Islam and Politics
The choice of the name Ansar is an allusion to the men who made possible Muhammad the Prophet’s flight from Mecca. So Muhammad al-Mahdi was putting himself in the position of the Prophet and his 30,000 to 40,000 followers in the center of the Muslim tradition. But, while he acted in the name of Islam he proclaimed himself to be virtually the equal of the Prophet Muhammad. Despising his claim and underestimating his power, the Egyptian government allowed itself to be defeated in small encounters by the Mahdi’s followers. They, in turn, took their victories as proof of God’s favor. So, by the time the British, who were effectively running Egypt, decided to suppress the Mahdiyah, it had become a national movement......
Vice President Hamid Ansari
The world of Islam extends beyond the borders of India and Muslims here, as in other lands, can benefit from the best that may be available in the realm of thought and practice. Some years back I had occasion to read the Algerian-French philosopher Mohammed Arkoun and was impressed by his view that our times compel us to rethink modernity so that, as he put it, "critical thought, anchored in modernity but criticising modernity itself and contributing to its enrichment through recourse to the Islamic example" could open up a new era in social movements.....
Salafiyah is the Arabic name given to Islamic revivalist movements. The word masks a complex concept. Even native Arabic speakers usually translate it as “reactionary.” But the word Salafi in classical Arabic means a person who stands both in the rearguard and in the vanguard — Arabic delights in such contrasts. Muslim thinkers meant by it the process of going back to the beginnings in order to find a firm or “pure” base upon which to build a theologically correct system of thought and action for the present and the future....
Like The Afghan Girl, Syrian Boy Means Little
By Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
Son Rise: Al-Qaeda Recharged?
By Makhan Saikia
Will India Ever Be Free Of Personal Laws?
By Kanchan Gupta
Will Kashmir See A New Wave Of Suicide Terror?
By Syed Ata Hasnain
Talks Come, Talks Fail, Plea Goes On Forever
By Hiranmay Karlekar
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
A community of 180 million people amounting to 14 per cent of the population is not a demographic threat but a cultural possibility. The Indian Muslim contributes not just to India but to the culture of Islam across the world. Muslims were an integral part of the freedom struggle and an integral part of independent India. Yet, he remarks, injustice has been done to them......
The original "sick man of Europe", the Ottoman Empire was in a state of terminal decline long before the Great War. Relatively stagnant economically and scientifically, it was unable to keep pace with its European rivals.
As a moderate person that thinks of the future of Turkey’s children and grandchildren, I believe it is the right thing to draw a line between the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Because I am a person who believes the Kurdish issue can be solved not in the street or on the mountain but in parliament.
This isn’t so much a battle of what it means to be a Muslim in India. It’s a greater battle between broader India, of how tolerant and open-minded they will be about minorities, about Indian values of democracy and secularism., about recognizing how true they want to be to the Indian values of openness and freedom for all. ...
No Monuments Men: Syria’s Ancient Monuments, Like Its People, Are Being Purged By Islamic State
Times Of India Editorial
Myth of Muslim Growth: Once Again, The Debate On Census Population Data On Religion Misses The Point
By Abusaleh Shariff
Jama’at-E-Islami: What Next?
By Iymon Majid
Go On, Break The Cycle: Things Can Change Between India And Pakistan If One Side Simply Refuses To Play The Well-Worn Game
By Husain Haqqani
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Europe’s Unseemly Haste To Embrace Tehran
By Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
Peace Has No Chance In Climate Of Intolerance
By Asha Iyer Kumar
Malaysia's Democracy Is In Worse Shape Than We Thought
By Anneliese Mcauliffe
Child Soldiers Of Iraq, Yemen
By Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg
Palestine’s Leadership Crisis
By Ramzy Baroud
Democracy And Secularism
By Ali Bulaç
Why Ankara Is Under Pressure Over Isil?
By Murat Yetkin
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
On the night of December 1, 1997, in Laxmanpur Bathe, a village in Bihar’s Arwal district 90 km from Patna, 58 Dalits were slaughtered by a gang of dominant caste men that went by the name of Ranvir Sena. One of the worst instances of caste violence in independent India, the then President K.R. Narayanan called it a “national shame”.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
The truth is that Islam in the full sense is a religion of peace. In no way is it a religion of war. In Islam, peace is the rule and war is only a rare exception. Moreover, this exception was applicable in previous ages when tribal culture prevailed in the world. Now this is a totally different age. Today we are living in the age of democracy and the United Nations. Therefore, the word ‘war’ has become an obsolete term in the international dictionary. If any war takes place in the present, it goes against the universal norm.
