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  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   Talking about “Flip-Flop,” here are some of the quotes which will help enlighten all of my fellow Muslims about a mysterious ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   Talking about “Flip-Flop,” here are some of the quotes which will help enlighten all of my fellow Muslims about a mysterious ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Sir, Your oft-repeated mantra that someone has not understood Islam and as such, he or she is ignorant, is an insult to other's intelligence.  You gave ...
    ( By Mohammad Asghar )
  • Dear Secular Logic, My opening words in the last comment; 'believers and Hindus' are technically incorrect and offensive as Hindus are also believers. Sorry ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Secular Logic, My opening words in the last comment; 'believers and Hindus' are technically incorrect and offensive as Hindus are also believers. Sorry ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Secular,I love both believers and Hindus and all mankind. My (jt) exegetic work which is duly approved and authenticated and under posting at ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Yunus Saheb,   Fear and Hate drives “Secular Logic,” to continue to thrash any sensible explanations which you submit to him/her attention. Isn’t it a complete insanity?   Beware ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Secular Logic,Just scroll down and see. I have answered the question on uncleanliness twice. The other points are best taken up in greater detail in ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Normal 0 false false false EN-US ...
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  • Mr Naseer Ahmed,I believe I have read that article and we had some discussion about how many people agreed with that definition of Kaafir. ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Mr Yunus, I am sorry if pointed questions are making you uncomfortable. Actually, it is pointed questions and pointed answers that are usually more ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • A good expose of Ayyan Ali is available on alternet.org. http://www.alternet.org/media/anti-islam-author-ayaan-hirsi-alis-latest-deception
    ( By C M Naim )
  • Secular Logic,My article " who is a kafir in the Quran? Part 3 gives a very direct answer.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • “Satyamev Jayate - Truth alone triumphs”
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Secular Logic,Your asking me pointed question: "to unequivocally say that those who worship idols and who practice polytheism commit no sin?"  I am no one ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • The subject of battles covering the Medinian period covered in the following article.What does "Smite at their necks or finger tips meant?" The clear ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Verse 16:106 and related issues covered in my article below:The Law of Al Taqiya in Islamhttp://www.newageislam.com/islamic-ideology/the-law-of-al-taqiya-in-islam/d/8182
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Verse 65:4 In rare cases menses  may not begin until the age of 18 without any defect  (these girls are statistically speaking outliers) and if ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Mike Ghouse,While I agree with most of what you have written, I also disagree on some of the points.In our search for political ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Hello Yunus Saheb,   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   Subject: WHERE IS THE COMMON SENSE & HUMAN DECENCY?   I keep cautioning you that the “Grand Prosecutor,” like “Secular Logic,” will never ever ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Dear सत्य प्रकाश,   Thank you kindly for a polite reminder about “Thinking” about myself and the religion of Islam.   “Show Us The Way,” is what I wrote ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Save the Girl Child: She is an Asset …….and not a Liability!! – March 12, 2015   Women play an important role in shaping the destiny of our ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Dear Mr, Mohammed Rafiq ,   Are you serious Islam have not caste system ? Just name of sect. you cannot deny about caste system in Islam. ...
    ( By सत्य प्रकाश )
  • This article was written to counter the Sunni narrative according to which the Meccan pagans had no alternative but to accept Islam or be executed irrespective ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Mr Yunus,You yourself are not convinced about whether idolatory is a sin or not. How are you going to convince all Muslims to not ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Dear Secular Logic,Your statement that all Hindus believe the God is unseen and one lends credence to my following article that had received some ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • FOR THE SAKE OF BLEEDING HUMANITY   We cannot afford in this heart-breaking time of crisis, to indulge in mutual recrimination; but let us appeal to all God-fearing Mohammedans ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Another Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh yesterday. Reform is going to be very bloody, very cruel, if it happens at all.
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Kesav Ji,   You tell me about it. I would like to hear your side of the story.   Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia     mohammedrafiqlodhia http://www.wethemoderatemuslims.com http://www.readingisliving.com
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Apropos Mr.Lodhia,I would like to what is 'unjust about the caste system'?
    ( By Kesav )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   Subject: NAY, BUT YE WILL COME TO KNOW   Knowing the deadly mental syndrome known as “Indifference,” which has plagued the Muslim ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   Subject: JANGAL MEIN MOR NACHA KISI NE NA DEKHA   Ever heard of a song of late great Mohammed Rafi Saheb, ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   It is truly disappointing that so many learned Muslims gets carried away with the likes of Harris and Hirsi. It ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • "One cannot hope to reform the Islamic world until and unless one enlists Islam and its doctrine in one’s aid." . . .I agree.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "There are close to 1.5 billion people on this Earth who identify themselves as Muslims.  Modernisation of the Muslim narrative can only happen if ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article!  Samar Fatany holds an important government position in Saudi Arabia. Is she jeopardizing her position?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The fact that an apostate like Ayaan Hirsi has jumped on the "reform" bandwagon should not divert us from the fact that reform is ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear Yunus Saheb,   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   Subject: AN AVOWED ISLAM HATER   At this late hour, you are trying to send an explanation to Mr. Nilamani Tripathy. I can pretty ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Greetings Mr. Nilamani Tripathy,   Subject: SHOW US THE WAY   First of all, after reading the list of all the “Evil Deeds,” of Muslims, I think that many “Moderate Muslims,” ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Dear Nilamani Tripathy,Here is what the Qur'an says about respecting the deities and houses of worship of the others:“Don’t insult those whom they invoke ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
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    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    The War Within Islam

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    Robert Fisk

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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……

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