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Darul Uloom Deoband, which has been campaigning extensively against the modernisation of Madrasas across the country, has sought clarification from the Government over its ‘National Madrassa Modernisation Programme’. They are giving excuses like there is no clarity over Government’s programme and which Madrasa will come under its umbrella, without realising they are pushing the community into darkness without providing them with a viable option of development.....

The Timbuktu Renaissance: Harnessing Music, Heritage and Culture to Save Mali
Cynthia P. Schneider

When extremists overran northern Mali, they targeted Mali’s culture, notably music, including the world-renowned Festival Au Desert, as well as priceless manuscripts that document Timbuktu’s position as the centre of Islamic civilization in Africa during the Renaissance period. This was no accident……

The truth is that it is satellite TV channels which should be carefully monitored, not films many of which are better for us to watch than the TV programs broadcast to our homes by satellite……

 

Islamopolitan Exhibit a Proposed Conversation between Islam and Design
Selina Denman

“We wanted to present something that would not be offensive in any way, but at the same time was open. This is in keeping with Sharjah’s vision — we are holding this exhibition as a celebration of Sharjah being Islamic Culture Capital for 2014,”…..

 

The Hooliganism on the Shab-e-Bar’at (the night of salvation): Ulema and Imams Must Take it Upon Themselves To Rein This Menace
Maulana Khushtar Noorani

As a matter of fact, Shab-e-Barat is the Islamic night of divine forgiveness, deliverance from the hellfire, and the night of salvation when Muslims across the world seek Allah's blessings for the year ahead. But for a major section of Indian Muslim community, particularly in Delhi and adjoining areas, the night has been in the news more for the actions of rowdy bikers from the community than the majority of silent worshipers. Even the passionate Muslim youths on their way to graveyards or places of worship, sometimes seem to go wayward.  It is quite deplorable to see the young Muslim bikers perform dangerous stunts on busy stretches. Such wayward and morally untrained youths are a menace for the Muslim community in India. They have become a stigma especially for the Ulema and Imams of the mosques who are responsible enough to guide them during the Friday religious sermons in their mosques and on other special occasions when Muslims turn up there in great number....

There is no denying the fact that the negligence towards educating children and depriving them from a basic human right enshrined in the very first chapter of the holy Qur’an (Surah al-Alaq) is prevalent in the Arab countries. This is a deplorable immoral attitude towards the essential Islamic edicts which are generally violated in the most parts of the Arab world. And this is precisely what resulted into the abysmally deteriorating conditions of Arab children thrown to labour at a very early age. These children are physically exploited, psychologically dumped and intellectually shackled in the Arab nations....

 

All of these cases of apostasy, blasphemy and slavery very well illustrate the deep problems with the Islamic laws as they developed, solidified and achieved consensus, primarily during the medieval age. It is now high time that  each and every Muslim stand up and speak up to reform Sharia laws, else it is likely that many Muslims in the future generations are going to get disillusioned and apostatize en masse, as it happened before in one place history…..

Protecting consumers from malpractices of traders and commercial organizations is an important responsibility of any state. Qur’an and Hadith laid down the basic structure of consumer protection some 1,400 years ago which are as valid today as they were during the golden age of Prophet (peace be upon him) and the rightly guided caliphs. Qur’an categorically denounces all unfair means in Surah An-Nisa: “O you who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good will.” (Qur’an, 4:29)…..

The Kids Aren’t Alright: Why Are Muslim Children from Bihar and Jharkhand Catching the Train to God’s Own Country?
Jeemon Jacob

“They visited our village and promised that our children would get the best education facilities and good food in Kerala,” says Ali. “They showed us photographs of the orphanages and schools. We believed them and paid Rs 1,500 for each child for travel and other expenses. I borrowed money from my brother to pay him. Now, we are in utter despair. We don’t know what to do.”....

In Turkey, NGOs make “enterprise” on Sufism in academic way. Publishers make “enterprise” on Sufism reprinting classical works and/or printing source or target texts. People make “enterprise” on Sufism buying these books and spending their time to read them. Although it is clear that Sufism makes different sense for all of these kinds of “enterprise”, what is also clear that the people in Turkey make “enterprise” on how they like to seem in the future. They are taking out what their grandparents left for them. What they only need to do is to blow the dust on this legacy……

 

We Want to Develop Not Embellish Saudi Education
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Only qualitative development can amend this. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Minister of Education, is a warrior on the administrative level and he’s always dealt with youths during his long administrative term. So the project to develop education has excited everyone, and it’s a project that is really capable of changing Saudi Arabia. Five million students will grow up and be successful and competent. The country depends on them, and not the other way around.....

 

Indian Urdu Press sees ghost of Hindutva in popular TV serial Kaun Banega Crorepati

In his article ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati and Hindutva’ Mr Athar Faruqi, has smelled a conspiracy to revive Hindutva sentiments through the popular television serial Kaun Banega Crorepati. ... India is a Hindu majority country and more than seventy five percent of its population is Hindu. ... Though the Muslims live in a Hindu majority country and in their own matters, they demonstrate communal mindset in a brazen way, they expect Hindus to be drastically secular even in their own religious matters. Thus they want  that a programme like KBC too should not have any Hindu element in it and the mention of Hindu mythology drives some of them crazy.

