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The War Within Islam

Turkey: Let Them Die!
Burak Bekdil

More than 50,000 people have been arrested and some 110,000 others dismissed from government jobs in the country's largest-scale crackdown ever on people with alleged links to terror groups or to the U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating the failed coup in July 2016. As cruel as that looks, a case of two Turkish teachers is undeniably worse than just cruel: it displays a remorseless state mechanism....


In Pakistan, Faith Has Become a Dangerous Political Tool
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

“If they want to prevent Ahmadis from joining the army, throw Akhtar Hussain Malik’s achievements out as well and take away his accolades. Make announcements against the accomplishments of Abdul Ali Malik, Zafrullah Khan and Dr Abdus Salam and then throw us away from all important state positions.” Since 1984, 258 Ahmadis have been killed because of their faith. In addition, countless mosques and graves have been desecrated, and the community’s literature has been banned.....

Constellation of Forces
Najam Sethi

Whilst on the subject, he took a shot at the Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad for naming its Physics Centre after Dr Abdus Salam, a Pakistani Ahmadi who won the Nobel Prize for Physics, an honour that was acknowledged by (Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif in a financial grant of five annual PhD Fellowships for the renamed department. Captain Safdar is known to be a political maverick. But this time, there seems to be a method in his madness. Several issues may impinge on the content and timing of his parliamentary thunder.....


The Growing Khaki Shadow in Pakistan
Abbas Nasir

Lamenting the increasing footprint of the military in so many of the country’s policy areas by itself will not change the ground reality. It is equally the responsibility of civilian politicians, the elected ones in particular, to try and wrest control of policy areas for themselves. It is obvious they can’t do it by merely wishing or hoping for it. Their conduct in office would have to be so exceptional that the military would have no choice but to head back to the barracks. But is it?...


What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?
Ramzy Baroud

Egypt's enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favour, while keeping the Rafah border crossing under lock and key. However, the Egyptian leadership is clearly operating in coordination with Israel and the United States....


Reconciliation Process in Palestine
Moonis Ahmar

The Israeli state taking advantage of fragmentation within the Arab world and split in the Palestinian community in the form of Hamas and Al-Fatah deepened its program to settle hundreds of thousands of Jews in the West Bank. Consequently, West Bank, which before June 1967 Arab-Israeli war was under the Jordanian control, has lost its demographic edge in favour of Jews.....


Dhaka Must Decide On Rohingya Kids
Zyma Islam

This will not affect the legal status of one group – children born to undocumented Bangladeshi parents in the United States. They were granted citizenship as a birthright, thereby giving them a very different life from their parents. It is time for Bangladesh to formulate a policy that will address this issue of citizenship of children born in the Rohingya camps....


How Salafism's Rise Threatens Gaza
Colin P. Clarke

With ISIS' example in mind and that group's success in taking over large swaths of Syria and Iraq, the active Salafi groups in Gaza have gone to great lengths to position themselves as the most radical organizations within the occupied territories. These groups consider Hamas members infidels for their willingness to participate in Palestinian legislative elections in 2006. Salafi groups are inherently opposed to elections, since they believe that only God's law matters and that Sharia is the only acceptable governing platform....


Pakistan: One Country, Several Systems
Yaqoob Khan Bangash

Since its inception Pakistan has always decried that ‘external forces’ are trying to destabilise and dismember it.  This fear has led the state to become suspicious of all regional movements for rights or autonomy, and everything which does not fit the state’s narrative. This mind-set has not only promoted conspiracy theories and made stars out of conspiracy theorists; it has also led Pakistan to become a prisoner to its own fears....


Why Palestine Needs National Library More Than Presidential Palace
Aziza Nofal

According to Jaber and Bseiso, the national library is important for Palestine because it will gather the scattered documents that trace Palestinian history, such as the remaining archives of the Palestinian Research Centre, which are preserved in Algeria, as well as documents in Britain that date back to the days of the British Mandate and documents related to properties and land ownership in the Ottoman archives.....


