Tag Archive: Muslims

Misr Al Qadima, Cairo, Egypt - © Photo: Hakim Khatib/MPC Journal

Controversy of Islamist Politics on Other Belief Systems

Terrorist attacks have been randomly sweeping the world. While uncertainty around bloody conflicts in West Asia and Africa, sectarian politics in Arabia and Iran, integration issues in Europe and North America and lack of democracy in Muslim majority states have become the norms of modern politics, one fact remains certain: Sectarianism has been on the rise in Muslim majority countries. Perhaps there are detectable patterns along these sectarian lines that we can unfold. While the majority of Muslims have been unwillingly dragged into unpleasant discourses, often resulting in their discrimination and alienation based on religious affiliation, there are underlying patterns…
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Syrians Find Mosques Too Conservative in Germany

Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worried. The men’s appearance reminded him of Jaish al-Islam, the Islamist rebels who took over his hometown near Damascus, said Salam, 36, who wears a mustache but no beard. One of them told Salam that “good Muslims grow beards, not moustaches,” he recalled – a centuries-old idea that he dismisses. “Everything about this mosque made me feel uneasy,” he said. Syrians in Germany…
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Saudi Cleric Reveals the Treatment of Love

A Saudi Cleric says on the Islamic TV Iqraa (lit. recite) that the treatment of love comes in six potions: Praying, averting one’s glance, keeping distance from the beloved, thinking about bad qualities of the beloved, imagining losing them and getting married. The excessively popular Islamic figure Muhammad Al-Oraifi cites one of the prophet’s sayings to make the point that women shouldn’t cooperate with the Satan to seduce men: “A woman should not be exposed; when she goes out, she is accompanied by Satan”. While explaining the Hadith of the prophet, Al-Oraifi says if a nicely-dressed woman goes out in the…
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Disentangling Omar Mateen’s motivations in the Orlando shooting, at this point a major focus of the inquiry, is likely to be a complicated task. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Orlando Shooting: Is It Islam or Western Homophobia?

On 12 June 2016, a mass shooting left 49 dead and 53 wounded in an LGBT+ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Statistics show that the LGBT+ community is the minority whose members are most likely to become victims of hate crimes in the United States. More depressingly, over 80% of LGBT+ people killed in the US are queer people of colour, according to a report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Someone who knew Pulse Club well was anonymously quoted online saying that calling it a “gay club” would be factually false: “What actually made this club unique is that it was explicitly for the entire LGBT+ spectrum. “A place…
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Anti-Semitism and the British Left

Pursue a left-wing agenda around the political racetrack long enough and you’ll meet a right-wing agenda sprinting at you from the other direction. In the twentieth century Nazism and Bolshevism stood at opposite extremes of the political spectrum and their philosophies were poles apart, yet their regimes bore remarkable similarities to each other: the smothering of dissension, the persecution of political opponents, insistence that the state was more important than the individual, total disregard for the rule of law, rejection of religion, and so on. Now, in the early years of the twenty-first century, Britain finds itself witness to an…
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Terrorist Attacks in Brussels – a Clash of What?

Here we go again. Recent terrorist attacks against another European capital city in less than a year continue to shake the core of world politics. It is worth to note that terrorist attacks are not only happening against European states, but also against other countries, most notably Turkey and Indonesia. Is it a clash of cultures, religions, or it is merely politics? How do we keep serving Daesh (Islamic State)?

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