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  • Very clearly Shahin Sb endorses my approach and its significance. Dear Naseer Saheb, I agree that the understanding of the term “kafir” is of utmost ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The onus is not on me to understand and accept. I cannot understand for you. Can I help it if you or anyone else is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Learning Usul ul-Fiqh i.e. the Principle of Jurisprudence is important to understand the rulings derived from the shariah for our daily lives. This is because ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Very clearly Shahin Sb endorses my approach and its significance. Dear Naseer Saheb, I agree that the understanding....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sab, When I said, "A religion of peace and virtuousness has no need for extensive tafsirs on concepts such as kafir....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, I did not say anything about who Sultan Shahin sab was addressing or whether he had....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, Instead of asking me to read all those articles, can you just give me the numbers...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • All that Naseer sab can do is make character attacks on others or heap praise on his own work! The onus is on him and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Shahin Sb, The meaning of another word that our Ulema corrupted to glamourize war is Shaheed to mean martyr which is not the meaning of the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb’s comment is addressed to you GM sb not to me. He is telling you what he thinks is important. He has no ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, I haven't seen a more churlish character than yourself. If you are offended by what I say, put in my place ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Allah may conceal the purpose of His ways, but His ways are not without purpose.....
    ( By Royalj )
  • Sultan, how many more years you are going to live in this world? Perhaps another twenty or thirty years? One of your great prophets ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • Naseer sab, Sultan Shahin sab has his agenda and I have mine. I presented my view which...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, Which verses support items number 2, 3 and 4 of your "clear, unambiguous ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, You should be embarrassed for praising your own conclusions and calling them "truths" unashamedly. Why can't you...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Will the Saudi Crown Prince sell Palestinians down the drain in order to be a victor...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Three Rules of Religious Understanding:” “When trying to understand another religion, you should...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Comment 1. The Meaning and Application of Kufr and Its derivatives [musthaqqat] کفر کا معنی و مفہوم کفر کے مختلف معانی ہیں: ان میں سے ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • And what is that you do GM sb? Being a devious character, you make your disagreement look like an agreement. You have been relentlessly trying ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb, a committed troll, talks about deviousness for ignoring his nonsensical response. He is the one who is truly devious. In another thread, Shahin ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Our scholars have made Islam a religion without principles which is what we need to address. My comment on Yunus Sb’s article is reproduced: ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Yunus Sb has not said anything different from what I said. "And I only quoted Yunus sb verbatim without drawing ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sab is good at exaggerating and over-dramatizing disagreements, especially if it makes his "discovery" look good!.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, Posting a comment but omitting the response is deviousness that is typical of you. Your ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Ghulam Ghaus bhai, Kya neeche diye gaye Mushrik aur kafir ki taarif sahih hai ?....
    ( By Wasim Ansari )
  • Naseer sab, A foulmouthed mufassir does deserve condemnation, and that's what I did in my last post. You continue applauding yourself when you yourself call ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear Hamza Zafar sb, Thank you very much for your very detailed response. Besides reading every standard translation of the Quran, I have tried to follow ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It may this appear to be a hopeless case. But we simply cannot afford to lose hope. That's why I keep hoping that the struggle ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, Is it devious to ignore the rubbish and say what is meaningful? Your capacity for responding ad-nauseum when you have nothing worthwhile ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb says “Anyone who does not agree with Naseer sab is "blind"! Shame on such mufassirs!” He has confirmed ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Sultan Shahin Sahab, I think you need to take a close look at my following recently posted article:....
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Masha Allha brother, Ghulam Ghaus I was also confused about the the term Ahle Qibla and its application. But this ....
    ( By Zahid Ansari )
  • Excellent synopsis by Sultan Shahin sahib of the enormous and stupendous task facing those who want to put Islam back on....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, I have no interest in reposting anything. I was just pointing out the deviousness....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Anyone who does not agree with Naseer sab is "blind"! Shame on such mufassirs!....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The binary thinking of Muslim-Kafir and Islam-Kufr runs through the veins of our Muslim society, particularly among those who have acquired classical religious education in ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • I HAVE READ SOME COMMENTS OF THIS SECTION. THIS NEW AGE ISLAM IS FULL OF ABUSIVE SENTENCES....
    ( By Pankaj )
  • MY QUESTION IS FOR NASEER IS THERE ANY VERSE IN THE QURAN WHICH PROVES THAT YOU ARE LAWFUL SON OF YOUR PARENTS?...
    ( By Pankaj )
  • wahabism is the real problem of Islamic world. Muslims need to disassociate themselves from wahhabism.
    ( By Ravi Kumar )
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    Progressive Islam as Islamic Liberation Theology
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    By definition the subscription to progressive Muslim thought also implies that the sacred scriptures cannot offer us humans an unequivocal, clearly accessible and once and for all valid understanding of God through the simple process of reading/interpretation. Instead, progressive Muslims’ consider the human interpreter and her subjectivities and contingencies as most significantly determinative of the process of interpretation envisaged as a never ending dynamic process that continually evolves with reason....

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