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Balkans Failing to Counter ISIS’s Appeal to Women
Marija Ristic

It notes that prison sentences offer no opportunity for women or men who become disillusioned with the Islamic State, and who comprehend the seriousness of their actions, to reject violent extremism or extremist ideological beliefs....

 

Backwardness of the Muslim World
Shahid Javed Burki

South Asia may provide one model. The fact that two Muslim majority states in this region, Bangladesh and Pakistan, are managing to move towards the establishment of representative political orders is probably influenced by the presence next door of India, a story of political success. But something more is needed than the Indian example....

 

Honour Killings and Islamic Terrorism
Tammy Bruce

“Hidden among thousands of nondescript murders and cases labelled as domestic violence are a mounting number of killings motivated by a radical and dark interpretation of Islam. Honour killings and violence, which typically see men victimize wives and daughters because of behaviour that has somehow insulted their faith, are among the most secretive crimes in society....

Is Kemalism On Its Way Out In Turkey?
Taj Hashmi

“A Muslim cannot be a terrorist, nor can a terrorist be a true Muslim.” Contrary to Erdogan's allegations, Gulen believes in interfaith dialogue, multi-party democracy, and asserts: “Studying physics, mathematics, and chemistry is worshipping God”....

 

A Veil That Identity Wears
Irfan Husain

Traditionally, it was in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, two of the most socially backward countries in the Muslim world, that women were obliged to cover themselves completely. These tribal garments were given religious legitimacy by local clerics. They, together with Saudi Arabia’s extremist version of Islam, were exported to other Muslim states after 1973 when the sharp spike in oil prices filled Saudi coffers...

 

Rising Conservatism in M’sian Islam Not Just From Arabisation
Dr Norshahril Saat

It is true that Malaysian Muslims are becoming more conservative, and the religious elite have contributed to it. While an increasing number among the religious elite reflect elements of Wahhabism/Salafism, there are also many (such as Muslim Brotherhood sympathisers) who are influenced by revivalist ideas that have been popular since the 1970s and by Sufism...

 

Atheism Explodes In Saudi Arabia, Despite State-Enforced Ban
Caryle Murphy

In this country known as the cradle of Islam, where religion gives legitimacy to the government and state-appointed clerics set rules for social behaviour, a growing number of Saudis are privately declaring themselves atheists. The evidence is anecdotal, but persistent....

My Experience as a Non-Muslim Going Undercover with Britain’s Sufi Muslims
Alex Klaushofer

The religiously tolerant atmosphere of Britain enables a variety of Sufi groups to flourish quietly, both in their westernised form and among the British Asian population. So, as part of my research for a book on Britain’s evolving faithscape, it struck me that the Sufis, with their reputation for gentleness and moderation, might be the kind of open kind of faith, rooted in experience rather than doctrine and institution that I was finding elsewhere. ...

 

Picture a table with white ceramic bowls of apples, grapes, pineapple, dates and oranges. Plates of Pakoras and Samosas, jugs of fresh juice and a few Middle Eastern dishes completed the table of treats. Now, picture the astonished gratitude of tired, homesick students who observed an otherwise austere Ramadan....

 

Celebrating a Green Eid-ul-Fitr
Mohamed Abdel Raouf

Eid al-Fitr, in many ways, is becoming an occasion of over-consumption that creates pollution and waste problems. Now is the occasion therefore to seize the opportunity and adopt exemplary behaviour in relation to the environment and hope that this responsible pro-environmental lifestyle will be observed during Eid and continue all year Islam advises balance and moderation in all matters....

 

The most abused myth that the right wing propagandists brandish is that Muslims marry multiple times and divorce without going to court on the strength of their personal laws; but the fact of the matter is that Muslims in India are better behaved than others when it comes to polygamy...

 
Is This The Dark Age Of The Muslim World?
Athar Osama and Nidhal Guessoum

Creating a productive climate for science will require some fundamental re-tooling of the universities in the Muslim world. For instance, it will require a review and reform of science curricula and pedagogy in the Muslim world in a manner that learns from best practices... Without making these tough choices to make science central to the affairs of Muslim societies, the dream of a scientific revival in the Muslim world shall remain a dream.....

