Silencing the Dissent in Egypt

The 21 June confirmation by an Egyptian court of death sentences pronounced about two months ago against the leader and General Guide of Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie and at least 182 of his supporters adds a new chapter to the … More

BRITISH VALUES

Who Does Not Agree with British Values That are Univers...

By MUHAMMAD ABDUL BARI In recent times, on the back of the Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse’ issue, our politicians have landed heavily on the issue of British values. Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in the tabloid Daily Mail: “The values I’m … More

CAREER PLANNING

Dare to Think Beyond

By SYED KAZIM Yeah! Today my entrance test results were declared and I got a ranking of 2,000 – thank God – I am going to take a Medical seat. I got a raking of 10,000 – I am going … More

CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN

Laws Not Enough, Mindset has to Change First

By MOHAMMAD NAUSHAD KHAN A series of rape cases in India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, has once again stirred the lawmakers, institutions and social activists to rethink the whole issue afresh because even stringent punishment and stronger law in place … More

DEBATE ON ISLAM

Bliss and Agony!

By MUHAMMAD SIRAJUDDIN Allah, in addition to referring repeatedly, in the Qur’ān, to the reflection of our good and evil actions in the present mortal life vis-à-vis immortal life in the hereafter, has also physically shown to our beloved Prophet … More

RAMADHAN SPECIAL

Preparing for the Tarawih

By SAMEEN AHMED KHAN In this article, we summarise the divisions of the Holy Qur’ān along with the occurrence of the Sajdah Tilawat and the Muqattaat. These distinct Ayahs enable us to recognise the portion of the Holy Qur’ān being … More

INSIDE INDIA

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SHOWS LIAQAT IMPLICATED FALSELY

In a jolt to Delhi Police, the National Investigation Agency has found scientific evidence indicating Liaqat Shah was allegedly implicated falsely in a terror case by Delhi Police’s anti-terror squad, the Special Cell. “Investigators found that a person named Sabir … More

INSIDE INDIA

COMMITTEE TO REVIEW ILLEGAL ARRESTS OF MUSLIM YOUTH

In a positive move, the Karnataka government has formed a committee of ministers recently to review cases where people have been implicated in terror cases. Work on the cabinet sub-committee started after the then Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Sindhe … More

INSIDE INDIA

NIA FAILS TO CHARGESHEET, ACCUSED GETS BAIL

Once again, NIA failed to chargesheet against Muslim youth who has been falsely implicated in Patna Blast, was granted bail on 17 June. Tabish Niyaz alias Arshad Ansari, an alleged logistic provider for other bombing accused, including Imtiaz, was arrested … More

INSIDE INDIA

5 POLICEMEN SUSPENDED FOR YOUTH’S DEATH IN CUSTODY

Two months after the custodial death of a youth in the Borivli general lock-up, the Mumbai police recently suspended a sub-inspector and four constables. The suspension order was issued on 17 June, pending an inquiry against the five personnel by … More

INSIDE INDIA

A 20-CRORE STRONG COMMUNITY CAN’T BE WISHED AWAY: MUS...

The only Muslim MP in the ruling dispensation, Lok Janashakti Party’s Mehboob Ali Kaiser says Narendra Modi’s government will have to walk the extra mile to convince the community that its interests will be taken care of. He also said … More

INSIDE INDIA

“MUSLIM WOMEN’S GROUP” CALLS FOR ABOLISHING ORAL ...

The Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) has finalised a draft Muslim family law which does away with oral divorce, polygamy and also stipulates the mehr amount paid to a woman at her wedding. The draft stipulates that the bride should … More

INSIDE INDIA

RSS BOOK INTRODUCED IN VADODARA SCHOOLS

Books published by the education wing of the RSS in Gujarat have made it to the curriculum of students studying in the 105-odd primary schools being run by the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC). These books have been introduced for the … More

INSIDE INDIA

BKU LEADERS BOOKED FOR INCITING COMMUNAL PASSIONS

Prohibitory orders have been issued in Shamli district after local people burnt effigies of Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders who allegedly made inflammatory speeches with the potential to set off communal tension at a mahapanchayat on 13 June. Muzaffarnagar and its … More

INSIDE INDIA

AMU SECURES THIRD RANK AMONG INDIAN VARSITIES

The Aligarh Muslim University has secured third position among Indian universities in the Asia Universities Ranking 2014 published by the Times Higher Education (THE), London, UK. The Punjab University, Chandigarh has topped the ranking among Indian institutions of higher learning. … More

MUSLIM WORLD

MALAYSIAN COURT RULES AGAINST USE OF ‘ALLAH’ BY CHU...

The Malaysian apex court on 23 June put to an end to an ongoing battle between local Muslims and the Malaysian Catholic Church over the usage of the word “Allah” to refer to “god” in a Christian weekly publication. The … More

MUSLIM WORLD

ATTACKS ON SRI LANKAN MUSLIMS CONDEMNED

All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat on 18 June condemned the continuing attacks on the Muslim minority in Sri Lanka since 14 June. President of AIMMM, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan said the continuing attacks, murders and burning of Muslim localities and uprooting of … More

MUSLIM WORLD

SRI LANKA MUSLIMS BOYCOTTS PARLIAMENT AFTER ATTACKS

Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party is boycotting parliament over communal violence that saw at least three Muslims killed in southwestern Sri Lanka, the party’s leader said on 18 June. “Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Members of Parliament will boycott parliament sittings … More

MUSLIM WORLD

PALESTINIAN VILLAGE WINS UN PROTECTION FROM ISRAELI PLA...

