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A Harmonious Marriage
Asghar Ali Engineer
A Harmonious Marriage
Asghar Ali Engineer

Thus any attempt to force women to merely fulfill men’s lust would be un-Quranic in spirit and against her dignity. Love and tenderness are most fundamental where relations between man and wife are concerned. It is these feelings according to the Quran which create a strong marital bond. If there is no love and tenderness, such a marriage cannot be successful….

Islam and Gender Partnership
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Islam and Gender Partnership
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

“Men and women are members one of another.” The same concept was emphasised by the Prophet of Islam: “Men and women are two equal halves of a single unit.”  These references are very evident. To illustrate this point, I would say that life is like a cart with two wheels. The cart cannot move without the joint action of both the wheels. No wheel is superior or inferior; both are equal and both have an equal role to play....

 
What Do I Do? & Where Are We Going?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
What Do I Do? & Where Are We Going?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Many of us do not know what to do and whom to listen. The Muslim world does not like to read, so what do we do? - we take a shortcut, we go to second hand information and that is, to listen to and follow the sayings of a Maulana, especially from our sect, i.e., if I am a Wahabi/Hanafi then I will go to a Wahabi/Hanafi mosque on Fridays and listen to and follow his interpretation of Islam. This in turn creates more division. ....

Owing to the contemporary climate of extremism in Pakistan, the key is to bring various faith communities together and make collective efforts to foster peace and stability Faith Matters, a conflict resolution and interfaith organisation, has developed a unique programme to promote harmonious relationships between the Muslim and Christian communities based in Pakistan through the training and development of young people from both faith communities. ...

 
Islamic Socialism: A History from Left to Right
Nadeem F. Paracha
Islamic Socialism: A History from Left to Right
Nadeem F. Paracha

Between the 1950s and early 1970s, a powerful ideology in the Muslim world galvanised itself from the minds and fringes of modern Islamic intellectualism and made its way into the mainstream political arena. But this ideology did not have a single originator. Its roots can be found amongst the works of Muslim thinkers and ideologues in South and East Asia, Africa and in various Middle Eastern (Arab) countries....

 

In Indonesia where there is no mufti or a jurist who is an authority on Islam, fatwa remains the province of MUI, an institution set up by the government in 1975 to guide the community and advise the government on Islamic affairs. Two other Islamic organizations, the Nahdlat ul Ulema and the Muhammadiyah, also issue Fatwas for their members. ...

 
Muslim Fertility Is In Decline
David Ignatius
Muslim Fertility Is In Decline
David Ignatius

Marriage is also plummeting in Asia: In Japan, the percentage of women between 30 and 34 who have never married rose from 7.2 percent in 1970 to 26.6 percent in 2000; in Burma, it rose from 9.3 percent to 25.9 percent; in Thailand from 8.1 percent to 16.1 percent; in South Korea, from 1.4 percent to 10.7 percent. Marriage rates in the Arab world are higher, but they’re moving fast in the same direction....

Islam does not sponsor any discrimination on the basis of caste, lineage, sub-caste and ethnicity while arranging marriages. Islam does not oppose marriage in a different biradari, superior or inferior. However, the issue of kufu (parity) has become a problem and an obstacle in marriages of Muslim boys and girls more so when the boy or the girl wants to marry a boy or a girl of his or her own choice outside their own caste and sub-caste (biradari). In some cases, the marriage between a boy and a girl belonging to different birdaris leads to even murder and breaking of close family ties. The decision of a girl to marry a boy of her own choice even without the consent of her guardians cannot be questioned. Opposing such a marriage merely on the basis of what is called the principle of kufu is making a travesty of Islam. The sense of caste or biradari’s superiority creates serious problems and leads to the opposition of such inter-community marriages and violates Islam’s principle of equality which Muslims claim to be what is called its unique selling proposition. In this article Maulana Abul Hameed Nomani discusses the issue of kufu from a positive point of view which aims to solve the problems of marriage of Muslim boys particularly girls who sometimes grow old waiting for the right match in their own biradari. -- New Age Islam Edit Desk

Why the Doors of Learning Are Closed On Muslims
Asad Mufti
Why the Doors of Learning Are Closed On Muslims
Asad Mufti, Tr. New Age Islam

Is it not a matter of shame for Muslims spread between the banks of the Nile to Kashgar that one and half crore “cursed” Jews are leading in every field? 22 Arab countries put together could not put any challenge before Israel either in science or research or in the battlefield. On the contrary one and a quarter billion Muslims are unmatched in bloodletting and differences.....

