Shaykh Muhammad Mustafa Al-‘Azami
Professor A. R. MOMIN
Shaykh Muhammad Mustafa Al-Azami, an internationally renowned scholar of Hadith, passed away in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 20 December 2017. He was 87.
Shaykh Al-Azami was born in Mau in the Indian province of Uttar Pradesh in 1930. He graduated from India’s well-known Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in 1950. He then travelled to Egypt for further studies in Arabic and Islamic studies and obtained a “Certificate of Alimiyat” with permission to teach from Al-Azhar University in 1955. Read more
The Fear of God and Man’s Accountability to the Almighty
The fear of God and a sense of accountability to Him, one of the cardinal principles of Islam, is imbued with highly significant moral, social, economic and political implications and consequences
An eminent American sociologist W. I. Thomas (1863-1947) has formulated a highly perceptive and insightful proposition, which is known as the self-fulfilling prophecy or the Thomas theorem. The proposition, premised on what Thomas called the “definition of the situation,” says that if men define a given situation as real, it has real consequences for them. This proposition can be generalised to a wide range of perceptions, presuppositions, beliefs and moral convictions. Read more
سلسلة الـدعـوة في اليابان
الأستاذ الدكتور صالح مهدي السامرائي
Dawa Series in Japan
Prof. Dr. Salih Samarrai
Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim–Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging, Edited by Melissa Crouch (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), xx þ 345 pp. Price HB £31.99. EAN 978–0199461202.
Ongoing Muslim–Buddhist tensions in Southeast Asia may turn aggressive in the near future and lead to the rise of an Asian Islamophobia in the form of Buddhist religious nationalism. This phenomenon, already a reality in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, is spreading elsewhere. The intimidation in those states of Muslim minority communities could make the Buddhist minority communities in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei vulnerable to retaliatory Muslim ethno-racism and discrimination. The rise of religious nationalisms in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia needs to be understood against the backdrop of colonial era politics in the region which dismantled patterns of coexistence between the local Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus despite differences based in languages and affiliations. The last of the Dhammarajas of Sri Lanka Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (1780–1832) and Burma Thibaw Min (1859–1916) were exiled by the British to colonial India. The last Mughal emperor was exiled to Rangoon, Burma. They all died outside their kingdoms. The small Indo-Malay kingdoms were dismantled, which prompted many of the Southeast Asian ulema to flee, some to the Hijaz. These events shattered Muslim–Buddhist relations, which have remained largely unrepaired and a factor behind the emerging Buddhist–Muslim turmoil in Asia.1 The arguments of the essays in the book under review need to be read also against the background of local histories and networks in the Southeast Asia– Indian Ocean region as a whole. There are sectarian tensions and differences, with political and territorial effects, in the Buddhist, Muslim, and other religious communities. Read more