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Muslims and Islamophobia (29 Jul 2012 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • Mr. Chrsitian Hansen: Your ome-liner hate speech has hurt the religious feelings of billions of Muslims all over the world. Shame upon you! 
    By Raihan Nezami - 2/14/2017 10:36:03 PM

  • Quran has failed spiritually, literally and scientifically. Muhammad has concocted so many mistakes that it is impossible that the Quran is of God. Impossible!
    By Chrsitian Hansen - 2/14/2017 9:40:52 AM

  • Dear Abdel, Being a good believing human being is more important from Islamic perspective than to be a bad follower of the Prophet Muhammad. So if you believe in God are try to be a good fellow, you are still a muslim - though unwillingly: “Do they seek any (din) other than the din of God, to whom all in the heavens and on earth have submitted, willingly or unwillingly, and to whom they will all be returned (3:83)?Say: ‘We believe in God, and in what has been revealed to us, and in what has been revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes, and to Jesus and Moses and (other) prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them; and surely to Him do we all submit (84). If anyone seeks other than submission to God (islam) as a din it will not be accepted of him, and in the hereafter he will be among the losers”(3:85)
    By muhammad yunus - 12/31/2016 8:13:49 AM

  • "Dear Mohamed,

    You should never say, "Christianity is a false religion."

    All religions are divinely revealed and the Qur'an asks Muslims "to believe in all the prophets and previously revealed scriptures, and to make no distinction between any of the Prophets (4:152),3 and affirms that all the messengers are not mentioned in the Qur’an (40:78).4

    “As for those who believe in God and His messengers, and do not make a distinction between any of them – it is they who will be given their rewards, for God is Most Forgiving and Merciful” (4:152).

    “Certainly We have sent messengers before you (O Muhammad!): Some of them We have mentioned to you, while there are others that We have not mentioned to you…” (40:78)

    Re: Ch. 2.2 Essential Message of Islam

    By muhammad yunus - 12/31/2016 8:04:22 AM

  • World understand well Christian org are spending lot of money to convert  to thire false religion , go and study the human made bible completely it teachs false things or go and learn www.peacetv.com
    Many Christian preachers lost the debate, they didn't answer properly to public. I tell you if original ingeel whic was revealed to Jesus is not exist anymore between Christian,  if  they have such true scrip all Christian will go to Islam.
    Don't leave your religion for money or worldly things . Try to worry about your death and next world . If you lost your way with death can't get again destination is hell.
    Many things are happening inside Islam by Christian and corrupted western  political government .
    Muslim mean they followers you don't need to follow them you need to follow holly Quran and Hadith pious Shahaba RA , 

    By Mohamed - 12/31/2016 5:28:06 AM

  • If Christians missionaries are helping Muslims and any other theist or atheist and thus Muslims or anyone converts to Chrisitianity, it's nothing to cry of. Only if they brainwash and not allow the people to question or explore.

    Because if Christians are to be accused of cheat for Muslims converting to Christianity, then Muslims would also be called cheat because Islam didn't always existed but it arrived and spread through various ways (not many would praise those ways).

    By Shailesh - 1/2/2015 11:52:12 AM

  • 4/6/2014 2:05:07 AM


    The language of the Quran is beautifully nuanced to prevent inadvertent misinterpretation and yet, if it is still misinterpreted, it is on account of perversion on the part of those who misinterpret. Let us just consider the most explicit verse  about sexual relations between spouses.


    (2:223) "Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will; but do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah. And know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these) good tidings to those who believe".


    The previous verse was about avoiding sex when the wife is having her periods. What this verse says is that outside the prohibition for sex while the wife is having her periods,  sex is permissible anytime and in any position (not just the 'missionary position').


    The state of mind in which to approach the wife for sex is governed by the rest of the verse which says "do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah. And know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter)"


    We know from psychological studies the power of priming. A person who does an act of kindness  before sex is primed for behaving kindly towards his wife. Also the admonishment to fear Allah and to know with certainty that they are to meet Allah eliminates every chance of cruelty or coercion. The verse doubly ensures that the sexual act will be with kindness and generosity and without cruelty or coercion. Also the requirement of fulfilling conditions  before sex, elevates the act itself to the status of  a precious gift from the Almighty which requires thanks to be shown by performing some good act even before enjoying the gift. 

    Is it not wondrous that Quran primes us for appropriate behaviour? Why then do we talk today about marital rape? The answer is simple. People do not follow the Quran. If they followed the Quran, marital rape is impossible. You do not have to know psychology to get primed. You simply have to remember and do some good act before sex and call to your mind that you have to meet your God one day and account for your deeds and the manner in which you have treated His gifts. You are then bound to be in a frame of mind where you cannot but treat the wife with kindness, gentleness and love.

    For a description of "The Marvels of priming" read my comment under the article:


    By Observer - 7/31/2014 8:59:09 AM

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    By ! - 7/31/2014 6:39:15 AM

  • Who wants to be in a religion that degrades women-- calling them tilth, and letting some dumb man marry as many women of whatever age he pleases? Just because these men grow beards and put on their silly looking skull caps, we are all supposed to start treating them like respected elders? Where is their honor when they will stop at nothing to satisfy their libido?

    By Rashida Khan - 7/31/2014 6:09:47 AM

  • excuse me bro,, first of all we must be a good human, we must respect humanity.  giving respect to other,s religion and giving him freedom is one of the basic values of islam.due to some stupid guys who have depicted wrong image of islam, we can not stereotype about all the muslims. islam is a very flexible religion and it preaches peace. but some bad souls are using its name for their own purpose. every religion in this world spreads love and humainity. i thimk we should respect the freedom of others. may you stay in peace
    By waqar - 7/17/2014 3:29:37 PM

  • Muslims are seeing who is really speaking in the Quran. They are seeing that it is Lucifer who is Satan and the devil trying to mimic God in the Quran. Satan is a bright being without the forgiving meek loving character of Jesus. His love is deceptive. He is the accuser of the brethren rationalizing why arresting and giving death is good.  Satan is external beauty only.  Religions misinformed people. That is why people have the wrong idea about what he looks like. In spirit he is in our body that dies. The unseen light of Jesus in us keeps him out of the soul. Ezekiel 28:13:Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
    2 Corinthians 11:14:And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

    By Artiewhitefox - 7/10/2014 7:53:27 PM

  • Muslim's of 21st century are intelligent,curious,pro-science. Islam of 14thcentury can't answer their many questions.This is the era of spiritual awakening and Islam can't survive.

    By Supriya - 6/19/2014 8:17:57 AM

  • If you want to know why Muslims  are leaving Islam,visit the link: www.alisina.org

    By Supriya - 6/19/2014 8:11:45 AM

  • Dear ex-Muslim Abdel, I am glad you do not fear Muslims now. I am just wondering if I can ask you something. What is this term ex-Muslim. Before my conversion to a spiritual worldview and then acceptance of Islam as my spiritual path, I used to describe myself as agnostic. I thought I was too young to understand these issues, then for some time I was too busy surviving and helping my family of seven survive, that I had no time to reflect even on the spiritual experiences I have had and which told me that there is more to this material world than meets the eye. So I continued to describe myself to any one interested as agnostic. Those who would object, looking at my Muslim-sounding name, I explained that religion, philosophy, ideology, even politics, cannot be inherited. They have to be chosen by an aware individual. However, you can carry on with cultural practices of your region. 
    Some people who don't believe in the very existence of God, call themselves atheist. 
    But what is this ex-Muslim? What are you people trying to say with describing your past affiliation. I don't call myself ex-agnostic. I respect agnostics more than other religious people, perhaps, as I have been one. However, the behaviour of ex-Muslims would suggest that they hate Islam and Muslims. I don't understand this. Maybe you were never a Muslim. Islam may have been imposed on you by your family and now you hate them for doing that. Or let us say you allowed your family to impose a religion on you and now you hate yourself and all those Muslims who have allowed a religion to be imposed on them. Is that it? Which one is the correct explanation. 
    Why don't you share your thoughts on this with readers of New Age Islam.  i am sure there must be many like me wondering about this phenomenon. 

