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Religion not the root cause of conflicts

Mainstream media tend to associate extremism and terrorism with Islam, but evidence shows otherwise. The root causes of most present-day conflicts have very little to do with religion even if they may appear to have religious implications. For instance, the Israeli-Arab conflict is about land, dispossession and the right of self-determination, even if some religious fanatics are exploiting the issue for their own ends. The conflict in Kashmir is also about the right of self-determination; it is not a Hindu-Muslim conflict......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali is founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

Website: www.HashimKamali.com

Hikmah

Gentleness fails not to create beauty in everything, and it is not taken away from anything without causing ugliness. (hadith)

Quotable Quotes

Martin Luther King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" - and said, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." (Martin Lurther King)

Humour Without Malice

Wang Pang, the son of Wang Anshi (a noted scholar and official of the Song dynasty) was playing at a friend's house, where there was a deer and river deer in a cage. The master of the house asked Wang Pang: "Can you tell which of the animals is a deer and which is a river deer?" Wang Pang, who was less than ten years old, was unable to distinguish the two. But he said: "The one next to the river deer is a deer, and the one next to the deer is a river deer."

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