Hakim Ajmal Khans last resting place: in a forgotten corner of Delhi

By Rana Safvi Hakim Ajmal Khan a philanthropist, freedom fighter, famous hakeem and nationalist is a well known personality. So I was very surprised when I...

लॉकडाउन में गुरूग्राम की अमेरिकी कंपनी ने निकाले 800 कर्मचारी, क्यों चुप हैं खट्टर-मोदी

यूसुफ़ किरमानी लॉकडाउन में जब आप घरों में क़ैद हैं। ऐसे में गुड़गांव में अमेरिकन कंपनी फेयर पोर्टल (Fareportal) ने अपने 800 कर्मचारियों को कंपनी...

Kawish, an effort to empower through guidance and counseling

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

Muslims selling puja items near makeshift Ram Temple in Hanuman Garhi

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net, TwoCircles.net series: Ayodhya 2009

Millat College of Darbhanga: Movement launched for minority status

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net, Patna: Far from AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia, the Muslim community in the North Bihar district of Darbhanga has launched a movement for restoration of minority character of the prestigious Millat College, first college established post-Independence by Muslims in Bihar. Set up in 1957, the college was run by Muslim Anjuman-e-Taleem, founding society of the college, till 1976 when the government took it over and diminished its minority status.

Advocate Shahid Azmi: Son for two mothers

By Rehan Ansari, TwoCircles.net

Sonu Nigam misses the notes in Azaan tweet

By Rehmatullah Sheikh I was chilling with a couple of friends when the Maghrib (break of dusk) Azan went off. My friend nonchalantly comments -...

नीतीश ने राजद या कांग्रेस से कोई ‘गद्दारी’ नहीं की…

नासिरूद्दीन इसमें दो राय हो ही नहीं सकती कि नीतीश कुमार ने अपने लिए जो फैसला किया, वह बिहार के विधानसभा चुनाव के जनादेश के...

Old-timers, others miss electoral din in UP’s Agra

By Brij Khandelwal  Agra, (IANS) : As campaigning for the first phase of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh assembly elections gains momentum, many old-timers and other...

The rise of Islamic schools

By Shaik Zakeer Hussain, TwoCircles.net, A recent announcement on a Facebook timeline goes like this: "A wonderful opportunity for sisters to work in an Islamic environment, we are hiring for the academic year 2014 - 2015." And then emphasizing the eligibility criteria, it ends with this fervorous clause, "NOTE: Sisters with a zeal for working for Islam will be given preference."

Interview of a JNU student who is a Congress candidate in Bihar polls

By Tanzil Asif and Sneha Dipika for TwoCircles.net Tauquir Alam is the son of Mansoor Alam, a RJD leader and three-times MLA from...

Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act 2005 in Gujarat

A study exposes crude insensitivity of the state towards implementing the law By Nikhat, So far as spousal violence in Gujarat is concerned, the figure is very disturbing; around 28% ever married women have experienced sexual or physical violence and 34% of such women have sustained serious injuries. The extent of reportability of cases of spousal violence is even more frustrating, only 30% (i.e. 1 in every 3) of such women has sought help to end the violence and 58% of such women have neither sought help nor told anyone about the spousal violence [1].

Measure for Measure: Mourning for a Widow

By Dr.Asma Anjum Khan, TwoCircles.net, #widow# mourning#waltwhitman Asma Nama: She teaches English, talks a lot , read her at your own risk. Jo hona tha so ho gaya, abb koi rona dhona naheen, chup raho. (Be quiet, be quiet now, I am telling you be quiet. Whatever has happened has happened. Now it’s over. Now be silent.)

39 global rights orgs’ condemn SLAPP suit filed by Hindu American Foundation against a...

  The global rights organizations condemned the ‘aggressive lawsuit’ as an attempt to curtail free speech and free expression exercised by a reputed media house...

The real story of Muslim under-representation in Bihar

By Soroor Ahmed, TwoCircles.net, There is a perception among some Muslims that except riot-free Bihar they did not get much in the last 25 years...

UP close UP: Darul Uloom Deoband

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net UP close UP series: Part 6

बिहार के गरीब स्कूल की रंगीन कहानी

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter बोधगया(सुजाता) - आज कोई व्यक्ति नहीं, कोई शख्सियत नहीं न कोई संस्थान जिसे हम मिसाल की तरह पेश करना चाहते हैं. ऐसे...

