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Islam and Sectarianism

Islamabad Needs To Reduce the Coercive Military Presence and Stop the Rights Violations in Balochistan
Malik Siraj Akbar

The carnage in Balochistan can be understood by considering the long history of separatism in the province, the resentment against the federal authorities for denying its people their proper share of resources and opportunities, and the failed strategy of the Pakistani military to use repression and to encourage and use Islamist groups and militants to crush Baloch nationalist rebels and politicians....

 

Blackness Is Inextricably Linked To Islam but Racism within the Muslim Community Has Seen the Centrality of Blackness Eroded Over the Centuries
Aina Khan

"Islam is part and parcel of African history and it has been for over a thousand years. In today's society, Prophet Ibrahim's wife Hajar, who was Egyptian, would have been considered black," he says. "The rites and pilgrimages we have in Islam in terms of Hajj (pilgrimage) were built by the participation and the efforts of a black African woman. Before Islam was accepted in Saudi Arabia or any Arab societies, Islam was first established in Africa. The first [journey] was to Abyssinia, where Muslims established the first community where they could practice Islam freely."...

 

The New Syria Is Smaller, In Ruins and More Sectarian

A new Syria is emerging from the rubble of war. In Homs, which Syrians once dubbed the “capital of the revolution” against President Bashar al-Assad, the Muslim quarter and commercial district still lie in ruins, but the Christian quarter is reviving. Churches have been lavishly restored; a large crucifix hangs over the main street. “Groom of Heaven”, proclaims a billboard featuring a photo of a Christian soldier killed in the seven-year conflict. ...

 

Arab Spring: A Contest between Liberalizing Forces and Sectarian Islamist Groups
Seth J. Frantzman

Several forces conspired to exploit the passions of the Arab Spring to forever change the region. Iran and the Islamic State competed for the hearts and minds of increasing sectarian conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. Some 40,000 extremists, from around the world, many of them transiting through Turkey to Syria, joined ISIS....

 

All Minorities in Pakistan Are At Risk
Khaled Ahmed

The killers who took the life of Charanjit Singh in Peshawar were not persuaded by Pakistan’s “foreign enemies” to commit the evil deed. He was killed by Pakistanis nurtured on the ideology that subliminally refuses to accept non-Muslims in the “castle of Islam”. The Christian church in Pakistan, still conscientiously educating Muslims in their charity-run schools and colleges, has endured massacres of its impoverished flock who sweep the roads of Pakistan....

 

For Pakistan, the Persecution and Marginalization of Ahmadis Never Mattered
Imad Zafar

The persecution and marginalization of the Ahmadi community is actually a crime by both society and the state. It seems we as a society need DNA surgery in order to get rid of the hatred and extremism in our genes toward the faith and beliefs of others....

 

Real Legacy of the Great Prophet (pbuh): Hold Fast Together and Let Nothing Divide Ummah in the Face of Sectarianism
Murtadha Gusau

There is a need to address the dangers and evil consequences of Muslim sectarianism in our country and everywhere in a peaceful, sane, healthy, and rational way. We have to create Muslim communities that are equally open to everyone; Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, Ebirra, Igala, Kanuri, Nupe, Bassa, Okun, Kaje, Kurama, Arago, Eggon, Tiv, Idoma, Ogori, Birom, White, Black, Latino, Arab, Pakistani, Indian, Asian, African, low income, high income, educated and undereducated etc. This is the real legacy of the great Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (Peace be upon him). This is the picture of non-sectarian Islam....

Daesh's Insurgency Is Far From Over: It Has Extended Its Reach Eastward Indonesia and Philippines
Greg Barton

Today, the group has active affiliates and supporters across the Muslim world, including in the southern Philippines, and a "virtual insurgency" throughout the many Western countries that contributed around one-quarter of the group's total of 40,000 foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. The insurgency is far from over, and in Indonesia it may well be that the worst is yet to come.....

 

Iraq’s Anti-Sectarian Election Result May Set A Good Example for the Middle East Countries
Yasar Yakis

This may lead to an issue-based political affiliation during the post-election period. This will be perhaps the most important outcome of the elections. It may set a good example for other countries in the region to adopt policies not guided only by confessional and sectarian motives, which is badly needed both at domestic level and in inter-state relations in the Middle East....

 

Ahmadis, the Followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Preach Peace and Tolerance, But Are Regarded As Heretics by Many Muslims
Tim Wyatt

Ahmadis emerged in the late 19th century after Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, a religious leader in northern India, declared himself to be the messiah called by Allah to restore Islam to its true form. His movement grew into the Ahmadiyya, devoted to renewing Islam and returning it to its peaceful roots. However, its message was not welcomed by most Muslims, who rejected Ahmad’s claims to be the messiah. ...

Beijing’s Clampdown on China’s Uighur Muslim Minority Should Be a Cause for Worry for All of Us
Peter Apps

China’s Uighurs now have little chance that those outside the country will support them. Even the Gulf States and Turkey, which might have once seemed a potential source of support, appear ever less interested. That’s a pity. If this kind of high-tech suppression of minorities and dissent becomes widespread in years to come, we may regret not paying more attention. ...

 

Afghanistan Elections: Point of Contention the Use of the Word ‘Afghan’
Ajit Kumar Singh

According to reports, the main point of contention has been the use of the word “Afghan” on the cards to refer to all Afghan citizens. The word was historically synonymous with Pashtuns, the country’s largest ethnic group. Other groups, especially the Tajiks, who are the second largest ethnic group, have objected that using “Afghan” would politically benefit the Pashtuns.....

