How Association With Corrosive Power Mutated Idea Of Sufism

The idea of 'Sufism', which in its present form has little to do with saints and their teachings, has long mutated with the association of those helming shrines purely by virtue of heredity with corrosive power, patronage, and vanity When Mardan Shah, better known as Pir Pagara, died in 2012 in Pakistan’s Sindh province, it … Continue reading How Association With Corrosive Power Mutated Idea Of Sufism

Warren Lanes Where Khomeini Polished Revolutionary Theory

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini developed wilayat al-faqih (the rule of the jurist theory), the basis for the Iranian political system, during his 15-year exile in a small house in the warren alleys ringing the shrine of the Prophet's son-in-law, Caliph Imam Ali, in Iraq's Najaf

Saraswati: Hindu Centrepiece of Muslim Indonesia’s Embassy

The interest that the Saraswati statue on the premises of the Indoneisan embassy in Washington DC generated pushed me to know more about Indonesia, which is home to 12.7 percent of Muslims globally and is governed by five foundational principles including humanitarianism, democracy, and social justice

Medina Charter-Drawn Citizen Model: Marrakesh Declaration

Scholar Abdallah bin Mahfudh ibn Bayyah crafted the legal framework that inspired the declaration connecting early Islamic sources and the Prophet Muhammad's Charter of Medina with international human rights law for a model of equal, contractual citizenship as an Islamic principle

Nahdlatul Ulama: Biggest Islamic Org, Taliban’s Antithesis

Nahdlatul Ulama is the world’s biggest Islamic organisation and an antithesis of forces such as the Taliban

Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s biggest Islamic organisation, is an antithesis of the Taliban but it is hardly known perhaps because its progressive ideas do not fit into the dominant narrative about Islam particularly when Islamophobia is lucrative and many demagogues globally have tapped into it for political power

Covered In Glory: Hina Rabbani Khar In Kabul On Own Terms

Pakistan's minister of state for foreign affairs Hina Khar traveled to Kabul without adhering to the Taliban’s dress code for women by dressing typically stylishly and covering only the back of her head with her dupatta leaving much of her hair visible

Iran Hijab Protests: Why Regime Change Is Easier Said Than Done

Regime change has been a recurring theme in Iranian discourse. It has had resonance since 1951 when the West removed democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh (1880-1967) from power for keeping his poll promise of nationalizing oil to invest its profits for the welfare of the poor