Rehman Sahib – A Short Tribute

By Naved Masood   What was apprehended for the last couple of days came to pass last evening; Mehmood ur Rehman Sahib (1942- 2017) completed...

Bengal Elections 2021: The dilemma of Muslims in Bengal

By Nazma Parveen Recently the crucial and much-hyped Bihar elections came to an end and the BJP-JD(U) NDA alliance is set to form the Government...

Urdu poet Hanif Akhgar Malihabadi is no more

By Afzal Usmani, “Jo hai Taazgi meri zaat mein, wahi zikr-o-fikr chaman mein hai Ke wajood mera kaheen bhi ho, meri rooh mere watan mein hai “
(Hanif Akhgar Malihabadi)

Saba Anjum: Muezzin’s daughter is now Indian hockey team captain

By AnIndianMuslim.com, The story of Saba Anjum Karim, 26, is nothing short of a fairy tale.

The rise of India’s Balcony Class

By Shimul, TwoCircles.net The last few days have been hard. When it becomes a choice between holding on and giving up, unlike the vast majority...

‘उदास नस्लें’ और अब्दुल्ला हुसैन

जावेद अनीस उर्दू के शीर्ष उपन्यासकार अब्दुल्ला हुसैन का 7 जून 2015 को 84 वर्ष की उम्र में देहांत हो गया, वे लम्बे समय से...

Crime and Punishment in Gujarat: Case of Fatehsinh Chauhan

By TwoCircles.net special correspondent Ahmedabad: Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Fatehsinh Chauhan, representing Rajgarh constituency in the state assembly, could not escape the long arms of law. He had ultimately to surrender to the police on Monday.

Mohammadi Begum – A role model for Meo women

Series on MewatPart 4 By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net, On my last day in Mewat, I fixed an appointment to meet a Meo woman whom I had heard much about—46 year-old Mohammadi Begum. When I did fieldwork in Mewat two decades ago, she was the only Meo female to have earned a Bachelor’s degree. Today, there are some three hundred others like her—which, considering that the Meo female population is estimated at around 600,000, still does not amount to much.

Where is Muslim leadership of the new generation in India?

By Shamsher Alam Veteran leadership is considered a hallmark of political discourse. However, a political party cannot be run only by the old leaders. New leadership...

हिन्दू कोड बिल पर चुप्पी साधकर भाजपा कर रही ट्रिपल तलाक की राजनीति

अभय कुमार पिछले महीने पूर्वी उत्तर प्रदेश के सोनभद्र में भाजपा की एक बड़ी रैली से ख़िताब करते हुए पार्टी अध्यक्ष अमित शाह ने सपा,...

Indian historians are absolutely dishonest or simply opportunistic: AG Noorani

By M. Noushand for TwoCircles.net A.G. Noorani is a famous author of history books and a lawyer at Supreme Court of India. He recently visited Calicut to receive CH Muhammed Koya Foundation Award for eminent writers. He talked to M Noushad. You are a regular reviewer of history books. How do you assess the academic quality of history writing in India in comparison and contrast with the history projects in foreign countries, especially the west?

Fatima Nafees and Hadiya: How Muslim women fight Islamophobia and the ‘Collective Conscience’

By Nazish Hussain for TwoCircles.net What does it take to withstand the persistent atrocities and oppression by state authorities against you? The ordeal of two...

Does India face tyranny of the majority?

Hindus and especially Muslims in India have to make efforts to acknowledge the luggage of the past few centuries which is a mix of...

Book review: The Tribute to the Strugglers

Reviewed by Yoginder Sikand The Tuhfat al-Mujahidin or ‘The Tribute to the Strugglers’ is one of the earliest extant historical treatises about the southern Indian state of Kerala. Its author, the sixteenth century's Shaikh Zainuddin Makhdum, hailed from the renowned Makhdum family from the town of Ponnani in Malabar, in northern Kerala. This family traced its descent to migrants from Yemen, who played a leading role in the spread of Islam in southern India.

Indore riots report

By PUCL Team In the wake of BJP and VHP's call for an all India Bandh, Indore town witnessed widespread violence on July 3rd & 4th 2008. Seven lives were lost. (Six of them were Muslims). Many people were injured and are admitted in the hospitals in serious conditions. It was merely a glimpse of the intention of the communalist forces active in town and in the state of Madhya Pradesh. They want to replicate the Gujarat experiment of massacre and bloodbath in MP too.

