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  • مذہب، سرمایہ اور اقتدار کی بنیادوں پر بننے والے یہ خاندان وہ استحصال قوتیں ہیں جو خود کو معاشرے کے دوسرے افراد سے افضل ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • sweetheart sadaf - 7/3/2015 4:27:11 AMyou were the first who threatened me. you were after my id so that you can teach me ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Muslims don't call the Bible the injil. Muslims say there is no original injil available which is mentioned in the Quran.However Christians here to ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Neither the Quran nor the Bible is written by the prophets upon whom they were revealed. John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Is there any book which truly demystify jesus? noneThe Qur'an further mystifies by saying that he was not crucified but elevated high. miracles of ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • is the Quranic account on jesus historical? Is the Quran a book of history? Is there any proof? it is a matter of faith ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Whether the Quran bans adoption or not, this is the result of the marriage of the prophet with zainab.adoption was not an issue like ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • A very true analysis of Devband and its role in Indian Muslim community.Sufi madarsas must not be better because they too follow same Hanafi ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Solid article. Simply put, these Maulanas need not be followed. Pick your copy of Quran. Read it. Reas translations. Take your own decisions. That ...
    ( By sadaf )
  • Very informative and analytical article!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "Belief in Jesus is integral to faith in Islam." . . .   That is the message to remember. However saying that our Book is more ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Rational,The  Quran has not banned adoption. What is applicable to one's own biological children such as inheritance laws and laws forbidding marriages however does ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational is right about the obsession with the title of Syed. I have a cousin whose mother was Syed (my phupi) and father a ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • My Dear Sadaf,Since you have been away for a long time, read my articles that I have written since and especially:Action Points for Defeating the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • My Dear Sadaf,You are like Rip Van Winkle who has just woken up and still living in the past and reviving old debates that ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Thanks Mike for your kind words.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear sultan Shahin"Two Christian Women Accused of Blasphemy Tortured by Muslim Villagers in Pakistan; Faces Painted Black, Beaten as They're Forced to Parade Around on Donkeys"If ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Aftab Ahmad sahebi agree with you.i don't want to roam in the jungles of Islamic and Hindu philosophies.these philosophies in my view have ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Focusing on their identities like as Hindu or Muslim is narrowness of mind. They are better as saints not Sufis(Muslim) or Bhakts(Hindus).No sufi of ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational sb,In Bangladesh Lalan is a legend. He was a sufi with great knowlege of Islam and Hindu religious philosophy. In his time too ...
    ( By Aftab Ahmad )
  • Aftab Sahebthanks for bringing up such people as they find no place in Islamic books taught in Madarsas. only few books speak about them ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • "As social customs remain entrenched in the various tiers of a society and any attempt to ban them abruptly can hardly succeed, the Qur’an ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Hasan Abbas Sahebhere is a news piece from Islamic Republic of Iran"In Iran, You Can Marry Your 13-Year-Old Adopted Child"http://newageislam.com/islam,-women-and-feminism/mahwash-badar/in-iran,-you-can-marry-your-13-year-old-adopted-child/d/103743whose legacy is it? are ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • the prophet didn't declare slavery Haram, though he encouraged freeing slaves. making slaves was against humanity even though it was prevalent everywhere. The prophet ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Sadaffirst i don't have that much surplus money to give in zakat. i pay income tax as i am a salaried person.second important thing, ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • sadafME se kiya khaa kar aaye ho.lambe mabe comment maar riye ho.itne lambe comment aur kaam ki baat ek bhi nahibole chale jaa rahe ho
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Sadafnow from saale to Dear Naseer Ahmedsach kaha hai kisi ne saari khudaai ek taraf joru kaa bhai ek taraflekin mohtrama log tumhaare saale ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Uptil now and still Muslim(majority)say Quran is the only book that single word is not change, if you want to change anything( even meaning)or ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Ghulam Mohiyuddin, it is a great point! And I appreciat it... and God willing will include it as your quote. "If we call their ...
    ( By Mike Ghouse )
  • Rational says, "i can't let them go. they coerce on every step and everywhere." . . . .   You can spend your life fighting ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • If we call their Book false, they will call our Book false! Let us learn to respect the Books of others.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A step in the right direction!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is no clear Quranic injunction banning slavery. Freeing slaves was considered a pious action. Sex with captives was allowed. Saudi Arabia banned slavery ...
    ( By Hasan Abbas )
  • ***** CORRECTION TO THE ARTICLE ****** Thanks for pointing out the mistake, “and he could have prevented Jesus from the crucifix.” My apologies for the same, ...
    ( By Mike Ghouse )
  • If I am also to make broad statements like Dear Mr. Naseer Ahmad Sir, then I would say, that Mr. Naseer Ahmad Sir is ...
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  • Sufism represents omnipresence  of   the Creator the Vedanta and spirit of equality of Islam.They sang of love and criticized  al. kinds  of social ...
    ( By S D Paliwal )
  • بعض الآيات المتعلقة بالتقوى فيما يلي:  وَتَزَوَّدُوا فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَىٰ ﴿١٩٧ البقرة﴾ وَلِبَاسُ التَّقْوَىٰ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ ﴿٢٦ الأعراف﴾ لَمَسْجِدٌ أُسِّسَ عَلَى التَّقْوَىٰ مِنْ أَوَّلِ يَوْمٍ أَحَقُّ أَنْ تَقُومَ فِيهِ ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Sadaf,Looks like your company "Global Design Cell" is without good projects. You seem to have joined the project of the "Sufi minded" which is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    This attempt might seem bizarre for some, for what, they might ask, might the Quran, which appeared centuries after Jesus, have to contribute to our understanding of the historical Jesus? A great deal, a study of this voluminous tome will reveal, for Jesus is honoured as a prophet in the Quran, which refers to him in several verses. Belief in Jesus is integral to faith in Islam. Muslims regard Jesus as a ‘Muslim’ (that is, one who has submitted to God) and as having preached Islam—that is, submission to the one God.....

