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  • Hats Off is out of his mind. Is there any ambiguity at all?.... 
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  • A bunch of hardcore christian theologians says Hats Off! He is not only in denial but resorting to a blatant lie. I repeat that ....
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  • “Why is the Sufi counter-narrative not effective enough to make a difference?” Sufi theologians need to do hard work. They must speak with one voice. The ...
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  • Hadith tales, whether they be about Taif or Ghazwa-e-Hind, do not deserve our time...
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  • If Islam has survived on sword and war then tell me how this Islam has spread In India. Just by Saint of Allah Khawaja Gareeb ...
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  • @Bijay Choudhary Sir,the word terrorism has been unfortunately labelled to Muslims. Why doesn't the Indian media call the Maoists ....
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  • @amirr Sohail America fought in Korea in Vietnam for years then why Vietnamese and Koreans did not took to terrorism. No ....
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  • @Bijay Choudhary  Islamic terrorism is only 20 years old and Quran is about 1400 years old. Do you still think that the ....
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  • Islam has survived on the strength of sword and fire ,war and hatred which are enshrined in Quoran. Unless ....
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  • Yes, very right, have put it to it's real place'.
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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

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Jihadist Magazine ‘Azaan’ Calls For Western Muslims To Attack Their Own Homelands In Europe And America. Doesn’t This Violate All The Tenets Of Islam? Part II
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    To force fit with the foul intentions of mass destruction, he quotes the following verse: “And Allah grants respite to none when his appointed time comes and Allah is all-aware of what you do.” [63:11] Quoting this verse out of context, the Jihadi ideologue is more tantamount to say that the fixed time of death has come to the Western Muslims and they should die at least after doing some amount of help for their petty purpose of life; enslaving non-Wahhabi Sufi Muslims and non-Muslims for their threshold. Surely this is not to be true as long as the moderate mainstream Muslims are alive. They, and even a man of slightest intelligence, can easily perceive the huge juxtaposition between the Qur’anic verse and the opinion of Abu Salamah Al-Muhajir….

    Islamic Ideology

    ‘Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil’: A Comparative Study with ‘Freedom of Choice’ For Doing Good and Evil Rejects Every Notion of Coercion
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    ...the radical attempts of enjoining the good or forbidding the evil can never be legitimised in Islam. Similarly, all the killings of innocent lives, ethnic and sectarian violence sweeping across the world that are being done in the name of uprooting evil are forbidden (Haram) in Islam. After an in-depth study of the Qur’anic verses mentioned above, it is clear that enjoining good and forbidding evil is legitimate only without force, without any kind of injustice and without any violence.....

    ‘Bidding the Good and Forbidding the Evil’ (Amr Bil Ma‘Ruf Wa Nahi ‘Anil Munkar) By The Traditional Institution Of Religious Police Stands Un-Islamic Today

    The Beautiful Islamic Doctrine of Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil: How Wahhabi Ideologues Misused It to Turn Islam from a Spiritual Path to a Supremacist Political Ideology

    'Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil’ or Amr Bil Maaroof, Nahi Anil Munkir: Qur'an Exegetes and Hadith Interpreters Dispel Notions of Aggression and Violence That Wahhabis Associate with This Doctrine

     

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Jihadist Magazine Azaan’s Call for Western Muslims to Attack Their Own Homelands in Europe and America Violates All Tenets of Islam - Part -1
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    The write-ups in this magazine would make the impressionable Muslim youth feel as if they were born either to kill or be killed and that there is no better purpose to their life, if they are true Muslims. Thus it is detrimental to their faith as it gives legitimacy to killing all the infidels including non-combatant civilians. It is important to remember that the Jihadi-Wahhabi definition of infidel includes even non-Wahhabi Muslims whose able-bodied men have to be killed, old men and children enslaved and women turned into concubines to the Jihadis....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Mawlid al-Nabi that the Qura’n tells is bounty, mercy, favour, and grace of God and legitimate to be celebrated for its deserving reward
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Though the practice celebrated by God Almighty and the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) has been an apple of discord among Muslims in the last few decades, the mainstream Muslim intellectuals, Jurists (Fuqaha) and scholars over time have come to celebrate it as part of the mental and emotional furniture of Muslim community. The birthday commemoration of the prophet, particularly among the Sufi orders worldwide, is not a departure from the mainstream but a living testimony that the contemporary Muslims are still faithful to the Qur'anic injunction:

    “Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace”. [33: 56] 

    Islamic Ideology

    Reconciliation: A Qur'anic Message to Extremist Muslim Ideologues to Stop Provoking Wars and A Way to Restore Peace and Harmony
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    The holy Quran says to the Muslim Ummah:

    "So have Taqwa (fear and obedience) of Allah and reconcile the differences between yourselves."[Al-Qur'an 8:1]

    "Indeed the Believers are but brothers. Therefore reconcile the differences between your brothers, and fear Allah so that you may receive mercy." [Al-Qur'an 49:10]

    "When two parties of the Believers fight each other, then make reconciliation between them." [Al-Qur'an 49:9]

    “Most of their discussions do not contain any good, except of the one who enjoins charity or goodness or peace-making among people; whoever does that to seek the pleasure of Allah – We shall soon give him a great reward” (Surah Nisa: 114).....