A new environmental world order awaits post Covid-19 (Corona) era

By Anwar Khursheed and Zoony Zainab, TwoCircles.net The human race takes it upon itself to perform the dual role of both the destroyer and the...

Manufacturing Muslim ‘Criminals’: The Hindutva formula

By Shamsul Islam for TwoCircles.net The most prominent ideologue of RSS, MS Golwalkar, declared Muslims and Christians as 'internal threat' number ONE and TWO respectively....

Dr B S Abdur Rahman: The man who died young

Educationist and founder of B S Abdur Rahman University passed away on January 7 at Chennai at the age of 88. A tribute: By Dr Jasim Mohammad, Death of Dr B S Abdur Rahman has not only shocked who knew his mission and lifelong works but also those who have benefited by his devotion and those who took inspirations from him. His untimely death has brought a vacuum in Indian educational scenario and it is almost impossible to be filled up in near future.

Muslim representation in Civil Services – An Analysis

By M Naushad Ansari, Among 875 selected candidates, this year, 21 are Muslims. Last year, out of 791 selected candidates, 31 were Muslims. Hence, from around 4% in 2009 the Muslims’ selection in the Civil Services Examination, popularly known as IAS exams, has come down to around 2.5%. Only remarkable achievement this year is that the topper is a Muslim, Shah Faesal, coming from Kashmir.

शेख़ गुलाब : गुमनामी में गायब अंग्रेजों से लोहा लेनेवाला शख्स

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net आज़ादी के इतने सालों बाद शेख़ गुलाब को याद करना बेहद ख़ास है. मुझे यह समझ नहीं आ रहा है कि...

“Communal” conflict in Tenkasi

By Irfan Engineer,

I was in Tenkasi town for a few hours as a part of field visit, a part of 7 days workshop on "Peace and Conflict Resolution" organized jointly by Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Mumbai and Society for Community Organisations Trust (SOCO Trust), Madurai. Madurai was amongst the three areas that were selected for field visit. The participants of the Workshop were divided in three groups and they went to three different areas.

Chai @AMU – it is more than drinking tea

By Nayeem Showkat Khan, “Tod diya ray.” You may surely be used to this line if you have attended or visited Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Every hour, at least one chai (tea) glass is ‘broken to death’ at some dhaba located somewhere in the vicinity of varsity and dhabawalas keep on repeating the same line.

History Repeating Itself? Post-2014 India’s eerie resemblance with India of 1938-46

By Mohammed Sajjad for TwoCircles.net History rarely repeats itself. Nevertheless, if we are to understand what is happening in the Indian polity today, it is...

Jharkhand after 20 years: Rich state, poor people and a tale of betrayal

By Dr. Md Afroz & MD Tabrez Alam, TwoCircles.net Jharkhand is considered one among the richest states in contemporary India because of its rich mineral...

A visit to the ruins of magnificent Muslim past in Malda and Murshidabad

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net TCN Series: Visit to Malda and Murshidabad : Part 3 The cities of Malda and Murshidabad alternatively were the capital of the undivided Bengal (that included Bihar and Orissa also) for about 700 years – from the conquest of Bakhtiar Khilji in 1201 of Bengal till 1881 when Nawab Syed Mansur Ali Khan (known as Feradun Jah), son of Nawab Mubarak Ali Khan (known as Humayun Jah), retired as the last Nawab of the state.

An epoch-making Urdu bibliography

By Dr Omar Khalidi Dr. Anwar Moazzam, former professor of Islamic Studies at Osmania University in Hyderabad, Deccan, India and Ashhar Farhan, an info-technologist and entrepreneur has compiled a massive, epoch-making bibliography of works in social sciences in Urdu. Dr. Moazzam launched the project way back in 1976, under the auspices of Indian Council for Social Science Research and National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language, both institutions funded by the union government of India in New Delhi.

Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, and national mythology – Part I

By Umair Azmi On the anniversary of the murder of Gandhiji, it has become almost a ritual for the RSS to be reminded of what Sardar Patel...

What really happened in Dimapur?

Anger against illegal Bangladeshi immigrants spills over to take rape accused person’s life By A Ghyasuddin, TwoCircles.net, A lot has been said by many but the fact remains that there was a serious breach of law and order by Nagaland government and the outcome was killing of an under trial rape accused in a most horrifying way for a modern world.

Mohammed Ali Shihab: An inspiring journey from orphanage to UPSC

By Shafeeq Hudawi, TwoCircles.net, “What is your strength, Ali?” asked the discerning panel during the interview round of the UPSC exams in 2011. The answer...

