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Muslim world in decline


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MYANMAR is a country that is supposed to be recovering from years of dictatorial rule and moving towards democracy and an opening up to the rest of the world. It is a country with an opposition leader who has won the Nobel Prize for her struggle against dictatorship and for upholding human rights.

It is also here, however, that Buddhists are killing Muslims with the apparent complicity of government forces, most recently in the town of Meiktila. This blatant violation of human rights, duly documented in a BBC-obtained video has elicited no more of a response from Aung San Suu Kyi, than previous massacres documented and now released by the Human Rights Watch office in New York.

The European Union, taking its cue from America, has lifted sanctions as a reward for moving away from military rule and so far appears unmoved by the atrocities visited upon the Rohingya Muslims who are primarily distinguished from other Burmese only by their religion. The Muslim world has done little to ameliorate the plight of these Muslims other than support token resolutions in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

In Nigeria, the latest clashes in the north between the Boko Haram, translated loosely as ‘western education is forbidden’, and the Nigerian army has, according to some possibly exaggerated reports, killed 185 people.

Founded in 2002 with the aim of having an Islamic government in northern Nigeria, the leaders of Boko Haram are said to have only elementary knowledge of the Holy Quran but have achieved some recruiting success because of the unemployment and poverty prevailing in the region.

The group is now apparently sending volunteers to fuel the insurgency in Mali where Islamists after some initial success have been routed by the French forces sent in to support the secular government.

All the Mali insurgents achieved was the destruction of Timbuktus famous libraries containing invaluable texts and manuscripts from the era when Timbuktu was the seat of Islamic learning. All that will be achieved in Nigeria or nearby Mauritania is the destruction of the little economic progress that has been made and the exacerbation of the conditions of poverty and unemployment in Muslim-majority areas.

In the West, the Boston bombing, and the emerging conclusion that the brothers from Chechnya were radicalised by local rather than foreign sources, has led to calls for increased vigilance. Almost inevitably the US authorities will move towards the UK model, keeping more than 5,000 Muslims under constant surveillance along with greater emphasis on ensuring greater interaction with Muslim communities and mosques.

News yesterday of arrests in Spain of two suspected terrorists from the Maghreb and in Canada of two residents with Arab-sounding names, perhaps of Arab extraction and accused of having connections with Tehran-based Al Qaeda operatives, can only worsen the paranoia.

It goes without saying that stricter standards will now be applied to Muslims seeking admission either as immigrants or visitors to the US and, even more so than now, Muslims in the West will have to contend with ‘Big Brother watching’ and the prejudices that plague a suspect community.

In the Arab heartland, strife flows not from a struggle against Western domination but from sectarian differences within the world of Islam. In Syria, where more than 80,000 people have died and more than a million have had to flee the country, the struggle for liberation from dictatorship has become a battle between Islamic sects.

Even if all the promises made by the Syrian opposition in the recent meetings in Istanbul are faithfully abided by and even if President Bashar al-Assad is finally driven out, Syria will take decades to recover from the destruction and perhaps the same length of time to restore a measure of sectarian and ethnic harmony.

Iraq has an even greater sectarian divide exacerbated by the Syrian conflict and to compound the problem an ethnic divide between the Kurds in their autonomous regions and the Nouri al-Maliki government in Baghdad. Despite burgeoning oil revenues, Iraq’s infrastructure and particularly its power sector have yet to be restored.

The daily bombings in Baghdad and other major cities, occasioned at least in part by what is seen as the persecution of Sunnis by the Shia-dominated government, has promoted a sense of insecurity. The results of elections for provincial councils held in only 12 of Iraq’s 18 provinces will not be known for some time but since elections have not been held in Sunni-dominated areas the sectarian divide will only become more pronounced, perhaps giving Al Qaeda in Iraq and its affiliates a further boost.

In Egypt, clashes between pro- and anti-government forces continue. The economy, partly rescued by $5bn in loans from Libya and Qatar, needs an IMF package but the elimination of food and fuel subsidies that the IMF will insist upon will provide fresh impetus to the opponents of the Morsi government.

