Islam and Politics
is impossible. We all have some talents that enable us to excel at some things
but struggle with others. And we all make mistakes. Recognising that we are
fallible is an important step in doing things better. At work, we can work hard
and try to do a perfect job. Doing a job well means taking risks, testing new
things, listening to different views and trying to find the best way forward.
Compromise means that any solution can’t be perfect: you can’t please all the
people all the time......
Erdoğan had long hoped that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), together with other radical Islamist groups, would help topple the Assad regime in Syria, which he regards the main enemy, and also crush the Syrian Kurds' aspirations for autonomy. Now that ISIL has begun to attack Turkey, Erdogan has decided to counter and agreed to allow the United States to use a Turkish air base against it. The country is now faced also with the risk of ISIL escalating its terrorist attacks and of being drawn into the Syrian quagmire...
Communalism, casteism and all such ‘isms’ based on hate and divisiveness cut into the basic unity of a nation, and more so in India that is really strung together with the federal doctrine of respect, dignity and tolerance. If the atmosphere is vitiated, it will have an impact on all, as violence cannot be contained in a box and it tends to flow out to impact, often even in unforeseen ways. To put it simplistically for reasons of space, it weakens nations....
This story is not a story of Jews against Muslims, or even a story of Israelis against Palestinians. We’re grateful for the many messages of support our village has received from Jewish communities around the world, and the groups and activists working by our side include many Israelis. This is simply a story of justice and equality against dispossession and oppression.....
Detente with Iran
Syed Mohammad Ali
Easing of Iranian sanctions will also give impetus to the planned Indian-Iranian deal that could offer India access to the Chabahar port and related infrastructure projects, opening up India’s access to Central Asia and Afghanistan. ...
We should not forget that ISIS, which achieved great victories, has also fulfilled the Syrian and Iranian regimes’ wills; sabotaging the revolution, tarnishing the image of the Syrian national movement, and damaging the camp that stood against the two regimes, such as Turkey and the Gulf states......
More than a quarter of the statutory investigations launched by the Charity Commission since April 2012 have been directed at Muslim charities associated with running mosques, providing humanitarian relief or undertaking aid efforts in Syria. And international banks froze a number of Muslim and non-Muslim charity accounts last year, particularly those active in the Middle East, over fears that the money could end up financing terrorism...
Musa is invisible even in death. If he had been named, Harun reflects, perhaps their mother would have received a pension. Perhaps life would not have consisted of an unrequited attempt to find the body, locate the murderer, understand the crime — even avenge it somehow. The Arabs are sullen. They wait. Harun’s reflection on the demise of French Algeria is devastating.....
ISIS and other jihadist groups have spread their presence in Libya dramatically since 2014, taking control of several towns in the Gulf of Sirte and attacking targets in areas controlled by both of the two main camps. Prolonged strife will only worsen the migrant and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. The mandate of Bernardino León ....
Saudi Arabia sees Iran as its primary enemy. Riyadh also views the Islamic State as a threat but at the same time fears that an Iraq and Syria dominated by Iran could present an existential threat to the House of Saud. The Saudis consider events in Yemen from a similar perspective. Also in this context, Riyadh perceives a common interest with Israel in containing Iranian militant proxies as well as the Islamic State. Who exactly the Saudis are supporting in Syria and Iraq is somewhat murky, but the kingdom has no choice but to play a tactical and opportunistic game......
Wan Saiful Wan Jan
Malaysians are tired of ethno-religious politics and obsession with one political overlord. Malaysians are looking for a party that fights for universal values who will champion the rights of all of us. Many are waiting to see if GHB can turn their Islamic rhetoric into universal messages acceptable to all....
King Abdullah, who died in January, signed off on a $1 million gift to the Khwaja Education Society, and a smaller amount went to a medical college run by Kerala Nadwatul Mujahideen. A member of the first group, Janab Moazam, confirmed that it had been granted the money and said that half had already been delivered. An official from the second group, Abdullah Koya Madani, confirmed that the group had received Saudi funding. Even humanitarian relief is sometimes sectarian....
