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  • Words never end.
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  • why is it that every "perfect" human being happens to be a muslim?is something wrong with people?
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  • kaniz fatma is either absolutely innocent or totally uninformed.let this person find out what is happening with the ahmadiyas in pakistan. or in any ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Undoubtedly Maulana Rumi is a Perfect Source of Inspiration In Terms Of Social Development and Solution to Universal Problems. 
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Let us say bye to every conspiracy theory and make a healthy environment for peaceful coexistence. Love can win the hearts but hate wins nothing ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Indonesian women blaming the government for sexual harassment are right in their initiative.With the legal protection becoming weak, the incidents of sexual harassment will ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • "the renewal of religious discourse should consider the requirements of the current age and place as well, saying that the “early scientists succeeded to ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Bilal A. Sultan writes, "I am pakistani live in 28 chak Bangla Colony, Tehsil Malakwal, District Mandi Bahauddin." Here we have more Hindu Population than ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • @Miss Kaniz Fatmaاگر کسی نے یہ عقیدہ رکھا کہ اللہ تعالی کسی چیز کا محتاج نہیں مگر وہ یہ کہتا ہے کہ اللہ تعالی نے ...
    ( By Abdullah )
  • Non-Muslims have no place in the heart of Muslims and in the land where Muslims are in a majority.
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Hello Madam, Hindus in Pakistan and Bangaladesh are  suffering Genocide at the hands of Islamic Governments and "Kill  Khafir"Public. Have you any word for ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • the decimal system was appropriated by the marauding bedouins from the idol-worshiping hindu polytheists.lying is the main vocation of the soft islamists aka "moderate" muslims.
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  • Please excuse me there is no science in Quran. Arab imperialism ,  social living and spirituality is what Quran is made for. We need ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • historical evidence shows that the prophet (pubh) banned the polytheists and jews from the hejaz.so the buddhists in myanmar are just emulating the prophet.
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  • there is also reference to SNP and quantum entanglement. but it does not have any reference to bird's eye chili or garbanzo beans.maybe allah ...
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  • an ISIS terrorist describes himself as a true muslim. you are the supreme mis-leader.or is it the case that ISIS are rastafarians? you should ...
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  • صحیح بخاری و صحیح مسلم میں  ابوہریرہ و ابو سعید رضی اﷲ تعالیٰ عنہما سے مروی، حضور اقدس صلی اﷲ تعالیٰ علیہ وسلم فرماتے ہیں : ’’مسلمان کو ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Feeling compassion for the most persecuted minorities of Burma - the Rohingyas is really an act of humanity.They that are oppressing these minorities are ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • If some have done wrong, it does not mean all are responsible for that. Wrongdoers have become king of this age and innocent civilians are ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • I do not have any fixed strategy. The end result of hat Prof. Moosa says and what I say would be the same. Can you ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer Ahmad Sahab, Assalam alaikum, Please answer this question. I need it. "Did Akbar become so secular because it was best for expansion of his kingdom?"
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Mr. Uvais Cassim, from Sri Lanka, writes, “Real education began when the world’s first degree awarding University was founded by an Arab Muslim woman named Fathima al ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • An ISIS terrorist on the rampage in Strasbourg, France  does not make your case for muted Christmas celebrations. A better explanation would be the ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Why is it not fine to make division between religious and secular education?
    ( By Huzaifa )
  • @TalhaThe founding editor of newageislam.com Mr. Sultan Shahin deals with this subject at some length.  You can find your answer here; If Not the UN Charter, Muslim Countries Should At ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Good to hear that Malaysia would ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights, including the International Convention on the ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A person asked me: Should Muslims follow Islam or UN charter in this time when this religion is being distorted by a group of ...
    ( By Talha )
  • Nice to see a good comment from Hats Off.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Right to privilege? Right to oppress? Shameful! 
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The situation can only change if the Muslims establish a good reputation for themselves as tenants and neighbours. The situation described is shameful for ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Why do you quote Prof Moosa when your strategy is different from his? You want to leave the Quran aside and even insist and maintain that:   1.     The ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • ever heard of strasbourg? soon you will.
    ( By hats off! )
  • “If Islam is disturbed, if the [Malay] race is disturbed, if our rights are disturbed, then we will rise to defend our rights,”what a ...
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  • "Muslim Intellectuals Reach Out To Akhada Parishad with Wish to Join Kumbh"a welcome move and hindus need to respond positively.this is a golden opprtunity.
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  • Naseer sb.,Let me put it this way: let us redouble our efforts to respect the dignity of others irrespective of their faith or gender, ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It is silly of Hats Off to say that Scandinavians do not celebrate Christmas because it offends Muslims! Muting Christmas celebrations is usually attributed ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • While the percentage  of atheists may be rising, the number of atheists who go to religious websites to insult the religions of others remains ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • hatred of the "decadent" west, contempt for the trinitarian christian gone astray and anti-semitism are very common among the muslims in europe. much more ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • What GM sb is saying in effect is that irrespective of what I have said, he believes that the Quran: 1. Uses undignified terms such as Kafir ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • What GM sb is saying in effect is that irrespective of what I have said, he believes that the Quran: 1. Uses undignified terms such as Kafir ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    ... Now Islam is a religion being practiced only by some Indian Mullahs, so it would seem. This even amounts to declaring Shias as well as Sunni Wahhabi sects like Ahl-e-Hadith apostate because they consider triple talaq in one session as equal to only one reversible talaq.

