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Having completed more than 75 years of independent India, we are claiming that we are passing through our Amrit Kal or Golden Period. In addition, we have become the most populous country of the world. But we are still far away from being a successful and ideal society. People are still being used as cannon fodder and dumb and deaf animals.

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The Cow and the Courts: Some Strange Observations Looking beyond Statutes, Advancing Personal Views and Dogmas

A judicial officer is trained to look into all aspects of a case before him rationally and decide in accordance with the lawbooks on the table. Certainly, everyone may have some personal views and inclinations, but it is genuinely regarded that those will not derail his pen while deciding upon a matter especially involving the fundamental rights of an accused and also the broad interests of the people.


THE LOOMING FINANCIAL CATASTROPHE The US debt ceiling runs into a standoff

Arshad Shaikh examines how the possible failure to raise the debt ceiling in the United States may lead to a global economic and financial catastrophe. The American national debt has become unsustainable, and there is a standoff between the White House and Congress over the conditions to be imposed before Congress approves an increment in the debt ceiling. While the world can do little except watch the unfolding drama, the stalemate is a lesson for nations on how not to live beyond their means. Living on borrowed money cannot go on till eternity.


Delhi Marriage Registration Rule Muslim personal law excluded from its scope

In 2006, the Supreme Court issued an order directing state governments to create regulations requiring marriages to be registered as the court acknowledged the importance of keeping a record of all marriages performed under various personal laws.

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THE VANISHING RBI withdraws the ₹2000 currency note

Arshad Shaikh studies the recent announcement by the RBI to withdraw the ₹2000 currency note from circulation. While the RBI says that it is a routine exercise, many see it as one more opportunity created for the government to score brownie points before the general elections by projecting as the second surgical strike on black money. As the scars of the 2016 demonetisation are yet to heal, critics have come down hard on the decision and called it needless and creating more confusion than clarity. Sadly, very few focus on the impact of its withdrawal on the economy, which needs healing rather than strikes and blows.


Karnataka Outcome Voters reject Hindutva politics, rejuvenate Congress

Abdul Bari Masoud analyses the results of Karnataka Assembly elections and highlights how the BJP had to bit the dust and how the various factors contributed to the rejuvenation of Congress in the State.


A Comprehensive Textbook on Islamic Financial Markets

Associate Professor of Finance, IRC Finance and Digital Economy, KFUPM Business School, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Publisher: Board of Islamic Publications, D-308-A, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, India; Email: ra[email protected], Phone:+91-11-71218923 Mobile: 9990862029

The Multifaceted Concept of Culture in Islam

Most people know Pickthall only as a revert who translated the Holy Qur’ān unless they have stumbled upon his other notable works like The House of Islam and a collection of his lectures called Cultural Side of Islam or sometimes, Islamic Culture. I recently had the good fortune of reading the book. It is well edited and effectively put together comprising sound and anecdotal discussions on some interesting and underdiscussed topics related to the concept of culture of Islam, making it an engrossing read.

The True Essence of Islam – The Qur’an Speaks To You

The Quran Speaks To You, authored by Prof. Abdur Raheem Kidwai, is an erudite discussion of Islam with non-Muslims in the backdrop of bridging the yawning gulf between the Muslims and the non-Muslims, engineered through various deliberate works written by nasty and power-greedy people. As mentioned in the book, the recent acts of terrorism performed under the so-called banner of Islam have caused substantial damage to the fair image of Islam.

West Asia

Who Said BDS Has ‘Already Failed’? European Cities Boycott Apartheid Israel

A succession of events starting in Barcelona, Spain, in February, and followed in Liège, Belgium, and Oslo, Norway, in April sent a strong message to Israel: The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) is alive and well.

Erasure vs. Sumud How the Nakba Came to Define the Collective Palestinian Identity
Losing ‘Deterrence’ How Palestinian, Arab Resistance Changed Rules of War with Israel


Jamiat(M)’s 34th General Session Calls hatred and sectarianism biggest threat to the country

Abdul Bari Masoud studies the utterances made recently by Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, President Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Arshad faction) and Maulana Mahmood Madani, President Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Mahmood Madani faction) during the three-day 34th General Session of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (M) in Delhi’s Ram Lila Maidan.

Non-Religious Wars have Taken Much Heavier Toll of Lives
NSA Stresses ‘United India’, ‘Safety for All’

Ultimate Success

God is Most Appreciative of Our Good Deeds

In this age of enlightenment and advancement of science and technology, we have a jungle of books – all written by very learned authors, men and women. But none can claim that his is the final word on a given subject; for the claim made at a particular time is superseded by another such claim made equally vociferously at another time,and the process continues. But the Qur’ān is distinguished in that it is not written by a human being; it is a revealed book. God Almighty revealed His Word through Angel Gabriel to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. This is God’s Final Book confirming the teachings of God revealed to earlier Prophets. God has also revealed the Qur’ān with the Truth, the Ultimate Truth; and this Truth is one and cannot be multiple. So, this is a Divine Book, different from any other book in the world.

God Gives Man Freedom of Choice

One of the salient features of the Qur’ān is that it gives man freedom of choice. Allah does not impose His Will on man, but rather He gives him sufficient time and opportunity to understand His Message revealed to His Messenger ﷺ. This freedom of choice is in consonance with the human nature. Also, this is the Divine scheme of testing man’s worth. The Qur’ān teaches us that if man applies his wisdom, realises the Truth, vows to obey the Lord and proves his mettle, Allah promises him a blissful seat in the Paradise. On the contrary, if he follows his lusts, whims and inconsistencies and ultimately disobeys the Lord and rejects His Message, he will be punished both here and in the hereafter.

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