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    Secular Yoga
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    Plato was not a Hindu. Certainly he was not an Indian. But it seems he preached Yoga when he put forward his theory of education for the ideal rulers: “gymnastic for the body and music for the soul. As their age advances let them increase the gymnastic of their soul.” This education is for a healthy mind in a healthy body. It looks like Secular Yoga.....

     
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    Southeast Asia

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    North America

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

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    Reflect on this critical point. Whenever ISIS kills in the name of Islam, claims to follow the Holy Quran, or uses the Holy month of Ramazan to spread anarchy across the globe, know that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explicitly warned us of these imposters, and entrusted us to root them out. The only people who refuse to reflect on this point are ISIS, ISIS sympathisers and anti-Islam extremists who want the world to believe that ISIS is legitimate. Intelligent people, meanwhile, see Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) prophetic wisdom and thus remain united against both ignorance and extremism.....

     
    Islamic Ideology

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    Surprisingly, for a school which prides itself in being reformist in outlook, that is, engaged in Tajdeed or revival of the original Islam as taught by the Prophet, Deoband’s inceptive raison d’être appears very narrow and ritualistic, perhaps even prosaic. It gives the impression that the great mission of the Prophet was aimed at creating employment for his followers as prayer leaders in mosques when in reality the comprehensiveness of the Prophet’s message was such that the influence of Islam was inherent in the cosmopolitanism of the Arab achievements......

    Islamic Society

    Is It ‘Muslim Trash’ We See In The States Muslims Created As Nation-States, Getting The Word ‘Nation’ All Wrong?
    Khaled Ahmed

    Is it “Muslim trash” we see in the states Muslims created as nation-states, getting the word “nation” all wrong? Somehow women get a raw deal in this process of removing minorities from the “nation”. Is Malaysia moving to where Pakistan, and possibly Bangladesh, have already got? What appears to be Islamic reform in Malaysia now will ultimately get the Chinese and Indians expelled like “trash”. Pakistan under Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto too did this in 1974, on the pretext of purifying the Muslim identity. Today, it is increasingly a state without a nation.

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Tracing Radicalism by Trial And Error
    Farrukh Dhondy

    This would indicate that they have collectively decided to abandon their lives in Britain and seek a life under the diktat of the IS, which will mean for the young men and perhaps the young women enlisting in IS’ fighting force, living under their version of Sharia law with active or passive subscription to executions, beheadings, crucifixions and to the restrictions it imposes on women, on belief, on speech and on rethinking their presence in the war-torn territories IS has occupied....

     
    Islam and Politics

    For instance, Bihar’s ‘Khariji’ madrasas are as ‘modern’ as secular schools with some of their alumni being leading scholars and professionals. There is a growing trend among philanthropic Muslims to set up modern schools that impart secular education with a religious vision. Some madrasas internally debate on how to impart modern education.....

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    Current Affairs
    Mislabelling Madrasas
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    Mislabelling Madrasas
    Antara Dev Sen

    Come on! Do you honestly believe that the BJP government in Maharashtra is suddenly enormously concerned about the education of Muslims? That labelling madrasas as irrelevant, brushing off their students as uneducated children who do not go to school, implying that studying the Quran is no study at all and refusing to acknowledge that madrasas impart education, unless they teach certain courses approved by the government, is going to make Muslims swell with pride and dignity?....

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    Books and Documents

    By The Side of the ‘First Muslim’

    Without any hues of divine enlightenment, Lesley, a Jew settled in Seattle, talked of the Prophet as a boy who had very unusual and trying circumstances. A boy who had lost his father before he was born, he lost his mother when he was all of six. Brought up by his grandfather, his was a remarkable rise from the edges of the society to a reasonably well off and trusted business agent by the time he was getting into middle age. Except that all this paled when compared to what transpired on Mount Hira when he was 40, the moment he got the first revelation. It is here that Lesley rose above various biographers and put Muhammad’s reaction –– he was shaken to the bone –– in a dispassionate manner, casting aside various accounts of mythical peace and bliss…..

