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  • Hats Off comes to this forum to call God "mean and nasty"! Being insensitive and unmannerly seems to....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article. He has addressed a burning issue which has divided the ummah. This is a severe issue but much has not been done to ...
    ( By arshad )
  • people with full stomach do not have much to think and so say things which do not have food for thought.'
    ( By arshad )
  • a god who gets satisfaction seeing people go hungry is not just mean, he is worthless, stupid and more like....
    ( By hats off! )
  • I am afraid this is the sentence we repeat numerous times in our daily discourse. But when the issue of blasphemy....
    ( By arshad )
  • Islam gradually became a violent religion because of the interpretation of certain extremist scholars...
    ( By s. arshad )
  • Mr Aayina, it is an effort to show that all the religions emanated from a single source and had similar rituals to please...
    ( By s. arshadS )
  • Great to start new idea to saw seed of diffrence rather than diversity in the mind of people by telling the diffrence of Saum and ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Good article and very practical suggestions from Mr Shahin. He is pointed out the basis of the distortion of Quranic principles of peace and peaceful ...
    ( By s. arshad )
  • Mullahs who taught hate and supremacism stayed in Pakistan and became rich and powerful whereas scholars who endeavored to “present ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dealing with Islamic civilizational stagnation and espousing genuine modernistic modes of thinking require more guts than most of our ulema possess. Hence ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The Furqan Force or Furqan Battalion was a uniformed fighting force of volunteers (khuddam-i-din[1]) in newly formed Pakistan, composed....
    ( By Shan94 )
  • The Crown Prince's liberalization moves seem to be phony....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The basis and inseparable principle of Islam is the followers of Non-Arabic religions are Khafirs. As long as Khafir concept is exist, No ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Hats Off's venom has always been directed more at moderate Muslims...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Although we do not want to join the Ahmadi sect we should certainly try to learn what makes them better exemplars of peacefulness...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • i know. you are one of the most moderate muslims since the prophet.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • To Mohmmad Rofiq. First I wish Mr sultan Shahin forward this to you. Indonesia and Malaysia ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Historical Krishna or Mohmmad paigamber cannot be my ideal even Swami Ramdas says. This both had gave enough blunders in human life...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Article writer hiding its identity which tells thousand word how this Abrhamic tradition is hollow of non-violence had no example to ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Abhrahmic violence technology is best why to use Dharmic relgions Non-violence notion when Abrhamic tradition and its God had establish it'd hegemony on ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • I do not need any anti-venom to spurn your hateful activity in this forum.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • so your anti-venom is just like snake-oil.'
    ( By hats off! )
  • The venom spewers are just a distraction here. The would fit in nicely in any apostate website.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • mr ghulam mohiyuddin comes to this forum to "spew" his anti-venom?
    ( By hats off! )
  • Iran and Saudi Arabia are equally to blame for the winds of war in the Middle East. We should condemn both equally.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article! Let us hope Malaysians heed it.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Islamophobics will always deny the existence of Islamophobia just as the worst racists deny the existence of racism. One's own....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off's bitter hate for Islam makes him blind to the whole person and the sum total of his achievements and makes him paint ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • yeah! caravan raiding is so generous. just like taking sex slaves is. also it was really generous of the prophet to to reserve....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Jehadi ideology has to be defeated. Using the holy platform of the mosque to spread such an ideology must be prohibited. Exposure...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I am hopeful Allah is with me." Zakir Musa. I would be very surprised if Allah is with you and your retrogressive ideas....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Comments of the PAS President and Hats Off are equally simplistic but the latter's comment is also mean-spirited.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • To fix the me and other you have to fix your "Quran" first which has highest notion of me and other on nearly every page.' ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • This is what happens when Urbanisim, and mordernity was imposed on the Tribal India. I am against of all this public place encroachment but we need ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • PAS President Tells Leaders, Politicians to Emulate Prophet Muhammad's Style of Leadership" that should be fine. now they all can start ghazwas, get mal-e-ghanimat....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Speaking up against anti-Semitism and against jihadism is always good but Hats Off has to demur because for him nothing....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • No where does it say in the Quran that men are not allowed to use their God-given intelligence....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • a full blown case of the "no true scotsman...."
    ( By hats off! )
  • Instead of blaming others, Pakistan's educational system should strive to eradicate all impediments to scientific....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    The recent manifestation of disenchantment in the way things are done and run in Pakistan is being articulated through the rising expression of injustice and dismissive treatment, particularly amongst the Baloch and the Pakhtuns. Specific conditions exist in both ethnic and national groupings, and this is being made clear by how their different representatives act out their frustrations with the federation and its dominant constituent. Belonging to very different social formations, the Baloch and the Pakhtuns have conveyed their concerns very differently.....

     
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    Spiritual Meditations
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    No one individual has caused as much damage to the Muslim cause in the Indian subcontinent as Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Why is it that a lawyer of his eminence – who had argued even for Bal Gangadhar Tilak – could not understand that India was going to be a democracy rather than Hindu monarchy? Did he, as a lawyer, consider the possibility of the future amendments to the constitution by a majoritarian government? By dividing the Muslim population into two (now three, after Bangladesh), he permanently weakened their position and made them a numeric minority in India. The creation of Bangladesh proved Jinnah wrong within the first 25 years of Pakistan’s establishment....

