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Deciding Issues of Personal Law

The consequences of this Act are open to debate. Yet the message that it brings home is that the application of the usual law, as enunciated by the Supreme Court, would have been of greater benefit and extended to the Muslim woman the rights granted to other Indians. Worse, the Act generated a conflict of interest between the two principal religious communities of India, fostering hostility against each other and the government....

Triple Talaq: A Practice against Modernity
M Venkaiah Naidu

“The times they are a-changin’” sang Bob Dylan many years ago. But, unfortunately, hundreds of Indian Muslim women, who have been victims of the instant triple Talaq practice, seem to be caught in a time warp controlled and dominated by an anti-progressive patriarchal society. It is truly shocking that an abhorrent practice like triple Talaq, which has been banned in many countries, still finds support in India. ...

Muslim Personal Law: Get a Just Code, Not Uniform Code
Faizan Mustafa

Even all Hindus in the country are not governed by one law. Marriage among close relatives is prohibited in the north but is permitted in the south. It is also true for the Muslims and Christians. The Constitution protects the local customs of Nagaland. Similar protection is enjoyed by the people in Meghalaya and Mizoram....

The Muslim Question: Raucous Debates in France about the Compatibility of Islamic Practices with Republican Values
Dileep Padgaonkar

Does the presence of a large, if diversified, Muslim community in France threaten to dispossess French society of what has held it together in the past – culture, language, lifestyles and, above all, the republican values that have sustained it for more than two centuries? The latter include a single legal system for all citizens, adherence to basic freedoms, gender equality and a strict separation of religion from the public sphere....

 

My Plea from Prison: Malaysia Must Choose Freedom over Repression
Anwar Ibrahim

My imprisonment is something I will endure as a necessary sacrifice in the struggle for democratization of my beloved country. However, far more is at stake for Malaysia than just my personal freedom. The question at hand is whether Malaysia, a country with immense potential, will rise to achieve it, or whether it will instead become a failed state...

 
‘Fractured Lands’: Arab Writers on a Region in Crisis
Sayed Kashua, Yasmine El Rashidi and Kanan Makiya

It was not written into the genes of the different peoples of Iraq and Syria that they would descend into anarchy because Britain and France had so botched the job of creating them in the first place. Politics in the shape of extreme dictatorships, which when they crumble give rise to hardened sectarians, layered onto decades of wars and revolutions, took the Arab peoples down today’s ghastly road.....

 

Notwithstanding the external forces affecting Muslim world; the wonderful opportunity of achievement that existed decades ago, here and in the West to create a well-adjusted, enlightened and respected Muslim community with humanitarian values, is fast slipping out of hands, to the detriment not only of the community but the world at large. Muslims should not wait for the next shock poll to show that – ‘it has already happened’!...

People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir Should Also Acknowledge Their Mistakes
Dr Shabir Choudhry

Pakistanis must think of their priorities. Do they want to spend their resources on manufacturing more bombs and missiles and export of violence and extremism; or they want to spend their resources on education, and to eliminate poverty and improve health facilities. ...

 

Can Islam And Democracy Coexist?
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Islam enjoins mandatory Jamaah (collective) on Muslim societies, asking them to choose an Amir or leader even if two Muslims are together. Even at home they are asked to follow the same policy of consultation and consensus. After the Prophet (pbuh), first Caliph Sayyedna Abu Bakr was chosen following the same process, just as the three other Caliphs had been. Not only do Islam and democracy gel well, the very nature of the faith is democratic as well....

 

Syria Ceasefire: Another Nail in the Coffin of Political Transition
Omair Anas

The main outcome of this round of ceasefire talks is that the "regime change" agenda is on the backburner. If any transition is to take place, the Russians will make sure that it will be monitored by the Assad regime itself. As the Assad regime is gaining more control and legitimacy - impossible without the help of Russia and Iran - Bashar al-Assad has less reason than ever to accept "transition" as the desired outcome of the ceasefire efforts....

Why Turkey’s Secular Opposition Now References Prophet Muhammad
Mustafa Akyol

It always opposed using religious references in politics, arguing that it would amount to the “exploitation” of religion for political ends. It also opposed, for decades, “religious symbols in the public space,” such as the Islamic headscarf. The very fact that the party now defends human rights with references to “our beloved prophet” is a remarkable indication of that new reality in Turkish politics....

Sowing the Seeds of Conflict in the Middle East
Roger Hardy

Many people, understandably, are perplexed by the violence and disorder of the Middle East. They look at, say, the conflict in Syria and ask: how did it come to this? ...

 

Erdoğan’s Vow To ‘Cleanse ISIS’: Can Turkey Fight War On Terror, while Erdoğan Backs the Political Islamists and Persecutes Moderates Like Fathullah Gulen?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

In fact, the ideology of all the radical Islamist movements across the region is the same. It is distressing to note that the Turkish President endorses political Islamist movements like the Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brotherhood) and Rabita al-Alam al-Islami (The Muslim World League) – a pan-Islamist movement massively funded by the Saudi government to expand the Salafi-Wahhabi network. More to the point, Erdoğan even soured its relations with the new Egyptian government which launched a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and banned the books of Sayyid Qutb, Hasan al-Banna, Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi and all other ideologues of the Muslim Brotherhood, accusing them of fomenting ideological extremism among the Muslim youths. Notably, the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments has removed Muslim Brotherhood’s literature from mosques, madrasas and libraries across the country.....

