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    Nikah is essentially a contract laid down in a ‘Nikahnama’ drawn between the husband and the wife. This contract can have conditions and has a compulsory ‘consideration’ (Meher) to be paid at the time of the marriage. This consideration is paid by the man to the wife, and can be at time waived off by the woman as per her own will. So the basic difference between a Hindu Marriage and a Muslim Marriage is that for Hindus, marriage is a divine sacrament whereas for Muslims, it is a contract drawn between the husband and the wife....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The court was addressing the point that a vacuum may arise if triple Talaq is declared invalid, leaving Muslim men no forum to go to for a divorce. Presently, Muslim men do not have to move courts to get a divorce. They can instantly get divorce unlike a Muslim woman who has to approach a court under Section 2 of The Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act of 1939. The 1939 statute gives specific grounds under which a woman can seek divorce....

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    Legal experts noted that the verdict seemed to be based more on public reaction to the governor’s comments than what he had actually said, in effect holding him accountable for the mass protests organized against him by hard-line Islamist groups....

     
    Spiritual Meditations

    What else would explain the Taliban giving a go-ahead to men’s cricket in Afghanistan but not to women’s? Even the green-lighting of men’s cricket had more to do with the sheer popularity of the sport in Afghanistan than the fact that the gentleman’s game, unlike football, which the Taliban disapproves of, doesn’t let the knees show because of full-length trousers, as the Taliban would argue....

     
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    They see that her words resemble the proverb: “You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” She was able to fool many people and even international human rights organizations, which had once mistakenly believed that she was an advocate of human rights. Suu Kyi was also able to fool the Nobel Peace Prize Committee so that the committee chose her for the most prestigious global recognition for promoting peace…..

     
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    Assad's Hollow Crown
    Jonathan Spyer

    Consider the claim: Sunni Arab Jihadi fighters in Homs had deliberately set about destroying the Christian heritage in the area because the Jihadis are in alliance with a broader Jewish and Zionist plan to destroy non-Jewish cultural heritage in the Middle East. This is part of a Jewish plan to pretend that theirs is the oldest culture in the area, or the world. Such an idea is obviously insane. It is also to be found among the mainstream of discussion in regime-controlled Syria…..

     
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    Love, Marriage and Divorce in Ancient Human Civilisations  قدیم انسانی تہذیبوں میں محبت ، شادی اور طلاق
    A Rahman, New Age Islam

    تمام مورخین او رماہرین آثار قدیمہ اس بات پر متفق ہیں کہ زمانہ ما قبل تاریخ میں باقاعدہ شادی کا چلن ہوچکا تھا ۔ ا س کی کوئی زمانی حد متعین کرنا ذرا مشکل ہے لیکن اغلب یہ ہے کہ جب حضرت انسان نے غاروں کی رہائش ترک کی اور ’’ گھر‘‘ کا دوسرا تصو ر ان کے ذہن میں آیا تو خاندان کی ترتیب کا خیال لازمی طور پر آیا ہوگا۔ اس وقت تک عورت کے معاملے میں جس کی لاٹھی اسی کی بھینس کا قانون رائج تھا لیکن کسی عورت سے مستقل رشتے کی خواہش اور رشتے سے پیدا شدہ اولاد کی شناخت او را س کی ولدیت کے تعین کی ضرورت نے مجبور کیا ہوگا کہ اس مستقل رشتے کا اعلان بھی کیا جائے تاکہ کوئی دوسرا مرد اس عورت پر متصرف نہ ہو۔

     
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    Where Are Those Who Trolled Sufi Heads Who Met PM Modi In 2015 And Then Organised The World Sufi Forum In 2016?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The Jamiat strongly opposed the World Sufi Forum calling it a political stunt of the Indian government to divide the Muslim community over "Sufism vs Wahhabism".  At that time, Maulana Madani proclaimed: “Sufism is nothing” and that the World Sufi Forum was an NDA bid to "divide the Muslims". In a direct rebuttal to the World Sufi Forum, another leading figure of the Jamiat, Maulana Arshad Madani stated: “Sufism is no sect of Islam and is not found in the Quran”, while accusing the Modi government of "trying to create acrimony in the Muslim community"....

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    What about the Lakhs of Ahadith that were rejected by the compilers as unreliable? Did Imam Bukhari, Muslim, Dawood, Tirmidhi, Nasai and Ibn Maja insult the Prophet by rejecting hundreds of thousands of his reported sayings? If the answer is no, then there is no insult to the Prophet if anyone rejects every Hadith as unreliable. That is every person’s choice. Believing in the Ahadith is not an article of faith for a Muslim and indeed these Books were only compiled some 250 years after the death of the Prophet….

