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One area of Jammu and Kashmir under Pakistan is known as Azad Kashmir. In a TV debate expert Zubair Ansari and Raja Basharat Khan discuss how Azad is Azad Kashmir.

Despite setbacks in the wake of the “Arab Spring”, the region’s female activists gained strength following the uprisings and have no plans to stop fighting for better and fairer societies. Here is a rundown of five of the most prominent female human rights activists in MENA.

 

The video shows Muslims in New Delhi taking over a section of a major city traffic artery to offer their Friday midday ‘Jumaa’ prayers causing huge traffic jams and public resentment. Is this piety? Do non-Muslims have to be inconvenienced to please Allah?

 

A short film based on the true story of Nasir Baloch, an innocent student abducted by Pakistan’s security forces during the on-going war of independence in Balochistan to end the Pakistani Occupation.

 

 

How Pakistanis Are Being Brainwashed Into Engaging In War against India: Virulent Anti-Islam Propaganda in Pakistan In The Name Of So-Called Ghazwa-e-Hind
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

Top Pakistani cleric Maulana Irfan ul Haq quotes an obviously concocted Hadees against idol-worshippers of India and appeals to all Pakistanis to take arms to destroy all infidels from the Indian sub-continent.  The term infidel and idol-worshipper obviously includes in his dictionary the overwhelming majority of Muslims who show veneration to the great Sufi saints who brought Islam to South Asia.

 The Maulana claims that Prophet Muhammad has predicted that one day India will be conquered by Mujahideen and all idol-worshippers will be destroyed. Those who will participate in this bloody war will go straight to Heaven. This is called Ghazwa-e-Hind. This is one of the many examples of how fanatic Mullahs brainwash Pakistani people and promote terrorism against India. Read below the full script of the speech rendered into English.

Will Indian Muslim leaders and Ulema please stand up and say that this Hadees is an obvious concoction of the Pakistani Mullahs. If not now, when? How long will we silently watch our religion being hijacked by fanatics, and to our detriment?

These petrodollar funded fanatics are already destroying Sufi shrines in Pakistan and in several African countries. Nearly all religious, architectural heritage of Islam has been already destroyed from Hejaz now called Saudi Arabia. The few remaining around Masjid-e-Nabwi in Madina are on the verge of destruction.

Now they are bent on attacking India too. When will we speak out, confront them, at least say that this is not Islam.


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Richard Falk is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Princeton University and the UN's Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights.

He's 80 years old, he's Jewish and he draws a lot of fire for his tough critical stand on Israel; from the Israeli government, the US and some of his colleagues within the UN.

The premise for this address is that the international community is failing the Palestinians, due largely to their fear of offending the Israeli and the American governments.

I also belong to Tanzeehi Farhati. Tanzeehi Farhati Jamaat ul Uloom, Ajmer or Tanzeehi Farhati Jamaat ul Noor Mewat? Tanzeehi Farhati Jamaat ul Noor Mewat. You Kafir…. You must die….

 

 

This 12-year-old Egyptian boy is putting together some very complex arguments against the Muslim Brotherhood's attempt to grab power in Egypt. If you think he's just regurgitating a script or something, watch him answer a question about gender equality.

It's quite easy to assume from the sensations headlines at the very idea of speaking about Islam peace seems nonsensical. After all week doesn't does not go by without a extremist Muslim hitting the headlines. And this evening our esteemed speakers arguing for the opposition are going to paint this sinister picture referring to the usual polemics and we had a taste of that so far, but what I would say in order to assess the debate this evening effectively, we must distinguish the Muslim, the imperfect practitioner from Islam. The spiritual message and the ethical ideals and interacting adhered to, and also what I would say is that we must allow Islam to define itself, not Saudi Arabia but all these horrible places that were mentioned. We must allow Islam to define itself and assess how Islam sees itself in its entirety.

 

I've also been told, we have also been told tonight that this debate must take place in the real world. Well, Absolutely! Yes it must. It must take place in the real world. And I would describe what's Islam doing in the real world. We can sit and we can debate theocracy day-in and day-out. We will never agree we can debate: is there a God? Is the Koran real? None of this actually matters. What matters is what happens in the real world, as my opponent quite rightly said. My side of healthy argument is regularly told that we've had it again tonight. They described us as mongers of hate. We were told that we are demonising Islam whipping up fear of Islam. .... 

 

Let me begin by saying as a Muslim, as a representative of Islam, I would consider myself an ambassador for Islam , a believer in Islam, a follower of Islam and its prophet, so  in that capacity let me begin by apologizing for the Bali bombings, apologize for the role of my religion to me and my people of for the killing of fear and go off the seven yes that was all of us, that was Islam, that was Muslims, that was the Quran, I mean  astonishing claims to make in the very first speech on a day like today whether conservative prime minister of United Kingdom and the come out and point out that these kind of these are not from and I believe you're trying to stand for the Labour Party MP in Briton. If you do that and you make these comments, I 'm guessing you have the wit withdrawn from you but then again you kept on the rise they'll take heed the BNP they might have something to say about your views.  

