Activists of the Arab world : Between “reward” and oblivion… (09/10/11)

Malika HAMIDI This year, and for the first time of its history, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to three emblematic figures “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian and first elected feminine Head of State in Africa,

Excision in Europe : confusion and responsibilities

Malika HAMIDI On the 6th of February 2012, the International Day of “Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation”, the whole world is mobilized with hope and determination to eliminate once and for all the practice of excision, wrongfully attributed to Islam. Although Muslim communities have condemned and legislated against this practice with conviction, in the

The Family Structure in the Balkans, Problems and Good Examples

Sehija DEDOVIC (Download the full version of this article at the bottom of the page) Summary This paper will present the situation in the Muslim family in the Balkans, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The biggest challenges that these families are facing today are increased divorce rates, very high unemployment rates as well as war caused

O you who believe turn to Allah with sincere repentance

Mustapha MEGAWER “O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance.”(The Holy Quran) “By Allah I seek Allah’s forgiveness and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.”(Imam Bukhari) In the Holy Quran Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says,“And We took the Children of Israel across the sea, and Pharaoh with his

The European : Interview with Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan A conversation with Tariq Ramadan about freedom of speech, the legacy of the Arab Spring, and Western misconceptions about Islam. Interview by Lars Mensel and Clemens Lukitsch. The European: The recent movie depicting the prophet Muhammed caused a diplomatic crisis, as Muslims in many countries took to the streets in protest. Do you

September, 11 2011 : Daring to be free

Tariq RAMADAN Ten years ago. Time flies. I remember the images, my reactions : shock, near denial. “It’s crazy, it can’t be !” A few days later Time magazine invited me to talk about the relationship between such violence and Islam. I remember having said, clearly : “As so many other observers, I have questions

Behind the “Burqa Ban” (English/Spanish)

Naima BOUTELDJA (This article is also available in spanish. Check out the links at the bottom of the page.) The media frenzy over the full-face veil ban in France is the latest political maneuver by the Sarkozy government looking to frame the presence and visibility of ethnic minorities, be they Muslims or more recently the

Religious Education in Public Schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina…

Ahmet ALIBASIC Religious Education in Public Schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina:Towards a Model Supporting Coexistence and Mutual Understanding (Download the complete article at the bottom of the page) Executive Summary This paper is an attempt to define the status of religion in public schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina (heretofore, BH) that will be compatible with

September Thoughts

span class=’highlight’>Mohammed Belal EL-MOGADDEDI With the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Merciful “September Thoughts” There is no holy war.There is no just war.There is no honorable war.There is no humanitarian war.There is no war of the good. War produces only victims; war produces no winners but only war profiteers; war causes suffering, death


Mustapha MEGAWER “NOBODY CAN BE GIVEN A BLESSING BETTER AND GREATER THAN PATIENCE.” (Bukhari) One of the pillars of faith is the belief in preordainment. The believer should believe that what has befallen him was not going to miss him and what has missed him was not going to befall him. This belief helps the

Whither Europe ? (English/Spanish

Tariq RAMADAN (This article is also available in spanish. Check out the links at the bottom of the page.) European leaders are deeply worried. There is no sign of improvement on the economic front : Greece is not recovering despite strong European support ; warning lights are flashing in Portugal, Italy and Spain. The unified

Secularism and Islam

Dilwar HUSSAIN To many people today Islam, of all the world faiths, is probably the least likely to declare itself compatible with secularism. Yet a recent publication (British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State, 2011), that I helped to edit, argues that Islam can be read in precisely that way. In fact, secularism