(By Raymond William Baker) The United States is at war with a very different, mythic Islam of its own making that has nothing at all to do with this Islam of the Qur’an. To make sense of that conjured threat, scholarly studies of Islam or Islamic movements are of no help at all. Even the . . . → Read More: Which Islam is USA fighting?
(BY HUSSAIN NADIM) Accused terrorist Saad Aziz doesn’t fit Pakistan’s terrorist profile; he’s well-educated and from a privileged background. And he might be an indicator of the terrorists to come.
On May 20, Pakistan announced that it had arrested four suspects in connection to the gunning down of 46 minority Ismailis aboard a bus in . . . → Read More: Militant evolution
(By Bill Ozanick) The introduction of sharia law may well derail the Sultan’s vision for his country’s future.
Last year, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolikah, made headlines when he announced that he wouldimpose sharia law (in three phases) in his Southeast Asian sultanate. The proclamation drew criticism from countless human rights advocates, who labeled . . . → Read More: Serious implications of Sharia law in Brunei
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
(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
(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 . . . → Read More: A different ‘homeland’
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