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  • Thanks for the article.If anyone has free time, I recommend the "Bible in Arabic" for more analysis of the "People of the Book": http://www.amazon.com/The-Bible-Arabic-Scriptures-Christians/dp/0691150826It ...
    ( By Curious Traveler )
  • Stupid woman! Ask her if she agrees that Christians and Jews are pigs and apes. And that women are tilth who can be approached ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Dear Naseer Sahab,1. In your last comment to me you state the following while referring to one of my article referenced below:"you have taken ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Heart wrenching despair!!!!!
    ( By rsamnakay )
  • Excellent article!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Yunus Sb,  For a beginning, you can respond to my 3 comments on chapter 3 of your book.   You have two comments on part 1 of my article:Who Is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Secular Logic says:"Even worse than what is written in the Quran is the way people are trying to defend the obnoxious verses in it. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Aiman Reyaz        your your right, a Quranic term had been used in wrong context to incite the Muslims against Russia by ...
    ( By Mohammad Ishaque Foujdar )
  • How offensive it is that 'reincarnation' should be considered to be incorrect, while saying things like "Mohammad was the last prophet" should be considered ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Dear Naseer Sahab,You state: Yunus Sb, you don't have to defend and support the mistakes you made in your book "the essential message of Islam"Would ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Rational,Regarding Bani Ismail and why there were no prophets until Muhammad (pbuh) and why there were so many among Bani Yaqub or Israel there ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational,Surely People and mankind in general have benefited from the Quran all through. The better you understand, the more benefit you can get out ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb,In case any Maulana disputes the meaning of 98:6 like Yunus Sb did, here is the counter:The construction of 98:6 is exactly as ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Nasser ahmed sahebSince the Quran has reached to major population of the globe, so they will be judged by the standard of the Quran ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Then what about those who could never understand the truth of the Quran for whole lives? The Quran was revealed for human beings. Allah knew ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational,The fault is not with the Quran. Talk about human weaknesses. Bigotry is a universal trait. Hazrat Umar (RA) understood the meaning of "fitna" ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational,By tribals, I mean the adivasi kind of tribals. What is partiality?  ·         Kufr is relative to what a person knows and believes to be “the truth” ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The weakest part of the Quran is that in more than thousand years only Nasser saheb understood the Quran correctly.Millions of scholars in thousand ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Nasser sahebWas there no urbanised people in the long history of banu Ismael? At that time tribal life was norm. Even bank Israels lived ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • A general rule that is followed in all speeches, articles is that it should reflect and bring out the fact that Allah has inscribed ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb,That is exactly what I have said in my article:Action Points for Defeating the Extremist IdeologyThe extremists are only extreme in their actions and ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Gm Sb,There are some oft repeated words in the Quran or the keywords and these cannot be simply wished away and must be understood correctly. According ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational,,  Is God holding them or any person responsible for any kufr in the spiritual dimension unless it is from knowledge, deliberate and wilful? They will be ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • So much time wasted talking about kafir and mushrik! Is that all that Islam is about?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Nasser sahebWhy Allah kept so many generation ignorant. Why guidance of those people didn't matter to God.Ignorant people! Why! Whose fault it is that ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Shahin Sb,  There are precisely three verses in the Quran that talk about the punishment of the Mushrikin. These are:  Kufr - a relative concept  (33:72) We did indeed offer the Trust ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Kafir and mushrik were not ready to accept hz Mohammed God's prophet. This is only their fault. Otherwise good and people are found everywhere. Sincerest ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Mohammed yunus sahebWhy don't you agree with Nasser saheb on mohkimat(clear verses). Why it needs so much explanation? Either you or Nasser saheb is ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Shahin Sb,(1) Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, were not going to depart (from their ways) until there ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • From the perspective of muslim ulema it is not demonization of Islam and its prophet. It is service to Islam. From their perspective they ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Mohammed yunus sahebRead the article in full. Maulana doesn't think madarsa education needs any modernisation.http://newageislam.com/interview/maulana-wahiduddin-khan-for-new-age-islam/major-issue-muslims-in-india-facing-today-is-secular-education/d/102668
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Mohammed yunus saheb.Please read the interview of maulana wahiduddin khan saheb available on this site. And when Muslims are not one on basic issues of ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Yunus Sb,If the intention of the Quran was to say all the polytheists and the kafaru among the people of the book ....it would ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Sultan Shahin Sahab,Why can't you split the subject of the verse into two categories:i) Those who disbelieved among the People of the Book ii) ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • There is no need to study other philosophies. Just read and contemplate on ambiguous book and you will have mastery over every philosophy.The Quran ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Dear Rational Muhammad Yunus,There is no reference to 'madrassa' in the article nor is the 'madrassa education' blamed. It has connected the explosive rise ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • And what was that clear prophecy? Is not that so called clear prophecy not bone of contention.These prophecies have been used to declare people ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Let us assume the Quran is vilifying only those were disbelievers among the people of book. But what was that those people didn't believe ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Thanks Sultan Shahin Sahab for your comment.I do not agree with you. The Ulama will NOT allow the ISIS to carry on with their ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • madarsa are blamed for radicalization of muslims. They say madarsa curriculum must be changed.But to maulana wahiduddin khan saheb madarsa are doing perfectly well. ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
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    We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

    The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

    What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

     1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

    2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

    3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

    4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

     What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

    So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

    If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

    Urdu Section

    موصوف نے جس کو اکلوتی توحیدی اسلامی حکومت قرار دیا ہےتاریخ شاہد ہے کہ اس سے ہمیشہ اسلام اور مسلمانوں کا ہی نقصان ہوا ہے۔ کہیں سعودی عرب میں اسپین کی تاریخ تو نہیں دہرائی جا رہی ہے۔ جہاں عیسائی مسلمان عالم کی شکل میں مسجدوں میں امام بن گئے تھے، جہاں کے مدرسوں میں عیسائی مسلمان عالم  کی شکل میں استاذ کا فریضہ انجام دے رہے تھے۔ اور تاریخ نے یہ بھی دیکھا کہ ایک وقت ایسا آیا کہ وہاں اسلام کا نام لینے والا کوئی نہیں بچا اور وہاں پورے طور پر عیسائی حکومت صرف قائم ہی نہیں ہوئی بلکہ مسلمانوں کو گاجر مولی کی طرح کاٹ کر رکھ دیا گیا۔ ….

     


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    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.

    This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.

    One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.

    Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……

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