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Islam and the West

Pakistan and the US: Pakistanis In Need Of Visas and Green Cards Cannot Play Offence
Rafia Zakaria

If the last decade of the US was the decade of wars waged abroad, this decade is looking increasingly to be one in which the US will be turned into a fortress whose inhabitants are ruled by an avowed white nationalist president...

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Have Rekindled Hope for Muslim Americans across the US
Khaled A Beydoun

Two Muslim American women, one a daughter of a Palestinian refugee and the other a refugee herself, made history by becoming the first Muslim American congresswomen in American history. Their transformative feat cannot be timed any better, converging with a moment when Islamophobia has never been more intense in Washington and the collective morale of Muslim Americans in dire need of a glimpse of hope...


Islam and British Values: It’s a Ploy to Push a Wedge between Muslim and Non-Muslim Britons
Ifty Rafiq

Historically, Islam was never imposed on the natives of captured or conquered territories; they were free to continue practising their own religion and abide by their own religious laws. Not only this, Islamic teaching goes further in deeming it unlawful to desecrate non-Muslim places of worship – a distant cry from recent images of ISIS and the Taliban destroying ancient monuments....

Even a Casual Media Search Produces Far More White Perpetrators of Child Sexual Exploitation than the Muslim Grooming Gangs
Kenan Malik

Thanks to a series of high-profile court cases, the question of Asian and, specifically, Muslim grooming gangs has become an incendiary issue. Quilliam and its chairman, Maajid Nawaz, divide opinion. For some, they are a scourge on political correctness, bravely shining a light on dark corners of Muslim communities. For others, they give succour to bigots....


Muslims and Islamophobes Both Win in U.S Elections
Naaz Modan

Muslim-Americans and those who support us are walking a tightrope right now. We're more represented in a branch of government that has traditionally leaned against us, but the voters also gave renewed voice to those who spread hate and fear about us. There is a hard, long game yet to be played before the champion emerges.


U.S. Policy toward Iran and Saudi Arabia Resembles the 1991 Film Classic 'Thelma and Louise'
Thomas L. Friedman

To put it cinematically, Iran and Saudi Arabia did the full Thelma & Louise. But, this being the Middle East, they did it in separate cars. For instance, M.B.S. abducted the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri. But Iran’s Hezbollah murdered the former prime minister of Lebanon, Saad’s father, Rafik Hariri, to make sure he did not return to power. Meanwhile, Denmark just accused Iran of sending intelligence agents to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition leader...


Muslim Ban:  The Democratic Takeover of the House Will Impact Many of Trump's Controversial Policies
Ray Hanania

The House has the power to issue subpoenas and initiate more investigations into a wide range of Trump controversies. Among the subpoenas could be a demand to force Trump to provide copies of his tax returns, which the president has so far refused to disclose....


It’s the Hate Directed toward Islam That Has Motivated the American Muslims to Enter the Political Arena
Wajahat Ali

For some Americans — those who support a travel ban, a wall along the Mexican border and increased restrictions on refugees, all while holding on to the ridiculous belief that the world’s 1.8 billion Muslim hate America, despite the fact that it’s home to nearly 3.5 million of us — that statement probably inspires fear. But it’s true: Nearly 100 Muslim political hopefuls have filed to run for elected office this year. Only a dozen or so ran in 2016....

Does Islamic Prophet Need Courts To Defend Him?
Mustafa Akyol

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, made a controversial decision on Oct. 25 about an Austrian woman (publicly identified only as “E.S.”) who had publicly condemned Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, as a pedophile. For this, she was fined in 2011 by an Austrian court, which convicted her of violating a national law against “disparaging religion.” In return, she appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that her freedom of speech had been curtailed...

That is why it is important now, after the slaughter in the Tree of Life Congregation, to give some thought to the speeches, tweets and random thoughts of President Donald Trump, whose words, rather than calming the nation in this trying time, are further inflaming it.


