But what does
she get from fasting for a month every year, a custom her religion doesn't
mandate? "It gives me peace of mind. It trains me to be honest and resist
temptations," she says. She adds that her observance of Roza (fasts) has
earned her respect among Muslims. "Recently there occurred a riot-like
situation in my area. Once I reached the spot and told the mob that I was
fasting, tempers cooled down and normalcy returned," she claims. ....
The SCO may
look like it has been formed to “keep America out”, but subliminally it is
against terrorism, specifically against “Islamic terrorism”, which threatens
the regions abutting China and Russia. An irony that Pakistanis can’t miss is
that this terrorism is being incubated on Pakistani territory and the world
expects Pakistan to do something about it without playing what is now called
the “double game”....
nothing wrong in indulging in religious studies. Our religious texts do offer
great philosophy and sometimes help us to resolve the riddles of life. But to
understand those philosophies one needs to be matured. Anything imposed loses
its charm. So we should let the children just be themselves and decide what
they want as they grow up. Given a chance to take their own decision they would
grow up to be thinking, independent and happy individuals. As of now beside
formal education what they need is to learn to be a good human being and
religion has nothing to do with it.....
Oh wait, we are
not talking about church. This report is only about mosques. This is how the
politics of fear against Canadian Muslims and their religious and community
leadership has been spun -- "You are either with us or against us."
What the Conservative senators did not do is their homework…..
news reports mention that Bihar and Uttar Pradesh recognise madrasas as
schools, which is perfectly fine if the madrasas are teaching all the subjects
prescribed by their State curricula. But if they are not and are still
recognised as schools and the children studying there are considered as
school-going children completing their elementary education.....
A red line has
actually being drawn in the Mediterranean region, showing how terrorism,
political and economic uncertainties are becoming more threatening. If the
Mediterranean countries, irrespective of which continent they are on, do not
come together and find a solution to the rising threats in the region, much
worse will likely happen. …..
accord, Iran will in time resume where it left off 20 months ago. The United
States, under Obama or his successor, is not about to go to war with Iran;
forget about it. We’ll get the next facile metaphor along the lines of
Netanyahu’s warning that an Iranian nuclear threat is coming “to a theatre near
you,” and another crescendo of rhetoric designed to disguise helpless
have suggested that religious education should be imparted to children in
madrasas or Vedic schools only after school hours. But the best solution would
be not to allow children to go to any religious school until they are 14 — the
age up to which they have to be compulsorily in formal schools.....
Israel to change its policy direction could come from an ICC investigation.
India’s abstention does not help the situation in West Asia. In fact, it has
given the Israeli policymakers respite, and has betrayed the slim hopes of the
But before we
get to the results of the referendum and what can be expected now, it would be
important to briefly understand why the crisis occurred in the first place. If
you believe the Troika, the crisis results from a Greek government, not the
current by the way, that spent too much, lied about it, and accumulated too
much debt. The European institutions are just trying to get their money back,
and that is why austerity is necessary. The crisis, according to them, is
fiscal in nature......
It is truly
appalling to see that a tragedy so conspicuously painted in racial terms
reduced and represented as a show of hostility against the Christian faith. The
attempt to represent the Charleston shootings as a religious attack is a
strategic erasure of the elephant in the room: that America had never really
disentangled itself from the plague of slavery, segregation and
One does not
need to be a genius to see this wrong has something to do with what is called
“homophobia,” which also comes out as discrimination or violence against gay
people. Notably, this is a universal problem and certainly not exclusive to
Turkey or the broader Muslim world…..
Prof. P.S. Bhandari and U Bhandari, New Age Islam
Plato was not a
Hindu. Certainly he was not an Indian. But it seems he preached Yoga when he
put forward his theory of education for the ideal rulers: “gymnastic for the
body and music for the soul. As their age advances let them increase the
gymnastic of their soul.” This education is for a healthy mind in a healthy
body. It looks like Secular Yoga.....
The sun can
change its course, the stars their alignment…Pakistan can enjoy the blessings
of fake democracy or military redemption, but some things in this country are
fixed, immutable, impervious to the wind and the seasons....
was no desire to take on the Taliban…from Nawaz Sharif to Imran Khan everyone
parroting the mantra of peace talks. The TTP exploited this supine attitude.
Markets were laid waste, churches bombed, army convoys attacked. Pakistan gave
every impression of being a beleaguered republic. The political leadership gave
the impression of being the Vichy government – which collaborated with Hitler
after the fall of France.....
It is not our
tragedies that shape the future; it is the abysmal response that does. The only
means to our very survival, as a state and nation, is that our ‘emperors’ feel
the afflictions of those ruled. It is their apathy alone that spawns the
scourge of terrorism, corruption and cronyism. Empathy, the only antidote to
this unholy trinity, should be the ‘enforced’ National Action Plan. ...
the government often suggest that its critics believe western foreign policy
alone is at the heart of radicalisation. The reason for it is undoubtedly a
complex interaction of different factors. My fear is that current government
policy will seal the mouths of Muslim pupils, leaving them feeling unable to
open up for fear of the consequences: a satisfactory outcome for extremists and
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Hanafi Fiqh asserts that homosexuality doesn’t warrant physical punishment, and
the Hanbali and Shafi schools call for harsher penalties, all Islamic schools
of thought dub homosexuality ‘unnatural’ and ‘perverted deviation’ worthy of
Nadeem F. Paracha
Want to know
why (or rather) how Pakistan actually managed to say ‘no’ to the request of the
Saudi monarchy to join its war effort in Yemen? Here’s the transcript of the
secret discussion that Punjab CM, Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Advisor to the PM,
Sartaj Aziz, had with the Saudi king after the Pakistan Parliament voted
against sending Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia....
when two opposing cultures meet up, one based on permissive Western values and
the other on repressive Islamic doctrine? If the latest news out of Germany is
any indication, the latter wins.....
Does this mean
that Erdoğan’s Turkey is on the same side with ISIL against the Syrian Kurds?
There are many who readily say “yes” to this question these days, but I think
they are wrong. They are also dead wrong to condemn Turkey as a “terrorist”
state, assuming that it supports ISIL. Because, no, Turkey does not support
ISIL, and there is no evidence to believe so…..
In a speech
last September, Mr. Modi said, “If the determination is strong, then I believe
that youngsters and children of this country have the strength and talent to
move forward.” But many of our children are not strong, precisely because
politicians are depriving them of basic nutrition. India is suffering a huge
loss of human capital in the process, and foolishly turning an enormous asset
into a liability.....