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Sunni Status Quo Confronts Shiite Revisionism in Yemen
Murat Yetkin

Since the collapse of the Arab Spring and the rise of various jihadist movements, Iran has steadily extended its influence to a number of capitals in the region, including Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and lately Sanaa, effectively encircling Saudis and other Sunni-led Gulf countries....

 

Insecurities and Ghettoisation
Muhammad Amir Rana

The constant shadow of fear makes people behave ‘fearlessly’. Many experts and social scientists think that such insecurity leads crowds to believe in a sort of oneness, which shapes their collective actions......

 

Protecting the Minority in Malaysia
Boo Su-Lyn

Yet, it seems that non-Muslims are not the only ones who are told not to criticise Hudud; Muslims themselves are bashed for questioning the Islamic penal code. BFM journalist Aisyah Tajuddin received death and rape threats when a video of her questioning Kelantan’s drive to implement Hudud went viral on social media…..

 

Sectarianism Tearing Iraq Apart
Harun Yahya

Since the last 27 years, Iraq has been the same. Very little has changed in Iraq, even after the departure of the dictator, Saddam Hussein. The Sunni Saddam who persecuted the Kurds departed, and then we had the Shiite Al-Maliki oppressing the Sunnis.....

 

Terrorism of All Hue
Najam Sethi

Unfortunately, however, the history of Pakistan shows that the principles of humanitarian Islam that were expected to guide the new state in safeguarding minorities have been distorted by the practitioners of Islam in Pakistan to erode the writ of the state in general and target the minorities in particular…..

The Ruined Ruins of Pakistan
Humeira Kazmi

I’m thinking what took them so long, eh? If you’re a Pakistani, you must contribute to the wreck and ruin of your homeland on some and/or all levels. Alhamdulillah, the Pakistani Christians have finally realized they’re just as much entitled to disrupting social order and terrorizing the civic population as anyone else.....

 

The issue of religious (dis)harmony should give authorities a cause for concern as evinced lately in Yogyakarta, where banners propagating sectarianism have been unfurled in many parts of the city, which, in contrast to these banners, is known for its cultural diversity. Those banners contain hate speech like Syiah Bukan Islam (Shia is not Islam), Syiah Kafir (Shiites are infidels) and so forth.

 

Iraq Becoming a Sectarian Minefield
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

They might be able to free all Iraqi territory and eradicate IS and other rebels, but this war will be followed by a sectarian one similar to Syria. How will the US benefit from supporting the Iraqi army without a political process that makes everyone a winner?....

 

A Life's Constant Fear
Zehra Abid

I have now become part of the people many feel morally obligated to sympathise with. It was easier empathising with the Baloch, the Ahmadis, the Hazaras and the Shias of Parachinar and Gilgit-Baltistan. But now I am on the side, where friends, some directly, others between the lines, try to tell you it’s time to go.....

 

Healing Our Sectarian Divide
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Crucially, the Quran is silent on how a state’s ruler is to be chosen and what might be legitimate grounds for his removal. Revealed for the purpose of separating right from wrong rather than politics, the Book does not specify the limits of the ruler’s power or that of the shura’s (consultative body). Also unmentioned is the manner in which the shura, which could potentially appoint or remove a ruler, is to be chosen. Would there be an executive, judiciary, or government ministries and what should their functions be? Islam’s other source of definitive authority, the Holy Prophet (PBUH), did not outline the process for selecting future leaders of the faithful. Whether he actually specified his immediate successor remains deeply contentious....

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Declining Violence, Increasing Threat
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Little can be expected from the Federal Government as well, given the steps that were taken in the aftermath of the Peshawar attack. Islamabad has chosen to intensify selective operations against domestically oriented terrorist formations, even as it continues to support a range of terrorist groups operating against Afghanistan and India, or who support ‘global jihad’. Unfortunately, these distinctions are far from sustainable, as most state sponsored groups in Pakistan maintain some contact with the anti-state formations and, crucially, share a common ideology with these....

 

The past few days have proven themselves to be a turbulent period for Pakistani cyber-mujahedeen, which started with the emergence of an extremely indecent, indecorous and utterly gross trend on Twitter – “#EkCrorePakistanMulhid”. Just listening to the name of the trend gave one’s nerves and heart a violent twist, and a cursory read made one desire an ablution to regain purity....

Curbing the Persecution of Shias
Mehr F Husain

Now ‘Shia-hunting’ is fast becoming a sick sport of a kind. And the recent suicide attack on a Shia Imambargah indicated that Shia genocide is also an element of the war on terror that needs to be examined....

Sindh: Permanent Crisis
Ambreen Agha

It is, once again, the criminalization of the state in Pakistan, and the unwillingness to abandon Islamist extremism and terrorism as instruments of state policy, that have resulted in the unbridled and self-destructive violence in Sindh. With the consolidation of the power bases of various armed extremist formations in Karachi - and progressively in other areas of Sindh - the situation is bound to deteriorate further…..

