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  • Naseer Saheb, I don’t think any amount of explanation, interpretation and contextualisation – and I have read many from Islamic scholars who want to present ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Histories are written by the victors. If we discard even Ibn Ishaq and Waqidi then there is no way to discover what the Meccans thought ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • Our theology has codified the five pillars and the six articles of faith. Why has it failed to derive the principles of War from ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The source of Yunus sb's confusion is his misunderstanding of verse 91:8. He understands it as God inspiring both good and evil when it actually ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The hadith quoted by Arshad sb says that a person is not a momin when he is committing a sin which means that he is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Steve, Thanks for entering this site and posting your comment which only represents the popular opinion based on 'Islamic sources'. Unfortunately the 'Islamic sources' ....
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • "Al-Bukhaari narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “No adulterer ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • From the Qur'anic perspective all believing humans stand equal before God and will be judged on the basis of their deeds and taqwa. Thus, even ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The following is by Yunus sb. There are two grievously flawed statements reviewed below in Naseer Sb article re The ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • We started with an assumption that the marriage is invalid which makes the person zani, and ended up with the conclusion that such an assumption ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Not even asingle war by the prophet was defensive. Behind every war there was a ...
    ( By Steve )
  • Also learn from Israel on how to de-islamise sensitive pockets - such as settlements in West Bank - This methodology....
    ( By ShanBarani )
  • The BJP can learn from Israel on the subject of respecting Muslim cultural sensitivities but it would.. .
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • While our Prophet fought valiantly for the defense of Islam and for the defense of his followers against some ruthless....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • But one is called a zani only after the adultery not before it.
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  • Shahin sb, Please ask the two faced Islamic scholar to comment on the following: From the Qur'anic perspective all believing humans stand equal ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Royalj Read your comment again. Shia over sunny as prime-ministers. RoyalJ Whatever God you belive I don't care, for me ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Shahin Sb, Can you please direct me to the laws or principles of literalism that force you to ignore verses 9:1 to 9:29 to understand the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer Saheb, "We do not talk about literalism or interpretation when we talk about the law books or the text books or the books of ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Naseer Saheb, you know I want your thesis to become acceptable to the scholars as well as Muslim masses. It would be great if people ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Hi Aayina, Did I speak about religion? I have given maximum praise to the great soul Abraham Lincoln, so that Madrasa teachers may take ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • Shahin sb, We do not talk about literalism or interpretation when we talk about the law books or the text books or the books of science. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Servent leadears do not take media attention. Best servent leadears and their Bhakts will quote goodness from others scriptures ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Shahin Sb. This is for you An example of logically derived conclusion An adulterer can marry only another adulterer or a polytheist. (24:3)...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Naseer Ahmad and Arshad Well said. The involvement of Clergy is unwarranted today. God is in no need...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Polygamy cannot exist in civilized societies which uphold gender equality.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The only message we can get out of the Quran is: "Do the right thing". God has given us...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear Royalji, Thanks for the compliments. I hope I come to deserve some of these qualities at least in timers to come...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Shahin Sb, Read my comment By Naseer Ahmed - 1/16/2018 5:25:57 AM Show me where have I departed from the literal meanings and...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer Saheb, I am told we are living in a dystopian world, though we have not quite reached the frightening level of George Orwell’s novel ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Arshad sb, Marriage in Islam is a social contract. A court marriage is also valid. All that is required is...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb, Ask Yunus sb to post his comment under my article if he wants a response. I can...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sb says, if say a Muslim girl falls in love with a Mushrik boy, and elopes? Is the marriage valid? Yes, it is. There...
    ( By arshad )
  • Arshad sb, Your article is a classic case of the pitfalls of not taking the simple straight forward literal meaning and trying to interpret. If ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The scholar who wants to maintain his anonymity has sent me the following comment: There are two grievously flawed statements reviewed below in Naseer Sb ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • يُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَأُولَٰئِكَ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ (3:114) They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Royalj, You have been all along trying to project Christianity and undermine Islam on this website. I can therefore ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Lincoln talk of Master and Slave, not relgion. All Relgion has tendency to see the humans that do not follow its ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Ghulam Mohiyuddin, if you want accept Mutazilla than you have to accept their position that "Quran is man made" would you like to agree ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • God of Quran may have said Kafir to Muslim in Quran, but God of quran also forget the called Mushrikin Momin. This is pure hypocracy ....
    ( By Aayina )
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    Friends and Well-Wishers at AMU

