A series of unfortunate fatwa’s

Just like our political leaders have mastered the art of condemning each and every unfortunate event that takes place in this country, our so-called religious leaders seem to belch out a fatwa after every ‘halal’ meal (Lays chips) they devour. One would conveniently turn a blind eye to the intoxicated ramblings of these . . . → Read More: A series of unfortunate fatwa’s

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

The glaring double standards within the free speech debate

Dear liberal pundit,

You and I didn’t like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubya’s slogan: either you are with free speech… or you are . . . → Read More: The glaring double standards within the free speech debate

How the West lost in the Middle East

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

The Collapse of Order in the Middle East Remarks to the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Washington, D.C. October 28, 2014

Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve . . . → Read More: How the West lost in the Middle East

I am not yet born

I am not yet born; provide me With water to dandle me, grass to grow for me, trees to talk to me, sky to sing to me, birds and a white light in the back of my mind to guide me.

I could sense sheer terror for the first time: hiding in a small room . . . → Read More: I am not yet born

Islam has nothing to do with terrorism

Beheadings, stoning to death, blasphemy, conversion by the sword, caliphate — words that have come back to haunt us from the Middle Ages. You just have to open a newspaper or watch TV and you read about the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Islamic State of Iraq . . . → Read More: Islam has nothing to do with terrorism