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Secularism: Halal in India, Haram in Pakistan?

Picture is courtesy of: Brigadier Latif Written by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times The picture with the Urdu text shows that one of the biggest…

Scottish Independence: Role of religion ‘should be recognised’

Source: BBC Churches and faith groups are calling for the role of religion to be recognised in any written constitution for Scotland. They plan to hold an interfaith conference on…

Pakistani Secularisms by Nadeem F Paracha

By Nadeem F Paracha Dawn: Many people get sick at the mere mention of secularism because they don’t really understand what it means. Like any other ideology, secularism too has…

Taliban and Sharia: A Comparison

Source: Pak Tea House Athar Mahmood Nowadays, on TV shows, many die-hard supporters and sympathizers of the Taliban are propounding their agenda to enforce sharia, and form a society within the Islamic parameters. I…

Fatwa cannot be forced upon people, Supreme Court rules

Epigraph: “Love of your country (patriotism) is a part of your faith.” The Holy Prophet Muhammad Source:TOI NEW DELHI: Fatwa issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced upon people and…

The Believers Against Believers

Source: Carawan By Dr Aslam Abdullah, who is the Director-Imam of the Islamic Society of Nevada. He also teaches Islamic Studies at University of Nevada Las Vegas, OLLI program and is…

19 Islamic words banned for non-Muslims in Brunei

Epigraph: There should be no compulsion in religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong; so whosoever refuses to be led by those who transgress, and believes in Allah, has…

Secularism and Islam

By Shah N. Khan Secularism is the view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education. The word secular means worldly rather than spiritual and not…

Military Action against Taliban should continue

By Saeed Qureshi: He is a senior journalist, former editor of Diplomatic Times and a former diplomat The chips are down. The fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force have finally pounded…

Will Turkey become the new Pakistan?

Epigraph: I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government;…

Indian Supreme Court gives Muslims right to adopt a child

Epigraph: If I were a dictator, religion and state would be separate. I swear by my religion. I will die for it. But it is my personal affair. The state…

eDigest: Lessons from Tunisia for Secularism

Epigraph: There should be no compulsion in religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong; so whosoever refuses to be led by those who transgress, and believes in Allah, has…

Lessons from Tunisia for Secularism

Source: The Nation By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid As Pakistan mulls over rewinding the clock back a millennia-and-a-half by imposing Sharia under the Taliban gun, Tunisia is celebrating arguably the most…

Publisher blames Indian law for Hindu book removal

Epigraph: And if you are in doubt as to what We (Allah) have sent down to Our servant (Muhammad), then produce a Chapter like it, and call upon your helpers…

Shariah and Constitution by Zia H Shah

Source: Muslim Sunrise, Dec 2013 By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times Constitution for each country is a fairly precise document, but still requires constant interpretation…

Is There Coercion in Islam and Christianity?

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times A silver lining from the gravely tragic event of September 11, 2001, is that a verse…

Taliban Are Right, We Are Wrong!

Source: Pak Tea House By Obaidullah Khan How painful is this fact for those who have not yet abandoned reason that our independent and sovereign state is negotiating with the…

Malaysia King says ‘Allah’ is only for Muslims

Epigraph Say, ‘O People of the Book! come to a word equal between us and you — that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partner with…

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