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The Saudi Art Charade
Mark LeVine

Indeed, while the Salvator Mundi was being purchased and senior Saudi royals were being detained in one of history's greatest shakedowns, blogger Raif Badawi, and his lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair and numerous other activists continued to languish in jail. Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh is still serving an eight-year jail sentence in a Saudi prison, accused of blasphemy and apostasy. Saudis and poor foreign workers continue to be beheaded, their bodies crucified in parking lots, with nary a word of criticism from the global arts community....

 

Pakistan’s Descent into Madness Is the Product of an Ideological Shift
Ahmed Umer Sohaib

The science of fundamentalism and fanaticism is enigmatic. The driving force behind the local and international terrorist organisations to execute nefarious activities is the same i.e. ideology. Yet, they diverge in their interests. The attack on Quetta’s Church was claimed by militant Islamic State (ISIS) though it is no different when it comes to the thinking paradigms of home grown fundamentalists....

 

Al-Quds and the Muslim World: Part - I
Dr A Q Khan

It is rather ironic to see the Israelis, who had suffered so much at the hands of the Germans, now being so cruel and brutal against the Palestinians. They seem to have forgotten that when they were persecuted and thrown out of Spain, it was the Sultan of Turkey who had welcomed them and treated them with dignity and respect and as equal citizens. There are still many Jews in Turkey to this day....

 

World’s Most Expensive Home: Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince
Nicholas Kulish

The ownership of the chateau, in Louveciennes, France, near Versailles, is carefully shrouded by shell companies in France and Luxembourg. Those companies are owned by Eight Investment Company, a Saudi firm managed by the head of Crown Prince Mohammed’s personal foundation. Advisers to members of the royal family say the chateau ultimately belongs to the crown prince....

 

Saudi Cinemas Go Back To the Future
Maha Akeel

Saudi Arabia has an image problem because people outside rarely see anything about our society and culture except the negative aspects often reported in the news. I am not saying the negative perception is not based on some facts, such as the ban on women driving, but for the most part they are based on incomplete and second-hand information because we were not able to tell our own stories….

 

Who says we are invited to believe in God? We are called to be co-partners in God’s work and we and all that we see is the work of the Other/non-self/God. As Heschel noted “Previously we searched for the proofs for the existence of God. Today we are searching for man.” Isn’t it difficult to see even one man now in our vicinity whose soul is not on hire or who is true to his divine image and dignity?...

 

Sufism’s Tragedy is How Imperfectly it is Understood Today
Rashmee Roshan Lall

The criticism began in the tenth century and, by the 13th, the iconoclast Ibn Taymiyya was using a scathing comparison with “philosophical Sufis” to deride the use of logic in matters of faith. Both logic and “philosophical Sufis,” he said, were as useless as camel meat on a mountaintop — hard to reach, and not worth much once you’ve got it. Ibn Taymiyyah’s views are considered worth noting if only because his teachings would influence Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, who founded the purist movement known as Wahhabism.....

 

The notion of who is and isn't Muslim has also occupied numerous al-Qaeda theologians, long before the rise of ISIS. While the older terrorist group also holds Sufis to be heretics, al-Qaeda's official branches have been more restrained in its violence. When al-Qaeda fighters in northern Mali destroyed the tombs of Sufi saints in Timbuktu, the group's emir in the region sent them a multipage reprimand, warning that even though they were correct in principle;...

Elusive Definition of an Islamic State
Owen Bennett-Jones

There is one point Ayatollah Khomeini, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Mullah Omar could surely agree on. For an Islamic state to exist, the clerics have to be in charge. And by that standard, for all its constitutional provisions, Saudi Arabia remains a monarchy, not an Islamic state. And the Islamic Republic of Pakistan doesn’t come close. Not yet....

