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  • Qalandars seem to be hippies with a spiritual emphasis. Islam does not need to have a position on everything under the sun (including hashish....
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  • Islam rejects discrimination against any race, nationality or religion. Verse 49:13 of the Quran says that God made us people and tribes so that we....
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  • Gender injustice is a universal problem. It becomes a special problem for Muslims because of the supposed....
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  • what are the current consequences for a muslim woman who wants to marry a non-muslim? what are the current ...
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  • With respect Madam your own people are more extremist than the majority will ever be. Please read the article AMU: It Is The Protector Of ...
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  • This is the first time I have seen rational comment from Gulam Moyuddin telling truth that Muslims are Prophet worshippers....
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  • Perceptive and well-balanced article.
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  • "Dr.Shahrour emphasises the use of reason and logic in reaching the true meaning of the Quranic message instead of the blind acceptance of centuries-old ...
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  • The present day Muslims without knowing it but what about their revered imams who played their tricks?'
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  • Muslims the world over demand a reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This Britisher wants....
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  • Muslims have become Prophet worshippers without even knowing it!
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  • The article is aimed at providing symptomatic relief for the problem of intolerance rooted in the bigoted Islamic theology without addressing the root causes. The ...
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  • I fully agree with Prof.Sajjad. Coercive intrusion into the behaviors of others is....
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  • I fully agree with Prof.Sajjad. Coercive intrusion into the behaviors of others is...
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  • The Quran does not speak about tolerating what is different. The existence of diversity in languages, colour, beliefs is described as facts....
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  • I have been reading this website long before the BJP came to power in the center. And I really was awed.....
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  • The examples in the article are hopefully common place as nothing less is expected of all right-thinking people. The examples that stand out are:....
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  • Typical of Hats Off to pick on the negatives in order to trash a remarkable life! All he does at this site is indiscriminate ...
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  • mother theresa said a lot of silly stupid things in her lonely, ambiguous and ambitious life. a....
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  • Hats Off's despicable attempts to classify me as an extremist seem to rely on his mischaracterization of CAIR, as if I can....
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  • Good article! Humanitarian acts make us better human beings. If we are better human beings we shall be a better society....
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  • wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_on_American%E2%80%93Islamic_Relations when you run out of honesty, you have...
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  • exactly. you are a moderate. to you whose position is just an arithmatic average, you find the wolves as reasonable...
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  • Syed N Asad, New Age Islam has not studied Arab/Islam history. Arab imperialism was successful because the Muslims were very good at waging war....
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  • When Hats Off runs out of arguments he pulls out CAIR! I have told him umpteen times that CAIR members represent....
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  • Hats Off says, "an interfaith that extols the worst of each other." What a figment of an....
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  • Reform means recognizing that the universal empowering teachings of Islam can be expressed successfully according to the maxims of every age." Fully agree. Excellent article....
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  • you ignore mine and i'll forgive yours. an interfaith that extols the worst of each other is the dream of liars, moderates...
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  • card carrying members of CAIR are suddenly laying claims to oh-so-liberal tender views. the sudden innocence syndrome.
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  • Aspersing this Pope for the past sins of the church is dumb and small-minded and shows a perverse penchant for besmirching as if such....
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  • Pope At Mass: Exploiting Women Is A Sin Against God" apparently buggering children is on par...
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  • Hats Off's attempt to be sarcastic when so many Yemeni children are starving or dying is despicable and beneath contempt.
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  • Hats Off is either just ignorant or a born liar. Show me a single post of mine in which I have expressed any hatred of....
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  • Gulam Mohyuddin how much you will lie yourself. Your Muslims arrogance unessacary, your relgious books have sex slavery of Yazdi womens, we not followers of Islam ...
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  • yemenis en masse are getting to be very very exalted. most of them are starving....
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  • moderates are inherent liars. mr. ghulam mohiyuddin thinks nothing of spitting into the very plate he is eating from....
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    The Exigency of Muslim Reform  مسلم اصلاحات کی شدید حاجت
    Syed N Asad, New Age Islam

    دنیا بھر میں اسلام کی نشر و اشاعت کے لئے  شریعت کو انسانی حقوق کے عالمی اعلامیے کے مطابق ہونا ضروری ہے۔ ہمیں یہ تسلیم کرنا چاہئے کہ جو تعلیمات جو ذاتی ترقی، وسائل کی حصولیابی ، آزادی اور مختلف گروہوں کے ساتھ ہم آہنگی اور خوشیوں کی حتمی حصولیابی میں معاون ہیں صرف وہی اسلام کے حقیقی مقصد اور اس کی روح کی نمائندگی کرتی ہیں۔

