Middle East

India is Dar-ul-Aman: ISIS Narratives of Darul Islam, Darul Kufr and Darul Harb are untenable

WordForPeace.com Edit Desk Question: Explain the meanings and difference between the concepts thrown around by ISIS propagandists: Darul Tawheed, Darul Aman, Darul Ahad, Darul Kufr and Darul Harb. What laws pertain to Muslims living in each state?   Answer: The terms Dar-ul-Islam, Dar-ul-Kufr etc. have not been defined in any Qur’anic verse (aayah) or hadith of Rasulullah (Prophet PBUH). There isn’t a single Aayah or Hadith saying expressedly that the …

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(Malaysia) Mosque opens doors for multi-faith fast-breaking

WordForPeace.com IN rural Sungai Acheh in Nibong Tebal, Penang, reconciliation in a new Malaysia began as some 30 non-Muslims learnt the meaning of Ramadan. They had never been inside a mosque, let alone joined Muslims to break their fast in one. They did not know that they could, until yesterday evening. Youth group Penggerak Komuniti Muda (Peka) in Penang had …

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Ramazan; a comprehensive social and cultural approach

WordForPeace.com Ramazan, a holy month to the world muslims which they use it to rehashing and maturating their soul. Moreover, muslims as a whole trashing their trigger-happy habits and seeing such as mawkishly by metamorphosing the whole life obligating almighty. Totally ramazan influences all aspects of spiritual, cultural and social. Spiritual aspect:- Ramazan, it is a spiritual sensation. A struggle …

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Islam of the nation-state, NOT of the caliphate

WordForPeace.com (There is) a desire in Muslim societies to revive a certain idealised vision of medieval glory. Yet it is decidedly an Islam of the nation-state, not an Islam of the caliphate, to which Muslim liberals aspire.. We live in a liberal world. In some senses, liberalism enjoys a global victory. Even its opponents often make their case based on …

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J&K: ‘Non-Initiation of Counter Insurgency Operations’ for Ramzan is hope for a purposeful dialogue process

WordForPeace.com Srinagar: After three years of political squabbling in the ruling PDP-BJP coalition accompanied by street unrest, clamour is growing among mainstream and separatist leadership here that New Delhi and Islamabad should hold a meaningful dialogue that may not immediately result in final resolution of the Kashmir conflict, but may bring some semblance of normalcy in the tense valley. File image …

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India Has Age-old and Robust Tradition of Liberal Muslim Thought

WordForPeace.com From our family chronicle, called Bahishtey-Aziz, I know that my ancestors, Sufi itinerants Bandagi Shah Jamal and Bandagi Shah Kamal, came to India in the 16th century and decided to end their journey in Benares (now Varanasi), the most spiritual part of the country, as they saw it. Religion for them was about curiosity, wisdom, travel and, of course, change. …

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Ramzan truce in J&K: A risk worth taking due to lack of alternative initiatives?

WordForPeace.com Three to four days into the “cessation of operations” (COO) initiative in Jammu and Kashmir, it is under severe criticism from almost all quarters. The main objections appear to be from the security community, which is livid that the momentum of operations, put in place by Operation All Out, has been broken. Many less-informed people are joining in too. …

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Real Muslims That Know Islam, Recognize ISIS Ideology Is a Complete Corruption of Our Religion

WordForPeace.com By Qanta A. Ahmed The Great Mosque in Brussels has been training imams who preach Jew-hatred, preparations for armed jihad and the need to prosecute LGBT minorities. That’s according to a confidential Belgian intelligence report that was leaked to the media. Sputnik discussed the report with Qanta A. Ahmed, a British-American Muslim physician and member of the Committee on …

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Why the UAE World Council of Muslim Minorities should be welcomed!

WordForPeace.com By Arshad Alam Over half a billion Muslims, nearly one third of their total population, live in contexts in which they are minorities. The context of their being minority differs from place to place. In places like Europe, this is the result of migration owing to the wars in Arab world. These communities are new, and need to adjust …

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