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In the ‘Land of Pure’, No Space for Dissent
Hiranmay Karlekar

Despite the storm it triggered, Shahzad's death has been forgotten except for private remembrances. There is no reason to believe that it would be different in Sabeen Mahmud's case. Clearly, the ISI had no reason to fear the consequences of her death, as it had none in Shahzad's. Shahzad's murder followed the publication of an article by him linking the attack on the naval base....

 

Forced to Sell Alcohol: Why is the ‘Ummah’ Silent over the Plight of Chinese Muslims?
Farahnaz Zahidi

But there is a huge difference in this and what is happening to the Muslims in Xinjiang province in China. In Pakistan, this is done at the hands of extremists. But in China, it is at an official level that Muslims are forbidden from practicing Islam. The last year or more has seen repeated incidents of Muslims, a religious minority in China, being coerced into going against their religious beliefs….

Planning to Study in France? You Can’t If You Wear Long Skirts
Sabeet Raza

France is facing a severe backlash against its so-called strict secular policy after the event took place. The justification provided was that if Muslim girls start wearing long skirts in a conspicuous effort to show their faith, then some will argue that is a breach of the secular law....

 

New Saudi Government will Not Tolerate Incompetence
Khaled Almaeena

To do that we need professional bureaucrats who can innovate. Government leaders should do away with paperwork and red tape and promote the culture of work ethics, transparency, honesty and adhering to international standards. This cannot be achieved by merely issuing flowery statements....

 

The rise of Daesh and — perhaps even more alarming — the expansion of Iran’s influence in the Arab world through clients and proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and beyond have created a rare consensus among Sunni Arab governments. They agree that they face an intolerable crisis and that it is no longer possible to rely on American intervention....

 

Who’s afraid of Owaisi? Congress, Lalu, Mulayam, Mamata …
MJ Akbar

The satraps of UP, Bihar and Bengal who are chief ministers because of Muslim support are, or should be, worried. Since 1952, Indian Muslims have handed over their vote as proxy in the hope of security and some degree of welfare. The first beneficiary was Congress. That illusion evaporated in stages to be replaced, in phases, by trust in regional formations. What was common is that in neither case did the transfer occur through Muslim intermediaries.....

Women for Peace
Amy Goodman

Women for Peace
Amy Goodman

Now, a century later, in these very violent times, nearly 1,000 women have gathered here again, this time from Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as Europe and North America, saying ‘No’ to wars from Iraq to Afghanistan to Yemen to Syria, not to mention the wars in our streets at home....

 
An Ottawa Imam Who Gets Things Done
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

An Ottawa Imam Who Gets Things Done
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

Imam Malam was the only imam in Ottawa who was not an employee. He led the daily and Friday prayers and the Taraweeh prayers, managed the finances, controlled the administration and programs and helped with Nikahs, bathing bodies and burials. He received no salary....

 

Why Does Turkey Refrain from Cracking Down on ISIL?
Emre Uslu

Turkey not only avoids cracking down on ISIL branches within its borders, but also tries to block all journalistic inquiries into the matter. There is a gag order in place concerning all lawsuits against ISIL members, as journalists are effectively prevented from reporting about them. Any journalist who dares to write about ISIL is monitored and threatened by intelligence units....

 

An Important Guest in New Delhi: President Ashraf Ghani’s Visit is Timed for Effect
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

It is not important whether Ashraf Ghani chose to go to Saudi Arabia, Iran, US or any other countries also before embarking on a visit to New Delhi. It is now more important to see what he says in New Delhi....

 

Thoughts on a Rise in India's Muslim Population
Ram Puniyani

Family planning and legacy of Islam, Islamic scholar A.R. Omran of Cairo dispels the myth that Islam is inherently against family planning, as per him there is no text in Quran which prohibits the prevention of pregnancy. In Islamic countries like Turkey and Indonesia, family planning methods are quite popular. In Turkey, for example, 63 per cent of the population in the reproductive age group uses contraception and in Indonesia, the figure is 48 per cent....

Halal in the Family
Humeira Kazmi

A new web-series to challenge stereotypes and misinformation about Muslims and communities associated with Muslims. It’s a sitcom parody about an all-American Muslim family that aims to expose a broad audience to some of the realities of being an American Muslim....

 

To Use or Not Use the G-Word
Nuray Mert

The point is that international condemnations of genocides, other massacres and mass sufferings are indeed politically motivated in most of the cases. Many can object to what the pope said when he defined the Armenian Genocide as “the first genocide of the 20th century,” but he did not dare mention the 19th-century genocide mass murders of the colonial powers....

