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  • I agree with Arshad ji's observations. We need to nurture tolerance and harmony. Education can go a long way in this journey. '
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  • To Abdullah. Rather than condemning what Muslim did in Ghodhra you are trying to creat Consperisay theory....
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  • Pakistani authorities need to take a comprehensive approach to shutting down all Islamist militant groups that operate from Pakistani territory, not just those that ...
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  • Neither Dhamal nor religious syncretism mean anything to fanatics who would kill worshippers at a shrine......
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  • Hats Off, Wild and unsupported speculations cannot be called analysis. Accusing me of supporting the felicitation....
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  • Arshad Sb: The Muslims are not the problems, these extremists whose ideology is against the spirit of Islam, are the problems. All the Muslims in ...
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  • There are some learned souls, refuting the radical narrative. Please view this clip....
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  • many facebook posts and twitter feeds also condemn dhamal. not just the ISIS. to keep a balance, they also condemned the blast with "yes-but" syllogism. ....
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  • there is much wisdom in what arshad says'
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  • If  mere ' BEEF"  is such a sensitive issue, perhaps the beef-eating citizens  could be persuaded to stop the practice in the interest of HARMONY. ....
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  • if  >100 have been killed { as a reprisal } without any process of the law ,   will this not trigger further  acts of inter-muslim ...
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  • Indee the Prophet is mercy personified but radical groups from among wahhabis are in a bid to remove what you Muslims think about your beloved ...
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  • You are a Muslim. then according to you, you are also a problem, but to me you are more than a problem. you are against ...
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  • the source of information about mahmud ghaznawi is wrong. Radical Hindu groups are presenting wrong information ...
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  • obviously you have to grow up quite a lot. every event is generally analysed on the basis of tracing its beneficiaries...
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  • False and fanciful claims of scientific advances make people look foolish. Two years ago, when the Indian Science Congress.....
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  • Hats Off, I would expect such wild and unsupported speculations only from someone with an axe to grind.
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  • Aayina: I do not read the comments of Hats off type fake people as replying to them is promoting them, silence will frustrate them or ...
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  • Aayina: You should take some lessons from Ghazni, Ghori, of today The Sanghis and Bhajpayees...
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  • Petty Muslim never acknlowelge others contribution with it origin of  names just put it on their names, look at now westerners what they are doing ...
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  • A true commentators like Abdulla should than explain why Mouhmmad Gazani was looting, what muslimism this Kings were showing when they were keeping Harem, he ...
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  • Aayina,  The world today is governed by International Law to which all countries are signatories. Territorial acquisitions through war and conquests are no longer legal. ...
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  • it looks like the blasts in last couple of days in pakistan are coming at a very convenient time as far as MNS is concerned.....
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  • The fake commentators like Hats off and Aayina are intentionally just diluting the historical facts as a theological plan of RSS and SHANGHIS to conceal the real ...
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  • No reputable scholar or historian has accused any civilization of plagiarism. A child learns from its environment and a child of today is very much different ...
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  • It is a very sad state of affairs. Sharif is not honest when he said “The past few days have been very hard and my ...
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  • Can Nasser Ahmed explain when Muslim gains by sword it political, reason of those kings or badshah in history, and when Muslim get oppressed   ...
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  • EarlynMuslim showed remarkable plagrisim and every bit of knowledge became either Muslim scientist knowledge or Islamic Sceince.....
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  • Hats Off, Muslim historians exaggerated the exploits of their masters to curry favor with...
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  • What a beautiful faith of peace.'
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  • Good to know about Musawah and its excellent work. Thanks!
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  • Savage animals are far better than ISIS and the Talibanis.
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  • The concept of balance or mezan is beyond those who lack balance and veer to the extreme. The phenomena behind physical events are either understood in ...
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  • The early Muslims showed remarkable open-mindedness to every source of knowledge and were quick learners who assimilated the existing knowledge and expanded on it.....
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  • As far as the scriptures are concerned, kafir does not mean non-Muslim. The consequences in this world and the Hereafter are only for the kafaru ...
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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

     
    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.....

