Islam and Politics
A number of newspapers in the region are reporting that the Republic of Angola has outlawed Islam, apparently in an effort to thwart the spread of Muslim radicalism in the country…..
No, Angola has not ‘banned Islam’. It’s a little more complicated than that
By Khadija Patel
Reality behind Banning Islam in Angola
By Abdelrahman Rashdan
“It was smart of Iran to resolve its problems with the world after years of being characterized as a terrorist state and of provoking the Gulf states, only for it to come back and take its place among the nations by easing the wave of hostility that is hampering it economically,” moderate Hamas figure Ahmed Youssef…..
Hindu College was founded in Kolkata in January 1817 with a view to providing education to the ‘sons of respectable Hindus, in the English and Indian languages and in the literature and science of Europe and Asia’.......
If you haven’t seen it, Silent Conquest is a documentary for everyone who goes along with the ‘Islamisation of the West crowd’. The producers say that it ‘offers a frightening insight into the extent to which Europe, Canada and the United Nations have already succumbed to the restrictions of Shariah blasphemy laws.’ The standard liberal dismissal of such statements as ‘racist’ is hopeless, in my view, and illiberal in itself…..
The world moves on even as Pakistan pays fitful attention to the heroic performance of its three stooges: the Jamaat chief, Munawar Hasan, the PTI chief, Imran Khan, and the PML-N’s loose cannon, Interior Minister Ch Nisar. These characters live in a world of their own....
M. Ashraf Haidari, The Deputy Chief of Mission
If we pick one country that best captures the essence and character of the Silk Road, it is Afghanistan. Diversity defines our ancient and modern history, our pluralistic society of many customs and traditions, our rugged terrain of many mountainous valleys, and our cuisine of many cultural tastes—among so much else. These rather unique Silk Road qualities and characteristics of Afghanistan are capped by the centrality of our geography at the Heart of Asia region, consisting of 14 countries, which form the backbone of the Old or New Silk Road. So, it is the quintessential importance of our geo-strategic and geo-economic location that makes us the most relevant and consequential country in reviving the Silk Road.....
Yasser Latif Hamdani
It is therefore an irony that the stamp of Arab imperialism has become even more pronounced in that consolidated Muslim state; the new fad of ‘Al-Bakistan’ licence plates is a case in point. After speaking Urdu for almost 800 years, the Muslims of Pakistan have decided to dispense with the letter ‘p’ and adopt ‘Allah Hafiz’ instead of ‘Khuda Hafiz’…
Turkey can no longer afford to treat its religious minorities – Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Alevi Muslims, Armenians, Syriacs and Orthodox Christians – as second-class citizens. The Turkish government, and its Islamic majority, must recognize the legal status of these communities……
The media as a whole, including the more serious press, has taken pleasure of late in burying the Arab Spring. Commentaries have practically invoked an Arab Winter. One can read headlines such as "Democracy has no chance in Egypt" or "The experiment has probably failed for the foreseeable future." All the while, change is fully underway in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, people are fighting and dying, yet there are also negotiations…..
Fearful of the implications of ISIS, the Saudis have funded Zahran Alloush’s Army of Islam — but it is too late to the battlefield. For, good reason is the Saudis furious with the United States for its reticence to bomb Syria and encage Iran — Saudi projections have begun to unravel.....
Javed Ahmed Ghamidi
The Saudi government was established with the reformist movement of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. Thus, on the very first day of its inception, it decided that the law of the land would be the Islamic Sharia. A great majority of Sunni scholars do not regard kingdoms to be governments, which is against Sharia but they more or less agree to the interpretation of Sharia made by the Saudi government. This is because they think that it is an Islamic government and, on this basis, they show allegiance to it….
Nonetheless, MENA youth are resilient and remain determined to be agents of positive change. Despite the frustration and the challenges, they have refused to give up, or to sit passively on the sidelines. We have a big role in carrying our communities forward even when the older generations may have grown tired, and we will continue to create positive change....
The Kurds are the world’s largest ethnic community with no state of their own. A total of 30 million Kurds live in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and other countries. The Iraqi Kurds were lucky to be receiving in the early 1990s, but things have been pretty bad for their kinsmen elsewhere. In Turkey, the decades-old warfare between ethnic Kurds and the government has claimed tens of thousands of lives….
ARAB countries that ousted their rulers are embarking on the important post-revolutionary task of rewriting history. Education ministries in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are purging school textbooks of the praise they once heaped on former dictators. Teachers are making ad hoc changes in their classrooms too. But what to teach is contentious…..
