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  • the terrorist attack is actually a great help to the victims. it put them out of the miserable meaningless...
    ( By hats off! )
  • dear mr. raihan nezami first: i think the word "invincible" is probably not what you had in mind (i hope i am not mistaken...
    ( By hats off! )
  • thought provoking article which loses the crux of artificially created binary of a homogeneous inclusive minority community ....
    ( By Ayushman )
  • شکریہ! ایک اور خوبصورت تحریر کے لیے: یہ خود ہمارے لیے ایک لمحہ فکریہ ہے کہ‘‘جب یوروپ گی گلیاں کیچڑ آلود تھیں اس وقت ....
    ( By Mufti Arshad Jamaal )
  • درست فرمایا آپ نے (دیر آید درست آید) ۔ بے انتہاء مسرت ہوئی۔ پوری آزادی کے ساتھ اس ....
    ( By misbahul Hoda )
  • What has Hats Off's fulminations got to do with the meaning of Kafir? He is simply consumed by impotent rage at not being able to cite ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • marvellous egyptiannculture,destroyed arab pagans in the guaise of Islam.The Pre-Islamic History of Egpty is great
    ( By C.Sruguma )
  • Dear Hats off: First, you promise to accept the meaning of the word "Kafir" given by me, only then ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • mr. raihan nezami must verify the meaning of the word "kafir" before he lets loose.'
    ( By hats off! )
  • defending slave raids, ghazwas, right-hand possessions, jizya and denigration of the religion and scriptures of others produces a sickness of mind that cannot.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Dear Hats off: I respect your penchant desire for learning, but alas! it is not for positive intentions as you are always indulged in negative ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Hats Off is once again indulging in psychological projection. It is he who is logic proof and impervious to all evidence of.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The concept of psychological projection is well grounded in classical psychology and continues to be as relevant today.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Suhel Khan who is funding wahabism n salafism which say even music dancing even some say mobile is Haram but AK 47 is halal.....
    ( By Atul Shukla )
  • @Suhel Khan all well established norms r not always correct. Well established ' Manubaad' is discarded now...
    ( By Ajoy Dutta )
  • Sultan Shahin has been for long, pursuing his single agenda of criticising each and every aspect of Islam ....
    ( By Suhel Khan )
  • @Kartikaswara Gouda you talked about shivaji. do you know that during his coronation manuvadies persecuted him and after much difficulty ....
    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • Goutier record Islamic have hatred roots'
    ( By Sant Singh )
  • Western writer- ISLAM AND THE BHAGAVAD-GITA In the last 30 years, I have spoken against Islam and Islamic fundamentalism numerous ....
    ( By Kartikaswara Gouda )
  • Ignorance is Bliss.---English proverb.
    ( By Polumetla Kumar )
  • Islam started with human race. Prophet Muhammad is the last one in reforming ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES. He preached.....
    ( By Saidu Pallipparambil )
  • If they do not talk of peace, why refugees from Syria, Jordan and Iraq beg and crawl to go to Europe ....
    ( By Polumetla Kumar )
  • “…leaders capable of leading the Muslim community in religious matters” And,...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • some good news from morocco." Death penalty for apostates is really an Old Testament subject which was stolen....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Poor Hats Off! As if calling it 'pop psychaitry' would hide the fact that he is in denial.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Killing of Hindu atheists as well as Muslim atheists must stop. Any scriptural verses ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very pertinent and rightful plaint!'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A bold truthful article!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • wow. Worth reading . These beautiful lines from Maulana sahab is a great treat for secular and ...
    ( By Nikrun )
  • CORRECTION: In my last post I meant, "Martin Luther did say those things and yet Protestants....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A ban on triple talaq would be the appropriate step to take at this time. Our laws must....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear friends, I suggest all to read JIHAD- A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism۔۔۔
    ( By Surya Prakash Samidala )
  • Don't compare Beef Ban with blasphemy Mr Shamim Siddiqui....There is also meat....
    ( By Arnab Pal )
  • 3/22/2017 7:46:27 AM hats off! the fact of the matter is that the Holy Qur'an (not the koran) refers to non-muslims as kuffar. as...
    ( By hats off! )
  • l ماشاء اللہ! آپ کی حالیہ اشاعت ‘‘مصباح ادب’’ موصول ہوئی۔ اللہ زیادہ سے زیادہ خدمت دین کی توفیق بخشے(آمین)۔ چونکہ آپ سے میرے تعلقات بہت ...
    ( By Mufti Arshad Jamaal )
  • @Polumetla Kumar, Sir are you talking about today America and Europe countries who are talking about PEACE.' ...
    ( By Naeem Ahmed )
  • @Dolly How does it excuse barbarians who committed atrocities on Indians which included SCs and STs?'
    ( By Polumetla Kumar )
  • Polumetla Kumar i suggest you to read Dr ambedkar book 'riidles of Hinduism " , books by periyar the great wendy doniger in order to ...
    ( By Dolly Passey )
  • @Saidu Pallipparambil why they could not built such buildings,minars,forts in Arabian countries before? Didn't ...
    ( By Ajoy Dutta )
  • you talk about sufism but not act according to sufism  what a great difference! a man says what he does not do ...
    ( By Shahnawaz )
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    A Call To American / Global Muslim Leaders To Search Their Souls And Lead Their Youth To Become Good Global Citizens With The Turn Of Events In The Wake Of The Recent Travel Ban
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Coming to the crux of the matter, the Muslim leadership must take lesson from the Christians and non-Muslims who are protesting against the travel ban on their behalf since the signing of the Executive Order just a few days ago. They are taking to streets, flocking the airports, carrying banners against the ban and giving speeches with fury and passion to show their solidarity with the Muslims. Therefore, the Muslim leadership worldwide must take any instance of a terror attack against the non-Muslims very seriously, organise massive protest rallies condemning and outlawing terrorism, and showing their deep concern for and solidarity with the victims and offering mass prayers for the them. ...

