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Women recruited by the Islamic State—so-called “Jihadi brides”—often think they will be helping with front-line duties. They are, in fact, being used to solve the fighters’ “marriage crisis” and are largely confined to domestic chores such as cooking, cleaning and childrearing, according to a leading academic....

 

The law on this point is absolutely clear in the Quran. There are two verses in the Quran pertaining to Talaq. One verse says, “Divorce is only twice.” The background to this verse was the social condition prevailing in the pre-Islamic period – husbands would divorce their wives temporarily, because every divorce was revocable till the iddat period [This corresponds to roughly three months, the expiry of which leads to couples separating]. They would divorce their wives, revoke it on the last day of iddat, enjoy them for some time and again divorce. Basically, they kept playing hide and seek with wives all their lives....

Muslims have started leaving the Congress. The mismanagement, corruption, and incarceration of Muslim youth in various terrorist cases have fuelled this disenchantment. I recently met the family of a boy who has spent eight years behind bars in the Ellora arms haul case. His brother is a doctor but he told me that he is now more a lawyer than a doctor. The representation of Muslims in jails is high while their political representation is low....

 

Muslims are not required to implement the Sharia by force. Sharia law is a matter of option and not a matter of implementation. The word “revision” is not very appropriate in this regard. The better word is Ijtihad....

 

The stereotype is a grey-bearded man in a mosque. But he found women who were riding across Arabia on camelback and horseback to do lecture tours. He found a woman in Samarkand who was issuing not only her own Fatwas but writing Fatwas of her less-talented husband. These are unthinkable freedoms for many women in this day and age....

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan in a Discussion on ‘World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension’
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan in a Discussion on ‘World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension’
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

In the course of my study, I discovered that there are two basic tenets in Islam. Firstly, that man should make God his sole concern. And secondly, that one should have well-wishing for the whole of humankind....

 
Major Issue Muslims in India Facing Today is Secular Education
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Major Issue Muslims in India Facing Today is Secular Education
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Muslims always complain of discrimination. Now, what is this ‘discrimination’? The fact is that Muslims are backward in secular education, because of which they can’t compete with others. And if you can’t compete with others, it is but natural that you can’t get jobs and avail of many other opportunities....

China certainly wants to see a strong, capable Pakistan able to play that role, and that needs an economic underpinning. But with some very specific exceptions – infrastructure in Kashmir, ports with military utility and so on – a better China-Pakistan economic relationship isn’t intrinsically problematic for India, and may even yield some economic and security benefits....

 
Necessity of Dialogue for Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Necessity of Dialogue for Peace
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Dawah cannot be effectively engaged in without peace, without peaceful interaction with others. Islam is a religion of mission. It has a mission—which is to convey the word of God everywhere. This was the Prophet’s mission. It is the duty of believers in Islam to explain to people the Creation Plan of God, to convey to them God’s message to humanity….

The Saudis may disguise it and say it’s a threat to territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia. The Iranians will disguise it in other ways. But essentially this is a sectarian war — a war within Islam. It is not a war against the West. This war within Islam must end because the bigger enemy is the ISIS....

Peace and Justice:  An Islamic Approach
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Peace and Justice: An Islamic Approach
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

In Islam, then, there are two different fields of justice—personal justice, or justice practiced by the individual in her or his personal life, and social justice. As an individual, you can or should follow justice as your personal ideal in your own life. But as far as the society is concerned, you have to take into account the practical situation. You have to be practical or pragmatic....

Faith and Hope: Conversation with Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin Sardar
Faith and Hope: Conversation with Ziauddin Sardar
World Policy Institute

Dr. Sardar deeply hopes people of all faiths will come to understand each other and where conflicts based on religion, culture, or ethnicity have no place. Dubbed one of Britain’s top 100 public intellectuals, he is one of a handful of individuals who have thought deeply about the nature of the faith and how best to promote better, deeper and more peaceful understanding today....

Iran and the Obama Doctrine
Thomas L. Friedman
Iran and the Obama Doctrine
Thomas L. Friedman

The same is true with respect to Iran, a larger country, a dangerous country, one that has engaged in activities that resulted in the death of U.S. citizens, but the truth of the matter is: Iran’s defense budget is $30 billion. Our defense budget is closer to $600 billion. Iran understands that they cannot fight us.

