Islam and Politics
Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian
calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees.
One is dedicated to rewriting history; another attempts to distract from
present realities altogether and a third aims at reclaiming the Palestinian
narrative as essentially an Israeli one...
But even without that war, the U.S.-Israeli bilateral relationship has been an expensive proposition for Americans. Whether Israel is a strategic liability or not, or whether its complicated geostrategic situation merits virtually unquestioning support from the United States, the reality is that it has a lopsided relationship with Washington.....
Iqbal’s Wrong Turn
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Many modern Hindu thinkers like M.S. Golwalkar suffered from Prophet Envy. They wanted Hinduism with a totem of unity. They settled on the cow, not as religious piety but as symbol of Hindu unity, and it is beginning to psychologically function in the same way. It is not an accident that there is chilling similarity in the way Mashal Khan was killed, and the way in which people are killed on suspicion of trafficking in cows....
Leonard C Sebastian
The fundamental issue in the Jakarta election was religion. The emergence of hardline Islamic movements in recent years, whether through promulgation of shariah laws or realisation of more conservative attitudes constitutes a new phase of the relationship between state, democracy and Islam. Hardline political Islam has long had a following in Indonesia, bubbling beneath the surface.....
How many people like him died? Estimates of the number of non-Bengalis killed ranges wildly between 20,000 and 5, 00,000. Yet these are the minor and the minority deaths — unable to find a place in most stories of the war I’ve encountered in Dhaka, not quite fitting in with the narrative of a beleaguered people fighting for their freedom and their language, their deaths reaching to many times these footnote-level numbers....
Apart from the major regional divisions in the Muslim world based on religious factional divisions; even internally almost all these countries have Sunnis and Shias population within their borders. Many Sunni majority countries have sizeable Shia population and vice versa. Therefore this alliance based on ‘Them and Us’, the ‘Inner and Outer’ and those ‘of us and amongst us’ grouping of people does not augur well for internal unity of any country let alone the Muslim world as a whole.....
Muhammad Amir Rana
It is known that the majority of Deoband scholars are not comfortable with the changing political scenario, which is increasingly becoming anti-extremist and anti-sectarian. They are conservative in their approaches and incapable of responding to the challenge posed by the extremists and terrorists. The real challenge is the extremist arguments that underpin the terrorists’ violent acts. These arguments refute the modern-day concept of nation-based citizenship and call for a pan-Islamic statehood.....
But Pakistanis are anxious given that 20% of the population are Shia, there are large numbers of Shia officers and soldiers in the army - which has never faced sectarian unrest - and memories of the horrors of the 1980s when Saudi Arabia and Iran were accused of fighting a proxy war on Pakistani soil live on. Each state, it was alleged, funded and supported militant Sunnis and Shia respectively in Pakistan to kill each other.....
constitution explicitly distinguishes between Muslim and non-Muslim, Iran
officially espouses Vilayat-i-Faqih (guardianship of Islamic jurists), Saudi
Arabia prohibits all places of worship on its soil except mosques. Although
Israel lacks a constitution because of a conflict between its religious and
secular forces, legally, as well as in practice, it privileges Jews over
non-Jews. And India, which was once committed to secularism, is now turning
into a state for Hindus run by Hindus.....
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
Iqbal wrote, “In view of the intense conservatism of the Muslims of India,
Indian judges cannot but stick to what are called standard works. The result is
that while the people are moving, the law remains stationary.” To those opposed
to reformist ideals, let us remind them of legendary poet Iqbal’s assertion:
“[t]he teaching of the Quran that life is a process of progressive creation
necessitates that each generation, guided but unhampered by the work of its
predecessors, should be permitted to solve its own problems.”....
Syed Mansoor Agha , Tr. New Age Islam
Syed Mansoor Agha
After migration, the beloved prophet (peace be
upon him) reached the city of Madina and aimed at building a mosque. The land
he chose for the mosque belonged to two young orphans, and when they came to
know that prophet (peace be upon him) was keen on acquiring their land in order
to erect a Masjid; they offered the land to him as gift, but the prophet
insisted on fixing cost of the land and finally bought it by paying more than
the then prevailing price. The mosque was built. Hence we can imagine that Mir Baqi
made a mistake while selecting the land of mosque on the hill of Ramkot in
Ayodhya and did not take the precautionary measure that the beloved prophet
(peace be upon him) exemplified.....
agrees that immigration and Islam are major challenges, the mainstream parties
have, on the whole, been unable to devise coherent answers. They contend that
partition, civil war, or the replacement of the nation state by
ethnic-religious communities (referred to as communautarisme) are absolute
evils, and must be countered by a "restored" or
"reconstructed" secular democracy. Many advise French Muslims to
emulate the many compromises made by French Jews after 1789....
incriminating UN report concludes that Israel has established an apartheid
regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole. Aware of the
seriousness of this allegation, the authors of the report conclude that
available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty
of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally
defined in instruments of international law…..
