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American peoples love for Rumi is certainly the poet’s dense erotica, permeated in his love poems. Rumi like all other mystic poets thought his erotica was not for sexual desire but a way of expression for mystic love of God. In Sufi symbolism known as Shathyaat, sexual references such as love making, drinking wine, kissing, etc have an underlying symbolic meaning....

 

Should Muslims Wear The Bindi? The Debate Continues
Udayan Namboodiri

Not all applaud the mixing of traditions, however. Some within the Muslim community have been sharply critical of the trend, saying it contravenes Islam. In recent weeks, heated debate has taken place on social media and internet forums. Speaking from Kolkata, Maulana Syed Noor-ur-Rehman Barkati said that devout Muslims should follow the dictates set forth by their own religion....

Why Have The Muslims Ignored Kabir?
Vidya Bhushan Rawat, New Age Islam

Why Have The Muslims Ignored Kabir?
Vidya Bhushan Rawat, New Age Islam

While ‘secularists’ may like to present the picture of the Kabir Samadhi Sthal at Magahar as a complete photo-op of pluralism and cultural syncretism in India where Mosque and temple stood together in absolute harmony, the things are not as simple as they are being made out. A contrast is visible when you visit the ‘Hindu Samadhi’ of Kabir and compare it with the ‘Mazar’ adjacent to it....

Qur’anic Approach to Inter-Faith Dialogue and Ulema
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Qur’anic Approach to Inter-Faith Dialogue and Ulema
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

This unique and glorious aspect of Islam is generally overlooked not only by non-Muslims but also by many adherents of Islam. In respect of faith, a Muslim cannot pick or choose. Rather, he or she is entitled to accept and follow each of God’s injunctions. According to Islamic doctrine, mere lack of faith in any messenger or book of God is tantamount to heresy. In other words, a Muslim who accepts only one or some parts of God’s mandate is not a Muslim in the Qur’anic view...

The Necessity Of Interfaith Dialogue
Fethullah Gulen
Islam has a Prophetic Tradition that Jesus will return during the last days. For Muslims, this means that such values as love, peace, brotherhood, forgiveness, altruism, mercy, and spiritual purification will have precedence. As Jesus was sent to the Jews and all Jewish Prophets exalted these values, dialogue with the Jews must be established, as well as a closer relationship and cooperation among Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Frankly, there’s no way we mortals can decide about the reality, or otherwise, of these possibilities, and it’s pointless speculating about them. Be that as it may, they indicate that our human understandings of God—supposing He exists—are very possibly mere claims, based on our own prejudices and beliefs, which cannot be independently substantiated outside the realm of blind belief.

All in God’s Name: The Uses and Abuses of Scripture
Yoginder Sikand, New Age Islam

They read into the very same Bible their mutually-opposed political agendas, suitably interpreting the texts to conform to and support the preconceived conclusions they wish to defend, which they label as the will of God. They would be shocked if you told them that what, in effect, they are doing is to seek to pass off their own personal views as God’s definite will.

Mecca In A Mandir
Saba Naqvi

Hussain had told me that two years ago, when he had fallen seriously ill and needed a blood transfusion, two sadhus of the Hanuman Garhi temple, the premier mandir in Ayodhya, had donated their blood. Did the infamous December 6 mob, baying for the blood of Muslims, spare Hussain? Did the sadhus who had once donated their blood also get swept off by the heat of the moment, and now wished to draw blood?

Aiman Reyaz responds to Saif Shahin’s suggestion: ‘Muslims Needn’t Tell Hindus Who, Or What, They Are’
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

By trying to prove that Hindus are people of the book, my goal was not to unite the people, although people can be united by this ideology. In any case, only a minority among the Muslims have a negative view about the Peoples of the Book (Jews and Christians, in this case) but the majority of us do respect them and we can link with them spiritually. Similarly if we think and act that Hindus are also People of the Book then here too we can connect with them in the matters of religion. My only goal was to spread this revelation that I felt.

