Islam

Why Muslim countries are quick at condemning defamation – but often ignore rights violations against Muslim minorities

by Ahmet T. Kuru   The Indian government finds itself in a diplomatic crisis following offensive remarks by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, on national television about the Prophet Muhammad and his wife, Aisha. The BJP…

Taliban’s religious ideology – Deobandi Islam – has roots in colonial India

Following the Taliban’s rapid taking of power in what it describes as a reestablished “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” fears of a certain kind of Islamist ideology being brought back have led a large number of Afghans to flee, or fear…

Amid Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, a look at the Muslim presence in the Caribbean

Written by Fausia A. Eid is an Islamic feast of togetherness From Barbados’ Quran memorisers (hafiz) and Guyana’s religious radio programmes to open-air, socially distanced Arabic classes in Trinidad and Tobago, Muslims and their religious practices have been a part of…

Unmarried women and sexual health: Battling stigma in India

Written by Eileen McDougall Persisting prejudice in India toward pre-marital sex means unmarried women face stigma by medical providers when trying to access sexual health services. Societal norms are indeed changing in the country as increasingly more women choose to delay marriage.…

Who’s afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood, and why?

By Yvonne Ridley I’ve often wondered why the Muslim Brotherhood strikes fear into the hearts of Arab regimes. Prisons across Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are filled with thousands of political prisoners drawn from the leadership and…

Muslim Devotees Congregate to Pray for World Peace during the 54th Bishwa Ijtema

Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Bishwa Ijtema (World Congregation), is the second largest gathering of Muslims after the holy Haj in Mecca. One of the largest peaceful gatherings in the world, the prayer meeting is held annually on the banks of Turag…

Amparo Sánchez Rosell: The value of dialogue and the role of women in society

Valencian by birth, Muslim, Honorary President of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Valencia, Honorary President of the Citizens’ Platform against Islamophobia and businesswoman behind the Balansiya restaurant. We met Amparo for a delicious Andalusian meal at her restaurant Balansiya. We…

Barcelona’s transferential demonstration: “We are not afraid”

A massive demonstration of around half a million people with the slogan “We are not afraid” took place in Barcelona on the 27th of August, following on from the terrorist attacks of the 17th of August in Barcelona and Cambrils,…

The Spiritual Shadows of Shahidul Alam

By Shahidul Alam Bait Ur Rouf, the Bangladeshi mosque of Dhaka where this photography was done, is a work of art. The sculptural quality, the use of light, the tranquility of the space, the intelligent use of geometry and the…

Descendants Of Slaves, Forerunners Of Justice: American Muslims Must Stop Apologizing

By Dr Ramzy Baroud I had recently been asked to give a talk about “being an American Muslim in the United States.” Although wary of the uses and abuses of the term, I obliged. Islam is a religion propelled by…

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