Businessman with dubious credentials as Chancellor of public funded University: Modi govt beats the...

By M Reyaz, Over the years, several private universities – Amity University to IIPM and Lovely Professional University – that have mushroomed in country often have the owners, varying from educationist, philanthropist to hard core businessmen or even realtors, appointing themselves as Chancellors while they hire professionals, often semi-professionals, as Vice Chancellors.

Why the followers of Hindutva in India support Israel?

The common force uniting Hindutva and Zionism is their shared understanding of the nation and the treatment of minorities. While Zionism sought to violently...

Obituary: Mufti Abdul Latif Qasmi, Shahar Qazi of Bhopal

By Manzar Imam, Mufti Abdul Latif Qasmi, city qazi of Bhopal died of cardiac arrest on 4 April 2010. Mufti Sahab complained of chest pain around 4am following which he was rushed to Chirayu Hospital where he was declared brought dead. He was 63 and is survived by wife, three sons and six daughters. For some time he had been suffering from diabetes.

Muslim women in the slums: poorest of the poor

A study of the maternity care and births in Mumbai slums By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net, A large number of Muslims of India live in poverty and they are the majority of the poorest of the poor living in slums. This is according to a study conducted in 2006 in Mumbai. The details of the study were published earlier this month.

Abba Jan Maulana Muhammad Muslim: Personal Reflections

Maulana Muhammad Muslim Saheb is one of the founders of Majlis-e-Mushawarat. He was a member of the Jamaat Islami's shura council for more than...

Tehzib-ul Ikhlaque: Ameliorating the Social Conditions of Indian Muslims

By Areeba Shabbir, TwoCircles.net An exhaustive audit of Sir Syed Ahmad’s scholarly services laid the foundation of responsible journalism in India. He was the first...

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan rips through traditional views about women in Islam

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net, Director of the New Delhi-based Centre for Peace and Spirituality, editor of the monthly Al-Risala journal and author of almost two hundred books, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is one of India’s best known Islamic scholars. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand, he talks about issues related to Islam and women. You have written extensively on the issue of Islam and women. Contrary to many traditional ulema, you argue the case for gender equality in Islam. How does your approach differ from that of most traditionalist scholars?

Ayodhya imbroglio 1949-2019: Need to restitute and indemnify Muslim sociopolitical losses

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood Of late, some people have been approaching the Muslim community leaders persuading them to welcome the Supreme Court decision if it...

विपक्षी दलों के लिए आख़िरी चुनाव ही होगा 2019

दिवाकर तमाम मत-भिन्नताओं के बावजूद नीतीश कुमार के इस बयान से असहमति की गुंजाइश कम दिखती है कि 2019 में नरेन्द्र मोदी से मुक़ाबला करने...

A 400 year old Masjid and colony demolished in Delhi by Delhi Development Authority

Resistance against the demolition of Ghousiya Masjid and colony in Delhi By Mohamed Tanveer Iqbal

TV serials and the rise of Hindutva

ShahNawaz Khan TwoCircles.net I would argue Ramanand Sagar, and not the BJP, started laying the bricks of a Hindu Rashtra, although, perhaps inadvertently. The Ramayan...

Tablighi Jamaat and Mewat madrasas

Series on MewatPart 3 By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net, Because the Tablighi Jamaat, today the world's largest Islamic movement, had its roots in Mewat, many Meos identify themselves with it--even if, for many, this may be only nominal. The founder of the Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, is credited with having founded a number of maktabs and madrasas in Mewat in the 1920s. Today, there are several hundred such Islamic schools across the region.

Different forms of untouchability among Muslims: Dalit Muslim Muhim

By Khalid Anis Ansari, Mohammad Noor Hasan Azad, one of the founding members of the All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz, discusses the contemporary lower caste movement among Indian Muslims

Karbala: The true symbol of non-violent resistance

By Rupa Abdi, TwoCircles.net Black was the colour of pathos, and I was submerged in it. Women dressed in black sarees and salwar kameez were beating their chests to the chant of ‘Ya Hussain’. The chorus rose to a fevered pitch followed by a sudden silence. In that momentary silence was crystallized generations of mourning. The place – a Shia Muslim neighbourhood in Lucknow; the time – the tenth of Moharrum. If grief has different shades, on can see it during Moharrum.

