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  • Site Web Israel and Myanmar give more rights to muslims, than muslims give rights to Kafirs,...
    ( By Shan Barani )
  • Good article. The is only One G-d and Muhammad was the final messenger and prophet of G-d. As I write,..
    ( By Lenny SB (Shivarsi) )
  • I fully agree with Faizur Rahman sahib. Such "courts" should be called "Arbitration centers.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A course on "Uses of religions to gain political power" would be entirely appropriate. By the way, Obama refused to use the label "Islamic....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • بہت بہت شکریہ جناب! اللہ عز و جل آپ کے مبارک کلمات کو مستجاب کرے۔ آمین بجاہ سید المرسلین صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم
    ( By misbahul Huda quadri )
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    ( By hats off! )
  • بہت عمدہ ۔ اللہ تعالی ہم مسلمانوں کو صوفیائے کرام کے نہج پر شریعت و طریقت کو سمجھنے اور اس پر عمل کرنے ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصدیقی )
  • Mushrik and muwahhid, Muslims and non-Muslims all equally need to adopt the path of tolerance. One sided tolerance is not helpful. This point should also ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصدیقی )
  • Naseer sb, Muhammad bin Ishaq said that Az-Zuhri informed him from Urwah bin Az-Zubayr and other scholars that (until there is no more fitnah) the Fitnah ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصدیقی )
  • An excellent read that contextualises many pertinent issues connected to Muslims and Islam! Your angle ....
    ( By Meera )
  • Naseer sb, Can you suggest me how many books have you read on theology? From your comments it appears you have been inspired by orientalist ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصدیقی )
  • Naseer sahib, What is theology? Why do you use theology in general term? In your comment you meant that those who follow theology are following ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصدیقی )
  • Before I say anything further, could you please explain your questions? What do you mean by acceptance?....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصدیقی )
  • Tolerance in Muslim society earlier was because of low level of outward piety. Intolerance grows as the level of outward piety grows. Outward piety is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The Muslim nation (with the exception of one or two Muslim countries) as a whole has been blind and deaf to the above advice and ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • I fully agree with Rashid sahib.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • At this rate Hats Off may soon get some insight into his unquenchable hatred of Muslims.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is the time when the anti-Muslim hate propaganda of the BJP/RSS is at full blast to cover up for the absence of any acchhe ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent book review! As the reviewer says, "secularism cannot be used as a pretext to ignore discrimination on grounds....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very true.
    ( By Sahab Ali Khan )
  • Read Ghulam Mohiyuddin Sb's comment. He is saying the same thing. So, can you speak of acceptance rather than tolerance? Will the Muslims accept ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sb, You always express your wrath by the word ‘bigoted’. It is your style and I should ignore it with the faith in this ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Dear Ghulam Rasool Delhvi sahab, You have rightly pointed out your concerns about misuse of martyrdom. I too have many concerns to share ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • hatred of unbelievers, atheists, polytheists and idol-worshipers among the semitic religions is because they never met a polytheist, idolator, unbelievr or atheist. no? or did ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Such is a voice in the religious wilderness of any bigoted majoritarian country, pleading for the Rights of all non-combatant, loyal and law abiding minority ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Islamophobia is based on media accounts of the activities of Al Qaeda and ISIS, not on actually knowing personally a true Muslim.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Broadening one's horizons is always better than exclusivism and takfirism. Religions are our common human heritage, not our baap ki jaagir.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Incorrect - Islamophobia is strongest ( polarisation ) whenever Muslims exceed 20% in a locality - In Muslim concentration seats, such as...
    ( By shan barani )
  • The problem is: Militants' message finds resonance among angry and frustrated Muslims who fall prey to twisted interpretations of Islamic doctrines. Jihadists aspire ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • I agree! Islam is all about doing the right thing.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very good article! If we think of it, the very idea of any religion having a special relationship with the state or the ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • What is Satan? He is the first kafir and the foremost among the kafir. Is he a disbeliever? No, he is much more than a ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Any mechanism for settling disputes through arbitration must be encouraged and strengthened. People can choose arbitration or go to the courts. Why do ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "This is a clear verse addressed to the Mominin who are informed that those who devour usury are kafir....."...
    ( By Skeptecle )
  • Attempts to resolve issues through arbitration are good provided they are based on just and common....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Laws of the secular state should prevail over any feudal institutions. The philosophy of Indian Constitution needs to guide any such interventions....
    ( By Meera )
  • “Momin” means believer “la Yuminun” means disbeliever A person may be “la Yuminun” because he is “la yalamun” (ignorant) and such ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Nice article. Bishr al-Hafi belonging to hanafi school of thought was truly a real and great Sufi. It will be very interesting to read more about ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Taliban Defeated by the Quiet Strength of Pakistan's Buddha". Good story! Respecting the religions of others is the hallmark of a civilized man.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • In other words: All Believers (Momineen) are Muslimeen but NOT all Muslimeen are Momineen. So those Muslimeen who are NOT Believers are Kafir and/or Munafiq. But, who ...
    ( By Skeptecle )
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    Since the thought of peace and goodwill is born of the Universal Spirit – on whom the external life of humanity is based – when hundreds and millions unite together in this one thought, there will be released an invincible power which would not only neutralise the war-mentality that seeks to rule the world, but also create a widespread and all-embracing consciousness of peace....

