Vitthal Umap: A versatile folk artist who will be remembered for his enthusiasm

By Shiva Thorat, Twocircles.net ‘Rasik Maybapa tula bhetav jata jata ani evadhach sangav gata gata maj maran yav majh gan marananhi eikav’ (Audience...

Dr Ausaf Ahmad, prominent Indian economist, passes away

By Zafar Iqbal for TwoCircles.net, Dr Ausaf Ahmad, a prominent Indian economist and known for his pioneering work in Islamic economics has passed away. He was 70. He died at his residence at Noida, near New Delhi, on Thursday, January 22.

Islamia Shamshul Huda: Story of a Madrasa

By Najam Gilani, TwoCircles.net, In the University area of Patna, exactly opposite the prestigious Science collage is another institution of equal prestige, if not more. The only difference between the two collages is that one is affiliated with Patna University and has courses of all the streams of arts and science, whereas in the case of other, it follows the PU syllabus but only of arts.

The pointing finger of Babasaheb Ambedkar

Dr. Shah Alam Khan Mayawati, the chief minister of the most populous state of India is in news yet again. Her fondness to Greek Parthenon-style memorials has landed her in trouble with the highest court in the country. I wonder what the Supreme Court of India would have done to the likes of Shahjahan, Akbar, Cholas of Southern India and Rajputs of Rajasthan if it existed in their times.

Wali Gujarati: Father of Urdu poetry

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net, There are disputes over when and where Urdu poet Wali Gujarati was born and when he died. But what is not in dispute is Wali’s contribution to Urdu poetry. Also not in dispute is when and why his tomb was razed to the ground and road built over it.

Captain Abbas Ali: a true patriot and son of the soil

By Qurban Ali, Captain Abbas Ali was born on 3rd January 1920 at Khurja, Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh in a Muslim Rajput Zamindar family. He belonged to the family of freedom fighters and one of his grandfather Rustam Ali Khan was hanged at Kala Aam in Bulandshahr district of then United Province now Uttar Pradesh after the mutiny of Great revolt of 1857. His father Janab Ayyub Ali Khan was Dafadar in British Army during First World War and served in Aden (Yemen). From his early days Captain Abbas Ali was inspired by the revolutionary ideas and somewhat romanticized towards the freedom movement.

Why do Muslims sacrifice animals on Eid?

Every year on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, Muslims across the world sacrifice animals to mark the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH). The article...

“हालात तो सहाबा पर भी आए है, इससे भी मुश्किल आएं है अल्लाह हिम्मत...

तबलीग़ के साथ मेरे अनुभव आसमोहम्मद कैफ़।Twocircles.net तबलीग़  जमात की इतनी  बैकवर्ड है कि मैंने अंग्रेजी बोलना ही इनसे सीखा था। मैं हिंदी मीडियम का छात्र रहा...

Bihar: Protests and politics over OBC status to “Ashraf Muslims”

By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net Patna: A controversy is in offing on the issue of inclusion of Shaikh into OBC category in Bihar. Many backward caste groups, including those among Muslims in the state, have registered their protest with the State Commission for Backward Castes (SCBC) against attempts by Shaikh, an upper caste Muslim group, to get OBC status.

Neither ‘Hindu’ Nor ‘Muslim’ But a Bit of Both: Rajasthan’s Cheeta-Merats

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net

65 year-old Naseeb Khan recently arranged for his son Prakash Singh to marry Sita, daughter of Ram Singh and his wife Reshma. Three months ago, Hemant Singh's daughter Devi married Lakshman Singh in a nikah ceremony solemnized by a Muslim maulvi. Naseeb Singh's elder son Roshan had a Muslim-style nikah, and his younger son Iqbal got married in the Hindu fashion.

Win or Loss, RSS Scandal will haunt Sri Preston Kulkarni

By Pieter Friedrich “I didn’t know about all this, like all this RSS stuff, to be honest,” Sri Preston Kulkarni, brow furrowed and hands waving, stressed at...

The sad story of a determined poor Muslim girl of West Bengal

A Year-long Series on Education, Sponsored by The Aligarh Forum : - A Mirror on our Efforts, our Successes & our Shortcomings ; Stories...