    Even stranger is the fact that AIMPLB consists of Ulema from Shia, Ahl-e-Hadith and other Salafi-Wahhabi sects as well.  Why are they not protesting at being virtually called apostate groups which have “re-written Quran and forced Muslims to commit sin, altering the very essence of the religion of Islam” by a group of which they are members?

    The most astounding fact in the AIMPLB affidavit is the justification it seeks for instant triple talaq from the Holy Quran. This has never been done before. Everyone knows there is no justification for instant triple talaq in the holy Quran. All protagonists of the triple talaq in one sitting have so far only quoted Ahadith (so-called sayings of the Prophet, many of them clearly weak and inauthentic, collected hundreds of years after the demise of the Prophet) and juristic rulings of companions of the prophet, or later jurists and theologians.....

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    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....

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    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.....

    Islam and Pluralism

    Indian Muslim orthodoxy's response to demands of modernity: Can Muslims co-exist with other religious communities in plural societies?
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    While the evolution of this comprehensive and coherent theology of peace and pluralism will remain a continuing process, the already available essential elements of this theology should be brought to the Muslim masses. Since support for such a venture cannot be expected from clerics, of any hue,  popular acceptance of this theology should be gained through the use of media as well as genuine grassroots movements.

    Essentially, Jihadism is a Muslim problem and Muslims must tackle it. But the societies in non-Muslim majority countries can help kick-start the debate.  It must be understood that a madrasa graduate who has been brainwashed into believing, as most are, that "life begins in the grave," is a ticking time bomb that should be defused with the same urgency as other bombs are. A secular government should not allow anyone to spread the poison of intolerance and xenophobia either in mosques or in madrasas. A study of what is taught in Indian madrasas, and the content of sermons delivered in mosques, is urgently required. If found intolerant, supremacist, exclusivist and xenophobic, the ulema, madrasas and imams should be confronted with them and asked to change.

    Also, the least the government of India can do to ameliorate the plight of Muslim women today is to promulgate a law similar to Pakistan's  Muslim Family Laws Ordinance of 1961, with just one difference, fixing the age of marriage of girls at 18, instead of 14, as in the Ordinance. This should have been done along with reforms in Hindu personal laws in the 1950s, or at least immediately after reforms in Muslim laws in Pakistan. But better half a century late than never. Male chauvinist Indian Muslim ulema will still howl in protest. But they will not have much to say as these reforms have been acceptable to their counterparts in Pakistan and Bangladesh for over half a century. ...  Muslims have to start reclaiming the Islam that the Prophet had brought and rethinking how it can be lived and practised in the vastly changed circumstances of the 21st century.

