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Islamic Society

The contemporary appearance of Muslim world reflects general stagnation, backwardness and monotonous orientation. Muslim societies instead of analysing the reasons of their degradation have formulated an imaginary ‘external enemy’ to be blamed for all wrongs done to them. The tendency of blaming others is a constant in Muslim tradition of historiography. In the first half century of Muslim history, emergence of political disputes and internal strife among different contenders of power is simply narrated as a conspiracy of Jews, Christians and idolaters by Muslim scholars...

The Dirty Old Men of Pakistan
Mohammed Hanif

A coalition of more than 30 religious and political parties has declared the law un-Islamic, an attempt to secularize Pakistan and a clear and present threat to our most sacred institution: the family. They have threatened countrywide street protests if the government doesn’t back down. Their logic goes like this: If you beat up a person on the street, it’s a criminal assault. If you bash someone in your bedroom, you’re protected by the sanctity of your home.....

 

Inopportune Defensiveness about Islam
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Once we establish the difference between Muslims, Islam and Islamism, only then can we expect others to distinguish between these. The non-Muslims are under no obligation to study ‘true Islam’ to understand whether an act was Islamic or not. It is the Muslims whose actions will represent Islam and the Muslim world. And as things stand, the two most prominent Muslim groups are jihadists, and the moderates busy defending Islam....

Since Barelvis Follow The Mystic Traditions Of Islam: Are They More Tolerant Muslims?
Syed Kamran Hashmi

...a person who does not consider a blasphemer a blasphemer is a blasphemer himself. And that is exactly what Taseer did. He went in support of Asia Bibi who allegedly had admitted her crime. That action in turn made him a blasphemer in the eyes of all Sunnis including Deobandis even when his devotion to the prophet (pubh) was absolute. Now for a moment, imagine this is where we stand on the most ‘tolerant’ sect among all. If they come into power where would the country go? Would it be anywhere different from Saudi Arabia?...

 

Quran Advocates Non-Violence In Nearly Every Passage
Jonathan Power

Is Islam violent? ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In Pakistan, there is the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the attempted murderer of the schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai. Immigrant Moroccan men roughly pushing women and fondling them in the crowd in Cologne. Murderous bombs in Paris. Ayan Hirsi Ali, a Somali female author who was raised a Muslim, writes, “Violence is inherent in Islam — it’s a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder.”

It’s Time Muslims Sat Down And Shared Their Differences
Lina Meghji

Let’s just all agree right now that as long as we aren’t literally trying to kill each other then it doesn’t matter what some other individuals who share our religious label are doing. Let us agree that our beliefs either differ or contradict each other and that’s okay. Let us agree that perhaps due to our distinctions, we have the ability to learn from each other and open our minds. ...

 
Ideas Kill, Ideas Have Their Own Consequences
Tufail Ahmad for New Age Islam

Ideas Kill, Ideas Have Their Own Consequences

It's not possible for individuals to discard inherited ideas completely but in matters of dispute we must follow the Indian Constitution. The Constitution is a way of resolving big disputes of the day and teaches us in which direction we are headed in our nation's life, much like Indian classics like Ramayana and Mahabharata teach us where we come from. It means this: you can eat beef in Goa legally, but not in Bihar where cow slaughter is banned. If you can arrest Kamlesh Tiwari, you must also enforce the Constitution and arrest the Islamic clerics of Bijnor who called for Tiwari's beheading.

New Bar Featuring Halal Prostitutes to Open in Amsterdam
Halal Prostitutes

According to several sources, Shi´a Islam allows Nikāḥ al-Mutʿah or `marriage for pleasure´, a contentious option that permits temporary, contractual marriage. The marriage´s duration is decided before marrying and is automatically terminated upon completion of the agreed time period.

Re-Learning Moderation
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Re-Learning Moderation
Yasser Latif Hamdani

I feel hopeful for Pakistan’s future. There is much that has happened in the past few months that is encouraging and shows that Pakistan’s leadership, civilian as well as military, is on the same page vis-à-vis putting an end to the tamasha (spectacle) that some mullahs have been engaging in for long now. May we march on towards a progressive and democratic future, together as Pakistanis, Muslims and non-Muslims, where no one is discriminated against and where religion is not an excuse to retard progress.

Worryingly, a Liberal’s Killer Is Honoured in Pakistan

But the adulation of the two killers (Ilm-Deen in 1929 and Qadri in 2016) is a Barelvi phenomenon. Barelvis have never ceased to honour the grave of Ilm-Deen and they attended this week’s funeral in huge numbers. By contrast one of Pakistan’s most senior Deobandi clerics defended the execution, saying nobody was above the law. Unfortunately, the roots of religious rage in Pakistan can’t be reduced to one particular school of Islam, one political leader, or one period of history. If only things were that simple....

 
Why Aligarh Haunts AMU
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

Why Aligarh Haunts AMU
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

If AMU thought that it had conveniently buried the memory of Professor Siras, the movie Aligarh reminded it that it was fundamentally wrong. For scores of people, Professor Siras, without speaking a word, had metamorphosed into a very subversive Idea. Posing a challenge to entrenched and established orthodoxies, this idea will continue to haunt AMU till the university owns up the responsibility of his death.

