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India’s Civil Code Tinderbox
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

India’s Civil Code Tinderbox
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

Sir Muhammad Iqbal wrote, “In view of the intense conservatism of the Muslims of India, Indian judges cannot but stick to what are called standard works. The result is that while the people are moving, the law remains stationary.” To those opposed to reformist ideals, let us remind them of legendary poet Iqbal’s assertion: “[t]he teaching of the Quran that life is a process of progressive creation necessitates that each generation, guided but unhampered by the work of its predecessors, should be permitted to solve its own problems.”....

Ayodhya Dispute
Syed Mansoor Agha , Tr. New Age Islam

Ayodhya Dispute
Syed Mansoor Agha

After migration, the beloved prophet (peace be upon him) reached the city of Madina and aimed at building a mosque. The land he chose for the mosque belonged to two young orphans, and when they came to know that prophet (peace be upon him) was keen on acquiring their land in order to erect a Masjid; they offered the land to him as gift, but the prophet insisted on fixing cost of the land and finally bought it by paying more than the then prevailing price. The mosque was built. Hence we can imagine that Mir Baqi made a mistake while selecting the land of mosque on the hill of Ramkot in Ayodhya and did not take the precautionary measure that the beloved prophet (peace be upon him) exemplified.....

Why France Is Revolting against the Ancient Regime

While everybody agrees that immigration and Islam are major challenges, the mainstream parties have, on the whole, been unable to devise coherent answers. They contend that partition, civil war, or the replacement of the nation state by ethnic-religious communities (referred to as communautarisme) are absolute evils, and must be countered by a "restored" or "reconstructed" secular democracy. Many advise French Muslims to emulate the many compromises made by French Jews after 1789....

 

Condemnation of Israel as an Apartheid State
Samar Fatany

The incriminating UN report concludes that Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole. Aware of the seriousness of this allegation, the authors of the report conclude that available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law…..

 

I am an ‘Indian Muslim’ coming from a moderate practicing Muslim family. Brought up in Hindu neighbourhood, studied in a Christian Missionary school and have friends of various faiths and ideologies. During my childhood I used to burn crackers with my friends on Diwali, make Rangolis in neighbourhood. I still have many Hindu, Bengali and Christian friends dining with us on Eid, enjoying ‘Biryani’ and ‘Siwai’ more than I do. Putting ‘Bindi’ on my forehead fascinates me the most...

Confronting Political Islam
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Although many Americans have heard of jihad, few have heard of Dawa. In theory, Dawa is simply a call to Islam. As Islamists practice the concept, however, Dawa goes far beyond an invitation. Islamist Dawa is a process of methodical indoctrination — brainwashing — that rejects assimilation and places people in opposition to Western civic ideals. If the indoctrination is severe enough, Dawa can place individuals on the path to militant jihad....

UP Elections: Sowed Someone Else, Reaped Someone Else?
Syed Mansoor Agha, Tr. New Age Islam

UP Elections: Sowed Someone Else, Reaped Someone Else?
Syed Mansoor Agha

We are not safe from this weakness. Mr. Gandhi had sensed this weakness of Muslims and succeeded in gaining their sympathy by provoking their emotions for such an issue that had nothing to do with India in any part of history. Our elders participating in the caliphate movement might not sense it that the European invasion against the Ottoman caliphate would not be stopped by their holding conference or marching on the Indian streets. What a political wisdom had he have? He became such a national leader with no membership of congress, but after all no decision could be made without him.....

 
There Is No Harm in Accepting the Defeat
Shakeel Shamsi, Tr. New Age Islam

There Is No Harm in Accepting the Defeat
Shakeel Shamsi

Instead of blaming EVMs, excusing the split of Muslim votes or the negative impact of appeals made by Muslim clerics, complaining against non-cooperation of social organizations, the defeated parties and leaders had best do their self-introspection. They should think why did the policy of crying “the wolf came, the wolf came” not work? They need to think why could they not make any solid objective of the election for preventing BJP from coming to power? Why did Rashtriya Ulema Council, All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board and Shiite clerics appeal for casting vote against them? What did the defeated parties do? Did they take care of welfare of Muslims or simply fill the laps of the Muslim leaders instead? ….  

 

The World’s Silent Complicity in Iranian Apartheid against Ahwazi People
Rahim Hamid

For years, the lack of solidarity from the Arab countries, and in particular the neighbouring Arab Gulf countries, and the apathy of international organizations with regards human rights violations by the Iranian state, has given Iran a free hand to exercise a power to decide life or death in all the occupied communities, including Ahwaz, but also south-Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Baluchistan, where repression and terrible suffering remain unaddressed by the international community.....

 
What Explains BJP’s Win in UP
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

What Explains BJP’s Win in UP
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

While reams of paper have been wasted arguing the positives and negatives of demonetization, what escaped the analysts’ attention was that this was never a move about black money or to positively influence the economic order. It was a thorough political move aimed at transforming Modi into an icon of the poor. While we all saw the recalibration of ATMs to accommodate new notes, what we missed was the simultaneous recalibration of Modi’s image as the messiah of the poor. Politics is about perceptions and till the time Modi is seen as hurting the interests of the rich, he will remain the darling of the masses....

Israel’s Rejection of Peace Grows Bolder
Ray Hanania

Worse is that Israelis, angry that they had to give up on their dream of a “Greater Israel” that encompasses most of the Middle East including Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, voted overwhelmingly to elect hard-line extremists to reject peace and pursue a tough military policy against Palestinian civilians. What is amazing to me is that Israel has been rejecting peace openly and without shame for the past 20 years and no one in the Arab world has done anything about it....

