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  • Dear Naseer Sahab, Your last comment to hats off ends with this remark: "He is quite right in saying that my voice is mostly a lone ...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • GM Sahab We are getting lost in semantics. Commonsense remains a very subjective term. The verse I quoted ....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Thank you Yunus Sb for your comment. Common sense is based on our values and will vary from people to people based on their values. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseersaab, Common sense does not mean "What the people in large numbers commonly believe". That is consensus, not common sense....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear Naseer Sahab! Great! You have made a clear distinction between 'common sense' and 'use of reason.'....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Thank you Yunus Sb and Rashid Sb for your comments supporting the article.'
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • There is a difference between using our reason and using our common sense. Reason can never go wrong (unless misled by emotion) but common ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Hats Off says:"the entire mass of sunni muslims assert that the sunnah of the prophet is an essential and inseparable part of the practice of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • “one little lonely article claims the opposite”. No hats off, there are many other people and the Book too says the same. Muhammad’s ....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • You can go around in circles Hats Off but it is truly pitiable that you lack even the most elementary understanding Whether it is a mathematical ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Naseer Ahmed Sahab, People who have never read the Qur'an back to back in their lifetime will never know that ....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • What is common sense? What the people in large numbers commonly believe? Common sense can sometimes be misleading. No, the Quran does not ask you ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • what a tragedy! the entire mass of sunni muslims assert that the sunnah of the prophet is an essential and inseparable part of the practice ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • a theorem NEVER makes a statement. a theorem PROVES a statement. a STATEMENT is different from the theorem that PROVES the statement....
    ( By hats off! )
  • It is better to have Idol than live Idols everywhere look like Jombies, at least gods Idol can be variable according to different human phycology ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab, The Qur'an answers your question upfront: "Indeed the worst kind of all living ...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • please give us a break so the author says Muslims were angels in India and their behavior was exemplary. May be Pakistanis ...
    ( By Who me )
  • Good article! Thoughtful and realistic.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Does the Quran ask us to follow our own common sense?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • In a thousand words, you are saying the same thing. A theorem makes a statement and the rest of its text provides the proof....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • if you think a theorem is a text that proves itself, you must be the next godel. a theorem ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • "The point that later periods will find new hitherto unnoticed meanings in scripture has....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Is the answer not clear from the article? Can Hats Off say what he has understood so ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • This is a strange report/essay. What is he talking about, the flag of the INC or the flag of the Indian nation? What are the ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • OK, tell us wise one what you understand by historicism and how it applies to the Sunna...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • is sunnah an integral and inseparable part of the deen? a 'yes' or 'no' answer will be be illuminating...
    ( By hats off! )
  • history, historical and historicism are not what you imagine them to be. neither can you use null hypothesis, market research and symbolic logic to prove ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Hats Off loves to talk about what he knows nothing of. How he loves to talk about logic! Has the difference between history, historical ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Certitude about God? God is not my creation (nauzobillah) that I should have any certitude about God. My certainty....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • abusive ad hominems are a sign and symptom of faulty logic, blind faith and wobbly convictions.
    ( By hats off! )
  • Naseersaab, Your certainty in what you believe is admirable. Peter Steinfels wrote, "Religious thinkers, of course...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Worth asking: Does anybody know if the police have charged the first offenders with murder, even if it ....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • “Rashid Sb should tell us what he did…” I sent funds to a poor country—three decades ago.
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • 22:126) And remember Abraham said: "My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its people with fruits,-such of them as believe in Allah ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Mubashir, Your question is answered as below in my last comment on this thread: “Today, the pilgrim does not personally slaughter the cattle, nor does ...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Dear Naseer Sahab, I fully agree with your following concluding remark in your last but one comment to GM Sb.:....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • GM Sb, You have a problem with the Quran. I don't have any. I find it lucid, clear, rational, just and perfect. Sort out your problem ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • جانورں کی قربانی . ثُمَّ مَحِلُّهَا إِلَى الْبَيْتِ الْعَتِيقِ ﴿22/33﴾ اور پھر ان کو بیت العتیق کے پاس ذبح کرو- حج کا مقصد ۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ جَعَلَ ...
    ( By Mubashir )
  • Question: During Hajj, does some one keep a count of how many animals have been slaughtered and is the meat shared with the people? If ...
    ( By Mubashir )
  • By focusing on differences between the Quran and the Gospels are we trying to give a unique status to our Holy Book...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    Our focus should not be so much on Zakir Naik as on the question: why and how has he so easily succeeded in radicalising millions. Only a few of these millions may go on to join terrorism, but radicalisation of the millions is the real problem. … In my view the reason he has succeeded is that he is not saying anything new, or vastly different from what other clerics say. He is using the theology of consensus, the same theology that is taught in universities and madrasas. … That is why ulema cannot oppose him in a meaningful way. …

    You cannot say in the same breath that instructions in all verses of Quran and narrations of Hadees are applicable to us Muslims even today in the 21st century and that those who are following these 7th century war-time contextual instructions in Quran and Hadees to fight and kill the combatants as well as civilians are wrong. If ulema indeed want to save the community from further radicalisation, they just have to introspect on their own hypocrisy and help evolve a new and coherent theology of peace and pluralism based on the foundational, universal verses of Quran. We will have to come out and say clearly and repeatedly that contextual verses meant for war in the seventh century are no longer applicable to us today. They have merely historical value and tell us the story of what nearly insurmountable difficulties our prophet (pbuh) had to face to safeguard the nascent religion of Islam then. Islam is no longer an infant today. It ahs grown up and found space in 1.6 billion hearts. It can very well take care of itself. Muslims n longer need to fight and kill and put terror in the hearts of so-called kuffar and mushrikeen for Islam to survive as was the case in the 7th century (C.E).

