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  • Naseer sab, When I said, "A religion of peace and virtuousness has no need for extensive tafsirs on concepts such as kafir....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, I did not say anything about who Sultan Shahin sab was addressing or whether he had....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, Instead of asking me to read all those articles, can you just give me the numbers...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • All that Naseer sab can do is make character attacks on others or heap praise on his own work! The onus is on him and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Shahin Sb, The meaning of another word that our Ulema corrupted to glamourize war is Shaheed to mean martyr which is not the meaning of the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb’s comment is addressed to you GM sb not to me. He is telling you what he thinks is important. He has no ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, I haven't seen a more churlish character than yourself. If you are offended by what I say, put in my place ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Allah may conceal the purpose of His ways, but His ways are not without purpose.....
    ( By Royalj )
  • Sultan, how many more years you are going to live in this world? Perhaps another twenty or thirty years? One of your great prophets ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • Naseer sab, Sultan Shahin sab has his agenda and I have mine. I presented my view which...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, Which verses support items number 2, 3 and 4 of your "clear, unambiguous ...
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  • Naseer sab, You should be embarrassed for praising your own conclusions and calling them "truths" unashamedly. Why can't you...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Will the Saudi Crown Prince sell Palestinians down the drain in order to be a victor...
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  • Three Rules of Religious Understanding:” “When trying to understand another religion, you should...
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  • Comment 1. The Meaning and Application of Kufr and Its derivatives [musthaqqat] کفر کا معنی و مفہوم کفر کے مختلف معانی ہیں: ان میں سے ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • And what is that you do GM sb? Being a devious character, you make your disagreement look like an agreement. You have been relentlessly trying ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb, a committed troll, talks about deviousness for ignoring his nonsensical response. He is the one who is truly devious. In another thread, Shahin ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Our scholars have made Islam a religion without principles which is what we need to address. My comment on Yunus Sb’s article is reproduced: ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Yunus Sb has not said anything different from what I said. "And I only quoted Yunus sb verbatim without drawing ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sab is good at exaggerating and over-dramatizing disagreements, especially if it makes his "discovery" look good!.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, Posting a comment but omitting the response is deviousness that is typical of you. Your ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Ghulam Ghaus bhai, Kya neeche diye gaye Mushrik aur kafir ki taarif sahih hai ?....
    ( By Wasim Ansari )
  • Naseer sab, A foulmouthed mufassir does deserve condemnation, and that's what I did in my last post. You continue applauding yourself when you yourself call ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear Hamza Zafar sb, Thank you very much for your very detailed response. Besides reading every standard translation of the Quran, I have tried to follow ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It may this appear to be a hopeless case. But we simply cannot afford to lose hope. That's why I keep hoping that the struggle ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, Is it devious to ignore the rubbish and say what is meaningful? Your capacity for responding ad-nauseum when you have nothing worthwhile ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb says “Anyone who does not agree with Naseer sab is "blind"! Shame on such mufassirs!” He has confirmed ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Sultan Shahin Sahab, I think you need to take a close look at my following recently posted article:....
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  • Masha Allha brother, Ghulam Ghaus I was also confused about the the term Ahle Qibla and its application. But this ....
    ( By Zahid Ansari )
  • Excellent synopsis by Sultan Shahin sahib of the enormous and stupendous task facing those who want to put Islam back on....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, I have no interest in reposting anything. I was just pointing out the deviousness....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Anyone who does not agree with Naseer sab is "blind"! Shame on such mufassirs!....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The binary thinking of Muslim-Kafir and Islam-Kufr runs through the veins of our Muslim society, particularly among those who have acquired classical religious education in ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • I HAVE READ SOME COMMENTS OF THIS SECTION. THIS NEW AGE ISLAM IS FULL OF ABUSIVE SENTENCES....
    ( By Pankaj )
  • MY QUESTION IS FOR NASEER IS THERE ANY VERSE IN THE QURAN WHICH PROVES THAT YOU ARE LAWFUL SON OF YOUR PARENTS?...
    ( By Pankaj )
  • wahabism is the real problem of Islamic world. Muslims need to disassociate themselves from wahhabism.
    ( By Ravi Kumar )
  • Various Ahadith Strictly Prevent From Accusing Any Muslim of being Kafir The messenger of Allah Almighty, Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: If a person ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Nasheer ahemd I do not agree with you. You should read what is more important about tafsir. Principles and Kinds of Tafsir .....
    ( By Hamza Jafar )
  • What is there to check up with Yunus Sb? Except for the blind, all else can see that I rely on the Quran alone in ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • جناب غلام غوث صاحب حفظک اللہ ، آپ کے جواب کا بہت بہت شکریہ ، مگر یہ جو کہا جاتا ہے کہ اہل قبلہ ...
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    It is also equally important to realise that lakhs of children are studying in these madrasas and the present state of affairs does not equip them to even understand the location of different countries on the world map. In the name of protecting of our tradition, are we not sacrificing the future of these Muslim children? Yogi Adityanath may be doing this for political reasons, but why should we blindly oppose the introduction of a superior quality of textbooks in our madrasas? ...

