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The forbiddance of music

The forbiddance of music

Kamran Siddiqui Recently, a Canadian Newspaper Globe and Mail covered a story of Muslim families in a Toronto neighborhood demanding the Toronto District School Board to exempt their kids from the music class, which is a compulsory component of the Provincial Curriculum. The families are arguing that attending music class violates their Muslim faith. The Newspaper further reported that more […]

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Nature of the Muslim State

Nature of the Muslim State

By Khaled Ahmed Nation-states inhabited by Muslim majorities tend to be permanently wobbly. These days, those that got fired by the idea of democracy in 2011 are in crisis. Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Libya were supposed to go democratic after liberation from heir dictatorships. Muslim states in fact stay stable for many years under dictators, kings and Iran-like Islamic authoritarianism. […]

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Mother Teresa Is Made a Saint by Pope Francis

Mother Teresa Is Made a Saint by Pope Francis

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO VATICAN CITY — She was known throughout the world as Mother Teresa, considered a saint by many for her charitable work among the poorest of the world’s poor. On Sunday morning, Pope Francis officially bestowed that title at her canonization ceremony in St. Peter’s Square. “I think, perhaps, we may have some difficulty in calling her St. Teresa: Her holiness is […]

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Pakistan’s Role in the Syria Conflict

Pakistan’s Role in the Syria Conflict

  By Samuel Ramani, The Diplomat On May 2, 2016, the Iranian government passed a law allowing families of deceased foreign Iranian Revolutionary Guard fighters to gain Iranian citizenship. Iran’s new citizenship legislation applies chiefly to relatives of Afghans and dissident Iraqis who fought for Iran against Saddam Hussein’s regime during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War. However, the law has also been extended to […]

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Saudis’ Rigid Vision of Islam Blamed for Rising Extremism

Saudis’ Rigid Vision of Islam Blamed for Rising Extremism

By SCOTT SHANEAUG, The Newyork Times. WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia’s support for “radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.” He has called the Saudis “the world’s biggest funders of terrorism.” The first American diplomat […]

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Karachi’s Long Summer of Violence

Karachi’s Long Summer of Violence

by Tahir Qazi Karachi is the biggest city in Pakistan. It is the country’s commercial hub, financial capital, naval base, and only operational seaport. For the past several months, this city has once again been in the grip of violence. Gunshots ringing out in poor neighborhoods claimed the lives of more than 400 individuals in the months of July and […]

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Saudi Arabia Kills Civilians

Saudi Arabia Kills Civilians

By Samuel Oakford In the span of four days earlier this month, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition inYemen bombed a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital, killing 19 people; a school, where 10 children, some as young as 8, died; and a vital bridge over which United Nations food supplies traveled, punishing millions. In a war that has seen reports of human rights violations committed […]

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Pakistan: The Rebirth of Jihad

Pakistan: The Rebirth of Jihad

Within Pakistan, banned groups like JeM and JuD campaign openly for jihad against India. By Umer Ali “Bharat ka aik ailaaj, al-jihad” (“The cure to India is nothing but jihad”), the crowd chanted at the start of Jamaat-e-Islami’s anti-India rally near Nasir Bagh, Lahore. The rally, which was destined for Wahga, on Pakistan’s side of the India-Pakistan border, was filled with […]

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Clerics above law

Clerics above law

Pakistani political groups patronise madrassas that participate in terror activities by Khaled Ahmed The Darul Uloom Haqqania of Akora Khattak at Nowshehra near Peshawar in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is in the news after the provincial government run by Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf gave the madrassa Rs 300 million to “modernise” its educational programme. The seminary is known as the madrassa of the Taliban: […]

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The Issue of Halal and Haraam Food

The Issue of Halal and Haraam Food

By Kamran Siddiqui For Muslims living in Western countries, the issue of halal (permitted) and haraam (forbidden) food has become an essential component of daily life. Buying meat from specific “halal” stores, eating at specific restaurants, reading the ingredient label on almost every packed food item at the grocery store, etc., is a regular routine of Muslim families living in […]

