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The real 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....

 

British Police Documents: RAW Met MQM in Europe in the 90s, Gave Money
Praveen Swami

At secret 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”.....

 

A Nation of Thieves Who Steal From the Government
Aakar Patel

The major 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....

Suggestions to All India Muslim Personal Law Board
Mike Ghouse

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.....

In Karachi, a Fatal Mix of Heat and Piety
Mohammed Hanif

What killed 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. .....

Pakistani 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.....

 

Eqbal Ahmad: Head of a Gentle Clan
Khaled Ahmed

Eqbal rated 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.....

 

Now or Never: Does Pakistan Have the Courage of Its Circumstances?
Ayaz Amir

Recall that 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.....

 

Turkish Government Plotted With Smuggler in Syria
Abdullah Bozkurt

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…..

 

A combination 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.....

Israel’s Race to Economic (And Moral) Bankruptcy
Jonathan Cook

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....

 

Yes to Yoga, No to Yogis
Javed Anand

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....

Hashtag Warriors Dumbing Down Debates
Mehr Tarar

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....

 

Apostasy & Islam: Saying No To Faith
Yogesh Pawar

“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....

Bharat Ratna for Dilip Sahib! Hitting Bull’s-Eye after Many Misses
Dilip Kumar

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....

 

Nationalism over Verse: When Poems Become Anthems
Khaled Ahmed

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....

 

Why Owaisi has Suddenly Become an Attractive Option for Some?
Rajdeep Sardesai

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....

An Untenable Posture
Tahir Mahmood

An Untenable Posture
Tahir Mahmood

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....

 

The Surya Namaskar is Just Fine with Most Muslims; It's The Modi Sarkar's Yoga Day Plans That Worry
Hasan Suroor
Sultan Shahin, 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...

Yoga: Nothing Religious about It
Aakar Patel

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....

 


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