The killing of Taseer and Bhatti explains the reluctance of politicians to tackle the issue. It is risky even to call for the harsher punishment of people who make false blasphemy allegations. Preserving the laws as they stand has become a key issue for the leaders of the Barelvi community, otherwise moderate believers who follow a Sufi-inspired form of Islam.....
Yasser Latif Hamdani
One such issue, staring us in the face, is the growing blood lust of the mob in the country. By the mob, one does not mean the mafia or organised crime. The mob is all of us, the entire Pakistani nation, together; out to lynch anyone it feels has fallen out of line with the mainstream’s idea of a good Pakistani....
Just as our material body is in constant need of food for its sustenance, our spiritual soul (or rooh) is also in perpetual need for its nourishment. And while the food for our bodies is derived from the earth, the nutrition for our souls is obtained from the Word of Allah, the Holy Quran itself....
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
Clearly, this would be typically seen by the 'conspiracy theorists' among Muslims as an 'onslaught' of the 'Hindutva nationalists' on the madrasa education system. Nevertheless, unlike the previous governments which loudly announced the 'reform movements' in the UP madrasa, Yogi Adityanath's government is gearing up for a major overhaul in the age-old madrasa education system. Apart from the new vocational courses which are highly required in the educational curricula of the UP Madrasas, tech-based education programmes and professional skill development will also be included in the new educational curriculum....
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam
Death is not a journey towards an unknown destination. From religious point of view death is the starting point of a journey predestined and pre-planned by Allah (swt) for traversing eternal life-cycle of mankind from the life on earth to Hereafter. The Journey – its Route and Destination have been clearly chalked out in the Holy Quran and pin-pointed by the Holy Prophet (PBU) thousand and one times. So there is no scope for a Muslim to deny it. It’s a journey from Finite to Infinite and from mixed domain in worldly life to the spiritual domain of Here-after....
Wahhabism became an attractive alternative to the mystic ideology of Sufi Islam. It all of a sudden seemed too complicated for the people. Wahhabism became especially appealing to the militarized youth, who were seeking out their personal identities and place in the national movement....
Terms like myth, value, morality, religion, faith, atheism etc. suffer from certain imprecision in modern treatment. One might read Glossary of Terms used by Frithjof Schuon for more precise and traditionally grounded treatment. However, Khawja is more lucid for most of modern educated people. One can only thank him for formulating these theses. He is bound to receive more attention if Muslims are to more creatively engage with modernity....
But when the new era verges, nothing but a change in Prophethood can usher it in and match the unprecedented capaciousness of its mind. So it is the mission of Abraham to reintroduce monotheism in the globalizing world—and this time for good. For the world will never after return to a state vacant of monotheism....
The fact that these bloody stories are mostly coming from Muslim countries and that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are made up of Muslims gives me huge pain. While thinking over them, the basic question should be this: Why can’t Muslims solve their own issues? Is it because of the crusade alliance or imperialism? But it was the Muslims themselves who removed “philosophy” lessons from the madrasa. ...
Today we cannot see any sign of Makkah’s history. As a result we have to tell our children that a battle had been fought at the place of this mall or an important incident had taken place during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) below that flyover or a companion of the Prophet fell martyr fighting the infidels near this tower or a group of Muslims took oath of allegiance near this hotel.....
Not to mention that Islam as a civilization has always been characterized by multiculturalism, rather than by nativism. A fact that is true even for pathological groups such as the Islamic State (IS) movement. One thing we all know well is how easy such nativist claims can be turned into legitimacy for violence, and that within multicultural and multireligious Indonesia, none of us reserve the right to present our respective identities as “the true Indonesia.”...
This call for moderation and communal harmony was enough for Alimi and his backers to seek to grab the seat of the Sajjadanashin, which by the rights established by tradition would go to son Naseeruddin Chisti after the passing away of Sayid Zainul Abedin. The contest that is taking place at the Ajmer dargah is of relevance to the whole of India, for the substitution of the present Sajjadanashin by an individual who does not share his peace-loving values would mark a grievous defeat for modern and moderate Muslims across India, indeed across the world....
The Message from Ajmer
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
millions of Bhaktas and devotees return back from Ajmer to their native lands
after a spiritual sojourn at the annual Urs at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin
Chishti (1142 - 1236), the Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (Benefactor of the Poor) of
millions across South Asia they have a great challenge: to keep alive the
spiritual heart green in an arid desert of strife and disharmony. In the chaos
that prevails around us there is a growing feeling of desolation and misery.
The pace of modern life has driven man to a state where the rhythm of life is
fast growing erratic and the music is slowly ebbing out .Living in a harsh
world we have developed cynicism and hatred….
