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  • the terrorist attack is actually a great help to the victims. it put them out of the miserable meaningless...
    ( By hats off! )
  • dear mr. raihan nezami first: i think the word "invincible" is probably not what you had in mind (i hope i am not mistaken...
    ( By hats off! )
  • thought provoking article which loses the crux of artificially created binary of a homogeneous inclusive minority community ....
    ( By Ayushman )
  • شکریہ! ایک اور خوبصورت تحریر کے لیے: یہ خود ہمارے لیے ایک لمحہ فکریہ ہے کہ‘‘جب یوروپ گی گلیاں کیچڑ آلود تھیں اس وقت ....
    ( By Mufti Arshad Jamaal )
  • درست فرمایا آپ نے (دیر آید درست آید) ۔ بے انتہاء مسرت ہوئی۔ پوری آزادی کے ساتھ اس ....
    ( By misbahul Hoda )
  • What has Hats Off's fulminations got to do with the meaning of Kafir? He is simply consumed by impotent rage at not being able to cite ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • marvellous egyptiannculture,destroyed arab pagans in the guaise of Islam.The Pre-Islamic History of Egpty is great
    ( By C.Sruguma )
  • Dear Hats off: First, you promise to accept the meaning of the word "Kafir" given by me, only then ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • mr. raihan nezami must verify the meaning of the word "kafir" before he lets loose.'
    ( By hats off! )
  • defending slave raids, ghazwas, right-hand possessions, jizya and denigration of the religion and scriptures of others produces a sickness of mind that cannot.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Dear Hats off: I respect your penchant desire for learning, but alas! it is not for positive intentions as you are always indulged in negative ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Hats Off is once again indulging in psychological projection. It is he who is logic proof and impervious to all evidence of.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The concept of psychological projection is well grounded in classical psychology and continues to be as relevant today.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Suhel Khan who is funding wahabism n salafism which say even music dancing even some say mobile is Haram but AK 47 is halal.....
    ( By Atul Shukla )
  • @Suhel Khan all well established norms r not always correct. Well established ' Manubaad' is discarded now...
    ( By Ajoy Dutta )
  • Sultan Shahin has been for long, pursuing his single agenda of criticising each and every aspect of Islam ....
    ( By Suhel Khan )
  • @Kartikaswara Gouda you talked about shivaji. do you know that during his coronation manuvadies persecuted him and after much difficulty ....
    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • Goutier record Islamic have hatred roots'
    ( By Sant Singh )
  • Western writer- ISLAM AND THE BHAGAVAD-GITA In the last 30 years, I have spoken against Islam and Islamic fundamentalism numerous ....
    ( By Kartikaswara Gouda )
  • Ignorance is Bliss.---English proverb.
    ( By Polumetla Kumar )
  • Islam started with human race. Prophet Muhammad is the last one in reforming ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES. He preached.....
    ( By Saidu Pallipparambil )
  • If they do not talk of peace, why refugees from Syria, Jordan and Iraq beg and crawl to go to Europe ....
    ( By Polumetla Kumar )
  • “…leaders capable of leading the Muslim community in religious matters” And,...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • some good news from morocco." Death penalty for apostates is really an Old Testament subject which was stolen....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Poor Hats Off! As if calling it 'pop psychaitry' would hide the fact that he is in denial.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Killing of Hindu atheists as well as Muslim atheists must stop. Any scriptural verses ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very pertinent and rightful plaint!'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A bold truthful article!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • wow. Worth reading . These beautiful lines from Maulana sahab is a great treat for secular and ...
    ( By Nikrun )
  • CORRECTION: In my last post I meant, "Martin Luther did say those things and yet Protestants....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A ban on triple talaq would be the appropriate step to take at this time. Our laws must....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear friends, I suggest all to read JIHAD- A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism۔۔۔
    ( By Surya Prakash Samidala )
  • Don't compare Beef Ban with blasphemy Mr Shamim Siddiqui....There is also meat....
    ( By Arnab Pal )
  • 3/22/2017 7:46:27 AM hats off! the fact of the matter is that the Holy Qur'an (not the koran) refers to non-muslims as kuffar. as...
    ( By hats off! )
  • l ماشاء اللہ! آپ کی حالیہ اشاعت ‘‘مصباح ادب’’ موصول ہوئی۔ اللہ زیادہ سے زیادہ خدمت دین کی توفیق بخشے(آمین)۔ چونکہ آپ سے میرے تعلقات بہت ...
    ( By Mufti Arshad Jamaal )
  • @Polumetla Kumar, Sir are you talking about today America and Europe countries who are talking about PEACE.' ...
    ( By Naeem Ahmed )
  • @Dolly How does it excuse barbarians who committed atrocities on Indians which included SCs and STs?'
    ( By Polumetla Kumar )
  • Polumetla Kumar i suggest you to read Dr ambedkar book 'riidles of Hinduism " , books by periyar the great wendy doniger in order to ...
    ( By Dolly Passey )
  • @Saidu Pallipparambil why they could not built such buildings,minars,forts in Arabian countries before? Didn't ...
    ( By Ajoy Dutta )
  • you talk about sufism but not act according to sufism  what a great difference! a man says what he does not do ...
    ( By Shahnawaz )
  • LATEST ARTICLES

