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Long lamented for its “democratic deficit,” the Middle East and North Africa may finally be joining the world of truly competitive elections, free speech and political pluralism. Or not. Scholars have debated for some time why the region has resisted democracy, pointing to everything from Islam, an abundance of oil and the Arab world’s perpetual conflict with Israel. …

Why Muslim Converts Wear Hijab
Dr. Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

As part of my research I have come across mounting evidence indicating that young western-born Muslim women are increasingly adopting a more explicitly Islamic dress including the hijab and Niqab. This also holds true for Muslim women living in Australia. Studies also suggest that for western-born young Muslim women, wearing a veil seems to play a decisive role in construction of new Western Muslim identities. Importantly Qur'anic commentators repeatedly highlighted the habit of women in Mecca and Medina to expose all or most of their chests, even if their hair was covered.  …

Darul Uloom Deoband Advises against Second Marriage, 'Indian Tradition doesn't allow it'

Amina Forced to marry her Rapist: Fight for women's rights in North Africa

Egypt’s Women Face Rollback on Divorce Rights

Angry Afghans chop off ears of roadside bomb suspect

Elite female night raiders break down barriers in Afghanistan

I want a trial in Libya, even if it means death: Saif Gaddafi

Address religious intolerance to curb sectarian killings: HRCP

WUC Strongly Protests Chinese Pressure on Japan

Saudi: 468 expats revert to Islam in Jubail

Balochistan is burning but police is mere spectator: Chief Justice

Won't retreat an iota from atomic rights, says Iran

Iowa: Hear Muslim concerns, rather than act blindly

Can talk Kashmir but Pak must stop anti-India terror: Indian Foreign Secretary

Indonesia is model for Muslims, British PM David Cameron says

Book, “The Women in Najd: Her Status and Role.” refutes stereotypes about Saudi women

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Photo: North African women on the barricades

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اسلام اور تصور انصاف
اصغر علی انجینئر (ترجمہ نیو ایج اسلام

اسلام میں انصاف سب سے زیادہ بنیادی قدر ہے، یہ اللہ کے ناموں میں سے ایک کی طرف اشارہ بھی کرتا ہے۔ اللہ کا ایک نام عادل ہے۔ قرآن بار بار انصاف پر زور دیتا ہے اور یہاں تک کہتا ہے کہ انصاف تقوی کے سب سے قریب ہے اور اسی طرح "انصاف کرنے" کا حکم دیتا ہے، کیونکہ یہ تقوی کے  سب سے قریب ترین  ہے۔ لیکن ہمارے بہت سے فقہہ کا خیال ہے کہ  تقوی صرف نماز ادا کرنے اور  روزہ رکھنے میں ہے چاہے اس کے نتیجے میں تقوی کا اظہار طرز عمل میں ہوتا ہو  یا نہیں۔ ان لوگوں  کا کہنا ہے کہ تمام اسلامی قوانین سب سے زیادہ  انصاف پر مبنی ہیں لیکن پھر دوسروں کی طرح انصاف کی تعریف پر اختلاف رکھتے ہیں۔

 

मेरा मानना ​​है कि तलाक के कानून बुहत अधिक रूप से ज़ालिमाना हैं। इस वक्त अगर सऊदी अरब में किसी औरत को तलाक चाहिए तो केवल 'खाली या दहाली के तहत ही ले सकती है। इसका मतलब है कि या तो उसको एक बड़ी रकम अदा करनी होगी या फिर उसे तलाक मांगने के कारणों पर किसी को गवाह बनाकर पेश करना होगा। इस दूसरी शर्त को पूरा करना तो लगभग असंभव है क्योंकि अक्सर ये कारण शादी की चार दीवारी के पीछे ही छिपे होते हैं।

 

Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz tells the BBC there are many changes she would like to see in Saudi Arabia - but that now is not the time for women to be allowed to drive. My father established the first women's university in the kingdom, abolished slavery and tried to establish a constitutional monarchy that separates the position of king from that of prime minister. But I am saddened to say that my beloved country today has not fulfilled that early promise. …

Vishwamitra was a Kshatriya king with vast resources and power. However, after realising that physical powers and siddhis were just a trap of the physical world and tapo bal (the yogic power of penance) was supreme power, he renounced his kingdom and went on to become a Brahmarshi who even set out to create a parallel universe; the gods, of course, had to come down to request him to desist. …

Innocent Afreen: Death by Gender
Patralekha Chatterjee

Tuesday night, as I was watching the news on television, the macabreness hit me: even as Afreen was struggling for survival, the city’s corporators were spewing rage. The object of their fury was not Afreen’s father who had severely injured his daughter, and wanted her dead, nor the social system which allows such savagery towards little girls. They were outraged at being denied free passes to the Indian Premier League cricket matches. …

