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  • What do our common sense and conscience tell us? Do they tell us that peaceful co-existence is right and killing in the name of religion ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The more we get rid of ritualisms, the better for Islam. Islam should remain a simple....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sacrificing an animal is not mandatory even for one who is performing Hajj. He/She may instead fast for 3 days during hajj...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • What must be kept in mind while reading the Quran, is that the intention of the Book is to communicate as clearly as possible, within.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Islam is not about a thought of x,y,z in our age but code of peace of mind for all x pledged to divinely chosen at ...
    ( By Muhammad Mukhtar Alam )
  • I know my comment will not be published.'
    ( By Kumar )
  • Dear Mehar Tarar, the problem with Muslims is, at least those of like you who think they're moderate and liberal Muslims, is they teach their ...
    ( By Kumar )
  • The incorrect translation in the article: “And left this (i.e., the sacrifice) to occur in a later time:” (37:108) “Peace be upon Abraham!” (37:109) ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • As an ex-Revert to Islam and a devout student of the Quran, in my mother tongue Afrikaans in South Africa, I am...
    ( By Fanie Bekker (Muslimname: Saad) )
  • Good article. The Quran has not been translated as it should have been. Muslims were told not to learn English for a long time and ...
    ( By arshad )
  • Hats Off of course will not make any distinction between what badly led Muslims did and what Islam is all about. He has to find ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • and precisely because islam loves the yahood and not a single one of them lives toady in the hejaz. islam is piece.
    ( By hats off! )
  • The Mullahs must be made irrelevant. This can happen only when the Muslims acquire knowledge on their own and are ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The fact of the matter is that every scholar of Islam subscribes to a view of history that supports extremism, although the moderates invoke the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • This article is brazen whataboutery - the bad behaviour of others, justifies my own bad behaviour! This line of argument is the standard ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Hurray for Muslim girls who are breaking down religious and social barriers and are pursuing higher education.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Supremacism seems to be the bane of almost all Muslim sects. Religious belief without humility is a devilish enterprise.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Maulana Wahiduddin Khan's tafsir is remarkably free from regressive and closed-minded thinking.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Saudi atrocities in Yemen and Chinese brutality in Xinjiang have drawn international outrage. "Where is the Muslim rage?" is an idle and ummah-ist question.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article Kaniz sahiba. Relevant portions from the Quran havc been quoted to prove the point. Islam is indeed the religion of peace and co-existence....
    ( By arshad )
  • Back in 1971, the entire OIC and even Indian muslim leadership supported Pakistani genocide of millions of muslims ( and hindus ) in Bangladesh.
    ( By Shan Barani )
  • Very good and informative article. But whether the world will end within the time frame of the next three to eight years, if .....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • I just read Maududi's persuasive writings on "The Qadiani problem". It would appear that the Qadiani brought the disaster upon themselves. They....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • For example, if you are Hanfi, that is follow Imama Abu Hanifa and a cat falls in your well and the Hanafi Imam tells you ...
    ( By arshad )
  • Who is talking about the "lynchings" genocide/cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus in muslim majority Kashmir? No one Do unto others as you wish them to do ...
    ( By indiewater )
  • Samnakey sb has raised the question of sectarianism which has been discussed a number of times on this webiste though with a different angle. Sectarianism ...
    ( By arshad )
  • I once asked a man, do you remember exactly word by word what I said to you one year ago on a particular topic? ...
    ( By arshad )
  • Regarding sectarians and cultists, the Quran is very clear: "Their affair is with God." So let us stay out of it. All....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The definition of Islam is submission to God and that of a Muslim is one who does submit to God and His religion. Christianity, Judaism.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Islamophobia is not without a foundation as I have explained in my article: Islam's Relationship With The Rest Of The Word - The Current Problem ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Boris Johnson is not an Islamophobe. Nor is the burqa central to the debate on Islamophobia. The burqa attracts....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A woman covering her bosom for modesty, is also an act of religious devotion, as in doing so, she is conforming to the following command ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "choose to practice hijab as an act of religious devotion ”. That is where I part company my dear clever Lady. Hijab is modern fashion....
    ( By Skepticle )
  • The burqa has also become a symbol of defiance and a symbol of protest and many of the western....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @ by Meera, “Women in Islam surely can exercise their rights to be expressive about their concerns.” with dark covered faces as abasement and ignominy for ...
    ( By Skepticle )
  • If u dont believe in the finality of prophethood of muhammad... Ur belief is un islamic... Then even if u write beautiful tafseer, or pray ...
    ( By Irfan Magray )
  • Profet Muhammad (pub) is the last, no profet after him. Those who beleive other as profet....
    ( By Zakariya Muhammad )
  • I too think the Crown Prince is a fraud. No real reforms can be expected from him.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Islamophobia is not just criticism of Islam. Islamophobia is a political maneuver to increase the fear and suspicion of Muslims in order to...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Rather than camouflaging real issues in the garb of Islamophobia, we need to address them. Women in Islam surely can exercise their....
    ( By Meera )
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    Man’s self-consciousness currently makes the duty of scholars even more difficult because they have to reflect upon the doctrinal system via a different mechanism and a new mindset to establish a modern code of provisions that provide solutions to the fiqh and legal problems faced by Muslims today – solutions which old texts do not provide despite their significance....

     
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    He is alleged to have blasphemed by saying that the opposition to his election next year is being orchestrated by Muslim ‘hard-liners’ by using a verse from Quran. According to this verse given below, Muslims are not supposed to elect a non-Muslim leader even if he is a Christian – people of the Book....

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    There is no denying the fact the martyrdom has a great place in Islam. But the true Islamic martyrdom is completely different from the self-styled jihadist concept of martyrdom, which is synonymous with wanton killing of innocent civilians....

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    '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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