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  • People don't perform Umrah or Hajj because they like the custodians....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It is GM sb who shows that either he is naïve or a knave.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Add to that: and ignorance and cultism flourishing among their followers.
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Ghulam Mohiyuddin Sb is bent upon denying women the option of witnessing jointly....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Nice in reading and almost impossible in practice given the Ummah's irresponsible behaviour towards each other just in the lust of authoring their superiority...
    ( By Arman Neyazi )
  • Abstaining from Umrah and Haj will and should never be accepted to penalise what Saudis are doing with the human rights of individuals. The ayat:...
    ( By Arman Neyazi )
  • Naseer saheb again reveals his naivete by quoting from the Report of The Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer Saheb's conviction that women are not on par with man is very revealing and shocking. James Flynn, the famed intelligence researcher, compared men and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Shame!'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good idea, but unlikely to have wide acceptance.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I have just gone through GGS “Refutation of Jihadists’ Understanding of the Hadith, ‘I Was Commanded to Fight the People until They Testify that ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Thanks Hats Off for exposing the farcical nature of the discussion that Ghulam Mohiyuddin carried out.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Verse 2:282 is not transactional, it is advisory....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The satanical hadith has influenced many scholars and even Kanzul Iman to misinterpret the Quran....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Calling me Uncle Tom is consistent with Naseer saheb's habit of making ad hominem attacks....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "GM sb has stood the test and can be awarded the "Uncle Tom" prize for this century."..
    ( By Lol )
  • बार बार अलग अलग शहरों के नाम बदलने से अच्छा है है कि पूरी पृथ्वी का नाम ही "दिन दयाल गोला" रख दो.'
    ( By हामीद अंसारी )
  • That there are so called educated people who believe in miracles in this day even when shown the physical...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Krishnaprosad Bain you have rightly pointed out that it is strictly forbidden to practice evil activity outside marriage. now the people hav
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • The readers must know that “there is no compulsion in the DIN (Religion)” is binding for all time to come. I have covered this topic in ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Hats Off, CAIR membership includes the full spectrum of American Muslim opinion from the most conservative to the most progressive. Your bellyache about CAIR is ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Newageislam.com has posted a speech which talks about implications of the hadith often misunderstood by jihadists and their hidden followers. This has been shown to ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Nasee sb., Thank you for giving us your surmise in the last paragraph of your comment. As anyone can see, it is far more bizarre ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It is actually satanic mind which wrongly interprets the Quran and ahadith. It is satanic mind which in the name of the Quranic verse 9:5 ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Naseer sb, now says that women are easier to confuse. If that was so, it was because of socio-cultural causes. Would God want to perpetuate ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • But Trump and his son-in-law Jared will stand firmly with the Saudis.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The Crown Prince's regime has turned out to be even more regressive and repressive than what existed before.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is money and power for the clergy in keeping sectarianism alive.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • What defined the Khwarij? It is their definition of Kafir. There were no Khwarij during the Prophet’s (pbuh) times and there were no ahadith ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Why have I never heard of Thumal before? Am I the only person? She should be more famous as she is obviously important here.'
    ( By Saadiya Khan )
  • Let those who who profess knowledge of the Quran answer the following two questions. 1. Did the polytheists covered by 9:4 have the right to retain ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Just one example of a Satanic HADITH: (I was commanded to fight against the people until they proclaim, `There is no deity worthy of worship ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • সত্যবাদী, সৎ, বিবাহ না করিয়া যৌন সহবাস করিতে পারে না, অর্থাৎ বিবাহ করিবার পর যৌন সহবাস করিতে পারে এবং নিকা করিবে পর (নিকা মানে অন্যদের ...
    ( By Krishnaprosad Bain )
  • Janab Siddiqi sahab, I request you to keep away from such discussion which disturbs you. Kindly write about 4:97 ayat. It will be very helpful for ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Why r you debating with such guys who do not know any basics of Islam. Khawarij were the biggest claimant of the Quran and drew ...
    ( By Abid Hasan Noori )
  • Satans are those who concoct the meaning of the Quran to play their agendas...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • What is the role of Satan but to mislead?When the ahadith distort the meaning of every subject covered by the Quran, the ahadith, as ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Salman Rushdie wrote “Satanic verses”. Naseer wrote, “The satanic ahadiths”....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • The question you asked, is answered in my first comment on the subject By Naseer Ahmed - 10/4/2018 2:20:12 AM.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • you - a progressive muslim? how many progressive muslims you know are in cahoots with cair?'
    ( By hats off! )
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    The War Within Islam