Rights of Minorities under the Constitution of India

By Irfan Engineer The recent Judgment given by Justice S. N. Srivastava of Allahabad High Court to the effect that, Muslims in UP are not a minority within the state, came as a surprise to many. The media – both electronic and print media gave prominent coverage to the judgment. The Judgment has now been stayed by the Division Bench of the same Court. The legal and Constitutional merits and demerits of the proposition will be gone into by the Appeal Courts upholding or overruling the judgment of the single judge of the Allahabad High Court in the coming days.

‘Thakur’ Amar Singh for Rajput resurgence in Indian politics!

By Adnan Alavi, The decline in influence of Thakur leaders in Indian politics has been a cause of concern among the once-dominant Rajput community. And Amar Singh's visible haste in moving away from Samajwadi Party and Mulayam Singh, is an indication that the suave-socialite now wants to play the pivotal role for Rajput resurgence.

Is it a sin to be a Gujjar?

By Dr. Javaid Rahi This is narration of 5th day of the strike in Kashmir Valley. I was busy in reading a local newspaper while my five years old son (Ali Gujjar) called my attention towards television and said "See Papa-Gujjar Gujjar Hai Hai" !!. I increased the volume of my television and with all inquisitiveness watched the television.

Genesis of Anti-foreigners movement in Assam

Part III: Nellie 1983 By Anjuman Ara Begum and Diganta Sharma for TwoCircles.net

Is Onam an inclusive festival?

As people of Kerala celebrate Onam, this article tries to critically explore the emerging counter narrative of historically oppressed section against sustaining casteist tradition. By...

Coronavirus pandemic and Indian Muslims: Action Plan

By Kashif-ul-Huda and Dr. Shamsuz Zaman India is anarchy at the best of times. The reason the country seems to be functional is due to...

120 Muslim lawmakers elected in five state Assemblies in India: Can’t elected Muslims exhibit...

Over 120 Muslims have been elected as MLAs in the recent Assembly elections. The five states that went to polls included Assam, West Bengal, Kerala,...

Forgotten saga of the Momin conference

By Tanvir Salim, TwoCircles.net,

Masked girls: A fashion shrouded in mystery

By Soroor Ahmed, TwoCircles.net Modern girls from Indian metros may soon pose a big challenge to authorities in France and Belgium, who are busy implementing new rules on hijabs and burqas. If our latest fashion remains unchecked and crosses the international boundaries of these two European countries––and of course many others––then they may soon be flooded by ‘masked girls’ from India.

Malayalam Daily’s insult of Prophet sparks protests in Kerala

By Shafeeq Hudawi, TwoCircles.net Kozhikode: Malayalam Daily Mathrubhumi’s reproduction of a comment which insulted Prophet Mohammed sparked wide protests of Muslim organisations in Kerala. Accusing...

Assam teen writes novel on ‘Generation Gap’

Tawhid Laskar, 16, is believed to be the youngest writer in Assam and undoubtedly the youngest Muslim debut writer of the region By Maruf Alom, Hojai (Assam): Simple, soft spoken, shy in nature but confident in outlook, thin in shape; this is all about a teenager of Hojai – a tiny town of Assam. During my last visit home in March 2015, I met him for the first time.

History of modern education among Malabar Muslims

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net TCN Malabar series: Part 5 Not unlike Muslims of north India, Mappilas also lagged behind when it came to modern education. While there were some attempts made, some as early as a hundred years ago, it was not until a generation ago that major effort was made to link the community to modern education without losing the religious and cultural identity.

Ambur’s young philanthropist Nattamkar Farook Ahmed

By Shafee Ahmed Ko, TwoCircles.net, The Town of Ambur (Vellore Dist) has a devout young man whose duty, as he feels, is only to honour the great scholars in Islam and serve them to his best. He has constructed a mosque, runs schools and he feels only to hallow the name of Allah. Himself being Hafiz-e-Quran, he wishes that youngsters become Hafiz along with the modern education.

A look at the Madrasa system of West Bengal

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net, History Madrasa system in West Bengal came with the arrival of Muslims in this part of India, to impart Islamic education. The Madrasah-i-Aliah founded by Warring Hastings (first governor general of East India Company) in October of 1780 in Kolkata, turned a new leaf by introducing modern education as a full fledged subject along with Islamic studies. The madrasah was supported by government funding and was setup with the purpose of providing man-power for the ever growing bureaucracy of Company Raj.