The Western Media Almost Never Question This much Bigger Lie
Gwynne Dyer

The Saudis make a great fuss about the missiles that the Houthis occasionally launch at Saudi Arabian targets, in a pathetic retaliation for the intense Saudi air attacks they live under every day. Riyadh claims that the missiles must be Iranian, because the Yemenis are too primitive to handle that technology. This is more nonsense......


In Colombes, Boucherit said, roughly 70 percent of the community buys halal meat. “There’s a very strong demand,” he said. “As a businessman, why would I do something counter to the market?”...


Without Hamas, Gazans fear, they would lose all sense of safety
Adnan Abu Amer

It is important to recognize that Israeli and US calls for the Palestinians to protest against Hamas are neither random nor negligible statements. Perhaps they are part of the Israeli government’s approach to demolish Gaza from within without any Israeli losses.....


There could scarcely be a spectacle more French than elderly matrons and young fathers vying for choice cuts of veal on a weekend morning. But the popularity of Les Jumeaux, an artisanal butcher shop in this Paris suburb, is something of a feat. All the meat here — from the bison to the boudin blanc to the Wagyu beef — is halal....


Trump administration has made Muslims our enemy of the first order
Juan Cole

These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the Ministry of Truth’s “memory hole” and so ensuring that, in the public mind, the enemy of the moment was always the enemy. Today, there is one constant, though....


The flip-flopping US president remains remarkably consistent in his condemnation of the global Muslim community
Juan Cole

Of course, not all Americans share Trump’s bigotry. Two-thirds of us actually disapprove of politicians engaging in hate speech toward Muslims. Some 55 percent of us believe that Muslim-Americans are committed to the welfare of the country, a statistic that would break the 60 percent mark if it weren’t for evangelicals. Two Muslim-American politicians, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, won Democratic primaries in Detroit and Minneapolis and so are poised to become the first Muslim-American women in the House of Representatives.....

Growing trend of antisemitism in the West is the preliminary process of an Islamic conquest
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

When we are thinking, following the fall of Islamic State’s from Iraq that this monstrous Jihadist outfit has come to a point of being extinct, we possibly are failing to understand or ignoring series of disturbing news on the rise of radical Islam in the West. Deceiving our eyes, a silent ‘conquest’ of radical Islam is continuing in the US, United Kingdom and some of the European nations. It certainly is a matter of grave concern. Radical Islam is expanding fast in United Kingdom enjoying patronization of major political force like Labour Party. The way it is expanding, I am afraid, within the span of 20-30 years, United Kingdom will turn into Islamic Kingdom. Pro Al Qaeda and ISIS Muslims are very actively polluting the British society under direct patronization and funding of some Arab nations....

Has French Security Law Turned Holding Islamist Ideas Into Proof Of A Crime?
Scott Sayare

There can be little doubt that Abdelkader Merah is a very dangerous man, and I suspect that everyone in the courtroom was relieved to see him convicted. But it was a glorious day for no one. Abdelkader sat unmoved in the glass box. In the end it was the prosecution itself that chose to appeal, finding the partial conviction insufficient...


A Miss England Contestant in a Hijab Highlighted a Difference in Attitudes across France
Hajar El Jahidi

The country's most notorious tabloid newspaper, The Sun, which is known for its often divisive approach to non-white Britons, ran a straightforward news story free of anti-Muslim bigotry.  Though Iftekhar's participation in the final rounds of the competition was widely covered elsewhere in the media, viewers in England didn't seem overly concerned. "It just proves Miss England represents the way England is today," the competition spokeswoman was quoted as saying. Not quite case closed, but case accepted...


Yemen’s Misery: Trump Drama Cannot Be Allowed To Nullify Global Tragedy
Nicholas Kristof

The United States is not directly bombing civilians in Yemen, but it is providing arms, intelligence and aerial refuelling to assist Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as they hammer Yemen with airstrikes, destroy its economy and starve its people. The Saudi aim is to crush Houthi rebels who have seized Yemen’s capital and are allied with Iran. That’s sophisticated realpolitik for you: Because we dislike Iran’s ayatollahs, we are willing to starve Yemeni schoolchildren....


