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How Muslim Governments Impose Ignorance
Mustafa Akyol

This wilful closed-mindedness is not an inherent feature of Islam. A thousand years ago, Muslim societies were open and curious, while Christian Europe was insular and fearful of “blasphemy.”  ... In theology, too, Muslim thinkers like Ibn Rushd, also known as Averroës, developed sophisticated arguments that would inspire Christian thinkers....

The UAE's Fragile Good Life
Daniel Pipes

Whatever the UAE's faults and they are plentiful, pushing for a more democratic government and a free-wheeling society risks spoiling this oasis of calm and opening the country to the furies that dominate the rest of the region. Better to leave it be and encourage its influence...

 

"I have never faced any religious discrimination in Jamia Nagar. My Muslim landlord has come to our flat several times but he never objected to Lord Krishna's painting which I've put up in my room," says Vishank. Hailing from Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh, Vishank earlier resided in the Muslim-dominated locality of Chamanganj in his home city. "I find the Muslims of Jamia Nagar to be far more progressive than the ones I've lived with before. When the police came for identity verification of tenants at Vishank's accommodation, they were surprised to find three Hindu boys living together in Jamia Nagar.....

As strife in the Middle East continues to make headlines, from the militant group ISIS to Syrian refugees, the Muslim world is sharply divided on what the relationship should be between the tenets of Islam and the laws of governments. Across 10 countries with significant Muslim populations surveyed by Pew Research Centre in 2015, there is a striking difference in the extent to which people think the Quran should influence their nation’s laws.....

“The Barelvis and Deobandis have retained only 25 to 30 per cent of the original Dars-e-Nizami,” Dr Niaz Muhammad tells the Herald. However, “madrasas linked to the Shia and Ahl-e-Hadith sects as well as those linked to the Jamaat-e-Islami political party have almost entirely replaced Dars-e-Nizami with curricula of their own.”...

What Constitutes ‘Proper’ Quranic Education?
Rabia Ahmed

I’m curious to know; what constitutes ‘proper’ Quranic education?  Whose interpretation takes precedence when our religious ideals constantly conflict with one another? Why on earth should one officially go down that road, when you’re bound to be stuck at an intersection?....

 

History Is No Justification for Present-Day Errors of Bangladesh
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

This was emphasized by the famous words of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation of Bangladesh: “Let the world know how Bengalis can forgive.” He made these remarks after abandoning the demand to try 159 Pakistani soldiers who were accused of war crimes committed during the civil war....

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History Cannot and Should Not Be Forgotten

 

Insha Allah Is Good for Everyone
Wajahat Ali

Most commonly, Insha Allah is used in Muslim-majority communities to escape introspection, hard work and strategic planning and instead outsource such responsibilities to an omnipotent being, who somehow, at some time, will intervene and fix our collective problems. Many Americans may want to do a Hail Mary Insha Allah to wash away the ugliness leading up to the 2016 elections. ..

 

Insha Allah, Happier Together Until the Next Bomb That Kills the Heretics Praying At the Wrong Mosque
Burak Bekdil

Hopefully, the third 1,400 years of tumultuous future may finally bring some peace.  Ironically, every Muslim leader complained of the sectarian “Fitna” that has caused millions of Muslim deaths in Muslim lands – in the hands of Muslims with “the right sect.” Unsurprisingly, no one explained which Muslims were engaged in that violent “Fitna.” Time for peace – until the next bomb that kills the heretics praying at the wrong mosque...

 

Whither Muslim Solidarity? Will Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s Call for Unity Lead Somewhere?
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

It does not surprise that both sides have used the Syrian civil war to expand influence. Riyadh arms and aids militias fighting to overthrow the Assad regime, including the Free Syrian Army and allegedly Al-Qaeda affiliates Jabhat Al-Nusra and even IS, while Tehran remote–controls Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia militias buttressing the Baathist government besides dispatching thousands of “military advisors” to Damascus. Things came to a head in February with Riyadh’s announcement to send ground troops to Syria, a move Tehran called tantamount to “violating international law.” This is what Muslim solidarity looks like today, and it is a terrible look.

