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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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    Hindi Section

    Muslims Must Seize Any Opportunity to Reform Their Madrasas  मुसलामानों को अपने मदरसों के सुधार के लिए हर एक मौक़ा अपनाना चाहिए
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    इस बात से सभी परिचित हैं कि मौजूदा स्थिति संतोषजनक नहीं हैl इन संस्थाओं में जो शिक्षा दी जाती है मध्यकालीन और पुरानी है; वहाँ तर्क (मंतिक) की किताबें पढ़ाई जाती हैं जिन पर छात्र कई कई घंटे लगाते हैं लेकिन इससे उन्हें कुछ भी प्राप्त नहीं होताl एक समय था जब मदरसों से ना केवल फिकही विशेषज्ञों बल्कि बेहतरीन फलसफी, गणितज्ञ और यहाँ तक कि बेहतरीन वास्तुकार भी पैदा होते थेl लेकिन 1857 के बाद मदरसों में शिक्षा का दायरा केवल धार्मिक शिक्षा तक ही सीमित हो कर रह गयाl

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Exploiting Religious Texts to Issue Fatwas Has Been Essential For Islamist Movements
    Hassan Al Mustafa

    This comes within the UAE’s work to restore the status of an Islam that is open to others, a humanistic Islam that does not distrust those with different doctrines but seeks to create common space for different religions and communities, to undermine the threat of conflict and wars in the world....

    Islamic Society

    Rough Edges of Wahhabi Ideology: Saudi Arabia Should Counter the Principle of Sadd al-Dharai (The Blocking of the Means), A Pillar of Wahhabism
    James M. Dorsey

    At the time, Prince Abdullah organized the kingdom’s first national dialogue conference that brought together 30 religious scholars representing Wahhabi and non-Wahhabi Sunnis, Sufis, Ismaili, and Shiites. Remarkably, the Wahhabi representatives did not include prominent members of the kingdom’s official religious establishment. Moreover, the presence of non-Wahhabis challenged Wahhabism’s principle of takfir or excommunication of those deemed to be apostates or non-Muslims that they often apply to Sufis and Shiites....

     
    Islamic World News

    After Backlash, Shariah Lawyer Clarifies Minimum Age for Marriage

    UAE Backs Restoration of ‘Symbolic’ Mosul Mosque after Destruction by Daesh

    NACTA Names Six Politicians under Threat from Terrorists

    SC Dismisses Plea against Order Barring Non-Agra Residents at Taj Mosque

    Declining Terror Attacks: Why Bangladesh Can't Afford To Be Complacent

     

    Southeast Asia

    Radical Teachings Enter Mosques of Gov't Institutions

    Arab World

    UAE Ranked '10' Among Most Powerful Passports

    Pakistan

    Saad Rafique calls Imran Khan the ‘Bal Thackeray of Pakistan’

    India

    BJP Slams AIMPLB Plan to Open Sharia Courts across Country

    South Asia

    Taliban Commander and Civilians among 11 Dead, Wounded In Nangarhar Blasts

    Mideast

    Israel Closes Gaza’s Main Crossing, Hamas Calls It Crime against Humanity

    Turkish Troops, Jets Kill 25 Kurdish PKK Militants in One Week

    North America

    ‘They Cannot Wait Us Out’, Pompeo Tells Taliban

    Africa

    Muslim-Christian Meet in Taizé Helps Young People Dialogue

    Nigeria's Army Releases Children Suspected Of Boko Haram Ties

    Europe

    Germany, China Reaffirm Their Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    20-Year Sentence for Iranian Woman, Shaparak Shajarizadeh , Who Protested Headscarf

    Saudi Women with Notarization License Accept New Work Challenge

    Malaysian Muslim Fined for Marrying 11-Year-Old Thai Girl

    Iranians Outraged Over Arrest of Teenage Girl for Instagram Dancing Clips

    Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice Grants 12 Women ‘Verification’ License

    Allowing Women to Drive Will Create 50,000 Jobs in Saudi Arabia

    Ofsted Chief Accuses Minority Groups of 'Entitlement' In Hijab Row

    Young man arrested in first case of harassment against women drivers

    Jobless Rate among Saudi Women to Fall By 12.7%

    Over 3 Million Women Heads of Household in Iran Are Unemployed

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    Books and Documents

    The Way Islamic History Unfolded Before and After the Death of Prophet Was Unprecedented

    She repeatedly mentions how simple Muhammad's (PBUH) message was and how peaceful was the purpose of his revelation. Allah's guided Prophet wanted to bring a system to the fallen Arabs so that it could expel anarchy and put Islam on the map. She points out that unlike the followers of nearby Christians and Jews, Arabs had no revelation of their own. Muhammad, after taking over Mecca from the Quraysh without shedding a drop of blood, destroyed the idols from Kabah, and linked Islam with the story Abraham, Hagar and Ismail....

