If I were a faqih, or a certified graduate in Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), I would have issued this fatwa (edict): When it is not necessary to oppose, it is necessary not to oppose.

By opposing efforts to refurbish what they teach, madrassas or Muslim religious schools are bleeding us with a self-inflicted wound. Read more

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Why “They Call Me Muslim”, I have often been asked. How about “They Call Me Indian” instead? What if someone were to write under a competing title, “They Call Me Hindu”?

At times, the query may have popped out of naivety, but mostly, there seems to be a question behind the question. Read more

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Israel evokes varying degrees of hostility in the Muslim world because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, a sea change in India’s relations with Israel has taken place, as we become Israel’s closest ally in Asia. What Indian Muslims should make of this, I thought, as I saw fenced-off Palestinian homes just outside Jerusalem? Read more

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Five decades or so after it saw the light of day, the Indian Constitution towers like a monolith over our vast, undulated political landscape, holding us together and reining us in as we tend to stray. 

Just a few months ago, we were puzzling over where we were headed. Our shared destinies increasingly looked irreconcilable. Our common goalposts appeared to be shifting apart by miles before the light suddenly dawned in the form the Election 2009 results.   Read more

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We as Indian Muslims are struggling to remain who we are — Indian Muslims. I am sorry to see so many people treat the term “Indian-Muslim” as the greatest oxymoron of our time. Don’t tell me that I am ‘only Muslim’. I am ‘also a Muslim’. I am also sorry to hear that we only wear our religion on our sleeves; that we fail to integrate and mainstream ourselves; and that we are not loyal enough. That’s done and over. We only have to look at our society with blinkers off. Mainstreaming is done. Assimilation is over. Loyalty is established. Read more

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