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  • Shahin sb, There is coherence and consistency in the Quran. There is no coherence and consistency....
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  • ".....In a 2013 interview, Rabbi Moshe Hirsc, a Neturei Karta senior leader, elaborated why “true Jews” don’t recognize Israel....
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  • Aayina, I presume you have sweet dreams, but have you ever dreamt that one day Brahmin children...
    ( By Royalj )
  • "It sees Sunni and Shia denominations as branches of a single tree that are united deep down at roots (Iman and Islam) and thus fruit....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Brave lady!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Do not seek where the truth lies in Shia-Sunni polemics. Neither side has it. The truth lies in the unity....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer Saheb, there is a reason why I am so insistent on coherence, consistency and rigour in arriving at any new understanding of Islamic postulates. ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Gulam Mouyddin Muslims living in wester countries and in India are busy in putting pressure to have exclusive and different laws for Muslims.....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Non-Muslims(addressing by negativity by Muslims a degoratory word) readers do not get decived by the articles and the comment. You will feel ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Royal J As I said I don't care what is your relgion. But perception of your after life comes from relgion life.....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Relevant verses of the Quran: 1. Do not marry a polytheist until they believe: A slave who believes is better than a polytheist, even though ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • If one really wants moral judgements to be free from religious coloring, one should drop words like momin and kafir from one's vocabulary.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Shahin sb, The so-called sword verses have been explained with the help of the verses 9:1 to 9:29 alone .....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin sb, You may try with someone who may know nothing of the Quran but knows logic. Ask Arshad Alam to check with someone who teaches logic ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • What Shahin sb says below, is an excellent endorsement of what I say in my article on the universal application of the terms Momin and ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shhains sb says: Maybe a passage from Towards Understanding Quran, Tafheemul Quran will help: فَاَلۡهَمَهَا فُجُوۡرَهَا وَتَقۡوٰٮهَا ۙ‏  ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Arshad, the concept of Servant Leadership, which I have mentioned in another....
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  • Aayina, How many people, do you think, will understand, connect and internalize the statement....
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  • Labels such as 'Momin' and 'Kafir' are meaningless. Let us just...
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  • If we can be role models, so can others? Are Gandhiji, Martin Luther King Jr, the Dalai Lama....
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  • yet another article of Muslim victimhood. Crocodile tears.
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  • Naseer Saheb, I hope the illiterate Bedouins of 7th century Arabia to whom Quranic verses were directly addressed....
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Naseer Saheb, you say: "God enlightens us about right and wrong." فَاَلۡهَمَهَا فُجُوۡرَهَ....
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Maybe a passage from Towards Understanding Quran, Tafheemul Quran will help: فَاَلۡهَمَهَا فُجُوۡرَهَا ....
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Naseer Saheb, I don’t think any amount of explanation, interpretation and contextualisation – and I have read many from Islamic scholars who want to present ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Histories are written by the victors. If we discard even Ibn Ishaq and Waqidi then there is no way to discover what the Meccans thought ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • Our theology has codified the five pillars and the six articles of faith. Why has it failed to derive the principles of War from ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The source of Yunus sb's confusion is his misunderstanding of verse 91:8. He understands it as God inspiring both good and evil when it actually ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The hadith quoted by Arshad sb says that a person is not a momin when he is committing a sin which means that he is ...
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  • "Al-Bukhaari narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “No adulterer ...
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  • From the Qur'anic perspective all believing humans stand equal before God and will be judged on the basis of their deeds and taqwa. Thus, even ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The following is by Yunus sb. There are two grievously flawed statements reviewed below in Naseer Sb article re The ....
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  • We started with an assumption that the marriage is invalid which makes the person zani, and ended up with the conclusion that such an assumption ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Not even asingle war by the prophet was defensive. Behind every war there was a ...
    ( By Steve )
  • Also learn from Israel on how to de-islamise sensitive pockets - such as settlements in West Bank - This methodology....
    ( By ShanBarani )
  • The BJP can learn from Israel on the subject of respecting Muslim cultural sensitivities but it would.. .
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • While our Prophet fought valiantly for the defense of Islam and for the defense of his followers against some ruthless....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • But one is called a zani only after the adultery not before it.
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  • Shahin sb, Please ask the two faced Islamic scholar to comment on the following: From the Qur'anic perspective all believing humans stand equal ....
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The State Cannot Settle Theological Debates; It Does Not Have the Mandate or the Authority to Do So Because It Is Not God
    Yasser Latif Hamdani