    By Sultan Shahin - 11/18/2013 11:21:10 AM

  • Hi ke! Don't worry too much about religion and/or politics, please know that GOD is the one who controls us all. Don't worry about the numbers or others, worry about ownself. Each of us will be judged, so just save our own soul. GOD is Love and Peace. May GOD bless you and protect you until the end.
    By Destin - 11/17/2013 8:25:56 PM

  • I was a Buddhist from SEA. Two things my parents taught me not to engage with any body are: Religion & Politics, so I never did. But I am more comfortable and feeling safe with the Christians than the Muslims. Don't ask me why. Freedom and respect human life and dignity, I am coming from. After I dreamed met Christ and watched His court on judgement day, I became Christian. 
    By Destin - 11/17/2013 8:12:29 PM

  • Conversions propelling growth of Christianity round the world:

    The Church of England Newspaper, July 5, 2013 July 10, 2013

    Anglicanism was the fastest-growing major Christian tradition in Africa between 1970 and 2010, while the centre of gravity of Christianity has shifted to the Global South, reports a study published by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts,.

    Demographic data published in “Christianity in Its Global Context, 1970–2020: Society, Religion, and Mission” reports that while agnosticism and atheism has grown in Europe and Christianity plateaued, Europe remains the exception on the world scene as religions continue to gather new adherents round the world.

    Among the papers findings was that In 1970, Africa was 38.7 per cent Christian (143 million) and by 2020 the continent “will likely be 49.3 per cent % Christian (631 million).”

    Within the Christian population Anglicans in Africa grew from 7.7 million in 1970 to 50.8 million in 2010 and are expected to “reach 65 million by 2020”.

    Between 1970 and 2010 the number of Roman Catholics in Africa rose from 44.9 million (6.8 per cent of Catholics globally) to 197.0 million (15.2 per cent). By 2020 “there will be 232 million Roman Catholics in Africa, or 18.0 per cent of the world’s Catholics.”

    In 1970 Islam replaced local religions as Africa’s largest faith group. But over the past forty years Christianity has outstripped Islam andby 2020 Africa will be 49.3per cent  Christian, 41.7 per cent Muslim, and 8.7 per cent ethnoreligionist.”

    Christianity will likely average 2.1 per cent growth annually in Asia, more than twice the rate of growth for the general population (0.9 per cent) with much of the growth fueled by conversions.

    However many historic Christian communities in Western Asia—notably those in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq—have been emigrating because of ongoing conflict and violence in the region. In 1970 Western Asia was 7.3 per cent Christian, but “by 2020 the region will likely be only 5.4 per cent Christian.”

    The report found Christianity was on the decline in Europe largely because of secularization, but the continent was also becoming increasingly more religiously diverse because of immigration.

    Christianity in Europe experienced growth between 1970 and 2010—492 million (75.0 per cent) to 580 million (78.6 per cent)—largely because of a resurgence of religion in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. Between 2010 and 2020, however, the Christian population “will plateau and the Christian share of the total population will decline (to 78.0 per cent), largely because of deaths and because of individuals leaving the faith,” the report stated.

    Muslims will grow from 2.7% of the population in 1970 (18 million) to 5.9% in 2020 (44 million), likely because of immigration and lower-than-average European birth rates.

    The paper concludes the fundamental shifts in the demographics of global Christianity and religion are continuing into the twenty-first century. “The percentage of Christians from the Global South is still increasing, but the personal-contact gap between Christians and non-Christians continues to be very wide. Christians are also struggling, along with the entire development community, to address critical social and economic issues. A central problem appears to be uneven resource distribution in a multitude of areas. Christian resources are poorly deployed and not reaching those who could benefit most from them, in terms of both mission and social action. Yet, Christian involvement in spiritual and social transformation has never been greater, and it remains to be seen how effective Christians in both the North and the South will be in carrying out global, integral mission.”


    By Sharif - 10/30/2013 12:50:10 AM

  • I am an ex-muslim living in the West and I know at least 20 other ex-muslims. We are not afraid to speak up against this hateful, intolerant, backward ideology. You haters don't scare us anymore.

    By Abdel - 10/30/2013 12:25:01 AM

  • I am an ex-muslim living in the West and I know at least 20 other ex-muslims. We are not afraid to speak up against this hateful, intolerant, backward ideology. You haters don't scare us anymore.

    By Abdel - 10/30/2013 12:24:50 AM

  • That is lie. They are fake ex-Muslims.

    See the sites:



    The number of Christians is decreasing in world.

    By ke - 10/21/2013 8:09:55 PM

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    By Madm4n - 6/7/2013 11:04:21 AM

  • muslims need never worry about other muslims leaving islam. the reason is simple. we just hunt them down and either be-head them or throw them from high cliffs or stone them or generally make manure of them.

    why should we bother about conversion when we hunt them down? each and every one of them. all according to shafi, hanbali, maliki or hanbali?

    never mind and no matter!

    By hats off! - 5/16/2013 9:41:42 AM

  • i am so happy i left islam, it has brought me nothing but misery, pain & bad memories

    By Maria - 5/16/2013 8:33:20 AM

  • actually all muslims in kashmir have been converted from hindus at various stages due to fear

    By viki - 4/12/2013 4:41:54 AM

  • Why are muslims so afraid of dialog ? If there faith was “real deal” it should be able to handle heathly debate should it not?
    By J malone - 3/25/2013 10:03:09 AM

  • islam is a nice religion, what affects it is lack of love to people who are not muslims and terrorism. One can not be convinced to islam if there is no peace. A christian in an islamic country is called kafir and can be killed at any time. I think we should change, we should show love to non-muslim people, this will make them adhere to our religion and think of learning from us. What people need to see in the world is Love, let us teach love and not sword
    By Abraham - 3/24/2013 1:55:23 PM

  • Dear friends, Many thanks for the article and your enlightened comments.
    I am a Christian who has a Muslim wife and we believe the same about God/Allah.  We respect each other’s religion and that of other divinely inspired messages.  There is no conflict at all in my mind with the correct understanding of both Christianity and Islam.  Christians can learn from Islam and Muslims from the teachings of Jesus.  The issue Muslims have of believing in more than one God is untrue, Christians believe in one God and of which Jesus was a manifestation or a part, like a wave is part of an ocean and has its own distinct shape but is not the ocean in totality.  So Christians will say Jesus was God but God is not Jesus.   Muslims just focus on the ocean, whereas Christians focus on both the ocean and the wave (and its effect) but we are all facing the same ocean!  Jesus is recorded as saying the following:
    36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
    37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:36:40
    Is this not the spirit of both religions?  It’s my belief both the Bible (Matthew/Mark/Luke/John) and the Quran should be read to understand the spirit of the message rather than the letter of the law.  Books from antiquity born in an illiterate society are by their nature prone to error and misinterpretation by the limited capacity of the human mind.  I have had to use spell check on this document which is written on computer in my native language.  The challenges the compilers of holy texts had in converting an oral tradition into a primitive language and then copying accurately down through the ages is mind boggling.
    What is important for all who experience the love and beauty of God is to reflect the glory of God into the world in the form of love for your fellow man (and woman!) and in working together to make the world a better place for all.
    La ilaha illallah.  God bless you all. Michael
    By Michael - 3/1/2013 6:47:44 AM