     
    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Islam We Have Today Is Not What God Intended For Us in the 21st Century, Rather It Is a Frozen Version from More Than 1,000 Years Ago
    Aidha Saleh Albreiki

    The Islam we have today, he says, is not what God intended for us in the 21st century but rather a frozen version from more than 1,000 years ago. This heritage is often backward, irrational and certainly not sacred, according to his views. He contends that even the Hadiths of Prophet Mohammed are not revelations nor sacred, and that we should follow the Quran alone. This view of Hadiths is the same as that of the Quraniyoon who, as the name suggests, limit themselves to following the Quran only. But he is not considered part of this group because he has his own wide-ranging and unconventional interpretation of the Quran....

    Spiritual Meditations

    Humanity’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: Starving, Enslaving, Raping, Torturing and Killing our Children
    Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

    Every day, according to some estimates, human adults kill 50,000 of our children. The true figure is probably significantly higher. We kill children in wars. See, for example, ‘Scourging Yemen’. We kill them with drones. We kill them in our homes and on the street. We shoot them at school. We also kill children in vast numbers by starving them to death, depriving them of clean drinking water, denying them medicines…

     
    Islamic World News

    Sheikh Mohammed: First UAE Astronaut Is Heading To the Stars Next Year

    Embrace Hinduism to Get Passport Renewed, Inter-Faith Couple Told

    Taliban Kill 50 Afghan Soldiers in First Major Attack since Eid Ceasefire, Seize Military Base

    Disruption in Distribution of Dawn Termed Violation of Article 19

    British Museum Renames Gallery after Sheikh Zayed

     

    Arab World

    Baghdad mall sorry for turning away orphans at Eid

    India

    Eight, including 5 minors, booked for sedition in Bihar

    South Asia

    Badhaber airbase attack: ATC acquits alleged female ‘facilitator’

    Pakistan

    Appellate court suspends Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018

    Europe

    War crimes committed in Eastern Ghouta battle - UN

    Mideast

    Imprisoned Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in spy case

    Turkey's youth: the last hope for democracy?

    Africa

    Tunisian arrested in Cologne was planning biological attack, say German police

    North America

    Trump backs down on migrant family separations policy

    Southeast Asia

    'Hate narratives' from abroad drive Myanmar communities apart, Suu Kyi says

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Egypt Fights Islamic Extremism by Allowing Women Leaders at Mosques

    Countdown Begins To Saudi Women Driving

    Iran Allows Entry of Women into Stadium

    Saudi University Launches Survey into the Effects of Women Driving

    1 In 4 Muslim Women in New York Say They've Been Pushed on a Subway Platform While Wearing a Hijab

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Nothing Unusual about Being a Devout Muslim and A Women’s Activist
    Taylor Luck

    Although the concept takes many forms, at the core of Islamic feminism are explicit passages in the Quran denoting the equality of all human beings. Activists call for the implementation of gender equality, in line with the Quran, in the state, the private sector, society, the family, and in everyday life. ...

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Imran Khan: 'Feminism, Which Is From the West, Has Degraded Motherhood'
    Mahwash Ajaz

    As an example, they cited how children were neglected if a mother was at work, while conveniently ignoring the fact that children do grow beyond the age of four, attend school and eventually become independent human beings. For them, all we evil feminists want to do is cause earthquakes by wearing jeans and raise ill-behaved children because we want to put our degree to the use it was meant for....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Islam and Feminism Have Been In a Constant Clash since the Turn of the Century
    Hind Elhinnawy

    Islam and feminism have been in a constant clash since the turn of the century, and we can no longer ignore this fact. Somewhere between the liberal secular positions like mine, and the attempts by fundamentalists to silence us, it is often the voices of Muslim women themselves that are left unheard....

     
    The War Within Islam

    Wahhabi Narrative Subsiding, Saudi Leadership Adopted a Populist Saudi Militarised Nationalism to Counter Iran
    Madawi Al-Rasheed

    Most analysis of the Saudi–Iranian rivalry seems to miss the fundamental points that underline the tension. Both countries are not trying to defend themselves from each other. Iran is trying to save itself from either foreign intervention or domestic unrest. While Saudi Arabia does not fear foreign intervention, it is concerned with domestic dissent....

