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The War Within Islam

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?...

The oppressive and authoritarian reaction Erdoğan has demonstrated against the Gezi Park phenomenon is fast pulling down the moral superiority of the AKP’s Turkey; it is fast transforming it into an “old one.”….

 

Outrage over the verdict led urban youth to gather in Shahbag square in Dhaka, demanding nothing less than the hanging of convicted war criminals. The movement had all the elements of an anti-establishment revolution. In the first few days water bottles were hurled at government ministers who tried to get on the central podium. But the Awami League displayed great political acumen in eventually appropriating the Shahbag movement....

 

After Kuwait's independence in 1961, one-third of its population was granted Kuwaiti nationality, another third was naturalised as citizens, and the rest found themselves without nationality and considered "bidoon jinsiya". ....

This is not a fight purely or even primarily about Islam; it is a war about the future of the Middle East. Unfortunately, however, all the talk about sectarian war is fast becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. And by misunderstanding the complicated history of Syria’s alliances with Shia groups, we may contribute to the very sectarian tensions that are tearing the region apart....

 

Hefazat’s lifespan will depend on the willingness of these men to temper their personal ambitions and on their ability to collaborate durably. The past behaviour of Deobandi leaders in the educational and political arenas suggests this won’t be easy. Hefazat possesses the elementary ingredients to challenge the status quo through its large and self-propagating network of dedicated men keen on transforming the political culture of Bangladesh....

 

Mecca: A City Losing Its Spirituality
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Another place famous in the world for mundane luxuries is Las Vegas, Nevada. The difference obviously is that it is known as ‘sin city’, while Mecca holds a special place in people’s hearts for its holiness. The point is Mecca should never be made comparable to Las Vegas for its luxuries, and simplicity should be encouraged....

 

The Quran and Punishing Apostasy
Bassem Youssef

Neither the Quran, nor the prophet’s words or actions, permit killing apostates. Despite this, some make apostasy and repentance a central issue, although the prophet was not known for asking them to repent, or ordering their punishment. So why do scholars conclude otherwise? As they see it, requesting repentance carries with it intellectual intimidation and psychological humiliation.....

Saudi Arabia Deserves Worldwide Condemnation
Dennis Dalman

Will Saudi Arabia ever join modern civilization? Or will it remain a virtual medieval country? Alas, the latter seems likely. Barbaric executions, most of them public beheadings, still take place in that country. Its “justice” system, based on Islamic Sharia law, is about as “just” as the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century…

Islamic Debates on Apostasy in Egypt
Bassem Youssef

Heated debate about this phenomenon has appeared on Islamist websites, YouTube and religious TV programs. As usual, extremist people have surfaced who know nothing other than insults. Some of them have even called for punishment for apostasy....

All in all, the crux of the matter therefore revolves round two important questions to be answered. One is as to whose wealth is it that lay under the feet in the ground of the prince’s kingdom and the whole region as oil wealth and two, how that wealth including the additional wealth that is acquired by the huge religious industry in his domain, is spent? ......

Tele-Clerics and Custom-Made Fatwas
Bassem Youssef

Last year, loans were prohibited. This year, the interest on loans is seen as administrative fees. Elections were prohibited, but it is okay to resort to them now to attain authority. Females going out to vote is prohibited, but if the candidate is an Islamist, then we need the vote of every sister for the sake of God’s victory. At this point, I cannot help but repeat the question of the Muslim American sister: “Okay, fine. They are fooling us, but do they think they will fool God?”...

 

Wahabi Shari'a law and tribal customs combine to keep Saudi Arabia as the most-conservative society. The cultural norms present to narrowly defined standards of ethics. Men and women are not permitted to attend public events together (M’enoret 2005).Saudi Arabia hosts one of the pillars of Islam, which obliges all Muslims to make the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Many Saudi Wahhabi Imams criticize the Islamic history in which men and women were never segregated in great mosque of Ka’ba in Mecca and during annual Hajj or Umrah.....

Islam’s Civil War: As the Sykes-Picot borders disappear, a Muslim Thirty Years’ War may be breaking out in the thrice-promised land
Patrick J. Buchanan

Syria is disintegrating, with Alawite Shia fighting Sunni, Christians siding with Damascus, Druze divided, and Kurds looking to break free and unite with their kinfolk in Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Their dream: a Kurdistani nation rooted in a common ethnic identity. Shia Hezbollah controls the south of Lebanon, and with Shia Iran is supporting the Shia-led army and regime of Bashar Assad....