    Islamic Ideology

    'Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil’ or Amr Bil Maaroof, Nahi Anil Munkir: Qur'an Exegetes and Hadith Interpreters Dispel Notions of Aggression and Violence That Wahhabis Associate with This Doctrine
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Enjoining people to do good and forbidding them from evil (Amr bil Maaroof, Nahi anil Munkir) is a doctrine mentioned in the Quran a few times. Wahhabism associates it with use of force, coercion and violence in society. The words ‘Amr’ and ‘Nahi’ have a variety of meanings but they are beyond every notion of aggression. .... In recent times, this doctrine has been misused to provide the pretext for allowing violence being inflicted on innocents in the name of establishing Islamic law (Sharia). The perpetrators of such crimes, the extremist Talibani-Wahhabi ideologues who the following exegetic analysis refers to, are themselves the evil doers who should be forbidden from their evil practices....

     

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    ‘Bidding the Good and Forbidding the Evil’ (Amr Bil Ma‘Ruf Wa Nahi ‘Anil Munkar) By The Traditional Institution Of Religious Police Stands Un-Islamic Today

    The Beautiful Islamic Doctrine of Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil: How Wahhabi Ideologues Misused It to Turn Islam from a Spiritual Path to a Supremacist Political Ideology

    Islamic Society

    Eid ul- Fitr A Festival of Brotherhood, Unity and Charity
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Eid is all about enjoying life to its fullest as well as spreading intimate love, unity and charity. It is an occasion filled with moments of sheer joy embedded in the life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Muslims should also take this opportunity to invite their non-Muslim neighbours, co-workers, classmates and business acquaintances to expose them to Islam and Muslim culture....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Belief in the Prophet’s Knowledge of the Unseen (Ilm-e-Ghaib) Does Not Render Muslims Non-Believers
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Wahhabi ideologues repeatedly call those who believe in this prophetic virtue as Kafir. They have spread the misleading interpretations of the Quran on the subject among Muslims.  Consequently this has caused a serious schism in the community and it has turned into a major cause of conflict between two sections of the Muslims. Therefore, there is a need to sincerely resolve this important issue related to the prophet’s knowledge of the unseen according to the Quran and Hadith.  ...   

    Islam and Politics

    Refuting Talibani Fatwa on Islam And Democracy: Are They Incompatible With Each Other?
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Ahamad Moussalli, the professor of political science at American University of Beirut, argues that despotic Islamic governments have run against the Qur'anic concepts for their own political and personal ends: "For instance, Shura, a doctrine that demands the participation of society in dealing with the affairs of its government, became in reality a doctrine that was manipulated by political and religious elites to secure their economic, social and political interests at the expense of other segments of society," (In Progressive Muslims 2003).....

    Islamic Personalities

    The Prophet Muhammad (saw), A Great Humanitarian
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    The Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was one of the greatest humanitarians that ever walked on the earth. In fact he must be called the saviour of humanity. George Bernard Shaw insists that “if a man like Muhammad were to assume dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness.”[The Genuine Islam] Similarly, a great historian, Lamartine argues that “as regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”[Histoire de la Turquie] According to Michael H Hart, he leads the list of the Most Influential Persons in History’ (The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History’)

    Islamic Ideology
    Role of Prophets in Eradicating Violence
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Role of Prophets in Eradicating Violence
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Humankind on the whole is engaged in war.  At one count or another. What motivates the people who are waging this war and how can it come to an end? Is there any possibility of bringing all humanity together and end this war? The answer is, yes, indeed. To end war humanity will need to resolve root issues like injustice, exploitation of the weak and all sorts of supremacism that the mankind is suffering from and, in my view; Islam has the panacea for all these maladies....

    Islam and Pluralism

    Pluralistic Dimensions Of Islamic Ideologies
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam
    The reality is that Islam gave absolute respect and prestige to non-Muslims. Despite that if someone opposes to it in the opinion and belief, Muslims must have patience with the saying of Allah “for you your religion and for me my religion” ( Kafiroon 6). Also Allah says “To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way, if God had so willed, he would have made you a single people, but (his plan is) to test you in what he hath given you” (Maidah 48).

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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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