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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 ....
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    Zihar cannot occasion divorce. Let it be observed that from the words of the husband, “you are to me like the back of my mother, “nothing but Zihar is established, because the term employed expressly signifies Zihar; and if he should intend divorce by it, yet that does not take place, as the law of divorce is broken through in this particular situation [that is to say, Zihar has been made, by the law, a thing distinct and separate from divorce, and subject to a rule peculiarly applicable to itself] and also because it is abrogated [that is, now after the advent of Islam, Zihar is not considered a divorce] and consequently Zihar does not admit of divorce being intended by the words of Zihar…

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    We also need to expose the hypocrites within Islam. There are people who denounce terrorism in public and teach in their madrasas that early peaceful and pluralistic verses of Quran have been abrogated by the later war-time verses asking us to kill the kafir and mushrik. Of course, war-time verses had come in a certain context which no longer exists and so these instructions can no longer apply to us. The first task before us is to come out of denial, accept that our theology and jurisprudence have been corrupted and then start thinking of changing our mindset, so that we can live as peaceful citizens of this inter-connected twenty-first century world....

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