Peace in Kashmir (4)
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
If I were to give my opinion in this matter, I would say that accepting the Indian position on Kashmir would have been opting for the ‘lesser evil’ for the Pakistani President, because it would have been tantamount simply to Pakistan acknowledging something that it had already lost. In return for this, Pakistan would have been rewarded with the opening of all doors of progress that have so far been closed to it…..
THE Hindu-Muslim social, political and economic divide and subsequent discriminatory growth of the two communities of the same populace led to mutual animosity, which helped the British to perpetuate colonial rule in India for 190 years. Moreover, British linguistic ventures in Bengal profoundly influenced the development of Bangla, particularly its prose, on two religious-cultural lines that found expression in two distinct styles of the prose — one Sanskritised created by the Hindu writers and the other Persianised created by the Muslim ones....
We gloat over carrion; we gather like vultures to pick up the pieces. We discriminate between dead bodies under labels of ‘Halak’ (merely killed) and ‘Shaheed’ (martyred). As we do so, we don God’s hat, partaking of what is exclusively His right with a self-righteous audacity. Our opinions on the dead may not be worth a shred but they signify the sides we take in this melee over rotting corpses….
Islam, as the Quran insists, is firmly in the Jewish tradition, and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) claims descent through the Prophet Ismail to the Prophet Abraham. There is a resonance between the Abrahamic Sacrifice (which only Islam marks, as Eid ul Azha) and that of the Imam. Christian commentators compare the Abrahamic Sacrifice with that of Christ going on the Cross, and while Muslim commentators do not draw any comparison with the martyrdom, the comparison is virtually inescapable, especially when it is remembered that the Imam was a descendant of both Abraham and Ismail…..
Peace in Kashmir (3)
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
This, to my mind, is the best and most practicable formula to solve the conflict between India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir. Both India and Pakistan presently control parts of Jammu and Kashmir. If, on the basis of the ‘win-win solution’ principle, the two agree to be satisfied with whatever part of the state they presently control, and, abandoning the path of conflict, they focus on developing their respective parts of the state, it would definitely be very beneficial for both countries. Both countries would embark on the path of progress that has been blocked for a very long time……
The army chief should realise that democracy is not a gift, definitely not from the armed forces. What he was saying from experience is that Pakistanis are not prepared for another military rule. This has been the effect of Musharraf’s failure. It is a plus point for democracy in Pakistan….
Inas Younis, New Age Islam
Moderate Muslims have become much too predictable these days. The jargon of so much Progressive thinking has become mouldy. The time has come to recycle the old arguments, starting with the usual defence. The trouble is not with Moderate Islam, but with moderate Muslims. The trouble is not that other Muslims have hijacked my faith, but that it has become poisoned with the arsenic of my own rationales.....
From an historical perspective it is important to remember that of the three most active ‘Islamist’ political parties at the time of partition, at least two, namely the Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind that in Pakistan devolved into the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and the Majlis-e-Ahrar (Ahrar) were supporters of the All India Congress and its secularist ‘Fabian Socialist’ agenda. The third party, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), though anti socialist, supports trade unions, a social safety network and is entirely egalitarian albeit under its interpretation of Islamic law. .....
…the greed of those who have gobbled up faith has rendered dissent into blasphemy and silence into survival. Soiled by the politics of power and death, religion stands misused and politics confused. Amid the wreckage of old ideas, of peace talks, amid ready shrouds and promises for the future by the robbers of the past, is the fear that the shuddering, shivering edifice of our nationhood will crumble and fall as it nearly did once before, occasioning from one writer, now long dead, a lament for Pakistan…..
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan
The last Eid Al-Adha was observed in Ottawa on two different days to Muslims’ dismay. It also brought them ridicule; some children took off from school one day and others the following day, suggesting that Muslims keep quarreling. If eight imams cannot agree, what message are they sending to Muslims and to other Canadians? Fortunately, there is a brighter side….
The True Essence of the Islamic State
Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef , New Age Islam
Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef , New Age Islam
Islamic state does carry a certain perspective regarding humankind, God and the universe, but it is entirely pluralistic and inclusive in its nature and is based on the concept of an inclusive human society called Ummah, which includes all members of the global human society and citizens of all the territories irrespective of their faith and creed as clearly enshrined in the covenant of Medina known as “Misaq-e-Madina”. The Ummah says Raji El-Faruqi, therefore, is truly an open society par excellence. (2) Islamic state was based on a religious polity, yet it was, as we mentioned above, accommodative to all religious communities. ''The Ummah is an open society. Any human being is welcome to enter it by either of the two ways: the aforementioned confession of faith or the covenant of peace”……