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    The Killer Truck: Another Heart Rending Attack! Why Are We Muslims Not Ashamed Of Ourselves! Why No Introspection?
    Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef, New Age Islam

    Why are these suicide attacks in the name of Islam not stopping? Why don’t we understand that if this continues, in the long run, we Muslims and Islam will be on the receiving end. Indeed, we already are, to a certain extent, and with terrorism in the name of Islam continuing, Islamophobia will only grow....

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    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Both were apparent during the holiest Muslim month of Ramzan which will go down in history as one of the bloodiest. In terrorist literature, Ramzan is called the month of jihad and action. True to their calling, they were able to murder and maim scores in Istanbul, Baghdad and Dhaka, not to mention other smaller acts of so-called jihad....

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    ISIS/Takfiris Are Friends of Satan, the Enemies of Allah and His Messenger, Foremost In Shirk, Hypocrisy and Apostasy and No Muslim Must Support Them in Any Form or Fashion
    Dr. John Andrew Morrow (Imam Ilyas Islam, New Age Islam

    IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh is a terrorist, mercenary, army at the service of imperial forces. They do not speak for Islam or represent Islam in any shape or form. To describe such psychopaths as Sunnis is to insult the Sunnah. To describe Da‘ish as “Islamic” is an insult to Islam. The only terms that adequately describes the ideology of these demons is Takfiri, Wahhabi, Khariji, and Nasibi, Excommunicators, Wahhabis, Separatists, and Haters of the Household of the Prophet. While they call themselves Jihadists, they pervert the term jihad or sacred struggle. While they call themselves Salafi, followers of the pious predecessors, they are an offense to the true Salaf, the righteous Companions and their Followers......

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     In Sunni jurisprudential history, we find many instances of various practices which earlier were followed by others who were treated as innovators but which later on, due to changes in political and social conditions were favourably adopted by the Sunni Ulema or scholars of Islamic jurisprudence...

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    ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE AND PLURALISM
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE AND PLURALISM
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    To wrap up this essay and put a seal of peace and pluralism on the Prophet’s mission we quote below the following verses that make it amply clear that the eventual goal was peace, moral uprightness (taqwa) and justice and not war, injustice and ‘Sword’: 

    “You who believe, be upright before God as witnesses to justice), and let not the hatred of any people prompt you to detract from justice. Deal justly: this is nearest to heedfulness (taqwa); and heed God. Surely God is Informed of what you do” (5:8).

    “... And let not the hatred of a people who (once) obstructed you from (entering the) Sacred House, lead you to be hostile. Therefore, help each other to virtue and uprightness (taqwa), and do not collaborate with each other in sin and enmity. Heed God, and (remember,) God is severe in punishment” (5:2).

    “It may be that God will bring about love between you and those of them you (now) regard as your enemies. (Remember,) God is Able (to do anything) and God is Most Forgiving and Merciful (60:7). God does not forbid you to be virtuous and just to those who did not fight you over religion, nor drove you from your homelands. Indeed, God loves the just (60:8). God only forbids you to befriend those who fought against you over religion, and expelled you from your homelands, and backed (others) in your expulsion; and whoever befriends them – it is they who are unjust” (60:9).

    The Qur’anic verses relating to all the major expeditions as captured in this work from Qur’anic allusions were specific to given contexts, and since the contexts cannot be recreated as much as the Prophet and his companions cannot be brought back to life, they are not of any direct relevance this day – and this must be true for all so-called ‘fighting verses’ of the Qur’an. Their presence in the Qur’an is essential to establish Islam as a religion of peace as this discourse aims at…..

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    On Televangelist Zakir Naik: Don’t give in to pretenders who condemn Sufi followers as “grave worshippers”, says Sadia Dehlvi
    Sadia Dehlvi
    In the subcontinent, Islam is the legacy of the Sufis who gave us traditions of syncretism and communal harmony. By condemning Sufi followers as “grave worshippers”, Salafi and Wahhabi ideology-inspired speakers such as Zakir Naik reject an entire historical body of Islamic scholarship, jurisprudence and almost 80 per cent of Islamic literature. Naik is on record saying, “If Osama bin Laden is terrorising America or the enemies of Islam, every Muslim should become a terrorist.” Excerpts of this video are circulating on the internet, damaging the already wounded perception of Islam and its followers. – Sadia Dehlvi

    Islamic Society

    Anjem Choudary and His Followers Bring Shame to Islam
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The prime question which never gets asked either by the Choudarys or the Naiks and millions of other Muslims is that why they are being made targets of vilification. What else do they expect when in the 21st century, they want to implement an early medieval law? Do they think that the world will appreciate them when they advocate amputation for minor theft, when they have no law to tackle sexual assault or when they justify slavery by denying agency to women in all quarters of life? ...

