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Prophet Muhammad wasn’t just a prophet. He was also a politician, and not just a politician, but a head of state and a state-builder. If Prophet Muhammad was in a position of holding territory and governing territory, then presumably the Quran would have to have something to say about governance. Otherwise, how would Prophet Muhammad be guided? That’s one thing intertwining the religion and politics that isn’t accidental, and was meant to be that way.....

For a Muslim considering taking on a second wife, the Holy Qur’an is very specific on the conditions to be met. He must be able to provide and maintain the second family, and also deal with both wives and their offspring on the basis of justice and fairness – equal time, equal expenses and equality in everything. Such is the requirement that only a rare number of exceptional individuals can fulfil that quality of justice and fairness.

Manipulating the actual text of Islamic law, these lecherous men prey on the poor and the unwilling without fulfilling any of the conditions for a multiple marriage. And their victims are often left broken and destitute....

The moral obligations cannot be ignored by taking the excuse of treating them simply as moral obligations, likewise forbidden moral acts should not be performed either. If performance of daily-prayers is compulsory and their non-performance is prohibited and brings Divine-Punishment, equally important is the fulfilment of a promise and its breach is prohibited and brings Divine-Wrath. The real religious person and the prosperous one is he who is committed to his religious obligation, as well as being honest in the fulfilment of his moral commitments....

 

They went to Mecca, destroyed many of its artefacts, domes, graves, and anything that Muslims held dear and honoured, because of its historical value and because of their love for the Prophet and his family. For instance, they destroyed the dome of Khadija, the wife of the Prophet, as well as the dome that marked the location of the birth of the Prophet. They went to Medina; they removed the decorations that were placed on the grave of the Prophet, which enraged Muslims worldwide.....

In part 1 and the entry entitled “Are Wahhabis Sunnis? Chechnya Conference and Saudi Anger…“, we explained that the links and intermarriages between Saudis and Wahhabis run deep. We also explained that Saudis have a Jewish ancestry. (This in and of itself doesn’t mean much. What is significant however is the concealment of this ancestry and the fabrication of a different genealogy that is used publicly… as well as the real interests that are sought by Wahhabis and Saudis) What is as interesting, but even less known, than the Jewish ancestry of Saudis, is that Muhammad bin Abd al-Wahhab’s ancestors were also Jews....

Knowledge of Tawhid is an intrinsic quality possessed by each human being. It is innate and it is what makes up the original human nature. Allah has taken a pledge from each human being, and each soul has testified that there is no God but God....

The Holy Quran: A Myth, Miracle or Reality?
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam
The Holy Quran: A Myth, Miracle or Reality?
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

Allah is Real, Life and death as divine process of Creation and Destruction is Real, Here-after and the Day of Judgment is Real, Angels, Satan, Heaven and Hell, Reward and Punishment all are Real. Amidst Current and Counter-Current of Creation, Revelation, Evolution, Death and Destruction whirling all around us, there is little scope of any conjecture or miracle in the Holy Quran....

As he started making his ideas public, his father and some of his teachers warned people against listening to him, and openly remarked that he would eventually misguide others. When he began his movement of reform, his father and his teachers opposed him directly and refuted his ideas, which were only accepted by those who had no religious education, as stated by historians of the time, including his own brother. In the beginning of his movement, his approach was much more lenient. But as opposition to his ideas grew, so did his aggressiveness....

Since 1980, Saudi Arabia has been using education to quietly spread Salafism, its brand of puritanical Islam, in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. The two main arms of this effort are LIPIA and scholarships for higher education in Saudi Arabia. Salafism is an ultra-conservative reform movement that advocates a return to Quranic times. LIPIA teaches Wahhabi Mazhab, a strain of Salafi Islam expounded by the medieval Sunni theologian Ibn Taimiyah....

