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  • europe has submitted. islam means submission. "progressive", "liberal" muslim....
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  • you who do not even know the meaning of "kufr" and "kuffar" are.....
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  • It does not take much depth to know the lameness of Naseer sb.'s arguments.....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Naseer sb. says, "most people will have a problem accepting Buddha....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Naseer sb. is right. Taqwa means being conscious and cognizant of God,....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Jihadism will have to be rooted out as Nazism was rooted out, by international...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • muslims conquered the world through sheer fear. as the prophet himself...
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  • When GM sb is out of his depth he will call what the other has said "lame argument" while he is the one without legs ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • SA, Surah 31 Luqman is about Luqman. If you go by what he preached, you would think that ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • A man with even a modicum of wisdom will not debate so much with such little knowledge. He would readily ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • There are four stories in Surah Kahf and not three as mentioned in my previous comment. 1. The story of the people of the cave....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The word heedfulness contains all the other meanings given to the word Taqwa and its derivatives. One can be heedful ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The triliteral root khā shīn yā (خ ش ي) occurs 48 times in the Quran, and in all occurrences, the meaning is fear or its ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Thank you Naseer. The translation of Yusuf Ali is wonderful. I read it many years ago. Even if he considers....
    ( By S. A. )
  • Naseer sb. continues to quote from the Quran to support his lame arguments. This trulu is an abuse of the Holy Book.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Naseer sb. again shows his ill-bred nature calling me an apostate. Such remarks only show how unfit he is to be considered a scholar.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Hats Off's comments seem to be motivated by nothing other than sheer malice!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Hats Off's analyses are shallow and driven by his blind prejudice. Why would any blog post such nihilistic messages?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Highly destructive wars were common between non-monotheistic countries in all recorded history. Hats ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Is mere saying “we worship none but Allah” enough? 63:1 When the Hypocrites come to you, they say, "We bear witness that thou art indeed the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb is a friendly apostate and Hats Off is a hostile apostate. They both lie to malign the Quran. They blaspheme the ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @hats off, Precisely so. Conservation of resources ....
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  • saving water is common sense. if some "holy" book needs to tell you that, you either need to buy another book or get your head ...
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  • hope is stubborn. but history does not give us any basis for hope. to imagine....
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  • hope is stubborn. but history does not give us any basis for hope. to imagine....
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  • To discuss Greek society without mentioning the fact that it was a plutocracy in which slavery was rife is dishonesty....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Political Islam is a very unattractive concept. Total separation of religion and......
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Reforms and progress are essential to all belief systems and ideologies. That....
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  • Mr. Ali, I thank you for your article. It was certainly 'food for thought'. However....
    ( By John Guzman )
  • one man's glory is another's misery. just ponder upon the hindu kush. i mean the mountain region. not the semantics. wink! wink?'
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  • how silently we all let this man's pain pass without a simple obituary! what a bunch....
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  • are chicken, fish, camels, sheep, goats and bulls not the creation of allah?'
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  • Apostrophe not comma on Extremists' should be put in the headline.'
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  • Hats off does his job well. I think he has been hired by NAI to provoke Muslim intellectuals and have fun....
    ( By Arshad )
  • A collection of hadiths. When discussion is with reference to Islam both Quran and hadiths should be routed. It...
    ( By Arshad )
  • Such announcements by the respective ruling parties is nothing new for the Muslims of India. Congress has been accused ....
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  • The PM Modi’s Madrasa Modernisation initiative might work well to produce good understanding between Muslims and BJP.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • People like Gulam Mohyuddin are serial Hypocrite Your religion has no compassion for ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Naseer sb.'s support of and Hats Off's condemnation of defunct....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Firoz Bakt Ahmed speaks as the voice of the BJP and will be reviled by Muslims just....
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    The US is withdrawing from Afghanistan as well as from Iraq and Syria. Inspired by the Taliban declaration of victory, a radicalised terrorist in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, backed by a Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organisation, attacked an Indian military convoy, killing 40 soldiers. Similar suicide attack killed 27 elite revolutionary guards in Sistan, Iran. Emboldened Jihadists will surely carry out more such attacks in future. The gloating in Islamist circles for having “defeated” both the superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, has reached its peak.

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