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    How I Almost Joined A 'Jihad' Training Camp
    Gauher Aftab

    His lectures had little to do with our syllabus, and included colourful, emotional sermons on the devilry of Hindus, Christians and Jews, as well as Sufis, Shias, Ahmadis, and whoever he considered to be heretics, polytheists and Kafirs....extreme reduction of Islam to a list of do’s and don’ts is a great corruption of our religion. Perhaps it is the real cause behind how Muslims are now split into so many hostile divisions with mutual hatred and enmity....

     
    Current Affairs
    Abdus Sattar Edhi: ‘Almost a Saint’
    Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

    Abdus Sattar Edhi: ‘Almost a Saint’
    Abdus Sattar Edhi

    Malala Yousufzai from the same country, herself a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize was correct in saying that the Prize would have been too small a thing for him. Yet one assumes that Edhi would have accepted it mainly for the financial gift that came with it, it in order to put it in use for the Edhi Foundation and thus for the benefit of Pakistani nation....

    Islamic Ideology

    There isn’t a subject on which the Ahadith do not mislead vis-à-vis the clear message of the Quran whether it is war, divorce, female witnessing, inheritance, or even the hajj. In this article, we discuss one Hadith which is causing the greatest damage and is truly satanic in its scope. Consider the following Hadith:

    The Tafseer of Ibn Kathir on verses 2:191 to 193 and 8:36 to 8:38 quotes a Hadith collected in the two Sahihs in which the Prophet (pbuh) is alleged to have said:

    «أُمِرْتُ أَنْ أُقَاتِلَ النَّاسَ، حَتَّى يَقُولُوا: لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ، فَإِذَا قَالُوهَا عَصَمُوا مِنِّي دِمَاءَهُمْ وَأَمْوَالَهُمْ، إِلَّا بِحَقِّهَا، وَحِسَابُهُمْ عَلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَل»

    (I was commanded to fight against the people until they proclaim, `There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah.' If and when they say it, they will preserve their blood and wealth from me, except for its right (Islamic penal code), and their reckoning is with Allah, the Exalted and Most Honoured.)"...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Islamist Editors are Indeed Radicalising Indian Muslims
    Tufail Ahmad

    I cited from research by Delhi-based reformist Islamic writer Sultan Shahin saying that 18,000 Muslims from India went to Turkey to fight for the Ottoman Caliphate in the 1920s when there was no internet. Without refuting Sultan Shahin's research, Zafarul Islam launched an abusive attack on Shahin, describing him as a person with "dubious connections." It is criminal to accuse someone of something "dubious" without citing at least one reason. But perhaps his Islam teaches Zafarul Islam to do so.


    Sultan Shahin has written: "Even historical fiction written by 20th century Urdu novelist Nasim Hijazi, for instance, can be taken as a call for jihad, far more effective than any overt Jihadi literature."[xix] In the Friday Times, Lahore-based academic Raza Naeem wrote: "Nasim Hijazi, the writer of Urdu potboilers glorifying such foreign conquerors as Muhammad bin Qasim and Hajjaj bin Yousaf [both of whom planned the invasion of India by Muhammad bin Qasim in 712 CE as a result of which all native civilisations and ways of living have been wiped out from Balochistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan for ever]."...

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Most Muslims Don’t Really Believe That the Quran Is the Word of God
    Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

    I think The Prophet wanted Muslims to read and understand the Book, re-interpreting it in changing circumstances, so that it would always remain a Living Guide to help us better the quality of our lives, and the lives of everyone on the planet….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Bangladesh: Death of a Promise
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Bangladesh: Death of a Promise
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Much like India, Bangladesh is a study in promise. It’s a promise of charting out an alternative history beyond the confines of narrow religious nationalism. And a promise to live out a multicultural and multi-religious existence. Bangladesh stands for everything which is the opposite of Pakistan: narrow bigoted nationalism build on the idea Islam exhausts all the identities which a South Asian Muslim possess. ...

    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'....

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