Why Jharkhand’s Pathalgadi movement is worrying the state government

Shukoh Albadar, TwoCircles.net Merely 40 km away from the Jharkhand’s state capital Ranchi, Khunti, a newly-carved out district is in the limelight across the national...

An innovative approach to Hindu-Muslim dialogue

55 year-old Syed Abdullah Tariq runs an Islamic group based in Rampur, a town in western Uttar Pradesh, that focuses on dialogue with Hindus. An engineer by training, he was one of the chief disciples of the late Maulana Shams Naved Usmani, a noted Islamic scholar who had also a deep knowledge of the Hindu scriptures.

From the complaining eyes of Azamgarh

By Sadiq Zafar for TwoCircles.net, Azamgarh has been the land of oriental learning since the colonial times and a center of religious excellence in...

Madrasa teaching reforms essential : Tariq Rasheed Firangi Mahali

39-year old Maulana Tariq Rasheed Firangi Mahali is a ninth generation direct descendant of Mulla Nizamuddin Firangi Mahali, who framed what is known after him as the dars-e nizami, the basic syllabus that continues to be followed by the vast majority of Islamic madrasas in South Asia even today. He is one of the few remaining members of the renowned Firangi Mahali family of Lucknow who carry on with their family's centuries'-old tradition of Islamic scholarship.

J&K Gujjar women most neglected in the country: survey

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net, The empowerment of a woman leads to empowerment of entire family. But unfortunately women have always been neglected lot in every field of life. They have been generally kept out of development in the country. A survey reveals Gujjar women in Jammu and Kashmir are among the most backward and discriminated women in the country.

Seeds of extremism is in communal riots: Sayeed Khan

Sayeed Khan is the founder president of MY India (Muslim Youth of India). He is leading a campaign against extremism after getting disillusioned with Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Charu Bahri of TwoCircles.net spoke to him about SIMI, extremism, and future plans for MY India. Background

Not Just BJP, it is the Indian State which is Islamophobic

By Iqbal Salahkar Exactly six years back, in the first week of April 2014, the polling for Lok Sabha elections began. BJP-led-National Democratic Alliance, registering...

Why polygamy should not be encouraged?

Need to repeat and reassert that polygamy is only an option not a compulsion in Islam. By Dr Kouser Fathima First and foremost. Let it be...

News channels in India are in adolescent phase: Arfa Khanum

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net Television journalism is one of the most glamorous jobs of new India. Arfa Khanum Sherwani as principal correspondent and news anchor for NDTV India holds one of those glamorous jobs. Her home in New Delhi is an example of simplicity. She used to be in front of her camera, but this time she was the subject of the interview. I asked her about television journalism in India which is barely a decade old.

Urdu-medium enrollment: What the numbers tell us?

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

Does it matter who wins election in Araria?

By Ashish Ranjan and Kalyani B This is where the road ends tarmac of India shining gives way to gravel and red dirt of...

Justice? Fair trial? What foolish world do you live in, Sir? The victim was...

By Mazhar Farooqui In the end, justice will prevail. Nobody is above the law. Have faith in the judiciary. All these oft-repeated phrases sound good but...

For the Love of Urdu: Running free Urdu classes

"Even when Qamar Hayat retired in 2003 as a teacher from the Nagpur Municipal Urdu School, the Urdu class continues to be free of...

Syud Hossain: India’s voice for freedom abroad

By Danish Khan for TwoCircles.net Syud Hossain was born on June 23, 1888 in Calcutta (according to his passport application to the British Government) in an illustrious and aristocratic family. His father Syud Mohammed was a well-known scholar and the Registrar General of Bengal. His maternal grandfather was Nawab Abdul Latif Khan Bahadur who did pioneering work in the field of education in Bengal.

‘Liberal’, ‘Ambedkerite’ Islamophobia and communal violence: A counter narrative

By Dr Mohammad Kamran Ahsan As hate becomes the fulcrum, and the new normal of Indian polity, various view-points have emerged analysing this institutionalised hatred...

In Kerala, attempts to save Arabi Malayalam take final shape

By Shafeeq Hudawi Kozhikode : The history of Islam in Kerala goes back more than a thousand years, with the first mosque in the...

Why BJP supporters and non-BJP supporters can’t remain friends anymore?

By Arif Hussain Recently an old friend, an urbane corporate worker, mused on Facebook that what is it about this election that’s making it difficult...

A Burqa can be empowering too, but I don’t expect Ram Guha to understand...

