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A Matter of Dance or Death: No Religion Asks Women to Be Ashamed Of Their Bodies
Sheema Kermani

Kermani contends that no religion asks women not to stand straight or be ashamed of their bodies. “The minute a woman stands straight, she feels strong and no male can harass her.” What dress a woman wears does not matter; what matters is “her stance, physical being, presence and aura”.....

A dialogue between communities and interacting with one another helps break down myths and creates understanding. It is always good to be open-minded and honest. Apart from the indigenous people of Australia, we are all migrants and share this land. Being isolated is harmful, as it leads to distrust from both sides....

 
On Da'wah and Dialogue
Yusuf Jha, New Age Islam

In the above verse the Qur'an instructs Muslims that as a concomitant to believing in a similar historicity of revelation as the People of the Book they also believe in the same God and accordingly should tell them: ‘Our God (Iilāhunā) and your God (ilāhukum) is One’. The fact that Muslims are instructed to state this as a matter of fact and not as a postulate that needs to be proven is consistent with the Qur'anic world-view that regards Abraham, the patriarch of the Judeo-Christian tradition, alongside other Prophets such as Noah, Moses and Jesus, as being Muslim, i.e. those who submitted themselves to God....

 

Dial-a-Divorce against Spirit of Islam: M J Akbar
M J Akbar

I am asking the Qazis opposing triple Talaq to go research the holy Quran. Look for the future in your holy book. Those Muslim clerics who become obstacles to women's emancipation are against the spirit of the Quran. How can anyone go by triple Talaq which is instant, when it is clearly mentioned in the holy book that one must have consultations?...

Cross-Border LOVE
Narayani Ganesh

Cross-Border LOVE
Dada J P Vaswani

The teaching we have been given is that there are no enemies, there are either friends or friends-to-be. Now that should be our guiding principle. Either the person who meets you is a friend or a friend-to-be....

Difference between Dawah Work and Social Work
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Difference between Dawah Work and Social Work
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

A basic difference between the two kinds of work—Dawah work and social work—is that in Dawah work, the Dai develops a close relationship with God. While engaged in his work, he remembers God often. He prays to God. He seeks guidance from God. In contrast to this, in social work, the enthusiasm is for bonding with people....

There is no support for ISIL in Mosul. They are left only with weapons that they will use to kill themselves once the liberating forces make the decision to raid the city....

 

AR Rahman: At Medina, an Imam Said To Me, Music Is the Language to Reach God
AR Rahman

The Imam instantly had a smile on his face, and said, oh, music is, in a way, the language to reach God. And he is from Medina; he's an Imam in Medina. I was stunned, I was expecting him to frown, to change his expression or... (but) nothing like that happened. So when people look at things like that in black and white, they are perhaps just being safe in analysing something that is very complex. It is very complex, but it is also very beautiful...

 

Taking the Lead: To Give Rebirth to All the Great Female and Male Scholars within Islamic Philosophy, Sufism
Cathy Russell

But the legitimacy behind female Imams is of course the same as male Imams.  The one who has knowledge should be able to speak.  The one who’s good in recitation and who knows the rules behind such should be able to lead the prayer.  I think it’s important to understand that the Quran, our sources, are seeing men and women as equal spiritual partners.  And there’s nothing in the religious tradition or in the Quran that does not allow a woman to become an Imam.  Women have the same possibilities as men....

 

‘The Pakistani State Should Not Define People’s Religion for Them’
Farahnaz Ispahani

The process of ‘purifying’ the population did not end there. Pakistan’s Christians and Parsis have gradually emigrated from the country and the exodus continues to this day. Ahmadis were deemed Muslim by the state until 1974 when they were declared non-Muslims for legal purposes through a constitutional amendment....

Shariah with Chinese Characteristics: A Scholar Looks at the Muslim Hui
Matthew S. Erie

The vacuum created by the end of Maoism has led to a commercialization of Chinese society that is in its own way spiritually void. There’s no question that people are searching for meaning. What’s really important is that some people are doing it through Islam....

 

Islam and the West:  ‘The Longest and Most Vicious Confrontation, but not a Clash of Civilisations: An Interview with Daniel Pipes
Daniel Pipes

I see it as only one of several important Islamist movements. The most important is the Wahhabi (or Salafi) doctrine espoused by the Saudi government with all its vast resources, then the Khomeinist line of the Islamic Republic of Iran, then the Muslim Brotherhood, then the Deobandi School in India....

 

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan on Islam, Dawah and Interfaith Relations
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

Through my study of the Quran, I have found that Islam’s concept of life is that a person should intellectually develop himself to such an extent that he is able to turn a minus into a plus. I had learnt this principle through my study of Islam. Later, I came to know of an incident of the famous Indian monk Swami Vivekananda. ...

