Causes and spread of Islam

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

Allah Hafiz vs. Khuda Hafiz

By Almas Kiran Shamim,

Kashmiryat in Kashmiri surnames

By Rajesh Bhat, TwoCircles.net

Ever heard a Hindu by the surname Peer, Wali or Khan? Or imagine a Muslim carrying his last name as Rishi or Pandit…… Sounds incredible but it is a common feature in Kashmir, where unlike in other parts of the country, Muslims and Hindus have been sharing the same surnames since ages.

Letter to Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India

By Manzoor Alam, Mr Narendrabhai Modi Prime Minister of India New Delhi

Maulvi Mumtaz Ali- A Nineteenth century advocate of women’s rights

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

It is generally thought that movement for women’s rights began with western educated people and in 19th century. But very few people know about Maulavi Mumtaz Ali Khan, a traditional ‘alim, product of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband who was very enthusiastic supporters of gender equality. There are two things to be noted here: one, he was a traditional ‘alim and was not under the influence of western thought and two, he was advocating gender equality purely on the basis of Islamic traditional sources i.e. Qur’an and hadith.

Sarah Rizvi: Born and brought up in Mumbai, became IPS in Gujarat

TCN series on Muslim women empowerment On International Women's Day on 8th March, TCN is bringing great stories of Muslim women empowerment from different states of India -- Editor

Al-Ameen Mission in West Bengal: Glorious 25 Years

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

Muslim Ayodhya: city of mosques, mazars and graves

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

Youm e Ashura : A Sunni perspective

By Mohamed Ajmal for TwoCircles.net The month of Muharram, is an evidently an historical month for Muslims, and also which highlights the differences between Sunni...

Movie review: Like Stars on Earth

By Zainab Lakhani for TwoCircles.net The movie "Like Stars on Earth" is about an eight-year old boy who constantly gets in trouble. He is an introverted little boy who would much rather play with stray dogs than the kids in his neighborhood. He doesn't have the same urgency about life as the other around him do. Not bound by routine he'd happily miss the bus for a few more minutes of sleep full of limitless dreams.

Masjid –e-Rasheed: A magnificent mosque at Darul Uloom

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net, Part 5 of the seven part TwoCircles.net series on Darul Uloom Deoband Founder and administration of Darul Uloom were fond of simplicity. Since its inception, they have been emphasizing on ground works and not on ostentation. Therefore, if someone would have gone to Deoband 15 years ago, he would have been surprised to see that the place that produced legendary Islamic scholars, authors, and thinkers has all simple buildings within its campus.

Zainab Sayeed: UPSC cracker who wants more Muslim girls to be IAS

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net Kolkata: She set a target, studied hard and achieved her goal. Now, she wants other Muslim women to make an attempt...

Muslim freedom martyrs of India

By Shafee Ahmed Ko, TwoCircles.net,

April 1946 interview with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad – the man who knew the...

By Shorish Kashmiri, Congress president Maulana Abul Kalam Azad gave the following interview to journalist Shorish Kashmiri for a Lahore based Urdu magazine, Chattan, in April 1946. It was a time when the Cabinet Mission was holding its proceedings in Delhi and Simla. Azad made some startling predictions during the course of the interview, saying that religious conflict would tear apart Pakistan and its eastern half would carve out its own future. He even said that Pakistan's incompetent rulers might pave the way for military rule.

Muslims of Assam

By Md. Khurshid Ahmed, The historical backgrounds firmly prove the arrival of the Ahoms and Muslims as invaders in the first half of the thirteenth century CE. Muslims from the west started entering Assam in 1206 few years before the invasion of the Ahoms into the state in 1226. The only difference between the two is that the Ahoms could lay down permanent empire but Muslims failed to establish their rule prosperously. Muslims yet, could conquer some portions in Assam and administrated them temporally. Since that period Muslims began to settle over the region.

विकास और सांप्रदायिकता के बलबूते देश की गद्दी हासिल करना चाहते हैं केजरीवाल!

तारिक़ अनवर चम्पारणी  मैं कल तक कुछ और सोच रहा था। मगर आज थोड़ा अलग सोच रहा हूं। मीडिया द्वारा तब्लीग़ी जमाअत पर फैलाये जा...

Ashiana: Bengaluru’s old age home

By Shaik Zakeer Hussain, TwoCircles.net, Bengaluru: Abdul Hamid, 78, was a painter by profession. He did painting until recently. That was till the paint brush...