    In this – clearly the minority view- Islam is the last Deen but reformers and subservient prophets, such as the founder of the Ahmadi community, may come to rejuvenate the religious community. Ultimately this is a theological debate and simply stating that Ahmadis should have the right to self identify does not at all mean an endorsement of their interpretation of the doctrine but simply a deference to the authority of the heavenly creator above in judging who is right and who is wrong....

     
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    The basis of Islam is tolerance not terrorism  التسامح أساس الإسلام وليس الإرهاب
    Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

    وفي ظل ما تقدم هل لنا أن نسأل أين الإرهاب في الإسلام ومتى كان المسلمون معتدين أو مهاجمين منذ ظهور الإسلام وحتى عصرنا الحديث؟ أفي غزوة بدر مثلاً؟ وقد عوملوا بوحشية من قِبل الأعداء وسلبت أوطانهم وأموالهم وديارهم، أم في غزوة أحد؟ وقد زحف جيش الأعداء إلى المدينة المنورة، أم في غزوة الخندق؟ وقد تواطأ الأعداء فكونوا جيشاً يريد غزو المدينة، أيلام المسلمون إن دافعوا عن أوطانهم وأموالهم وأعراضهم ليقال عنهم إرهابيين؟.

     
    Islamic Society

    Students may earn a livelihood by providing home tuition to students of general stream, or adults who lack fundamental knowledge in Islam like the five-time prayers, reading Quran etc, he said. “They want to serve Islam and live Islam. After finishing a number of stages, they start teaching at the madrasas, preaching Islam or conducting prayers at the mosques,”...

     
    Islam and Politics

    Petro-Islam: The Nexus between Oil and Terrorism
    Nauman Sadiq

    Inquisitive observers of the Middle Eastern politics would naturally wonder why do Western powers prop up the Gulf’s petro-monarchies, knowing fully well that they are the ones responsible for nurturing Islamic extremism. Does this not run counter to their professed goal of eliminating Islamic radicalism and terrorism...

     
    Islam and Politics

    Netanyahu in India: What Was Swept Under the Carpet
    Vijay Prashad

    During the meeting, an expected selfie with the Israeli PM was staged, featuring actors Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Vivek Oberoi and producers Raj Nayak and Ronnie Screwvala. All were grinning for the camera, unapologetic about being photographed with a man being investigated for corruption in Israel and on his way of being placed on the war crimes list by the International Criminal Court....

     
    The War Within Islam

    The murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud should be understood as part of a larger pattern of state brutality. The use of extrajudicial killing and other ruthless tactics has been a pervasive practice among Pakistani police and security forces, particularly when confronted with movements of marginalized ethnic groups...

     
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    Islam and Politics

    Turkey, the Arab World Is Just Not That into You
    Burak Bekdil

    He runs around in a fake fire extinguisher's outfit, holding a silly hose in his hands and knocking on neighbours’ doors to put out the fire in their homes. "Go away," his neighbours keep telling him. "There is no fire here!" I am the person to put out that fire, he insists, as doors keep shutting on his face....

     
    Islam and Politics

    Anger That Drove the Arab Spring Is Flaring Again
    Emma Graham-Harrison

    For other Arab spring countries, where the population is younger, the years ahead look less hopeful. The “youth bulge” of Egyptians, Syrians and Yemenis in their teens and early 20s was a key factor in the popular uprisings that shook the region. Frustrated by the prospect of stunted futures under autocratic governments apparently more interested in preserving power than creating jobs, they took to the streets....

