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Before ISIS, all religious denominations stand in the line of fire. Christians and Muslims know only too well the bitterness and despair of a life spent under the ominous flag of Takfirism—a heretical perversion of Islam, also known as Wahhabism, which reared its hideous head a mere two centuries ago.  Evil has a new face and it is Takfirism! Doing nothing while millions of lives are at risk is tantamount to murder. We owe it to our children to carry on this fight so as to prevent the shadow of our shameful inaction from falling on future generations.....

 

Role of Muslims as Witnesses to Humanity: Essential Message of Islam: Chapter 42 To 46
Thus, through these verses the Qur’an reminds the Muslims that like the Prophet as a testimony among them, they have to act as a testimony to humanity by grooming themselves as models of good conduct and behaviour for the followers of other faith-communities to follow their example. This complements the Qur’anic world view on the universal brotherhood of humanity as reviewed earlier (Ch. 9), and assigns a special moderating role to the Muslims – a role that fanned the phenomenal spread of Islam in its early centuries, and, with time, a gradual sweep of Islamic values and paradigms across the world.

The Strength to Say No: One Girl’s Fight against Forced Marriage

Rekha Kalindi, an 11 year old girl, raised her voice against forced marriage. She was tortured and even starved by her mother but she didn’t give up. Here’s an excerpt from the book, The Strength to Say No: One Girl’s Fight against Forced Marriage, that chronicles her brave actions and how she fought against everyone to continue her studies.

 

Reading Nazrul Islam after Walter Benjamin

Nazrul Islam, all the same, faced condemnation and stiff resistance from all quarters, Brits, Hindus and Muslims alike. Some wiseacres happened also to be admirers of Fascism, if not outright Fascists. One of these tooth and nail colonial fighters survived long enough to reminisce, to carry it kit and caboodle, till the 1980s…

 

The Lessons of Anwar al-Awlaki
Anwar al-Awlaki

This is the digital legacy of Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011. Addressing a V.F.W. convention in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama championed the counterterrorism record of his administration. ‘‘I’ve shown,’’ he said, ‘‘I will not hesitate to use force to protect our nation, including from the threat of terrorism.’’ He listed some of the terrorists killed on his watch. ‘‘Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen — gone,’’ Obama said to applause.

Exemplary Punishments for Major Crimes: Essential Message of Islam: Chapter 37 To 41

They could bully, beat up and rob any unprotected soul, commit major crimes, spread terror in the community and roam about in broad daylight, or disappear in the desert wilderness - depending upon their clan clout. The Qur'an had to stop this outrage. There were past examples of rulers inflicting severe punishment on those who defied them and of communities suffering awesome punishments because of their errant ways. The Qur’an reminds its audience of these punishments (5:33), and commands amputating of hand for stealing (5:39) as an exemplary punishment. It, however, leaves a forgiveness clause (5:39), thereby allowing flexibility in the mode of punishment.....

Arabs in the jihadist Woodstock

According to Mustafa Hamid, it was, however, the Qais camp run by Mawlawi Nasrullah Mansur of the Harkat-e-Inquilab-Islami, Afghanistan that was not only the training hub for Arab jihadists but also the Afghans who went on to become leaders and cadres in Mullah Omar’s Taliban.

 

Against Unlawful Intimacy: Essential Message of Islam: Chapter 34 To 36

The Qur’anic verses reviewed in this chapter relate specifically to adultery (Zina) in which consenting men and women engaged themselves as part of the prevalent social norms (36.1 above). The lax sexual mores of the times kept sex related crimes to low levels and accordingly the Qur’an does not specifically refer to sex offences which are committed by men or women by force, or by way of active seduction, or when their prey is in a state of delusion or unconsciousness, such as under drug or during sleep.  Muslim jurists have legislated capital punishment for rape while punishment for other forms of sex-offences is dictated by the severity and circumstances of the offence. However, it must be admitted that the capital punishment for rape is not derived from the Qur’an, and is based on the pre-Islamic custom of stoning to death for adultery, as recorded in the traditions.....

