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The secretary-general of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, announced that the Center will allocate approximately €1.5 million ($1.7 million) for initiatives aimed at combating hate speech through the centre’s global programmes in 2020, in partnership with UN and global organizations and through […]

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By Rajat Malhotra One of the most erroneous beliefs about the Quran is that it is a book that is meant only for Muslims. Nothing could be farther from the truth, however. The Quran, which literally means, ‘to be read’, is in fact a book that is meant for the entire humankind. In its 114 […]

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By Amin Valliani Religion has remained a living topic in almost all ages. Many have discussed religion in different ways; some have even made religion a topic of acrimonious debate. Karl Marx has declared religion to be the opium of the people. He mentioned this while writing a Critique on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, published […]

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By K. Baig Education like democracy, free markets, freedom of the press, and “universal human rights” is one of those subjects whose virtue is considered self-evident. So is the superiority of the industrially advanced countries in attaining them. Consequently, any package that arrives with one of these magic labels on it, automatically qualifies for the […]

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In the wake of the Arab Spring, not one Arab dictator has faced charges for creating a police state and inducing terror among citizens. Similarly, none has been prosecuted for destroying state institutions, the essentials of citizenship, or the means of social advancement. By Shafiq Nazim Ghabra A series of trials have taken place of […]

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Contrary to political Islam, Sufism passionately calls for the protection and preservation of the human species. It warns against the destruction of the human structure because its destruction amounts to demolishing God’s most complete and perfect image. By Hisham al-Najjar The current version of political Islam is losing ground because of the destruction, violence and […]

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States must do more to stop hate crimes and promote interfaith initiatives, say UN rights experts. Geneva: States have an important role to play in promoting religious tolerance and cultural diversity by promoting and protecting human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, say a group of UN independent experts*. The experts urged States to step […]

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This life involves ups and downs, and religion provides consolation and relief to individuals who pass through these ups and downs. By Amin Valliani Not too long ago, the events at Christchurch (New Zealand) mosques and Sri Lankan churches once again highlighted the crucial need for interfaith harmony. This means that followers of all religions, […]

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