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  • Use your head! The question under discussion is what would Christ or Muhammad do if they were to return today. Today religious tolerance and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Ex-IB Chief: “Just 108 of 180m Indian Muslims Joined IS.”True, Indian Muslims are not Jihadis. But were the Pakistani Muslims or Pakistani madrasa students ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Conference on Radicalisation: ‘Strong Religious Education Bulwark against Radicalisation.’ " in many madrasas in India, countering violent extremism is a key chapter in most religious ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • disprove my statement instead of frothing at the mouth. keep calm and refute statements.did or did not the prophet ban jews and polytheists from ...
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  • What a vicious and narrow-minded comment from Hats Off! He is seething with hate against the Prophet and finds a venue to express his ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off is projecting his own mendacity on to others. By the way, it is the Notre Dame Cathedral which is in Paris.  The ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • we can emulate the prophet, but we do not have any jews here to drive out.also in these days of human rights and whatnot, ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • whatever answers we need for our times can be better given by honesty and frankness. not by emigrating to france and undertake exegetical gymnastics.and ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • While Naseer sb. is busy identifying kafirs amongst us, let me post some of the thoughts of the best known writer on Progressive Islam, ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Why can't modern Muslims conceptualize an idealized modern state themselves rather than go searching for models in history?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • He would take us further forward from where we are today.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is not the time for Muslims to flex any muscles. We need to maintain a low profile.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear Sultan Shahin sb, You have given good suggestion.
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • We should also tell Tablighis and other Muslim organisatios to avoid gathering Muslims even in small numbers at one place for the next six ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Janab Ghaus Sb, Please share with me some quotings about Istiwa alal arsh as I need them, specially from classical scholars on whom all can ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Excellent questions in the last paras!
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Necessary steps should be taken to reach what actually inspired this mob violence. Was it inspired by hate? From where did it come? And what ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • “lists 63 rules for determining Diyat"....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • This article has raised some striking questions. What might be the answer in the mind of the Pakistani PM Imran Khan with the concept of ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • نعم يا أخي عبد النور الشيخوني ، معك حق أن أهل المذاهب الأربعة بأسرهم اتفقوا على كون القرآن الكريم غير مخلوق، ولكن أريد أن أضيف ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • اتفق أهل المذاهب الأربعة وغيرهم من السلف والخلف على أن القرآن كلام الله غير مخلوق فما الفائدة في مثل هذا البحث الذي لا يتفق معه القرآن الكريم ...
    ( By عبد النور الشیخونی )
  • GM sb has no understanding of the meaning of  Islam. It is the religion of Allah that all His creation follows without having any ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sb.'s explanation of "no compulsion in religion" is as follows: "The test is to see if given full autonomy does man choose to ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • What I write cannot both be authentic 7th century Islam  and shallow views. Another proof of GM sb being a windbag not knowing what ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sb. is back to his abusive gutter-level language. He must feel weak and defeated. As per his habit, he is asking me to ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Who is asking you not to follow the truth or the five pillars or whatever? You are the one who is twisting matters.   Asking you to ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb,"There is no compulsion in religion". The Quran gives full autonomy. Do as you please.The test is to see if given full autonomy ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb,There is no verse in the Quran that says "enslave" but there are verses that say "free the slave". The Quran also explicitly ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Mullah Ghulam Mohiyuddin's concept of Islam is that of the bigots. Hats Off's concept of Islam is the same since Islamophobia is impossible if he accepts ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It is good of Maulana Hats Off to tell us what Islam teaches. He is basically saying the same thing that Nasir sb. has ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Aayina,If progressive Muslims try to promote  rationality and universal brotherhood, would that be too upsetting for you?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There are so many references to Jihad as a military struggle in Islamic writings that it is incorrect to claim that the interpretation of ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Gulam Mohyuddin when told it was based on some truth here is example of too Muslim attitude and behaviour with us Hindus.It is simple ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • according to islam, muslims cannot hold any other idea or concepts or whatever except that which is in its holy books. no two muslims ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Allah Almighty has revealed the holy Quran in order to guide and test the mankind, “He misleads many by it (the Quran), and He guides many ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • is there any verse which says by misunderstanding Quran some get misguidance and by understanding well the Quran some get guidance?
    ( By Khalid Hasan )
  • Aayina is repeating the same nonsense that Hats Off spouts!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Gulam Mouyddin lies easily.There is nothing like moderate or progressive Muslim.Orthodox play game of Jihad, moderate play victimhood, and progressive play game of decisiveness.If ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Hats Off's litany of past evils is of  historic interest only. It does not prevent progressive Muslims from keeping pace with progressive Christians, progressive ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off's hate war against moderate Muslims continues. He just can't stand the thought that liberal, progressive and modernistic ideas can be held by ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    Then Ertugrul claimed that the creation story in the Quran was open to an evolutionary interpretation. For instance, he believed that the several Quranic verses stating that man was created out of clay did not necessarily refer to direct creation. If God had created any earlier simpler forms of living beings from clay and if man evolved from those beings, then God could be said to have created man out of clay by means of evolutionary mechanisms....

