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  • since when is self-advertising a substitute for coherence? or even consistency? we have seen self-advertising before...
    ( By hats off! )
  • what has nafs to do with israeli occupation of palestine lands? wrong thread?
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  • Hats Off is fighting and arguing with the wrong people here. If his concern is with the "kufarrophobes" as he calls them, then he should ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • I can understand that to sustain your Islamophobia, you need to think of Islam in your own distorted way ignoring that it is the Kafir ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Nafs is used in the Quran for a) life or a living person, b) for consciousness comprising the senses and the brain.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • How about the brutal occupation of India by Muslims, and recent one in kasmir, the exile....
    ( By Aayina )
  • dear mr muhammad yunus i am sorry for having said good bye. i retract! my mistake. i am not blind to be unable to see israeli atrocities ...
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  • i do not find one excuse or the other. i find one video or the other. one islamic preacher or the other. one youtube khutba or...
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  • those who have utter contempt for polytheists and idol worship should not feel offended by islamophobia.
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  • "The recent data released by the National Investigating Agency.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "The truth is there are no haunted worlds but only haunted minds. And the greater the trepidation of the soul, the....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Hats Off says, "maybe hindus are learning. and they are learning fast. from who else would they learn than those who subdued them?"....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off does not have a problem with either theism or extremism. His atheism is confined....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Hats Off will find one excuse or another to justify hatred of Islam, which he himself has plenty of. It will not occur to him ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear Ashok Sharma! I agree with the opening remarks of your commentary. Incidentally my jt publication referenced below attempts to address....
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  • Dear Ashok Sharma, I fully agree with your statement: This is high time that Muslim scholars also try to reform so as to treat....
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear hats off! Though you have said good bye to me, I have not. On many occasions I find difficult to defend my position and ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • I have read several reports from the Jewish and Western scholars that are highly critical of the enduring ‘brutal occupation....
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • who hates whom? and this mr. el fadl is whining about islamophobia. how perverse can he get? how much more privileged he wants to be?....
    ( By hats off! )
  • A bold and truthful indictment of Israel by a New York Jew who has fought for many liberal causes.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • An intelligent and persuasive repudiation of Islamophobia! A positive and coherent Islamic narrative needs to be ingrained, first and foremost....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Indoctrination is not education. Real education teaches students how to think critically...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • hatred for islam is in direct proportion to its hatred of the un-islamic and najis...
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  • Three prominent Hindu atheists were in fact murdered last year: Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi" maybe hindus are learning. and they are...
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  • A very scholarly article indeed that has the learned scholar witnessing against white men and white women murdering the very....
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Avi Shlaim, Ghulam Mohiyuddin and Muhammad Yunus should also explain the illegitimate occupation of house of Saud on Mecca. Just constant hatred for Jewish ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • One does not have to be brainwashed by Islamophobes. Simple readings of Quran and Shari'ah would be enough to create anti-Islamic feelings. There is a ...
    ( By Ashok Sharma )
  • Imamate theology is unsupported by the Quran.  Peace be upon all the prophets. The Jews hold the belief that only the descendants of Abraham could be ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Three prominent Hindu atheists were in fact murdered last year: Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Yunus sahab, You are right. Actually the support for the cause of the Palestinians is rising in the academic community, especially in Britain.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent piece of research bringing across the divergent theological, social and political underpinnings for the emergence of Salafi doctrine - it killed many birds with ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Or going by the record in India, Hats Off has a greater chance of being harmed by Hindu extremists if he were to preach atheism ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Gholam Muhiuddin Sahab There are other influential people in the world who are deeply disturbed by the continued occupation of Palestine....
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • The Bombay High Court granted bail to the accused on the ground that he was provoked by the sight of a Muslim. There can not ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • AAP KA SWAGAT HAI satyam shivam sundram.
    ( By Yougi Anil Bajpeyee )
  • change is the law of nature.....just follow nature'
    ( By Utkarsh Mishra )
  • Your article can appease RSS . May be, you can get Rajaya Sabha membership from BJP.'
    ( By Erfakhrealam Alig )
  • Mr. Sultan Shahin, your thoughts on the following. √√√ Contrary to popular belief not all the Arabs believed the Qur’an was of a the highest literary standard. ...
    ( By Zafeer Jafri )
  • There is a poster which needs some introspection to build a religion of value . Faith is the most valuable asset in a person when ...
    ( By Krishnan Nathan )
  • Oh you are back mr (Abusive word deleted.... Editor) with old hit and run trick. You have zero knowledge of islam....
    ( By AIMIM )
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    Some cultural and religious practices just keep going on and on for centuries without ever being questioned. No one asks what good they are or who truly benefits from them or why they are still in place after 1,300 years. Nikah Mut’ah and Nikah Misyar, for instance, are some of those customs that perhaps seemed relevant in the seventh century, but today, to many Muslims, they are outdated and geared only for the benefit of Muslim men, with little or no advantages for the women…

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    Far from being just an exercise in historical pedantry, an accurate portrayal of this historical period has real ramifications for the Islamic world today. Actual recommendations are made by educationists and policymakers based on the now-rejected myth of post-13th century decline. If we are to learn from history, as the old adage goes, we need to first get it right....

