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  • Dear hats off! Why not read the article and post a comment on it, rather than turning the debate to another direction. What Islam....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Is Javed Ghamidi also delusional? Or Is Ghulam Mohiyuudin sb a determined obstructer of the truth? According to Javed Ghamidi, the following ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • what was allowed for the prophet was not allowed to others. no one was allowed to marry the widows of the prophet.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • First you need to do something about your own hate speech.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Yunus sahib, I do not know whether explanations of the fighting verses have the effect of Islam being seen as a less violent religion or ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The article is based on the principle of exceptionalism - what was allowed to the Prophet and why but is not allowed to his followers ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin Sahab, Agreed! In fact the Qur'an asks the Muslims to seek the best meaning in it and to focus ....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • i am going to learn how to get the good meaning out of hate speech and...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Excellent article
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article! However if the time and effort that our ulema have spent over the past century...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is a good way to read the book and there is a Saudi/Hats-Off way to derive the worst meaning out of it. Giving vent ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off's hatefulness has blinded him to the fact that the Muslim community is not one homogenous mass. Moderate Muslims have their moderate opinions ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Muslims are not as pre-occupied with kufr as Naseer sb. thinks. Muslims hate Shias, Sunnis and Ahmadis a lot more than...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very good lecture.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • the saudi barbarians are merely asserting what their holy book tells...
    ( By hats off! )
  • The fight against sexual abuse necessarily entails more respect for women as equals with the same rights...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • the pretended surprise of "moderate" muslims is the grass in which the snakes of extremism hide and bite the kuffar.'
    ( By hats off! )
  • As a society, we need to critically reflect on our practices that deny basic human rights to some individuals. Likewise...
    ( By Meera )
  • Rightly said, women’s right to assert themselves in matters of marriage should not be denied. These....
    ( By Meera )
  • Why is this so-called Capt. Safdar’s bigotry surprising? Replace Ahmadi with Hindu, Safdar with Jinnah and the rest of the speech ...
    ( By South Asian )
  • Jai Shree Ram'
    ( By Rajkumar )
  • GM Sb says: “His claim that he is dealing a deadly blow to the extremist ideology is not only grossly exaggerated but is delusional” The definition ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Let us introduce common civil code in India, we can forget all such nonsenses.Let all married couples have two children in all let us ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Sorry sisters, men do not like to self police so they do all short ps of thing with women on matter of clothing. Last peace ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • The simple answer, he was. He wanted Muslim to educate to dominate Hindus, if two nations theory cannot came into realisation.
    ( By Aayina )
  • Easy way to is that called themselves as new Qadyian relgion and Gulam Mirza Ahmed as their prophet. Just start to lie like Mulism do that ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Its may be true that Muslim may not need to sexually assault. I have witnessed lots of my Muslim friends that Muslim girls are reach to ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Convertion might be not limited to bride but for kids certainly Muslim kid. Hypocrates have no answer ....
    ( By Aayina )
  • a shameless member os the most persecuted sect in islam revels in his stockholm syndrome and crows about it. he never...
    ( By hats off! )
  • As is typical of him, Naseer sb again resorts to abuse and insults. The fact remains that he has been trying to make a huge point ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Giving the spouse-to-be freedom of choice in matters of faith would be the right way to prove one's love and respect. There should be no ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Well Done, keep it up...'
    ( By vgf )
  • the rag that goes by the name of "the independent" is now owned by a saudi arabian. one saudi ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • All religions teach hatred and violence. Religious scrptures are full of bigotry. We should not be apologetic and there is no need to lie or, ...
    ( By Ashok Sharma )
  • What Wahiduddin Khan, Javed Ghamidi and Muhammad Yunus have been saying is what Yunus sb said in his article “Hindus are Not the Mushrikin Mentioned ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • dictionaries are inherently islamophobic. and arabic does not have a word...
    ( By hats off! )
  • @Manzar Khan By the way, I am not suggesting any changes in Islam. Only a new Islamic ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • @Manzar Khan Who authorised theologians to create their theology. In Islam, there is nothing between a Muslim and his...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Who authorized u Mr Shahin to suggest changes in Islam?'
    ( By Manzar Khan )
  • Dakshinamoorthi Raja Ganesan Thanks very much indeed. Regards.
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
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    This will be the Day of Decision. On that day, all human beings who ever lived will be brought before the Creator. At that time, the Creator will decide the fate of each of us, in accordance with the record that He has kept. This decision will be based on perfect justice. And then some people will be settled in eternal Paradise, while the rest will be cast into Hell....

