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Indonesia’s “Sharia province” praised by rights groups for maternity laws

By: Source: BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AFP) – Indonesia’s Aceh province, which has gained international infamy for its strict Islamic laws, won rare praise from rights activists Thursday (Sept 29) for introducing the country’s most generous maternity leave policy. The decision to give female civil servants six months’ maternity leave, double the typical amount elsewhere in the country, is an unusual move in a province routinely criticised for breaching women’s rights. However it has sparked a row with the central government in Jakarta, which says it runs counter to national law that stipulates three months maternity leave. Andreas...

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Being “one of those Sufis”

By: Mohamed Ghilan Source: Imam Abū Hāmid Al-Ghazzāli in his Deliverance from Error talks about having investigated all the intellectual discourses in order to find certainty. The only discourse he couldn’t intellectually comprehend was that of the Sufīs. He read their books and tried to figure it out, but eventually acknowledged that this was one discourse that can’t be intellectualized – it must be realized. That’s the meaning of his statement: فعلمت يقينا أنهم أرباب الأحوال، لا أصحاب الأقوال I knew with certainty that they [Sufis] are people of states, not people of statements Islam is a tradition about obtaining a state. This is embedded...

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What following the Sharia means to me

By: Asiya Rodrigo Source: Daily Life Last week, a story broke out about a Syrian refugee living in Germany who discovered 150,000 Euros hidden in a wardrobe given to him by a charity. For a refugee like Muhannad, there is no burning desire greater than bringing family members left behind to safety. But instead of using the money to send for his two younger brothers, Muhannad heroically handed over the entire sum to the authorities. The reason he gave for doing so was because his religion, Islam, forbids him from acquiring someone else’s wealth unlawfully. This resonated with me deeply. When a conscious Muslim (or indeed a believer in many other faiths) thinks about “lawful and...

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