  • My dear Johan, I can reply to all your questions and concerns if you just reply to one question of mine: How did Munni Bai become Jhandu balm?
    By Manzoorul Haque - 8/14/2012 1:52:39 PM

  • Anti-Islam websites must know that such "Open Letters" finding fault with a theology can be written against any religion. Worse denunciations have been posted against Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. Yunus saheb's reply is in my view the best way to respond to such messages.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 8/14/2012 1:27:03 PM

  • This is in response to the open letter and addresses the questioner.
    Rather than answering the tabled questions point by point which are going to be a very taxing even for a consummate mufassir (exegete), and inconclusive exercise as there could be different answer options. Besides, the critic or Qur’an-sceptic could come up with another set of questions, and keep a respondent defending the Qur’an – God’s speech to the best of his capacity and the limit of his knowledge without ever being able to satisfy an inveterate sceptic. I doubt if you can find anyone in the world to undertake such an open ended task. However, the Qur’an offers a carte blanche answer to all your potentially 6,666 question as each verse can stand out as a question to the sceptic.
    The Qur’an commands humanity to probe its verses (38:29, 47:24) with a positive state of mind (56:79) focusing only on clear verses (ayatum muhkamat) – such as those free from any ambiguity or confusion (mutashabihat) (3:7) and seek the best meaning in it (39:18, 39:55). It declares:
    “He is the One who has revealed to you (O Muhammad,) the Book which contains (some) clear verses that (form) the essence of this Book, while others are allegorical. As for those with perversity in their hearts, follow that which is allegorical seeking confusion and seeking an interpretation. No one knows its interpretation, except God.
    The Qur’an also asserts its own perfection and completion (5:3) and claims to be its own best interpretation (25:33).
    Therefore, if you seek to grasp the message of the Qur’an, you have to steer clear of the verses that you find confusing and focus on its clearly stated commandments. I have indeed read the translation of the Qur’an back to back at least 6-7 times over the past 15 years, identified its clearly stated verses that bear its ahkamat (3:7), attempted to interpret them using Qur’an’s internal illustrations and jointly with a fellow researcher of the Qur’an, co-authored a book, Essential Message of Islam (Amana Publications, 2009). The book is approved by al-Azhar al-Sharif  (2002) and endorsed by Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, Professor of Law, UCLA in these words:
    “Readers who wish to learn the theological and moral dogma of Islam will find this book indispensable.  But this book is not just an informative tool for the fair-minded and interested reader.  This book is an educational tool for both Muslims and non-Muslims—it is an authoritatively reliable text to teach young Muslims, or even Muslims who never had the time to study the Qur’an, or the fundamentals of their religion.”
    If you wish you may get a copy of the book for your enlightenment on the Qur’anic message. 
    The Qur’anic pronouncements often relate to the immediate context of the revelation and its tone and contents varied according to change of the context. Let me illustrate this by a simple example. Say you maintain a diary on your exhortations to your son. When he is 16, you ask him not to drive a car. When he is 18, you ask him to drive very carefully. When he is fit, you encourage him to rise early morning and go out for a walk or a run. When he is sick, you ask him to stay in bed till late in the morning and keep from morning walk or run. Now suppose you maintained the diary for 23 years, but did not enter any date, nor made your entries in any order. Your son understood you all through, but your grandson who never witnessed your interaction with your son is totally at a loss and charges you of mental disorientation. Now you think who suffers mental disorientation – you or your grandson. This is precisely what happens when we people try to understand the Qur’an centuries after the revelation. Events are recorded without any date, chronological order or thematic flow, which is indeed utterly confusing. But the Qur’an has given clues noted above. Take it or leave it, but let not your mental disorientation prompt you to challenge divine speech for that will be a merely wasted exercise, and only create confusion (3:7). 
    By muhammad yunus (1) - 8/14/2012 11:30:24 AM

  • I came across the following letter  at "Islam Watch"    Is there any truth in it or all are blasphemy"  I need an expert opinion. Thanks. The letter is here:

    An Ex-Muslim’s Open Letter to Muslims of the World
    Sunday, 18 March 2012
    Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters
    Greetings in the name of Allah, the beneficent and the Merciful!
    Today we are fortunate to watch what is happening in the world on TV from our living rooms – whether it is tsunami, floods, earthquakes, plane crashes, refugee camps, the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan etc. In this panorama of world events, we also watch our Muslim brothers continually involve in unending fights in Palestine, Kashmir, Southern Thailand, Mindanao (Philippines), Nigeria, Chechnya, Burma, Xinxiang province in China etc. We also watch Muslims killing Muslims, or Sunnies fighting against Shiites Ahamadias, Bahais, often attacking their Mosques using suicide bombers.
    The world is watching us with renewed interest, especially after the Al Qaeda attacks on America, London, Spain, Bali and Mumbai. People have started calling our Holy Quran A WAR MANUAL OR A TERROR MANUAL. Is it not a sad thing?
    Please pay careful attention to this letter, which is being translated into 300 to 400 languages and sent to about 500 million Muslims and non-Muslims around the world.
    After seeing so much of terrorist attacks by our self-proclaimed Jihadist brothers, non-Muslims have started reading our Holy Koran, Hadith and Sira, and are raising so many questions. Only ten questions are given here with explanations. Please be ready to answer them.
    1. Why Allah changed his own statements in the Holy Quran?
    The following are examples of the good and kind verses, Allah revealed to our Holy Prophet in Mecca when he had only one wife, Kadhija.
    “Be patient with what they say, and part from them courteously” (Q.73:10)
    “To you be your religion, and to me my religion.” (Q.109:6)
    “Therefore be patient with what they say, and celebrate (constantly) the praises of your Lord” (Q.20:103)
    “...and you will find the nearest in love to the believers (Muslims) those who say: ‘We are Christians”; because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.” (Q.5:82
    “We well know what the infidels say: but you are not to compel them”. (Q.50:45)
    “Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant” (Q7:119)
    “Pardon thou, with a gracious pardoning.” (Q.15:85)
    “Tell those who believe, to forgive, to forgive those who do not look forward to the days of Allah.” (Q.45.14)
    “Those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians – any who believe in Allah and the last day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Q.2:62)
    “And do not dispute with the followers of the Book, except what is best.” (Q.29:46
    After the death of Kadhija, our holy Prophet married Sawda, and then under-aged 9-year-old Aisha at the age of 53 and by this time he became very powerful in Medina. However, the Jews and Christians had rejected his claim of prophethood and his call to embrace Islam. Now the attitude of the Prophet and tone of Allah’s subsequent verses dramatically changed. Let us now take a look at the new Koranic verses, and also reflect a little on why Allah could not honour his own earlier words.
    “Oh you who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers and let them find harshness in you” (Q.9:123)
    “I will instil terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite above their necks and smite all their finger tips off.” (Q.8:12)
    “Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him.” (Q.3:85)
    “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them.” (Q.9.5)
    “slay them wherever ye catch them.”  (Q.2:191)
    “Humiliate them and impose on them a penalty tax if they are Christians or Jews,” (Q.9:29)
    “Allah deceived and Allah is the best of deceivers” (Q 3:54)
    “Muslims do not take Jews and Christians as your friends” (Q 5:51)
    “Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the last day, and fight people of the book.” (Q.9:29)
    “O people of the Book (Jews and Christians), do you find fault with us, except that we believe in Allah? Shall I inform you of him who is worse than this in retribution from Allah? Worse is he whom Allah has cursed and brought His wrath upon, and of whom He made apes and swine and he who served idols. Such are in worse plight and far more astray from the straight path” (Q.5:59-60)
    If Jews and Christians are the breed of monkeys and pigs in the eyes of Allah, then how it is possible that out of 820 or so Nobel Prize winners, 800 belonged to the People of the Book (Christians 620, Jews 180)?
    Have you noticed that all inventions and discoveries that we use today, from safety-pin to aspirin, were made by people who never read our Holy Quran?
    How we, the Muslims, can demand respect from others without any contribution to humanity?
    2. Accusation of our Holy Prophet of being a paedophile?
    According to Sahih Al-Bukhari (Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236), our Holy Prophet married ‘Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.
    Is it normal for a 50-year-old Holy Prophet to fall in love with a 9-year-old girl and for a 53-year-old Holy Prophet to consummate a 9-year-old girl?
    Was he the best of Allah’s creation, as we claim?
    Are we to follow this example and marry six-year-old girls?
    3. Accusation that our Holy Prophet a looter of caravans, a rapist and a slave trader?
    Sahih Bukhari Volume 5, Book 59, Number 459:
    “We went out with Allah’s Apostle for the Ghazwa of Banu Al-Mustaliq and we received captives and we desired women and we loved to do coitus interruptus.( molesting  the women  and withdrawing before ejaculation, because pregnant women are difficult to sell in the slave trade) So we asked Allah’s Apostle, he said, ‘It is better for you not to do so, for if any soul is predestined to exist, it will exist.”
    This hadith proves that our Prophet looted caravans, raped captured women and was involved in slave trade.
    Accordingly, non-Muslims are accusing our Holy Prophet of being a looter, rapist and slave trader. How do we counter these accusations?
    4. Accusation that our Holy Prophet was a mass murderer?
    According to Sahih Bukhari (Volume 4, Book 52, Number 280), after 25 days of holding Banu Qurayza besieged, the Jews eventually surrendered unconditionally as was demanded by our Holy Prophet. By the order of our Holy Prophet, between 600 and 900 of the Jewish men were beheaded.
    Even if these Jews were found ‘treacherous’, was he not a "mercy of God to mankind" as Allah has said in the Quran? How could he then commit this horrendous massacre?
    Yet, our Prophet boasted of such cruelties: “I have been made victorious through terror”. (Bukhari 4:52:220)
    Soon after our Holy prophet set foot in Medina, he started his campaign of terror.  His followers have been doing the same ever since until this day.
    5. Accusation of polygamy against our Holy Prophet
    After Kadhija’s death when our Prophet was 50 years old, he had more than 20 wives and concubines. They were: Sawda, Aisha, Hafsa, Zaynab biny khuzayma, Umm Salama Rayhana, Zaynab bint Jahsh, Juwariya, Safiya, Barra, and Maria etc. Many of them were beautiful young widows from war-booty between the ages of 15 to 20.
    6. Did Our Holy Prophet marry his own daughter-in-law Zainab?
    Our Holy Prophet peeped through the window of his adopted son Zaid’s house and found Zaid’s wife Zainab in her night dress, which aroused his sexual desires for her. When Zaid heard about it, he become heart-broken, and divorced Zainab so that our Holy Prophet, his father, could marry her. And to clear the way for him to marry his daughter-in-law, which was not approved in Arab societies, our Prophet produced the following Quranic verse:
    “You did hide in yourself that which Allâh will make manifest, you did fear the people whereas Allâh had a better right that you should fear Him. So when Zaid had accomplished his desire from her (i.e. divorced her), We gave her to you in marriage, so that (in future) there may be no difficulty to the believers in respect of (the marriage of) the wives of their adopted sons when the latter have no desire to keep them. And Allâh’s Command must be fulfilled” (Q.33:37).
    Was this verse, which gives Muslims licence to marry the wife of their adopted sons, needed for guiding humanity to the right path?
    7. Why Our Holy Prophet had broken the promise given to his 12 wives?
    Mariah was a very beautiful Coptic Christian slave-girl of Hafsa, a wife of our Prophet. Though our prophet had promised to his wives that he would not have sex with Mariah, he cleverly planned and sent Hafsa out to her father Omar’s house on the pretext of an urgent matter, and had sex with Mariah when Hafsa was gone. When Hafsa found out that father didn’t call for her and returned home quickly, she found our Holy Prophet having sex with Maria in her bed.
    In this awful situation, how did Our Holy prophet react? He pulled out another Quranic verse, allegedly coming from Allah, to give him divine license to commit such sexual act:
    “O Prophet! Why do you ban (for yourself) that which Allâh has made lawful to you, seeking to please your wives? And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Allâh has already ordained for you (O men), the dissolution of your oaths. And Allâh is your Maula (Protector.) and He is the All-Knower, the All-Wise”. (Q.66:1-5)
    Is this verse needed to be there in the Quran for guiding humankind to the right path? Or was devised just to cover his sexual pleasures?
    Intelligent Aisha, being the favourite wife, knew our prophet well and rightly said: "Allah really sends his verses at and for your convenience, Rasool Allah!"
    8. Is Allah the pagan moon God?
    Was not our Prophet’s father named Abdullah, meaning “slave of Allah”? If so, how this Allah came into existence before our Prophet was born? Was this the pagan moon god Allah which the people of Quraish in Arabia, revered and worshiped? How this idol moon god of the Arabs became the heavenly one God for Muslims?
    9. Why the rights of a woman in the Muslim world are so weak?
    In Islam, a woman can be beaten by her husband (Q:4:34); the Quran and Hadith give her no right to divorce her husband; her testimony in court is half the value of a man’s; her inheritance is half what her brother gets; and she cannot leave the house officially without her husband’s permission.
    Under sharia law, for a violated woman to prove that she was raped, not committed adultery, she must produce four male witnesses. So, how can a woman prove that she was raped? Does rape happen in front of four men? Was there any incident in the world that four men came to the court and said they have witnessed the rape? How do we justify this law, cruel to women?
    10. Why Muslim women must wear burka?
    When our Holy Prophet died at the age of 63, Aisha was 18 years old and his other wives, except Sawda, were between 23 and 27 years of age. On his later years in life, probably when our Holy Prophet became sexually weak and was unable to satisfy his wives, he faced a serious problem of protecting his 12 young and beautiful wives from the lustful glance of others. Hence, he ordered his wives and also the concubines to cover them from head to toe. This burqa dress has become the symbol of ‘modesty’ for women in Islam today. Please remember that our Prophet’s first wife Kadhija never wore burqa. Today, half a billion Muslim women have to veil themselves, because our Prophet had devised this dress-code to cover for his sexual weakness (impotence).
    Islam, the fastest-growing religion?
    We Muslims proudly claim that Islam is the fastest-growing religion. Islam is not the fastest-growing religion in terms of conversion. Sheikh Ahmad Al Katani gave Aljazeera T.V. the following facts and figures: “In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Everyday, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity.” (note that even two professors and Imams of Egypt’s most prestigious Al Azhar University, Dr. Mustafa (now Mark Gabriel) and Dr. Mohammad Rahoumy (now Dr. Samuel Paul) have left Islam, because of the unacceptable teachings of the Koran.)
    But Islam is certainly the fastest-breeding religion. If you can have up to four wives and take a lot of children without bothering about their future and well being, that’s what will happen. The population will increase fast, but your community will be poor with hunger, and lack of education and jobs.
    My dear Muslim brothers and sisters, please do not treat this letter as an American or Jewish propaganda. We love you very much. Why? Because we were Muslims like you before. We want you to see the truth for your self. If you have any doubt about this letter ask, any educated Muslim, but not a Mullah, who will be angry with you. You may have heard this story. A young Muslim asked a Mullah:
    “When Allah created Adam & Eve, that is one woman to one man, how is it that our Holy Prophet had more than 12 wives and allowed us to have 4 wives? Because of this, we Muslims are poor everywhere?” The Mullah slapped on his face and shouted: “Don’t ask questions: believe and obey what we say.”
    The Mullahs want you to remain chained in the 7th-century Arab culture. When we, the ex-Muslims, studied Koran, Ahadith and Sira together, with a logical and analytical mind, we found that Islam was not what we were taught in childhood: Islam is the best religion and Prophet Muhammad was the finest man in history. In fact, the exact opposite is the truth. And we became heart broken; we felt depressed; shame, shock, guilt, and frustration. But eventually, we came through that difficult stage, and got enlightened and freedom from the shackles of Islam. However painful was the process, we came out strong, confident and happy. Believe us: only after we were out of the bounds of Islam, we realized that how great a feeling it is not to live a lie and to be free. Please look around the world on the TV, the Kaffir people in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Punjab have found peace and are pursuing higher education, prosperity and happiness. You all know that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (East Pakistan) got freedom on the night of 14 August 1947. The idol-worshiping Indians are progressing well and steadily toward a superpower nation, but Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, who follow “allegedly” the best religion and ‘greatest prophet and human being ever on earth’, are struggling to exist as nations. India is building 1,200 km fence to stop the hungry Muslims from crossing into India.
    We the ex-Muslims will have no greater joy than seeing you – the Muslim brethren of our birth-religion – progress, prosper and excel in the race of civilization. For that to happen, leaving the false, backward, unjust and cruel religion of Islam and walking the path of truth and justice and loving humanity is essential.
    May God bless you abundantly. Yours truly, Roman (An Ex-Muslim)