Dr. Faheem Baig and Jaffarabad residents: Still waiting to be heard

By Mahmood Asim, TwoCircles.net Dr. Baig in his clinic Jaffarabad, Delhi: “I expressed my agitation in front of Prime Minister and I was let go without...

Recalling Jamshedpur riots of 1979

Recalling Jamshedpur riots of 1979 By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net This month in the year 1979, the Hindu-Muslim violence in Jamshedpur took the lives of 108 people. The number of dead could have easily been 114, but as it turned out, my family and I survived the mayhem, to write about it thirty years later.

मुज़फ़्फ़रपुर में साम्प्रदायिक तनाव —एक बड़ी आफ़त के आने का संकेत

मोहम्मद सज्जाद 23 जनवरी 2018 को बिहार के मुज़फ़्फ़रपुर ज़िला स्थित पश्चिमी सब-डिवीज़न के मख़दूमपूर कोदरिया और पूर्वी डिवीज़न के गाय-घाट के असिया गांव में...

Are Muslims’ indirectly helping in making India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’?

By Hem Raj Jain Since late eighties and especially after the demolition of Babri Mosque in 1992 by Hindutva forces in the presence of the...

Establishment of Block Institute of Teachers Education lagging in Minority Concentrated Blocks

By Amjad Suri and Mohammed Imteyaz Ahmed for Twocircles.net The Sarvasiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was introduced in 2000 to bridge the gap between the social...

Attempts at distorting history of Tipu Sultan

By Abdul Basith, TwoCircles.net,

Ummaland: A Social Network for Muslims

By Shaik Zakeer Hussain, TwoCircles.net,

मुस्लिम विरोधी पूर्वाग्रह से ग्रस्त मीडिया और बेगुनाह मुसलमान

मोहम्मद हुसैन अहमद Twocircles .net के लिए  सोमवार को बॉम्बे हाईकोर्ट ने 20 विदेशी तब्लीगी सदस्यों को रिहा कर दिया। लेकिन मार्च में उनकी गिरफ्तारी...

Status of Govt. funded minority educational institutions in India

Jamia Millia Islamia – A case study By M. Tarique Siddiqui

Historical mosques of Malabar

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net TCN Malabar series: Part 3

दास्तान -ए- आज़म : “कहाँ से छेड़ूँ फसाना कहाँ तमाम करूँ” !

  आसमोहम्मद कैफ़। Twocircles.net राजनीतिक हलकों में आज भी एक बात आम है कि 1989 में मुलायम सिंह यादव को मुख्यमंत्री चुनी जाने वाली अंदरूनी...

A visit to Darul Uloom Deoband – reflections of an NRI

By Anis Ansari,

My visit to Darul Uloom Deoband was on Sunday, 9th March 2008, unannounced for my own convenience. I was surprised to note that the historic madrasa was located right on the main highway between Saharanpur and Meerut (Uttar Pradesh). Its campus is spread out throughout the town surrounded entirely by Muslim neighborhood. The population of Deoband is about 100,000 with Muslims constituting 65% of it.

Suffocating dissent: the Modi regime’s COVID strategy

The mask slips from Modi’s faltering image as he responds to a “viral apocalypse” of “unprecedented proportions” by silencing critics of his approach.  Pieter Friedrich,...

Chandan Boro: Son of a sweeper from Assam selected for Football training in Germany

By Abdul Gani, TwoCircles.net Udalguri, Assam: Harisinga is a sleepy town in Assam’s Udalguri district along the India-Bhutan international border. Handicapped by insurgency till...

30 years of SC/ST PoA Act: Lacks and loopholes

By Sukanya Roy, TwoCircles.net Kolkata: On 5 November, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled that insulting a Dalit or tribal person would not...

Jharkhand Movement and Muslim Contribution

Special series on Jharkhand’s Muslims- Part—2 By Mahtab Alam and Mary Abraham,

A tour of Deoband: a city of global importance

Deoban series- first part Deoband is on the world map thanks to a famous institution that was established here in 1866. Manzar Bilal of TwoCircles.net, a Darul Uloom’s graduate visited Deoband recently to give us a glimpse of life in this city and its famous madrasa. First part of the seven part series. By Manzar Bilal TwoCircles.net,

Mappilas: The first Muslims of India

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net To find the first Muslims of India, you must visit the first mosque of India, Cheraman Juma Masjid in Kodungallur. A simple mosque, Cheraman Juma Masjid was named after a famous king, King Cheraman Perumal. King Perumal’s capital was in Kodungallur which is now in the Thrissur district of Kerala.