What is the Ruling of Marital Rape in Islam?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
What is the Ruling of Marital Rape in Islam?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Allah gives permission for the husbands to sleep with their wives, but they must fear Him and remember Him, and that a Day will come when they have to meet Him, when they do so. Forcing his wife into sex, or forcing her to do something which she does not desire would not please Allah Almighty. He warns those men who are sexually mean, impatient and demanding to their wives that they will have to meet Him, and everything they do they will be held accountable for it....

I came face-to-face once again with the powerful and enigmatic leader and founder of the Mongol Nation, Genghis Khan, and yet another exhibit that portrays how yesterday’s become today’s heroes. —“In 1215, he conquered the world. In 2012, he invades Atlanta. Experience the amazing true story of Genghis Khan as you explore a world of conquests, diplomacy, innovation, destruction and controversy....

It's Islamic? Don't Panic
David Shariatmadari
It's Islamic? Don't Panic
David Shariatmadari

Muslims! They're everywhere, muttering in foreign languages, obscuring their faces, and yet somehow managing to shove their way of life down our throats. Patrols of youths intimidate gay people in the name of Allah. Even suburbia isn't safe: Arabic calligraphy on a house in Newport has caused the kind of fuss your average leylandii could only dream of. At the same time, some find Islam seductive. Just ask the female converts on BBC3's Make Me a Muslim. Others look at this as all the evidence you need of a dangerous takeover: Sharia's back, and this time it knows where you live. ...

Parts of the media seem to fear Islamisation above all. Their arguments are rooted in prejudice. Muslims aren't immune to the impulse. Recent footage of young men harassing a person they believed was gay, telling him to leave because "this is a Muslim area", calling him a "fag" sent shivers down many spines, mine included....

 

 

Many Muslim Middle Eastern countries, ranging from Morocco to Iran, are dictatorships, with countries such as Egypt, Iran, Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Syria qualifying as ‘not free’ countries, even after variable experiences of the Arab Spring. Even at a cursory glance, the tribal or clannish affiliations of many leaders of these states are obvious. In Saudi Arabia and many Gulf states....

 
Islam Promotes Education and Liberation- With Special Emphasis on Women
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
Islam Promotes Education and Liberation- With Special Emphasis on Women
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Acquiring education, both religious and secular is compulsory upon women in Islam. Preventing women from gaining education is an un-Islamic act. The Quran and the Ahadith both make it compulsory upon Muslim men and women to acquire knowledge and education.

Polygamy in Islam- Religious View, Historical View and Scientific View
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
Polygamy in Islam- Religious View, Historical View and Scientific View
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Although men’s genes are inclined towards polygamy, our genes come into effect only in the presence of the environment. There are some recent studies done on the condition of the families whose males have married more than one wife. The study says that polygamy leads to higher levels of crime, violence and poverty and gender inequality. We have to keep these things in mind. One thing that must be remembered is that if religion and its teachings are not reformed and brought up to date with the present time then our minds will get fossilised.

“From 1973 to 1977 I toured Afghanistan five times through different channels and it was due to these contacts that Burhanuddin Rabbani, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Maulvi Younas Khalis and their associates moved to Pakistan (to wage jihad)...many Arab Mujahideen came to Pakistan in the guise of clergy or businessmen of whom one was Osama bin Laden...after the fall of the USSR the world became unipolar and Osama bin Laden decided to shatter this myth.”

 
The Reformists And Their Problems
Asghar Ali Engineer
The Reformists And Their Problems
Asghar Ali Engineer

Sir Syed himself faced much more than these reformers. His mission was to spread modern knowledge among Muslims, particularly among the Shurafa who traditionally learnt Urdu, Persian, Arabic and at the most Islamic sciences. They resisted modern education as they thought it would pollute them with Christian culture. However, Sir Syed knew there will be no future for Muslims without acquiring modern knowledge. The resistance against him was so strong that fatwas were issued against him calling him Yahudi, Christian (Kristan) and Kafir. Fatwas were got against him even from Mecca.