 

We are living through such a wave of today which includes the Wahhabi and Salafi branches of Sunni and the Iranian inspired Shia Islam. The overall name we give to these movements is Islamism or radical Islam rather than emphasize the earlier more pacific elements in the Mohammad’s teachings such as his constitution of Medina which granted equal rights to Jews Christians and pagans. Islamists emphasize later doctrines such as the division of the world into the Darul Islam and the Darul Harab, the house of Islam and the house of war. We are living apparently in the house of war or the draconian enforcement of Sharia law.

 

NewAgeIslam TV: Social Inclusion through the Prism of Sufism
Dr Mehr Fatima Hussain in a Jamia-NewAgeIslam Meet

Despite being penalized, Sufis never succumbed in a mission of promoting social justice and equality, that too mostly in the common language of the people. In this regard, we can also explore the secular sources that are compiled in vernacular languages. Gesu Daraz, the 15th century Sufi was a prolific writer and his love for the poor and the lowly and his defence of the rights of man earned him the title of Banda Nawaz, that is, benefactor of God’s creatures. He was one of the early poets and writers in Urdu language. Not only Urdu, in promoting vernacular languages and regional dialects, the Sufis played an eminent role. In the process or promoting their message of peace and harmony, they also cemented linguistic bonding. Often they travelled to the distant corners of the country promoting inter-regional synthesis as well.

 

In Pakistan, last year 13,000 websites were blocked. The government claimed they were “pornographic” and “blasphemous”. But we have no idea yet under what charge some pages of our website New Age Islam were blocked. These pages condemned and refuted the terrorist and extremist ideas of Taliban and advocated equal rights for Muslim women in the light of Qur’anic injunctions. How can a government that claims to be based on the ideals of Islam and vows to fight terrorists till the last breath take the action of blocking the pages condemning terrorism and promoting women’s religious rights? Does this not suggest that the bans were imposed by the Talibani elements active in Pakistani bureaucracy? Does it not point to a secret takeover of Pakistan’s policies by the Taliban? ...

However, the progressive readers of New Age Islam did not give up. They explored ways to open the blocked pages using the latest technology. Finally, they succeeded to open New Age Islam’s blocked pages with the help of Tor browser. Please watch the video uploaded below to see how Tor browser helped our readers in Pakistan to open our blocked pages.

DHIMMEDIA: Non-Violent Muslim Tarek Fatah criticizes Dhimmedia
Tarek Fatah, Richard Klagsbrun, Sandra Bussin

I have no problems saying Islamists captured and will be trying, it is white liberal men and women ……..I don't know where you stand on this but I'm sick and tired that a dozen people a day are being killed in Muslim countries, a dozen a day a minimum, in prayer centres  and prayer halls. Acid are being thrown on the faces of women and yet ... left-wing men and women in Europe and America simply cannot utter the word..., and it took three judges of the interior superior court to say to the Digi bomber twenty years from now before parole board and you will have to show that you have given up the doctrine of armed Jihad or not. Three judges could say that but not a single politician could address these terrorists and say that you needed a life sentence or to condemn destroy people.

 

 

America I am an in perfect ...messenger for this you can call me what you want you can say I hate the president or what it whatever doesn't matter. I'm just wanted to listen here for just a few minutes and I'm gonna show you some videotape and I'm going to tell you about the big bad republicans here the republicans as well as the democrats are dragging us into another war your government is using your name and they are sucking you into the middle east again and only fifteen percent of Americans think that's a good idea, eleven percent think we should send arms to the Syrians but those numbers don't come up with any information. Those numbers will be much much lower if you showed this to your friend, I wanna warn you what I'm gonna show you is extremely graphic but please send this along a friend sent this to you, please send it to another friend this is a very graphic video of commander Abbu Sarkar. He is in this video he has just killed a Syrian ... military this is a rebel that is now cutting the chest open of that Syrian he takes out his liver and his heart and to show you what's going to happen to all of his enemies the commander, ……. eats it.

 

Akbar the Great ruled most of the south Asia in 16th and early 17th century. Akbar was an extraordinary figure. So, what makes this man so great? What is his legacy? And what can be learned in the example that he left for future generations?

Born in Umarkot  India in 1542. Akbar the Great took over as ruler of Mughal Empire when he was only  14 years old. Although Akbar born in Sunni Muslim Family, he received the education from two Persian  Shia scholars on religious matters. After several transfers and military conquests which expanded his empire as far north as modern day Afghanistan and as far east in Bengal . Akbar began to implement an inclusive approach to non Muslims. Ushering in an era of religious tolerance based on the Sufi Concept of Sulah e Kul or peace to all. Despite never learning how to read and write, Akbar The great was a curious thinker, who constantly yearned for knowledge.

