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  • Dear Naseer Saheb, I am trying to understand from you the claim made in this comment by Ghaus Saheb. He is asking me if I ...
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  • Editor, delete the previous comment. The corrected version: Shahin Sb, Verse 9:5 is not about fighting at all but about executing the guilty...
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  • CORRECTION: In my last post, instead of " God told Abraham", please read, "God told Moses
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  • The Quran cannot be read without the prism of our own internal sense of what is right and what is wrong. God gave us the ...
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  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus Saheb, you seem to be overreacting to what I wrote to Naseer Saheb. You told me something like that reading too much ...
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  • To Naseer sahib and Sultan Shahin sahib, I do not think myself a scholar. I am a student. I read both classical and modern presentation ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Sultan shahin sahib, in your comment you say to me, “However, Ghulam Ghaus Saheb says no verse in Quran asks kafirs to be killed, the order ...
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  • Mulims r always thinking backwards - similar examples can be given in Israel and Palestine conflict. Lot is misses....
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  • Dear Naseer Saheb, as I have said before, my heart is with you and I wish this to be established: " The Quran permits war ...
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  • Naseer sab's post is full of "I", "I", "I". His tafsir is in fact nothing but an ego trip. The fact that he has not ...
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  • Out of curiosity, I was just scanning through the various Tafsirs on Surah 98 Al-Bayyinah. Raza Ahmad Khan Barelvi....
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  • Mr. Sultan Shahin, You say to me, “Then you say Muslims follow Quran and will continue to follow Quran, no matter what. You ....
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  • Shahin sb, The context of verse 3:151 is the battle of Uhud. Casting terror into the hearts is relevant only for the enemy who stands ...
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  • Sultan Shahin sahib, You say to me, “Dear Ghulam Ghaus Saheb, You quote verses from Quran 7:37, 6:157, and 39:32 in an attempt to prove ...
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  • 1) I am surprised to see that Qunatity of the Muslims is presented as miracle. 2) A single word of Quran is not changed. Story behind this ...
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  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus Saheb, You quote verses from Quran 7:37, 6:157, and 39:32 in an attempt to prove that mushriks are kafir in Quranic terminology ...
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  • Dear Naseer Saheb, let me try and understand this better. Wherefrom do you get the idea of kafir being religious persecutor in the following example. ...
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  • हमें ही क़त्ल करते और हमें ही दहशत गर्द कहते है, बेगुनाह का क़त्ल कर क़ातिल खुद को मर्द कहते हैं...
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  • English Translation of the earlier quoted Arabic Excerpt from the Mutazilite Tafsir “Al-Kashaf” on the verse 98:1 "The kuffar had two groups, (1) the people ...
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  • In my comment yesterday, I said that to say “The Mushrikun are Kafirun” is an oxymoron and therefore, you will not find such a verse ...
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  • Dear Sultan Shahin sahib, If we study the Rumiya and Dabiq magazines of ISIS, we find their ideologues also use terms, “tawaghit” (plural of taghut, ...
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  • Shahin sb says : But the idea of extirpating shirk is always there. So much so that in some of the last verses to be ...
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    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    A regular NewAgeIslam.com columnist Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi is an Alim and Fazil (a classical Islamic scholar), having graduated from a leading Islamic seminary of India, Jamia Amjadia Rizvia (Mau, U.P.). He is now pursuing his PhD from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.


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

     
    Interfaith Dialogue

    Islam and Buddhism: Integrating the Thought Resources of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) and Gautam Buddha in Contemporary Peace Policies
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Just as eternal salvation (Nijat-e-Abadi) in Islam is well-embedded in the “Five Pillars of Faith”, the spiritual enlightenment in Buddhism is summed up in the “Four Noble Truths” Much like the earlier were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) starting from the cave of Hira until his demise in Madina, the latter were delivered by Gautam Buddha to five monks at Isipatana in Banaras....

