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    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    A regular NewAgeIslam.com columnist, Ghulam Ghaus is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background. He completed the classical Islamic sciences from a Delhi-based Sufi Islamic seminary Jamia Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Zakir Nagar, New Delhi with specialization in Tafseer, Hadith and Arabic.


    Please read below the articles written by him for NewAgeIslam.com

     
    Islam and Sectarianism

    Rights of Non-Muslims Living In Minority – Part 2 – Protection of Their Lives
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    But in fact the above referenced Quranic verses and Ahadith deal with the war-related rulings and situations related to self-defence. However this self-defence cannot be claimed at individual level or by a group of individuals. The idea of self-defence is applicable to the situation, when it turns to be too destructive to be controlled and when there is no option left except for fighting in defence. As obviously the fight for defence is the right of every country, so it is not wrong to say that the Muslim governments are allowed to defend their land, property, life etc. But it is completely wrong to derive the meaning from these verses and Ahadith in justification for fighting against those non-Muslims who have agreed to live peacefully in minority or majority....

    Islamic Personalities

    Glimpses from the Life of Ghaus-e-Azam Abdul Qadir Mohiyuddin Jilani - the Head of All Sufi Masters
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    In later days when someone asked Sarkar Ghaus-e-Azam what brought him to his high spiritual level, he replied, “The truthfulness which I promised to my mother”.  Sarkar Ghaus-e-Azam was the authority, the imam, in religious matters, theology and law, and the leader of the Shafi’i and Hanbali groups of Islamic Jurisprudence. All the Sufi Masters and common people of his time profited from him. His prayers were immediately accepted. Through the authentic chains of narrations we come to know that he performed many miracles. He devoted his entire life to remembrance of Allah, meditating, thinking, taking and giving lessons…..

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Rights of Non-Muslims Living In Minority – Part 1 – Freedom of Religion
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Hence they should not be forced to accept Islam, as forced belief will not benefit them. The forced-conversion will be tantamount to denying the Islamic right of religious freedom given to non-Muslims. With that I also do not deny this fact that the right to preaching has been given to the righteous Muslims. However the point to be noted here is that the Quran lays down guidelines for them when preaching Islam, as Allah Almighty says, “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best…” (16:125). It exhorts the preachers to use well-mannered advice and sound reasoning, rather than radical or physical aggression....

    Islamic Ideology

    The Divine Gnosis and the Words of Great Sufis - Concluding Part
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The first stage is Shariat where a believer studies the Quran and Sunnah and if he takes the right message out of his study, he can then be described as one travelling on the path known as Tariqat. Similarly Tariqat takes the Salik (traveller on the path of Sufism) to the Haqiqat and then to the fourth that is Marifat (gnosis). When a believer attains perfection in all these four stages, it is said he has become a Sufi or Wali (saint) and thereby acquiring the blessing of Allah Almighty.

    It is intelligible now that the relation between Shariat and Tariqat is as deeper as between the body and the spirit. The believers attain perfection by comprehending both Shariat and Haqiqat and act according to them. This is the essential education to which the Sufi saints and Friends of Allah [Auliya] guide.

    Related Article:

    The Interrelationship between Shariat, Tariqat and Haqiqat

    Islamic Ideology

    The Divine Gnosis (Marifa’) and the Words of Great Sufis - Part-1
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Succinctly defining ‘gnosis, the Sufi master Abul Qasim al-Qushayri said, “As per the Islamic scholars (Ulema), ‘gnosis’ (Ma’rifa) means knowledge (‘Ilm). Hence all knowledge is gnosis and all gnosis is knowledge. Every person who is cognizant of Allah (‘Arif) is a knower (‘Alim). However, according to the Sufi Masters, ‘Ma’rifa is the attribute of the person who is cognizant of Allah Almighty, His names and attributes. It is he who then puts his trust in Allah Almighty in his everyday behaviour and gets rid of his bad morals and transgressions. He then proceeds to reside at the door [of Allah’s mercy] with his heart striving constantly for the nearness of Allah, whereby he becomes beloved of Allah Almighty and trusts Him in everything he experiences in his entire life....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Had The Hadith Already Asked Muslims 1400 Years Ago Not To Join ISIS?
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    An honest study of the holy Quran and Sunnah demonstrates the fact that terrorist groups like ISIS act in complete disagreement with the injunctions of Islam. The Quran, for example, equates killing of one person to the elimination of all mankind (5:32), and describes persecution and disorder on earth as an even worse offense (2:217). The study of the ahadith [plural of hadith in Arabic] also shows that the beloved Prophet warned us of the evolution of religious extremism and violence 1400 years ago in astonishing detail. For instance, he prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of the true spiritual essence of Islam except the word ‘Islam’, nothing of the Quran except its word and many “Mosques would be well-furnished but bereft of the guidance” (see the book of hadith “Mishkat Al-Masabih”). 