 

But the interplay of faith and science is rarely straightforward. Surveys seem to suggest that the first instinct of people seeking care in this dazzling nation of 15 000 islands is to seek the services of a traditional healer. Islam appears to play an extremely potent role in such matters as vaccination and reproductive health. And when it comes to many issues in the area of women's health, including such things as breastfeeding, access to abortion and genital mutilation, the nuances can be surprising.

 
Allahpur: Why the Silence?
Arshad Alalm for New Age Islam
Allahpur: Why the Silence?
Arshad Alalm for New Age Islam

So why should one then write about Allahpur when it is no different from any other village? This is because Allahpur is a Muslim village where the dominant upper caste Muslims have been harassing low caste Muslims for many years now. While one often hears about this phenomenon within Hindu society, Muslims and the larger Indian society is slow to take cognizance of the effects of caste structures on the Muslim society.

At the other end of the spectrum, many of the poorest Saudis are in families headed by women such as Shamir, who are either widowed, divorced or have a husband who cannot work. Under Islamic law, men are required to financially support women and their children. So women who find themselves without a man's income struggle, especially because the kingdom's strict religious and cultural constraints make it hard for women to find jobs.

Past Forgotten, Future Tense
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
Past Forgotten, Future Tense
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

Forgetting without a sense of justice does not help. Recent television debates urging Muslims to forget the Gujarat pogroms are just a reminder how we as a society are adept at forgetting inconvenient truths. This is definitely not to say that Muslims should not move on. In fact they must if they have to carve a better future for the coming generations. But such a moving on cannot be devoid of a sense of justice. It will be like the victim is asked to forgive the killers.

 

There is hardly any awareness about the rights of animals in the country. Many attribute it to Islam as a majority of Muslims regard slaughtering and subsequent eating of animals as justified on religious grounds. It is a religious obligation to sacrifice a cattle over Eid-ul-Azha which follows the pilgrimage season in Mecca. Such Muslims tend to look at animals only to feed them and in some cases to please them, if they cannot be eaten. The animals otherwise have no rights. This kind of attitude is unfortunate as the Holy Quran is silent on this issue while there are a number of sayings of the Holy Prophet that command Muslims to treat animals humanely.

Caste, religion and Untouchability in Muslim-dominated Kashmir
Vidya Bhushan Rawat, New Age Islam
Caste, religion and Untouchability in Muslim-dominated Kashmir
Vidya Bhushan Rawat, New Age Islam

Ashaq Ali Wattal hails from a community which has the sole ‘right’ to clean the toilets in Jammu and Kashmir. Hailing from Doda, Wattal moans at the continuous negligence by the state government and its authorities towards the community of manual scavengers in Jammu and Kashmir. His father was a manual scavenger working with municipality but now has left the work and does bamboo work.  Ashaq has passed 10th standard and does electric work in his town. He was in Delhi to speak about his people and the discrimination they face in their daily life.  According to Wattal, nobody wants to keep relations with us though there is no discrimination in the mosque during the Namaz.  Despite, living in a Muslim dominated Kashmir it is strange that those who talk about non-discrimination in Islam never ever thought that this issue needs immediate attention. Why has there been no movement among the Muslims to fight for the rights of the Muslim Dalits. A continuous denial will not work in this regard.

Then there is no restriction on hate speech. Our clergy spew toxic hate material day and night and there is no check. Ilam Din carpenter and Mumtaz Quadri both were influenced by such mullahs who drove them to act as murderers. And we glorify them rather than condemning such criminals. Some of the most revered leaders in the Muslim world called for the murder of Salman Rashdi without realizing the consequences....

 
Should Wives Share Financial Burden?
Madeeha Ishtiaque
Should Wives Share Financial Burden?
Madeeha Ishtiaque

...pre-conceived socio-cultural gender norm that begin to operate as soon as you tie the knot. And so even though we have landed from stone age to ‘the’ 21st century where ‘change’ is the key word and all values and morals are supposed to take an upside down shift, something just never change. It’s a man’s job to earn and a wife’s responsibility to rear children. Where feminist’s campaign vehemently for equality of women’s right, why not endorse equality in sharing the bills?...

 
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