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  • hats off! Don't put what God says in the Qur'an into my mouth. The Qur'an does not permit...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Dear Naseer Ahmed, You have produced a really scholarly piece to dismiss Radwan's arguments to make changes in the Qur'an to remove contradictions...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • The article as well as the comments make it clear that there is no command...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dr Abdul Haleem translates mushrik as idolater when it means polytheist. The Buddhists are idolaters but they are not polytheists. So also ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • so mr. muhammad yunus says without actually saying that muslim wonem should not marry kuffar men. especially since his mentor holds such ...
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  • the principle of mutuality suggests that if those who accept/believe are allowed to kill those who did not accept or believe, then ...
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  • M.Yunus Saheb, You make good point; “…remoteness of the Qur’anic ideals from many Islamic societies ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • I agree with what Yunus Sb says on the subject. The wisdom of the Quran in neither permitting it explicitly nor prohibiting ...
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  • Dear Rashid Samnakay, Ghulam Mohiuddin Sbs My jt. publication leaves this blurred signal for such a marriage for the onlooker to see its color...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Where can we find an imam who would perform interfaith marriage۔۔۔
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • In the Quran, Muhsrikin is not synonymous with Kafirin. The Quran makes...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Good analysis! Thank you Ghaus sahib.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Esack's assertion, "my theology is about a God that is essentially...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Feridoun Fathi what you are stating here is mere taquiya . The interpretation of the entire Quran is as per convenience...
    ( By Ashok Chohan )
  • Behare Lal Dhar , In Arabic, Jihad means endeavor. endeavor for betterment of the society, endeavor to defend....
    ( By Feridoun Fathi )
  • Firstly , why are you writing under a pseudonym , Rajeesh Jaf ? Love jihad is carried out under pseudonyms , so it is hateful...
    ( By Ashok Chohan )
  • Ashok Chohan , reg jihad word., is any of yur in and around are jihad, did they ever tel u to come under Islam laws ...
    ( By Rajeesh Jaf )
  • Om Parkash Verma you are very intelligent . Kindly explain this to Hafiz...
    ( By Ashok Chohan )
  • Sir jehad means fight against nafs (mind) which is an agent of Shaitan
    ( By Om Parkash Verma )
  • There are few apologetic keywords to defend the hate verses of Quran - "Out of context", "Wrong Interpretation", "bad Translation", "Madini...
    ( By Vijay Tiwari )
  • Then what is correct explain
    ( By Behare Lal Dhar )
  • Ajit Singh Mankotia what abiut RSS plan of akand bharath...
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  • Feridoun Fathi What about Gazw-e Hind.'
    ( By Ajit Singh Mankotia )
  • No doubt, Quran is perfect.. the problem comes in its interpretation, the word....
    ( By Feridoun Fathi )
  • Gulfaraz Ahmed Malik I have no issues with Islam perse, and certainly nurture no need to advise Muslims on the matter...
    ( By Ashok Chohan )
  • Gulfaraz Ahmed Malik They will come up with what about this.. what about that!
    ( By Jakir Mohemed )
  • Let us suppose that there is a need of reform in Islam Ashok ji can you point out any flaw less system in present world...
    ( By Gulfaraz Ahmed Malik )
  • They will come up with what about this.. what about that.
    ( By Jakir Mohemed )
  • It is dangerous to debate for or against Quran.
    ( By Jnanendra Singha )
  • Dear non Muslim.brothers & sisters, b4 finding fault with Quran & Islam, pls do read Dr. Tahir...
    ( By Humera Fathima )
  • Oh ! Humanism is haram in islam ! How can it possible muslims be human !
    ( By Devannagol ManZunadh )
  • It's, not possible to reform people... who blindly, follow their religion, feel...
    ( By Prakash Shetty )
  • Extremist organization like ISIS etc r not representing islam but fighting...
    ( By Abdul Razak )
  • All the people are free to accept whatever they like or feel better or best. BUT for muslims it is THE QURAN and sunnat...
    ( By Azhar Jameel )
  • Where can we find an imam who would perform interfaith marriage...
    ( By Wira Alkozai )
  • So if a person is born in a muslim family and on becoming adult he wishes...
    ( By Nikhil Tomar )
  • All the peoples mean all the adults.
    ( By Azhar Jameel )
  • Then why are there at least five schools of thought in Islam ? ? and...
    ( By Piyush Mukherjee )
  • But all follow the teaching of QURAN & SUNNAT of Profet MUHAMMAD SAW may...
    ( By Azhar Jameel )
  • Then why jihad ??? You practice what you want I practice what I want !!!! Azhar Jameel
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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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    We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

