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  • As expected, Yunus sb evades very direct questions because he has no answers. All that he is interested in is in promoting his own book ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • PS My last detailed comment beginning with "As you will know" was addressed to Naseer Sahab.
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • As you will know we have exchanged scores of emails over the issue of the definition of kufr and kafir as used in the Qur’an ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • I am grateful to Interfaith Dialogue for uploading this great illuminating researched based essay on an aspect which is discussed more for polarization then showing ...
    ( By Shamsul Islam )
  • Thank you Maulana Sahib. The teachings of the Sikh Gurus are the answer to the many problems/challenges that we face ....
    ( By ji )
  • Kafir is a faith neutral term in etymology, but when kafir is the one who, after having been told the truth turns against Islam, it ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very good article. The region needs to promote science as much as it needs to sink sectarian conflict.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • You are welcome my dear brother Accha. May God be pleased with you. Thanks for reading and for appreciating my article on ....
    ( By Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu )
  • GM sb says “Naseer sab now flaunts my agreeing with him that kufr is a faith neutral term, forgetting that it is not faith-neutral in ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • If this is a Turkish only as: “…it selects and explains the Hadiths from the perspective of today’s Turkey,…” then it is an ill-conceived ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • You are welcome ji. Thanks to your comments. May God be pleased with you. I showed in this article that spiritual people like Sufi saints ...
    ( By Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu )
  • Yunus Sb, You now say “The truth is my comment 1 related to the ‘polytheists among the direct audience ‘ of the Prophet who were adamant ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sab lies again when he says, "He would rather let the common view prevail that all the Mushrikin are Kafirin."...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • What irony! A lying troll has nothing to say to support: "If people act in good faith, and without negligence, or without rejecting what they come ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It is sad to find that women’s bathrooms were few and far between at Afghan military bases, offices and police stations. (That’s despite ....
    ( By Royalj )
  • Dear Sultan Shahin Sahab, In case your preoccupation with other pressing issues of the day prevented your reading of my comment under the reference link,...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Naseer sab now flaunts my agreeing with him that kufr is a faith neutral term, forgetting that it is not faith-neutral in Surah....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The 'New Age Islam' has become a pulpit for an egotist who threatens all those who do not follow him with hell.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Mohammad Yunus Saheb sent me a mail regarding debate on this thread four days ago. But I was able to see that only today. Copy-pasting below: Dear ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • To say that nobody agrees with my conclusions is factually incorrect and nobody knows that better than GM sb. “You are right ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Poor Naseer sab has no points to make so all he does now is throw derogatory epithets at me, thus further lowering himself. He forgot ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The devious troll that GM sb is he twists again and lies. Can he quote me where I said Shahin sb is in agreement with ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Laden’s call is completely antithetical to Islam. But other than that what can we expect from the kharijite minded leader or its groups or likes?
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • God bless you Henry ji for this beautiful article. The Divine truths explained through and by the Sikh Gurus are the ....
    ( By ji )
  • Sultan Shahin sab said, "if there is a possibility that it (kafir) does not mean un-believer...." Naseer sab takes that to mean...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab says, "Did you find anything to support the view that Mushrikun.....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab declares, "What I said prevails." He further corroborates his prophetic assertion by calling me a troll....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "Islamophobia and racism are real. Attempts to silence Muslim women “for the sake of the community” are real. But justice...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • 'Jihad' is widely understood to mean 'holy war'. As such, it ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • ". . . before western scientist goes to bed, he studies the Quran, in the morning when he wakes up he reads it again ...
    ( By Asif Merchant )
  • definition of a "logical person" taken from the encylopedia americana: any person who agrees with one mr. naseer ahmed is known as a logical person. ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Did you find anything to support the view that Mushrikun means Kafirun? Do you know the difference between context and ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The devious troll is GM Sb. What is the approach that Shahin sb is talking about except understanding of the correct meaning of kafir and ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb, On the question of shirk, there is no doubt that considering Jesus as the son of God and believing in the concept of Trinity ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "The Quran explains one verse with the help of another and it is therefore important to take the meaning considering all the verses." If that is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, What I said prevails "Very clearly Shahin Sb endorses my approach and its significance." You are ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sab says, "I am not aware that Yunus sb is also trying to say that Kafir does not mean un-believer...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Atrocities must always be condemned, Whether you are condemning one or several makes no difference except....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very thoughtful reflections from Sultan Shahin saheb. The centrality of peace, kindness, tolerance and common sense...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    Madrasa students spend most of their day in rote memorization of the Qur’an in Arabic (this is not their native language, so few understand what they are reading) and interpreting the Hadith. Only theology is taught; there is no math, science, computer training, or secular history.34 The young men at these schools are drawn from the dire poor of the societies they come from, kept in self-contained worlds that are isolated from outside influences, and indoctrinated with a powerful, not-so-academic radical message: their highest honor and duty is to wage jihad to defend Islam from its attackers, and the United States is the chief enemy of Islam…..

