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Islam and the West: British Royalty’s Inclusiveness

The West and Islam are not two separate entities. Islam has done much to shape Western civilization and given Europe and the world the fabulous example of the era of Convivencia AKBAR AHMED — I was fortunate to be in England during the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. I watched on television with millions of others, Prince Charles extend his hand to the bride and take the place of her absent father. It was symbolic of the inclusiveness of British royalty. It took me back to October 1993Read More


China Asks All Mosques To Hang National Flag In ‘Prominent Position’, Promote Spirit of Patriotism

The country is home to some 23 million Muslims, but restrictions on them are intensifying, particularly in the northwestern province of Xinjiang which is home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, where there are bans on beards and public prayers May 21, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — All Chinese mosques should raise the national flag to “promote a spirit of patriotism” among Muslims, the country’s top Islamic regulatory body has declared, as the Communist Party seeks to tighten its grip on religion. Flags should be hung in a “prominent position” in allRead More


PM Abbasi Receives a Book on ‘Subject of Great Importance and Relevance’

“The Golden Age of Andalusia can be attributed to knowledge. This legacy continues to have a positive impact on Andalusians even today.” By AKBAR AHMED: Last month, while collecting my mail in routine I received an extraordinary surprise – a personal letter from Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. In February, courtesy of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, I had sent Prime Minister Abbasi a signed copy of my new book, Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity. I sent it hoping he would receive it and perhaps read it, butRead More


Removing Hate from Sermons By Xenophobic Clerics

RAFIA ZAKARIA — It has been nearly 10 years since an angry mob raged through the streets of Gojra in the early morning hours of Aug 1, 2009. The trouble had begun the day before, Friday, when certain xenophobic clerics had incited Muslim villagers, citing rumors about the desecration of religious verses. On that grim day, around 10 Christians were burned alive. The television news footage showed houses on fire, burnt furniture scattered on the streets. Gunshots still rang out through the air; it appeared that people were shooting atRead More