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    An all-white painted shrine complex that has largely been inspired by the Central Asian architecture, ‘Caravanserai’, the Udero Lal shrine is a symbol of interfaith harmony. These were mostly built by traders in Central Asia as a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day’s journey and are rarely seen in the Indian subcontinent....

     
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    Reading Rumi, we often come across the imagery of humans being akin to diamonds or rubies at our core, that is, our highest potentiality. Mining these valuable gems from the Earth requires drilling through layers of hard rock that settled over centuries and, frankly, are impossible to move without heavy machinery. Similarly, the inward spiritual journey demands burrowing through the embedded beliefs forced onto my psyche by family, religion and society that are blocking the radiance of my truest self....

     
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    बिलकुल यही मफहूम उस एतेहासिक तथ्य से भी निकाला जा सकता है कि मक्का विजय के बाद जब मुसलामानों को धार्मिक स्वतन्त्रता प्राप्त हो गई और उनके लिए जान व माल की सुरक्षा निश्चित हो गई तो हिजरत का आदेश मंसूख कर दिया गया, जैसा कि उपर्युक्त हदीस से स्पष्ट है जिसका मफहूम यह है कि मक्का विजय के बाद हिजरत का कोई हुक्म बाकी नहीं रहाl इसलिए, अब किसी भी अतिवादी धार्मिक लीडर या किसी इस्कॉलर को यह अनुमति नहीं कि वह मुसलामानों को भारत से किसी और देश की तरफ हिजरत की दावत दें, और इसकी वजह स्पष्ट है कि भारत मुसलामानों को धर्म की स्वतन्त्रता और जान व माल की सुरक्षा प्रदान करता हैl

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    In the Qur’ān, Muslims are reminded that “[t]here shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion [of Islam]” (2:256). Classical commentators on the Qur’ān, such as the famous Ismā‘īl ibn Kathīr (d. 1373), and more recent ones such as Sayyid Qutb (d. 1966) and Mawdūdī (d. 1979) are in agreement that this passage forbids any form of coercing non-Muslims into embracing Islam. [1] However, many (if not most) of the people who express curiosity about whether Islam spread “by the sword” are interested in whether this is a historical reality....

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    Many liberal Muslims, those seeking the easy highway of life, and the terrorists and extremists – who speculate over the ambiguous verses of the Qur’an with nefarious or political motives may simply ignore them or consign them to the antiquity. But it will not take a great deal of reflection to realize that the above questions are no less relevant for this era than they were in the era of revelation. In fact they are bright red lights on the moral pathways of our life today. But we don’t see them or pretend not to see them. …

     
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    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    In order to justify their terror attacks, they repeatedly quote the verse 9:14 “Fight them and Allah will punish them through your hands”. Again in the article titled “The Ruling On the Belligerent Christians” (Rumiyah: 9th issue, page 10),they have referred to the same verse out of context in order to kill all those who do not belong to their ideology which is commonly called Wahhabism or Salafism.   Before proceeding further into refuting ISIS, it must be noted that the US and some of its Arab allies are trying to eradicate the terrorist outfit ISIS from the face of the earth....

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    Triple Talaq Must Be Invalidated Constitutionally and Criminalized – Inclusion of Prohibitive Clause in Nikahnama Could Allow Its Perpetuation by Defaulters
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    No Muslim man will protect himself against any potentially adulterous or homicidal behaviour of his would-be wife by incorporating clauses in the Nikahnama that his wife will not commit adultery or kill her baby child as many women did in Pre-Islamic Arabia (60:12). Since they are expressly forbidden by the Qur’an and entail gross human rights violations and legislatively criminalized, they are, like numerous other aspects of behaviour, unwritten components of Nikahnama. The same should apply for instant triple Talaq. It is expressly forbidden by the Qur’an (58:2, 2:228/2:229), causes grave human rights violations and is enduringly devastating and traumatic to its victim……

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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).

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    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    This is the dichotomy between the Prophet’s peaceful struggle in Badr and the virulent warmongering of the self-styled jihadists in Kashmir. More to the point, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) achieved the bloodless victory without retaliation against the bloodthirsty Meccans who attacked him, plotted to kill him, stoned him, made his teeth to bleed, cracked his jaw and split open his blessed face, peddled hate against his faith, murdered his beloved companions, deformed the dead body of his blue-eyed uncle, Ameer Hamzah, and even eaten his liver in a beastly manner. Contrary to the Prophet’s defensive battle of Badr and peaceful victory in Makka, the militants’ war in Kashmir is calming the innocent lives, mutilating the dead-bodies of Indian army officers, demeaning their women and thus destroying lives and properties of both Muslims and non-Muslims alike……

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