The ‘Belcha’: Allama Mashriqi’s powerful symbol for the Khaksar Tehrik

“We have Spade as our symbol…Spade is another sign of humility and our carrying it on our shoulders shows that we are out...

Challenges to Secularism in India and the role of civil society

Report of the National Seminar in Delhi on 13-14th May, 2014 By Anchal Jain, India stood at the brink of a very important historic moment with the culmination of 16thLokSabha elections. One of the most important issues flagged by the numerous debates on the issue of elections was what these elections meant for the state of Indian secularism. This issue was highlighted even more as the fear of Hindu-right wing political forces coming to power grew in the minds of the secular ranks of society.

Role of the youth in nation-building: Why they must remain incorrigibly optimistic

By Professor Mohammad Sajjad for Twocircles.net The following is the text of a talk that Professor Sajjad was supposed to deliver at a college of...

Muslim women of Malabar

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net TCN Malabar series: Part 8 In various towns of Malabar, it is not uncommon to see Muslim women on the streets, bazaars, and schools. They can be easily identified with their traditional mode of clothing. Young girls wear long colorful skirts, long sleeved blouses and heads covered in dupatta or a hijab. Older girls, it seems, prefer shalwar qameez. Married women wear saris or abayas.

A self-effacing Litterateur: Professor Najmul Hoda

By Mohammad Sajjad for TwoCircles.net In this era when modesty is no longer a virtue, and everybody shares his/her accomplishments via social networking sites,...

Mother’s Day With Munawwar Rana

By Wasiullah Shaikh, TwoCircles.net, Wherever the word ‘Mother’ is mentioned in Urdu poetry events, there the name ‘Munawwar Rana’- a famous urdu poet of our time, will also be mentioned. Through his beautiful poetry (Shayeri), Munawwar Rana has brought whole universe into a single word ‘Mother’.

Islamophobia in Times of Corona

NailaAlavi At a time when the world is drenched in the fear of a decreasing possibility to see a new tomorrow, Modi government is busiest...

Remembering the Great Indian Maulana: Abul Kalam Azad

By Sadiya Rohma Khan Recalling the distinct myriad talents and relentless contributions of those building a collective progressive era, with other great luminaries and freedom...

Fatwas: the big picture

An analysis of randomly selected Deoband fatwas By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

MMHAPU: A dying minority university of Bihar

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net,

Where is Najeeb? Drowned in Left parties’ crocodile tears

By Sharjeel Imam and Saquib Salim for Twocircles.net Najeeb Ahmad, a first year Masters student of Biotechnology disappeared more than six months ago from the...

क्या इस्लाम सिर्फ़ लड़कियों पर लागू होता है?

लेनिन मौदूदी, TwoCircles.net के लिए पिछले साल की तरह इस साल भी मऊ नाथ भंजन में ‘एक शाम, तालीम के नाम’ प्रोग्राम का आयोजन किया...

Indian Muslims and Palestine waqfs

By Dr. Omar Khalidi for TwoCircles.net

Shaitan ki khala: Washing Brains the ISIS Way?

[A take on the attempted brainwashing of our young minds and the sexist nature of some religious speeches] By Asma Anjum Khan, This happened a few years ago. It was the usual hurried Jumma. My 12 year old boy looked solemn in his long, pale white kurta. His usual fervor for the special Jumma lunch [Daal Gosht with piping hot fried rice] was absent and I found him sitting at the corner of our large mahogany bed. He seemed contemplative, very unusual for him. When asked to join, he looked up and asked, Mom, why do you work? And before I could react and open my mouth to say Whatttt and look gawky; I heard this next.

‘Aaj rang hai’ – Qawwali revisited

From Khanqahs to the auditorium; from shrines to international pop charts, from spirituality and devotion to entertainment – the qawwali has travelled far and wide in its 700 year journey.

