Happy Republic Day to all our Indian Readers and What is the Muslim Times Doing for You

Epigraph:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”  Article 1 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Taj Mahal in India is also a symbol of Muslim Heritage

Taj Mahal in India is not only a national pride, but, also a symbol of the Muslim Heritage

By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor

It is January 26 again. Happy Republic Day to all our Indian readers.

Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.[1]

The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 but was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic. 26 January was selected for this purpose because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.

The Muslim Times wants to celebrate this for our special focus on secularism for every country of the world.

The Muslim Times is promoting universal brotherhood and sisterhood in a world, which is divided by nationalism, religion, race, social class, gender and last but not the least, obfuscation created by illegitimate use of reductionism of science, taking away a wholesome understanding.

It is bringing out the urgently needed Separation of Mosque-Church and State in every country of our Global Village.

Sixty different editors of the Muslim Times are collecting the beautiful and the fragrant flowers, created by the international media, into an appealing bouquet every day.

We want to applaud the good writings of all the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews, the agnostics and the atheists and others, by sharing them with our readers.

The Muslim Times presents the peaceful image of Islam and aims to diffuse Islamophobia on one hand and Islamomania of short sighted Muslim fundamentalists, on the other. It tries to aggregate all positive activities in all the Muslim communities, irrespective of the sect, to bring out what Islam can contribute to our contemporary society, our Global Village.

What is the purpose of our universe? What is the relationship between science and religion? In addition to this and related questions, the Muslim Times frequently examines the roots of the Abrahamic and other faiths and whether they can coexist. All these and many other issues are the focus of the Muslim Times.

The Muslim Times is the place, where you want to be, for it does not indulge in hedonistic pleasures, by avoiding obscene and frivolous.

The Muslim Times is providing a forum, for open and peaceful dialogue between the Muslims and the Christians on one hand and the Muslims and the agnostics, on the other. It is also catering to a dialogue between the Ahmadi Muslims and moderate non-Ahmadi Muslims, without falling prey to human vulnerability to stereotype and lump everyone, in the opposite camp, in a group together. We want to distinguish between moderate Muslims from different sects and the extremists.

Terrorism has to be defeated not only militarily and tactically but also intellectually and theologically and the Muslim Times is doing it for you.

We want to remain humble and keep our voices gentle and our attitude friendly, as the Holy Quran reminds us:

Allah likes not the uttering of unseemly speech in public, except on the part of one who is being wronged. Indeed, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.  (Al Quran 4:149)

Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best. Surely, thy Lord knows best who has strayed from His way; and He knows those who are rightly guided.    (Al Quran 16:126)

We may not always rise to all our aspirations, but, we certainly try.

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