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Muslim world remains disenchanted with Obama: SDPI

By Pervez Bari Bhopal: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has questioned the euphoria being shown by the Indian Government and the media in highlighting the proposed visit of United States of America President Barack Hussain Obama to India in November second week. There is no perceptible change in …

Maulana Azad favored modernization of Madarsa education

Hyderabad: Maulana Azad favored modernization of Madarsa education in spite of having some disagreements with Sir Syed Ahmad Khan on the way this needed to be carried out,said Mr. Mohammed Ali Rafat, I.A.S. Mr. Rafat was speaking at 2-day national seminar on the topic “Maulana Abul Kalam Azad -Educational Architect …

Makkah sustains livelihood of the poor

By Badea Abu Al-Naja Makkah: The holy city of Makkah is considered one of the most expensive cities to live in based on the high price of accommodation in the central area close to the Grand Mosque. This, according to economic experts, has created the wrong impression that local residents …

Three Faiths, an exhibition on sacred texts, opens

New York: The latest New York Public Library’s (NYPL) exhibition, “Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam,” was inaugurated last week. It is on display for the first time in the US. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a number of United Nations ambassadors, Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, founder of the Coexist …

Tourism authority to launch ‘FindMe in Saudi’ magazine

By Rodolfo Estimo Jr. Riyadh: The Kingdom’s first official international magazine on business, investment and leisure — FindMe in Saudi — will be published soon, according to Prince Sultan bin Salman, president and chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA). “The magazine, …

Divorce rates increase in GCC countries

By Fatima Sidiya Jeddah: Traditions, a change in lifestyle and an emphasis on material life along with varying levels of liberalism and conservatism are all contributing factors to the rise in the number of divorces in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. According to 2008 figures, the divorce rate in …

Prince Turki warns of neo-con agenda

By Barbara Ferguson Washington: Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the former intelligence officer for the Kingdom, who also served as ambassador the US, told an audience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington that he is concerned that the Republican victories this week will encourage “neoconservatives” and “warmongers” to push …

Muslim sues Oklahoma state for banning Sharia law

Oklahoma: Two days after Oklahoma voters approved a ballot measure banning state courts from considering Islamic Sharia law or international law while making a judgement, a local Muslim has filed a federal lawsuit saying the measure is unconstitutional. The lawsuit against ballot measure, State Question 755 or better known as …

Who are India’s real traitors?

It is India’s wealthy elite that is turning its back on the nation and its people, not Arundhati Roy By Indra Sinha The writer Arundhati Roy, once a national heroine for being the first Indian to win the Booker prize, today finds herself a reviled figure. The demonisation of Roy …

The Politics around Enemy Property Bill

By Syed Ali Mujtaba Syed Partition of British India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947 have left behind many legacies. Even more than 60 years of that event there are many issues that remain unresolved. One such issue is the Enemy Property Act 1968. Enemy property is a term …

Indian Muslim Society in the Shadow of Casteism

Caste and Caste-Based Discrimination among Indian Muslims [Translator’s Note: This is a translation of Dr. Faridi’s Introduction to Masood Alam Falahi’s Urdu book Hindustan Mai Zat-Pat Aur Musalman (‘Casteism Among Muslims in India’) [Ideal Foundation, Mumbai, 2009, pp. 32-35. For the sake of brevity, I have deleted some lines that …

Even after TJ Joseph row, PFI still popular in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: The local body polls in Kerala that concluded recently, threw up a very unexpected result. Anas Vazhakulam, an accused in the attack on lecturer T J Joseph, won a panchayat seat with a huge margin, that too on the ticket of Kerala’s radical outfit Popular Front of India that …