In Palestine, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s resignation has raised new questions for the internal administration of the territory under the Palestine Authority while Gaza continues to suffer the privations caused by the economic blockade. To make matters worse, the Palestinians have been asked to recommence negotiations with the Israelis without insisting on a freeze on settlement activity. How will the Palestinian people and Hamas in Gaza react if Mahmoud Abbas agrees to do so?

So much has already been written in our media and around the world about the sorry state of affairs in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is difficult for political parties having no links with Islamist extremists to hold mass rallies or engage in other large-scale election activity. The armed forces are having to contend with a difficult insurgency in the tribal areas. In Afghanistan, reconciliation remains a seemingly unachievable goal while President Hamid Karzai’s decisions become less and less understandable.

To say that the Islamic world is in disarray and decline and that Muslim communities find themselves under siege-like conditions in the West and elsewhere is perhaps an understatement. Is this what Islamic resurgence is about?

The writer is a former foreign secretary.

Comments (96) Closed

Rao Apr 24, 2013 03:28pm
May be only few left in Sindh
vinayak Apr 24, 2013 03:29pm
Its just that you can't leave with Humans...
Bakul Apr 25, 2013 01:15am
Salman Chima, I am surprised to see one "Thumbs Down" to your comment. There is not a single word in your comment that deserves it. Two Thumbs up! Please keep up and keep spreading the good spirit.
Kumar Apr 24, 2013 03:01pm
While not all Muslims are terrorists, all terrorists are Muslims.While minorities are being eliminated from Muslim majority countries without any comment from OIC but there is cry if minority Muslims are subjected to same (even much less) human right violation. Why double standards?
Shehryar Apr 24, 2013 02:53pm
It's a reference to Dawn itself, I've noticed how bias and one sided all the stories are. The news on the election are clearly bias. .
Sam Apr 24, 2013 02:46pm
If one really want to come out of shackles , then start a discussion without religion not "on religion"
Mohammad Ali Khan Apr 24, 2013 12:06pm
Muslim decline has been for a thousand years.They have allowed beliefs to infiltrate which resulted in the erosion of its foundation.Now they have to identify and let go of all those beliefs.They have to set themselves free from those chains which have rendered them narrow minded and divided.They have to set them free to explore and learn from the wonders of nature.They have to set them free to be tolerant and respectfull.They have to set them free to be cohesive and constructive.They have to set them free to organized and be disciplined.They have to set them free to identify those impotent resources where they seek strength, and let go of them. They need a radical transformation in their outlook to lift themselves out from this darkness.
RxPrrP Apr 24, 2013 09:22pm
If Indians have such a great country why are they always here seeking opportunity to speak their minds. Perhaps they have no freedom of speech in the slums they live.
raja hindustani Apr 25, 2013 04:43pm
Muslims are declining only because muslims thinks they can't co-exists with non-muslims.
Reflector Apr 25, 2013 06:01am
Sorry, but I do notice that the author seems to have acknowledged the state of affairs in Pakistan by stating in a ONELINERE 'So much has already been written in our media and around the world about the sorry state of affairs in Pakistan and Afghanistan'. Maybe he feels that it (Pakistan) is in a state that is now beyond "decline".
Indicus Apr 24, 2013 03:01pm
sorry...seems problem was apologies..
Umair Khalid (@umairkd2011) Apr 24, 2013 11:57am
Sad but true. May Allah have mercy upon us and give us hidayat. We desperately need leaders like Hazrat Umar (May Allah have mercy on him) at this point of time.
APakistaniHost Apr 25, 2013 08:59am
Your are welcome to live your life as you please. But this is not about you. You are irrelevant here. You are a visitor at the hospitality Dawn, our generous and open publication. This is about Pakistan. We believe in the One God and the HereAfter, same as you believe in multiple gods and godesses and the reincarnation transmigration of souls. To you your beliefs and to us over religion, as our Sacred Book has made clear.
