Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Qur’an speaks of conflicts that may arise between two Muslim groups. In these
cases, an attempt must to be made to reconcile them (Fa-Slihu Baynahuma).
But, if any such attempt fails due to, for example, one party’s aggression and
lawlessness, then the aggressors should be fought until they cease aggression.
If they cease aggression then “make peace between them with justice– Fa-Slihu
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
that “Hatred should only be directed to ignorance, poverty and hypocrisy,” and
that “our relations with non-Muslims will be in the way of persuasion. It is
our duty to present Islam to them as a religion of love.” For Nursi,
non-violence was an integral part of Islam, and he argued that the future of
civilisation depends on peaceful co-existence...
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
radical fundamentalists like Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi have
been content with a superficial appropriation of discredited symbols from
earlier times (Dar Al-Harb, Dar Al-Islam, belligerent jihad and revival
of a caliphate), moderate revivalist thinkers have placed emphasis on the need
for new ways of thinking about problems of domestic and international peace, as
well as of global governance....
T.O. Shanavas, New Age Islam
The phrase “Ma
Malakat Aymanukum” in Surat Al-Ma`arij: 30-31 and other verses is
translated as “And those who guard their private parts, except from their
spouses or those their right hands possess “and most classical exegetes it
Muhammed Asad, most of the commentators assume unquestioningly that Ma
Malakat Aymanukum stands for slaves and it is permissible to have free sex
with them. He continues, “This conventional interpretation is, in my opinion,
inadmissible inasmuch as it is based on the assumption that sexual intercourse
with one's female slave is permitted without marriage.” So, he translates “Ma
Malakat Aymanukum “to “those whom they rightfully possess [through
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
Justice is one of the central values of Islam. Any
system that is not based on justice is not acceptable to Islam. It is equally
applicable for the entire humanity, regardless of religion, caste, culture,
country and race. Islam has categorically and universally imposed the
obligation of justice upon Muslims in all contexts. The Arabic equivalents for
justice are the words ‘Adl and Qist that are more comprehensive, represent two
of ninety nine beautiful names of Allah Almighty...
they want to emulate the life and times of the Prophet. IS and their “caliph”
want to rebuild the original Caliphate to represent the entire Ummah. So why
are their teachings and their actions exactly opposing to those of the very
first Islamic state of Muhammad (PBUH) in Medina (CE 622)? The Prophet’s
Constitution of Medina brought together what Muslim scholars describe as an Ummah
Wahidah where all the residents of the state -- Muslims, Jews, Christians,
and pagans -- were ensured religious freedom, gave all groups representation,
established the security of women, and declared that no weapon can be carried
or blood be spilled on the land of the Islamic state....
The role of ideology adds further complexity to the alleged relationship
between religion and terrorism. Many in the Muslim community are quick to
distance Islam from ideological variants that preach violence. The most common
refrain now heard is that terrorism has no religion.
Malaysian militant Islamist politicians, be they Hanbali or Wahhabi by
inclination, will only inflame sectarianism and widen divides in this promising
Southeast Asian nation if they continue with their proposals..
Prosperity of mankind depends on the practical actions to eliminate
poverty by equitable distribution of wealth- Yunfiqoon; layperson’s
system of ‘egalitarian economics’, with a heavy dose of morality that comes
from one’s “self” and looking at the “big picture” like the people of Baby Cot
and Palnaa. But it is an anathema to the wealthy; they say ‘…let God feed them’
36-47 What emerges from the above is that Quranic Code is not a nebulous,
ritualistic and spiritual dogma...
Islam is not an alien religion. It does not claim a monopoly on virtue
or truth. It follows in the Way of previous spiritual traditions that
recognized One Spirit operating within nature and human life. It continues on
the Way of the great Prophets and Messengers of all sacred traditions. ....
Repeatedly the Qur’an urges human beings to engage in “reflection” (Tafakkur)
and “use their intelligence” (‘Aqala). Altogether in nearly eighty
instances it mentions the importance of reason and reflection [2:219; 3,191;
30, 8; 45, 5], one example of which is “are the blind and the seeing man equal?
Will you not reflect?” [6:50]....
Although there are reputedly some 1.7 billion people who claim to be
Muslims (Who and how they were counted?) but are there any Believers-Momins in
the House of Islam today? It is important therefore to establish how the Book
Quran defines Momin and Muslim....