Qur’anic Laws Protecting Orphans and Women: Essential Message Of Islam: Chapter 31 To 33

The critic may still question, if recommendation was ‘towards monogamy’, why wasn't it clearly spelled out? The answer is simple: Strict monogamy would have inevitably resulted in increased suffering and exploitation of women at the hands of the constitutionally lustful man: In the context of the revelation, introduction of monogamy in a single stroke and without any other option would have required the new polygamous converts to part with all but one of their wives, leaving a good number of women without a protective husband. This would have created serious problems relating to the status, preoccupation.......

 

The Bloody Legacy of Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhab

the ideology that Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab promoted and jihadist movements today (for example, the merciless assaults on popular religious practices and idolatry, and, especially, the practice of Takfir—excommunication of other Muslims, as well as what Crawford calls “secondary Takfir”—the highly controversial gesture of excommunicating otherwise pious Muslims for not themselves excommunicating others), other concepts central to the ideology of Al-Qa‘ida and ISIS (such as the insistence on a caliphate) do not exist in Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab’s writings ...

 

What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet

Muslims praise their Creator, pray, fast and give charity. All of these are, as is well-known, stressed in Islam. But what is not as widely-known as it should be is that there are deep connections between Islamic teachings and environmental protection. Concern for the environment is not just a modern concern. Drawing on Islamic sources and interviews with Muslim environmental activists, this path-breaking book highlights Islam’s profound dedication to humankind’s collective role as stewards of the Earth......

From A Traditionalist Perspective, Commentators Desacralise the Holy Text by Applying To It Modern Hermeneutic Techniques

From a traditionalist perspective, these commentators desacralise the holy text by applying to it modern hermeneutic techniques. Further, from the same perspective, the revisionist interpretive methods, feminist ones included, have another major problem: they are indifferent to the principles of Qur’anic exegesis and the rules of interpretation established by the oft-mentioned — though never quite defined — “Arabic-Islamic heritage.” ….

Reappraising the Common Muslim Mindset about Women Rights in Islam

When the Qur’an accorded women such a lofty status and rights that they could not even imagine in the seventh century Arabia, then why this discrepancy between the actual Qur’anic provisions for women and their sorry state of affairs in the Muslim world today? Reappraising the common Muslim mindset, Qazi attempts to answer the above question with quite a different approach. ...

Peace for the Sake of Peace: The Age Of Peace: Contents, Foreword and Chapter 1

According to the law of nature, peace can be attained only on a unilateral basis, and not on a bilateral basis. This means that first of all we have to abandon all kinds of confrontational methods such as political activism, protest-based activism and human rights activism. This kind of unilateralism will establish normalcy, normalcy will then lead to peace and peace will open the door to all kinds of opportunities. Then, by wise planning we can achieve all those goods that we want in terms of social justice and human rights….

 

Bidding the Good and Forbidding the Evil: Essential Message of Islam: Chapter 26 To 30
Muhammad Yunus & Ashfaque Ullah Syed

 Qur’anic repeated rejoinders on freeing slaves, it’s clear dictates to looking after them, to setting them free and to marrying them off, its specific ennobling vocabulary for slaves, bondmaids and captives, and its avoidance of any distinction between slaves and freeborn in all its social and civil laws, amply demonstrate that the Qur’an aimed at rooting out the institution of slavery. Accordingly Caliph Umar abolished slavery among the native inhabitants of Arabia. He also gave a clear instruction to his generals, on the strength of the Qur’an, not to turn the civilian population of conquered nations into slaves.....

Ancient Arabic Manuscripts Translation Project: Rare Medieval Medical Texts to Be Translated Into English
Nikhila Henry

The oldest compilation that the centre has dates back to 9th century AD. “Musnad Abu Yala’s Hadis or collection of Prophetic traditions was the first book that was compiled from manuscripts,” the director said. The manuscripts are collected in microfilm format. The Nizam had established the centre to improve on Hyderabad state’s wealth of knowledge.....