     
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    ایک طرف سے دعویٰ تھا کہ مسلمانوں کے عائلی مسائل شریعت کی روشنی میں ہی طے کئے جائیں گے تومخالفت میں دھمکی دی جارہی تھی کہ ملک میں متوازی عدلیہ نظام قائم نہیں ہونے دیا جائے گا۔دونو ں ہی باتیں غلط ہیں ۔مسلمانوں کے عائلی معاملات شرعی احکا مات سے ہی طے ہوتے چلے آئے ہیں اور موجودہ آئین کی روشنی میں آئندہ بھی ہوتے رہیں گے ۔ سلطنت دور (1206-1526) میں تو خلافت اسلامیہ کی تقریباً پورے طور پر پیروی کی گئی،تمام مغربی مورخین نے اس زمانے کے ہندوستان کو مذہبی ریاست (theocratic state) سے موسوم کی ہے۔

     
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    शैख़ इब्ने बैय्यह जो (Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies) के चेयरमैन भी हैं, उन्होंने कहा कि काउंसिल “समाज, नगर और पुरे विश्व की सुरक्षा को खतरे में डालने वाले भ्रष्ट फतवों और विनाशकारीप्रभाव से देश की सुरक्षा करने का पूरा प्रयास करेगी”l उन्होंने कहा कि “काउंसिल का किरदार उलेमा के लिए इस मुबारक देश में एक महत्वपूर्ण कदम होगा”l

     
    Islam and Politics

    Indian Secularism: Non-Religious, Irreligious or Anti-Religious?
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Indeed secularism is indispensible in a multi-cultural and multi-religious country like India. Secularism is the beauty of India, mainly because it gives equal respect to all religions and that it is not anti-religious. It is therefore obligatory for the followers of all religions to develop this Indian secularism, for which they shall have to strengthen their peaceful coexistence. Apart from that, we Indians should impart such values to our students, children and people so that can avoid being brainwashed by any anti-Indian secular Muslim or non-Muslim groups....    

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    South Asia

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    India

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    For A Yazidi Woman Abducted By Daesh, a Tearful Homecoming

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    Landscape of Terrorism in India: Effects of ISIS’ Ideology via India’s Neighbouring Countries – Concluding Part
    Kabir Taneja

    The threat ISIS poses to India, and South Asia in general, is as real as it is for any other major region or state. This does not come from an organisational pattern from the so-called caliphate or al-Baghdadi himself, but the ecosystem that has been created that allows open-source access to ISIS as a brand which is a powerful enough tool to make global headlines at the smallest of an incident, committed even by a petty criminal. The internet remains the main propagator of pro-ISIS activities, and will continue to be one even after a complete “defeat” of the so-called Islamic State.....

     
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    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.

