Islam and Politics
In its November
14, 2016 issue the Bangkok Post reports, “Myanmar's Rakhine state was hit by
fresh waves of violence over the weekend with more than 30 'insurgents' killed
during two days of fighting, the military said, as proof emerged of atrocities
against villagers.” Another news outlet, Myanmar Observer has reported that
Myanmar Army has rained rockets on Rohingya houses in Rakhine state killing
scores, burning houses to ashes. When people started flee from their burning
houses they were shot at, killing men, women and children....
Indonesian Muslims have not been easily swayed by sectarian arguments. Hardline
groups such as FPI have staged rallies against Ahok for years, but they have
rarely drawn much of a crowd or done much to reduce his popularity. Yet Ahok’s
comments about the Koran seem to have offended many….
This is visible
in the slogan “Banglar Hindu, Banglar Bouddho, Banglar Christian, Banglar
Musolman, amra shobai Bangalee.” With all its graces, this slogan inevitably
implies that Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian lives are worth something because
they are equal to Muslim lives. That for everyone’s lives to carry value, they
had to be forged into a national identity. All cultural differences that are
present due to spiritual differences will have to be put aside, or at least,
ongoing importance of the "Islamic" in the lives of Muslims, and the
essentially contested nature of many of the major concepts in the Islamic
tradition, the neologism of a progressive Islamist would, in my view, go a long
way toward problematising, destabilising and, hopefully, conceptually
decoupling the concept of Islamism/Islamist - and, more generally, the concept
of Islam itself - from conservative, puritanical expressions of political
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
In order to
think strategically about non-violently resolving a violent conflict, a clearly
defined political purpose is needed; that is, a simple summary statement of
'what you want'. However, given the complexity of the multifaceted conflict in
the case of Syria, it is strategically simpler to identify two political
purposes. These might be stated thus: 1. To end the war in/on Syria, and 2. To
establish a democratic form of government in Syria (which, obviously, requires
removal of the dictatorship)....
When will our
elections be made Shariah compliant? If they already are, then could those
responsible for the “scientific measurement system to gauge the effectiveness
of policies based on the teachings of Islam” please explain to us how
gerrymandering is justified in the teachings of Islam?...
Going by these
classifications, religious practices that are Farz or Wajib for the Muslims
will be covered in India by the religious freedom clause of the Constitution.
Even what is recommended by religious texts can perhaps be claimed to fall
under that protective umbrella, but not what is merely permissible — and
certainly not any abominable practice that according to Muslim theologians
themselves is Bidat (against true religion)....
S P Seth
and the Wahhabi version of Islam have become indistinguishable, and used to
strictly supervise and control people’s ‘moral’ and social behaviour. Even with
this internal compact with the clerical establishment, and partly on their
behest, the Saudis still felt insecure and have gone on to promote Wahhabi
version of Islam in the wider Islamic world. This supposedly would make Saudi
Arabia the authentic voice of Islam...
significantly the Qur'an does not say "mutual consultation of
Muslims," but instead states the broader "mutual consultation,"
recognizing the secular form of public governance involving Muslims and
non-Muslims. Chapter 4 Verse 59 reaffirms this point declaring, "Verily,
Allah commands you to make over the trusts to those entitled to them, and that,
when you judge between men, you judge with justice." Verse 60 further
adds, "Obey Allah, and obey His Messenger, and those who are in authority
objections of his Iraqi neighbours and American allies, Mr Erdogan has also
clamoured for a greater role in the offensive against IS in Mosul, citing a
duty to protect his fellow Sunnis from Shia militias. His talk of an incursion
is probably bluster, designed to sustain a wave of nationalist frenzy…
irretrievable breakdown of marriage be a ground for divorce under the statutory
marriage laws of India? Can a woman facing savagery at the instance of another
woman at home seek relief under the anti-domestic violence law? Will the word
‘Talaq’ texted on a cellphone to a married Muslim woman by her husband
instantly dissolve her marriage?....
old city is the world’s only “synagogue church”, where Jesus reputedly
delivered his first sermon. It is a reminder that many local Jews would soon be
calling themselves Christians, and later Muslims. Farther north, in the town of
Bokaya, an ancient synagogue can be found next to churches and mosques. For
centuries the Abrahamic faiths lived alongside each other in a communal harmony
unknown in Europe....
It is also time
for the Muslim community to introspect on how things have come to such a pass.
That the “Shariah” law as practiced in India falls short of meeting the evolved
standards of gender justice and equality is a given. Practices like triple Talaq,
Halala and polygamy, steeped in patriarchal and medieval narratives, can hardly
be regarded as just and fair....
From right here
in the heart of this deeply flawed democracy, like millions of other Iranians
in the US and around the world I have opposed crippling sanctions and
warmongering against our people when you, your predecessors, and your entire
regime were wasting precious resources of our nation on a wasteful, dangerous,
and misbegotten nuclear project....
It is felt that
polygamy is the instrument through which Muslims reproduce faster than Hindus
and at some point will become a majority. The incidence of polygamy is actually
higher among Hindus than Muslims according to the data, but the perception is
powerful enough to drive this demand for the Uniform Civil Code....
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....
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. ...
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....
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....
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...
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.....
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’!...
Dr Shabir Choudhry
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. ...
Aijaz Zaka Syed
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....
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....