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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...

 

Bin Laden Defending Iran
Turki Aldakhil

In a letter sent from Bin Laden to one of his operatives called Karim, the late leader wrote: “I have some notes about your threats against Iran. I hope you and your brothers’ take this well. You did not consult with us in this dangerous matter that harms everyone’s interests. We expect you would consult with us for these important matters, for as you are aware, Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel and communication, as well as for the matter of hostages. There is no need to open a front with Iran.”

 

Someone from a religion they hate killed a group of people they hate. Now they can't show sympathy towards the killer because he's a Muslim. They can't show sympathy towards the victims because they were LGBTQ+. So they ignored the LGBTQ+ side of the victims. It was just a group of HUMANS killed by a Muslim! Notice they didn't say "killed by another human....

 

Pakistani Occupied Kashmir Is A Land Of Muzzled Press, Banned Books, Arbitrary Arrest, Torture By Pakistan Military And Police, Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri Tells UNHRC
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri

Pakistani held Kashmir is a land of strict curbs on political pluralism, freedom of expression, and freedom of association. We find there a muzzled press, banned books, arbitrary arrest, detention and torture at the hands of the Pakistan military and police. Discrimination against refugees from Jammu and Kashmir state is rampant. Singled out are Kashmiri nationalists who do not support Kashmir's accession to Pakistan. ...

Terrorism as Pretext for Intervention in Middle East
Nauman Sadiq

Is it the enforcement of Shari’a, or the barbaric Hudood-style executions that have earned the Taliban, Islamic State, al Shabaab and Boko Haram the odium of the international community? If that is the case, then why do the Western powers overlook the excesses committed by Saudi Arabia where Shari’a is the law of the land and Hudood-style executions are an everyday occurrence?...

 

Again, Tunisians Show the Way
S. Nihal Singh

Even in countries like Pakistan, India and Indonesia, the once divergent moderate and folk strands of Islam in the Sufi and other encompassing traditions, have been largely extinguished by the Wahhabi version, with Saudi money and men sent to regions with large Muslim populations...

Jogindranath Mandal and Pakistan’s Ideology
Jogindranath Mandal

Jogindranath Mandal’s existence in our history is evidence that Pakistan was not meant to be a theocracy that privileged Muslims over others. It also shows that the two-nation theory that Jinnah championed meant something entirely different from what it has come to mean to the Nazaria-e-Pakistan crowd today....

Droning Mullah Fazlullah
Pervez Hoodbhoy

To call for killing Fazlullah while mourning the loss of Mansour is inconsistent. Fazlullah is to Pakistan what Mansour was to Afghanistan. Their respective organisations — the TTP and the Taliban — are not identical but they share ethnic ties and a common mindset....

 

Repeal Islam’s Scarlet-Letter Sex Laws
Asra Q. Nomani

Influential Saudi cleric Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid, following the rigid interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism or Salafism, condemns Zina as a crime and calls homosexuality “the most abhorrent of deeds,” calling for “execution of homosexuals,” from having them “burned with fire,” “stoned to death” and “thrown down from a high place then have stones thrown at them.”...

 

Ban on Ramzan Fasting: Restricted Religious Freedom in China
Claude Arpi

Beijing wants to show its critics that it is a ‘normal' secular nation but it fears faiths that are often more popular than the Communist creed, as the ban on fasting during Ramzan stands proof...

 

Unless the Hasina government acts, murderous religious fantatics will destroy the moderate Muslim nation. ... At stake is Bangladesh’s tradition of cultural diversity, religious tolerance and secular governance. At risk is the future of a moderate Muslim nation battered by a destructive international political cyclone that it alone cannot control.

In the current scenario some TV channels and newspapers are taking up baseless propaganda, adding to the communal poison being spread in the state. A Yale University study shows that after the acts of communal violence, BJP usually gains electorally. Kairana is yet another effort to stoke the fires, but given the media exposure it remains to be seen whether Hukum Singh and the BJP will retract from the ‘exodus’ propaganda, or take it further.

If the world desires to hold on to freedoms they hold dear -- freedom of religion included -- in the face of Islamist onslaughts like the Islamic State, the Muslim Brotherhood and the dictators these movements have spawned (from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to Tayyip Recep Erdogan) those freedoms must be made available to all people....

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