By Hatif Imam for TwoCircles.net My great uncle attained the coveted post of a Tehsildar before independence. He was a poet and a pious Muslim,...

AsmaNama: Is Shehla Rashid Muslim? Muslim Discussions

#Sarcasm#JNU#JNUSU#ShehlaRashid#Discussions#Muslim#Moslem#Kafir #Kanhaiyya#RohithVemula Dr.Asma Anjum Khan for TwoCircles.net, We Muslims, Moslems, Musalmans or Muhammedans are very interesting peoples. We have many nice habits. Like, we discuss...

Schoolgirl writes to Chief Minister, gets road constructed to the village

By IndScribe, Maimoona Khan, 14, who studies in ninth standard, lives in a small village in Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh.

Kulsum Sayani: A ‘Rahber’ of Hindustani

By Danish Khan, We all have heard of Ameen Sayani, the golden voice of radio, recognised and loved by lakhs of listeners. Sayani's voice has touched the lives of many which makes people nostalgic of the good old days of the radio. History buffs might know that his grandfather Rahimtulla Sayani was elected the president of Congress in 1896 and was a well known lawyer in Bombay.

Remembering Lady Anees Imam, One of the Founders of Modern Bihar

Mohd Hussain Ganie | TwoCircles.net The role of minority personalities in the national movement and nation-building remains unacknowledged and is also being systematically and deliberately...

Madhya Pradesh elections: An analysis of Muslim representations

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net, If Muslims are most disenfranchised anywhere in India, it is in Madhya Pradesh. According to the 2001 census, Muslims are 6.4% of the population of the state but only 2 of the 230 assembly seats are represented by Muslims. The dismal Muslim representation is not expected to improve in this year's election.

Opinion: Kashmir Files weaponizes grief for propaganda

The gut-wrenching story of Kashmiri Pandits should not be weaponized for stoking anti-Muslim violence. Alishan Jafri | TwoCircles.net  After a friend shared Chetan Bhagat's recent op-ed in the Times...

Nawab Sikandar Begum’s Hajj memoir

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and for over fourteen hundred years a journey of a lifetime for millions of Muslims living in different corners of the world. These hajis returned to their homelands to tell a tale of physical and spiritual journey of extraordinary proportions. Hajj is obligatory for every Muslim man and woman who are able to undertake this journey. A large number of Muslim women from India made this pious trip but one of the first to write an account of her hajj journey was Nawab Sikandar Begum of Bhopal.

Civil Services: More Muslims should come out to compete, says IRS Faraz Qureshi

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

As an Indian Muslim I have a dream and this is it

As Islamophobia rages in India and Indian Muslims continue to be blamed for the spread of the coronavirus, Indian journalist Mazhar Farooqui came up with...

Deoband’s Anti-Terrorism Convention: Some Reflections

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net

The mammoth 'Anti-Terrorism Convention' organised at Deoband late last month, which brought together ulema from all over the country, has received wide media coverage. While smaller conventions of this sort have been organized by other ulema bodies in recent years, this one, unlike others, caught the attention of the media particularly because it was organized by the Dar ul-Ulum Deoband, probably the largest traditional madrasa in the world, which large sections of the media have been unfairly berating as the 'hub' of 'terrorism'.

यूपी में मजलिस : खेल बिगाड़ रही है या अपना खेल बना रही है...

आसमोहम्मद कैफ़। Twocircles.net इरफ़ान मंसूरी मुजफ्फरनगर में रहते हैं। 52 साल के है और वो पेशे से दर्जी है। राजनीति में रुचि रखते हैं। पहले...

इस किताब की कहानी, मेरे जैसे हज़ारों-लाखों लड़कों की कहानी है

अब्दुल्लाह मंसूर, TwoCircles.net के लिए उस दिन अख़बार की सुर्खियां खून से सनी थी. तमाम अख़बार चीख-चीख के कह रहे थे कि दिल्ली, अहमदाबाद, बंगलुरु...

Khalid, Imam and the conventional Muslim prisoner

To show complete solidarity, they need a conventional Muslim who's left-leaning, has been painted as an atheist and has not made Islamic references in...

How can you trust medical colleges that don’t even have a website?

By Mumtaz Naiyer for TwoCircles.net Recently, the University Grants Commission (UGC) published a list of fake universities in India. The state of Uttar Pradesh topped...

Inculcating morality among Generation Next, Pharos Educational Foundation

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

Making 10,000 Dalit Adivasi leaders for dignity and development in Odisha

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter, Bhubaneswar: National Confederation Dalit Adivasi Organisations (NACDAOR) has decided to train Dalits and Adivasis in the state of Odisha to...

A year after abrogation of Article 370, Kashmir is tragedy in making

By Firdous Khan The first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 is around the corner in Jammu and Kashmir. It was on August 5...

An incident that changed the history of Achalpur

By Ghulam Badiuddin, Urdu Times Achalpur was an ideal abode of Hindu- Muslim unity in the past. Here both communities participated in all local social, cultural, political, civil and even religious events together. Both communities shared equally in marriages, education, agriculture, sale and purchase of goods, floods and epidemics and helped each other. Males and females of both communities shared in every happiness and tragedies jointly.

A Love Story of Chand Mohmmad and Fiza

By Syed Ali Mujtaba, The story of Chand Mohmmad and Fiza that had hit the headlines recently undoubtedly has lent a romantic color to the otherwise dull Indian political scene. This however has also opened up a debate on complex human relationship that transcends into the domain of conversion and polygamy. Whereas Muslim clerics have called the idea of converting to Islam to get married second time, "a deplorable act" the Hindutva brigade is maintaining a stoke silence in this case.

The Shia-Sunni divide: dangerous (re)-readings of Islamic History

By Sharjeel Imam Out of the first four caliphs of Islam, the third i.e Uthman was an Umayyad, a powerful Quraish tribe based in Mecca...

PM Modi’s Muslim outreach: Ground-level follow up can garner support

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood for TwoCircles.net Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the occasion of the Jordanian King‘s visit to India in the presence of...

Should Supreme Court favour Sikh beard but disapprove Jewish, Christian and Muslim beards ?

Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, President, ZakatIndia.org The Supreme Court of India recently offered to a suspended Muslim Maharashtra police constable the revocation of his suspension...

Politics and psychology: a study of political campaign in Indian democracy

By Yash Nawaz What is politics and psychology? How are both related to each other? I have tried to figure out these questions to understand political...

The role of women in the Kashmir uprising

By Bilal A. Malik for Twocircles.net Since 1947, women participation has been an inalienable element of Kashmir’s resistance movement. The courageous women of Kashmir stood...

A day of Ramadan in Mominpura, Nagpur

Photos by Nivedita Khandekar Nagpur: Mominpura in Nagpur is the place to be during Ramadan. People from across the city and at times,...

What explains Muslim under-representation in UPSC?

A Year-long Series on Education, Sponsored by The Aligarh Forum & Council of Indian Muslims—UK (CIM): - A Mirror on our Efforts, our Successes...

Investigating Mehdi Foundation’s beliefs and claims

By Yoginder Sikand A fortnight ago, the walls of my locality in New Delhi were plastered over with posters depicting a bearded man bearing a ponderous turban, below which were etched slogans fiercely denouncing Pakistan. 'Pakistan Promotes Islamic Terrorism', 'Islamic Terrorists Rule Pakistan', 'Declare Pakistan a Terrorist State' and so on the posters proclaimed. They were issued by The Mehdi Foundation International (MFI), a little-known outfit with a rather bombastic name.

Reservations and Muslims in Telugu States

By Shaik Amer Arafath for TwoCircles.net, When our Constitution was framed, the framers made a special provision with intention to provide equal opportunity in the...

The everyday ‘Agnipariksha’ of UP Madrasas: Hindutva must now be tackled innovatively

By Shamsul Islam for TwoCircles.net On the eve of 71st anniversary of India’s Independence, the government of UP led by a senior leader of Hindu...

Proposed Madarsa Central Board and Ulema

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net, Last part of the seven part TwoCircles.net series on Darul Uloom Deoband In November, I was in Deoband to attend Jamiat’s General Conference. The conference was attended by millions of Muslims from across the country. Besides several issues, proposed Madarsa board was also a topic of discussion at the conference. The conference also passed a resolution rejecting the Board.

The controversy over Padmavati, and Bollywood’s soft war against Muslims

By Misbahuddin Mirza for Twocircles.net Padmavati, a Bollywood movie being produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is the latest in a plethora of movies showing inter-religious...

The cost of being an assertive Muslim in India

By Nabeel Ahmad, TwoCircles.net With the rising hyper-nationalism and Islamophobia, Indian Muslims are constantly bombarded regarding their identity. Forget about full-grown beard and skull cap,...