    By Johan - 8/13/2012 10:33:51 AM

  • The claim Libyan  Sheikh Ahmad Al Qataani that
    "In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Ever year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity."
    is far from reality , there is no statistical support to his claims .No population based studies and statistics dealing with demographics of religion in Africa show the same. The sheikhs claim is also quoted by Wikipedia in the section of Christianity but they too cite NO REFERENCE that validate them.
    The spread of Christianity in Africa or Sub Saharan Africa to be specific is more at the expense of ANIMISM and NOT ISLAM . Researchers do not upheld the claims of Sheikh and see it as a way to incite Muslims with these claims of loss of believers at the hands of Christian missionaries. The latest demographic based statistics do show that Islam is the dominant religion in Africa  more than Christianity and is also gaining grounds in sub Saharan Africa . World book encyclopedia  and pews forum 
    However Encyclopedia Britannica says Christianity is dominant .
    Coming on to the demographics of religious conversions , researchers dealing with this say it is difficult to say accurately which religion gains more converts and studies dealing with them vary .
    1) In the period 1990-2000, approximately 12.5 million more people converted to Islam than to Christianity . (Guinness World Records 2003, pg 102) 
    2) According to Reader’s digest Almanic year book Islam grew by 235% in 50 years between 1934-1984
    3) Today Islam is the fastest growing religion” (Is Organized religion a Sham by Ed Sepernik, pg 166)
    4) There are over a billion Muslims in the world today, including 3 to 5 million in the U.S., making it the second most populous religion on earth after Christianity. According to some estimates, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. (The Joy of Secrets, Peter Occhigrosso, 1996, p394-397)
    5) According to world Christian encyclopedia Christianity is the fastest growing religion by converts .
    Coming on to the main message of this article , Muslims should introspect them self.
    Today Muslims are doing exactly things which God had prohibited to
    1) We are fighting among our self ,
    2) We are far from science and development,
    3) We are taking mindless Mullahs as our lord and just follow them like sheep.
    4) We are not sincere in any work we are in , we lie , we back bite ,we hate any thing constructive and progressive .
    5) We complaint about if Hindus and Christians suppress us in their countries and we keep quite if Muslims do the same to them in Muslim countries.
    6) The world out there blame us for each and every thing bad as if every bad is from us , but we give the chance to them .
    In short we should leave all these bad things in our self and be the epitome of truth, love and development.
    By Dr Ali - 8/13/2012 5:39:12 AM

  • Dear Naseer Ahmed sb., I must acknowledge your posting of 01.08.2012, under this thread, wherein, you have beautifully explained the application of the concept of Al Taqiya in the modern law, in both these areas: confession under police custody, and the infirmity in consent because of coercion.  
    All of us on this website will be looking forward to such nuggets of wisdom on various subjects as we progress through our discussions under various threads. You need not please reply too this, because this is an acknowledgment.
    By Manzoorul Haque - 8/3/2012 11:31:11 AM

  • Dear Yunus bhai, I withdraw my following sentence, which was meant just to be a light humor: “aren’t you also responsible to a little extent for “the game”, by not declaring which side you should be counted”? Please carry on happily with your fight against dogmatism. You can expect replies from me, on issues and principles, when I feel your views seriously clash with fundamentals of mine.
    By Manzoorul Haque - 8/3/2012 9:12:48 AM

  • Respected Manzoorul Haque Sahib. Thanks for love. I don't regard any personality as Muqaddas or masum. No one is above criticism. I may be fond of Maulan Wahiduddin Sahib; it doesn't mean I follow him blindly. I may be fond of you, but certainly not your follower.
    We all have certain biases, agendas, different ways of thinking, etc.
    One person may not effect statical results, but it is one person who takes initiative. Some people get influenced by his thinking, later it makes a large follower-ship. Then it can effect statics records.
    I explained nothing I expressed my feelings. If you think I am alone, you are wrong. It is like an ostrich who buris his head in the sand and think he is safe.
    There is something serious for which you all are here in NewAgeIslam.
    I support many points of Mr Sultan Shahin and Janab Yunus Sahib (1). Who knows whether they will get success or not?
     If I can't effect statical records, should I not make an effort?
    By mohd yunus - 8/2/2012 11:28:22 PM

  • Ehsan Aheb. We all should be grateful to you for posting the PEW survey findings. All is not lost. But there is no denying the fact by 3rd generation descendants of immigrant Muslims in America are most likely to have left their faith for atheism or Christianity. Please read this researched book, by Jeffery Lang, an American convert to Islam:
    Losing My Religion: A Call For Help
    By muhammad yunus (1) - 8/2/2012 9:51:06 PM

  • I’ve just stumbled across the Pew Forum’s extensive report on Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa. It reveals the incredible transformation of the region over the last century. According to the report:

    In little more than a century, the religious landscape of sub-Saharan Africa has changed dramatically. As of 1900, both Muslims and Christians were relatively small minorities in the region. The vast majority of people practiced traditional African religions, while adherents of Christianity and Islam combined made up less than a quarter of the population.