PhoenixRise Apr 24, 2013 03:36pm
Rao Apr 24, 2013 03:26pm
He is the former foreign secretary of Pakistan...In dealing with other countries, he knows only to point at other countries and defend Pakistan
Shruti Apr 25, 2013 05:43pm
Really? How come I don't see that?
Ram Apr 24, 2013 03:53pm
"They need a radical transformation in their outlook to lift themselves out from this darkness" When??
Manu Apr 24, 2013 03:39pm
Events in Burma are being reflected in Sri lanka where Budhists are going after Muslims. The author has also ignored Sunnis killing Shias wholesale and all other minorities in Pakistan. Certainly Islamic societies are in a time warp. Live and let live.
Girish Apr 25, 2013 04:12am
You are right Muhammand, every terrorist is not human. But then lets get into the broader problem. And the problem is that Few (Powerful) Muslims do not want non muslims and they only want Islamic ways for Human being on this planet. Where as no one is doing the same for Muslims.
Salman Cheema Apr 24, 2013 10:12am
Turkey is doing good because it has western influence and liberal views. Malaysia owes its success to Malaysian Chinese who control 80 of its economy. Where there are democratic Chinese there bound to be progress and wealth and they don't mix religion with business. While we Muslims bring religion in everything we do and have too many restriction. Pakistan has over 5000 years of Indus valley civilization experience which we don't want nothing to do with. Only Muslims can fix Muslims problem and we have nobody to blame. The Burmese have seen the fine example of how we treated our minority non Muslims in Muslims countries. They are taking every step to eliminate such problem in Burma. Lets all Muslims countries set a good example to the world and treat our non Muslims equally, Maybe Allah will bless us progress.
Girish Apr 25, 2013 04:15am
what will you do then?
Khalid Apr 24, 2013 07:23pm
Dear Kumar, I fully agree. Double standards have become our "way of life". The way Muslims are killing Muslims, there won't be any left in a generation or two and the ones who are not killing each other, would become irrelevant because they have no education, no money and no future to look forward to. Muslims are running fast on a self destructive path. No one needs to do anything.
Sumant Bhalla Apr 24, 2013 05:44am
What about Pakistan where the minority population has decreased 12% to 3% since Pakistan was founded?
Sachin Apr 24, 2013 05:55am
Jaisi Allah ki marzi...
Akhtar Hashmi Apr 24, 2013 02:35pm
Tolerance is the virtue Muslims have to adopt and practice . Exploitation & prejudices in the Muslim countries and others have to be dealt with in a disciplined way with out employing violence .Education is the proven one factor that can help .
Ashraf Apr 25, 2013 08:00am
Hi Mr. Mohammed Ali Khan: Islam is said to be the supreme religion. Then why are there enormous anomalies in the Muslim community globally? A painstaking and honest search for the truth in the enormous amount of lies will show some light. The irony is that the overwhelming majority of the Muslim folks would not agree to do so. Ashraf
peter paul Apr 24, 2013 04:52am
rightly put up. if things continue the way they are ... the problems will only become more and more worse. the more one becomes fanatic, the more one looses international support. the more one claims to be superior than others, the more hatred he draws from others. the more one believes he can make everyone follow him with the use of fear, weapon and violence, the more he will have enemies. the more one stretches to spread his belief, the more weak he gets elsewhere. remember Lion may be the king of jungle - but its on the verge of extinction, and it needs protection. not so for the dear.
Sanjeev Apr 24, 2013 04:45am
The problem is arising since these countries are made islamic republic. If the religion is kept inside the house and the government is secular, the country can progress. All religions will contribute to progress instead if fighting with each other. Look at the difference between India and Pakistan. In spite of getting the richest lade during partition, Pakistan is still fighting within itself and India is making good progress. There are many religions in India and all are working towards a common goal.
Law's hands are very long Apr 24, 2013 04:25am
Abbastoronto will comment now:
Rn Apr 24, 2013 09:25pm
You are Muslim...
