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Tracing the Roots of Religious Extremism – Dr Tahir Kamran

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Tracing the Roots of Religious Extremism – Dr Tahir Kamran

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Pervez Hoodbhoy – Tracing the Roots of Religious Extremism

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Pervez Hoodbhoy – Tracing the Roots of Religious Extremism

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Myanmar Muslims Always Faithful to Islam

July 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Myanmar’s Muslims who reside in the Rakhine State have always remained faithful to their religious identity and that has challenged the Buddhist leaders of Myanmar who have adopted an American identity, a political analyst said. 
 Myanmar Muslims Always Faithful to Islam

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – French political analyst and professor emeritus of University of Toulouse Pierre Dortiguier said Muslims in Myanmar have maintained their identity and protect their religion like a lasting heritage, adding that it has apprehended the Buddhist leaders of the country who have replaced their religious identity with an American identity.

“That is why they have supported or at least remained silent over the killing of Muslims in the country.”

He said Buddhist leaders work as American propagators and, like their masters, can not see the power of Islam and Muslims in the world.

Asked about the reason behind the silence of Arab countries over the massacre of Muslims in Myanmar, Dortiguier said Arab states have always had a contradictory political behavior. “It is not the first time these countries and the Arab League remain silent over the killing of Muslims. In fact, they lack geopolitical knowledge.”

He said Arab countries try to avoid anything that might bring about the resentment of the US and Britain.

Pointing to the US policies vis-à-vis Muslim countries, the political analyst said, “American leaders’ policy is that any country or group that acts against Washington’s views should be undermined or sidelined politically. But Muslims, by following the teachings of the Quran, have learned that they should stand up against oppression, injustice and colonialism and it is this resistance that has angered the arrogant powers.”

He said these powers have failed to weaken Muslims and are now trying to take ‘Western Islam’ to Islamic and Arab countries in order to change Muslims’ identity gradually. “When his policy also fails, they adopt the policy of silence and news boycott of the massacre of Muslims.”

Dortiguier noted that Western countries misuse the lack of democracy in Mynamar to impose their policies on the country. “For years, Western powers have made a lot of hype in political circles about lack of democracy in Myanmar.”

He referred to Britain’s support for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as an example of this, adding that Suu Kyi has always enjoyed the support of the British embassy in Myanmar without doing anything practical for her country.

Professor emeritus of University of Toulouse further criticized the stance of Buddhists over the killing of Muslims, saying that Buddhism advocates peace and Muslims and Buddhists peacefully coexists in many Asian countries. “However, what we are witnessing in Myanmar today is the result of Buddhist leaders’ mistake and their following of US policies.”


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Australian judiciary allows opening the biggest house of prostitution

July 24, 2012 Leave a comment
In a very weird development, the Australian judiciary allowed opening the biggest house of prostitution in the country, after the project was rejected, yet not for moral concerns, but … 
 Australian judiciary allows opening the biggest house of prostitution(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – In a very weird development, the Australian judiciary allowed opening the biggest house of prostitution in the country, after the project was rejected, yet not for moral concerns, but out of fear that it can wipe out any form of competition in this domain.The municipal authorities rejected the project last September, considering that the huge size of this house of prostitution could wipe out any form of competition in this sector.

The court judge who ruled in favor of this project claimed that the sex institutions are legitimate and any moral objection is out of place.


Such a step is extremely dangerous, although some might regard it as social liberation… However, prostitution is rejected and forbidden in all the heavenly religions, customs and values, and no human of a healthy mind and body can ever accept it. The act of prostitution degrades and demeans the woman who turns into some sort of a commodity owned by man, and a means for satiating his desires in return of little cheap money, not to mention the other repercussions and problems, including the worldwide spread of white slavery, where poverty in several locations in the world would be exploited to trade with women and force and coerce them into working in prostitution through violence and crime…

All those concerned with such issues ought to reconsider their decisions by spreading awareness on their demerits and repercussions on the human society…

Prostitution, in Islam, is absolutely forbidden, and it is referred to in the Quran as fornication.  In this context and in his interpretation to the following Quranic Ayah: “(As for) the fornicatress and the fornicator, flog each of them, (giving) a hundred stripes,” (24:02), His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), says that the reason for this punishment is that they [the fornicatress and the fornicator] have deviated from the social rule that Allah wanted all the sexual relation to be subjected to, so as to guarantee that the inclinations of the innate nature are controlled and its needs are satisfied.

