Monthly Archives: June 2010

Security And Safety Is A Core Issue Of Muslims In India

Instead of wasting energy on it, Muslims must know that security and a society free from religious hatred and communalism are very basic needs for them in India, because security, guarantee of safety of life, jobs and shops play a key role in the development of any nation, or community or the country. Quran also indicates towards it. Quran says, “When we made the house (the Ka’aba at Makkah) a place of resort and a place of safety” (Surah Al-Baqrah 125). After mentioning a place of resort Quran also described Ka’aba as a place of safety because safety is the first step toward development. Continue reading

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Honour Killings In India

Murderers have become bold. They are killing their own family members and loved ones in broad daylight, without any remorse and knowing fully well that no law or law-maker will dare touch them. The Khap Panchayats are in news yet again. And they are not the only ones we have to blame. Honour Killing is spreading fast. Killing is becoming so common in our civilised society, which is more often represented by a so called “urban India’, a “shining India” and such other fantastic and well-coined phrases. I strongly feel that marriages should be more out of love and understanding, rather than be associated with family honour and “national pride”…or some such stuff. Continue reading

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Muslims Of Gujarat: The Real Picture

Gujarat government has made many claims about vibrant Gujarat. Recently, it has also made claims that Muslims in Gujarat are in much better condition that many other states of India. For no other state, security was such an important issue as Muslims of Gujarat, they ranked it as their third most important issue (16%) while the all India level this issues was placed fifth out of the nine categories. Gujarat government has not released data to see if Muslims in the state has prospered in the “Vibrant Gujarat.” Even state government’s own ad had to resort to Sachar Committee data to make its claim. Notwithstanding that most of Sachar data is from 2001 and earlier, before Mr. Narendra Modi took office as the chief minister. Continue reading

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Reservation For Muslims In West Bengal – Gimmick or Affirmative Action

According to the Constitution, any form of discrimination based on religion, caste, race, and gender is punishable by law. Yet no observer can deny that caste is a ubiquitous aspect of Indian social life. Caste is something that the state does not recognize and approve of, but its presence is undeniable. Sachar Committee and Ranganath Misra Commission both agree that the Muslims in the country has been neglected like anything and in many cases their position is lower than SC/ST. Both these committees have arrived at a conclusion that unless political power is gained things will go from bad to worse. Continue reading

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Dr. Khudsar’s letter to the US Ambassador

Visa is a privilege and not a right, but when a scientist that is invited by Smithsonian is refused visa then the host country has some explaining to do. Biologist Faiyaz Khudsar, PhD was the only person in a delegation … Continue reading

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A Different Jihad

Those who are serving humanity in different ways by promoting a morally clean and non-corrupt society, are real mujahids. It is for this reason that the word jihad was interpreted differently by different sections of society. For rulers and political class it meant war and conquests to expand Islamic rule, for Sufis it meant to conquer ones own desires and greed and for theological class it meant efforts to enforce shari’ah law and to mould ones behaviour within shar’i limits (hudud). Coming back to root meaning of jihad i.e. to strive for good of the society and for enhancing welfare of humanity as a whole, today one of the best ways of waging jihad would be to struggle and strive for saving our earth and its environment. Continue reading

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Is This The Price For This Development?

Justice delayed is justice denied, goes the saying. But the Indian law minister, Veerappa Moily, while reacting to the June 7 judgment of a Bhopal court on the gas tragedy coined a new term “Justice Buried.” It is easy to announce and even pay hefty compensation and apologize 20 or 25 years later, but really tough to fight the real cancer plaguing the society or country––be it in the form of poisonous gas or the virus of communalism. We still have no plan to check the Bhopals and now even Chernobyls in the making. After all this is the price we pay for the development? Isn’t it? Continue reading

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Indian Muslims – Problems And Voting Pattern

Before the Left Front came to power in West Bengal, it was communally very sensitive state and number of riots had been taking place since, of course, 1947. Bihar too witnessed great deal of communal violence until 1990. But when Lalu Prasad used MY (Muslim-Yadav) formula for winning elections he too showed determination to put a stop to communal violence in Bihar and for 15 years that he lasted in power, he did not allow Bihar to witness communal frenzy. But after 15 years Muslims deserted him and voted for Nitish Kumar. Lalu Prasad was de-throned. After experiencing security, they want problem of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment to be addressed and that comes to be prioritized. Same thing happened to an extent with Mulayamsingh Yadav in U.P. too. Continue reading

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Why America Loves Israel And Hates Iran

An analysis of the U.S. political scene would reveal that it is the Evangelical Right, also known as the Christian Zionists, led by extremist televangelists such as John Hagee, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who, along with the Jewish lobby, call the shots, in so far as the U.S. Middle East policy is concerned. the belief of the Christians Zionists that the occupation of all Arab lands by the Jews (in fulfillment of the prophesy in Genesis 15:18), after driving out the children of the “slave woman”, is a prelude to the Second Coming of Christ and Armageddon, the biblical concept of the last battle between the Good and the Evil before the day of Judgment (Ezekiel 38-39). Continue reading

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The Spirit of Islam

The recent fatwa issued by the Deoband Dar ul Uloom seminary discouraging women from working is unfortunate and unwarranted. Such edicts reinforce stereotype perceptions of Islam and Shariah law. Continue reading

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