    Islamic Ideology

    The Self-Proclaimed ‘Caliphate’ of Daesh or ‘ISIS’: A Gross Distortion of the Rightly Guided Caliphate and Thus a Neo-Kharijite Organization
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The fact that the biggest terrorists in the era of the rightly guided caliphate were the Kharijites who used Islamic titles, appearances and killed the rightly guided caliphs and Muslims, is also that these neo-Kharijite members of Daesh using Islamic titles, appearances are killing Muslims and non-Muslims living under the treaty of peace like environment. These neo-Kharijites have shattered the true image of Islam, committed heinous crimes against teachings of Islam and distorted the historical fact of the rightly guided caliphate. Therefore, not only a few but we all Muslims must step further ahead to courageously say that the self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’ of Daesh is a neo-Kharijite organization which has no relation with Islam....

    Islamic Ideology

    'Kill Them Wherever You Find Them (2:191)': What Quran Actually Means By This Command?
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The main clause of the sentence "kill the polytheists" is singled out by some Western scholars to represent the Islamic attitude to war; even some Muslims take this view and allege that this verse abrogated other verses on war. This is pure fantasy, isolating and de-contextualising a small part of a sentence. The full picture is given in 9:1-15, which gives many reasons for the order to fight the polytheists. They continuously broke their agreements and aided others against the Muslims, they started hostilities against the Muslims, barred others from becoming Muslims, “expelled” Muslims from the Holy Mosque and even from their own homes.....

    Islamic Ideology

    Islam and Takfirism: Ideological Basis for Peace, Non-Violence, Tolerance and Human Rights in the Writings of Imam Ahmed Raza
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Having read the above excerpts and other books of Ala Hazrat, I do not find that Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza was hasty in declaring a person Kaafir. He had a genuine theological and rational ground in matters of Kufr. He refuted those Takfiri ideologues who allowed killing Sufi-Sunni Muslims in Arab world or elsewhere and those who misinterpreted the Quran and Hadith. But it is sad that some Indian ulema blindly declare him takfiri.

    Islamic Ideology

    Forbiddance of Suicide Attacks and Forbiddance of Paradise for Suicide Attackers in Islam
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Suicide terrorism has acquired great popularity in Islamist terrorist circles during the last quarter century. Islam never justified suicide for any reason. However, several contemporary Islamist terror outfits are practicing it indiscriminately. Though they justify it under some pretext, it is a tool for an odious form of defamation of Islam. This act is strictly and repeatedly forbidden in Islam. Its perpetrators are the openly disobedient of Allah Almighty. According to numerous Hadith, they will remain in the Hell forever….

    Islamic Ideology

    Refutation of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article ‘Islamic State Beheads, Mutilates, As the Quran Instructs’ - Part 3: Associating Terrorism With Islam Is Complete Distortion Of The Religion; Evidence from Qur’an
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    To say to Mr. Ibrahim, it is doubly distressing that he is blaming the entire community or the holy Qur’an for the actions of a crazy few. From a theological and moral point of view it is completely unfair to put the entire community in the dock. Undoubtedly, some evil-natured people make flawed interpretations of Islam. However it does not behove any good man to blame the Qur’an or all the real Muslims for the heinous actions of terrorist groups.......

    Islamic Ideology

    Refutation of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article Entitled ‘Islamic State Beheads, Mutilates, As the Quran Instructs’ - Part 2: The Dreadful Story of Abu Jahl’s Torture of Early Muslims
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    To prove his unwarranted point that “Islamic State beheads, mutilates as the Quran instructs”, Mr. Raymond Ibrahim mentioned the incident of ‘Amr bin Hisham, slaughtering a pagan Arab chieftain known as “Abu Jahl”. He forgets that Abu Jahl regularly persecuted, brutalised and tortured in every possible way the Muslims including women, elderly persons, orphans and the young in the early period of Islam. Before showing sympathy for the then chief terrorist, Mr. Ibrahim should have looked at the violent initiatives of Abu Jahl right from the early days of Islam......

    Islamic Ideology

    Refutation Of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article Entitled ‘Islamic State Beheads, Mutilates, As The Quran Instructs’ - Part 1: Don't Ignore The Context Of Quran's Verses Or The Asbab Al-Nuzul
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The significance of the context to understand the Qur’an and Hadith can and should be seen in the principles of Islamic jurisprudence and exegesis. In accordance with the methodology established by the Qur’an and Hadith, it is strictly prohibited to cherry-pick an extract from the Qur’an without understanding it within its full context. Allah Almighty says: “Do you believe in some parts of the Book and deny some others? So he who does so from amongst you, what can be his punishment but disgrace (and humiliation) in the worldly life? And (also) on the Day of Resurrection, (such people) will be returned to the most ruthless torment. And Allah is not unaware of your deeds” (2:85)....

