Tag: Islam

Iqbal: The Reluctant Feminist

Iqbal apologists always suggest that Iqbal wanted the women to have all the rights granted to them in the shariah: how revolutionary is that? It is the job of a philosopher to think on the edge of thought, to go beyond what custom and tradition permit. I started reading Iqbal in eighth grade. Since then,…

Mullahs in Nation-Building

By and large, after the Zia-ul-Haq years, we have totally conceded the public sphere to the mullahs: you cannot think the nation without running into one or the other bizarre articulations of the nation by one or the other mullah. There is no doubt in my mind that when Mr. Jinnah mobilized the Muslim identity…

Review, Transforming Faith, By Sohomjit Ray

Transforming Faith: The Story of Al-Huda and Islamic Revivalism among Pakistani Women. Sadaf Ahmad. New York: Syracuse UP, 2009. 227 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8156-3209-2. Sadaf Ahmad’s Transforming Faith is the first important study of Al-Huda, an Islamic revivalist movement with a large following among women in Pakistan. While it is not uncommon to find Islamic religious…

Hate Speech, Mullahs and the Pakistani Public

While we all have responded in different ways to the recent murders of Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, we also need to push for the regulation, definition, and prosecution of hate-speech so freely aired by the mullahs. In a recent set of Friday sermons recorded by activists associated with Mashal Books, one aspect of this…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (9): Maulana Muhammad Nawaz

(From Mashal Books) Speaker: Maulana Muhammad Nawaz Location: Jamia Masjid Ahle Hadith Chanchalwal, Faisalabad Sect: Ahle Hadith Language: Punjabi Time: June 2010 Audio: [audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/02/Maulana-Muhammad-Nawaz11.mp3|titles=Maulana Muhammad Nawaz1] Transcript: Don’t go near a place declared out of bounds by the Prophet PBUH. And when he orders you to do something act on it with all your heart.…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (8): Maulana Muhammad Mukhtar

(From Mashal Books) Speaker: Maulana Muhammad Mukhtar Location: Jamia Masjid Anwar Madina, Narang Mandi, Sheikhupura Sect: Barelvi Language: Urdu Time: June 2010 Audio: Partial Clip: [audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/02/Maulana-Muhammad-Mukhtar1.mp3|titles=Maulana Muhammad Mukhtar] Full Audio Clip: (Follow this link) Transcript: Says Abu Bakr Farsi Shafei: the punishment for the insulter of the Prophet PBUH is death. There is no other…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (7): Maulana Muhammad Yasin

(From Mashal Books) Speaker: Maulana Muhammad Yasin Location: Jamia Masjid Ahle Hadith, Chakwal Sect: Ahle Hadith Language: Punjabi Time: June 2010 Audio Partial Clip:[audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/02/Maulana-M.-Yasin1.mp3|titles=Maulana M. Yasin] Full Audio Clip: Click Here. Transcript: At the time of the Battle Uhud, Khalid bin Walid was not yet a Muslim. He was a clever military commander. Khalid said…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (6): Maulana Nasrullah Khan

(From Mashal Books) Speaker: Maulana Nasrullah Khan Location: Jamia Masjid Umar Farooq, Chichawatni, Sahiwal Sect: Deobandi Language: Punjabi Time: June 2010 Audio: [audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/01/Maulana-Nasrullah-Khan1.mp3|titles=Maulana Nasrullah Khan] Transcript: Whoever does not acknowledge/believe in the Quran will be humiliated in this world and the Hereafter. Allah says namaz saves you from shamelessness and bad deeds. The point to…

Pakistani Ulama and Their Rhetoric (5): Maulana Abdur Rauf

(From Mashal Books) Speaker: Maulana Abdur Rauf Location: Jamia Masjid Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, Sukheki Mandi, Hafizabad Sect: Deobandi Language: Urdu/Punjabi Time: June 2010 [audio:http://www.thepakistanforum.net-content/uploads/2011/01/Maulana-Abdul-Rauf1.mp3|titles=Maulana Abdul Rauf] Transcript: The man who believes in Allah is protected by Him. Anyone who humbles himself in the way of Allah will be rewarded with high stature in the…