    Islam and Politics

    Decoding The Meanings Of The Medieval Islamic Terminologies ‘Dar-ul-Harb’ And 'Darul Islam' Which Ansar Ghazwa-tul-Hind Has Flogged Off On The Babri Anniversary
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Scores of structures have already been pulled down in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mosques, mausoleums and other Islamic structures are being flattened by hordes of religious zealots in these ‘Islamic’ countries day in and day out. But one wonders why the self-styled Muslims’ defenders like Ansar Ghazwa-tul-Hind or other al-Qaida outfits wilfully ignore this wanton travesty of religion and history in the Pak-Afghan region. Why the bully pulpit of the Pakistani and Afghani jihad is silent on the routine attackers on mosques and shrines in Pakistan and Afghanistan? .....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Rawda Mosque Attack in Sinai, Egypt: A Violent Explosion of the Salafist Doctrine That Relates To Tajseem and Tashbeeh (Anthropomorphism) Of Allah
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Tellingly, Egypt is the first Muslim country which has mulled down the entire corpus of extremist Islamist literature in the country’s religious and educational centres. It has literally banned the extremist thoughts from flourishing in the new Egyptian generation’s minds. Hasan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutub, Maulana Maududi and almost all those who expounded upon the political Islamist theologies in their books have been ousted from the universities and schools. In his piece in The Times of India, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi claimed that Egypt has been at the forefront in the counter-terror mission….

    Islam and Politics

    Contesting the Political Islamist Theology: Untenable Theological Justifications For The Corruption, Purge And Religious Persecution In Turkey
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The pro-government political theologians in Muslim countries have propounded a complete political theology—an exclusivist and totalitarian theology which undermines the democratic, moderate and progressive thoughts flourishing in the liberal Muslim minds. Regrettably, many religionists in those countries are falling prey to this unceasing ideology endangering their lives and stigmatising the religion in general. Unless this retrogressive theology of political hue is contested, there will be no way forward to progressive thinking in Islam in the 21st century. It actually poses a direct ideological threat to the rich spiritual traditions—unity of existence, pluralism and multiculturalism—that Muslims have inherited in various countries.

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Al-Qalam's Jihadist Rhetoric: How The Extremist Magazines And Social Media Groups Feed ‘Muslim Victimhood’ Narrative In India?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The in-house Urdu magazine of the extremist outfit—Jaish-e-Muhammad—al-Qalam has published an article urging the South Asian Muslims to wage a violent jihad in Myanmar in retaliation of the persecutions of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The mainstream Muslims in the subcontinent must refute the radical rhetoric being promulgated for the violent Jihadism in the name of ‘Rohingya Muslims’ like in the Al-Qalam’s article or Al Qaeda’s recent proclamation.  Indian Muslim leaders’ compassion and moral support for the Rohingya refugees is not misplaced. But they should also feel impelled to distance the community from monsters of the jihadist radicalisation....

    The War Within Islam

    Why are Islamic countries not coming forward to take Rohingyas? Are Human Rights for Muslims only?
    In a recent debate on Times Now (Rohingya Debate, 9/9/17), New Age Islam founder-editor, Mr. Sultan Shahin posed a pertinent question to the Muslim panellists: why do Indian Muslim leaders and ulema remain silent onlookers when human rights of religious minorities are violated egregiously in so-called Islamic countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world? Thousands of Hindu girls are, for instance, he pointed out, abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and raped in the name of nikah with their abductors every year. Why no outrage among Indian Muslims who keep, rightly, protesting vigilante killings and other persecutions of Muslims in India and elsewhere. He reminded the Muslim leaders on the panel, that Huqooqul ibad (rights of the creations of God, and just humans, but even animals and plants) is a sacred value in Islam. Have we forgotten this, he asked forcefully.

    Islamic Society

    Darul Uloom Deoband Against The ‘Erroneous’ Thoughts Of The Tablighi Jama’at: A Critical Analysis Of The Key Allegations In The Deoband’s Fatwa Against The TJ
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Of late, Darul Uloom Deoband issued a strongly-worded fatwa declaring the Tablighi Jama’at "misguided" and the “preacher of perverted views". Deoband seminary has also urged the current chief of the Tablighi Jama’at, Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhalvi to ‘repent in the court of God’. Accusing him of ‘an ideological perversion, misinterpretation of Islamic texts and desecration of Prophethood’, the fatwa pronounced by the Deoband clergy has stated: “It is our religious duty to warn Muslims particularly those with the Tablighi jam ‘at that Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhalvi, the current chief of the Jama’at, is misinterpreting Quran and Hadith”. ....

