Category Archives: Islam

Anarchy in ( muslim) India

Considered as the anarchists of Islam, fakirs are muslim ( male) wanderers who live on charity and the love of Allah.  They are not magicians who perform “miracles” such as lying on a bed of nails, eating fire, raising bodies,…even if … Continue reading

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Islam : about religious fanaticism

Islam ( as well as other religions) gives people a message of hope and a desire to live in a better world. But when the believers can’t understand the forces that are bringing changes around them ( such as the activities … Continue reading

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India : Moinuddin Chishti, a sufi master

Ten years ago, in september 2002, a bizarre incident happened at Ajmer, a town in the Indian western state of Rajasthan. A 37 year old man died by jumping into a large cauldron of boiling rice ( it can contain up to 3 … Continue reading

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Pakistan : Shah Daula, a muslim saint

During the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan ( 1627-1658, he is the one who ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal), the town of Sialkot ( Punjab province, Pakistan) became home to the saint Pir Shah Daula, a … Continue reading

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The five pillars of Islam

There are five practices (“akran”), known as the five pillars of Islam, which are generally accepted as being obligatory to Muslims. “Shahada” : the profession of faith ( “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) which … Continue reading

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The muslim castes in India

Hindus have their own caste system founded on the degree of ritual purity. But indian muslims have also a hierarchical system ( this goes against the koranic teaching of equality), with professions considered as more or less respectable and “pure”. But the muslim hierarchy … Continue reading

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Islam : in the beginning was the duty of peace

There is seldom been a time in history when muslims were so looked down upon and so oppressed as they are today. The prophet Muhammad brought only one Islam. But today there are many muslim religions. There are the sunni and the … Continue reading

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