By Katarzyna Rybarczyk* In the words of May Hobbs, ‘one person’s slum is another person’s community.’ This phrase finds its reflection in the case study of Tarlabaşı, often referred to as Istanbul’s oldest slum. What in minds of many is a no-go area, has become home for thousands of new arrivals in Turkey who hoped … Continue reading Tarlabaşı: Safe haven for migrants or an example of their social marginalisation?
By Anuvab Mohanty* Religious diversity at India’s corporate workplaces is complicated. Imagine, for a second, that you are a young Muslim who just entered the workforce. In your first year, you receive bonuses and sweets for Diwali and Dussehra. HR decorates offices with Christmas trees every December. However, there are no observations for the Eid … Continue reading Corporates don’t even pay lip service to promote religious diversity at workplaces
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
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
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
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
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