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Al Qaeda Groups Reorganize in West Africa
    Thomas Joscelyn

    Iyad Ag Ghaly, the long-time leader of Ansar Dine, heads the new joint venture. Ghaly, a Malian Tuareg jihadist, explained why the merger was necessary in a video that is more than seven minutes long. And he emphasized that his group is part of al Qaeda’s international network. “On this blessed occasion, we renew our pledge of allegiance [bayat] to our honourable emirs and sheikhs: Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud, our beloved and wise sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri and…the emir of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan Mullah Haibatullah, may Allah protect them and support them,” ....

     
    The War Within Islam

    Henna-Adorned Hands Give Voice to Turkish Referendum Opponents
    Pinar Tremblay

    Henna is a symbol of innocence and sacrifice in Turkey and the region. Turkish bridal showers often include the bride getting a henna design on her palm. Young conscripts also get henna on their hands just before they are sent off to serve their country, as a symbol of dedication. For the people of Anatolia, henna symbolizes new beginnings, excitement and sacrifice for an important cause. It is an ancient tradition that has been cherished by Jews, Arabs, Alevis, Kurds and Turks — it is an image that unites and transcends politics….

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Who Will Dominate Iraq and Syria after ISIS?
    Jonathan Spyer

    Ownership by the US and its allies of eastern Syria in the post-Islamic State period is the best way to prevent the possibility of the realization of Iran's aims, while presenting Russia with a fait accompli. The indications are that the US administration is thinking in these terms. If so, Iranian victory emerging from the ruins of Syria and Iraq can be prevented. The post-Islamic State landscape in Iraq and Syria is emerging. The contest for primacy within it is set to begin.....

     
    Urdu Section

    Muslim Countries Should Follow the Holy Quran  اگر اقوام متحدہ کے چارٹر پر نہیں تو مسلم ممالک کو قرآن کریم کے اصولوں پر ضرور عمل کرناچاہئے ۔ جنیوا میں یو این ایچ آر سی سے سلطان شاہین کا خطاب
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    توہین رسالت کے قوانین اب بھی پاکستانی قانون کی کتابوں میں موجود ہیں۔ پنجاب کے لبرل گورنر سلمان تاثیر کو محض اس لیے موت کے گھاٹ اتار دیا گیاکہ اس نے ایک ایسی عیسائی خاتون کے لیے ہمدردی کا مظاہرہ کیا جسے غلط طریقے سے توہین رسالت کا ملزم بنایا گیا تھااور اس نے توہین رسالت کے قانون کی منسوخی کا مطالبہ کیا تھا۔ اس قانون کی بنیاد پرجبراً مذہبی اقلیتوں پر توہین رسالت کا الزام عائد کیا جا سکتا ہے اور اس الزام کو بنیاد بنا کر مشتعل عوام یا عدلیہ انہیں موت کے گھاٹ اتار سکتی ہے۔اور اس کے لیے کسی ثبوت کی بھی کوئی ضرورت نہیں ہے اس لیے کہ یہ مبینہ طور پر الزام لگانے والے کو دوبارہ توہین رسالت پر آمادہ کرنے کے مترادف ہو گا۔ اسی طرح اقلیتی ہندو، عیسائی، شیعہ اور احمدیوں پر مختلف قوانین کی بنیاد پرحملوں کا سلسلہ اب بھی جاری ہے۔ پاکستانی قوانین میں اپنی شناخت مسلمان بتانے پر احمدیوں پر پابندی ہے۔

     
    Islam and the West
    Trump’s Farewell to Charms
    S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

    Trump’s Farewell to Charms
    S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

    Liberal internationalism is dead. Or at the very least on death row awaiting execution should US President Donald Trump push forward with his campaign promises. Why? Simply put, his declared priorities as president are at complete odds with the fundamental feature undergirding the post-1945 world order sired and steered by the US. Once the continents emerged from the ashes of World War II, Washington as the only standing superpower promised a benevolent model of international relations that shunned the petty realpolitik of old Europe and its exploitative colonialism. Positive social virtues like human rights and self-government would thenceforth illuminate the twentieth century.….

