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As we are winding down to the end of Ramazan, a note of caution is seriously required, particularly in the context of Jammu & Kashmir. As the jihadists try to mark it as ‘a month of calamity’, the mainstream Muslims must not forget: When the Sahaba said: “Al-YumuYumulMalhama” (today is the day of retaliation), the Prophet (pbuh) strongly rebutted: “La, Al-YaumuYaumulMarhama” (No, today is the day of mercy)....

“This strategy is familiar to observers of the political dynamics in the U.S. and Europe against the backdrop of the rising tide of Islamophobia that has been stoked and deployed by extreme right-wing groups to gain legitimacy and it has been monetized into votes at the ballot box.”...

 

The Dalit movement, for instance, does not depend on how many Dalits are ministers. What Indian Muslims need the most is to assert their constitutional rights regardless of electoral politics, make interventions in the mainstream public spaces, speaking as Muslims and for Muslims, and not rely on secular parties or activists to have their voice heard.....

The top leadership of the CPIM, who were basically from the other side of border, never gave any thought to the Muslim question in West Bengal. They had to tolerate the Muslims and even maintain a veneer of secularism because Muslims were their most loyal vote-bank. But beyond that, their historical antipathy towards Muslims blinded them to think in terms of any ameliorative action for this destitute community. ....

Isn’t the Holocaust being perpetrated against the Palestinian people during the last 70 years a cause for unflattering rhetoric against a country whose raison d’etre seems to be the illegal thievery of others’ land and murder and oppression of its rightful owners? ...

 

Muslims now have to live with the bleak truth that the most powerful political party and its ideological parent, with tentacles spread across the country, are pathologically hostile to Muslims. I fear for our future as a secular, multicultural country that once celebrated a richness of culture and tradition....

“This is a way to reclaim our voice, and keep the idea of India alive. After all, stories change people more than facts or rhetoric.”...

People who try to pit Hindus against Muslims in India should be aware of the damage that they are doing by chipping away at the natural unity between the two communities. India has excellent relations with all Islamic nations ranging from the United Arab Emirates to Iran to Saudi Arabia....

This has been the tragedy of Pakistan since the beginning, that the military establishment has enjoyed the status of a sacred cow...

 

... Mr Trump declared: “During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, recite passages from the Quran, and perform benevolent acts of charity and good will towards others. By doing so, they develop a renewed sense of purpose in their own spiritual journey, deepening their appreciation for God’s grace and mercy.”...

Although we each accuse the other side of being the source of instability in the region, we know through our own difficult dialogue over many months that the conditions exist for direct and continuous discussions with open channels between our capitals and our citizens….

Indian Muslims, too, are victims of caste-based stratification, and are divided into three main classes and hundreds of Biradaris. At the top of the hierarchy are the ‘Ashraf’ Muslims .....

Little wonder that there is now a palpable fear and insecurity among those Indians who are not themselves Hindus by birth or upbringing. The constitutional commitment to pluralism is still intact; but on the ground, and in everyday life, majoritarianism rules. India is not yet a Hindu Pakistan; yet it is closer to being so than at any time since its founding.

I happily embraced the change. I would start my fast with 'Suhoor' instead of traditional Sehri. This brought the attendant feeling as if the decades-old practice of praying on a jai Namaz was perhaps a little inferior. Therefore, from then on, I had to negotiate my prayers on a Musalla. There was some exception though....

The Muslim elites have not yet identified a legitimate language to counter Hindutva. The secular vs communal binary is not satisfactory any longer. It also has something to do with changing religiosity especially among Sunnis and the Tablighi Jamaat position that work on Deen is more important than politics.....

The recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka by a group of radicalised, extremist Muslims have reinforced the need for both the Indian Muslim community and the Indian government to forge effective strategies to prevent similar radicalisation of a segment of Indian Muslim youth who are in danger of falling prey to the monstrous ideology that inspired the Sri Lankan carnage....

That is an actual hardcore radical of the ISIS variety which the world is battling. There are enough Muslims who are battling them too, but there are also enough confused Muslims around the world who incorrectly think that the ISIS “caliphate” is a true caliphate, and that they are duty-bound to support it and fight for it....

From the far-flung near Arctic towns in Norway and Iceland, to the tropical locales of Indonesia and Malaysia, local customs, special foods and spiritual regeneration are all front and centre for fasting Muslims. So it is nearly everywhere except next door to Pakistan, in Xinjiang, China’s predominantly Muslim province....

Ayatollahs tend to live long lives, but Mr Sistani is 88 and Mr Khamenei is 80 (and said to be fighting cancer). The question their followers often ask is what comes next. For years it seemed as though clerics in Qom would determine the future of religious leadership in Najaf. Now the talk is of the clerics in Najaf shaping the future of Iran’s clerical rule....

 

"We were not allowed to stay in our homeland; we still are not, but those who were actually brought by the British colonizers are still inside Burma, living there, in big cities," said Kalam, explaining that when Burma was a British colony there were many people who were brought from several places, including Africa, Afghanistan, India or Pakistan as workers or soldiers...

 

Equally, in seats where their numbers are large Muslims have no palpable sense of fear but a belief (perhaps false) that if push comes to shove they can give as good as they get. I have repeatedly been told in these parts that “activists” and “secular” people like me should not worry about them....

According to research by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, there are 28 such massive detention camps in Xinjiang, most built within just the last several years. In them is believed to be up to one million ethnic Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking minority in China that is overwhelmingly Muslim....

 

The Muslim community who had already been target of hate propaganda by the Buddhist nationalist organizations has become easy target of these organization post attacks. Now they have got justification of their hate propaganda in the attacks conducted by the ISIS-NTJ combine. The Buddhist extremist organization Bodu Bala Sena has been campaigning against Hindu, Muslim and Christian minority communities as outsiders...

The euphoria of the Arab Spring did not last long, however. In Syria, Libya and Yemen, civil wars erupted, subduing any hopes for a peaceful democratic transition. In Bahrain, fearing Iranian interference, a Saudi-led military intervention quickly put down popular protests...

 

hey rushed to buy the loyalty of their public. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia came out with a whopping package of $130 billion promising higher salaries and more housing assistance for Saudi citizens. The other Gulf governments did not lag behind....

 


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