I am an ‘Indian
Muslim’ coming from a moderate practicing Muslim family. Brought up in Hindu
neighbourhood, studied in a Christian Missionary school and have friends of
various faiths and ideologies. During my childhood I used to burn crackers with
my friends on Diwali, make Rangolis in neighbourhood. I still have many
Hindu, Bengali and Christian friends dining with us on Eid, enjoying ‘Biryani’
and ‘Siwai’ more than I do. Putting ‘Bindi’ on my forehead fascinates me
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Americans have heard of jihad, few have heard of Dawa. In theory, Dawa is
simply a call to Islam. As Islamists practice the concept, however, Dawa goes
far beyond an invitation. Islamist Dawa is a process of methodical
indoctrination — brainwashing — that rejects assimilation and places people in
opposition to Western civic ideals. If the indoctrination is severe enough,
Dawa can place individuals on the path to militant jihad....
Syed Mansoor Agha
We are not safe
from this weakness. Mr. Gandhi had sensed this weakness of Muslims and
succeeded in gaining their sympathy by provoking their emotions for such an
issue that had nothing to do with India in any part of history. Our elders
participating in the caliphate movement might not sense it that the European
invasion against the Ottoman caliphate would not be stopped by their holding
conference or marching on the Indian streets. What a political wisdom had he
have? He became such a national leader with no membership of congress, but
after all no decision could be made without him.....
of blaming EVMs, excusing the split of Muslim votes or the negative impact of
appeals made by Muslim clerics, complaining against non-cooperation of social
organizations, the defeated parties and leaders had best do their
self-introspection. They should think why did the policy of crying “the wolf
came, the wolf came” not work? They need to think why could they not make any
solid objective of the election for preventing BJP from coming to power? Why
did Rashtriya Ulema Council, All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board and Shiite
clerics appeal for casting vote against them? What did the defeated parties do?
Did they take care of welfare of Muslims or simply fill the laps of the Muslim
leaders instead? ….
For years, the
lack of solidarity from the Arab countries, and in particular the neighbouring
Arab Gulf countries, and the apathy of international organizations with regards
human rights violations by the Iranian state, has given Iran a free hand to
exercise a power to decide life or death in all the occupied communities,
including Ahwaz, but also south-Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Baluchistan, where
repression and terrible suffering remain unaddressed by the international
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
While reams of
paper have been wasted arguing the positives and negatives of demonetization,
what escaped the analysts’ attention was that this was never a move about black
money or to positively influence the economic order. It was a thorough
political move aimed at transforming Modi into an icon of the poor. While we
all saw the recalibration of ATMs to accommodate new notes, what we missed was
the simultaneous recalibration of Modi’s image as the messiah of the poor.
Politics is about perceptions and till the time Modi is seen as hurting the
interests of the rich, he will remain the darling of the masses....
Worse is that
Israelis, angry that they had to give up on their dream of a “Greater Israel”
that encompasses most of the Middle East including Egypt, Jordan, Syria and
Lebanon, voted overwhelmingly to elect hard-line extremists to reject peace and
pursue a tough military policy against Palestinian civilians. What is amazing
to me is that Israel has been rejecting peace openly and without shame for the
past 20 years and no one in the Arab world has done anything about it....
bureaucrat, a politician and a chronicler of Muslim times are some of the ways
in which one can describe Syed Shahabuddin. A risk taker, he resigned from his
job in the Indian Foreign Service to become a full time politician, something
which was a rarity those days, especially for someone who was a Muslim. A man
with middle class moorings, it must have required great courage and conviction
to leave his job and try to dabble in politics....
Mahershala Ali was hailed in world headlines this week as the first Muslim to
win an Academy Award for acting, but in Pakistan, his achievement generated controversy,
reinforcing that country’s reputation as a leading violator of religious
freedom. Ali, who won the best supporting actor award for his role in
“Moonlight,” converted to Islam in 1999 – but then joined a moderate Islamic
sect considered deviant by many mainstream Muslims and as an abomination by
cannot help but ask a question of our Uber patriots who are frothing at the
mouth over the recent events at Delhi University: Why has this Government not
taken heed of what transpired in the Delhi bomb blast case? Is it also
complicit like the Congress or does it find it easier to terrorise a 20-year
old student and organise flag marches rather than to deal with the actual
business of making the country safe?....
Rohingyas have received strong public support from the international community
and there has been virulent criticism of the actions of the Myanmar government
in the press and the social media, the responses of the various governments
have been much more measured. Some Organization for Islamic Cooperation
countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey have reached out with
humanitarian assistance and practical help to the Myanmar government,...
embracing Jews as citizens is not new for Mr. Abbas. Back in 1977, he blasted
the Arab world for turning against its Jewish citizens following the creation
of Israel in 1948, forcing them to migrate to Israel. “The Arab regimes’
treatment of Jewish citizens is as regrettable as it is painful....