A Palestinian village on 20 June joined UNESCO’s world heritage sites list after an emergency nomination meant to try to block Israel from building a barrier across its ancient farmland. The UNESCO said the village was recognised urgently in view … More

MUSLIM WORLD

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TO BOYCOTT PRO-ISRAELI COMPANIES

A gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers on 20 June voted to divest the religious group’s holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote, … More

MUSLIM WORLD

EGYPT RELEASES AL JAZEERA REPORTER

Egyptian authorities late on 17 Junr released Al Jazeera reporter Abdullah al-Shami pending trial into violence-related charges. Al-Shami was arrested last August while covering the bloody dispersal of a Cairo sit-in staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, during … More

MUSLIM WORLD

TURKEY SENTENCES 1980 COUP LEADERS TO LIFE IN PRISON

General Kenan Evren, 96, who came to symbolise the “Pasha” officer class that dominated Turkish politics over decades, was sentenced to life in jail on 18 June for leading a 1980 coup that resulted in widespread torture, arrests and deaths. … More

MUSLIM WORLD

LEBANON MPS FAIL TO CHOOSE PRESIDENT FOR 7TH TIME

Lebanese MPs on 18 June failed – for the seventh time – to choose a new president to succeed Michel Suleiman, due to a boycott that prevented the assembly from reaching a required two-thirds quorum. Only 63 out of a … More

MUSLIM WORLD

JORDAN’S UN ENVOY APPOINTED NEW HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF

The 193-member U.N. General Assembly on 16 June approved Jordan’s U.N. ambassador, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, as its human rights chief based in Geneva, making him the first Muslim and Arab to hold the job. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon … More

MUSLIM WORLD

WOMAN CHAIRS US LARGEST MUSLIM GROUP

America’s largest Muslim advocacy group has picked Ohioan female Muslim lawyer Roula Allouch as its new acting national board chair replacing previous chair Omar Zaki who stepped down after two years in his post. Allouch, an attorney practising in Ohio … More

MUSLIM WORLD

ISRAEL BLOCKS QATARI SALARY GRANT TO PALESTINIANS

A Palestinian minister on 22 June accused Israel of obstructing the arrival of a Qatari grant that will be used by the Palestinian government in paying the salaries of civil servants in the Gaza Strip. “Israeli authorities prevent the arrival … More

READERS' PULSE

What does “Acche din” Mean?

What does “Acche din” mean? Whether it is the name of inflation or vandalism against minorities? During the election campaign, our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi – “a man of development” – kept criticising the then government on price hike. … More

READERS' PULSE

Where are The Real Perpetrators?

Arresting of innocents has become so common that nobody is ready to recognise it as a crime. This refers to the Article “Why No Zero Tolerance on Arrest of Innocents in Terror Cases” by Naushad Khan (Radiance, 15-21 June 2014). … More

READERS' PULSE

Mystery of Jackfruit

The theft of jackfruit (kathal) from an MP’s bungalow (a front-page story in the Indian Express, June 21, 2014) was surprising. The 1000 phone calls, presence of electronic media, FIR in police station – all these show our standard of … More

READERS' PULSE

Hearty Greetings

Hearty greetings to the Editor for the guiding editorial after the general elections 2014 (Radiance, 8-14 June, 2014). In the Guidance column the translation of an ayah from the Holy Qur’ān also is a perfect guideline for the believers of … More

REPORT

‘FGM and Islam’ Resource Launched

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), FORWARD (a UK based African women’s support and campaigning organisation) in association with The Muslim Spiritual Care Provision in the NHS (MSCP) have developed a resource about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Islam. In … More

REPORT

Iraq Turmoil is Another Western Conspiracy: Dr. Javed J...

By OUR STAFF REPORTER In order to fuel sectarian conflict among Muslims and weakening Muslim countries economically, Iraq turmoil is another game plan after Syria orchestrated by America and western powers indirectly. With the experience of its engagement in Afghanistan … More

REPORT

MCB Voices Concern on the Situation in Iraq

The Muslim Council of Britain has expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Iraq and the human cost that is being paid by ordinary Iraqis and called for an end to the violence. In a statement on 20 June, … More

REPORT

Mushawarat appeals for release of Indians “abducted...

All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the apex body of Indian Muslim organisations, on 19 June appealed to the combatants in northern Iraq to release the Indian workers said to have been taken hostage there. President of AIMMM, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan … More

REPORT

Killings in Iraq, Political Changes in Middle East Inte...

By M. AJMAL KHAN The Middle East is in the eye of storm. Iraq, Egypt, Syria – the three giants – have crumbled, leaving other countries in the region concerned about their future. Doha Forum provided a perspective and some … More