Are we good humans, if not genuine Muslims now? Fasting and prayers guide the Muslims to a higher level of human consciousness and thinking as Muslims. If we have remained the same hollow Muslims after regular payers and fasting, then, something is wrong with us....

 

Are You Outraged When People Behave Badly In Ramazan? You Shouldn't Be
Hamna Zubair

Let's be clear: our disbelief and shock at bad behaviour in Ramazan stems from our deep-rooted conviction that religion can or should, at a societal level, fix what ails us. This, when history presents evidence that a twisted interpretation of religion and its offspring, social conservatism, is the very thing that led to our present state of chaos....

 

I’d argue that most Sunnis, like myself, are unaware of Wahhabism and of its ties with countries like Saudi Arabia. Most Sunnis are unaware that their hateful attitudes towards Shia are feeding straight into the hands of Saudi Arabia and their Wahhabi, terrorist agenda....

 

Sufism Celebrates God and Love, Eschews Brokers
Smita Bellur

Whether it is Sufism, the Bhakti tradition of Hindus or Christian mysticism, the experiences of mystics have a common trait, as philosopher WT Stace puts it, ‘A unifying vision in which The One is perceived by the senses and through many objects, so ‘All is One’’...

 

It is true that if a rational common personal law is enacted, it will help eradicate many evil, unjust and irrational practices prevalent across the communities, and will also strengthen the unity and integrity of the country. However, it is wrong to assume that the process of integration is thwarted for want of such law. Such simplistic assumptions may be good propaganda material in the hands of the fascist religious forces, but is a harmful method of achieving unity....

 

Do We Need Fatwas To Live Our Lives?
Gulmina Bilal Ahmad

Just like Zubaida Apa has a solution for every household problem, our Ulema can also provide you with a fatwa (religious decree) for all your religious, or even not-so-religious problems....

If you are looking to find any justification to equate the calls to end Perda Ramadhan, the regional bylaw enforced to maintain solemnity during the fasting month, to an Islamophobic act, you can stop reading now....

 

Pakistan Has Forgotten the True Essence of Ramazan
Imane Babar Wahedi

This year, Ramazan has been anything but blessed and peaceful, considering we have witnessed the heart wrenching death of Amjad Sabri, the unfortunate kidnapping of Awais Ali Shah, and not to forget, the increase in mugging and theft throughout the city. Sure, we’re fasting, but is that really all there is to Ramazan in Pakistan?....

 

A Forceful Conversion into Islam
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Members of religious organisations like the Tableeghi Jamaat boast about how many Christians and Hindus they have converted to Islam. And for every conversion they believe they would get better perks in the paradise. Absorbed in the idea of their grades in heaven....

Muslim Groups Sign Statement against Bigotry: “We Are In Fact One Community”
Antonia Blumberg

“We are reminded that as our communities stand together, we are in fact one community — which includes LGBTQ Latinos and LGBTQ Muslims, who are targeted both as Muslims and as members of the LGBTQ community,” the statement read....

 

Everything You Need To Know About Being Gay in Muslim Countries
Brian Whitaker

Muslim condemnations of homosexuality, like those in Christianity, are based mainly on the story about God’s punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah which is recounted in the Qur’an as well as the Old Testament. In essence, the biblical and Qur’anic versions are very similar...

 

Unfortunately when we look at the state of the world, it seems that we are doing what the angels predicted, and we are letting Allah down after he defended us. The second lesson is that we are created from different parts of the earth, symbolising the many different types of people that now inhabit it. We all are from the same person, and we create divisions ourselves....

Is Pakistan Okay With Politicians Threatening Rape On TV?
Marvi Sirmed

I don’t know about you but if someone airs an incitement to rape on national television — in a country where religious celebrities provoke murderers and hate-mongerers — I consider such threats to be a clarion call for rolling out the legal books and restraining orders, and doing some rigorous rethinking of why these men represent our social and political system...



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