    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:

     1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

    2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

    3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

    4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

     What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

    So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

    If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

    Interfaith Dialogue

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    Islam encourages peaceful coexistence among all religions. All the oriental faiths have the same prescription. But the misinterpretations and unempirical observations of religions lead to the exasperation of conflicts and wars. We repeatedly see some so-called leaders of religions incite fanaticism, extremism, aggression, hate and xenophobia – even legitimise violent and bloody conflicts. The misuse of religions is often stimulated to actualise power-political dreams. We can witness barbaric acts often made in the name of religion in human history consecutively from past to contemporary. ....

    Islam and Politics

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    Ahamad Moussalli, the professor of political science at American University of Beirut, argues that despotic Islamic governments have run against the Qur'anic concepts for their own political and personal ends: "For instance, Shura, a doctrine that demands the participation of society in dealing with the affairs of its government, became in reality a doctrine that was manipulated by political and religious elites to secure their economic, social and political interests at the expense of other segments of society," (In Progressive Muslims 2003).....

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    The International Community Must Actively Address the Menace of Jihadism and Its Phony Interpretation of Islam, Urges Sultan Shahin in the UN Human Rights Council in Its 25th Session
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    South and Central Asian nations are deeply worried about the shape of things to come after the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return of Islamist terrorists from the Syrian theatre of Jihad back to North America, Europe and rest of the world. The upsurge of Taliban Jihadism in Afghanistan-Pakistan may also mean more terror in India and Bangladesh.

    As experience has shown, Mr. President, the war on terror cannot be fought merely with military means. This war has an ideological dimension as much as military. The exclusivist, political, totalitarian, Jihadi narrative of Islam has to be contested and the mainstream narrative of Islam as an inclusive, spiritual path for salvation promoted vigorously. Among the Western governments, only Britain has shown an awareness of the ideological nature of this war and a resolve to help Muslims fight it ideologically. But the response of British Muslims has been disappointing.

    Muslims across the world continue to be in denial. Not the slightest sign of introspection.

     British Muslims find the Report from the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism problematic. The subsequent actions too have caused consternation. But there is no indication that Muslims themselves plan to do something to fight this menace. We Muslims must understand and accept that this is primarily a war within Islam and it is for us to fight it.

    Already, the Taliban have started flexing muscles. In Pakistan last month they forced the government to open talks. While demanding the implementation of Shariah they cut the throats of 23 captured soldiers of Pakistan Army. As Pakistan Information Minister pointed out, 90,000 Pak troops were taken prisoner in the 1971 war against India but not one of them lost their heads. He also wondered what sort of Shariah law Pakistan Taliban want imposed that allows cutting the throats of soldiers of their own country.

    Clearly the international community must actively seek to address the menace of Jihadism and its phony interpretation of Islam…..

