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Misuse Of Mosques For Politics: Shahi Imam calls for Love Jihad in Friday Sermon; 'convert them and marry them, this is the only reply to attempts at forcible conversion of Muslims to Hinduism'
Shahi Imam Ahmad Bukhari of Jama Masjid, Delhi

Misuse of mosques for politics has reached its peak. In an incendiary speech from the Jama Masjid, Delhi its imam called Muslims to engage in love jihad as the only suitable response to attempts by Hindutva forces to convert 200 Muslims in Agra on 8 December and the announcement that thousands more will be converted in Aligarh on 25th December.

 "Convert them and marry them. This is the only suitable response to attempts at converting Muslims to Hinduism," he told thousands of Muslims listening to his speech within the mosque and outside.

 In his 41-minute political speech, descending at times to the language of the gutter, he announced, amidst chants of Allahu Akbar (God is Great!), the Muslims will never accept a second class citizenship status in this country and will keep fighting for their rights, despite the thousands of riots, including the one Muslims will never forget, the one that happened in Gujarat in 2002. ...

The Imam was full of praise, however, for the electronic media, particularly Times Now whose anchor Arnab Goswami had given munhtor jawab (appropriate reply) to the spokesmen of Hindutva parties on his show on 11th of December.

He said this country is secular because the majority of people are secular.  Only 31 per cent voters have supported the saffron alliance. He repeatedly invoked the rights given to minorities by the constitution of India. He said the country is moving in the direction of another partition. The present-day situation is beginning to resemble the situation in 1947. But Muslims have to work to save this country from another partition. It's our duty.

Our Islamists and Their Lies
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Our Islamists and Their Lies
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam’s Agha Shorish Kashmiri, bitter opponent of the Muslim League and Mr Jinnah, wrote a book on the life of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in the 1970s in which he produced an interview he claimed to have taken over a period of one week in April 1946, published supposedly in Chattan the next week or month. In this extraordinarily prescient letter, Maulana Azad, like a modern day Nostradamus, is said to have predicted Pakistan’s various dilemmas over the next quarter of a century with great accuracy…..

Generation of ‘Avengers’ With Babri ’92 as Motif: Words That Sparked the Ideas
Praveen Swami

Embed In the weeks before December 6 this year, the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, jihadist websites and Twitter accounts linked to a new generation of Indian radicals — of the Indian Mujahideen, now merged into al-Qaeda, of the Islamic State-linked Ansar al-Tauhid — invoked the memory of that event, and vowed vengeance. The Babri Masjid remains the central motif for this generation of jihadists, just as it was for “Tunda”. His is a story that’s just starting to emerge from interrogation records and court documents as he awaits trial…..


Forced Religious Conversions: Babri Masjid Action Committee's Provocation Misplaced and Suicidal

The aggressive and anti-Constitutional statements of the BMAC President, many Muslims fear, will give the Hindutva forces a greater leverage to mobilize support of even secular minded Hindus and will only sharpen the divide between the two communities. It is also a matter of concern that the co-founder of BMAC, Mr. Zafaryab Jilani has not condemned the statements. His silence in this matter will be construed as his support to the stance taken by the cleric……


Bengali, Indian, Muslim, Poor, Farmer
Tahir Mehdi

The blue-blooded Muslim League thought that it could continue to gamble on the back of the wild card of religion. So if you demanded rights for your homeland, you were accused of narrow provincialism that was against the lofty pan-Islamist ideals, if you dared to ask for your share in resources, you were blamed for obstructing the renaissance of Islam and if you wanted respect for your language, you were definitely a traitor and an Indian stooge…..


India Needs Uniform Civil Code; Topi Politics A Villain
Kanchan Gupta

“Dar-ul Qaza will decide matters in the light of Islamic tenets on various issues of day-to-day living like marriage, divorce, inheritance, maintenance,” he added. In brief, Muslims should no longer seek justice in secular courts of law. According to Mufti Ahmed Devalvi of Jamia Uloomul Quran, Jambusar, “Being believers of the faith, Muslims must accept the sharia’h tenets in resolving their disputes irrespective of the outcome of the disputes.”.....