Democratic Transitions in the Arab World: Two Years After the Arab Spring: Can Tunisia Succeed as a Model?

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How a Proper Understanding of Islam Can Help Democracy?

Presentation by John O. Voll, professor of Islamic history and associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown

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Lessons learnt from Iranian Revolution

Presentation by Abdolkarim Soroush, an Iranian thinker, reformer, Rumi scholar and a former professor of philosophy at the University of Tehran and Imam Khomeini International University, now Director of the Institute for Theological Research based in US.

Chair: Tamara Sonn

 

Universal Dimensions Of The Qur’an And Historic Specificity Of Its Theological Science

Presentation by Ashfaqullah Syed, Co-author (Jointly with Muhammad Yunus) Essential Message of Islam, Amana Publications, USA, 2009)

Chair: Stephen McInerney

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater

Washington, D.C.

 

 

Though because of the strength of democracy in India, suicide bombings have not been heard of till now, it does not seem to be a distant possibility either.  I would like to tell you that the first fatwa declaring Shias kafir was issued from Lucknow and the Deobandi sectarian groups in Pakistan get guidance from Darul Uloom Deoband. They also read Maulana Manzoor Ahmad Nomani’s book and developed the belief that Shias are kafir, they must be killed and they should be excommunicated. So, I would very humbly say that if we believe that the society and the system of India and Bangladesh or of the Gulf States is such that violence cannot raise its ugly head there, we are mistaken and we should remove our misunderstanding. 

 

لیکن ہمارے یہاں یہ المیہ ہوا ہے کہ ہم نے   اپنی پاکستان کی تاریخ کو نئے سرے سے مرتب کیا ہے اور اس کو جیسے بھٹّو صاحب کے دور میں اداروں کو قومیا لیا گیا ، ہم نے پاکستان کی تاریخ کو اسلامیا لیا ہے۔ ہم نے تاریخ کی اسلامائزیشن کر دی ہے اور ایسے تمام لوگ اور ایسی تمام تنظیمیں ، ایسے تمام مکاتب فکر  جو پاکستان کی تحریک کے دنوں میں  قائد اعظم رحمت اللہ  علیہ اور ان کے ساتھیوں سے قطعی طور پر متفق نہیں تھے۔  وہ ہر حوالے سے نہ صرف پاکستان کی تحریک کی تشریح کرتے ہیں  بلکہ پاکستان میں دیگر مذاہب کے لئے  کسی قسم کی گنجائش رکھنے پر قطعی طور پر تیار نہیں ہیں۔

 

 
NEWAGEISLAM TV: Sectarian Divide In Pakistan
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

We have many examples before us when people were killed in police custody. Hafiz Farouque of Gujranwala and the insane person of Bahawalpur who was accused of burning the Quran were killed in this way. He had a certificate of insanity. He was under treatment but could not recover. Now the Shariah says that if an insane person commits any sin he cannot be punished. The insane person was arrested by the police. Later a crowd gathered. The jihadi organisations made announcements and people gathered and attacked the police station. He was released from police custody. Not only that, the police station was burned down and the police residential quarters where the police staff lived were also burned down. A policeman told the media that he had made preparations for the marriage of his two daughters. So, the entire dowry was gutted along with two copies of the holy Quran. A mad person burnt the Quran but a crowd of sane persons burnt a house where two copies of Quran were burnt. After that the mad man was taken from there. He was made to stand in Ahmadpur Chowk. The crowd clapped and raised slogans and then set him on fire. How many people were arrested? How many were punished? No one knows.

 

 

The answer to your question, when the sectarian killings and violence started in Pakistan, I think it is basically the 80s when the possibility of sectarian violence and sectarian bloodshed arose. Three such incidents occurred in this region that basically created an atmosphere of sectarian and communal rifts. One was Russia’s attack on Afghanistan when we used the government machinery for jihad, and all the organised institutions of Pakistan including the army provided leadership to this jihad......

 

But the tragedy with us here is that we have compiled the history of Pakistan anew and we have Islamised the history of Pakistan as all the institutions were nationalised during the Bhutto’s regime. And all the people and all the organisation, all the schools of thought that had disagreed with Qaid-e-Azam and his colleagues not only interpret the movement for Pakistan from all aspects but also do not agree to give any space to other religions in Pakistan.

Senior Indian Journalist M J Akbar delivered his lecture in a seminar organised by India Foundation in New Delhi on Global Terrorism and Islam.

 

Such is the strength of feeling about blasphemy that the mere rumour of an allegation is enough to set the neighbourhood or village against the accused, increasingly with fatal consequences. In some instances, it is not just the accused, but their entire community who are held responsible and threatened......

 

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