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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    How Islamic Are ‘Islamic’ Blasphemy Laws?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Regardless of any justification for Blasphemy laws in Muslim countries, common sense suggests that they can only be applied to Muslims. Otherwise, the term blasphemy can be stretched to mean anyone who doesn’t believe Islam to be a true religion. But anti-Blasphemy laws are applied to non-Muslims in every Muslim country that has such laws. So ultimately the question is related to whether Muslims believe in freedom of religion. Clearly many don’t, except when they live in non-Muslim-majority countries.

    Although Quran, Islam’s foundational text, contains hundreds of verses asserting the legitimacy of other religions, a consensus in Islamic theology and jurisprudence has somehow emerged that other religions cannot be allowed to exist. Theologians cannot directly contradict the Quran by saying so, but this is the obvious implication of their doctrines of Jihad. Mainstream Islamic Theology and jurisprudence is completely based on a dichotomy between Muslim and Kafir. Kafirs have to be eventually eliminated from the world, either by persuasion or use of force. The only other option is they accept Muslim domination and accept the status of dhimmis (jizya-paying second class citizens).

    Islamic Ideology
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    Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

    For the Muslim nation as a whole, which considers Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam and the birth place of Messenger Muhammad, a samite, cannot by any stretch of imagination be branded as anti-Semitic. That would be thoroughly blasphemous. Therefore to say that Muslims, as followers of the faith Islam are anti-Semitic is compounding the felony since they, just as the Jews claim to be of the “nation of Ibrahim” because they follow the faith established by Aba Abraham, long before Moses and Muhammad were born....

