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They are diametrically opposed to each other. They are different to each other as night and day. Islam is not of Wahhabism and Wahhabism is not of Islam. One can never be the other. They are enemies of each other....

Qital was used for the battles that were fought during the initial years when the opponents of Islam were hell-bent on wiping out Muslims. The word Jahd (struggle or strive) has been used for peaceful propagation of faith both physically and financially....

Since the beginning of our faith, Muslims have been wrestling with how to understand the revelation of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in changing times and circumstances, in new languages, over new food, in new climates, and among new faces. In the Qur’an, God orders us to use our reason and also to cling to the teachings given to us in revelation (Qur’an 22:71, 17:36, 24:15; 2:76; 3:65, 30:80)....

The other superpower of 7th century was Persia. They were Zoroastrians, worshipping fire, however with faith in Kirdar-e-Naik (nobility in character) Pindar-e-Naik (nobility of thought) and Raftar-e-Naik (nobility of demeanour)....

 

Islam encourages peace and advancement. Wahhabism is just the opposite of this. The Wahhabis do not tolerate anyone belonging to another faith and treat them like enemies. ...

In fact, no sane preacher would prefer to be one, castigated by the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Similarly, rational people will never choose pseudo-intellectuals to lead them. Therefore, either the preachers need to change their approach or people have to turn the tables because the existing system of affairs is problem aggravating, not problem-solving....

They were unhappy that Aasia being a Christian used the bowl to drink water. And the quarrel turned into a religious debate as the Muslim women with little knowledge of their own religion started speaking ill of Christianity and prophet Jesus (AS) not knowing that Quran held Jesus (AS) in equal esteem….

Our theological Madrasas are promoting Mulla generation instead of well educated and knowledgeable generation as per Quran (96:1-5). This should be curbed. The Madrasas should be upgraded into schools with Holy Quran and its translation/explanation as one of the subjects. There is no need to read, recite and do memorization/Hifz of Holy Quran without understanding as being promoted by our Mullas/priests to dominate, rule and divide us to make money. Nor this is supported in Holy Quran...

 
Friendship and Brotherhood in Islam
Kaniz Fatma, New Age Islam

Significance of friendship can be gauged from the fact that it is always the result of good conduct, while enmity is that of bad conduct.  Overwhelming majority of people will enter into Paradise on the basis of their God-fearing and good conduct. It is reported that once some companions asked the Prophet (peace be upon him), what good attribute has been given to man? He said, “Good conduct”. He also said, “I have been sent to perfect good conduct”.....

Muezzins are venerate in Islam, but the first in it to become one, in this case an African Arab, is held in special regard because he is viewed as a symbol of how Islam does not define human beings by their national, ethnic, racial or class background, but by their Taqwa, or piety...

It is always better to think for a while and try to understand both Hadith and Tasawwuf before saying a categoric yes or no to these questions. Historically Islam is the last of the three Abrahamic religions including Judaism and Christianity.  While Judaism confined righteousness in obeying the Law, Christianity overemphasized faith only. Islam, unlike both these traditions, stresses upon both letter of the Law and its spirit as well....

 

In Islam, it is obligatory to stand for honesty, objectivity and fair-mindedness in letter and spirit. Allah says in the Holy Quran that he is with those who are just. As a consequence justice is a promise and a necessary condition for happiness here and hereafter...

But the Ayat 9.5 is clearly situational and applied, once upon a time, to a particular situation the proto-Muslims were faced with. The entire passage involved extends from 9.1 to 9.22. 9.1-2 may not belong to this situation, but rather to a slightly earlier one...

Blasphemy laws continue to be on the statute books, for instance, in Pakistan. Salman Taseer, the liberal Governor of Punjab was murdered merely because he showed compassion for a Christian lady wrongly accused of blasphemy and asked for the repeal of the blasphemy law. On the basis of this law, religious minorities can be arbitrarily accused of blasphemy and killed, either by a lynch mob or by the judiciary. No evidence is required, as that would allegedly amount to accusers being asked to blaspheme the Prophet again. Similarly, attacks on minority Hindu, Christian, Shias and Ahmadis continue under different legislations. Pakistani laws prohibit the Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslims.

It’s time the Council found some way to see that the countries that agree to its covenants also practice it.

Such anti-minority legislations not only violate the UN Resolution, but also Islam’s primary scripture. The Holy Quran does not prescribe any punishment for blasphemy. Nor does it permit any one to declare others kafir. It clearly says: La Ikraha fid Deen, (There can be no compulsion in religion). (Chapter 2: verse 256).