 

Dirty Saudi Royal Family Making Mockery of Shariah Law Completely Exposed

 

 

Islamists vs. Islamists in the Arab world
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

The paradox is that Ennahda Islamists doubted the presence of terrorist groups. They condemn the prevention of preaching campaigns and charity activities under the excuse that they are Islamic acts. But history repeats itself. The Islamist Ennahda government is currently the one setting the prohibitions. What is prohibited today is the Ansar al-Sharia group....

 

Saudi Arabia-Developing Capitalism with Wahhabi Characteristics
Atul Aneja

The Saudi state appears engaged in a project of developing a unique brand of capitalism with Wahhabi characteristics. One of its starkest illustrations of this exercise is the new campus on the outskirts of Riyadh of the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University - the largest women’s university in the world. The university encourages its women students to research in modern cutting edge disciplines such as nanotechnology, information technology, and bioscience, without infringing the segregation norms of Wahhabi ideology. Hoping to develop a new breed of technocrats and entrepreneurs the government has sent hundreds of thousands of students on scholarships abroad....

The Looming Civil War within Islam
Waheeduddin Ahmed for New Age Islam

As if the danger to Muslims from external enemies was not serious enough, we are facing the prospects of a civil war between the Sunnis and the Shias on a global scale. Such a war could have all the characteristics of world war three. Sectarian passions seem to be brewing with sizzling effervescence in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Eastern Arabia. There are ominous signs of states such as Iran, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia getting involved in the conflict. … Are we now to rethink our loyalties and our associations? Is there a conscious attempt to divide the Muslim world on sectarian ground? Are the Saudis, their protégés among the Taleban and the Takfeer-mongers of Pakistan right? Have the enemies of Islam struck their final blow? There is still time to avert this impending Armageddon in the Muslim world. The ball is in the Iranian court....

Confessions of an Ex-Muslim
Omar Shahid

Islam is often perceived as a religion antithetical to British, secular values. But between 2001-2011, more than 100,000 British people converted to Islam. This may come as a surprise, especially considering the virulent climate of Islamophobia supposedly pervading the country in the shadow of 9/11. Yet, while Muslims may rejoice at the news of many British people flocking to Islam, little is known about the large proportion of converts who later become apostates…….

 

The Islamists' Paradox: Inclusion and Moderation
Khalil Al-Anani

First, a quick comparison between Brotherhood rhetoric and conduct before and after the revolution reveals that oppression, not inclusion, was the motivation for developing the group's intellectual discourse and maturity and rationality of its political conduct. This is perplexing and perhaps requires behavioural and psychological study of the group....

 

The Salafi View of Islam: Joining Islam Is Like Joining an Army: Pakistani Muslims Who Do Not Like Islam’s Military Discipline Should Get Their Names Registered As Minorities
Anwar Ghazi, Tr. New Age Islam

If someone has not accepted Islam, there is no compulsion on him and he has total protection under the Islamic system. But one who has accepted Islam, there are some rules and obligations for him and these rules cannot be considered oppression but are for the protection of humanity. If the people of America and Britain have formed some rules and they are not disapproved by them why can’t we consider the best Shariah brought by the holy prophet (pbuh) our asset? Now if someone does not want to follow Islam’s military discipline and Sharia brought by the holy Prophet (pbuh) and finds them problematic, he can be best advised to get himself enlisted as a minority....

Pakistan’s Sipah-e-Sahaba promotes Genocide of Shias in the name of Jihad, republishing in al-Rashideen, hate speeches of Haq Nawaz Jhangvi and Allama Sher Haideri
Tufail Ahmad

Recently, the Sipah-e-Sahaba, Pakistan (SSP) released the third issue of a magazine called Al-Rashideen in English language. In the first issue, published in March 2013, the magazine’s cover page declared that "Iran must fall before Palestine can be liberated." It produced a number of hateful articles against Shia Muslims, republishing speeches of Haq Nawaz Jhangvi and Allama Sher Haideri.....

Swat: How Green Was My Valley?
Nadeem F. Paracha

What do we have to say about the blowing up of girls’ schools, CD and barber shops in our own backyard? Happenings that are still a reality in various towns, enclaves and cities of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, south Punjab and parts of Karachi? What do we have to say about men of faith in our very own country who actually believe that suicide and multiple murders in the name of God will land them a cosy little corner in paradise?...



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