    Islam and Politics

    The parental instinct of ensuring security and nurture of one’s offspring, even if illegitimate, is a strong urge that overcomes and lulls any pangs of conscience. Hence it is not easy to admit to follies standing on false high moral grounds and when also possessing super military might. Although the incumbent US Secretary of State did say “Friends need to tell each other the hard truth”. The New Year does not auger well, never the less it is customary to wish HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL at this time!...

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    If Sharia Is Divine, Why Don’t Ulema Demand Medieval Punishments Of Flogging, Amputation And Beheading For Muslims?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Muslim reaction to Javed Akhtar’s tweet can be summed up by what Khalid Yunus Ansari wrote in Pratap of 11 September: “There has never been any dearth of opportunists and traitors among Muslims. These people may appear intelligent and educated but are ignorant of Muslim mores. … A real Muslim is one who consciously and even sub-consciously believes in and follows Islamic Laws, someone who cannot even imagine finding fault with or challenging or violating any of them. Even imagining any fault with Muslim Laws is absolute kufr (disbelief), not to speak of expressing such thoughts.”

    I have been reading Urdu newspapers for 45 years. While Muslims have been constantly fighting for the so-called Muslim Personal Law which allows them to treat women as inferior beings, never have I come across any Muslim demand for being governed by Islamic criminal laws. If Sharia is so important, if it is such a vital part of our faith, then why this dichotomy? Except for drinking alcohol, punishments for all other hudud crimes (mentioned in the Quran, considered crimes against God) are to be amputation, flogging and beheading. One would have thought that at least those Muslims who are so particular about following Sharia, and, of course, all ulema who consider Sharia divine would demand the implementation of the entire Sharia. Why follow only the part that helps keep women subjugated and avoid those that may lead to severe medieval punishments specified by Quran and Hadees....

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    Sultan Shahin Raises Triple Talaq Issue at UNHRC, Asks Muslims to Engage In Serious Rethinking Of Islamic Theology and Bring It In Line With the Needs of 21st Century
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Mr. President,

    While the world’s attention is focused on violent extremism practised by a section of Muslims, gross violations of human rights are taking place in various Muslim societies in the name of religion. In a South East Asian country, the Arabic name of God is monopolised by Muslims. Non-Muslims using the traditional term Allah for God are punished. In a South Asian Muslim country thousands of Hindu and Christian girls, many under the age of 18, are abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, and then “married” to their abductors. In a Middle Eastern country, courts allow marriages of as small as 9-year-old girls and force them to consummate their “marriage” and live with their husbands. In my own country, India, Muslim husbands can utter the word talaq, meaning divorce, thrice in a row, and legally throw their wives out of their homes in less than a minute.

    While these are gross violations of human rights, they also amount to denigrating the religion of Islam. All these and many other similar social evils and criminal acts including terrorism are practiced as if they have been ordained by Islamic scriptures. This calls for deep introspection in the Muslim community. We Muslims should not allow our religion to be hijacked in this fashion.

    Mr. President, I would like to make a request, through you, to the representatives of Muslim countries in the Council. Dear Sirs, Madams, Please start a serious dialogue with theologians in your countries and ask them to open the gates of Ijtihad, the creative re-thinking. This was not only permitted, but ordained by God, in Islam’s primary scripture, the holy Quran, as no other Prophet was to come after Mohmmad (saw). We Muslims must revisit our theology in the light of the needs of the 21st century. We are not living in the 7th century and can neither fight those early battles nor organise our societies in that medieval fashion....


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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……

    Islamic Society
    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.

    Islamic Society
    Rohingyas and the Myth of Ummah
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Rohingyas and the Myth of Ummah
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    It is not that atrocities against these Muslims have not been documented: Human rights groups have done and have tried to make international bodies aware of it. Despite all these documented proofs, important Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran have not been able to isolate Myanmar over this issue. We need to ask those who swear in the name of the Ummah: is the blood of Rohingyas insipid in comparison to other Muslims?...

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Why It’s Not Wrong to Wish Muslims Merry Christmas
    Mustafa Akyol

    Nonetheless, Islam and Christianity share a lot in their adoration for Isa and Maryam, Jesus and Mary. Muslims are in fact the only non-Christians on earth who believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. For centuries, Muslims have taken this as a literal truth. Medieval exegetes of the Quran debated details like how God’s spirit was “breathed” into Mary, taking as truth that the virgin birth was an act of God.....

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam
    If Islam Means Peace, Why Is Much Of Its Theology Soaked In Hatred, Humiliation, Offensive War?
    Sultan Shahin, New Age Islam

    Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.

     But there has to be a reason why jihadi ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to heaven?

     Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas, says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so, divine like God Himself.....

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