    We urge the state government to ensure the return of this budding scholar. We are hopeful that his safe passage home would be ensured without causing him any harassment. We also impress upon the state to introspect and revisit its policies that push our youth, with promising careers, to extremes. The talk of peace and prosperity is not in consonance with the policies that the state has adopted over decades. We also request civil society and different organisations to act as mediators in finding a lasting solution to this vexed problem....

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    عورتوں کو مساجد میں جانے کی اجازت اس وقت تھی جب کہ معلم انسانیت کے سواکوئی معلم نہ تھا ابتدا اسلام کا زمانہ تھا اور ہر نومسلم کی تعلیم وتربیت نہایت ضروری تھی اس لیے نبی کریم ﷺ مسجد نبوی میں بیٹھ کر ہی تمام درپیش مسائل کا حل فرمایا کرتے تھے ۔ لیکن اس وقت جب یہ دشواریاں ختم ہوگئیں اور جابجا عورتوں کی تعلیم و تربیت کے لیے ورثۃ الانبیاء نے خصوصی انتظام کیا اورجگہ جگہ درس گاہیں اور تربیت گاہیں فراہم ہوگئیں توان حالات میں اب انہیں مساجد جانے کی کوئی حاجت نہ رہی کیوں کہ ان کے لئے اصل حکم تو یہ ہے۔

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    Raziuddin Aquil

    The Langar for the poor and dervishes at Nizamuddin’s hospice included Qorma and Roti, with occasional Tahiri (veg/chicken/meat Pulao), and sometimes Paratha, Samosa and Halwa. The idea was to feed the people to their satisfaction, which was a meritorious act. Control over physical demands meant that the Sufi master would himself maintain moderation in eating, sleeping and speaking. Less eating or fasting took care of many diseases, careful speaking was also recommended, and satisfaction of sacrificing sleep for meditation was lauded....

     
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    Crime and Consent: The Law in India Has Always Had a Troubled Relationship with Sexuality, Consent and Gender
    Indira Jaising

    When it impacts a third party as in adultery, a civil remedy enabling the person to opt out of marriage must be available, which does exist in all matrimonial laws. On the other hand, sexual behaviour between married adults without consent must be an offence; the issue here is that such behaviour violates the bodily and decisional autonomy of a person. It is a crime against the autonomy of heterosexuals and homosexuals....

     
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

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    The Iranian Crisis Is Not Yet Over
    Ramin Jahanbegloo

    The protests, therefore, turned not only into a reaction over rampant inflation, continuous corruption and rising prices, but also focused on the crisis of legitimacy of the Islamic regime in Iran, totally misunderstood by a generation of Iranians who were too young to remember the revolution of 1979. The growing generational gap between the Islamic state and the Iranian youth, particularly young women, has never been wider....

     
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    The diplomatic and media storm is far from abiding with questions about the origin of the protests. What really took place in Iran at the very end of year 2017 and at the very beginning of 2018? Was it a ‘spontaneous rebellion’, an attempt to improve economic and social situation in the country, a revolt against ayatollahs, or both? Was it really a protest against Iranian-style socialism....