 

Pakistan's Silent Partition
Zehra Abid

Pakistan’s story began with a parting — partition from India — and now, for a growing number of people, it is ending with another parting. Negombo, a beach town 24 miles from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, is refuge for hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims fleeing persecution in Pakistan…..

 

 
Balochistan: Persistent Crisis
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Balochistan: Persistent Crisis
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Disappearances and the state's 'kill and dump policy' continue to cause great distress in Balochistan, feeding the crisis of mistrust between the Baloch people and Islamabad and prolonging the insurgency. Islamabad's strategy of creating and supporting Islamist extremist groups to manage domestic political challenges has enormously aggravated the problem in both North and South Balochistan, though these groups are most active in the North. ...

 

The Snail in a Muslim Neighbourhood
Sevgi Kuru Açikgöz

He posted a tweet tagging the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality's Directorate for Public Transportation, asking whether public transportation (buses, trains and ferries) would be free of charge on Christmas day, since that is the practice during the Muslim feast days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The directorate responded to Bağdat in the negative. The columnist responded: “But why? I also pay my taxes as a citizen, so I expect equal service.”….

 

The Tragedy of Balochistan’s Minorities
Muhammad Akbar Notezai

All the religious minorities’ woes, whether abduction for ransom, religious persecution, migration or killings, started after the year 2000 in Balochistan, during the tenure of former General Pervez Musharraf’s regime. Also, due to the war on terror, religious minorities began to suffer a lot in Balochistan. Christians and Parsis have now started complaining about mortal threats to their lives. As far as the Parsis in Balochistan are concerned, they are reputed to be old, educated and organised dwellers in the region….

 

Last week, pamphlets warning parents not to send their daughters to schools were distributed in various parts of the Makran region. On December 4, two unidentified men on a motorcycle killed prominent educationist Zahid Askani in Gawadar city. A militant group calling themselves as Daesh – the Arabic name for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS – claimed responsibility for the attack. They told reporters he was killed for promoting an education system that contradicted Islam and the Sharia law…..

 

Protect Minorities: Pakistan Ulema Council
Raza Rumi

In an unprecedented expression of support for religious minorities in Pakistan coming from a religious group, the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) demanded equal rights for the country’s minorities and stern action against forced conversion of Sindh’s Hindu girls to Islam ….

Infidel Propaganda
Yusuf Kanli

The Black Sea region of Turkey is often considered the most conservative, nationalist region of Turkey. The murder of Hrant Dink by a boy from the Black Sea region, attacks on Catholic priests and the fact that the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has almost no presence throughout the region testify to the nationalist and religious conservatism of the area. Yet, in this age, I would not expect a local education director go to the extent of condemning Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations as Christian propaganda and suggesting parents to save their children by not allowing such events…..

 

Engage with the Other in a spirit of learning. Be authentically curious, leave your cognitive comfort zone, challenge your misconceptions, break the intellectually suffocating routine of life and emancipate yourself from prejudices. Dialogue is then an adventure, for which we set off to discover the Other and through the Other we discover ourselves. Dialogue is then not only for expediency. We need the Other to know more. Humility stems from a deep realization of our limitedness and need. Humility opens our cognitive doors to the Other. Egoism is the closure of those doors…..

Shia-Sunni Clashes in Lucknow and Bhopal - a Fall out Of Islamic State vs. Iraq & Syria War?

Recent incidents of Shia-Sunni clashes in Lucknow and Bhopal cannot be seen as the result of traditional hostility between the two Muslim sects. ... In recent months, particularly after the rise of the ISIS in the Middle East, tensions between the two communities have witnessed a rise as a large section of the majority Sunni community lent a tacit or covert support to the ISIS while the minority Shia community expressed solidarity with the Shias of Iraq and Syria. This contributed to the bad blood between the two communities in UP, particularly Lucknow. The active participation of the religious leaders of the two communities in the sectarian war between the Al Qaida offshoot ISIS and the Iraq and Syrian governments has resulted in this hostility in the country……

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Pakistan's Hazara: 'It's Like Living in Jail'
Purvi Thacker

The Hazaras, a Persian-speaking Shia minority, immigrated to Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan from Afghanistan more than a century ago. Descendants of the Kushans, whose lineage also has Mongol influence, their communities are today found in parts of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and central Asian countries like Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Easily discernible due to their Central Asian features, the Hazaras have experienced increasing persecution, during the current wave of sectarian violence, spreading across Pakistan….

Bringing Back Balochistan, Caught Up In a Perennial State of Crisis
Imtiaz Gul

Balochistan appears to be caught up in a perennial state of crisis. The lingering Baloch separatist insurgency, organized crime patronized by powerful political elites, the pre-dominance of the security establishment astronomical levels of corruption and endless predatory political blackmail…

 
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