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Shall Muslims as the believers in the value of 27 Ramadan reflect on their role in the country both as loyal to their faith as well as stanch to their nation and also as the vanguards of the Quran and the Constitution of India alike? Shall they pray in this blessed night for the realization of the high ideals epitomized in the Quran and those codified in the Constitution of India? Shall they spread the message of love, peace and brotherhood across the board?....

Ramazan of 1947, And Now
Rafia Zakaria

The end of Ramazan in 1947 saw the creation of a nation, a realisation of much anticipation; those fasting this Ramazan in 2015 have learned over six decades to temper their expectations. Their hopes are not pinned on history but on getting some electricity, a little water and a few days off.....

 

Schools of Religion and Science
JS Rajput

Large numbers of students and teachers associated with madrasas are in favour of having subjects such as science and maths alongside religious texts as part of the school curriculum. Only vested elements are opposed to it. The school shall not interfere with the Deeni Talim and shall be ready to make necessary logistic adjustments. No community can deprive its children of the constitutional guarantee of getting education as per the state prescriptions. At the same time, no community can be restricted from imparting its religious education to its children through its own resources, again, within the confines of the Constitution.....

 

Is A Coalition With Islamism Possible?
Nuray Mert

I have never been against the Islamists’ freedom of speech; on the contrary, I have defended their right to speak for years now. But the problem with Islamism has always been their hypocrisy, namely their dishonesty about their political deliberations and their abuse of democratic means to build a non-democratic rule. This issue has been debated a lot not only in Turkey, but in Muslim countries elsewhere….

 

Qur’anophobia: The Core Truth of Islamophobia
Louay Fatoohi

Qur’anophobia is often promoted by two groups: atheists and fanatics of other religions. Both do all they can to show that any Muslim behaviour they dislike originates from the Qur’an. Misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the Qur’an using the methods I mentioned earlier is common among these critics. When it comes to terrible behaviours such as terrorism, they do not care that these are committed by a tiny minority of Muslims and that the overwhelming majority rejects these crimes…..

Saudi Arabia and Delusions of Power
S P Seth

Riyadh might think that its multi-billion dollar investment in the Sisi regime has put the lid back on the revolutionary upsurge of the Arab Spring, but the signs do not seem propitious. The most astute thing for Riyadh would be to start/encourage a process of graduated change in the kingdom as well as in the region with its large financial resources. But that seems unlikely.....

 

The ideological strife in the Muslim world covering political, cultural, and social spheres basically aims at finding answers to the challenges of modernity and the threats posed by external powers to the integrity of the world of Islam. It has the potential to explode into cataclysmic conflicts in the Muslim world if not handled carefully. Such conflicts would retard the intellectual and material progress of the world of Islam for several decades....

 

How to Counter Israel's Hasbara Campaign
Daoud Kuttab

Another problem that makes the idea of an anti-hasbara campaign difficult is the absence of an agreed upon national strategy. Should a media campaign focus on the two-state solution or the one-state possibility? Should it defend boycotting the settlements only or boycotting the state of Israel?....

 

Losing Leverage on Bahrain
Sayed Alwadaei

Ending the suspension of military assistance was a misuse of America’s substantial leverage to bring positive change to the human rights situation in Bahrain and the Gulf, which has only deteriorated since 2011. For Bahrainis striving for a democratic country, America’s move is completely regressive. President Obama promised a “tough conversation” with the Gulf monarchs when he met them in May. Was this the outcome of that conversation?.....

 

Islamists’ Xenophobic Policies Threaten Turkey
Abdullah Bozkurt

The Islamists not only deliberately promote intolerant behaviour that runs on a political Islamist ideology by marginalizing a large swath of social, religious and ethnic groups within Turkey but also capitalize on festering resentment and anti-Western, anti-Semitic and anti-Asian sentiments that disrupt social harmony and threaten the future of Turkey……

 

Forcing Political Islamists into a ‘Nothing to Lose’ Position – The Right Move?
Mohammed Nosseir

In my opinion, political Islam may be likened to a chronic disease that is spreading randomly through the Egyptian body. As it spreads, the disease is harming and damaging numerous healthy cells and could very well end in full body failure....

 

For instance, Bihar’s ‘Khariji’ madrasas are as ‘modern’ as secular schools with some of their alumni being leading scholars and professionals. There is a growing trend among philanthropic Muslims to set up modern schools that impart secular education with a religious vision. Some madrasas internally debate on how to impart modern education.....

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“Madrasa Education is a Clear Violation of the Human Rights of Children”: Sultan Shahin asks UNHRC to make Muslim Countries Stick to their Pious Declarations

 

The bleeders soon organized and armed the Great Global Jihad, funded by Saudi Arabia, and executed by Pakistan. A powerful magnet for militant Sunni activists was created by the US. The most hardened and ideologically dedicated men were sought on the logic that they would be the best fighters. Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the Jihad. American universities produced books for Afghan children that extolled the virtues of jihad and of killing communists…..

 

Terrorism: For Muslim Crimes Only?
Hamid Dabashi

Let's for the moment set aside the fact that since 1980, according to one account, the US has "invaded or occupied or bombed" no less than 14 Muslim countries and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees. Let's also disregard for now the countless Palestinians (Muslims and non-Muslims) slaughtered or made homeless refugees by the US-supported and armed Israel.  With such overwhelming evidence, why is it that US political leaders, law enforcement officials, and leading journalists refuse to designate this heinous crime as an act of terrorism?....