     
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    Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    صوفیاء اور ہپی اس امر میں خود اپنے قلب و باطن کا ایک گہرا محاسبہ کرتے ہیں کہ حقیقہً ہمارے لئے خوشی کا باعث کیا ہے اور صوفیاء کو اس بات کی قطعی کوئی پرواہ نہیں ہوتی کہ معاشرے ہمارے لئے خوشی کا کیا پیمانہ متعین کرتے ہیں۔ صوفیاء اپنے پاس آنے والوں سے پوچھتے ہیں کہ: "وہ تمام چیزیں اور شہرت جو تم نے حاصل کیا ہے کیا واقعی تمہارے لئے خوشی کا باعث ہیں ، کیا اب تم واقعی آسودہ خاطر ہو چکے ہو؟ اگر تم نے وہ تمام چیزیں حاصل کر لی ہیں معاشرہ جن کا تم سے مطالبہ کرتا ہے، تو کیا ہوا؟ کیا تم اب واقعی خوش اور مطمئن ہو؟"

     
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    Many liberal Muslims, those seeking the easy highway of life, and the terrorists and extremists – who speculate over the ambiguous verses of the Qur’an with nefarious or political motives may simply ignore them or consign them to the antiquity. But it will not take a great deal of reflection to realize that the above questions are no less relevant for this era than they were in the era of revelation. In fact they are bright red lights on the moral pathways of our life today. But we don’t see them or pretend not to see them. …

     
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    The Terrorist Acts of ISIS Are Categorically Forbidden—Evidences from the Quran and Hadith
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    There is not an iota of doubt that the crimes of ISIS — beheading, killing of innocent people including Muslims and non-Muslims, bombing public places, suicide attacks or disfiguring the dead bodies—all are categorically forbidden and anti-Islamic acts. Compare such acts of ISIS to the following Quranic verses and a number of Ahadith and it will be clear ISIS does not represent the true form of Islam. ….

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Discussing the different meaning spaces or contexts of term Hijab in the Quran and Sufism, she concludes: “So it is strange indeed to observe the modern course of this concept, which from the beginning had such a strongly negative connotations in the Koran. The very sign of the person who is damned, excluded from the privileges and spiritual grace, to which the Muslim has access, is claimed in our day as a symbol of Muslim identity, manna for the Muslim women....

     
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    Refuting ISIS’ Magazine ‘Rumiyah’ That Ignores the Context of Quran's Verses To Forcefully Justify its Atrocities
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    In order to justify their terror attacks, they repeatedly quote the verse 9:14 “Fight them and Allah will punish them through your hands”. Again in the article titled “The Ruling On the Belligerent Christians” (Rumiyah: 9th issue, page 10),they have referred to the same verse out of context in order to kill all those who do not belong to their ideology which is commonly called Wahhabism or Salafism.   Before proceeding further into refuting ISIS, it must be noted that the US and some of its Arab allies are trying to eradicate the terrorist outfit ISIS from the face of the earth....

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    S Y Quraishi

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    Triple Talaq Must Be Invalidated Constitutionally and Criminalized – Inclusion of Prohibitive Clause in Nikahnama Could Allow Its Perpetuation by Defaulters
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    No Muslim man will protect himself against any potentially adulterous or homicidal behaviour of his would-be wife by incorporating clauses in the Nikahnama that his wife will not commit adultery or kill her baby child as many women did in Pre-Islamic Arabia (60:12). Since they are expressly forbidden by the Qur’an and entail gross human rights violations and legislatively criminalized, they are, like numerous other aspects of behaviour, unwritten components of Nikahnama. The same should apply for instant triple Talaq. It is expressly forbidden by the Qur’an (58:2, 2:228/2:229), causes grave human rights violations and is enduringly devastating and traumatic to its victim……

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    How Islamic Are ‘Islamic’ Blasphemy Laws?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    How Islamic Are ‘Islamic’ Blasphemy Laws?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Regardless of any justification for Blasphemy laws in Muslim countries, common sense suggests that they can only be applied to Muslims. Otherwise, the term blasphemy can be stretched to mean anyone who doesn’t believe Islam to be a true religion. But anti-Blasphemy laws are applied to non-Muslims in every Muslim country that has such laws. So ultimately the question is related to whether Muslims believe in freedom of religion. Clearly many don’t, except when they live in non-Muslim-majority countries.