To check the tide of rising Pashtun nationalism, Pakistan’s ISI is promoting the non-Pashtun Taliban who may soon be in control of southern Afghanistan. With ISI backing and American acquiescence in these developments, Afghanistan soon became the hub of global terrorism, once Mullah Omar was installed in Kandahar. Osama bin Laden was welcomed as an honoured guest by the Taliban, with the Al Qaeda and militant groups ranging from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Chechens, to the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines …

British University Mulls Alcohol Ban for Muslim Students

Muslim-Canadian student’s artwork sparks controversy over portrayal of Muslim dress

Germany Vows to Monitor Group's Quran Distribution

 ‘Baby factory’ out busted in Nigeria

Film “After the Storm” takes on dark side of war against terror

‘Over 181,000 have fled recent NW Pakistan fighting’: UN Refugee Agency

Shah Rukh Khan's detention: US apologises, India talks tough

New Delhi: Shahi Imam gives in, son-in-law to fight Legislative Council polls

Pakistan: Speaking out against forcible conversion

Riyadh chamber set to have businesswomen as members

Fighters want to try Qaddafi son - Libyan lawyer

Gunmen Kill Seven Shiite Pilgrims in Iraq Ambushes

'Hafiz Saeed's free movement encourages terror': Indian Foreign Secretary

Balochistan governor fears civil war in province

Around 112,000 voters fraudulently registered in Balochistan

Syrians not allowed visiting for Umrah

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Zionism was supposed to make Jewish existence “normal;”  very different than in a Diaspora peopled by goyim, but there is nothing ”normal” in the life and culture of Israel today—which has not lived in peace with its neighbors, much less let the Palestinians have elementary human rights in the lands in which they have lived for thousands of years.  If war is the criteria of “normal” existence, then Zionism has become a failed nightmare.   It was, when first conceptualized, not supposed to be this way. …

In a revolutionary fatwa which could go a long way at strengthening the institution of Islamic wedding, the Darul Uloom at Deoband, in a departure from the Shariah, has said that a second marriage would be a bad idea if the first wife was alive. “According to the Shariah, it is lawful to keep two wives at the same time. But it is generally not acceptable in Indian custom. Here in India, it is like inviting hundreds of problems. …

इस्लाम और इंसाफ का तसव्वुर
असग़र अली इंजीनियर (अनुवाद- न्यु एज इस्लाम)

विरोध की कुछ आवाज़ों को प्राकृतिक रूप से अनदेखी की जाती है। हमारी आधुनिक और सभ्य दुनिया इंसाफ की पुरानी परिभाषा से एक सेंटीमीटर भी आगे नहीं बढ़ी है, इसके बावजूद दुनिया में आज इंसाफ को सबसे महत्वपूर्ण मूल्य के रूप में माना जा रहा है। लेकिन क्या हमें आज भी सुकरात की परिभाषा के साथ रहना चाहिए, जबकि हम इसका दावा करते हैं कि हमने बहुत तरक्की कर ली है? सिर्फ कमजोर वर्ग ही इंसाफ हासिल करने का सपना देख सकते हैं, या वो कभी इंसाफ भी हासिल कर सकेंगे?

 

ہم ایسے اسکول چاہتے ہیں جو ہمارے بچوں کے خلاف امتیازی سلوک نہ کرتے ہوں۔" یہ بیان اپنے بچوں کو نجی اسکولوں میں داخلہ حاصل کرنے میں پیش آنے والی مشکلات کے سبب  والدین  کے اندر بڑھ رہی لاچاری اور غصہ کے احساس پر روشنی ڈالتا ہے۔ بہت سے لوگ اپنے "احساس" کے بارے میں بات کرتے ہیں کہ نجی اسکولوں نے پہلے سے ہی طے کیا ہے کہ  "بس اتنے ہی طے شدہ مسلمانوں کو لینا ہے اور مزید کوئی مسلمان نہیں لینا ہے"

 

It is the latest chapter in the sorry tale of women in India, where regressive practices and age-old traditions continue to sit … So, where does it end? It probably doesn't, not even in the India of today that prides itself on its many achievements, its woman president, its woman speaker, its woman leader of opposition and woman chair of the ruling alliance. …

The German writer Gunter Grass (The Tin Drum) had already predicted the response to his poem in SdZ. There is no reason to be surprised, but there is every reason to be disgusted. Behind this thinking is the Zionist and Zionophile argument that the crime against the Jews of Europe was unique in the annals of history. This was true as far as the method of extermination was concerned, but not in any other way. …

Accompanied by a 40-member delegation and an 11 per cent approval rating, President Asif Ali Zardari visited India earlier this week where he met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who, unlike Mr. Zardari, enjoys the confidence of 87 per cent of his fellow countrymen. Given the lack of substance in the Zardari-Singh dialogue, political pundits shifted their focus to the gastronomical particulars of Mr. Zardari’s meal with the Indian Prime Minister. …