Janseva co-operative credit society: a step in Islamic finance and banking in India

The main objective of the Islamic Finance is to create a society of investors, unlike the conventional banking system, which has made and created the society of borrowers and lenders from the past 800 years. By Tameemuddin Humble, Islamic finance activism in India should not be limited to the conferences and meetings, asking government to allow and operate interest-free banking for those whose faith prohibits interest-based transactions; it should also be to challenge the stereotype that the Shariah investment can’t yield the profit, even if professionally managed. We can’t sail the boat of Islamic Finance with the people having such perceptions. We can’t reach to its logical end without building an environment of Sharia compliant investment in the country, availing the limited opportunities in the given regulations.

Muslims in Gujarat police: An analysis

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

Reasons for decline of Muslim participation in Civil Services

By Mohammed Junaid, TwoCircles.net  The civil service has long been regarded as the ‘steel frame’ of administration in India right from colonial days. The colonial...

सोशल मीडिया पोस्ट पर कार्रवाई को लेकर सुप्रीम कोर्ट नाराज़, कहा ‘ ...

सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने एक मामले में कोलकाता पुलिस को कहा है कि आम नागरिकों को सरकार की आलोचना करने के लिए प्रताड़ित नहीं किया...

The Kerala HC order in Hadiya’s case brutally exposes the prejudices of the judiciary

By Umair Azmi for TwoCircles.net The case of Hadiya, who converted to Islam and married a Muslim youth, has been in the headlines for months....

Salafism and Sufism- is there real conflict?

By Asghar Ali Engineer, Salafism or Wahabism, also referred to as cult of Ahl-e-Hadith is supposed to be directly opposed to the sufi strain of Islam. In India too the two sects are opposed to each other though here, due to democratic secular polity, nature of conflict is not very aggravated or violent. The partisans of both the ideologies apart, it confuses many Muslims as to what are their differences about and why they condemn each other?

Lack of schools in Muslim-majority areas in West Bengal is by design, not chance

This is the second and final part of the two-part series on the role of Faith-based organisations in West Bengal and how education facilities...

A response to the article: “Zakir Naik Is Anathema to Secular Democracy, His Communal...

By Ubaid ur Rahman for TwoCircles.net A fortnight ago, The Wire published an article titled Zakir Naik Is Anathema to Secular Democracy, His Communal Agenda...

शैतान की खाला : आईएसआईएस के तरीकों से ब्रेनवाश

[हमारे युवाओं के दिमाग को भावनात्मक तौर पर बरगलाने और हमारे धार्मिक संवादों के लैंगिक मिजाज़ पर बहस] By अस्मा अंजुम खान, [अरे लड़कों, मुझे मत समझाओ. लेकिन क्या हम इस ‘कोसने’ के खेल को अपना संयुक्त और सार्वजनिक खेल नहीं बना सकते? चलो...कोसो, कोसो और ख़ूब कोसो. रुको मत. और आखिर में थोड़ा और कोसो. शुक्रिया.] यह कुछ साल पहले की घटना है.

Dr Mumtaz Khan deserved Padma award, but successive Govt’s failed to recognize his contribution...

The Al Ameen Movement founded by Dr Mumtaz Khan has produced thousands of doctors, engineers, lawyers, pharmaceutical scientists, journalists, professors, judges, IAS and IPS...

The fall of Delhi in 1857

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

H.Y. Sharada Prasad: A man synonymous with Indira Gandhi

By S. Nihal Singh, IANS, One of the most difficult jobs in the world is to be the interface between the media and the powerful. Several attempt it and come to grief. But a master practitioner of this demanding role was H.Y. Sharada Prasad, who died in New Delhi on Tuesday. A man who was synonymous with Indira Gandhi over scores of years, he chose to stay in the shadows as a matter of policy. Yet like a magician who knew when he was needed, he would spring to life to throw morsels of news to oil the wheel of national politics or to serve broader interests.

Aleem Khan: A relentless fighter against dowry

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net,

A pledge for India’s constitution

By Zohra Javed for TwoCircles.net 26th January. This day in 1950 India chose to become a Republic adopting a secular constitution that had been painstakingly written taking into consideration modifications and alterations, and giving thought to the aspects of equality and justice, making a set of fundamental rights such that every component of the Republic would be taken care of. Our elders thus proudly chose the path of democracy which brought the hope of a better tomorrow for every section of the society and a promise to empower the weakest among the weak.

