Reality of sacrifice in Eid-al-Azha: There is no fantasy of symbolic act in Islam

By Dr MA Rashid*  The companions of Prophet Hazrat Muhammed Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam (Peace and blessings be upon him) asked, "What is this sacrifice(Qurbani)?" He answered that it is the Sunnah of your father Hazrat Ibrahim Alaihissalam(Peace be upon him)." This historic Qurbani incident took place about five and a quarter thousand years ago in … Continue reading Reality of sacrifice in Eid-al-Azha: There is no fantasy of symbolic act in Islam

Communal virus during Covid-19: When none was ready to feed minority migrants in Ahmedabad

Participating in a virtual seminar, Gagan Sethi, chair, Janvikas, Ahmedabad said that the Covid-19 response has brought into sharp focus how deep has communal virus seeped into the psyche across the country. Suggesting that this is not a new phenomenon, Sethi, who is a Dalit rights activist and a gender trainer, said, 2002 Gujarat riots … Continue reading Communal virus during Covid-19: When none was ready to feed minority migrants in Ahmedabad

How zakat is being harnessed to help the ones most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

By Moin Qazi* The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for several years. For Muslims, charity is a central aspect of faith and practice. In Islam, a culture of giving is interwoven into the fabric of its modes of worship and it is one of the five basic … Continue reading How zakat is being harnessed to help the ones most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

To retain vitality of plural society, imbalance between Muslims, others must be recognised, addressed

By Moin Qazi* Muslim Indians are the second-largest demographic of India. They constitute over 14% of the country's population or roughly 172 million people. India is the world‘s biggest democracy, and Indian Muslims are the world’s biggest religious minority. Muslims have considered India as their home for more than a millennium and they have become … Continue reading To retain vitality of plural society, imbalance between Muslims, others must be recognised, addressed

Why Govt schemes to modernise madrasas can’t provide quality education to poor Muslims

Excerpts from the "independent and non-sponsored" report, "A New Agenda for the Education Of Indian Muslims in the 21st Century", by John Kurrien, PhD: No discussion on the education of Muslims in contemporary India can be complete without discussing the role of madrasas. A significant contribution of the 2006 Sachar Committee Report was its frank … Continue reading Why Govt schemes to modernise madrasas can’t provide quality education to poor Muslims

NITI Aayog’s recipe for bridging gap between minorities, others through affirmative action

Excerpts from the section on minorities in the chapter “Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Other Tribal Groups and Minorities” in the recently-released NITI Aayog report, “Strategy for New India @ 75”: Minorities Objective: To bridge the gap between minority communities and the rest of the population with respect to various … Continue reading NITI Aayog’s recipe for bridging gap between minorities, others through affirmative action

Humanitarian call to those who believe in justice, peace and harmony to observe Kandhamal Day

Several civil rights activists attached with the National Solidarity Forum, Ram Puniyani, convener; Dhirendra Panda, coordinator; Ajaya Kumar Singh, founder member/ co-convener; KP Sasi, co-convener; and Kandhamal Survivors’ Association’s Manoj Nayak (coordinator), and Paul Pradhan (convener) have issued Call for Action appeal on completion of one decade of the Kandhamal carnage. Text of the appeal: … Continue reading Humanitarian call to those who believe in justice, peace and harmony to observe Kandhamal Day