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Asia’s long Islamic history offers strategy for fighting intolerance today

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In discussions of the idea of Asia, there is usually little focus on Islam and its Asianness. Islam’s arena of growth and evolution was Asia – the Asia of the Indian subcontinent, of Central Asia and the Straits of Malacca. The largest Muslim communities in the world live in Indonesia and India and these communities are known for their syncretic ... Read More »

Enhancing understanding of Muslim communities in South Asia

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History of Islam in South Asia is almost as old as Islam in Arabia. Population of Arab nations is estimated to be 370 million while more than 500 million Muslims live in South Asian countries. But Arab-centric writings on Islam have done a great disservice. “Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh are the second-, third-, and fourth-largest Muslim countries in the world, ... Read More »

ISIS: Nation, Terrorists or a Strategy?

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2014 saw a phenomenal event unfold; ISIS mushroomed into existence and terrified the wider Middle East, most importantly Syria and Iraq. How did intelligence agencies like the CIA and others fail to comprehend the enormity of ISIS? In October, ISIS declared war against China and India, why? In the case of China, there has been violence against the Uyghur Muslim ... Read More »

Indian Muslim girls victims of Love Jihad

New Delhi, Nov 4 (TruthDive):Indian Muslim girls are victims of Love Jihad. Love Jihad does exist and that too in a place like Burdwan, says NIA but with a difference. Jihadis married Indian Muslim girls and NIA says love and terror lived happily together. Investigation revealed 13 Jihadi couples were part of banned terrorist outfit Bangladesh’s Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen(JMB) which has a ... Read More »

Shari‘a Law Is Threatening LGBT Rights Across Muslim-Majority Southeast Asia

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Harsh interpretations of Quranic law are being used to justify violence against transgender people in particular, activists say Growing religious conservatism is threatening LGTB rights in Muslim-majority nations across Southeast Asia, say activists, with a new report claiming serious abuses against Malaysia’s transgender community. On Thursday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published I’m Scared to Be a Woman: Human Rights Abuses Against Transgender People ... Read More »

The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

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A photo posted on Facebook showing a gathering of ISIS militants from Malaysia and Indonesia in Syria. The page has since been closed, the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says. — PHOTO: FACEBOOK The threat the Islamic State (IS) poses to Western nations is very real — witness in recent weeks the thwarting of a public beheading in Sydney, ... Read More »

Grand Mufti urges Muslims to forge unity, shun evil deeds

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Saudi Arabia: Mufti Azam Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah delivered Hajj sermons in Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat, urging Muslims to shun evil, forge unity and staunchly practice teachings of Islam, SAMAA reported. “Islam is a complete code of life, it’s a perfect and definite religion of Allah, it teaches brotherhood among Muslims and provides spiritual, moral and social ... Read More »

Bangladesh minister fired for Hajj remarks

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Bangladesh has sacked a top minister after his criticism of the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj triggered protests by Islamists who declared him an apostate and set a 24-hour deadline to replace him. Abdul Latif Siddique, the country’s telecommunications minister, who is in New York accompanying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, made the comments which were aired by local television stations. Hajj ... Read More »

Two million Muslims begin Haj today

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Over two million Muslims, including 136,000 Indians, will begin Haj when they assemble in the valley of Mina as Saudi authorities said preparations have been completed for the world’s largest annual gathering after the city underwent a multi-billion overhaul. Mecca governor Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah said preparations were complete for Haj which begins on Thursday. “The plan for welcoming pilgrims ... Read More »

Pre-Hajj departure operation begins

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KARACHI: The pre-Hajj departure of intended pilgrims from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi started from Thursday, and will continue for about a month, that is, till September 28, 2014. The first Hajj flight No. PK-201, a PIA Boeing 772, departed at 0700 hours. Besides PIA, Shaheen Air Fly, NAS and Saudi Airlines will also air lift intended pilgrims. Special arrangements for ... Read More »