Sandeep Singh Apr 24, 2013 04:04am
LOL. I wonder, that writer didn't start it from his own country Pakistan but Myanmar.
Jalaluddin S. Hussain Apr 24, 2013 03:35am
As an optimist of a "half-glass-full" kind, I wish Mr. Najmuddin A. Shaikh had also mentioned some positive developments taking place in the Muslim world, namely the "Arab Spring", the political, social and economic developments in Iran and the tolerant and education-oriented societies of Turkey and Malaysia. These are only a few examples. However, I must agree with some of the points made in the above analysis and conclude that more education and more tolerance could prove the only panacea for the Muslim world!
Bilal Apr 24, 2013 02:54am
What about muslims killing Hindus in Pakistan?
Royal D. Apr 24, 2013 09:30pm
Well said. Clearly those voting against you are belivers in many many gods and godesses.
Raghu S Johar Apr 24, 2013 01:55pm
You are right that unless violent ideology and intolerance of other religions preached by Muslim Clergy and from text books is eradicated, Muslims throughout will be suspected and even hated.
Shruti Apr 25, 2013 02:45am
Why say 'may Allah have mercy on us/him'? I don't want to question your belief in god and its great that your faith gives you strength! But honestly, what happens in the world is largely under human control. That's why god made us so intelligent. So capable of unraveling the laws of nature. I think its important to feel in-control to become powerful. If you feel the control is with god, and keep asking him/her to intervene, god won't help.
Vishwas Apr 24, 2013 06:48am
and there isn't any comment to this article... i am surprised!
Musofer Apr 24, 2013 06:52am
The writer has rightly highlighted some of the challenges of Muslim societies. The Muslim communities need a serious reflection on their situation, beliefs and response to the challenges. They need to reinterpret their beliefs and practices in order to reconcile them with the contemporary world, which is called ' knowledge society'. Without concentrating on a meaningful education the situation cannot be improved. They also require learning from Turkey and Malaysia as they are comparatively progressing in different fields. Finally, Muslims should not only concentrate on theology to respond challenges rather they must also learn from other contemporary disciplines in order to find multifaceted responses.
alisina Apr 24, 2013 06:54am
Isn't it a bit odd to always play the victim card. Saying that we are under siege? That others are oppressing us. How about a little introspection, some healthy self criticism. The only reaction to a terrorist act is that we will be targeted. But what about removing violent ideologies from religion?
Imran A. Apr 24, 2013 02:13pm
A bunch of weak people, even in numbers, aren't strong. Get a whole bunch of confused people together and see how much clarity comes out of it. In other words, you just can't add one more confused person to the pot, and expect to get any more clarity
John Apr 24, 2013 02:10pm
I would not want the writer to be my neighbor.
Shruti Apr 25, 2013 03:00am
I know my mother wouldn't*
Robin Akbar Apr 24, 2013 11:15am
Dear Alison's, You are right but Muslims are not ready to reform themselves.
Imran Apr 24, 2013 07:09am
A time for all muslims to introspect as to what are we contributing to the world ?
Ash Apr 25, 2013 02:16am
That is the only way, violence has to be stopped.
Shruti Apr 25, 2013 02:59am
But I don't need ONENESS of GOD! I am perfectly happy knowing that God might be just a belief and nothing real. And that I believe in him/her still, because the belief (whether true or not) gives me strength. And God saving me from eternal punishment? Is he/she the same god who punishes those who do not believe in him?? If so, how can you say he loves them? Isn't love meant to unconditional? Like a mother's love? Would she eternally punish you if you didn't praise her everyday or even accept her as a mother? I know my mother would. No matter what. That definitely makes mothers a much more generous person than god. Anyway, to each his own. I know I dont need any god bearing down on me and telling me to believe in him/her. And if he punishes me for that, so be it. But I would rather live a full live now then worry about the so-called eternal punishment.
Shruti Apr 25, 2013 02:48am
I think that's one of the things I am very proud of as an Indian. Not just Muslims, but anyone with any faith or even no faith, can call India home and can demand to be treated as an equal and empowered fellow citizen.