    Stop Visiting Saudi Arabia for Umrah and Haj: Quranic Ideal of Justice Commands Muslims to Take a Stand Even At Great Discomfort to Self-Interest
    Parvez Ahmed

    For Muslims, Makkah, where the Ka’ba is located, is the epicenter of their faith and Madinah, home of the Prophet’s mosque, their sanctuary for spiritual bliss. These two cities happen to be in Saudi Arabia, which is once again in the news for the most chilling of reasons, presenting Muslims with a difficult decision to make....

    Islam and Pluralism

    The Islamic World Is Groaning Under The Weight Of Extremist Rhetoric In Absence Of Religious Amity
    Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

    When looking at the history of Muslims at al-Tabari and Ibn Kathir and the "History of Baghdad" of Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, and the process of transformations and developments of the Islamic state we can also find bright patterns of coexistence of Muslims with other religions, depending on the political circumstances, the policy of each caliph and the path of each stage....

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    Islam and Sectarianism

    Islamic Hardliners Vow To Kill Aasia Bibi and the Justices If They Acquit Her of Blasphemy Charges
    Asia Bibi

    In Pakistan, a Christian mother of five who was accused of blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed in 2009 awaits the decision that will mark her fate — but even if she is granted clemency, Islamic hardliners stand prepared to act on their threats against her life and that of the justices who will decide....

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    'Leftover' Women of China and Pakistan
    Rafia Zakaria

    The issue of ‘leftover women’, the denigration of women who choose not to marry or who are not yet married at age 30, is one that could be the basis of feminist collaboration between women of the two countries....

     
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    The Dark Side of Saudi Arabia: MbS' style of governance has made for odd spectacle
    Kareem Fahim

    If Khashoggi's disappearance shocked Westerners, they were simply not paying close attention to events in the kingdom, and the lengths to which the crown prince has been willing to go to quash dissent, say seasoned Saudi human rights advocates. In an initial wave of executions after Mohammed's abrupt installation as the immediate heir to his father, King Salman, followed by waves of arrests over the past year, he has been ruthless in asserting power. Saudi authorities have spread fear by detaining billionaires and grass-roots activists alike, showing that no one is untouchable....

     
    Current Affairs

    First of all, Khashoggi was not a Western analyst or commentator, so the regime could not dismiss his criticisms as a foreigner's smear attempts. Moreover, he was not only a Saudi citizen but also - unlike many Saudi opposition figures who were forced into exile decades ago and have since been detached from the Saudi society - was a prominent member of the Saudi society and establishment until very recently. He had worked in local newspapers for years, was once a trusted adviser to the monarchy...

     
    Urdu Section

    Do We Have absolutely no choice, But to Perform What is Predestined in Islam? No! –conclusion  !کیا بندہ تقدیر کے ہاتھوں مجبور محض ہے؟ نہیں
    Misbahul Huda, New Age Islam

    آدمی انصاف سے کام لے تو اسی قدر تقریر ومثال کافی ہے شہد کی پیالی اطاعت الٰہی ہے اور زہر کا کاسہ اس کی نافرمانی اور وہ عالی شان حکماء انبیائے کرام علیہم الصلوۃ والسلام۔اور ہدایت اس شہد سے نفع پانا ہے کہ اﷲ ہی کے ارادے سے ہوگا اور ضلالت اس زہر کا ضرور پہنچنا کہ یہ بھی اسی کے ارادے سے ہوگا مگر اطاعت والے تعریف کئے جا ئیں گے اور تمرد(سرکشی)والے مذموم و ملزم ہو کر سزا پائں گے۔ پھر بھی جب تك ایمان باقی ہے " فَیَغْفِرُ لِمَن یَّشَآءُ" (جسے چاہے بخش دے۔ت)باقی ہے

     
    Islam and Sectarianism

    "Sunni rulers have viewed with much anxiety the new ‘Shiite crescent' that extends from Iran to Lebanon," said Dr. Ahmad Mousalli from the American University of Beirut, indicating that this is the main reason why the Syrian crisis became more of a regional problem rather than a local one, as it was seen as an opportunity to weaken the Shiites and replace them with a Sunni government....

