Speedy justice?

Ambreen Kazmi highlights one reason why some locals in the FATA region of Pakistan are favoring Taliban rule over the prevailing system.

One of the reasons provided for emergence of Taliban in Khyber agency and Swat has been narrated as that the locals of these regions were not satiated with the justice system introduced after 1969. Thus, locals began to support the group that supported enforcement of old justice system.

It is reported that Taliban in Mohmand agency have settled a long lasting dispute amid Masud and Gurbaz, the sub-tribes of this agency. The dispute was over the distribution of mining rights of Ziarat marble amongst these sub-tribes. The five years old contention had caused billion of rupees loss to the local contractors and the government. Local contractors affiliated with this business reported that government had failed to settle the conflict but with the mediation of local Taliban, the issue was resolved.

To Lionise Former Extremists is Injustice on Moderates

Ziauddin Sardar in an excellent article protesting the lionisation of Ed Husain, a self proclaimed former extremist.

[...] When erstwhile sinners gain the limelight, the support of neocon luminaries and the backing of respectable Muslim leaders, sinning acquires a certain cachet. We prove again that radical extremism is the way to get attention. We make flirtation with violent ideology the way to be heard and become acceptable.

The embrace of former extremists is a slap in the face for Muslims who have worked tirelessly to build a British Muslim identity and foster inclusion by constructive community activity. It’s another attempt at the marginalisation of the overwhelming majority who never had a moment’s doubt that Islam gives no sanction for such murderous and misguided perversion of belief.

(Emphasis mine.)

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Fasting During Rajab & Honor Killings

Imam Zaid explains some of the evidences for and against the practice of fasting during the month of Rajab:

Historically, one of the virtuous religious practices of Muslims is voluntary fasting during the month of Rajab. Unfortunately, there are a growing number of Muslims that consider this practice a blameworthy innovation. The following discussion, taken from Lata’if al Ma’rif fi ma li Mawasim al-‘Amm min al-Wadha’if (The Subtleties of Knowledge Concerning the Religious Duties Associated with Each Month of the Year), by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, helps to shed light on this increasingly contentious issue.

Whatever your view, i’d like everyone to take special note of the penultimate paragraph [emphasis mine]:

On the other hand, fasting during Rajab, or any month other than Ramadan, is not an obligation. Therefore, those choosing not to fast, rather they substantiate their position with some of the narrations mentioned above or not, should be respected for their choice.

You heard the man!

While i’m here, i’d also like to highlight another entry from Imam Zaid, written in July, about the impermissibility of ‘honor killings’ in Islam:

One of the gravest charges levied against Islam, in terms of its alleged antipathy towards women, is the charge that it encourages a phenomenon known as honor killings. This un-Islamic practice consists of the murder of female family members who are seen as dishonoring their families through real or perceived acts, such as premarital sexual relations or unapproved dating. This practice has absolutely no sanction in the Qur’an, the Prophetic practice, or in the evolved systems of Islamic law.