• Sultan Shahin sahebthe quote is available on internet which is said to be in Kitab al-Wagiz fi fiqh madhab al-imam al-Safi'i, Beirut, 1979, pp. ...
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  • Dear Murari,There is no compulsion in accepting or rejecting a premise. It is up to anybody to read or not read or cursorily dismiss ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Shahin Sb,Sunni theology can be used to define a Muslim. According to Sunni theology, Muslim and Kafir are antonyms.The most basic definition of a ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Modi is the fittest person in this century to be the Prime Minister of India. Who do you want? Mufti Mohammad as PM and ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Also, Observer Saheb, It will be a god idea to define who is a Muslim. Much strife is caused by this. When a non-Muslim ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Rational Saheb, Where did you find this Gazali quote? It would be a good idea to give reference. Also, the context in which he ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • The fundamental principle of any Religion that claims to be from God is:“All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Muslims are killing people brutaly, insulting females, Raping rubbishly.. since 1400 years The Hinstory tells.  THEN... how we can believe a siimple article written ...
    ( By MURARI )
  • Mr GRDit is good you showed that Maudoodi laid down the foundation of political Islam in sub-continent. what is your comment on your per ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   Who are the so-called “Moderate Islamic Scholars”? What is the actual translation of the two words, “Functional Education”?   Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Saheb, ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Can Karni Singh protect his wife and future daughter from being abducted legally by a muslim ?
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  • If Modi cannot restrain hate merchants in his own party like Sadhvi Prachi, he is unfit to be the Prime Minister of India.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • OUR CHILDREN DESERVE A CONSISTENT INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATION     The inconsistency in this curriculum is obvious. For example, at the outset of the school year, my son brought home ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • I WAS SEDUCED BY THE IDEOLOGY   Challenging the notion of statehood, democratic theory and Middle Eastern power politics certainly takes a degree of intellectual sophistication, but it ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • A key statement in the article reads:"according to an influential article in the Atlantic magazine, the Islamic State, what with its beheadings, massacres, crucifixions ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • We also need to add that in Canada, there has been a big backlash against the judge !!
    ( By Mubashir )
  • Good article.Complements the exegetic refutation of ISIS as an Islamic outgrowth per the following article: Declare The ISIS As ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Sufi scholars keep silence wherever their traditional approach is questioned.  On sectarian issues they never miss the oppertunity.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • My last comment on Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, addressed to Sultan Shahin Saheb has been repeated due to captcha problem. Therefore, the last one, ending with the ...
    ( By Khalid Suhail )
  • Observerif billions of people can misunderstood the God's message in 1400 years, why not Wahiduddin khan saheb. what if he is among those who ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Good to know that some Hindus in Pakistan are doing well, but this should not make us agonize less on the predicaments of religious ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sultan Shahiin  says, “Khalid Suhail Sb, Rather than calling it Taqiyya, why don't we take it as an evolution in thinking for the better.”  Maulana Wahiduddin Khan has ...
    ( By Khalid Suhail )
  • Dear Sir, I dont think Muslims believe in co-e3xistence with other religions. You can proof of that all over the world. You can see ...
    ( By Tim )
  • Is there a contradiction in what the Maulana said?Reverend R. Bosworth-Smith wrote in "Mohammed & Mohammedanism" in 1946:   "Head of the state as well as the ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Debate and discussion on a subject as important as this should be certainly held. I will be travelling and busy with my work at ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Yes, that is how we have to bring revolution in youth mind and this is the time we have to work against this extreme ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Sufi scholars of NAI may post their scholarly comments on "Imamat of Women".Will they perform their Namaz behind a Woman Imam?
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Sufi scholars of NAI may post their scholarly comments on "Imamat of Women".Will they perform their Namaz behind a Woman Imam?
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  • Dear Sultan ShahinIt is true only if the Maulana has replaced his early standing with evolved learning. If he continues to believe that only ...
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  • Dear Sultan ShahinIt is true only if the Maulana has replaced his early standing with evolved learning. If he continues to believe that only ...
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  • This may make you angry but I suggest that instead of calling Ahmadis non-Muslims, let all Muslims become Ahmadis.  Then Islam will be really ...
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • Khalid Suhail Sb, Rather than calling it Taqiyya, why don't we take it as an evolution in thinking for the better. All aware people ...
    ( By Sultan Shahiin )
  • Dear Sultan ShahinWhy don't you start from Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi? there your team hold some meetings/seminars.I think you must have some Aalims ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Why in a country full of mainstream peaceful, inclusive and moderate Brailvis, Mumtaz Qadri can't be hanged?who are his supporters?
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • The position of Brailvis/SUfis is not different than those of Devbandis with a difference that Devbandis didn't like calling Hindus my childhood there ...
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  • To: All Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam Forum   Read a published write-up re: biggest fraud in the name of "Islamic Mortgage" by a Mortgage mafia ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • A comment on this article by one of my learned friends:Dear Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi saheb,It should be so. But this is not perceived as that ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • MR GRDWhat is Islamic Banking? Why do you need a parallel Islamic banking? Is it not like having parelle Islamic Law(Shariat)? why you are ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • If the PDP-BJP government in J&K is successful, it would be good for all of India.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    How to Minimize Islamic State Lure for Canadian Youth
    Haroon Siddiqui

