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Ramadan Sharif: A Blessed Moment for Worshiping Allah with Patience, Constancy and Perseverance
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

The holy month of Ramadan is an auspicious time to be grateful to Allah for giving us another opportunity to observe fasting and gain the benefits from this spiritual exercise. In His divine wisdom, Allah, who is the Lord of both our bodies and spirits, prescribed a spiritual exercise specifically for our own benefit so that through this practice of fasting, we can gradually deny gratifications that are even lawful, such as eating and drinking from dawn to sundown, so our spirits will be strong to firmly deny all sinful and unlawful acts.....

The introduction to fasting from an early age in Muslim families is common as this practice is one of the most of the five important pillars of Islam to be observed by Muslims in adulthood. After realizing the lessons to be learned from fasting, including the benefits of mental and spiritual improvements, I’m also handing down these values to my children in performing the obligation....

Since there is no central authority in Sunni Islam that could issue a definite religious ruling, or fatwa, Muslims in the north are using at least four different timetables to break the fast. Alankar sticks to Mecca time, Saudi Arabia, "because it's the birthplace of Islam". But he is worried about whether his fast will be accepted by God....

A British Islamic scholar, thinks this makes Ramadan fasting unbearable for many Muslims living in northern Europe and Canada, especially the old and children just beginning to observe the practice. It also prompts many Muslims to give up fasting altogether during the summer, he said, or sneak a secret snack to help them get through the long days. The former imam thinks this should change and has issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, calling for “moderate timings” to be accepted for those who need them....

The Sporting Sajda: A History
Nadeem F. Paracha

Performing the sajda in this context remains to be very much a South Asian Muslim ritual. Though it is mostly seen being performed by sportsmen, it is also quite common for various Pakistani or Indian Muslims from all walks of life to spontaneously (as opposed to ritually) perform it at a joyous moment of one’s achievement or of those close to them. No one is quite sure exactly when a part of the act of the sajda migrated from the domain of ritual prayers and evolved into becoming a spontaneous gesture of gratefulness to the Almighty....

 

The Madrasas: Weapons of mass Instruction
Marvi Sirmed

It is at play when Ahmadis and Shia Muslims are killed with impunity and the perpetrators not only roam free but also get unlimited space to propagate their narrative. It is at play when thousands of Madrassa students are amassed in federal capital on one call of Hafiz Saeed, the head of the banned terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. The same strategy is at play when this head of terrorist organisation is to be re-constructed as messiah and is provided with open playing field to work on humanitarian causes....

Madrasas Mass-Produce Ignorance in Pakistan through Propagating ‘Murda Fikr’ (Dead Knowledge)
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Without explicitly naming Madresahs, he said large numbers of factories mass-produce ignorance in Pakistan through propagating “Murda Fikr” (dead knowledge). They use loudspeakers as tools, leaving well over two million young minds ignorant, confused, and confounded. The early tradition of Muslim scholars and scientists was very vibrant and different, he said....

Islam encourages Muslims to work and collaborate with anyone in the pursuit of goodness as it is within the Islamic creed to be inclusive and pluralistic as long as the actions are not immoral. Like their other co-religionists, Muslims enjoy a number of privileges within the ambit of the secular state. On the whole, the Muslim community, like other religious communities, sees that Singapore is a “secular state with a soul”....

 

Organizations like Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) clearly call for an Islamic caliphate and denounce the Indonesian Constitution. The group has been campaigning against the state and its political fabric. In the past 15 years, the group has actively recruited members, particularly from university students, and indoctrinated them to disobey the republic....

Muslim States Urged to Include Women and Civil Society to Counter Religious Intolerance
Samar Fatany

The role of religious scholars or “Ulema” is critical. They hold the key to the deescalation of tensions. For a very long time the Ulema had full control over schools and courts in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries. They continue to control the spiritual and intellectual life of the majority of Muslims around the world; therefore; their role and their influence is quite significant. Unfortunately, initiatives to combat extremism and terrorist propaganda through the appointment of moderate Ulema have failed so far. The time has come to introduce new potential leaders among young Shariah graduates....

 

Spirituality and Sincerity: The Topmost Prerequisites for Authentic Islamic Renaissance
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

These past moments of victory for Islam have escaped from us because of our carelessness (Ghaflat), love of self (Hubb-e-Nafs), love for fame (Hubb-e-Jah), and love for the world (Hubb-e-Dunya). The early Muslims were the acknowledged leaders of the world because of their spirituality and because of their sincere love for Allahu Taala and their obedience to the commands of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.). During these times of intense spirituality and sincere commitment to Islam, the Kalima, “la Ilaha Illa Llah” was proclaimed from the lands of Arabia, to Africa, to Andalusia (Spain), to the land of the Balkans, Central Asia, Turkey, the Indian Subcontinent, as far as China, until the Philippine islands.....

 

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s Address at the 2nd Annual Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

The sources of Islam—the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet—tell us that Islam is a religion of peace. The Prophet of Islam started his mission in 610 CE in Makkah. What was his manhaj, or method of preaching? He used to visit gatherings of people and say to them: Ya ayyuhan-nas qulu la ilaha illallah tuflihu (“O people! Say, ‘There is no god but God’ and you be successful”). This is the ideology of Islam. It is based on tawhid, the oneness of God....

