- Written by Jehan Perera
A year ago a contractor whom I spoke to rejoiced that corruption was much reduced under the new government. He said that the minister in charge of his area of work had merely asked for a donation to be made to support a public institution. Though this donation had nothing to do with the contract, he was happy to oblige, as it was for a public cause and not for the minister’s personal pocket. When I met this same contractor last week he was a disillusioned man.
He said that business was good, but that corruption had gone sky high, and there was no limit to what was now demanded. Although perhaps still less than it was under the previous government, corruption is on the rise and is likely to get worse unless government policy changes and there is the political will to implement it right from the top.
- Written by Latheef Farook
- Written by AHM Azwer, Muslim Progressive Front
The Muslim Progressive Front registers its strongest protest against the invitation extended to Moshe Safdie , supposed to be a world renowned architect of Israel. He is a notorious planner, who has begun uprooting the Palestinians from their place of birth and settle thousands of illegitimate Israeli settlers even in private lands grabbing the lands of the Palestinians in and around Jerusalem, the holy land where stands the Al-Aqsa Mosque so dear and near to the billions of Muslims around the world.
How could such a person be a Chief Guest at a architectural conference in Sri Lanka which is committed to support the Palestinian cause morally and spiritually. It is reported by knowledgeable media sources that Moshe ’s visit is linked to a secret plan to speed up a Zionist plot to spread the its vicious tentacles in this land of serenity.
- Written by Crescent International
Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a Hafiz-e Qur’an and Qari (reciter of the Qur’an), falsely accused of involvement in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing, died in a US prison on Saturday February 18. He was 78.
By the time Sheikh Omar was 11 years old, he had memorized the entire Qur’an.
Sheikh Omar, who was blind from childhood and preached at a number of mosques in New York City, was sentenced to life in 1996 for his alleged role in planning the World Trade Centre attack although he was not convicted of that particular attack. Instead, he was falsely accused of giving his blessings to attacks on multiple landmarks in New York including the United Nations Headquarters, the Lincoln Bridge and Tunnel. Emad Salem, an Egyptian intelligence officer, recruited by the FBI to entrap Sheikh Omar, concocted the entire criminal plot.
- Written by Tesneem Alkiek
Religious minorities are often depicted as oppressed and vulnerable victims of their Muslim rulers. This portrayal, however, is far from accurate. This brief paper seeks to reorient our understanding of the rights and responsibilities religious minorities possessed under Muslim rule.
In January of 2016, scholars from around the world gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco to discuss a very pressing concern: the status of religious minorities in Muslim-majority lands. This issue has emerged to the forefront of international concerns thanks to the mortifying actions of ISIS, who have sought to kill, enslave, and exile others based on religious differences.
- Written by Mukhtar Master
Allah (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says in the noble Qur’an, “Indeed, within the heavens and earth are signs for the believers.”
The greatest miracle bestowed on the beloved of Allah and Master of all humanity, Muhammed (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam), was the noble Quran; unmatched in literary excellence, sublime in its beauty and religious reverence. However, despite its immense power and unparalleled nature, there are many from humankind who would not attest to its divine origin. However, to many Muslims, just hearing the words of the noble Quran is enough to send shivers down the spine, bring tears to the eyes and compel them to bow in humility and in recognition of the awe and splendour of the One who sent the book.
- Written by Nafeez Ahmed
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President Donald Trump is not fighting a war on the establishment: he’s fighting a war to protect the establishment from itself, and the rest of us.
At first glance, this isn’t obvious. Among his first actions upon taking office, Trump vetoed the Trans Pacific Partnership, the controversial free trade agreement which critics
- Written by Reading Islam Team
Professor Arthur Alison is the head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of London. For several years he had been the president of the British Society for Psychological and Spiritual Studies. In the course of his study of religions, he got acquainted with Islam.
When he compared Islam with the religions and creeds he had studied, he found it suited his inborn nature and satisfied his requirements.
- Written by Ram Puniyani, Peoples Voice
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (SLB) unit filming the period film, Padmavati was attacked recently (January 2017) near Jaipur in Rajasthan. The pretext was that there is a dream sequence in the film which depicts Alauddin Khilji, the Muslim King and the Rajput Princess Padmavati. The attack was organized by one Karni Sena which claims to be working for preservation of Rajput honor and which felt that the film is an insult on the community honor of Rajputs. Interestingly the film is at the shooting stage and the Karni Sena has no access to the script of the film. The rumor about the dream sequence made them launch the attack against the film unit. It was not surprising that the state sat back, no condemnation of the attack by the state leadership was there.
- Written by Al Jazeera
Both Merkel and US Vice President Mike Pence attend key security conference in Munich with Russia high on the agenda. Merkel also stressed the need to preserve and strengthen multilateral structures such as the EU and NATO during her address [Thomas Kienzle/AFP]Merkel also stressed the need to preserve and strengthen multilateral structures such as the EU and NATO during her address.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Islam is not the source of "terrorism" and that cooperating with predominantly Muslim states in the fight against it is vital.