Omneya El Naggar
The first Friday of the month of Muharram is a day that Sufi murids (students) and seekers never miss. It is the mawlid of al-Muharram, one of the established festivity traditions of the Wafa’iya Sufi order. This tradition was brought about in the 18th century to celebrate the new Islamic year by dhikr circles, prayers and almsgiving.
In keeping with
Abdul Wahhab's teaching against idolatry, authorities have made no effort to
preserve sites linked to the Prophet Mohammed in the holy cities of Mecca and
Medina, says Alawi, a prominent supporter of Islamic pluralism. Some of these
sites have already disappeared in redevelopment, he says. Alawi is among those
who contend that Wahhabism has inspired the militants of IS, also known by the
Arabic acronym Daesh. "You have first, Wahhabi ideology, and then you have
offshoots which have become even more extreme,".....
Syed Mansoor Hussain
Most believing Muslims will agree that Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions who perished in Karbala were martyrs. Based upon my understanding of the concept of martyrdom not just in Islam but also in other religious, political and even secular traditions, three things distinguish a martyr.
Religion classes have a reputation for being tedious and dull. Yet religion is a mandatory subject and perhaps the only subject in school that is still under the central government’s control, having lost sway over everything from the curriculum to teachers’ salary slips. The Religious Affairs Ministry manages around 200,000 religion teachers in the country, plus madrasah (Islamic schools) from elementary to senior high schools.
Melancholy is a genus of sadness that emerges when we are open to the fact that life is intrinsically difficult and that suffering and disappointment are a core part of the universal experience. Melancholy is not a mental disorder that needs to be cured. Melancholy is not despair or hopelessness.
was solely aimed at recognising Muslims in Asian and Pacific countries,
exchanging ideas on problems of the Islamic world and discussing solutions,
re-establishing historical ties with Muslim countries and communities in the
Asia-Pacific region and discussing opportunities for cooperation in religious
education and services. The summit also dealt with the effects of new mindsets
in the Muslim world on the Asia-Pacific Muslim communities, the future of the
Muslim world and Islamophobia. .....
MONEY is the glue that holds Saudi Arabia together. To maintain a loyal citizenry and counter radicalism, the kingdom’s rulers pamper their subjects with lavish benefits and cushy government jobs. In times of uncertainty, such as during the Arab spring, workers are handed pay rises and bonuses. …
Dr Mohammad Taqi
The controversy over the largest death toll in the modern history of hajj is not over yet. The Saudi Arabian government has drawn unprecedented criticism for its management of the hajj with calls for not just overhauling how the pilgrimage is managed but also who should do it. ...
Thanks to Urdu Department CUK and Sahityya Academy we had, after much time, a seminar on Sufism and Urdu Literature. Some points that emerged in the papers and discussions may be summed up in the following propositions.
logic was used to prove the existence of Jinns and black magic. The speaker
first categorised all unseen creatures into three types: those that fly; those
that change shape and appearance depending upon circumstance; and those that
find abode in garbage or dark places. Why, he asked, would Hollywood invest in
horror movies and paranormal phenomena if these didn’t actually exist?......
The storms that hit Mecca on Sept. 12 caused a crane to collapse on the Grand Mosque, killing 107 people and leaving 230 injured of various nationalities. On Sept. 17, a major fire broke out at a hotel for pilgrims in Mecca, injuring two people and leading to the evacuation of 1,028 others. Most recently, a stampede killed 717 pilgrims and injured 863 others, according to the Saudi version of the story.....
In the aftermath of the Mina stampede, which claimed more than 1,000 lives during the haj last month, two things are noteworthy for evaluation. First is how the tragedy has caused further friction in sectarian politics, particularly between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran was the quickest to blame Saudi Arabia for the incident.
