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It has been abused by one and all ranging from rulers to clandestine cults to justify and legitimize their actions all in the name of Jihad, and observing commandments of Islam. The mainstream corporate media has used it to reinforce the stereotypical image of Muslims as violent people for whom still the sword is the dominant force....

And the stories encompass the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as India, Indonesia, Russia and the United Kingdom. Kamaly’s unusual selection might raise eyebrows, while historical scholars may frown at the simplification of complex histories into fast-paced narrations of these extraordinary women's lives….

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wanted a no-war pact with Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. The mere fact that it was actually discussed measures for us the “normal” goodwill that existed despite the years of quarrelling during the Pakistan Movement….

 

‘What, with twenty-two-and-a-half years of life expectancy and five pice per person per day of national income? We’ve had enough of Rama and Krishna. Not that I do not admire these great figures of our traditions, but there’s work to be done. And not to clasp hands before idols while misery and slavery beleaguer us.’....

 For others, it may offer a healthy antidote to the relentless and duplicitous dual diet(s) of Diriliş: Ertuğrul and piety induced by Maulana Tariq Jameel (discerning readers may note that the resemblance to another irksome Maulana in the letter itself, which is of course entirely fictional) favoured and advocated by our own Prime Minister of Naya Pakistan during the current Ramazan season....

 

Islam and its Holy scripture Quran, was revealed to change this scheme of things. Instead its message of liberation, empowerment and freedom was bogged down by the patriarchal interpretation of its message. This patriarchal interpretation has been a norm for most Ulama. They have justified it in the name of Islam….

ElifShafak takes a piercing, unflinching look at the trauma women’s minds and bodies are subjected to in a social system determined by patriarchal codes. Surely, we can say that in the lines of Zarbakht Bilal “The Forty Rules of Love is a mesmerizing blend of love, religion and spirituality” ….

In 1772, Warren Hastings, then governor, enforced that all Indians would be subject to Indian law and that the approach to this law would be text-based rather than based on local custom. Medieval Islamic Law varied in theory and practice widely between the four Sunni and two major Shia schools and was fundamentally constructed on different principles with different goals from English law…..

 
Relationship Between Religion and Love
Relationship Between Religion and Love
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

 In the jargon of legal jurisprudence, sectarianism, prejudice and hate, love is rendered oblivious from the mainstream. Sufis among others discuss, engage and articulate the narrative of Love among Muslims....

Islamic Revivalist Movements particularly Jamaat e Islami (JeI) witnessed many phases in South Asia. In different countries it adopted different methodologies to achieve its goal of establishing the Islamic state. It’s founding ideologue Mawlana Abul Ala Mawdudi (1903-1979) was an influential scholar, writer and political activist whose legacy and works are still open for debate....

The discourse on women rights in Islam is a contested one. For traditionalists the scope of women’s activities is confined just to her home and hearth. Child rearing, raising them, taking care of home are the priorities. The economic activities of women and working outside her home are curtailed in this discourse. For this economic freedom, women have to surrender few rights and a narrative mired with patriarchy emerges. ….

Several Western books have dealt with the Arab left and communism in the region (especially in Palestine and Egypt) but much about the subject is still shrouded in mystery.  There is more literature about Arab communism and socialism in Arabic but much of it is written by their opponents. ...

 

What we require is a vivid life portrait of this foremost persona of the twentieth century, a personality-driven narrative covering the period from his birth to death, along with salient aspects of his contemporary legacy, in order to lay bare the bold and inspirational nature of his story, revealing the blood with which the Preamble was written….

Religion has the potential to offer this meaning and solace to the disturbed souls on the one hand and on the other it does interact with institutions. The relationship between science and religion, secularism and religion, politics and religion is entangled in debates, discussions and deliberations about the scope, influence, impact and interaction of the two….

 These names have not only devoted their lives to curing patients but have also written novels and short stories, and rendered into Urdu some masterpieces of world literature....

The Muslim world today is rife with violence. The violence is rooted and justified mostly in the name of religion. Each sect, group and community of Muslims have found legitimacy for their violent struggles from a certain reading and interpretation of Islamic scriptures particularly the Holy Quran. The verses are interpreted in such a manner that they build a certain narrative that justifies and legalizes violence in the name of Islam….

A premise suggested at the outset is that actions of politicians and bureaucrats dealing with the consequences of partition were determined by a variety of considerations: one of the critical priorities for both governments in the midst of all the chaos and violence of riots,…

 

He crucially argued that they should disregard traditional authorities – governments, religious scholars, tribal leaders, parents – in matters of jihad. There have been extremist training camps named after him in Syria, mosques in Yemen, the West Bank, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Gaza and Sudan….

 

The mystical book expounds the profound meanings of Sufi teachings and is often dubbed as ‘a manual for Sufis’. Written originally in Arabic and translated into Persian by Izzuddin Muhammad, Awaarif-ul-Maarif became very popular in the Islamic world as it tries to reconcile the differences between Tariqah (Sufism) and Shariah (the Islamic law) ….

 

Barren sandy desert, extremely hot climate, and scarcity of water resources made the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula an inhospitable abode for man since ancient times. Its original people were pagans, except for some Unitarians (ahnaf) who contemplated on the Oneness of God. In the post Judeo-Christian era, pockets of wet fertile land attracted Jewish and Christian settlers from the adjoining regions, and became isolated centres of trade and commerce. However, the vast stretches of the desert heartland that only sustained a nomadic life, remained in a primitive state until the advent of Islam. The nomadic tribes had preserved their ancestral paganism, with each tribe having its own idol; and the Ka‘ba, a cubical shrine at the heart of an ancient sanctuary (Haram) in Mecca, was the centre of idol worship. The nomadic Arabs were largely unlettered, had no notion of central state or kingdom, and their social and moral norms were based on traditions (Sunnah) and dictated by the struggle for survival. .....

Although Islam came to India after it had played out its progressive role, and its leadership had been wrested from the learned and cultured Arabs, the revolutionary principles of the days of its origin and ascendancy were still inscribed on its flag; and a critical study of history might reveal that the Muslim conquest of India was facilitated by similar native factors as In the case of Persia and the Christian countries….

 

Critics were full of praise, with Variety calling it “an eye-opening thriller brew of corruption, cover-up and real-world courage”. Alec Baldwin tweeted his approval, praising the “numbing and beautiful” film. “The truth is being dismembered in Washington,” he wrote.,,,

AI Kandi, AI Hassan, AI Farabi, Avicena, Al Gazali, Abubakr, Avempace, Al Phetragius. (The Arabian names are so contracted in historical works written in European languages)—these are names memorable in the annals of human culture; and the fame of the great Averroes has been immortalised as that of the man who made the forerunners of modern civilization acquainted with the genius of Aristotle...

 

What prevents the recognition of the presence of critique in Islam is the “inability of our prevalent frameworks,” an important example of which is “the Enlightenment legacy” which understands critique as being that “of religion other than Christianity,” rather than it occurring “from within non-Christian religion”...

 

Atheists often raise these sorts of questions in their critique of the concept of God. If God were really true and if God were truly powerful, good and just, as is claimed by those who believe in God, surely God wouldn’t have permitted ‘innocent’ people to suffer, they would say....

 
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