meaning of 'jihad' was not harming others, but to use "constructive
emotion" to combat destructive emotions, the Dalai Lama today said as he
used his appearance at famed Glastonbury music festival to describe Islamic
State's violence as "unthinkable".....
This is the
blessed month of Ramadan, and it is the month of mercy from Allah to his
creation, a month to ask forgiveness of Allah and of this creation, a month to
express gratitude to Allah and to his creation.
It’s the month of reconciliation, a month of patience, a month during
which hearts change. Indeed, a month of
many blessings. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said if
you have not thanked the people, you have not thanked God. So I would like to first thank my attorneys,
whose who sit at this table, the table behind me, and many more behind the
scenes. They have done much good for me,
from my family. They made my life the
last two years very easy. I cherish
their company. They’re lovely
companions. I thank you....
meetings in Rome, Vienna, Zurich, Salzburg and Prague, the MQM leadership asked
for $1.5 million in assistance, Mir alleged. The BBC had touched off a
political firestorm in Pakistan last week, quoting “an authoritative Pakistani
source” as saying that senior MQM officials had told police in the United
Kingdom that “the party was receiving Indian funding”. The report quoted Pakistani officials as
claiming that hundreds of MQM militants had been trained by India over the last
decade in “explosives, weapons and sabotage”.....
reason is the reluctance of the Indian citizen, particularly in the middle
class, to pay his dues. This may be seen as a sweeping statement, but we don’t
have to go too far for evidence to support this. Only around three per cent of
Indians pay any income tax and these are mostly those who are employed, and
whose taxes are deducted. I often refer to us as a nation of thieves, who steal
from our government....
We are proud of
India, and want to preserve its character of free pluralistic democratic
nation, where we respect the otherness of others and not impose our ideals on
others. We do not want India to emulate Saudi Arabia or Pakistan where the
minorities are pushed into observing Ramadan. We want others to copy the Indian
model where every human has a right to eat, drink, wear and believe whatever he
or she wants to believe.....
them was the forced piety enshrined in our law and Karachi’s contempt for the
working poor. These people died because we long ago removed any shade that
could shelter them from the June sun and then took away their drinking water.
When they were about to die, we rushed them to hospitals in ambulances paid for
by charities and gave them medicines paid for by charities. We gave them white
sheets to recuperate in if they survived, and when they didn’t, those white
sheets became their shrouds. .....
politicians, if not all, the majority of them, are dishonest, corrupt,
unprincipled, unpatriotic, power-hungry, greedy, immoral, cruel, and cunning,
traitors and criminals. They instigate hatred, inflame regionalism, promote
sectarianism and encourage extremism, feudalism and tribalism for preserving
their own partisan interests.....
Tagore above all Indian leaders because of the latter’s opposition to
nationalism, without ignoring Gandhi for leading the greatest people’s movement
in India, if you count Muslims demanding Khilafat. Eqbal probably caught the
irony of Tagore being the writer of three songs that became the national
anthems of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.....
famous speech of Altaf Hussain’s in which he exhorted his community to sell
their TV sets and buy arms. The MQM was never a political party in the accepted
sense of the word. Beneath its surface lurked the spectres of violence and
terror. The Taliban, who arrived on the national scene much later, were able to
terrorise the tribal areas along the Pak-Afghan border. Altaf Hussain’s success
was more spectacular.....
Given that he
reportedly works with al-Qaeda, ISIL, Nusra and all type of radical groups in
Syria as well as with the notorious Turkish intelligence, Toubaljeh must have
developed quite a network of friendship with Islamists in Turkey and its
immediate neighbourhood as a smuggler who get things done and delivered…..
of the novel and the familiar in the recent episode of communal rioting in
Atali, Haryana, invites us to ask if it represents a new refinement of the
model of Hindutva that was inaugurated in the Gujarat riots of 2002.....
Despite this doomsday scenario, Israel seems far from ready to undertake the urgent restructuring needed to salvage its economy. Zionism, Israel’s official ideology, is predicated on core principles of ethnic separation, Judaisation of territory and Hebrew labour. It has always depended on the marginalisation at best, exclusion at worst, of non-Jews....
Interestingly, if yoga is faced with an Islamic objection in India, in the US it had run into a secular hurdle three years ago. Some parents sued a school teaching yoga claiming that it was “a Hindu religious exercise or practice that is simultaneously physical and religious” which violates the American Constitution’s stipulation of a strict separation between state and religion....