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    But the Islamic clergy, while boasting of their Qur’anic epithet of Ahl-e-Zikr, have cunningly preached the gravest misgiving on the Islamic viewpoint of Triple Talaq; that it is one of the fundamentals of the Islamic law enshrined in the Quran. A far more negative role they are playing now is that they are tarnishing the image of Islam and the egalitarian message of Quran by misleading the Muslim women who work with them...

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    Both terrorism and jihad have existed for many years, and forms of “globalised” terror – in which highly symbolic locations or innocent civilians are targeted, with no regard for national borders – go back at least as far as the anarchist movement of the late 19th century. What is unprecedented is the way that terrorists now deliberately pursue their own deaths.....

     
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    Books and Documents

    The Maulana explains that before asking a question to someone, one should oneself deeply reflect on the issue. In this way, one would “gain the benefit of intellectual development”. Before asking a question, the Maulana advises, one should try to find the answer to it oneself. “Don’t consider a question as simply a question”, he says. “Rather, make it a means for intellectual development”....

     
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    Three Arguments on Islam That Counterterrorism Scholars Need To Junk
    Aersh Danish

    At this moment, let us understand that Islam, like other Abrahamic religions, is a religion of books. Hence, who reads the books, and how, becomes critical to the manner in which the religion will manifest itself in practice. Texts are nothing without readers, and instead of looking at the words, it would be worthwhile to look at the people who are reading these texts, not just to themselves but also to their followers....

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Ikhwan al-Najdiyun influenced by the Wahhabi scholars declared the regional taxes too as un-Islamic and strictly opposed the formation of their country's embassies in foreign lands. According to them, there was no religious legitimacy for the flags of foreign countries being hoisted in the embassies in the 'only' Muslim country—Saudi Arabiya. Those among the Wahhabi followers who did not forcibly convert Sunnis, Sufis and Shia into Wahhabism were castigated as the ‘treacherous’. Those who delayed the demolition of the Green Dome (Gumbad-e-Khizra) which is above the sacred grave of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) were also treated as ‘seceders from Wahhabi Islam’….

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Muslim Women Can Marry Outside the Faith
    Junaid Jahangir

    What is very important, and is stuck out in your conversation, is that you are challenged that your understanding of Islam, and what you’ve come to understand as being standards that you admire as a human being, are not being met by Muslim standards either demonstrated in your family, extended family or community. But what I can encourage you to do is to become more familiar with the Islamic faith and its diverse of opinions – for it is never been a monolithic faith – and come to understand that one has an array of opinions from different schools of Islamic theological thought from which to choose to follow, or utilize Ijtihad (individual thinking) in assessing your particular situation…..

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    Maajid Nawaz’s Radical Ambition
    Thomas Chatterton Williams

    Maajid Nawaz’s Radical Ambition
    Maajid Nawaz

    On one hand, it’s a distillation of his larger rhetorical project, capturing the confused and painful textures of contemporary Muslim experience that can lead to the embrace of Islamism: an initial lack of familiarity with religion; local grievance spun into a narrative of global victimization; a tribal relation to other Muslims beyond racial and ethnic categorization; the illusion of empowerment through threat of violence. ...

    Books and Documents

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    We Must Develop Ourselves as a Spiritual Personality: A Person Who Loves All Humankind
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    Jesus Christ rightly teaches us that man cannot live by bread alone. It means that material things aren’t enough for man. Man needs spiritual food, too. I am a follower of Muhammad, and at the same time a follower of Jesus, too. The gist of Sufi teaching, according to my study, is Sulh-e Kul or love for all. It is the same teaching that we find in the New Testament....

     
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    'Make Revolutionary Changes in the Islamic Theology of Consensus to Fight Jihadism': Sultan Shahin Asks Muslim Nations at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Sixteen years after 9/11, the issue of Jihadi terrorism has become even more complex and widespread.

    First, though Jihadism is a violent offshoot of Wahhabism and Salafism, the international community has allowed the fountainhead of Wahhabi/Salafi ideology to continue to spend tens of billions of dollars to Wahhabise the world Muslim community.

    Second, we recently saw with horror, but without any protest from the international community, the sight of a UN-designated terrorist, with a ten-million-dollar bounty on his head, launch a political party and nominate another US-designated terrorist to contest democratic elections in Pakistan. Apparently, some countries can ignore UN directives with impunity.

    Third, the Muslim community has failed to grasp that Jihadism spread so rapidly around the world because at its core it is not very different from the theology of consensus that informs the religious beliefs and practices of all Muslim sects. That is why Jihadis are not impressed when we Muslims either proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace and pluralism or when we try to wash our hands off Jihadism by claiming that it has nothing to do with Islam. If we Muslims want to live as honourable citizens in the 21st century’s globalised world, we must rethink our consensus theology in all its dimensions and make revolutionary changes to bring it in line with the needs of present times....

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