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Egypt’s Second Revolution: Storming Heavens
Lal Khan

The most striking aspect of the second Egyptian revolution has been that it has laid bare the falsity of the notion propagated by the bourgeois media and intelligentsia that the Arab Spring was about a democratic change. In fact, the self-immolation of Boazizi in Tunisia that ignited the mass revolutionary movements was a protest against unemployment and socio-economic injustices....

Did The Military Really Save Egypt?
Khaled Abou El Fadl

As incredible as it might sound, in the year leading up to the overthrow of the Egyptian President, countless intellectuals and journalists insisted that President Morsi was brought to power by the United States, and that he received his orders from the White House. More incredibly still, intellectuals on the right and on the left speaking in opposition television channels portrayed the United States and the Muslim Brotherhood as partners in a devilish scheme…

The circumstances in Egypt should make the democratic forces of Egypt cautious as there are great possibilities that in near future the Muslim Brotherhood may try to spread anarchy and political mayhem because they still enjoy the support of political Islamist outfits like Hamas. The unity of revolutionary democratic forces is extremely necessary. If it happens, it will have its positive effects in other countries of the region.

 
Pakistan is not Egypt but....
Syed Mansoor Hussain

Pakistan is not Egypt but....
Syed Mansoor Hussain

It is indeed true that Pakistan is not Egypt. The one lesson our new Prime Minister (PM) has hopefully learnt from his own past experience, of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto before him, and from Mohamed Morsi now, it does not matter whom you appoint as the new head of the army. The new head of the army will not be ‘loyal’ to you but to the force he leads....

 

Egypt: A Clear Message for the Brotherhood
Sonja Zekri

When considered in the light of the 'off with his head' chants on both sides, the protests have been astoundingly peaceful. Instead of a bloodbath, there is a festival atmosphere. Instead of bread riots, we are witnessing an uprising of the strangled middle classes....

 

Egypt’s Choice Is Military Rule or Illiberal Democracy
Fareed Zakaria

Much of the Western media has tended to describe the divide in Egypt as one between secularists and Islamists, and portray ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi as having pursued a radical Islamic agenda in his year in office. There is certainly a strand of truth to this narrative, though the story is more about grabbing power than enacting Shariah….

Dealing with the region, Morsi did nothing to change the status quo, but maintained what his predecessors constructed. Despite over 80 years touting 'Islam is the solution,' when the opportunity presented itself the MB failed to meet the challenge governance posed. As a result, despite winning the elections, they were always on the back foot defending their rule. The demonstrations against their rule grew in scope as the MB failed to placate the opposition, eventually bringing the country to a standstill, which was when the army moved in....

This Is Not a Coup, but the Will of Egypt’s People
Abdel Latif el-Menawy

The Brotherhood launched a real influential attempt to carve out features of the Egyptian character. It began imposing a new reality with different features. I think this metaphor is the most expressive term of the feeling Egyptians have. It partially explains this huge number of Egyptians who decided to take to the streets to protect their features from distortion that the Brotherhood began but had no time to implement....

 

What Ails The Lands Of Islam?
Ayaz Amir

Closer to home Pakistan and Afghanistan exchanging mindless and petty insults and Pakistan, as ever, unable to get out of its Afghan obsession. Only recently we used to protest we had nothing to do with the Afghan Taliban. Now we aren’t exactly rejecting insinuations that we may have helped bring them to the Qatari table....

 
People of Fata
Ishrat Saleem

People of Fata
Ishrat Saleem

The people of Fata have suffered immensely and for too long, not just at the hands of militants, but also by the neglect and ill-advised policies of successive governments, which have historically treated Fata as a strategic fault-line. The government must take steps to prepare the rehabilitated areas for integration into the mainstream political system....

 
Arabs Need a New Islam
Nastik Durrani, New Age Islam

For a long time, the Arabs were the rulers, not the ruled. They were the masters, not the slaves; they were the judges, not the accused, they were the oppressors, not the oppressed. But in this modern world, their condition is the opposite. Their name features at the bottom in the list of nations. Above only the southern desert of Africa.

'You Cannot Eat Sharia': Mohamed Elbaradei
Mohamed Elbaradei

The Brotherhood doesn’t have the qualified people, who hail mostly from liberal and leftist parties. You need to form a grand coalition, and you need to put your ideological differences aside and work together to focus on people’s basic needs. You can’t eat Sharia....

Army Ousts Egypt’s President; Morsi Is Taken into Military Custody
Mohammad Morsi, Ousted Egyptian President

Egypt’s military officers removed the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday, suspended the Constitution and installed an interim government presided over by a senior jurist. Tahrir Square, where tens of thousands of opponents of the government had gathered each night since Sunday to demand Mr. Morsi’s removal, erupted in fireworks and jubilation at news of the ouster....