     
    Islamic Society

    I Felt Safer In Iraq Than I Do In Pakistan
    Ali Abbas

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    Current Affairs

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    Books and Documents

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    Urdu Section

    چچا ابو طالب اور حضرت خدیجہ رضی اللہ عنہ کی وفات کے بعد کفار مکہ کے مظالم میں بہت زیادہ اضافہ ہوگیا تھا ۔ آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم جب بھی گھر سے باہر تشریف لے جاتے تو بد قماش لوگ آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو تنگ کرتے آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم پر کوڑا کرکٹ پھینکتے جب آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم گھر تشریف لاتے تو چہرے مبارک گرد و غبار سے اٹا ہوتا تو معصوم شہزادیوں کے دل تڑپ اٹھتے اور رخساروں پر آنسو نہنے لگتے پھر معصوم شہزادیاں اپنے بابا جان کا سر اور چہرہ مبارک دھوتی اور ساتھ ساتھ کفار کو برا بھلا بھی کہتیں کہ وہ کیوں ہمارے بابا جان کو تنگ کرتے ہیں ۔

     
    Islamic Society

    Lalan Fakir was the greatest Sufi and spiritual leader of the Baul sect that emerged from Bengal in the 18th century. He rebelled against caste system among Hindus and the discrimination among Muslims on the basis of Ashraf and Ajlaf,  poor and rich and on the basis of untouchability and founded a sect that had no room for exploitation, religious communalism, social inequality, superstition , injustice and narrow-mindedness. Lalan declared that the service to the humanity and seeking the union with the Supreme Being was the means to salvation…..

    Islamic Society

    It is commendable that a Muslim prince as per his own statements; should attempt to emulate the world famous ‘Gates philanthropic’ institutions. It may turn out to be a catalyst for hundreds of princes from that region to express their love of humanity on large scale. That is assuming that such generosity; even on smaller scale is not being practiced already....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    India

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    North America

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    Arab World

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    Current Affairs

    With the move sparking fierce criticism from Muslim organisations and Opposition parties, Education Minister Vinod Tawde clarified that “students of madrasas that follow a proper academic curriculum” will not be counted as “out of school”. Maharashtra’s Secretary (school education) Nand Kumar said Vedic schools teaching only Vedas would also be classified as non-schools.....

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    Islam and Politics

    The bleeders soon organized and armed the Great Global Jihad, funded by Saudi Arabia, and executed by Pakistan. A powerful magnet for militant Sunni activists was created by the US. The most hardened and ideologically dedicated men were sought on the logic that they would be the best fighters. Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the Jihad. American universities produced books for Afghan children that extolled the virtues of jihad and of killing communists…..

     
    Books and Documents

    A Searing Split: A New Look At the Terror That Accompanied the Birth of Pakistan

    Jinnah’s paranoia led to Pakistan’s reckless first invasion of Kashmir, months after independence. The author concludes that it is the dispute over Kashmir, and that alone, which ensures a “violent, unbridgeable chasm” still divides India and Pakistan. He might have considered an alternative possibility: the idea that Pakistan’s army, and its supporters, keeps alive the dispute in Kashmir as a means of preserving its outsized claim on public resources and policymaking....

     
    Islam and Politics

    Terrorism: For Muslim Crimes Only?
    Hamid Dabashi

    Let's for the moment set aside the fact that since 1980, according to one account, the US has "invaded or occupied or bombed" no less than 14 Muslim countries and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees. Let's also disregard for now the countless Palestinians (Muslims and non-Muslims) slaughtered or made homeless refugees by the US-supported and armed Israel.  With such overwhelming evidence, why is it that US political leaders, law enforcement officials, and leading journalists refuse to designate this heinous crime as an act of terrorism?....

     
    Current Affairs

    It is not our tragedies that shape the future; it is the abysmal response that does. The only means to our very survival, as a state and nation, is that our ‘emperors’ feel the afflictions of those ruled. It is their apathy alone that spawns the scourge of terrorism, corruption and cronyism. Empathy, the only antidote to this unholy trinity, should be the ‘enforced’ National Action Plan. ...

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Islamic State: Spreading Its Tentacles

    Affiliates use varied tactics. In the Gulf, IS members have targeted Shia mosques to foment sectarian strife. In places such as Yemen and Afghanistan, IS seeks to undermine strong branches of al-Qaeda, its jihadist rival. Elsewhere spectacular attacks, such as the massacre in Sousse, have helped IS live up to its slogan of “remaining and expanding”; conveniently diverting attention from the group’s losses not only in Syria and Iraq but farther afield. ....

     


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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

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