     
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    There is forth reaction which is claimed honour-ship by Muslims of all discoveries in science so if you go to the websites if you type Islamic Science in Google you will get typically internet banner which says that miracles predicted 1400 years ago and everything from black holes to quantum mechanics to antibiotics, everything is over there. I wish I had time or I could tell you about my experiences with conversation with Mullas, I asked one very prominent Maulvi, Mulla on television, and said if everything is over there in the Quran how come the west has invented all of these, and we do not have it, he said what you do not know is that before a western scientist goes to bed, he studies the Quran, in the morning when he wakes up he reads it again when he goes to his laboratory where he already knows what he is going to find……

     

     
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    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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    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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    There is therefore a vast gulf which is unbridgeable, unless the Muslims believe in the whole of the Quran, and discard the secondary sources for an explanation of the Book. “And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding”. There appear to be very few people of understanding across the spectrum of the “believers” and the “disbelievers”, providing proof thereby, that the playing field is very level indeed for all, and there is little difference among the people, except their deeds. False beliefs are common to all people, and the “believers” equally blaspheme God, their Prophet and their Book with their false beliefs....

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    The Correct Understanding of the So Called ‘Sword’ Verses of Surah Taubah
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    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…..

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Had The Hadith Already Asked Muslims 1400 Years Ago Not To Join ISIS?
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    An honest study of the holy Quran and Sunnah demonstrates the fact that terrorist groups like ISIS act in complete disagreement with the injunctions of Islam. The Quran, for example, equates killing of one person to the elimination of all mankind (5:32), and describes persecution and disorder on earth as an even worse offense (2:217). The study of the ahadith [plural of hadith in Arabic] also shows that the beloved Prophet warned us of the evolution of religious extremism and violence 1400 years ago in astonishing detail. For instance, he prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of the true spiritual essence of Islam except the word ‘Islam’, nothing of the Quran except its word and many “Mosques would be well-furnished but bereft of the guidance” (see the book of hadith “Mishkat Al-Masabih”). 

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    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.

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Why Syria’s Grand Mufti, Shaikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun cautioned India to pay heed to ‘external Wahhabi calls of Jihad’?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Grand Mufti and the highest Islamic authority in Syria— Shaikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun—maintains that he is both “Sunni and Shiite” at the same time. "I am Sunni in practice, Shiite in allegiance. My roots are Salafi [righteous], and my purity is Sufi [saintly]", he said, as reported in an Arabic media outlet. But Wahhabism is not a mainstream Islamic sect like Sunni or Shia. Rather, it is an extremist ideology based on an exclusivist takfirist theology propounded by the medieval theologians……..

