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  • God does not change. Men's concept of God evolves as times change
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  • Why do I need to post your questions to give my replies when I have already debunked...
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  • Naseer sb. is still hung up on the meaning of the words "supreme, supremacy and supremacism.. .
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. claims to be imbued with wisdom! The wisdom of an ultra-literalist village mullah
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  • Naseer sb., the dishonest interlocutor, wants us to forget that he has repeatedly supported verses in which....
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  • Naseer sb.'s deceptiveness is evident in his last comment. He continues to be a sworn.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Guha always makes good sense. That's why the Hindutvawadis hate him so much.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • We must admire and heed Ghannouchi who emphasizes that the democratic....
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  • Maududi's staunch supporters are so clever enough that they will play other tricks.
    ( By Abdullah )
  • In the age of peace, hate is winning the match No writing is free from hate.
    ( By Rumish )
  • Maududi's idea was to impose Islamic Sharia by force'.
    ( By Farha )
  • How the religion of Allah has evolved over the ages until it was perfected and completed, is covered in my article:....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Human beings are not self-sufficient. We live and enjoy our lives at a cost to other beings and our environment. We.....
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  • Maududi sb insisted that “Islam wants the whole earth and does not content itself with only a part thereof. It wants and requires the entire ...
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  • Maududi insisted that “the objective of the Islamic Jihad is to eliminate the rule of a non-Islamic system and establish ...
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  • Mr Zaid Raza, I have written several articles on the subject and also brought to NAI articles of others after editing them.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb refuses to copy my question to him on verse 4:34 and post his response below because that will....
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  • I am the only person on this website, who says without ifs and buts and without the ubiquitous disclaimer "Allah ....
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  • What I have said is a logical truism which is beyond the understanding of the windbag GM sb. If the....
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  • The hypocritical liar that GM sb is, he blames me for the discussion on war which he himself initiated! It is ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Action of Some Indian, & Every Pakistani Muslim and even Iran supreme leadear calling for jihad every now and than ....
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  • GM sb, Your lies have been nailed. You are for: 1. Decriminalizing adultery in Islam and....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sb. describes himself as being imbued with understanding, and others.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. thinks that Muslims got confused about concepts such as kuffar and mushrikin...
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  • Naseer sb. thinks that by repeating the same discredited arguments again and again and by calling me...
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  • Naseer sb. is now trying to lay on me all the sins of American imperialism! I wonder what he...
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  • Naseer sb. continues to think in terms of victory and defeat. His sole aim is to look victorious...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Maududi argued that jihad should not denote "a crazed faith ... blood-shot eyes...
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  • As civilizations advance from the primitive to maturer phases, the concept of God too moves....
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  • We must focus on and propagate God's universal and eternal message. The rest should.. .
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  • Bloody insanity has intoxicated these ruffians so much that they are unable to see their hearts are completely sealed. Thank you New Age Islam for ...
    ( By Huzaifa )
  • Excellent work – tables a compelling refutation of JeM’s fatwa on the strength of the Qur’an – and also cites relevant ahadith to support ...
    ( By mohammed yunus )
  • Na kitabon se Na Waahzon se Na zar se paida deen hota hai buzurgon ki nazar se paida
    ( By learner )
  • Let this article be weak. Can you write more powerful article in refutation of JeM?...
    ( By Zaid Raza )
  • The article is weak because it has several serious errors such as: 1. It says:“fighting even in self-defence was forbidden in Makkah ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • the whole day they sit in their sermons of radicalisaiton and then the people like you come out to ask that how to deradicalise.
    ( By Zaid )
  • @Learner, Watanparasti means worship of country and watanmuhabbat means love to the country....
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  • The terrorists are no doubt, among the worst of the Kafirs and Pakistan has become a kafir state.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Why does Islam forbid Watanparasti and Ittehad?'
    ( By learner )
  • This article is weak because it challenges Maududi's inspirations.
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The political response within India to the barbarous attack in Pulwama has played absolutely into the hands of the Lashkar, the Jaish, and the ISI. When we should have been proactive in shaming and stigmatising the Government of Pakistan for its sponsorship of terror, we have instead been proactive in shaming and stigmatising ourselves.....