    Canada has joined the war on Islamic State and is also seeing palpable hostility to Muslims and Islam. The xenophobic Charter of Quebec Values was at its core Islamophobic…..

    Islam and Politics

    If We Fail In Libya, Is There Hope In Other Places?
    Hafed Al-Ghwell

    The reality is, it is not just Libya's house that's on fire, but the whole neighbourhood, while everyone idly looks on.....

    Current Affairs

    Truth and Assassination Are Perhaps Two Eternally Disparate Phenomena
    Rafia Zakaria

    Truth and assassination are perhaps two eternally disparate phenomena, whose paths rarely if ever encounter justice. This is true not only of the Benazir Bhutto murder case, but of similar incidents that came long before and will likely come after.....

    Islam and the West

    America’s Forgotten Images of Islam
    Peter Manseau

    In the republic’s early days, Muslims not only accounted for a large part of the enslaved labour force but also often appeared in stories as fearful figures in far-off places—dark hazards to American virtue. These old images help illuminate today’s American debates about Islam…..

    Arabic Section

    Interpreting Islam’s Pillars of Faith as Symbols of Militant Jihad Is Heresy   تفسير أركان الإسلام كرموز الجهاد المسلح كفر صريح  وأتباع هذا الكفر كافرون بلا ريب
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    والخلاصة: إن الراديكاليات التي تمثل الإسلام كدين للعنف والحرب هو نسخة كفرية للإسلام – وهي أيديولوجية تتعارض مع الرسالة الإسلامية. لتكن هذه الدعوة مفتوحة للعلماء من العالم ليقولوا الأشياء بأسمائها الحقيقية والكفر بإسم الكفر. القطرة الواحدة من السم القاتل في إناء كبير من المواد الغذائية تكفي لقتل لجميع من يأكلون منه. الأيديولوجية المتطرفة هي مثل السم القاتل في مرجل من الرسالة الإسلامية المذكورة في القرآن. وأولئك الذين يربطون الفكرة المسلحة قصدا مع الرسالة القرآنية هم ليسوا إلا في الكفر والنفاق، وهم الذين ينكرون الحقيقة بعد التعهد بها فيكونون كافرين - ليس هناك أي فائدة الشك.

    Urdu Section
    A Human Weakness ایک انسانی کمزوری
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    A Human Weakness  ایک انسانی کمزوری
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    ہم انسانوں کی ایک عام کمزوری یہ ہے کہ ہمیں جب بھی کوئی اچھی چیز حاصل ہوتی ہے تو ہم یہ مان لیتے ہیں کہ ہماری اپنی کوششوں کا نتیجہ ہے، اور جو ہم حاصل کرنا چاہتے ہیں لیکن وہ ہمارے پاس نہیں ہے تو ہم اس کا الزام دوسروں کے سر پر ڈالتے ہیں۔ اس کا ایک تباہ کن نتیجہ یہ ہوتا ہے کہ ایک طرف ہم اپنی صلاحیتوں کے جھوٹے غرور کا شکار ہوتے ہیں ، جبکہ دوسری طرف ہم دوسروں کے خلاف جھوٹی شکایات کا انبار لگا دیتے  ہیں۔

    Urdu Section

    Eleven Days in the Spiritual City of Istanbul-Part- 18  (روحانیوں کے عالمی پایۂ تخت استنبول میں گیارہ دن ( حصہ ۔ 18