Can progressive Muslims and atheists actually find ways to work together? Some of my atheist comrades may disagree with me, but I think so. Of course we may diverge on whether a God exists, or if there is an afterlife, but when it comes to this world and the problems humans face, our tribes have much we agree on.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
travel—and this happened in America on our recent trip as well—I meet people
who are searching for a message that addresses their minds. A message that
addresses their innate nature. A message of spirituality. A message that has
nothing to do with political wrangling and conflict. A message free of hate.
Everyone seems to be searching for this. But only God can satisfy this inner
thirst. And that indicates the importance of Dawah, of inviting people to God.
While many progressives are fond of extolling Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s lament on the unfulfilled promise of postcoloniality, his evocative poem Subh-i-Azadi (The Dawn of Freedom), in prose, it is actually Saadat Hasan Manto who captures the opportunism and political chicanery which characterised the newly-formed state of Pakistan.
Like everyone else, medieval Indian Sufis also struggled with questions of identity and some of the big names chose to defy easy classifications. Sufis were organized into chains of lineages or silsilas – Chishti/Suhrawardi/Firdausi/Shattari/Qadiri/Naqshbandi – to name just a few, with distinguishing markers and traditions of each of them, ...
Nothing celebrates the oneness of humanity and submission and surrender to the will of God as Haj does. The millions of voices perpetually chanting in unison, Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik, La Shareek Laka Labbaik, Innal Hamdah, Wan Nematah, Laka wal Mulk, La Shareek Laka, reaffirming their faith and commitment to the ideals of sacrifice, peace and unity of mankind re-create every year a surreal, out-of-this-world experience.
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
With scores of
communities, castes and religions in India, some norms, religious rites and
customs will obviously have to clash or overlap. It’s quite natural.
Nevertheless, any attempt to create communal disharmony out of this ritualistic
conflict does not augur well. Mutual understanding and tolerance is the only
way out for the forward-looking Indians. Just as it is mandatory for the Jains
not to slaughter, and for the Hindus not to consume the meat, it is mandatory
for the wealthy Muslims to sacrifice animals on the Eid-ul-Adha to distribute
to the poor in remembrance of the sacrifice of the Prophet Ibrahim
The very fact of Raza Academy issuing a fatwa against A. R. Rahman (for giving music to Majid Majidi's film Muhammad) is absurd. They are not qualified to give a fatwa. They can only give out a statement as an organisation. Even if somebody does issue a fatwa against Rahman then perhaps some other qazi will say something else. …
Sufism has been distorted primarily through the propaganda of Salafi sources—that is, fundamentalists influenced by Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi sect. In their view, Sufis are unbalanced people who avoid everyday responsibilities, indulge in unorthodox practices like wild sessions of music and chanting, worshiping dead saints at their tombs, and becoming mindlessly subservient to shaikhs who are no more than cult leaders.
Did the TOBB's protest produce the outcome that was initially expected? Did it raise social awareness? Why has it failed to mobilize the masses? Mainstream media also supported the protests against terrorism, held under the auspices of the TOBB. Despite this, the initiative did not attract much attention.
The first thing you need to know about Saudi Arabia is that it is not a country but a financial and religious empire with a million poisonous tentacles stretching across both the West and the Muslim world. …
Majidi’s film is not the first attempt at putting the Prophet’s life on the silver screen – that honour goes to Moustapha Akkad’s “The Message” (1977) – but it is the first that has depicted the Prophet in some form. According to reviews and images posted online, it includes shots of the Prophet’s hands and legs as a baby, his back and as a silhouette against the sky.
Tadhaboon – It is very
difficult to understand the depth of emotion behind these words in the Quran
when god asks us with so much of love and compassion, “Where are you going?”
The concern with which we are asked about the path we have taken, if heard and
understood correctly, could so easily bring us back to the right path.
Unfortunately the people of this world, especially the Muslims have gone
One newspaper interpreted Heptullah's statement to say that Muslims were "too large to be considered a minority". When journalists asked her what her ministry would do for the Muslim community, she said: "This is not the ministry for Muslim affairs, this is the ministry for minority affairs."….