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Is our fate in the otherworld linked to following particular juristic school in a given case? Is animal sacrifice (Qurbani) mandatory for every individual who can afford it (Sahibi Istita'at)? Is the popular understanding of Qurbani (especially Hanafi one) based on certain reading of prophetic traditions uncontested in Islamic tradition?  No is the answer to all these questions....

Eid-ul-Adha at Bhopal 2014:  A Reflection
Syed Rizvi, New Age Islam

It is not a surprise that no Muslim leader or clergy condemned this action of the Muslims but it is deplorable that no lefts, liberals, or secularist said a word against this despicable behaviour of the main stream India’s Muslims....

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The way out of ignorance lies in the middle, in a synthesis of these poles. Is it possible Islam, the religion of 1.3 billion people, does contain its share of ultra-conservatives and militants? But could it also be many Muslims seek progressive, moderate leadership? I’ve had the privilege to know Muslims in Canada and around the world. In my personal life, and in work with the International Association of Religion Journalists, I’ve become colleagues and friends with Muslims in North America, Europe, Malaysia, Lebanon, South Africa, Algeria, Pakistan and elsewhere.....

Islamic Republic Of Iran: When Justice Is Regressive
Rafia Zakaria

The slander heaped on them, then, is its own metaphorical death, a kind of destruction just as tragic as the actual robbing of life. Pakistani society is a champion at this practice; there are many Asieh Aminis here, silenced, sometimes killed, all for the crime of raising a voice, demanding a more equal life....

 

The Greatest Sacrifice: How Does The Tradition Of Eid-Ul-Azha Define Us?
SN Rasul

When Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son, his faith was so strong that he actually went ahead with it. Fortunately, a messenger of God interrupted him and Abraham ended up sacrificing a ram instead and, in the subsequent centuries, God was kind enough to continue the tradition of sacrificing animals instead of children. The second Eid brings with it perhaps the most contentious of 21st century practices, and one of the most misconstrued of religious traditions.....

 
An Old Woman’s Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

An Old Woman’s Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

“Who is it who has maltreated you in this way?” the Caliph asked. The old woman pointed to the person sitting next to the caliph. Mamun Rashid saw that it was his own son, Abbas that she was pointing at. He ordered his Vazir, i.e. his chief advisor, to take Abbas and stand him up next to the old woman. This order was carried out. Now the Caliph asked them both to state their cases....

Haj: Pilgrimage of Heart
Kashif Shahzada

The Haj is indeed a life-changing experience when it is done as the Quran says “Lillah” or for Allah and no one else (3:97). Its motivation is the love of Allah; and it is a hardship undertaken only for His sake. The transformation takes place by self-imposed regulations for a fixed number of days and by experiencing some events which will all leave their mark on the pilgrim....

 

Haj —To Set Out For a Higher Destination
Sadia Dehlvi

The two unstitched pieces of white cloth that men wear during the Hajj, strips them of clothes that could reveal worldly status. This Ihram that male pilgrims wear resembles the shroud used to wrap a body before it is lowered into a grave. This serves as reminder of death and the afterlife.....

 

Intolerance and Bigotry on Pakistan’s Campuses Is Symptom of A Deeper Malaise
Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy

A feeling of citizenship can arise among Pakistanis only if all of them have identical rights and responsibilities. This requires several actions on part of the state including removal of laws that discriminate against religious minorities and promotion of pluralism....

 

So brothers if you’re planning to follow the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad regarding marriage and polygamy, please consider all of the above, and if after reading that you’re still game, Masha Allah you’re a better man than me!....

 

Sustained cultural relevance to distinct peoples, diverse places, and different times underlay Islam’s long success as a global civilization.”  So the strength of Islam, the reason it has survived and thrived as a religion in the past 13 centuries comes from the fact that it accepts and is flexible enough to compliment believers of diverse backgrounds.....

Where Do Al-Aqsa Protests Leave The Islamic Movement In Israel?
Daoud Kuttab

If the troubles and disagreements over Al-Aqsa resurface, there is little doubt the movement will act to support their fellow Palestinians in Jerusalem in defence of a mosque that is holy to the entire Islamic world. If they do not, its members will feel that they have lost their raison d’etre....

 

The heart-wrenching picture of a Yemeni child drinking water from a leaked pipeline in the war-raged country has shamed humanity. The picture recently went viral on social media but failed to soften the heart of those who have orchestrated the Yemen civil war along sectarian lines, killing more than 10,000 civilians and wounding over 40,000 others....

Suddenly, a sceptical middle-aged Muslim man passed by, dressed in a business suit and carrying a clipboard, he certainly seemed in a hurry as he bluntly and anxiously asked: “what is this?” Upon giving him a pamphlet and explaining the event’s activities, he replied unabashedly: “this is a waste of time; none of these speakers are scientists or published authors in the New York Times best sellers!”...

