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Random Posts on Islamic Nations and Muslims May 3, 2016

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These are essentially cut and paste from my FB discussions. They may get a shape as proper articles, they may not. Here they are, as of now, the way they were written, almost.


  1. That is indeed very tragic. Staying on course, between 4 to 5 million German’s were killed, majorly at the behest of France, which is now “sister-country” to Germany and anywhere between 2 to 3 million in Japan at the behest of the US which is now a partner in progress with special status. Yes if France and Germany can come together and the US and Japan can come together, what is stopping India and Pakistan. They came together and their economies benefited. India and Pakistan continue buying 10s of billions of dollars of arms from western powers and keep their economy growing and Indo-Pak people impoverished. PPP per-capita income of both India and Pakistan are in the range of USD 5,000 +/- 10%. Pakistan below 5 and India above. If 20we just stop burning our money within 20 years both India and Pakistan would be around USD 30,000 per-capita. Unfortunately good economics is bad politics in the Indian-subcontinent.
  2. Bring in any qualifiers, Rajan, facts would remain facts…. I suggest you read about 1,000 – 1,500 articles on Countries with majority Muslim population, go beyond Indian Subcontinent, focus on North Asian countries, Central African countries and Indonesia smile.
  3. Question? Which country which has more than 50 percent of population has equal religious rights and freedoms for Minorities and Minorities have blossomed.

    Answer: Have you heard of Indonesia, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan? I can go on and on……
  4. What are the overall stats? Overall stats are that upwards almost 70% Muslims live in Secular world. If for us, world is only India-Pak-Bangladesh, too bad. World is much beyond Indian subcontinent. Even for the subcontinent 66% of Muslims live in countries which are secular. These are facts, my dear friend.
  5. What are we trying to prove here? Know that the number of Muslim majority countries which don’t have a State religion is more than those which have one. Know that Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world – 12-13% of World population and it doesn’t have Islam as an official religion? Know that Bangladesh was born as a Secular country and moved to become an Islamic Country but moved back to calling itself Secular, though it still maintains an official religion. Know that the Bangladeshi fundamentalists don’t differentiate between Hindu Secular and Muslim Secular, they kill both.
  6. Observation: I am not saying that all Muslims are such. Far from it. The issue is the extreme elements seem to dictate the rest of the community n no one can challenge them. Comment: Not true, there are millions who challenge them. For all we know, the way Bangladesh is challenging them, it may once again become a Secular country.How Kamaal Ata Turk handled them was exemplary and I am sure there would be more…. Islam Karimov is doing a great job and so are leaders of so many other countries, look at the way Bashar al Assad has taken it head on.
    I just refreshed my knowledge, Bangladesh did become secular in 2010, but continues having Islam as national religion. There is a debate on to even remove that.

At some stage, this is goona be an article and an interesting map.



Muslims in Non-Islamic Countries & Prayers During Work Hours January 6, 2016

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Muslims in non-Islamic countries and in non-Muslim owned businesses have a constant confrontation on account of prayers. Many companies in non-Islamic countries avoid hiring Muslims because of this reason. Many Muslims opt for entrepreneurship over employment due to this reason. Some are very religious and some are just OK.

At Compare Infobase we’ve evolved a co-existence model. We have no issues with Eid Prayer Breaks during Ramazaan/ Ramadaan  and on Friday we have no issues at all as they move their lunch break to go out for prayers. Many colleagues do take a prayer break within office and have brought in their prayer mats and rolled them. It is not that everybody is comfortable, a few have openly objected and a few have passed unacceptable comments, but by and large the team has cooperated.

In many offices in India it is not the same, employees have to choose between timeout for prayers and job, it is the same in the US too. There are offices which have a flexi-timing and are based on minimum number of hours logged in, these offices have no challenge at all and ignore Namaaz breaks. Main challenge happens in factories and assembly lines and it becomes big if the staff insist in taking leave of absence together.

It is important to note that going to a Mosque is not essential, prayers can be done just about anywhere, I believe that office and the staff must accommodate each other. At the same time it is also important to adhere to deadlines. I had a colleague who was a devout Muslim and a devout co-worker. He would do all possible to make both the responsibilities co-exit, he would come early on days he was observing Roza and leave early and on even Fridays when there was work pressure and deadlines on hand, he would open his prayer mat  and ensure that he is done fastest possible and back on work.  It worked wonderfully.

I believe not hiring Muslim force because of their religious requirements is wrong and I also believe that insisting in concessions and accommodation beyond what is must on part of Muslim colleagues is also wrong. There has to be an attempt towards accommodation and adjustment and not towards discrimination or an appeasement.