The War Within Islam
There is also
the very important question of co-existence with other faiths, and the liberal,
radical version of Islam differs a great deal on this point from other less
liberal versions. In these latter versions an increasing number of people seem
to consider it their religious duty to enforce not just religion but a
particular version of it, making persons who subscribes to anything else
persona non gratae….
The Prophet of
Islam, upon whom be peace, was the Apostle of God but he was also a lawgiver
and a leader of mankind. So it is that there is a ring to his injunctions, cast
in such a way that they have a striking effect on the listener. Consider in
this light his precept about cleanliness: that it is half of faith and next to
godliness. Do we honour this injunction?...
James M. Dorsey
separately that, “whereas the elderly poor can afford simple, traditional and
contained diversions, the globalized and affluent youth tend to embrace more
spontaneous, erotically charged, and commodified pleasures.” Further, “This
might help explain why globalizing youngsters more than others cause fear and
fury among Islamist (and non-Islamist) anti-fun adversaries.”....
“Let’s hope for
the best and hope for another Ataturk in future to salvage women, children,
minorities and Secular Turkey.”Another Ataturk-like political figure in future
might act as a Messiah for Turks who are being oppressed under the repressive
autocratic regime of Erdogan....
Behind much of
the Middle East’s chaos — the wars in Syria and Yemen, the political upheaval
in Iraq and Lebanon and Bahrain — there is another conflict. Saudi Arabia and
Iran are waging a struggle for dominance that has turned much of the Middle
East into their battlefield. Rather than fighting directly, they wield and in
that way worsen the region’s direst problems: dictatorship, militia violence
and religious extremism.....
support the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria but they worry its
defeat will only be the next stage for further Shiite and Iranian domination of
the Iraqi polity. Riyadh has little faith in Iraqi politicians who promise not
to pursue sectarian agendas....
It is ugly and
sad, for 10 years ago Turkey seemed to be entering an era of stable democracy
and growing prosperity. This tragedy was not bound to happen: one man’s
ruthless ambition has derailed an entire country’s promising future. It’s not
clear when, or even if, it will get back on track…..
James M. Dorsey
sent huge amounts often through Pakistani tycoons who had a long-standing
presence in Saudi Arabia as well as operations in the UK and Canada and
maintained close relations with the Al Saud family and the Saudi business
community. One of them gave 100 million rupees a year. We had so much money, it
didn’t matter what things cost,” said a co-founder of Sipah....
Saudi Arabia is
going through a period of muscular nationalism and is trying to assert its
weight as a Sunni regional power, particularly in trying to counterbalance Shiite
Iran. That has created a sense of wounded pride among Egyptians, who have long
thought of their nation as the leader of the Arab world....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
attack of the night of October 24 at the PTC, the Balochistan Government seems
to have lost faith in the capacity of Federal Forces, and had demanded the
restoration of pre-1958 powers under the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) to
curb crimes and prevent acts of terror in the Province. "The provincial
administration has no legal powers in Balochistan that has become a war zone
There is no
justice or “Insaf” in Pakistan. That is why citizens clutched desperately at
the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. There is rampant corruption and voracious greed
in Pakistan. That is why citizens lent their shoulder to fashioning the
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.....
Yasser Latif Hamdani
In a pointed
exchange, it became clear to us that Pakistan and the Muslim world were at
least 500 years behind the rest of the world when it came to accepting
religious differences and celebrating diversity. This is despite the fact that
Islamic history points to a time when free thinkers like Rhazes were celebrated
Yasser Latif Hamdani
every hue and cry are baying for Aasia Bibi’s blood. What they do not
understand is that with Aasia Bibi’s life, hangs in balance Pakistan’s own
future as a responsible member of comity of nations. ....
Why are Sunni
Ulema hell-bent on defending the continuance of triple talaq which is not only
contrary to the unambiguous Quran injunction, but which even according to them
is “theologically repugnant”? What, except their male-centred worldview, stops
them from seeing the two-faceted nature of the Quranic stipulations concerning women:
Some truly progressive by the prevailing cultural sensibilities at Islam’s
birth, some like “directive principles” pointing towards a far more egalitarian
and gender just future society?...
S. Binodkumar Singh
It opposes the existing political system and
seeks to "build a society based on the Islamic model laid out in Holy
Quran-Hadith." It opposes democracy, socialism as well as cultural
functions, cinema halls, shrines and NGOs. The Government did not realize the
gravity of JMB's agenda until the terror group triggered countrywide serial
others, however, who insist Almeida may have been used by the army, given that
it now emerged stronger after the episode. In the past, Almeida has done
reports that used information from military sources. In one instance, he
detailed a meeting between former army chief Ashfaq Kayani and newspaper
editors and owners at which the general propounded the idea of “good” and “bad”
Arabia’s image as a haven for Ferrari-driving sheikhs with stables full of
racehorses, oil revenue is much lower per capita than in small states like
Qatar or Kuwait. There is poverty in the kingdom as well as an increasingly
anxious middle class....
law of Pakistan is not just an affront to liberal decencies; the evidence
points to it being used as a tool to persecute minorities. It also involves a
distortion and coarsening of the Sharia principles it claims to embody. ...
So far, this
modest effort has not gone well. Islamists see it as a threat to their
traditional domination of the education system. And among Jordan’s mostly
conservative Muslim population, many view the changes as a declaration of war
on Islamic values....
reinvent itself as a modern nation state, divorced from the deeply entrenched
culture of Islamist radicalism and jihad that the state itself has promoted
since the country’s birth? It is essential that Islamabad, and those who
control her destiny, realise that this is the precondition of the environment
of intellectual freedom and scientific inquiry that underpins a dynamic economy
and society. ...
immediately after annexation with Pakistan a deliberate policy of
under-development of the province started, keeping a resource-rich region
dependent on financial handouts. A new breed of rulers from Karachi, Lahore and
then Islamabad arrived to replace the white colonisers...
In its push for
Saudi Arabia to lose the custodianship of Islam's holiest sites, Iran is
proposing that the cities of Makkah and Madinah be administered like the
might not even have racist or casteist intentions as they use these words, but
that does not condone them of the prejudice they create each time they refer to
these communities as slurs. Kanjar, Mirasi, Chuhra and Changar are not insults
but proud communities with a long history of perseverance in the face of major
James M Dorsey
Sunni Islam, the conference explicitly excluded Wahhabism, the Saudi state’s
adopted version of Islam, as well as Salafism and Deobandism from its
definition. The assault is all the more significant given that Saudi Arabia has
over the last four decades invested tens of billions of dollars into promoting
globally ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam....
This not only
indicates that there is a very parochial, narrow-minded definition of
“religiosity” among Turkey’s “religious youngsters.” It also indicates that
history is more complex than today’s ideological imaginations. If the ruling
Justice and Development Party is really a “conservative” party as it claims, it
should honour history by discovering it, rather than sacrificing it to current