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  • The most sensible article on the subject.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Atheists believe that they will die like flies and there is no afterlife. Against this backdrop Easter should be viewed. Easter is literally a matter ...
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  • Dear Ghulam Muhiuddin Sahab, What you say is so patently obvious that any person who believes Qur'an to be divine speech ....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • A very well written article "it is compassion towards others and good deeds " that are the markers of the strength of faith..but who will ...
    ( By awaya )
  • Dear Zuma, You did not answer the question: ‘And how much pluralism does islam offer to atheists, agnostics, kafirs and Mushrikeen and pagans ....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Dear Zuma, I endorse your statement that from the Qur’anic perspective, “Allah accepts non-Muslims whether they are Jews or Christians ....
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  • Quran calls Muslims to believe in Allah. Who is Allah? Allah is the creator of all human beings. The following are the supporting quranic ...
    ( By zuma )
  • As Allah accepts non-Muslims whether they are Jews or Christians or other religions as long as they ...
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  • I do not question Sharmaji's wisdom but we must be aware that he has a clearly atheistic agenda.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • While the basic Quranic ethics remain eternally valid, the legal or quasi-legal commands derived....
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  • I fully agree.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Our goal for frequency of triple talaq must be an emphatic 0%.
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  • Kafir most certainly does not mean either disbeliever or infidel in the sense in which the Quran uses the word....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Qazi Saheb, the term "Kafir" can also be translated as "Oppressor" or "Religious Oppressor", in view of Naseer Saheb's comprehensive delving into its ...
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  • Dear Mr. Ashok Sharma, you seem to have a much better understanding than most Muslims of what Islam's role should be in contemporary times. I ...
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  • recent duly approved exegetic publication, Essential Message of Islam, demonstrates as below that the Qur'an recommends monogamy as the social norm:...
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  • Polygamy negates the Constitutional principle of gender equality. It is an unfair assault on the rights ...
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  • And how much pluralism does islam offer to atheists, agnostics, kafirs and Mushrikeen and pagans and ....
    ( By shan94 )
  • It is not surprising that the letter allegedly published some 15 years ago is not answered for it has a long list of sensitive questions. ...
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  • Quran only promises those Muslims who do good deeds to paradise even of those who do evil deeds. The following is the extract: (سورة البقرة, ...
    ( By zuma )
  • Quran 2:62 mentions that Jews, Christians, and Sabians, who believes in Allah and the Last Day and does righteous deeds will have their reward with ...
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  • Inequality in what has come to be known as personal laws exists across all religious...
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  • "Will you then compel mankind, against their will, to believe?” (Q10:99). Words that are so clear and yet so forgotten!....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • New idea is a "bidyat," and they r kafir only No matter from where he is. This world...
    ( By Syed Javed Jafar )
  • Such atrocities only tell us how far we are from what we call 'civilisation
    ( By Meera )
  • Chapar ganju...hindu hindu karta firta hai. Khud ka dharm to pata nahi Aur Islam pe unlngli uthata hai.ek baat kah dun jispe tum ungli uthare ho ...
    ( By Tarik Ahmad )
  • Appeal Ka Asar hooga'
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  • Dear Sheik Aftar Ali, It appears to me that you have not read the article closely. I have not talked about ....
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  • It is true “An examination of the foundations of the Islamic faith shows respect for Christianity” Koran 5:82 states as follows “And you will find the nearest ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • This is to express ones disgust at this sordid affair generated by blasphemy law anywhere in Muslim world! Historically Muhammad the Messenger of God during his ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Quran 2:11 is applicable to Muslims as well as non-Muslims since it mentions that Muslims should not make mischief on ....
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  • I had meant the following comment to be posted in "Islamic World News" section. Sorry!
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  • Quran 2:220 demands Muslims to deal justly and instead of deceitfully. The following is the extract: (سورة البقرة, Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #220)-Mohsin ...
    ( By zuma )
  • Ok then u accept the salafi or shia ideology
    ( By Sheik Aftar Ali )
  • Respected - dear AIMPLB see how our indian muslims will think differently and identify indian muslim and how integrate all indians. any language - dress ...
    ( By Kolipaka Sudeep Kumar )
  • Proofs please. Some anonymous old man (no name), some anonymous young men (no names), police complaints withdrawn (no FIR records). The name of the....
    ( By Unmai Virumbi )
  • Quran 2:204-205 support the same that Allah dislikes Muslims to make mischief on the earth. The following are the extracts: (سورة البقرة, Al-Baqara....
    ( By zuma )
  • I completely disagree with this statement"The so called fringe is perhaps not the fringe at all; it actually tells us how the majority within this ...
    ( By awaya )
  • Does Allah loves the just? Allah certainly loves the just. Or else, Allah would not mention the phrase, Make not mischief ....
    ( By zuma )
  • Dear Muhammd Yunus, You have mentioned in your comment about Allah does not forbid Muslims to be virtuous and just to those Muslims who ...
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    Islamic Society