 

Turkey Rejects ‘Moderate Islam’
Uzay Bulut

"The word Kafir is the worst word in the human language. It is far worse than the n-word, because the n-word is a personal opinion, whereas, Kafir is Allah's decree. Nearly two thirds of the Quran is devoted to the Kafir. Islam is fixated on the Kafir and the moderate Muslim thinks that you are a Kafir. How moderate is that?" It is ironic that Warner's assessment of a lack of "moderate" Islam is closer to Erdoğan's than to that of the Saudi crown prince. Whether Islam can be moderated or reformed, or whether Islamic societies can be secularized, is debatable....

Barelvis and the Pakistan Movement
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

Slowly but surely the theological, ideological and political initiative in defining what is Pakistan has moved into the hands of the Barelvi clerics. The heyday of Deobandis and Ahl-e-Hadith militancy which emerged as a great factor in Pakistani politics in the wake of Afghan jihad now seems to be over....

Why So Many Turks Took Black Friday as Insult to Islam
Mustafa Akyol

Hamza Yerlikaya, an official adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, joined the choir. “What is this Black Friday? Why Friday? Friday is light, peace and blessing,” he tweeted, asking, “What operation is this? What perception is being built on this special day?” The bewildering part is that none of these Turks who condemned Black Friday bothered to learn what the term really means — that it has nothing to do with Islam’s holy day, let alone “insulting” it or carrying out an “operation” on Turkey and its Muslimness....

Does Religion Make People Moral?
Mustafa Akyol

The religious conservatives have morally failed because they ended up doing everything that they once condemned as unjust and cruel. For decades, they criticized the secular elite for nepotism and corruption, for weaponising the judiciary and for using the news media to demonize and intimidate their opponents. Yet after their initial years in power, they began repeating all of the same behaviour they used to condemn, often even more blatantly than their predecessors....

Unity, Faith And Discipline Required!
Palwasha Khan

I was reading Allama Iqbal’s poetry, where he felt gloomy that Iqbal’s doubts being expressed in his poetry are proven correct. Today’s Muslim is not a true Muslim. They lost their values, traditions and customs. Young generation has no respect and love for their elders. Every Muslim is suffering at the hands of other Muslim. Love, respect, hard work is no more valued in life.....

 

Erdogan’s 'Pious Generation' Curriculum Gets Failing Grade
Pinar Tremblay

Erdogan’s dream of raising a pious generation has backfired. The highest percentage of political opposition came from voters aged 18-24 during the April 16 referendum that granted the president unprecedented powers.

Erdogan now understands he cannot ride on the votes of the "pious generation" he has invested in and tried to cultivate for more than a decade. This may well explain his unexpected turnabout and sudden love for the founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who is a symbol of secularism….

 

Thought Control In Malaysia Stifles Islamic Intellectual Development
Mustafa K Anuar

As things stand now, Chin Huat said Malaysia would only catch up in freedom of thought with Saudi Arabia. He longed for the day “when Islam shines as ‘Rahmat Al Lil Alamin’ (blessings to the universe), whose rays shower on even non-Muslims, instead of being appropriated by Pan-Muslim nationalists as merely an identity marker to police the believers and to discriminate against the non-believers.”...

 

Sufism — A Cure for Present Crises
Dr Syed Areeb Uddin

Spirituality in Islam holds its fourth Caliph, Hazrat Imam Ali as its central figure and leading personality, one can simply derive out of what the reason for this would be. There has been no such towering personality ever recorded in human history. His trust and reliance on Allah is the most appreciate able as that makes him a king of the heart person though having negligible lively possessions. It was that trust which brought in him qualities of paramount courage, leadership, justice and simplicity....

Division of Knowledge between Religious and Secular in the Madrasas Must Be Abolished to Stem the Tide of Islam’s Continued Decline
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

As Europe was availing the fruits of its advancement and transforming its cold, dark and ramshackle villages into shining imageries of paradise (in the words of poet Laureate Muhammad Iqbal) and dotting its towns and cities with splendid museums, libraries, hospitals, universities, and rows upon rows of picturesque residential houses complete with all amenities – gardens, parks, shopping arcades, pharmacies, community centers – among other things, the orthodox Ulema remained in a state of denial and declared all scientific and civilisational advancement of Europe as the handiwork of Shaytan….