Even today, innumerable Muslims are influenced by the kind of thinking which inspired the Libyan fighters. Indeed, Muslim violence in the present age stems from this turn of mind. The Muslim groups that perpetrate terror are very well aware that the other side is so strong that their violence cannot seriously affect it in any way. Yet, they continue to engage in acts of violence...
Perhaps we are
condemned by history or by geopolitics, or both, keeping us embroiled in a
state of perpetual confrontation as other regions have prospered and progressed
and long buried the hatchet of hate. Meanwhile, both India and Pakistan are
competing in exclusion and exploitation of their respective population, as
their state policy inch towards nihilism.....
M Rafiqul Awal, New Age Islam
It's time we
replace the mediocre "leaders" who have been projecting Muslims of
India as "Minority" and subjecting them to begging for a few crumbs
in a system of democracy, based on a powerful foundation of Secularism.
Powerful, because the Constitution of Secular India does NOT provide any avenue
for progress on the basis of Religion, as is warranted by the very definition
of Secularism. If Religion had been the qualification for Rights to Progress,
then India would be reduced to a Failed State, like Pakistan has turned into
Living In a
Shell of Patriotism
after Mullah Omar
By Ayaz Amir
Shuja Khanzada, the True Patriot of Pakistan
New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Long Years When Pakistan Did Not Sing Its National Anthem
When Was Pakistan
Taliban, Cowering Kabul
New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani (1879-1957)
Madani in many
ways was an exception to the norm. As an Alim he was motivated more by the
concerns of territorial nationalism as opposed to establishing a nation based
on religious considerations. The support a section of the Deobandi Ulema gave
to the Muslim League’s idea of two-nation theory was because they read into it
a means to establish the supremacy of Muslims, both religious and numerical….
ignore the fact that about 95% of Muslim children go to formal (non-Madrasa)
schools. However, the opportunities and conveniences that should come as a
result of such formal education are not available to them the way they should
be. Talking about the progress of Madrasas is a convenient way for the
government to put a veil on the discriminations faced by them in formal schools
and the shortcomings of its own policies. There is also a feeling among Muslims
that one of the reasons the government focuses so much on Madrasas is because
it remains unaware of the needs and objectives of educational institutions
where Muslim students go….
cannot avoid noting the slow but steady Islamisation of both the private lives
of Malaysia's people and their state. Authoritarian leaders in the Islamic
world, as they become increasingly isolated and out of touch with the
aspirations of their younger citizenry, tend to turn to religion to find allies
and new credentials. Wahhabism is alive and kicking, and not only on the Gulf….
One may justify
Erdogan’s decision to bomb ISIS positions seemingly in retaliation against the
apparently confirmed, recent “ISIS attacks” in Turkey. However, it is difficult
to rule out the purported “ISIS attacks” as a false flag operation by the
Turkish government. ISIS seems to have no compelling reasons to attack Turkey,
which was a safe haven for foreign Islamist fighters....
The date was 24
March, 1954; the place, the Presidential Palace in Cairo. General Mohamed
Naguib, President of the Republic of Egypt, was trying to disperse angry crowds
which had gathered because the Revolutionary Command Council had dissolved the
Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Naguib himself. The masses achieved their goals;
the Muslim Brotherhood was saved and Naguib was back, but the angry crowds
refused to leave. In the face of the crowds' refusal, Naguib asked a particular
man to speak to the people. He did so; the crowds listened to him and then
left. The man was martyr Abdel Qader Awda….
What I mean is
Islamic thought. There was an era that this thought was promisingly becoming
open-minded, globalist, and sophisticated. But we ended up, at least at this
point, with an Islamic thought that is as parochial, insular and shallow as
anything can be. The bright era I am talking about was the late 1990s and early
every non-Muslim shooting suspect, the media never mentioned their religion.
Moreover, in nearly every case, it was claimed that the mass shooters were
suffering from some sort of mental instability. These suspects were often
ostracized from both society and family, deeply depressed and suicidal. People
thusly afflicted, given easy access to guns, sometimes kill people, lots of
them. Then they either turn the gun on themselves or perish in a hail of anticipated
bullets. Crazy, right?....
death of the child and his family seems to have rattled Netanyahu who responded
by calling the killing a "terrorist" act which supposedly set it
apart from the what the UN has documented as 2,100 acts of violence against
Palestinians, their religious institutions, their homes, and other
Palestinian-owned properties, committed by Jewish settlers since 2006.....