This -- the state must realise -- is not necessarily a western secular
principle, but is derived directly from the explicit injunction of the Holy
Quran that no one has the right to compel another to follow a faith. The Holy
Quran envisages nothing less than complete freedom of speech for every human
being. It does not impose in anyway any prior restraint on any individual, be
it Muslim or non-Muslim. The clearest duty on the part of any thinking Muslim
in Pakistan today is to join the campaign to abolish the blasphemy law.....
Joseph E. B. Lumbard
Quran as the Word of God does not lead Muslims to follow it
unquestioningly, as is too often asserted. Rather it leads Muslims to
appreciate that no single human interpretation of the text can suffice, since
the finite human mind cannot encompass the infinitude of the Divine. Insight
into these multiple modes of interpretation provides a panoramic vision of the
history and interpretation of the Quranic text. It will help readers understand
why all classically trained Muslim scholars reject the claims of ISIS or any
other fundamentalist group and why many Muslim scholars have given their lives
to oppose them.....
A concept so
sacred, so beautiful, and so real to so many Muslims is being twisted into
something violent and ugly. I am doing jihad every single day. I am doing jihad
when I struggle to be proud of my hijab. When I struggle to remember the
importance of charity. When I struggle to pray on time. When I struggle to
remember the good, the happy, and the love inside of me.....
Harith Bin Ramli
Ever since the
death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632, there hasn’t been a single central
authority that, all Muslims have unanimously agreed on. The first generation of
Muslims didn’t just disagree; they battled over the succession to leadership of
the community. The result of this division was the formation of the main Sunni
and Shi’i theological traditions.....
By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
Is it fair to describe Members of ISIS, Taliban and their likes as Kharijites or Khawarij? A number of Sunni religious scholars (‘Ulema) have identified these modern terrorists as neo-Kharijites. On the contrary, some argue that Kharijite ideas were particular to a historical period and could not re-emerge among these terrorists. How should a Muslim respond to these contradictory views? Should he or she believe such ‘Ulema’ or be neutral? Such are the questions answered in this article, with reference to 40 significant characteristics of the Kharijites.....
as members of the Muslim community must turn our eyes from Heaven to the earth
and see our own image in the Mirror of the Holy Quran. The history of Islamic
civilization, its evolution, rise and fall should be studied in relation to
Quranic Principles and subsequent events, to devise the strategy for future.
The Light of the Holy Quran must be focused on Contemporary History to resolve
its inherent dialectics from Quranic point of View…..
bears witness to a history of prophetic revelations that have come to humanity,
bringing essentially the same truth: the beneficence of God. It would be
incorrect to say that Islam claims to be the only religion acceptable to God.
What the Qur'an does claim is this: it confirms what still remains of the truth
of other religions and offers a critique of how the original message of these
Prophets has, to some extent, been distorted and corrupted by human beings.....
is to refuse to be part of the melee, accept that the difference exists and is
there to stay and yet being firmly poised in a profound conviction in the ‘Hikmah’
of the Divine scheme of things.
Those who believe that anyone who ridicules the Prophet Muhammad should be hanged, can produce no clear commandment from the Quran or Hadith to support this belief. They merely give a distorted version of some incident which took place during the Prophet’s time and say that such and such a person involved in this incident was put to death because he was a blasphemer. The case of Kab ibn Ashraf is generally cited in support their ill-conceived argument......
indeed puts the importance of the Prophet’s sayings second to the Quran,
Islamic legal tradition also recognizes a cautious technique of reading Hadith
known as Asbab Al-Wurud (tracing the historical context of Hadith),
preventing people from reading Hadith literally. It is also important to
examine the period when a given Hadith was constantly reproduced for a popular
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz
religious education has come to be associated widely with radical ideology. In
a second survey, appearing in the same paper on December 30, 2015, but signed
by Farhan Bokhari in Karachi, the proliferation of Deobandi madrasas throughout
the Indian subcontinent was linked to Saudi-based Wahhabi influence. Further,
Deobandis have a large presence in the British Muslim diaspora and elsewhere....
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
The Holy Qur’an connects our hearts to Allah’s mercy the moment we read its sacred verses. We start our recitation with the Holy Basmalah. In the Holy Basmalah, which is the beginning invocation in all our Islamic supplications, Allah Almighty specifically chose His qualities of Mercy and Compassion as the Divine Names by which we constantly invoke His Divine Presence: Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim. …