Triple talaq hearing: Arguments before SC show Muslim minds still unwilling to think outside religion's framework
Supreme Court must send out hope to Muslim women on the issue of triple talaq. If the women are turned down at the door of the constitutional bench, it would cause a long-term threat to India's flourishing democracy
Madrassas are counter-liberty movements: By abolishing them, Assam govt has taken revolutionary step
Madrassas are counter-liberty movements, not educational institutions. Madrassas excel in teaching religious orthodoxies.
These conferences are called 'Daurat-e-Tafseer Ayaat-e-Jihad' or Tours for the Explanation of the Verses on Jihad and are undertaken by radical Islamic clerics associated with JeM
If the Supreme Court declares the practice of instant triple talaq, which is given in one sitting, as illegal, the apex court's decision will still be as per the Quran
Travels of a political pilgrim: Madrassas play key role in inducing orthodoxy among Azamgarh's Muslims
Indian Muslims, including those of Azamgarh, need to come out of denial and understand that radicalism and their social backwardness are rooted in the teachings of religious organisations and Muslim intellectuals
The counter-secularism forces have registered a decisive victory in UP and this trend is likely to continue through the 2019 elections and beyond.
Unless the Muslim leadership abandons their historical legacy of separatism and stop seeing BJP or the government as an enemy, its betterment cannot follow
Travels of a political pilgrim: Mubarakpur sits at the junction of Islamic doctrinal sects divided by Taqleed
Mubarakpur, less than an hour from Azamgarh town by an autorickshaw, is a small town with not even a government-run degree college or a railway station
BJP's demand that the Election Commission deploy women police officials to check the identity of burqa-clad women in UP has touched upon an emerging issue.
BJP not our enemy, Muslims need to dispel ‘pseudo-secularist’ parties: Rashtriya Ulama Council chief
'In India, neither Hindus nor Muslims are terrorists...only the governments are terrorists,' RUC chief Maulana Aamir Rashadi tells Firstpost in an interview
The current polls in UP have ensured that political parties such as the Samajwadi Party, Congress, and the Bahujan Samaj Party used the minority card.
India will be home to world's largest Muslim population by 2050, but is the country ready for the change?
The rise of increasing overt religiosity among Muslims in India and elsewhere, the supporting role of Indian Islamic movements worldwide and the emergence of the next-generation of jihadis will likely change the character of democracies worldwide
In the ongoing UP elections, the Muslim votes for BJP might prove to be insignificant but the community's attitude towards the party are changing for sure.
Sunni Muslims are a majority but they lack education. However, right among this majority there exists a minority of Shia Muslims who are doing exceptionally well in education.
Travels of a political pilgrim: Farangi Mahal, once a bastion of Islamic education, looks to regain lost glory
Vying alongside Islamic centres of Deoband and Bareilly, Farangi Mahal has been competing for space in India's political conversation.
For more than a decade, the northern Indian town of Bareilly – the seat of the Barelvi school of Sunni Islam – has grown in prominence in national politics.
Travels of a political pilgrim: Be it Kairana, Muzaffarnagar or Aligarh, India is headed towards multiple 'Partitions'
The nature of the partition need not always be territorial. India is heading towards multiple religious partitions in the midst of its cities and regions.
Travels of a political pilgrim: How bridging religious, worldly knowledge gap can reform Muslim education
The fundamental cause of Muslim backwardness in India is rooted in division of knowledge between deeni (religious) & duniyavi (worldly) taleem (education).
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar bombing: It's worrying that Indian Urdu press allows arguments favouring mosque attacks
The jihadis who bombed the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Pakistan have found resonance in India as well. Such arguments don't startle us if they happen in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, but they being publicly discussed in the Urdu press
Travels of a political pilgrim: Should taxpayers be funding AMU’s imams, muezzins, theology department?
Intellectually, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is dead at the feet of excessive influence of Islam in its academic and social life.