Islam and Politics
M Rafiqul Awal, New Age Islam
It's time we
replace the mediocre "leaders" who have been projecting Muslims of
India as "Minority" and subjecting them to begging for a few crumbs
in a system of democracy, based on a powerful foundation of Secularism.
Powerful, because the Constitution of Secular India does NOT provide any avenue
for progress on the basis of Religion, as is warranted by the very definition
of Secularism. If Religion had been the qualification for Rights to Progress,
then India would be reduced to a Failed State, like Pakistan has turned into
Living In a
Shell of Patriotism
after Mullah Omar
By Ayaz Amir
Shuja Khanzada, the True Patriot of Pakistan
New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Long Years When Pakistan Did Not Sing Its National Anthem
When Was Pakistan
Taliban, Cowering Kabul
New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani (1879-1957)
Madani in many
ways was an exception to the norm. As an Alim he was motivated more by the
concerns of territorial nationalism as opposed to establishing a nation based
on religious considerations. The support a section of the Deobandi Ulema gave
to the Muslim League’s idea of two-nation theory was because they read into it
a means to establish the supremacy of Muslims, both religious and numerical….
ignore the fact that about 95% of Muslim children go to formal (non-Madrasa)
schools. However, the opportunities and conveniences that should come as a
result of such formal education are not available to them the way they should
be. Talking about the progress of Madrasas is a convenient way for the
government to put a veil on the discriminations faced by them in formal schools
and the shortcomings of its own policies. There is also a feeling among Muslims
that one of the reasons the government focuses so much on Madrasas is because
it remains unaware of the needs and objectives of educational institutions
where Muslim students go….
cannot avoid noting the slow but steady Islamisation of both the private lives
of Malaysia's people and their state. Authoritarian leaders in the Islamic
world, as they become increasingly isolated and out of touch with the
aspirations of their younger citizenry, tend to turn to religion to find allies
and new credentials. Wahhabism is alive and kicking, and not only on the Gulf….
One may justify
Erdogan’s decision to bomb ISIS positions seemingly in retaliation against the
apparently confirmed, recent “ISIS attacks” in Turkey. However, it is difficult
to rule out the purported “ISIS attacks” as a false flag operation by the
Turkish government. ISIS seems to have no compelling reasons to attack Turkey,
which was a safe haven for foreign Islamist fighters....
The date was 24
March, 1954; the place, the Presidential Palace in Cairo. General Mohamed
Naguib, President of the Republic of Egypt, was trying to disperse angry crowds
which had gathered because the Revolutionary Command Council had dissolved the
Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Naguib himself. The masses achieved their goals;
the Muslim Brotherhood was saved and Naguib was back, but the angry crowds
refused to leave. In the face of the crowds' refusal, Naguib asked a particular
man to speak to the people. He did so; the crowds listened to him and then
left. The man was martyr Abdel Qader Awda….
What I mean is
Islamic thought. There was an era that this thought was promisingly becoming
open-minded, globalist, and sophisticated. But we ended up, at least at this
point, with an Islamic thought that is as parochial, insular and shallow as
anything can be. The bright era I am talking about was the late 1990s and early
every non-Muslim shooting suspect, the media never mentioned their religion.
Moreover, in nearly every case, it was claimed that the mass shooters were
suffering from some sort of mental instability. These suspects were often
ostracized from both society and family, deeply depressed and suicidal. People
thusly afflicted, given easy access to guns, sometimes kill people, lots of
them. Then they either turn the gun on themselves or perish in a hail of anticipated
bullets. Crazy, right?....
death of the child and his family seems to have rattled Netanyahu who responded
by calling the killing a "terrorist" act which supposedly set it
apart from the what the UN has documented as 2,100 acts of violence against
Palestinians, their religious institutions, their homes, and other
Palestinian-owned properties, committed by Jewish settlers since 2006.....
If the Iran
nuclear deal was an earthquake shaking the Middle East’s strategic landscape,
one of the most dramatic aftershocks was the surprising arrival last month in
Saudi Arabia of a high-level delegation from Hamas. The visit by the Islamist
organization that rules Gaza is the latest sign of an about-face in Saudi
policy, which is now seeking a rapprochement with the regional Muslim
Brotherhood movement, to which Hamas belongs. Saudi Arabia has long been mistrustful
of the Brotherhood.....