    پیروں نے اپنے مریدوں کو قرآن مجید کے بجائے قصیدہ بردہ، دلائل الخیرات اور حزب البحر جیسی کتابوں کی تلاوت کی تلقین کی ۔ یہ تمام قصائد دراصل درود ہی کا توسیعہ تھے، ہر درود ، ہر قصیدے اور ہر دعا سے کثیر فوائد کاحصول یقینی بتایا جاتا تھا ۔ ان دعاؤں اور قصائد میں رسول اللہ سے استعانت طلب کی جاتی ۔ بعض سمجھ دار لوگ اس پر ناک بھوں چڑھاتے ۔ لیکن سکہ بند علماء  نے ان کتابوں کو سند بخش رکھی تھی، ان کا کہنا تھا کہ انہوں نے اپنے بزرگوں کو ان کتابوں سے اشتعال کرتے دیکھا ہے ۔ درودوں کے یہ مجموعے اور قصائد و ظائف کے یہ دفاتر آج بھی امت کے خواص و عوام میں یکساں مقبول ہیں ۔ سویہ ان کا دعویٰ ہے کہ ہم نے درود ایجاد کیا، رسول کو خدا کے برابر رکھ دیا، یہ دعویٰ صداقت سےخالی نہیں ۔

    Islam and the West

    The Dangers Of Labeling Terrorism: What Would Be Gained By Calling It Islamic? We Ought Also To Consider What Label Will Be Applied To Us
    Richard Cohen

    Still, what can be gained from applying the label “Islamic” to the horrible word “terrorism”? We would forever be sticking qualifications after the term: Not Shiites, whom the Islamic State is out to slaughter. Not the Saudi regime, which is loathed by the Islamic State. Not all of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Islamic country, or India, the second-most….

    Islam and Politics

    Muslim Liberals Vs ISIS
    Tufail Ahmad

    Since mainstream journalism is essentially negative, such barbaric acts create an impression that Muslims are silent about ISIS and other jihadist outfits. This view is incorrect, as Muslims have been speaking out against the ISIS loudly and at risk to their lives. This is testified from articles and TV interviews of liberal Muslim writers and reformist clerics....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Muslim Actors Marrying Hindu Girls Encourages 'Love Jihad': Sadhvi Prachi
    Phiona Mutesi, female chess prodigy

    'Attractive Jihadists Can Lure UK Girls to Extremism'

    Majority of Women Over 15 Victims of Violence in Turkey, Survey Shows

    Slaves and Wives of Islamic State Fighters are being Abused and Beaten

    Muslim Women, Post-box: Islamophobic Graffiti Scrawled Across Putney Embankment

    Pak Senate Likely To Clear Bills against Rape, Honour Crime

    Slum Girl To Silver Screen: Phiona Is Uganda’s Chess Prodigy

    UN, Malaysia Groups Seek to Repeal Fatwa Requiring FGM

    Fiji National Council of Women Holds Leaders Workshop

    Muslim Captain Nominated For Woman of Year in Australia

    More Young Muslims Are Calling Us about Islamophobia, Warns Helpline

    Johor Islamic Council Says Not Fashion Police

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Islamic World News

    Islamic State Threatens Twitter for Blocking Its Accounts
    Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh Opp Leader

    Arab World

    Terrorists Only Use Saudis as Cannon Fodder

    ISIL Executes Four Sunni Iraqis from Tikrit


    Tarnishing Islam’s Image Part of America’s Terror War: Jamaat-e-Islami

    145 KP Seminaries Classified 'Highly Sensitive' In Govt Report

    South Asia

    Bangladesh Minister: Khaleda Now A Militant Leader

    Japan's Muslim Friendly Environment, a Strong Pull For Malaysian, Indonesian Tourists


    29.3cr Wives, 28.7cr Husbands: Census Bares Polygamy Truth

    In Banni, Muslims Have Adopted Hindu Traditions

    Shiv Sena to Muslims: For Special Treatment, Go To Pakistan


    Iran Voices Concern over Terrorists' Flow from Western Countries to Middle-East

    Turkey Has Plan-B to By-Pass Austrian Law on Islam


    Nigeria: Military Operations Force Boko Haram Back to Urban Warfare

    Southeast Asia

    Just Filling-Up Forms Doesn’t Make You Muslim, Says Jakim

    North America

    Obama Says Timing of Netanyahu's Speech on Iran Is a Mistake

    Donations Dry Up For Isis Group: Us Intelligence


    Accused Al Qaida Operative Wrote In Code about UK Bomb Plot

    Fifty Shades Star ‘Joins ISIS’ In Spoof Video

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam and the West
    Leaked Cables Show Netanyahu’s Iran Bomb Claim Contradicted by Mossad
    Seumas Milne, Ewen MacAskill and Clayton Swisher

    Leaked Cables Show Netanyahu’s Iran Bomb Claim Contradicted by Mossad
    Clayton Swisher

    Brandishing a cartoon of a bomb with a red line to illustrate his point, the Israeli prime minister warned the UN in New York that Iran would be able to build nuclear weapons the following year and called for action to halt the process. But in a secret report shared with South Africa a few weeks later, Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. The report highlights the gulf between the public claims and rhetoric of top Israeli politicians and the assessments of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment.....