In the Muslim countries such as in Pakistan for example, where on Fridays particularly, scores of innocent people are slaughtered in houses of worship by terrorists, does not rate a mention in the international media more than once, if at that and no fatwa is issued. It seems that generally mass killing committed by non-Muslims of non-Muslims, non-Muslims of Muslims and Muslims of Muslims is not defined as terrorism, State or non-State sponsored, but if Muslims commit the same on non-Muslims, it is definitely defined as Terrorism.....

Not only did the percentage of Pakistanis below the poverty line fall over the last few decades, it fell so fast, that despite the census recording the addition of 75 million people, there are actually at least 25 million less people below the line than in 1998....


My Religion Is Not the Business of the State
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Yes the same Attaullah Shah Bokhari who famously said that those who vote for Jinnah or the Muslim League are the same as those who eat pork. Majlis-e-Ahrar called Pakistan Kafiristan and called Jinnah Kafir-e-Azam, but in this country that Jinnah founded, we have to live by the diktat of these personnel. The purpose of the Constitution is not to fix your religious belief or Aqeedah....


In common with the Sadat Egypt, Mr Mubarak’s Egypt is marked by too much Western influence and dependence on US aid, conspicuous consumption by rich entrepreneurs, and the peace with Israel - all seen by Arab and Western commentators as reasons why Mr Sadat lost his popularity and died unregretted....


Iran’s Pressure on Kurds Could Backfire
Fazel Hawramy

Iran devoted enormous energy to try to prevent Iraqi Kurds from holding their Sept. 25 independence referendum, accusing the Kurdish leadership of recklessness and endangering the stability of the region. Having failed in that endeavour, officials in Tehran are now at a loss as to what punitive measures they can realistically take to punish the Kurds without causing further instability on their doorstep.....


No Room for the Truth: The Habit of Denial Has Found A Permanent Place in the Minds of Pakistanis
I.A. Rehman

But where does a Pakistani politician acquire the art of speaking persuasively? Unfortunately, our party platforms have become notorious for being used only to abuse rivals, and our legislatures are rarely treated to insightful speeches that could command the respect of both friend and critic....

How Syria’s Victory Reshapes Mideast
Alastair Crooke

Western officials may imagine that they have a hold over Syria by holding reconstruction funding hostage to having their way with Syria’s future: if this is so, they will as wrong about this as they have been on almost everything pertaining to Syria....


Turkey, Iran, Iraq in Shaky Alignment against Iraqi Kurdistan
Fehim Tastekin

Despite all those counterweights and brake mechanisms, the sweeping Turkish and Iranian fury against Kurdish statehood makes it difficult to predict what will happen down the road. It seems, however, that Barzani will refrain from going a step further. He is expected to put on his pragmatist’s hat and embark on efforts to soothe the anger of his neighbours, which has haunted Kurdistan for decades...

A Proposal for Islam
Mustafa Akyol

A Proposal for Islam
Mustafa Akyol

I came to understand that while I was being held in the JAWI headquarters, listening to a loud Quranic recitation coming from the next room. I heard the Quran and for the first time in my life it sounded like the voice of an oppressor. But I did not give in to that impression. “I hear you and I trust in you, God,” I said as I prayed, “despite these bigots who act in your name.”...

More Than Ninety-Two Percent of Voters In Iraqi Kurdistan Back Independence
Martin Chulov

More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan have opted for independence, according to election monitors, in an overwhelming endorsement of a proposed split from Baghdad that has sparked increasing threats of air and land blockades that could be imposed as early as Friday. The result came after Iraq’s parliament authorised the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, to send troops into areas disputed between Arabs and Kurds that were contentiously included in the ballot....

Iraq remains a construction, an artificial confection of miscellaneous, often murderous groups. It is being held together – barely – and the Iraqi leaders wish to keep it this way.  Given its sheer vulnerability, the Iraqi state, or at the very least parts of it, have been ripe for severance. Under the regime of Saddam Hussein, vain efforts to secure various states of autonomy were crushed with cold blooded determination.  Towns such as Halabja and Qala Diza blot the text books as bloodied, failed enterprises....