    Islam and the West

    The Immigrants Deported to Death and Violence
    John Cassidy

    Although there has been a spike in the number of asylum seekers in recent months, the overall number of undocumented immigrants coming into the United States from Mexico and other Latin American countries is significantly lower than it was a decade ago. There is no “crisis” at the southern border, except the humanitarian one of Trump’s own making. Trump’s picture of the United States being swamped—or, in his words, “infested”—by Latino migrants is a fantasy that he concocted to whip up the racial fears and antipathies of his core supporters.....

     
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    Essential Message of Islam: A Pioneering Work by Quran Exegetes Muhammad Yunus & Ashfaque Ullah Syed (Full Text exclusively available on NewAgeIslam.com)

    Barren sandy desert, extremely hot climate, and scarcity of water resources made the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula an inhospitable abode for man since ancient times. Its original people were pagans, except for some Unitarians (ahnaf) who contemplated on the Oneness of God. In the post Judeo-Christian era, pockets of wet fertile land attracted Jewish and Christian settlers from the adjoining regions, and became isolated centres of trade and commerce. However, the vast stretches of the desert heartland that only sustained a nomadic life, remained in a primitive state until the advent of Islam. The nomadic tribes had preserved their ancestral paganism, with each tribe having its own idol; and the Ka‘ba, a cubical shrine at the heart of an ancient sanctuary (Haram) in Mecca, was the centre of idol worship. The nomadic Arabs were largely unlettered, had no notion of central state or kingdom, and their social and moral norms were based on traditions (Sunnah) and dictated by the struggle for survival. .....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Is Islamic Reform Possible? 'Should We Just Accept That Quran Is Not Perfect, Infallible Word of God, If Nearly All Muslims Misundetstand It?'
    Hassan Radwan, New Age Islam

    Yet it has to be asked if Islam is perfect and has absolutely nothing to do with the actions of extremists like ISIS or regimes like Saudi Arabia - then why is it that these Muslims have so grossly misunderstood their religion? When one points out actions such as execution of apostates and gays they tell us this is completely against Islam and Islam is very clear about it. But then why don’t these groups and regimes realise they are going completely against Islam. Don’t they realise the terrible mistake they are making when it is all so clear and obvious? The truth is that it is not as clear and obvious as they claim....

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    Is Islamic Reform Possible? 'Should We Just Accept That Quran Is Not Perfect, Infallible Word of God, If Nearly All Muslims Misundetstand It?'

    The Quran Is the Perfect, Infallible Word of God, Even If All the Muslims Misunderstand It

    Some Muslim Intellectuals of This Era Cry Lies or Half-Truths against Islam Creating Doubts and Suspicions against It – Ignorantly or Fraudulently - God Knows Best

    Quran is Not the Source of All Problems but It Must Be Brought within the Ambit of History

    Islamic Ideology

    The Enlightening Commentary on the War Related Quranic Verses- Part 2
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Having taken into account the cause of revelation [shan e nuzul] and context of the afore-mentioned Quranic verse 22:39, we need to go forward to tackle the most important issue. The modern terrorist organizations are applying the Quranic verses and ahadith to implement the anti-Shariat matters, that is, to implement the forbidden acts. There is no doubt that we find numerous Quranic verses and ahadith which deal with the war-related situations. However it should also be noted that if we gather all the Quranic verses and ahadith together and apply the right methodological approaches in order to understand the purpose of Islam, we will indeed find, with the blessing of Allah Almighty, that Islam aims merely at eliminating oppression, establishing peace, justice and tranquillity....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Rejoinder To The Rhetoric Of Jihad In Kashmir: No Religious Sanctity On The Terror Designs To Trigger The Militants For ‘Holy War’ In The Valley
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The entire extremist jihadist rhetoric in Kashmir which is underfoot to agitate Muslims on social media and YouTube videos is run of the mill and has no substantial support from any of the four established Islamic thought resources—Qur’an, Hadith, Ijm’a (consensus) or Qiyas (analogy)……

    Islam and Sectarianism

    The Fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband against Shias Violates the Spirit of Islam
    S. Arshad, New Age Islam

    This fatwa is against the spirit of the Quran that enjoins all the Muslims irrespective of their sectarian beliefs to remain united and not to promote discord and disunity among themselves. About the food to be taken by Muslims, the Quran has given out clear injunctions. It has made clear to the Muslims what food is Haram or Halal that is, permissible and non-permissible. The Quran has declared the food served by even Ahl-e-Kitab to be Halal or permissible to Muslims. One verse of the Quran says thus:

    “This day are (all) good things made lawful for you. The food of those who have received the Scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them.”)….

