Islam and Politics
The only way
the U.S. and Arab states can maintain the sure to be tenuous gains made against
ISIS is to empower rebels already on the ground. Saudi Arabia’s serious efforts
to train moderate rebels to battle both ISIS and the Syrian military must be
backed entirely. At the same time, the FSA should be made a key player in the
already formed coalition against ISIS……
Rami G. Khouri
specifically wants the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution that would
establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza within three years. If
that does not fly, he wants the United States to revive bilateral negotiations
that would see Israelis and Palestinians focus immediately on the borders of a
new Palestinian state. If this approach does not succeed, Abbas also threatens
to sign the statutes of the International Criminal Court and take the Palestine
state case there. He would reportedly delay this if major European powers
recognize the state of Palestine……
Over the time
it has become obvious that Turkey does not agree with the western policies
toward the Middle East and does not trust the West in this regard. The reason
behind this distrust is the West’s policy of searching for solutions using only
military means, which has so far miserably failed in stopping the bloodshed……
outcry in Pakistan against recent Palestinian killings, one wonders at the
nation’s pronounced silence on the continued Uighur genocide in China’s restive
Xinjiang Province. This absence of protest by Pakistan on Muslim oppression in
China is not without reason. China is Pakistan’s major defence and trade ally.
China has major investments in much of the country including the UN-declared
disputed region of Gilgit-Baltistan which borders Xinjiang.....
The NATO war
destroyed Libyan institutions, and produced in a flash a failed state. The
repercussions have been severe for the Libyan people. There is no silver lining
here. The West has washed its hands of the disaster that it contributed to
create—and has refused at all costs to allow a U.N. investigation into the war
itself. Regional actors have no political path for stability. They have turned
to their armies…..
security establishment did not want the Afghan Prometheus out alive. He had
withstood the combined Pakistani-Arab-US onslaught through Afghan rebels and
Arab mercenaries even after the Soviet withdrawal. In fact, Dr Najibullah
inflicted the most humiliating defeat on the ISI-backed Mujahideen in the March
1989 battle of Jalalabad after the Soviet pullout. But the Pakistani junta was
perhaps more wary of Dr Najibullah’s Afghan nationalist credentials and a
larger than life stature that he had attained on both sides of the Durand Line
after the Soviet departure. His opponents knew that, if left alive, Dr
Najibullah would continue to stand resolutely against Pakistani meddling in
As it is, the
IS is already talking of conquering Saudi Arabia. It has declared the Saud
family itself infidels. It has already openly said that one of its goals is to
“use the stones in Mecca to kill those praying there, and to destroy the
Kaa’ba, which is being prayed to instead of God.” And so it is that the real
target in front of the IS is not Baghdad but rather Riyadh. The West does not
wish to see the IS spread from Iraq (and Yemen) towards Saudi Arabia…..
Günay Hilal Aygün
“There is no
operation.” After expressing his satisfaction with the return of the Turkish
hostages and the fact that their captivity is finally over, Avcı asked, “What
about the other side of the coin?” According to Avcı, we should question what
exactly is behind the release of the hostages. Pointing out that a rescue
operation -- which is how Erdoğan labelled the event -- is pretty different
than what Prime Minister Davutoğlu described as a result of "contacts,”……
Noor Huda Ismail
understands the need to prevent the spread of radical ideas among young people,
particularly at risk groups, which is why the agency has launched a massive
campaign to fight radical narrative in which it will host a series of talk
shows featuring repented jihadists such as Nasir Abbas….
This is only to
assert that the actions that they have been performing exceed even the
recommendations about how to engage with an enemy in battle; where all the
sources of Islam first demands that war itself has to be declared and respect
for prisoners of war and non-combatants is paramount. This sweep of ISIS across Iraq killing
non-Muslims who never declared war, including journalists- to say nothing of
killing other Muslims in mass genocide- cannot be connected to any evidentiary
base within Islam……
Palestinian Gaza refugee from a simple peasantry background, I was raised to
believe that Al-Nakhwa was an essential component of one’s Arab identity.
Together with Al-Rojoula — “manhood/fortitude/heroism” — Al-Karm — “generosity”
— Al-Karama — “dignity” — and Al-Sharaf — “honour” — were all indispensable
tenants in the character of any upright person. The alternative is unthinkably
The basic issue
involved holistic education, as best expressed in Thomas Jefferson’s statement,
“No nation can remain free unless its citizens are properly educated. Proper education consists in teaching and
learning virtue. And no nation can
remain virtuous unless both the personal and public lives of the individual are
infused with awareness and love of Divine Providence”, which was a theist term
(as contrasted with deism) back then for God as Muslims understand it.