 
A Spiritual Magazine with a Difference
Suleiman Khan, New Age Islam

For one thing, unlike most other ‘Islamic’ magazines, it is not linked to any particular Muslim sect. Discussions about minor details of jurisprudence or Fiqh and rituals and debates about external forms of piety, such as about dress and deportment, may be a major focus of many other ‘Islamic’ magazines—but these do not find any space in Spirit of Islam, whose focus, its masthead announces, is ‘global peace and spiritual living’. Absent, too, from its pages are heated polemics seeking to prove the veracity of one Muslim sect and the falsity of the rest, hagiographical accounts of Muslim religious and political figures, past and present, uncritical laudatory accounts of Muslim history, diatribes against so-called ‘enemies of Islam’....

Feudal Democracy: The Irony of History  جاگیر دارانہ جمہوریت :المیہ تاریخ

جاگیر دارانہ جمہوریت میں عوام او رمنتخب امیدواروں میں جو فرق او ردوری ہوجاتی ہے اس کی وجہ سےاگرکبھی آمریت یا مارشل لاء کے خلاف تحریک چلائی جاتی ہے تو اس میں کامیابی کے ا مکانات اس لئے کم ہوجاتے ہیں کہ حکومت کے بدلنے کے ساتھ ہی یہ جاگیر دار نمائندےاپنی وفاداریاں بدل لیتےہیں کیونکہ ان میں سےبہت کم ہیں جو اپنی مراعات و آسائشوں کو خطرے میں ڈالنے کی ہمت رکھتے ہوں ۔ جاگیردار خاندانوں کی وفاداریاں بدلنے کی وجہ سے ہمارے سیاسی نظام میں کوئی استحکام پیدا نہیں ہوا ۔

 

Fundamentalism: Tableegh and Violence: The Irony of History  بنیاد پرستی : تبلیع اور تشدد :المیہ تاریخ

معاشرہ کوبرائیوں سے کیسے پاک کیا جائے؟ اس مقصد کو پورا کرنے کےلئے بنیاد پرست جماعتیں دو راستے اختیار کرتی ہیں ۔ تبلیغ کا اور اگر اس کے ذریعے لوگ راہ راست پر نہ آئیں ۔ تو دوسری صورت تشدد اورطاقت کے استعمال کی ہے۔ کہ جس کےذریعے لوگ راہ راست پر نہ آئیں  تو دوسری صورت تشدد اورطاقت کااستعمال کیا ہے ۔ کہ جس کے ذریعے مخالف قوتوں کا صفایا کردیا جائے ، یا انہیں طاقت کے ذریعے دبا کر رکھا جائے ۔ اس لئے مصر میں اخوان المسلمون ناصر نے عرب نیشنل ازم کی مخالفت کی ۔

 

Revolting World: The not-so-strange case of Serb President Slobodan Milosevic for those who know the propaganda framework of the NATO war machine
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Black describes court proceedings against Serb President Slobodan Milosevic who was killed in a NATO prison on 11 March 2006 when it was clear that 'there had been no crimes, except those of the NATO alliance, and the attempt to fabricate a case against him collapsed into farce'. Since the conviction of President Milosevic 'was clearly not possible after all the evidence was heard, his death became the only way out for the NATO powers. His acquittal would have brought down the entire structure of the propaganda framework of the NATO war machine and the Western interests that use it as their armed fist'......