This fragility of nationhood is one reason why all sides in Pakistan need India as an enemy and Kashmir as a cause to pine for. The nation has been an incomplete project for many reasons, most importantly because of religion. Even a monotheistic one does not suffice to bind together people who speak different languages and have different historical memories. Kashmir is a piece of land which all Pakistanis can pine for. It is a distant dream and, more than that, they know in their hearts they will never have it. ….


Islam’s Struggle for Space
Abukar Arman

Contrary to common misconception, Muslims are neither homogeneous nor are their interpretation and implementation of the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad monolithic. Aside from the belief in the oneness of God and the prophethood of Muhammad, there isn’t a whole lot that Muslims are united on. And such seemingly extraordinary reality is profoundly consistent with the prophecy of Prophet Muhammad which proclaimed that Muslims would, in due course, have more denominations than Jews and Christians….

God Save the Queen?
Abdul Majeed Abid

Sir Syed earned his ‘ropes’ during the mutiny of 1857, Iqbal wrote eulogies for the Queen and British officials deputed to India and the All India Muslim League sided with the British during the Second World War while the Congress was openly opposing involvement of Indian troops in the war. Even the Khilafat Movement indirectly helped the British case against Mustafa Kemal Ataturk after the First World War. What needs to be taught to younger generations and discussed with general public are the indigenous anti-colonial movements emanating from Indian Subcontinent in the twentieth century…..


Love Thy Neighbour:  Global Politics Does Not Have To Be Based On Ruthlessness and Self-Interest
Harun Yahya

“Allah has made us neighbours. That is a ‘sign,’ Mr. Prime Minister ... had we not squabbled among ourselves; imagine what our peoples could have achieved… Had we lived in peace and friendship, we could have made our countries heavens on earth...” “...Let us come to an agreement on all matters. Please understand that we wish to be your friend and partner, not enemies as we have been for the past 100 years. Imagine what we could do together…


Recognition of the State of Palestine is a Must
Samar Fatany

Over the years in a very calculating and insidious manner, Israel has attempted to change the demographic landscape of Jerusalem and is blatantly depriving Palestinians of their religious rites by preventing them from praying in the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The rights of Palestinian refugees should be reviewed and those ejected since 1967 should be allowed to return. Palestinians have a right to their land, even though Israel to this day refuses to define its borders and continues its illegal settlements. What Europe and the rest of the world should now do is see to it that UN Resolutions 242 and 338 are implemented....


Qanta Ahmed's Message and Mission
Ida Lichter, M.D

While Islamists might wish for a viewpoint such as hers to be marginalised or ridiculed, she has persevered in striving to explain these differences. As a campaigner for peace and pluralism, Ahmed is dismayed by the toxic lure of an Islamist doctrine that is supremacist, separatist, and hostile to secular Western values, and she calls for an urgent review of this ideology….

Israel, In a Perpetual Fit of Panic
Diana Moukalled

About a decade ago, the well-known Israeli novelist David Grossman described Israeli society as being in a perpetual fit of panic. Behind all of the manifestations of oppression and force Israel is employing against the Palestinians—from evictions and killings to arrests—it appears that the policy of justifying such practices under the pretext of the fear of another Holocaust has created a panicky Israeli state that is reproducing the past by excessively repeating some of the practices of the Nazis…..


Thus, dear brother, hold Islam responsible for the annulment, by the West, of the election which could have brought the Islamic Salvation Front (ISF) into power in the 1990s. In line with Dr Cole’s argument, hold Islam responsible for the implantation of the state of Israel on the earth land of Palestine since 1948. Hold Islam responsible for the collusion between the Egyptian military and Western powers which eventually led to the removal of ‘democratically elected government of Muhammad Morsi in 2012. Hold Islam responsible for the unceasing crisis we witness in Gaza where the Palestinians are living under constant occupation. Dr Cole is right. Islam is responsible for encouraging the oppressed people of Syria to rise up and take up arms against an oppressor and a liquidator…..


An Open Letter to Tarek Fatah: Can You Sit This One Out?
Amarnath Amarasingam

I'm accustomed to your posts, usually calling this or that individual an Islamist or attaching the Muslim Brotherhood label to some harmless and well-meaning Muslim organization in Canada. Then there are the occasional bizarre posts -- a cell-phone photo taken in secret at a café of a woman in a Hijab who is showing "a little too much butt crack" -- followed by your meandering thoughts about her hypocritical nature. As Canada's very own fake-outrage machine, most of us ignore your statements or shake our heads at them in disgust…..