If not the UN Charter, Muslim countries should at least follow their own primary scripture, the Holy Quran.....

They have established a personality cult of the person Muhammad hence a nation of Muhammadan.

The purpose of this enterprise is to monopolise Islam as a revenue earner, centred at the city of Makkah (the Muslim Vatican) and extracting immense wealth from ignorant, simplistic, emotionally and spiritually charged Believers....

The Prophet (Sall AllāHu ʿAlayhi Wa Sallam) said, “They are the prophets, then the next best, then the next best. A man is tried according to his Deen [religion].” It is apparent from the above Hadīth that the closer a person is in line with Islām; he can expect to be tested more than the average person, giving rise to greater reward. ....

 

Though strongly critical of some interpretations, they are basically constructive. They plead for changes that would restore the spirit of Islam's golden era in the Middle Ages, when scholars enjoyed a freedom to analyse, explore and critique in a generally tolerant environment, and Islam flourished....

Food nourishes and to believe in the nourishing power of food is not “shirk” as long as one recognizes that these are the creations of Allah or from His creations....

Mr. President,

Even17 years after 9/11, terrorism in the name of Islam is nowhere near its end. Yet, all that one hears from Muslim leaders is rhetoric against Islamist terrorism. No concrete action has been taken to cleanse the Islamic theology of totalitarianism, xenophobia, intolerance and a historical urge to expand the land of Islam through offensive Jihad. One would think that at least Sufi Muslims, who have been for long a victim of Jihadism, an offshoot of neo-Khwarij Salafism, would introspect and look into their own theology and purify it from elements of political Islam.

This may sound strange to some. For, Sufism has been identified as the antidote to Jihadism. But we must also understand that Sufi theologians too have been votaries of Islamic world domination. The strangest thing that is happening now is that rather than cleansing their theology of traces of political Islam, sections of Sufi Muslims are actually engaged in what can be called a Wahhabisation of Sufism. The inclusive doctrine of Wahdatul Wujood (unity of being) has been replaced by exclusivist doctrine of Wahdatul Shuhood (unity of perception). Enlightening Sufi books teaching mysticism, ethics and morality have been taken out of the courses of study from Sufi madrasas and women are being barred from visitation of shrines.

I would like to appeal to Muslim governments represented in the Council to introspect and cleanse the Islamic theology of elements of totalitarianism and offensive Jihad for world domination. There are war-time instructions in Islamic scriptures that should not be considered applicable to us Muslims today in the 21st century. Instead, what even earliest Sufi and Salafi theologians have said is that one so-called sword verse alone has abrogated 124 early verses of Quran preaching peace and pluralism....

The poison of ignorance and extremism that Bhutto and General Zia jointly fathered during their dictatorial regimes has fully indoctrinated even those who otherwise describe themselves as educated....

If carried out carefully and with religious commitment, and political will, then it can be effective in macro-economic terms. It is true that Zakat has so far failed to relieve large-scale poverty among Muslims in most Muslim countries, but Malaysia, Gambia, Nigeria, and Indonesia are giving special attention to this….

 

For that, the most basic and important ingredient comes from the Qur’anic knowledge. Without Qur’anic knowledge, all the rituals turn to be failed Ibadah. So, for the first 11 years of prophet-hood, the sole emphasis was to build up Qur’anic knowledge. The Divine decree on five time prayer, fasting, Haj and jihad came much later....

 

The term good instruction can also mean instruction given in the Quran or the one which is done sincerely for the benefit of human beings in a non-compulsive and gentle way that softens hearts. ...

Some people ask: why do you call the militants like ISIS, Taliban and other like-minded groups anti-Islamic, while they base their militancy on what is often considered a popular classical ruling of abrogation which demonstrates that the war-related instructions from God in later Madani verses have replaced and abrogated Makki verses which initially debarred Muslims from fighting?  A plain answer is: the classical ruling of abrogation, as my rigorous study of classical texts reveal, does not accept this consideration. There are many differences on this subject; each needs to be explained in its appropriate context....

Related Articles:

 “An Enlightening Commentary on the War Related Quranic Verses- Part-1 on 2:190”

Rights of Non-Muslims Living In Minority – Part 1 – Freedom of Religion

Rights of Non-Muslims Living In Minority – Part 2 – Protection of Their Lives

It seems indeed little difficult to envisage likes of Iqbal, Allama Kashmiri, Fazlur Rahman, Askari, S.H. Nasr, Hafiz Ayub Dehlavi and Soroush converging on many important points to pave way for better dialogue between Ulema and intellectuals/philosophers and pull Muslims out of tragic divide….

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