 

Rohingyas Are Victims of Myanmarism: a Toxic Cocktail of Ultra-Nationalism and Religious Fanaticism
Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Surely, the genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar is not happening by accident; it’s a deliberate act – albeit slowly but steadily – by successive murderous regimes providing enough warning signs for the world community to stop this monumental crime. The 1982 Citizenship Law provided the very justification for the Myanmar regime towards the elimination of the minority races like the Rohingya. It was no accident that Myanmar had witnessed, since 2012, a series of genocidal pogroms, mostly directed against the minority Rohingya and other Muslims....

 

The ‘Abdus Salam Centre’ Brouhaha
Pervez Hoodbhoy

In another country naming or renaming a university’s physics centre or department would be considered utterly unremarkable. But here in Pakistan — if the name is that of Abdus Salam (1926-1996, physics Nobel Prize 1979) — instant controversy is guaranteed. That’s because, on the one hand, Salam commands the devotion of his embattled Ahmadi community. On the other hand, mere mention of his name inspires religious fury among sections of the population...

 
Balochistan: Insecure Security
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Balochistan: Insecure Security
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

More noticeably, out of the 38 SF personnel killed in the Province in 2018, at least 32 were killed in North Balochistan, while the remaining six were killed in the South. Since 2011, out of 875 SF personnel killed in Balochistan, the North accounted for 617 fatalities (70.27 per cent), while South recorded 261 fatalities (29.72 per cent). SF fatalities in each of these eight years have been consistently higher in the North....

 

Pakistan: Minorities under Collusive Terror
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Other religious minorities have regularly faced atrocities across Pakistan. The Jinnah Institute of Pakistan, in a report titled ‘State of Religious Freedom in Pakistan 2015’, had noted that, between 2012 and 2015, at least 543 incidents of violence were recorded against religious minorities in Pakistan. Shias were targeted on at least 288 occasions during this period, followed by Hindus (91 occasions), Christians (88 occasions), and Ahamadiyas (76 occasions)....

 

The head of the commission on missing persons, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, significantly downplayed the role of the country’s military and intelligence agencies in “enforced disappearances” of Pashtun and Baloch people while briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights on Monday. Iqbal’s attempt to absolve Pakistan’s military-intelligence apparatus of its responsibility for missing persons was made against the backdrop of a growing anti-war movement in the country led by Pashtun youth....

 

Poor Minorities Are Usually the Target of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws
Khaled Ahmed

This time, the Barelvi organisation, Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (Here I am O Holy Prophet), got into the act and lodged an FIR against Patras Masih. The Tehreek hoodlums blocked the highway and rightly expected the Muslims to rally around and the police to come under pressure....

Pakistan High Court Judge Calls for ‘Termination’ Of Ahmaddiyas
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

However, for many the most troubling aspect of the judgement was its wording, with paragraph 6 of the verdict asking the parliament to “take measures which can completely terminate those who scar (the belief in Khatm-e-Nabuwwat).”

“This is clear hate speech,”...

Pakistan's Punjab: Deceptive Recovery
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Ten persons, including six Policemen, were killed and another 35 were injured in a suicide attack near a Police check post outside the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz (centre) at Raiwind Town in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, on March 14, 2018. A teenage suicide bomber blew himself up when a Policeman tried to stop him from entering the Markaz. At least 70,000 followers of Tablighi Jamaat were present at the annual congregation.....

 
A Gory Nauroze
S. Mudassir Ali Shah

A Gory Nauroze
S. Mudassir Ali Shah

Ruthlessly persecuted for generations, the Hazaras justifiably denounce the assailants who have turned their festivities into tragedies. Their argument that the timing and location were not a coincidence cannot be faulted either. Hours after the Nauroze bombing, colourfully garbed Hazara women and children partied on the same street near the Kabul University. Not only did they enjoy the fiesta, they also demonstrated their incredible resilience.....

 

The message of mosques where people come to pray in congregation five times a day can be disseminated to millions. The imams and Khateebs can do wonders in stressing the principles of love and equality and remind people of the manners of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). They should stress the importance of sticking to the religious values....

 
The Pakhtun Spring
Khurram Husain

The Pakhtun Spring
Khurram Husain

They want the rights that the Constitution guarantees them: the right to be secure from arbitrary detention, the right to peaceably assemble, to speak their minds. The roots of the movement go back in time to the discontentment that was brewing in the camps set up to house IDPs from the military operations in the tribal agencies, as well as Swat, in the 10-year campaign against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan....

 

The Kurds Have Been Sacrificed
Christian Chesnot

Three years ago, the Kurds seized Kobane (Ain Al-Arab) from the jihadists. The whole world hailed this symbolic victory, underlining the heroism of the Peshmerga. The image of women in battledresses against the ISIS fighters wearing black made the headlines. The battle of Kobane will always be the first victory on the roadway leading to the demolishing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's "self-proclaimed caliphate" in Syria...

 

Saudi Shiites and Their Role in the ‘New Saudi Arabia’
Hassan Al Mustafa

Shiites in Saudi Arabia – and all the Saudi people – now have a chance to truly participate in establishing ‘the new Saudi Arabia’ and to efficiently contribute, alongside the political leadership, to build their future without any fear of ‘Takfiri’ Fatwas (religious edicts) or sectarian discrimination. These Fatwas and practices are over now and will never return again as is confirmed by the royal will....

 
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