    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The protests in 2016 were deeply symptomatic. So too is Dar’s wilful act of blowing himself up. “Oppression fuels our jihad,’’ is what he said in a video recorded before last Thursday’s terror attack. The fear among the security establishment now is that many in South Kashmir believe that. As a security official said: “The weapon is now in the mind and the bodies.”....

     

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    It reminds me of the saint Moinuddin Hasan Chishti, who was generous like the sea and hospitable like the earth. Today, his dargah, with its saintly white dome and golden crown, hosts millions of devotees who soak in the generosity of his blessings. ...

     

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Note: As articles on NewAgeIslam.com have pointed out again and again, instructions given in any war lapse with the end of the war. The war-time verses in the holy Quran not only instruct Muslims to kill, but also motivate them, announcing rewards for fighting and punishment for not fighting, i.e., sitting at home, without any valid excuse. All this is quire natural. But at the same time Muslims must also understand that these verses were meant for those wars in the7th century CE and cannot be applicable to us today in the 21st century, 14 centuries after the wars that gave the Prophet and his companions’ victory, establishing Islam on the face of earth. Now our job is simply to see that God’s universal and eternal messages in Quran are available to all the people in their own languages, so they can comprehend it and learn from it. The contextual verses are a part of our glorious history and should be left there, so that we learn from them how near-insurmountable obstacles the Prophet (saw) faced in establishing Islam and leaving us his magnificent legacy. Violent extremists among us have and will continue to use and misuse these contextual verses for their own ends. Let us Muslims not fall in the trap. – Editor

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Note: As articles on NewAgeIslam.com have pointed out again and again, instructions given in any war lapse with the end of the war. The war-time verses in the holy Quran not only instruct Muslims to kill, but also motivate them, announcing rewards for fighting and punishment for not fighting, i.e., sitting at home, without any valid excuse. All this is quire natural. But at the same time Muslims must also understand that these verses were meant for those wars in the7th century CE and cannot be applicable to us today in the 21st century, 14 centuries after the wars that gave the Prophet and his companions’ victory, establishing Islam on the face of earth. Now our job is simply to see that God’s universal and eternal messages in Quran are available to all the people in their own languages, so they can comprehend it and learn from it. The contextual verses are a part of our glorious history and should be left there, so that we learn from them how near-insurmountable obstacles the Prophet (saw) faced in establishing Islam and leaving us his magnificent legacy. Violent extremists among us have and will continue to use and misuse these contextual verses for their own ends. Let us Muslims not fall in the trap. – Editor

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    There are a number of websites like Jaish-e-Mohammad's weekly online Urdu magazine Haftroza Al-Qalam(al qalamonline.com) which are consistently trying to brainwash the Muslim youth and function as breeding grounds for suicide bombers. Websites like this repeatedly make terror narratives to brainwash the Muslim youth. Indian Ulama should issue fatwas against terror narratives, refuting them point by point....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished’ But what about the mentors  of theological terror who provide the doctrinal basis for the militants turning terrorists? What is the state administration planning to do about it? Should they not be taken into account periodically, to review the situation and make course corrections as required?....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Note: This is the story of Imtiaz Shams who says he has left Islam and is now helping others do the same. This young man has been a devout Muslim since his childhood. But now, an ex-Muslim. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, he is like many other young Muslims, particularly in Turkey, who are leaving Islam, some to become Atheist or Christian, but mostly to become Deist, who believe in God but not in any religion. I think we Muslims should seek to understand this phenomenon as much as that of radical Islamism which is attracting tens of thousands of our children. Merely castigating them as crazy or apostate is not enough. This approach is not helpful at all. We should try to explore the roots of the problem. What is attracting some of our most intelligent, well-educated, youth, who are also well-versed in Islamic theology to violent extremism and some to altogether leaving the religion. Let us listen to Imtiaz Shams’s story and ponder. This might do us some good. – Editor

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    Islamic Ideology

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    A War on Terror has been raging for 17 years now but we are no closer to defeating Islamist terror. Jihadism continues to attract Muslim youth. This is because the world has not paid enough attention to the ideology of Islamism and Jihadism.

    Mainstream Muslims have considered Islam a spiritual path to salvation, one of the many. Islam aims at reforming society for a peaceful, harmonious, pluralist existence. However, due to certain historical factors, the theology and jurisprudence of Islam that evolved in the 8th and 9th centuries (CE), present Islam as a political, totalitarian ideology of supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and gender discrimination. It is this theology of violence, exclusivism and world-domination that is taught in madrasas and sustains Islamism. But despite the Islamist violence against peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the community is still not focussed on the need for evolving a counternarrative of Islam.