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Religious and Theological Underpinning of Global Islamist Terror: Full Text of Speech at International Counter Terrorism Conference 2016 in Jaipur
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    ISIS may be militarily defeated tomorrow and even go out of existence. But this will not solve the problem of Muslim radicalisation. If our madrasas and educational institutions continue to prepare the ground for self-segregation and militancy, expounding the current theology, mixed with narratives of victimhood and marginalisation, Islam will continue to be hobbled, Muslims will continue to struggle to fit in the way of life in contemporary world.

    Moderate, progressive Muslims must urgently evolve and propagate an alternative theology of peace and pluralism, consistent in all respects with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies, while refuting the current theology of violence and supremacism.

    Unfortunately, as we have seen above, the task is not so easy. Radicalisation has not just happened overnight. Jihadi theology has evolved over hundreds of years. Major theologians who have studied Islam independently have brought to us a political version of Islam, stripping the religion of all its spirituality.

    While it is primarily the duty of Muslims to fight this ideological war within slam, this is no longer just a Muslim concern. The world too must confront Muslim scholars with the supremacism and extremism present in their theology and ask them to rethink Islam.  ProgressiveMuslims should join the rest of the world to defeat extremism in Islamic theology.

    Islamic Personalities

    Syed Ahmed Khan: When Will We Stop Idolizing Him and Start Engaging With His Ideas?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Syed Ahmed Khan was also indifferent to the education of Muslim women. He made no effort whatsoever from which one can deduce that he viewed the education of Muslim women as a desirable project. It remains a fact that women’s education was a late starter on the campus of Aligarh. Such indifference became active hostility when it came to modern education for lower caste Muslims. Syed Ahmed was positively opposed to educating the Muslim lower castes which formed the majority of Indian Muslim population. He did not think that the lower caste Muslims possessed the required mental faculty to go for higher learning through English language....

    Islam and Politics

    Contesting the Political Islamist Theology: Untenable Theological Justifications For The Corruption, Purge And Religious Persecution In Turkey
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The pro-government political theologians in Muslim countries have propounded a complete political theology—an exclusivist and totalitarian theology which undermines the democratic, moderate and progressive thoughts flourishing in the liberal Muslim minds. Regrettably, many religionists in those countries are falling prey to this unceasing ideology endangering their lives and stigmatising the religion in general. Unless this retrogressive theology of political hue is contested, there will be no way forward to progressive thinking in Islam in the 21st century. It actually poses a direct ideological threat to the rich spiritual traditions—unity of existence, pluralism and multiculturalism—that Muslims have inherited in various countries.

     
    Islamic Ideology

    Deoband’s Fresh Fatwa: Why Do the Islamic Theologians (Muftis) In India Lack the Logical Progression in Their Socio-Religious Thoughts?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Ironically, there is no dearth of “online fatwa” services and websites today that transmit the Saudi Fatwas to the non-Arab Muslim societies, particularly in the Indian subcontinent, regardless of their local contexts, customs, cultures and national ethos. Such pronouncements can be stumbled upon the online fatwa portals such as IslamQA.info, fatwa-online.com, and AskImam.org and many more. Scores of Indian Maulvis are treading the path of the Saudi-Wahhabi muftis in running the online fatwa factories. This is a daunting challenge that Indian Muslims face in the wake of every fatwa of this nature……

    Islamic Ideology

    Quoting Qur’an’s Fighting Verses In Isolation To Promote Violence Or Defame Islam Amounts To Treacherous Misrepresentation Of Its Message Of Peace And Reconciliation
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Now if a Muslim person of this era quotes 8:60 or 9:5 or 9:13 in isolation disregarding consecutive reconciliatory verses (8:61, 9:6) and their context specificity (9:13) to instigate a group of his followers to commit any form of violence he is likening himself and his followers with the Prophet of Islam and his followers who were the direct recipients of the instructions of these verses. But such selective appropriation of Qur’an’s message to promote violence amounts to treacherous distortion of Qur’anic message....

    The War Within Islam

    Islamo-Fascism and Islam-Supremacism Feeding Islamophobia Worldwide: Sultan Shahin Tells UN Human Rights Council In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    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.

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