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  • Ghau sb. says, "My suggestion for the Muslim world is that Muslim scholars should solve the problem of such muslims leaving the religion, rather than going ...
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  • The question of interpretation would arise only when the text is not clear. For you to take one such interpretation and call it "the ...
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  • Naseer sb.,Nobody should be forced to fight in a war which is sectarian. Why should polytheists fight a war in the cause of monotheism? ...
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  • Naseer sb. does not want to answer my questions so he has now started a campaign of lies and calumny and calls me an ...
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  • The supposedly reform-minded Crown Prince has turned out to be a ruthless despot.
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  • The Prime Minister of Pakistan's retrogressive agenda is as glaring as that of the Prime Minister of India.
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  • Sultan Shahin sahib, You know it well. It is popular view that since the early days of Islam the Muslim ummah have held the view that Muslims ...
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  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus Saheb, you say "This is the basic Islamic principle upon which the idea of non-compulsion is built, guaranteeing religious freedom for all non-Muslims...." Does ...
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  • Things are clear now. The Arabic lines quoted in my previous comment imply that there are conflicting reports about Ahkam Al-Quran being the book of Ibn ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Naseer Saheb, you are right, there are two ibn-e-Arabis. One Mohiyuddin and another Abu Bakr. Mohiyuddin is the mystic Ibn-e-Arabi who is considered Sheikhul Akbar.  But the ...
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  • The tafsir by Muhiyddin Muhammad Ibn Arabi is simply called "Tafsir Ibn Arabi". The tafsir by Abu Bakr Ibn al-'Arabi is called "Ahkam ul Quran.I have not ...
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  • Please have a look at this which talks about reality of Tafsir attributed to Ibn Arabi Abu Bakr. There are conflicting reports. Anyway, the tafsir of ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Ahkam al-Quran 4 Volumes - Hardcover – 2008 by Ibn al-Arabi. Abu Bakr https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ahkam-al-Quran-4-Volumes/dp/B00DTAQPE8
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  • @Miss Kaniz Fatma, You asked the question “Did Akbar become so secular because it was best for expansion of his kingdom?”   Naseer sb answered you.   I would like to add what I ...
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  • Naseer sb, How have you come to know that I am “apparently mistaking one for the other”? From where have you learnt that Ahkam al-Quran belongs to ...
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  • There are two different Ibn Al-Arabi. Ghaus sb is apparently mistaking one for the other. The Maliki scholar who wrote ahkam ul Quran Abu Bakr Ibn ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Does anybody talk about interpreting a text book no matter on what subject? Why do we not talk about interpreting text books? If it ...
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  • Ghaus Sb,If you have the original quote him and tell us what he says.If you say Ibn-Arabi didn't say it, leave him and respond ...
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  • GM sb,Ask those people whether they would have preferred paying zakat and compulsory military duty for all able bodied males instead of Jiziya and ...
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  • @Naseer sb, You did not quote the original text of Ibn Arabi from Ahkam Al-Quran.
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • GM sb the hypocritical apostate, heaps calumny on the Quran by misquoting it. If he has anything meaningful to say on the subject he ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Ghaus Sb,   The events as per the Quran, the instructions as per the Quran and every act of the Prophet (pbuh) is in accordance with the ...
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  • Naseer sb. says, "says that the polytheists who were not guilty of any wrongdoing and covered by 9:4 had the right to retain their ...
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  • Naseer sb. plays with words like "interpretation" and "meaning" in order to keep himself from understanding what the progressive Muslims are saying. He wants ...
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  • Naseer saheb has no answers to what I had posted so he is back practicing his obnoxious takfiri! He is not ashamed to ascribe ...
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  • Ghaus Sb,Ibn Al-Arabi is not the only one who quotes the cited hadith to say that the polytheists had no option but to accept ...
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  • @Kaniz Fatma, The hadith “I have been commanded to fight the people [some specific people] until they say there is no god but Allah” was specifically meant ...
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  • I have no interest in interpretations. I am only concerned with the meaning. I have my methodology to ascertain the correct meaning of every ...
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  • Naseer sb, You must have got wrong understanding from Ibn Arabi’s Ahkam al-Quran. Have you studied Ahkam al-Quran properly or simply copied its translation from anywhere? Ibn Arabi was ...
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  • GM Sb,If you find the Quran not the speech of Allah, and its claims false, why do you then cling onto Islam?By definition you ...
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  • He is not referring to kafirs. Magians were not kafirs and  most of those who produced spurious Hadiths were Muslims, not Magians.
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  • Naseer sb.,Read Abdullah Saeed's "Reading the Qur'an in the Twenty-First Century: A Contextualist Approach," and, "Interpreting the Qur'an: Towards a Contemporary Approach," and Ebrahim ...
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  • Naseer sb.,By not replying directly to my post of December 13 you have again shown your devious methodology.The four points that you raise have ...
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  • A worthy tribute from Ramachandra Guha to Prof. Mushir ul Hasan.
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  • "Iranian Activist, Narges Mohammadi, Sentenced To 16 Years in Prison"There is no difference between Iranian Ayatollahs and Saudi Wahhabis when it comes to dishing out ...
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    The Qur’an was revealed at a time, the early seventh century of the Christian era, when the world at large was in a state of Jahiliya - an Arabic word that denotes a state of darkness and gloom (Zulumat) when the notion of universal justice had not evolved, punishments were arbitrary, the common man was bullied, oppressed and exploited, slavery was normative and, women were treated like chattel and brutalized, to cite the major vices of the era. The Qur’an came to bring humanity out of darkness into light (2:257, 14:1, 57:9), and to lift the burden that was on them from before (7:157). Since slavery was at the root of many of societal evils, it had to be eradicated to pave the way for its quantum reforms....

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    The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

    What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

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     Wahhabism has been spread aggressively since the 1744 pact between Muhammad bin Saud and Muhammad ibn ʿAbdul Wahhab which marked the emergence of the first Saudi state. But even before that Mohammad Abdul Wahhab had started implementing his perverted ideas of stoning women to death and destroying Islamic heritage buildings with the help of Uthman ibn Mu'ammar, the ruler of his native village Uyayna in Najd. He had personally organised the stoning of a woman accused of committing adultery a la Taliban and Boko Haram in our times. Even before meeting Ibn-e-Saud he had destroyed the grave of Zayd ibn al-Khattab, a companion of Prophet Muhammad (saw), whose shrine was revered by the local population. After the pact with Ibn-e-Saud, of course, a wave of killings and destruction of Islamic heritage sites started. ...

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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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