 

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The Hypocrisy of Al Qaradhawi
Mazhar Abbas, New Age Islam

The truth is that Al Qaradhawi is extremely worried over the future of Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi in Egypt and so he has tried to present the image of a moderate and sensible leader who talks of moderateness, tolerance and dialogue while when it comes to take a stand vis-à-vis the Shias, the same Al Qaradhawi suddenly superimposes himself as a Jihadi, intolerant and sectarian demon baying for the blood of his ideological and sectarian opponents. He is a hypocrite. Period….

 

Despite suffering blatant discrimination throughout his academic and work life, he has forged a path for himself where he can safely say that he never stopped striving A student of cost management and finance at a private institution in Lahore, Sabir now works as a tutor and teaches local children in the slums in Lahore, where members of his community are usually made to live....

 

 

In the early stages of their movement, the militants' primary purpose was to raise funds as well as rest and recuperate. In June 2012, however, the group began its violent fund raising tactics and increasingly attacked secular politicians and law enforcers....

 

The religion of Islam has never been such a lucrative business than it is today. The Maulvis of Islam have never earned so much money which they are making today. The need of the Fatwas of the Maulvis was not as great as it is today. ... The Jamia Al Azhar in Cairo has set up a hotline for delivering Fatwas. The number of Fatwas that are delivered today was never so high. The spread of religious madrasas was not as comprehensive before as it is today. ... Tableegh (proselytising) is also at its peak. In the entire history, the secular and pseudo secular forces of Islamic countries were not so afraid of the section of mullahs before. The number of pages and hours devoted to religious teachings by print and electronic media respectively have no precedence. And the way the section of the Mullahs is supporting terrorism and rather preparing terrorists openly, this organised global terrorism also has no precedence in history. ...

Distortion of Islam’s Moderation and Tolerance
Manal Abdul Aziz

Instead of enforcing their so-called Renaissance (Nahda) programme for upgrading the living conditions of the Egyptians, the Muslim Brotherhood have focused on strengthening their grip on authority and the different state institutions and departments. They are following the example of the dissolved National Democratic Party, which, although it allowed the existence of multi-party rule, yet followed a strategy of weakening all opposition parties....

 

Say No to the Totalitarian Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood has taken power, or better to say, “Inherited power,” in almost all Arab states that have witnessed the Arab Spring after uprisings definitely not ignited by the power-thirsty Islamists but by angry youths aspiring social justice, opportunity and decent living conditions. By “inherited,” I mean the Islamists have received something for free and did not come into possession or succession from predecessors as the world semantically connotes.....

 

In this vast desert area, some attempt at imposing law-and-order is being made but the authorities face multiple problems such as rising violence, trafficking in drugs and weapons and an "influx of illegal immigrants".   The illegal immigrants, frequently a synonym for human trafficking, include the thousands of Africans attempting to reach the Mediterranean coast before tackling their last hurdle to entering Europe..... 

 

The Real Threat to Islam
Aijaz Zaka Syed

And this isn’t a problem that is confined to Pakistan. From the killing fields of Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen to the battlefronts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, it is the same sickening story of the faithful being slaughtered at the hands of fellow travellers. Groups like Al-Qaeda and the Tehreek-e-Taliban that seemingly came into being to avenge the western crimes and injustices against the faithful have killed more of their own people...

 

As the Saudi/Wahhabi institutions and individuals are posing serious threat to the internal security of the nation by radicalizing Muslim youth and misguiding them in the name of Islam, the-so-far silent voice of mainstream moderate Muslims is beginning to come out. All India Ulama & Mashikh Board is an organization of such mainstream moderate Muslims which has embarked on a mission to counter the Saudi-supported Salafi-Wahhabi extremism on Indian soil. In a press release issued today, the AIUMB has announced its Annual General Meeting to be held on June 30, 2013 at the shrine of the Sufi saint Shaikhul Alam in Rudauli Sharif (UP). The main agenda of the 8th Annual General Meeting is to discuss ways to combat the menace of Saudi/Wahhabi radicalization of Indian Muslim Society.

Start Dialogue with the Belief That 'Peace Is Better' (Quran 4:128), Demonstrate That We Are On The Side Of Peace At Home and Abroad: Fethullah Gulen
Fethullah Gulen

Indeed, when we look at the Qur’an we see that it is moulded in love. In that respect, believing hearts must reclaim these beauties which are already ours, changing the negative image of Muslims. This negative image has been fed to the world and now we must once more communicate the essential facet of Islam to those who are presumed to be civilized, using the principle of “gentle persuasion.”...

 
Ataturk and Taksim Square
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Ataturk and Taksim Square
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Unfortunately, Pakistan’s own record in pursuit of that vision has been patchy and circular. Through the Objectives Resolution, the legislators after Jinnah’s death vested the sovereignty over the entire universe in God, a statement that was at best an exercise in futility but which ultimately laid the foundations of the ‘theocratisation’ of Pakistan.....

 

Islam at War – With Itself
Murtaza Haider

This was all done in the name of Islam. This will be repeated sooner than later. Some would argue this is not the “real” Islam. Does it really matter what real Islam is when its true followers cannot stand against those who use religion to commit genocide?...



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