Islam

The Clash Within and Without

The Clash Within and Without

By Zubair Torwali, Researcher, Linguist and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

In the past there were few Muslim intellectuals in Western academia who were bridges between the West and East. For the last few decades, particularly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Muslims have faced multiple challenges. The world was pushed into another hostile environment by the force of narratives obviously manipulated by the powerful capitalist class in Western industrialized societies. They refurbished the old model of the clash of history and of the recent […]

January 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality
Charlie Hebdo Reveals Failure in Understanding Values

Charlie Hebdo Reveals Failure in Understanding Values

By Moheb Arsalan J, Afghan Analyst
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

The terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine was an unjustified act of violence. Those carrying out the attack meant to infuse a vicious circle of hatred and divide, and may have succeeded in doing so. However, as common citizens of this world we need to avoid pointing fingers and instead unite as the one human race against this vicious aim. Violence is not a response to such acts, especially if those targeted are innocent civilians. […]

January 16, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality
Paris Attacks a Wake-Up Call

Paris Attacks a Wake-Up Call

By Rev. Majed El Shafie, Founder of One Free World International
Location Canada Canada

The Paris attacks should be a wake-up call to the Muslim community which must begin a serious internal dialogue about its religion. The recent terrorist attacks in Canada, Australia, and now in Paris are not a surprise for anyone monitoring the rise of Islamic extremism throughout the world. They are the logical result of a murderous political religious ideology focused on its ultimate goal of world domination being met with a response that uses every […]

January 13, 2015 · 0 comments · France, Islam, Spirituality
Europe’s Conflict Between the West and Islam

Europe’s Conflict Between the West and Islam

By Giuseppe Terranova, Deputy Editor of the Online Newspaper West
Location Italy Italy

The conflict in Europe between the West and Islam has claimed about 275 innocent lives since the beginning of the new millennium. The massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is shocking but not surprising. Europe has certainly been under siege, not only for the past 72 hours, but for more than at least a decade. On March 11, 2004, an attack by an Islamic group on Madrid’s subway caused the deaths of 191 people. […]

January 12, 2015 · 1 comment · European Union, Islam, Spirituality
How to Defeat ISIS: The Separation of Mosque and State

How to Defeat ISIS: The Separation of Mosque and State

By Ahmed Shebani, Founder of The Democratic Party in Libya
Location Libya Libya

Muslims must liberate the mosque from the shackles of state power and the state needs to be subordinated to the mosque and not vice versa. The threat which ISIS and other Islamist terrorist organizations pose can only be understood in terms of their nihilist ideology which is bent on destroying civilization in all its manifestations. This nihilism stems from the age-old ideology of the so-called implementation of “Al-Sharia” (Islamic law) which is a way of […]

October 16, 2014 · 1 comment · Islam, Libya
Islamic State: Deviants or Extension of Wahhabism?

Islamic State: Deviants or Extension of Wahhabism?

By Ali Alyami, Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
Location United States United States

The Arab people have a gargantuan stake in defeating Islamic State (IS) and the likes. Like the Saudi system’s operators, the newly established jihadi state’s tyrants interpret and use the Quran and the Shariah as a lethal tool to justify their beheading spree, destruction of shrines and sanctuaries they consider un-Islamic (according to their interpretation) and to reduce their opponents to subhuman levels. Instilling fear of religious and political authorities in peoples’ hearts and minds […]

September 12, 2014 · 0 comments · Islam, Politics
What Does Islam Say About Marriage?

What Does Islam Say About Marriage?

By Saira Rao, Editorial Intern at SGV
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Islam teaches us that marriage is the finest and purest relationship that should exist between a male and female. Marriage should be the goal that both partners have in mind. Marriage is so serious and so important that it is clearly defined in the Quran and in the teachings of Islam by the prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). You may be surprised to learn that divorce is also mentioned in the Quran and dealt with […]

March 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality