Religion for Peace

A warning from India for European liberals on how to manage relations with Muslim minorities

Joerg Friedrichs, University of Oxford. Especially since the refugee crisis, Europe has been grappling with populist reactions to the growth of Muslim minorities. Yet, despite decades of migration, native Europeans have limited experience and imagination when it comes to relating to Muslim minorities. Europeans must look far back in time to the Al-Andalus period of medieval Spain, or to the …

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Tabligh Jamaat resolves internal dispute, Bhishwa Ijtema to be held in February

The ijtema will be held jointly by the Tabligh Jamaat factions The Biswa Ijtema will be held in February, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said. Following a meeting with two factions of Tabligh Jamaat, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan announced that the feud between them has been resolved and they reached a consensus to jointly hold the Ijtema in February. …

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UN says Killing of Palestinian by Israeli settlers ‘shocking’

The UN’s Middle East envoy has termed the killing of a Palestinian man by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank “shocking and unacceptable”. Nikolay Mladenov on Sunday called on Israel to “put an end to settler violence and bring those responsible to justice”. Hamdi Naasan, 38, succumbed to his wounds on Saturday near the village of al-Mugheir after Israeli …

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Indian Muslim women enjoy freedom to choose and it should be theirs alone

On 4 February, the musical legend AR Rahman performed on stage at Dharavi to commemorate ten years of Slumdog Millionaire, the Danny Boyle movie for which he had won two Oscars. The Mozart of Madras was soon embroiled in a hate campaign because of his daughter expressing her right to choose.During the performance, Khatija had come up on stage to …

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Human Rights and Apostasy in Islam: Manzarul Islam

The Conflict Between Human Rights and Apostasy in Islam 7 In terms of the hadith, they argue that the hadith of the prophet Muhammad does not hold the same rank as the Quran. The acceptance of the hadith may raise the question of abrogation of Quran by Hadith (Peter and De Veries, 1976: 14). I do not favor the rejection …

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E. Moosa on Blasphemy & Apostasy in Islam

Defamation, Apostasy and Anathema Pakistan and Afghanistan are not only neighbors. In the first decade of the twenty first century they are both the epicenters of blasphemy-related violence: ranging from prosecutions, political mayhem and assassinations. Anger over matters broadly identified as “blasphemy” frequently erupt in Muslim majority countries in response to cartoons and media that are demeaning to Muslim religious …

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Sunni Dawat-e-Islami ‘towards building India a great nation’

Bahadurpura: Sunni Dawat-e-Islami has planned a two-day state-level Ijtema (religious gathering) on February 9 and 10 at Eidgah Mir Alam, near Zoo Park, in Bahadurpura. “The main aim of Sunni Dawat-e-Islami is to stop unlawful acts and make people aware of Islamic teachings, propagate true teachings of Prophet Mohammed, and encourage people to learn The Holy Quran (Islamic Book) and …

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Document on Human Fraternity for world peace and living together signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb

INTRODUCTION Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the …

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Pope at UAE Interreligious Meeting: Dialogue and prayer for peace

Monday’s Interreligious Meeting took place within the context of the Global Conference of Human Fraternity, currently underway in Abu Dhabi. The Conference has brought together hundreds of religious leaders and scholars. It is dedicated to examining interfaith dialogue, religious freedom, combatting extremism, and promoting peace. All of these themes were present in Pope Francis’ discourse, which he delivered at the …

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