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Whirling is a seven-century old form of full-body worship emblematic of the Mevlevi tradition of Jalaluddin Rumi — and a practice I’ve woven into my spiritual routine over the past couple of years. Each time I begin whirling...

 

Relationship between a man and a woman does exist. Celebrating Sisters’ Day doesn’t mean these relationships don’t exist. Yes, Pakistan is awkward when it comes to love and asking for a day to celebrate love is a bit too much....

Others, however, think social reforms have come too quickly, and fear an erosion of public morals and widely held traditions in the once-ultraconservative kingdom, the bastion of Islam and its holiest sites of Mecca and Medina....

 

Tolerance is a human value that orientates towards difference and indifference. It is a passive and more abstract idea of interaction. Acceptance is an active value. In human psychology, it is explained as a person’s assent to the reality of a situation....

On her site, Al-Khatahtbeh is especially proud of stories that deal with race and sexuality. “Of course, female sexuality is honoured within our religion, and it shouldn’t be something we shy away from or think of as a taboo.”...

 

It will require a great deal of effort to bring about modernisation in the Muslim world. Foremost will be the need to form an understanding between different segments of society — between those who rule and those they govern; between the rich and the poor; and between the different sects of Islam.

Islamophobia and hatred of Muslims? Muslims’ inability to promote and create an interest in writers and scholars like Hofmann? A combination of these and similar reasons? – Such questions have vexed me and a sense of bewilderment has crept in....

 

Pakistan ranks 151 out of 153 countries on the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 published by the World Economic Forum in December. Only two other countries are below Pakistan — Iraq and Yemen. This isn’t surprising. Given the prevalent misogyny in our society and the extreme patriarchy, it will take decades for Pakistan to move towards gender equality...

 

“People who don’t know about Islam assume that Hijab is a sign of oppression. For me, the Hijab brings a sense of security, strength and dignity. I get a lot of support and attention because of my Hijab,”...

Currently, the weaknesses of the political party system in Pakistan stands exposed with such finality that it’s no more possible for the civil society, including the liberal elements, to deny that the answer to their woes of fighting a military-dominated socio-political system does not lay with the present parties....

 

Above and beyond this there may have been special safeguards for minorities with a sunset clause till the time that minorities would be fully integrated in the Pakistani nation and there were no more religious distinction....

Statistics provided by the Aurat Foundation state that 1000 women and girls belonging to religious minorities in Pakistan are “abducted, forcibly converted and then married off to their abductors every year.”....

 

Islam, born in the seventh century, was intended as an “antidote” to Arabia, which was then considered an age of Jahiliyya. So, it’s a pretty ironic state of affairs that we have become what we once fought against...

“Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is now jobless and withering away. It’s so starved of funds that it is trying to retrench its operatives by finding livelihood opportunities for them in mainstream society. Terrorist organisations in Pakistan have never felt so squeezed by the authorities as they do now.”....

 

Interestingly out of the two different displays of “Islamic conduct” what was being supposed has been proved wrong. The Jihadist ideology was trying to brainwash Muslims to fight ‘Jihad’ for their religion and eliminate the “Kufr-system” of democracy. But the protesting Muslims have rejected the jihadist ideology, exclusion and supremacism. Instead they have proven with their peaceful protests that they will die remaining, though as a minority part of the Indian democracy, but will never walk on the path of violence, nor on the path that leads to ‘detention centres’....

Maulanas and clerics are not leaders here; instead, youth and home-makers are. These are not “Muslim” mobilisations as earlier seen against Salman Rushdie, triple talaq or Taslima Nasrin. Instead, this new inclusive movement is one where Bhim Army’s Chandrashekhar Azad — and not the Shahi Imam — has addressed crowds at Jama Masjid....

Ultimately, it is up to the 1.8 billion Muslims in the world to do some soul-searching and honestly decide if they are “living” Islam as believers should or “wearing” Islam as cultural Muslims do....

 

But what is unique about Islam is that while other religious movements, particularly Christianity, got over their early violent origins, it continued to move on and update its precepts within the ambit of Holy Quran. There has been no Islamic equivalent of Enlightenment and Renaissance, and the true Islamic mindset remains a torch bearer with historical progress, and therefore with modern times...

The RTS fiasco and unsigned Form 45 in such a large number of polling stations on the Election Day raised serious questions about the integrity of 2018 election. We are currently living through an era when democracy is probably in the weakest state.”...

 

In recent years, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, a notable Islamic scholar from North America, has gained global prominence by supporting efforts by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to deal with the fallout of the Arab revolutions. The UAE is a Middle Eastern autocracy that has been the chief strategist behind quelling the Arab revolutionary aspiration for accountable government in the region....

When Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry etc were drawn out from madrasa system, there remained very few subjects to be taught in madrasas. So, such subjects that had less or no use in practical affairs of Muslims were included in madrasa curriculum. The opinions and personal deductions of ulema were made a part of Islamic Shariah and a parallel theology came into being....

The Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and the Islamic State provide varying degrees of external inspiration and promote radicalization that is riding in on the latest wave of Arabisation, making the most of shambolic governance and vast inequalities.....

For decades, social scientists studying Islam discussed whether this second biggest religion of the world would go through the major transformation that the biggest one, Christianity, went through: secularization. Would Islam also lose its hegemony over public life, to become a mere one among various voices, not the dominant one, in Muslim societies?...

As a discipline of knowledge, Islamic economy was never discussed in classical Islamic sources. The classical sources of Islam referred to economics as norms, behaviours, lifestyle and institutions, but not as a science....

The new year—2020—is around the corner. One of the resolutions with which Muslims in general and Indian Muslims in particular can start the New Year is: Rethink the Islamic postulates in the light of the 21st century’s changing dynamics, the key objective behind the formation of this forum as a New Age Islam movement....

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