 

Belhaj is not a man to hide a grievance and is now suing Allen and the British government for “complicity in torture” and “misfeasance in public office”. He has reportedly been offered and refused £1 million from the British government to shut up. It is a tale of panic and cock-up. Belhaj spent six years, and his wife four-and-a-half months, at the tender mercies of Qadaffi’s security boss, Moussa Koussa.  …

 

Persecuted and oppressed by Islamabad, the tortured Shias of Gilgit-Baltistan are now looking towards New Delhi for help. After all, the Government of India does officially claim the area to be its own. It stands to reason, therefore, that it should also be responsible for the safety and welfare of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. …

 

There is a profound difference between “two-states” and “one-state.” The former contemplates two nations with citizens living side by side in peace under terms to be negotiated between leaders of the two principal parties. Other world leaders have almost universally acknowledged that strong help and influence of the United States will be necessary, and all the Arab nations have offered to support such an agreement. …

Conversion to Islam growing dramatically in Austria

Hafiz Saeed backed group says it won't allow any NATO supplies

Nigeria Police Rescue Pregnant Girls from Baby Factory

Zahra Lari, 'the figure skating ice princess' in the Hijab

Al Shabab, al Qaeda partner wants Somalia free of Christians

Protecting gay rights undermines society, claims Malaysian academic

Muslims handcuffed and harassed about their religion by US agents at gunpoint

Islam is religion of tolerance, love: Imam of the Grand Mosque in Kuwait

Iran nuclear talks 'positive' after 15-month break

Al Qaeda-allied fighters open new bases in Somalia’s north

8 killed in sectarian attack in Pakistan's Quetta

Pakistani textile brand to open 200 stores in India

New liberal visa regime with Pakistan soon: India

Mumbai attackers were trained in paramilitary courses: US attorney

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Photo: Pakistani cleans shoes to atone for beheading

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I don’t think there is any foreign hand involved in the sectarian riots. The key thing in my understanding is the high rate of literacy without employment opportunities, which allows the frustrated youth to be easily used by some elements. GB has among the highest literacy rates in the country, but few employment opportunities. Such a situation frustrates the youth….

 

"हम ऐसे स्कूल चाहते हैं जो हमारे बच्चों के खिलाफ भेदभाव न करते हों।" ये बयान अपने बच्चों को निजी स्कूलों में दाखिला पाने में पेश आने वाली समस्याओं के कारण माँ बाप के अंदर बढ़ रही लाचारी और गुस्से के एहसास पर रौशनी डालता है। बहुत से लोग अपने "एहसास" के बारे में बात करते हैं कि निजी स्कूलों ने पहले से ही तय किया है कि "बस इतने ही निर्धारित मुसलमानों को लेना है और इससे ज़्यादा मुसलमान नहीं लेना है"....

 

It's a bit unsettling that Deoband cares more for Indian customs than for Islamic injunctions. It has reversed an earlier fatwa arguing for polygamy and is now saying that it is better to avoid second/third marriage, despite permission in Sharia, as it is generally not acceptable in Indian custom.

 

Deoband respecting Indian customs is greatly welcome. ...

 

Polygamy, I believe, is not permitted in Islam in ordinary circumstances. It was allowed, at one time, even under strict or maybe impossible conditions of giving equal treatment to all wives in all respects, only for exigencies like war and dealing with questions of large number of women prisoners and war widows. ...

 

Anyway, there is not much point in taking too much notice of Deobandi fatwas. If by Indian custom, they meant Indian law or a general civil society view in India, and they want to respect the same, that is most welcome. But our Mullahs, of any colour really, neither know Islam nor Indian customs nor the implications or complexities of either.

 

Let us let the Mullahs be and get on with our own affairs. Let us keep trying to refine our laws, seeking direction from divine guidance that has come to us from time to time in different parts of the world; but let us also be aware that as long as humans are simply human, we will never have a perfect law or a perfect society.

Taliban launch raids on Kabul and other Afghan targets

'Let's Try to Love India' sentiment in Pakistan

Around 2,000 signatures on the charter ‘Say no to religious bigotry’ in Pakistan

Stop Shia Genocide in Pakistan and Gilgit: GBNC

Khartoum forces 'bomb South Sudan town'

Far-right anti-Muslim network on rise globally as Breivik trial opens

Norway massacre survivors brace for killer's trial

Muslims on Wall Street, bridging two traditions

Gunmen target Hazara minority in Pakistan

‘Turkey’s human rights record is better than some in the EU’

English test canceled in Iran due to banking sanctions

Pakistan-India trade could touch $7bn

India has finalised liberal visa regime with Pak: Indian Home Minister

Nine Shias gunned down in Pakistan

Shah Rukh victim of US random selection system

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Photo: Egyptian Candidates Use Their Beards to Lure Votes

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