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Iraq Heading Back Towards a Civil War on the 2006-2007 Scale in Circumstances That Are Beyond Bizarre
Gwynne Dyer

The fear now is that Iraq is drifting towards a sectarian civil war as well. Maliki’s government, which is dominated by politicians from the Shia majority of the Arab population, effectively controls only about half the country. The Kurds, who would really rather be independent, control the north, and have little interest in inter-Arab disputes and, the Sunni Arabs deeply resent being under Shia rule….

Arab, the Sick Man of Asia
Nastik Durrani, New Age Islam

But why have the Arabs been tagged with the title of “sick men” in the first place? Historically, this label was first given to the Ottoman Empire by Russia on account of the declining of the Empire. Later on, the label became popular to the extent that European countries started to use it frequently. ... Anyway, the question is simply what made the Arabs 'sick men'?.....

The Lahore Log: War Is Not the Solution to Dealing with the Taliban
Mehr F Husain

 What can the State and the military do to ensure that Pakistan does not become another Afghanistan?  Even if talks fail, and war is pursued as last resort, does the government have any socio-economic plans drawn up as a means of readjustment to normal life and prevent further insurgency? ….

 

The Modern Islamic State Continues To Be a Besieged Idea
Khaled Ahmed

The religious parties, not able to win elections, draw their strength, not from the elected assemblies, but from al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as the latter kill in the name of Islam.....

 

An Arab historian observed a long time ago, that most of the history of Arabs is a history of divisions. And this is what Israel fed from, Plays on, and benefits of .But in October 1973, Arabs needed to change history. But they could not change history without first working out some of the divisions. This time they did something about it……

 
War Not Peace
Najam Sethi

War Not Peace
Najam Sethi

If the Al-Qaeda-Afghan Taliban-TTP network succeeds in establishing a safe strategic base area or Emirate-State incorporating parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, then global “Islamic” terrorists will fly in the droves to this new “country” from which to plan and launch attacks in the region and beyond. That will suck in foreign powers again….

 

Tunisia Shows the Way in the Arab World
Rami G. Khouri

This superficial, incomplete and largely unfair assessment of what is actually happening in different Arab countries is contrasted by those pockets of sobriety and a more nuanced understanding that some hope actually exists in an Arab landscape of political turbulence and violence…..

 

A Chance to Win Hearts and Minds in Quetta
Ayesha Siddiqa

To sum it all up, the picture of militancy in Balochistanis far more intense than one imagines. But this time around, it is the ordinary people who are going to be affected by the varied colours of conflict…..

 

Textbooks in Pakistani Government Schools Teaching Hate against Christians and Hindus, Jihad and Martyrdom to Young Students
Tufail Ahmad

In Pakistan, where Islamist groups are launching regular attacks against non-Muslim Pakistanis like Christians and Hindus as well as some sects of Muslims such as Shi'ites and Ahmadi Muslims, whom they do not consider to be real Muslims, the official and unofficial media, government leaders and religious scholars have legitimized hate against religious minorities, with the term "minority" itself having come to be seen in a pejorative context. As a result of such legitimization of hate through school textbooks, government policies, sermons in mosques and religious congregations, there is growing persecution of Pakistani Christians, Hindus, Shias and Ahmadi Muslims.....

Blasphemy laws in Pakistan are inherently biased and discriminatory, have induced sectarian violence, and have silenced honest political discourse in the country. More importantly, the laws run contrary to the spirit of justice and respect toward other faiths under the precepts of Islam….

 

Once overlooking the city from almost every billboard in the capital Tripoli, Muammar Gaddafi still inhabits the cityscape, through fading revolutionary graffiti and old banknotes still in circulation. And he's still rather very present in peoples' minds. Held responsible for all of Libya's ills by some, and posthumously hailed as guardian of stability by others, the fallen leader has become a frame of reference for a nation in search of identity....

 

The Middle East Cauldron
Javid Husain

Another source of tensions and instability in the greater Middle East is the wave of sectarianism sweeping the region. The rivalry at play between Iran and Saudi Arabia is partly the offshoot of sectarian differences between Sunnis and Shiites, and partly the competition between them for pre-eminence in the Persian Gulf region.....