Ek Kathat Ki Katha: A Maulvi’s Unique Story

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net

“दीन बचाओ, देश बचाओ” – इस आयोजन से चंद लोग परेशान क्यों?

नूरुस सालेहीन, TwoCircles.net के लिए रविवार दिनांक 15 अप्रैल 2018 को पटना के गांधी मैदान में इमारत-ए-शरिया और ऑल इंडिया मुस्लिम पर्सनल लॉ बोर्ड...

भारतीय न्याय व्यवस्था के समक्ष चुनौती या अवसर

मोहम्मद ईनामुल हक़, TwoCircles.net के लिए 12 जनवरी को भारत की न्यायपालिका में एक ऐतिहासिक घटना सामने आई, जिसमें सर्वोच्च न्यायलय के चार वरिष्ठम...

There is nothing progressive about the ideology of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind or Jamiat Ahl e...

Dr. Lubna Sarwath for Twocircles.net Jyoti Punwani’s Nov 27, 2016 interview with a woman activist who had recently resigned from the All India Muslim...

A prosperous, Muslim-majority district? No wonder Subramanian Swamy wants it under AFSPA

By Shafeeq Hudawi, Twocircles.net What would you call a district where female literacy is more than 90%? Where the sex ratio is much better than...

Is Rajiv Tyagi the latest non-Muslim victim of Islamophobia?

By Syed Amjad Hussain On 12 August, Rajiv Tyagi, the national Spokesperson for Indian National Congress Party (INC), appeared on a television debate where he was bullied...

State of leadership among the Muslim community in India

By Yash Nawaz In this 21st century a Muslim is considered as the way he is being pictured in Bollywood movies. The Indian Muslims, second...

Will Taj Mahal meet the same fate as Babri Masjid?

By Shamsul Islam for TwoCircles.net One of the greatest wonders of the World and the only one in India, Taj Mahal, has become the newest...

Enriching life through Zakat in India

By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, TwoCircles.net ‘Zakat’ is one of the five basic pillars of human faith in the Creator. Etymologically it means purification. That...

Incredible life of Rubina Patel

By Nivedita Khandekar, TwoCircles.net, Nagpur: Incredible! That is how Rubina Patel’s life story is. She came from a well to do, educated, business family, married to a teacher, blessed with two children. She wanted to study and help the community through her social work. But her life went on an unexpected trajectory.

Untold stories from Muzaffarpur

The horrific episode from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur is quite different from what happened in UP’s Muzaffarnagar in 2013. The Azizpur-Bahilwara violence may not be said to be a religious violence in a way we have been understanding it conventionally, as non-Mallah Hindus not only remained away from the violence, they are also extending all possible help in protecting the people and in relief measures. By Dr Mohammad Sajjad, Violence broke out in Azizpur-Bahilwara village near Saraiya in Muzaffarpur district in north Bihar on January 18. It killed at least five people and almost all the 56 Muslim (Pasmanda) households were looted and burnt. The immediate provocation allegedly was an inter-faith love affair: to the Hindutva zealots, was it a case of ‘Love-Jihad’ in reverse, or a case of ‘Honour Killing’?

Moradabad: A city of communal riots

By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net,

Asaduddin Owaisi : Political Dividend Vs Price of friendship with KCR

By Muhammed Tauqeer In the recently concluded Telangana assembly elections, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) got a thumping win with 2/3rd majority. This inspite of Congress'...

Imran Khan’s bride’s choice of dress for Nikah and Islamophobia

By Shaheen Naqshbandi for TwoCircles.net Recently, Pakistani politician Imran Khan married Bushra Maneka. During the Nikah, the bride wore the full veil and some people...

Singur: Six years later

Tata Motors plant in Singur, West Bengal was supposed to “revolutionise the automobile industry in India” and “mark a watershed in the global automobile...

Mira Road, Thane: An oasis of hope

Among many challenges and hurdles marking the Indian Muslims in 2013 like a beacon of hope comes across for Indian Muslims in 2013 is the story of Mira Road.

