The War Within Islam
Arabia has formally banned transgender people from even visiting the country.
It doesn’t end there – they have also been banned from performing the religious
pilgrimage, Umrah. The pilgrimage can be performed by Muslims at any time of
the year as opposed to Hajj, which can only be carried out once a year....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) data on the execution of terrorists showed that,
from December 2014 to November 2016, just 29 out of 426 executions had been
under the Anti Terrorism Act (ATC). The vast majority (93 per cent) of the 426
executions has been for crimes unrelated to terrorism....
had made an impression not only on the Taliban government in Afghanistan, but
also on the Pakistani madrasas — the religious schools that gave birth to the
Taliban movement and to this day fill its ranks with foot soldiers. Many of
those seminaries were a legacy of American funding of the Islamic insurgency
against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan....
have been growing in Tunisia since the 2000s, with mounting unemployment and
despair and humiliation among the young. Some of them have turned to radical
Salafist movements, inspired by satellite television preachers and driven by
anger at the Tunisian regime’s attempts to impose an official vision of
Where will this
leave the ISIS? During the Mosul operation, the ISIS carried out a series of
devastating attacks in Istanbul, Baghdad and different parts of Saudi Arabia.
Its “lone-wolf” adherents have also been destructive in several parts of West
and South Asia...
There are many
things not allowed or discouraged in Islam but they still happen in Pakistan.
Forced conversion is one of them. Religious parties should be the first in line
to say that they vow to protect the rights of minority converts, and will not
support conversions or marriages under duress....
The rise of
four Ms in Turkey – militarisation, misogyny, mobilisation and martyrisation –
is not good news for Turkey’s liberals, democrats and secularists, who already
feel depressed, forsaken, abandoned. It cannot be a good omen for the region,
why Erdoğan and Gülen had long been allied against the "infidel"
Kemalists, leftists, and seculars. Religion was also why Erdoğan's and Gülen's
Sunni Islamist followers are now at each other's throat. Erdoğan and Gülen did
not break up because one of them abandoned their common faith. They keep
praying to the same God, reciting the same prayers, while their followers keep
attending the same mosques. One lesson from the failed Turkish coup is that
Islam the religion or Islamism the political ideology will never forge the
alliances Islamists often seek. Political Islam is not the right glue for
enduring political alliances.....
Dr Abdus Salam
is a Pakistani hero, whether buildings are named after him or not. More
importantly, his life’s work was science and its promotion. A plaque on a
building and five scholarships in his name do not solve Pakistan’s urgent
education crisis. They may, however, inflame the easily provoked reactionaries
for whom other people’s faith is a matter of life and death. ....
happened in Pakistan, where most violent incidents and even terrorist attacks
are claimed by groups closely associated with the Deobandi ideology rather than
the Barelvi School. Tehrik-e-Taliban is said to follow the Deobandi School...
General’s spymaster, all those years ago, had outlined a way to walk Pakistan’s
policies back from the edge in Afghanistan, involving a political resolution.
The Afghanistan it was premised on, though, may no longer exist. For the
General, retreat from Zarb-e-Azb may prove impossible, but ahead lies the
princes have allegedly called for regime change expressing distrust of the
31-year-old prince. Saudi royals, once prudent and cautious, are now determined
to lead a senseless and costly war in neighbouring Yemen. Internal security is
another problem as ISIS repeatedly has shown that it has a strong presence
inside the kingdom....
also realize that the key value of Islam’s political tradition is what writer
Hayrettin Karaman mentioned in passing in 2015 — and what I emphasized back in
2013. It is the “separation of powers.” It is, in other words, creating clear
boundaries between the executive, the legislation and the judiciary. The most
troubling aspect of Erdogan’s envisioned presidency is not that it may be too
Islamic in that regard. It may rather be too Platonic....
S. Binodkumar Singh
children of war criminals are not innocent. They are hatching conspiracies and
will continue it. We have to remember that and stay alert against them. We have
to continue our war against their conspiracies."....
Syed Badrul Ahsan
After all, the
Myanmar authorities would like nothing better than to see the backs of an
ethnic group they have doggedly, and infuriatingly, looked upon as Bengali
Muslims who had illegally settled in Rakhine State. As the old cliché goes,
Bangladesh is on the horns of a dilemma....
law-and-order issue, you see. The rich drink in their own homes and frolic or
puke on their own lawns, but the assumption is that if the poor get drunk in
public spaces, they’ll make a nuisance. Which is why those who can afford fine
scotches can also afford to give everyone else lectures about our religious
duties. It seems that those who suck the blood of poor people want to make sure
it’s not tainted with cheap alcohol....
They ought to
return to dialogue. This is the only way left for them to reach to a final
destination and attain a blissful relationship. If one wins and other loses in
the current scenario of Middle East, in a long run both will be considered
looser and time will reveal this hard reality to them if they do not understand
politics, Indonesia is engaged in a quiet but vital ideological struggle - one
between the idea of a Muslim or Islamic state, and that of a more pluralistic
vision of a multi-religious Indonesia, which in the past was called
The 17 men and
women who were abducted or disappeared in December 1971 were well-known and
highly respected people with unblemished reputations – mainly journalists, editors
and academics. They were abducted because of their known support for an
independent Bangladesh, with the defeated forces seeking to denude the new
country of some of its finest minds and characters before departing....
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....