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A harmonious marriage

UNTIL yesterday, a woman was considered a man’s property after marriage and gratification with her was considered his absolute right.

Is Sharia immutable?

IT is believed by millions of Muslims across the world that Sharia laws are immutable and represent divine will. This is based on serious misunderstanding. Sharia is not and cannot be immutable.

Vaccinators targeted

RECENTLY we read with great pain that extremists in Pakistan killed several women who were active in administering anti-polio drops to children.

Women’s access to holy places

RECENTLY a women’s organisation in Mumbai, the Akhil Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Association, conducted a survey and found that in 18 Sufi mausoleums women are prohibited from entering the astana, or sanctum sanctorum, in which they were previously allowed.

Malala and TTP logic

THE recent attack on Malala Yousufzai has shocked not only Pakistan but the whole world. There was near unanimity among the people of Pakistan that the attack was unjustified.

Freedom of expression

RECENTLY, disturbances erupted throughout the Muslim world against the film Innocence of Muslims which was deliberately made to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.

The allure of Sufism

SOME friends often ask why I so strongly support Sufi Islam when many Muslims not only disapprove of it but even call it deviation from Islam.

Child marriage and Islam

RECENTLY, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Majles (the Iranian parliament) has told the press that they regard the law that prohibits girls below the age of 10 from being married off as ‘un-Islamic and illegal.’

Rigidity of ulema

A FEW days ago we had organised a discussion on codification of Muslim personal law in a way that could be acceptable to all the sects of Islam in India. We did so in consultation with the ulema, Muslim

Women and faith

LAST year, I had gone to Afghanistan for a series of lectures on women’s rights. I also spoke on this subject in a gathering of distinguished ulema and one of the issues which came up for discussion was

Fatwas can be changed

RECENTLY a conference of the Muslim Personal Law Board in India saw a huge crowd of 200,000 Muslims from all over Maharashtra.

The concept of justice

LAST month in Vienna there was a seminar on multiculturalism and religious pluralism. Among other issues a discussion was held on the concept of justice. What is justice, it was asked, and participants gave their

On interfaith dialogue

THE world is highly diverse. There is not a country which is without diversity. Though in the past too diversity existed but colonisation, scientific progress and communications have increased diversity in the

Understanding the Quran

HOW to understand the Quran is an important question. Generally we pick and choose a verse to prove our point. Thus, many Muslims have different positions in understanding the verses of the Quran.

Of economic justice

JUSTICE is one of the central values in Islam, and any economic system not based on justice is unacceptable.

The women of Karbala

TRADITIONAL Muslim set-ups place many restrictions on women. They cannot even venture out of their homes; most are required to restrict

Arab spring & women

THE Arab world has seen great political turmoil since the beginning of 2011. The Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine...

Love God or fear God?

THERE are different approaches to worshipping God: out of fear, greed or sheer love and devotion. Most of us ...

Ali: a man of great vision

ISLAM brought about a great revolution in the field of knowledge in Arabia where literacy was almost unknown and...

Maulana Azad and partition

IN the debate on partition started by Jaswant Singh`s book every one has been talking about the role of Jinnah, ...


Misguided optimism

Late call for unity

Politics as parody

Piety and cheating


Sectarian violence

Gilgit-Baltistan alienation

Fatah-Hamas unity

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