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    The War Within Islam

    The Misconstrued Concept of Hijrat and the Position of Indian Ulema
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    No Indian Islamic cleric denies the significance of Hijrat (migration) in the early period of Islamic history. But to some clerics, Hijrat is mandatory (Wajib) even today for the Muslims living in the democratic countries. For liberal democracy is akin to Kufr in their view. Such toxic notions of the Hijrat are actually political tools which the extremist outfits use to further their political ends. Highlighting the Muslim marginalisation in countries like India, the extremist Islamist preachers indoctrinate the gullible Muslim youth mostly belonging to poor Muslim families who can be unconsciously trained to serve their political agendas….

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Can A Woman Be An Islamic Judge? Revisiting the Question of the Judgeship in Islam
    Justin Jones, Associate Professor, Oxford

    And, less well-known, are women who did fulfil all the professional duties of judges during the Caliphal and classical periods, when Islam was at its most vital and powerful. Caliph ‘Umar appointed women to senior official posts, such as al-Shifa’ bint ‘Abd Allah, the market inspector of Medina, whose duties included administering the law. Even more striking is Thumal al-Qahraman, a woman who acted as a head of the Mazalim court system - the rough equivalent to the civil judiciary - at the height of the Abbasid Caliphate. She occupied a role equivalent to that of the chief Qazi (Qazi-Al-Qaza’). The fact that she is little known, despite her lesson for the legitimacy of female Qazis, owes not to her lack of importance, but to the neglect of her life story by Islam’s official historians. In recent times, Islamic feminists like Fatima Mernissi have recovered her example to justify women’s legitimate legal power....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Defeating Islamism and Jihadism: Evolve a New Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender justice, Sultan Shahin asks Muslim States at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    A War on Terror has been raging for 17 years now but we are no closer to defeating Islamist terror. Jihadism continues to attract Muslim youth. This is because the world has not paid enough attention to the ideology of Islamism and Jihadism.

    Mainstream Muslims have considered Islam a spiritual path to salvation, one of the many. Islam aims at reforming society for a peaceful, harmonious, pluralist existence. However, due to certain historical factors, the theology and jurisprudence of Islam that evolved in the 8th and 9th centuries (CE), present Islam as a political, totalitarian ideology of supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and gender discrimination. It is this theology of violence, exclusivism and world-domination that is taught in madrasas and sustains Islamism. But despite the Islamist violence against peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the community is still not focussed on the need for evolving a counternarrative of Islam.

     It is imperative that Muslim countries that have signed the UN Charter look into the issue urgently and work towards developing a new theology of peace, pluralism and gender justice. While several countries like Morocco and now Saudi Arabia appear to be moving in this direction, the one country that has made a solid contribution is Turkey. In a decade-long exercise 100 Turkish scholars have managed to limit the number of authentic ahadith to just 1600, out of over 10,000, and provide each hadith with context and suitable interpretation. This book of authentic Hadith has been provided to all mosques in Turkey but I hope it is made available to the global Muslim community in their own languages as soon as possible.

    Allama Iqbal, a poet-philosopher of the South Asian sub-continent had called for the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam almost a hundred years ago. Let us at least start working on it now....

    Islam and Politics

    Why Indian Muslims do not need to follow Extremists’ Call for Hijrat
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Freedom to worship God Almighty and practice Islam was the main reason of Hijrat in the early period of Islam and when the necessity was met, migration was prohibited. It is for this reason migration [Hijrat] from India to elsewhere is not allowed for anyone, as India constitutionally ensures freedom to worship and practice Islam.

    This view that Indian Muslims do not need Hijrat gained massive support from Sunni-Sufi Muslims of India known as Barelvis and they were the first ones who refuted baseless arguments of the Deobandi clerics who had encouraged Hijrat from India to another country....

    Islam and Politics

    Ayodhya Can’t Be Solved By the Judiciary; Muslims Must Take the First Step to Resolve It
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    This would only mean one thing: that Namaz is the name of the process and any place at which Namaz is offered temporarily becomes a mosque. Mosque is not essential but Namaz certainly is. However, this logic certainly applies for all religious traditions: that what is essential to a religious tradition is the ritual of prayer and not the place where it is offered. However, in singling out Islam for this special treatment, the Supreme Court has certainly not applied its own principle equally to all religious traditions. Some might say that the Court in this case was operating with pre-conceived notions....

