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The War Within Islam

Through an exposition of Sufism, it will be shown that Muslims who genuinely seek the path to holiness and union with God will never be murderous in their hearts but will be filled with profound gentleness and compassion for all....

 
Eye on Sana’a
Khaled Ahmed

Eye on Sana’a
Khaled Ahmed

The rebels include the Houthi tribe. They are called Shia but are actually Zaidi, which means they do not recognise the Twelve Imams of Iran because Imam Zaid was the son of the fourth Imam, which is where they end their confession....

 

Is The West Not At War With Islam?
Shakir Mumtaz

Although every Muslim and non-Muslim, with a little acumen, equally and sincerely would wish such were the case, but unfortunately the statement was flat out unbelievable….

 

A Saudi-Iranian clash will not be just a political rivalry between two countries; it will also inflame Sunni-Shiite tensions. This should be prevented at all costs. Saudi Arabia does not represent Sunni Islam just as Iran does not represent Shiite Islam per se. The Sunni and Shiite communities of the Muslim world may feel affinity toward certain states but they are bigger than any nation-state agenda….

 

 

ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant
Azeem Ibrahim

The Prophet's Constitution of Medina brought together what Muslim scholars describe as an Ummah Wahidah where all the residents of the state, Muslims, Jews, Christians and pagans, ensured religious freedom, gave all groups representation, established the security of women and declared that no weapon can be carried or blood be spilled on the Haram land of the Islamic state....

 

Yemen, in other words, has become the latest proxy battleground in the sectarian struggle now playing out across the Middle East. It did not have to be this way. The Houthis, unlike Hezbollah and other Shiite movements, do not take directions from Tehran, and have received relatively small amounts of aid....

 

The Battle for the Middle East's Future Begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia Jumps Into the Abyss
Robert Fisk

Unprecedented in modern Arab history, a Sunni Muslim coalition of 10 nations – including non-Arab Pakistan – has attacked another Arab nation. The Sunnis and the Shia of the Middle East are now at war with each other in Iraq, in Syria and Yemen. Pakistan is a nuclear power. The armies of Bahrain and the Gulf states include Pakistani soldiers. Pakistanis were among the dead in the first great battle against Iraqi troops in the 1991 Gulf War....

Getting Into the Yemeni Storm
Mshari Al-Zaydi

In fact, what is happening in Yemen poses a problem for the whole world, politically, strategically, and in terms of global security. This is especially true when bearing in mind how Yemen is currently being transformed into a regional base for the Persian–Khomeinist camp and a rebel stronghold for Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda....

 

Saleh’s Shadowy Role in Slide to War
Angus Mcdowall

Saleh appears to hope that he is the only person able to hold together the country’s political, regional and religious factions and will thus prove indispensable for foreign countries worried about Al-Qaeda, which has a branch in Yemen....

 

Iran-Saudi Proxy War in Yemen Explodes Into Region-Wide Crisis
Simon Tisdall

The conflict, spreading outwards like a poison cloud from the key southern battleground around Aden, pits Saudi Arabia, the leading Sunni Muslim power, plus what remains of Yemen’s government against northern-based Houthi rebels, who are covertly backed by Shia Muslim Iran....

 
‘Decisive Storm’ Contains Threat
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

‘Decisive Storm’ Contains Threat
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

Decisive Storm, a name with so many meanings in the international war against Houthi militias in Yemen, is currently under way. Saudi diplomacy is known for being careful. It is known for giving opportunities for moderate solutions....

 

Why ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ is the Ultimate Setback for Iran
David Andrew Weinberg

Today’s Saudi-led international military intervention in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm, is a decided setback for Iran’s regional ambitions. Officials in Tehran had been gloating about their proxies’ newfound dominance over four capitals in the Arab world – Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and Sanaa – but observers suggest that the assembly of a large multinational coalition to push back against Shi’ite insurgents in Yemen represents a new regional challenge for Tehran....

Religious Wars – Mostly Between Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims – Are Ravaging Half A Dozen Countries across the World
Pervez Hoodbhoy

The bloodiest conflicts on planet Earth today are no longer imperialist wars waged for raw materials, territory, and markets. Instead, religious wars – mostly between Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims – are ravaging half a dozen countries across the world. The new militancy derives sustenance from religious extremism, which in turn derives from a massive return to the faith….

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Taliban: Seize the Day

All sorts of other issues will arise, including education for girls, which the Taliban abhor. But that is not for now. The urgent task is to get the two sides round a table. Pakistan is critical in achieving that—and China and America, acting in concert, could help press it into action….

 

The Fantasies of a Well-Respected Religious Scholar
Syed Kamran Hashmi

In the middle of a war on terror — a war that revolves around violence in the name of Islam — the nation would have preferred every prominent Maulana to focus on religious laws dealing with peace and justice, the doctrines that preserve the rights of non-Muslims and the importance of a pleural society....