Restraining Extremists Protects Islam
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

When Western governments expel extremist preachers, shut down suspicious institutions or pursue religious groups, they are protecting Muslims from extremists among them, and from the anger of the non-Muslim majority. We must not look at such measures as racist....

 

ISIL’s Strategy Is Not Religious – It’s All Politics
Faisal Al Yafai

For ISIL, sectarian identities are easily manipulated. One of the reasons the militants of ISIL so dislike the borders of nation states – one of their first acts a year ago after declaring a new "caliphate" was to claim they had destroyed the borders of Sykes-Picot – is that these borders offer an alternative allegiance for disaffected Iraqis and Syrians.  Though they frame their antipathy in the language of anti-colonialism and Islamic history, it is a rather more mundane psychological idea that guides their strategy….

 

Saudi, Iran and the Islamic Divide
Talmiz Ahmad

Across West Asia, there is a sense of deep distress at the pervasive chaos, violence and destruction, and pessimism about the future. Not only are states like Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya in the throes of civil conflict and anarchy and unlikely to be put together again, the ISIS continues to prosper, with a presence in a dozen states and increasing declarations of support from several other Jihadi groups in South and West Asia and North Africa.....

 
Qatar Changes Course
Hussein Ibish

Doha is less invested in the Muslim Brotherhood than it used to be, and Riyadh less hostile, but it would be an exaggeration to say the two leaderships view the Islamists in the same light. But there are good reasons Qatar seems to have concluded that rivalry with Saudi Arabia is at best pointless and potentially catastrophic....

 

How Saudi Funded Rs 1,700 Crore for Wahhabi Influence in India
Vicky Nanjappa

The only way Saudi could instill a radical thinking in the minds of the Sunni Muslims in India was by the establishment of Wahhabi centers. The Wahhabis are an extremely orthodox set of Sunni Muslims. There are several Muslims in India who subscribe to the Wahhabi view. As a first step, Saudi sent in several Wahhabi preachers into India an Intelligence Bureau report states. The years 2011 to 2013 alone saw a record number of 25,000 Wahhabis coming to India and conducting seminars in various parts of the country. With them they brought in Rs 1700 Crore in several installments and used it to propagate the Wahhabi style of Islam…

Demography and Politics in the Muslim World
Shahid Javed Burki

Demographic and political developments have come together in more meaningful ways in Muslim countries than in many other parts of the developing world. Muslim populations in these countries are very young with the median age of less than 30 years. In other words, 800 million people in the world’s Muslim population of 1.6 billion are below that age. Most live in urban areas and most are liberal and better educated than older people. Most are unhappy with their situation since the established political and economic orders don’t provide them the space they crave. .....

 

The U.N.’s Gaza Report Is Flawed and Dangerous
Richard Kemp

The reason so many civilians died in Gaza last summer was not Israeli tactics or policy. It was Hamas’s strategy. Hamas deliberately positioned its fighters and munitions in civilian areas, knowing that Israel would have no choice but to attack them and that civilian casualty would result. Unable to inflict existential harm on Israel by military means, Hamas sought to cause large numbers of casualties among its own people in order to bring international condemnation and unbearable diplomatic pressure against Israel.....

 

Indian Ulema Condemn Death Sentence to Morsi, Call It against Sharia, Forgetting the Death Sentences Given By Muslim Brotherhood Government and Fatwas Justifying the Rape of Women Protestors
Maulana Usman Beig and Maulana Rashadi say that Egypt’s law did not support death sentence and so death sentence given to Morsi was un-Islamic and anit-Sharia. However, they forget that the Muslim Brotherhood leaders and Ulema had issued Fatwas of death sentence and fatwa justifying rape of Muslim and non-Muslim women protesting against their government at Tahrir Square despite the fact that Egypt did not have death sentence law. According to the reliable news sources like Al Arabia and Al Masri al Yaum, Brotherhood cadre sexually assaulted and raped about 19 women protesting at Tahrir Square and one Brotherhood’s mufti Abu Islam justified their rape. The news was not published by Islamophobic news portals so that they could declare it a Zionist conspiracy....

 

 

Yemen: Is Another Somalia In The Making?
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Yemen’s situation is going from bad to worse and will not improve if the fighting parties do not accept a political solution that will unite them in one system with similar rights. It is the same GCC-EU proposal that the Houthis accepted three years ago then decided to forgo at Iranian instigation. Alongside the three main forces, Houthis, Saleh and the legitimate government, there are southern separatist forces faced by other forces, northern tribal forces and of course lurking Al-Qaeda elements who will try to seize territories in much the same way Daesh in Syria and Iraq has done……

 

The UN reports that the explosive devices Israel illegally plants and detonates in Gaza can “tear off limbs hundreds of meters from the blast site.” “The shock waves create thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch”, while “the injury threshold is 15 pounds per square inch.” The US is the world’s biggest arms trafficker and provides most of those weapons. Israel is the biggest recipient of US aid, and the amount has been increased by Obama after each of Israel’s massacres against Gaza....

 

Palestinian Independence Should Start On the Economic Front
Daoud Kuttab

A peace deal might be elusive at the moment, but this should not deter the intensification of Palestinian-Arab relations with the aim of at least laying solid foundations for an economically viable Palestinian state within the internationally agreed-to 1967 borders.....

 


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