Islam and Politics
Syed Mansoor Agha
We are not safe
from this weakness. Mr. Gandhi had sensed this weakness of Muslims and
succeeded in gaining their sympathy by provoking their emotions for such an
issue that had nothing to do with India in any part of history. Our elders
participating in the caliphate movement might not sense it that the European
invasion against the Ottoman caliphate would not be stopped by their holding
conference or marching on the Indian streets. What a political wisdom had he
have? He became such a national leader with no membership of congress, but
after all no decision could be made without him.....
of blaming EVMs, excusing the split of Muslim votes or the negative impact of
appeals made by Muslim clerics, complaining against non-cooperation of social
organizations, the defeated parties and leaders had best do their
self-introspection. They should think why did the policy of crying “the wolf
came, the wolf came” not work? They need to think why could they not make any
solid objective of the election for preventing BJP from coming to power? Why
did Rashtriya Ulema Council, All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board and Shiite
clerics appeal for casting vote against them? What did the defeated parties do?
Did they take care of welfare of Muslims or simply fill the laps of the Muslim
leaders instead? ….
For years, the
lack of solidarity from the Arab countries, and in particular the neighbouring
Arab Gulf countries, and the apathy of international organizations with regards
human rights violations by the Iranian state, has given Iran a free hand to
exercise a power to decide life or death in all the occupied communities,
including Ahwaz, but also south-Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Baluchistan, where
repression and terrible suffering remain unaddressed by the international
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
While reams of
paper have been wasted arguing the positives and negatives of demonetization,
what escaped the analysts’ attention was that this was never a move about black
money or to positively influence the economic order. It was a thorough
political move aimed at transforming Modi into an icon of the poor. While we
all saw the recalibration of ATMs to accommodate new notes, what we missed was
the simultaneous recalibration of Modi’s image as the messiah of the poor.
Politics is about perceptions and till the time Modi is seen as hurting the
interests of the rich, he will remain the darling of the masses....
Worse is that
Israelis, angry that they had to give up on their dream of a “Greater Israel”
that encompasses most of the Middle East including Egypt, Jordan, Syria and
Lebanon, voted overwhelmingly to elect hard-line extremists to reject peace and
pursue a tough military policy against Palestinian civilians. What is amazing
to me is that Israel has been rejecting peace openly and without shame for the
past 20 years and no one in the Arab world has done anything about it....
bureaucrat, a politician and a chronicler of Muslim times are some of the ways
in which one can describe Syed Shahabuddin. A risk taker, he resigned from his
job in the Indian Foreign Service to become a full time politician, something
which was a rarity those days, especially for someone who was a Muslim. A man
with middle class moorings, it must have required great courage and conviction
to leave his job and try to dabble in politics....
Mahershala Ali was hailed in world headlines this week as the first Muslim to
win an Academy Award for acting, but in Pakistan, his achievement generated controversy,
reinforcing that country’s reputation as a leading violator of religious
freedom. Ali, who won the best supporting actor award for his role in
“Moonlight,” converted to Islam in 1999 – but then joined a moderate Islamic
sect considered deviant by many mainstream Muslims and as an abomination by
cannot help but ask a question of our Uber patriots who are frothing at the
mouth over the recent events at Delhi University: Why has this Government not
taken heed of what transpired in the Delhi bomb blast case? Is it also
complicit like the Congress or does it find it easier to terrorise a 20-year
old student and organise flag marches rather than to deal with the actual
business of making the country safe?....
Rohingyas have received strong public support from the international community
and there has been virulent criticism of the actions of the Myanmar government
in the press and the social media, the responses of the various governments
have been much more measured. Some Organization for Islamic Cooperation
countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey have reached out with
humanitarian assistance and practical help to the Myanmar government,...
embracing Jews as citizens is not new for Mr. Abbas. Back in 1977, he blasted
the Arab world for turning against its Jewish citizens following the creation
of Israel in 1948, forcing them to migrate to Israel. “The Arab regimes’
treatment of Jewish citizens is as regrettable as it is painful....
How nice were
our dreams when we were entering the “information age.” All totalitarian
regimes, left and right, had fallen. The correctness of democracy and the
market economy were certainly proven.
The “Arab Spring” had elevated this optimism all together; “Muslim
democracy” concepts started being debated.
However, this optimism did not last long....
political Islam should learn that all citizens have their civil and political
rights guaranteed by the Constitution regardless of ethnic and religious
backgrounds. They should also learn to be calm and respect freedom of speech,
especially speech addressed against their religious doctrines by carefully and
selectively utilizing the Blasphemy Law on any criticism.....
commentators foresee a world order based on populism. However, President
Trump’s foreign and domestic policies do not represent the beginning of a new
order, it is an only an attempt to create policies that differ from a liberal
world order which relies on co-operation and peacekeeping to project power.