    Why Indians Are Challenging Muslim Divorce Laws
    Niharika Mandhana

    The validity of personal laws rooted in religious beliefs – and the judiciary’s right to intervene – has long been a contentious issue in India. In the landmark Shah Bano case in 1985, the Supreme Court ordered the husband of 62-year-old Shah Bano Begum to give his divorced wife continual alimony when Sharia, or Islamic religious law, allowed the discontinuation of alimony three months after their split.....

    Books and Documents

    Book Review: A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

    “A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism” by Ozcan Keles and Ismail Mesut Sezgin produces a case study in this context. It provides a critical and detailed analysis of the Hizmet’s refutations of the ideological, theological and text-based rhetoric of the violent extremism, which could be aptly termed ‘radical jihadism’….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Sultan Shahin, Not Owaisi, Represents India’s Muslims
    Madhav Nalapat

    The consequence of such selectivity has been that non-Muslim elements in societies everywhere believe that it is individuals of the persuasion of Asaduddin Owaisi rather than Sultan Shahin, of Imam Bukhari rather than the Diwan Saheb of Ajmer Dargah, who most accurately represents the Muslim community. ...

     If Muslim society is undergoing the trauma of some within it getting seduced by Wahhabism, part of the fault rests in the manner in which non-Muslims have dealt with the fringe in the Muslim community as being the only genuine representatives of a community that is as moderate and as modern as are Christians, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs in India. The next time there is a debate on national television or a delegation gets invited for a dialogue with a policymaker, hopefully it will be the Sultan Shahins and the Diwan Sahebs who are given priority over fringe co-religionists, the way it is with all other communities in India.

    The War Within Islam
    I Fight Petrodollar Islam: Sultan Shahin
    Mohammad Wajihuddin talks to Sultan Shahin

    I Fight Petrodollar Islam: Sultan Shahin
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    In a tiny room in East Delhi’s Patparganj, a man spends most of his waking hours at his computer. This passion may be something he shares with millions, but Sultan Shahin is no ordinary web addict. Behind his constant surfing, writing and posting pieces on his website called newageislam.com is a steadfast purpose: to reclaim Islam from the clutches of jihadists and petrodollar-funded Salafist-Wahhabis. Shahin, who ideologically fights the religious right — the tyrannical Taliban and its sympathisers as well as the many Islamic supremacists who claim that Islam alone is Allah’s chosen path to paradise — is a spirited web warrior. “My fight is against petrodollar Islam,” he declares.

    “I am creating a forum that will lead us to the understanding of a pluralistic, inclusive, tolerant Islam.” And Islam, he adds, is not a new religion. “The Quran says this. It is a reiteration and revalidation of earlier religions,” he avers, seated at his study stacked with scholarly tomes, including several copies of the commentaries on the Quran. Anathema as this may be to fundamentalists, it’s won Shahin many followers. In the mere two years since the inception of newageislam.com, the website has 117,000 registered subscribers (subscription is free), claims its 60-year-old editor. Its daily newsletter, brought out by a skeletal staff of five, has carried debates on issues and personalities seldom talked about among mosque-going, visibly pious Muslims. So the Mumbai-based Muslim televangelist Dr Zakir Naik is slammed, not because he is allegedly funded by the petro-rich Saudi Sheikhs, but because he tries to establish the supremacy of Islam over all other religions. Niyaz Fatehpuri, a 20th-century Indian scholar and editor of Urdu periodical Nigaar, has become a much admired man on the website because of his rational, ingenious interpretation of Islamic principles. The website even follows the Urdu press, including Urdu dailies in Pakistan, and uploads the rational views in it, both in their original Urdu and English translations. ... Shahin later landed up in London as an editor of Asia Times, a weekly owned by one Arif Ali of Indian origin.

    A decade or so in England, he says, gave him great experience “as it exposed me to different strains of Islam and Muslims”. Like, once at a friend’s house in Nottingham, he heard a 20-year-old Muslim extolling the virtues of Ahle Hadees, a sect which propagates puritanical Islam. Shahin asked the boy the treatment he would prescribe for those Muslims who didn’t follow the Ahle Hadees sect. “Kill them,” said the young fanatic in a cold-blooded tone. “It really disturbed me.