    The War Within Islam

    Islamo-Fascism and Islam-Supremacism Feeding Islamophobia Worldwide: Sultan Shahin Tells UN Human Rights Council In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding 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
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    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

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    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    More importantly perhaps, the Muslim story about Bakr Eid is a continuation of the earlier Jewish and Christian covenant with God where blood plays a very significant role. Within the Semitic tradition, it is only through blood that redemption becomes possible. The Torah is filled with passages where blood becomes important to save oneself from God’s wrath and where animal sacrifice was an important aspect of pleasing the God. And certainly, the same God would sacrifice his own son called Jesus to ‘save the humanity’. It is through the blood of Christ that humanity had to be redeemed.....

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    The lack of political wisdom in announcing it when Lok Sabha elections are nearing, has given yet another issue to BJP to divert attention, whose government has failed to keep its election promises and is faced with general discontent. The timing of the announcement is significant because earlier, just weeks before the UP assembly elections, the Board, in its press conference at the Press Club of Delhi, had announced a countrywide agitation beginning from Lucknow.  A sizable section of Muslims have been accusing the Board for providing fuel to the Sangh Parivar on such occasions....

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    Open Letter to Maulana Firangimahali: Why Do Moderate Ulema Stay Silent When Terrorists Claim - 'Islam Has Never Been A Religion Of Peace, Not Even For A Day'?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

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    Is This the Islam of Prophet Mohammad, a Blessing to Mankind?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Is This the Islam of Prophet Mohammad, a Blessing to Mankind?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    So it is good that Sufi ulema, under attack from Wahhabi militants, are coming out to denounce the Salafi understanding of Islam. But is this enough? Do they not need to ask why it’s Salafis who are winning this ideological war? Have Sufi ulema been able to bring back to the Sufi fold even a single Islamist terrorist? After all, all the terrorists of today, at least from the South Asian and African Sahel region were part of a Sufism-oriented Islam until recently. Wahhabism existed mainly in the Arab regions. There were very few Salafis anywhere else. Easy availability of petrodollars for the propagation of Salafism has certainly played an important role. But can money alone bring about this kind of transformation? Why is the Sufi counter-narrative not effective enough to make a difference?

    Writing in this space, almost exactly a year ago, I had made an earnest appeal to the Sufi Ulema and Mashaikh gathering in Delhi for an international conference. I had asked them to go beyond the usual shibboleths and utilse this great opportunity to consider this most urgent question: why is the Sufi focus on positives of Islam not working? The more Sufis and other moderate Muslims denounce terrorism, the more followers this Satanic ideology finds. I had pointed out the basic reason behind this conundrum: the radical theology of violence and exclusion and the current theology of consensus of all ulema, including Sufi ulema, are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic...

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    Sultan Shahin Raises Triple Talaq Issue at UNHRC, Asks Muslims to Engage In Serious Rethinking Of Islamic Theology and Bring It In Line With the Needs of 21st Century
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Mr. President,

    While the world’s attention is focused on violent extremism practised by a section of Muslims, gross violations of human rights are taking place in various Muslim societies in the name of religion. In a South East Asian country, the Arabic name of God is monopolised by Muslims. Non-Muslims using the traditional term Allah for God are punished. In a South Asian Muslim country thousands of Hindu and Christian girls, many under the age of 18, are abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, and then “married” to their abductors. In a Middle Eastern country, courts allow marriages of as small as 9-year-old girls and force them to consummate their “marriage” and live with their husbands. In my own country, India, Muslim husbands can utter the word talaq, meaning divorce, thrice in a row, and legally throw their wives out of their homes in less than a minute.

    While these are gross violations of human rights, they also amount to denigrating the religion of Islam. All these and many other similar social evils and criminal acts including terrorism are practiced as if they have been ordained by Islamic scriptures. This calls for deep introspection in the Muslim community. We Muslims should not allow our religion to be hijacked in this fashion.

    Mr. President, I would like to make a request, through you, to the representatives of Muslim countries in the Council. Dear Sirs, Madams, Please start a serious dialogue with theologians in your countries and ask them to open the gates of Ijtihad, the creative re-thinking. This was not only permitted, but ordained by God, in Islam’s primary scripture, the holy Quran, as no other Prophet was to come after Mohmmad (saw). We Muslims must revisit our theology in the light of the needs of the 21st century. We are not living in the 7th century and can neither fight those early battles nor organise our societies in that medieval fashion....


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