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    Why Identify Islamist Terrorists With Wahhabi Ideology, Ask New Age Islam Readers: Is This Not Promoting Sectarianism In Islam?
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Dear Mr. Sadaf, You are spot on: “New Age Islam takes the name of Wahhabis, only to push the silent and peaceful Wahhabis to take a stand and oppose these people ... being violent.” I wish some other intellectuals on the site also had the sense to understand this. I am quoting you from another thread. Your comment is being quoted in full below along with some other comments to provide a perspective.... If I may add a word, New Age Islam is not happy to do that. We do that with a very heavy heart. Only because it has to be done. At least we feel so. We may be wrong. But we feel that the time for pussyfooting is long past. Pakistan is a gone case. But Indian Muslims may perhaps be brought back from the brink. The total Indian Muslim silence over West Bengal Muslims demonstrating in support of Bangladeshi war criminals has shaken me up. Until today I haven’t heard a single voice of dissent, except, of course, a few on New Age Islam. I hope there is still time for us Indian Muslims.

     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. ...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Boko Haram Abductors, Killers Are Terrorists and Thus the Worst Enemies of Islam and Global Peace-Environment
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Many influential Islamic scholars believe that women would contribute more to a thriving society, only if they were educated. They would teach and train their children better than fathers, playing a pivotal role in developing a prosperous family life, hence a prosperous society. But this is difficult to pinpoint the worst aspect of atrocity, brunt of repression and exploitation that girls around the world are enduring, especially Nigerian girls.......  

    The War Within Islam
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    Dr. Maulana Abbas Ali Naqvi, Tr. New Age Islam

    Unity among Muslims and Dr. Zakir Naik’s Evil: A Point of View
    Dr. Zakir Naik

    Unity among Muslims has been and will remain an imperative in every age. Unfortunately, it never really came to pass; one major reason being more involvement of politics and less that of truth. That’s why the cord of unity is broken at the behest of the selfish vested interests even though unity is a natural phenomenon among Muslims and differences remain more of a perversion…

    These attempts [at unity] could never succeed fully due to the conspiracy of anti-Islamic forces. An influential group of Zionists is spending a lot of money and working on this project using some fake Islamic scholars such as Dr. Zakir Naik who is on an anti-Islamic mission.

    As far as the blame for “Tabarrah” is concerned, it is absolutely unsubstantiated. People like Dr. Zakir Naik have been making such allegations for long to destroy the Muslim unity. The Shias also respect the Sahabees as much as Ahl-e-Sunnat do but they don’t consider them as “innocents” like the Ahl-e-Sunnat. They believe that those people, who are not innocents, can be criticized. Late Maulana Maudoodi [the founder ideologue of Jamaat-e-Islami] was also of the same opinion; indeed he took a scientific approach. He thought that the differences of opinion among the Sahabees must be discussed and criticized so that the followers of the Prophet (PBUH), the Ummat-e-Rasool, are saved from such mistakes in future. 

    -- Dr. Maulana Abbas Ali Naqvi

    Translation from Urdu by: New Age Islam

    Islam and Pluralism

    Pluralistic Dimensions Of Islamic Ideologies
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam
    The reality is that Islam gave absolute respect and prestige to non-Muslims. Despite that if someone opposes to it in the opinion and belief, Muslims must have patience with the saying of Allah “for you your religion and for me my religion” ( Kafiroon 6). Also Allah says “To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way, if God had so willed, he would have made you a single people, but (his plan is) to test you in what he hath given you” (Maidah 48).

    Islamic Personalities

    ‘Can’t a Muslim Who hasn’t Attended a Madrasa Speak for the Community?’ Asks Sultan Shahin
    Danish Raza

    It was the summer of 1995. “Papa, it is Hizbul Mujahideen,” said a panicking Juhi handing over the phone to her father Sultan Shahin. It was a death threat to Shahin, who had written in a national daily, countering Hizbul’s call that the war against India was validated by Quran.

    For Shahin, it was one of the numerous encounters with extremists. “I invite such people to discuss the differences over tea. I tell them please intimate me before you kill me so that there is no collateral damage,” says Shahin, laughingly. He is serious about sorting out differences though. In 2008, Shahin launched newageislam.com— a website to prompt Muslims to ‘rethink’ Islam and challenge the petro-dollar funded Wahabi ideology. More than one lakh readers visit the site every day and the electronic newsletter reaches out to around 2.5 lakh people….

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