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The Indus Raga: From Bulleh Ki Jana Mein Kon to Tarrin Paunda
Nadeem F. Paracha

Even though Islam has become the major faith along the Indus in the last 500 years, the dynamic history of the region has kept cultures largely heterogeneous and varied. A commonality was not attempted on the basis of a homogenous or monolithic idea of faith and culture here. Rather those preaching Islam in the region — especially from the 12th century onward — absorbed existing cultural traditions that had evolved for thousands of years along the river, and, in turn, expressed them through the more esoteric strands of Islam (Sufism)....

 

Sufism in the Service of Empire: the Case of the Maryamiyyah
Wahid Azal

One feature of the Maryamiyyah practice which they are noted for is that they pray to Schuon as well as the Virgin Mary; and, along with offering blessings (Salawat) to the Prophet Muhammad and the Madonna, the order also offers daily blessings (Salawat) to Frithjof Schuon –- a feature of their practice which would certainly scandalize any orthodox Muslim, Sunni or Shi’i. Much of the Maryamiyyah’s teachings and practices also seem to share common elements with the Indian Tantric Left-Hand Path tradition....

 

Triple Talaq Travesty: Why a Uniform Civil Code Could Be Advantageous To Muslims
Hanif Murad

The true triple Talaq, as ordained by the Holy Quran, is one of the more humane therapies to deal with a downward spiralling marital relationship. Importantly, the most significant injunction in the triple Talaq therein is that after each pronouncement of Talaq, there has to be compulsorily a period of waiting or Iddat that provides a timeout to reflect on the alternatives to a divorce....

 

The Uniform Civil Code Debate – Constitutionality, Not Sharia should Be the Focal Point
A.J. Jawad, New Age Islam

The entire argument on triple Talaq and polygyny is centred around the argument whether these practices are valid or not under the Sharia. The opinions of several medieval jurists are batted around to either justify or condemn these practices. The point that is being missed here is the geographical and political location of the issue. The debate should be on the rights of women within the geographical territory of India governed by a Constitution that promises equal rights to all its citizens and not on the religious validity of practices that impinge on such rights. The question should be not what is valid in a particular religion but what is valid under the Constitution….

All Talk and No Action on Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community Is No Longer Enough
Nikos Barbaressos

The advice they receive from family members or even Imams is quite saddening, especially if the abuser is the spouse. Family members tend to prevent the victim from speaking out against the spouse due to what the community would possibly say. They continue to try making the victim feel guilty by making remarks such as, “Who will marry you if you are divorced?” or, “What will the community say?” or even to extend it as far as asking, “What are they going to think about the family?”...

 

Islam Has No Conflict with a Uniform Civil Code That Provides Justice, Equality and Dignity for All
Sadaf Munshi

I do not think Islam as a religion is so weak that its foundations will be shaken by a very welcome decision of adopting a uniform civil code that provides justice, equality and dignity for all – notions that Islam has no conflict with. Abolishing an ages-old tribal practice such as triple-talaq, which finds no authenticity in the religion itself, is indeed a commendable step in this regard....

Islam prohibits any kind of harassment at the time of divorce if that becomes necessary but our men do the opposite. All these and more are the real reasons why Muslim women are left high and dry and are the victims of the oppression of their men. How is banning triple Talaq going to solve these problems?...

 

How the Ulema Are Jumping, Feet First, into the BJP’s Trap
Zafar Agha

Once the anxieties over aggressive Muslim unity is firmly planted in Hindu minds, what is sure to follow are even larger rallies mobilised by the VHP and other Sangh Parivar outfits with the counter ‘Jai Shri Ram!’ cry filling the streets.

Thus by the time the polls draw close, putting aside caste considerations they will rally behind those projecting themselves as “protectors of Hindus”. Hindus will then turn out in large numbers to vote for the BJP while the by now fear-gripped ordinary Muslims will stay behind closed doors praying to Allah to save their lives. And in that moment there will be no sign either of the Muslim Personal Board or of the self-appointed leaders who had earlier sworn to lay down their lives for the sake of Islam and the Muslim community....

In view of the complexity of the problem, the only ray of hope lies in the honest and unified efforts of liberal Muslims. Without a strong assertive Muslim leadership in the nationalist and secularist Indian tradition launching an aggressive movement for democratic liberalism to free the Muslim women from their plight, they would continue to cling to medievalist obscurantism. The need of the hour is to de-politicise all the Muslim issues and free them from the Mullahs....

'Talaq' and the Battle to Ban the Three Words That Grant India's Muslim Men Instant Divorce

Indeed, one of the reasons triple Talaq has remained legal so long is the fear, propounded by Muslim community leaders, that if the government is allowed to tamper with Islamic personal laws, it might one day scrap them completely, “and the majority will swallow you up”...

 

Faith as Psychological Disorder
Ashraf A. Kadakkal

The setting up of a village of goatherds at Athikkad in Nilambur in Kerala is an example of ideologically ill-motivated Salafis trying to recreate the pastoral communal life of the Prophet era. The spate of migrations to the village, which has been widely reported, is undertaken by likeminded, spiritually deranged renegades....

Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is reported to have said "It is better for you to take your rope, go to the mountain (cut some foreword) carry it on your back, sell it and thereby save your face than begging from people whether they give or refuse you" This shows that though charity is encouraged in Islam, begging should be the last option if one can work to earn a livelihood....

 

A custodian of Dalits and lower castes, the Sufi leader of 19th century had strong bonds with Konthu Nair and Kappratt Krishna Panicker, who were among the influential Hindu leaders of the time in Malappuram.....

 

The beauty of Islam is its relative simplicity of practice.  Unfortunately purists not only in Islam but in all religions compel the faithful to follow a rigid and hard-line interpretation of the faith. They do not permit any changes to cope with and keep pace with new challenges. The people that refuse to change, to embrace and acquire new knowledge, cannot progress, and yet they also cannot afford to stand still. Any society that forbids learning will stagnate, be exploited by others and finally be doomed to implode and collapse....

 

Pakistan Supreme Court to Decide Christian Mother's 'Blasphemy' Case This Week
Aasia Bibi

The atmosphere in the High Court when appeal judges upheld the death sentence jeopardized the safe administration of justice with dozens of bearded clerics present, and religious extremists reciting verses of the Qu’ran a few feet away from the two Muslim judges. The same points of law at stake at the appeal hearing are being addressed again before the Supreme Court of Pakistan but in a different atmosphere....

A Tale of Three Camels
Rafia Zakaria

Over a week after Eid, one neighbourhood’s tale of sacrifice came to an end, or at least to a pause, until next year, when more camels and their entrails, will again become the stench of indifference that the pious cannot smell....

 

I knew this phenomenon, which was displayed in images or in words, was being marvelled at by millions of others behind luminescent screens. I saw tears well in the eyes of people who were thousands of miles away in flesh, but deep within the heart of this earth-beat in spirit. I saw the values of this journey, of this visitation, of this commemoration, taken up by the lovers of the Martyr all over the world and I thought, “This is the legacy of Hussain.”...

 

The Problem with the Islamic Apocalypse
Mustafa Akyol

Muslims can understand Jesus’s Second Coming in the horrifying way of the Islamic State or the inspiring way of Abduh. That is because religious texts come to life at the hands of men. And it makes a great difference whether the believers’ purpose is to self-righteously sharpen their blades against others, or to humbly educate and enlighten themselves....

The Life and Vision of Malcolm X Is Relevant To Muslims Now More Than Ever
Malcolm X

The sectarian differences in the Middle East are having knock-on effects in Europe and beyond. I have seen how within the Muslim community in which I live, differences are played up between Sunni and Shia along with fierce arguments and divisions between rival schools of thought within Islam – a far cry from the unity that Malcolm thought had come to define Islam...

 

And The Most Truly Muslim Country in the World Is Ireland
Patsy McGarry

“If a country, society, or community displays characteristics such as unelected, corrupt, oppressive, and unjust rulers, inequality before the law, unequal opportunities for human development, absence of freedom of choice (including that of religion), opulence alongside poverty, force, and aggression as the instruments of conflict resolution as opposed to dialogue and reconciliation, and, above all, the prevalence of injustice of any kind, it is prima facie evidence that it is not an Islamic community”...

 

Are Donors On Global Terror Watch Lists Funding Saudi-Style Islam In India?
Sreenivasan Jain

The money to this institution is shown as coming for construction and expansion of buildings - schools orphanage, and a madrasa. But it is run on core Salafist beliefs, which are dismissive of the Sufi Islam practiced in the Indian subcontinent. "What you call Sufi Islam isn't Islam at all. It is the distorted face of Islam. Calling themselves Muslims, they are distorted faces," ....

 

Deen-e-Islam or the Moral Way of Living in Islam
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam



The unparalleled excellence with which the Quran teaches us the moral way of living is at several levels. The first level is the principle itself which is illuminating in itself. The second level is the use of imagery created with words and using the most effective devices of the psychology of influence such as priming and through reinforcement by repeating the message but in different ways and in different contexts to make the point clear and beyond doubt. The third level is the linguistic excellence and all of these within the framework of a complete and self-sufficient system of belief in a God who is the Creator…

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Overcoming Historical Amnesia: Muslim Contributions to Civilization
Craig Considine

Muslims have actually made enormous contributions to civilization, perhaps due to the heavy emphasis that Islam places on knowledge. People who forget or blatantly ignore major trends or events in world history can be said to suffer from "historical amnesia."...

Illusion of Legality:  Muslim Personal Law Has To Be Extracted From the Sources of Islamic Legal Tradition
Faizan Mustafa

The Quran has only 83 verses relating to law. Just like the American Constitution’s seven articles, Islam believes in minimum interdiction and leaves maximum scope for human interpretation of laws. “Law” has to be extracted from the sources of Islamic legal tradition. Such extraction is called Ijtihad — endeavour or self-exertion....

 

Did the Prophet Have Concubines?
Dr. Mohsen Haredy

“Your servants and your slaves are your brothers. Anyone who has slaves should give them from what he eats and wears. He should not charge them with work beyond their capabilities. If you must set them to hard work, in any case I advise you to help them.” (Al-Bukhari)Did the Prophet Have Concubines



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