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  • To do so is to risk being unprepared for often messy realities. ….. and to protect...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • As for the translation, following exactly what you say, isn't the following more correct? He enlightened the nafs to its wrong (fujur) and its right (taqwa)?....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • As far as blocking of advancement of religious thought on this forum is concerned, it is Yunus Sb who has been blocking it. It took me.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • If we believe that religion of Islam, the Quran and the Prophet of Islam are really from true God, the creator of the Universe; ...
    ( By Abbas Ali Baig )
  • Yunus Sb, I find your arguments very strange. You gave seven translations of the verse in support of your interpretation and I said I agree with ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb and Yunus Sb are deflecting the issue by trying to make out that the issue is one of defining the correct meaning of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • He is not. Hats Off is.'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • According to GM sb, non existence of an immortal soul is an outlandish theory and yet this does not mean that he believes in an ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Islam is the single reason of Global Terrorism. There is islam in the root of terrorism from begining. EVEN .....
    ( By raghubir )
  • tick the correct answer the author is....
    ( By hats off! )
  • It is so difficult to get even simple points through to Naseersaab. When I tell him that the Quran does not...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseersaab insists on adhering to his untenable analogy by ignoring...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Erdogan's Turkey is taking the same path as Modi's India. Both...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • True, we cannot reform Islam if we cannot criticize it. However criticism of Islam must...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sufi wad.
    ( By Ajay )
  • Naseer Sahab, I say once again - because of writing too many and too lengthy commentaries you are mixing...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Naseer Sahab, You are once again acting like an authority by saying that you approve the following translation....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • The opening line of your first commentary below reads: “It is the fal ahamaha nafs or the guided/inspired Nafs that makes the moral judgment or ...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Yunus Sb, My detailed comment was to show that there is no polarity of Goodness and Evil given by God in human nature. God does ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • If GM Sb does not believe in the existence of an immortal soul, and is yet engaged in proving otherwise without success and ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The premises of the argument in statement 2 have been accepted by Yunus sb but he denies the obvious logical conclusion....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Yunus Sb, I agree with the following translations: Sahih International: And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Seems Hats Off wrote his knee-jerk hate mail without reading the article. The article is quite sensible.'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • To make Umar next hero after Muhmmad paigmaber is next task of Muslims. Pakistani Leadears and people are brainwashed since 60 years after Umar as ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • while reading this article my eyes went wet several times. Marvellous.But Umar Military expeditions against particularly Egypt is cruel and ........?????.Why ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • what we need to do is invest in bouquets, teddy bears, display pictures, candles and hash tags....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Naseersaab, If you quote me as saying something that I did not say, you are a liar. All that I have said on the subject of ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseersaab's use of abusive words continues because his inflexibility leaves him no room...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseersaab's supreme self-confidence in his assertions is exactly the kind of arrogance we do not need in our conversations...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer Sb, I agree with all that you have written in your detailed commentary on the polarity of nafs, which is summarily....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Naseer Sb, You have questioned my use of the word ‘inspiring’ in this rendition of the verse 91:8:...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • It is the fal ahamaha nafs or the guided/inspired Nafs that makes the moral judgment or distinction between what is fujuraha (wicked) and ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • What we can only say is that the tenacious Mullah Ghulam Mohiyuddin is not converted and is a strong believer in the existence of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The model is simple and straight forward. We have beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. We do not come pre-loaded with these ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • circumcision causes dull / insensitive penis tip, which is against the will of God . insentitive ....
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • The logical equivalence of the two equally false statements for exactly similar reasons. Statement 1: Terrorist means Muslim.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Yunus Sb, On the subject of the article which covers the meaning of verse 3:7, will you redeem yourself for your mistake by proclaiming ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb says: "You have not yet apologized for your lying when you falsely quoted me as saying, "“kafir means disbeliever”. . . ..".
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Akhila’s journey to become Hadiya began long before she met him." - Indian Express. And she is 24 years old. That makes...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A poignant piece! It's time we change offering voices to all who...
    ( By Meera )
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    Adnan Adil

    In Madina, there was a group that was declared hypocrites or Munafiqun by the Quran. This group opposed and criticised the Holy Prophet in the wars of Uhad and Tabuk and were disobedient to him on several occasions. Although the Quran strongly condemned their activities, they were allowed to live in peace as part of the Muslim community. Abd-Allah ibn Ubayy was the leader of the hypocrites. On his death, the Prophet led his funeral prayer at the request of his son.....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The frame of discourse of the arguments advanced and the discussion in the triple Talaq judgments seem discordantly medieval. Gender discrimination and equality fall by the wayside. The discourses are in the nature of – Talaq-e-Biddat or triple Talaq as invalid solely because it is arbitrary and does not give any reasons. Reasons like that the woman is not docile and obedient or is of ‘bad’ character are in tune with the Quran and would make the Talaq acceptable and valid! Thus we have the judgments excerpting Verse 34 in Section 6 of Sura IV of the Quran....

