Monthly Archives: October 2008

Taqlid, Ijtihad And Democracy

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan argues that the reason for the backwardness of present-day Muslim thought is the refusal to engage in ijtihad, to come out of the boundaries of the established corpus of fiqh and to gain guidance directly from the Quran and Hadith. Continue reading

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My Mom Is The Greatest

She is a mother but an exceptional one…I am the guinea pig for all the experiments she conducts in the kitchen. Continue reading

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Hindutva Terror: Why?

Arrest of Sadhvi accused of terrorism is an important turn in our history. We need to understand what drives the masterminds and the foot soldiers in order to address the problem. Continue reading

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Whither India: Qualitative Change In Polity

In view of the recent anti-Christian violence in Orissa and Bangalore, it is important to understand the roots of the problem. Continue reading

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How Secular Is India Today?

India is called world’s greatest democracy but recent communal incidents and political indifference has put a question mark on its secular identity. Continue reading

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Ghalib: Ode to Benaras

It is sad that our ancestors, not in a very distant past, were much more respectful of other religions. Mirza Ghalib at his time wrote glowingly about Benaras during a visit to the Hindu holy city. Continue reading

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Shaheen Bagh Kidnapping Case: Observations And Questions

A team of UP Police brazenly attempts to kidnap a youth from Shaheen Bagh and media tries to portray a narrative completely different from reality. Continue reading

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Taqlidi Versus Ijtihadi Approaches

Muslims must develop the approach of ijtihad (dynamic and creative) rather than taqlid (stagnant and imitative of past precedent) to resolve contemporary issues. Continue reading

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Tribute To Dr. OM Sreedharan

Dr. Abdul Majeed Azad from University of Toledo pay tribute to his PhD advisor and friend, Dr. OM Sreedharan who passed away on 11th October 2008 in Chennai, India. Continue reading

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Madrasas And Sectarian Conflict

Maulana Waris Mazhari in his book argues that madrasas should focus on providing Islamic education that is free from old sectarianism. Continue reading

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