 
Islam, Peace, Justice and Dialogue
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Islam, Peace, Justice and Dialogue
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Some of the Prophet’s companions wanted to first solve the problems that existed at that time between the Makkans and the Muslims, instead of first accepting peace. The Prophet did not agree with this approach

 

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a very gentle man, he was famed for his honesty, kindness and gentle ways; it was the Prophet’s (pbuh) humanity that made many a people of that era, and of today, convert to Islam. There are countless stories of born again Muslims who have studied the Prophet (pbuh) and his teachings and have changed the course of their own lives for the better….

 

“Tunisia is the only democratic country in the Arab world”, one may read sprayed in French and Arabic on the wall of the construction site by the majestic Municipal Theatre on the main street of Tunis, Bourguiba Avenue. The graffiti captures well the mood of the vast majority of Tunisians who four years after the start of the Arab Spring feel proud of this new political reality....

 

Uncovering the man behind the demagogue was no easy task, so to find an answer I interviewed people who met him, saw him or lived with him in the past. I visited the neighbourhood where he lived in Baghdad and the mosque he led the prayer services as an imam; I saw pictures of his family members, including his sons, daughters, brothers and wife….

 

...there has been a serious decline in Islamic scholarship and in the understanding of tolerant Islam. All religions are complicated but investment in their scholarship is important. Those who interpret these religions are often in doubt. You will hardly find students entering Islamic schools; they're becoming engineers, doctors, economists, etc. Islam, a multifaceted religion, is being interpreted by those with a mediocre understanding of it……

At the same time, we have to look critically at ourselves, our worldview. A great deal of what we believe in is manufactured dogma. A lot of this was manufactured in history but sometimes in front of our eyes and justified with all sorts of Ahadees which have no basis in authenticity or our history. So criticism is essential. Critical Muslim is essentially about looking at Islam.....

Religious Pluralism Is the Expression of the Will, Design and Desire of God
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam
Religious Pluralism Is the Expression of the Will, Design and Desire of God
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam

Islam is a religion inclusive by nature and stands for Unity of God, Unity of Religion and Unity among all people. Secondly, I stressed that religious pluralism is the expression of the will of God for the world. It is God’s design and desire for humanity. If God wanted he could have created all of us within one religious mould. Therefore, we should respect the will of God and as far as our role is concerned vis-à-vis our religions we should communicate, whatever is truth according to our religious perspective. I accentuated that tolerance is not a virtue, but respecting others is really required.....

 

The Constitution gives freedom to citizens to follow faith of their choice, so as Quran. Indian Constitution and Quran don't discriminate between genders, don't allow polygamy. Both are rational and give equal rights to women.....

We are Hindus but Pakistan is our homeland. Why should we leave our homeland? I know some Hindus who believed the propaganda of the Sangh Parivar and migrated from Pakistan to India in recent years. They are treated as second-class citizens in India....

I think clearly ISIS are trying to position themselves as something more than just a fighting force, that are trying to be seen to be controlling and delivering local services, children’s services, presumably also adult services. And this I suppose is a natural evolution for that organization to be trying to provide this kind of thing. They want social, ethical and moral credibility in the region, and ostensibly to keep attracting foreign fighters especially from the English-speaking world. This is why it is important that Islamic scholars, Muslim commentators, leading figures speak up and step up and say to people “Don’t go out to the region, don’t go to join them, don’t go to fight them, it’s not your warand this is a twisted ideological form of Islam we shouldn’t be getting engaged with….

 

Let us take the media, for example. As progressive Muslims, ours is a narrative that does not fit the dominant story line. We were interviewed by a public television station, akin to the BBC, for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Afterwards, the executive producer said, “your voice is irrelevant.” That is one example. Another is coverage of LGBT issues. They will interview the LGBT Muslim who has been discriminated against, and they will interview the homophobic Imam. But, even after interviewing me, they will not include us in the story. That adds to the Islamophobia. Because then the narrative is “all Muslims are intolerant so why should we tolerate them?" ….

 

Islam teaches us to be moderate. Islam teaches us to respect other religions. And yet we have this kind of rhetoric which does not benefit anyone. And the frightening thing to me is that at home and abroad, the Malays will be seen as politicising Islam – encouraging Islamic extremism….

 
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