Islam strikes a balance between the two extremes of Capitalism and Socialism. Being appreciative of their role, Islam harmonizes the individuals and the State in such a way that individuals have the freedom necessary to develop their potentialities and not to encroach upon the rights of their fellowmen....

 

As a spiritual alternative to prevent suicide, Islam has its ways of addressing the issue. First of all, researchers show that suicide rates interestingly appear to be lower among Muslims as compared to those of other faiths or atheists. The researchers have attributed, among others, the lower rate to the religion of the Muslims....

 
The Islamic Revolution
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D.
The Islamic Revolution
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D.

The Islamic revolution of monotheism opened the doors of research and investigation by displacing nature from its sacred pedestal. Modern science is wholly the gift of the Islamic revolution-directly in its initial stages, and indirectly in its later stages. Modern scientific revolution was set in motion by Islam, which was sent by the Almighty for the guidance of all mankind for all eternity. Henri Pirenne author of "History of Western Europe" says, "Islam changed the face of the globe. The traditional order of history was overthrown." Islam is complete truth....

Resurrection: Islamic and Scientific Perspectives
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D
Resurrection: Islamic and Scientific Perspectives
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D

Prevailing Islamic doctrine conceives death as a disengagement of the soul from the body, the outward sign of which is the cessation of breathing. This event marks the end of the predetermined period of mundane life that is to be accounted for at the last judgment, the Day of Judgment (Qiyamah), when the body and soul are again reunited and resurrected for consignment to the splendid gardens of paradise or torturous fires of hell. Between death and resurrection, individuals are subjected to a preliminary trial in the grave by the angels Munkar and Nakir and given a preview of their destiny in the Hereafter...

Peaceful Coexistence in Islam: A Middle Path Between Al-Wala And Al-Bara?
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
Peaceful Coexistence in Islam: A Middle Path Between Al-Wala And Al-Bara?
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

“Muwaalat (bearing Love and affection) is entirely different from Muaamalat (giving consideration and conducting transactions with someone and making peaceful coexistence). The difference between the two is like the distance between the sky and the earth. It is permissible to conduct transactions and have dealings with anyone, except with apostates like Wahhabis and Deobandis (The terms “Wahhabis” and “Deobandis” here do not include all those people in our times who call themselves Wahhabis and Deobandis but they are unfamiliar with their elders, so all Wahhabis in our times cannot be ruled as apostates, Allah knows the best) in worldly matters, and [matters] in which there is no harm for religious obligations.

"The Dhimmi is similar to a Muslim in all such dealings. “They shall have the same rights and obligations as us”- (لهم ما لنا وعليهم ما علينا). It is permissible to conduct transactions even with non-Dhimmis....

He further explained that as long as Muslims are permitted to pray, they must neither fight their rulers nor disobey them. Here, the prophet did not speak of fasting or other religious practices, but only the most fundamental requirement in Islam: prayer, i.e.: basic freedom of conscience. On the philosophy behind this command, he explained: “Listen to them and obey them, for on them (the rulers) are their responsibilities and on you are your responsibilities.” Even if prayer is forbidden, he advocated migration rather than fighting the ruler, as the Quran teaches.....

 
Invitation to Hearts Journey
Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

On our return journey to the King we find some signposts that are manned by Lalla, Lao Tzu and Mulla Nasruddin and we can spot most of the great names in the history of  religion and spirituality hovering around in the background lighting up the path. Rumi,of course, is an old companion in the tavern. And the host for us is Gabriel Iqbal who has distilled some choicest wines from the mystic wine shop for us to sip....

 

Finally, when the King was marching in his New Clothes it was a little ‘Malala’ in the crowd to shout, ‘the King has no clothes.’ On April 13 in the Parliament of Canada the real Malala of this era – not afraid of anyone, said aloud what the Ulema and scholars of Islam have been afraid to say: “when you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill innocent people, you are not a Muslim anymore.”….

