An Exemplary Plural Society

Think of society; and plurality comes to your mind. For a sense of plurality is always there in the very concept of society. Take any society – the human society at large or your immediate society – it consists of … More

COMMUNAL VIOLENCE

RIOTS and the PREVENTION of Communal and Targeted Viole...

By ARSHAD SHAIKH Religious minorities especially Muslims are still struggling to have complete assurance of the safety and security of their lives and property in plural, multi-cultural, democratic Bharat which will soon celebrate its 68th Independence Day. This sad state … More

CORPORATOCRACY

DOMINANCE OF PRIVATE CORPORATE SECTOR Unacceptable unde...

By RAJINDAR SACHAR Now that the high sounding praise by Corporate Sector of Modi Government’s maiden budget is less noisy, it is time to look at it impartially. The insidious pro-rich Bullet Train Project is an open declaration of anti-labour, … More

DAWAH

ISLAMIC DAWAH IN INDIA Importance and Prospects

By SYED KAZIM A survey conducted among the non-Muslims in the United Kingdom stated that 80% had very less knowledge about Islam, 95% had come into contact with the Bible, 20% had come in contact with the Quran, 93% had … More

DEMOCRATIC POLITY

MINORITIES’ DILEMMA And Democratic Polity

By PROF. JAMIL FAROOQUI The concepts of minority and plural society developed during the emergence of the liberal democracy and its socio-political set up. The minority group is significant due to its critical position and the treatment it receives in … More

DEVELOPMENT

DEVELOPMENT Right of Minorities in India

By JAWED ALAM KHAN The United Nations, in order to strengthen the cause of the minorities, promulgated the “Declaration of Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities” on 18 December 1992, proclaiming that, “States shall … More

GAZA BOMBING

Bolivia Condemns Israel as ‘Terrorist State’

Bolivian President Evo Morales on 30 July declared Israel a “terrorist state” and tore up a long-standing visa exemption agreement with the country in protest at the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip. Morales announced that the Bolivian government … More

GAZA BOMBING

RECRUITING TO KILL It’s Not Just an Israeli War on Ga...

By RAMZY BAROUD To some, US secretary of state John Kerry may have appeared to be a genuine peacemaker as he floated around ideas during a Cairo visit on 25 July about a ceasefire between Israel and resisting Palestinian fighters … More

HAJJ BAITULLAH

Let Us All Plan for Hajj Baitullah

By SAMEEN AHMED KHAN The holy month of Ramadhan-ul-Mubarak just got over which covers one of the five pillars of Islam namely Siyam (fasting). This auspicious month is marked with intensive efforts in reinforcing the two pillars of Salaat (namaz, … More

HUMAN RIGHTS

Minorities and Human Rights

By MOHAMMAD YACOOB The minority population in any country around the world may be a religious, racial, ethnic, political or national entity asserting its civil and human rights and demanding equal treatment enjoyed by the majority community. The question that … More

MINORITY RIGHTS

A Plural Society Means Inclusion and Implementation of ...

By RAVI NAIR Any society is characterised as civilised after looking at the manner in which its minority communities are treated. Of late, there are very disturbing signs both at the Governmental level and the societal level in India. Irrespective … More

PLIGHT OF MINORITIES

Plight of Muslims in India

By ABUBAKER.A It is an international rule that minorities should be respected by the respective governments and given protection from exploitation and onslaught of the majority group. But it is a common problem everywhere that minority groups of any category … More

POLITICAL JUGGERNAUT

Ideology as a Cover for Political Agenda New ICHR Chief...

By RAM PUNIYANI Electoral and political arena is only one of the grounds through which political agenda of vested interests is achieved. Capturing of people’s mind, the ideological propagation is the foundation on which political agenda stands and perpetuates itself. … More

REAL ISSUE

The Real Issue of Pluralism in a Nation

By DR. WAQUAR ANWAR Human beings severally and their societies as a whole can never be homogeneous; heterogeneity or plurality is their basic traits. In that sense no society can ever be non-plural, as such. In fact, the issue of … More

FACE-TO-FACE

Rogue Elements Dangerous for Unity and Prosperity: Advo...

In an interview with MOHAMMAD NAUSHAD KHAN,Senior Supreme Court lawyer MAHMOOD PARACHA explained his experience of the methodology and the mindset involved in arrest of innocent Muslims and cautioned India and the world community from the real threat emanating from … More

FACE-TO-FACE

Personal Laws are Identity of Muslims: SQR Ilyas

Those in Favour of Uniform Civil Code Want to Create Disturbance DR. S.Q.R. ILYAS, who is member Working Committee of All India Muslim Personal Law Board; Convener, Compulsory Marriage Registration Committee; Joint Convener, Committee on Babri Masjid and Convener of … More

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

The True Conversion of a Soul

By MOLLY CARLSON I remember it so well. I remember the exact moment when my entire life changed, and I realised that I was no longer thinking “if I became Muslim”, but that I had at some point begun thinking … More

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

This is So Huge for Me

By MICHAEL DAVID SHAPIRO I am ethnically a Russian Jew. My quest began when I was 19 years old. I was recovering from my stint with Scientology. My belief in God was uncertain. One night I was walking to the … More

INSIDE INDIA

MORADABAD RIOTS ERUPT AFTER BREACH OF AGREEMENT

Communal tension erupted in Nayagaon Akbarpur village in Kanth town of Moradabad following breach of agreement between the Muslims and Dalits. A day before the controversial 4 July “Mahapanchayat,” which was called by the BJP to protest against the removal … More