Tlaib and Omar’s Victory Marks an Inflection Point in American Politics
Kane Farabaugh

The two, both Democrats, are the first Muslim-American women to win a congressional primary election. With at most token opposition in the Nov. 6 general election, they are virtually assured of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives next January. Their historic breakthrough comes as a record number of Muslim-Americans have entered national politics, in part to protest the Trump administration’s immigration and border security policies...

A Gulf-American Savage War in Yemen
Rajan Menon

It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven other Middle Eastern and North African states, have been waging in Yemen since March 2015, with fulsome support from the Pentagon and American weapons galore. It’s got everything. Dead children in the dozens, a never-ending air campaign that pays scant heed to civilians, famine, cholera, you name it....


Peace in Afghanistan: US Must Formulate A Strategy That Deals Directly With The Taliban And The Haqqani Network’s Sanctuary Inside Pakistan
John Ubaldi

Both Pakistan and the United States have long-term interests in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. It’s time for the U.S. to convince Islamabad that peace is in everyone’s interests. Failure will ensure that the Afghan and Pakistani people will continue to suffer economic and political hardships....


How Ignorant and Hateful Of Boris Johnson to Make a Joke Out Of Muslim Women
Sami Rahman

Anett Penzes, a 26-year-old woman from London, started wearing the Niqab three years ago, shortly after converting to Islam. She was shocked that someone as high profile as Johnson could make such brazen comments. "Boris' comments on Niqabi women looking like letter boxes and bank robbers were very inappropriate, especially for someone in such a high position," she says. "I've had people walk past me and say that they hope the Niqab will be banned. It's very scary."...

USAID Is Unlikely To Succeed In Making Empowerment for Afghan Women a Reality
Rafia Zakaria

The war in Afghanistan, the world was smugly told, was to save Afghan women. Laura Bush announced it during a radio address, and Hillary Clinton repeated it ad nauseam. Even as late as 2012, when the war was in its second decade, these mantras were ubiquitous, repeated by nodding interpreters at the Nato summit in Chicago as awards and medals were handed out to those believed to be engaged in making the saving of Afghan women possible....