Babur and sons of Babur

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net Thanks to the propaganda of the Sangh Parivar, Babur, founder of Mughal Empire has become a controversial figure in Indian history. Babur was an invader but he was also the founder of a dynasty that gave shape to an India that we are rightly proud of. Be it the architecture, arts, literature, music, or dance, it is difficult to imagine present day India without the Mughals.

System of Islamic education in Kerala

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net TCN Malabar series: Part 4 The system of Islamic education must have started at the same time as the first few masajid were established in Kerala. This system evolved over a thousand years period and even though for a century there is great emphasis on modern education, the Islamic education system survives and with some new trends shows that it continues to thrive.

RSS’s international wing Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh challenged throughout US

Speakers make 3-city tour to question platforming of HSS by local governments. Pieter Friedrich | TwoCircles.net “I don’t think Mr Friedrich’s here anymore — he was...

Role of Muslims in freedom struggle

By Shaik Amer Arafath, The freedom movement of India was not the sole agenda of a particular political party but it had moved aam aadmi...

Why S M Mushrif’s book “Who Killed Karkare?” not discussed in media

By Mohd Ziyallah Khan, To tell a truth in front of a tyrant ruler is the biggest crusade in the sight of Lord. And perhaps, this saying sounds so true to Mr. S M Mushrif (retired IPS officer – former IGP Maharashtra) when he wrote his book ‘Who killed Karkare?’ published a couple of months back. Ironically, despite all the truth he has managed to jot down in his daring work, he couldn’t get the kind of coverage or response in the Media.

Muslims’ participation in non-Muslim festivals and functions

By Maulana Waris Mazhari, (Translated by Yoginder Sikand)

OFBJP now listed as foreign agent under US Law, ties with ruling BJP laid...

By Pieter Friedrich The Overseas Friends of the BJP (OFBJP), after 29 years in operation in the United States, formally registered as a “foreign agent”...

Muslims of Gujarat: The real picture

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net,

A love-marriage, not love-jihad, which changed India’s history

By Soroor Ahmed, TwoCircles.net, A single love-marriage between Prithviraj Chauhan and Samyogita, daughter of his cousin and king of Kannauj, Jai Chand, perhaps played a more significant role in changing the history of India than several other factors. Though the mothers of both were sisters, Prithviraj eloped with Jai Chand’s daughter. In return Jai Chand––unlike other Rajput kings and chieftains, who supported Prithviraj––allied with Muhammad Ghori, who succeeded in capturing Delhi in his second attempt in 1192. Ghori did not spare Jai Chand either and in 1193-94 defeated him in the Battle of Chandawar. He was killed and his son Harish Chandra ruled Kannauj as a sub-ordinate of Ghori and his successors until 1225, when Iltutmish ended his reign.

Samim Sarkar: Running a coaching centre to help poor Minority students

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.Net Kolkata: In 2015, 15 Muslims qualified in the West Bengal Civil Services. Nearly half of them came from the coaching entre...

नोखा: जानिए एशिया की सबसे बड़ी मोठ मंडी को

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net नोखा (राजस्थान): दलित छात्रा डेल्टा मेघवाल की मौत ने राजस्थान के बीकानेर जिले के नोखा शहर को चर्चा में ला दिया...

Muslim presence in Mussoorie

By Salman Sultan, TwoCircles.net, Mussoorie, 6950 feet above sea level, is referred to as Mansoorie by the local people. Mansoorie (Coriana nepalensis) is named after the Mansur shrub which still grows on the hill sides. Captain Young established this British retreat in 1827. His stately house Mulligan is atop the horse shoe shaped ridge. The vegetation is verdant.

How a malicious report in Times of India has ruined my life and why...

By Arshad Mohsin for TwoCircles.net The power of mainstream media in spreading information and forming public opinions cannot be underestimated. We all know that when...

Jaun Elia: A Concealed Philosopher Poet

By Mohammad Suhail Yeh hai ek jabr Ittefaq nahi Jaun hona koi Mazak nahi (This is a hardship, not the coincidence Being Jaun is not a joke) (Jaun Elia) Mostly...