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    Pakistan

    Extremist Outfits Asked To Shun Violence to Participate In Polls

    Southeast Asia

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    India

    Security Beefed Up To Check Entry of Rohingya Muslims along Indo-Myanmar Border

    Europe

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    Mideast

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    War on Terror

    While Hamza’s call to arms might give al-Qaeda a shot in the arm and provide this terrorist organization another bin Laden to rally around, Hamza’s actions might be a bit short-sighted. The world has changed since Osama bin Laden plotted 9/11 and the attacks on the U.S. embassies. Bin Laden railed against the U.S. presence in the Middle East....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    My Life as an Expatriate Girl in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
    Noor Shahid

    Movie nights, dances, dinners, sports, prom, pool days – there was always something to do. Everything was accessible as well, keeping in mind where we were. During school, there was no frustration based on being a female in Saudi Arabia – the thought never even came up. Only now that I am graduated, I notice how exasperating daily life can be for a woman.....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Can Egypt’s Al-Azhar Fight Extremism through 'E-Fatwas'?
    Ahmed Fouad

    Although Al-Azhar’s centre is playing a key role in fighting extremist electronic platforms, luring in those lost between moderation and extremism and improving the image of Islam, we cannot ignore the presence of a similar platform for Dar al-Ifta, which undermines Al-Azhar’s. Dar al-Ifta’s efforts in this regard have been internationally recognized, and the European Parliament adopted them as a point of reference for Islamic Fatwas in 2015....

     
    Islam and Politics

    Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch, referring to Aung San Suu Kyi's assertion that military operations had ended, asked: "If that is true, then who is burning all the villages we've seen in the past two weeks?" He said satellite images showed about half of all Rohingya villages had been torched and it was time that Aung San Suu Kyi, the government and the military faced the fact that the security forces "don't follow a code of conduct and shoot and kill who they want".....

     
    Islam and Politics

    Aung San Suu Kyi – the Lady, the Iron Butterfly, a Nobel laureate, a pro-democracy icon and the Nelson Mandela of Myanmar – has turned out to be very different indeed from her South African counterpart. But just like Mother Teresa of Kolkata, Aung San Suu Kyi has probably been held in too high regard by too many people for too long....

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    The Doomed Palestinian Reconciliation Plan
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    For one, this is less about unity and more about finances. In March, Hamas announced the formation of the administrative committee, a quasi-governmental body that would ostensibly assume more functions of a state. Fatah leaders reacted with outrage, accusing Hamas of forming a shadow government that would “perpetuate the division instead of promoting reconciliation.”...

     
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    Islam and Spiritualism

    Reflections on Qur'anic Message – Part – 7: Polarity of Goodness and Evil in Human Conscience
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    The lead verses represent an extended oath of the Qur’an to the truth of its pronouncement regarding the polarity of man’s inner self (Nafs) between Fujura– that tempts him succumb to his base desires, and Taqwa that is a watchdog against his base desires. The Qur’an also refers to them as Nafs al Ammara, (12:53) - the Nafs that draws man to evil, and Nafs al Lawwama, (75:2) – the Nafs that restrains him from evil.....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Al-Qalam's Jihadist Rhetoric: How The Extremist Magazines And Social Media Groups Feed ‘Muslim Victimhood’ Narrative In India?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The in-house Urdu magazine of the extremist outfit—Jaish-e-Muhammad—al-Qalam has published an article urging the South Asian Muslims to wage a violent jihad in Myanmar in retaliation of the persecutions of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The mainstream Muslims in the subcontinent must refute the radical rhetoric being promulgated for the violent Jihadism in the name of ‘Rohingya Muslims’ like in the Al-Qalam’s article or Al Qaeda’s recent proclamation.  Indian Muslim leaders’ compassion and moral support for the Rohingya refugees is not misplaced. But they should also feel impelled to distance the community from monsters of the jihadist radicalisation....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Reflections on Qur'anic Message - Part-8: Universal Notion of Taqwa in the Qur’an – A Level Playing Field Of Self (Nafs) - Dictated Moral Imperative for All Humanity
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Ironically, most Muslims argue that those who are regular in prayer and spend in charity (2:3) are the Muttaqin and will receive the guidance of the Qur’an (2:2). Such an interpretation shifts emphasis from Taqwa to prayer and charity and transforms the din of Islam from one that is designed to promote Taqwa to one that is devoted to prayer and charity (2:4). The Qur’an clarifies the primary role of Taqwa in the concluding verse of the passage (2:5):“the Muttaqin are on true guidance from God.” Across it text, the Qur’an repeatedly declares: it is “guidance and counsel for the Muttaqin” (3:138); it is “counsel for the Muttaqin” (24:34)….