 

Syed Shahabuddin: The Failure of a Promise
Syed Shahabuddin

A career bureaucrat, a politician and a chronicler of Muslim times are some of the ways in which one can describe Syed Shahabuddin. A risk taker, he resigned from his job in the Indian Foreign Service to become a full time politician, something which was a rarity those days, especially for someone who was a Muslim. A man with middle class moorings, it must have required great courage and conviction to leave his job and try to dabble in politics....

American Muslim’s Oscar Win Highlights Religious Bigotry in Pakistan
Patrick Goodenough

American actor Mahershala Ali was hailed in world headlines this week as the first Muslim to win an Academy Award for acting, but in Pakistan, his achievement generated controversy, reinforcing that country’s reputation as a leading violator of religious freedom. Ali, who won the best supporting actor award for his role in “Moonlight,” converted to Islam in 1999 – but then joined a moderate Islamic sect considered deviant by many mainstream Muslims and as an abomination by Sunni hardliners.....

 

One Huge Mockery of Justice: 2005 Delhi Blasts
Deepak Sinha

Finally, one cannot help but ask a question of our Uber patriots who are frothing at the mouth over the recent events at Delhi University: Why has this Government not taken heed of what transpired in the Delhi bomb blast case? Is it also complicit like the Congress or does it find it easier to terrorise a 20-year old student and organise flag marches rather than to deal with the actual business of making the country safe?....

 

No Country for the Rohingyas Imagine Living in a Country, But Being Denied Citizenship
Archana Masih

While the Rohingyas have received strong public support from the international community and there has been virulent criticism of the actions of the Myanmar government in the press and the social media, the responses of the various governments have been much more measured. Some Organization for Islamic Cooperation countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey have reached out with humanitarian assistance and practical help to the Myanmar government,...

Why Mahmoud Abbas Is Israel’s Best Partner for Peace
Elhanan Miller

Again, embracing Jews as citizens is not new for Mr. Abbas. Back in 1977, he blasted the Arab world for turning against its Jewish citizens following the creation of Israel in 1948, forcing them to migrate to Israel. “The Arab regimes’ treatment of Jewish citizens is as regrettable as it is painful....

 

Politicizing Religion Harms both Religion and Politics
Taha Akyol

How nice were our dreams when we were entering the “information age.” All totalitarian regimes, left and right, had fallen. The correctness of democracy and the market economy were certainly proven.  The “Arab Spring” had elevated this optimism all together; “Muslim democracy” concepts started being debated.  However, this optimism did not last long....

Can Political Islam Support Democratization?

Proponents of political Islam should learn that all citizens have their civil and political rights guaranteed by the Constitution regardless of ethnic and religious backgrounds. They should also learn to be calm and respect freedom of speech, especially speech addressed against their religious doctrines by carefully and selectively utilizing the Blasphemy Law on any criticism.....

 

Political Tolerance As The Foundation Of A New World Order: The UAE Model
Diana Galeeva

Many commentators foresee a world order based on populism. However, President Trump’s foreign and domestic policies do not represent the beginning of a new order, it is an only an attempt to create policies that differ from a liberal world order which relies on co-operation and peacekeeping to project power. Democratic strategy cost millions of lives in Iraq, Somalia, and in the Middle East during the Arab Spring....

Imam’s Brilliant Reply To the ‘Muslim Vote’ Bogey
Aditya Menon

And if you go and cast your vote, you will get Sawaab (blessings) from Allah. On the other hand, if you fail to go and vote, it is an error that will be held against you.” The right to vote is a beautiful right that we have been given as Indians and we must treat it with the kind of piety with which we treat our religious obligations. …

The spearhead of a backsliding “Islam” is the wicked Wahhabis and their Saudi superiors. This symmetric synergy of small-minded Salafis and lavish bank account Saudis has wreaked havoc in the Muslim East: Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, etc. But now the Salafi-Saudi magic is backfiring — big-time.....

 

On this issue, one of the two important concomitant commandments, that is, Halal حَلال and Tayyeb طیب, the latter is hardly ever mentioned by the religions operatives. For simple reason that if they did, the whole Halal industry comprising of trillion dollars of commerce in the world, will collapse. Even governments in the West, traders in live cattle and Halal industry are netting billions in export and so are loath to stop it.....

The stance of the Myanmar government that the Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and thus, not the original inhabitants of Myanmar does not stand the test of historical records. It has a ridiculous that these people have been living in Arakan (later renamed as Rakhine) for over 500 years — even before its capture by the Burmese army in the early 15th century. Ever since the capture of Rakhine, the Rohingya Muslims are now referred as illegal immigrants from East Bengal...

 

The Muslim Question: Do You Want Them To Feel Indian Or Not?
Sunil Sharan

As far as beef is concerned, Hindus are largely unworried when Parsis, Christians and even other Hindus consume it but see red when Muslims do so. Secularism is enshrined in the preamble to the Constitution, its most important page. Cow protection is in the Directive Principles of State Policy. In the Constituent Assembly, some Hindutva types wanted to impose a beef ban. But members from the Northeast stood up to protest. Beef was their staple diet. If banned, they would secede from the Union....

Indian Muslims Have a Unique Role to Play in Resolving Global Islam’s Crisis
Syed Ata Hasnain

The educated and evolved Indian Muslim community must come out to engage with conservative Muslims whose fears may still be alive. Living in many isolated areas in smaller towns and cities there are a large number who are still poverty-stricken and unsure of themselves. As Islam witnesses turf and sectarian battles elsewhere, Indian Muslims must shun them, battle poverty and enhance their social empowerment. They should avoid becoming pawns in the larger games of other nations.....

 
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