Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam
The Classical approach to understanding the message of the Qur’an that dates back to around the third century of Islam is through reading the Tafsir corpus which are drawn on the secondary sources of Islam, namely, the Hadith, the Sira, including the opinion (Rai) of past scholars, and the consensus of scholars (Ijma). The Mufassir (exegete) attempts to explain each verse of the Qur’an in light of these secondary sources or based on his own knowledge, doctrine, speculations and choice of source material. This renders Qur’anic exegesis a highly porous domain as the same verse can be interpreted differently by different Mufassirin engaging a different Hadith, Sira report, and opinion, or consensus of scholars (Rai, Ijma);and holding differing doctrinal orientation and worldview.
This in turn leads to enormous divergence and even contradiction in understanding what the Qur’an has to say on any given theme – the dress code for women, inter-faith relations, business practices, lawfulness of various bounties of God like song and music, governance of society, educational system and choice of profession and business pursuit, marriage, divorce laws….
Pope Francis and Muslims
Europe -- a handiwork of Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic
Studies at American University -- is both important and relevant to the current
crises brewing across European countries. A Pew Research Centre study tells us
Western countries with significant Muslim populations are getting worried.
Since 2011, the general population that is 'very concerned' about Islamic
extremism has increased. For instance, after the murders of the Charlie Hebdo
staffers, two-thirds in France are 'very concerned,' 29% more than the 2011
poll. In Spain, 61% are very worried about the extremist threat; and roughly
half in Italy (53%) and UK (52%) and 46% of Germans are apprehensive…..
So next time you observe a conflict (including a simple one), remind yourself that, fundamentally, the conflict has an (unconscious) emotional basis and the intellectual arguments being tossed back and forth are, at worst irrelevant and, at best secondary, to any resolution of it. Perhaps you could ponder what you might reflect to one or more participants if you were inclined to help them focus on the emotional underlay to what they were saying.......
Gouthama Siddarthan, New Age Islam
façade of ‘just for fun’, there is a hidden agenda to construct the image of
Hindutva. This is the micro-politics. At this juncture, one may post the
question whether Mahabharata is a Hindutva text. But that is beside the point.
My main concern is about the ongoing subtle technology-driven attempt to
cleanse the human mind of its regional, cultural and artistic icons, ideas,
folk art and folk literature.....
similarities and differences between the Qur’an and other scriptural and
non-scriptural Jewish and Christian writings cannot be used to draw any
conclusion about the originality, reliability, and credibility of the Qur’an or
the other sources. When the issues in question can be examined in the light of
historical knowledge, then history has to be the judge. Such issues can be
found in the story of the Exodus, for example. When the information is
impossible to ascertain historically, such as accounts of miracles, then faith
in any version has to be supported by the general credibility and reliability
of the source making the claim. In other words, when the Qur’an and Jewish and
Christian scriptures disagree on claims that are not possible to verify
independently, one has to take into consideration which of sources is more
Adis Duderija, Ph.D
Abdul Haqq’s ‘critique’ not only does not have any foundations but demonstrates why classical embedded Manahij, may they be ahl-Hadith or more prevalent Sunni Madhab based, must be critically and unapologetically assessed and their role in religion-based violence (with respect to both other Muslims as well as non-Muslims), strong elements of intolerance and gender based oppression recognized for what they are.....
The physical aspect of human journey from the sperm and an egg stage through the death is programmed precisely. The formula is same for all of humanity; and there is no such thing as a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or other gene. Regardless of what is being said about origins in terms of evolution, creation or the big bang, the undeniable fact is our existence, and we have to figure out how to live with each other......
Dr Paul Bhatti
We would like to convey this message that the minorities in Pakistan can only be protected if the true spirit of Islam is manifested. No religion, in its teachings allows killing the innocent people in the name of religion. It has been mentioned clearly in Islam that killing an innocent person means killing the whole humanity. Moreover, Islam has given clear instructions to probe into the matter completely and repeatedly to find out the facts before accusing a person for some undesirable act. .....
is not an obstacle to such solidarity. In fact, I feel encouraged to celebrate
Ramadan because I am a Christian. It is
because I know Jesus is Lord that I can live without fear, that I can challenge
myself to love more deeply and creatively. Table-fellowship is always a
subversive act for the Christian, and it is because I follow Jesus that I can
eat alongside as well as refrain with anyone—no matter who they are, no matter
what they believe, no matter what they have done.....
Jerusalem is far from being an abode of peace. It is not impossible, but very
difficult to turn this city into a place where practitioners of three religions
can worship God in veneration for each other……
And by the way,
Muslim soldiers stationed at Wazirabad Cantonment in British times used to help
their Hindu colleagues in staging Ramlila every year. Lakshman, Vibhishan and
Ravana’s roles were sometimes played by them. And once, hold your breath;
Sita’s part was enacted by a handsome Muslim sepoy. Ramzan is the right
occasion to savour such revelations in Haji Mian’s company when the feasting
begins after sundown around the illuminated Jama Masjid.....
religious authority will not add to the rational or the moral discussion of our
concerns as humans. But there is something more about us. We are also spiritual
beings. At least many of us believe that. Here it is where a religious
authority matters. It adds a spiritual dimension to the discussions on humans
and humanity's wellbeing. While rational and moral logic is enough for many
there are those who would benefit from having a spiritual dimension….
contemporary Egypt where intolerance towards Christians, not to mention anyone
who is different, is on the rise, many Egyptians feel their country seriously
lost its way in the second half of the 20th century, when it was supposed to
have been liberated. Haret al-Yahoud is not a missive to Israel but an ode to
pluralism. By coming to terms with the injustice it committed against its
Jewish minority, Egypt may be able to save its soul.....
