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Instead of telling women to be more careful, why don’t we tell parents and teachers to initiate appropriate sex education in order to nurture good attitudes among boys and men? Why don’t we make sex education compulsory in school curricula? The real problem in Bangladesh is that “sex” and “sexuality” are treated as taboos....

 

Pakistani newspapers and magazines are full of praises for the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for ushering double digit growth of Islamic banking in the country....

 

The continuous need for a broad-based and inclusive political culture means cosmopolitan character of Sufi-oriented Islamic principles will continue to be invoked for respecting social difference and creating communal harmony...

 

When the idea of Pakistan began to take root amongst the Muslims, leaders of religious orthodoxy calculated that if these men managed to seize the leadership of the Muslim community, the ulema would be left out in the cold. ...

The policy of Islamisation in the 1970s and 1980’s, the subsequent rise of Taliban insurgency and the patronage of extremists groups by different political and religious groups in Pakistan have contributed to the intolerance and acts of violence against the religious and sectarian minorities of Pakistan....

 

To them, the authenticity (Asālat) of a tradition lies in its exact transmission from one generation to another with responsibility (Amānat). However, it does not prevent them from resorting to creative re-thinking (Ijtihad) for the construction of ‘new knowledge’ in an intellectual effort to address various issues of their societies. This is what catches the imagination of modern graduates of Indo-Pak madrasas, mostly youths in their 30s, in the academic exercises of the Madrasa Discourses.....

However, the extraordinary way in which Wasim has professed her religiosity, even expressing regret at her career so far and insinuating that the film industry was her path of ignorance and worldly desires over the righteous path of Islam, calls for greater scrutiny and critique....

In other words, it was by no means certain that the Senegalese family law would align with values held by Muslims, Christians and Tiedos (historically, warriors from the ancient West-African kingdoms, with traditional beliefs), and with secularism....

PM Khan then explained that this linking of spirituality (Ruhaaniyat) and science will help the youth understand the whole concept of ‘the state of Madina’ — an idea of a perfect ‘Islamic welfare state’...

Islam is a background for the illumination of the body and soul in order to develop a better Muslim way of life. If justice, even handedness and truthfulness are the lifelines of every upright state, an arrangement of different manners or Aadaab are essential for the purification of the soul....

 

When urged by the archbishop to allow non-Muslims to open places of worship in the kingdom, Prince Mohammed responded: “I could never allow that. This is the holy site of Islam, and it should stay as such.”...

 

The ideational base out of which Arab nationalism grew had its earliest expression in the thoughts articulated by Muslim intellectual activists in response to their growing awareness of the weakness of Arab Muslim society to Europe’s composite threat....

 

The wisdom behind making the intention of attaining pleasure of Allah is manifold, especially in the materialistic world. This creates genuineness, honesty, sincerity and selfless attitude in all worldly and religious actions. When a man does pious deeds purely for the sake of God, he starts expecting nothing but proximity with God as a reward for his pious actions….

The post Ramazan activities of most Muslims are a testimony of this fact. The mosques once again crave for the big congregations, but millions of gallons of water are saved in the process, as the seasonal Muslims wait for next Ramazan to attend mosques for the daily five prayers.  What are the reasons for the drastic decline and disdain towards ‘piety’ and ‘rituals’ once the Shawwal moon has been sighted?...

 

“Rare today in the Pakistani cricket is the soundbite or even private utterance not bracketed by Bismillāh (in the name of Allah) or InshaAllah (God willing). The team prays together fastidiously, recites Ayats (Quranic verses) in its huddles....

 

It were the Islamic parties, and then Zia, who succeeded in offering Islam as the new —and only — basis to replace the vacuum created by the attrition of traditional authority and power in society. But this came at the cost of a reactionary dictatorship. ...

 

Let me state this unequivocally once again -it was not created in the name of Islam, not in any meaningful legal way. The answer to this usually is that the party founding Pakistan was called the Muslim League and the basis of Pakistan was the Two Nation Theory….

The Pakistani legal system offers little protection to someone charged with blasphemy and mere accusation is tantamount to punishment. Judges and lawyers fear religious vigilantes who violently attack anyone they deem to be supporting a blasphemer....

 

Closer home, rising Islamophobia coupled with an almost non-existent political representation in the government, have driven India’s Muslims to the edge. It is amidst such a feeling of fear and siege among Muslims that Ramzan, Islam’s holiest month, began, and is set to draw to a close in a couple of days....

 

The reason for this is that Urdu newspapers are poorly staffed and financially weak. They do not have experienced and learned people on their payroll. So, they do not have material on social, political, cultural and scientific issues. So, they get the pretext of filling pages of the newspapers with religious material for the month of Ramazan. For the entire month, they just digest articles from Islamic books…..

Christians, Jews, Buddhist and Hindus continue to be banned from building houses of worship despite the fact that archaeologists have found evidence of the existence in the time of the Prophet Mohammed of a 7th century synod near Jubail and the fact that older residents along the Saudi border with Yemen vividly recall interacting with a Jewish community....

 

A Muslim observing fast must abstain from all vicious actions, such as abusing, back-biting, anger, jealousy, sexual intercourse. The fasting among the Muslims does not mean to remain hungry but to restrain his or her actions from all evils and also to restrain one’s eye’s, tongue, and ears and all other senses of the body from lust and passionate activities....

He said now these madrasas will continue to impart Islamic education but “there will be no hate speech,” As per the plan, Pakistan’s Ministry of Education will take over these religious schools and the government would pay for the madrasas by diverting cash to education from the cost of anti-terrorism security operations....

 

Many madrasas embrace a hardline (Deobandi or Salafist) interpretation of Islam and a certain number have ties to Afghanistan’s Taliban and Pakistani militant groups, including those responsible for the deadly attack....

 

The woman imprisoned in Bibi’s old cell, Shagufta Masih, was convicted with her husband Shafqat of sending blasphemous texts to the owner of an Islamic bookstall in Lahore. The couple has limited educations and had worked for years as school custodians…

 
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