It also makes the pure innermost sense feel that it is a need to make life head towards a balanced goal and not that it is a value in which all man’s whims and desires accumulate… Allah based the family system on this rule which regards the marriage contract as a condition to insure the legitimacy of the relation between the man and the woman, in what is imposed by the mutuality of the rights and obligations on the bases of amiability and human mercy.

The issue of adultery is no longer an individual situation in which man responds to his personal whims or instinctive desires by which he succumbs to his sexual feelings to be able to consider it a mere incidental mistake that man commits and expects to be pardoned for it. Rather, it is an issue of rebellion against the structure of the social system, which renders any fault resulting from this deviation or the other a fault that endangers social safety. Thus, Allah wanted to give this issue its real size that reaches the level of a crime, so He made the punishment of adultery for both the fornicator and fornicatress a hundred whips, if they were both, or at least one of them, not married…

However, if the adulterer or adulteress were both, or one of them, married, then their punishment is stoning as made clear by the prophetic Sunnah whether by stating or executing the punishment. Then, this judgment was passed and executed by the Islamic ruler without any objection, which means that it was very clear that it became a jurisprudential axiom.

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Muslim killings continuing in Burma: Amnesty International

July 24, 2012 1 comment


London: Amnesty International has claimed that communal violence is continuing in western Burma six weeks after the government declared a state of emergency, with much of it directed at minority Muslim Rohingyas who have been beaten, raped and killed, media reported on Friday. According to reports, the rights group accused both security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists of carrying out fresh attacks against Rohingyas, who are regarded as foreigners by the ethnic majority and denied citizenship by the government because it considers them illegal settlers from neighbouring Bangladesh. After a series of isolated killings starting in late May, bloody skirmishes spread quickly across much of Burma’s coastal Rakhine state. The government declared a state of emergency on 10 June, deploying troops to quell the unrest and protect both mosques and monasteries. Authorities said that at least 78 people had been killed and thousands of homes of both Buddhists and Muslims either burned down or destroyed. Violence in the past six weeks has been “primarily one-sided, with Muslims generally and Rohingyas specifically the targets and victims”, Benjamin Zawacki, a Bangkok-based researcher for Amnesty, told the Associated Press. “Some of this is by the security forces’ own hands, some by Rakhine Buddhists, with the security forces turning a blind eye in some cases.” Officials from Burma’s government could not immediately be reached for comment. Amnesty also said that security forces, including the police and the army, had detained hundreds of Rohingyas. “While the restoration of order, security, and the protection of human rights is necessary, most arrests appear to have been arbitrary and discriminatory, violating the rights to liberty and to freedom from discrimination on grounds of religion,” Amnesty said in a statement. The violence, which reached its bloodiest point in June, constituted some of the country’s deadliest sectarian bloodshed in years and raised international concerns about the fate of the Rohingyas inside Burma. The Burmese president, Thein Sein, said earlier this month the solution to ethnic enmity in Rakhine state was to either send the Rohingyas to a third country or have the United Nations refugee agency look after them. The UNHCR chief, Antonio Guterres, said, however, it was not his agency’s job to resettle the Rohingyas. Bangladesh also denies the Rohingyas citizenship, arguing that they have been living in Burma for centuries and should be recognised as citizens there instead. The UN estimates that 800,000 Rohingyas live in Burma. Thousands attempt to flee every year to Bangladesh, Malaysia and elsewhere, trying to escape a life of abuse that rights groups say includes forced labour, violence against women and restrictions on movement, marriage and reproduction that breed anger and resentment. Amnesty called on Burma to accept Rohingyas as citizens, something the government has staunchly opposed because it does not consider them an ethnic group native to Burma. “Under international human rights law and standards, no one may be left or rendered stateless,” Zawacki said. “For too long Myanmar’s [Burma’s] human rights record has been marred by the continued denial of citizenship for Rohingyas and a host of discriminatory practices against them.”
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Economic profits hush West over Muslim plight in Burma

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment
The West has turned a blind eye to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in an attempt to maintain its economic interests in the Asian country’s lucrative market, a political analyst says. 
Economic profits hush West over Muslim plight in Burma

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – “The Rohingyas are currently undergoing one of the most violent episodes of their history, and their suffering is one of the most pressing issues anywhere in the world,” Ramzy Baroud wrote in an article.

