed in Makkah, other Surahs later revealed in Medina. The minister says the Makkah Surahs, which of course came earlier, will be taught in lower classes and the Medina Surahs with their references to jihad, etc, in higher classes....

Talibanisation of Malaysia: We Should Beware the Hypocrites
Zaid Ibrahim

The entire Muslim community was asked to Sembahyang Hajat or perform special prayers when singer Selena Gomez came to town recently as part of her world tour, to protect us all from the evils of her sexy wardrobe. To counter all this decadence, there are a multitude of posters and slogans exhorting Quranic injunctions or Hadith about good conduct and behaviour....

The continuous rise in the number of honour killing cases reveals a more deep-seated issue with the patriarchal nature of Pakistan’s society. It is this that hinders the implementation of what little protection the law currently affords to the victims of such crimes. The courts are often more eager to serve as the moral guardians of a women’s honour ....

 

Balkans Failing to Counter ISIS’s Appeal to Women
Marija Ristic

It notes that prison sentences offer no opportunity for women or men who become disillusioned with the Islamic State, and who comprehend the seriousness of their actions, to reject violent extremism or extremist ideological beliefs....

 

Backwardness of the Muslim World
Shahid Javed Burki

South Asia may provide one model. The fact that two Muslim majority states in this region, Bangladesh and Pakistan, are managing to move towards the establishment of representative political orders is probably influenced by the presence next door of India, a story of political success. But something more is needed than the Indian example....

 

Honour Killings and Islamic Terrorism
Tammy Bruce

“Hidden among thousands of nondescript murders and cases labelled as domestic violence are a mounting number of killings motivated by a radical and dark interpretation of Islam. Honour killings and violence, which typically see men victimize wives and daughters because of behaviour that has somehow insulted their faith, are among the most secretive crimes in society....

Is Kemalism On Its Way Out In Turkey?
Taj Hashmi

“A Muslim cannot be a terrorist, nor can a terrorist be a true Muslim.” Contrary to Erdogan's allegations, Gulen believes in interfaith dialogue, multi-party democracy, and asserts: “Studying physics, mathematics, and chemistry is worshipping God”....

 

A Veil That Identity Wears
Irfan Husain

Traditionally, it was in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, two of the most socially backward countries in the Muslim world, that women were obliged to cover themselves completely. These tribal garments were given religious legitimacy by local clerics. They, together with Saudi Arabia’s extremist version of Islam, were exported to other Muslim states after 1973 when the sharp spike in oil prices filled Saudi coffers...

 

Rising Conservatism in M’sian Islam Not Just From Arabisation
Dr Norshahril Saat

It is true that Malaysian Muslims are becoming more conservative, and the religious elite have contributed to it. While an increasing number among the religious elite reflect elements of Wahhabism/Salafism, there are also many (such as Muslim Brotherhood sympathisers) who are influenced by revivalist ideas that have been popular since the 1970s and by Sufism...

 

Atheism Explodes In Saudi Arabia, Despite State-Enforced Ban
Caryle Murphy

In this country known as the cradle of Islam, where religion gives legitimacy to the government and state-appointed clerics set rules for social behaviour, a growing number of Saudis are privately declaring themselves atheists. The evidence is anecdotal, but persistent....

My Experience as a Non-Muslim Going Undercover with Britain’s Sufi Muslims
Alex Klaushofer

The religiously tolerant atmosphere of Britain enables a variety of Sufi groups to flourish quietly, both in their westernised form and among the British Asian population. So, as part of my research for a book on Britain’s evolving faithscape, it struck me that the Sufis, with their reputation for gentleness and moderation, might be the kind of open kind of faith, rooted in experience rather than doctrine and institution that I was finding elsewhere. ...

 

Picture a table with white ceramic bowls of apples, grapes, pineapple, dates and oranges. Plates of Pakoras and Samosas, jugs of fresh juice and a few Middle Eastern dishes completed the table of treats. Now, picture the astonished gratitude of tired, homesick students who observed an otherwise austere Ramadan....

 

Celebrating a Green Eid-ul-Fitr
Mohamed Abdel Raouf

Eid al-Fitr, in many ways, is becoming an occasion of over-consumption that creates pollution and waste problems. Now is the occasion therefore to seize the opportunity and adopt exemplary behaviour in relation to the environment and hope that this responsible pro-environmental lifestyle will be observed during Eid and continue all year Islam advises balance and moderation in all matters....

 

The most abused myth that the right wing propagandists brandish is that Muslims marry multiple times and divorce without going to court on the strength of their personal laws; but the fact of the matter is that Muslims in India are better behaved than others when it comes to polygamy...

 
Is This The Dark Age Of The Muslim World?
Athar Osama and Nidhal Guessoum

Creating a productive climate for science will require some fundamental re-tooling of the universities in the Muslim world. For instance, it will require a review and reform of science curricula and pedagogy in the Muslim world in a manner that learns from best practices... Without making these tough choices to make science central to the affairs of Muslim societies, the dream of a scientific revival in the Muslim world shall remain a dream.....

Are we good humans, if not genuine Muslims now? Fasting and prayers guide the Muslims to a higher level of human consciousness and thinking as Muslims. If we have remained the same hollow Muslims after regular payers and fasting, then, something is wrong with us....

 

Are You Outraged When People Behave Badly In Ramazan? You Shouldn't Be
Hamna Zubair

Let's be clear: our disbelief and shock at bad behaviour in Ramazan stems from our deep-rooted conviction that religion can or should, at a societal level, fix what ails us. This, when history presents evidence that a twisted interpretation of religion and its offspring, social conservatism, is the very thing that led to our present state of chaos....

 


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