 

Islam Is Non-Violence: Unfortunately Sufis, Islam’s Original Mystics, Are Succumbing to Sectarianism Too
Sadia Dehlvi

Violence is an aberration of the human heart that naturally inclines towards calm. Muslims requiring Fatwas against terrorism reveal the vulnerability, despair and defeat of Muslim communities. Until issues such as heresy, blasphemy, apostasy, exclusion and gender justice are addressed; the words ‘love, harmony and world peace’ remain candy floss. Be they Salafis, Sufis, Deobandis, Barelvis, Shias or other, Muslim thinkers must engage critically and creatively with canonised medieval laws; enabling Muslims to negotiate today’s realities. Otherwise, violence in the name of Islam will long continue....

How Yoga Is Helping Trauma-Sensitive Refugees In Jordan
Leen Hajjar

“The training directly feeds into the philosophy and practice of Yoga and humanity in general, and with all the tragedies that are happening around us, we cannot but get involved and give back to others from our heart. The sense of community that was created around the training with all these different Yoga teachers in the Jordanian community was incredible.”...

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Why Are Muslim Countries Poor?
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Is it Zionists and Crusaders that treat like slaves millions of Pakistani and Bangladeshi migrant construction workers in the Muslim countries? Is it Zionists and Crusaders who kill Muslim civilians in droves, in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and so many other countries?....

 

“This fanatic has also been banned in Canada and the United Kingdom since 2010 on the grounds of national security and public disorder and to ensure the safety of citizens and keep them from harm.” The Darul Uloom, the globally influential Islamic seminary, sees him as a preacher of the Gheyr Muqallids sect which does not accept the four schools of thought in Sunni Islam.....

Imamisation Raising Eyebrows in Turkey
Pinar Tremblay

“In a country where there are more mosques than schools, more imams than teachers, where science, philosophy, art, dance, theatre are discouraged at the expense of religious education for minors, what should we expect? Soon, perhaps, when we need to see a doctor, we will first be required to get a permission slip from our local imam.” What is a Shiite, Alevi, or atheist to do when authorities do not acknowledge their existence?....

 

The main purpose of the sanctity of these months was to ban battles and make the Haj journey, the pilgrimage, towards the Ka’abah safe. In addition to the month of Haj (Dhul Hijja), a month preceding it (Dhul Qidah) and a month succeeding it (Muharram), and also the month of Rajab were specified as being sacred.....

 

Youth Should Be the Main Priority for Muslim Leaders
Elshad Iskadarov

Investment in youth is now a top priority for Muslim countries, because if we do not invest in our young people, someone else will – this is a free market. It is no coincidence that the majority of Daesh recruits are between the ages of 15 and 25. This generation of Muslims has been exposed, perhaps more than any other, to the twin external and internal dangers of extremism and sectarianism and this is exacerbated by challenges around education, employment and developing a sense of active citizenship....

Equal In An Unequal World: The Paradox Of Islam
Wajahat Qazi

...Quranic verse that acknowledges difference but yet views it as a means to know 'others', Islam then by enjoining its adherents to not to be fixated on identity and attempting to know others is inherently cosmopolitan. The inherent cosmopolitanism of Islam gives short shrift to what the detractors of the religion call its 'insularity' and 'parochialism'. The paradox is that Islam has retreated into itself and Muslims have either gone into a shell or are lashing out....

Making Barelvis Count: The Sufi Conference in Delhi
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

So is the Sufi conference willing to engage with Hinduism with a genuine desire to understand this religious tradition as having a ‘true’ belief system for its followers? Or is it that as is the general practice with many other Islamic orientations, the Sufis will also club Hinduism with other idolatrous faiths and then will consider it only fit to be refuted and not engaged with?....

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. ...

 


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