Importance of Surah al-Fatiha

By Maulana Abul Kalam Azad November 11th being the birth anniversary of Maulan Azad, TwoCircles.net present a chapter from his monumental work, Tarjuman-ul-Quran The Surat-ul-Fatiha is the first chapter of the Quran and is for that reason styled Fatihatul Kitab or the opening of the book. Because of its intrinsic value, it has been assigned a place of honour in the Quran and allowed to appear on the very first page of it. Indeed, the Quran endorses its importance in the following terms:

पढ़िए गौहर रज़ा की वह ग़ज़ल, जिसके लिए जी न्यूज़ ने उन्हें देशद्रोही साबित...

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter नई दिल्ली: शायर गौहर रज़ा भी मुल्क में फ़ैली देशद्रोह की फिज़ा से अछूते नहीं रहे. हालांकि यह फिज़ा मुल्क में जितनी...

Kashmir’s Largest Madrasa: Dar ul-Uloom Raheemiyyah

By Yoginder Sikand Established in 1979, the Dar ul-Uloom Raheemiyyah, located in the town of Bandipora, is the largest madrasa in Jammu and Kashmir. Founded by a graduate of the Deoband madrasa, Maulana Muhammad Rahmatullah, it currently has more than a thousand students on its rolls. Patterned on the Deoband model, it is one of the few madrasas in the state that provide Islamic education till the takhasus or specialization level.

Why Muslim-dominated seats are reserved for SCs?

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

The forgotten massacre of Muslims in Moradabad, forty years later

By Tazeen Junaid On 13 August 1980, Moradabad police indiscriminately opened fire on thousands of namazis (worshippers) in the Eidgah, killing hundreds of them, many...

Feraque Ahmad: A devout Muslim, a progressive DM of Kishanganj

By Md. Mudassir Alam, He is a simple man with a gentle smile, and donning characteristic Muslim appearance. Long white beard, a skull cap (topi) and very simple clothing is what describes much better about Feraque Ahmad, the District Magistrate of India’s Muslim dominated district Kishanganj. At the first sight hardly anyone will believe that the man can be an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer and encompasses a high (liberal) thinking.

Who is responsible for Nellie massacre?

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

Are Muslim freedom fighters given rightful coverage in Kerala history textbooks?

By Najiya O., TwoCircles.net Kozhikode: Muslims have played a very important part in the freedom struggle of the country. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Ali brothers, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan are a few examples. Our school syllabi, both state and central, cover the freedom struggle. But how many Muslim freedom fighters find their place in the history text books, which are the first source of information for the growing generation about our past?

Muslims are once again dotting Punjab’s landscape

By Syed Ali Mujtaba Punjab faced the full fury of the communal violence in 1947during thePartition of India. The state witnessed an extremely turbulent and traumatic...

Pledge to kill: Hindutva hatred crystallizes in fascist oath of genocide

Hindu nationalists at an event in India mimic Nazi Germany with a vow to “fight, die, and kill”. Pieter Friedrich | TwoCircles.net In 1933, as...

Nawab of Chhatari (1888-1981)

By Naved Masood for TwoCircles.net, Nawab Hafiz Sir Ahmad Said[[i]]Khan

New Jersey marks ground zero for growing US resistance to Hindutva

Modi's regime’s American support base suffers multiple defeats in the Summer of 2022.  Pieter Friedrich | TwoCircles.net UNITED STATES — After the Old Paramus Reformed...

Faiz Ahmed Faiz: the voice of dissent

Dr Saif Mahmood, a Supreme Court lawyer, discusses why Urdu shaiyar Faiz Ahmed Faiz will always stay with him By Bushra Alvi,TwoCircles.net,

Prof. Wasey appointed National Commissioner Linguistic Minorities

By Mahmood Asim, TwoCircles.net, Renowned Muslim scholar and Padma Shri Prof. Akhtarul Wasey has been appointed as National Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities recently and left the Jamia Millia Islamia after a long period serving it since 1999 to join the Commission.

Longing for the reconstruction of Babri Masjid

By Misbahuddin Mirza December 6, 1992, exactly 500 years after Christopher Columbus landed on Santo Domingo island in search of gold, the Kar Sevaks of...

UP Government confers Yash Bharti award to 46 people, list includes nine Muslims

By TCN Staff Reporter Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh's highest honour Yash Bharti award was given to 46 personalities on Monday. Among them, nine Muslims were conferred...