“Yet their plight is suspiciously absent from regional and international priorities, or is undercut by giddiness over the country’s ample resources of hydrocarbons, minerals, gems and timber,” the analyst pointed out.

Over a dozen Muslims were killed on June 3 when a mob of ethnic Rakhines, who are mostly Buddhist, attacked a passenger bus in the Rakhine state in the west of the country that borders Bangladesh.

Over the past two years, throngs of ethnic Muslims have attempted to flee by boats in the face of systematic oppression by the government.

Baroud lashed out at the world’s mainstream media for their “passing and dispassionate coverage” of the Rohingyas’ ordeal, noting that such media blackout takes place against the backdrop of the minority group’s struggles “to escape imminent death, torture or arrest at the hands of the Ethnic Buddhist Rakhine majority, which has the full support of the Myanmar government.”

The analyst also slammed the Myanmarese pro-democracy groups, particularly Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, for “staying on fence” and “sidestepping the hot-button issue.”

Baroud argued that the violent targeting of Burmese minorities arrived at a time when the US and Britain have called off their pro-democracy campaign against the country’s junta.

The West’s silence over the bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims comes as “Western companies jumped into Myanmar” in an attempt “to offset the near-exclusive Chinese influence over the Myanmar economy,” the writer said.

The analyst went on to say that the Western businesses’ “race for Myanmar” was ushered in following US President Barak Obama’s recent lifting of the ban on American investment in the country and Britain’s opening of a trade office in Rangoon on July 11.

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein insists that Rohingya Muslims must be expelled from the country and sent to refugee camps run by the United Nations.

Myanmar’s current government, run by military figures and accused of massive rights abuses, refuses to recognize nearly-one-million-strong Rohingya Muslims community, which the UN calls one of the world’s most prosecuted people.

Myanmar claims the Rohingya are not native and classify them as illegal migrants although they have lived in the country for generations.


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Amnesty International: Abuses against Myanmar Muslims erode human rights progress

July 23, 2012 2 comments
Amnesty international has slammed the increasing human rights abuses and arbitrary detention of Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. 
 Amnesty International: Abuses against Myanmar Muslims erode human rights progress(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – “It is the duty of security forces to defend the rights of everyone – without exception or discrimination – from abuses by others, while abiding by human rights standards themselves,” said Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International’s Myanmar Researcher.He added that the declaration of a state of emergency in the country does not allow the Myanmar government to “commit human rights violations,”

The group accused both security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddists of increasing attacks on the Rohingya Muslims, killing, rape, arbitrary detention of Muslims and destroying their properties, urging the Myanmarese authorities to put an end to the violent actions.

“While the restoration of order, security, and the protection of human rights is necessary, most arrests appear to have been arbitrary and discriminatory, violating the rights to liberty and to freedom from discrimination on grounds of religion,” Amnesty said.

A Myanmar government spokesman, however, claimed what the rights group said was “totally opposite of what is happening on the ground” and the area is calm.

Reports say 650 Rohingya Muslims were killed as of June 28 alone during clashes in the western region of Rakhine. This is while 1,200 others are missing and 80,000 more have been displaced.

The UN says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and withholding land rights, education and public services.

Myanmar government does not recognize Rohingyas Muslims and has denied citizenship to them, claiming that they are illegal migrants.

Large groups of Rohingyas have already sailed to neighboring Bangladesh, many of whom have died during the journey. The Bangladeshi government, however, deports Rohingyas calling them illegal migrants and the UN refugee center says it will not accept Rohingya Muslims as it is not interested in more refugees.

On Friday, Dhaka said Myanmar must adopt measures to take back some 500,000 Rohingya Muslims who have sought refuge in Bangladesh to avoid being persecuted.

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