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  • And yes. West is good, and Islam is West , so we are all good, good. Unfortunately I firmly believe, West is bad in the ...
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  • The rise of Wahhabism with its coerciveness, exclusiveness and austere puritanism is the most regressive and tragic development in the history ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats off is back with his hat on! Does he continue to be so-called atheist Hindu? He seems to be quite disturbed that Mr Naseer ...
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • Naseersaab, You ask why philosophers are not in the business of producing moral precepts. Philosophers study and analyze knowledge. They ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The review sounded quite credible, and the book's author seemed well-read and well-informed, until I reached the part that discloses who the sponsor of ....
    ( By Usama Khalidi )
  • Royalj, You also ask "Why Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, who follow the greatest prophet who ever walked on the earth, are lagging behind the Indians ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Royalji. If you are done with your ala, bla.. I need to tell you that unlike BJP, Allah governs by laws and not by ordinances. ...
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • Royalj, It is you who has failed to answer simple questions. Try answering them if you can: 1. What do you ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Naseer: You have been caught red handed. You did not answer a simple spiritual question. What does Allah want: repentance of a sinner and turns ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • Hats Off,: With reference to two of my articles which incidentally are the same two articles being discussed now with GM Sb 1. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, There is a history behind why the degree of PhD or doctor of philosophy is the highest academic degree irrespective of the subject. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Hats Off, You can say what you wish to say by quoting me on the different subjects that I have covered. As your comment stands, ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • this is precisely what other skeptical commentators were saying to counter mr naseer ahmed's eulogy of jizya as an wonderful way of dealing with the ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Naseersaab, You are the one who is making the claim that moral precepts did not exist before religions brought them to us...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The writer should correct himself and check with the fact, when he says: "The surname "Barelvi" denotes that the bearer belongs to the northern Indian town ...
    ( By GRD )
  • Royalj, It does not matter what I have to say. What you say is not the position that reputed Christian commentators have taken on the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • What does Allah wants; repentance of a sinner and turns to the right path or the sinner should be stoned to death?...
    ( By Royalj )
  • Some fatwas do occasionally come making a general claim that Islam is a religion of peace, but the claim is absolutely ..
    ( By Royalj )
  • GM Sb,:Your comments are in red....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • No doubt Baghdadi is an open dangerous enemy of humanity, but the fake Imam Agakhan and his secret Imami jihadi gang doing the same ...
    ( By Gulshanin )
  • I would equally suggest that hate preachers like Naik and Choudary are recognized and dissuaded from preaching by way of well-thought rationalist write-ups.' ...
    ( By Deepa Natarajan )
  • To Abdulla: I appreciate your personal opinion on food habits. But many people earth eat diet by relgious practice....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Naseersaab, I have already refuted several times the claims you make in your article. Religions are not the sole source of moral precepts. Philosophers are not ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is duplicity in this fatwa. It has quoted Sheikh Mohammed Al Munjad among other 'authentic Ulema' who have in clear terms said that ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Mr GRD: Do you refute that Allah the Almighty has sent His messengers (peace be upon them) (about one lac twenty four thousand in number) ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Mr GRD: Where are these schools located? Is it your personal experience. Please be a little more explicit. '
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • These fatwa of Ahle Hadith Muftis are run of the mill. Why they don't refute the Saudi Salafi extremism inculcated in schools....
    ( By GRD )
  • Oh, Royalji I have understood! It means if you ask a pricking question , the ...
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • This is in response to Royalj's comment who does not appear to show a good understanding of Christianity. The story of Jesus (PBUH) alongwith the commentary ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, All the arguments that you have put forth so far, are covered in my article and I am reproducing here the part that answers ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The women from all over the world should come forward to protest against womanphobia and Islamophobia as they are being deprived of their individual rights ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • @Manzurul Haque: “What is picking the brain”? (A true scholar will not feel shame to learn from anyone). When someone picks your brain with some ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • Naseersaab, Not all philosophers are deontologists. Moral behavior can exists in its own right because of its intrinsic soundness. Louise Antony, a professor of philosophy, puts ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • US isolationaism. Who is bothered about the views of US stooges and traitors to the human cause.'
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • Land lust. The situation in India and Pakistan is very similar. I have campared this like A father/mother is standing outside with all power allowing to rape ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Aayina: I don't appreciate involvement of religion in the matters of food habits, clothing, likes or dislikes as these things depend upon the availability, Necessity, ...
    ( By Abdullah )
  • It is a very timely decision to denounce the barbaric acts of ISIS type inhuman organisations who are totally anti-Islamic. This ....
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • I said eat as much you want it cab be Zero or everyday diet, did your paigamber said ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • You say: “Our belief that religions are divinely inspired cannot be adduced to argue ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • “The Muslim society will have to find ways by which women can become as independent as Hazrat Khadija (RA) without turning into a licentious and ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