    Debating Islam

    A Plea for Reaching A Common Understanding Of Islam To Counter The Ideology Of The Extremists
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    I am throwing open my debate with Yunus Sb by summarising the discussion. It would be great if all the scholars supporting NAI can reach a consensus on the common understanding of Islam which is detailed at the end of the article which will go a long way in defeating the false ideology of the extremists. Please therefore debate with me with the intention of clarifying all your reservations before accepting what I have proposed. …

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    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 and Pluralism

    Why the AIMPLB Refuses to Learn Any Lessons
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Despite the SC verdict, the AIMPLB still clings to its view that though triple talaq is sinful but yet it is valid in the eyes of Islamic law. None other than Mahmood Madani endorsed such a view soon after the verdict. Thus it is clear that the AIMPLB does not take even the Supreme Court and its decision seriously and opens itself to the charge that actually it does not believe in India’s constitutional democracy. Had there been a different political climate, the AIMPLB would surely have filed for a review petition. They have themselves argued that since the judge has changed, filing a review petition might throw up other practices like polygamy, nikah halala, etc. into the limelight and they fear that there might be another adverse ruling for them….

    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

    Darul Uloom Deoband Against The ‘Erroneous’ Thoughts Of The Tablighi Jama’at: A Critical Analysis Of The Key Allegations In The Deoband’s Fatwa Against The TJ
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Of late, Darul Uloom Deoband issued a strongly-worded fatwa declaring the Tablighi Jama’at "misguided" and the “preacher of perverted views". Deoband seminary has also urged the current chief of the Tablighi Jama’at, Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhalvi to ‘repent in the court of God’. Accusing him of ‘an ideological perversion, misinterpretation of Islamic texts and desecration of Prophethood’, the fatwa pronounced by the Deoband clergy has stated: “It is our religious duty to warn Muslims particularly those with the Tablighi jam ‘at that Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhalvi, the current chief of the Jama’at, is misinterpreting Quran and Hadith”. ....

     
    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....

    Islamic Society

    The Mutashaabihat Or The Allegorical Verses Of The Quran
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    There are therefore two types of verses – Muhkamat verses that use precise words in which we should take the literal meaning of the words and the Mutashaabihat verses that use a “tashabaha” or similitude and the similitude is not the reality itself but gives an approximate idea using what is familiar, to convey what is beyond our comprehension. While the word used is a similitude, the meaning of the verse itself is clear and never ambiguous.

    From the Desk of Editor

    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.

    The War Within Islam

    Why are Islamic countries not coming forward to take Rohingyas? Are Human Rights for Muslims only?
    In a recent debate on Times Now (Rohingya Debate, 9/9/17), New Age Islam founder-editor, Mr. Sultan Shahin posed a pertinent question to the Muslim panellists: why do Indian Muslim leaders and ulema remain silent onlookers when human rights of religious minorities are violated egregiously in so-called Islamic countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world? Thousands of Hindu girls are, for instance, he pointed out, abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and raped in the name of nikah with their abductors every year. Why no outrage among Indian Muslims who keep, rightly, protesting vigilante killings and other persecutions of Muslims in India and elsewhere. He reminded the Muslim leaders on the panel, that Huqooqul ibad (rights of the creations of God, and just humans, but even animals and plants) is a sacred value in Islam. Have we forgotten this, he asked forcefully.

    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.

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Reflections on Qur'anic Message, Part 5 - Primacy of Good Deeds in Islam
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Most Muslims regard the five pillars of faith as the essence of Islam’s message with Salat as the key to Paradise.  When they meet each other, they generally ask ‘have you done your prayer’. But they never ask fellow Muslims or next of kin, have you done any good deeds….

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