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.
Is Sufism dying out even at the Dargahs and Khanqahs (Sufi shrines), which imbibed an egalitarian tradition of inclusiveness?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terrorism experts and researchers explore that the Islamic State (IS) terrorists use almost all social media platforms, practically Twitter, Facebook and more
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.
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.
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.
Zakir Naik has not only misguided the Indian Muslim youth and misinterpreted the Islamic rulings but also brazenly violated the Indian law.
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.
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
We should not agree with the perception that merely banning Zakir Naik or any exclusivist preacher like him will serve the purpose.
Naik has accused the Indian media of conducting trials against him. It is, of course, worth pondering and soul-searching.
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.
The country’s Muslims are distressed at the misleading stand of Zakir Naik on suicide bombing.
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.
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.
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.