Love Thy Neighbor, Unless That Neighbour Is A Muslim
Sheila Musaji
If any individual or organization is insufficiently hostile towards Muslims, or even treats Muslims with tolerance as fellow citizens, they attack that individual or organization in the most despicable ways.  Perhaps in the hope that others will be discouraged from speaking up.

Muslim Marriage with ahl-e-kitab Jews and Christians in the context of interfaith marriages
Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani

If in the event of marriage with ah ahle kitab woman, one is compelled to disapprove of what is halal and accept what is haram or unlawful, one had better avoid it. It also implies at the same time that marriage with ahl-e-kitab woman is lawful and declaring it unlawful without any fundamental reason is also a risky matter because it negates legitimacy and closes the door to inclusion in Islam.

Proofs That Hindus Are People Of The Books
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
I believe that Hindus are also People of the Books. The reason I say this is because there are so many similarities between the two. Some of the verses and ideas of the Quran match a hundred percent with the Vedas. This only shows the common origin of these books.

Muslims Needn’t Tell Hindus Who, Or What, They Are
Saif Shahin, New Age Islam

Being Ahl-e-Kitab is no guarantee of a better relationship with Muslims. Indeed, being Muslim itself does not proffer such a hope. So arguing that Hindus are Ahl-e-Kitab is unlikely to improve Hindu-Muslim ties. In fact, it may only make matters worse. If Muslims commonly start believing that Hindus are not ‘mushrikin’ and that they are Ahl-e-Kitab, they would also start expecting Hindus to stop praying in front of idols. They may even expect Hindus to eschew polytheism and start believing in the “one true God.” When this expectation is not met―and it won’t be, because Hindus themselves don’t care whether they are Ahl-e-Kitab or ‘mushrikin’ or not―it can lead to resentment, coercion and bloodshed.

Jesus Christ: An Islamic Perspective
Ghulam Rasool, New Age Islam

Jesus Christ: An Islamic Perspective
Ghulam Rasool, New Age Islam

Islam lays great emphasis on respecting and honouring all religions and their messengers. The number of prophets and apostles sent by God, according to Islam, amounts to some 124, 000. A Prophet (called ‘Nabi’ in Arabic), according to Islam, is a man sent by God, but not with a special dispensation or book; while an Apostle (called ‘Rasool’ in Arabic) is one who comes either with a special dispensation or to whom a special book has been revealed.

A Muslim Leap of Faith: Offering Interfaith Prayers For Newtown
Mike Ghouse
Would Mahatma Gandhi go to heaven? Even though each member of the faith will thoughtfully acknowledge that he would, but the ones who live in cocoons, would say, not until he calls on Jesus as his savior, or recites the Shahadah (Muslim pledge).

An Ordinance for Sustainability: Essential Issues Kept Off The Religious Radar!
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

In almost all religions animal conservation, in one form or another is mandated. In Hinduism and Buddhism it is understood to be scripturally ordained, but in Judaism and Christianity it is advisable only; for example Bible forbids taking cow and calf at the same time and Catholics are advised to conserve cattle and eat Fish on Fridays. The so called advance Western countries are not immune from this evil. Wastage of food during many festivals is an example. (“Waste not Australians are tipped to spend $10 billion on food over Christmas, but a third will end up as landfill”, says a research article.)...

Respecting Muslim Caliphs (Khalifa), Imams and Deciders
Mike Ghouse

 The most persecuted communities among Muslims today are the Ahmadiya Muslims followed by Shia Muslims by Sunni Muslims. We know it is not Islamic to be unjust, oppressive and harassive towards others, Muslims or otherwise, but yet it is going on in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and even in India. As a Muslim, it is my duty to speak up, and if all of us do our share of speaking up, at least we have fulfilled the responsibility to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil....