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Addressing the UNHRC at Geneva Sultan Shahin Questions Contemporary Applicability of Contextual Verses of Quran Meant For 7th Century Wars and the Divinity of Hadith and Sharia
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Fifteen years after 9/11, the scourge of violent Islamist extremism has become even more complex and deadly. The alacrity with which 30,000 Muslims from around the world joined the so-called Islamic State’s war against humanity has puzzled many. How could a peaceful, pluralistic religion be subverted so easily to create inhuman monsters? Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common factor is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist, totalitarian, Jihadi theology. 

    This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation that teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness. But there has to be a reason why Jihadi ideology has gained acceptance; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars are proving so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, 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. Jihadists misuse the war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. But most damaging for Islam and useful for Jihadism is the Doctrine of Abrogation whereby all peaceful Meccan verses are considered abrogated by the confrontational, war-time Medinan verses. Similarly the divinity attached to Hadith and Sharia and their universal applicability will have to be reconsidered by mainstream Islam, and not just to defeat Jihadism, but also to deal with many other issues including Human Rights of women, children and homosexuals....


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    2.  Do Not Entertain Any Defamation of Islam Resolution Until Islam Is Protected From Defamation by Jihadi Literature in the Islamic World First, Sultan Shahin Asks UN Human Rights Council

    3.  Islam Is Based On the Prophet's Mysticism, Honesty and Social Activism, Says Sultan Shahin in Pune: Muslims Should Strengthen These Spiritual Foundations of Islam and Not Fall Prey to Fascism

    4.  Do Muslims need to disassociate themselves from Salafi, Wahhabi ideologies of permanent war with non-Muslims and moderate Muslims? A New Age Islam debate

    5.  Terrorists Have Failed So Far and Should Not Be Allowed To Affect Global Multiculturalism, Sultan Shahin Tells Parallel Meeting at UNHRC in Geneva

    Islamic Ideology

    Jihadist Terrorists Can’t Justify Their Call to Migration
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The Jihadist terrorists dominantly belong to Wahhabism and hence they call their Wahhabi followers to migrate like the early Emigrants mentioned in the Quranic verse 8:72 and fight against those who they think are Kuffar and non-Wahhabi Muslims. Concerning this verse in today’s context some questions arise. Are today’s Muslims whom they are calling to migrate identical to the early Emigrants? Is it allowed for them to migrate from a country which grants security and religious freedom to them?  Associating the condition of today’s Muslims to that of the early Emigrants mentioned in 8:72 is extremely injustice and violation of the Quran....

    Islamic Ideology
    The Importance of Zikr
    S. Arshad, New Age Islam

    The Importance of Zikr
    S. Arshad, New Age Islam

    The remembrance and utterance of the name of the Creator of the Universe is prescribed in all the religions of the world. The Psalms, the Torah, the Bible and the oldest scriptures of the world --- the Vedas – sing hosanna to the Divine Creator. The tradition of uttering the name of God is also found in other religions like Manichaeism which was in vogue in Iran in the ancient times. The prophet of Manichaeism was Mani. Many modern folk religions like Sikhism, Nath Panth, Kabir Panth and Vaishnavism etc give importance to remembrance of God, rather remembrance and utterance of the name of God forms the basic practice of these religions....

     
    Islam and Politics
    His Name is Khan and He is a Hero
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    His Name is Khan and He is a Hero
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    That unending night of the tragedy, Dr. Kafeel had earned goodwill and praise from all media outlets for his sympathy and action to save dying children. But then, his identity did not fit the discourse of right-wingers. How could a Muslim become a hero? After all, this was a government which had come to power on an anti-Muslim plank and to their horror of horrors; here was a Muslim who amidst the murderous apathy of the government was winning applause from different quarters. The trolls got active....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The Qur’an Puts No Bar Against a Muslim Woman from Leading Friday Prayers
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    It is clear from the foregoing review of relevant Qur’anic verses and Qur’anic illustrations that it puts no bar against women to leading prayers, including Friday Prayer. Whether the prayer will be attended by only women or both men and women will obviously depend on gender dynamics of the era, but the Qur’an does not prescribe any gender based segregation in public place or place of worship. It is true that the classical Sharia Law of Islam does not permit a woman to lead men in prayer such as the Friday prayer. This is corroborated by the eminent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi in his following response [6] to a question raised on the subject….