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    What used to be Happy Eid has come this year blood-spattered. … Muslims believe any good deed done in this period is doubly rewarded. Apparently the terrorists consider their acts “good deeds” that will take them to heaven, with the Prophet himself and a horde of houris waiting to welcome them….

    The problem is the theology of consensus among ulrma of nearly all schools of thought. What is called Wahhabi-Salafi theology propounded by Ibn-e-Taimiya and Mohammad Ibn-e-Abdul Wahhab is not very different from the theology propounded by revered Indian theologians like Sheikh Sirhindi and Shah Waliullah, etc. It is this entire theology, a theology of political domination, that will have to be rethought. Islam requires a new theology, a theology of spiritualism, peace and pluralism.

    This requires vast, seminal effort. Except for a few progressive scholars, hardly any classical scholars seem willing to engage in this endeavour at the moment. They are willing to give anti-ISIS fatwas and say that Islam is a religion of peace, based on some initial Meccan verses of Quran. But they are not willing to engage with militant ideologues who say that Meccan verses advocating patience, perseverance, peace, co-existence, pluralism and respect for other religions have been abrogated and replaced by Medinan verses of war, xenophobia, intolerance of other religions. Maybe the present global wave of terror will induce Muslim governments and ulema to think that they have no option but to join the war within Islam.

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    “When we madrasa graduates enter the practical, mundane world we feel that our share in the new global village can only be on the margins. Here, the rules of the game are different and we have not learned them at our religious seminaries. In the job market our qualifications do not carry any weight. We are completely at a loss. Where can we go and what can we do? Probably, we cannot do much except begging. But that too is no easy task especially for those who carry big dreams of changing the world as God’s female soldiers and yet lacking even basic skills of bhikshus to beg for sustenance. Why the madrasa did not offer us a course in begging if it did not equip us with courses relevant for the job market? .... I know, I am rather harsh on my own alma mater but how else can I describe my deep pain and anguish. ۔۔۔۔۔ Feelings of a female madrasa graduate, Mumbai, February 18, 2013 (translation mine)...

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    The respected one hundred thousand Ulama & Mashayekh, Imams and Muftis of Bangladesh were asked the following questions:

    1.         Does Islam, as a great religion of peace, support terrorism and extremist activities?

    2.         Did our prophets, especially our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pubh), preach Islam by applying this type of brutal and ferocious method?

    3.         Is Jihad and terrorism the same thing in Islam?

    4.         Is terrorism a path to Heaven or Hell?

    5.         Can suicidal deaths be termed as a death of a martyr?

    6.         Is genocide legal in Islam?

    7.         Does Islam support killing children, women and old people?

    8.         Isn’t killing people while they are praying a crime?

    9.         Is attacking churches, temples, pagodas etc. legal in Islam?

    10.       Is it or is it not our duty to form social resistance against terrorists and extremists in the eyes of Islam?

    Read the Full Text of their over 6,000-word fatwa below:

    Translated from original in Bangla by NewAgeIslam.com

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    Global Terrorism Stems From Takfirism:  How Ulema Can Curb It By Just Issuing Fatwas Of Kufr Against The Terrorists?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    To begin with it, Indian ulema will have to evolve a robust and progressive interpretation of the Islamic scriptures and a well-reasoned and rational understanding of the Islamic doctrines such as jihad, hakimiyah (God’s rule over the earth), khilafah (Islamic caliphate) and ishtishhad (seeking martyrdom) and al-wala wal-bara (love and hatred for the sake of God). These are some of the theological terminologies and references from the Quran and hadith that the violent Jihadists misconstrue to justify their atrocities. Indian Muftis need to articulate a complete and coherent Islam-based refutation of the takfirist theology itself, rather than resorting to the takfirism against the terrorists. Only then they can help to rescue the new-age gullible Muslim youths from the creeping ...

    Current Affairs

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    Why Muslim Ulema Should Confront Zakir Naik? How Does He Encourage Islamist Terrorism?
    Sultan Shahin, Founder Editor, New Age Islam

    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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    Inas Younis, New Age Islam

    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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    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    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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    If you search for images of Indian Muslims in any database, you will find the vast majority to be those of clerics in long beards, women in Burqas, and people in skullcaps at prayer. But this is not how the vast majority spends its life — at home or at work. Most of them — to the disappointment of the clerics — rarely spend their time at prayer, but if you were to go by the images that are most commonly found, you would think that is all that any Muslim is up to, all the time.....

    Islamic Ideology

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    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    “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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    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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