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    There are thousands of debates on the internet regarding jihad. If on the one hand Muslim moderates are putting their utmost efforts to prove that Islam is a religion of peace, opponents are presenting some Quranic verses pertaining to Jihad and our own Hadith literature to prove the opposite. Ulema Islamic scholars) are maintaining a studied silence on this subject except giving general statements. … Clearly, Ulema need to go beyond making pious declarations of Islam having nothing to do with the offensive Jihad going on in several parts of the world today. They must take a stand and clarify why Islamic theologians over the centuries including reputed Indian ulema have interpreted war-time Quranic verses as calling for offensive jihad. These verses are being used both by Jihadis and Islamophobes to justify their respective viewpoints. It’s the religious duty of Ulema to come clean and clear the air, both for the sake of Muslim youth who are joining the Islamic State in growing numbers and non-Muslims who have come to fear Islam for obvious reasons

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    Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam

    Muslims have viewed Christians as their rivals instead of looking at them as partners. This was a big mistake that they made. For long, I used to think about why the Quran advises Muslims to help God just as the disciples of Jesus said that they would be God’s helpers. The verse in the Quran which mentions this is in the chapter called As-Saff: “Believers, be God’s helpers, as Jesus, son of Mary, said to the disciples, ‘Who will be my helpers in the cause of God?’...

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    With Our 7th Century Mind-Set, Can We Muslims Co-Exist With Other Religious Communities In Any Part Of The World?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran had asked Muslims to fight for the existence of all those worship houses, synagogues, churches, monasteries, temples where God is praised in abundance.

    “…If God had not checked one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause); —for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will). (Qur'an, 22:40)

    You can see that here God makes the cause of protecting worship houses of all religious communities, “monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques,” as His own cause. But have you heard any Muslim demanding Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Bangladesh or any other Muslim country where religious minorities face persecution, to desist and follow the dictates of the Quran for religious freedom and diversity? I would have thought that if Muslims followed Quran, not to speak of the charter of The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we would be fighting Jihad against Saudi government to allow other religious communities to establish their own worship houses, against Pakistan and Bangladesh to stop persecuting Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, etc.

    Islamic Ideology

    The Morality or the Immorality of the Institution of Slavery and the Quranic Permission That Allowed Sex with Female Slaves
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    “The Qur'an, like the Old and the New Testaments, recognizes and regulates the practice of the institution of slavery. The Qur'anic legislation subsequently confirmed and elaborated in the Shariat Law, brought two major changes to ancient slavery with far-reaching effects. One was the presumption of freedom; the other, the ban on the enslavement of free persons except in strictly defined circumstances. The Arabs practiced a form of slavery, similar to that which existed in other parts of the ancient world. The Quran urges kindness to the slave (4:36; 9:60; 24:58) and recommends liberation of slaves by purchase or manumission….

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    Indian Muslims: Lopsided Priorities; Introspection and an Engagement with This World Is Missing
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    But perhaps the problem is much deeper and it has to be so with the way Islam itself is seen by its followers. For the adherents of this religion, Islamic supremacy is the norm since it believes that Islam is the most perfect and true of all religions. …

    Things can be rectified. But for that Muslims have to understand that theirs is not the only religion in the world which is divinely revealed. Moreover, they have to think anew their relationship with the nation state where they are in a minority. Islam has to take a back seat because there is nothing here which can tell them how to interact when they are in a minority situation. The only way forward is to accept the new challenges and altered realities which have come in the wake of modernity. Sadly, such introspection and an engagement with this world is missing.

    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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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

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