point is amply clear to those who observe and study the strategies employed by
rightwing religio-political groups and also terrorist groups: use religion and
religious sentiments and constantly push that narrative to suppress rational
voices. Religio-political groups do not indulge in violence directly, but the
narrative gives space to violence-prone groups and also to individuals and
lynch mobs. The victims are the very voices the state needs if it wants to turn
the situation around, develop a counter-narrative and stem the rising tide of
extremism, extremist action, and violence.....
discarded the majority of Quranic passages as abrogated, disregarded a thousand
years of learned majority opinion, declared war without legitimate authority, transgressed
all bounds regarding the proper conduct of war, failed to discriminate between
combatants and innocent civilians, used the forbidden act of suicide as a
military tactic, forced conversion upon non-Muslims, declared Takfir against
Muslims, expelled millions from their homes, violated international treaties,
belied the very name of the religion, smeared the reputation of its followers
around the globe, and plunged the Islamic world into its dark ages. In each one
of these, you have directly contravened the message of the Quran....
This Masjid is that of Ahl-e-Sunnat?
Paighambar Naugawanvi, Tr. New Age Islam
When I finished
praying, a person—possibly the imam of the mosque, who was engaged in
conversation with some other people in the courtyard of the mosque—called and
said to me, “Where have you come from?” I replied, “From Naugawan Sadat”. That
person said, “This mosque belongs to Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at with Maslak-e-Ala
Hazrat Barelvi. Muslims from other sects are not allowed to enter this mosque.
I have informed you so that later you cannot blame me for insulting. Do not
come to this mosque.” ...
Suffice to say,
one can never truly know or appreciate that which is infinite. Any knowledge
when contrasted to God’s knowledge, pales in comparison and is ignorance! We
even see this attitude adopted by our Holy Imams in their supplications to
Allah. They, whom are the inheritors of the Prophet’s knowledge, the trustees
of Allah confess their ignorance and incapability towards truly knowing and
But that is not
that. While no hanging of a blasphemer accused through judicial process has yet
been reported, a 2012 study by the Centre for Research and Security Studies
estimated that 52 people were murdered extra judicially since 1990 for being
implicated in blasphemy charges, including 25 Muslims, 15 Christians, five
Ahmadis (a religious group whose very existence is considered blasphemous by
mainstream Islamic sects), one Buddhist, and a Hindu. From the viewpoint of
secular human rights discourse, blasphemy in general and against the Holy
Prophet (PBUH) in particular is a freedom of speech issue. However, this
viewpoint is too limited to deal with the theocracy in the garb of democracy
that has ruled Pakistan since 1973....
Brig Shaukat Qadir
For fear of
your new-found stature, like that of the killer of blasphemers, Mumtaz Qadri,
no one will dare try you. And if tried and convicted, your judge will have to
flee the country for fear of reprisal. Shame on us, the educated citizens of
this benighted country, for falling so low....
consists of two parts, the Matan, or the content itself, and the Isnad, or the
chain of people who transmitted this tradition orally from generation to
generation. Islamic scholars of the ninth century and afterwards carried out
rigorous attempts to authenticate these Ahadith in different ways. Yet the
authenticity of the Ahadith has remained a point of contention for centuries.
closer together of various religious groups is in line with the Prophet’s
saying that all creatures are [part of] God’s family. The Hilf al-Fudul
underlies the need for us to unite this family of God by rising above religious
and other ideological differences and working together for protecting and
promoting common human values.....
معرفة unlike علم
is that which is always preceded by ignorance! It is that which requires
contemplation and thought to bring about the knowledge. This is why God is
described as العالم (the All-Knower) but
cannot be described as ‘A’rif. God does not need to contemplate a thing to know
it, nor does He encounter a state of ignorance or forgetfulness. Transcendent
be Thy name!....
Imam Ali in the
first sermon of Nahjul Balagha says “The foremost (first) in religion is the
acknowledgement (knowledge) of Him.” In the part of the speech, the Imam
clearly defines the most important and fundamental step that one must begin
with. This is the knowledge of God. Interestingly, the Imam says the first (أَوَّلُ)
but does not mention a second or third later in his sermon. This demonstrates
that this opening step is of huge importance, such that no second or third can
rival its importance....
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam
The Administrative Principles of Divine Governance is characterized both by Rules and Exceptions regulated by divine wills –philosophically termed as the” Necessity” or “Accident” from materialistic point of view. Deviations signify sovereign authority of Allah and not Imperfection in the process of Divine Creation. The Whole Process of creation of the universe and the creation and resurrection of mankind emanates from sovereign authority of Allah, the Eternal Reality. Life in any form is a balanced communion of Matter and Spirit executed under divine command and ‘MEEZAN’ is the Basis of Life. The whole Universe including Microbes to Stellar Systems stand on the fulcrum of divine balance.....
Both religion and science are to be tested in the laboratory of Life
(grounded or implicated in God’s name Al-Hayy) and whatever diminishes life and
its potential to creativity, beauty, joy, wonder, celebrate, adventure in outer
and inner (higher) worlds, closes channels and modalities of newer expression
of human personality and let us not forget that God is the ideal pole of man
and another name of what is held intrinsically valuable or good or beautiful or
Prophet Muhammad wasn’t just a prophet. He was also a politician, and
not just a politician, but a head of state and a state-builder. If Prophet
Muhammad was in a position of holding territory and governing territory, then
presumably the Quran would have to have something to say about governance.
