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  • This is what is going on...... but it is world wide, due to globalization....
    ( By Amy )
  • Prospects are very dim.'
    ( By Rakesh Kumar )
  • While New Age Islam is trying hard to raise hard questions and find solutions it is also true that it is infested with moderate liars ...
    ( By Mohd Ansari )
  • Cairo university recently removed violent inhuman verses against non muslims from islamic books.ISIS ....
    ( By DrPitambar Aryan )
  • Sorry but there No way to reform, only way to save people is ban it completely. We lost millions of lives because of it....
    ( By Bharat Gadhavi )
  • Reform it must if the world is to survive. Do away with skull caps beards and burqas first.
    ( By Vasant Kumar Nair )
  • 1 Is Islamic Reform Possible? Ans, No. 2 'Should We Just Accept That Quran Is Not Perfect, Infallible Word of God, Ans, Holy Quran is ...
    ( By Seraj Haque )
  • Literally Quran means ..recite.. render verbally but unfortunately people who don't hv knowledge of holy Quran vll raise questions ....
    ( By Qàzi Aàyàz Mír )
  • The defiance of an 'untouchable' New York subway worker ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Sir u illogical and u Can't take a single fault to Quran. Nawazoobillah
    ( By Mushtaq Ul Islam )
  • In fact in practice we haven't taken into consideration many things and more importance is given to hadith's whereas most hadith's ....
    ( By Hashim Raza )
  • Kyo nahi.people should accept that basharte ichha shakti ho
    ( By Shrikrishna Phadnis )
  • At all not. Quran is perfect provided we think over it again and again.Quran says his to understand. Moreover aimmas tafaseer are there.
    ( By Hashim Raza )
  • Quran be analysed logically n scientifically. Good things must be accepted. Debate be held on.
    ( By Jagannath Rout )
  • The Quran emphasises that the thought of God should be with us in all positions – standing, sitting, lying down etc....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Here Muslims are branded as extremists by some innocent people. B'caz they r unable to understand / know the international ....
    ( By Seyan Rahman Sha )
  • Hey all non believers, u Ist reform ur own faith before commenting on Islam.
    ( By Tariq Ajaz )
  • Islam is complete religion. There is no room for additions n alterations. Kaise kaise naye bidaat dushmanan Islam eejad ...
    ( By Tariq Ajaz )
  • In total agreement with what the writer has observed about quran.
    ( By Shehnaz Naikk )
  • A distinction must be made between “Islamic” theology of the various sects of Islam and the clear unambiguous message of the Quran. Islamic theology is extremely...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Islam is a complete protocol to follow no reformation is needed, and those who will try to hurt Islam will be dealt strictly.
    ( By Umer Farooq )
  • Totally agreed!
    ( By Shehnaz Naikk )
  • Excellent analysis by Arnab Kumar. When it comes to Islamic theology, it is utter nonsense ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Yes ,you are right first we accept that Quran or any other religious book of any religion is not perfect,reform is required accordig to new ...
    ( By Rani Singh )
  • ISIS is an anti Islamic Israeli sponsored terrorist group.Now it is in public domain that Israel is supplying arms and amunition ....
    ( By Mohd Rafique )
  • Hats Off is in the company of the bigots, the extremists and the intolerant with a bias against his father's religion.'
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Don't blame Islam for the actions of Muslims. Religions are pure and to err is human. People have right to accept the ...
    ( By Sajid Shaikh )
  • If we accept all religious teaching with out questioning them we will be accepting very ridiculous things for which science has explanation'
    ( By Satishkumar Govind )
  • Good piece. The priest curtly saying“….that Muslims did not worry about the meaning behind the ritual, but do it because God commands it.” .,...
    ( By Skeptical )
  • Hats Off's single track litany of hatred continues without a word....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • New age Islam is agroup of non believers. They are the agents of Yahuds & Amerrica.'
    ( By Abdul Kalam Tapadar )
  • Really pathetic and unfortunate ignorant people are indulging themselves in discussions and dictations that is far...
    ( By Dr-Bashir Ahmad )
  • I am not qualified enough to make any statement or suggestions as I do not have...
    ( By Arnab Kumar DE )
  • Not only Islam,but in my opinion all religions including mine ,are not perfect throughout the long course of hisrory.But...
    ( By Arnab Kumar DE )
  • Hats Off shows his ignorance and hatefulness again. The "most tolerant"....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Human brains so designed by God, always changed according to time....
    ( By Yaduveer Agnihotri )
  • Possible through wider interpretation of verses and paradigm shift of Muslims all over the world. Every sect and organisations....
    ( By Hanif Mustaque Ahmed )
  • The followers of every religion do not always adhere to tenants of the religion. The perform the rituals but do not follow it's...
    ( By Syed Z Haider )
  • A clear and unambiguous narrative of peace, justice, righteousness and compassion should be culled from the Quran....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article.'
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    Maintaining the bonds of kinship (Sila-i-Rahmi) indeed enjoys extraordinary importance in Islam. Conversely, severing the ties (Qata-i-Rahmi) is very high on the list of enormities. At two places in the Quran, Allah has cursed the one severing family ties. “And those who break the covenant of Allah, after its ratification, and sever that which Allah has commanded to be joined...