    Islam and Politics

    How China and the Call to Caliphate Are Re-Writing the Script in Kashmir
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    What we are witnessing now is perhaps more troubling: there is no conception of the nation-state in this new breed of militancy. All struggles are for establishing the glory of Islam. Pakistan is no longer the ideal: rather the idea is to establish the rule of true Islam in Pakistan also. It is no wonder then that for this new crop of Islamic militants, leaders of the Hurriyat are seen as posing obstacles to the path of establishing Islamic caliphate. Zakir Musa’s open threat to behead those who talk in terms of nation state was only a pointer of things to come....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Ahl-e-Hadith Anti-Terror Fatwa: Indian Salafis’ Outcry Against The Daesh—An Offshoot Of The Neo-Khawarij—Is It Effective?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    While the Salafi fatwa against the ISIS does declare the present-day Islamic caliphate as ‘illegitimate’, ‘self-imposed’ and ‘un-Islamic’, it fails to question the legitimacy of this medieval notion of Islamic caliphate which is irrelevant and antithetical to the 21st century Muslims living in the pluralistic societies. It must have stated in unequivocal terms that any demand for establishing or‘re-establishing’ the caliphate anywhere is not acceptable at any coast.  But worryingly, the medieval notion of Islamic state challenges the nation sates even today. ….

    Islamic Society

    Ankit Saxena’s Killing Should Start a Debate about What’s Wrong with Indian Muslims
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Only through a reasoned and empathetic debate can we arrive at a solution to this problem of honour killings. But all such discussion will have to keep the individual’s choice at the forefront. Muslims themselves should take the lead to initiate such a discussion within their community. Democracy and secularism are not for others to practice but rather it is the minorities who should be at the forefront of all such struggles. Sadly, it is us, the Muslim minority, which has very acute deficit of democracy and choice within our own community....

    Books and Documents
    How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations
    Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

    How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations

    The idea of the dignity of difference does not mean relativism, the Rabbi explains. It is based on God’s transcendence of God from the created universe, with its astonishing diversity of life forms, all of which derive from a single source. The Rabbi suggests a “test of faith” being whether believers in God can make space for difference. “Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideals, are different from mine?” he asks, adding, “If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in his.”....

     
    Islamic Ideology

    Quran’s Stand on the People of the Book
    S. Arshad, New Age Islam

    The Quran enjoins on man to co-exist in peace and respect each other’s faith. The Quran says that God has made the universe full of variety and the mark of His creativity is manifest everywhere. The heavens, the earth, the oceans and the flora and fauna are marked with variety and difference in shape and colour.  The way of living and eating habits of people is also different. Therefore, the religions and the way of thinking of different peoples also differ. This is according to the scheme of things of God. He says that if he had willed, all the people of the world would have believed in one religion. But through difference in faith and way of worship of God, he wants to test man’s faith and wants to see how man tries to co-exist in peace with others despite difference in way of thinking....

    Islamic World News

    Wahhabi Settlements and Terrorism as the Reality of ‘European Bosnia’

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    Europe

    Man Who Drove Van into Muslims in London Convicted Of Murder

    India

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    Pakistan

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    South Asia

    UN Official Says Rohingya Crisis Has ‘Hallmarks of Genocide’

    Southeast Asia

    Maldives Top Court Orders Release of Former President Mohamed Nasheed, Opposition Leaders

    Arab World

    Syrian Government Slams Turkish Offensive in Afrin as ‘Occupation’

    US May Use Force after Syria Found To Have Developed New Chemical Weapon

    Mideast

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    Islam and Politics

    ‘Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao’ (Protect Religion, Save Nation) Rally Organised By Imarat-E-Shariah Patna: Is the Shariah in Danger Or In Need Of Constant Renewal (Tajdeed)?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    As a matter of fact, the common Muslim masses had travelled from across Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha despite the scorching summer heat, with a view to discussing the crucial community issues. But the deal between Imarat-e-Shariah and JD (U) to immediately announce the rally co-organiser Khalid Anwar an MLC has angered those who took part in the rally with great fervour. “Itna Sasta Sauda Kar Liya (what a cheap deal they have made),” commented a man who had worked day in and day out for weeks, spending money from his own pocket to make the ‘Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao’ rally a success. His comments were targeted at Maulana Rahmani in the context of Khalid Anwar being nominated as an MLC during the rally....