Ivan Vrubel Apr 24, 2013 07:25am
Great!! I agree.....
AniketAniket Apr 24, 2013 07:42am
The basic premise of this article is a fallacy. The writer talks about something called "the Muslim World". Such a "world" does not exist. These are all disparate societies, whose religions all happen to be called by the same name, and they have little else in common. The problems of these areas arise not due to Islam, but due to something else - economics, politics, whatever - and so does the solution not lie in religion. Why then club these disparate societies together and confuse issues?
shiva Apr 24, 2013 07:50am
Muslim world is not in decline. The Muslim population is increasing at a rapid phase. Muslims do not accept any other religions, when rest of the religions accept them with equal opportunities. Where can you find equal opportunities for other religions when the Muslims are majority. While they want all the benefits of a democracy when they are a minority. Equal rights should be the priority more than the religion. That is how the rest of the world runs except the Islamic world. Rest of the world are gearing up to fight this inequality and conflicts are bound to happen. The way things are going around the world, the conflicts may increase in the future.
Riber Apr 25, 2013 09:11am
They are the ones destroying our world...
ammad Apr 24, 2013 07:53am
i have just one word for this article....''excellent''....
WatcherOne Apr 25, 2013 09:08am
It is the Muslim world and heritage that is being destroyed by others...
RxPrrP Apr 25, 2013 09:10am
It is an Indian publication, what else did you expect. Just read the comments and their names.
Ash Apr 25, 2013 02:14am
Statement all can be given if the percentage is more than 80% or around. but here % seems to be more than 95%. So the statement of Kumar is true.
layman Apr 24, 2013 07:28pm
and the fight continues... The above mindset of muslims is the root cause of the conflict.
Khalid Usmani Apr 24, 2013 08:35am
Our problems on a larger canvas....depressing but true. Different nations, one religion..similar problems. Root cause...Education and Refusal to revive the dynamism of a dynamic religion unfortunately hijacked by the obscurantists. Unless we start a discussion on religion and arrive at solutions to the madness we will remain in this abyss..
Riyaz Apr 24, 2013 08:36am
We contribute oneness of GOD. Ask others worship none but Allah and thereby saving people from the eternal punishment. there cannot be a biggest contribution to humanity than this. May Allah guide us to the truth and protect us from the nonbelievers and muslim hypocrites
Girish Apr 25, 2013 04:05am
If they dont kill muslims, muslims will surely kill them before they start killing each other...this is how muslim world works and u can see around yourself. What happened to minorities in Pakistan? Buddhism statues in Afghanistan? Muslims only consider muslims as humans. They cry fouls when they face same accrosities on them where as they are permitted to do all crimes. Stop complaniting. It is now on Muslims to prove they are respect others before complaining. Any ways Muslims are doing much better where they are minorities. (except few cases) where as non muslims are less humans when Muslims are in majoring. infact Muslims consider less humans to other muslims as well. Muslim means butcher with blood in this hand and doing all this for Allah and on the name of Islam. Ya I know, Islam does support all this but then where is real Islam? it exists only in books. Shame for those who are Muslims. Allah must be feeling sorry
Nandakumar K Apr 24, 2013 10:56am
For some reason the author has not mentioned about the 140-odd million Muslims who live a comparatively safe and respectable life in India. As an Indian I am not boasting, but I am writing this to remove the general perception in the Pakistani mind that Muslims are a persecuted group in secular India. I sincerely hope that our democracy will be able to uphold the secular credentials of India as also the future government of Pakistan would strive to build a country where people can live safely irrespective of their ethnicity and beliefs.
Venkat Apr 24, 2013 11:07am
concerned212 Apr 24, 2013 03:42pm
Well said.
Hindu Apr 24, 2013 12:47pm
I guess the plight of minorities in Muslim dominated societies merits no attention from the writer.