    Debating Islam

    Is God in Islam Just and Rational as Mutazillah believed or Arbitrary and Despotic as Hanbali-Zahiri-Ashari-Maturidi postulate?  Does Quran Support Both Positions?
    By Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam
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    the mainspring of thinking of both these groups, indeed all Islamic scholars of all schools of thought was Quran and except in the case of Mutazillah, Hadith. All of them may have violently disagreed with one another, even thrown each other in prison and got one another lashed, but they were all very sincere seekers of the Truth of Islam. The proof of their sincerely lies in the fact that not one of them recanted, despite facing extreme persecution by the Khulafa of their times. And the source of their thinking was Quran alone in the case of Mutazillah and Hadith and Seerah too in the case of others. Apart from Zahiris and Hanbalis, all of them had studied Greek philosophy, but their primary faith was in Islam and Islamic scriptures.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Fundamentalism Has Transported Religion Out of Its Spiritual Realm
    Adil Rasheed

    According to noted expert on Islamist terrorism Olivier Roy, “In the 1960s, in Western Europe we had a tradition of youth radicalization from the Marxist revolution. Suddenly around the 1990s, the dream of the Marxist revolution disappeared and al-Qaeda and ISIS filled the vacuum”. Similarly Ofri Ilani writes: “Individualism, hatred of the establishment and a cult of emotion activate the jihadists, just as they activated the anarchist assassins in the 19th century or the Red Brigades in the 1970s”....

    Islamic Ideology

    Is Islam Without Answers To Present Day Problems Or Even A Cause For Them?
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Other societies and cultures were at some point in their past, worse off than the Muslims today, and their worst was worse than the worst of the Muslims if that is any consolation. They progressed rapidly on every parameter, only when they moved away from the strangle-hold of their religion and became secular in their outlook. The Muslims on the other hand are more “religious” than every other community. Is that the reason then of their backwardness? The logical answer to that question is a yes. Should the Muslims therefore take a lesson from this and move away from their religion? These are questions to which the Ulema must find answers or else the Muslims will move away from religion....

    The War Within Islam

    The Concept of Takfir – Declaring a Muslim a Disbeliever – Is a Very Modern Propaganda Weapon of Al-Qaeda and Daesh Having Its Roots in 7th Century – The Khawarij And Murji’a Groups
    Francesco Bergoglio Errico

    It is very important to underline this, because an increasingly high number of people now take the manipulations as truth, radicalizing themselves, embracing jihad, and becoming fascinated and indoctrinated by terrorist propaganda that promises salvation of the soul and access to paradise to those who embrace the “true way” or the “true Islam”. This makes it crucial to understand what takfir is and how the concepts of takfir and jihad are used by the terrorist groups, not only to better comprehend how they justify their existence and their bloodshed, but also, above all, in fact, to improve strategies of disengagement and deradicalisation....

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    Islamic Ideology

    Did War-related Madani Verses Abrogate Makki Verses in the Sense of Not Allowing Peaceful Coexistence between Muslims and Non-Muslims?
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Some people ask: why do you call the militants like ISIS, Taliban and other like-minded groups anti-Islamic, while they base their militancy on what is often considered a popular classical ruling of abrogation which demonstrates that the war-related instructions from God in later Madani verses have replaced and abrogated Makki verses which initially debarred Muslims from fighting?  A plain answer is: the classical ruling of abrogation, as my rigorous study of classical texts reveal, does not accept this consideration. There are many differences on this subject; each needs to be explained in its appropriate context....

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    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Facing The Jihadist Challenge: Muslims Need To Refute Jihadis’ Xenophobic, Supremacist, Millenarian Thesis And Focus On Islamic Pluralism, Says Sultan Shahin At UNHRC In Geneva
    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……

    Islamic Ideology

    Was Allah Unjust in Creating Adam and Favouring His Progeny Over All His Creation?
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Man is the only creation that has moral agency, capable of both good and evil. Every other creation follows the nature given to it and is therefore not subject to Allah's judgment. We know from our history that the modern man with cognitive abilities did not appear on the earth until 70,000 years ago. There were other progenitors of human beings besides Adam, who appeared about 250,000 years ago. Every other species of humans besides the progeny of Adam is long extinct. Humans were like any other animal and lived like animals without guidance from Allah, without religion and without culture.  “The most important thing to know about prehistoric humans is that they were insignificant animals with no more impact on their environment than gorillas, fireflies or jellyfish” (Harari).The Quran says of such people:

