Hindutva and RSS start forced conversion of Indian minorities

Members of at least 57 Muslim families were converted to Hinduism at a ceremony called ‘Purkhon ki ghar vapsi’, a mass conversion jointly organized by Dharma Jagran Samanvay Vibhag, an offshoot of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and Bajrang Dal in Agra on Monday.

RSS regional head Rajeshwar Singh said more than 200 Muslims were . . . → Read More: Hindutva and RSS start forced conversion of Indian minorities

Will Pakistan be able to overcome its alcohol denial

(By Murtaza Haider) Consuming pork is sinful and forbidden in Islam. However, Islamic law does not prescribe whipping or incarceration to those who consume pork. The religious doctrine may prohibit certain behaviours and consider them sins. This does not make those acts a crime.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken up the task of . . . → Read More: Will Pakistan be able to overcome its alcohol denial

A different ‘homeland’

(By Bina Shah) When I heard that the fourth season of Showtime’s “Homeland” would be set in Pakistan and Afghanistan, I awaited its season premiere with anticipation and trepidation. A major American television show would be portraying events set in my country, but I knew those events would be linked to . . . → Read More: A different ‘homeland’

Is Maldives in trouble?

Government employee, Adam Ghafoor*, was attacked on Sunday in a Malé cafe by a group of eight men accusing him and his friends of homosexuality and atheism.

‘You homosexual atheists are destroying our country – we will not stand back and watch you do it,’ Adam reported the group as saying.

After . . . → Read More: Is Maldives in trouble?

Who said scientific progress and Islam don’t go hand in hand?

(By: Mohamed Ghilan) The most important rule in Islam is “judgment on anything is a branch of conceptualising it”. To determine whether a belief can be accepted by a Muslim or not, this is the first and most often repeated principle.

However, when it comes to matters scientific, this indispensable . . . → Read More: Who said scientific progress and Islam don’t go hand in hand?

Religious diktat

Despite their rather exaggerated spiritual appearances, the members of the CII are essentially worldly men. They live and breathe in the same society that they wish to rule.

The majestic maulana heading our Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) pulled another plug out from our already patchy family safety net. In his ‘wisdom’ and self-acquired divine . . . → Read More: Religious diktat

Islam: No punishment for blasphemy

By Hassan Naqvi

Blasphemy law has been hovering the free soul spirits now and again, drifting back into the formation of this law, heads droop down on finding its non-existent implementation in Quran and Sunnah. Who took up the charge and declared the implementation of such sensitized issue? Where their root does belongs from? And . . . → Read More: Islam: No punishment for blasphemy

How should Muslims react to blasphemy?

by Anas Hlayhel

How should we Muslim react to mockery of our Prophet Muḥammad  or should we even react at all?

Just like the cartoons few years ago, the Muslim response to the recent film has been very diverse.  From the very mild of responses to the very violent ones, what’s most noteworthy is the enormity of the response.  . . . → Read More: How should Muslims react to blasphemy?

Bill on anti-women practices passed in National Assembly

Women Parliamentarians have proved that when it comes to higher priorities, politicians can go above party divides. The bill on anti women practices passed by the National Assembly, which prohibits forced marriage, marriage with Quran, restricting women to get their rightful share in inheritance and giving women in exchange for conflict resolution, is a proof of . . . → Read More: Bill on anti-women practices passed in National Assembly

The real blasphemers

The issue of Aasiya Bibi’s alleged blasphemy became one of the hottest topics for debate in 2010. At a very basic level, the question that everyone sought to answer is this: How are we, as Muslims, meant to deal with blasphemy?

This question has a simple answer: we should ignore people who are accused of blasphemy and . . . → Read More: The real blasphemers