INSIDE INDIA

COMMUNAL VIOLENCE IN BHUJ TOWN AHEAD OF EID

Hardly two days before Eid, some objectionable statements about Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) on instant messaging service WhatsApp sparked off violence between locals and police in Bhuj town. In that violence at least 10 … More

INSIDE INDIA

MAXIMUM RIOTS TOOK PLACE IN UP SINCE 2013

With 247 incidents of communal violence in 2013, Uttar Pradesh has topped the list of states as compared with others as far as incidence of communal riots is concerned. And in 2014 also the situation for Uttar Pradesh remains the … More

INSIDE INDIA

CURFEW IMPOSED IN JHARKHAND AFTER COMMUNAL RIOTS

Violent clashes broke out in Ranchi district of Jharkhand over a land dispute between two communities when people were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. DIG Ranchi range has confirmed that one person succumbed to his injuries while around 20 of them got injured … More

INSIDE INDIA

DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF MUSLIMS IN POLICE BEHIND TRU...

According to a former IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, Nazrul Islam, in West Bengal which has nearly 30 per cent minority population Muslims do not have enough representation in the police forces. It has resulted in a trust deficit … More

INSIDE INDIA

SANGH TO PUSH 'SAFFRONISATION' OF EDUCATION

Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, an organisation affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has set up Bharatiya Shiksha Niti Aayog (Indian Education Policy Commission), the first commission of its kind in the non-governmental sector, to study “the present education system … More

INSIDE INDIA

JUSTICE SONIA GOKANI RECUSES TO HEAR ABDUL QAVI'S BAIL ...

Justice Sonia Gokani of Gujarat High Court on 25 July recused herself from hearing a bail application filed by Mohammad Abdul Qavi, who was arrested in the 2003 in a conspiracy case. Justice Gokani presided over Pota cases including this … More

INSIDE INDIA

BJP MINISTER SUGGESTS '2002 GUJARAT-RIOT MODEL' FOR ENT...

BJP’s national executive member and general secretary of the party’s Karnataka unit, C.T. Ravi has blown up a controversy by “tweeting” inflammatory comments on 27 July over the Saharanpur riots in Uttar Pradesh. C.T. Ravi tweeted: “Only the Gujarat model … More

MUSLIM WORLD

IN EID, ZAMBIA MUSLIMS REACH OUT TO FELLOW COUNTRYMEN

Zambia’s Muslims have joined hundreds of millions of coreligionists around the world in celebrating Eid al-Fitr, but with a special view of reaching out to their non-Muslim countrymen. “As part of Eid celebration, we will share food and drink with … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MALAWI MUSLIMS PRAY FOR PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE

Thousands of Muslims on 28 July gathered for the prayer of Eid al-Fitr, amid calls for peaceful co-existence among religions. “We want peace in the world. Where people have differences, peaceful means should be employed to resolve the differences,” former … More

MUSLIM WORLD

ISIS LEADER ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI TRAINED BY ISRAELI MOS...

The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), reports said on 16 July. Snowden … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MALAWI MUSLIMS PRAY FOR PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE

Thousands of Muslims on 28 July gathered for the prayer of Eid al-Fitr, amid calls for peaceful co-existence among religions. “We want peace in the world. Where people have differences, peaceful means should be employed to resolve the differences,” former … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MUSLIMS PRAY FOR S. SUDAN PEACE

Thousands of South Sudanese Muslims converged on 28 July for the prayer of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadhan. Addressing worshippers at the Al Zarah playground in Juba, Sheikh Juma Said Ali, the chairperson of … More

MUSLIM WORLD

ISIS LEADER ABU BAKR AL BAGHDADI TRAINED BY ISRAELI MOS...

The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), reports said on 16 July. Snowden … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS MARCH AGAINST ISIL IN BAGHDAD

A mixed group of more than 200 Muslims and Christians marched on 20 July in the Iraqi capital to protest against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group, which banish Christians from the city over the … More

MUSLIM WORLD

BENGHAZI FIGHTING CONTINUES, MORE DIPLOMATS FLEE LIBYA

After a fortnight of the worst fighting since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, most Western governments have followed the United States and United Nations pulling their diplomats out of the North African country, reports said on 30 July. … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MORE THAN 2,300 SYRIANS KILLED DURING RAMADHAN

More than 2,300 people were killed by fighting in Syria during the holy month of Ramadan, a human rights group has reported. The London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights said that of the 2,378 deaths it had recorded, 1,932 were … More

MUSLIM WORLD

BELGIUM SEEKS TO LABEL PRODUCTS FROM ISRAELI SETTLEMENT...

Belgium on 29 July advised retailers to clearly label the origin of products made in Israeli settlements that are in occupied territories of Palestine. The non-binding recommendation has nothing to do with escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinian fighters in … More

READERS' PULSE

Punish Israel for Its Misdeeds

Though Palestinian-Israeli conflict passed through many stages, the main defaulter is UN when it passed in 1948 a resolution approving an Israeli state in Palestine against Palestinian wishes. UN in 1948 was totally dominated by Europe and Americas. The resolution … More

READERS' PULSE

A Welcome Sign

It is a welcome sign that the Ummah has awakened and is showing unity and solidarity at least with Palestine, arranging rallies, protests, submitting memorandums, and condemning Israel’s atrocities and barbaric acts against innocent people of Palestine. Israeli forces are … More

READERS' PULSE

All are Based on Sunnah

Small differences in Salat procedure among various recognised Mazhabs of Islam are all based on Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be to him). The Salat was established during the lifetime of the Prophet on the basis … More