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The Jinnah Redux in AMU; This Time as a Farce
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

Muslim society is increasingly convinced that it needs to police the behaviour of its members. Certainly one cannot hope for freedom and democracy within the wider society without championing these values within one’s own community. What is more worrisome is the Muslim anxiety to define itself solely as a theological community. If theology starts marking the boundaries of behaviour, the language of rights becomes the first casualty and the communities only stultify further.  There are enough problems which AMU should worry about. A few students drinking beer and showing it off during Ramzan should be the least of its worries....

Ramazan: Much-Publicised and Politically Engineered Iftar Parties Have Begun To Look Superficial
Avijit Pathak

I ask my Muslim students and friends about Ramzan prayers and the extraordinarily beautiful process of fasting from dawn to sunset. Yes, with a sense of wonder, I try to get a feel of this intense religiosity—fasting as a process of cleansing, purifying the body and soul, making one humble, and bringing one closer to the divine. But then, a disturbing question haunts me: Am I really sincere, capable of breaking the wall of separation that the troubled history of the sub-continent has created between the two major religious communities? Or am I merely diplomatic trying to be ‘secular’...

No Party Needs To Be ‘Pro-Muslim: Being Secular and Abiding By The Constitutional Obligations is Enough To Win Muslim Votes
Zakia Soman

Actually, no party needs to be ‘pro-Muslim’ to win Muslim votes. It would be enough if they are secular and abide by their constitutional obligations to all citizens and communities. It is clear that politically Muslims were abandoned long ago. Perhaps counting on the Congress to alleviate the situation in the face of the Hindutva onslaught would be giving false hope to a beleaguered community....

Palestinians Global Connectivity Has Heightened Their Sense of Unity and Resolve
Ramzy Baroud

From 11-year-old Salma, who convinced all of her classmates in Perth, Australia, to write Palestine on the map in her geography class, despite knowing that they would all have been marked down for their action; to the elderly couple in Auckland, New Zealand, who, well into their 80s and walking with much difficulty, continue to hand Palestine flyers to passers-by at a busy street corner, as they have done for the last 20 years....

 

Time to Discuss All Issues of Relevance to Muslims from a Theological Perspective
Danish Raza

In 2008, Delhi based journalist Sultan Shahin started Newageislam.com as a forum to debate Islamic theology and provide an alternative to the opinions propagated by clerics. “Since terrorism has become a distinguishing feature of our age and has done more damage to Islam and Muslims than anything else, we accord it primacy. But we try to discuss all issues of relevance and interest to Muslims from a theological perspective,” said Shahin about the content on his site. Shahin said he often finds himself antagonising the fanatics and had received death threats more than once. “They say that this site is my short-cut to hell,”...

Western Imperialism Handpicked Islam and Its Ultra-Orthodox and Radical Wing – Wahhabism to Destroy Progressive Aspirations of the Muslim Countries
Andre Vltchek

And it is not only a ‘tolerance’ – the West participates directly in these massacres and extermination campaigns, as it also takes part in spreading the vilest forms of Wahhabi terrorism and dogmas to all corners of the world. . All this, while tens of millions of the followers of Wahhabism are filling the mosques daily, performing mechanical rituals without any deeper thought or soul searching. Wahhabism works – it works for the mining companies and banks with their headquarters in London and New York. It also works extremely well for the rulers and the local ‘elites’ inside the ‘client’ states....

 
Hindu-Muslim Ghettoisation Segregates People
Christophe Jaffrelot , Sharik Laliwala

Hindu-Muslim Ghettoisation Segregates People
Christophe Jaffrelot

But in the laboratory of Hindutva that is Gujarat, Muslims have been allowed to sell their place to Hindus whereas the reverse has not been possible and the Act has become a tool to stop Muslims from mixing with others in major cities: They cannot expand in the pockets they still occupy in Ahmedabad and those who fled the city at the time of riots have not been allowed to come back....

