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Now, the displaced Rohingya languish in neighbouring Bangladesh, a seething humanitarian challenge, while Buddhist-majority Myanmar, also known as Burma, tries to cover up and forget the destruction of Rohingya villages and homes....

 

The Sharia law was perceived as an extension of Confucian rituals. In the end, Liu believed that the blend of Confucianism and lslam along certain select lines would produce a society of social harmony and virtue….

 

Instead, charismatic figures like Said Nursi, who died in 1960, brought the highly conservative and fatalist theology of Ash‘arism, which dominates Islamic thought in the madrasas of eastern Turkey, to the west of the country. ...

 

Islam appeared as a religious dispensation in the desert of Arabia in the early eighth century. But it took more than three hundred years for the scholarly elite of Muslims to develop a sophisticated system of theology, positive law, creedal formulations, and mystical Gnosticism....

Selfless, because any other Indian politician so honoured by the Keeper of Islam’s two holiest shrines, Mecca and Medina, would have publicized the event for Muslim votes. But Modi has been quite clear on this one point: he is not interested in Muslim votes...

The real reason why Muslims and other secular intellectuals are gunning for him is not that he has changed many parties but that ultimately he joined the BJP. And that his utterances on triple Talaq and its eventual criminalization were designed to help the BJP. So, if a Muslim joins BJP today, does he automatically become an opportunist? Why is this kind of analysis reserved for Muslims alone?...

Part of the strategy for this movement has been to brand itself precisely as fighting against “foreign invaders” who are themselves depicted as “Nazis” or “fascists,” thus cementing the movement’s self-portrayal as an “anti-Nazi” movement...

The Chinese government has built a vast network of re-education camps and a pervasive system of surveillance to monitor and subdue millions from Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region....

 

Children as young as seven-years old are being separated from their parents for months, kept in state-run orphanages without being allowed any visitors and are being “treated” for the “religious extremism” that they might have “caught” from their Uighur Muslim parents....

 

Unspeakable crimes were committed by Burmese troops and vigilantes: Rohingya men hacked to death; children burned alive; women and girls raped and sexually assaulted in their hundreds and thousands....

 

“There is only one weapon you have if you don’t like the system or the government. It’s the only way to bring things into action. It can bring about a change, help remove someone from power. You can ask them to go, tell them that you don’t want them,” he says....

 

Outsiders may wonder how any political movement in India could question Muslims’ contribution to society. India is a thoroughly multicultural place, and Muslims have contributed for centuries, even ruling the country at times. Muslim emperors built some of India’s brightest cultural treasures, including the Taj Mahal....

Bangladesh has been consistent in maintaining a happy medium of preserving a secular form of government, a mostly moderate practice of Sunni Islam and the latitude of freedom to minorities of other faiths to practice their religions without persecution....

 

India's decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has rattled Pakistan to the brim. At a time when New Delhi promises growth and investment in the region, Pakistan "rejected" all moves and vouched to take "all possible actions" to counter the steps....

Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Barailwi has supported the law on Triple Talaq criminalising instant divorce as Shariah-compliant as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had also done this in its Book of Law as per articles in its mouthpiece magazines like Dabiq and Rumayyia....

The self-declared custodians of Islam in India like the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Darul Uloom Deoband, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and Jama’t-e-Islami are warning that India may turn into Darul Harb (land of war) owing to the ‘forced changes’ in the Islamic Shariah. Such a declaration would make it mandatory for a Muslim to either migrate to other lands or fight against the state of India. Nothing could be more irresponsible than this. Even a mention of Darul Harb in the context of present-day secular, democratic India and in the present volatile situation is extremely dangerous. In its March 2009 fatwa issued after Bombay blasts Darul Uloom Deoband had said: “In Darul Harb territory, jihad is legitimate.” The fatwa added that “India had ceased to be a Darul Harb with the end of colonial rule.” Now if it is again declared Darul Harb, will ulema be making Jihad in India legitimate?...

Of course, what immediately strikes one as odd is that those who don't accept food from a Muslim delivery boy and become 'uncomfortable' with a Muslim cab driver are now apparently drooling over fair Kashmiri damsels...

 

Despite being in a tiny minority, we Kashmiri Pandits had lived in palatial houses in the Valley; we controlled the bureaucracy, the colleges and the hospitals... This changed after 1989, when the “privileged” minority became the “refugees”. ...

In those long-ago days when Indians were demanding freedom from the British, some of the latter, led by a certain Winston Churchill, would reply: ‘You want independence only to crush the weak and the small among you.’ ‘AND I WAS RIGHT,’ Churchill may be heard roaring somewhere.....

On August 5th the government of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, tore up this compact. That has electrified his Hindu-nationalist supporters, who want Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, brought to heel. But it is likely to unleash forces that do just the opposite...

 

Concerned that Pakistan, the largest beneficiary of Chinese Belt and Road-related investment, could deport its Uyghur residents, Mr. Yusuf travelled on a Chinese travel document rather than a passport that was valid only for travel to China....

 

In one of the 20th century’s major incidents of collective punishment, Moscow forcibly moved the entire population of about 230,000 to other Soviet states, mostly Uzbekistan. At the time, Crimean Tatars comprised nearly one-fifth of the peninsula’s population....

 

But, ironically, Muslims have not been alone in their strive as Hindus, quite incredibly, contributed to this endeavour too. This is the exact time to let the nation know of it. When Babri Masjid Action Committee was formed on Feb 6, 1986, five-days after the opening of Babri Masjid locks, Ram Shanker Upadhaya, a Saryupari Brahmin, from Basti UP, a staunch Lord Rama devotee, immediately went for Darshan but ended up as a witness from the Muslim side, before the Special Full Bench, hearing the case at High Court Lucknow....

The Commentators of the Quran have described the virtue of fulfilling the covenant this way that the obedience to Allah Almighty depends on two things; (1) reverence for Allah Almighty and (2) affection for the creatures….

These sanctions are the most visible sign of US disappointment at the Myanmar’s botched political reform process launched in 2011. Violence against Rohingya triggered an ethnic cleansing, compelling them to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh....

 

But, as more details leak out about the region’s camps, Muslim leaders are beginning to come under domestic pressure to defend their co-religionists. One day, they may find it harder to kowtow....



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