Islam is “not sustainable” in its current form with religious teachings that are “out of touch with the present”, according to a leading Austrian professor. Ednan Aslan, professor of Islamic religious education at the University of Vienna, proposed several changes to a religion he said he wanted to “reshape” with modern values.
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Polluted air is a “public health emergency”, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday, adding that 9 out of 10 people globally breathe bad air that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year.
Question: Assalamu Alaikum WA Rahmatulah Wa Barakatuhu, This is an observation on the Admin page: the word “La zal” (which means “still is”) is not to be used in the present tense, as for being used in the past tense, its meaning becomes “a duaa for not perishing” and it is a common mistake…what is […]
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Every few months in the UK, news reports talk about the new record high for the number of prisoners in UK jails. In my living memory, I am not aware of the prison population ever going down. Indeed the high rate of reoffending is something politicians, thinkers and think thanks seem to never be able […]
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About 45.8 million people around the world are trapped in modern-day slavery, almost a third more than estimated two years ago, a charity said on Tuesday. The Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index said that India had by far the largest number of modern slaves, 18.35m, followed by China with 3.39m and Pakistan with 2.13m.
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The social media has become a virtual deity, omnipresent and omniscient. It is a facilitator, an educator, and an entertainer and a spiritual trainer – all rolled into one. However, we need to keep in mind the fact that the social media has entered our drawing rooms with its own share of the good, the […]
Fame is power. With the youth of most nations being the most populous group in most countries, governments realize that the passion and abilities of young people can make or break the political futures of a regime- the most recent example being the Arab Spring. It is for this reason that every government globally has […]
MetroTVNews has reported on how the young people today who referred as the “millennial generation” have a higher level of consumption and shopping than the previous generation. Millennial generation is the generation born in the period from 1980 to the early 2000s. “The reason is because of the ease in shopping, through credit cards and […]
14 March 2016, the Telegraph reported that British journalist and television presenter Joan Bakewell had caused a media debate regarding the causes of anorexia and eating disorders. She contradicted popular commentators who have labeled such behaviors as uncontrollable conditions linked to genetics or mental illness. In an interview for the Sunday Times she attributed the […]
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What ordinary people look for in an economic system is not the mere theories which substantiate the system and its foundation. Ordinary people at the end of the day want to be healthy with enough food on the table and a sense of security when they go to bed. A successful system is one that […]
On 19th January 2016 Oxfam published a report titled “Wealth: Having it all and wanting more” showing worsening health inequality around the world. It showed that the world’s richest 1% owned 48% of the world’s wealth. They also found that whilst the top 80 billionaires saw an increase of $600 billion in their wealth over […]
Wherever capitalism’s ruling system, Democracy, is implemented, soaring crime rates are evident, and Pakistan is no exception. Ranging from target killings to kidnappings, and rapes to robberies, the media carries shocking news of crimes. What’s worse is that in Pakistan, many criminals continue roaming free due to their influence or status. In fact many times […]
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The capitalist ideology emerged in the 18th century as a result of intellectual struggle between the medieval church and philosophers/liberators inside Europe. Since then almost all the European countries and the United States afterwards following upheavals adopted it. Currently the United States is the primary custodian/promoter of this ideology that is being aggressively propagated globally […]
By the will of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, we have lived to see another month of Muharram and the start of another year in the Islamic calendar. How is this marked? What memories are evoked as a result of it? What is the content of the khutbahs on the hijrah of the Prophet ﷺ? How is […]
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On Tuesday 19 May 2015, a court in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom ruled against Asher’s Bakery who refused to bake a cake with a pro gay marriage slogan on the basis of discrimination. This took place a week before Ireland went to the polls for a referendum on the legalisation same sex marriages. This has […]
“I sincerely believe… that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies”– Thomas Jefferson Western banks have a habit of embroiling themselves in scandals that involve large sums of money. Last week the FBI stated six global banks were involved in criminality “on a massive scale”. The banks will pay circa $5.6 billion for rigging […]
The comment of the present Pope Francis in the aftermath of the attacks on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo is a reminder of the deep contradiction between religion and freedom of speech. Pope Francis remarked, in simple layman terms, that if someone were to say something offensive about the Pope’s mother then he could expect to receive a punch in the face. Speech, in other words, has serious consequences and cannot be conducted irresponsibly.
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American Sniper is a 2014 high-powered American action and drama film directed by Clint Eastwood. It is based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History”. With 255 kills in Iraq, 160 of which were officially confirmed by the Department of Defense, Kyle is the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. He earned himself several so-called praised titles such as the “Legend” and Longest recorded sniper kills list. At the same time, a tremendous spike in racist fueled hate crimes and threats against the Muslim Arab communities has been reported in the United States.
As the media cameras began to roll on the Charlie Hebdo attack, Muslims globally held their breath, anticipating yet again another cycle of assault on their Islamic beliefs. They were not wrong. As details of the incident emerged, so did the bombardment of condemnatory and accusatory statements from journalists and politicians alike, that Islam’s strong rejection of any insult against the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم or its sacred tenets was somehow to blame for this act of violence. Muslims were then presented with an ultimatum. They had to make a choice – either they were with the so-called defenders of freedom of speech and accept for their Prophet and beliefs to be insulted OR they were on the side of those who perpetrated this bloodshed. This absurd “them or us” ultimatum was based upon the twisted logic that those who oppose the right to vilify religions are somehow ‘closet sympathisers’ of those who kill journalists and cartoonists. It’s on par with accusing those who disagree with the values of Islam as being ‘closet sympathisers’ of Anders Breivik, the far-right mass-murderer who killed dozens of people in Norway in the name of his anti-Islamic ideology.
Recently, America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), officially issued extracts of the report about the CIA conduct towards prisoners in the so-called ‘War on Terror’. The entire report extends to about 6000 pages, though only 400 of its pages were allowed to be published. However, these 400 pages are enough to reveal the inhumane and cruel face of the Western governments. According to the report, the prisoners were deprived of sleep for six continuous days, forced to stand. As a consequence of this psychological torture, prisoners suffered mental illness. Two prisoners had their leg bones broken. One prisoner was threatened that if he denies co-operation, his mother will be subjected to sexual harassment. This “civilized” intelligence agency also tortured people using water boarding which is one of the worst forms of torture in human history. In this technique the face and nose of a person are covered with cloth and then water is poured over him repeatedly such that he feels as if he is drowning. According to the report, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was tortured in this way 183 times.
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