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Ahmadiyya and "Kafir"

Dear Readers,

A few years ago, I have reviewed Tariq Ali's book "The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihad and Modernity". Here is a relevant portion of this review attached that deals with Ahmadiyya and Jamaat-e-Islami.

Regards,
Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)
January 11, 2004

The Clash of Fundamentalisms – Part Three


By Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)

Jamaat-e-Islami and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi


Though the Seljuks had their empire, the

Turanians their way,

Though the Chinese ruled in China, the

Sassanian in Iran.

Though the Greeks inhabited broad, fruitful

Acres in their day

And the Jews possessed their cubit, and the

Christians owned their span,

Who upraised the sword of battle in Thy

Name's most sacred cause,

Or who strove to right the ruined world by

Thy most hallowed laws?

It was we and we alone who marched the soldiers to the fight,

Now upon the land engaging, now

Embattled on the sea,

The triumphant call to Prayer in Europe's

Churches to…
Succumbing to the Religious Extremists


Dear Readers,

Banning the books and publications of Ahmadiyya in Bangladesh is utterly deplorable. It is the crude desecration of human rights of a minority sect for the appeasement of religious zealots.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is still widely perceived as the party of the mainstream Bangladeshis. By nodding to the vicious demands of Islami Oikko Joat, Hifazate Khatme Nabuwat Andolon, and goons and thugs who were behind the attacks on peaceful Ahmadiyya believers and on their mosques in the recent past, the government has shown its weakness. Its capitulation to the religious crooks and fundamentalists are not conducive for the betterment of the nation.

Bangladesh is a peaceful nation where millions of people from various religious backgrounds have lived side by side for centuries, peacefully. The recent shocking events, including the apparent threat imposed by the religious bigots, daring the government of Bangladesh to take unthinka…
The Lives of Palestinians

By Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)
January 10, 2004

Does the life of a Palestinian civilian have any values? Seldom there is any days that the occupied Palestinian area does not see Israeli army incursions, missile attacks, and killings of unarmed man, woman and children in the hands of Israeli Defense Force. These killings have become routine matter, not much uproar they raise anymore in the Western media; no condemnation from the high pulpit ever reaches to the aggrieved and the mourners.

“It seems that life is cheap in the occupied territories. Different value attached to life depends on whether the victim happens to be Israeli, international or Palestinian.” [1]

In the recent days there were more than a dozen Palestinians died from endless IDF incursions, many homes were destroyed, scores of families had become instant homeless. And these are being done on the convenient pretext of pursuing “terror” suspect. The world is forced to believe that Israeli demoliti…