Anam Munaf Vadgama, a role model for girls

TCN Special Series on Women of Inspiration By Rehan Ansari, TwoCircles.net,

Muslim Contested Candidates for General Elections 2009

By Aariz Mohammed, Center for Minorities Empowerment, Hyderabad. AP.

Indian Education: A neglected sector

By Prof. Md. Kalimuddin Ahmad Essentially survival and thriving of civilizations are linked with the advancement of science and technology. There has never been monopoly of...

Communal riots 2011

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

New stage of Muslim disempowerment

Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam One of the less examined and analysed aspects of the recent Lok Sabha elections is the stark fact that the old...

In Memory of Babri

By Waseem R.S “Krishna, what is the case with your grave?” I asked suddenly and he replied, excited. “We won in the High Court, Bhavanechi” “What do...

Maulana Azad’s idea of India was pluralistic: Prof. Moazzam

By TCN News Hyderabad: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad believed India is a land of multiple languages, religions and cultures, said Prof. Anwar Moazzam while...

बिहार में बदहाल शिक्षा व्यवस्था : बच्चे पढ़ाई से अधिक खिचड़ी के लिए कटोरे...

अमृतांज इंदीवर व्यक्ति समाज का एक अभिन्न अंग है. जैसा व्यक्ति होगा, वैसा समाज व राष्ट्र होगा. भावी समाज के कर्णधारों के व्यक्तित्व का निर्माण...

This hilly region in Kashmir is prospective front for gateway to Central Asia

By Rahmat Bhat, TwoCircles.net Like a jewel in the crown of a king, sits the beautiful valley of Karnah at Shamsbari range in north-west Kashmir....

‘Haiya alal falaah – come towards Success’

Which success does it mean, the success in the world or hereafter? Why haven’t we realized yet that Allah (SWT) has chosen ‘success’ to...

IMPAR : 200+ thought leaders form think tank to present true picture of Indian...

By Yusuf Ansari, TwoCircles.net For a few years, the country has been witnessing agencies and individuals come up with unique ways to malign the name...

In Goalpara, a tribal theatre troupe connects people with the nature thanks to Sukracharya...

By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net Goalpara: The idea of theatre has different connotations and meaning for different people. In its most basic form, it...

PM Modi has not spent even a single rupee from MPLADS funds on adopted...

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India and Lok Sabha MP from Varanasi, has not spent a single rupee from his...

Glorifying encounter killings in Hindi movies

By Almas Ahmad “Tum log society ka kachra hai ... main society ka jamadar” (You people are the trash of the society…and I am the cleaner of...

This mosque is India’s first, Prophet’s contemporary

By Arvind Padmanabhan Kodungallur (Kerala) : One will find nothing unusual about this place of worship for Muslims as one drives...

Ayesha Khatun : The woman on a mission

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net,

विद्रोही : कवि के लिबास में क्रांतिकारी, जिससे लोग कन्नी काटते थे

By अविनाश चंचल पिछले हफ्ते रामाशंकर यादव विद्रोही नहीं रहे. पिछले मंगलवार यूजीसी के खिलाफ छात्रों के एक विरोध प्रदर्शन में जाते हुए उनका निधन...

Book Review: The Mothers of Manipur: Twelve Women Who Made History

By Aparna Sharma for TwoCircles.net Name of the book: The Mothers of Manipur: Twelve Women Who Made History Author: Teresa Rehman, Publisher: Zubaan Books, 154 pages Number of...

Farmers protests: why India’s agriculture problems are much deeper

By Syed Ali Mujtaba With fresh bouts of farmer protest gaining momentum, currently the Modi government is riding the high horse of arrogance and the...

Strange rituals make Eid in Maldives unique

By Anas Nilambur Ramadan gets a warm reception in Maldives with numerous extraordinary rituals. In this Muslim country long before the holy month people stat preparation of welcoming ‘Rodha Mahu’, Dhivehi name for the month of fast. Men and women go to nearby uninhabited islands to collect milky white gravels, with which their courtyards are being decorated. Repainting walls is not a common practice here; however the pristine beach like appearance of house premises substitutes all other shortcomings.

Instant reactions on Instant Triple Talaq Judgement: Lot argued and Least understood

By Dr. Babli Parveen The recent verdict on Triple Talaq by the Honourable Supreme Court has created ripples in the society. It is discussed, debated,...
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