articles by Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

World

Narendra Modi's Egypt outreach: Is India ready to engage in an ideological battle against terror?

For India, Egypt is emerging as a crucial link between northeast Africa and the Middle East. Given the paramount significance of the two countries’ consultations on international security, peace, counter-extremism and sustainable development, it raises the question that why it did not receive the kind of media attention it deserved.

India

A deeper reflection on the Haji Ali case: Is Sufism disappearing from the Indian Dargahs?

Is Sufism dying out even at the Dargahs and Khanqahs (Sufi shrines), which imbibed an egalitarian tradition of inclusiveness?

India

The Haji Ali Dargah ruling: Bombay High Court’s verdict is a win for Indian women

The Haji Ali Dargah mufits argue that just as it is not allowed for women to get close to a living male saint, similarly it is a “grave sin” to visit the grave or the inner sanctum of a male saint.

World

India must understand Erdogan's ideological motives for seeking extradition of Gülenists

Indian government must take an account of all this ideological discourse in a deeper way, since Turkey has urged India, like the US, to shut down all the Hizmet activities. It should not overlook Gülen’s democratic and secular ideas, his counter-terror narrative as well as the current Turkish President’s inclination towards the political Islamists’ ambition of an Islamic caliphate.

World

Kurdish wedding attack: Here is why Turkey fails to stop Takfiris capturing children’s imagination

Muslims in Turkey, like the mainstream Muslims in all democratic and secular countries, were traditionally anchored in a mystical Islam and hence opposed to the violent practice of Takfirism. Here is how Takfirism is seemingly taking its bloodthirsty incarnation in today’s Turkey.

World

Tweeting Jihadism: How the online onslaught of Islamic State can be countered

Just blocking the jihadist, pro-Islamic State accounts on certain social platforms is not the solution. A well-thought-out, well-reasoned, coherent and effective counter-narrative against the extremist rhetoric is imperative.

World

Tweeting jihadism: The online onslaught of Islamic State and why Twitter fails to tackle it

Terrorism experts and researchers explore that the Islamic State (IS) terrorists use almost all social media platforms, practically Twitter, Facebook and more

Mumbai

Zakir Naik’s Islamic International School: Here's what's part of its Salafi curriculum

The Mumbai Police have come up with a 71-page report on the Salafist Islamist televangelist Zakir Naik and his ‘unlawful activities’. However, what is worth deliberating is the ‘serious concerns’ of the police over the kind of education imparted to students at the Mumbai-based Islamic International School, founded and conceptualised by Zakir Naik.

World

Radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary behind bars: What India should learn from this

Radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary, known for his radical views, has been found guilty of supporting Islamic State, and hence has been sentenced to the imprisonment in Britain for 10 years. However, in India, a considerable number of sympathisers of the terrorist organisations do not face any legal action.

World

Kashmiris must choose between Indian democracy and Pakistan's self-styled Nizam-e-Mustafa

It is now left to the ideological discretion of the Kashmiri people whether they choose the Indian democracy or the self-styled Nizam-e-Mustafa of Pakistan.

India

How Zakir Naik misinterpreted Islam for his extremist and misogynist views

Zakir Naik has not only misguided the Indian Muslim youth and misinterpreted the Islamic rulings but also brazenly violated the Indian law.

World

Crackdown on the free media: Journalists are living in trying times in Turkey and here's why

The most recent and the gravest onslaught on the freedom of press has occurred in Turkey, a West Asian country which has emerged on the global scene with a dramatic economic growth.

World

Behind the Shah Faisal Award: Zakir Naik among awardees who promoted political Islamism

Zakir Naik was accorded the 2015 King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) for his “Service to Islam”. Here's the story behind this most prestigious award

India

Sunni-Sufi demand for ban on Zakir Naik: A call for counter-extremism or sectarian slugfest?

We should not agree with the perception that merely banning Zakir Naik or any exclusivist preacher like him will serve the purpose.

India

Trial or portrayal: Will media hoopla divert Zakir Naik's case from the real issue?

Naik has accused the Indian media of conducting trials against him. It is, of course, worth pondering and soul-searching.

World

Turkey coup and Fethullah Gülen: Why blame a progressive Islamic modernist?

The coup in Turkey attempted by a group of middle-ranking soldiers of the country has gown down in West Asian history as an ill-designed expedition.

World

Only Salafists like Zakir Naik view suicide bombing as war tactic; it's haraam in Islam

The country’s Muslims are distressed at the misleading stand of Zakir Naik on suicide bombing.

World

Nice Attack: France is suffering because of its hard stance against Islamic State

The recent terror strike in Madina was a wake-up call for those still living in denial. Without an iota of doubt, the violent ideological underpinnings are playing out behind the ongoing global jihadism.

India

Zakir Naik and Salafism: Why Islamic scholars can dismantle influence of extremist theology

The basic question that must not be overlooked is that why Naik has been trying to lure the Indian Muslims, anchored in an age-old traditional Sufi Islam, into professing and practicing the pernicious theology of Salafism.

India

Zakir Naik is not a terrorist, but he can do great damage to Islam

Amid increasing controversies on the extremist sermons of the radical televangelist Dr Zakir Naik aired on his Peace TV, the note of caution on part of the Indian Prime Minister assumes significance.