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Unquestionably, today's Ulema and Islamic theologians find themselves incapable to provide incisive guidance in modern societies, because their medieval interpretations of the Islamic theology are patently out of date. Without understanding how history changes society and persons, how can the Ulema be the thought leaders in their community?....

Extra Marital Affairs: A New Age Reality
Mushtaq ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam
Extra Marital Affairs: A New Age Reality
Mushtaq ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

The more we try to deny the reality of extra marital affairs, the more its vicissitudes are going to haunt us. Love if not present in the marriage will be sought after, outside its ambit despite the challenge of the society to call it illegal, immoral or licentious. Love, care, respect are the founding blocks of any relationship and for marriage if one of these is missing the relationship drags on without being a source of solace for both parties. The boundaries of caste, colour, religion, region and status need to be cut loose and love needs to be made a priority while consummating a marriage. ....

The ‘Political Islam’ movement spearheaded by Maududi and people like Syed Qutb has culminated in the form of the barbaric ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria. However, the grand ambitions harboured by Islamists like Mr Qazi appear to be unaffected even after this epic failure of the movement. Brookings Institution, by giving a platform to Islamists, is invariably amplifying a vocal minority among Muslims....

Another Hadith that is narrated to us is one day someone came to Prophet Muhammed and said, “I want to perform Jihad in the way of Allah.” The Prophet asked, “Is your mother alive?” He replied, “Yes.” The Holy Prophet then said: “Cling to her feet, because Paradise is there.” So I’ve used the big scary word “Jihad” and mother in the same sentence and guess what – Mother trumps Jihad. How? Well there are two types of Jihad, the lesser outer jihad is the physical act of war but only in terms of self defence  and the greater inner jihad is a personal struggle of self-improvement against the self’s base desires....

 

Islam, as a religion, does not believe in distinction on the basis of class, creed, caste, economic status, region, language and background. These criteria are immaterial for God to judge a person. In Islam, Taqwa (piety) and fear of God are two factors that determine the status of a Muslim before Allah. Islam, if we would trace its recent roots, was successful in establishing an egalitarian society in Saudi Arabia....

 
Reforming Islamic Seminaries
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
Reforming Islamic Seminaries
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

However, divorced from their environment and ignorant of contemporary issues, the madrasa graduates are hardly able to interpret Islam in a manner that would make sense to those who remained behind to pursue secular learning.  The ones who confine their pursuit to the memorization of the Qur’an do not really have any claim to religious leadership. They are nevertheless embraced as part of the Ulema fraternity. It is hard to imagine that several years spent memorizing a book without any understanding of its contents can catapult one into socio-religious leadership....

 

Sha’ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions in the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). It is reported in the authentic Ahadith that Holy Prophet (PBUH), used to fast most of the month in Shaban. These fasts were not obligatory on him but Shaban is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramazan. Therefore, some preparatory measures are suggested by Holy Prophet (PBUH)....

 

“Our plight is that the socio-political atmosphere of the country has no space for discussion on blasphemy laws. The judges know what is happening outside as non-state actors show their strength on the roads demanding death for Bibi,”...

 

Persian mystic Mansoor-Al-Hallaj was excoriated in the 10th century for his Upanishadic proclamation: ‘An-al-Haq’ – similar to the Sanskrit ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ (I am God/ the Absolute / Infinite Reality). Even Jalaluddin Rumi unwittingly invited the ire of fundamentalists of his time and his putative master Attar was called a 'Zahmeen' (Persian for a rabid atheist and enemy of God)! 'All are in my embrace /Regardless of country, religion and race' said Hafiz Shirazi nearly a millennium ago. Sufism doesn't prescribe a fixed pattern of worship.....

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The killing of Taseer and Bhatti explains the reluctance of politicians to tackle the issue. It is risky even to call for the harsher punishment of people who make false blasphemy allegations. Preserving the laws as they stand has become a key issue for the leaders of the Barelvi community, otherwise moderate believers who follow a Sufi-inspired form of Islam.....

Silence or Death: No Third Option
Yasser Latif Hamdani
Silence or Death: No Third Option
Yasser Latif Hamdani

One such issue, staring us in the face, is the growing blood lust of the mob in the country. By the mob, one does not mean the mafia or organised crime. The mob is all of us, the entire Pakistani nation, together; out to lynch anyone it feels has fallen out of line with the mainstream’s idea of a good Pakistani....

Patience and Forgiveness in the Quran
Maria Khan, New Age Islam
Patience and Forgiveness in the Quran
Maria Khan, New Age Islam

This annual month of spiritual training is designed to develop, among other things, the quality of patience. The nature of the world is such that it necessarily requires an individual to cultivate patience. For one inevitably faces instances of loss, unpleasant experiences from others, disadvantages of various kinds, and so on. Enduring these situations with fortitude is what builds strong character, one that can go through life without succumbing to hardships or turning negative….

Just as our material body is in constant need of food for its sustenance, our spiritual soul (or rooh) is also in perpetual need for its nourishment. And while the food for our bodies is derived from the earth, the nutrition for our souls is obtained from the Word of Allah, the Holy Quran itself....