Saudi Textbook Withdrawn Over Image of Yoda with King
Ben Hubbard

And he thought of Yoda. Like the king, he said, the Jedi master was known for his intelligence. He was popular among Saudis. And – sealing the deal – he was the same color as the Saudi flag. “He was wise and was always strong in his speeches,” Mr. Shehri said of the king. “So I found that Yoda was the closest character to the king. And also Yoda and his light sabre – it’s all green.”...


Unfortunately, this form of self-realization does not harmonize well with the predicament of Pakistan’s own minority population whose persecution is the candle that fades into insignificance, at once overwhelming and invisible; part of the national fabric but barely acknowledged....

Historic Referendum on Independence Leaves Iraqi Kurds Polarised
Martin Chulov

On the eve of a historic day in Kurdistan, its two biggest hubs were a tale of two cities. In Erbil, the centre of the independence referendum to be held on 25 September, a festival feel that had built for the past week had taken over neighbourhoods. Flags fluttered from street poles, and car windows and shops were festooned with banners proclaiming the dawn of self-determination....


Reforming Pakistan's Blasphemy Law: Pakistan Today Does Not Seem Any Different To the 9th Century
Mashaal Gauhar

Pakistan today does not seem any different to the 9th century when the great Sufi mystic Mansur Hallaj was killed on grounds of blasphemy for his words “Ana ‘l-Haqq” or “I am the Truth”. As is the case today, Hallaj’s execution was motivated by an act of personal revenge by the ruling order of Baghdad — blasphemy was just the feeble excuse to justify this with religious authorities insisting that his words were a claim to divinity. Far from being blasphemous, his words actually signified complete submission to a higher being...

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  • Rightly said, women’s right to assert themselves in matters of marriage should not be denied. These....
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  • Why is this so-called Capt. Safdar’s bigotry surprising? Replace Ahmadi with Hindu, Safdar with Jinnah and the rest of the speech ...
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  • GM Sb says: “His claim that he is dealing a deadly blow to the extremist ideology is not only grossly exaggerated but is delusional” The definition ...
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  • Let us introduce common civil code in India, we can forget all such nonsenses.Let all married couples have two children in all let us ...
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  • Sorry sisters, men do not like to self police so they do all short ps of thing with women on matter of clothing. Last peace ....
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  • The simple answer, he was. He wanted Muslim to educate to dominate Hindus, if two nations theory cannot came into realisation.
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  • Easy way to is that called themselves as new Qadyian relgion and Gulam Mirza Ahmed as their prophet. Just start to lie like Mulism do that ...
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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  • All religions teach hatred and violence. Religious scrptures are full of bigotry. We should not be apologetic and there is no need to lie or, ...
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  • @Manzar Khan By the way, I am not suggesting any changes in Islam. Only a new Islamic ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • @Manzar Khan Who authorised theologians to create their theology. In Islam, there is nothing between a Muslim and his...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Who authorized u Mr Shahin to suggest changes in Islam?'
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  • Dakshinamoorthi Raja Ganesan Thanks very much indeed. Regards.
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  • Sincerely congratulate on your bold call. Wish you all success in your mission.'
    ( By Dakshinamoorthi Raja Ganesan )
  • Rafi Ahmed Don't change basic Islam, only discard its theology of hate and confrontation....
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • How can one change basic Islam to suite present day requirements of one person.
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  • Saki Syed How can any one replace verses of the Holy Quran? Replace with what? Please try to understand Islamic theology....
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  • New Age Islam Do you want to replace the verses of the holy book ?.
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  • Mohammed Amin Zargar I want to know about Deen-e-Ilahi. Can you suggest some book.
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Do you favour Deeni-illahi.'
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  • A.j. Jawad Thanks very much indeed, Jawad Saheb
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  • Satish Vengurlekar True. But not impossible.
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  • Terrorism and Jahad are two different things ;do not intermingle them.'
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  • Gulam Nabi Naiku They don't claim their religion or their theology inspires them to acts of terror.
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