Unfortunately, even the best philosophers have a streak of hypocrisy. ……
officials are suspicious that the Houthis have bigger goals in mind. The
government has been negotiating with the Houthis since August, but every time
the group is offered a deal, their leaders increased their demands, says a
senior official close to Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the president. When talks
failed earlier this year, Houthi fighters arrived in the capital. “They don’t
want a political solution,” says the official. “They want a state within a
state, like Hizbullah,” he says, referring to the powerful Shia movement in
is basically a moral and spiritual leader. Although many experts acknowledge
Muhammad as a prophet and statesman, such as evidenced by his effort to make
common ground with a plural society in the “Medina constitution” issued in his
lifetime, Muhammad’s involvement in state affairs was not his main mission. He
admitted himself that he was sent to perfect morality. In the history of Islam,
Islamic law is developed by experts or Islamic jurists privately and
independently. Therefore it is not surprising that Islamic law is diverse,
depending on the schools of law and their respective methodology…..
defined on the basis of religious rituals. In the Khyber tribal agency, a
warlord called Mangal Bagh coerces you into being good by burning your house if
you don’t say Namaaz five times a day in a mosque. This is the “Amr” (enforce
good) of Islamic law. The other tenet, called “Nahi” (forbid bad), is
democratic and modern, but becomes discriminatory when the law of evidence is
applied to women and non-Muslims. Pakistan has both “Amr” and “Nahi”. It can’t
protest much about the democracy it can’t have….
Alaa Al Aswany
extremists, certainly, do not believe in democracy. The global Islamic
Liberation Party (also known as Hizb ut-Tahrir) argues that there are several
fundamental points of incompatibility between Islam and democracy. Most
Islamist extremists share this view; the moment they take power, they will
establish a quasi-fascist theocracy.....
is more than relieving that we have a prime minister who thinks he can end the
half-century-long dispute over Cyprus just by having a spot of tea with his
Greek counterpart on both sides of the divided island. Why did the whole world
not think of this before?....
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam
Democracy is like a school and people are like children. We only have two choices. One, keep the people under the paternalistic dictatorships. Two, enrol them in the school of representative democracy and let them experience democracy as a lived reality rather than some stale, sterile theory. The first option will only produce half-witted dwarfs. But the second option will produce an educated human resource that doesn’t just consume resources but also creates new resources. We are on a historic juncture in the Middle East and North Africa in particular and the Islamic world in general. This is the beginning of a new era. This is the beginning of an Islamic Renaissance and Enlightenment.....
does not hit hard, but straight to the point” is a popular Indonesian saying.
Hitting straight to the point is the significance of Islam in Indonesian
Politics. Islam and democracy are said to be in a relationship fraught with
problems as Islam, allegedly does not allow secular law to be put above divine
law. Unfortunately, there exists a fallacy of generalization that equates Islam
to Arab culture. This identification of Arab culture to Islam has resulted in a
misleading perspective that Muslim countries could not practice democracy and
that Muslims cannot live under a democratic regime…
“If a modern Diogenes were to hunt out for Indians with his lantern,” wrote Syed Abdullah Barelvi, editor of the once renowned Bombay Chronicle, “he would be sure to come across fervid Hindus, bigoted Muslims and fanatical souls deeply engrossed with the problem of tirelessly finding out how unjustly their own particular community was being treated, and we would have to ask in sorrow: ‘Where are the Indians!’”……
The Islam that I have studied is based on the belief that God has created the entire universe in balance and harmony (Quran 55:4-13), and that each one of us has the responsibility to manage that balance between life and environment, and the balance within (physical and spiritual) through moderation, and balance with others (religious guidance and or civil laws). Anytime that balance is off, we will witness difficulties with our body, family, society and the environment…..
The disengagement was depicted as a noble effort to pursue peace, but the reality was quite different. Israel never relinquished control of Gaza and is, accordingly, recognized as the occupying power by the United Nations, the U.S., and other states….
The idea that Muslim boys feign love to seduce hapless Hindu girls and forcibly convert them to Islam has gained traction in communities already simmering with mutual mistrust. Muslims have accused Hindu organisations of drumming up the issue of forced conversion of Hindu women in a dangerous bid to divide the electorate along religious lines….
No one could’ve imagined three years ago that the forces of Islamism would gain such strength that they would carve out an “Islamic State” of their own, butcher thousands, and pose such a threat to the rest of the world that NATO has finally met to discuss how to fight the ogre that threatens our civilization. In the 13 years since 9/11, tens of thousands have died, over a trillion dollars have gone down the drain and we are today worse off than we were on the day the twin towers fell in New York.....
Paul Craig Roberts
Millions of Muslims have paid for this lie with their lives, the destruction of their families, and with their dislocation. Most Americans remain comfortable with the fact that their government has destroyed in whole or part seven countries based on a lie Washington told to cover up an inside job that launched the crazed neoconservatives’ drive for Washington’s World Empire.....