     
    Urdu Section

    Sufi Discourse: Renunciation Is the key to Spiritual Elevation -- part 8  ( بزبانِ تصوف: توبہ ہر روحانی مقام کی کنجی ہے (حصہ  8
    Misbahul Huda, New Age Islam

    (ذا غور کر کہ بارگاہ ایزدی میں) جب فرشتوں نے کہا کہ ہم ان (انسانوں) کے ذریعہ برپا کئے جانے والے فساد اور قتل و غارت گری کی تاب نہیں رکھتے ، تو ندائی آئی کہ (ٹھیک ہے) اگر میں انہیں تمہارے دَر پر بھیجوں تو لوٹا دینا اور انہیں تم سے فروخت کرنے آؤں تو مت خریدنا، اس ڈر سے کہ ان کی معصیت میری رحمت سے بڑھ جائے گی ، یا تمہیں اس بات کا خوف ہے کہ ان (کے وجود)کی آلودگی میری تنزیہہ و تقدیس کے دامن پر دھبہ لگا دیگی۔ (ائے نوریوں سن لو!) یہ وہ مشت خاک ہیں جو میری بارگاہ میں مقبول و مقرب ہیں۔ اور جب میں نے انہیں (اپنی بارگاہ میں) شرف قبولیت بخش ہی دیا ہے تو ان کی معصیت اور آلودگیوں سے انہیں کیا نقصان!

     
    Spiritual Meditations

    Treat Each Other With Kindness and Mercy That We Expect From God for Ourselves
    Ejaz Naqvi

    A Bedouin came to the prophet, grabbed the stirrup of his camel and said: O the messenger of God! Teach me something to go to heaven with it. Prophet said: “As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike to be done to you, don’t do to them. Now let the stirrup go...

     
    The War Within Islam

    Nawaz Sharif’s Conviction Is Not about Corruption, It Has to Do with His Questioning of the Military
    Ayesha Siddiqa

    In all this, the highest judiciary of the country has become the butt of jokes on social media, and the society at large. It seems to be collapsing under the weight of its current partnership with the military establishment in the civil-military battle. While taking “Nawaz Sharif to task”, it allowed former dictator Pervez Musharraf to leave the country. It even found a way to force the government to issue Musharraf with a new passport and identity card.....

     
    Islam and the West

    Reach Beyond the Otherness of Islam and See the Muslim World Not As Demonic or Exotic but As a Variant of the European Experience
    Kenan Malik

    Look closely at figures of the Virgin Mary and Joseph, and you will notice something odd. Their halos feature Arabic script. That might seem sacrilege in a Christian religious painting. Yet as a new exhibition in Florence, at the Uffizi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, sets out to show, such cultural and religious cross-dressing was common at the time. Entitled “Islamic Art and Florence from the Medici to the 20th Century”, the show explores “the knowledge, exchange, dialogue and mutual influence that existed between the arts of east and west”.

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    Islam and Politics

    Contesting the Political Islamist Theology: Untenable Theological Justifications For The Corruption, Purge And Religious Persecution In Turkey
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The pro-government political theologians in Muslim countries have propounded a complete political theology—an exclusivist and totalitarian theology which undermines the democratic, moderate and progressive thoughts flourishing in the liberal Muslim minds. Regrettably, many religionists in those countries are falling prey to this unceasing ideology endangering their lives and stigmatising the religion in general. Unless this retrogressive theology of political hue is contested, there will be no way forward to progressive thinking in Islam in the 21st century. It actually poses a direct ideological threat to the rich spiritual traditions—unity of existence, pluralism and multiculturalism—that Muslims have inherited in various countries.

     
    The War Within Islam

    Why the Mindless Ritual of Male Circumcision Should be Done Away With
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    It is considered a Sunna but then there is no evidence to suggest that the Prophet himself was circumcised. There is a fantastic Hadis which says that he was born circumcised but then again it is not the same thing as saying that he underwent circumcision. In short, there is no religious justification also for this practice to continue amongst the Muslims. If God says that he has made man perfect and that bodily integrity should not be harmed even after one’s death, then why are Muslim hell bent to make modifications in God’s plan? Isn’t it playing with the divinity to cut a part of human body which is part of the original design of God?...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Is ISIS Actually Bad? Un-Islamic?
    Pervez Hoodbhoy

    So far ideologically unchallenged, ISIS is now fast increasing its presence across Pakistan and particularly in Balochistan. Even as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria, its propaganda units are trying to create new generations of religious extremists, much as they have done in Europe. Decrying IS as a rogue movement is insufficient to reverse this trend. It is also futile to claim that IS has nothing to do with Islam because its leadership carefully quotes supportive holy doctrines to justify every major atrocity....

