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  • 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 )
  • My comment was a response to your comment as well as that of GM sb. My response to you is in the first line. There was ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • While Allah may forgive anything to anyone, why should...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • what has been attempted by mr. naseer ahmed is neither here nor there. i never brought in judaic...
    ( By hats off! )
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    Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam

    Muslims have viewed Christians as their rivals instead of looking at them as partners. This was a big mistake that they made. For long, I used to think about why the Quran advises Muslims to help God just as the disciples of Jesus said that they would be God’s helpers. The verse in the Quran which mentions this is in the chapter called As-Saff: “Believers, be God’s helpers, as Jesus, son of Mary, said to the disciples, ‘Who will be my helpers in the cause of God?’...

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    Why Islamists, Occasionally, Desecrate Islamic Holy Sites
    Tarek Fatah

    After occupying Medina these Muslims, who came from the neighbouring region of Nejd, systematically levelled the “Jannat al-Baqi” cemetery, the vast burial site adjacent to the Prophet’s mosque that housed the remains of many of the members of Muhammad’s family, close companions and central figures of early Islam, including his beloved daughter, Fatima. These acts of sacrilege were re-enacted by a new generation of Wahhabi zealots led by Abdel-Aziz Ibn Saud during the second Saudi state, a century later....

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    Aligarh Muslim University – Muslim Leaders Need to Quit Minority Syndrome
    Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam

    The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, which Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had established in 1875, was dissolved and re-established as the Aligarh Muslim University by an act of Indian parliament in 1920. The AMU therefore is subject to the provisions of the Constitution. While the Constitution gives rights to minorities to establish educational institutions, such institutions cannot retain a minority character if their funding comes from the Indian state. India being a secular state, AMU cannot get taxpayers' money. Under Article 30(2), the state can give aid to minority institutions. But the AMU's case is not a case of the state giving aid, but a case of the Indian state fully funding and running an institution specifically for a minority community....

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    A Case for Dalit Muslims
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    A Case for Dalit Muslims
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Dalit Muslims are those converted to Islam from ex-untouchable castes. They constitute a third category called the Arjals (from the Arabic rizl, meaning of no use) who occupy the lowest rung of Muslim society. These castes are considered unclean even by the lower caste Ajlafs. Some of these castes are Lalbegis (scavengers), Dafalis (the drum makers), Hawari (cleaner), Dhobi (washerman), Halalkhor, Gadhedi, Bakho, Machuara, Nalband, Bhatiara, Gorkan, etc…

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    Islamic Scholars Must Join Ideological War   علماء اسلام کا اسلام پسند نظریہ سازوں کے خلاف نظریاتی جنگ میں شامل ہوناضروری
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    لیکن ہندوستانی علماء کو ان کے ساتھبحث و مباحثے میں بالکل ہی مشغول نہیں دیکھا جا تا۔ انہوں نے ان کے ساتھ اس وقت بھی کوئی مکالمہ اور مباحثہ نہیں کیا جب اس نے پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے پورے خاندان کے قاتل’یزید‘ کو رضی اللہ تعالیٰ عنہ کہا اوراس طرح اس پر خدا کی رحمت و برکت بھیجی۔ انہوں نے اس کے ساتھ اس وقت بھی کوئی مکالمہ اور مباحثہ نہیں کیا جب اس نے یہ کہا کہ مسلمان بھیڑ بکریوں کے ساتھ یا جنسی غلاموں کے ساتھ جنسی تعلق قائم کر سکتے ہیں۔ وہ اس کے ساتھ اس وقت بھی کوئی مکالمہ اور مباحثہ نہیں کرتے ہیں جب وہ اپنے نام نہاد پیس ٹی وی پر علیٰ الاعلان دوسرے مذاہب کی تذلیل و توہین کرتا ہے۔ وہ اس کے ساتھ اس وقت بھی کوئی مکالمہ اور مباحثہ نہیں کرتے ہیں جب اس کے ٹی وی شوز میں ہندوؤں اور عیسائیوں کے ساتھ مکالمہ اور گفتگو سے ملک میں فتنہ و فساد کا ماحول پیدا ہوتا ہے۔ واضح طور پر اس کی وجہ یہ ہے کہ اس کی باتیں ان موجودہ اصول و نظریاتپر مبنی ہیں جن پر مسلمانوں کااجماع ہے۔ ذاکر نائک پر تنقید کرنے والے علماء اپنی عادتوں کی بنیاد پر منافقانہ رویہ اختیار کر رہے ہیں۔ مثال کے طور پر جب سلفیت اور وہابیت پہلی بار ملک میں داخل ہوئی تو دار العلوم دیوبندنے اسکے خلاف فتویٰ جاری کیا تھا۔ اور جب سعودی عرب سے سلفی وہابی علماء ہندوستان آئے تو سب سے پہلے دیوبند کے رہنماؤں نے ان کا خیر مقدم کیااور وہ عظیم الشان استقبالیہ کے لیے ہمیشہ دیوبند گئے جبکہ دیوبند نے وہابیت کے خلاف اپنے فتوے سے باضابطہ طور پر رجوع نہیں کیاہے۔

