The War Within Islam
own story on the night of the coup, of narrowly escaping as he fled a hotel
just before coup-plotting commandos arrived to kill or kidnap him, is already
being compared to a famous story about Ataturk, who during the battle of
Gallipoli supposedly missed death when his pocket watch deflected a bullet....
The people of
Turkey have very little choice: either they continue with the present dark days
of the smouldering civil war and the threat to terrorism or else replace
insanity with wisdom at the earliest. But, both cannot run on equal footing
under the hawkish Erdogan....
any blame. "It is absurd, irresponsible and erroneous to claim that I had
anything to do with this appalling coup attempt," he said from the US
state of Pennsylvania. His supporters present themselves as modern and
tolerant. They have opened schools, universities, hospitals and media
organizations in more than 140 countries....
growing evidence of links between the JMB and ISIS. Arrests in Bangladesh - the
latest being four individuals on July 21 - have shown that cadres of the JMB
have been regrouping and rebranding as ISIS flag bearers in Bangladesh....
Mohammad Behzad Fatmi
protection protected the democratic values in the country? The answer is “no”.
Though this is not to suggest that the situation would have been better
otherwise, there is hardly any doubt that the survival of the Erodogan
government has led to a further deterioration democracy, human rights and the
rule of law in Turkey.....
or the moderate-minded folks, who have been meticulously blending Deen
(religion) and Dunya (world), in whatever proportions in their lives, need to
be seen and heard. In this battle of extremists, the pseudo-liberal versus the
in-your-face-Muslim, someone needs to bring in a sense of balance....
The international community believes that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are
a real threat to religious freedom and freedom of expression, and are in
contradiction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the
International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, as Pakistan has
ratified several international conventions including the ICCPR. Pakistan is
under obligation to bring its laws in line with these conventions....
For the sake of worldwide efforts to restore peace in turbulent times,
as well as to safeguard the future of democracy in the Middle East, the United
States must not accommodate an autocrat who is turning a failed putsch into a
slow-motion coup of his own against constitutional government....
It is amazing that the Crescent and Star never ceases to shock with the
most unexpected insanity. The capacity to shock is a feature most observed at
times of war. And Turkey is at war – a schizophrenic civil war. ...
The attempted coup will also force Turkey to reckon with the Gulenist
movement, a secretive Islamist group that the government immediately pointed to
as responsible for the insurrection on Friday night. The Gulenists have long
had a clandestine presence within the judiciary and the police....
The least bad — Erdogan’s survival — has prevailed. That does not mean
much worse won’t follow. A failed coup doesn’t mean democracy is the winner.
The worst of this prickly autocrat may now be unleashed upon Turkey, with
America and its allies able to do little about it.....
The slapping of a blasphemy case on Sabri added to his vulnerability in
both the public and private space. Lamenting the loss of her son, Amjad Sabri's
mother Asghari Begum disclosed that about six months ago three unidentified
armed assailants barged into their house frantically looking for Sabri. Not
finding him at his residence they left. Knowing his precarious situation,...
Muslims have to realize that the continuing Wahhabi occupation of Makkah
is damaging our religion, our values of universal compassion and love, our
cultural heritage and our public image. Ancient tombs and beautiful mosques
have been destroyed to give way to luxurious, vulgar hotels and shopping malls.
The ongoing horrendous sacrilege being committed by the Wahhabis is without the
consultation and permission of the various Islamic nations....
There were ample warnings that this ill-fated strategy would lead to the
gradual Pakistanisation of Turkey. Erdogan, however, assumed that he could turn
on and off jihadist violence the way he saw fit..
Sheikh Mohammed ibn Abdul-Wahhab called for a religious reformation in
central Arabia. Feeling that Islam had been corrupted by practices like the
veneration of saints and tombs, he called for the stripping away of
“innovations” and the return to what he considered the pure religion. He formed
an alliance with a chieftain named Mohammed ibn Saud that has underpinned the
area’s history ever since. Then the Saud family assumed political leadership
while Sheikh Abdul-Wahhab and his descendants gave legitimacy to their rule and
managed religious affairs. That mix proved potent among the warring Arabian
tribes, as Wahhabi clerics provided justification for military conquest in some
cases: Those who resisted the House of Saud were not just enemies, but infidels
who deserved the sword....
Saudi internal politics are famously difficult for outsiders to
understand, but it’s important now to make the effort. The Middle East is at a
dangerous inflection point, with sectarian war and terrorism ripping countries
at their seams. A stronger Saudi Arabia could make a big difference; a weaker
one could add to the chaos....
They are not sure any more about the American drones that killed such
enemies of Pakistan as warlords Nek Muhammad, Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah
Mehsud. The latest killing of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour
has not aroused sympathy for the Taliban. The question they ask is: What was he
doing in Pakistan?....
The stories of forced conversions tend to have a similar pattern. First,
the girls are abducted. Once taken away from the safety of their homes and
communities they are raped and then, usually, married off to their assailants
who sneakily shield their non-consensual sexual assault behind the veil of a
Nikahnama. Sometimes they are sold into the sex trade...
Nadeem F. Paracha
It is actually self-explanatory and not so hard to decipher, yet, there
are many out there who just can't seem to determine the fact that those
fighting for a just cause are good Taliban, and those fighting against us on
the behest of foreign powers are bad Taliban....
Religious extremists do not descend from the sky with bombs strapped to
their chests. Every effect has a cause, and the responsibility for the creation
of the bigots falls squarely on those who call themselves secular and
S. Binodkumar Singh
The other salient features of the draft peace agreement prominently
include: the Government would offer an official pardon to associates of the HeI
militant group and would work to have the group removed from the United Nations
blacklist; the group would not join the Government but would be recognized as a
political party involved in major political decisions;....
Nadeem F. Paracha
Funny thing is that when pressed to describe a person who has no qualms
about strapping a suicide belt around his waist and then blowing himself up in
a crowded mosque, a Sufi shrine or a congested market buzzing with men, women
and children, the apologist would often strike a pose of the unbiased and
objective thinker to suggest: You see, one man's terrorist can be another man's
With a few years of hindsight, it is now clear that much of this effort
was built on sand, literally. It is bound to vanish, not unlike some dunes in
Yasser Latif Hamdani
If there must be a CII its members ought not to be from
religio-political parties. They also should not be extracted from sectarian
clerics. Instead the CII should be filled up with non-sectarian modern Muslim
men and women of vision, schooled both in modern knowledge, law, science and
A section of "Dalit Muslims" testify that they are seated
separately in non-Dalit Muslim feasts. Almost a similar proportion of
respondents confirm that they eat after the upper-caste people have finished.
Many say they are served food on different plates....