    Islamic Society

    Row over Qurbani (Animal Sacrifice) On Eid-Ul-Azha: Sufi-Sunni Ulema Vs. Muslim Rashtriya Manch: Missing Introspection
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Clearly, this solemn occasion cannot be confined to only animal sacrifice. We must engage in all virtuous and harmonious acts based on kindness and sharing to achieve the noble objectives of Eid-ul-Adha. It is indeed ordained on Muslims to sacrifice Halal or permissible animals in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotional sacrifice to God and distribute them to the poor and the less fortunate. Some affluent Muslims go as far as donating money and several kilos of meat to feed the poor families in their country as well as abroad. However, the ritualistic animal sacrifice is not the core essence of this festival. Muslims may go for many other ways to emulate Ibrahim’s devotion to God during Eid-ul-Azha.....

    Islam and Politics

    18th Century Ulema: The Unsung Heroes of the First Indian Independence War In 1757
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The first Indian freedom movement of 1857 should particularly be recalled in this context. While 70 percent of the soldiers came from the Hindu or Sikh community, the Ulema and Muslim leaders like Maulana Fazle Haq Khairabadi, Maulana Ahmed Shah, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Khan Bahadur Khan, Begum Hazrat Mahal, Firoz Shah and Azimullah Khan were the most prominent characters in the annals of the revolt. Remarkably, Nana Sahib, Rani Laxmi Bai and Tantya Tope declared Bahadur Shah Zafar, a Muslim King, India’s first independent ruler on May 11, 1857. Similarly, Ram Kunwar Singh, Raja Nahir Singh, Rao Tula Ram exerted herculean efforts and sacrifices to uphold the 1857 revolt.....

    Islam and Politics

    Jettisoning The National Anthem In Madrasas Is As Divisive As The Hindu Communalists’ Bid To Vitiate The Country’s Atmosphere By Questioning Muslim Patriotism
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The decision of the Barelvi and Deobandi Ulema against singing ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘Vande Matram’ might have been their individual opinion, but the mainstream Muslims have always sung the national anthem since independence. It’s regrettable that the Barelvi and Deobandi clerics have chosen to exacerbate communal tensions by issuing such divisive religious decrees at a time when a number of turbulent issues like the love jihad, Ghar Wapsi (Muslim conversion to Hinduism) and the cow-vigilantism, leading to mob-lynching, are already confronting the Indian Muslims….

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Historicism or Historical Methodology Is Vital to the Evolution of Progressive Islamic Theology: A Contribution to the Ongoing NAI  Debate on the Possibility of Reformation within Islam
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    To put it simply, Historicism in Islamic studies connotes an intellectual approach for the contextualisation of the Qur’anic texts in order to produce accurate explanations. In other words, it implies that what happened in the past, should be discussed and elucidated in terms of when it happened. Even the early Islamic historians like Ibn Khaldun employed this scientific methodology and remarkably advanced it in his seminal work “Muqaddama”. He referred numerous Islamic traditions back to the pre-Islamic customs of what is known as “al-Arab al-Jahili” (Arab in the era of ignorance)……

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    The Quran Is the Perfect, Infallible Word of God, Even If All the Muslims Misunderstand It


    Some Muslim Intellectuals of This Era Cry Lies or Half-Truths against Islam Creating Doubts and Suspicions against It – Ignorantly or Fraudulently - God Knows Best


    Quran is Not the Source of All Problems but It Must Be Brought within the Ambit of History

