Islam and Politics
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....
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
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? ...
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
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...
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?....
Mohammad Behzad Fatmi
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.....
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...
Aijaz Zaka Syed
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
Yasser Latif Hamdani
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...
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....
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,"...
Dr Niaz Murtaza
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....
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....
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...