    The War Within Islam

    Islamo-Fascism and Islam-Supremacism Feeding Islamophobia Worldwide: Sultan Shahin Tells UNHRC
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Madame President,... But xenophobia, particularly in the form of Islamophobia, is growing in several European countries and partly feeds upon the flagrant violation of the human rights of religious minorities in several Muslim-majority countries. Petrodollar Islam has injected the poison of Islam-supremacism in Muslim societies worldwide.  Even exemplary moderate countries like Indonesia, Malaysia are now infected with this virus. But the worst case scenario is evolving in the only Muslim nuclear power, Pakistan. Jihadi vigilantes including members of security forces are hunting down and killing all those who oppose their version of Islam. The country is drowning in a sea of violence but civil society, media or elected parliamentarians dare not condemn the wanton killings in the name of Islam. -- Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 16th session in Geneva on 22 March 2011 in the General Debate on Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

    Islamic Ideology
    The Holy Quran: A Myth, Miracle or Reality?
    Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran: A Myth, Miracle or Reality?
    Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

    Allah is Real, Life and death as divine process of Creation and Destruction is Real, Here-after and the Day of Judgment is Real, Angels, Satan, Heaven and Hell, Reward and Punishment all are Real. Amidst Current and Counter-Current of Creation, Revelation, Evolution, Death and Destruction whirling all around us, there is little scope of any conjecture or miracle in the Holy Quran....

    Islamic Society
    Unholy-ness Of the Language of Holy Scripture
    Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

    Most Holy Scriptures are believed by their followers to be the verbatim utterances of the Supreme Being- the God; annunciating ‘Truth’ by dictating it to His messengers. For Muslims, that being Allah, and the scripture Quran is the Kalaamullah- Logos, the word of God, and generally contended as being holy. However some verses of the Book itself, as understood from translations and comments, does not support this contention....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Madrasas, Islamism and Terrorism
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Madrasas, Islamism and Terrorism
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The sophistication that is required for arms training and the knowledge that accompanies such training simply eludes a madrasa graduate. Within their madrasas they are too engrossed in literal textual hair splitting and in repeating a knowledge system which has absolutely no relationship with the present world. When an average madrasa graduate in India cannot locate USA on the world map, then it is too much to expect from him to be involved in the obliteration of America. When average madrasa graduate is taught that it is the Shia and the Ahmadias who are the enemies of Islam, then it is natural that their energy will be channelized in countering them rather than thinking about waging jihad against the Hindus....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    If Sharia Is Divine, Why Don’t Ulema Demand Medieval Punishments Of Flogging, Amputation And Beheading For Muslims?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Muslim reaction to Javed Akhtar’s tweet can be summed up by what Khalid Yunus Ansari wrote in Pratap of 11 September: “There has never been any dearth of opportunists and traitors among Muslims. These people may appear intelligent and educated but are ignorant of Muslim mores. … A real Muslim is one who consciously and even sub-consciously believes in and follows Islamic Laws, someone who cannot even imagine finding fault with or challenging or violating any of them. Even imagining any fault with Muslim Laws is absolute kufr (disbelief), not to speak of expressing such thoughts.”

    I have been reading Urdu newspapers for 45 years. While Muslims have been constantly fighting for the so-called Muslim Personal Law which allows them to treat women as inferior beings, never have I come across any Muslim demand for being governed by Islamic criminal laws. If Sharia is so important, if it is such a vital part of our faith, then why this dichotomy? Except for drinking alcohol, punishments for all other hudud crimes (mentioned in the Quran, considered crimes against God) are to be amputation, flogging and beheading. One would have thought that at least those Muslims who are so particular about following Sharia, and, of course, all ulema who consider Sharia divine would demand the implementation of the entire Sharia. Why follow only the part that helps keep women subjugated and avoid those that may lead to severe medieval punishments specified by Quran and Hadees....

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Sectarianism: A Profound Ideological Crisis In The Indian Muslim Community
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The founding editor of New Age Islam, Mr. Sultan Shahin has asked a pertinent question in his recent article:“Sectarian unity is certainly an admirable goal. The intention behind it, however, is also very important. Wahhabi-Deobandi and Sufi-Barelvi sects, who call each other kafir (infidel), are seeking to unite for some months now.  But towards what end?”

    Instead of a stage-show of the Barelwi-Deobandi truce, it was high time both Muslim sects’ clergy sincerely reflected on the prevailing sectarian psyche plagued with extremist thoughts. An objective observation reveals that not only the Deobandi-Wahhabi clergy but a section of the present-day Barelwi ulema have also fanned the fire of religious extremism among the country’s gullible Muslims.....

