Islam and Politics
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
Dr Shamsi has emerged as a lone crusader of people’s rights and a
fearless critic of every unjust act committed by an individual, institution of
a government functionary or a writer in India. Dr Shamsi has a reputation for
being blunt and merciless when it comes down to differentiate truth from a
Strikingly, all the Arab leaders who were overthrown in 2011 were
heading republics, not monarchies. Arab presidents, it seems, are hard but
brittle. Nasser’s Egypt was typical of what Jean-Pierre Filiu, a former French
diplomat, calls the “Mamluk state”....
The Barelvi sect’s most influential cleric in India paid an
unprecedented visit to Darul Uloom Deoband recently to forge a unity between
the two rival schools of thought within the Sunni majority of Indian Muslims.
The reason for this effort at unity was prompted by “the tears of a mother” of
a young Muslim man who, the cleric said, was falsely accused of terrorism and
arrested. “Our children are being targeted,” said Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, great-grandson
of Barelvi movement founder Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan “Ala Hazrat”...
After 23 Years in Jail, I Am Free but What You See Now Is a Living
Corpse, Says Nisar
Dr Mahboob A Khawaja
When these former neo-colonial tribal agents turned kings and princess
become a liability, the US implies Plan ‘B’ to get them killed by their own
people like Gadaffi in Libya, Abdulla Saleh ousted in Yemen and Saddam Hussein
hanged in Iraq. The Arab coalition leaders have no sense of time and history
how the US will destroy the Arab culture and civilisation by using false
pretext of the war....
For decades, Millat-e-Islamia (Muslim community) has been raising its
voice against the communal tendencies of RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal. But now, for
the first time, even Hindu organisations and leaders such as Shankaracharya
Adhoksha Nand Maharaj, Swami Chakrpani Maharaj, President of Akhil Bhartiya
Hindu Mahasabha, have raised alarm on their activities and have demanded
strictest actions against such organisations which are disturbing the peaceful
environment of the country...
Is Tunisia's Ennahda party renouncing 'Islamism', its doctrinaire sine
qua non and the basis of its foundational identity? Ennahda, a movement that
emerged in the late 1970s as a national political party with an Islamic frame
of reference, is now committing to separate the religious (al-da'awi ) from the
At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright
yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No
Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.”....
“The revolution was for nothing. We changed one family of thieves for
many families of thieves. This country depends on tourism. Now there are no
tourists.” Such is the harsh judgment of one stallholder on Avenue Habib Bourguiba
in Tunis, scene of many protests during the 2011 revolution...
It is well established that young boys — victims of the Afghan conflicts
— were adopted and schooled in Pakistani madrasas and trained to become the
lethal Talibs. Even while they assisted in the removal of Soviet rule,
Afghanistan especially, but also other countries and people in the region, paid
the price exacted by the ruthless Taliban....
...one of the most influential Islamic institutions in the world that
frames Islamic discourse in the subcontinent — retreating further and further
into its shell at being besieged. Students, research scholars, teachers and
sympathisers betray a disturbing narrative, one in which the members of the
Deoband community are on the defensive despite not having done anything that
runs afoul of the law.....
Arab states are suffering a crisis of legitimacy. In a way, they have
never got over the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The prominent
ideologies—Arabism, Islamism and now jihadism—have all sought some greater
statehood beyond the frontiers left by the colonisers....
Bearded members of the Muslim Brotherhood, their skin scarred by the
torture of Mubarak’s security state, embraced secular Egyptian liberals and
declared common cause. Young men and women, their eyes burning with conviction,
proclaimed that the 18 days in Tahrir had given their lives meaning for the
For anybody reflecting on India-Pakistan relations, the abiding question must be that given the cultural similarities between India and Pakistan, why can’t they be friendly neighbours like the US and Canada?..
After 12 years of the attack, the Supreme Court finally acquitted all of
the convicts and recorded its anguish over the conduct of the investigation
agencies, which had booked and got convicted, innocents. It can only be hoped
that anguish is the beginning of reform.....
London has come a long way since the 1950s when an elderly Londoner
boasted she jabbed coloured people in the underground with her handbag so that
she could smile sweetly and apologise just to show them whites could be nice....
Without new blood, these vital reforms have no chance of success. And
without a new culture of accountability for government officials, Iraq has no
The Arab League is not alone in wrestling with the end of an age of
heroes, and the erosion of multilateral ideology by resurgent nationalism...