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as Educationist

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, 1857 is a watershed in Indian history when with the fall of Delhi, British sway was fully established all over India. Men of substance and vision like Sir Syed were quick to realise that the rout had come because the Indian side had fallen behind the British in the realm of knowledge of all kinds, especially that of science and technology.

अंतरराष्ट्रीय जनसंख्या दिवस पर विशेष :संघ के बड़े एजंडे का छोटा सा हिस्सा है...

यूसुफ़ अंसारी साल 2014 में केंद्र में मोदी सरकार बनने के बाद बीजेपी देश भर में अपने व्यापक एजेंडे को लागू करने की दिशा में...

Teaching and curriculum of Darul Uloom

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net, Part 3 of the seven part TwoCircles.net series on Darul Uloom Deoband After the failure of 1857 freedom war, the British East India Company started to target especially Muslims as the commanders of the movement were mostly Muslims. The government hung thousands of Ulema and shut down many madarsas.

Biden administration taking a dangerous path with Modi regime

Communal violence escalates in India as the US embraces its source. Pieter Friedrich | TwoCircles.net  Two months ago, Atul Keshap — who was then temporarily serving...

What explains large Muslim turnout for Yakub Memon’s funeral

By Irfan Engineer, Media reported that about 8000 people attended the last journey of Yakub Memon – whom the Supreme Court had earlier convicted for...

राजस्थान का नागौर जिला दलितों की कब्रगाह बनता जा रहा है

By भंवर मेघवंशी, राजस्थान के नागौर में हुए दलितों के जनसंहार पर भंवर मेघवंशी की यह रिपोर्ट इस मुल्क का चेहरा है, जो रोज ब रोज दलित-मुस्लिम-आदिवासी बस्तियों में देखने को मिलता है. भंवर राजस्थान में दलित, आदिवासी और घुमन्तु समुदाय के लिए संघर्षरत है. प्रतिरोध से साभार.

Is Javed Ahmad Ghamidi phenomena a New Fitna?

By Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander Recently a book release function was held in Kashmir Valley in which a book Fikr e Ghamidi: Ek Tajziyati...

The Tablighi Jamaat in Mewat — Part 2

By Yoginder Sikand, TwoCircles.net, The Tablighi Jamaat in Mewat series Maulana Ismail and the Meos

Hijab in Kerala: the transformation from ignorance to knowledge

By Najiya O., TwoCircles.net, A few decades ago, if a Muslim woman from Malabar clad in a burqa had gone to Ernakulam, people would have looked at her astonished. Because, burqa or any such dress was unfamiliar in southern Kerala. But now, anyone can see women in burqa or girls wearing head-scarves walking through the busy streets of Ernakulam. Hijab is no more new in the work places, educational institutions and public functions in Kerala.

California city pressured to renounce Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh praise

Roseville, California faces sustained pushback for platforming RSS’s international wing. Pieter Friedrich | TwoCircles.net UNITED STATES — When Roseville, a quiet suburb of California’s capital city of...

10 years of Jharkhand: Whither Muslims?

Special series on Jharkhand’s Muslims- Part- 1 By Mahtab Alam and Mary Abraham for TwoCircles.net,

Justice V. Khalid: An immaculate judicial career

MUHAMMED NOUSHAD profiles Justice V Khalid, renowned Supreme Court judge and veteran jurist, a man of integrity and knowledge.

Sir Syed and Maulana Qasim Nanotvi

By Maulana Nadeem-ul-Wajidi, Translated by M Ghazali Khan,

Kartar Singh Sarabha: A pioneer of the Ghadar movement

By Jaspal Singh May 24th, 2018 was the 122nd birth anniversary of Kartar Singh Sarabha. He was born in Sarabha village in Ludhiana district of...

मुक्तिबोध : कहने दो उन्हें जो यह कहते हैं – सफल जीवन बिताने में...

नासिरुद्दीन जब हम कश्मकश में होते हैं और सवालों के मुकाबले जवाब बहुत कम होते हैं तो साहित्य बड़ा सहारा बनते हैं. खासतौर पर...

Re-reading Allama Iqbal’s “Syed ki Lauhe Turbat” on 200th birthday of Sir Syed Ahmad...

By Muhammad Naved Ashrafi Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is celebrating this year (2017) as bicentenary birth year of their founder and India’s social reformer Sir...