     
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    Islamic Ideology
    The Principles of War from the Quran
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The Principles of War from the Quran
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The major battles fought by the Prophet against the people of Mecca were against their persecution of the Prophet and followers of the new faith of Islam. After his people suffered torture, persecution and even killing for 13 years, the Prophet (pbuh) was forced to migrate to Medina. Even then, the Meccans pursued them as is evident by the three major battles fought near Medina with the last battle being the siege of Medina itself. The Muslims eventually prevailed over their enemy. Surah Taubah describes the judgment on the vanquished enemy....

    Islamic Ideology

    Mistranslated and Misinterpreted Verses of the Quran
    S. Arshad, New Age Islam

    There are similar instances of misinterpretation and flawed translations of the Quran both in Urdu and English translations and commentaries. We can imagine that these translations and commentaries of prominent Muslim scholars might have influenced the translators of other languages and similar errors might have crept in their translations promoting un-Islamic and wrong beliefs among the followers of Islam and presenting a wrong picture among the non-believing students of Islam.....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    'Make Revolutionary Changes in the Islamic Theology of Consensus to Fight Jihadism': Sultan Shahin Asks Muslim Nations at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    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....

    Islamic Ideology
    The Momineen and the Kafirin
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The Momineen and the Kafirin
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The Momineen (faithful) and the Kafirin (faithless) are therefore terms that cannot be associated based on the religion professed, but based on behaviour alone. Else, Islam is not a universal and inclusive religion. Indeed, we do find the Quran judging people by what they do. The Mushrikin in an unjust battle against the Prophet, are referred to as the Kafaru, but the same Mushrikin, after they have been vanquished and are no longer at war, are referred to simply as Mushrikin in verse 9:5 and not as Kafirin. It is therefore the act that you are engaged in, which defines you in that context.

    At one extreme are the Momineen, the people of unshakeable faith, who can never do wrong because they are always mindful of God, and at the other extreme are the Kafirin or “those who will never believe”, the likes of the Pharaoh, Qarun, Haman, Abu Jahl, Abu Lahab etc., who are evil incarnate, always opposed to what is just, right and good. In between fall the rest, who can be judged based on the act they are engaged in, and not based on the faith they profess, or their religious identity. We find the Quran doing exactly this…..

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    Islamic Ideology

    Takfeer, Wala Wal Bara’a, Darul Islam vs. Darul Harb—Three Major Catalysts of the Jihadist Radicalization: Rebuttals from the Classical Islamic Sources
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    There is no room for "us versus them" mentality in Islam. All human beings are creatures of God and we therefore must show respect to each other. This implies a multi-racial, multi-religious society. Islam came as a Rahmah (Blessing) to the Universe. Qur’an shows Allah’s love for man as infinite and all-embracing: “And My Mercy embraces all things” (Surah Al-A`raf 7:156).

    Not a single creature is exempted from Allah’s bountiful grace and divine mercy. The beloved Prophet said, “When Allah created the creatures, He wrote in the Book, which is with Him over His Throne: “Verily, My Mercy prevailed over My Wrath.” (Al-Bukhari) He also said, “Allah has divided mercy into 100 parts, and He retained with Him 99 parts, and sent down to earth 1 part…

    Islam and Politics

    Stop Vilifying Madrasas and Start Discussing the Real Problem This Institution Faces
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Madrasas today are synonymous with conservatism and its outmoded ideology. What happens in these institutions in the name of learning is nothing but rote memorization of certain texts which have lost all relevance in the present time. In order that they remain relevant, radical changes are certainly required in the pedagogical structure of these institutions. They have to introduce modern texts and even interpret the old ones in new light. Those who speak of reforming the system are very conveniently dubbed as opposed to Muslims and Islam. There are people within the Muslim community who have vested interests in linking madrasas with Muslim identity. Thus, any criticism of madrasa is automatically read as an attack on Muslim identity and cries of Islam in danger start doing the rounds in Muslim circles. This has to stop….