Thirty Years of Takfiri Terror On The Back Of Poisonous Fatwas From Deobandi Ulema Of Jamia Islamia Binori Town, Karachi And Dar-Ul-Uloom Haqqaniah, Akora Khattak
Dr Mohammad Taqi

Instead, the culprits are being mainstreamed and projected into living rooms through prime time television exposure. The patron-in-chief of the virulently anti-Shia outfit, the Ahle-Sunnat-Wal-Jamat (ASWJ), Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, was interviewed by a private television channel this past weekend. Citing various edicts (Fatwas), Ludhianvi indulged in takfir (apostatising) of the Shias without any hard follow-up questions being asked by the said anchor. Whether or not an arch bigot should have gone unquestioned or given prime time space to begin with is another debate but the edicts that Ludhianvi alluded to have been issued by Deobandi seminaries such as the Jamia Islamia Binori Town, Karachi and Dar-ul-uloom Haqqaniah, Akora Khattak, which are the alma maters of the who’s who of jihadist terrorism....

 

The Frailty of Judges: Many killers in Pakistan cannot be hanged, but the most 'un-hangable' is Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer
Khaled Ahmed

There are many killers Pakistan cannot hang, but the one most “un-hangable” out of them is Mumtaz Qadri, ex-policeman, security guard of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, whom he shot full of bullets, thinking the governor had blasphemed. Qadri was sentenced to death by a judge of the anti-terrorism special court who had to flee abroad because the judicial process is now thoroughly subordinated to religious extremism. It is also unreliable because the judges may think like the killers when it comes to blasphemy....

The House of Saud, Islam and the world
Yasser Latif Hamdani

The state may no longer recognise them as Muslims but both Sir Zafrullah Khan and Dr Abdus Salam, the two great gifts for Pakistan from the persecuted Ahmedi community, claimed to seek inspiration from the Holy Quran. Zafrullah Khan’s contributions to the human rights framework of the UN as Pakistan’s foreign minister are well known. As a jurist he attained high honour by being elevated to the president of the international court. Dr Abdus Salam’s contribution to theoretical physics got him the Nobel Prize for Physics, the only one for a Pakistani and the first one in the Muslim world. Both men attributed their successes — and phenomenal successes these were — to the inspiration they drew from the Holy Quran. This was consistent with the Islamic modernist interpretations of Islam that have sought to reconcile modernity and science with religion....

 

Historical Significance of President Barrack Obama’s Declarations at the recent Summit to combat Violent Extremism
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

The colossal death and sufferings of Muslim civilians in just and anti-terror or defensive invasions, the massive destruction of infrastructure in Muslim cities, the stigmatization Muslims and Islam in the West and the brush-stroking of the global Muslim community as terror suspects, as the world witnessed over the past decade, represents probably the darkest era in Islam. In historical perspective, Islam became a sinking boat, a growing number of its intellectual elite began to jump out of it for safety or to abuse its Captain and Crew to ventilate their frustrations, and the rival onlookers watched with glee and contempt....

Obama at Extremist Summit: ‘We Are Not At War With Islam’
Dave Boyer

Mr. Obama told the conference that the U.S. is not at war with the Muslim world but it needs to counter the religious ideology that groups such as al Qaeda and the Islamic State are using to recruit young fighters. And he defended his avoidance of the term “radical Islam” to describe terrorists....

Pakistan does not want any other Muslim country to acquire nuclear capability so that its status as the sole Muslim nuclear power can remain intact. This is also another reason why the Pakistani government will never hand over nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia.....

 

Turkey: The Republic Of Hatred
Mustafa Akyol

“When we used to go out on the streets, our supporters would love us very much whereas our opponents would respect us. Now I detect looks filled with hatred.”…

 

Two Alternative Paths Separate the Arab World
Rami G. Khouri

The importance of the Tunisian constitutional and democratic transition succeeding cannot be overemphasized, because Tunisia offers the first home-grown Arab alternative to the kind of shameful state conduct that we witnessed this week in Egypt and Bahrain. The modern legacy of brutal, military-based governance sanctioned by dubious laws and no credible legal systems remains the scourge of the modern Arab world. Tunisia, Bahrain and Egypt show us the options we face. I honour and choose Tunisia, as I suspect do most of the 360 million Arabs who can speak freely, if they are not in jail and have not had their citizenship revoked.....

 

Inequalities of the Islamic Republic
Ayaz Amir

Extremism and terrorism cannot be fought with guns alone. A social reformation, things being turned upside down, something radical – something like Hezbollah in Lebanon, something like the Cuban revolution in its early days of glory – to my flip-flop mind this is necessary if we are to turn Pakistan around and get rid of the shadows of hypocrisy which have turned this into a paranoid land…..

 

The Vicious Cycle of Hate and Violence
Raza Rumi

The imagined gatekeepers of the Ummah and the country in possession of an ‘Islamic bomb’ must protest against the ‘degradation’ and ‘defamation’ of the ‘faith’. Nowhere in that discourse is mentioned how brutal murders by gunmen could be justified, let alone explained. European societies must not be bailed out for their growing Islamophobia and the uneven integration of the ‘Muslim’ into secular societies. Nor can the double standards on free speech be condoned….

 
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