It may be pointed out here that such a misogynist interpretation of the gender-just Quran is the result of misunderstanding the Arabic term Wazribuhunna in verse 4:34 which, in the context of the verse, means “explain them” not “beat them”. Without a doubt, the Ahle Hadees clerics quoted above have portrayed a shockingly regressive patriarchal mindset in their commentaries.....

 
On the Self Acquired Importance of the Ulema
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
On the Self Acquired Importance of the Ulema
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

The ‘golden age’ of Islam tells us that there was always a tension between the Ulema and the philosophers. The latter did not take them seriously and at times publicly lambasted them for their limited understanding of how the world works. To make matters worse, there were poets whose favourite pastime was ridiculing the Ulema for the incoherence of their thoughts. Moreover, philosophers were Aalims in their own right: no one could accuse IbnSina or IbnRushd for not knowing religion. Indeed, in their own worlds there was hardly a distinction between the pursuit of religious and material knowledge....

Can A Muslim Ever Be Anti-Semitic?
Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

For the Muslim nation as a whole, which considers Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam and the birth place of Messenger Muhammad, a samite, cannot by any stretch of imagination be branded as anti-Semitic. That would be thoroughly blasphemous. Therefore to say that Muslims, as followers of the faith Islam are anti-Semitic is compounding the felony since they, just as the Jews claim to be of the “nation of Ibrahim” because they follow the faith established by Aba Abraham, long before Moses and Muhammad were born....

Reading Ibn Arabi and Ibn Taymiyyah
Muhammad Maroof Shah
Reading Ibn Arabi and Ibn Taymiyyah
Muhammad Maroof Shah

The question of our attitude to Sufism has divided modern Muslims. ISIS, and even some revivalists who don't share ISIS politics, share significant part of their theology, premised on certain negative reading of Sufism. Should we side with Ibn Taymiyyah perceived as staunch opponent of Unitarian Sufism or Ibn Arabi who is perceived to be its greatest exponent? For some analysts Salafis are playing into hands of Imperialists and dividing Ummah. .....

 
Understanding the Islamic Concept of Martyrdom (Shahadat) in the Ongoing Islamic Month of Muharram
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
Understanding the Islamic Concept of Martyrdom (Shahadat) in the Ongoing Islamic Month of Muharram
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

There is no denying the fact the martyrdom has a great place in Islam. But the true Islamic martyrdom is completely different from the self-styled jihadist concept of martyrdom, which is synonymous with wanton killing of innocent civilians....

Who Are Those Who Will Believe And Those Who Will Not?
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam
Who Are Those Who Will Believe And Those Who Will Not?
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

There are many people who show an unflinching determination to disregard half of the relevant evidence! In Psychology this is called cognitive bias where we pay attention only to facts that support our prejudices. Uncomfortable evidence that contradicts our theory causes what is called cognitive dissonance. An honest way of dealing with cognitive dissonance is to revise our opinion/theory taking the full facts of the case into consideration. Dishonest ways are by way of discounting, falsifying, or by ignoring altogether the evidence that does not suit our purpose.....

Dabbah: a Creature ' or ' a Beast
Mohammad Suleman, New Age Islam
Dabbah: a Creature ' or ' a Beast
Mohammad Suleman, New Age Islam

After reading the above translations, an interesting question came to my mind, that every translator, chose different English words to explain the same Ayah, except the word Dabbah, which every one preferred to translate it almost the same meaning, either ' a Creature ' or ' a Beast '....

 
The Misrepresentation of the Quran through Mistranslation
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam
The Misrepresentation of the Quran through Mistranslation
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

The major source of mistranslation of the Quran is the mistranslation by every translator of the Quran of the word “Kafaru” as “disbeliever”. A disbeliever is understood as “those who are not followers of Prophet Muhammad” although even this meaning of disbeliever is incorrect. The Quran does not use the word Kafaru in the sense of “disbeliever” even in a single verse! As a matter of fact, the Quran makes it unmistakably clear that Kafaru means not a disbeliever but one of the following:...

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