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  • Hats Off's blinkers make him ignorant of the fact that hatred and violence have been features of the human species and have less to ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The Quran doesn't teach hatred of other people.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • I see nothing that is exceptionable in the points that Hats Off has made and questions raised by him.Uncompromising monotheism and uncompromising polytheism are ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • the Qur' an is a complete book for the members of the club of islam.but for idolaters, and polytheists it is a menace and ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • The Quran is a complete, self-sufficient, self-explanatory source of all instruction. It instructs through 1. recalling, remembering (zikr) the life of the prophets, 2.through example, comparison, ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Hats Off keeps repeating the same anti-Muslim tidbits ad nauseum because they serve the purposes of  his hate propaganda. He conveniently forgets all the ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • From the book: The Jews of Islam by Bernard Lewis The early history of the dhimma , or more broadly of the restrictions imposed on the tolerated ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Khedouri Aboody Zilkha (1884–1956) was an Iraqi-Jewish banker. In 1941 he emigrated to New York and died there in 1956.He was a Jew in an ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • your anti-semitism shines through your false moderation.so you think to make jews walk on one side of the street or preventing them from building ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • What a dumb comment from Hats Off!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Seeing such an article in a Pakistani publication is a pleasure.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • For Hats Off only those vignettes of history count that make Islam look bad, because they are the only ones that support his venomous agenda!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I don't think anyone outside Saudi Arabia believes that this murder could have been ordered by anyone other than the Crown Prince. The Saudi ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Prof. Hoodbhoy is right. Mullah power in Pakistan is a lethal virus. There can be no question of  compromise with it.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • No one brings as much stench to this forum as Hats Off!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off has to be the fly in the ointment whenever something good is said about Islam! It is his life's mission to smear ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • another wise man said to me while he was dressing his wound "our life is just a sneeze in the nose of god". his ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • "Hadiths with a good message may be read to gain wisdom or insight but not as  religious texts".thanks for your kind permission. now will ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Both Quran and Hadiths  are man made. God never sent his message as PDF files to the gmail of Mohammed and got it Printed. ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Banish Jews ,christians and Musriks from Arab land was the order issued by Mr Mohammed when is death was very near.Hence I strongly conclude ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • what else can a khedouri-sponsored chair-occupier say except that? it was in his employment contract.
    ( By hats off! )
  • dear mr. talha, who was it that talked of an utopian society? did i talk about power? did i? i do not think so.kya ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • “  These discriminatory regulations , most of them originating outside Islam, were largely honored in the breach, often with the tacit approval of Muslim rulers " Mark R ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @AnynymousThat Muslim should tell him that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. Yes there are some so-called Muslims who misuse Islam for their ...
    ( By Urooj Fatma )
  • Mohammad Shabbir:سوال ارباب افتاء وقضاء سے_____________________جس طرح شہادت ہلال سلسلے میں 'ٹی وی' ویڈیو' تصویر' موبائل فون کالینگ' موبائل ویڈیو کالینگ' اوڈیو تقریری اعلان ...
    ( By محمد کلیم رضا )
  • The last war aka Ghazwa of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) took place in the 8th year of Hijra. This war is ...
    ( By Urooj Fatma )
  • Which is the last war of Prophet Muhammad?
    ( By Anonymous )
  • A Muslim asks, "I’m Muslim, what should I do if someone says Islam is the religion of terrorism?
    ( By Anonymous )
  • @Urooj FatmaIs Adam a Muslim name?
    ( By Anonymous )
  • no mr hats off, I do not believe so. majority do not support Justice Nisar's viewin the context of power it is all about "jis ...
    ( By Talha )
  • @AnonymousSurah Baqarah is the longest Surah. The Ayat 282 of Surah Baqarah (2:282) is the longest ayat of the Quran. This ayat is known ...
    ( By Urooj Fatma )
  • Yes Terrorism has no religion. The fact of the matter is that when books of religions are misused for terrorism, some people say terrorism ...
    ( By Urooj Fatma )
  • If you are asking questions about this then think from the perceptive of the time which you are talking about. The era in which ...
    ( By Huzaifa )
  • dear mr. talha, are you really sure that the majority of pakistanis accept mr. saqib nisar's judgment?by the way i forgot to mention a ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • What is the thing, the longest Ayat, mentioned in the Quran?
    ( By Anonymous )
  • Has terrorism no religion? 
    ( By Anonymous )
  • @HatsoffFor Asia Bibi the entire world is fighting and Pakistan is ready to bear all expenses for the sake requital of Asia Christian lady.But ...
    ( By Talha )
  • apart from the fact that this pact has seen many so called versions, is it honest to completely ignore the ignominious conditions imposed upon ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • mr. pk balachandran is most probably going to have to put his money where his mouth is when india starts becoming "hindustan" or "akhand ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • It is not an easy task to reach the fact. CIA is determined to Convict MBS while the other side is urging CIA to ...
    ( By Huzaifa )
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    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.

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    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….

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    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.

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    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

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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……

    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....

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    Abdus Sattar Ghazali

    Robert Bowers, a white supremacist stormed into the synagogue during Sabbath and fired upon innocent men, women, and children attending religious services, killing 11 and wounding 5. The shooting took place during a bris, a baby naming ceremony....

     
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    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....

    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....

    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”....

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    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Prophet Mohammad was very emphatic in his views on animal sacrifice: “if you MUST kill, kill without torture.” Unfortunately, this admonition is also ignored. The two million animals that were sacrificed in Saudi Arabia at the end of Hajj yesterday had been brought to the country in most horrible conditions, many of them dying en route.

     I personally witnessed the torture animals go through when I was in Karachi on Baqr Eid, a few years ago. The whole city appeared to have turned into a slaughter house. One could hear the cries of goats and sheep for days before Eid, while they were still being traded in city squares and even in roundabouts on major arterial roads. The animals apparently knew what fate was awaiting them. It was the obscenity of the whole scene that I cannot forget. Baqr Eid, the holiest of days, had descended into an orgy of blood-letting, with the “devotion” that God requires completely missing.

    The callousness we Muslims display towards animals would give the impression that the religion of Islam is indifferent to the fate of animals. In fact, Islam requires Muslims to protect, not just Human Rights, but HuqooqulIbaad or the rights of all creations of God.

    HuqooqulIbaad is considered so important that it is given primacy even over Huqooq Allah or our duties towards God. While God may forgive us for our transgressions, given his Benevolent and Merciful nature, His creations will not even recognise us on the Day of Judgement. So we must fulfil our duties towards creations of God in this very world, since we cannot hope for forgiveness from them on the Day of Judgement.

    Muslims should also remember the conduct of the Prophet in treating animals with kindness. On many occasions, during his journeys, he delayed prayers for the sake of first relieving the animals of their burden, and giving them food and water. He would refuse to lead prayers until animals were looked after first. He told several stories of people being forgiven all their sins for having shown consideration for a dog or a cat. According to Imam Abu Dawud, the Prophet forbade the hitting of animals on their faces and branding them. He also forbade sports based on animal fights.

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