Biodiversity and Islam

By Dr Mohammad Iqtedar Husain Farooq, Biological diversity, or the shorter term ‘biodiversity’, means the variety of life forms like human beings, animals of all sorts and plants of different categories in a region or on the globe. Any harm to biodiversity may increase diseases on Earth or in other words less of biodiversity means more of infections.

Only 26 Muslim Judges in 24 High Courts, study reveals

By A Mirsab, TwoCircles.net, New Delhi: The representation of Muslims in higher judiciary does not even come close to community’s share in the population...

If Arshad Mohsin thinks he is innocent, will he answer these questions? A rejoinder...

By Abdul Qadir for TwoCircles.net On Monday, TwoCircles.net published an article titled ‘How a malicious report in Times of India had ruined my life and...

Samina Bano: The girl who makes RTE work

Coming from a privileged background to working for underprivileged, Samina Bano has ensured hundreds of poor children get admission under RTE in Uttar...

In the name of progressiveness: A Note on the recent Speak-Out movement in...

By Praveena Thaali for TwoCircles.net In recent times, Dalit-Bahujan women have started a speak-out* campaign to reveal their experiences of sexual harassment, which until now it...

Commemorating 93rd anniversary of Salt Satyagrah

By A.K Merchant The 93rd anniversary of the Salt Satyagraha that lasted for 24 days can provide important lessons for appreciating India’s pluralism of religions,...

Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani’s role in India’s independence

By Imteyaz Rahmani,

Elimination of British rule from India and independence of the country are great events of human history which not only abolished British kingdom but also left indelible mark on constitutional and political history of Arab world. The British were ruling in their own way on Arab countries due to their rule in India and almost the whole world was under their control as a super power.

12 Muslim women among top 200 women nominees of #100Women achievers contest of Ministry...

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), in collaboration with Facebook, have announced the...

Strong case for deleting Presidential Order of 1950: A response to Social Justice Minister...

By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, Plato has once again been proved right: politics is the art of gaining power and the craft of retaining it. Media has reported the current central government saying that opening up the list of Scheduled Castes beyond Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism - would encourage religious conversions. He said this in the context of the demand of Muslims & Christians that the definition of 'scheduled caste' should be made religion-neutral by deleting para 3 from the presidential order of 1950. That's what has been stated a couple of days ago by the union Social Justice Minister Thavar Chand Gehlot, "Allowing SC status (to converts to Christianity & Islam) would provide a fillip to religious conversions. The demand is not constitutional and we want to work within the parameters of the statute for the welfare of 'these communities' (read Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists)."

मुस्लिम समुदाय : संख्या पर घमासान

काशिफ़ उल हुदा, TwoCircles.net बीते कुछ दिनों से समाचार चैनलों की सुर्खियां आंकड़ों के मुकाबिले ज्यादा बातें कर रही हैं. हाल में ही भारत सरकार...

Pluralism, Socialism, and Communal Extremism: A decade-wise political journey of Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

By Mohammed Sajjad for TwoCircles.net The RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat camped for around a week (February 6-11, 2018) in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. By the time he...

Son of a foreman becomes top rank IFS officer

By Mudassir Rizwan, TwoCircles.net,

Inspiring stories of Sohail Islam and Ahmed Ali show that Indian Army beckons Muslim...

By Ali Ahmed for TwoCircles.net The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind took the salute at the 134th passing out parade at the National...

Thokk Do: Five years of Encounter-Raj in Uttar Pradesh

The staggering number of 'encounters' in Uttar Pradesh during chief minister Yogi Adityanath's term only make true his 2017 statement—a rather undeclared policy of...

Tablighi Jamaat: Aftermath of Nizamuddin Markez incident and Muslim higher education in India

By Azhar Uddin Sahaji, TwoCircles.net  Shahnawaz is only 17 years old, and somehow managed to enter class 11 after a few attempts and plans not...

How Dawoodi Bohras observe Ramzan

By Danish Reyaz, Mumbai: Do you have any idea about how Dawoodi Bohras celebrate the holy month of Ramadan? Perhaps, many of us would say, No, because we are not much aware about this community.

The Good News Project: How the BJP helps Muslims, unknowingly

By Shah Nawaz Afaque Is it just me or is there a lot of negativity in the air? Ideological clashes at the dining table, political...