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Ghazwa-e-Badr ‘Anniversary’ In South Kashmir: War Cry of Jihadist Ideologues in the Valley
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    This is the dichotomy between the Prophet’s peaceful struggle in Badr and the virulent warmongering of the self-styled jihadists in Kashmir. More to the point, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) achieved the bloodless victory without retaliation against the bloodthirsty Meccans who attacked him, plotted to kill him, stoned him, made his teeth to bleed, cracked his jaw and split open his blessed face, peddled hate against his faith, murdered his beloved companions, deformed the dead body of his blue-eyed uncle, Ameer Hamzah, and even eaten his liver in a beastly manner. Contrary to the Prophet’s defensive battle of Badr and peaceful victory in Makka, the militants’ war in Kashmir is calming the innocent lives, mutilating the dead-bodies of Indian army officers, demeaning their women and thus destroying lives and properties of both Muslims and non-Muslims alike……

    Islamic Society

    Madrasa Reform: Is the Creation of A Progressive Islamic Theology Possible with Ulema Steeped in Dars-e-Nizami Curriculum?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    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?....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Zakir Naik Seeks Malaysian Citizenship, but Moderate Malay Muslims Confront His Retrogressive Religious Rhetoric
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    One wonders as to why the controversial Islamist preacher, who is also reported to have the Saudi citizenship along with the Permanent Residence status in Malaysia, is now seeking its citizenship. Is Naik planning to radicalize the Malaysian youths after he has reportedly inspired a misguided section of the South Asian Muslim youths including the Dhaka attackers?   The reason why Naik has now set his eyes on the Malaysian Muslims’ multi-cultural, syncretic and secular society of the democratic ethos is not difficult to see. The Salafist ideologues castigate the multi-culturalism, secularism and religious syncretism, in their books, as “inauthentic” and “contaminated”....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Supreme Court's Question Is Relevant: How Come A Pre-Islamic Arabian Custom Is Fundamental To Islam In India?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    But the Islamic clergy, while boasting of their Qur’anic epithet of Ahl-e-Zikr, have cunningly preached the gravest misgiving on the Islamic viewpoint of Triple Talaq; that it is one of the fundamentals of the Islamic law enshrined in the Quran. A far more negative role they are playing now is that they are tarnishing the image of Islam and the egalitarian message of Quran by misleading the Muslim women who work with them...

    Islam and Politics

    Where Are Those Who Trolled Sufi Heads Who Met PM Modi In 2015 And Then Organised The World Sufi Forum In 2016?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The Jamiat strongly opposed the World Sufi Forum calling it a political stunt of the Indian government to divide the Muslim community over "Sufism vs Wahhabism".  At that time, Maulana Madani proclaimed: “Sufism is nothing” and that the World Sufi Forum was an NDA bid to "divide the Muslims". In a direct rebuttal to the World Sufi Forum, another leading figure of the Jamiat, Maulana Arshad Madani stated: “Sufism is no sect of Islam and is not found in the Quran”, while accusing the Modi government of "trying to create acrimony in the Muslim community"....

    Islam and Politics

    Political Islamist Leader Erdogan’s Diplomatic Visit To India With A Doctorate From Jamia Would Not Go Down Well With The Democratic Ethos Of The Country As Well As The University
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Earlier, Jamia has fairly conferred the honorary degrees to Dalai Lama, Ban Ki-moon and Amartya Sen. These spiritual, social and intellectual dignitaries have richly contributed to the global peace activism, human rights protection and scientific temperament. They do inspire the university’s students and academicians to explore the greater potentials to uphold the universal human values. But what contribution has Erdogan rendered to the educational, social or other humanitarian pursuits? Evidently, the political Islamist leader does not fit into the list of the distinguished awardees of the Jamia....

    Islam and the West

    Terror in Paris: an anti-Democracy Theology Is on the Rampage in Europe
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Common Muslims living in the democratic countries like France embrace the liberal values and secular ethos by intermingling with other citizens including the Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and adherents of other faith traditions. Thus, they find themselves inclined towards an inclusivist Islamic narrative focused on a spiritual synergy with the people of all faiths and creeds. But this greatly worries the radical preachers of political Islam who aim to purge the religion of its age-old tradition of pluralism, universalism and egalitarianism. Thus, the fresh ISIS attack in Paris was actually an ideological onslaught on the pluralistic values that Muslims in the European countries try to emulate....

