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  • GGS says in the article: “ Hadith scholars and jurists have always held the view that any Hadith contradicting....
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  • Naseer sb. is trying to throw dust in our eyes quoting from Western authors on uses of sexuality in the.....
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  • Naseer sb. says, "Are you now saying that you are unaware that adultery is a punishable crime in Islam besides....
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  • Naseer sb. just offers further proof of his rudeness and boorishmess! And he does not quote....
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  • "One of the common dilemmas Muslim judges within Islamic nations face is being.....
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  • “The gnosis and knowledge of men is, compared with the Prophet’s, like the drop of moisture which oozes out of ...
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  • Islamabad is only WORRIED about Hafiz Saeed and its enmity against India for which it will never hold its voice against China.'
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  • “...Islam has a special problem with apostasy”! No Sir, real Islam has No problem with apostasy .....
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  • Masha Allah!'
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  • Some excerpts from the Last Sermon of the beloved Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul ...
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  • Allah created the universe with his Word/Command and decreed the law of Islam (submission whether willingly or unwillingly) for the created ....
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  • During the thousand years of the Caliphate, apostasy and blasphemy were not the issues these have become ....
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  • For GM sb, the happy Pagan days are back again! Prominent British Sociologist and expert on women’s issues and employment Dr Catherine Hakim says not ...
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  • Does anybody see any abuse in any of my comments in this thread? You can read GGS comments directed at me. Those are hostile and ...
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  • You tell me what your position is about 3:85. I have already given my understanding of it. ...
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  • Are you so thick headed that you do not even understand what you say? Below is your argument for decriminalizing adultery in Islam : “By ...
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  • male should take rest. females should work in home, outside home, in politics, in leadership, as object of lust, object of dignity, ----all women need ...
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  • And I cited half a dozen verses which make clear that "Light of God" means "Divine knowledge and guidance". It is upto GM sb ....
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  • Do not read Quran 3:85 alone! It should be read with Quran 3:86 together. Quran 3:85-86 (Mohsin Khan translation), "...whoever seeks a ...
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  • Good sign! Quran permits women to rule: Chapter 27 THE ANT سورة النمل - An-Naml: Verse 23....
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  • Even if she renounces Islam, she joins Judaism, Christianity and etc., so long she believes in Allah.....
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  • As I said before, it is impossible to get anything through that thick skull of Naseer sb......
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  • Naseer sb. is back to his deplorable abusive ways! That usually means he has run out of arguments. The Quran.....
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  • Naseer sb. asks, "who are you calling supremacist except the author of verse 3:85?.....
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  • World outrage on the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi will probably result in lessened....
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  • Hazrat Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said.....
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  • Hazrat Abdullah ibn Mas'ud said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,....
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  • Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As reported, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.....
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  • Hazrat 'A'isha [radiallahu anhu] said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say in this.....
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  • Abdullah ibn Mas'ud reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "No one who has an atom's.....
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  • Haritha ibn Wahb said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'Shall....
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  • Iyad ibn Himar reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Allah revealed...
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  • Paying Jizya means paying taxes like any citizen
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  • An-Nu'man ibn Bashir said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, "The...
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  • Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said...
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    گزرتے زمانے کے ساتھ حضرت عیسیٰ ابن مریم کے پیروکار نظریاتی آوارگی اور فکری انارکی کا شکار ہو کر حضرت عیسی ابن مریم کی شان میں اس قدر غلو کرنے کے عادی ہو گئے کہ انہوں نے تثلیث کا عقیدہ گڑھ لیا اور حضرت عیسی اور آپ کی والدہ مریم علیھما السلام کو شان الہوہیت میں شریک کر دیا۔ ….

     

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    The pro-government political theologians in Muslim countries have propounded a complete political theology—an exclusivist and totalitarian theology which undermines the democratic, moderate and progressive thoughts flourishing in the liberal Muslim minds. Regrettably, many religionists in those countries are falling prey to this unceasing ideology endangering their lives and stigmatising the religion in general. Unless this retrogressive theology of political hue is contested, there will be no way forward to progressive thinking in Islam in the 21st century. It actually poses a direct ideological threat to the rich spiritual traditions—unity of existence, pluralism and multiculturalism—that Muslims have inherited in various countries.

     
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    Why the Mindless Ritual of Male Circumcision Should be Done Away With
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    It is considered a Sunna but then there is no evidence to suggest that the Prophet himself was circumcised. There is a fantastic Hadis which says that he was born circumcised but then again it is not the same thing as saying that he underwent circumcision. In short, there is no religious justification also for this practice to continue amongst the Muslims. If God says that he has made man perfect and that bodily integrity should not be harmed even after one’s death, then why are Muslim hell bent to make modifications in God’s plan? Isn’t it playing with the divinity to cut a part of human body which is part of the original design of God?...

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    Islam and Politics

    Instances like Hadiya will keep repeating themselves. And no community is free from blame of putting restrictions on movement of girls, curbing their sexuality and denying their choice of love and marriage. Caste and religious groups have all been guilty of stultifying women because they think that women become ‘astray’ and bring shame to the community and family. The honour killings witnessed in many parts of the country, and those that go unreported emanate from the same problem: viewing women as commodities and as the repository of shame. So while honour resides among men, shame resides in women....

    Islam and Politics

    Scores of structures have already been pulled down in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mosques, mausoleums and other Islamic structures are being flattened by hordes of religious zealots in these ‘Islamic’ countries day in and day out. But one wonders why the self-styled Muslims’ defenders like Ansar Ghazwa-tul-Hind or other al-Qaida outfits wilfully ignore this wanton travesty of religion and history in the Pak-Afghan region. Why the bully pulpit of the Pakistani and Afghani jihad is silent on the routine attackers on mosques and shrines in Pakistan and Afghanistan? .....

    Islamic Personalities

    Syed Ahmed Khan was also indifferent to the education of Muslim women. He made no effort whatsoever from which one can deduce that he viewed the education of Muslim women as a desirable project. It remains a fact that women’s education was a late starter on the campus of Aligarh. Such indifference became active hostility when it came to modern education for lower caste Muslims. Syed Ahmed was positively opposed to educating the Muslim lower castes which formed the majority of Indian Muslim population. He did not think that the lower caste Muslims possessed the required mental faculty to go for higher learning through English language....

    Islamic Ideology

    Now if a Muslim person of this era quotes 8:60 or 9:5 or 9:13 in isolation disregarding consecutive reconciliatory verses (8:61, 9:6) and their context specificity (9:13) to instigate a group of his followers to commit any form of violence he is likening himself and his followers with the Prophet of Islam and his followers who were the direct recipients of the instructions of these verses. But such selective appropriation of Qur’an’s message to promote violence amounts to treacherous distortion of Qur’anic message....

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    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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