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Sixteen Quranic Verses That Counter Violent-Extremism and Terrorism
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The rulings of classical Islamic Sharia are based on four main sources; the Quran, the Sunnah, Ijma (Consensus) and Qiyas (analogy).All the last three sources of Islamic rulings must be in essential accord with the holy Quran, the most basic source of Islamic knowledge. When the holy Quran itself does not talk directly, or in details about any certain matter, only then do the classical Islamic scholars turn to alternative sources of Islamic rulings. In my classical Islamic studies, I reach a conclusion that all these sources of Islamic rulings reject violent extremism and injustice; however in this article, I am quoting only the Quranic verses for this purpose. The number of such verses has reached sixteen.….

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Repentance of Sins– the first Station of Islamic Mysticism
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Repentance [Tauba] in Islamic mysticism is regarded as the first station of travellers on the way to the Truth, just as purification [Taharat] is the first step of those who desire to serve Allah Almighty. This is tantamount to a piece of land needed for laying foundations; so the person who has no piece of land cannot lay foundations for a building. Similarly, the person, who has not repented of his sins and asked forgiveness of Allah, can never march even a single step towards Islamic mysticism.....

     
    Islamic Ideology

    The Terrorist Acts of ISIS Are Categorically Forbidden—Evidences from the Quran and Hadith
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    There is not an iota of doubt that the crimes of ISIS — beheading, killing of innocent people including Muslims and non-Muslims, bombing public places, suicide attacks or disfiguring the dead bodies—all are categorically forbidden and anti-Islamic acts. Compare such acts of ISIS to the following Quranic verses and a number of Ahadith and it will be clear ISIS does not represent the true form of Islam. ….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Refuting ISIS’ Magazine ‘Rumiyah’ That Ignores the Context of Quran's Verses To Forcefully Justify its Atrocities
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    In order to justify their terror attacks, they repeatedly quote the verse 9:14 “Fight them and Allah will punish them through your hands”. Again in the article titled “The Ruling On the Belligerent Christians” (Rumiyah: 9th issue, page 10),they have referred to the same verse out of context in order to kill all those who do not belong to their ideology which is commonly called Wahhabism or Salafism.   Before proceeding further into refuting ISIS, it must be noted that the US and some of its Arab allies are trying to eradicate the terrorist outfit ISIS from the face of the earth....

    Islamic Personalities
    The Beloved Prophet in the Words of Non-Muslims
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The Beloved Prophet in the Words of Non-Muslims
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    “Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) spread awareness concerning character and manner towards one’s parents, relatives, friends, family, humanity, animals, plants and other inanimate objects in a full fledge manner. It is impossible for the human mind alone to grasp all of that teaching or to come up with similar ideologies and ideas”....

    Islamic Ideology

    The Interrelationship between Shariat, Tariqat and Haqiqat
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The interrelationship of Shariat, Tariqat and Haqiqat can be well understood in the following way. Shariat is the law for living made by Allah Almighty and guided by the Sunnah of the prophet peace be upon him. Tariqat is the path to realization also guided by the Sunnah; this path discloses the true meaning or interpretation of Shariat and leads to Haqiqat of everything. Haqiqat is the process of realization achieved only by those who walk on the path of Tariqat with holding Shariat tightly and next to this is the Marifat that is the actual realization of Allah Almighty....

    Islamic Personalities
    The Prophet Muhammad as Mercy Personified
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The Prophet Muhammad as Mercy Personified
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be their model to emulate. The Prophet’s model behaviour included model justice and forgiveness, which is demonstrated in the fact that he never took revenge on anyone on his own behalf but forgave even his staunch enemies. Consequently, this ideal attribute of the Prophet softened many hard-hearted men, playing a pivotal role in attracting the pagans towards willingly embracing Islam and Muslims....

    Islamic Ideology

    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....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Treatment of Enemies in Islam, Christianity and Judaism—A Common Tendency towards Repelling Enmity
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    A good human being is identified as kind even towards his enemies. He does not deprive them of the rights that they deserve as his human counterparts. On A good human being is identified as kind even towards his enemies. He does not deprive them of the rights that they deserve as his human counterparts. He does not punish his enemies any more than would be just, but if possible tries to forgive them. Such was the blessed attribute that the holy prophets of Allah Almighty –including Sheath, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the final messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them)— brought to the world so as to encourage forgiveness, good treatment and justice towards the entire humanity. .....

    Islamic Ideology

    Justice in Islam—a Compulsory Obligation Universally and Categorically Imposed Upon Muslims— Towards Friends and Foes Alike?
    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...