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    Man begins to realize that he needs, wants and desires woman, not as an either/or, not as a punctuation mark to the full sentence of his existence, but as the author of his entire life story. He must actually move past the calculations of a static reality and learn to recalibrate according to the fluid world of feminine needs and spiritual impulses. Woman seems to be the only one who holds the key to this ambiguous space outside of the playing field....

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    Due to AIMPLB’s Deobandi leanings, the Shias and the Barelwis now have their own personal law boards. And because of the entrenched misogyny of the AIMPLB, Muslim women are now represented by another board. This largely self-appointed leaders whose knowledge of Islam is deeply suspect, have taken upon themselves to defend the Muslim community from the onslaught of the state. In the process, they have ended up doing irreparable damage to the Muslim community. All those who actually think that AIMPLB is the representative body of Indian Muslims must be thinking Islam is a mediaeval misogynist religion and that Muslims are the most regressive community in the country....

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    “The Qur'an, like the Old and the New Testaments, recognizes and regulates the practice of the institution of slavery. The Qur'anic legislation subsequently confirmed and elaborated in the Shariat Law, brought two major changes to ancient slavery with far-reaching effects. One was the presumption of freedom; the other, the ban on the enslavement of free persons except in strictly defined circumstances. The Arabs practiced a form of slavery, similar to that which existed in other parts of the ancient world. The Quran urges kindness to the slave (4:36; 9:60; 24:58) and recommends liberation of slaves by purchase or manumission….

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    Bring Divorce and Marriage Practices for Muslim Women in India In Sync with Those of Turkey
    M.D. Nalapat

    Triple Talaq as practised in India goes against every human right of Muslim women in India. While equality under the law would be the ideal at the very least, what is needed is to bring divorce and marriage practices for Muslim women here in sync with those of Turkey, a country even the most diehard in the AIMPLB would find it difficult to denounce as “anti-Muslim”....

     
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    ‘The debate over whether knowledge has two roles, both for worldly flourishing and after worldly salvation, remains unresolved in madrasa circles.’ Many traditionalists focus only on the former role, thus seeking to limit madrasa education to the study of texts described as religious in a restricted sense....

     
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    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Europe and the Muslim Body
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Sex and sexuality was never a taboo subject and early Islamic texts devote pages after pages to its discussion. Hence in Islam liberal ideas may not develop a critique of the body similar to the West for the simple reason that the Muslim body was never denied its pleasures. Thus the reason why some Muslim women would not see the veil as a symbol of sexual repression while the Christian West will is precisely because their historical and religious experiences have been very different. By reading the veil only as a symbol of oppression, Europe wants to universalize its own historical biases, anxieties and particularisms. ...

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    The Burqini Dilemma
    Dr. Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

    The Burqini Dilemma
    Dr. Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

    Importantly, changes in the ethico-moral compass among conservative-minded Muslims of various ideological viewpoints, including those living in the West,  in the context of late  modernity/ (post)-coloniality have taken place which have given rise to a  novel phenomenon whereby selective and for all purposes un-principal appropriation of  aspects of pre-modern Islamic gender cosmologies...

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    Invoking the Constitution to Save Muslim Law Unwise and Erroneous
    Tahir Mahmood

    The Muslim law claimed to be of “divine” origin is practised in India in an awfully distorted way going in a direction diametrically opposed to clear teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet who was indeed one of the greatest social reformers in human history...

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    God is not a fashion designer and milliner, else Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden would have donned His designer labelled dress and headgear, instead of wearing a giant fig-leaf each to ‘hide their shame’. Nor is He one who orders people to dress up in particular mode of apparel to enter His kingdom. It is not a ‘clubhouse’ that requires a necktie as its “code of dress” to gain entry. A nineteen century brave comedian wearing ONLY a necktie tried to enter such an exclusive clubhouse, but was thrown out ignominiously for his efforts!... 

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    Problems Are Also a Mercy
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

    If you allow the problems that you face to turn you into someone who is constantly grumbling and complaining, they will only destroy you. But if your problems lead you to develop the habit of introspection, they will become a source of mercy for you....

     
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    “Every word of the Qur’an is God’s message for all times to come, but every injunction of the Qur’an is not applicable for all times. There are mentions in the Qur’an that were clearly applicable for the Prophet’s (PBUH) time alone, like for example the guidance that the Prophet’s (PBUH) wives cannot get married to anyone after his death is a stipulation that is not applicable to our times. Similar is the case with many of the mentions in the Qur’an on slavery. An objective reading of the Qur’an itself clarifies which injunctions of it are time-barred and which of them are eternal.”...

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    Political Islam has no place in our world today as it is an obstacle to peaceful coexistence and an impediment to global prosperity. It has alienated Muslims everywhere and continues to threaten the lives of innocent believers all over the world. Rejectionist voices who maintain a negative stand and impose their ultraconservative interpretations of Islam to gain power are impediments to peace in the region....

     
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