146 entries found

Reform and renewal through the lens of IRF

September 28, 2013

Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa || 25 September 2013 The Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) from its inception has its main agenda in promoting reform – islah – and renewal – tajdid. Now what is meant by reform and renewal or islah […]

The secular democratic state: A state of justice and benevolence

August 16, 2013

One of the emerging trends that may influence the trajectory of contemporary political Islam is the intrusion of Literal Islam. Obviously this worrying trend could be seen more clearly with the Arab Spring although the literalists were not initially at […]

A perverse understanding of human rights

July 31, 2013 by Aliran

Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa calls upon the government to stop the intimidation and persecution of Shias and to allow them to practise their faith. We, at the Islamic Renaissance Front, were dismayed and horrified by the statement made by a […]

Lessons from Turkey: An Open Letter to Muslim Democrats in Malaysia

June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013 The Islamic Renaissance Front observes the protests in Turkey very closely. We believe there is much at stake in how AKP (The Justice and Development Party) will engage with the demonstrators at this point, especially with regards […]

Its Geo-Political, Not Sectarian

June 17, 2013

Over the weekend US President Obama’s decision to provide lethal aid to Syrian rebel forces has gained bipartisan support among American lawmakers. But will this move result in an escalation of the conflict or could be a way of bringing […]

Legacy of the Arab Spring: The Question of Liberty and Democracy

June 5, 2013

Let me start by quoting a line from the song Sout al-Hurriyah – Song of Freedom, a song from a video produced at the same time of the Arab Uprising in Tahrir Square, Cairo. In the video, the lines of […]

Left of Centre

March 8, 2013 by Ahmad Farouk Musa

Ahmad Farouk Musa || 21 October 2013   “There should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil” [Plato, The Republic] Any move for a more robust democracy and the […]

“Shi’a Blood is Halal!”

November 19, 2012 by Andre Vltchek and Rossie Indira

As darkness hastily falls on the heart of Madura Island, uniquely shaped traditional wooden houses and hamlets begin to throw long shadows in an eastward direction. Traffic, which during the day is extremely light by Indonesian standards, is now ceasing […]

The inexorable pursuit of an Islamic State

November 18, 2012 by Ahmad Farouk Musa

If there is anything unmistakably clear from the recent muktamar or general assembly of the Islamic Party of Malaysia – PAS – is that despite the acceptance of the concept of tahalluf siyasi or political consensus among the three major components of the opposition front – Pakatan […]

Islam and the end of oppression: The example of An-Nahl: 71

November 5, 2012 by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

In the age of Islamic finance and Islamic fashion it is often easy to forget that Islam is a faith that spoke for the liberation of the oppressed: slaves, the poor, women and refugees – indeed, those who sought freedom […]