Because of the centrality and unprecedented nature of some epochal events he wrought, there is no treatment of the life of the Holy Prophet [SAW] - popular, scholarly or even in an Oriental deprecatory diatribe -that could possibly have glossed over the closeness and affection between him and Bilal, his black Companion and muezzin; or the gender revolution he initiated which, in its essence, has still not been caught up with by the West. And within an oppressiveness that is inevitable in the world's universal patriarchy, the modern Western woman is not in any way free or more liberated than the Muslim woman - she is just richer, insecure - and more naked……


Some are mourning the death of democracy. When did you last spot that thing called democracy cruising the streets of Dhaka? Before democracy can die, it must first be born, so I shed no tears for the death of something that never truly existed. A free and fair election where the contest is between two dynasties with near identical economic policies is no choice at all. To paraphrase Karl Marx, the tragedies of 1971 is returning as farce as political parties trade insults on which leader was supposed to be working for Pakistani imperialism. Leave them be! Move on!....


The pro-Tobruk air force bombed Libyan Dawn sites in Zuwarah, Abu Kamesh and Tripoli’s Qasr bin Ghashir. Air strikes also targeted a warehouse and a factory in Zwara which is located west of the Tripoli. The targeting of the area West of Tripoli is critical for degrading Libya Dawn’s capabilities. Simultaneously, Italy and France are supplying intelligence to Haftar and his forces and Italy itself is supplying his forces with weapons and ammunition…..


Separate State and Religion
Sahin Alpay

Turkey needs to face the fact that experience gained over the course of almost a century has shown that the marriage of state and religion is detrimental to both. If Turkey is to ever consolidate a liberal and pluralist kind of democracy, state and religion need to be separated, and freedom for believers and nonbelievers alike has to be secured…..


An Open Letter to Bill Maher: Expose the Muslims Who Destroy Lives, and Who Wreak Havoc But I Caution You on the Anti-Islam Rhetoric
Rabia Chaudry

You have a massive following and are successfully leading a movement to demonize Islam in the liberal left, a place many American Muslims call home. You are leading people into rocks and hard places when you posit that Islam is the problem. You are putting Muslims up against a wall and pushing those who fear us further into spaces where little choice is left......

How ISIS Drives Muslims from Islam
Thomas L. Friedman

ISIS, by claiming to speak for all Muslims — and by promoting a puritanical form of Islam that takes present-day, Saudi-funded, madrasa indoctrination to its logical political conclusion — has blown the lid off some long simmering frustrations in the Arab Muslim world......

The Illusion of Spring
Khaled Ahmed

Why were the Arabs supposed to achieve enlightenment when some non-Arab predecessors had already messed up their springs? Iran got rid of monarchy and embraced democracy in the 1980s. Today, it stones women to death and jails them for watching men’s soccer. The shah ruled forever and looks good in retrospect; Iran now has regular elections but looks medieval. Pakistan first slipped into military dictatorship but now has democracy, where the blasphemy law is employed to hunt down Christians and forcible conversions are making Hindus run away……


Turkish Hospitality for Arab Terrorism
Burak Bekdil

Most Western observers tend to explain Erdogan's love affair with Hamas with realpolitik and pragmatism – that Turkey has sought regional clout among Arab nations by setting out to become the powerful defender of the "Palestinian cause." This author thinks that there is also "a story of indoctrination" behind the love affair......


A wide spectrum of factors acted in conjunction to bring about this decline of Islamist power in Tunisia. The symptoms of crisis were there. The winds of change were blowing across the country. But none of the Islamists, Ennahda leadership included, expected the radical departure taken by the Arab Spring. After decades of oppression, Ennahda was elected to office having won the confidence of the people. It was the first time in the history of Tunisia that Islamists came to power….


The Outer Edges of Islam: Wahhabism targets Muslims, not non-Muslims; fundamentalists are offended by modernity but welcome modern technology
Amir Hussain

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has continued the work that Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab began centuries earlier. They have destroyed religious sites around Mecca and Medina, serving as the role model for ISIS in its destruction of Shi‘a sites and Sunni shrines in Syria and Iraq. Watching Muslims destroy the religious and cultural heritage that other Muslims left for the world is particularly painful, and yet another facet of Muslim-on-Muslim violence……

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