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  • Poor Naseer sb. is again reduced to making personal insults. He thinks denouncing supremacism is equivalent to asserting political....
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  • Hats Off is more interested in denigrating Islam than in condemning blasphemy.
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  • " Crucially important is for us to realise that in honouring each of these iconic figures, we honour human.....
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  • "Another Saudi Woman, Nojoud al-Mandeel, Takes To Twitter to 'Escape Abusive...
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  • Muslims seem always to have seen women as a threat. The following is from last week's Daily Star: "Hefajat-e Islam....
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  • Why is it hard for our prestigious imams and ulama to proclaim loudly, unequivocally and repeatedly on radio, TV and ...
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  • When a man gets inspired by theories and characteristics of wahabiyat, he is unable to get true enlightenment to understand ....
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  • 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ud reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "No one who has an atom's weight of pride ...
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  • @Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi sb, What do you say about Kashmir and its growing Wahabiyat?....
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  • لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم'
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  • “The gnosis and knowledge of men is, compared with the Prophet’s, like the drop of moisture which oozes out of the top of a bound ...
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  • I agree that all blasphemy laws must be struck down. There are other laws to deal with acts that disturb public order which are sufficient.' ...
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  • Placing a command in its historical perspective is to show that Allah's laws have been the same in the past, they remain unchanged in the ...
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  • Allah is the Creator of this earth: Chapter 10 Jonah سورة يونس - Yunus: Verse 3 إِنَّ رَبَّكُمُ اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ فِي سِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ ثُمَّ ...
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  • GM sb has given his understanding of verse 4:34 as follows: “4:34 is not about disloyalty or adultery. It is about obedience and disobedience ....
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  • Islam is the religion of Allah from creation and the religion brought by 124000 prophets over 70,000 years to all regions of the earth. Islam ...
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  • Miss Pamela K. Taylor, Your idea are striking and precious. I would ....
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  • Rejecting subjectivity and objectivity might be as much harmful for values of knowledge as the so ....
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  • Growing militancy in Kashmir is a matter of great concern. '
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  • if at all there is an historical perspective, then it can neither be eternal nor universal
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  • even a deliberate, repeated and open act of blasphemy is not a crime. the inherent insecurity....
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  • If Allah has placed Islam to have supremacism than other religions that do exercise their faith in him, why should Quran 85:11 permits.....
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  • Quran 65:3 mentions sufficiency is for those who believe in Allah: Chapter 65 Divorce سورة الطلاق - At-Talaq: ....
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  • Allah's love is not bias against those who believe in Allah yet join other religions: Chapter 3 The family of Imran سورة آل عمران - Aal-e-Imran: ...
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  • Does Allah love those terrorists who spread mischief in Syria to destroy houses, monuments and etc.? The extract below condemns. .
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  • Naseer sb. now raises a fake issue of the difference between supremacy and supremacism. He give an invented and ludicrous definition....
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  • Naseer sb. continues to fight his bogeymen, falsely portraying me as an agent of profligacy! This is his deceptive way of....
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  • Creeping medievalism" is a good phrase to describe the Muslim war on women.
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  • Critical outlook surely needs to be cultivated. We should develop tolerance and accept new ideas.
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  • But later the revelation of 2:190 allowed fighting against those who had persecuted.
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  • GM sb selectively loses his capacity to distinguish between supremacy and supremacism. Not surprising because all that he is interested in, is ,....
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  • GM sb is wasting everybody's time injecting his third-rate gender politics into a discussion of a verse from the Quran. The hypocrite who argued in ...
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  • Quran supports all who believe in Allah and do righteous deeds are equal. The following is the extract:...
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  • Naseer sb. says, "The Quran being the last of the revelations and containing the complete and perfected religion....
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  • If you say that their actions are guided by the Light of God, that is good enough....
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  • Marriage with Non-Muslim for Halala Null And Void" Halala itself is not only null.. ..
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    Muslim-Americans and those who support us are walking a tightrope right now. We're more represented in a branch of government that has traditionally leaned against us, but the voters also gave renewed voice to those who spread hate and fear about us. There is a hard, long game yet to be played before the champion emerges.

     

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The testimony of Souad is no less horrific than the Nobel-winning stories of Malala Yousafzai or Nadia Murad. It documents insolent brutality and cruelty and is a call to stop a disgraceful tradition called ‘Honour Killing’. Certainly, hundreds of thousands of Souads in different corners of the globe are not fortunate enough to experience a magical survival like her....