     
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    Islam and the West

    Countering violent extremism online has become a focus of the United States government in recent years as groups like the Islamic State and Nigeria’s Boko Haram have successfully used the internet to market themselves and gain recruits. Dozens of young people from the United States have joined groups like the Islamic State....

     
    Interfaith Dialogue

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    A contemporary of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, Lalan mixed the teachings Bengal’s Vaishnav hero Sri Chaitanya and Lord Krishna with the Islamic quest for Allah. Even after more than a century of Lalan’s demise, his songs continue to resonate on both sides of Bengal....

     
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    9/11 doesn’t Justify Today’s Wars
    Lucy Steigerwald

    The Afghanistan War had an unfavourable rating of 78 percent in 2016. An American soldier killed there on July 3 was 19 years old—meaning he wasn’t old enough for kindergarten when the war began. We shouldn’t wait for another generation to deploy to a foreign desert before we begin asking when enough is enough....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    How Africa Became A Hotbed For Terror
    Zeynab Ladak

    One of the reasons for the cause of terrorism in Africa may be due to poverty and marginalisation of minorities, as seen with Egyptian Bedouins, whereby a group of them joined ISIS after feeling marginalised by their government for decades. Research has found that minorities groups who feel marginalised and are discriminated against, tend to get attracted towards extremism and are more susceptible to radicalization. ....

     
    Urdu Section

    Is Islamic Reform Possible?  کیا اسلام کے اندر اصلاح ممکن ہے؟ 'اگر تمام مسلمان غلط فہمی کا شکار ہیں تو کیا ہمیں یہ تسلیم کر لینا چاہئے کہ قرآن کامل اور خطاؤں سے پاک اللہ کا کلام ہے؟' نہیں ہے۔
    Hassan Radwan, New Age Islam

    اس کے باوجود سوال یہ پیدا ہو گا کہ اگر اسلام بالکل کامل و اکمل دین ہے اور داعش یا سعودی عرب جیسے انتہاپسندوں کے معمولات کے ساتھ اسلام کا کوئی تعلق نہیں ہے تو پھر یہ مسلمان اپنے مذہب کے تعلق سے اتنی بڑی غلط فہمی کا شکار کیوں ہیں ؟ جب ان سے مرتد اور ہم جنس پرستوں کے لئے سزائے موت کے بارے میں پوچھا جاتا ہے تو وہ یہ کہتے ہیں کہ یہ مکمل طور پر اسلام کے خلاف ہے اور اسلام کا موقف اس کے بارے میں بہت واضح ہے۔ لیکن اس کے باوجود ان جماعتوں اور حکومتوں کو اس بات کا احساس کیوں نہیں ہوتا کہ وہ مکمل طور پر اسلام کے خلاف جا رہے ہیں۔ جب یہ معاملہ بالکل واضح اور صاف و شفاف ہے تو جب وہ اتنی بڑی غلطیوں کا ارتکاب کرتے ہیں تو کیا انہیں اس بات کا احساس نہیں ہوتا؟ اسی لئے سچ یہ ہے کہ یہ معاملہ اتنا بھی واضح اور عیاں نہیں ہے جتنا وہ دعوی کرتے ہیں۔

     
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    मुसलमान न कभी आतंकवादी था और न ही होगा क्योंकि जो सच्चा मुसलमान होगा वह कभी आतंकवादी हो ही नहीं सकता। उन्हें अपनी शांती प्रियता के लिए किसी मोदी से प्रमाणपत्र की जरूरत नहीं है,लेकिन सच का जादू सिर चढ़कर बोलता है और वह मोदी के भी सिर चढ़कर बोल रहा है। जब वह गुजरात के मुख्यमंत्री थे तो उनके राज्य में कई बेगुनाहों का फर्जी एनकाउंटर किया गया था मगर आज वह स्वीकार करने लगे हैं कि भारतीय मुसलमान आतंकवादी नहीं हैं और वे शांति और सुरक्षा में विश्वास करते हैं। वह आतंकवाद और अशांति में भरोसा नहीं रखते। वे सदियों से शांति और भाईचारे के साथ रह रहे हैं।

     
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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    It is pertinent to note here that the Quran has not dealt with every possible issue, but has chosen to illustrate only on matters for which there can be no single objective matrix. It has, however, dealt with the issue of divorce in depth. The Quran grants equal right to divorce to both men and women, the only difference being that a man divorces a woman, while a woman demands divorce from her husband....

