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Muslim men weighing in against triple talaq is encouraging

Earlier this year, a Muslim woman from Meerut, Amreen Begum, uttered the words ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’ after her husband abandoned her and her two small children. She knew that he would utter those fateful words shortly after he fled, so she pre-empted him. Many in the clergy and other organisations …

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India cabinet backs bill to criminalise Islamic instant divorce

The Indian cabinet has backed a bill that will make the Islamic practice of instant divorce a criminal offence. The bill proposes jail of up to three years for a Muslim man who indulges in the controversial practice. The government hopes to get the bill passed by parliament in the …

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Nature, Hindu-Muslim unity: Premchand would have been trolled today for the things he cared about

Premchand’s love for the countryside is evident in his fictional and non-fictional writings. He has written several extremely evocative stories such as Panchayat, Do Bail, Idgah, Atma Ram, depicting the pristine village life of simplicity, honesty and quiet contentment. In fact, his fictional corpus, if read uncritically, would lend itself to an easy binary …

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Human rights and Indian values

Dadri, Alwar and Rajsamand are names that must ring a bell for every aware Indian. In a little more than a year these have been sites where a fellow citizen has been brutally murdered by another Indian. They should be a source of deep shame to us as these were …

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Immigrants are future of America, says Frank Islam

An eminent Indian-American philanthropist has described immigrants as “the future of the United States”, which he said, is a nation of inclusion, openness, opportunity, democracy and freedom. Frank Islam made these remarks during a ceremony where some 200 foreign nationals took the oath of citizenship. Islam borrowed a quote from …

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India needs to ‘cherish and nurture’ its Muslims: Barack Obama

India needs to “cherish and nurture” its Muslim population, which is integrated and considers itself Indian, former US president Barack Obama has said. It is an idea that needs to be reinforced, he emphasised at an event of a media organisation in New Delhi on Friday. Obama touched on a …

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Donald Trump retweets anti-Muslim videos

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group rife with anti-Muslim content. The videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right and ultra-nationalist political group, depict purported Muslims assaulting people. One purported to show a group of …

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Hate speech and bigotry: Facebook creates guide for safety of Muslims online

Facebook is no place for hate, share true Islamic messages of peace, mercy and tolerance. Hyderabad: Finally, Facebook has taken the initiative of developing a safety guide for Muslims, an effort to fight against rising Islamophobia, racism in many countries. Simon Milner, Head of Policy UK at Facebook in a …

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Between Allah and I: Where Do Muslim Women in India Go to Pray?

When author and historian Rana Safvi and I went to the Aulia Masjid in Connaught Place in New Delhi, she asked if she could pray inside. We were directed to the first floor of the mosque, where a young boy – probably a madrasa student – was sitting and an …

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