Is A Dalit-Muslim Alliance Possible?
Faisal Devji

But to make a Muslim politics possible, the “Muslim community” has to be destroyed, since defined as a religious minority; it has not only failed either to protect or advance its members politically, but, as the 2014 elections showed, made even its vast numbers irrelevant to India’s electoral arithmetic. If a Dalit-Muslim relationship is to be anything more than a temporary marriage of convenience, therefore, the “Muslim community” must be broken by caste just as its Hindu version has been...

Beyond Harappa: Pakistanis Struggle With the Paradox of Their Indian Heritage
Haroon Khalid

The story of Bhagat Singh is also similar. He was born near Faisalabad and died in Lahore. How are we to recognise him now that the land of his birth has become Pakistan? Is he an Indian hero or Pakistani? Or is he a hero for both India and Pakistan? But, then, wouldn’t sharing a common hero with India dilute the Pakistani identity nestled in its separation from the other? What then is to become of Guru Nanak, the first Guru of Sikhism who spent his entire life preaching moderation and the removal of divisions between Hindus and Muslims? He lived and died in the land that later became Pakistan. Was he then a great Pakistani or a great Indian sage?....

 

Indian Muslim Scholars’ Support for Erdogan Is Alarming
Mohammad Behzad Fatmi

Furthermore, the popularity of the erstwhile Ottoman Caliphate among Muslims in India remains high. It is seen as the last powerful authority which represented the global Muslim community, the loss of which has left Muslims in despair all across the world. Given that Erdogan has been relentlessly trying to revive the Ottoman past in Turkey and has considerably succeeded in doing it, adds to the reasons for Muslims in India to appreciate and admire him.....

 

Five Years after Arab Spring: Arab Youth A Lost Cause?
Makhan Saikia

The global policymakers and Arab statesmen have failed to understand the challenges the Arab youth are facing every day. The West and the Arab rulers —congregating to fight against terrorism and ISIS — are ignoring the socio-economic realities of their own people. This is indirectly contributing to the growth of ISIS. The bottom-line is that the Arab rulers have become blind to their own problems...

 

Dr Akbar Ahmed: Building Bridges in Divisive Times
Aijaz Zaka Syed

While explaining the many challenges confronting Muslim societies with clinical accuracy and academic objectivity, he has also sought to point out that much of the violence that we see emanating from the Middle East and other parts of the Islamic world is an inevitable consequence of the violence directed against the Muslim world.....

 

When Did Pakistan Change From Being A Liberal Country To A Fundamentalist One?
Yasser Latif Hamdani

A scheduled caste Hindu could represent 90 million Muslims, a scheduled caste Hindu could preside over the inaugural session of the largest Muslim majority state of its time, and a scheduled caste Hindu could be the law minister in that state, because the state that Jinnah envisaged would be a modern and liberal democracy not a theocracy to be run by priests with a divine mission...

 

France’s Real State of Emergency: French Government Should Address the Root Causes of Alienation among Its Minority Communities
Ramzi Kassem

While Muslims constitute about 9 percent of the population, they are incarcerated at a disproportionate rate, making up an estimated 60 percent of the prison population — a rate that surpasses even the overrepresentation of African-Americans and Latinos in American jails. When the French government targets French Muslims with its emergency measures, it reinforces the sense of persecution of this marginalized minority....

 

Cause Or Cult? What It Means To Be a Gulenist
Mustafa Akyol

Gulen, it turned out, was really not the ascetic Sufi we were told about, but a micro-manager of a global organization based on secrecy and hierarchy. "He really controls everything,"...

Democracy in Islam: Islamists and Islamophobes Find Islam And Democracy Incongruent
Dr Niaz Murtaza

The chasm between secularism and religion is mainly due to latter-day clerics. Religions earlier were the main source of gains for weaker groups like women. Thinking minds saw the gains as tactical first steps by religions given the limited change capacities of any society and advocated for more steps once those changes got entrenched....

Dear Muslim Leaders: Solution Does Not Lie In Playing Competitive Communalism with Prachi and Adityanath
Tanweer Alam

In crisis they approach political leaders. If one looks at the issues being discussed in Masjids, madrasas, seminars, Jalsas and Urdu papers, one finds only reactions, complaints, victimhood narratives, besides hair-splitting and feuding over contentious religious dogmas of bewildering diversity. TV channels have not helped either...

It may be worth mentioning that BJP had attributed ‘love Jihad’ which implies Muslim men trapping innocent Hindu girls into love affairs and impregnating them in order to increase Muslim population and convert the Hindu girls so trapped. The love jihad campaign was, like the present ‘exodus of Hindus’ campaign, is to demonize the Muslim community as terrorists and at best anti-social elements from whom Hindus need to be protected and only a BJP Government would do so....

In Syria, Starving Instead of Fasting
Avi Asher-Schapiro

Every Ramadan, Hussein’s grandmother cooks him fatayer, a savoury pastry stuffed with cheese or meat and baked in an oven. This year, she replaced the filling with grass and cooked the dish on a fire of burning plastic. “I promise you, it tasted better than it sounds...

 
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