 

The Major Crime West Has Done Throughout History, Is Causing a Rift between Christianity and Islam
Souad El Skaf

Is it the wealth in our Arab world and the greed of the super power nations that led societies to be slave to the petro dollar power? Is it the reason behind the harm on religion, specifically Islam? The major crime I believe the West has done throughout history, is causing a rift between Christianity and Islam, these two faiths are the source of all doctrines organizing our daily lives....

 

Mahatma Gandhi Ensured That Nothing Stood In the Way from Preventing Muslims from Offering Namaz
S N Sahu

Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “My dream is that a Vaishnava , with a mark on his forehead and a bead necklace, or an ash-smeared Hindu with a Rudraksha necklace, ever so punctilious in his Sandhya and ablutions, and a pious Muslim saying his Namaz regularly can live as brothers. God willing, the dream will be realised”....

Mother Nature Will Batter both, Israelis and Palestinians If They Do Not Come To Their Senses
Thomas L. Friedman

Princess Diana once famously observed that there were three people in her marriage, “so it was a bit crowded.” The same is true of Israelis and Palestinians. The third person in their marriage is Mother Nature — and she’ll batter both of them if they do not come to their senses. Let’s start with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. ...

 

Ideological Foundations of Islamism, Like Marxism Not Compatible With Western Democracy
Gökhan Bacik

Razak virtually destroyed the civilian dynamics of the Islamic movement in Malaysia by designating an alternative form where the bureaucratic power of state was restated as the main agent of an Islamic agenda. Therefore, an examination of Razak’s Islamism is an important case for understanding the global transformation of Islamism. The case of the Pacific brand of Islamism is also illustrative in understanding the crisis of Turkish Islamism....

 

Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s Life in Madina is the Political Manifestation of Islam
Farman Kakar

Countering militant Islamism requires an aggressive approach on the part of moderate Ulema to come forward and claim back the space ceded to ‘petty’ Ulema long ago. Long overdue, Paigham-i-Pakistan, a unanimous fatwa investing the authority of declaring jihad in the state from 1800 Ulema of all Muslim sects across Pakistan is a step in the right direction. Muslims need to replicate this effort to help drastically reduce the militant violence in their individual countries....

 

The first three Caliphates are referred to historiographically as the Rightly Guided, the Umayyad, and the Abbasid. Between the 8th and 10th Centuries, the Abbasid Caliphate was at its apex, stretching from North Africa in the West to Central Asia in the East. Islamic rationalism thrived in this period as early Abbasid scholars studied a combination of Islamic, Greek, and Indian texts and reconciled them into forms of secular philosophy. The intellectual foundation that girded this open approach was a Scholastic Theology known as Mutazilism....

Gaza Erupts:  It Is Time for Palestinians to Take Up Genuine Non-Violence

Gaza is a human rubbish-heap that everyone would rather ignore. Neither Israel, nor Egypt, nor even the Palestinian Authority (PA) wants to take responsibility for it. Sometimes the poison gets out—when, say, rockets or other attacks provoke a fully fledged war. And then the world is forced to take note....

Ramazan Ceasefire in J&K: This Conciliatory Practice Requires the Ulema in Kashmir Not To Sanction Any Religiously-Motivated Militant Act
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Given that the decision has been taken to cooperate and help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan—the 30-day-long festival—in a peaceful environment, it should be welcomed as a great bonhomie. Now, it is incumbent on the Kashmiri Muslims to segregate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless militancy and violence. Thus, the trust deficit between New Delhi and Kashmir which has greatly widened for decades can be minimized now.....

 

Rebuttal to Zakir Musa’s False Premise of Pitching Democracy and Secularism against Islam
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Pitching democracy or secularism against Islam is the key jihadist narrative that has been flogged off by the false ideologues of Islam—from Zawahiri to Zakir. But on the contrary, there is substantial evidence in the Quran and Sunnah (the Prophetic traditions) to make it possible for us to adopt both democracy and secularism as compatible to Islamic principles. It is sufficient to quote these two verses of the Qur’an: “Those who respond to their Lord and attend to their prayers; who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation and spend out of what We have provided for them” (42:38).....

