Islamism and Pakistan

Quilliam chairman Maajid Nawaz defines Islamism as a desire to impose any given interpretation of Islam over society. He notes that Islamism, like Communism before it, comes in different shades: organizations who want to work within democratic set up to further their agenda; groups which are revolutionary in nature and of course militant . . . → Read More: Islamism and Pakistan

On selective outrage

No, this isn’t about Syria or Myanmar or Palestine or Kashmir or India. This is about Shab Qadr, Mandi Bahauddin, Lahore, Faisalabad and the like – places that are within the territorial boundaries of a country that is not in a state of civil war. It is about the systemic pogrom of a . . . → Read More: On selective outrage

BJP to start India’s end

The cold-blooded murder of Mohammed Akhlaq by fanatical Hindu bigots is only the beginning

The end came suddenly and unexpectedly on the night of September 27 for Mohammed Akhlaq, aged 50, an Indian Muslim residing in Bisara village on the outskirts of New Delhi. He did not die by his own hand, suicide being expressly . . . → Read More: BJP to start India’s end

For those with no sons

When I was expecting my first child, the occurrence itself was immensely exciting, hence pondering over the gender of my baby didn’t seem important at that time. However, others were more concerned about the gender, thus I would come across common remarks such as,

“Allah (SWT) beta hi dai ga.”

(God will bless you with . . . → Read More: For those with no sons

Ali Zafar demands public clarification from Junaid

Junaid Jamshed is in the spotlight again and not for a good reason. After facing severe criticism over his recent sexist remark, the pop star-turned-televangelist released a clarification in the form of a video.

That, however, didn’t stop superstar Ali Zafar from grilling Junaid — and that too publicly. Giving Junaid some benefit of the . . . → Read More: Ali Zafar demands public clarification from Junaid

Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic

In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. “We need a Muslim reformation,” announced Newsweek. “Islam needs reformation from within,” said the Huffington Post. Following January’s massacre in Paris, the Financial Times nodded to those in the west who believe the secular Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, . . . → Read More: Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic

Lindsay Lohan is fascinated by Islam but is not converting to it

Lindsay Lohan was seen carrying a leather-bound copy of the Koran on her first day of community service – prompting speculation that she’d converted to Islam.

However, this might not be the case.

Despite reading the Muslim text, she is apparently not “fully converting” to Islam.

A spokesperson for Lohan told The Independent: “To . . . → Read More: Lindsay Lohan is fascinated by Islam but is not converting to it

Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

The assassination of two liberal bloggers in quick succession in February and March raises some very disturbing questions.

First was that of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American, who came to attend the “21st February” book fair where a couple of his books were on sale. Machete wielding assailants killed him while his wife Rafida Bonna was . . . → Read More: Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

A bloody ascent

Now at the centre of an international struggle for power over the region, the Houthis initially began as a theological movement preaching peace. Though their slogans embodied Khomenian ideas such as “God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam”, the focus of the movement remained . . . → Read More: A bloody ascent

A call for introspection

Jinnah’s speech on August 11, 1947 that is often quoted, widely circulated on social media and sometimes even naively used to argue that the Islamic State of Pakistan in fact endorses religious diversity and does not have an inherent bias in terms of its ideology and its policies is an outright negation of . . . → Read More: A call for introspection