Islam and Politics
In crisis they approach political leaders. If one looks at the issues
being discussed in Masjids, madrasas, seminars, Jalsas and Urdu papers,
one finds only reactions, complaints, victimhood narratives, besides
hair-splitting and feuding over contentious religious dogmas of bewildering
diversity. TV channels have not helped either...
It may be worth mentioning that BJP had attributed ‘love Jihad’ which
implies Muslim men trapping innocent Hindu girls into love affairs and
impregnating them in order to increase Muslim population and convert the Hindu
girls so trapped. The love jihad campaign was, like the present ‘exodus of
Hindus’ campaign, is to demonize the Muslim community as terrorists and at best
anti-social elements from whom Hindus need to be protected and only a BJP
Government would do so....
Every Ramadan, Hussein’s grandmother cooks him fatayer, a savoury pastry
stuffed with cheese or meat and baked in an oven. This year, she replaced the
filling with grass and cooked the dish on a fire of burning plastic. “I promise
you, it tasted better than it sounds...
In a letter sent from Bin Laden to one of his operatives called Karim,
the late leader wrote: “I have some notes about your threats against Iran. I
hope you and your brothers’ take this well. You did not consult with us in this
dangerous matter that harms everyone’s interests. We expect you would consult
with us for these important matters, for as you are aware, Iran is our main
artery for funds, personnel and communication, as well as for the matter of
hostages. There is no need to open a front with Iran.”
Someone from a religion they hate killed a group of people they hate.
Now they can't show sympathy towards the killer because he's a Muslim. They
can't show sympathy towards the victims because they were LGBTQ+. So they
ignored the LGBTQ+ side of the victims. It was just a group of HUMANS killed by
a Muslim! Notice they didn't say "killed by another human....
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri
Pakistani held Kashmir is a land of strict curbs on political pluralism, freedom of expression, and freedom of association. We find there a muzzled press, banned books, arbitrary arrest, detention and torture at the hands of the Pakistan military and police. Discrimination against refugees from Jammu and Kashmir state is rampant. Singled out are Kashmiri nationalists who do not support Kashmir's accession to Pakistan. ...
Is it the enforcement of Shari’a, or the barbaric Hudood-style executions
that have earned the Taliban, Islamic State, al Shabaab and Boko Haram the
odium of the international community? If that is the case, then why do the
Western powers overlook the excesses committed by Saudi Arabia where Shari’a is
the law of the land and Hudood-style executions are an everyday occurrence?...
S. Nihal Singh
Even in countries like Pakistan, India and Indonesia, the once divergent
moderate and folk strands of Islam in the Sufi and other encompassing
traditions, have been largely extinguished by the Wahhabi version, with Saudi
money and men sent to regions with large Muslim populations...
Jogindranath Mandal’s existence in our history is evidence that Pakistan
was not meant to be a theocracy that privileged Muslims over others. It also
shows that the two-nation theory that Jinnah championed meant something
entirely different from what it has come to mean to the Nazaria-e-Pakistan
To call for killing Fazlullah while mourning the loss of Mansour is
inconsistent. Fazlullah is to Pakistan what Mansour was to Afghanistan. Their
respective organisations — the TTP and the Taliban — are not identical but they
share ethnic ties and a common mindset....
Asra Q. Nomani
Influential Saudi cleric Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid, following the
rigid interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism or Salafism, condemns Zina as
a crime and calls homosexuality “the most abhorrent of deeds,” calling for
“execution of homosexuals,” from having them “burned with fire,” “stoned to
death” and “thrown down from a high place then have stones thrown at them.”...
Beijing wants to show its critics that it is a ‘normal' secular nation
but it fears faiths that are often more popular than the Communist creed, as
the ban on fasting during Ramzan stands proof...
the Hasina government acts, murderous religious fantatics will destroy the
moderate Muslim nation. ... At stake is Bangladesh’s tradition of cultural
diversity, religious tolerance and secular governance. At risk is the future of
a moderate Muslim nation battered by a destructive international political
cyclone that it alone cannot control.
In the current scenario some TV channels and newspapers are taking up baseless propaganda, adding to the communal poison being spread in the state. A Yale University study shows that after the acts of communal violence, BJP usually gains electorally. Kairana is yet another effort to stoke the fires, but given the media exposure it remains to be seen whether Hukum Singh and the BJP will retract from the ‘exodus’ propaganda, or take it further.
If the world desires to hold on to freedoms they hold dear -- freedom of
religion included -- in the face of Islamist onslaughts like the Islamic State,
the Muslim Brotherhood and the dictators these movements have spawned (from Abu
Bakr al-Baghdadi to Tayyip Recep Erdogan) those freedoms must be made available
to all people....
China is widely considered to be one of the worst countries in the world
for religious freedom. But while the persecuted Church often dominates the
headlines in Western media, much less is known about the persecuted Muslim
community in China's far-western corner.....
Adnan Abu Amer
Yet Ghannouchi went too far in his discourse May 20 when he openly
called for distancing religion from political battles, and keeping mosques away
from political rivalries and partisan interests so that they unite people
instead of separating them....
There would never be an epiphany in which old-school authoritarian
Islamists were instantly converted in a moment of supreme insight into
democratic social conservatives. It is necessarily a messy, contextual
transition, primarily driven by the search for power in an Arab world where
most people are devoutly Muslim but remain suspicious of the proponents of
Dr Shamsi has emerged as a lone crusader of people’s rights and a
fearless critic of every unjust act committed by an individual, institution of
a government functionary or a writer in India. Dr Shamsi has a reputation for
being blunt and merciless when it comes down to differentiate truth from a
Strikingly, all the Arab leaders who were overthrown in 2011 were
heading republics, not monarchies. Arab presidents, it seems, are hard but
brittle. Nasser’s Egypt was typical of what Jean-Pierre Filiu, a former French
diplomat, calls the “Mamluk state”....
The Barelvi sect’s most influential cleric in India paid an
unprecedented visit to Darul Uloom Deoband recently to forge a unity between
the two rival schools of thought within the Sunni majority of Indian Muslims.
The reason for this effort at unity was prompted by “the tears of a mother” of
a young Muslim man who, the cleric said, was falsely accused of terrorism and
arrested. “Our children are being targeted,” said Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, great-grandson
of Barelvi movement founder Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan “Ala Hazrat”...
After 23 Years in Jail, I Am Free but What You See Now Is a Living
Corpse, Says Nisar
Dr Mahboob A Khawaja
When these former neo-colonial tribal agents turned kings and princess
become a liability, the US implies Plan ‘B’ to get them killed by their own
people like Gadaffi in Libya, Abdulla Saleh ousted in Yemen and Saddam Hussein
hanged in Iraq. The Arab coalition leaders have no sense of time and history
how the US will destroy the Arab culture and civilisation by using false
pretext of the war....
For decades, Millat-e-Islamia (Muslim community) has been raising its
voice against the communal tendencies of RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal. But now, for
the first time, even Hindu organisations and leaders such as Shankaracharya
Adhoksha Nand Maharaj, Swami Chakrpani Maharaj, President of Akhil Bhartiya
Hindu Mahasabha, have raised alarm on their activities and have demanded
strictest actions against such organisations which are disturbing the peaceful
environment of the country...
Is Tunisia's Ennahda party renouncing 'Islamism', its doctrinaire sine
qua non and the basis of its foundational identity? Ennahda, a movement that
emerged in the late 1970s as a national political party with an Islamic frame
of reference, is now committing to separate the religious (al-da'awi ) from the
At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright
yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No
Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.”....