Otherwise, how would Prophet Muhammad be guided? That’s one thing intertwining
the religion and politics that isn’t accidental, and was meant to be that
Tariq A. Al-Maeena
For a Muslim considering taking on a second wife, the Holy Qur’an is
very specific on the conditions to be met. He must be able to provide and
maintain the second family, and also deal with both wives and their offspring
on the basis of justice and fairness – equal time, equal expenses and equality
in everything. Such is the requirement that only a rare number of exceptional
individuals can fulfil that quality of justice and fairness.
Manipulating the actual text of Islamic law, these lecherous men prey
on the poor and the unwilling without fulfilling any of the conditions for a
multiple marriage. And their victims are often left broken and destitute....
The moral obligations cannot be ignored by taking the excuse of
treating them simply as moral obligations, likewise forbidden moral acts should
not be performed either. If performance of daily-prayers is compulsory and
their non-performance is prohibited and brings Divine-Punishment, equally
important is the fulfilment of a promise and its breach is prohibited and
brings Divine-Wrath. The real religious person and the prosperous one is he who
is committed to his religious obligation, as well as being honest in the
fulfilment of his moral commitments....
They went to Mecca, destroyed many of its artefacts, domes, graves, and
anything that Muslims held dear and honoured, because of its historical value
and because of their love for the Prophet and his family. For instance, they
destroyed the dome of Khadija, the wife of the Prophet, as well as the dome
that marked the location of the birth of the Prophet. They went to Medina; they
removed the decorations that were placed on the grave of the Prophet, which
enraged Muslims worldwide.....
In part 1 and the entry entitled “Are Wahhabis Sunnis?
Chechnya Conference and Saudi Anger…“, we explained that the
links and intermarriages between Saudis and Wahhabis run deep. We also
explained that Saudis have a Jewish ancestry. (This in and of itself doesn’t
mean much. What is significant however is the concealment of this ancestry and
the fabrication of a different genealogy that is used publicly… as well as the
real interests that are sought by Wahhabis and Saudis) What is as interesting,
but even less known, than the Jewish ancestry of Saudis, is that Muhammad bin
Abd al-Wahhab’s ancestors were also Jews....
Knowledge of Tawhid is an intrinsic quality possessed by each human
being. It is innate and it is what makes up the original human nature. Allah
has taken a pledge from each human being, and each soul has testified that
there is no God but God....
As he started making his ideas public, his father and some of his
teachers warned people against listening to him, and openly remarked that he
would eventually misguide others. When he began his movement of reform, his
father and his teachers opposed him directly and refuted his ideas, which were
only accepted by those who had no religious education, as stated by historians
of the time, including his own brother. In the beginning of his movement, his
approach was much more lenient. But as opposition to his ideas grew, so did his
Since 1980, Saudi Arabia has been using education to quietly spread
Salafism, its brand of puritanical Islam, in Indonesia, the world's most
populous Muslim nation. The two main arms of this effort are LIPIA and
scholarships for higher education in Saudi Arabia. Salafism is an
ultra-conservative reform movement that advocates a return to Quranic times.
LIPIA teaches Wahhabi Mazhab, a strain of Salafi Islam expounded by the medieval
Sunni theologian Ibn Taimiyah....
Islam strikes a balance between the two extremes of Capitalism and
Socialism. Being appreciative of their role, Islam harmonizes the individuals
and the State in such a way that individuals have the freedom necessary to
develop their potentialities and not to encroach upon the rights of their
As a spiritual alternative to prevent suicide, Islam has its ways of
addressing the issue. First of all, researchers show that suicide rates
interestingly appear to be lower among Muslims as compared to those of other
faiths or atheists. The researchers have attributed, among others, the lower
rate to the religion of the Muslims....
The Islamic Revolution
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D.
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D.
The Islamic revolution of monotheism opened
the doors of research and investigation by displacing nature from its sacred
pedestal. Modern science is wholly the gift of the Islamic revolution-directly
in its initial stages, and indirectly in its later stages. Modern scientific
revolution was set in motion by Islam, which was sent by the Almighty for the
guidance of all mankind for all eternity. Henri Pirenne author of "History
of Western Europe" says, "Islam changed the face of the globe. The
traditional order of history was overthrown." Islam is complete truth....
Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D
Prevailing Islamic doctrine conceives death as a disengagement of the
soul from the body, the outward sign of which is the cessation of breathing.
This event marks the end of the predetermined period of mundane life that is to
be accounted for at the last judgment, the Day of Judgment (Qiyamah), when the
body and soul are again reunited and resurrected for consignment to the
splendid gardens of paradise or torturous fires of hell. Between death and
resurrection, individuals are subjected to a preliminary trial in the grave by
the angels Munkar and Nakir and given a preview of their destiny in the
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
“Muwaalat (bearing Love and affection) is entirely different from
Muaamalat (giving consideration and conducting transactions with someone and
making peaceful coexistence). The difference between the two is like the
distance between the sky and the earth. It is permissible to conduct
transactions and have dealings with anyone, except with apostates like Wahhabis
and Deobandis (The terms “Wahhabis” and “Deobandis” here do not include all
those people in our times who call themselves Wahhabis and Deobandis but they
are unfamiliar with their elders, so all Wahhabis in our times cannot be ruled
as apostates, Allah knows the best) in worldly matters, and [matters] in which
there is no harm for religious obligations.
"The Dhimmi is similar to a Muslim in all such dealings. “They
shall have the same rights and obligations as us”- (لهم ما لنا وعليهم ما علينا). It is
permissible to conduct transactions even with non-Dhimmis....