The question to ask today is: who benefits from keeping Pakistan and India at one another’s throat? No one. Who suffers? Pakistanis and Indians. Who are the soldiers who are shot trying to protect borders that could exist without barbed wires and heavy artillery? Sons of Pakistani and Indian mothers and fathers. The aftermath is in the fresh graves, in the comatose eyes, in the frozen tears, in the oozing blood, in the never-ending pain....
Badawi has been accused of “insulting Islam” but how has he done so? There are no concrete evidences available to prove that he had “insulted” Islam. There is a difference between insulting and being critical and the latter cannot be regarded to be illegal or objectionable. Everyone has the right to be critical. It is important to understand and know what exactly had Badawi said that is considered to be against Islam....
“From the perspective of Islam and many Muslims, apostasy is a profoundly deviant, since it involves a rejection of the very foundations of Islam. Apostasy is more than criticism; it is renunciation. And people of the faith take this personally since their belief in Islam is so intimately tied to their core identity. As one of my interviewees put it to me,‘People get very emotional about it. It’s not just that you’re criticising Islam. You’re actually criticising its very foundations and people take it as an attack on their identity, not just their belief’....
A group of RSS workers, waving black flags, stop Gandhi’s car and request him to not meet with Jinnah. Gandhi replies with a sorrowful agitation: “What do you want me not to do? Not to meet with Mr. Jinnah? I am a Muslim, and a Hindu, and a Christian, and a Jew, and so are all of you. When you wave those flags and shout, you send fear into the hearts of your brothers. That is not the India I want. Stop it, for god’s sake, stop it.” The car moves on, leaving the protestors, including Nathuram Godse, in anger and incomprehension....
Dilip sahib, despite being admired as a darling across the board in Indian society and the subcontinent, had to face the wrath of a miniscule segment of zealots when the Government of Pakistan honoured him with their highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Pakistan. Thanks to the farsightedness and timely intervention of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpai, the issue was smoothly resolved and Indo-Pak relations scaled renewed heights of cordiality....
Tagore set the tune to both the national anthems of India and Bangladesh; the tune for the Sri Lankan national anthem was also suggested by him. He didn’t know the poems would become the anthems of three nation-states that would often brawl with one another. The fourth state ignored its “national poet” Allama Iqbal while choosing its national anthem, but in India, a poem of his, “Saare Jahan se Accha”, is an unofficial national song....
In a sense, the rise of Owaisi is an indictment of the so-called national parties who claim to represent Muslim interests under the guise of secularism. Each of these parties stands accused of promoting vote bank politics while seemingly bringing little real benefit to the minorities. The Sachar committee report has graphically brought out how the social and economic conditions of Muslims have remained well behind their counterparts....
However historic or beneficial, or any religious practice, however widely prevalent in society, cannot be put on a higher pedestal than the national flag and the national anthem. They cannot be imposed on unwilling individuals or communities in violation of the clear provisions of Articles 25 and 28....
, Editor of New Age Islam
website, dismissed it as a “wholly unnecessary controversy." “As for expressing gratitude to the sun by saluting it, I don't see any harm. After all, we are not an ungrateful people. We thank God and all His manifestations for being kind to us and provide us with sustenance. Ingratitude is one of the meanings of Kufr. An ungrateful person is called Kafir in Islam. However, Wahhabi-Salafi Muslims who have objection can always skip that part. It's not mandatory," he said...
The government was this week compelled to drop Surya Namaskar from the various asanas, meaning postures, to be performed by schools across the country to mark “International Day of Yoga” on June 21. This came after opposition from the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, which said the Bharatiya Janata Party was compelling Muslim students to take up Hindu religious practices....
Controversial BJP lawmaker Yogi Adityanath has asked people opposing yoga and ‘surya namaskar’ to leave India or drown themselves in the ocean. It’s a no-brainer to deduce whom the comments were aimed at – they came as a reaction to minority groups opposing a move to make yoga compulsory in schools, claiming that the sun salutation goes against the Islamic law that prohibits bowing before anyone other than Allah....
Sully yoga as something that promotes only a particular faith, rather than a way of life, betrays not just lack of knowledge, research and understanding, but a pre-determined, dangerous need to steer an issue towards religious dissonance. When a system is as old as yoga, which goes back several centuries, it will manifest some aspects of the fusion between religious and cultural practices of the milieus through which it has travelled....