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Ban the Burqa, Allow the Burkini
    Daniel Pipes

    ...the Burkini poses no danger to public security. Unlike the Burqa or Niqab, it leaves the face uncovered; relatively tight-fitting, it leaves no place to hide weapons. Men cannot wear it as a disguise. Further, while there are legitimate arguments about the hygiene of large garments in pools, this is obviously not an issue on the coastal beaches of France....

    Debating Islam
    Concubines and Slavery in Islam
    The Middle East Media Research Institute

    Concubinage is allowed with two conditions if you meet the conditions as they met in the eras of Prophet [Muhammad] or of pious caliphs after him or during the caliphates after them... If you meet the conditions today you can keep concubines. "The first condition is that if during waging of jihad the women who come with the enemy forces to support them are captured and the emir of the army distributes them, it is his discretion, we can keep them as concubines. Second, if we explore and find some market where slaves and concubines are sold and the sale is established as a social institution there, the women you buy from there will be concubine....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Problem with Zakir Naik: Even if he can’t be linked to Terrorism yet, he must be taken to task for Outmoded and Medieval Theological Interpretation of Islam
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    If one assumes that Islam is perfection, that Quran is the uncreated word of God, then perhaps there is no need for any introspection. Best of all, then perhaps there is no problem with Islam and by extension Muslims. In pandering to these beliefs, Zakir Naik is not engaging in any dialogue. In fact, he is not even interested in a dialogue.

    Islamic Society

    All the Messengers were monotheist and intellectual iconoclast. But old habits die hard. A little after the last Messenger’s death the roles were reversed. The so called ‘seed’ of Ibrahim, became the iconolaters and custodians of the temple who revived the ancient rituals. The common message brought by all the Apostles: Thou shall not carve graven images for worship had fallen on deaf ears. The tunes of the Pied Pipers of the ‘Hidden Church’ as Dr Rashid Shaz calls it; lure the Muslim masses to the rituals that Muhammad is falsely accused of reactivating. The Judeo-Christian history too is beset with this about-turn. ...

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Heed Pope Francis' Exhortation to Find 'Adequate Interpretation' Of Holy Quran's Contextual, Allegorical Verses, Sultan Shahin Asks the Global Muslim Community at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam

    In our search for peace and battle against Islamist terrorists, His Holiness Pope Francis has made a signal contribution. I would like to reach out to the worldwide Muslim community represented here with the submission that the Pope’s exhortation be taken seriously and acted upon as it is not only a wise counsel but also in conformity with repeated exhortations of Holy Quran itself.

    Pope Francis has described the holy Quran as a “prophetic book of peace,” and asked Muslims to seek “an adequate interpretation.”

    The Quran also asks Muslims repeatedly to reflect upon the verses and find its best meaning, as in Chapter 39: verse 55, 39: 18; 39: 55; 38: 29; 2: 121; 47: 24, etc.

    So the Quran and Pope Francis are both saying that Muslims should not follow the verses literally but seek to interpret it in the best or most adequate way possible.

    It is a literal reading of the contextual verses of the Quran that had come to guide the Prophet during the wars imposed upon him, and common belief in the divine inspiration of Ahadees or sayings of the Prophet collected decades and centuries after the demise of the Prophet, that has led us to the present crisis of terrorism, xenophobia, intolerance, fascistic supremacism and misogyny.