    Islam and the West

    The religious competence of the cruel people who burn alive captives in a cage, not to mention zombies who only know of Islam through the teachings of unqualified “imams” may certainly be questioned by other Muslims, who see Salafism as heresy. One can look forward to having enriching debates about religions and relationship with state institutions etc. But calling for heated debates about “Islam and the [French] Republic”, as some magazines do, at a time when those responsible for terrorist attacks pretend to talk as representatives of a monolithic religion, will only lead to mutual distrust and social chaos…..

    Islam and the West

    Arab Joint Force: A Vote of No Confidence in the West
    Khaled Abu Toameh

    The general feeling in Cairo and other Arab capitals is that the US and the Western world are not serious when it comes to confronting the threat of Iran, the Islamic State or other terrorist groups in the Middle East.....

    Islam and Politics

    Mossad's 'Moderate Muslim' Scorecard: Israeli Intelligence Enthusiastically Tracks Efforts in the Arab World to Promote a State-Sanctioned Version of Islam
    Clayton Swisher

    The report describes Arab governments relying on what for all practical purposes are rental clerics, whose Friday sermons become paid mechanisms of political control rather than explorations of religious scholarship, to reinforce their own rule....

    Current Affairs

    With Netanyahu, the Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good
    David Ignatius

    The deal-stopper for the administration is if Iran balks at U.S. insistence that sanctions will only be removed step by step, as Iran demonstrates that it’s serious about abiding by the agreement. In the U.S. view, Iran has to earn its way back to global acceptance.....

    Islam and Politics

    Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right
    Shamila Ghyas

    I am still trying to figure out how her scarf was a hindrance to justice and how it would have stopped the Judge from doing her job. How could a scarf distract the judge so much that she would be unable to reach the correct verdict? I would understand how it would be distracting, and also be a security issue amongst other things if Rania’s face had been covered with a full or even half a Niqab/veil.....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    …. terrorism cannot be eliminated from the country until and unless every citizen considers it his responsibility and every section of society plays a positive role. The current pace of combating terrorism clearly shows the efforts are not serious and it would take a long time to end terrorism and such militant Takfiri groups including Taliban, Jundullah, LeJ, and Sipah-e-Sahaba are issuing decrees against other sects openly…..

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    “There’s a feeling of joy,’’ Mr Haddad said in June, when he condemned Australia’s involvement in Iraq. “Anyone getting involved in killing any Muslims anywhere is going to be a potential enemy or is an enemy of Islam itself and every single Muslim,’’ he told the ABC…..

    Islam and Sectarianism

    A Life's Constant Fear
    Zehra Abid

    I have now become part of the people many feel morally obligated to sympathise with. It was easier empathising with the Baloch, the Ahmadis, the Hazaras and the Shias of Parachinar and Gilgit-Baltistan. But now I am on the side, where friends, some directly, others between the lines, try to tell you it’s time to go.....

    Arabic Section
    The Muslims’ Case حالة المسلمين
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    The Muslims’ Case   حالة المسلمين
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    وعاش النبي عليه الصلوة والسلام في النصف الأول من القرن السابع للميلاد. وحينما تلقى النبوة، كانت مكة تحت حكم المشركين ، والمدينة تحت السيطرة اليهودية. وكانت أجزاء كبيرة من شبه الجزيرة العربية في ظل الحكام البيزنطيين والساسانيين، الذين كانوا يعارضون الإسلام. يمكنك قياس عدائهم للإسلام من هذه الحقيقة أنه عندما أرسل النبي عليه الصلوة والسلام أحد أصحابه مع رسالة تبشيرية إلى حاكم بلاد فارس، فإن الحاكم مزق الرسالة ورمى به بعيدا