     

    Islam and Politics

    Of the seven countries that used emergency laws to restrict religion, Tunisia registered one of the largest increases on the Government Restrictions Index – from 4.1 points in 2015 to 5.7 in 2016. The country declared a state of emergency following terrorist attacks by Islamic militants in 2015 at a beach resort and in the capital, Tunis. The government responded with curfews and arbitrary arrests, harassing men with beards – which many Muslims have for religious reasons – and women wearing Muslim religious clothing such as Niqabs. In some cases, Muslims were reportedly detained and tortured...

     

    Islamic History

    It is a fact that very few original sources that could shed light on early Islam are available now-a-days. Some of it is due to natural calamities, but most of it is due to multi-pronged conspiracies unleashed against Islam from the day it was promulgated. Except Quran, as verified once again by an original copy found in Birmingham Museum, not a lot of significant material seems to be available in its original form or as artefacts. The situation is so serious that some scholars in the West are now questioning the reality of Islam by insinuating that it was created retrospectively by caliph Abd al-Malik and others....

     

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Deobandis are a revivalist movement within the Hanafi strain of Islam. It started in the early 1700s as a reaction to the British in India and was inspired by the activism of Shah Waliullah a radical cleric opposed to British rule.  At the time, the Deobandis challenged India’s Muslim leadership, accusing it of “corrupting Islam” and promising a fresh, and more puritanical, start....

     

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    Southeast Asia

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    For the Islamic State, the position of caliph represents a unique fusion of legal-rational and traditional authority. Abu Bakr didn’t seize power in the group, he was elected by the Islamic State of Iraq’s Shura council. Long time spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani described his new emir in 2011 in this way: “Although we have missed our emir, Abu-Omar al-Baghdadi, Allah has bestowed us with a better successor for him; we expect him to be so.”...

     

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    “ISIL’s horrific crimes in Iraq have left the headlines, but the trauma of the victims’ families endures, with thousands of women, men and children still unaccounted for,” Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations human rights commissioner, said, referring to the Islamic State. “These graves contain the remains of those mercilessly killed for not conforming to ISIL’s twisted ideology and rule.”...

     

    Islam and the West

    To put it cinematically, Iran and Saudi Arabia did the full Thelma & Louise. But, this being the Middle East, they did it in separate cars. For instance, M.B.S. abducted the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri. But Iran’s Hezbollah murdered the former prime minister of Lebanon, Saad’s father, Rafik Hariri, to make sure he did not return to power. Meanwhile, Denmark just accused Iran of sending intelligence agents to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition leader...

     
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    Louay Fatoohi

    It should now be clear that the claim that verse 9.5 has abrogated other verses, let alone such a large number of them, is absurd. Even the title “the verse of the sword” is a late invention. While “the verse of alms” has been given this name by scholars because it talks about almsgiving and other verses have been given names after words that occur in them, the expression “the verse of the sword” is very much a misnomer because the term “sword” is not found in the verse. Even more telling is the fact that this word does not exist anywhere in the Qur’an!....

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    Arguably, Islam represented a new civilisation in the seventh century CE, but civilisations too decay and become redundant over the course of centuries as their members acquire new beliefs, attitudes and outlooks. Civilisations that don’t accord with change harm the interests of their people. The failure of Islam as commonly practised to accommodate change means it is damaging the interests of Muslims everywhere. If Muslim teenage girls are migrating to Syria to wed jihadists, it is reasonable to infer that their attitudes were shaped at least partly by their parents at the dining table…..

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    It is perceived that the man is at liberty to utter the words of Talaq and darken the future of the woman and children and that Talaq is applicable instantly. However, if the woman wants to leave her husband, she has to face humiliation for months and years. In the husband-wife disputes, both are equally responsible, but it is the woman who is punished mostly. If the man has the right to dislike some acts of the woman, the woman too……

     
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    That piety and independence, religion and political wit can go together indeed doesn’t fit into many Germans’ heads. Germany has become deeply secular in recent decades. Both the Roman Catholic and the Protestant churches have been losing members rapidly. Today, over a third of all Germans do not belong to any denomination.....

