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  • Mr Zaid Raza, I have written several articles on the subject and also brought to NAI articles of others after editing them.....
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  • GM sb refuses to copy my question to him on verse 4:34 and post his response below because that will....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • I am the only person on this website, who says without ifs and buts and without the ubiquitous disclaimer "Allah ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • What I have said is a logical truism which is beyond the understanding of the windbag GM sb. If the....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The hypocritical liar that GM sb is, he blames me for the discussion on war which he himself initiated! It is ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Action of Some Indian, & Every Pakistani Muslim and even Iran supreme leadear calling for jihad every now and than ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • GM sb, Your lies have been nailed. You are for: 1. Decriminalizing adultery in Islam and....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sb. describes himself as being imbued with understanding, and others.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. thinks that Muslims got confused about concepts such as kuffar and mushrikin...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. thinks that by repeating the same discredited arguments again and again and by calling me...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. is now trying to lay on me all the sins of American imperialism! I wonder what he...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. continues to think in terms of victory and defeat. His sole aim is to look victorious...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Maududi argued that jihad should not denote "a crazed faith ... blood-shot eyes...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • As civilizations advance from the primitive to maturer phases, the concept of God too moves....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • We must focus on and propagate God's universal and eternal message. The rest should.. .
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Bloody insanity has intoxicated these ruffians so much that they are unable to see their hearts are completely sealed. Thank you New Age Islam for ...
    ( By Huzaifa )
  • Excellent work – tables a compelling refutation of JeM’s fatwa on the strength of the Qur’an – and also cites relevant ahadith to support ...
    ( By mohammed yunus )
  • Na kitabon se Na Waahzon se Na zar se paida deen hota hai buzurgon ki nazar se paida
    ( By learner )
  • Let this article be weak. Can you write more powerful article in refutation of JeM?...
    ( By Zaid Raza )
  • The article is weak because it has several serious errors such as: 1. It says:“fighting even in self-defence was forbidden in Makkah ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • the whole day they sit in their sermons of radicalisaiton and then the people like you come out to ask that how to deradicalise.
    ( By Zaid )
  • @Learner, Watanparasti means worship of country and watanmuhabbat means love to the country....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • The terrorists are no doubt, among the worst of the Kafirs and Pakistan has become a kafir state.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Why does Islam forbid Watanparasti and Ittehad?'
    ( By learner )
  • This article is weak because it challenges Maududi's inspirations.
    ( By Zaid )
  • The article is no doubt well-meant but self-defeating, weak as it is on logic and reasoning. The author's genuine anguish is however commendable...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Good article! Indian ulama are either lethargic or cowardly.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is an Islam of the Quran which is perfectly rational for those who are imbued with understanding, and ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • I am sure, GM sb does not even know what the diagnosis is and what the prescription is. He is a person without any understanding. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Your response is that of a hypocrite. You have failed to affirm the Quran on: 1. Making adultery....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Ghulam Uncle Sam the hypocrite, does not want God to have a say because by the standards of God, all ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Six years back, Rational and Hamza attacked based on verses 33:36,37 and ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sb. does not want to be questioned about his regressive and fallacious views so he calls me a stalker ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. seems to be losing his sanity. The Indian Army will kill those who attack India, but the question is 'would...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. should come out of his "as if" world and wake up to reality. If he was a judge in India and an adulterer....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Since Naseer sb.'s diagnosis is wrong, his prescription too is wrong.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Major Shah speaks the truth.'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article! As Mr. Akyol says, "Young generations may lose the faith if Islam remains too closed to rationality, individuality...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It's important not to be economical with the truth. They read straight from the Quran and the Hadiths. They ....
    ( By Gabriel )
  • @Gabriel Also ask them the book their are reading because QUR'AN has not command the killing and destroying of ....
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    The Momineen (faithful) and the Kafirin (faithless) are therefore terms that cannot be associated based on the religion professed, but based on behaviour alone. Else, Islam is not a universal and inclusive religion. Indeed, we do find the Quran judging people by what they do. The Mushrikin in an unjust battle against the Prophet, are referred to as the Kafaru, but the same Mushrikin, after they have been vanquished and are no longer at war, are referred to simply as Mushrikin in verse 9:5 and not as Kafirin. It is therefore the act that you are engaged in, which defines you in that context.

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    But in fact the above referenced Quranic verses and Ahadith deal with the war-related rulings and situations related to self-defence. However this self-defence cannot be claimed at individual level or by a group of individuals. The idea of self-defence is applicable to the situation, when it turns to be too destructive to be controlled and when there is no option left except for fighting in defence. As obviously the fight for defence is the right of every country, so it is not wrong to say that the Muslim governments are allowed to defend their land, property, life etc. But it is completely wrong to derive the meaning from these verses and Ahadith in justification for fighting against those non-Muslims who have agreed to live peacefully in minority or majority....

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    The major battles fought by the Prophet against the people of Mecca were against their persecution of the Prophet and followers of the new faith of Islam. After his people suffered torture, persecution and even killing for 13 years, the Prophet (pbuh) was forced to migrate to Medina. Even then, the Meccans pursued them as is evident by the three major battles fought near Medina with the last battle being the siege of Medina itself. The Muslims eventually prevailed over their enemy. Surah Taubah describes the judgment on the vanquished enemy....