Rediscovering Her Muslim Faith after Climbing the Corporate Ladder
Ashley Walls

Afzali examined Islam and other faith traditions in a comparative religions class. As she explored facets of her identity — her race, gender, and socioeconomic status — Afzali decided that Islam was a revolutionary faith. “That’s when I decided I was Muslim by choice, after exploring religion on my own. I accepted Islam as the right path. But the college scene distracted me from actually practicing religion....

Mind Your Manners
Sabria S. Jawhar

Mind Your Manners
Sabria S. Jawhar

The basics of Islam, of course, are cleanliness, yet it’s common to see individuals perform ablution using drinking water and making a mess. Many worshippers visiting from outside the Kingdom arrive at the mosques with chest infections or flu and think nothing of spitting in a mosque or leaving tissues littering the floor....

 

The Forgotten Madrasa Children
Jalees Hazir

Does a Madrasa spread militancy only if it hands out guns to its students? What about the medieval and sectarian texts and courses with which innocent minds are brainwashed into hatred and superstition? Are there not seeds of extremism and violence embedded in what is taught to them, seeds that easily sprout into militancy when put into an enabling environment...

 

Much more documented destruction of historical sites and artifacts at the hands of Daesh has taken place in Iraq. These included the Assyrian cities of Nimrud and Khorsabad; the Parthian city of Hatra, and the Prophet Jonah’s tomb. This is also on top of destroying the Mosul museum and library, both home to numerous ancient artifacts....

 

The Future of Islam to Me Is One That Recognizes And Respects the Tradition and Past That It Finds Its Roots In While Understanding the Needs and Realities It Lives In Today
Imam Khalid Latif

The future of Islam to me is one that recognizes and respects the tradition and past that it finds its roots in while understanding the needs and realities it lives in today. It appreciates ideas of continuity and change and looks to build a better existence for humanity on a whole....

Sex and Sharia: Islamic Erotica is Fine - If It's Sold Virtually
Khaled Diab

Though Muslims' attitudes to sex are as diverse as those in any other global religious community, the image of contemporary Islam is certainly not sexy. This may explain why a recent news story about plans to open a "Halal" sex shop in Islam's holiest city, Mecca – in Saudi Arabia, one of the Arab world's most conservative countries – went viral among Muslims and non-Muslims alike….

Pakistan is Yet to Differentiate Between Sin and Crime
Murtaza Haider

Pakistan does not have an official Basij, but the Jamaat-e-Islami, its student wing, and other similar religious outfits act as moral police and brutally force their religious biases onto others....

 
Freedom?
Yaqoob Khan Bangash

Freedom?
Yaqoob Khan Bangash

The right to life is the most fundamental right in a society. From it stems other rights such as freedom of association, expression, education, equal treatment before law, and so on. Pakistan is sadly failing in the provision of this fundamental right. Even the leaders of the freedom movement would have never thought that one day Pakistan would fail in ensuring this basic right....

 

The Resurfacing Power of Arab Women
Khaled Diab

Despite Arab revolutionaries' dream of equality and empowerment for all, the cause of female emancipation has taken such a battering that the dream has turned into a nightmare for many women across the region. This is nowhere more poignantly illustrated than with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)....

 

Saudi Arabia’s Islamist-Liberal Divide
Madawi Al-Rasheed

The monarchy contributes to widening the gap between them by supporting loyalist, official Salafist-Wahhabi Islamism while also patronizing several other Islamist tendencies as well as liberals. In mainstream educational and judicial state institutions, it gives the Islamists a free hand, but in the economic, foreign policy and cultural arenas and the pan-Arab media….

 
Graceful Acceptance
Nigar, New Age Islam

The people whom we meet in our lives and the situations that we find ourselves placed in are designed by God with a purpose. We may not know the purpose of these encounters with people and situations, but we need to believe that they all happen for our own good and accept it....

The Madrasa Mix: Genesis and Growth
Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

Religious seminaries are not significant due to the number of Jihadis they produce but are central to the production of the ideology that feeds the Jihadi, even if said Jihadi is in fact educated in public schools and universities. The madrasa denotes an essential power base that contributes ideology and the sustained supply of a narrative into society, which in turn, feeds both radicalism and militancy in Pakistan. Madrasas are where ideological indoctrination rejecting all opposing ideas is born. Sectarian violence, therefore, is one by-product of this manufacture of ideology and indoctrination......

I request people like Dr Debra and Bargretta to go back to their countries. We cannot protect your lives in our country. We are a people who consider vaccine haram and polio halal and respect for benefactors cannot be expected from a nation that considers diseases halal and medicines haram.

We are a tyrannical people. If you don’t believe, go through our history. From the state of Madina to Yemen crisis now, 129 states of ours were terminated during the last 13 hundred and fifty years. From the martyrdom of Usman Ghani to the ISIS attack in Jalalabad a few days ago, we never put our sword in our sheath. We have been slaying our own people for the last 1350 years. We do not have peace. During the last 1350 years we only have had 13 islands of peace spanning not more than three or four years. We are a tyrannical people.

God had given us a religion of peace but we could not get peace.  As soon as we enter any Islamic country, we get oppression, anarchy and fear whereas outside the borders of Islamic state, we find peace, stability, justice and equality. We are tyrannical people.



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