Jesus Christ in the Quran
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Jesus Christ in the Quran
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Islam is the only non-Christian faith which makes it compulsory for its followers to believe in Jesus Christ (pbuh): no Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Quran says that Jesus Christ was one of the mightiest Messengers of God (6:85), he was born miraculously (19:22-23), he performed miracles like giving life to the dead and healing those born blind and the leapers by God’s permission (5:110). A Muslim can never take his name without adding ‘peace be upon him’....

Indian Muslim View Of Hinduism And Hindus As Ahl-e-Kitab: Jamiat Ulema’s Dialogue with Former RSS Chief K S Sudarshan
Former RSS Chief K S Sudarshan

It became evident from what Sudarshanji said and from the questions he raised that he had considerable knowledge of Islam. At the outset he raised the point that there were many hurdles in the Hindu-Muslim unity. And first of them was the question in what category the Muslims kept the Hindus. Giving reference to Syed Sulaiman Nadvi’s book, “Indo-Arab relations and the seerath of the prophet”, and other books, he said that according to the Islamic Shariah, mankind was divided in four categories---- Mumin, kafir, ahl-e-kitab and shib’h ahl-e-kitab (believers, non believers, people with the divine book and people who were like ahl-e-kitab). “Now the question is “, he said, “in which category do you people keep the Hindus?”  …

Thanksgiving: A Story of Gratitude and Self-Balancing Acts
Mike Ghouse

Expression of gratitude is the ultimate balancing act in everyone's life. We know whom we receive the good from and offer our gratitude. The absence of a simple thank-you creates an imbalance in the relationship and spiritual energy, while a simple thank you restores it. Firstly, we need to be considerate to those who did not have a good childhood, youth, adulthood or retirement….

 

One such person who has inspired me immensely is Baba Guru Nanak, said to be the founder of the Sikh religion. The second time I discovered this serenity was in Bombay while I was visiting MK Gandhi's residence, Mani Bhawan. The poems and writings of Saints have been elevated to divine heights. It is this understanding of their teachings that their followers often lack, when they interpret their words literally....

How Muslims Viewed Hindus in the Past and View Them in the Present
Asghar Ali Engineer

Nizami describes in detail how the Chishti saints used the Hindu temple's annual day rituals like taking out sandal procession and washing the idols with that sandal. The idol was of course replaced by the grave of the Sufi saint. Many similar Hindu rituals were adopted by the Sufis.2 This could be termed as 'dialogue of life' between Hindus and Muslims in India. Also, there were many Muslim scholars who were deeply interested in studying Hindu scriptures. Al-Beruni, for example, who came with Mahmud of Ghazna, stayed behind and studied Hindu scriptures like Ramayana and Mahabharata in original Sanskrit language and wrote a scholarly book Kitab al-Hind (The Book of India)....

Rid Our Body Politic Of Communal Poison
Markandey Katju

Whenever a bomb blast takes place, many television news channels start saying that an email or SMS has been received claiming that the Indian Mujahideen, the Jaish-e-Muhammad, or the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al- Islamia has owned responsibility. Now an email or an SMS message can be sent by any mischievous person, but by showing this on TV and the next day in print a subtle impression is created in Hindu minds that all Muslims are terrorists who throw bombs.... During the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi agitation, a section of the media (particularly the Hindi print media) became kar sevaks.....

The Analysis of the Historical Development of the Distinct Self Muslim Identity Construction Vis-À-Vis the Christian-Western Civilization- (FINAL)
Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

All of the encounters between the two civilisations as described so far had an element of power in them, be that military, political, economic, demographic or legal power. The difference in the power balance between the two civilisations reached its peak in the 19th century. During this time-period a majority of Muslim lands came under the military, economic, political and cultural dominion of the European powers....

Muslim Responses to Interreligious Dialogue
Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

... “true dialogue expresses an essential aspect of the human spirit, when we listen and respond to one another with an authenticity that forges a bond between us”. Willingness to exercise introspection and self-criticism are also essential ingredients of those engaging in dialogue. For dialogue to be meaningful its participants must establish mutual trust and approach dialogue with integrity and honesty....

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