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the 110th Annual Session of the PHD Chamber and PHD Annual Awards for Excellence 2015 in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh(PTI11_28_2015_000021A)

Don’t glorify militants as martyrs

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that there were no types of terror and that it should be condemned in all its forms. Speaking at the Home Ministers of SAARC conference in Pakistan, Singh said “terrorism is terrorism” and “there should be no glorification of terrorists as martyrs.” Rajnath Singh also said that merely condemning terrorists was not enough and those who “provide […]

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India and Pakistan are mired in a hyper-nationalist frenzy

India and Pakistan are mired in a hyper-nationalist frenzy

Author and analyst Husain Haqqani says that both India and Pakistan are mired in a hyper-nationalist frenzy right now by Elizabeth Roche New Delhi: There is a perception in Pakistan that 69 years after Partition, India still wants to punish Pakistan for parting as a separate nation, says Pakistani author and analyst Husain Haqqani. In India to promote his book India vs […]

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Why Erdogan should take a lesson from India?

Why Erdogan should take a lesson from India?

by ALOK MUKHERJEE On a recent trip, our young taxi driver hailed from Turkey. Inevitably, our conversation turned to recent events there. My wife and I love that beautiful country, which we have visited twice. With our own origins in India, we find the cultural and linguistic connections fascinating. Our driver was extremely worried about the safety of his family […]

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Need to Challenge Male Violence

Need to Challenge Male Violence

by Deeyah Khan  ‘It looked like the apocalypse,’ said one observer. The massacre in Nice began shortly before 11pm on Thursday 14 July, as a 19-tonne white Renault lorry sped down the promenade and began mowing down men, women and children who were celebrating Bastille Day – an event symbolic of France’s most sacred values, commemorating the first act of […]

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Turkey towards full-scale Islamisation

Turkey towards full-scale Islamisation

Patrick Cockburn In Istanbul  As crowds chant calls for the execution of those involved in the failed coup in Turkey, there are fears that this once-secular country is decisively turning the corner towards full scale Islamisation. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the attempted military takeover to justify a purge of state officials and army officers who do not give him […]

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Who is Fethullah Gulen: The cleric being blamed for Turkey coup attempt

Who is Fethullah Gulen: The cleric being blamed for Turkey coup attempt

By AP A lawyer for the Turkish government, Robert Amsterdam, said that “there are indications of direct involvement” in the coup attempt of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who is living in exile in Pennsylvania. He said he and his firm “have attempted repeatedly to warn the U.S. government of the threat posed” by Gulen and his movement. According to […]

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The nation state’s fatal defect

The nation state’s fatal defect

by Khaled Ahmed Nation states were sought to be superceded through the EU, ASEAN, EAC (Africa) and SAARC partly because they tended to designate external enemies and go to war with them in order to attain internal cohesion. But there was another fatal defect equally in evidence: Once internally united, they embarked upon an even more lethal process, exclusion, that […]

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Blaming the World for Jihadist Policies

Blaming the World for Jihadist Policies

BY MOHAMMAD TAQI The elimination of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone attack inside Pakistan last month has once again raised questions about Pakistan’s nexus with, and seriousness to eliminate, jihadist groups on its soil. Instead of serious introspection about why an Afghan jihadist was found inside Pakistan and apparently carrying that country’s passport, the Pakistani civilian and military leadership […]

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Pakistan’s textbooks close door on peaceful future with India

Pakistan’s textbooks close door on peaceful future with India

A new study of Pakistani school textbooks backed by a US government commission has concluded their contents will make it virtually impossible for a new generation of Pakistanis to envision a peaceful future with Hindu-majority India. The report “Teaching intolerance in Pakistan: Religious bias in public school textbooks”, released this week and sponsored by the US Commission on International Religious […]

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Pakistan’s ‘disobedient’ women

Pakistan’s ‘disobedient’ women

By Khaled Ahmed Novelist Nisar Aziz Butt is one of those who challenged the ideologies invented by men Islamabad celebrated novelist Nisar Aziz Butt, 89, on May 30. Her brother Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs, talked about Nisar, revealing details about this extraordinary woman who wrote four great novels in Urdu. She was born in […]

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