    Although Quran, Islam’s foundational text, contains hundreds of verses asserting the legitimacy of other religions, a consensus in Islamic theology and jurisprudence has somehow emerged that other religions cannot be allowed to exist. Theologians cannot directly contradict the Quran by saying so, but this is the obvious implication of their doctrines of Jihad. Mainstream Islamic Theology and jurisprudence is completely based on a dichotomy between Muslim and Kafir. Kafirs have to be eventually eliminated from the world, either by persuasion or use of force. The only other option is they accept Muslim domination and accept the status of dhimmis (jizya-paying second class citizens).

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    Ghazwa-e-Badr ‘Anniversary’ In South Kashmir: War Cry of Jihadist Ideologues in the Valley
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    This is the dichotomy between the Prophet’s peaceful struggle in Badr and the virulent warmongering of the self-styled jihadists in Kashmir. More to the point, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) achieved the bloodless victory without retaliation against the bloodthirsty Meccans who attacked him, plotted to kill him, stoned him, made his teeth to bleed, cracked his jaw and split open his blessed face, peddled hate against his faith, murdered his beloved companions, deformed the dead body of his blue-eyed uncle, Ameer Hamzah, and even eaten his liver in a beastly manner. Contrary to the Prophet’s defensive battle of Badr and peaceful victory in Makka, the militants’ war in Kashmir is calming the innocent lives, mutilating the dead-bodies of Indian army officers, demeaning their women and thus destroying lives and properties of both Muslims and non-Muslims alike……

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    Islam and Mysticism: Is ‘Nafs’ Soul? (Part - 1)
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    What is mysticism without the soul? But do we have a soul? The primary meaning of "soul" in all religions and cultures is the non-material or “spiritual” part of our "true-self", with a consciousness and intelligence of its own, even without our body and without our brain, which does not die when our body dies, and perhaps existed even before we were born. No such thing exists nor is it recognized by Science or by the Quran. Even though such a concept of soul is illogical and unscientific, and there is no empirical evidence of its existence within us or within others, the belief in the existence of such a soul in all religions and cultures including among Muslims is very strong....

    Islamic Society

    Dear diary, this afternoon at university an acquaintance approached me and said: 'I want to have a debate with you. I heard you're an atheist.' It was an expression of disbelief, as if to ask: 'How do you function?' She wanted to know where I get my morals from. For her, morality comes from religion and without faith you can't be expected to have morals. Later that afternoon I text all my friends. 'Stop telling people I'm an atheist. I don't want to die.' I must learn that discretion is a good thing."....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Al-Khatahtbeh was aware that in post-9/11 America, the words Muslim and terrorist had become coupled in the minds of some Americans. Just nine at the time the Twin Towers crashed, she was ostracised by friends – but instead of getting embittered, she resolved to redefine the narrative of what it meant to be Muslim, and years later, started Muslimgirl.com way to explore the experiences of Muslims in US....

     
    Islamic Ideology

    ....the commandments issued by the Prophet Muhammad in his Covenants, which he made binding upon all Muslims “until the coming of the Hour”, are clearly and diametrically opposed to many of the teachings of terrorist ideologues such as Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab and Ibn Taymiyyah.

     The Covenants Command: Defend the Christians from their enemies; never fight them unless they have first taken up arms against you; never damage their buildings; don’t prevent your Christian wives from going to church—and never under any circumstances kill or persecute someone simply because he or she refuses to convert to Islam! Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab and Ibn Taymiyyah, on the other hand, teach that the blood of Christians is Halal simply because they are not Muslims. It is therefore as clear as day that if you accept the one, you are duty bound to reject the other....

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    We Must Look To the Past, Not ISIS, For the True Meaning of Islam
    Robert Fisk

    So I suspect it’s time to raise the ghost of a man known as the Emir Abdelkader – Muslim, Sufi, sheikh, ferocious warrior, humanist, mystic, protector of his people against Western barbarism, protector of Christians against Muslim barbarism, so brave that the Algerian state insisted his bones were brought home from his beloved Damascus, so noble that Abe Lincoln sent him a pair of Colt pistols and the French gave him the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour.....

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