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Islam and Sectarianism

The share of Sindh in jobs in the federal ministries, corporations and auxiliary entities, gas and oil resources and federally funded development schemes has always been sidestepped or ignored...

 

Like in any civil war, the biggest hurdle to coexistence between Islamists and secularists in the Middle East is getting key players from both camps to recognize the impossibility of victory and the need for unpopular compromises....

As sectarian tensions escalate and we edge closer to another regional conflict, now is the time for leaders to resist calls for revenge and retaliation. They must refuse to feed the dogs of war...

I will visit your grave when I go to Iraq, but I know that you are not only there. Your face is on so many walls, banners, T-shirts, and your spirit is everywhere. Your brothers and sisters, Thanwa’s children, are still fighting for the new Iraq you dreamed of and loved....

 
Shia-Sunni Divide: Practical Steps towards Unity
Shia-Sunni Divide: Practical Steps towards Unity
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

Down the line the debates about these historical facts and events are being raked even today and on their basis each sect tries to denounce the other as heretic and infidel. These historical facts can’t be corrected now, and there is no reason for Shia or Sunni to declare each other infidels on the basis of certain circumstances or different interpretation of historical facts....

 

Muslims should publish literature pointing out the flaws in their faith and fight their beliefs ideologically in the light of the Quran and Hadith if they think they are on the wrong path. After that, they should leave the matter to God. No one will be accountable for the wrongs of others....

During the corresponding period of 2018, five tribal elders had died in three incidents; and in the remaining period of 2018, there was one more incident resulting in one death....

But it also wants to work with other countries, without regard to religion. This will mean that political Islamic groups, such as the IRGC or Brotherhood, will find themselves to be strange bedfellows against common adversaries...

 

It bears repeating again and again that when certain sections within the Muslim community tried to bring pressure to bear on the founder of this nation on the Ahmadi issue, he put his foot down and refused to turn them out of the Muslim League....

A place of worship for Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan cannot be called a mosque under Pakistani Law, which prohibits Ahmadis from claiming to be Muslim, under Ordinance XX [Anti-Islamic Activities of the Quadiani Group, Lahori Group and Ahmadis (Prohibition and Punishment) Ordinance (1984)]....

 

Her voice broke. Tears overcame Zeinab Mirza, a political studies lecturer at the American University of Beirut. She was crying for Lebanon’s awakening. “In a way,” she said, “We were in a coma before.”...

Thus, taking pride in one's culture and ethnicity is permissible in Islam to the extent that it does not sacrifice religious unity. Righteous is the criterion of superiority and committing violence and causing bloodbath in the name of cultural identity is not approved by the Quran...

Imran stood at the UNGA podium lamenting Islamophobia in the West, while the Shia Muslims live in ghettos in Pakistan and the Ahmadis are ostracised out of his own government. Shias and Ahmadis have sustained scores of casualties at the hands of Imran Khan’s darling Taliban and other assorted jihadists.....

Instead of boasting too much about the brilliance of one’s own sect (all communities do that), we should focus on action (Amal) as to who is doing the greatest good to others....

A general argument can be made that Pakistan’s power elites have been patronising religious, ethnic, cultural and racial disagreements to further their regime, instead of looking at the diversity of religious, cultural and societal opinion in Pakistan as a sign of inclusiveness and plurality. ...

Civilians have borne the brunt of terrorism in the District, with Shia Hazaras particularly under attack. Over a period of almost 20 years, according to the SATP database, at least 367 Shia Hazaras were killed in Quetta, while another 113 sustained injuries....

 

The Umayyad also dispatched Da’awah emissaries to remote parts of the world conducting Da’awah to the religion of Allah the Almighty. Their emissaries got as far as China who they referred to as the White-clothed....

 

It is without doubt the most emotional and poignant event for Shia Muslims around the world. For Sunnis, some are aware of its historical significance while others are not. Others may also be, of course, anti-Shia....

Perhaps it is time to look back at history on how Ali, the fourth Rightly-Guided Caliph and his family, the Ahlul-Bait, or the household of the Prophet, were vilified at every Friday sermon during the time of the Umayyad dynasty’s rule. It was during the reign of Caliph Umar Abdul Aziz, a caliph of the Umayyad, that he instructed all the imams to stop vilifying Ali and his family....

That he was hounded out of India has certainly done good to the Muslim society as they are away from his poisonous lectures. His only hope now is to seek refuge in Saudi Arabia. I am certain he will be amongst his own kind in the holy land....

Divisions between the two sects are ancient, going back to the leadership dispute which arose after the death of Prophet Muhammad in the early 7th Century. Some Muslims called for his son-in-law, Ali, to succeed him, while the majority backed his father-in-law, Abu Bakr....

 

Despite their differences, Sunni and Shia have lived alongside each other in relative peace for most of history. But starting in the late 20th century, the schism deepened, exploding into violence in many parts of the Middle East....

By outlawing Shia Islam - the dominant religion in Iran - Malaysia aligned itself openly and firmly with Tehran's main regional rivals, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. This, in turn, encouraged the anti-Shia prejudices of the public and allowed sectarian tensions...

 

Even as some of the missing return home, the question of impunity remains unaddressed.

The region-wise breakdown of complaints received from March 1, 2011, up to the end of April 2019 is as follows: Punjab —1,271; Sindh — 1,512; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — 2,277; Balochistan — 408; Islamabad — 256; Fata — 265; PoK — 53; Gilgit-Baltistan — eight....

 

It is obvious that not all the people living in Weikendorf have a racist bent of mind. However, there are increasing number of racist incidents in Austria targeting minorities and immigrants....

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