    Islamic Society

    Muslims Of Okhla In Delhi Acted With Restraint: A Good Ideal For The Rest To Avoid Communal Clashes And Exercise Islamic Teachings Of Peaceful Coexistence
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Three consecutive attempts to spark communal riots in Delhi have largely hurt the peaceful citizens among both Muslim and Hindu communities. After the rioting in Trilokpuri, the peaceful environment of Delhi as a whole was in danger. But thanks to the Delhi police, Aman (peace) committees were set up to thwart further conspiracies of the rioters. The attempts made by a 20-member Aman committee with 10 Muslims and 10 Hindus to rebuild broken ties in Trilokpuri coincided with simmering tension in another area of Delhi in Bawana. This was followed by a heart-wrenching incident in a mosque of Okhla in which a dead pig was surreptitiously put to stir communal violence. But Muslims acted with restraint, behaving as tolerant devotees of Islam and maintaining the ideal of retaining a peaceful environment of co-existence.....

    Islamic Ideology

    Violent Takfirism Greatly Violates Islam: Refutation Of Talibani Magazine Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad’s Article Titled “Kufr And Apostasy United Against Islamic Mujahedeen” Part 2
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Taliban ideologue Kaashif Ali Alkheri labelled majority Muslims of Pakistan with Kufr and apostasy. Posing a severe threat to do more future attacks on mainstream/Sufi-minded Muslims of Pakistan whom the Taliban ideologue thinks are a “group of polytheists” and thus Taliban so-called “Jihad” is to kill these Sufi-minded Muslims.....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    I’tekaaf (Sitting in Seclusion in the Mosque): A Way to Enhance Intimacy with Allah Almighty, Spiritual Growth, Introspection and Reformation
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    The greater goal of I’tekaaf is to attain hearts’ rectitude through directing its love solely towards Allah Almighty, his holy prophets and their obedience. It aims to free people from their preoccupation with anxieties and evil desires circulating around the world. During I’tekaaf, one should think of how to attain pleasure of Allah Almighty and what will cause nearness to Him. I’tekaaf is intended for devoting to Ibadah (prayers) that includes performing Nawafil prayers, Invocations, reciting the holy Qur’an, understanding Ahadith, seeking self-introspection, and self-purification from evil acts. Mostly it is done to find out the ‘Night of Quadr’....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    ISIL Militants Killing Muslims in Iraq will Taste the Hellfire
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    The ongoing war in Iraq should not be called Sunni vs. Shiites. Almost all the terrorists are fond of attaching their names with Islamic terms like Islam, Jihad, Sharia, Sunni, while they have nothing to do with Islamic teachings like peace, harmony, co-existence, brotherhood, integrity, unity and love. Why is it that they want such titles? Some say they are doing so to disrepute Islam, others say they are being brought up by extremist westerners who have hate and prejudice against Islam so as to degrade the value of Islam, while others say they want to seize Iraq and establish their self-styled caliphate system. Whatever the reason may be, I will say they have no relation with the Qur’an, Ahadith, and rightly guided caliphs.....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (ra), or Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti  of Ajmer, an Epitome of Love, Countered All Kinds of Extremism
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    “Love all and hate none. Mere talk of peace will avail you naught. Mere talk of Allah and religion will not take you far. Bring out all of the latent powers of your being, and reveal the full magnificence of your immortal self. Be surcharged with peace and joy, and scatter them wherever you are and wherever you go. Be a blazing fire of truth, and be a soothing balm of peace.  With your spiritual light, dispel the darkness of ignorance; and spread goodwill, peace, and harmony among the people. Never seek any help, charity, or favours from anybody except Allah. Never go to the courts of kings, but never refuse to bless and help the needy and the poor, the widow, and the orphan, if they come to your door. To serve the people is your mission. Carry it out dutifully and courageously, so that I, as your Pir-o-Murshid, may not be ashamed of any shortcomings on your part before Allah almighty and our holy predecessors in the Sufi order....

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam
    If Islam Means Peace, Why Is Much Of Its Theology Soaked In Hatred, Humiliation, Offensive War?
    Sultan Shahin, New Age Islam

    Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.

     But there has to be a reason why jihadi ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to heaven?

     Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas, says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so, divine like God Himself.....

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