The untold story behind the Sabarmati riverfront

By Vanya Mehta, TwoCircles.net, The Sabarmati riverfront, for Ahmedabad residents, is a welcomed respite of clean walkways and greenery. Young middle class teenagers safely venture out with their friends in the evening to enjoy the pleasant views of the river, watching the riverfront light up. The elderly take their morning walks nearby adolescent trees, before the heat settles in for the day. Gujarati tourism, boasted by Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, is given a further facelift by the presence of this cultural landmark that stretches 11 kilometers across the length of the Sabarmati River.

I am not a boot-licker: Dr. Ejaz Ali

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net, Dr Ejaz Ali who was elected to Rajay Sabha in March 2008 by Janata Dal (United) from Bihar has been dismissed from the party. Dr. Ejaz Ali who is also the president of All India United Muslim Morcha is going to hold a program on 1st November in Patna where expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh is invited. In an interview with Manzar Bilal of TwoCircles.net, he talked on the reasons of differences with the party and purpose behind holding the program.

Islamic law of divorce

By A. Faizur Rahman for TwoCircles.net,

मुसलमानों को ‘दीन बचाओ, देश बचाओ’ कांफ्रेंस से क्या मिला?

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net पटना के ऐतिहासिक गांधी मैदान में इमारत-ए-शरिया के बैनर तले ‘दीन बचाओ, देश बचाओ’ कांफ्रेंस में लाखों मुसलमान शरीक हुए. ...

Tipu Sultan: Vision and mission

Dr. Shakeel A. Samdani,

Remembering the Nellie Massacre of 18 February 1983

By Nilim Dutta, Even after three decades of the Nellie Massacre, Muslims in Assam continue to face violence and displacement. Muslim villagers in the Amguri Relief Camp in Chirang District of Assam in September 2012.

Muslim organizations of Kerala

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net TCN Malabar series: Part 10 There are about 8 million Muslims in Kerala and the experts will tell you that it will be difficult to find anyone who is not already attached to a Muslim organization. Kerala is full of competing Muslim religious, social, and political organizations that are very active in the state.

Madrasa education myth and reality

By Asghar Ali Engineer, Madrasas have been at the centre of controversy since 9/11 attack on New York towers. It was thought that attacks were planned by Taliban who were students of madrasas run by Muslims of Wahabi ideology. Though as far as 9/11 attack was concerned, the madrasas in focus were from North West Frontier Province but in India too madrasas came under fire especially from those who were politically motivated and also from a section of media which took a biased view.

Man-made Drought in Maharashtra

By Dr. Parvez Mandviwala for TwoCircles.net, Drought is an extended period of months or years when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply-...

Role of Media in pushing negative stereotypes of Muslims

By Salma Shah, TwoCircles.net The rise of anti-Muslim hatred across the globe is the ramification of the negative stereotypical depiction of the religion of Islam...

‘दीन बचाओ’ या ‘दीन बेचो’ कांफ्रेंस?

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net इसमें कोई शक़ नहीं है कि मुसलमानों से जुड़े जितने भी प्रतीक हैं, चाहे वो धार्मिक हो, ऐतिहासिक हो या...

Secularism and its problems in India

By Asghar Ali Engineer It will be no exaggeration if I say secularism is the very life breath of Indian politics. One can hardly conceive of Indian polity sans secularism. However, it also faces several problems in Indian context. We will throw light and discuss the problematic of secularism in India. Before we do so we must explain meaning and context of Indian secularism.

Muslims in Shillong struggling to make their presence felt

By Mudassir Rizwan, TwoCircles.net,

Muslims settled down in Shillong in 17th century though, they are at best still struggling to make their presence felt. With migration of Muslims from Hindi heartland including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the position of local Muslims have got strengthened a little in Shillong that is dominated by Christians.

Pyare Khan: the journey of a socially conscious entrepreneur

Pyare Khan from Nagpur has spent around Rs 1 crore for procuring oxygen tankers, oxygen concentrators and cylinders. Through newspapers, he learnt about the...

Ramabai Nagar: 17 Years, 11 deaths, 26 injured and Justice is still awaiting

By Yogesh Maitreya, Daisy Katta, “That firing was something as if it was firing of India and Pakistan war” said Bhante Kashyap, reminiscently, one of the eye witnesses of Ramabai Nagar homicide of 1997, in the heartland locality of Mumbai, Ghatkopar East. Another narrator and also an eye witness of this arrogantly brutal massacre of Dalits in Ramabai Nagar, has depicted how thirteen years old boy had been shot dead by police’s bullet hitting his skull and splintered it in two pieces. Few more eye witnesses as well as victims, after seventeen years of the incidence have gathered courage to come up on the stage, provided by ‘Ramabai Nagar Hatyakand Sangharsh Samitee’ at their arranged conference at Ramabai Nagar, on the seventeenth anniversary of this incidence.