The next big target of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham is to "liberate" Aleppo. That battle has already begun. They declared that they will set up a new caliphate, similar to the one established by ISIL to the east. This would mean the transformation of a multi-cultural and multi-religious region into one of the most intolerant places on earth.....
These are not Turkey's problems, these are Turks' problems. These are Armenia's, Russia's, Geece's, Bulgaria's or China's problems. Of course, they have to confront the atrocities they committed, but it is something for those countries' prime ministers to confront. If they do, their countries will benefit. My attitude is that it is important to first clean out the closet......
First, the organisation is notoriously fractured, particularly with its supreme leader—to whom the entire organisation has declared its allegiance — AWOL (absent without leave) for years. Moderate factions certainly support the idea of reconciliation with Kabul, but powerful hard-line elements do not. And the latter has the ability to undercut the former.....
as the believers in the value of 27 Ramadan reflect on their role in the
country both as loyal to their faith as well as stanch to their nation and also
as the vanguards of the Quran and the Constitution of India alike? Shall they
pray in this blessed night for the realization of the high ideals epitomized in
the Quran and those codified in the Constitution of India? Shall they spread
the message of love, peace and brotherhood across the board?....
The end of
Ramazan in 1947 saw the creation of a nation, a realisation of much
anticipation; those fasting this Ramazan in 2015 have learned over six decades
to temper their expectations. Their hopes are not pinned on history but on
getting some electricity, a little water and a few days off.....
of students and teachers associated with madrasas are in favour of having
subjects such as science and maths alongside religious texts as part of the
school curriculum. Only vested elements are opposed to it. The school shall not
interfere with the Deeni Talim and shall be ready to make necessary
logistic adjustments. No community can deprive its children of the
constitutional guarantee of getting education as per the state prescriptions.
At the same time, no community can be restricted from imparting its religious
education to its children through its own resources, again, within the confines
of the Constitution.....
I have never
been against the Islamists’ freedom of speech; on the contrary, I have defended
their right to speak for years now. But the problem with Islamism has always
been their hypocrisy, namely their dishonesty about their political
deliberations and their abuse of democratic means to build a non-democratic
rule. This issue has been debated a lot not only in Turkey, but in Muslim
is often promoted by two groups: atheists and fanatics of other religions. Both
do all they can to show that any Muslim behaviour they dislike originates from
the Qur’an. Misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the Qur’an using the
methods I mentioned earlier is common among these critics. When it comes to
terrible behaviours such as terrorism, they do not care that these are
committed by a tiny minority of Muslims and that the overwhelming majority
rejects these crimes…..
S P Seth
think that its multi-billion dollar investment in the Sisi regime has put the
lid back on the revolutionary upsurge of the Arab Spring, but the signs do not
seem propitious. The most astute thing for Riyadh would be to start/encourage a
process of graduated change in the kingdom as well as in the region with its
large financial resources. But that seems unlikely.....
strife in the Muslim world covering political, cultural, and social spheres
basically aims at finding answers to the challenges of modernity and the
threats posed by external powers to the integrity of the world of Islam. It has
the potential to explode into cataclysmic conflicts in the Muslim world if not
handled carefully. Such conflicts would retard the intellectual and material
progress of the world of Islam for several decades....
that makes the idea of an anti-hasbara campaign difficult is the absence of an
agreed upon national strategy. Should a media campaign focus on the two-state
solution or the one-state possibility? Should it defend boycotting the
settlements only or boycotting the state of Israel?....
suspension of military assistance was a misuse of America’s substantial
leverage to bring positive change to the human rights situation in Bahrain and
the Gulf, which has only deteriorated since 2011. For Bahrainis striving for a
democratic country, America’s move is completely regressive. President Obama
promised a “tough conversation” with the Gulf monarchs when he met them in May.
Was this the outcome of that conversation?.....
not only deliberately promote intolerant behaviour that runs on a political
Islamist ideology by marginalizing a large swath of social, religious and
ethnic groups within Turkey but also capitalize on festering resentment and
anti-Western, anti-Semitic and anti-Asian sentiments that disrupt social
harmony and threaten the future of Turkey……