 

Pakistanis Are Now Caught Up in Their Own Trap
Kamal Siddiqi

On Sunday, 38 people lost their lives in the Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar. Of this, 18 belonged to the same family. This attack comes exactly one week after the attack on the All Saints Church and two days after an attack on a bus that killed 20. We have lost count of the number of innocent people being killed by terrorists at will…..

Steeped In Ancient Mysticism, Passion of Pakistani Sufis Infuriates Taliban
A Muslim Devotee

With its hypnotic rituals, ancient mysticism and a touch of intoxicated madness, Sufism is a form of Islam which has been practised in Pakistan for centuries — a powerful antidote to extremism in places such as the province of Sindh. It is scenes like this, where men and women dance together in a fervent celebration of their faith that makes Sufis an increasingly obvious target in the conservative country where sectarian violence is on the rise.....

Negotiations: Dangers of a Pyrrhic Victory
Dr Haider Shah

The Taliban follow the creed where force is considered a necessary element for cleaning the modern day Muslim community of presumed un-Islamic additions …

Campus Terror: Why Pakistan Is Afraid Of Its Universities
Khaled Ahmed

Lahore is more like Islamabad, where al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists could be hiding in the outskirts, which have nearly 1,00,000 illegal squatters (most of them Pakhtun-Afghan), unplanned mosques, and the Arab-funded International Islamic University, where the founder of al-Qaeda, Abdullah Azzam, used to teach, and where al-Qaeda killers take Sharia courses today.....

 
Extreme Myopia
Faisal Bari

Extreme Myopia
Faisal Bari

In the land where thousands of Sufis are buried and thousands are alive, where scores of Sufi orders thrive, where the likes of Buddha, Nanak and Ram have walked, where millions of lovers of wisdom have lived and died, the government of a province says we cannot teach comparative religion to our children in schools. ….

 

Council of Islamic Ideology: Beyond Hope?
Najam Sethi

There was a glimmer of hope last week that the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) might finally be persuaded to accept DNA evidence as conclusive proof in rape cases, a universally accepted practice….

 

The World Has Moved on, It’s Time the Muslims Do Too
Mehreen Omer

Drunk in the nostalgia for the Islamic golden age, Muslims today find solace reminiscing about the past. It seems perhaps to be the only comfort for the ills that befall them today; an antidote for “the poison that the cunning West has inflicted them with”. The Islamic golden age has conceitedly become the knock-out punch in store against the Islamophobic debaters. The Muslim world cannot be criticised, for it had once ruled the world....

The Enemy Within
I.A. Rehman

The Enemy Within
I.A. Rehman

The Muslim Ulema argue that no true Muslim can commit such horrible excesses. For one thing, the people know better. And for another, considerable confusion has been created by those who own their black deeds and those who always deny them. If these denials are taken seriously even the most efficient detectives might fail to track down the culprits. In any case the search is unnecessary as the list of suspects is quite short.....

 
Did I Say Pakistani? I Meant Indian
Dr Sabreena Razaq Hussain

Did I Say Pakistani? I Meant Indian
Dr Sabreena Razaq Hussain

Several hours west, for many that cannot even name the capital city of Pakistan, negative perceptions of the country have cast a shadow over their day-to-day lives. Pakistani heritage has become an embarrassing and awkward liability for many British-born Pakistanis...

 

The Pakistani State on Its Knees
Dr Mohammad Taqi

Without setting the parameters for what exactly is the state willing to concede to the TTP in exchange for peace, the prime minister and his APC have left the door wide open for the terrorists to keep making highly perverse demands ….

 

Pakistan: Pluralism and Tolerance
Najam Sethi

Equally welcome is the news that the CII believes that those who deliberately level false allegations of blasphemy should be subject to punishment no less severe than those who are actually convicted for blasphemy on the basis of solid evidence. Therefore parliament should heed the mood of the public and CII and make such amendments in the relevant laws as reflect these sentiments and provide some sort of deterrence against the willful misapplication of these laws….

 

Pakistan: A Mixture of Shariah and Law
Luavut Zahid

This is a country where Ahmadis are non-Muslims while atheists/agnostics do not exist. Minorities are routinely harassed in addition to everything else and everything is justified under some Shariah clause or the other. Equal rights would permit people to identify with religions as they see fit….