    Islam and Pluralism

    The Quran and Acceptance of Other Religions
    Waris Mazhari

    Had your Lord pleased, all the people on earth would have believed in Him, without exception. So will you compel people to become believers? (10:99) […]and had God so willed, He would have made you all a single community, but He did not so will, in order that He might try you by what He has given you (5:48)The Quran, as is readily evident from this discussion, reflects a universal notion of religious tolerance. If this is not reflected in Muslims’ behaviour, the fault lies with Muslims themselves, and not with the Quran....

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    Pakistan

    PM Nawaz Orders Removal of Blasphemous Content from Social Media

    Aziz

    South Asia

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    Europe

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    North America

    Donald Trump Gives CIA Authority to Carry Out Drone Strikes: Report

    Arab World

    In Mosul, a Heavy but Not Crushing Blow to Islamic State

    Under Cover Of Rain, Islamic State Fights for Mosul Old City

    Southeast Asia

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    India

    'BJP May Become Inclusive With Muslims after This Mandate'

    Mideast

    Some EU States Cannot Tolerate Turkey's Rise: Erdoğan

    Iran Voices Readiness to Cooperate with UNPF

    Africa

    Al-Shabaab Islamists Target Somali Hotel

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Hyderabad High Court Asks State How It Is Protecting Muslim Women

    European Union Court's Headscarf Ban Ruling Sparks Faith Group Backlash

    Pakistan Census: A Third Sex, Nine Languages, Many Faiths

    Women Defend Muslims from Abuse on New York Subway

    Trump's New Muslim Ban Blames Islam for Violence against Women, Advocates Aren't

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    An Islamic System: Islam Expects People to Use Their Intellect
    Dr. Niaz Murtaza

    I am a firm believer in secular democracy not because I don’t believe in Islam’s progressive elements, but because I see the faith hijacked by retrogressive forces and little inclination within the majority to challenge their hold and develop a progressive Islamic vision. In such a situation, secular democracy seems the best available option....

    Islamic Society

    Should Muslims Believe In The Jinn? The Hard-Won Mujahid Reformation Movement Is In Danger of Being Undone
    Prashanth MP

    However, after less than a century of leading the Muslim community from the front, the Mujahid movement, the Salafi sect in Kerala, seems to have reached a dead end — some of them, who claim they too are following Salafi Manhaj (methodology), have declared that democracy and secularism are un-Islamic; others are unable to decide whether seeking help from the ethereal being jinn is allowed in Islam or whether Sehr (black magic) will have any effect on human beings.....

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    Spiritual Meditations
    The Psychology of Denial
    Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

    The Psychology of Denial
    Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

    This fear/delusion combination arises because, in the emotional sense, the person probably does have 'very little'. If a person is denied their emotional needs as a child, they will often learn to regard material possessions as the only measure of value in the quality of their life. And because material possessions can never replace an emotional need, no amount of material wealth can ever feel as if it is 'enough'....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Urdu Dailies, Too, Not Internet Alone That's Radicalising Indian Muslims
    Tufail Ahmad

    While the internet has indeed emerged as the conveyor of jihadist content, it is not the primary source of radicalisation. Noted social reformer Sultan Shahin has pointed out that nearly a century ago when there was no internet, about 18,000 Muslims left their homes and jobs in India to fight for the Ottoman Caliphate in Turkey.....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Who Killed Amjad Sabri?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Who Killed Amjad Sabri?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Amjad Sabri’s murder is not just the murder of a singer. It is the murder of an idea and of a practice which for centuries together has remained an essential ingredient of being a south Asian Muslim. It is a murder of fusion: of lifestyles, cultures, sharing and peaceful coexistence. Mere condemnation is not going to do. It must become an opportunity for deeper soul searching within the Muslim community...