    Islamic Ideology

    Suicide Attacks By ISIS or Any Other Muslim Militants Are Brazenly Un-Islamic and Categorically Forbidden [Haram] Under All Circumstances: Evidence from the Quran and Hadith
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Islam never justified suicide attacks for any reason, not even in any special circumstances, like a tactic of war. However, ISIS militants are practicing it indiscriminately. Though they forcibly try to justify it under their Wahhabi pretext as a war tactic, this act is strictly and categorically forbidden [haram] in Islam. The suicide bombers or attackers are the openly disobedient of Allah Almighty. According to numerous hadiths, they will reside in the Hell forever...

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Eid-ul- Fitr — Occasion of Building Social Brotherhood, Peace, Love, Unity and Doing Charity
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    It is celebrated to fulfil the prime objectives of Islamic festivity. It symbolizes unity and brotherhood and inspires all to work towards building a peaceful and prosperous society. Eid is the occasion to bury enmity and hatred, reunite with family and friends and reaffirm the social bonds. It is the festival when Muslims invite people from other communities to the feasts arranged at homes....

     
    Islam and Spiritualism

    Virtues of Sha’ban and the Night of Salvation (Shab-e-Baraa’t)
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
    Sha’ban is considered one of the most sacred Islamic months. The virtues of this month, especially the night of mid-Sha’ban known as Laylatul Baraa’ah or Shabe Baraa’ah, are mentioned in Hadith and Sunnah. It is reported that the prophet (peace be upon him) said:  "Sha'ban is my month, Rajab is the month of Allah Almighty and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah [Community].  Sha'ban is the expiator, while Ramadan is the purifier.”

    Books and Documents

    Unmasking Ideological Origins of ISIS; Refutation of Its Deviant Theology Alone Can Defeat This Evil

    The mistake the world is doing in fighting against ISIS is its sole reliance on the use of military power only. This approach of confrontation as we have seen has failed. At the same time it should also be noted that little effort to fight against the deviant ideas of ISIS is not sufficient.  We ought to affirm here that the world must fight, refute and reject the deviant thoughts and misguided ideas of ISIS, adopting the sound and true tenets and realistic features of Islam....

    Books and Documents
    ISIS: The Knife That Slaughters Islam And Muslims
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    ISIS: The Knife That Slaughters Islam And Muslims

    The book poses a question: can ISIS outfit establish a state? It then answers that any organization that adopts the ideology of Takfeer and suicide bombing can never establish a state, as the Kharijites could not get success at establishing any state, despite having huge armies. Similarly, never can this Takfeeri outfit establish a state, because it has only the potential of bombing and destroying countries and not establishing any state. The ideology of ISIS is hostile towards all the people and legitimizes shedding their blood....

    Islamic Ideology

    ISIS, Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Other Islamist Terrorists are Kharijites? An Analysis of 40 Major Characteristics of Kharijites
    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.....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Muslims Should Hold Fast To Prophet Muhammad's Exhortation: ‘Do Not Revert To Disbelief After Me By Striking The Neck Of One Another’
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Literally it prevents Muslims from becoming disbelievers (Kuffar) and legitimizing the killing of Muslims. Metaphorically this hadith prevents Muslims from becoming like Kuffar in killing Muslims. The reason is that in the era of the prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), it was the sign of the Kuffar to kill Muslims or legitimize the killing of Muslims.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Radical ‘Salafi’ Ideology Of Zarqawi That Created ‘ISIS’: Muslims Must Reclaim Real, Spiritual Islam And Eliminate Radicalism
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    One major obstacle is that many Muslims deny terrorism's links with ‘Salafism.’ They claim all that is happening is a result of American or Western conspiracy. Such people are hell-bent on creating enmity between America or the West and Muslims. They state that the US launched Osama bin Laden and Zarqawi. True or untrue, this will not resolve the issue. Both bin Laden and Zarqawi are no longer alive, but their Salafist strategies are still alive and serving their purpose. Most scholars around the world say the effective weapons through which ‘ISIS’ recruits naive Muslims are the violent Salafist narratives. They call all Muslims to unite and reclaim real Islam from ‘Salafism’.

    Islamic Society

    The Stark Problem of Family Violence: How Does Islam Resolve It?
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    A family can never achieve progress unless all its members are non-violent, tolerant, benevolent, loving, caring and peaceful towards one another. Therefore, the husband and the wife, the parents and the children, the neighbours and the relatives- all should remember this Islamic suggestion for a successful life in the world and a great many rewards in the hereafter. Though, the problem of family violence is not confined to Muslims alone and though Islam forbids family violence, they should never forget that the problem is not only destroying their family life but also defaming the Identity of Muslims and Islam together.....

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