     
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    The Correct Understanding of the So Called ‘Sword’ Verses of Surah Taubah
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    The discussion on the verses of Surah Taubah clearly establish that the above two principles, were never violated by the Prophet in his battles against the enemy, and are fundamental principles of Islam. The peaceful Mushrikin had the choice of retaining their religion and paying Jizya and the others had a choice to migrate and retain their religion.

    Those who had fought against the Muslims, in violation of their treaty, were deserving of the death punishment, according to the rules of that society. Even these people were given the opportunity to migrate during the amnesty period, and save themselves. The judgment was not only in accordance with the secular law of that society, but more humane and merciful. Calling these the “sword verses” is therefore a complete misrepresentation of both the intent and the outcomes. The people to whom the key words Mushrikin, Kafirin, La Yalamun and La Yuminun apply, and therefore their meaning, is explained with the help of the verses themselves…..

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    Madame President,... But xenophobia, particularly in the form of Islamophobia, is growing in several European countries and partly feeds upon the flagrant violation of the human rights of religious minorities in several Muslim-majority countries. Petrodollar Islam has injected the poison of Islam-supremacism in Muslim societies worldwide.  Even exemplary moderate countries like Indonesia, Malaysia are now infected with this virus. But the worst case scenario is evolving in the only Muslim nuclear power, Pakistan. Jihadi vigilantes including members of security forces are hunting down and killing all those who oppose their version of Islam. The country is drowning in a sea of violence but civil society, media or elected parliamentarians dare not condemn the wanton killings in the name of Islam. -- Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 16th session in Geneva on 22 March 2011 in the General Debate on Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

    Islam and Spiritualism

    The Beauty and Wisdom of the Sufi Teaching on 'Tawakkul' or Divine Surrender
    Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    The reason why I sometimes wanted to declare my “independence” from God is my feeling that there are many things that are going-on in my life that I cannot understand, and I sometimes feel that if I am the one truly in-charge of my life, then all will be well. However, when I looked back at my past and saw for myself the wrong directions I had taken and the mistaken decisions I had made, and the many heartbreaks and complications that came due to my stupid decisions, I cringed at the idea of my seeking “independence” from God; and right there and then, I sincerely repent of my arrogance and confess with utter humility that God is still the God of Divine Wisdom Who holds my very life in the Palm of His Hands….

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    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Prophet Mohammad was very emphatic in his views on animal sacrifice: “if you MUST kill, kill without torture.” Unfortunately, this admonition is also ignored. The two million animals that were sacrificed in Saudi Arabia at the end of Hajj yesterday had been brought to the country in most horrible conditions, many of them dying en route.

     I personally witnessed the torture animals go through when I was in Karachi on Baqr Eid, a few years ago. The whole city appeared to have turned into a slaughter house. One could hear the cries of goats and sheep for days before Eid, while they were still being traded in city squares and even in roundabouts on major arterial roads. The animals apparently knew what fate was awaiting them. It was the obscenity of the whole scene that I cannot forget. Baqr Eid, the holiest of days, had descended into an orgy of blood-letting, with the “devotion” that God requires completely missing.

    The callousness we Muslims display towards animals would give the impression that the religion of Islam is indifferent to the fate of animals. In fact, Islam requires Muslims to protect, not just Human Rights, but HuqooqulIbaad or the rights of all creations of God.

    HuqooqulIbaad is considered so important that it is given primacy even over Huqooq Allah or our duties towards God. While God may forgive us for our transgressions, given his Benevolent and Merciful nature, His creations will not even recognise us on the Day of Judgement. So we must fulfil our duties towards creations of God in this very world, since we cannot hope for forgiveness from them on the Day of Judgement.

    Muslims should also remember the conduct of the Prophet in treating animals with kindness. On many occasions, during his journeys, he delayed prayers for the sake of first relieving the animals of their burden, and giving them food and water. He would refuse to lead prayers until animals were looked after first. He told several stories of people being forgiven all their sins for having shown consideration for a dog or a cat. According to Imam Abu Dawud, the Prophet forbade the hitting of animals on their faces and branding them. He also forbade sports based on animal fights.

    Islam and Spiritualism
    Sufism: A Search for Freedom and Self-Authenticity
    Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    Sufism: A Search for Freedom and Self-Authenticity
    Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    As I step-up and deepen my readings on Islamic spirituality, I sensed that Sufism as a philosophy and as a movement has strong affinity with those movements that seek human authenticity and freedom: say for example the hippie movements, the counter-culture, the Gypsy lifestyle, and the anti-establishment movements in the 1960s and the 1970s. I really feel that there is a strong similarity between the aspirations of the Sufis of Islam and the hippies and the anti-establishment movements concerning the human person’s freedom and authenticity to choose for himself how to live one’s life in the midst of the nauseating hegemony of the society that forces us into unthinking conformity to conventional conditioning and tyranny of the majority opinion on how to live one’s life.

     
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