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An Open Reminder To Ulama- Rejecting Universal Knowledge As Un-Islamic Is Brazenly Un-Islamic And Kufr (Denial Of Truth).

http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-sharia-laws/an-open-reminder-to-the-ulema--rejecting-universal-knowledge-as-un-islamic-is-brazenly-un-islamic-and-kufr-(denial-of-truth)/d/5961

 

Huge Crowds Descend On Egyptian City to Celebrate Sufi Mystic
Ayah Aman

“The Milad of Sheikh Badawi is a chance for followers of different Sufi orders to gather together, as it rehabilitates souls to coexist peacefully.” Every Sufi order performs its Hadra in pavilions in the mosque’s courtyard. In the praising of God, believers dance, twirl and sway barefoot to the rhythms of the daf (a Mesopotamian instrument that resembles the Western tambour) and ney (a woodwind instrument similar to a flute), rehabs (an instrument that resembles a lute) and violins....

 

Islam and Peace: Some Reflections from the Quran and the Life of the Prophet
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

So, it is quite clear that war and violence are irrelevant to the scheme of Islam. The scheme of Islam requires peace in the complete sense of the term. War, violence and intolerance are completely unwanted in Islam. Because of this, the Quran gives great emphasis to Sabr or patience. Sabr is one of the most important teachings of Islam. The Quran says: “Truly, those who persevere patiently will be requited without measure.” (39:10)...

Faithless Face behind the Religious Mask
Dr Saulat Nagi

In the land of the pure, the law relating to blasphemy is yet again in the limelight. The hysterical expression of the rulers, the sardonic behaviour of theocracy and the bizarre yet pernicious attitude of the lumpen simply reflect that redeeming the state from the quagmire of religious fanaticism has become an impossible task....

Meet Pakistan’s Modern Middle Class
Ammara Maqsood

The visible religiosity of the new middle class is often identified as the Wahhabi Islam of Saudi Arabia. However, it is not Wahhabi Islam but the globalized Islam practiced by Muslims in the West that better explains contemporary religious trends. Made familiar with Muslim practices abroad through relatives living abroad and returning migrants, many members of the new middle class have started incorporating them in their own lives....

Pakistan, Let’s Talk About Sex
Mohammed Hanif

Two kids or 20, for parents they are all precious. For some, even divine. There are men who believe that by bringing more children into the world they are helping build up the Muslim Ummah. Every few years, a silly news story is published about a man with 30 or more children who claims to be having fun doing God’s work. But nobody ever asks the three or four mothers involved in producing all those children if sitting around a stove making food for more than 30 people makes them happy.....

 

Ka’bah – The Iconic Nucleus of the Hajj
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

"There it stood, almost a perfect cube ... entirely covered with black brocade, a quiet island in the middle of the vast quadrangle of the mosque: much quieter than any other work of architecture anywhere in the world. ….. The builder knew that no beauty of architectural rhythm and no perfection of line, however great, could ever do justice to the idea of God: and so he confined himself to the simplest three-dimensional form imaginable—a cube of stone." It is a symbol, as Asad wrote, "of God's oneness; and the pilgrim's bodily movement around it is a symbolic expression of human activity, implying that not only our thoughts and feelings—all that is comprised in the term 'inner life'—but also our outward, active life, our doings and practical endeavours must have God as their centre."….

 

Salafis and Sufis Can Strike a Meeting Ground
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

Incidentally, Sufism has become a kind of New-Age amalgam of spiritual practices, even though its roots reach back to the earliest days of Islam. As the early Muslim conquerors took their faith to different lands, Sufism began to borrow from different traditions, including Greek and Hindu philosophy and Christian theology. Hence, many of the early Sufis believed that all faiths were equal. This is where Sufism went astray.The way forward that can provide a unifier effect to the Muslims would be that the Salafis soften their stance and the Sufis to  discipline their loose practices.

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