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When the angel Jibril, may Allah be well pleased with him, brought revelation, the Prophet shivered and was frightened. He reached home and said to Khadija 'please wrap a cloth over my body'. At that time Khadija replied, 'And by Allah, he will not harm you. I saw five valuable traits in you'[14]. These five traits are pillars to which a manager should hold closely to sustain his business successfully....

 

Shouting slogans like “Islam is the solution” while university students and economic advisors in the Muslim world study and apply the economic theories of Milton Friedman and his likes will not solve any problems....

 
Which Islam?
The Economist

Which Islam?

An ultra-conservative Sunni movement that seeks to emulate the Prophet Muhammad and his earliest followers, Al-Salaf Al-Salih (the pious forefathers) It seeks to strip Islam of the traditions accumulated over the centuries. Salafists increasingly take part in elections. They are financed by petrodollars from countries such as Saudi Arabia...

 

It cannot be denied that Sufi’s culture and ideology represents Islamic syncretic tradition that alone would resist the forces of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.

 

Listen To Saner Voices on Muslim Law Reform
Tahir Mahmood

Do these voices in favour of reform made year after year not qualify to be taken as “initiatives from the community”? What are the custodians of State authority waiting for? Who do they expect to come forward asking for reform — the Deoband seminary, or the All India Muslim Personal Law Board? If so, the Muslims will have to remain content with their caricatured personal law till the Day of Judgment....

My Tears and Those of the Women Next To Me Flowed Between Prayers, and In That Moment I Could See How Beautiful Islam Can Be: A Beauty Too Seldom Talked About
Zainab Salbi

I found my own way to practice my faith with the help of my grandmother, who was a pious Muslim, and my mother, a spiritual Muslim who told me that God is everywhere: in the trees, in the sand, and in the air....

 

Sufism, Islam and the Lower Self
Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

These Orders being tied to Sufi giants like Suhrawardi, Rumi and Naqshband. All of these Orders honour the Prophet Mohammed, follow the teachings of the Quran, and connect with the inner message offered by Mohammed to his followers. This inner, esoteric mystical stream that must be experienced and is set free by the Sufi Master.....

 

The Superficial Piety: Most Muslims Recite the Verses without Much Idea of What They Mean
Syed Kamran Hashmi

In fact, only a small religiously inclined minority read the whole Quran with translation. And most Muslims remain deprived of the real essence of the message of God sent to the world in the form of the Holy Quran....

 

Qawwali and the Sufi Tradition: Music That Unites
Taimur Shamil

The early Sufis of the 11th and 12th century called it Sam'aa, in the Middle East. Sam'aa, traditionally, was a Sufi gathering which usually comprised nay, daff, and Sarangi as musical instruments. ....

 

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.....

 


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