Related article:

Kaun Banega Crorepati and Hindutva

By Athar Faruqi, Rashtriya Sahara Urdu

Why So Much Hate?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Why So Much Hate?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Islam, properly understood and implemented is perfect; because it was revealed by the Perfect (this sentence can be applied to other faiths also, although they are all just one faith).  But Muslims are imperfect human beings; and so is the case with every community, some are bound to be imperfect; they have just put a label on themselves. They are merely professing a particular faith and not practicing it.  Can any religious community make the claim all its members or followers are perfect throughout history. This distinction should be made clearly. All human beings, irrespective of religion are bound to commit errors. In fact there are many Muslim cultures that violate the basic principles of Islam. .....

Islam’s Apostasy Problem
Mustafa Akyol

In short, what is being done to Ms. Ibrahim and her family is a ruthless, cruel, outrageous violation of human rights. Yet unfortunately, both the Sudanese authorities and some likeminded Muslims see this only as justice, because they seriously believe that all “apostates” from Islam, without any doubt, should be put to death.  However, as a Muslim myself, I join many other co-religionists of mine who oppose this apostasy ban, and see it as both an attack on religious freedom and an insult to Islam itself……

Islam and Moderation
Dr Farhan Ahmad Nizami

Islam and Moderation
Dr Farhan Ahmad Nizami

The community of Muslims must not cut itself off; it must be inclusive and assimilative, go east and west, learning as well as teaching. That is an ideal worthy of presentation to all the peoples of the world. In the end, people must have good reasons to prefer life in societies identified as Muslim, if they are to give their hearts to making those societies successful. Therefore, among the general objectives we pursue, some are bound to be specific to Muslims. Others may see the sense in them or they may not.....

Islam and Arab Culture
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Islam and Arab Culture
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

God sent revelations in languages other than Arabic means that God’s revelations are not tied to one particular language. He sent revelations in many languages, and the last and final of these, the Quran, was in Arabic.  I added that there are roughly 6,500 languages in the world. Now if Muslims were allowed to offer their Namaz in other languages, it would become impossible to establish a sense of unity transcending ethnic and linguistic boundaries.....

Muslims Must Be Honest About Qur’an
Tarek Fatah

The nineteenth century Indian Islamic scholar Abdullah Yusuf Ali, whose translation of the Qur’an is considered the most authentic, had the courage to be honest when he put a footnote to the Quranic verse mentioned above: “The point does not now arise as the whole conditions and incidents of war have been altered and slavery has been abolished by international agreement.”….

....families are dysfunctional, parents are disjointed and children left in the wildly loneliness of public housing projects. The loving parents are now in the state of separation and frustration. At one point, they use to be a family—caring couples with love and affection. Now, the looming anxiety is hovering over them, not by accident but by choice……

 

What makes me furious today is that whenever a Muslim extremist group wants to push a personal political agenda anywhere in the world, it is at the cost of human suffering and the unjustifiable use of the name of Islam…..

 

What Will We Define As Blasphemy Next?
Faraz Talat

Imagine taking an allegedly blasphemous whisper, noticed by very few, and shouting it from the rooftop in the name of alerting the townsfolk of the misdeed. Would you not consider the screamer to have caused more disrespect than the whisperer himself, by ensuring that the blasphemy spreads far wider than the whisperer had intended?....

Pay Rs 400,000, or Hand Over Your Son to the Madrasa: Enrolment Drives in Pakistani Madrasas Begin
Murtaza Haider

The militants perhaps are running short on beachheads or suicide bombers. The Taliban’s rank-and-file are made up of orphans or children abandoned by parents because of abject poverty. Militancy, devastating floods, and the earthquake in October 2005 forced the poor affected households to give up their children to religious seminaries. Some children were turned into religious mercenaries, who became fodder in the war on terrorism…..

 
The Angst of Ec­sta­sy
Nadeem F. Paracha

The Angst of Ec­sta­sy
Nadeem F. Paracha

Nevertheless, since I usu­al­ly read up on any­thing that even slight­ly in­ter­ests me, from hef­ty his­tor­ies to com­ic books to fur­ni­ture bro­chures; I de­ci­ded to do some read­ing on Hajj as well soon af­ter I told my moth­er I’d be tak­ing her to Makkah....

 

Is Luxury Living Unlawful For A Muslim?
Harun Yahya

A superior concept d science, compassion and high quality arrived everywhere that Islam reached, not just the Arabian Peninsula.  For example, concept of a high-quality life reigned in all areas of life in the Umayyad state of Andalusia in Spain. Inspired by love of Allah, Andalusian architecture and the Andalusian Muslims’ democratic approach to people of all faiths, cultures and beliefs, are still an example for all of Europe. ……

There Is a Mini Boko Haram Thriving In Every Muslim Society
Murtaza Haider

Boko Haram has taken forced conversions to another level. They have kidnapped young women, held them hostage, threatened to kill them, and offered conversion and forced marriage to Boko Haram fighters as the only way out. Muslim societies across the globe have been notorious for the poor welfare of women, especially the girl child.…

Muslims had received a very clear verdict, from the Prophet Muhammad, declaring the acquisition of languages of non-Muslims not only permissible but even preferable and obligatory in some stances. In the pre-colonial eras Muslim theologians and jurists, never perceived the acquisition of the languages of non-Muslim nations as a threat to Muslim religious and cultural identity, instead they perceived it as an effective medium of academic, religious and cultural dialogue with other nations.....





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