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    Arguing that there is no religious basis for the continued existence of triple Talaq amongst Muslims, Sultan Shahin stated that it was only during a specific context that the practice arose and then also, the practice was looked down upon as an exception rather than a rule. Thus the practice of triple had no basis in the Quran as it was patently discriminatory towards women, something which goes against the basic teachings of the Quran. Moreover, this issue is not just religious, but also one of human rights. India being a signatory to the UN charter of Human Rights cannot go against such a law and practice which militates against the concept of justice for women. Sultan Shahin also mentioned that Imam Abu Hanifa, whose followers form the majority of South Asian Muslims and are known as Hanafis, had termed the practice of triple Talaq as Haram and yet Muslims of this region are following it as if it is the practice ordained by Allah. ....

    Islam and the West

    Terror in Paris: an anti-Democracy Theology Is on the Rampage in Europe
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Common Muslims living in the democratic countries like France embrace the liberal values and secular ethos by intermingling with other citizens including the Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and adherents of other faith traditions. Thus, they find themselves inclined towards an inclusivist Islamic narrative focused on a spiritual synergy with the people of all faiths and creeds. But this greatly worries the radical preachers of political Islam who aim to purge the religion of its age-old tradition of pluralism, universalism and egalitarianism. Thus, the fresh ISIS attack in Paris was actually an ideological onslaught on the pluralistic values that Muslims in the European countries try to emulate....

    Islamic Society
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    C. M. Naim for New Age Islam

    Listen To Sonu Nigam, Please
    C. M. Naim

    Undistorted and un-amplified, an ordinary human’s voice was perfectly able to do the task in the days when few people had alarm clocks or, for that matter, even a wristwatch. But now, even the tiny mosque in my neighborhood that can accommodate no more than 50 or 60 people has two loudspeakers tied to its minaret, and a sound system that sends its call out to a body of people 50 times larger than its capacity. But one cannot suggest a change. Apparently, the people who attend the neighborhood mosque can do perfectly well without an amplified alarm in all aspects of their daily lives except when it comes to reaching the mosque to form a congregation. Their grandfathers could do without loudspeakers but not these stalwarts of the 21st century. ….

    Islam, Women and Feminism
    Women in Islam: Beyond Stereotypes
    Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

    Women in Islam: Beyond Stereotypes
    Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

    Too much of the thinking about Muslim women is done along predictable, clichéd lines. This is true of all shades of opinion, perception and scholarship .This opinion profiles  Muslim women in stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights. This picture keeps reinforcing itself, largely because this is how the Western media caricatures women in Islam.....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Usman bin Bashar, the historian of the Wahhabi movement, calls the Wahhabi army’s attacks on the Arab tribes as ‘holy wars’. This explicitly means that they considered the whole of the world except themselves ‘disbelievers’ and ‘idolaters’. In fact, they suspected Muslims so much that they considered the era between Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Abdul Wahhab as ‘the age of darkness’. When this belief of exclusivism got synchronized with the hardcore Najdi nature, there emerged a sculpture of terrorism…

    Debating Islam

    There are thousands of debates on the internet regarding jihad. If on the one hand Muslim moderates are putting their utmost efforts to prove that Islam is a religion of peace, opponents are presenting some Quranic verses pertaining to Jihad and our own Hadith literature to prove the opposite. Ulema Islamic scholars) are maintaining a studied silence on this subject except giving general statements. … Clearly, Ulema need to go beyond making pious declarations of Islam having nothing to do with the offensive Jihad going on in several parts of the world today. They must take a stand and clarify why Islamic theologians over the centuries including reputed Indian ulema have interpreted war-time Quranic verses as calling for offensive jihad. These verses are being used both by Jihadis and Islamophobes to justify their respective viewpoints. It’s the religious duty of Ulema to come clean and clear the air, both for the sake of Muslim youth who are joining the Islamic State in growing numbers and non-Muslims who have come to fear Islam for obvious reasons

    Islamic Society

    A Call To American / Global Muslim Leaders To Search Their Souls And Lead Their Youth To Become Good Global Citizens With The Turn Of Events In The Wake Of The Recent Travel Ban
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Coming to the crux of the matter, the Muslim leadership must take lesson from the Christians and non-Muslims who are protesting against the travel ban on their behalf since the signing of the Executive Order just a few days ago. They are taking to streets, flocking the airports, carrying banners against the ban and giving speeches with fury and passion to show their solidarity with the Muslims. Therefore, the Muslim leadership worldwide must take any instance of a terror attack against the non-Muslims very seriously, organise massive protest rallies condemning and outlawing terrorism, and showing their deep concern for and solidarity with the victims and offering mass prayers for the them. ...