     
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    Like any scripture, and indeed any text, the Qur’an is open to different interpretations. Some interpretations are plausible, others are possible but unlikely, and many more are impossible so they can only be forced on the text. Among the latter category are interpretations that accuse the Qur’an of supporting unjustified violence, such as waging war against others for no reason other than being non-Muslims. Such misinterpretations are used by Muslim terrorists, such as ISIS, but they are also favourites of critics of the Qur’an who have their own agendas. While people with particular agendas deliberately use certain misguided methods to force certain misinterpretations out of the Qur’an, anyone reading and interpreting the Qur’an may inadvertently use those flawed approaches......

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    This attempt might seem bizarre for some, for what, they might ask, might the Quran, which appeared centuries after Jesus, have to contribute to our understanding of the historical Jesus? A great deal, a study of this voluminous tome will reveal, for Jesus is honoured as a prophet in the Quran, which refers to him in several verses. Belief in Jesus is integral to faith in Islam. Muslims regard Jesus as a ‘Muslim’ (that is, one who has submitted to God) and as having preached Islam—that is, submission to the one God.....

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Reflect on this critical point. Whenever ISIS kills in the name of Islam, claims to follow the Holy Quran, or uses the Holy month of Ramazan to spread anarchy across the globe, know that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explicitly warned us of these imposters, and entrusted us to root them out. The only people who refuse to reflect on this point are ISIS, ISIS sympathisers and anti-Islam extremists who want the world to believe that ISIS is legitimate. Intelligent people, meanwhile, see Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) prophetic wisdom and thus remain united against both ignorance and extremism.....

     
    Islamic Ideology
    Deoband: The Face of Hanafism in India
    A.Faizur Rahman
    Deoband: The Face of Hanafism in India
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    Surprisingly, for a school which prides itself in being reformist in outlook, that is, engaged in Tajdeed or revival of the original Islam as taught by the Prophet, Deoband’s inceptive raison d’être appears very narrow and ritualistic, perhaps even prosaic. It gives the impression that the great mission of the Prophet was aimed at creating employment for his followers as prayer leaders in mosques when in reality the comprehensiveness of the Prophet’s message was such that the influence of Islam was inherent in the cosmopolitanism of the Arab achievements......

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    Islamic Ideology

    Over a period of time, the books written by Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Kathir, Hasan Banna, Qutub, Maududi and their likes have been unfortunately equated with Quran. While Quran is eternal guidance, their work was a product of their times, and whatever they wrote was  a knee jerk reaction to the tough situations they were dealing with, and certainly lacked the universalism of God and the Prophet that Quran preaches, both were referred to as God of the Universe and Mercy to the Universe respectively.....

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    Islam and Pluralism

    Muslim scholars, political leaders and civic society must emphasize the pluralistic message of the Quran and urgently address the pervasive exclusivist attitude among many Muslims. Neglecting the pluralistic message of the Quran has allowed fringe groups to use anachronistic stereotypes about fellow Muslims, people of other faiths and entire nation-states, to unleash a form of violence rooted in extreme interpretations of Islamic eschatology….

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Defeating Islamism and Jihadism: Evolve a New Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender justice, Sultan Shahin asks Muslim States at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    A War on Terror has been raging for 17 years now but we are no closer to defeating Islamist terror. Jihadism continues to attract Muslim youth. This is because the world has not paid enough attention to the ideology of Islamism and Jihadism.

    Mainstream Muslims have considered Islam a spiritual path to salvation, one of the many. Islam aims at reforming society for a peaceful, harmonious, pluralist existence. However, due to certain historical factors, the theology and jurisprudence of Islam that evolved in the 8th and 9th centuries (CE), present Islam as a political, totalitarian ideology of supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and gender discrimination. It is this theology of violence, exclusivism and world-domination that is taught in madrasas and sustains Islamism. But despite the Islamist violence against peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the community is still not focussed on the need for evolving a counternarrative of Islam.

     It is imperative that Muslim countries that have signed the UN Charter look into the issue urgently and work towards developing a new theology of peace, pluralism and gender justice. While several countries like Morocco and now Saudi Arabia appear to be moving in this direction, the one country that has made a solid contribution is Turkey. In a decade-long exercise 100 Turkish scholars have managed to limit the number of authentic ahadith to just 1600, out of over 10,000, and provide each hadith with context and suitable interpretation. This book of authentic Hadith has been provided to all mosques in Turkey but I hope it is made available to the global Muslim community in their own languages as soon as possible.

    Allama Iqbal, a poet-philosopher of the South Asian sub-continent had called for the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam almost a hundred years ago. Let us at least start working on it now....

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