Democratic strategy cost millions of lives in Iraq, Somalia, and in the Middle
East during the Arab Spring....
if you go and cast your vote, you will get Sawaab (blessings) from Allah. On
the other hand, if you fail to go and vote, it is an error that will be held
against you.” The right to vote is a beautiful right that we have been given as
Indians and we must treat it with the kind of piety with which we treat our
religious obligations. …
spearhead of a backsliding “Islam” is the wicked Wahhabis and their Saudi
superiors. This symmetric synergy of small-minded Salafis and lavish bank
account Saudis has wreaked havoc in the Muslim East: Iraq, Syria, Yemen,
Bahrain, Libya, etc. But now the Salafi-Saudi magic is backfiring —
On this issue, one of the two important concomitant commandments, that
is, Halal حَلال and
Tayyeb طیب, the latter is hardly ever mentioned by the
religions operatives. For simple reason that if they did, the whole Halal
industry comprising of trillion dollars of commerce in the world, will
collapse. Even governments in the West, traders in live cattle and Halal
industry are netting billions in export and so are loath to stop it.....
The stance of
the Myanmar government that the Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and thus, not
the original inhabitants of Myanmar does not stand the test of historical
records. It has a ridiculous that these people have been living in Arakan
(later renamed as Rakhine) for over 500 years — even before its capture by the
Burmese army in the early 15th century. Ever since the capture of Rakhine, the
Rohingya Muslims are now referred as illegal immigrants from East Bengal...
As far as beef is concerned, Hindus are largely unworried when Parsis,
Christians and even other Hindus consume it but see red when Muslims do so.
Secularism is enshrined in the preamble to the Constitution, its most important
page. Cow protection is in the Directive Principles of State Policy. In the
Constituent Assembly, some Hindutva types wanted to impose a beef ban. But
members from the Northeast stood up to protest. Beef was their staple diet. If
banned, they would secede from the Union....
Syed Ata Hasnain
The educated and evolved Indian Muslim community must come out to
engage with conservative Muslims whose fears may still be alive. Living in many
isolated areas in smaller towns and cities there are a large number who are
still poverty-stricken and unsure of themselves. As Islam witnesses turf and
sectarian battles elsewhere, Indian Muslims must shun them, battle poverty and
enhance their social empowerment. They should avoid becoming pawns in the
larger games of other nations.....
Empirical historical evidence and a little common sense are enough to
tell us the type of future options Israel has in store for the Palestinians:
Perpetual apartheid, ethnic cleansing or a mix of both. The passing of the
Regularization Bill on Feb. 6 is all we need to imagine the Israeli-envisaged
future. The new law allows the government to retroactively recognize Jewish
outposts built without official permission on privately owned Palestinian land....
Israel never seems to have a good answer to accusations against the
settlement enterprise. Whenever the claim that Israel stole Palestinian lands
is heard, Israel’s answers inevitably are: “We invented the cellphone,” “We
have gay rights,” “We fly to help Haiti after an earthquake.” Obvious
obfuscation. And when pushed to explain why the much-promised two-state
solution is perennially stuck, the response is always to blame Arab
Meanwhile, mainstream Han society, especially on the Chinese web, has
grown increasingly vitriolic toward Muslims. Han chauvinism and ethnocentric
nationalism are common in online forums, occasionally including Islamophobic
warnings that the mosque will soon overshadow the Party. Yet Islam appears to
be thriving among the Hui. Hui Muslims make up the majority of the
approximately 14,000 Chinese pilgrims who go on hajj to Mecca each year....
Blame will lie with the misguided hawks of Israel’s political right.
But most of all it will rest with our own spineless world leaders who could
have implemented international law and stopped the illegal building and the
senseless capture of Palestinian land, when they had the chance....
Hanne Nabintu Herland
Millions marched in Libya July 1st, 2011 in support of the government
of Muammar Gaddafi, and pleaded for NATO to stop the destruction of the
country. At that time, the massive support for Gaddafi was not reported in the
mainstream media, yet it was well known that Gaddafi had many supporters. Libya
was Africa’s richest country, a socialist, welfare state with lavish benefits,
free education, and good living standards. Since 2003, Libya had opened up
towards the West in a liberalization process largely led by Saif al-Islam
For many people, Yusuf Al Qaradawi epitomises moderate Islam. From
banning female circumcision to allowing coeducation, the Qatar-based Egyptian
cleric’s bold and progressive edicts have challenged conservative views for
decades. But he often comes under fire for his views in favour of suicide