    Islam, Women and Feminism
    Can We Do Something About Triple Talaq?
    Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

    Can We Do Something About Triple Talaq?
    Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

    I have yet to come across an ordinary Muslim who is in favour of it. The consensus seems to be that this is something which is spoiling the image of Islam, but there is nothing we can do about it. There is this mysterious All India Muslim Personal Law Board which alone is entitled to speak for all Indian Muslims. If it is acting in an illogical manner, so be it….

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Instant Triple Talaq: The AIMPLB Puts Muslims to Shame Again
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    It is true that personal law of Muslims is protected by the constitution. But it is also true that the same constitution talks about fundamental rights and rights of equal opportunity for women. Personal laws cannot become the reason for backwardness of Muslim women just because a handful of Muslim men think that Sharia is divine which in fact it is not. Moreover, the law has to change over time and especially change when women groups have documented cases of discrimination due to the continuance of such a law. A community which does not change with the times is only condemned to be consigned to the flames of history....

    Islam and the West

    Religious Authorities of Islam Must Delimitate Peaceful Islam from Terrorism Committed In The Name Of Islam – German Chancellor, Angela Merkel
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    The problem is, the orthodox Islam takes the Prophet’s early biographical reports (Sira) as authentic historical document, regards the Hadith corpus as some form of revelation (Wahi) and venerates the Shariah Law of Islam as its divine Shariah. As these domains - all historically derived and product of human agency contain ample of materials to dismiss the claim to Islam being a religion of peace, Islamic clergy and authorities – barring exceptions, are tight-lipped against passing any legal opinion (fatwa) charging ISIS of crossing the limits of faith. A fanatically brutal terror outfit had emerged soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad that was otherwise obsessively dedicated to religious rites (prayer, Qur’anic recitation etc,) like ISIS /the radicalized Muslim terror outfits of this era. Caliph Umar outlawed it as ‘Kharijites’....

    Islamic Ideology
    The Holy Quran: A Myth, Miracle or Reality?
    Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran: A Myth, Miracle or Reality?
    Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

    Allah is Real, Life and death as divine process of Creation and Destruction is Real, Here-after and the Day of Judgment is Real, Angels, Satan, Heaven and Hell, Reward and Punishment all are Real. Amidst Current and Counter-Current of Creation, Revelation, Evolution, Death and Destruction whirling all around us, there is little scope of any conjecture or miracle in the Holy Quran....

    Islamic Society

    From Mansur Hallaj to Sarmad Shaheed to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Much of Our History Witnessed Sufis’ Bloodshed: The Reason?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The recently attacked Sufi shrine in Pakistan, Dargah Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is equally venerated and visited by Pakistan’s Sufi-oriented Muslim majority and the Hindu minority. Inevitably, not only Muslim devotees, but even a considerable number of non-Muslims were killed in the suicide blast. Regrettably, it is quite ironic to see the Prophetic ideals being brazenly violated by the puritanical Islamists in Pakistan, given the state was created in the name of Nizam-e-Mustafa (the Prophetic system of governance)with its constitution loudly being claimed to follow the model of Misaq-e-Madina….

    Spiritual Meditations

    Man’s Story: In Possessing Freewill Man Is An Exceptional Being
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    God created humans as eternal beings. Human life consists of two parts: firstly, the pre-death period; and secondly, the post-death period. The first extends over a very short period of time, while the latter will continue for eternity.  Other than man, all beings in this world function completely according to the law of nature. They compulsorily do what the law of nature has destined for them. But man’s case is different. In possessing freewill man is an exceptional being....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Triple Talaq: Muslim Law Board Should Take Cues from Divorce Rules in 22 'Islamic Nations', Not Delay Reforms
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

    Clearly, the procedure laid down in the laws of these Muslim-majority countries seems to be in harmony with the well-known Quranic procedure of Talaq, which was also enshrined and exhorted by the Prophet. As far as Iran and its strict Shariah laws are concerned, since it is the Shiite-majority country in the Muslim world, triple Talaq doesn’t have a validity whatsoever.....

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