    The boy had apparently been influenced by radical organisations like Al Muhajiroon and Hizb-ut-Tehrir. Thousands of young Muslims had been brainwashed by incendiary preacher Omar Bakri who commanded the following that saints do,” recalls Shahin. “I knew it would not take long before the fires of fanatic Islam reached the Indian subcontinent and consumed our youth."

    Islamic Ideology

    Recalling Maulana Shibli Nomani and His Religious Ideas Inspired By Ilm ul Kalam (Rational Philosophy of Islam) In an Era of Salafi Islam Which Has Outlawed Rationality
    Maulana Shibli Nomani

    Ilm ul Kalam (rational and creative interpretation of Islamic precepts) has been practically outlawed by Wahhabi/Salafi Islam on the pain of death. But it was inspired by Ilm ul Kalam that one of India’s greatest rationalist, progressive Islamic thinkers Maulana Shibli Nomani pointed out that blind faith or unchecked servitude should never be the criterion to profess and practice Islamic postulates. …

    Islamic Society

    As in most religions, Muslims mostly understand and practice religious teachings they take for granted. If they do not depend on clerical authorities they usually obtain religious teachings from available written sources, tradition or even use their common sense and because a religion tends to easily enable absolutism — that one perceives everything related to his religion as sacred and undisputable — the seeds of terrorism can straightforwardly be sowed.....

     
    Islam and Pluralism

    Muslims Must Take A Hard Look At The Popular Islamic Theology Of The Era, Focus On The Essentials Of Their Deen To Survive In These Progressive, Pluralistic, Humanistic And Politically Volatile Times
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    This exposition of the dichotomy between the popular theology and ‘din’ of Islam reinforces Sultan Shahin Saheb’s call to create “a coherent theology of peace and pluralism, consistent in all respects with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies.”...

    The bitter and shameful truth is, the traditional Ulema preach practically the same thing and cite practically the same illustrative examples, tales and episodes as their counterparts of the medieval era – dating back to more than a millennium from this day. Recurring exposure to antiquated materials purports to retard the mental development of their 21st century listeners, and renders the traditional Ulema of Islam as agents of retrogression, unfit to take any part in the numerous fields, activities and arenas of modern life. As a result of this deep disconnect between the antiquated and divergent Islamic theological scholarship and the needs, issues and priorities of this era, the former fails to offer a cohesive era-compatible code to the global Muslim community of the era. ...

    In sum, Muslims must evolve “a new theology, a coherent theology of peace and pluralism, consistent in all respects with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies."

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    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions

    The twin growing menace: Petrifaction and Radicalization in Islam and Islamophobia – Are they interconnected? How best they can be diffused? An SOS to the Muslim Intelligentsia, Leadership and Ulema!

    Pope Francis Touches The Soul Of The Qur’an By Seeking An “Adequate Interpretation” And Muslims And Their Ulema And Scholars Across The World Must Follow His Suggestion To Avoid Growing Confusion In Religion

    Pope Francis and Muslims

    Islamic Society

    There are a lot of things which need to be changed about the madrasa system today. Their syllabus is outmoded and in need of major revision; what they teach millions of Muslim children can only be termed as violence as it does not prepare them to negotiate with the structures of modernity. Their sectarian outlook must change in a way that there is no teaching of treating Muslims of other sects as potential unbelievers. ...

    Islamic Society

    Is Muslim Personal Law ‘Law’?
    Faizan Mustafa

    Similarly, freedom of religion clearly includes freedom not to follow any religion or personal law. No Muslim can either be forced to follow Muslim Personal Law or compelled not to follow it. Muslim Personal Law is based on opinions and everyone is free to adopt any opinion.....

    Islam and Politics
    ‘Bharat Mata’ and Its Discontents
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    ‘Bharat Mata’ and Its Discontents
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Otherwise, there wouldn’t have been so many different interpretations of the Sharia which have spawned different interpretive communities like the Deobandis, the Barelvis, the Ahle Hadis, etc. Despite his positioning as the sole Muslim leader in India, Owaisi must contend with the fact that there will always be a Jawed Akhtar who to call his bluff. If not then there will be thousands others, just as in the ongoing Sufi conference, who would chant Bharat Mata ki Jai, with so much passion that it will drown the reluctance of Owaisi to chant that slogan.....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    In many quarters it is believed that God’s Messengers were exempt from the universal rules ordained for mankind to obey. Therefore Messengers as Pontifex Maximus could practice a few things contrary to the messages of change they preached. This assumption is illogical and propagated in self-interest. … The glaring example of this exemption bestowed on Muhammad via Apocrypha is in terms of the multiple wives that he is alleged to have married and had concubines, in contradiction to the ordinance of the Book….

