Islam and Politics
Mohammad Behzad Fatmi
the popularity of the erstwhile Ottoman Caliphate among Muslims in India
remains high. It is seen as the last powerful authority which represented the
global Muslim community, the loss of which has left Muslims in despair all
across the world. Given that Erdogan has been relentlessly trying to revive the
Ottoman past in Turkey and has considerably succeeded in doing it, adds to the
reasons for Muslims in India to appreciate and admire him.....
policymakers and Arab statesmen have failed to understand the challenges the
Arab youth are facing every day. The West and the Arab rulers —congregating to
fight against terrorism and ISIS — are ignoring the socio-economic realities of
their own people. This is indirectly contributing to the growth of ISIS. The
bottom-line is that the Arab rulers have become blind to their own problems...
Aijaz Zaka Syed
explaining the many challenges confronting Muslim societies with clinical
accuracy and academic objectivity, he has also sought to point out that much of
the violence that we see emanating from the Middle East and other parts of the
Islamic world is an inevitable consequence of the violence directed against the
Yasser Latif Hamdani
caste Hindu could represent 90 million Muslims, a scheduled caste Hindu could
preside over the inaugural session of the largest Muslim majority state of its
time, and a scheduled caste Hindu could be the law minister in that state,
because the state that Jinnah envisaged would be a modern and liberal democracy
not a theocracy to be run by priests with a divine mission...
constitute about 9 percent of the population, they are incarcerated at a
disproportionate rate, making up an estimated 60 percent of the prison
population — a rate that surpasses even the overrepresentation of
African-Americans and Latinos in American jails. When the French government
targets French Muslims with its emergency measures, it reinforces the sense of
persecution of this marginalized minority....
turned out, was really not the ascetic Sufi we were told about, but a
micro-manager of a global organization based on secrecy and hierarchy. "He
really controls everything,"...
Dr Niaz Murtaza
between secularism and religion is mainly due to latter-day clerics. Religions
earlier were the main source of gains for weaker groups like women. Thinking
minds saw the gains as tactical first steps by religions given the limited
change capacities of any society and advocated for more steps once those
changes got entrenched....
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