In order properly to analyse these speeches, it is necessary, to have a basic understanding of Islam, its terminology and its tropes. It is also important to have an understanding of the historical context of the Qur’an (the Revelation) and the Sunna (the practice of the Prophet Muhammad) and the contemporaneous circumstances in which the Revelations were made to Muhammad (in particular, the need for Muhammad and his followers to defend themselves against physical persecution at the time). The Court heard detailed evidence from experts on Islam and read extensive materials, including the entire Qur’an and the monograph “Milestones” by the 20th Century ideologue, Sayyid Qutb.
It is common ground that Islam is a religion of peace. The Qur’an is a book of peace. The words Islam, Muslim and Salaam all share the same Arabic triconsonantal root, s-l-m, which denotes “peace”. Islam forbids extremism, including extremism in religion. Islam forbids terrorism.
The Arabic word jihad or jihad means literally “struggling” or “striving”. It has a wide variety of religious meanings in Islam including ‘spiritual struggle’. Unfortunately, the word jihad has now become synonymous in everyday language with ‘armed jihad’ or ‘holy war’.
In the case of Shakeel Begg vs the BBC, the judge read the whole Quran before deciding the case and came away with the Lahore Ahmadiyya interpretation.
National sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.
Ashraf Jehan, 56, who was serving as an additional judge at the high court in southern Sindh province, made history as she took the oath in Karachi.
Slowly but surely progress is being made in removing discrimination faced by women in Pakistan. A surprising development is the appointment of the first woman judge to the shariat court in Pakistan. This combined with the comment of the chief judge of the court that there is no discrimination in Islam against women shows progress being made.
Original Source: Brecorder
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard trouble flared between the 600 EDL supporters and 200 members of the United Against Racism movement, who were holding a counter demonstration.
Mr David Bennett, prosecuting, said police saw pages from the Koran being burnt along with a Pakistan flag while there were also abusive and racists chants from EDL supporters.
Placards were also being carried, with one reading “Our Walsall will not be part of Pakistan,” he said.
During the trouble a young Asian UAR member also made an ‘inflammatory gesture’ and EDL members surged towards police bidding to keep the protesters apart, the court was told.
The far-right group’s supporters pushed, punched and kicked out at officers who faced missiles including bricks, bottles, coins and wood broken from street furniture and tables in a nearby pub.
These EDL extremists burnt copies of the Holy Quran and the Pakistan national flag during a public demonstration in Walsall, but they only oppose radical Islam apparently…
Original Source: Birmingham Mail
A senior British judge of the Family Court has recently commented to say that a high divorce rate is putting society under pressure and it is to be discouraged. Apart from the parties involved it puts their families, especially their children, under great stress. His conclusion is that divorce should be discouraged. This exactly what the Holy Quran has said that although divorce is allowed it is disapproved.
A controversy over religious conversions that has captivated Pakistanis was resolved in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when a judge ruled that three Hindu women who converted to Islam under disputed circumstances had chosen to go with their new Muslim husbands, causing consternation among the families they left behind.
The Supreme Court had intervened in the three cases in recent weeks, sequestering the women from their parents and their new husbands to consider their future without pressure. The court ruled on Wednesday that all three had freely chosen to remain Muslim.
The decision met with heavy criticism from Hindu leaders and some rights activists, who maintained that the women were forcibly converted and that their cases would make Pakistan’s already embattled minorities even more insecure. Continue reading
Two of Allah’s attributes are Rab or master or owner of the worlds and Malik or the judge. This is the concept of accountability because a master or owner has the right to ask his employee to account for what he did and whether he damaged anything the master has given him.