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A mosque in Jakarta. “Our war is to get moderate Islam to fight for millennial Muslims who are hungry for Islam,” one researcher said. “But people don’t see us as passionate, as charismatic. It’s hard to change this.”...

This is the moment for all the citizens to work together in unity…You will see the commission tasked with investigating corruption and recovering state assets function with the support of the new Parliament…..

 

The pogrom of middle-class professionals unaligned with the government was so intense in those early days that for a brief period it became a regular occurrence that entire families fled the country at short notice....

 

Their months-long struggle has inspired students, workers, radicalised layers of middle class including doctors, teachers and traders.....

 

Over the centuries, Iran and its indigenous culture have been much diminished. But there is still a spark underneath the ashes of a once glorious civilization, which periodically seeks a renaissance. ...

But the most unfortunate part of the tragic developments over the issue of the Uyghurs is that except Turkey, no Muslim country has raised its voice condemning Chinas arbitrary detention and torture of Uyghur Muslims and demanded the closure of these “re-education camps”. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he did not have a fair idea of the Uyghur issue while Saudi Arabia the self proclaimed spokesman of Muslim world has shamelessly said that China was right in taking steps to curb terrorism in Uyghur dominated area....

Due to these operational successes, Pakistan-backed Islamist terror formations, as well as Daesh and Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the last two of which have been attempting to make inroads since 2014, have failed comprehensively in their ambitions....

 

It was an incredible time for mosque building in Xinjiang. After the Cultural Revolution, Uighur and Kazakh Muslims began to reconnect with their faith. They resumed the traditional practices of pilgrimage and festivals at the shrines that lie deep in the Taklamakan desert....

 

Now let us take a look at the nature and subjectivity of the Fatwas and religious edicts recently passed by the Barelwi ulema and muftis at large. From the fatwa against Salman Rushdi, Tasleema Nasreen, Majid Majidi, AR Rahman, APJ Abdul Kalam to the violent announcements threatening to behead Taslima Nasrin and or to boycott and ban Tahir-ul-Qadri, the retrogressive Barelwi clerics have also created an outrage in India....

Algeria's army has always played a pivotal role in the country's politics. The army was actually backing Bouteflika since 1999, when he was first elected. The role of the army in easing out the wheelchair-bound president has been crucial as the military wanted to maintain stability in the oil-rich North African state of 42 million people. ..

 

The less demanding requirements for immigration into Southeast Asia (such as Malaysia) and the Middle East, in addition to the lower cost of living, have attracted a sizeable Chinese Muslim migrant community from the northwest....

 

This new mediation process must be conducted in the spirit with which the Supreme Court has ordered it, that of healing hearts and minds. Without the spirit of accommodation and trust, the talks are bound to fail, and become a platform to further polarise the country, currently in the middle of one of its most crucial general elections.....

 

Patterns of communal violence are changing in Uttar Pradesh. As Sudha Pai and Sajjan Kumar had shown in Everyday Communalism: Riots in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh (OUP, 2018).....

 

East Pakistan was ethnically homogenous, dominated by a Bengali ethnic majority, and nearly a quarter of the population were Hindu. In contrast, West Pakistan was ethnically diverse but had less religious diversity. West Pakistan deployed political Islam...

 

In India, home to the second largest population of Muslims in the world, we saw no such initiative. Indian Muslims were killed in the massacre but no compatriot sympathised with them. It is futile to expect the governments and political classes to join their kin in their mourning. We happily accept the foreign currency they bring but would not share their loss....

More importantly, it reflects the thinking among a section of the OIC that India, with a Muslim population of 180 million, the third largest in the world, should not be kept out of an organisation dealing with issues pertaining to Muslims globally. Countries like Bangladesh and Turkey have been wanting an important role for India in the OIC....

 

Just look at our geography. For 4,000 km to the west, till Sub-Saharan Africa; to the northwest till Eastern Europe and to the southeast of India through Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and oil-rich Brunei, Islam is the dominant religion....

Kashmir is going through an intense wave of Jihadi radicalization, of which the most significant proof is the volunteering of the local youth for a suicide mission, hitherto a domain of mainly foreign terrorists....

 

Unfortunately, the Arab uprisings of 2011 failed to change the image of Islam. Arguably, they made things worse. In Egypt the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood swept into power, before a military coup removed it. Bloody civil wars in Libya, Yemen and Syria, coupled with the rise of ISIS...

Prisoners at these places are taught to abandon their Turkic-based mother tongues and renounce outward displays of Islam. And while the targets have for years been supposed domestic enemies, China now pursues some Kazakhs with the same zeal...

 

The political claims that some make regarding Islam as if it is an invading religion and foreign to the people of India need to be defied with the truth of Islam’s peaceful spread throughout India....

It’s time the UN and the Muslim countries along with their Western allies raised the issue on international platforms and force China to close the so-called “re-education camps” where the Turk-ethnic Uyghur Muslims are being forced to renounce their religious rights and tortured and even killed by China....

I am apparently one of the few Indians not excited or moved by the events of last week. I am referring to our attack on Pakistan, and then their response the next day, and then the drama with the Air Force pilot for two days after that, ending with his release on Friday night. There are several reasons and some of them you may disagree with....

To be frank, this notion that these people living in peripheral lands far away from the Hindi heartland are strange and un-Indian aliens has hit the people of the Northeast as well, though not as violently as it does Kashmiris, but then they are not mostly Muslims. The Nagas and Assamese just feel neglected, not hated....

 

After initially denying the existence of the re-education camps, Beijing has since switched to defending them as necessary to combat Islamist extremism and terrorism. The state primarily targets Uighurs, the Turkic group that makes up the largest share of Muslims in China, but other Muslim minorities, like Kyrgyz, Hui and, increasingly, Kazakhs ....

 


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