Egyptian Islamic Authority Sets Up Fatwa Kiosk in Cairo Metro
Ruth Michaelson

“When we talk about renewing religious rhetoric, we mean the main content [of their teachings],” he said. “If al-Azhar created these kiosks while thinking that this is renewing religious rhetoric, then they don’t get it. They are doing this to evade making any real changes.”...

 

There are two sub sects of Sufism – Naqshbandi and Qadiriyya. While Naqshbandi strictly forbids music, Qadiriyya uses it as a tool to spread the message of peace, love, harmony and the deity of the Lord. Many famous Sufis have used music as a medium to spread their teachings, namely, Baba Bulleh Shah, Ameer Khusro, Sachal Sarmast, Shah Hussain and Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai....

 

The Ummah At War With Itself
Pervez Hoodbhoy

If Muslim states have paid no attention to the Ummah, non-state actors have paid even less. They have slaughtered tens of thousands of co-religionists. The Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban are like two wings of the same bird. One kills Afghan Muslims, the other kills Pakistani Muslims. One finds shelter in Pakistan, the other in Afghanistan. The militant Islamic State group seems to be everywhere and kills with even less concern....

Muslim Community’s Missed Chances
Fauzan Alavi

Now imagine a student from a madrasa who began his education with an amount raised through Zakat and ends up earning his livelihood through Zakat. I personally know of several madrasas in Delhi who, due to the delay in payments from various boards, call and ask for help. Is this the society we want to make? The importance of a Hafiz-e-Quran (one who remembers the Holy Quran by heart and implements it) is mentioned with the highest honour and reverence in both the Quran and Hadiths. Now, what is the average salary of a Hafiz — not more than Rs 10,000 plus food through Tiffins....

Reforming Madaris to Defang Monster of Terrorism in Pakistan

Often students of Madaris participate in public meetings/protest of their affiliated political parties to help perpetuate their political pursuits. It also impinges on cognitive development of young students. This needs to be restrained. Some Madaris have links with proscribed militant organizations. This linkage is dangerous and needs to be broken ruthlessly. ..

 

Following the introduction of the Qisas and Diyat law the crimes affecting human body are no longer considered offences against the society or state, but are now considered offences against an individual. Thus, if these individuals so decide, offenders can walk free even after committing heinous crimes like murder. The legal heirs of a deceased have the right to make a compromise with the offender under section 309 and 310...

 

Ismat Chughtai (1915–91), one of the most powerful voices in Urdu literature of the 20th century, was known for her free and fearless explorations of feminine sexuality and middle-class morality in her writing, and for the fierce determination with which she defended her right to express herself. While she wrote prolifically, her best-known work is the short story Lihaaf (Quilt), which explores the theme of homoeroticism and for which she was brought before a judge on charges of obscenity – along with Saadat Hasan Manto, who was being tried on the same charge for his story Bu (Odour)....

 

In the Islamic faith, five foundational goals – known as Maqasid al Sharia – include the protection of faith, life, progeny, intellect and wealth. Much of the SDGs – goals to alleviate poverty and hunger, improve health, education and access to water and sanitation, reduce inequality and protect the environment – are reflected in these Islamic values. As one of the five pillars of Islam, Zakat is mandatory giving; all Muslims eligible to pay it must donate at least 2.5% of their accumulated wealth...

 

An Eid without Muslims: a Muslim Revert’s Experience
Anisa Abeytia

So being a revert without a Muslim family means no community. Ramadan often felt more like a punishment rather than a celebration. Ramadan is a time of community; and joy and after returning to the United States after almost five years of living in the Gulf, Ramadan in the US was a culture shock. Add in a divorce and being in a new community, Ramadan was proving to be a challenge for practical and logistical reasons for both my children and me....

 
Memories of Eid Overseas
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Memories of Eid Overseas
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Among the unforgettable Eid feasts is the first Eid I celebrated in Japan. There was only one mosque in Tokyo and the number of Muslims was small. I was staying in an area which was comparatively far from the mosque. However, I was keen to perform Taraweeh prayers three days a week in the only mosque in Tokyo during those days. It was built in 1938 and supervised by the Turkish community. The imam was also a Turk. He used to make the Friday sermon in three languages. He started with Turkish language, then Japanese and finally in Arabic.....

 
Eid Day: A Time to Rejoice
Anver Kamal Siddiqui

Ramadan emphasises noble actions and deeds – not just remaining hungry. To be honest, fasting and Namaz (prayer) which is absolute submission to the Creator of all things existing, seen or unseen, are both morale boosters as well as physically gainful exercises coupled with spirituality....

 
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