     It is imperative that Muslim countries that have signed the UN Charter look into the issue urgently and work towards developing a new theology of peace, pluralism and gender justice. While several countries like Morocco and now Saudi Arabia appear to be moving in this direction, the one country that has made a solid contribution is Turkey. In a decade-long exercise 100 Turkish scholars have managed to limit the number of authentic ahadith to just 1600, out of over 10,000, and provide each hadith with context and suitable interpretation. This book of authentic Hadith has been provided to all mosques in Turkey but I hope it is made available to the global Muslim community in their own languages as soon as possible.

    Allama Iqbal, a poet-philosopher of the South Asian sub-continent had called for the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam almost a hundred years ago. Let us at least start working on it now....

    Islamic Ideology

    Allah is the sole source of all knowledge of what is right and what is wrong or what is moral and what is immoral. If we wish to master this knowledge perfectly, it is essential that we orient ourselves perfectly to receive this knowledge. The orientation is by gaining a perfect understanding of the nature of Allah or of all His attributes. Misunderstanding of any attribute leads to a wrong understanding of His Book, of right and wrong, and this is the way Satan misleads and deprives us of becoming perfect Muslim....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking 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.....

    Current Affairs

    Our ulema do not come out against these extremist organizations and even covertly support them by giving lame excuses. In 2014, they had even got justification in their actions in the event of 69 nurses from Kerala being released by the ISIS who had been kept hostage for 23 days....

    Islamic Ideology

    When we speak of human values and good manners in Islam, we simply mean following the guidance of God the Most High. Doing things that are pleasing to Him is useful for us as this leads to salvation and great bounty….

    Islamic Q and A

    He Almighty is not an ignorant [Jahil]. He is not incapable [‘Aajiz), nor powerless, nor helpless. Ice melts into water and becomes a single unit but Allah Almighty does not incarnate into anything or any shape. In short He eternally possesses all His Divine Attributes of Perfection—including Essential or Divine-Self Attributes (Sifat Zaatiyya), Related Attributes (Sifat Idafiyya) and Negative Attributes (Sifat Salabiyah).... 

    Interfaith Dialogue

    As a result of this campaign, not only did the non-Muslims visit the mosques but they also had access to Islamic literature available in the mosques. Impressed by this campaign, some of the educated Muslims in India have started the same campaign and opened the doors of some mosques of Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, and Ahmadabad for non-Muslims...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    New Age Islam had carried a campaign against the ISIS and had informed the government and warned the Muslim community that the ISIS was an anti-Islamic organization out to tarnish the image of Islam. We had continuously exposed so-called Islamic State's un-Islamic practices and demanded that the IS must be banned immediately as it was influencing the Muslim youth of the country. ....

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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    A War on Terror has been raging for 17 years now but we are no closer to defeating Islamist terror. Jihadism continues to attract Muslim youth. This is because the world has not paid enough attention to the ideology of Islamism and Jihadism.

    Mainstream Muslims have considered Islam a spiritual path to salvation, one of the many. Islam aims at reforming society for a peaceful, harmonious, pluralist existence. However, due to certain historical factors, the theology and jurisprudence of Islam that evolved in the 8th and 9th centuries (CE), present Islam as a political, totalitarian ideology of supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and gender discrimination. It is this theology of violence, exclusivism and world-domination that is taught in madrasas and sustains Islamism. But despite the Islamist violence against peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the community is still not focussed on the need for evolving a counternarrative of Islam.

     It is imperative that Muslim countries that have signed the UN Charter look into the issue urgently and work towards developing a new theology of peace, pluralism and gender justice. While several countries like Morocco and now Saudi Arabia appear to be moving in this direction, the one country that has made a solid contribution is Turkey. In a decade-long exercise 100 Turkish scholars have managed to limit the number of authentic ahadith to just 1600, out of over 10,000, and provide each hadith with context and suitable interpretation. This book of authentic Hadith has been provided to all mosques in Turkey but I hope it is made available to the global Muslim community in their own languages as soon as possible.

    Allama Iqbal, a poet-philosopher of the South Asian sub-continent had called for the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam almost a hundred years ago. Let us at least start working on it now....

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