Toygar Sinan Baykan
of the elites of the Islamist movement during the turbulent years of Turkish
democracy in the second half of 1970s protected Islamist organisations from
using violent means. The reward for the Islamist political entrepreneurs was a
less heavy-handed intervention in the Islamist movement and relatively
undamaged political and social networks throughout 1980s and 1990s. One can
also argue that there was a tacit approval of the Islamist politics by the new
establishment of Turkey at the beginning of 1980s as a panacea to leftist
movements. This, so to say, “selective pluralism” in Turkey created a virtual
consensus between systemic actors and the Islamist movement.....\
States are like
individuals, you can tell how they are through their biography and behaviour
and it’s not enough to analyze their intentions by saying that Iran’s aim of
signing the nuclear deal with the West is to end the siege against it and
ensure the safety of its existence. To begin with, sanctions against Iran were
imposed due to its hostile behaviour and not the other way around....
One of the many
ironies of history is that non-nuclear-weapon states, like Iran, have actually
done far more for the cause of non-proliferation in practice than
nuclear-weapon states have done on paper. Iran and other nuclear have-nots have
genuinely “walked the walk” in seeking to consolidate the non-proliferation
is impossible. We all have some talents that enable us to excel at some things
but struggle with others. And we all make mistakes. Recognising that we are
fallible is an important step in doing things better. At work, we can work hard
and try to do a perfect job. Doing a job well means taking risks, testing new
things, listening to different views and trying to find the best way forward.
Compromise means that any solution can’t be perfect: you can’t please all the
people all the time......
Erdoğan had long hoped that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), together with other radical Islamist groups, would help topple the Assad regime in Syria, which he regards the main enemy, and also crush the Syrian Kurds' aspirations for autonomy. Now that ISIL has begun to attack Turkey, Erdogan has decided to counter and agreed to allow the United States to use a Turkish air base against it. The country is now faced also with the risk of ISIL escalating its terrorist attacks and of being drawn into the Syrian quagmire...
Communalism, casteism and all such ‘isms’ based on hate and divisiveness cut into the basic unity of a nation, and more so in India that is really strung together with the federal doctrine of respect, dignity and tolerance. If the atmosphere is vitiated, it will have an impact on all, as violence cannot be contained in a box and it tends to flow out to impact, often even in unforeseen ways. To put it simplistically for reasons of space, it weakens nations....
This story is not a story of Jews against Muslims, or even a story of Israelis against Palestinians. We’re grateful for the many messages of support our village has received from Jewish communities around the world, and the groups and activists working by our side include many Israelis. This is simply a story of justice and equality against dispossession and oppression.....
Detente with Iran
Syed Mohammad Ali
Easing of Iranian sanctions will also give impetus to the planned Indian-Iranian deal that could offer India access to the Chabahar port and related infrastructure projects, opening up India’s access to Central Asia and Afghanistan. ...
We should not forget that ISIS, which achieved great victories, has also fulfilled the Syrian and Iranian regimes’ wills; sabotaging the revolution, tarnishing the image of the Syrian national movement, and damaging the camp that stood against the two regimes, such as Turkey and the Gulf states......
More than a quarter of the statutory investigations launched by the Charity Commission since April 2012 have been directed at Muslim charities associated with running mosques, providing humanitarian relief or undertaking aid efforts in Syria. And international banks froze a number of Muslim and non-Muslim charity accounts last year, particularly those active in the Middle East, over fears that the money could end up financing terrorism...
Musa is invisible even in death. If he had been named, Harun reflects, perhaps their mother would have received a pension. Perhaps life would not have consisted of an unrequited attempt to find the body, locate the murderer, understand the crime — even avenge it somehow. The Arabs are sullen. They wait. Harun’s reflection on the demise of French Algeria is devastating.....
ISIS and other jihadist groups have spread their presence in Libya dramatically since 2014, taking control of several towns in the Gulf of Sirte and attacking targets in areas controlled by both of the two main camps. Prolonged strife will only worsen the migrant and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. The mandate of Bernardino León ....
Saudi Arabia sees Iran as its primary enemy. Riyadh also views the Islamic State as a threat but at the same time fears that an Iraq and Syria dominated by Iran could present an existential threat to the House of Saud. The Saudis consider events in Yemen from a similar perspective. Also in this context, Riyadh perceives a common interest with Israel in containing Iranian militant proxies as well as the Islamic State. Who exactly the Saudis are supporting in Syria and Iraq is somewhat murky, but the kingdom has no choice but to play a tactical and opportunistic game......