India Islamic Cultural Centre – 1981-2018 Genesis, Aims, Obligations

By Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood At Aligarh’s Marris Road the sprawling Government of India Complex spanning eleven thousand square yards used to be my office-cum-residence...

Bakht Khan: Winner of a lost battle

On India's independence day we remember a forgotten hero from our history By Asma Khan for TwoCircles.net Bakht Khan: Winner of a lost battle

Ahmedabad turns 600: Day to recall Vasant-Rajab sacrifice

By Nikhat for TwoCircles.net, Vasant and Rajab lived together, breathed together and died together for a noble cause but death separated them. They will never be separated. The spirit of both Vasant -Rajab will remain with us --- Hemalata Hegishte, Vasant’s sister on their martyrdom. 26 February 2010

Holding onto Ambedkar: The emergence of BAPSA and the challenge to Left and Right

By Abhay Kumar for TwoCircles.net Hundreds of students cheered and clapped when a senior activist of the Ambedkarite students’ organisation BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’...

Daily life of Darul Uloom students

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net, Part 4 of the seven part TwoCircles.net series on Darul Uloom Deoband

Nobel laureates of Indian origin mostly from Tamil Nadu, Bengal

By Amulya Ganguli, IANS, Is it more than just a coincidence that the the Nobel laureates of Indian origin belong to Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Like Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, the latest winner, C.V. Raman and Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, who won the prize in 1930 and 1983 respectively, were also Tamils. They were also members of the Tamil diaspora in the US who had emigrated following the rise of the backward caste movement in Tamil Nadu that put the upper castes under social and political pressure.

Muslims of Azamgarh: who are they, what are they?

By Razi Raziuddin The district of Azamgarh has been much in the news at present, mostly with terror and violence-related events and episodes. Earlier, Azamgarh had been in the news for its scholars, its poets, its freedom fighters, and its institutions and religious seminaries. These days it has become fashionable, especially with the media, to relate Muslim fundamentalism related pro-activism (in the North and Western India) with Azamgarh. It seems that all roads of illegalities, be it a hawala/money scam or a bombing episode elsewhere, are connected with the district of Azamgarh.

Demise of Tablighi Jamaat Ameer spread sadness among Muslims

By Mahmood Asim, TwoCircles.net, There are two kind of people came to this world, one who live for others and the others who live for themselves. Maulana Zubair ul Hasan lived for others. Born in Kandhla village of Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on March 30 in 1950 Maulana Zubair Hasan, the Amir of Tablighi Jamat worldwide Muslim reform movement that originated from India, passed away on March 18.

Muslims in rural Kutch

By Yoginder Sikand,

Muslim life in Hindu Pradesh

Unheard & Unspoken: Terror stories from Madhya Pradesh: Part 12 (concludes)

The Telegraph redefine newspaper front pages

By IndScribe Telegraph, the Calcutta-based English newspaper, has redefined the front pages of newspapers. Creative, catchy and often shocking headlines, apart from unique presentation has...

A history of the Scientific Society

By Afzal Usmani, The Aligarh Movement was not an instant phenomenon. It took its shape in many many years and was started even before Sir Syed moved to his final home Aligarh. Among the first step towards establishing M.A.O. College and Aligarh Movement was establishment of Scientific Society at Ghazipur in 1864. This was a new beginning of Cooperation between Indians and British and among Indian intellectuals living in British India. Here is a brief history of Scientific Society and establishment of Aligarh Institute.

Almost 60 years later, Deekshabhoomi continues to draw Ambedkarites

By Nivedita Khandekar Nagpur (Maharashtra): Hemlata Sontakke, 60, was too young to remember the epoch making event she had attended with...

Running for US Congress, Sri Preston Kulkarni under fire for ties with India’s right-wing...

By Pieter Friedrich In the middle of his second attempt to secure a seat in US Congress, Sri Preston Kulkarni is under fire for his...

Obituary: Maulana Muhammad Salim Qasmi, an ocean of knowledge

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