    Since then, however, the number of Muslims living between the Sahara Desert and the Cape of Good Hope has increased more than 20-fold, rising from an estimated 11 million in 1900 to approximately 234 million in 2010. The number of Christians has grown even faster, soaring almost 70-fold from about 7 million to 470 million. Sub-Saharan Africa now is home to about one-in-five of all the Christians in the world (21%) and more than one-in-seven of the world’s Muslims (15%). Since 1910 Christianity has been outgrowing Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa by a rate of 3.5 to 1. There is little evidence in the survey findings to indicate that either Christianity or Islam is growing in sub-Saharan Africa at the expense of the other. Although a relatively small percentage of Muslims have become Christians, and a relatively small percentage of Christians have become Muslims, the survey finds no substantial shift in either direction.

    For details please read the report below:


    By Ehsan - 8/1/2012 2:25:47 PM

  • Brother yunus(2) bhai, What you have taken so seriously to explain me so many things, was in very light vein – a sort of a subtle joke. Do you think a count of one (person’s) makes any difference in statistical results. By the way, your fondness for Maualna Wahiduddin Khan and Al-Risala brings us on one platform. He has a very placatory way of explaining things. However, I am a little less pacific.
    I was in fact missing you after I had declared my love for you, and was feeling bit like a lover spurned.
    By Manzoorul Haque - 8/1/2012 10:50:23 AM

  • While commenting on this piece I had totally ignored the reference to Kashmir. Reason, I just cannot believe the veracity of the report. I have a strong feeling that the news about the spread of Christianity in Valley is false. There is no truth in it. There were some converted Christian families in Kashmir Valley since the days of Sheikh Abdullah who himself was not Islamic minded. The maulvis of the Valley were sleeping then. In India and Punjab also many Muslims (even well-off  Hindus; Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s direct descendant is a Christian in England) had converted to Christianity in the first part of the twentieth century. They did it because they wanted to, and there was no coercion associated. Of course, there is no connection of Indian Army with conversions in Kashmir. Excesses are another matter. However, the track record of Indian Army in J&K is not bad. If some individuals in the Army have committed excesses, they have been punished, or are in the process of being punished.
    As an Indian Muslim, we should wish that some political solution should come about with regard to J&K and the Kashmiris should strengthen the hands of Muslims of the rest of India to claim our rightful heritage in this motherland. We should not be much depressed by the views and actions of the communal Hindus because they have lost their sheen and now they cannot hog the entire space of Indian nationhood all by themselves. There are many contenders besides Muslims, who are challenging the communalists.
    By Manzoorul Haque - 8/1/2012 10:20:55 AM

  • Thanks Mr Shahin for drawing our attention to this vital and important piece of information.
    In my humble opinion (and I could of course be wrong) one reason for Muslims to be leaving Islam is confusion; Which version of Islam is right? We have Muslims confusion over how conservative they need by or how progressive? Another is shameless terrorism justified on religious grounds. Yes another is reading tons of secondary sources into the Qur'an.
    People with open eyes also see the state of affairs in Muslim lands. Why, they wonder, if they have the best system to produce God fearing people, their countries are faring badly compared to others. Even the oil rich Gulf countries lack all kinds of ethics and research and development in science, technology, and human rights.
    Fearing such desertions by educated youth, Sir Syed and G A Parwez tried to  present an exposition of the Qur'an that was based on tasreef and Arabic Lughat and relatively free of reliance on secondary sources (history/hadees). This led to many people back to the Qur'an alone. Although there are differences between Qur'an alone scholars over certain interpretations, it is hoped, things would be sorted out as time progresses. As the original Arabic Qur'an is still preserved as revealed, students of Qur'an need only to work with one subject (Arabic language) rather than tons of secondary sources to arrive at conclusions that gain wide acceptance over time.
    That said, it may be helpful to remember that the Qur'an looks for quality than quantity (2:2 This is the Book of Allah: there is no doubt about it. It is guidance to Godfearing people)
    In any case, it is about time we reflect on the reasons of our decline and desertions. Thanks for starting it.
    By Mubashir - 8/1/2012 9:07:37 AM

  • Raihan Nizami. Drawing Indian army into the reverse spiritual journey of the Muslims (from Islam to another faith) is too far fetched and absurd. Please read my article under posting. 

    By muhammad yunus (1) - 8/1/2012 7:33:49 AM

  • Respected Manzoorul Haque Sb. You commented as: "Brother yunus (2), aren’t you also responsible to a little extent for the game, by not declaring which side you should be counted?"
    You are not following advise of Janab Naseer Ahmed Sahib.
    I am not a member of any party. I read and listen to all Muslims and Non-Muslims. I read debates between believers and non-believers. I visit Muslim sites, as well as Non-Muslim sites even haters in your language. I don't confine me to a particular creed or sect.
    I don't deny hatred, but is it limited to Non-Muslims only?
    Do you read how Muslims react to Non-Muslims articles even from Muslims who differ in their views.? Non-Muslims do the same thing but they are tolerant up to great extent.It is face-to-face encounter.
    I feel fear (honestly) to express a different view on any topic of Islam. Few Muslims tolerate any criticism.
    I very often condemn the views of Hindus on Un-touchability and other religious, and social issues. I never receive
    Don't you see the sarcasm in this statement.
    It is of no value which party I belong to. I can take any side. When somebody says wrong to Muslims I take the side of Muslims. If Non-Muslims are right (Right in quoting Islamic references), I take the side of Non-Muslims.
    I am not here for Muslims or Non-Muslims.
    Recently I read "Creation plan of God" by Maulana Wahiddudin Khan sahib. I agree to some points not all. I don't  believe because it is written by large figure. I agree when it appeals to my inner-sight.
    I had been a regular reader of Al-Risla, though I was not a registered reader. I believe that the methodology advocated by Maulana is indeed a necessity (fard-e-ain in maulana's language) for Muslims if they want to progress. His way of addressing the issues is of great importance.
    Many Muslims stated that he is agent of enemies. He is advising Muslims to take back seat.
    I may not follow all but I try to improve myself. Don't get disheartened as it is in the God's plan.
    Keep doing your duty what you believe in, forget if someone is convinced or not as prophet used to do it..
    Prophet was a real person not ideal. Ideal is non-existent.  We use Ideal to measure how much are we near to ideal. It will never be.
    If I quote ditto from secondary source, I will be called hater.
    Please read the book By Dr Shabbeer Ahmed "Enemies of Islam". I never used derogatory words.
    You need not to find enemies, you have already in practicing and not practicing Muslims.
    Any thing  attached to Islam, whether it is Islamic or not is above criticism.
    Please excuse me if I am scattered in putting the comments and repeating the views. .
    I am here to stay, whether you people like me or not until editor bans me.
    You showed that you are not aware of takiya. Please know about it because Muslims are accused of the same.
    Enjoy Ramadhan. May Allah bless you.
    By mohd yunus - 8/1/2012 2:29:02 AM