 

Beyond Rituals: The Deeper Teachings Of Islam
Mehvish Muneera Ismail

We must ask our religious teachers and scholars to use the teachings of Islam to help us become better human beings — to use religion as a means of bringing about unity in our ethnically divided communities, rather than sprouting hatred and distrust between sects and schools of thought. Why limit the indicators of religious piety to the number of Hajj, Umrahs, sacrifices and prayers? ....

The mass displacement from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) controlled areas; the decline in global oil prices and higher unemployment rates has meant that despite its oil wealth, the Iraqi government has failed miserably in addressing the poverty rate in the country. Arab governments should understand that poverty also has a security and stability dimension....

 

Morocco's French Renaissance
Remi Piet

As taught by the philosophical hermeneutics of Martin Heidegger, language is the central vector to diffuse ideologies and cultural knowledge. For decades, Morocco had to hire teachers from Syria and Egypt to Arabise primary schools, which led to the diffusion of certain conservative ideologies in the Kingdom. ....

 

Understanding the Tableeghi Jamaat
Syed Kamran Hashmi

How do we recognise a person from the TJ? It is real easy. You can spot them by their peculiar outfit, long beards, trimmed moustaches, heads covered with the Taqayyah cap, Shalwar dangling above their ankles. If you still have doubts, please go talk to one of them. Within five minutes, I promise, he will invite you to join his party for a three-day trip, a 10-day tour or a forty-day excursion, all of them to ‘serve’ Islam and protect yourself on the Day of Judgment....

 

Do Muslims believe in religious tolerance in their religion? What does Islam say about religious tolerance? Do the actions committed by these crazy fundamentalists, such as executing innocent minorities hold any accordance to Islam?....

Five Muslim Contributions to Modern Society
Rua Wani

Islamic history is replete with pioneering inventions and discoveries, many of which are ingrained in modern society....

Time to Review the Pakistan Blasphemy Law
Nasir Saeed

Since many religious scholars and politicians have admitted this fact in the media, what is holding us back from initiating debate? Debate over the blasphemy law is inevitable; further delay means more attacks on churches, more killings of innocent people and more burning of minorities’ settlements, which brings nothing but shame to Pakistan and Islam.....

 

The End of Empires: As the Americans Gradually Withdraw From the Middle East, Will the House of Saud Fade Into History
Irfan Husain

Specifically, Bin Laden was accusing the Saudi ruling family of being toadies of the Americans, and serving their interests at the cost of their own people. Now, as the Americans gradually withdraw from the Middle East, will the House of Saud fade into history, much as the Ghassanids have done?....

Blessings of Saudi Arabia — II: Innocent Palestinians Are Still Paying the Price of a Crime They Never Committed
Tahir Ali

Before World War I, the Jews wanted to establish their new home in Uganda, commonly known as the Uganda Scheme, but in the start of the 20th century focus was shifted from Uganda to Palestine as a new home for the Jews....

Some publishers and secular authors last year fled the country in fear of attack over their work. Others are too scared to speak out against what critics say is an erosion of freedom of speech and the rise of religious extremism.....

Blessings of Saudi Arabia — I: Hussein ibn Ali al-Hashimi the Sharif and Emir Of Mecca Played His Part To Bring Muslim Glory To Its Knees For The First Time In 1,300 Years
Tahir Ali

With the help of the Sharifs and the Arab revolt, the whole of the Muslim Empire was occupied by western powers for the first time in the history of Islam, something that had never happened before even during the Crusades and the brutal Mongol invasions. Sharif, as the emir of Mecca, held a central position in the Arab world at that time and was in a position to get Arab support for the Ottomans had he not defected for his personal interests. However, he betrayed the central Muslim Ottoman power and allied with the Ottomans’ enemies because of greed. However, all this was in vain and he played his part to bring Muslim glory to its knees for the first time in 1,300 years.....

“If the AIMPLB is dissolved it will help us to prevent the exploitation of women in the Muslim community. On the other hand, the board also safeguards all the madrasas running throughout the country and protects their rights. A solution to this is that women should be made aware of their rights.”...

Articles:

Youth Vocal against Muslim Personal Law Board

The Debate Is About Status Quo and Reforms

‘The Country Cannot Have Parallel Judicial Systems Catering To Communal Demands’; Raziuddin Aquil

Many Schools Of Thought in Islam Recognise the Validity of Arbitrary Triple Talaq: Kamal Faruqui

Women Get Caught In the Loopholes of Muslim Law

Khudai Khidmatgars Educate About Islam via Telephone Helpline

 

Islam Was a Religion of Love, and the Taj Mahal Proves It
Haroon Moghul

But they were part of a much bigger world than indicated by their borders. Another Turkic dynasty, of Ismaili Shia Muslim origin, had taken over Iran: they were the Safavids. The Ottomans, who held the Caliphate, were also of Turkic, but Sunni, origin. Though these three empires fought, and often ruthlessly and terribly, they were also bound by a common culture. Persian was the language of distinction, poetry was practically an obligation, and music, arts, aesthetics, all of these were shared, exchanged, and transmitted across borders.....

Islam Hijacked: Where Do They Dredge Up Their Edicts Against Chess, Yoga, Music And Sports?
Irfan Husain

And from where do they dredge up their edicts against chess, yoga, music and sports? Certainly, my reading of the Holy Book revealed no such bans. So why have they attempted to turn Islam into a mere checklist of do’s and don’ts? Why is it all about punishments and threats? Whatever happened to reflection and contemplation? Why is religion being turned into such a joyless experience? Above all, where’s the compassion?



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