 

Egypt: Revolution or Restoration?
Aijaz Ahmad

None of the dominant actors—the military, the Ikhwan, the Mubarkaist bourgeoisie, the Nasserists—can resolve the underlying socio-economic crisis which has produced the mass rebellion in any case. Short of a radical restructuring of domestic class relations and international alignments, there is a real possibility of a social breakdown and a slow slide into civil war....

 


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  • Excellent article!
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  • Yunus Sb,  For a beginning, you can respond to my 3 comments on chapter 3 of your book.   You have two comments on part 1 of my article:Who Is ...
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  • Secular Logic says:"Even worse than what is written in the Quran is the way people are trying to defend the obnoxious verses in it. ...
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  • Rational,Regarding Bani Ismail and why there were no prophets until Muhammad (pbuh) and why there were so many among Bani Yaqub or Israel there ...
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  • Rational,Surely People and mankind in general have benefited from the Quran all through. The better you understand, the more benefit you can get out ...
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  • Shahin Sb,In case any Maulana disputes the meaning of 98:6 like Yunus Sb did, here is the counter:The construction of 98:6 is exactly as ...
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  • Nasser ahmed sahebSince the Quran has reached to major population of the globe, so they will be judged by the standard of the Quran ...
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  • Then what about those who could never understand the truth of the Quran for whole lives? The Quran was revealed for human beings. Allah knew ...
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  • Rational,The fault is not with the Quran. Talk about human weaknesses. Bigotry is a universal trait. Hazrat Umar (RA) understood the meaning of "fitna" ...
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  • Rational,By tribals, I mean the adivasi kind of tribals. What is partiality?  ·         Kufr is relative to what a person knows and believes to be “the truth” ...
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  • Nasser sahebWas there no urbanised people in the long history of banu Ismael? At that time tribal life was norm. Even bank Israels lived ...
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  • A general rule that is followed in all speeches, articles is that it should reflect and bring out the fact that Allah has inscribed ...
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  • Shahin Sb,That is exactly what I have said in my article:Action Points for Defeating the Extremist IdeologyThe extremists are only extreme in their actions and ...
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  • Rational,,  Is God holding them or any person responsible for any kufr in the spiritual dimension unless it is from knowledge, deliberate and wilful? They will be ...
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  • So much time wasted talking about kafir and mushrik! Is that all that Islam is about?
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  • Shahin Sb,  There are precisely three verses in the Quran that talk about the punishment of the Mushrikin. These are:  Kufr - a relative concept  (33:72) We did indeed offer the Trust ...
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  • Kafir and mushrik were not ready to accept hz Mohammed God's prophet. This is only their fault. Otherwise good and people are found everywhere. Sincerest ...
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  • Mohammed yunus sahebRead the article in full. Maulana doesn't think madarsa education needs any modernisation.http://newageislam.com/interview/maulana-wahiduddin-khan-for-new-age-islam/major-issue-muslims-in-india-facing-today-is-secular-education/d/102668
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  • Mohammed yunus saheb.Please read the interview of maulana wahiduddin khan saheb available on this site. And when Muslims are not one on basic issues of ...
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  • Yunus Sb,If the intention of the Quran was to say all the polytheists and the kafaru among the people of the book ....it would ...
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  • Sultan Shahin Sahab,Why can't you split the subject of the verse into two categories:i) Those who disbelieved among the People of the Book ii) ...
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  • There is no need to study other philosophies. Just read and contemplate on ambiguous book and you will have mastery over every philosophy.The Quran ...
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  • Dear Rational Muhammad Yunus,There is no reference to 'madrassa' in the article nor is the 'madrassa education' blamed. It has connected the explosive rise ...
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  • And what was that clear prophecy? Is not that so called clear prophecy not bone of contention.These prophecies have been used to declare people ...
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  • madarsa are blamed for radicalization of muslims. They say madarsa curriculum must be changed.But to maulana wahiduddin khan saheb madarsa are doing perfectly well. ...
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  • Dear Sultan Shahin,I agree with you that 98:6 is referencing a certain population of "People of the Book" and "polytheists", but in a slightly ...
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  • There in a nutshell you have it!
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