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
It is therefore
imperative to create conditions within society for the acceptance of diversity
as a positive value. This means that we should relook at what our educational
system does in terms of inculcating diversity and pluralism. We could also
think in terms of fostering and showcasing the value of diversity within the
civic spaces which we inhabit. What this means is that I need not have to
travel to Jama Masjid to experience the life world of Muslims; this experience
should be available to me in my own locality. And this can only be possible if
my locality was religiously diverse.....
Iran stand out as Muslim countries where yoga is both quite popular and
controversial. In 2008, when Malaysia's supreme Islamic authority told Muslims
to eschew the practice, this was widely greeted with dismay as a symptom of a
hardening theological line in a country where many faiths have to rub along…..
morning taught me to stay grateful to my breath. Every inhale and exhale is a
moment to be conscious of. Every waking moment requires you to stay present.
That's training the mind. And I learnt it through yoga. I am now more aware
during my Namaz. More present in my Dua. .....
Over the past
few years, the Supreme Council of Antiquities funded the restoration of most
significant Jewish landmarks in Cairo. One thought that the council’s attempt
was to enrich Egypt’s heritage. However, the quarter seems to have remained the
same. If the Jewish buildings have been restored, they are empty of the people
who once filled them. ....
You should practice the good and tell people that Islam is
not the religion of venting out anger; Islam is not the religion of fighting;
Islam is not the religion of compulsion; Islam is not the religion of revenge;
Islam is the religion of peace; Islam is the religion of kindness; Islam is the
religion of pardon; Islam is the religion of winning hearts; The reply of
mischief is not mischief in Islam but Islam is religion of compassion because
Islam is the religion of the Quran…..
Lord Ram and Allah are almighty and the mortals like us, including the breast beaters from communal formations, should prefer to see that the housing is provided to all the mortals, ordinary people so that they don’t have to live on the pavements-slums and suffer the ignominy. Can one hope that rather than presenting the past in a one sided; divisive manner we look at the story from all the angles, and put forth the rational one....
آدی شنکر آچاریہ نے
یہ بھی کہا کہ جو سناتن ویدک دھر م میں تشدد پیدا ہو گیا ہے وہ ویدوں کی غلط
ترجمانی کی وجہ سے ہے۔ آدی شنکر آچاریہ نے اپنے پیروکاروں سے کہا کہ وید عدم تشدد
کو سب سے بڑا دھرم مانتے ہیں۔ اسی لیے آپ لوگ جو یجّ کرتے ہو اور یجّ میں جو
بلی دیتے ہو وہ جانور کی قربانی نہ دیکر ناریل کی قربانی دو۔ آدی شنکر آچاریہ کے
کہنے سے آپ نے دیکھا ہوگا کہ ہندؤں میں کوئی بھی کام ہوتا ہے تو اس سے پہلے ناریل
پھوڑا جاتا ہے، ناریل کی بلی دی جاتی ہے، یہ آدی شنکر آچاریہ کے کہنے سے ہوا۔ اس طر ح سے آدی شنکر آچاریہ نے
جین اور بودھ دھرم کے عدم تشدد کا مقابلہ
ویدک عدم تشدد سے کیا اور کامیاب رہے اور بازی پلٹ گئی۔ ایک ووقت میں جین اور بودھ
دھرم اکثریت میں آگئے تھے، اب جین اور بودھ دھرم کو ماننے والے اقلیت ہو گئے، اور
پھر سے سناتن ویدک دھرم کو ماننے والے اکثریت ہو گئے۔……
is thus an error for secular philosophers to desire to think and desire to
build the ideal society in this world because according to God’s scheme of
things, this ideal society will only become a reality in the world of the
Hereafter. Human freedom is the most formidable obstacle to the building of the
ideal society since humans can choose to commit between good and evil, and many
have chosen to commit evil than good. The ideal society will thus remain a
distant dream in this world. ….
Indonesia upholds secularism in its legislation but at the same time considers the significant role of theistic religion in the public sphere. Under this principle, there should be no priority in religion because the state equally recognizes all religions and no religious labelling such as mainstream religion, heretic or blasphemer, even though heterodoxy is a common feature of religion....
Muslims were seen as “extremists” and Islam was an “evil” force that had to be crushed by “freedom loving people”. When it came time to choose an academic discipline in college, I chose “Islamic studies” – not because I wanted to learn about a great religion and world civilisation, but rather to work for the CIA and become a spy to nab the “bad guys”....
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Over two hundred Jews, Sunni and Shia Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians came together at our event "Qawwali and the Spiritual Alchemy of Music" to celebrate the role of music in spiritual devotion and interfaith dialogue. Our overall message was of Divine love and love of our common humanity. Displaying their highly rhythmic and energetic music and singing in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi (a language spoken by Sikhs) and other local Indian dialects....
Iftekhar Hai, New Age Islam
Hence to be
correct, to be fair and to be righteous is not exclusively a Muslim
domain. Righteousness is multifaceted
with doing good, i.e., believing in ONE GOD, praying, giving money in charity,
helping the poor, homeless and the downtrodden, doing work honestly, not taking
advantage or robbing the weak etc. etc.
However, the Quran not only supports all of the above, but also connects
it to JUSTICE. Justice has to be
understood in a Global context and across inter-religious lines across all