    Islamic Society

    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....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Vice-President's Wife, Salma Ansari, Calls For An In-Depth 'Qura'nic Reading', But Will The Sunni-Hanafi Ulema Rethink Their Stand?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    “If you’ve read the Qur'an, then you can find the solution there itself. There is no such rule in Qur'an. They have just made it up.... You read the Qur'an in Arabic and but you don’t read the translation. You accept whatever the Maulanas (clerics) or the Mullas say. Read the Qur'an and Hadith and see what Rasool (Prophet Muhammad) had said”. Thus, Salma Ansari tried to ignite a flame of desire in the Muslim women to comprehend the Qur'an by themselves and introspect on its texts related to the talaq. Notably, a complete and comprehensive chapter (Surah) in the Qur'an is named as "al-Talaq".....

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    Islamic Ideology

    Feud in Ajmer Dargah: Is It An 'Apostasy' To Speak For The Ban On Cow Slaughter And Triple Talaq?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    As a matter of fact, much like the Bhakti tradition in Hinduism, Sufism in Islam has always been a glue for harmony and social affinity in India. As long as Hindus and Muslims followed the universal values and the essential ideals of Sufism or Bhaktimat, religious discord did not prevail in the country. But both seem to have lost their spiritual paths under the influence of the political motives.....

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    Islamic Society

    From Mansur Hallaj to Sarmad Shaheed to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Much of Our History Witnessed Sufis’ Bloodshed: The Reason?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The recently attacked Sufi shrine in Pakistan, Dargah Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is equally venerated and visited by Pakistan’s Sufi-oriented Muslim majority and the Hindu minority. Inevitably, not only Muslim devotees, but even a considerable number of non-Muslims were killed in the suicide blast. Regrettably, it is quite ironic to see the Prophetic ideals being brazenly violated by the puritanical Islamists in Pakistan, given the state was created in the name of Nizam-e-Mustafa (the Prophetic system of governance)with its constitution loudly being claimed to follow the model of Misaq-e-Madina….

    Islam and Politics

    Trump’s Ban on Muslim Refugees: Counter-Terror Strategy or Politically Motivated Slugfest?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    It cannot be denied that the eight million American citizens are at increasing risk for the daunting challenge from terrorist groups operating from outside the US, particularly Syria, Iraq and several West Asian and North African Muslim countries. Some of these groups including ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, and Boko Haram have indiscriminately targeted the American citizens in several nefarious terror attacks. Given this, the uncompromising counter-terror stances such as the above will considerably help rescue the US citizens who are wantonly attacked by the radical Islamist terrorists.....

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Sectarianism: A Profound Ideological Crisis In The Indian Muslim Community
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The founding editor of New Age Islam, Mr. Sultan Shahin has asked a pertinent question in his recent article:“Sectarian unity is certainly an admirable goal. The intention behind it, however, is also very important. Wahhabi-Deobandi and Sufi-Barelvi sects, who call each other kafir (infidel), are seeking to unite for some months now.  But towards what end?”

    Instead of a stage-show of the Barelwi-Deobandi truce, it was high time both Muslim sects’ clergy sincerely reflected on the prevailing sectarian psyche plagued with extremist thoughts. An objective observation reveals that not only the Deobandi-Wahhabi clergy but a section of the present-day Barelwi ulema have also fanned the fire of religious extremism among the country’s gullible Muslims.....

    Islam and Politics

    Are Islamist Political Parties in Uttar Pradesh Flouting Supreme Court’s Ban on Religion-Based Politics?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    As various secular and liberal political parties brace for the UP-assembly elections, the above SC ruling has come crashing down the political ambitions of a few newly-formed Muslim parties with soaring dreams of a self-styled Islamic governance system. Clearly, it had to come as a shock to the religio-politicians whose agendas are relying on the ulterior religious motives rather than secular principles of inclusive democracy….

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