 

Fundamentalism: The Irony of History   بنیاد پرستی :المیہ تاریخ

بنیاد پرستی کی تحریکوں کو مزید تقویت احیاء کی تحریکوں سے ملتی ہے ۔ احیاء کی تحریکوں کی بنیاد سنہرے ماضی کے تصور پر ہوتی ہے ۔ ان کےنظریئے کے مطابق مذہب کے ابتدائی دور میں جب کہ وہ اصلی اور حقیقی شکل میں تھا، اس وقت معاشرے میں امن و امان ، خوش حالی اور مسرت تھی،مگر جیسے جیسے زمانہ آگےبڑھتا گیا،مثالی معاشرہ تبدیلیوں کے نتیجے میں بدعنوانیوں سے آلودہ ہوتا چلا گیا ۔ یہاں تک کہ اس کی اصلی شکل مسخ ہوگئی ۔ اور اس کی پاکیزگی گناہوں اور نئی تبدیلیوں کی گندگی میں دب کر گم ہوگئی ۔

 

Muslim Identity: The Irony of History  مسلم شناخت :المیہ تاریخ

ہندوستان میں مسلمان معاشرہ تین عناصر پر مشتمل تھا ۔ فاتحین مہاجرین اور مقامی مسلمان۔ ان میں فاتحین خود کو سب سے برتر اور اعلیٰ سمجھتے تھے ۔ کیونکہ انہوں نے فتوحات کے ذریعے اقتدار قائم کیا تھا اس لئے ملک کے ذرائع میں ان کاحصہ سب سے زیادہ تھا اس لئے وہ حکمران طبقے  بن گئے تھے اس کے بعد وہ لوگ تھے کہ جو ہجرت کر کے آئے تھے چونکہ ان کا تعلق ایران وسط ایشیا سے تھا ۔ اس لئے نسلی طور پر وہ فاتحین کے گروہ سے تعلق رکھتے تھے ۔ اور انتظامیہ میں ان کی مدد کرتے تھے ۔

 

History and Pakistan Studies: The Irony of History  تاریخ اور مطالعہ پاکستان :المیہ تاریخ

مطالعہ پاکستان کا مضمون لازمی طور پر تمام بیچلرز کی ڈگری حاصل کرنے والوں کو پڑھایا جائے اور کسی طالب علم کو اس وقت تک ڈگری نہیں ملے گی جب تک کہ وہ مطالعہ پاکستان میں کامیابی حاصل نہ کرلے اس سلسلے میں یہاں تک کیا گیا کہ پروفیشنل کالجوں میں بھی مطالعہ پاکستان کو لازمی مضمون قرار دیا تاکہ انجینئرز اور ڈاکٹر اپنی پیشہ وارانہ قابلیت میں ماہر ہوں یا نہ ہوں مگر یہ کہ وہ ایک ‘‘محب وطن پاکستانی’’ ضرور ہوں ۔

 

Introduction to ‘Nothing Abides’ Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam
Daniel Pipes

The Arab-Israeli conflict is the single most enduring as well as the most intensely scrutinized topic of Middle Eastern politics in the past century. Diplomatically, it compares to the Eastern Question concerning the future of the Ottoman Empire that earlier haunted European statecraft: both endured for more than a century, engaged a large cast of regional and international players, and consumed a disproportionate amount of attention. I consider my ideas about resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict as one of my two most significant contributions to American foreign policy.....

 

Irony of Education: The Irony of History  المیہ تعلیم :المیہ تاریخ

ہمارے معاشرے میں تعلیم کا یہ دوھرا معیار کوئی نئی بات نہیں کیونکہ اس کا تعلق طبقاتی معاشرے سے ہوتا ہے مگر اس کا مزید طاقتور بنانے میں برطانوی اقتدار کا مفاد بھی تھا لیکن آزادی کے بعد بھی معاشرے میں اس تفریق کو برقرار رکھا گیا کیونکہ اس صورت میں ان کی حیثیت مستحکم او ر مضبوط رہی اس دوہرے معیار کو مزید اس وقت اور تقویت ملی جب تعلیم کو مکمل طور پر اسلامی بنانے کا فیصلہ ہوا اور یہ اسلامی تعلیم عام اسکولوں او ر تعلیمی اداروں تک محدود ہے۔

 


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