    Islamic Personalities

    India’s First Education Minister Maulana Abul KalamAzad, A Fervent Nationalist and Progressive Islamist, Rejected the Exclusivist, Islam Supremacist view of Other Indian Ulema
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    One of the fervent advocates of nationalism, secularism, religious diversity and dialogue, among the Indian ulema and Islamic thinkers, was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. This celebrated freedom-fighter and the first education minister of independent India was also an Islamic mystic or Sufi in his thought and practice.  … In Tarjuman al-Quran, for instance, Maulana Azad writes in his explanation of the famous Qur’anic verses 45:27-29: “Despite the theological positions diametrically different from Islam, the Qur'an does suggest that there is hope for the salvation of Jews and Christians on the Last Day. Distinct communities will be judged according to "their own book" [Qur'an 45:27-29] and: "Those who believe [in the Qur'an], and those who follow the Jewish, and the Christians, and the Sabians, any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve" (Qur'an 2:62).

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Understanding Islamist Millenarian Violence through the Prism of Medieval Europe: Worshipping False Gods
    Praveen Swami

    The mind of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who drove his truck into a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, killing 84 people, is closed to us forever. The fragments we have access to are fragmentary, sometimes paradoxical: A man fascinated by Islamic State beheading videos but also by drug-fuelled sexual excess; a man who tore up his child’s teddy bears and drawn to small-time crime; a man diagnosed with mental illness, but capable of meticulously planning his attack....

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Murdering Amjad Sabri of the Sabri Brothers: These murderers and only these murderers of divinity are the true enemies of Islam
    Khaled Abou El Fadl

    Without conscience, they murder divinity itself when they kill human beings who are, regardless of faith or creed, nothing but bearers of the divinity of their Maker. These are the true radical extremists. They and only they are the true enemies of Islam.... The truth is that they, just like al-Qaeda, ISIL (also known as ISIS), Boko Haram, and of course their theological "teachers", methodically and systematically destroy everything beautiful in Islam. They target and destroy the artefacts and historical sites that defy their pedantic and false sense of history.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Countering Islamist Radicalism From Within
    Parvin Sultana, New Age Islam

    Countering Islamist Radicalism From Within
    Parvin Sultana, New Age Islam

    Similarly the subtle radicalization that is happening across the world needs to be talked about. Here one must bring forth the role of funds being channelled by Saudi Arabia and some other countries in promoting a very harsh and intolerant version of Islam and a radical interpretation of the Holy Quran....

    Islamic Personalities

    Dr. Abdus Salaam: Islam and Value of Education in Pakistan
    Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

    Dr. Salaam is the only Nobel Laureate in Physics from Pakistan. That he had to leave his country and stay in exile indicates the value placed by the Pakistanis on education. The emphasis placed on education in the Quran, the Holy Prophet’s own exhortation to go to the ends of the earth in the pursuit of knowledge, have all come to naught before the sort of religious values the current lot of Pakistanis are learning….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Time Ulema Came Out Of Denial: Imam Of Mecca Sheikh Kilban’s Confession Leaves No Room For Doubt That A Pernicious Islamic Theology Is Fuelling Radical Jihadism
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    It might help the ulema come out of denial if they listened to the confessions of former senior imam of Haram, the Grand Mosque of Mecca, Sheikh Adel al-Kilbani. To our utter surprise, Sheikh Kilbani has admitted that the jihadist theology emanates from the same Islamic literature being taught in Saudi Arabia.

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Eid-ul- Fitr — Occasion of Building Social Brotherhood, Peace, Love, Unity and Doing Charity
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    It is celebrated to fulfil the prime objectives of Islamic festivity. It symbolizes unity and brotherhood and inspires all to work towards building a peaceful and prosperous society. Eid is the occasion to bury enmity and hatred, reunite with family and friends and reaffirm the social bonds. It is the festival when Muslims invite people from other communities to the feasts arranged at homes....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    From Indian Mujahidin to ISIS: What Explains the Transformation
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Merely hoping that Indian Muslim youth would not get attracted to ISIS ideology is wishful thinking or another way of saying that the problem does not exist in India. But this is hardly the case: …Waging jihad against the perceived persecution of Muslims is no longer the key tenet, rather, driving away shirk (2) and polytheism as a religious duty is what comes across in these videos. The grievance of these youths is transformed from a contextual perception of alleged violence against Muslims (as in the Indian Mujahidin email of 2008) to something which is de-contextualised and purely a scriptural command to wage war against the infidels till no Fitna (3) remains. This seems to be the contribution of Salafi ISIS ideology which they are now fully embedded into: ‘scriptures speak for themselves; they do not have a context and there is no need for a contextual reading of Islamic scripture.’