Robinson Varghese Apr 24, 2013 12:48pm
Excellent! If you cannot contribute, do not destroy. Enjoy others contribution.
Khalid Apr 24, 2013 07:41pm
Having lived in Europe for 2 years, I can safely say that "siege-like conditions" are a figment of the writer's imagination. Siege-like conditions however, do exist for ALL minorities in Pakistan. I just can not believe that a former foreign secretary has no idea what he is talking about and it is his field. Did you read a single sentence in his article where his diplomatic skills were apparent?. What a shame.
Shruti Apr 25, 2013 05:25pm
Please don't stereotype.
Shruti Apr 25, 2013 05:35pm
Hi, Sorry if I hurt your feelings. That was not the idea. But I was replying to Riyaz's statement saying that ''we have give the world oneness of god and that its the greatest contribution". That to me is an arrogant statement. BTW I am a visitor at Dawn just as much as you are. Can you point any place in Dawn's manifesto where it says, its only meant for Pakistani audiences?? I think all journalists want their content to become as international as possible.
Mohammed Khanzada Apr 24, 2013 01:11pm
what is the point of this article. He wasted my 15 minutes. He did not offer any solutions. Typical asian bureaucrats. .
cautious Apr 24, 2013 04:04pm
"Muslim communities find themselves under siege-like conditions in the West and elsewhere is perhaps an understatement" Might get traction in Pakistan where anti American/West comments are appreciated - but I suggest you talk to Muslims in the West before you make such ridiculous statements.
SuperPak Apr 25, 2013 11:29am
A day lived like a Tiger is superior to a thousand of the deer. Paraphrasing Sultan Bahadur Teepu Shaheed.
Deb Apr 24, 2013 04:18pm
Muslim decline is basically because of what we can term as 'Islamomania' among Muslims and the religion Islam itself. The only solution to the present crisis is for Muslims to wake up, smell the coffee and start living with common sense (exactly how the rest of the world lives).
A.Baksh Apr 24, 2013 04:18pm
Leave? where to? LoL...
Deb Apr 24, 2013 04:21pm
Very well said!!
aditya Apr 25, 2013 12:30am
blind deaf and dumb..whadyah expect?
Deb Apr 24, 2013 04:23pm
But the concept of Jihad in Islam does give the hoodlums of the society to take charge and destroy it.
Anshu Apr 24, 2013 06:55pm
Ohh yeah!!! Awesome comment.
Anshu Apr 24, 2013 06:46pm
@Salman Cheema Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A big thank you for speaking my mind. Being an Indian; if I say this it will certainly be taken the wrong way. I always feel the muslim world lacks intellectuals and moderates who can set aside Islam for a second and think like rational human beings. Yours is the exact attitude I think is missing in the muslim world. A persons religion should remain to him. Most of the time when I see so called scholars talk; they invariably drag religion into it. Religion has it's own place and it should remain there. Except a very few I don't see a lot of muslim world leaders talking about correcting their own ways. They are always cribbing about others. How could the muslim world complain about the treatment of muslim minorities in other countries; when the muslim world has barely any good examples to show (I think except kuwait and turkey to some extent).
ROHIT PANDEY Apr 24, 2013 10:15pm
Indians-Hindus should be proud of their record in relationship with Muslims. The Mughals were not exactly tolerant towards Hindus-often times in show of power or because of their "devotion" or fidelity to Islam committed atrocities against Hindus....often building mosques on sites considered holy by Hindus-Mathura and Kanshi....the record of Pakistani government towards Hindus is nothing to write about...just skillfully avoided. Despite a troubled history,Partition and bad treatment at hands of Muslims in Pakistan and to a lesser extent in Bangladesh...Indian secularism survives. The tolerant live and let live attitude of Hindus is the secret of survival of secularism in the sub continent!
ROHIT PANDEY Apr 24, 2013 10:22pm
Muslims commit a lot more mistakes then a simply typo?
ROHIT PANDEY Apr 24, 2013 10:26pm
Secularism is a pre requisite for democracy....that little,very tiny kernel of truth must be INTERNALIZED by the entire Islamic world...the largely unorganized religion of Hinduism never had the trouble living with that simple concept-the same cannot be said of Islam!
I. C. Nito Apr 24, 2013 05:29pm
