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Israel & Sri Lankan Islamophobia

By Izeth Hussain – The attacks against this writer practically every week, which have gone on relentlessly over a very long period, have evidently been meant to stop this writer’s articles from being published. But the articles continue to be published in the Island, the Colombo Telegraph (CT), and the Sri Lanka Guardian and there […]

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The Islamic Hijab & Veil

By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan – A Quiet Revolution (Yale University Press, 2011) is by Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian-American; Professor of Divinity at Harvard University. Unless otherwise made explicit, what follows is from this study. The work’s focus is mainly from the 20th century onwards, with much of the reference being related to Egypt (to a […]

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Ugly Head Of Islamic Radicalization Continues To Terrorize Kattankudy

The ugly head of Islamic radicalization which has been plaguing Kattankudy for many years, has once again raised its head to terrorize innocent civilians in the area, with the latest incident seeing several people severely injured due to a clash between two groups, including the radical Thawheed Jamath, where the groups attacked each other with […]

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Trump’s Gift To Anti-Muslim Bigotry & Islamist Extremism

By Ameer Ali – President Donald Trump’s executive order to suspend (temporarily) Muslim migrants from selected Muslim majority countries is manna to the Islamist extremists and to the anti-Muslim bigots. On the one hand the stock of suicide bombers and would be martyrs in the Islamist camp will swell further while on the other the […]

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Muslim Women’s Lib & Liberal Islam – Part III

By Izeth Hussain – A point to be noted and emphasized is that the hadiths came to be questioned not only after the four schools of law – those of Abu Hanifa, Shafi, Malik, and ibn Hanbal – were adopted as integral parts of orthodox Islam. They were questioned by one of the four legists […]

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Muslim Women’s Lib & Liberal Islam – Part II

By Izeth Hussain – The abrogated verses of the Koran arising out of contradictions between verses are not negligible in number but are very substantial: according to one estimate they concern as much as 71 out of 114 Suras (Chapters) in the Koran. The question of abrogation has proved to be highly controversial. Most Christians, […]

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Muslim Women’s Lib & Liberal Islam

By Izeth Hussain – The women’s lib (liberation) movement, which in the West had been gathering momentum in the first half of the twentieth century, became much more dynamic and also acquired a global spread in the second half. That is true as a generalization, but the Islamic world as a whole has been an […]

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Healing The Wounds Of Racism: Lessons From The Holy Prophet Of Islam

By Lukman Harees – As another birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet of Islam (OWBP) dawns, there are no signs of the well-orchestrated Islamophobic campaign launched on a global plane abating, with many far right groups taking the lead in many countries exploiting this trend to make political gains. In these challenging times, what are […]

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SLTJ’s MMDA Protest And (Un-Islamic) Abusive Criticism

By Mohamed Harees – ‘You who believe! show integrity for the sake of Allah, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to taqwa. Fear [and respect] Allah. Allah is aware of what you do’. ~ (Quran : Surat al-Maida, 8) […]

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Men Who Imposed Islamic Shariah Law And Lashed Woman For Infidelity Remanded

Four Muslim men from Puttalam were remanded till November 2 by the Puttalam District Judge after they were arrested on charges that they had lashed a woman 100 times. The men, had imposed the Islamic Shariah law themselves against the woman, on charges that she had committed infidelity. The men had asked the 25 year […]

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