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The Bill on Triple Talaq May be Bad in Law; But it is the Mullahs Who Should be Blamed for This Mess
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    And their thinking does not go beyond the Mullahs and their madrasas. They need to realise that the tide is turning within Muslim community. That now there are many within the community who are ready to challenge the monopoly of the Mullahs and there are many who now want to move in a different direction from the sectarian agendas which had hitherto defined Muslim politics. The sooner these so called progressive parties realise it, the better it will be for their own political fortunes. Again, the clergy must realise that this is not the end of the struggle for women. This is just the beginning and in the coming years we will have similar legitimate voices raised on the evil practices of polygamy, Nikah Halala and even the unilateral right of divorce...

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    Islam and Sectarianism

    Rights of Non-Muslims Living In Minority – Part 2 – Protection of Their Lives
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    But in fact the above referenced Quranic verses and Ahadith deal with the war-related rulings and situations related to self-defence. However this self-defence cannot be claimed at individual level or by a group of individuals. The idea of self-defence is applicable to the situation, when it turns to be too destructive to be controlled and when there is no option left except for fighting in defence. As obviously the fight for defence is the right of every country, so it is not wrong to say that the Muslim governments are allowed to defend their land, property, life etc. But it is completely wrong to derive the meaning from these verses and Ahadith in justification for fighting against those non-Muslims who have agreed to live peacefully in minority or majority....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Zihar cannot occasion divorce. Let it be observed that from the words of the husband, “you are to me like the back of my mother, “nothing but Zihar is established, because the term employed expressly signifies Zihar; and if he should intend divorce by it, yet that does not take place, as the law of divorce is broken through in this particular situation [that is to say, Zihar has been made, by the law, a thing distinct and separate from divorce, and subject to a rule peculiarly applicable to itself] and also because it is abrogated [that is, now after the advent of Islam, Zihar is not considered a divorce] and consequently Zihar does not admit of divorce being intended by the words of Zihar…

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Women Get A Raw Deal Again: Muslim Personal Law Board Is Still Stuck In Shah Bano Time Warp as Its Opposition To Triple Talaq Bill Proves
    Arif Mohammad Khan

    So the question who will pay should be addressed to the personal law board as they still hold the same view as in 1986 and as late as last year they, through press articles, had expressed their dissatisfaction with the court rulings and had said that the judicial interpretation of the 1986 Act has resulted in sabotaging the gains of the Shah Bano agitation....

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    3   Triple Talaq Must Be Invalidated Constitutionally and Criminalized – Inclusion of Prohibitive Clause in Nikahnama Could Allow Its Perpetuation by Defaulters

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    8.      Instant Triple Talaq Judgment and After

    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

    Glimpses from the Life of Ghaus-e-Azam Abdul Qadir Mohiyuddin Jilani - the Head of All Sufi Masters
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    In later days when someone asked Sarkar Ghaus-e-Azam what brought him to his high spiritual level, he replied, “The truthfulness which I promised to my mother”.  Sarkar Ghaus-e-Azam was the authority, the imam, in religious matters, theology and law, and the leader of the Shafi’i and Hanbali groups of Islamic Jurisprudence. All the Sufi Masters and common people of his time profited from him. His prayers were immediately accepted. Through the authentic chains of narrations we come to know that he performed many miracles. He devoted his entire life to remembrance of Allah, meditating, thinking, taking and giving lessons…..

    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 Ideology

    Poetic and Philosophical Diction of the Quran Enhances the Intellectual Faculties of the Readers
    S. Arshad, New Age Islam

    Language is not only a tool for expression but also a tool for sharpening the mind. The more developed the language, the more developed are its speakers. That’s why the Japanese people developed scientifically in a short span of time because they have three scripts of writing and a very difficult language. Every Japanese child learns to master three scripts (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji) to write Japanese language in comparison to one script of all the other languages in the world. People with simple language and alphabet have low mental capacity because their language does not require much mental effort for speaking or writing and therefore there is less scope of sharpening the brain. ...

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    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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