     (76:1)” Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing - (not even) mentioned? “

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    Islamic Ideology

    History of conflicts is written by historians who after all are humans. They have their biases, axes to grind and or the knowledge that they have of the historic events, may not be complete and so history cannot be taken as the absolute truth. There is always an element of doubt, particularly so if the history is viewed with tinted vision, religious fervour, beliefs and prejudices. With religious biases such conflicts are disguised as 'God's Will' and therefore presented with labels of just wars, holy wars, crusades and jihad. The irony being that, often the inter religious wars, are waged in the name of the same 'God' that all combatants in the conflict fight for....

    Islamic Ideology

    Sufi Theologians Too Need To Introspect and Cleanse Their Theology of Elements of Supremacism and Political Islam: Sultan Shahin Tells Muslim Nations at UNHRC, Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Mr. President,

    Even17 years after 9/11, terrorism in the name of Islam is nowhere near its end. Yet, all that one hears from Muslim leaders is rhetoric against Islamist terrorism. No concrete action has been taken to cleanse the Islamic theology of totalitarianism, xenophobia, intolerance and a historical urge to expand the land of Islam through offensive Jihad. One would think that at least Sufi Muslims, who have been for long a victim of Jihadism, an offshoot of neo-Khwarij Salafism, would introspect and look into their own theology and purify it from elements of political Islam.

    This may sound strange to some. For, Sufism has been identified as the antidote to Jihadism. But we must also understand that Sufi theologians too have been votaries of Islamic world domination. The strangest thing that is happening now is that rather than cleansing their theology of traces of political Islam, sections of Sufi Muslims are actually engaged in what can be called a Wahhabisation of Sufism. The inclusive doctrine of Wahdatul Wujood (unity of being) has been replaced by exclusivist doctrine of Wahdatul Shuhood (unity of perception). Enlightening Sufi books teaching mysticism, ethics and morality have been taken out of the courses of study from Sufi madrasas and women are being barred from visitation of shrines.

    I would like to appeal to Muslim governments represented in the Council to introspect and cleanse the Islamic theology of elements of totalitarianism and offensive Jihad for world domination. There are war-time instructions in Islamic scriptures that should not be considered applicable to us Muslims today in the 21st century. Instead, what even earliest Sufi and Salafi theologians have said is that one so-called sword verse alone has abrogated 124 early verses of Quran preaching peace and pluralism....

    Islamic Ideology

    Righteousness (Taqwa) a Spiritual Asset for Mankind Is an Integral Part of Active Qur'anic Morality
    Kazi Wadud Nawaz

    The Muslim Ummah of the present era can regain its lost honour, authority and glory only through the unconditional practice of righteousness. The honourable rank and position were attained by the Muslim community in the past through righteousness and can only be regained through practising it in future.  The Holy Qur'an and Allah's Messenger (pbuh) have repeatedly stressed on proper utilisation of ‘Taqwa' as the most powerful instrument for reshaping human nature, remoulding morality and spiritual horizon of the believers. ...

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    'Make Revolutionary Changes in the Islamic Theology of Consensus to Fight Jihadism': Sultan Shahin Asks Muslim Nations at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Sixteen years after 9/11, the issue of Jihadi terrorism has become even more complex and widespread.

    First, though Jihadism is a violent offshoot of Wahhabism and Salafism, the international community has allowed the fountainhead of Wahhabi/Salafi ideology to continue to spend tens of billions of dollars to Wahhabise the world Muslim community.

    Second, we recently saw with horror, but without any protest from the international community, the sight of a UN-designated terrorist, with a ten-million-dollar bounty on his head, launch a political party and nominate another US-designated terrorist to contest democratic elections in Pakistan. Apparently, some countries can ignore UN directives with impunity.

    Third, the Muslim community has failed to grasp that Jihadism spread so rapidly around the world because at its core it is not very different from the theology of consensus that informs the religious beliefs and practices of all Muslim sects. That is why Jihadis are not impressed when we Muslims either proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace and pluralism or when we try to wash our hands off Jihadism by claiming that it has nothing to do with Islam. If we Muslims want to live as honourable citizens in the 21st century’s globalised world, we must rethink our consensus theology in all its dimensions and make revolutionary changes to bring it in line with the needs of present times....

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