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Video: Darululoom Deoband Library: Rare Books and Mushaf…WOW!

Darululoom Deoband is also referred to as Al-Azhar of South Asia. It is the most famous Islamic Scholarship institution of South Asia, and one of the famous ones in the world, with rich history and background.

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Imran Khan says US is responsible for Terrorism in Pakistan


“Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan declared the government of Pakistan a slave of the US and added that the ongoing terrorism in the country would continue until Washington stopped meddling in the internal affairs of Islamabad.” -PTI

Imran Khan said the above quote in a press conference after the twin suicide bombings at the shrine of an Islamic scholar and a sufi saint, Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh in Lahore.

The dilemma I am facing is that how come the anti-muslim, the neo-con, Islamophobic, American Supremacist element has given complete impunity to Imran Khan!! I mean that is pretty freaky. What is going on behind the scenes??? Places where ZakirNaik (a Muslim Telepreacher) gets banned, Imran Khan has Freedom!!!! How Come???

Imran Khan has given countless statements regarding the Pak-US relations that can qualify him to be labelled as Anti-American by the american Right. However, I have not come across any opposition to him in this respect. Where criticizing American policy of drones attack in Pakistan, and opposing military escalation in Afghanistan can cause Continue reading

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My rant on New York Times “Iran Executes Sunni Rebel Leader” News

I came across this news published by the New York Times “Iran Executes Sunni Rebel Leader” on June 20th, 2010.

This news report is just the most pathetic reporting I have ever noticed so far. I have criticized about some News reporting here and here but this breaks the record of all those posts.

Jundullah is a Terrorist group. If the Iranian government hanged the leader of the Jundullah, why the entire NY Times article did not mention him and the organization to be Terrorist?

Jundullah is accused by Iran and the rightist section of Pakistan to be funded by America. There is no proof of that but the terrorist acts by Jundullah are many and on the basis of which it is considered to be Terrorist organization.

Jundullah mostly targets Iran and Pakistan and sabotages their relationship and that is for a fact. So I am left wondering why the NY Times chose to leave this important fact about the group? Is it because it poses no threat to “The West” and that it does not target NATO forces in the region? I just don’t get the reason.

Even worst, after excluding the fact that Jundullah is a terrorist organization, NY Times article chose to mention that the leader, Abdul-Malik Rigi, is a Sunni. What Mr. A.M.Rigi being Sunni has to do with anything?? Does this information is mentioned because Iran is a Shiite Muslim state? I think so that is precisely the reason. This reasoning of mine gets even stronger if we put it in perspective- A Sunni Rebel leader got executed by the Shiite government and that Jundullah is a group that attacks the government in a province where Sunnis are in minorities in a Shiite dominated State.‘ A lot is wrong with this info “Sunni” ! by putting things in perspective the reasoning becomes clearer.

Jundullah is a threat to the Pak-Iran relationship. Where Jundullah gets fundings from, that is of no concern to me. Based on its terrorist attacks, bombings, target killings and kidnappings of key people, Jundullah is considered and classifies as a Terrorist organization and both- Iran and Pakistan consider it to be so. Rigi being a Sunni is totally irrelevant and mentioning of it shows how ignorant NY Times is that it chose to omit the fact of it being Terrorist and chose to include “Sunni Leader” as an important info!

Great job New York Times and Nazila Fathi.

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Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to Pakistan- Part 1

Mr General Retired Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to the Pakistani Politics for the next national elections. He has announced that he wants to provide the 3rd option to the Pakistani people with strong leadership.

Source: swingstateofmind.com

With the incompetency of the present Pakistani administration, and the resulting deterioration of the Pakistani society, Musharraf’s announcement has fulfilled his fan’s hopes. However, there is a concern among many others. The tenure of Musharraf as the dictator of Pakistan was not the era of idealism in the history of Pakistan as Musharraf might have envisioned. His idealism of Enlightened Modernism came back to hound him and led to his resignation in order to avoid the legal consequences of trashing the Pakistani constitution.

That history aside, I have my own concerns. I liked Pervez Musharraf when he took over Pakistan in a bloodless coup in 1999 and I still do for his personality. He has the leadership skills but his ideals and principles are very worrisome.

If Musharraf would run for the Presidency of Pakistan, people will vote him (actually his party) for his personality not for his (or his party’s) ideals. This is the mental plague the Pakistani people are facing today. The problems of Pakistan will never resolve if this mentality of hero-worship continues. People of Pakistan should look at the ideals & principles of the man and party before they vote.

His Values & Principles:

A] His ideals include Enlightened Moderation:-

In the words of Pervez Musharraf:
“The world has been going through a tumultuous period since the dawn of the 1990s, with no sign of relief in sight. The suffering of the innocents, particularly my brethren in faith — the Muslims — at the hands of militants, extremists and terrorists has made it all the more urgent to bring order to this troubled scene. In this spirit, I would like to set forth a strategy I call Enlightened Moderation.” The Washington Post June 1st 2004, A23.
He explained back in 2004 that this strategy is two-fold. First are the Muslims and that they have to shun violence, and extremism and that they need to be moderate in Islam. The second part of the strategy is the West, especially the United States that it needs to deal the issues of global politics with justice.

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Seymour Hersh says that American troops are carrying out Battlefield Executions

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says that US forces in Afghanistan are carrying out what he referred to as “battlefield executions” of prisoners.

To read more click at The Huffington Post.

This is interesting. In the second video Seymour Hersh raises some very important points that are not addressed by the US politicians and the policy makers nor by the US media!!!

Video One:

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Now Fighting ON the Name of God: Malaysia’s Ban on Christians using “Allah” for God! Why such conflict?

The debate over Malaysian Christians using the word “Allah” for God is in the court and on the streets of Malaysia. In the starting of this year, Malaysian court over ruled the 2007 ban on Malaysian Christians from using the word “Allah” when translating their Christian English Newspaper (or magazine) Herald to Malaysian languages and using “Allah” for God in the Bible Translations. After 3-4 days of overrule by the court, the Home Ministry of Malaysia appealed the court’s decision.  The public uproar and worst, the sad result of 9 Churches either being burned, or cocktail bombed is just pathetic.

So what is this issue of “Allah,” why some Malaysian Muslims are claiming that Allah is a “Muslim God”, and why Malaysian Christians want to use the word “Allah” for God??? It is necessary to understand the importance of the word “Allah,” its understanding in Islam; and the Malaysian history regarding Christians and Muslims and the way this debate has become a point of tension.

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