 
UP CM Seeks To 'Modernise' Madrasas: Madrasa Education Reform Is a Key Issue For Indian Muslims
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
UP CM Seeks To 'Modernise' Madrasas: Madrasa Education Reform Is a Key Issue For Indian Muslims
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Clearly, this would be typically seen by the 'conspiracy theorists' among Muslims as an 'onslaught' of the 'Hindutva nationalists' on the madrasa education system. Nevertheless, unlike the previous governments which loudly announced the 'reform movements' in the UP madrasa, Yogi Adityanath's government is gearing up for a major overhaul in the age-old madrasa education system. Apart from the new vocational courses which are highly required in the educational curricula of the UP Madrasas, tech-based education programmes and professional skill development will also be included in the new educational curriculum....

A Revolutionary Enterprise for Rejuvenating Indian Madrasas
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
A Revolutionary Enterprise for Rejuvenating Indian Madrasas
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

The early Muslims made no distinction between the religious and the secular – this was a concept introduced by the British during colonial rule. Muslim scholars  distinguished between the ‘transmitted’ and ‘rational’ sciences, the former corresponding to Qur’anic commentary, the science of Hadith, and Fiqh, while the latter referred to disciplines such as Arabic grammar, poetry, philosophy, medicine, and the like. Both types of knowledge were valued and taught at the madrasa and were a source of upward mobility, prestige, and employment. Before Mulla Nizam Uddin standardized the curriculum known as the Dars-i-Nizami…

What is 'Progressive' Muslim Thought?
Dr. Adis Duderija
What is 'Progressive' Muslim Thought?
Dr. Adis Duderija

Quran and Sunna were progressive in approaching ethical and legal issues of that time by having a more ethical vision beyond what was considered as status quo and customary (Ma’ruf/ 'Urf) ! Progressive Islam wants to stay true to this vision. Ethical values like justice and fairness do not remain frozen in time. They, as collective human experience testifies, in principle are subject to change as God's creative powers have a direct bearing on our own collective reason and our collective ethico-moral compass.....

Scientific and Qur’anic Concept of Death
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam
Scientific and Qur’anic Concept of Death
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

Death is not a journey towards an unknown destination.  From religious point of view death is the starting point of a journey predestined and pre-planned by Allah (swt) for traversing eternal life-cycle of mankind from the life on earth to Hereafter. The Journey – its Route and Destination have been clearly chalked out in the Holy Quran and pin-pointed by the Holy Prophet (PBU) thousand and one times. So there is no scope for a Muslim to deny it. It’s a journey from Finite to Infinite and from mixed domain in worldly life to the spiritual domain of Here-after....

Wahhabism became an attractive alternative to the mystic ideology of Sufi Islam. It all of a sudden seemed too complicated for the people. Wahhabism became especially appealing to the militarized youth, who were seeking out their personal identities and place in the national movement....

 

Terms like myth, value, morality, religion, faith, atheism etc. suffer from certain imprecision in modern treatment. One might read Glossary of Terms used by Frithjof Schuon for more precise and traditionally grounded treatment. However, Khawja is more lucid for most of modern educated people. One can only thank him for formulating these theses. He is bound to receive more attention if Muslims are to more creatively engage with modernity....

But when the new era verges, nothing but a change in Prophethood can usher it in and match the unprecedented capaciousness of its mind. So it is the mission of Abraham to reintroduce monotheism in the globalizing world—and this time for good. For the world will never after return to a state vacant of monotheism....

 

The fact that these bloody stories are mostly coming from Muslim countries and that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are made up of Muslims gives me huge pain. While thinking over them, the basic question should be this: Why can’t Muslims solve their own issues? Is it because of the crusade alliance or imperialism?   But it was the Muslims themselves who removed “philosophy” lessons from the madrasa. ...

 

Today we cannot see any sign of Makkah’s history. As a result we have to tell our children that a battle had been fought at the place of this mall or an important incident had taken place during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) below that flyover or a companion of the Prophet fell martyr fighting the infidels near this tower or a group of Muslims took oath of allegiance near this hotel.....

 

Not to mention that Islam as a civilization has always been characterized by multiculturalism, rather than by nativism. A fact that is true even for pathological groups such as the Islamic State (IS) movement. One thing we all know well is how easy such nativist claims can be turned into legitimacy for violence, and that within multicultural and multireligious Indonesia, none of us reserve the right to present our respective identities as “the true Indonesia.”...

 

This call for moderation and communal harmony was enough for Alimi and his backers to seek to grab the seat of the Sajjadanashin, which by the rights established by tradition would go to son Naseeruddin Chisti after the passing away of Sayid Zainul Abedin. The contest that is taking place at the Ajmer dargah is of relevance to the whole of India, for the substitution of the present Sajjadanashin by an individual who does not share his peace-loving values would mark a grievous defeat for modern and moderate Muslims across India, indeed across the world....

 


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