  • Dear Manzoorul Haque Sb, Apart from the story of the drowning of the Pharaoh in Surah 10 verses 90 to 92, there is another verse 4:18 reproduced below:
    4:18. Of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil, until death faces one of them, and he says, "Now have I repented indeed;" nor of those who die rejecting Faith: for them have We prepared a punishment most grievous.
    Islam has contributed its  fund of invaluable knowledge to the reawakening of Europe during the Renaissance.
    As far as law is concerned, let us look at just one interesting piece of law, the much maligned law of Al Taqiya and its contribution to humanizing the law of civilized countries. .
    “The religious ruling is about a person who has been compelled to utter a word of infidelity (kufr) under the threat that he would be killed if he did not do that. If he feels that in all likelihood, the people threatening him have the full capability of doing just that, then, this is a state of duress. If he were to utter some word of disbelief, verbally – but, with a heart firm on faith, a heart that shuns saying what is false and evil – then, there is no sin on him.(Qurtubi Mazhari)
    Muslim scholars, in their books of Fiqh have further clarified that Taqiya is permitted only under conditions of coercion where the coerced apprehends that the coercer is both capable of carrying out the threat and also most likely to do so, and the threat is to his life or limb.
    All countries have codified the Quranic law of `Taqiya' in their statutes. To that extent, they follow the Shariat. For example, confessions made to a police officer are inadmissible as evidence in a court of law as coercion is assumed unless rebutted through presence of a magistrate while recording the confession. Contracts made under duress or coercion are voidable.
    Compare this with what was happening in England, Spain and rest of Europe upto the closing years of the eighteenth century or 11 centuries after Islam, when confessions were extracted through torture and `witches’ and those engaged in ‘heresy’ were burnt at the stakes. The men were emasculated before being hanged. Such cruelty and barbarism was never witnessed under Islam. Islamic shariat laws have humanized much of the law of civilized countries including rights of women and are a separate subject for discussion.
    By Naseer Ahmed - 8/1/2012 2:22:56 AM

  • Please note: The posting just released is addressed to Janab Naseer Ahmed sb.
    By Manzoorul Haque - 8/1/2012 12:29:20 AM

  • Thanks a lot for expressing your kind agreement with my views. The ideas expressed by you are impressive, meaningful, constructive and beneficial for the intellectual growth of the community. I have no hesitation in saying that we should learn from these ideas to add to our growth and in due course contribute on these lines to raise the overall intellectual stature of the community without compromising with the essentials. I hope youngsters who post and write on this website will also vibe with us on this. I shall be earnestly looking forward to more of  your views and comments.
    The incident of Pharaoh had almost faded from my memory and so its finer implication was never registered in my mind. But now that you have brought it up, it comes out clean. Recently I have written somewhere that until the last moment of one’s life one can repent, but obviously, that needs to be qualified.
    Incidentally, I can see a wonderful symmetry of logic in it. The sight of ‘certain death’ alters the existential situation in a person’s life because at this turning point, the free-will is ceased and a human being is guided by his instinct of self-preservation. Good or bad must flow freely from the choice made with man’s free-will, so long as he was in command.
    Just by way of further musing, and to buttress my long held view - that at the foundation of modern (western) civilization, are laid principles, largely derived from the wisdom of the holy Quran - I can see the application of this principle in criminal law, when a person is exempted of ‘mens rea’, and is permitted to kill in right of private defense, when faced with ‘imminent death’.
    By Manzoorul Haque - 8/1/2012 12:10:53 AM

  • Brother yunus (2), aren’t you also responsible to a little extent for the game, by not declaring which side you should be counted?
    By Manzoorul Haque - 7/31/2012 5:50:17 AM

  • Mr sahan. You are spreading Islomophobia
    By mohd yunus - 7/31/2012 3:34:08 AM

  • Janab Manzoorul Haque Sb, I have been reading your “philosophical message of Islam” in several posts with a great deal of interest and pleasure. Your insights are very valuable and reinforce many of my own convictions. Muhammad Yunus Sb’s scholarly articles have also been a treat to read.
    Just one small point. When faced with certain death a person does realize the truth and at that point, if he swears by it, it is of no avail. Pharaoh also declared that he believed in the God of Moses before he was drowned and that was not accepted. The Quran also stresses on belief in the Unseen and if the Unseen manifests Himself, there is no credit for the belief after that and the matter is decided and man's account of good and evil closed. Below are some of my own musings which I would like to share.
    The Quran is described as a book of ayats or the signs of God. Nowhere does it talk about proof of God. The concept of mizan or the balance recurs in the Quran and man has been given this sense of balance to enable him to decide based on  evidence and man has been asked to believe based on several factors and some of them are:
    1. Consider what the Quran invites you to. It invites you to only good
    2. The Prophet asks no reward from you.
    3. The logical consistency of the arguments.
    4. The favours of God on man
    5. History of previous people as an example for understanding
    I consider the much maligned subject of statistics to be divine. It is maligned because it is misused by people who do not understand it. Strangely logic is not maligned although people are illogical most of the time.
    Now, there is no proof of the existence of God. There are only signs. So does God exist? A counter question could be ‘with what confidence can we say that God does not exist?’ Here a sense of statistics and balance helps us and the answer is very little.
    So in balance, there is very little confidence for the counter proposition "God does not exist" and I find that a belief system invites me to what is good and avoid what is shameful and helps me understand my purpose in this life and comforts me when I am distressed and has a logical consistency and therefore I believe. There is no system or hierarchy to which I have to pay a fee for my belief. In brief, I do not have to purchase my belief from any human organization. It is a free gift from God which I can accept or reject.
    The argument that religion has caused much bloodshed seeks to see a causal relationship between religion and the various wars. The fact is that there have been good wars and bad wars. A good war results in centuries of peace and security and puts an end to all bad wars and insecurity. A truly religious war is a good war. The fact is that without religion and morality there would only be bad wars and it is the unconquered base nature of man that would never allow for peace but for religion and morality.
    By Naseer Ahmed - 7/31/2012 3:20:09 AM

  • “Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world” is a matter of pride for Most of the Muslims. Same statement is regarded as Islamophobia for some Muslims and Non-Muslims.
    Truth is lost when war begins.
    By mohd yunus - 7/31/2012 3:14:06 AM

  • Real Muslims always wish to die as Muslim and never never embrace any other religion.Islam is already suffering because of large number of Munafiqeen calling them selves as fundamentalist.It is better if Islam is purge from hypocrites or name sake Muslims .Christianity always  attract more people because of their freedom of all vices viz, drinking liquor,gay marriage,sex  without marriage ,nudity in public etc, etc,therefore better such type of people leave Islam.