As he tried to
pick himself back up, fellow volunteer drivers working for the Edhi ambulance
service gathered around him; it looked as if Safdar was bleeding. But he had
not suffered any external injuries. “Human flesh got stuck to me,” he recalls
now, as we sit in the ambulance control centre in downtown Karachi. “My friends
were checking me for injuries, but it was pieces of other people. I was
trembling hard and I couldn’t hear my own voice when I spoke. It sounded
juddering. I could only hear whistles.”....
of Muslim societies on the global scale of scientific advancements and human
development cannot be effectively achieved by externally imposed factors. The
real improvement will only come through initiatives within Muslim societies and
through realisation, awareness and the desire to advance alongside the
progressive world. Today’s world will not slow down for Muslims. The sooner the
Muslim societies embark on this journey, the sooner they can attain the
required pace for advancement. Otherwise they will be left behind and will need
centuries to catch up...
I’tekaf refers to the act of residing in a mosque for a period of three days or
more, during which an individual seeks closeness to Allah (swt) by performing
various A’mal (rituals) and refraining from a number of prohibited acts. It may
sound simple, but there is a beauty to I’tekaf that makes it so special
compared to other rituals in Islam.....
Dr Saulat Nagi
Faiz, being a
fellow traveller of Communist party treaded on every path beginning from
imprisonment to exile and even suffered the scare of gallows. A threat of death
is worse than the real death. With superb qualification, exquisite poetry and a
western wife he could have lived a comfortable life. Instead, for a greater
cause he and Ellis preferred to choose a life of suffering and pain....
Dr Saulat Nagi
On the other
hand, the imperialism and religious Mafia are both in hand and glove to create
an all-omnipotent and invisible enemy. Spinoza was quick to realise it in the
16th century when he stated, “ignorance and superstitious beliefs spread like
wildfires, and I believe that religious leaders feed that fire to secure their
position. Religious authorities of all hue seek to impede the development of
our rational facilities”....
Yasser Latif Hamdani
The truth is
that the Muslim World in its current state is hardly in any state to be proud
of. In most Muslim majority countries things such as human rights and women’s
rights are optional at best. Saudi Arabia, claimant to the leadership of the
Muslim World, is a woeful example be it women’s rights or human rights in
general. It is the responsibility of every Muslim to point out the flaws so
that these self-proclaimed leaders of the Ummah are held accountable for their
abusing the name of Islam want to attack and destroy Sufi establishments, which
still stand for love and tolerance. Sufis dedicated themselves to the love of
God, which in turn meant love for all His creations—translating into charitable
endeavours, notions of equality, egalitarianism, brotherhood and broad
humanism. Service to humanity through feeding (Langar), healing (Jhar-Phuk,
blowing and touching, charms and amulets), etc., was considered a better form
of worship than ritualistic prayers...
the primary role of teaching the creed and sciences of the religion, which
includes enjoining the good and forbidding the evil in society. Just because
scholars or Shuyookh are not all out “in the streets” protesting or practicing
civil disobedience by getting arrested, does not make them illegitimate nor
should take away from the deference given to them. Abu Hanifah (may Allah have
mercy upon him) and Malik bin Anas (may Allah have mercy upon him) were not out
“in the streets” but gave moral support to those “in the streets.”...
Dr Saulat Nagi
subcontinent where faith of puritanical origin has overtaken the sanity, the
old traditional beliefs of mysticism or tolerance are reeling. In the presence
of market economy, time for mysticism was already receding fast. Mysticism and
the associated art was the product of feudal era when life was not very hectic.
After a period of sowing, cultivating and/or harvesting people had sufficient
time at their hands to enjoy the festivities of those moments. The technology
has altered all previous relations. ...
terms, the visit to Indonesia did not do much to boost the relationship, which
has never been fast and furious in any case. Since 1980, Saudi Arabia’s investment
in Indonesia has been into Indonesian culture and religion, devoting millions
of dollars to exporting Salafism, a strict and dogmatic brand of Islam. It has
built hundreds of mosques, a huge free university, provided teachers,
scholarships and much, much more. Will this now change? Whatever the case, the
investments have made an impact....
millennium Satan’s companions certainly have successfully accomplished the task
allotted to them. They have gone even further and in practical sense. In the
name of their concocted religions for political strategies, the young ones are
recruited to join the army of Mujahideen with religious fervour to revive what
was their past glory, not of knowledge-based nation, but warmongering
marauders. Some of their leaders strangely also hold professional doctorates
from various religious and non-religious universities....
Faiz Ahmed Faiz
What is the
secret of Faiz’s phenomenal appeal? Is he the greatest poet after Ghalib? No,
certainly not. What makes him immensely popular is his revolutionary
romanticism, his successful transformation of the traditional symbology of the
Urdu poetry to convey myriad new meanings of love and protest. Noorjahan, Begum
Akhtar, Mehdi Hasan, Iqbal Bano and Nayyara Noor were among those singers who
made a significant contribution by taking Faiz’s poetry to the people.....