The author has tried to provide an example of situations around the world where the muslim community has been affected. The unstated premise seems to be that there is an assault against the Muslime community around the world. This is too naive an argument - each situation is a product of a mix of forces (historical, geographic, political, etc.) and to try and link them through religion is disingenous.
Kausik Apr 24, 2013 09:58pm
New York Times Storied Syrian Mosque's Minaret Is Destroyed.This is not done by non Muslims.Muslims are fighting amongst themselves from time the religion began same is true with all religions be Hindu,christian,Buddhism,Jainism Maulana Azad predicted about Pakistan in 1946 is happening as he rightly pointed being Muslim is different from practicing Islam as personal Muslims must get over that they are persecuted as they themselves practice tribalism Sunni vs shia vs ahmadiya vs Sufi etc.Only Democracy and literacy can bring change.
DubyaII Apr 24, 2013 09:39pm
Islam and Muslims are under assualt around the world including here in Dawn as is obvious from the bias in the comments selected here.
AmericanMuslim Apr 24, 2013 09:41pm
Muslims living in the West are indeed under seige and live in absolute terror and everyday harassment. Where to go when you are born there...
naeem siddiqui Apr 24, 2013 09:53pm
We are in decline because we are not adapting to the world. We are in stalemate. Muslims in the west are blossoming and herein lies the future of our religion, Muslims reverting in droves across Europe.
Madhura Apr 24, 2013 09:32pm
Far many more Muslims have been killed by Hindus in India. And going on every day.
omkara Apr 24, 2013 09:36pm
Muslims view their religion as the best.This sort of supremacist view is prevalent among some Christians and Jews. Non Abrahamic religions like Hinduism,Budhhism and Sikhism see no problem accepting the fact that religion is just a way to God and all religions teach the same basic principles.Muslims have been failed by their clerics who have injected politics into spirituality and made Islam the laughing stock of the world and has kept Muslim world backward.There is no hope unless Muslims get rid of their hate spewing mullahs.
Muhammad Ahmed Mufti Apr 24, 2013 08:45pm
Kumar your conjecture that "While not all Muslims are terrorists, all terrorists are Muslims" is wrong as the terrorists who killed Rajiv Gandhi and the ones involved in arson of Samjhota Express were not Muslims. The guy who committed mass murders in Norway was not Muslim either. The list can go on and on.
Raja Islam Apr 24, 2013 08:24pm
Muslims remain backward because they tend to believe in myths and fairy tales rather than in reality.
pankajdehlavi Apr 24, 2013 07:54pm
Correct...... Muslims need freedom from Islam first....... and join free world of Science and Technology........ and then they can follow the religion or not as per their wishes.
pankajdehlavi Apr 24, 2013 08:00pm
Wah Salman Bhai Wah............ It seems your natural 5000 years genetic intelligence has become activated, that was made inactive by brutal force of invaders. You are speaking like enlightened person...
Anshu Apr 24, 2013 06:13pm
Yeah because as a thumb rule muslims when in minority is a cry baby, always demanding MORE and equal rights; but when in majority they want their own ways to be implemented. The muslim world needs to analyse the dichotomy of their world view. May be the the Islamic world simply can not coexist with any other. Enough said.
Kausik Apr 24, 2013 06:17pm
Muslims are in danger with Islam not the other way around.As many innocent people are killed or maimed in the name of Islam around the world including all Muslim countries as sects of Islam fight shia vs Sunni vs Sufi and regional like baluchi vs Punjabi.As Maulana Azad predicted is happening.keep religion personal not communal this includes all religions as no body can steal your thought.killings are daily event in Iraq,syria etc how do we explain.Islam can survive without violence.
Anshu Apr 24, 2013 06:19pm
another 1000 years may be.
Surendra Apr 25, 2013 12:00pm
A person or a religion whom or which adapts to the changes quickly would flourish. Perhaps muslims should rethink whether they have stopped adapting to the changes centuries before
Quin Apr 24, 2013 09:28pm
The concept of Jihad is a personal struggle against the ego and for self control...not what the foreign think tanks have redefined it for propaganda purposes.