Gazans Not Going Back To Their Subhuman Existence: We Will Keep Knocking At the Doors of International Organizations and Our Israeli Jailers
Ahmed Abu Ratima

Palestinians long have held onto the dream of Jerusalem as our own capital, or at least as a shared capital in a country that offers equal rights to everyone. The feeling of betrayal and distress in Gaza was palpable. To clear my head, my friend Hasan and I took a walk along the border, which we do every now and again....

 

Was The 1979 Iranian Revolution In Fact Islamic? How Long will Clerics Hold Power
Naser Ghobadzadeh

Most Iranians were religious, which positioned the clergy far ahead of any other political group in being able to mobilise the masses. The clergy benefited enormously from their highly effective religious network, which was both far reaching and fully under their control. By that time, the Pahlavi regime had severely weakened the organising capacities of Iran’s other political groups....

 

The Grim Reality:  Gazans Are Victims of an Ideology of Hatred
Ben-Dror Yemini

Most Israelis would like to see Gaza blooming and thriving. Once, before the disengagement, there were plans to build the “Singapore of the Middle East.” For the first time in their short history, the Palestinians gained sovereignty, even if it was over a small territory.....

 

Trump is the New Gaddafi
Robert Fisk

That’s why I most enjoyed Trump’s expression of love for Iranians. All US presidents say how much they love the people they are about to invade. Bush said the same about the Iraqis. So did Reagan before he bombed Gaddafi’s Libya. Now Trump feels sorry for the “long suffering Iranians”. Trump reminded us all of a time when Iran “prospered in peace” and “commanded the admiration of the world” –...

 

Kavadias, Muharram Processions, Ram Navmi or Namaz Mustn’t Be Allowed In Public Spaces
Laila Tyabji

I see the controversy as a wonderful time for civil society to demand that the public observance of ANY religion should be forbidden altogether in our already overcrowded, noisy and volatile cities — whether these be Kavadias, Muharram processions, or the recent assertive Ram Navmi celebrations which actually led to destruction and loss of life....

Donald Trump’s Huge Iran Gamble: the President Takes a Wrecking Ball to the Iran Nuclear Agreement

That isolationist, calculating Trump was forgotten this week. Inspired by loathing of Mr Obama, and his gut instinct that the Iran deal rewarded a foe and threatened such friends as Israel, Mr Trump has turned high-rolling gambler. If his hunches are wrong, the losses could include a trade clash between America and Europe, a surge in Iranian-backed violence and terrorism and grave damage to the decades-long cause of nuclear non-proliferation....

 

Iran vs Israel: Endgame Syria
Arhama Siddiqa

There is no question that tension between Israel and Iran is at its climax, and for the first time in their histories, the two countries have recently clashed openly and directly. But Iran, for all its fist-shaking has not retaliated yet. True, Iran doesn’t want to upset the US right now since its priority at the moment is protecting its nuclear program. All the while, cashing in on this is Israel which is acting unreservedly in Syria’s sky, thinking Iran would be afraid to react.....

 

Cow, Namaz, Historical Monuments, Jinnah — We Are Back To Cultural Issues In The Prelude To Partition
Pratap Bhanu Mehta

If we claim to be a genuinely post-colonial power it is time to move on from this morality play of heroes and villains of the 1940s. The question for India and Pakistan is, rather, what kinds of societies they want to be, and what terms of freedom and equality they can give to all citizens. Pakistan has already given a disappointing answer. The Hindu nationalists, using a forgotten photo of Jinnah as a pretext, now want to take us down the same path. In obsessing about Jinnah’s photo they will ensure that Jinnah has the last laugh....

Pakistani Militants Have Created Their Own Political Party, Can It Actually Win Votes?
Niloufer Siddiqui

The possible inclusion of the MML in the electoral politics of Pakistan offers an opportunity to take a new look at the puzzle of moderation. Ultimately, however, the structure of Pakistani politics is unlikely to encourage this influential and deadly terrorist group to refashion itself into a moderate political party....

 


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