    Messengers come to change the behaviour and the degeneration of character in the society’s prevailing customs and modes. Therefore to give exception for them to practice the same faults as what the people had practiced is to say the least illogical. It can only be concluded therefore that such allegations made by ancient scholars and translators and heaped on the messengers can only be to legitimize their immoral practices for themselves and give them holy sanctions.

    Books and Documents

    Farahnaz Ispahani’s book, bravely records near extinction of Pakistan’s Religious Minorities, Hindus, Christians and Jews, and focuses on intensifying sectarian conflict

    As Ms Ispahani stresses, with her carefully chosen extracts from the report, Justice Munir and Justice Kayani were astutely and firmly establishing the absurdity of the arguments made before them. “No two Ulema,” they wrote, “have agreed before us as to the definition of a Muslim. If the constituents of each of the definitions given by the Ulema are given effect to, and subjected to the rule of ‘combination and permutation’ and the form of charge in the inquisition’s sentence on Galileo is adopted mutatis mutandis as a model, the grounds on which a person may be indicted for apostasy will be too numerous to count.” In conclusion, the Muslim Commission made a pithy remark: “If we adopt the definition given by any one of the Ulema, we remain Muslims according to the view of that Alim (scholar) but Kafirs according to the definition of everyone else.” In reproducing that line, Ms Ispahani has said it all.

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Religious Extremism or Extremely Religious; A Feminine Perspective
    Inas Younis, New Age Islam

    Extremism is a largely secular phenomenon, because extremism is actually a necessary condition to the application of natural law. The laws of physics do not change and one must be extreme and precise in applying them. A mathematical equation has only one answer, and an approximation no matter how close is not close enough.  One cannot be moderately dead, or moderately pregnant. And when a tree falls in the forest it does make a sound, even if no one is there to hear it.....

    Debating Islam

    Is Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Phenomena A New Fitna (Mischief)? Self-Righteous Kashmiri Sectarian Ulema Confer At A Book Release Function
    Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

    Javed Ahmad Ghamidi is one of the few sane scholars of Islam who calls for moderation, tolerance, pluralism and core values of Islam. He enjoys mass appeal among youth, as he can communicate to them unlike the traditional sectarian scholars and mullahs. He needs to be listened and appreciated for articulating a moderate, tolerant and inclusive interpretation of Islam. The attempts of low rung mullahs and sectarian scholars who enjoy little appeal among masses will in no way hamper the mission of Ghamidi, but it certainly points out a disturbing trend in Valley where pluralism of interpretation of religion is being curtailed through Unitarian efforts of sectarian censorship. This needs to be discouraged at every level because Muslims are not a monolith and in our tradition of Islam and Rishism, dissenting, alternative voices have never been curtailed by demeaning, labelling and branding them as conspiracy against Islam.

    Islamic World News

    Pakistan

    Civil Society Seeks Registration of Case against Lal Masjid Cleric

    Armed Struggle Not Right Path to Get Power: Jamaat-i-Islami Chief

    Arab World

    Donald Trump Is Mocked By Saudi Prince After He Tried To Prove Ties between Fox News and Saudi Arabia

    2nd Suicide Blast in 2 Days Kills 7 in Yemen

    Two Senior Militant Commanders Killed in Syria's Idlib

    South Asia

    Senior Taliban Leaders among 28 Killed In Latest Operations Led By Afghan Army

    Taliban Control More Territory than Ever before after the fall of Their Regime

    New Zealand

    NZ Muslims Reach Out With 'True Teachings' To Distance Itself from Islamic State

    Africa

    At Least 18 Killed As Suicide Attacker Hits Market in NE Nigeria – Reports

    Obama Calls for Plan to Hit Islamic State in Libya

    India

    3 Indians with Islamic State links deported from a Gulf country, arrested

    One Militant Killed In Jammu and Kashmir Encounter

    Mideast

    10 Migrants, Including 5 Children, Die As Boat Sinks Off Western Turkey

    Turkish PM, Ministers Visit Saudi Arabia amid Geneva Deadlock

    Seven Hamas Gunmen Killed In Gaza Tunnel Collapse

    Europe

    Berlin-Rome Discord over Deal with Ankara on Migrants Persists

    Russia's 'Rustbucket' Military Gives Hi-Tech Shock to West and Israel

    North America

    Michigan Muslim Community Organizations Join Forces to Help Flint Water Crisis

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