Religion

Every occasion is a time for remembering God!

WordForPeace.com  Dear brothers and sisters! I’d like to share with you something that I find very useful. It’s about a spiritual practice that I try to follow. I have to say that I don’t always observe it—sometimes it slips my mind or my mind is busy with other things. But, with God’s grace, I do  often try to keep up the …

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Menstruation doesn’t make a woman inferior to man

WordForPeace.com In Islam, there is no ‘spiritual impurity’ for mensturating women- Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, Islamic scholar In Islam, menstruation is not regarded as something that makes a woman inferior to man. Many misunderstandings occur because of misogynist patriarchal interpretations of Islam that go against its egalitarian spirit. According to Islamic jurisprudence, menstruation is categorised as a state of ‘ritual impurity’ …

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Undue Hardship is Not Piety

WordForPeace.com Written by Junaid Jahangir The fight against Islamophobia is one about securing the civil and human rights of Muslims to live and practice their faith without let or hindrance. It requires an intersectional approach for Islamophobes do not distinguish between Muslim and Sikh, conservative and liberal, as for them all are “ragheads.” Consistency requires that as Muslims adopt an …

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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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Fasting: Devotion builds personal relationship with the Divine

WordForPeace.com By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi In Islam, all acts of devotion are aimed at enlightening one’s inner self to build a personal relationship with God. Every year, Ramadan comes as a one-month training course, that helps us develop a strong will to live a completely humane, spiritually inclined and God-conscious life. In fact, the sole purpose of fasting in Islam …

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An Indonesian Perspective: Strengthening Interreligious Relations Is an Obligation Stipulated In the Quran

WordForPeace.com By Lailatul Fitriyah Explosions of religious-based violence as happened at the Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) detention centre in Depok, West Java, and three churches in Surabaya were not one-time events with no connection with our daily consumption of violence. Such explosions happened because we have normalized religious discrimination through our TV programs, the preachers we listen to and …

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Blowing up hope for peace, Pakistan sows disinterest in peace in the Valley; Attempts at intrusions into the Indian territory continue

WordForPeace.com EVEN as the world is moving away from dumb munitions and adopting precision-guided ones, shelling and firing across the international border in Jammu and Kashmir is taking innocent lives. It is also vitiating the atmosphere where let alone peace; even the hope for peace becomes a distant mirage. Civilian lives are too high a collateral damage of such firing. …

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Militants & Truce: Established Islamic principle is that Islam condoned only fight for “justice”: Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi in The Tribune

WordForPeace.com Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Scholar of classical Islamic sciences and researcher in communication studies The well-established ulema and classical Islamic scholars counter this false paradigm for martyrdom. An eminent Islamic scholar well-versed in the Islamic theology, Prof Ebrahim Moosa, counters this view. He says: “The whole idea of a martyr or shahid is that you fight until death and you …

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Soon at JNU, course on ‘Islamic terrorism’: JNUSU says it’s “propaganda of Islamophobia in the name of academic courses”

WordForPeace.com The Jawaharlal Nehru University is learnt to have given in-principle approval to the study of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ by a new centre on national security, in an Academic Council (AC) meeting held on Friday. Like in the recent past, the meeting was marred by a section of members alleging they were not permitted to speak. Sources said a proposal to …

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