     
    Islam and Politics

    The Left-Liberals, Muslim Leadership and the State, Sadly: A Reply to Harsh Mander and Ramchandra Guha
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Recently, the editorial pages of the Indian Express witnessed a debate on the Muslim situation by two very well-known and respected minds of India. Harsh Mander (Sonia, Sadly) lamented that even the Congress had abandoned the Muslims politically, although much of his analysis veered around how the RSS’ and BJP’s majoritarian agenda have almost reduced the Muslims to the status of second class citizens. Guha’s rejoinder (‘Liberals, Sadly’) reminded Mander that in large measures the Muslim present is the result of lack of an enlightened and liberal leadership within the Muslim community. Both arguments are valid and important but the reality of the Muslim condition today is perhaps more complicated: one in which not just the right-wing Hindu nationalism but also the liberals and the left must be brought within the ambit of discussion....

    Islam and Pluralism

    Substantial Evidence Proves That Qur’anically Jews and Christians Qualify As Mu’minun As Well As Muslimun, Says Australian Islamic Scholar Dr Adis Duderija
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Etymologically, Millat means a pathway in Arabic. Millat Ibrahim denotes the faith tradition of Prophet Abraham (or Ibrahim in Arabic) as mentioned in the Qur'an. The Qur'an refers to the faith of Ibrahim as “Millat u Ibrahim”. It also tells about Hazrat Ibrahim’s experiences in the quest for the truth and how he first considered a star, moon and sun as his gods but rejected them as mere creatures and how he finally believed in their Creator (Qur'an 6:76-79). The Qur’an has used the term Millat in fifteen different contexts. 10 of them (2:120, 2:130, 2:135, 3:95, 4:125, 6:161, 12:37, 12:38, 16:123, 22:78) refer, directly or indirectly, to Prophet Abraham. It also tells us that it is Abraham who coined the term "Muslim" and Allah named all his followers Muslims. (Qur'an 22:78)....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Refuting the Jihadist Interpretation of Surah Nisa - Verse 89
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    This verse refers to the hypocrites who rejected their faith and wanted the believers to reject their faith and become equal like one another. They were hidden traitors who wanted to commit treason against the believers. Therefore this verse asked the believers not to make them their friends “until they emigrate in the way of Allah” in order to prove their sincerity and truthfulness. Until now the first half part of the verse did not ask the believers to seize or kill these hypocrites. But if they turn back by not migrating and by violating their peace-treaty and launching aggression against the believers, it is in that sense the second half of the verse asks the believers “to seize them and kill them” wherever they find them during the war, as the command of this verse can’t be applied outside the war.....

    From the Desk of Editor

    With Our 7th Century Mind-Set, Can We Muslims Co-Exist With Other Religious Communities In Any Part Of The World?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran had asked Muslims to fight for the existence of all those worship houses, synagogues, churches, monasteries, temples where God is praised in abundance.

    “…If God had not checked one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause); —for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will). (Qur'an, 22:40)

    You can see that here God makes the cause of protecting worship houses of all religious communities, “monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques,” as His own cause. But have you heard any Muslim demanding Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Bangladesh or any other Muslim country where religious minorities face persecution, to desist and follow the dictates of the Quran for religious freedom and diversity? I would have thought that if Muslims followed Quran, not to speak of the charter of The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we would be fighting Jihad against Saudi government to allow other religious communities to establish their own worship houses, against Pakistan and Bangladesh to stop persecuting Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, etc.

    Islamic Sharia Laws

    Reform India's Muslim Personal Law, Breach the Stagnation in Muslim Religious Thought, Use the Opportunity to Work out A New Islamic Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender Equality
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    It is for the government of India to take a call in the matter. Why should Indian Muslim women not deserve the protection of Islam provided to their counterparts in Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere, practically in the entire Islamic world, except Saudi Arabia. ... Why should Indian Muslims suffer the indignities imposed by the British in our land under an Anglo-Mohammedan law? ...

    A debate kick-started by Personal Law reforms may then provide us an opportunity to take the issue of theological reforms to other areas too, which are far more important to the community and our religion. Personal Law debate would bring out the obscurantism of our ulema to the fore. It would bring out their lack of concern for Islam or Muslims. 

    We have to virtually create, find acceptance for and popularise a new Islamic theology of peace, coexistence, inclusiveness, pluralism and gender equality. 

    The stagnation, total lack of any theological debate, in the Muslim community, just has to be breached and broken. The stagnation suits the Islamist extremists who have a very coherent, well-designed, well-thought-out theology of violence and exclusivism, hatred and intolerance, as well as gender inequality and discrimination.

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    '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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