Understanding Religious Radicalization Issues, Threats and Early Warnings in Kashmir Valley

By Arjimand Hussain Talib Columnist/Writer, Srinagar, J&K IDSA Issue Brief No.149, May 2010 Kashmir Valley has often been celebrated as one of the living ideals of syncretic traditions, where various religious beliefs have peacefully co-existed and flourished alongside for centuries. However, the Valley’s history has also witnessed periods when all major religions have competed for political and social supremacy. Religion has been employed as an instrument for political domination, both by political and religious leaders and institutions. The political turmoil in the post-1930s period has often witnessed periods of religious…

Growing up in a Muslim ‘Ghetto’: An Insider’s Look and an Outsider’s Perspective

By Shaikh Saliq, News18.com Dated:April 10,2018 The year is 2008. A series of five low-intensity blasts bring the national capital to its knees, killing nearly 30 people. Six days later, on September 19, two young men are killed in a swift encounter with the police in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar – a Muslim majority neighbourhood. Suddenly, the suburb famous for its street food becomes the ‘hub of terrorists’ for the media. What follows is a witch-hunt against Muslim boys in the area. The Delhi Police arrests many. Jamia Millia Islamia University,…

Peace activists need to focus on the pluralistic teachings of the Prophet of Peace (SAW)

By WordForPeace.com Correspondent  “Peace in the world is only possible by acting on noble teachings of the Prophet of Peace (SAW). Peace activists need to focus on the pluralistic teachings of the Prophet of Peace (Salallahu alaihi wasallam)”. This was stated by founder & president of All India Ulema & Mashaikh Board “Syed Asharaf Mia Kachochwi” who came to Kolkotta to participate in an Islamic conference. Quoting from the Hadith of the holy Prophet, he said: “If your neighbour is not safe from your harm, you can not reach the degree…

The mainstream Sunnis (Ahle Sunnat) are not Wahhabis; They are against Takfirism, Kharjism, Violent Extremism

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, WordForPeace.com The world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, reported that an international Islamic conference was organised in Grozny, a city in Chechnya with more than 100 top Muslim clerics from all around the world. The agenda was to take an uncompromising stand against the growing Takfiri terrorism that is playing havoc across the world. The globally renowned Sunni Islamic scholars and clergy unanimously took a stand that the Takfiri terrorists, who loudly claim to belong to ‘Sunni’ Islam, are not from among the Ahlus Sunnah (the Islamic terminology…