New Age Islam

Muslim reactions to Salman Rushdie: No Thought Crime in Islam

By Maulana Wahiddudin Khan | Jan 15, 2012 | 

Salman Rushdie is once again in the news. Born in India and now settled in the UK, he has been invited to the Jaipur Literature Festival that is being held from January 20 to 24. On hearing of this, a Muslim religious organisation reacted by issuing a statement demanding that the government of India should not allow Rushdie’s entry into India. According to them, he has committed blasphemy in his book The Satanic Verses, and his visit to India will hurt the sentiments of Muslims here.

Eid, A Social Tradition

By Maulana Wahiddudin Khan

Socialisation is the need of every society, promoting as it does harmony and mutual understanding. It is required for a healthy social life, as it encourages people to live as a cohesive group.

There are several ways of engaging in such social behaviour. One effective way is through festivals, especially of the religious kind. Basically, a gathering is simply a gathering but a religious gathering is a gathering plus. Religion gives to it the colour of sanctity. Eid al-Fitr is that kind of social tradition.