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    In today’s context, when Muslims and non-Muslims including hypocrites are living peacefully, these verses (4:88-90) can’t be applied. It is not an individual’s duty to decide as to who are hypocrites. In the case of the early period of Islam, when the Muslims who were holy companions [Sahaba] were not all sure as to who were then hypocrites and who were not, how come today’s common Muslims categorically call others ‘hypocrites’? Even if we hear some of today’s scholars calling someone ‘hypocrite’, how can one make justification for killing him, while he is living in the state of peace or peace-treaty?...

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    But sadly enough, we see some people, especially the terrorist masterminds who, despite having awareness, do not adopt the entirety of what is known as the best methodological approach required for interpreting the Quran and Sunnah. Thus they fail to take out the best meaning. Since they are committing such a failure in context of war-related verses and Ahadith, it has become more a matter of worry for us, because this is increasing problems in two ways. First problem is that this is resulting into brainwashing the naive Muslim youngsters with the idea that it is incumbent upon them to wage war against their ‘enemies’. Second problem is that this is encouraging non-Muslims to believe that whatever the modern terrorists are doing is thoroughly approved by the Quran and Sunnah....

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    Hence they should not be forced to accept Islam, as forced belief will not benefit them. The forced-conversion will be tantamount to denying the Islamic right of religious freedom given to non-Muslims. With that I also do not deny this fact that the right to preaching has been given to the righteous Muslims. However the point to be noted here is that the Quran lays down guidelines for them when preaching Islam, as Allah Almighty says, “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best…” (16:125). It exhorts the preachers to use well-mannered advice and sound reasoning, rather than radical or physical aggression....

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    From the very first principles of the Book, Polemics as given to divisiveness by disputing the given Codes, is rejected outright, although intelligently arguing and analysing the merits and demerits of any code is encouraged till one is convinced. Intelligence acquired by knowledge therefore forms the basis of the rationality that plays the most important part in the application of the Code, once accepted to maintain the unity and harmony of society of Believers to live a good life. Verse 6-159 is given as an example: 6-159, as for those who dispute to divide their Deen/Code and breakup in sects, you (Oh Messenger) have no part in them in the least. Their affair is with God, He will in the end tell them the truth of their actions (Yafa'loon)! The laws of nature will manifest and the consequences of the actions taken in disputes will become clear to all.....

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    The Muslims in the era of the Prophet [peace be upon him] and after him in the era of the companions [Sahaba] were threatened with the sudden violent attack by the forces who used to see Islam with contempt and hostility. So the “defensive war” was immensely necessary at that time. The fight of Islam was defensive and not offensive. It is necessary to understand that sometimes defence wears the dress of offence merely for reasons such as, preventing the obstacles in the preaching of Islam, applying and propagating the principles of humanity, brotherhood, equality among the servants of Allah and social security and deterring the strong from oppressing the weak....

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    In the light of the theories and philosophies involving word and meaning have evolved before intellectuals and writers, words should be put horizontally, vertically and flattened and then one should have a subjective and objective glance on them. Pure technical and academic pieces and the experiences of life should be honed on the waves of the words that emerge on the conscience of the exegetes. Such study of the Quran will be called scientific but unfortunately our oriental mind has been afraid of the word ‘scientific’ and scholars and exegetes forget the fact that explaining words of the poetry of great poets like Shakespeare, Tulsidas, Mirza Ghalib, Iqbal, Homer, Dante and Tagore has always been a gigantic task....

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    Language is not only a tool for expression but also a tool for sharpening the mind. The more developed the language, the more developed are its speakers. That’s why the Japanese people developed scientifically in a short span of time because they have three scripts of writing and a very difficult language. Every Japanese child learns to master three scripts (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji) to write Japanese language in comparison to one script of all the other languages in the world. People with simple language and alphabet have low mental capacity because their language does not require much mental effort for speaking or writing and therefore there is less scope of sharpening the brain. ...

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    Defeating Islamism and Jihadism: Evolve a New Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender justice, Sultan Shahin asks Muslim States at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    A War on Terror has been raging for 17 years now but we are no closer to defeating Islamist terror. Jihadism continues to attract Muslim youth. This is because the world has not paid enough attention to the ideology of Islamism and Jihadism.

    Mainstream Muslims have considered Islam a spiritual path to salvation, one of the many. Islam aims at reforming society for a peaceful, harmonious, pluralist existence. However, due to certain historical factors, the theology and jurisprudence of Islam that evolved in the 8th and 9th centuries (CE), present Islam as a political, totalitarian ideology of supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and gender discrimination. It is this theology of violence, exclusivism and world-domination that is taught in madrasas and sustains Islamism. But despite the Islamist violence against peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the community is still not focussed on the need for evolving a counternarrative of Islam.

     It is imperative that Muslim countries that have signed the UN Charter look into the issue urgently and work towards developing a new theology of peace, pluralism and gender justice. While several countries like Morocco and now Saudi Arabia appear to be moving in this direction, the one country that has made a solid contribution is Turkey. In a decade-long exercise 100 Turkish scholars have managed to limit the number of authentic ahadith to just 1600, out of over 10,000, and provide each hadith with context and suitable interpretation. This book of authentic Hadith has been provided to all mosques in Turkey but I hope it is made available to the global Muslim community in their own languages as soon as possible.

    Allama Iqbal, a poet-philosopher of the South Asian sub-continent had called for the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam almost a hundred years ago. Let us at least start working on it now....

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