    By shahenshah nawab - 7/31/2012 2:43:12 AM

  • What is this game? Muslims claim "Islam  is most growing religion in the world." Christians claim Muslims are accepting Islam. Some Muslims also saying that Muslims are converting to Christianity. But their excuse is Christians are successful because of propaganda.
    By mohd yunus - 7/30/2012 11:01:50 PM

  • Why Muslims are breaking away from Islamic rituals and customs?  Why there is lack of love for God? Why there is weakening connection with God’s prophet, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (saw), thought of the day of Judgement and  why the greatness of Islamic culture is fading day by day? No answer, except that Non-Muslims are conspiring against Muslims. This is what you get when you are unable to see fault in yourself. By the way these are the effects of some cause and we need to know the cause of this effect. These are not the cause/reason as put down by the Maulana.
    By sadaf - 7/30/2012 1:19:04 PM

  • Be righteous and steadfast in your faith, be a nice human being. Spirituality, Faith and Acceptance is of paramount importance. Muslims the world over are distracted with the the ways to live life - hijaab, method of wudhu, the way you practice islaam is not right etc... etc.. I call it the "fodder for the Mullahs". Mullahs are dictating and controlling Islam. RELIGION IS A DIRECT DEAL B/W A PERSON AND ALLAH.
    By moostafa - 7/30/2012 11:48:38 AM

  • Whites and rich turning to Islam has news value.
    Militarily and economically pulverized communities turning to Christianity is a socially relevant fact. The numbers are likely to increase with economic and military failures of Muslims. Ask any one thousand Muslims. Perhaps one would know of the forced division of Sudan. Ask one lakh Muslims. Perhaps one would know of the forced cession of East Timor.
    In any case, according to the religious stance of some of the New Age Islamists, there are more Muslims amongst non-Muslims and more non-Muslims amongst Muslims – so Allah must be mightily happy to see the end-result of this game! Jokes apart, Muslims have a responsibility in the immediate context, even if history of the world is controlled by God.
    For me, this is a major question because I believe in identity as well. The mixed-up identity of the above kind makes me uncomfortable because of its redundancy. Readers will recall my having used the words ‘organization and management’ of religion to carry the core values within. Unfortunately, the fact of identity is being hit from within as well. There are some scrapers who scrape Islam’s shell to reach the kernel and like the Absolutist searcher of the Absolute, they scrape the kernel too, leaving nothing in the end - truly Orwellian scene.
    We have already discussed what are our possible values, which can be reiterated here: Monotheism of Islam; majesty of God; piousness of prophet and leadership; loving discourse within Islam (accepting all sects as nearby points around the true pole of Islam, and conceding, Truth is humanly impossible to reach); loving discourse with those individuals, families and communities who are willing seekers of Truth; maintaining neutrality and co-existence with detractors of Islam; defending Islam from the violators of neutrality; pursuing excellence in knowledge of science and engineering while excluding areas destructive to life property and ecology; pursuing excellence in arts and sports while also protecting woman from bodily exploitation; achieving dignity of relationship between man and man and between man and woman; pursing commerce with a human face; and finally organizing the Muslim ‘muashra’ around these core values.
    As an individual Muslim by writing all this I am simply trying to prop up Muslims psychologically from the pulverizing effects of violence against them (riots and military operations), which is now accompanied by psychological violence by an onslaught of propaganda from outside and subversion from within.
    By Manzoorul Haque - 7/30/2012 8:56:01 AM

  • Saudi Arabians are real Muslims. All others are converts and these converts will never get a right to marry an Arab girl, live in Arab land, get a lifelong job or die and be buried in Saudi Arabia.

    Arabs have found a new way to destroy a culture and country. Just send some mullahs with cash, convert first, poor, uneducated and criminals (are many in each country) convert them to Islam and give them book, manual of hate and kill. Now these new locals are free foot soldiers of Saudis. NO arms and soldiers from Arabs.

    Local converts do the rest of the job. They are now killing and destroying the nation they are born for Arabs.

    Local intellectuals don't get hit yet.

    New laws needed to curb these converts; no rights to vote or get govt jobs.

    By sahani - 7/30/2012 8:15:48 AM

  • Mr. Raihan Nezami presents himself as something of an enigma wrapped in a mystery. On the one hand he advises us to learn from New Age Islam and on the other hand blames the Indian Amy into torturing Kashmiri youth and old alike to force them to convert to Christianity.
    New Age Islam, I would have thought asks us to introspect, go within to look for answers for our plight rather than find solace in conspiracy theories. In this article itself, if you read Mr. Sultan Shahin’s editorial note, you get the same message. He is lamenting that the Urdu article’s author does not introspect and instead blames others – in this case Christian missionaries - for the conversion of 20, 000 Muslims of Kashmir.
    But even the Urdu journalist, belonging to a tribe of traditional experts in spreading victimhood among Muslims,  does not talk about Indian Army torturing youth to force them to convert. How does the Indian Army enter into the picture here? From praising NewAgeIslam’s sane advise for introspection to inventing accusations against Indian Army that no one else is doing, Mr. Nezami appears a bit more than confused. Does he understand what New Age Islam or for that matter this Urdu article and the editorial note are all about?
    By Raihan Nezami - 7/30/2012 6:17:22 AM

  • The writer has given a solid reason for the apostasy, "The greatest of all reasons is that Muslims are breaking away from Islamic rituals and customs. Lack of love for God, weakening connection with God’s prophet, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (saw), thought of the day of Judgement and the greatness of Islamic culture is fading day by day". But is it happening? The writer has left out one very important reason that is the fear of Indian Army and Policemen who are still on the course of unreasonable killing spree of innocent Kashmiri youth and old alike in the name of IM, Al-Qaeda or Kashmiri extremists intruded by Pakistan or self-employed for the sake of Kashmir liberation. Unless and until such brutal killings are not stopped, the Muslims anywhere not only in Kashmir will live a life of dreadful feelings and can convert to anything in panic and torture.
    The solution suggested by Maulana Meer Quasmi, "Ulema, scholars of Islam, Mashaikh, Islamic madrasas and social Islamic organisations create an Islamic atmosphere" will again push into the ocean of unassailable depth of turbulence and frustration as the world-wide wrath of anger and abuse of Islamic terrorism will be inflicted upon them if they open madrasas and create an Islamic atmosphere.
    The best solution before me is the Kashmiri intellectual and even ordinary people should join hands with New Age Islam and other similar sites and learn how to behave in a Pluralistic society. This way, the writer's solution can also be met sooner or later that "Muslims should establish modern educational institutions and must take care of their neighbours, strangers and relatives by helping each other and should never violate others’ rights. Insha Allah.
    By Raihan Nezami - 7/30/2012 12:41:06 AM

  • This is a very important article. We must do self-introspection. We keep on hearing that in the US the fastest growing religion is Islam, in Europe the fastest growing religion is Islam; but we never hear that Christianity is outnumbering us in other regions by a far greater margin.
    This propoganda that Islam will rule the world in a matter of few years has a double losing efffect: 1) we Muslims become smug and 2) the "non-Muslim" world develops a phobia of Islam. The end result of this is that we, as a 'community' become segregated and no wonder we mostly talk in "us" versus "them" language.
    By Aiman Reyaz - 7/29/2012 9:05:31 PM

  • "In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. Ever year, 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity.”
    Do you think this will encourage Muslims to introspect? I don't think so. Just look at the explanation given by Maulana Mir Qasim: "The greatest of all reasons is that Muslims are breaking away from Islamic rituals and customs." Is this a cause or an effect? It may be more sensible to look into areas such as adherence to rigid orthodoxy, resistance to reforms, prevalence of unspeakable violence and an inability to articulate a unifying and uplifting message.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/29/2012 3:35:11 PM