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“There is only one weapon you have if you don’t like the system or the government. It’s the only way to bring things into action. It can bring about a change, help remove someone from power. You can ask them to go, tell them that you don’t want them,” he says....

 

Outsiders may wonder how any political movement in India could question Muslims’ contribution to society. India is a thoroughly multicultural place, and Muslims have contributed for centuries, even ruling the country at times. Muslim emperors built some of India’s brightest cultural treasures, including the Taj Mahal....

Bangladesh has been consistent in maintaining a happy medium of preserving a secular form of government, a mostly moderate practice of Sunni Islam and the latitude of freedom to minorities of other faiths to practice their religions without persecution....

 

India's decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has rattled Pakistan to the brim. At a time when New Delhi promises growth and investment in the region, Pakistan "rejected" all moves and vouched to take "all possible actions" to counter the steps....

Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Barailwi has supported the law on Triple Talaq criminalising instant divorce as Shariah-compliant as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had also done this in its Book of Law as per articles in its mouthpiece magazines like Dabiq and Rumayyia....

The self-declared custodians of Islam in India like the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Darul Uloom Deoband, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and Jama’t-e-Islami are warning that India may turn into Darul Harb (land of war) owing to the ‘forced changes’ in the Islamic Shariah. Such a declaration would make it mandatory for a Muslim to either migrate to other lands or fight against the state of India. Nothing could be more irresponsible than this. Even a mention of Darul Harb in the context of present-day secular, democratic India and in the present volatile situation is extremely dangerous. In its March 2009 fatwa issued after Bombay blasts Darul Uloom Deoband had said: “In Darul Harb territory, jihad is legitimate.” The fatwa added that “India had ceased to be a Darul Harb with the end of colonial rule.” Now if it is again declared Darul Harb, will ulema be making Jihad in India legitimate?...

Of course, what immediately strikes one as odd is that those who don't accept food from a Muslim delivery boy and become 'uncomfortable' with a Muslim cab driver are now apparently drooling over fair Kashmiri damsels...

 

Despite being in a tiny minority, we Kashmiri Pandits had lived in palatial houses in the Valley; we controlled the bureaucracy, the colleges and the hospitals... This changed after 1989, when the “privileged” minority became the “refugees”. ...

In those long-ago days when Indians were demanding freedom from the British, some of the latter, led by a certain Winston Churchill, would reply: ‘You want independence only to crush the weak and the small among you.’ ‘AND I WAS RIGHT,’ Churchill may be heard roaring somewhere.....

On August 5th the government of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, tore up this compact. That has electrified his Hindu-nationalist supporters, who want Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, brought to heel. But it is likely to unleash forces that do just the opposite...

 

Concerned that Pakistan, the largest beneficiary of Chinese Belt and Road-related investment, could deport its Uyghur residents, Mr. Yusuf travelled on a Chinese travel document rather than a passport that was valid only for travel to China....

 

In one of the 20th century’s major incidents of collective punishment, Moscow forcibly moved the entire population of about 230,000 to other Soviet states, mostly Uzbekistan. At the time, Crimean Tatars comprised nearly one-fifth of the peninsula’s population....

 

But, ironically, Muslims have not been alone in their strive as Hindus, quite incredibly, contributed to this endeavour too. This is the exact time to let the nation know of it. When Babri Masjid Action Committee was formed on Feb 6, 1986, five-days after the opening of Babri Masjid locks, Ram Shanker Upadhaya, a Saryupari Brahmin, from Basti UP, a staunch Lord Rama devotee, immediately went for Darshan but ended up as a witness from the Muslim side, before the Special Full Bench, hearing the case at High Court Lucknow....

The Commentators of the Quran have described the virtue of fulfilling the covenant this way that the obedience to Allah Almighty depends on two things; (1) reverence for Allah Almighty and (2) affection for the creatures….

These sanctions are the most visible sign of US disappointment at the Myanmar’s botched political reform process launched in 2011. Violence against Rohingya triggered an ethnic cleansing, compelling them to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh....

 

But, as more details leak out about the region’s camps, Muslim leaders are beginning to come under domestic pressure to defend their co-religionists. One day, they may find it harder to kowtow....

Islamic scholar and eschatologist Shaikh Imran Hossain has rightly criticized the so-called Islamists of Pakistan on the issue of Ghazwatul Hind. He says that the hadith is fabricated. He says those who believe that Pakistani army will defeat India according to the hadith of Ghazwatul Hind, should first acknowledge the fact that the Pakistani army is with the European countries carrying the so-called war on terror against Muslim countries.….

An exclusivist Islamic identity which was never ever part of the syncretic valley of Kashmir has been deeply imbibed by the Jam’at-e-Islami and their ilk. It would take both the Indian Muslims and the state to exert more rigorous efforts to restore the ‘lost’ Kashmiriyat of Islam in the valley, cultural confluence of Islamic and Sanskiritc traditions, and not just the revocation of the Article 370….

China is a key trade partner to almost every Muslim country – to the extent that turning against China would probably result in severe damage to their economies. Furthermore, it is a sad reality that many of our leaders are known for their lack of Islamic principles – i.e. their own corruption and their abuse of the rights of Allāh...

 

Islamic jurisprudence says that “any place of worship where Muslims have stopped praying should be returned to the owner of the property. In this case, the owner of Babri mosque was Mughal emperor Babur, who ruled India, and his successor is the Government of India....

 

Both China and Denmark say these moves are part of broader attempts to integrate minorities into the life of their respective countries. However, there are striking differences in the thrust and scale of the initiatives....

 

Perhaps, after realising the impossibility of wholesale expulsion of any community, especially in the current context of a globally integrated nation state system, the BBS now believes that a solution to the so called ‘Muslim Problem’ should be found within the country....

On the contrary, it will be quite in keeping with Quranic teachings and recorded policies of the Prophet. Fa-Man ‘Afa Wa-Aslaha Fa-Ajruhu Alallahi — those who condone and reconcile, for them there is reward from God — proclaims the Quran (XL: 42). The verse is preceded by a reference to the practice of meeting evil with evil and concludes with the assertion of divine dislike for all evildoers....

It was, in essence, an electoral showdown between two competing ideological forces: on one side are minorities and progressive Muslims anxious to retain Indonesia’s pluralism and secular character; on the other are Islamist groups and increasing numbers of born-again Muslims who wish to make the country more Islamic....

 

Just for a minute imagine a Muslim man marrying a Hindu actress according to Muslim traditions. All hell would have broken loose and accusations of love jihad would be levelled against the man. Like the Islamists, the Hindu right wing also works overtime to weaken Indian pluralism. In their intense hatred of Muslims, these Hindu right wingers do not realise that they are like carbon-copies of the very same Islamists that they claim to oppose.... 

I am Muslim. I don’t wear a bindi or apply Sindoor. I don’t perform Aarti. I visit temples only as a tourist. Does that make me less secular than Nusrat Jahan, the young Muslim MP from Basirhat, West Bengal, who wears bindi, applies Sindoor, and inaugurates Jagannath Yatra, a Hindu religious pilgrimage?...



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