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Islam: The crisis within

THE Islamic world today is faced with extreme violence and conflict that is a danger to global peace and harmony. Countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen are topping the list of states most likely to fail. Absence of governance in many Muslim countries has provided a fertile ground for the rise of religious extremists who in their purported desire to establish an Islamic state have unleashed a reign of terror. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, Taliban...

Islam, Islamist, and Islam phobia

Islam, Islamist, and Islam phobia

THE quirkiness with which world events change every day makes any forecast on future political outcome more difficult than predicting storm in fair weather. Only months ago, when Ukraine and Russia were centre of world attention and caused belly aches in Europe, everyone expected the crisis to explode and embrace at least part...

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Hit extremists with 'iron hand': Top Saudi cleric

Muslim leaders must strike the enemies of Islam with "an iron hand", Saudi Arabia's top cleric said during Friday prayers, in apparent condemnation of the Islamic State jihadist group. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh's comments came after Saudi Arabia and four other Arab nations joined the United States in aerial bombardment of the ISIS militants in Syria. Speaking to Muslims from around the world in an address during the annual hajj pilgrimage, the mufti called on fellow Islamic leaders to "hit with an iron hand the enemies of Islam." The ISIS group has declared a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq where they have committed a spate of atrocities including crucifixions and...

5 'Allahr Dal' men held with bombs in Khulna

5 'Allahr Dal' men held with bombs in Khulna

Five activists of militant Islamist party Allar Dal, including its district chief, were held with explosives and bomb-making materials from Phultala upazila of Khulna last night. The arrests were made in a late night raid from a rental messing facility in Chandpur area, our Khulna correspondent reported quoting police. The detained were Parvez Hossain, 26,...

Plan for destruction of Mohamed’s tomb

Plan for destruction of Mohamed’s tomb

One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world. 'Saudis mull destroying Prophet's tomb' http://t.co/wWdrtLb7LG — Press TV (@PressTV) September 2, 2014 The controversial proposals are part of...

Why Taslima Nasreen wants to return to Bangladesh

Why Taslima Nasreen wants to return to Bangladesh

Twenty years after she was expelled from Bangladesh, controversial author Taslima Nasreen still has no idea whether she will ever return home, but she refuses to give up trying, writes Subhajyoti Ghosh of BBC Bengali. A strong critic of fundamentalist Islam, the 52-year-old feminist writer was forced to leave Bangladesh in 1994 after receiving...

It is not the language of Islam

AHMED Shafi has come up with a new sermon on atheists. “Atheists, you have become infidels (Murtad) and it is Wazib for us to kill (Qatal) you,” said the theocrat. He has also threatened atheists to leave the 'country of Allah' (In a recent video message, al-Qaeda Chief Zawahiri, sympathising with Shafi-led Hefajat-e-Islam (HI), termed this country a huge prison!). Can anyone in an open congregation call for killing other people for their beliefs or opinions? Is it not...

Saudi Prince Muqrin to become future monarch

Saudi Prince Muqrin to become future monarch

Saudi Arabia's Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former intelligence chief in the conservative Islamic kingdom, has been appointed deputy crown prince, making it likely he will one day become king. The appointment makes Muqrin, the youngest son of the kingdom's founder King Abdulaziz al-Saud, next in line to succeed King Abdullah in the world's...

Middle East ban for Hollywood's Noah epic

Middle East ban for Hollywood's Noah epic

The UAE, Qatar and Bahrain are among Middle Eastern countries banning Hollywood epic Noah as it breaks Islam's taboo of depicting a prophet. "There are scenes that contradict Islam and the Bible, so we decided not to show it," Juma Al-Leem from UAE's National Media Centre said. Director Darren Aronofsky's film stars Russell Crowe as...

YouTube ordered to take down anti-Muslim film

YouTube ordered to take down anti-Muslim film

A US appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors. The decision by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a lawsuit filed against YouTube...

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