 

Pakistan’s Military Perpetuates an ‘Anti-India’ Narrative: Husain Haqqani
Husain Haqqani

I am a pragmatic moderate and I think that hard-line ideology of all sorts actually hurts human beings. The subcontinent is mired in ideological politics. So, my assessment is very different from my desire. My desire is that people should resolve issues in a pragmatic manner, but at the moment, ideological and emotional politics prevails, that creates the difficulties that you and I are discussing....


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Why This 91 Year-Old Islamic Scholar Refuses To Stop Working For Peace!
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Spread of peaceful literature and dissemination of peaceful ideas on the Internet alone can counter the radicalization that is seen among Muslims today. De-radicalization will take place in the same manner as radicalization has taken place, that is, through the spread of ideas. There can be no other way. Misleading interpretations of Islam have been uploaded on websites on a large scale....

Elite Muslims Are the Biggest Challenge
Ebrahim Moosa

...all Muslim parents must adopt a sophisticated Islamic education and procure the same for their children. This do-it-yourself Islam that people get from self-help manuals is most toxic and dangerous. You need qualified scholars to educate your children. Reading the Qur’an unsupervised or reading the Hadith unsupervised can create the most toxic misunderstanding and result in dangerous practices....

 
Spirituality and ‘Modern’ Education
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Spirituality and ‘Modern’ Education
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

The atmosphere of the house should be totally in control of the parents. The parents should make an effort to turn their homes into spiritual places. For example, instead of their discussions centring on food, clothes, furniture and other such material things, there should be discussion on spiritual issues. In Muslim homes, there is often a lot of negative conversation. ....

 

'Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy': Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Well, Wahhabism goes back as a sect, a fanatical sect, to the Ottoman Empire. And the common kind of wisdom in the Middle East is that the British secret service used Wahhabism as a way to create divisions and unrest within the Ottoman Empire. And one of the things that's often not understood about these Wahhabi religious leaders made an alliance with the House of Saud, basically just bandits at the time, giving them religious legitimacy which they needed in order to control Mecca and Medina....

‘ISIS Wants Sharia Law … Turkey’s Got Secular Fundamentalists … West Mustn’t Heed Muslim Radicals – Or Islamophobes’
Mustafa Akyol

Moderate Islam is possible. We should welcome that. We have reformist views within Islam. It’s not impossible to revive that tradition....

 

Inclusive India Stopping IS – But Hindutva Can Change This … Arab Petro-Colonisation Fuels Jihad … Internet Adds Romance, says Tabish Khair
Tabish Khair

Yes, the idea of an inclusive India and our democracy have definitely staved off the threat of IS and its ilk – but this may change in a few years, if more Hindutva voices keep complaining about Akbar, Kabir, etc., and talking of Muslims as ‘outsiders’, if democratic institutions are hobbled, and if the insidious influence of petro-dollars on Muslims is not faced up to.  Let us not be complacent.  India is many ideas – not all of them are peaceful or cohesive....

 

‘Unlike China, India’s Jews Survived … Indian Muslims, Jews Unique Friends … Tolerance Debate, Minority Studies Vital for India’
Navras Jaat Aafreedi

One of democracy’s prerequisites is awareness of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity – lest democracy turns into majoritarianism. We must celebrate plurality – this can be done only by promoting minority studies though. ....

 

Amjad Sabri’s Murder a Shame for Pak Authorities … India Best for Artistes – and Muslims … Triple Talaq’s Un-Islamic Patriarchy
Salma Aagha

The violent death of Amjad Sabri, an artiste who gave so much to music, is shameful for Pakistan. He memorably sang the famous Qawwali ‘Bhardo Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad, Tere Dar Se Na Jaoonga Khali’ – but what has Pakistan given him? Bullets in his chest....

 

The Prophet Muhammad (saws) was considered even by his enemies to be an honest man, so much so that they trusted him with their valuables despite being at war with him. For us as Muslims, it’s important to let non-Muslims judge us from our actions, not our words. The best way for that, I believe, is to expose them to our Muslim hospitality, especially during Ramadan.....

 

Turks Pray To the Quran yet They Don’t Know the Quran
Emre Dorman

God recognizes the liberty of its subjects to choose with their free will. In the Quran people have the freedom of even being without a faith. What is being done by pressure has no value for God. By forcing Islam on people you end up creating hypocritical people....

Talaq Must Go Through the Court Of Law
Bader Sayeed

'My religion is great and it has given a lot of rights to women, but these intermediaries are interpreting it wrongly and ruining it.' 'I have great faith in our judiciary. I am sure they will see through the drama of men.'...

 
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