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  • lovely interview!
    ( By me )
  • If  “bernard lewis is the very epitome of honesty” (Hats Off) and  If Bernard Lewis honestly reports that “WHATEVER CREATIVE AND SIGNIFICANT IN JEWISH ...
    ( By T.O. Shanavas )
  • so the historians who accompanied the marauders were dishonest.but bernard lewis is the very epitome of honest.your dishonesty is astounding.just as it suits you ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • there is an uncontrollable deceit and dishonesty in every comment you write.and your puny logical capacity cannot see that religious texts are full of ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • There is uncontrollable hatred for Muslims and Islam in almost every comment that you write. What is hardwired in the human brain will be reflected ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sagacious and cogent article! Transmitting this message to the masses in Pakistan is an almost impossible task.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Is this Asian Age report generally accepted as being factual or not?http://www.asianage.com/delhi/najeeb-ahmed-was-asked-leave-hostel-october-15-912
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The entire wahabiyat and deobandiyat consider  celebration of mawlid Nabi to be bidat. and therefore they bomb participants of Juluse Muhammadiya
    ( By Talha@gmail.com )
  • Suicide attack at Afghan religious gathering kills over 50Dozens of people were wounded in the attack, health ministry spokesman says, which targeted top clerics ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقی )
  • The author is living abroad. If he lives in Pakistan he would not have written this audacious article.If he wrote, sure, he would be assassinated.
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • This article is surprising me.Thanks the author for writing this article which aims to protect minorities in Pakistan.But minorities have no hope in Pakistan. ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Congrats on this auspicious occasion of Mawlid Nabi
    ( By Sarwar )
  • اسلام میں جمہوریت کا مقاماسلام کا مقصد دنیا بھر کے اچھے لوگوں کو ایک مشترکہ مقصد، ناانصافی اور تشدد کے خلاف لڑنے کے لئے ...
    ( By Abdul Moid Azhari )
  • Well put. There are crimes in which one complies through silence but then here, left's complicity is of a far higher degree. Their complicity with ...
    ( By Areeb Rizvi )
  • logic was never your forte.let me try to really make it simple enough for you.aggression has biological, evolutionary and genetic basis.men are biological, evolutionary ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Extremely shameful and sad! If such things can happen at JNU, and in the national capital, what remains of justice and decency?
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Muslim historians accompanying Muslim conquerors said what their masters wanted to hear. Their exaggerations get quoted by pseudo-historians like Ariel and Will Durant who ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off says aggression is a biological fact but then goes on to blame monotheistic religions for it! Such a person would say anything ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
    ( By T.O. Shanavas )
  • Mr. Hats Off asked quotes from anti-Muslim authors. Let me quote from his favorite author, Bernard Lewis.
    ( By T.O. Shanavas )
  • Oxford Research Encyclopedia states:“Muslim-Jewish relations began with the emergence of Islam in 7th-century Arabia, but contacts between pre-Jewish Israelites and pre-Muslim Arabs had been ...
    ( By T.O. Shanavas )
  • just as for the fraudulent "moderates" it is the other way round. you have your evidence, others have theirs. don't whine and wheeze.the historical ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • aggression is a biological fact. aggression is an evolutionary need. aggression is a hard wired trait.that is precisely why much of religious text (especially ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Hats Off has only two hats, one as a spreader of hate, the other as an exemplar of rudeness1
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • For Hats Off,  only those experts have credibility who say bad things about Islam! His Muslim bashing has become a jehadi-like frenzy!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A slap in the face of those who claim that aggression is a product of religions!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off seems to have become the official denier of Allah on this site!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off says, "the issue is whether if apostasy and blasphemy are crimes AT ALL. they are NOT. they are laudable acts. they are ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Arshad Alam needs to worry at this time about the impending Hindu Rashtra in India rather than what happened in 1947. Pakistanis do find themselves ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Ur essay throws some hopes on Pakistani establishment, which at the least is a houseful of chicanery; indulge on doublespeak in the hope of ...
    ( By Zafir Alam )
  • Apostasy /abandoning Islam is a severe crime and punishable with death. When Umar was on the seat of Khalifa II one of his Governor ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • this is not for mr. t.o shanavascan we quote other authors who entirely disagree with these "khandaani" experts?
    ( By hats off! )
  • dear mr. arshad alam, the issue is NOT whether asia bibi was WRONGLY or RIGHTLY accused of blasphemy. that is immaterial. she has EVERY ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • get back to where you belong.
    ( By hats off! )
  • please do not write op-eds if allah knows best.write something with which you do not need to do "plausible deniability".for god's sake do not ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Human aberrations like the ones Hats Off describes are present galore in several other religions but Islam seems to be the sole target of ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The position that Islam takes is:(2:256) Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • مسلمان ہجرت کے لئے مجبور نہیں عبدالمعید ازہری ہجرت اسلامی تاریخ کا ایک اہم اور ایسا ناگزیر پہلو ہے جو اسلامی ریاست کی بنیاد کا سبب بنا۔ ہجرت کا مطلب ...
    ( By Abdul Moeed Azhari )
  • ہم کسی کو مجبور نہیں کرتے کہ وہ میلاد النبیﷺ کو مانیں یا اسکا انعقاد کریں۔ یہ تو اپنی اپنی قسمت ہے۔ لیکن اگر ...
    ( By Syed Soharwardy )
  • Why Indian Muslims do not need to follow Extremists’ Call for Hijrat The Misconstrued Concept of Hijrat and the Position of Indian Ulema Both these articles in NAI referred ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )