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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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  • Quran should be approached with clear prior conception of what kinds of things God would say and what kinds of things God would not say. ...
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  • what an interesting article! such a good read.'
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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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  • Hats Off's efforts to find dated and dubious material on CAIR makes me laugh! Since it is an organization to protect....
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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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  • Aaj kal itna intellectual level hi nahi bacha ke sarmad aur mansoor ko samajh sake... Seeing is believeving waley kaafir jamaa....
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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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    Islam and the West

    United States Promoting Some Sort Of Reform Of Islam As A Tool Of Foreign Policy Is A Horrendous Idea
    Mehdi Hasan

    “Calling for an Islamic reformation has very little to do with what Muslims are or are not doing in terms of reform,” added Green. “It’s a distraction. As long as we focus on what Muslims need to be doing, we don’t need to do any self-examination of our own foreign policy and our role in the rise of violent extremism abroad.”....

     
    Islamic Ideology

    Sufi Theologians Too Need To Introspect and Cleanse Their Theology of Elements of Supremacism and Political Islam: Sultan Shahin Tells Muslim Nations at UNHRC, Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Mr. President,

    Even17 years after 9/11, terrorism in the name of Islam is nowhere near its end. Yet, all that one hears from Muslim leaders is rhetoric against Islamist terrorism. No concrete action has been taken to cleanse the Islamic theology of totalitarianism, xenophobia, intolerance and a historical urge to expand the land of Islam through offensive Jihad. One would think that at least Sufi Muslims, who have been for long a victim of Jihadism, an offshoot of neo-Khwarij Salafism, would introspect and look into their own theology and purify it from elements of political Islam.

    This may sound strange to some. For, Sufism has been identified as the antidote to Jihadism. But we must also understand that Sufi theologians too have been votaries of Islamic world domination. The strangest thing that is happening now is that rather than cleansing their theology of traces of political Islam, sections of Sufi Muslims are actually engaged in what can be called a Wahhabisation of Sufism. The inclusive doctrine of Wahdatul Wujood (unity of being) has been replaced by exclusivist doctrine of Wahdatul Shuhood (unity of perception). Enlightening Sufi books teaching mysticism, ethics and morality have been taken out of the courses of study from Sufi madrasas and women are being barred from visitation of shrines.

    I would like to appeal to Muslim governments represented in the Council to introspect and cleanse the Islamic theology of elements of totalitarianism and offensive Jihad for world domination. There are war-time instructions in Islamic scriptures that should not be considered applicable to us Muslims today in the 21st century. Instead, what even earliest Sufi and Salafi theologians have said is that one so-called sword verse alone has abrogated 124 early verses of Quran preaching peace and pluralism....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Murder of Shahjahan Bachchhu Raises the Spectre of Islamist Fanaticism in Bangladesh
    Syed Badrul Ahsan

    The murder of Shahjahan Bachchu in his village in Bangladesh’s Munshiganj district, last week, raises the spectre of Islamist fanaticism after several months. Close to 50 bloggers, writers and publishers in Bangladesh had been assassinated till late 2016. The latest act of criminality driven by religious hate has rekindled fears of terrorism, which the government has been trying to root out over the past two years...

     
    Islamic World News

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    Modi Govt Will Have To Do A Lot More To Win Over Muslims: Union Minister Naqvi

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    South Asia

    Peace convoy arrives in Kabul after almost 40-day march from Helmand

    India

    Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM, governor, Akhilesh Yadav share space with imam at Eidgah

    Mideast

    Israel extends detention of female Palestinian lawmaker

    Arab World

    Dozens of pro-regime fighters killed in east Syria strike

    Pakistan

    Pakistan's Imran Khan says 'feminism degrades role of mother'

    Taliban Commander Molvi Bahadur Jan arrested from Peshawar airport: FIA sources

    Europe

    Woman yelling 'Allahu akbar' slashes two with blade in France

    Southeast Asia

    Indonesians’ Eid balloons force flights to divert

    North America

    Separated at borders, hundreds of children wait in cages in Texas

    Africa

    Nigeria attacks: Blasts and rockets 'kill 31' in Borno state

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Melania Trump ‘Hates’ To See Families Separated At Border

    The Saudi Arabian Women Driving Forward

    Punjab Woman: Caring For Cows Does Not Make Me A Lesser Muslim

    Muslim Woman Has Been Left Fearing For Her Life After Receiving Death Threats For Dancing In A Video Showing Her STOMACH

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    The War Within Islam

    With Its Regressive, Counter-Modernism and Religious Orthodoxy, AMU Stands For Absolutely Nothing That Sir Syed Stood For
    Tufail Ahmad

    In present times, many schools and madrasas are running institutions where boys and girls study together in the same classroom, Numerous madrasas in Bihar and Gujarat allow boys and girls to sit in the same class. But AMU stands apart. It breeds counter-modernism. It continues to further gender-based segregation among Muslim students. It runs separate schools for boys and girls. Even undergraduate girls and boys cannot study together. ....

    Islamic Society

    American Muslims’ Generosity and the Ramadan Spirit of Empathizing With the Poor Must Be Directed At Indigent Muslims At Home
    Khaled A. Beydoun

    Zakat, a pillar of Islam, mandates that Muslims give 2.5 percent of our wealth to those in need. Fuelled by this, Muslim Americans donate consistently and generously to philanthropy. Ramadan is prime time for Muslim American fund-raising efforts, and it is common for Muslim non-profit organizations and mosques to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to alleviate humanitarian crises in places like Syria, Yemen and Somalia....

     
    Spiritual Meditations

    As Ramazan Ends and Eid Arrives, Consider a Small Rebellion of Your Own
    Rafia Zakaria

    As Ramazan ends and Eid arrives, consider perhaps a small rebellion of your own. Visit only the people who truly matter, the ones you actually love, be honest in your answers and exchanges, compliment only what is worthy, spend only what is necessary. Do things, say things, not because everyone does them or says them, but because they mean something to you and to others. Rail against the pressure of peers and the robotic behaviour of the long programmed.

     
    Islam and Spiritualism

    If one attends to Ramadan in letter and spirit (fasts as Ghazzali would define its highest degree, goes in seclusion, seeks/accesses Lailat ul Qadr or opens his heart to the saving Word or the Quran) one has virtually completed important stations in Tariqah and one is saved. What a reward! It is a love letter written from a waiting God that few can truly read and respond to. One wishes such letters were written too frequently and not just once in a year....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Social Reforms in Saudi Arabia:  Saudi Women Stand To Benefit, But How Much Is Really Changing?
    Liz Sly

    For most ordinary women, the changes are more mundane — and still largely dependent on what the men in their lives decree. In the western coastal province of Jiddah, which has long been more liberal than the desert capital of Riyadh, some women have discarded their headscarves altogether, and some cafes and restaurants have abolished the separate sections for families and single men that are designed to ensure that women don’t encounter men they don’t know....

     
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    Islamic Ideology

    The Divine Gnosis and the Words of Great Sufis - Concluding Part
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The first stage is Shariat where a believer studies the Quran and Sunnah and if he takes the right message out of his study, he can then be described as one travelling on the path known as Tariqat. Similarly Tariqat takes the Salik (traveller on the path of Sufism) to the Haqiqat and then to the fourth that is Marifat (gnosis). When a believer attains perfection in all these four stages, it is said he has become a Sufi or Wali (saint) and thereby acquiring the blessing of Allah Almighty.

    It is intelligible now that the relation between Shariat and Tariqat is as deeper as between the body and the spirit. The believers attain perfection by comprehending both Shariat and Haqiqat and act according to them. This is the essential education to which the Sufi saints and Friends of Allah [Auliya] guide.

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    Islamic Ideology

    The Divine Gnosis (Marifa’) and the Words of Great Sufis - Part-1
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Succinctly defining ‘gnosis, the Sufi master Abul Qasim al-Qushayri said, “As per the Islamic scholars (Ulema), ‘gnosis’ (Ma’rifa) means knowledge (‘Ilm). Hence all knowledge is gnosis and all gnosis is knowledge. Every person who is cognizant of Allah (‘Arif) is a knower (‘Alim). However, according to the Sufi Masters, ‘Ma’rifa is the attribute of the person who is cognizant of Allah Almighty, His names and attributes. It is he who then puts his trust in Allah Almighty in his everyday behaviour and gets rid of his bad morals and transgressions. He then proceeds to reside at the door [of Allah’s mercy] with his heart striving constantly for the nearness of Allah, whereby he becomes beloved of Allah Almighty and trusts Him in everything he experiences in his entire life....

    Islamic Ideology

    Mistranslated and Misinterpreted Verses of the Quran
    S. Arshad, New Age Islam

    There are similar instances of misinterpretation and flawed translations of the Quran both in Urdu and English translations and commentaries. We can imagine that these translations and commentaries of prominent Muslim scholars might have influenced the translators of other languages and similar errors might have crept in their translations promoting un-Islamic and wrong beliefs among the followers of Islam and presenting a wrong picture among the non-believing students of Islam.....

    Islamic Ideology
    Revisiting the Meaning of Kafir
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Revisiting the Meaning of Kafir
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The meaning of the root word kfr is rejection, repudiating, hiding, covering up, obliterating, wiping off, blotting out. Who is rejecting and what is being rejected is not part of the meaning. Allah is a Kafir for blotting out our sins, tiller is a Kafir for covering the seeds with soil, a believer is a Kafir for rejecting false gods, a disbeliever is a Kafir for rejecting the God, Satan is a Kafir for repudiating Allah’s right for being obeyed, Moses is a Kafir for repudiating the rights of his foster father the Pharaoh for being obeyed. These are the ways in which the word has been used in the Quran. Every use of the word Kafir is consistent with the meaning of the root word kfr…..

    Islamic Personalities

    Glimpses from the Life of Ghaus-e-Azam Abdul Qadir Mohiyuddin Jilani - the Head of All Sufi Masters
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    In later days when someone asked Sarkar Ghaus-e-Azam what brought him to his high spiritual level, he replied, “The truthfulness which I promised to my mother”.  Sarkar Ghaus-e-Azam was the authority, the imam, in religious matters, theology and law, and the leader of the Shafi’i and Hanbali groups of Islamic Jurisprudence. All the Sufi Masters and common people of his time profited from him. His prayers were immediately accepted. Through the authentic chains of narrations we come to know that he performed many miracles. He devoted his entire life to remembrance of Allah, meditating, thinking, taking and giving lessons…..

    Islam and Politics

    Muslims Must Share the Blame for Their Present Situation in India
    Syeda Hameed

    But when I wrote the report there was a sixth sense which made me warn the Maulanas and Alims. I wrote that unless they direct the community in their public preaching to practise Islam in the light of the basic tenets of the Quran and abjure the abhorrent practices of triple Talaq and multiple marriages, they will live to regret it. A time may come when the government of the day will weigh in...

    Islam and Politics
    Citing History Does Not Legitimize Israel
    S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

    Citing History Does Not Legitimize Israel
    S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

    As a final thought, the Jewish-Arab death match that emerged from Israel’s independence and promises to turn bloodier after Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital seems to me a textbook example of misplaced anger following the Nazi pogroms of World War II. It is as Saudi King Abdul Aziz told U.S President F.D Roosevelt in 1945: “Let the Jews build their homeland on the best lands in Germany, not on the territory of Arabs who had nothing to do with what happened to them.”...

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The Bill on Triple Talaq May be Bad in Law; But it is the Mullahs Who Should be Blamed for This Mess
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    And their thinking does not go beyond the Mullahs and their madrasas. They need to realise that the tide is turning within Muslim community. That now there are many within the community who are ready to challenge the monopoly of the Mullahs and there are many who now want to move in a different direction from the sectarian agendas which had hitherto defined Muslim politics. The sooner these so called progressive parties realise it, the better it will be for their own political fortunes. Again, the clergy must realise that this is not the end of the struggle for women. This is just the beginning and in the coming years we will have similar legitimate voices raised on the evil practices of polygamy, Nikah Halala and even the unilateral right of divorce...

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    MEMRI Scholar Tufail Ahmad Drafts 'The Muslim Family Reforms Bill, 2018' To Address Religious And Legal Issues Affecting Muslim Families In India
    Tufail Ahmad

    The only valid argument from the government is: The instant triple Talaq was an act of psychological cruelty to Muslim wives. In such a case, it could have introduced a one-sentence amendment in the Domestic Violence Act of 2005, making it an act of mental cruelty. But the government is arguing before the public that its bill is a piece of reform. Leading Muslim lawmakers from the ruling party, such as India's Junior Minister for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, deliver speeches, even inside the parliament, about Muslim women's struggle for rights, but they deliberately avoid discussing the government's bill and its shortcomings...

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    The Concept of Terrorism
    Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

    The Concept of Terrorism
    Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

    Terrorism is a form of political-social warfare. Since the war has been the most important element of this form since the beginning, so terrorism in the long-term globalization can be considered the second most important form of this war. The concept of terrorism will become broader and deeper due to the technically influenced global factors. Although there are many historical examples of the terrorist events, the modern form of terrorism emerged in the mid-nineteenth century....

    Islam and Politics
    Making Sense of Afrazul’s Lynching
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Making Sense of Afrazul’s Lynching
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    But in a context where Muslim lives have become precarious for the precise reason of being Muslim; then the protest against Afrazul’s killing should have made this statement boldly. In trying a balancing act, these protests have only reduced the depraved ideological gravity of this targeted killing. It was also a little rich that some of these protests were organised by those who had defended the killings of Muslims in Nandigram and Singur. If Hindu nationalism has to resurrect itself on dismembered bodies of Muslims, then it is Muslims themselves who should be at the forefront of protesting against this barbaric dystopia for it is the Muslim alone who can feel the pain of being Muslim in India today. ...

    Islam and Politics
    How to Make Sense of the Saudi Purge
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    How to Make Sense of the Saudi Purge
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    As commentators have pointed out, the prince should have started with the chief ideologue of the Saudi monarchy: Mohammad Ibn -e-Abdul Wahhab. It is Wahhabism and the theology of Abdul Wahhab's ideological mentor Ibn Taimiyya which is responsible for much which is wrong with the Saudi society today. Their teachings being patronised by the House of Saud has led to the repressions of women and the minority Shia population within Saudi Arabia. Moreover, it is the same ideology which has produced so many terrorists not just within the Saudi society but all over the world. Not content with being so backward and medieval in terms of their religious outlook, the Saudis exported this nefarious ideology to other parts of the world,...

    Islamic Ideology
    Celebration of Anmbia’s Birthday
    Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

    The sermons from the Muslim pulpits are often heard forbidding Muslim from associating with Christmas celebrations and offering greetings of the season, on the grounds that Christians worship Jesus. So what does that matters to the others? It would be denying the fact that in some Muslim communities personality cultism of the Nabi Muhammad is rife and Eid Milad un Nabi is a good example of that cultism in some gatherings. The wording of the sing songs – Na’ts and Qawwalis invoking the Nabi to help and assist are as close as one can get to placing him next to God and hence polytheism -shirk. No wonder that many scholars declare such “birthday celebration” as Bid’ah.....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Tolerance and Cordiality in Muslim-Sikh Relations in Mughal India: A Historical Appraisal
    Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    Warfare in the perspective of Islam and Sikhism is only utilized as the last resort for the defensive protection of the oppressed from the arrogant oppressors. Both religions believe that the sword is never intended for offensive or aggressive warfare. Defence for the rights and dignity of the human person is the only reason for drawing the sword—and only as the last recourse. Islam and Sikhism do not condone force and compulsion—both faiths stand for peace, tolerance, and amity. Islam however provides for the just defence of one’s’ faith, life, and property. In the same vein, the sixth Guru, Hargobind and tenth Guru, Gobind Singh (as the last preceptor of Sikh lineage of spiritual masters) provided for defensive struggle against oppression (but not aggressive war) in their act of arming the Sikhs with sword....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Culture of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
    Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

    Why there is no birth of peaceful civil movements on the style of Gandhi and Nelson Mandela? Why don’t they openly declare their goals for attaining justice and freedom? What is clear is that these people commit crimes in the greed of paradise. In their view justice and freedom will be made in the eternal world of Hereafter and not in this mortal world. (But God is the lord of both the heaven and the earth, therefore our responsibility demands that we should make peace in this mortal world as well and not create disorder (Fasaad) in the way of God). What should be done with the rule of obedience full of such examples and Islamic arguments...

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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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