Middle East

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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Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam by Kecia Ali (review)

WordForPeace.com The early history of Muslim law is the framework of this book—to which, incidentally, it provides an accessible introduction for nonspecialists. It is a field that calls for a command of difficult forms of medieval Arabic, the language used by early Muslims of all mother tongues in legal debate and writing, and the ability to identify and interpret terse …

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Is the Shariah in India in Danger? Was ‘Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao’ Rally By Imarat-E-Shariah Patna needful?

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi 20 April 2018 Perhaps, first time after the independence, scores of Muslim outfits of Bihar gathered at Gandhi Maidan in Patna under the banner of “Shariah is in danger”. This call was given in the rally named as ‘Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao’ (protect religion, save nation) jointly organised by Imarat-e-Shariah Patna and All India Muslim …

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Let’s Call for Protection of the Human Rights for all Religious Minorities, Not Only for Muslims as ‘Ummah’

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi While writing this piece, I am quite distressed about the systematic persecution of the Baha’i minority members in Yemen. Besides the tussle between two warring parties in Yemen, what is more deplorable is their implications on religious minorities including Jews, Christians, and particularly the Baha’i community which is being regularly persecuted for just practicing their …

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The Qur’anic principle of Ta’aruf (mutual recognition) is key to fight radicalism

WordForPeace.com Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Sometimes, people pledge loyalty (bai’ah) to a particular religious group or Islamist party to the exclusion of all other Muslims and non-Muslims. Then, they assume that this is the devoutness (Tasallub) that the Islamic Shari’ah has required from them to be the ‘pure’ and ‘devout’ Muslims or Mo’mins. But in reality, it goes completely against the Qur’anic principles …

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(India) An inspiring example of Hindu-Muslim harmony

WordForPeace.com In these times of rising divisiveness, the last journey and rites of a Hindu youth in a remote corner of Malda, one of the poorest districts of the country, can easily stand out as an example of unorchestrated harmony between communities. A group of Muslim youths took the body of Biswajit Rajak, 35, a Hindu who died on Monday, …

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Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind, Jamiat Ulema Hind, Jamiat Ahle Hadees among others launched Online database of religion-based hate crimes

WordForPeace.com Delhi, Mar 7pm An online repository of religious identity-based hate crimes reported in the country was today launched here that seeks to bring “greater accountability” on part of various justice delivery institutions for victims. Christened, Documentation of the Oppressed (DOTO), the website, currently has data pertaining to 489 incidents and 2,670 victims, Vipul Kumar, one of the members of …

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