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Sudhakar Group and Maulana Muniruzzaman Islamabadi Interpreted Islam in Bangla to ‘Cleanse the Faith of Islam’ From the Influences of Hinduism and Christianity - Part 8
Nurul Kabir

The riot, which was virtually discovered to be a deliberately organised act of violence against the Kolkata Muslims, continued in full swing for five days, till August 20, The objective studies of the riot primarily blame the Hindu Mahasabha and the Congress for the horrible communal conflict, while they do not absolve the responsibility of a section of the Muslim League leadership for the carnage.....

 

Political Islam and Communal Violence in Bangladesh
Taj Hashmi

Of late, some new players have entered the arena of the so-called Communal Violence -- aka "Ethnic Cleansing", "Sectarian Conflict", "Religious Conflict", "Hindu-Muslim Violence" and "Muslim-Non-Muslim Conflict" -- monks and clerics in Myanmar, Pakistan and elsewhere. Then again, the case of Bangladesh is quite different……

Is Moderation of Islam Still a Challenge in Canada and the Western World?
Tahir Gora

They were using the same Islamic books to prove irrelevancy of medieval Islamic agenda what most Islamic organizations teach them as a way to live in twenty first century. Surely, they were critical of those Quranic verses as well where hatred and violence against non-Muslims, women and dissident ideas have been said clearly, not just out of context…..

Sudhakar Group and Maulana Muniruzzaman Islamabadi Interpreted Islam in Bangla to ‘Cleanse the Faith of Islam’ From the Influences of Hinduism and Christianity - Part 7
Nurul Kabir

The Hindu elite of Bengal, as it appeared before its Muslim counterpart, continued to display enmity towards the Muslims of East Bengal even after the annulment of the partition in 1911. Aware of the Muslim dissatisfaction over the annulment of the partition, the British regime arranged for a ‘splendid imperial compensation’ for the annulment by way of setting up of a university in Dhaka…..

 

~Looking Back~ Islam and Democracy Not At Odds in Tunisia
Radwan Masmoudi

What the new constitution of Tunisia should do is enshrine the principles of human rights and religious freedom, justice and equality before the law, as well as women’s and minorities’ rights. Just like Turkey has been able to merge Islamic and democratic values and build a successful modern state in the Muslim world, so too can Tunisia lead the Arab world towards reconciling Islamic values and principles with modernity, freedom and democracy....

Bangladesh: Another Verdict
S. Binodkumar Singh

Bangladesh: Another Verdict
S. Binodkumar Singh

Not to be cowed down, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asserted, on October 3, 2013, “I believe that we will be able to complete trials of war criminals who committed crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 so as to free the nation from stigma. The BNP cannot save them.” She accused the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia of siding with war criminals and alleged that BNP-JeI activists have been killing people, setting them on fire, in order to save war criminals.....

 

Repudiating Fanaticism after the Westgate Mall Massacre
Richard Falk

Tragically, the land of Gandhi is also the land of Gujarat, where genocidal surges of violence against Muslims have occurred repeatedly, with a major lethal outbreak in 2002. Hindu nationalism in its extreme enactments is as capable of fanatic politics as are extremist exponents of political Islam....

The problem for converts is a lack of support, he argues. Some are abandoned by their families. They may not be accepted into mainstream mosques, many of which in Britain resemble ethnic clubs, he says. That isolation can make them vulnerable to extremists who hope that white converts will add credibility to their cause…

 

Speech Week at the UN: Only One Addressed the Elephant in the Room — Militant Islam
John J. Metzler

 “Extremists have rushed to promote and exploit ethnic and religious divisions.”He added importantly that one hundred eminent Muslim scholars in the Amman Message, stated, “The modern Islamic state should uphold equality, across the ethnic and religious spectrum. The scholars decisively condemned the incitement of ethnic and sectarian conflict (Fitna).”….

 

Collaboration, Not Sufism, Answer to Pakistan’s Violence
Farahnaz Zahidi

Imam Ghazali, the 11th century Persian jurist, theologian and mystic, seems to have gotten it right. He became the bridge between more orthodox Islam and adherents of Sufism. Followers of both schools of thought, via Ghazali, developed a mutual understanding by utilising established Islamic theology to reconcile Sufism with orthodoxy, and Sufism to enrich theology....

Sudhakar Group and Maulana Muniruzzaman Islamabadi Interpreted Islam in Bangla to ‘Cleanse the Faith of Islam’ From the Influences of Hinduism and Christianity - Part 6
Nurul Kabir

The Muslims of Bengal in general and those of East Bengal in particular, did not like the movements because, as Nirad C Chaudhuri, admittedly a devoted orthodox Hindu himself observed in his memoirs, ‘The Swadeshi movement of 1905 was mainly an assertion of the nationalism of the new Hindu school.’...

Is Islam Incompatible with Democracy?
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

Is Islam Incompatible with Democracy?
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

‘Yes’ if Islam is conflated with its historically derived Classical Sharia, frozen in time; and ‘No’ if it is conflated with the Qur’anic message…..

 

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He could hear shouts from below, chants of “Kill the Han, smash the Hui [another Islamic minority], and drive the Mongols out.” I heard similar versions of the chant later from other witnesses. Although sometimes the order of other groups was switched up, or the verb changed (“Cut the Kazakhs!”), the first clause was always the same....

 

The Middle East: Between Martyrdom and Diplomacy
Roger Cohen

Not so long ago neo-Ottomanism was the vogue phrase to describe Turkey’s expanding regional influence, pursued under a catchy dogma of “zero problems with neighbours.” Now there are zero neighbours without problems....