Dr. Syed Hasan: The educator of Seemanchal

By Manzar Imam for TwoCircles.net, Despite belief in the inevitability of death, sometimes one struggles in shock and awe to believe in its eventuality. The...

The Tablighi Jamaat in Mewat— Part 1

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net, This 6-part series of articles provides a detailed account of the historical origins and development of the Tablighi Jamaat in Mewat, focusing in particular on the social multiple roles that the movement has played in the region, which accounts, in large measure, for its deep-rooted popularity among the Meos. A sociological study of the development of Tablighi Jamaat in Mewat can provide interesting insights and parallels to understand the success and appeal of the movement in other contexts as well—Editor

To Muslims, Ram is their Imam-e-Hind

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed, IANS On behalf of all Muslims who believe in reason and sanity, I declare that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) affidavit (since withdrawn) questioning the existence of Hindu god Ram was vitriolic, scathing, unfortunate and blasphemous -not just to Hindus but to all those who cherish our pluralistic cultural heritage. How can a government decide the veracity of a figure like Ram? He Ram ke wajood pe Hindostan ko naaz/Ahl-e-nazar samajhtey hein usko Imam-e-Hind!

वंदे-मातरम विवाद : कुछ सच जिनको जानना ज़रूरी है

शम्सुल इस्लाम बंकिम चन्द्र चटर्जी द्वारा रचित गीत वंदे-मातरम फिर एक बार चर्चा में है. इस बार हलचल आरएसएस के प्रिय नारे 'हिंदुस्तान में रहना...

Maulana Maududi’s Terrifying Vision for Indian Muslims

By Mohammed Ayub Khan Maulana Maududi's estranged disciple and Tanzeem-e-Islami chief Dr.Israr Ahmed appearing on the Jawabdeh program of GEO television in 2005 made some startling remarks about Indian Muslims. According to a published report of the program in the liberal Daily Times he reportedly said the following:

Aligarh Muslim University centenary: one hundred years of a guiding light

By Ras Hafiz Siddiqui Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in India celebrated 100 years of its existence as an institution of higher learning this year. There...

Understanding Shaheen Bagh within the framework of farmer’s protests

By Izza Ahsan and Bilal Ibnu Shahul Last year, around this time, I was travelling to New Delhi. I had woken up to visuals of...

Is India faced with a 3.1 lakh crore farm-loan waiver? And will it help?

By Alison Saldanha & Prachi Salve  As demands for farm-loan waivers grow across Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka -- after Uttar...

Pseudo-liberalism and its impacts on Indian Muslims

By Muhammad Zuhair Recently, Najmul Hoda (an IPS officer) has written his opinion in The Print, “Indian Muslims and Liberals are trapped in a toxic...

Vinoba Bhave and his understanding of Islam

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

A friend of mine Daniel Mazgaonkar gave me a Hindi copy of Vinoba Bhave’s book on Islam to see whether the Qur’anic verses and hadith have been correctly quoted. I am reading it particularly those portions wherein Vinoba Bhaveji has quoted Qur’anic verses and ahadith. I have yet to go through the whole text but meanwhile certain portions which I read are worth writing about.

Women and the Tablighi Jama‘at

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net,

COVID-19 and mounting woes of Indian farmers

By Mohammed Junaid  Ompal Singh, a 50-year-old farmer from Muzaffarnagar, sugarcane belt of Uttar Pradesh, ended his life on 4 June 2020 allegedly over the...

Problems and Prospects of Islamic Banking in India – Road Map ahead

By H Abdur Raqeeb, Modern, secular and industrialized countries like Britain, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan have become hub of Islamic finance and banking. If London, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong can become hub and house of Interest free Islamic finance and banking, why not Mumbai and Cochin? asks the author while analyzing problems and prospects of Islamic banking in India. The paper was presented at an Islamic banking conference in New Delhi recently— Editor Banking

Revisiting the creation of Israel

By M Reyaz, In the history of creation of Israel, the holocaust under Nazi Germany when about 6 million of Jews, almost two third of over 9 million population in whole of Europe were killed, is often pointed to justify the establishment of a Jewish national home. Of course, there can be no justification of such heinous crime, but it should be pointed here that the persecution of Jews in ‘Christian’ Europe had not really begun with Hitler.
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