    It is not that Muslims have not reflected upon these verses of Quran and ahadees. But even the readings of major theologians like Imam Ghazali, Ibn-e-Taimiya, Abdul Wahhab, Shah Waliullah and Sheikh Sirhindi, etc have led us into the blind alleys of supremacism and Jihad.  Clearly the interpretation is not adequate for the needs of the present times.

    It is only with finding the best meaning and adequate interpretation that we Muslims will be able to evolve a new and coherent theology of peace and pluralism, acceptance of diversity, gender equality, religious freedom and human rights for all, consistent with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies......

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    India's First 'Jihadi Movement,' Led By Syed Ahmed Barelvi
    Tufail Ahmad

    An interesting point that emerges in the book is that Syed Ahmed Barelvi's movement, which opposed shirk (polytheism) and bid'a (innovation in Islam), and later his role in jihad, was described as a "Wahhabi movement" in the tradition of  Ibn Wahhab of Saudi Arabia – even though he himself initially belonged to the Sufi tradition.....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    The Shamelessness of Ulema of Islam in Bearing with the Penultimate Blasphemy by ISIS Brutes without a Thunderous Global Protest Is Despicable
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    It is conceivable that the a terrorist who risks death any moment while spraying  shots and hurling grenades at a crowd or awaiting the moment of his explosive suicide, shouts out the Shahadah to earn divine forgiveness by dying with Allah’s name at his lips. The gravity of the crime apart, the conviction of the terrorist to indemnify himself against any divine punishment and to earn divine reward by doing something which is most vehemently forbidden by the Qur’an (which forbids killing of even one innocent person – 5:32) speaks of the distortion and dissonance of Islamic thoughts of the terror outfits of this era. ....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The Truth behind Triple Talaq: ‘All Unjust Personal Laws Must Go, Be They Hindu, Muslim Or Christian’
    Indira Jaising

    It is no part of the court’s role to interpret the Quran and spell out the entitlements of women from the Quran. Our constitutional entitlements as spelt out by the courts must come from the Constitution, not the Quran or the Manusmriti...

    Islamic Society

    Indian Muslims: Lopsided Priorities; Introspection and an Engagement with This World Is Missing
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    But perhaps the problem is much deeper and it has to be so with the way Islam itself is seen by its followers. For the adherents of this religion, Islamic supremacy is the norm since it believes that Islam is the most perfect and true of all religions. …

    Things can be rectified. But for that Muslims have to understand that theirs is not the only religion in the world which is divinely revealed. Moreover, they have to think anew their relationship with the nation state where they are in a minority. Islam has to take a back seat because there is nothing here which can tell them how to interact when they are in a minority situation. The only way forward is to accept the new challenges and altered realities which have come in the wake of modernity. Sadly, such introspection and an engagement with this world is missing.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Will Indian Ulema Respond To The Latest ISIS Outrage? Is Islam Not A Religion Of Peace? Is Offensive Jihad An Individual Religious Duty (Farz-e-Ain)?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    If past record is any guide, nothing much should be expected. The Ulema (clerics) kept quiet when one of them Maulana Salman Nadwi wrote a letter to the self-declared Khalifa Baghdadi, addressing him as Amir ul Momineen.  They had kept quiet earlier when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi, of Hyderabad, the inspiration behind Indian Mujahedeen wrote and propagated: “It is the duty (of Muslims) to struggle for the domination of Islam over false religions and subdue and subjugate Ahl-e-Kufr-o-Shirk (infidels and polytheists) in the same way as it is the duty of the Muslims to proselytise and invite people to Islam. The responsibility to testify to the Truth and pronounce the Deen God has entrusted with the Muslims cannot be fulfilled merely by preaching and proselytising. If it were so there would be no need for the battles that were fought. "And fight them until there is no fitnah (mischief) and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah. And if they cease - then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do." Surah Anfal 8:39). ...

    I have grave doubts that Indian Ulema will respond to the Indian Mujahedeen speaking in the ISIS video in any meaningful way. However, I keep appealing to them in the hope that someday they will realise the dangers to the nation, the community and the world, and decide to take the bull by its horns, unless, of course, they themselves believe that ISIS is justified in demanding that Muslims engage in offensive Jihad against so-called infidels until the sovereignty of God is established on earth. I would appeal to Ulema to help evolve a parallel theology of peace and pluralism, harmonious co-existence with all, acceptance of all religions as based on messages from God, in keeping with the original message of Islam as revealed in Makkah to Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

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