 

Whether Islam is compatible with democracy is a question that has given rise to countless and counter positions and processes. On the one hand, the prevailing media and intellectual circles in the West perceive Islam at the root of the authoritarian policy in the Muslim Middle East. To them, Islam is patriarchal and lacks any concept of citizenship and freedom, since its belief in God’s sovereignty has diminished popular power……

Sudhakar Group and Maulana Muniruzzaman Islamabadi Interpreted Islam in Bangla to ‘Cleanse the Faith of Islam’ From the Influences of Hinduism and Christianity - Part 5
Nurul Kabir

The colonial India began to witness the emergence of ‘terrorist movement’, under the leadership of different clandestine groups of ‘anarchist’ revolutionaries, with the advent of the 20th century. Disappointed by the ‘passage of hundreds of fruitless resolutions against British tyranny and exploitation by the Indian National Congress’ over the years, a section of the English-educated young men started forming clandestine groups to put up armed resistance against the colonialist British regime ……

 

Muslim world and Catholic Church have been accused of resisting reforms, the reasons for this resistance are said to be different. Modern science, a key instrument of reforms has challenged the dogmas of Catholic Church hence the dichotomy. Acceptance of modernity is integral to reform in any social or religious group. Modernity came to the Muslim world riding the crest of colonial inroads. The experience of colonization in the Muslim world was most humiliating….

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We Are More than Our Name: A Gujarati Muslim Ponders Life under Narendra Modi
Mike Ghouse

This piece was intense for me, my eyes welled up - how can humans be stripped off their dignity? As an Indian American Muslim, I can relate with this and will write about it one of these days....

 

The Peshawar Attack on Christians Praying in a Church: Sami ul Haq Is Right; Pakistan Has No Option but to Talk to Taliban
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

During the wars against terror, Tahreek-e- Taliban Pakistan and its extremist allies have  issued written statements, for more than 300 times, threatening that they will eliminate Kuffar (infidels) along with their well wishers from the land of Islam, Pakistan. It should be clear that the word “Kuffar” in their dictionary includes Shiites, Ahmadis, Qadyanis as well as other Muslim sects who they believe indulge in shirk (associating someone with God) and bida’t (innovation) and therefore must be killed. That is why Imam Barahs (Shiites ‘congregation halls) Ahmadi Mosques, Sufi shrines and mosques, schools and other religious centres in Pakistan have been destroyed on a large scale. This is how Jihadis treat with the non-government organizations, while the government educational and health centres have been subjected to stern Fatwas issued by them. Given this terrible story of hatred and heresy, if the Pakistani political leaders, sell-out media persons and activists of other fields consider holding a peaceful dialogue with the terrorists and sectarian murderers to change their religious doctrines, it will be simply absurd….

 

But it seems the so-called peace talks, or the negotiations, are only going around in circles in order to give Israel more time to complete its expansionist plan. These negotiations, with starts and stops, have been going on for the past 20 years, ever since the Oslo Accords, but have never borne any fruit for the Palestinians. In fact, the talks harmed the cause of the Palestinians, since they allowed Israel to proceed with its illegal expansion with less resistance. …

 

Pauline Marois, And the New Politics of Religion
Jonathan Kay

In his Sept. 12 Toronto Star column, decrying the Parti Québécois’ proposed Charter of Quebec Values, Haroon Siddiqui wrote that “[Pauline] Marois is engaged in an ugly cultural warfare of the right-wing Republican kind.” I agree that the Quebec Premier’s campaign against religious expression is “ugly,” but Siddiqui is misunderstanding the nature of that ugliness in an important way…..

 

Respect, Beyond Tolerance
Tariq Ramadan

Spiritualities, philosophies and religions run through History to remind us of those fragilities, those vulnerabilities, those risks — they are so many reminders along the road, as their own excesses must also be. One should observe the world, and observe oneself, with the humility of those who feel and know, deep within themselves, how important it is to engage in a continuous, perpetually renewed education to humanity; ­to learn to listen and listen to oneself, everyday, always…..

 

Many Turks feared religion would shape politics; however, if we turn the statement on its head we should question the instances when politics has shaped religion in modern day Turkey. Maybe it is time the Ulema seeks freedom as well from the government? The first step may be allowing the imam to enjoy his music?....

 

Sudhakar Group and Maulana Muniruzzaman Islamabadi Interpreted Islam in Bangla to ‘Cleanse the Faith of Islam’ From the Influences of Hinduism and Christianity - Part 4
Nurul Kabir

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman believed that, out of dislike for Jinnah, Mountbatten not only contributed to India’s having Kolkata but also deprived East Bengal of certain Muslim-majority areas. ‘Even though Muslims constituted a majority in Nadia, he allotted Krishnanagar and Ranaghat Junction to them (West Bengal of India). Similarly, though there were more Muslims than Hindus in Murshidabad, he gave the entire district to India. In Maldah district there were as many Hindus as there were Muslims and so he divided it into half. But although Dinajpur had a Muslim majority he cut Balurghat into two so that Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling could go to India and Assam could have a direct link with the rest of the country….

My Six Days in India
Atika Rehman

As exciting as it was for the city to be home to a colourful cross-border wedding, the Indian media couldn’t help but spread gossip that the Pakistani bride is the daughter of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The paparazzi chased her into elevators and the tabloids had a field day posting about it online. Some guests from our wedding party, too, got calls from curious quarters, wondering if the bride really is Nawaz Sharif’s niece. Thankfully, her in-laws issued a statement denying the rumour and the Shaadi gossip in India was, once again, restricted to whether or not the young Pakistani girls attending were good-looking and how old the bride is etc....

 
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