    A large part of the diatribe in this video is also reserved for the Indian Ulema. Called as Ulema e Suu (false or evil scholars), they are attacked for not telling the Muslim masses the true teachings of Islam. This true teaching of Islam, according the ISIS video is that Islam is a religion of war rather than a religion of peace. An average Indian Alim is thus held guilty for teaching that Islam is a religion of peace. … One can only hope that a response to this video will come from the Indian Muslim community, particularly the Ulema. So far their silence has only meant that perhaps they have nothing to say. Or is it that sections of the Ulema themselves are convinced of the veracity of what ISIS has to say about Islam? ...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Not All Muslim Fighters Are Called Jihadists or Islamic Terrorists
    Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam

    After the June 12 shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando in which 49 people were killed and more than four dozen injured, a debate has emerged as to whether such attacks should be called Islamic terrorism. … Generally speaking, writers, politicians, activists and journalists of Left-Liberal ideological persuasion do not want to associate such acts of terror with Islam....

    Islamic Sharia Laws

    Reforming Muslim Personal Law: All India Muslim Personal Law Board and its Bogus Arguments
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    To be fair the Ulama agree that triple talaq in one sitting is not the best way to give divorce. However, it seems clear to me that they have a problem with the state doing away with this practice. The courts itself, in the eyes of these Ulama, do not know Islamic law, but the worst fear seems to be that non-Muslim would be sitting in judgment over what is perceived to be a solely Islamic issue. This again is the pernicious exclusivism practiced when it comes to the Muslim religious establishment.

    Books and Documents

    Deoband and Theological Anti-Pluralism: A Critique of Husain Ahmad Madani’s ‘Islam and Composite Nationalism’
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    In order to make this transition from plurality to pluralism, Madani would have to forgo his own notion of superiority of Islam over other religions. This he is clearly unwilling to do. Islam for him is the only true religion and it is this conviction which leads him to claim that, ‘while being aware of the truth of their (other religions’) falsehood’, Islam is ready to ‘cooperate and tolerate’ them. In other words, Madani not only disqualifies and derogates other religions as being false, he is also of the view that, ultimately, Hindustan be Islamised: that the Hindu–Muslim entente (composite nationalism) is only required till the time people of this country do not become Muslims (Jab Tak Hindustan Ke Tamam Baashinde Mussalman Nahin Ho Jate). Such a notion hardly augurs well for any kind of pluralism….

    Although, Madani accepts that Muslims in India already cooperate with ‘non-Muslims’ on a number of civic and non-religious issues, his plea is that this temporal cooperation should not be confused with any kind of religious co-operation. Even the ‘compositeness’ of his nationalism is not an end in itself. In his own words, this composite nationalism is ‘temporary and special’ and is only required till the ‘light of true religion (read Islam) dispels its (India’s) darkness’. Shedding further light on his ‘special’ and ‘temporary’ concept, Madani elucidates that ‘composite nationalism is needed only till such time different communities (Aqwaam, sng. Qaum) and different religions exist in a country. When the entire nation becomes Muslim (which is the prime real aim: Jo Ki Awwaleen Maksad Hai), where is the need for it?’ It is very clear, therefore, that for Madani, even diversity, (forget pluralism) holds no merit of its own, rather its advocacy is strategically needed only for such time till Islam becomes the sole hegemonic religion of India. ….                                                                           

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Orlando another Wake-Up Call For Muslims: Islamic Scholars Must Introspect Why Their Rebuttals of Jihadist Ideology Are Proving So Ineffective
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Hardly any impact is made by rebuttals of the ISIS’ jihadist theology by the world’s anti-extremist Islamic thinkers. The voluminous global anti-terror fatwas have left no practical impression, though they were in-depth and very critical. … Islamic scholars should think seriously why they are being so ineffective. Ulema must introspect if they are themselves “downplaying or underestimating the theologically-based narratives which underpin the ideology of the extremists,” as Dr Tahirul Qadri put it....

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam
    If Islam Means Peace, Why Is Much Of Its Theology Soaked In Hatred, Humiliation, Offensive War?
    Sultan Shahin, New Age Islam

    Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.

     But there has to be a reason why jihadi ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to heaven?

     Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas, says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so, divine like God Himself.....

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