    Islam and Politics
    Deoband- Bareilly Unity: Cosmetic and Dangerous
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Deoband- Bareilly Unity: Cosmetic and Dangerous
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    As long as this Muslim-Kafir binary informs the consensus theology of ulema, it will be difficult for Muslims to live amicably with others. Temporary sectarian unity which could threaten permanent communal harmony is not the way forward. As Muslims, we need to not only bridge our internal divides, but also stop thinking in terms of Kafir and Momin. We cannot survive as Muslims in the 21st century multicultural world with our antiquated notions of supremacy and separatism....

    Islamic Society

    Why Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan and Indonesia Must be Repealed
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Analysts say that it is understandable that these things are happening in Pakistan. After all the country was made in the name of Islam; so it is a natural outcome that Islam will pay an important role in the public sphere. But then similar things are happening in Indonesia, a country whose tolerance and democracy was touted as the role model for Muslim countries the world over. The world’s most populous Muslim country with mid boggling diversity in terms of ethnicity, religions and languages is today falling prey to the same rhetoric making Islam the only standard against which all other religious and secular traditions must be judged and evaluated.....

    Letter to the Editor

    New Year For Islam Or For Judaism Is Something Different; No Doubt Also For A Number Of Other Faith Traditions
    Canon Alan Amos, New Age Islam

    “This new enemy is not a person or a place, it isn’t a country; it is a pure and fearsome ire as widespread as some raw element like fire. I can’t sensibly declare war on fire, or reasonably pretend that it lives in a secret hideout like some comic-book villain, irrationally waiting while my superhero locates it and then drags it out to the thrill of my applause. We try desperately to personify our enemy in this way, and who can blame us? It’s all we know how to do. Declaring war on a fragile human body and then driving the breath from it—that’s how enmity has been dispatched for all of time….”

    Islam, Women and Feminism
    Mythology of Mother-Goddess among Muslims
    Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

    All the while the children of the unfortunate mother-goddess suffer the humiliation in silence along with their father. The noble institution of marriage that was the cause of raising the woman to the status of goddess, under whose feet lies the Jannah, that same institution is now used by their religion to grind her personality in dirt, and not only of the unfortunate mother but the honour of the whole family – the father, the children and all those associated with the sordid event. A nation that enacts and obeys such inhuman religious laws is not fit to be included in the community of human beings. So is there any hope for recovery for such a degenerate nation? May be 4-150,151 of the Book can answer that.....

    Islamic Society

    Madrasas and Failure of Muslim Leadership
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    There was an attempt made by the earlier government to bring all such madrasas under one umbrella by creating an All India Madrasa Board. It was a good idea to start with, but with various interests competing as Muslim interests, there was hardly any headway and eventually the suggestion went to the cold storage. The interesting part of this proposal was the it were Muslims themselves who had drafted this proposal. But then for many successive governments, some Muslims are more important than others. The opposition to this proposal from the Ulema saw to it that the bold proposal by reform minded Muslims was shelved....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Nikah Mut’ah and Nikah Misyar Are Temporary Marriages That Only Benefit The Muslim Man: They Should Be Seen As Nothing But Prostitution
    Dr. Deeba Abedi, New Age Islam

    Some cultural and religious practices just keep going on and on for centuries without ever being questioned. No one asks what good they are or who truly benefits from them or why they are still in place after 1,300 years. Nikah Mut’ah and Nikah Misyar, for instance, are some of those customs that perhaps seemed relevant in the seventh century, but today, to many Muslims, they are outdated and geared only for the benefit of Muslim men, with little or no advantages for the women…

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam
    If Islam Means Peace, Why Is Much Of Its Theology Soaked In Hatred, Humiliation, Offensive War?
    Sultan Shahin, New Age Islam

    Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.

     But there has to be a reason why jihadi ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to heaven?

     Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas, says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so, divine like God Himself.....

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