- Written by Latheef Farook
A dark blot on India’s reputation for religious equality.
The Indian state of Gujarat should have been the shining example for Hindu-Muslim unity, as the two communities had coexisted in harmony for centuries. Muslims were among the first traders to settle, prosper, assimilate and adopt a strong Gujarati identity. Unfortunately, it was this very success that made Muslims vulnerable to the communal carnage unleashed by Hindu extremists RSS and its deceptive fronts from time to time.
The worst ever massacre of Muslims, some described it as genocide while others call it crime against humanity, took place on 27 February 2002.
- Written by Prof Ram Puniyani
The biases and misconceptions about conversions and population growth have been used by communal forces to divide the society. This became apparent once again when Minister of state of Home, Kiren Rijuju tweeted that that Hindu population is decreasing in the country as Hindus don’t convert and that minorities in India are flourishing unlike in the neighboring countries.
Threat of decline in Hindu population and increase in population of minorities in India is being propagated time and over again by Hindutva groups. The propaganda has nothing to do with reality of society and deeper causes of the same.
- Written by லத்தீப் பாரூக்
1947ல் இந்தியா சுதந்திரம் அடைந்தது முதல் வழமையான அதன் ஊழல்களுக்கு அப்பால் தமிழ்நாடு மாநிலம் இன நல்லுறவுக்கும், அரசியல் ஸ்திரப்பாட்டுக்கும், பொருளாதார சுபிட்சத்துக்கும் ஒரு நல்ல உதாரணமான மாநிலமாகவே திகழ்ந்தது. ராஷ்டிரிய சுயம்சேவா சங் அல்லது ஆர்எஸ்எஸ் எனப்படும் வன்முறை போக்கு கொண்ட இந்துத்துவ அரசியல் சக்தியினதும் அதன் இணை அணிகளான பிஜேபி, விஎச்பி, ஷிவ் சேனா என்பனவற்றின் செயல்களால் பெரும்பாலான வட இந்திய மாநிலங்கள் சிதறுண்டு போன நிலையில் தமிழ் நாடு மட்டும் தலை நிமிர்ந்தே காணப்பட்டது.
- Written by Pew Research Center
Most Americans do not see widespread support for extremism among Muslims living in the U.S. Overall, 40% say there is not much support for extremism among U.S. Muslims, while an additional 15% say there is none at all. About a quarter say there is a fair amount of support (24%) for extremism among U.S. Muslims; 11% say there is a great deal of support.
The share of adults saying there is not much or no support for extremism among U.S. Muslims is 9 percentage points higher than in 2011 (54% today, 45% in July 2011).
- Written by Sabry Sikkander
I would like to share some images taken today at the RED Masjid in 2nd Cross Street where brother Mohamed Jaleel had headed a team and taken a delegation of Americans visiting Sri Lanka, which included the Rev. Pat Conray, chaplain of the US House of Representatives and the spouses of visiting US congressmen.
This is an ideal platform to clear misconception on islam. Alhumduillah
Hope this effort will open up our doors for all other communities and embrace them into the light if Islam which has been over shadowed with misconceptions.
- Written by The Island
Politicians are a peculiar lot. They think no end of themselves and never own up to their lapses. Of them, one may say, with apologies to Bernard Shaw, those who can, do, and those who can’t, bash the media. Politicians who are capable of living up to people’s expectations can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Hence, we often have most of those at the levers of power venting their spleens on journalists to cover up their failures which are legion.
Yahapalana leaders seem to believe in their own false propaganda. Having failed to make good on their election promises, they are now trying to have the frustrated public believe that the situation is peachy-keen, but the media are all out to paint a bleak picture of it.
- Written by Zafar Khalid
One of the greatest failures of parts of the Islamic movement is that they have not understood clearly the system in place in their societies. They make faulty assumptions that cost them dearly. For instance, almost all parts of the Islamic movement operate on the basis that the systems in their societies would yield proper results if good honest men were to administer them.
Thus, they want to play by the rules of the established order in the hope that they will rise to power and then rectify the system from the top. This is contrary to the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).
- Written by Afrah Mansour, The Muslim Vibe
Today is the international day for women in science, so what finer chance to celebrate the contributions of Muslim scientists than today! Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) has said: “Seeking knowledge is a mandate for every Muslim (male and female).” These women have embodied this and shown the world what it means to be an active achiever and mover of the world in which we live. Here is a roundup of a few from different parts of the world.
- Written by www.RT.com
Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military intervention in Yemen, is the world’s second-largest arms importer, according to a new report. Riyadh’s arms imports increased 212 percent compared with 2007–11, with the US remaining the world’s top weapons exporter.
Between 2007–2011 and 2012–2016 arms imports by states in the Middle East rose by 86 percent, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday.
India was the world’s largest importer of major arms in 2012–2016, accounting for 13 percent of the global total, the study said.
- Written by Asif Haroon
Non-resolution of Palestinian and Kashmir dispute gave rise to Islamic radicalism. After the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, the ten-year Iran-Iraq war ended inconclusively in 1988 but militarized and radicalized the two countries. Iraq under Saddam Hussain was supported by the two super powers, the west and the Arab world. While Iran completed its revolutionary cycle under Imam Khomeini and started to assert its authority in the region, Saddam claimed the leadership of Arab world. Israeli aggression in Lebanon and persecution of Palestinians gave birth to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza Strip and heightened radicalism.
The war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989 in which Pakistan played a key role, radicalized the region.