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  • 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....
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • I once asked a man, do you remember exactly word by word what I said to you one year ago on a particular topic? ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 )
  • The author has difficulty making a distinction between defending a Muslim's right to practice a dress code or whatever and defence of the practice....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Supplement to the Article The meaning of “Signs of the Hour” in the Quran is “the condition of the world around the.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Nene sahib dooya khoolun pahacha ahay. Hay sagday rajneeta ahay koonhee koonacha bhala karu shakat naheen. Excuse me if my Marathi is not correct...
    ( By Zamiruddin )
  • Meghashyam Nene But why do you want to remove BJP which giving liberty to your women.
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  • Belief in the Hereafter and therefore in the Hour of Judgment to come, are fundamental to Islam. Allah has provided by the example of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Hats Off would rather have the religion and law of Satan prevail!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "The influence of Christian and Jewish beliefs in the shaping of....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • "...make the religion and law of Allah prevail.."? how peaceful and tolerant.
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  • All "end of time" scenarios are basically fairy tales and do not deserve our attention. Religions must be judged....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The fact that most progressive Muslims and even many traditionalists either reject 4:34 or get a very benign meaning out of it seems to have ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Neither hard sell nor spin is required to discuss 4:34 and the so called sword verses....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • hard sell and tail spins have been indispensable to extracting women's liberation from 4.34, peace from the sword verses. in short you need a forty volume....
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  • For America both Saudi Arabia and Israel are above all criticism. Human rights be damned
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Trump is another brute in the mould of a fire and brimstone takfiri Mullah. The tragedy is that he is president of the most powerful ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • I was listening to a video of the late Dr Israr Ahmed on the Ahmediyya. I have a low opinion of our traditional Islamic scholars ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • American imposed sanctions represent a fusion of neoimperialism with mafioso bullying.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Umar Khan Sb asks "Why do you call them good Muslims?" The answer is very simple. Read the Quran verse 9:5 in which the only ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • “You know when Islamic scholars get really against women?" the Sheikh asked me. "When they start studying philosophy.” Aristotle...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Yes, the concern is with speed (how fast you can complete reading of the Quran) and Tajweed or correct pronunciation but zero emphasis on correct ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    The major source of mistranslation of the Quran is the mistranslation by every translator of the Quran of the word “Kafaru” as “disbeliever”. A disbeliever is understood as “those who are not followers of Prophet Muhammad” although even this meaning of disbeliever is incorrect. The Quran does not use the word Kafaru in the sense of “disbeliever” even in a single verse! As a matter of fact, the Quran makes it unmistakably clear that Kafaru means not a disbeliever but one of the following:...

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     The regime of reform became common to both the Barelvis and the Deobandis, following the model of early Islam which was adopted by them both. The problem of the loss of pluralism starts from there: till that model of early Islam heavily infused with Arab cultural traditions gets questioned, there is no point pitting moderate Barelvis against the radical Deobandis....

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

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    I believe that the Islam of identity should yield to the Islam of truth. The latter can coexist with other truths. The former, however, is, by its very nature, belligerent and bellicose. It is the Islam of war, not the Islam of peace. Two identities would fight each other, while two truths would cooperate.”

    Islam, as an inclusive faith and as a humane culture, is facing existential threats not from its arch rivals but from its ardent followers. The solution therefore is to seek endogenous remedies because, on the one hand, imagining a future beyond faith is too utopian a dream to achieve and, on the other, like other traditions, the history and textual corpus of Islam could offer ample resources to self-rejuvenate and fight the internal decay.....

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    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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