    Urdu Section

    Welcome Introspection: Head Of Jamia Al-Azhar Links Extremism With Bad Interpretations  خوش آئند تجزیہ: شیخ الازہر  کی نظر میں  مسلم  ممالک میں مذہبی انتہاپسندی قرآن و حدیث کی غلط تشریح کا نتیجہ
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    جامع الازہر کے سربراہ ایک عظیم اسلامی اسکالر کی حیثیت سے موصوف کا اسلامی  مدارس کے نصاب میں اصلاح کا مطالبہ کرنا یقینا ایک خوش آئند علامت ہے۔ اگر شیخ الازہر مذہبی انتہاپسندی اور بنیاد پرستی کے خلاف بولتے ہیں، جیسا  کہ وہ اکثر کرتے ہیں، تو وہ مرکزی دھارے میں شامل مسلمانان عالم کی نمائندگی کرتے ہیں، اس لیے کہ مسلمانوں کے سب سے بڑے اسلامی تعلیمی مرکز کے سربراہ ہیں۔ ان کے بیانات سے ان انتہا پسندانہ خیالات و نظریات کی تردید ہوتی ہے جن کی جڑیں دنیا بھر میں اکثر متشدد وہابی یا وہابیت زدہ مدارس کے نصاب میں مضبوط ہیں۔ تاہم، ایسا لگتا ہے کہ مدارس میں مؤثر اصلاحات اعتدال پسند مسلمانوں کے لئے ایک بہت ہی مشکل ترین کام ثابت ہونے والا ہے۔ اس لیے کہ پوری دنیا میں زیادہ تر وہابی علماء مدارس کو کنٹرول کر رہے ہیں۔ وہ مدارس کے  نصاب تعلیم میں اصلاحات کی زبردست مخالفت کرتے ہیں اس لیے کہ انہیں لگتا ہے کہ ایسی کوئی بھی کوشش ان کے اعتقادی اثر و رسوخ میں دخل اندازی کرنے کے مترادف ہے۔ بہر حال، اب وقت آ  گیا ہے کہ اعتدال پسند اسلامی علماء اپنے مدارس میں جدید عصری علوم کا اضافہ کر کے اور موجودہ مذہبی درسیات میں اسلام کے  آفاقی اقدار پر زور دے کر ایک اعلی و ارفع نظام ونصاب تعلیم پیش کریں.....

    Urdu Section

    Endless Brutality, Cruelty and Barbarism Perpetrated In The Name Of Islam  حیوانیت ، سفاکیت اور بربریت کی انتہاء
    Dr. Ghulam Zarqani

    داعش کے ظا لموں نےاردنی پائلٹ معاذ الکسابہ کےساتھ جو وحشیانہ ، سفا کانہ اور ظالمانہ سلوک کیا ہے ، وہ صرف مسلمانوں  کے لیے نہیں ، بلکہ ساری انسانیت کے لیے نہایت ہی شرمناک ہے۔ ماتھے کی آنکھ سے دیکھے ہوئے مشاہدہ کے مطابق ایک انسان آہنی پنجڑے میں بند ہے اور  دور سے ظالم نے اُس  رسی میں آگ لگا دی ، جس کادوسرا سراپنجڑے تک جاتاہے ۔ غالباً پورا پنجڑا آتش گیر سفوف کے ڈھیر پر تھا، اسی لئے سکنڈوں میں آگ پھیل جاتی ہے۔ درمیان میں کھڑا انسان آگ کے لپیٹ  سے بچنے  کی ناکام کوششیں  کرتاہے، تا ہم جلد ہی اس کا سارا لباس شعلوں کی زد میں آجاتا ہے۔ وہ اِدھر اُدھر بھاگتا ہے، تاہم جب آواراہ شعلے پوری طرح اسے اپنی آغوش میں لے لیتےہیں تو دوزانو بیٹھ جاتاہے اورایسامحسوس ہوتا کہ وہ اپنے دونوں ہاتھوں  کو فضا میں بلند کرکے دعائیہ  کلمات  اداکرنے کی کوشش کررہاہو، اور پھر دیکھتے ہی دیکھتے وہ ایک جانب لڑھک جاتاہے۔

    Books and Documents
    Review of 'Confessions of a Terrorist – A Novel'
    By Anita McKone for New Age Islam

    Review of 'Confessions of a Terrorist – A Novel'

    Reliable factual information gathered by terrorism expert and author Professor Richard Jackson is set within a simple but compelling fiction: Michael, a British intelligence officer, and Professor Youssef Said, a Middle Eastern terrorist organiser, face each other across a table in a rundown building in Leeds, UK....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    An Anti-ISIS Ideological War Requires Sophistication
    Fareed Zakaria

    Radical Islam, by contrast, is severely limited in its global appeal. Almost by definition, it is deeply unattractive to all non-Muslims. What Christian would want the forced imposition of Shariah law? Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate. In the half of that world that holds elections – including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, even Pakistan – such ideologies have not tended to garner many votes. The Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral success in Egypt is a partial exception to this rule, but it fared well for a variety of reasons unrelated to its Islamic ideology (which was also not nearly as radical as Egypt’s military dictatorship claims)....


    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    Muslims Must Confront Islamist Terror Ideologically: An Islamic Reformation Required
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

    The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

    What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

     1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

    2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

    3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

    4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

     What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

    So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

    If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

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