    Islam and Politics

    Why Jordan King’s India Visit Is Significant for Promoting the Amman Message of Non-Takfiri Islam in India?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    That India’s religious plurality will be highlighted in this event as key to success in mitigating the influence of extremist Islamist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda is pertinent. Undeniably, only in the pluralistic ethos of the inclusivist Indian polity, the Vedic tradition, Gnosis of Gautam Buddha, Non-Violence of Mahavir Jain, Sikh teaching of the Devine Unity as well as the Monotheism of the Semitic religions are brought together. This is the land where Islam arrived in the very age of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and as recorded in history, the first mosque had been built in Kerala at that time. Thus, India’s ancient cultural and civilisational force has great potentials stemming from its inclusive religious traditions, to curb extremist thoughts and hardcore philosophies of all kinds…..

    Islam and Politics

    Stop Vilifying Madrasas and Start Discussing the Real Problem This Institution Faces
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Madrasas today are synonymous with conservatism and its outmoded ideology. What happens in these institutions in the name of learning is nothing but rote memorization of certain texts which have lost all relevance in the present time. In order that they remain relevant, radical changes are certainly required in the pedagogical structure of these institutions. They have to introduce modern texts and even interpret the old ones in new light. Those who speak of reforming the system are very conveniently dubbed as opposed to Muslims and Islam. There are people within the Muslim community who have vested interests in linking madrasas with Muslim identity. Thus, any criticism of madrasa is automatically read as an attack on Muslim identity and cries of Islam in danger start doing the rounds in Muslim circles. This has to stop….

    Books and Documents

    Why Those Interested in the Idea of India Must Read Neyaz Farooquee’s ‘An Ordinary Man’s Guide to Radicalism: Growing Muslim in India’
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Muslims have to look within and do a soul searching about their political priorities. They also have to ask whether there is anything wrong with the theology which they have been practising so far. There is a problem if there is a reluctance on part of the community to teach their young about modernity and become an obstacle in the education of millions of young children. There is the added problem that the hegemonic Muslim theology has had a complicated relationship with the idea of the nation itself. ...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Here’s Why the Ulema Refuse to Issue a Fatwa for Jihad against ‘Oppressors’ Of Muslims!
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Both types of the combatant jihad were legalized by the rationale (Illa’t) of defending the country, its sovereignty and the national interests. But now, the reason or rationale (Illa’t) for both the Jihad al-Talab and Jihad al-Difa’a has vanished in the nation states, clearly because the international law and constitution are supported by the consensus (Ijm’a) of the authoritative Islamic scholars across the world. They have endorsed that it is the prerogative of the state to declare war in defense of the nation. No no-state actor has any role or right to fight or wage a war against the perceived ‘enemies’……

    Islamic Society

    Beyond Babri Mosque: Truce Can Only Come Through a Localised Genuine Dialogue
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Moreover some of his views will surely offend the Muslims. After a debate with the now infamous Zakir Naik, Sri Sri made a statement to his followers in which he underlined why he went for that debate. But in the same vein, he also said that the Kaaba is actually a Shiva temple and that Zakir Naik should be thankful that he did not raise this issue in the debate. Now, this contention about the Kaaba at Mecca is something which right wing Hindus have been saying for decades now. It tells us that Sri Sri, who claims to be above sectarian affiliations is himself deeply influenced by Hindu right wing ideology when it comes to thinking about Muslims....

    Islamic Society

    Modernizing Madrasa Education: An Evaluation
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Broadly, there are two categories of madrasas: those supported by the state and those supported primarily through community donations. It is possible that some community funded madrasas also take grants from the government. Within the community funded madrasas, there are number of ideological orientations possible: depending on the curriculum, madrasas in this category can be classified as Deobandi, Barelwi, Ahle Hadis, etc. Their curriculum is primarily theological which means that they hardly teach any ‘modern’ subjects like science and mathematics. Due to immense sectarian difference, these madrasas are not organised under one umbrella....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    The Many Uses of ISIS in Kashmir
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The Many Uses of ISIS in Kashmir
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The fact that the bodies of all three militants were draped in ISIS flags, seems like a prophecy come true if we recall what my journalist friend told me a couple of year ago. Coupled with this were slogans demanding Nizam e Mustafa and hailing Zakir Musa. It is well known that the funeral of slain militants become sites of political protest. But unlike in the past where the symbolism was replete with icons from within the valley, this time the symbolism was of an imagined Islamic state....

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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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