 

Something Is Changing In Karachi
Khaled Ahmed

The religious state produced its grand universal jihad, defeating superpowers but paying for it through self-destruction. Most of the new refugees were Afghans (4, 74,162), but others too flocked to Karachi after being displaced. It became home to Uzbeks (30,000) and Hazara and Tajiks (20,000 each). Add to that some Bangladeshis, Burmese, Sri Lankans, Filipinos, Thais, Iranians, Iraqis and even Ethiopians, and you have a big unregistered patchwork.....

 

The comment sections of Indonesian news websites are full of free thinkers seeking Muslim conservatives to spar with, with Westerners proud of their atheism who believe that Islam holds Indonesia back and religious people who defend their faith and national identity....

 

Note to Boko Haram: Western Education is Not a Sin
Mark Richmond

Several aspects of this event were profoundly shocking and disturbing: the sheer scale of the abduction; the lack of security and protection for the girls in a region where repeated attacks on students, teachers and education facilities had taken place; how a "soft target" like a girls' school could be so easily attacked; the bravado, cruelty and callousness shown by Boko Haram in subsequent communications; and how the national government and Nigeria's armed forces struggled to deal with this incident....

 

No Excuse For The Destruction Of History
Farrukh Dhondy

The world can witness this orgy of monumental destruction with the Caliphate’s followers wielding sledge-hammers and shattering statues, bas-reliefs and friezes….

 

From Maldives, Road To Islamic State Goes Via Drugs, Gangs And Jail
Praveen Swami

Put together, Male street gangs — Masodi, Kudahemveiru, Bosnia, Buru and Petrel — are thought to have contributed over 100 fighters to jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria. The main contact point for recruitment, police sources say, is prison, where preaching groups like Adam Shameem’s Odyssey of Dawa, Ibrahim Fareed’s Islamic Foundation, the Jamaat-ul-Bayan, and Jamaat-ul-Salaf are active.....

 
Yemen Must Not Occur in India
Shankar Roychowdhury

Yemen Must Not Occur in India
Shankar Roychowdhury

India has to be eternally vigilant that the Shia-Sunni madness that seems to be gaining ground by the day in the Islamic world is not allowed to manifest itself in this country. Firm measures, even pre-emptive where necessary, have to be put in place, to ensure that the contagion is stamped out even before the first signs are fully manifest....

New Lines in the Sand
Mian Zahid Hussain

If Pakistan sends its troops to Saudi Arabia, it would have consequences for the country, such as more sectarian violence, international political isolation and rise of terrorism. Saudi Arabia has been accused of funding extremists inside Pakistan, especially by supporting certain Madrasas....

 

Abdul Sattar Edhi : 'They Call Him An Infidel': Pakistan's Humble Founder Of A Charity Empire
Abdul Sattar Edhi

Established in 1957 when Edhi took it upon himself to set up a tent hospital to look after the victims of a flu outbreak, it went on to become Pakistan’s most impressive social enterprise. Its minivan ambulances are a common sight across Pakistan, particularly in the aftermath of all-too-frequent terrorist bombings. Anyone can walk in off the street and pay their respects to one of the country’s most recognisable personalities, the frail old man with a long beard and cap who many Pakistanis argue should have received a Nobel prize years ago for his work…..

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed national security advisor Ajit Doval to prepare a detailed roadmap to ensure that Muslim youth stay away from radical and terror groups....

 
Internal Affairs
Aakar Patel

Internal Affairs
Aakar Patel

The truth is that middle class and Anglicised India doesn’t care about either blue-collar workers (tree choppers) or Muslims (encounter victims) being dealt with outside the framework of the law....

 

Why Pro-Erdoğan Media Rediscovered Ataturk
Mustafa Akyol

Similar inanities were also found in other “secret documents” that Yeni Şafak has published in recent days, such as a clearly photo-edited paper apparently presenting Fethullah Gulen, the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) nemesis, as a “top-ranked freemason....

 

Why the Gun Lobby is winning: To Prevent Gun Deaths, Politicians Offer --- More Guns

No chance. Bids to curb sales of the most powerful guns and largest-capacity magazines failed. Congress even refused to expand the number of gun-buyers checked for histories of crime or severe mental illness—though 90% of Americans support such checks....

 


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  • Good article! A message of peace, love, non-violence and universal brotherhood must be the predominant message emanating from our pulpits.
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