Tending to the welfare of the less fortunate is a very important tradition during Ramadan

By Moin Qazi* O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain Taqwa [God-consciousness]  –  (The Qur’an, Al-Baqarah: 183) Religious fasting traditions- from Ramadan to Ekadasi to Yom Kippur and Lent -are meant to relieve believers from unburden believers from day-to-day compulsions, helping … More Tending to the welfare of the less fortunate is a very important tradition during Ramadan

In 2017 Indian authorities often didn’t prosecute cow vigilantes for violence mainly against Muslims

Executive summary of the “India 2017 international religious freedom report”*, released by the US department of state: The constitution provides for freedom of conscience and the right of all individuals to freely profess, practice, and propagate religion; mandates a secular state; requires the state to treat all religions impartially; and prohibits discrimination based on religion. … More In 2017 Indian authorities often didn’t prosecute cow vigilantes for violence mainly against Muslims

Fear grips Assam as names of lakhs of Indians could be dropped from National Register of Citizens

By Aman Wadud* In a particularly dangerous twist to the citizenship controversy in Assam, lakhs of Indians could lose their legitimate citizenship when their names are excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC). A new order issued by the NRC authorities could lead to the exclusion of even legitimate Indian citizens from the NRC … More Fear grips Assam as names of lakhs of Indians could be dropped from National Register of Citizens

Attacks on minorities in the guise of cattle protection are meant to divide people on communal lines

A Fact-Finding Team under the banner of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA) visited Bharatpur, Alwar, Rajsamand and Udaipur in Rajasthan on 6th and 7th January, 2018 to look into the increasing incidents of lynching and attacks in the name of “Gau-Raksha” (Cow Protection), encounter killings, deliberate communal polarization and attacks on Muslims in the state. The … More Attacks on minorities in the guise of cattle protection are meant to divide people on communal lines

Institute judicial commission of inquiry for the January 26 communal flareup in Kasganj, UP

The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) fact-finding report on communal clashes in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh: Following the reports of the communal clashes and tension in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, a team of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) visited the area. The team consisted of Vimal Bhai, National Convener (Uttarakhand), Sudha, Afroze Jahan (from UP) … More Institute judicial commission of inquiry for the January 26 communal flareup in Kasganj, UP

Publish white paper on subsidies given to all types of pilgrims, as also to religious functions and spots

The Minority Coordination Committee (MCC), Gujarat, has sent a letter* to the Union Home Ministry, on how efforts are being made by certain interested quarters to divide people on religious lines following the Government of India’s decision to stop the Haj subsidy. Text of the letter: As we already know, 2 days back the Government … More Publish white paper on subsidies given to all types of pilgrims, as also to religious functions and spots

A systematic attempt is on to brand the entire Muslim community in Mewat region as criminal

A fact-finding team* under the banner of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA) visited Bharatpur, Alwar, Rajsamand and Udaipur in Rajasthan on January 6-7 to ascertain facts regarding increasing attacks in the name of Gau-Raksha, campaign and attacks in the name of love jehad and the state’s failure in maintaining law and order.  A group of media … More A systematic attempt is on to brand the entire Muslim community in Mewat region as criminal