    Islam and Politics

    Granted that Love Jihad is a Ruse to Polarise Communities, But Can We Ask What is the Need to Convert in Inter-Faith Marriages?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Instances like Hadiya will keep repeating themselves. And no community is free from blame of putting restrictions on movement of girls, curbing their sexuality and denying their choice of love and marriage. Caste and religious groups have all been guilty of stultifying women because they think that women become ‘astray’ and bring shame to the community and family. The honour killings witnessed in many parts of the country, and those that go unreported emanate from the same problem: viewing women as commodities and as the repository of shame. So while honour resides among men, shame resides in women....

    Islam and Politics

    Decoding The Meanings Of The Medieval Islamic Terminologies ‘Dar-ul-Harb’ And 'Darul Islam' Which Ansar Ghazwa-tul-Hind Has Flogged Off On The Babri Anniversary
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Scores of structures have already been pulled down in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mosques, mausoleums and other Islamic structures are being flattened by hordes of religious zealots in these ‘Islamic’ countries day in and day out. But one wonders why the self-styled Muslims’ defenders like Ansar Ghazwa-tul-Hind or other al-Qaida outfits wilfully ignore this wanton travesty of religion and history in the Pak-Afghan region. Why the bully pulpit of the Pakistani and Afghani jihad is silent on the routine attackers on mosques and shrines in Pakistan and Afghanistan? .....

    Islamic Personalities

    Syed Ahmed Khan: When Will We Stop Idolizing Him and Start Engaging With His Ideas?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Syed Ahmed Khan was also indifferent to the education of Muslim women. He made no effort whatsoever from which one can deduce that he viewed the education of Muslim women as a desirable project. It remains a fact that women’s education was a late starter on the campus of Aligarh. Such indifference became active hostility when it came to modern education for lower caste Muslims. Syed Ahmed was positively opposed to educating the Muslim lower castes which formed the majority of Indian Muslim population. He did not think that the lower caste Muslims possessed the required mental faculty to go for higher learning through English language....

    Islamic Ideology

    Quoting Qur’an’s Fighting Verses In Isolation To Promote Violence Or Defame Islam Amounts To Treacherous Misrepresentation Of Its Message Of Peace And Reconciliation
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Now if a Muslim person of this era quotes 8:60 or 9:5 or 9:13 in isolation disregarding consecutive reconciliatory verses (8:61, 9:6) and their context specificity (9:13) to instigate a group of his followers to commit any form of violence he is likening himself and his followers with the Prophet of Islam and his followers who were the direct recipients of the instructions of these verses. But such selective appropriation of Qur’an’s message to promote violence amounts to treacherous distortion of Qur’anic message....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Had The Hadith Already Asked Muslims 1400 Years Ago Not To Join ISIS?
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    An honest study of the holy Quran and Sunnah demonstrates the fact that terrorist groups like ISIS act in complete disagreement with the injunctions of Islam. The Quran, for example, equates killing of one person to the elimination of all mankind (5:32), and describes persecution and disorder on earth as an even worse offense (2:217). The study of the ahadith [plural of hadith in Arabic] also shows that the beloved Prophet warned us of the evolution of religious extremism and violence 1400 years ago in astonishing detail. For instance, he prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of the true spiritual essence of Islam except the word ‘Islam’, nothing of the Quran except its word and many “Mosques would be well-furnished but bereft of the guidance” (see the book of hadith “Mishkat Al-Masabih”). 

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Why Syria’s Grand Mufti, Shaikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun cautioned India to pay heed to ‘external Wahhabi calls of Jihad’?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Grand Mufti and the highest Islamic authority in Syria— Shaikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun—maintains that he is both “Sunni and Shiite” at the same time. "I am Sunni in practice, Shiite in allegiance. My roots are Salafi [righteous], and my purity is Sufi [saintly]", he said, as reported in an Arabic media outlet. But Wahhabism is not a mainstream Islamic sect like Sunni or Shia. Rather, it is an extremist ideology based on an exclusivist takfirist theology propounded by the medieval theologians……..

    Interfaith Dialogue
    Respect All Religions
    Maulana lWahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

    Respect All Religions
    Maulana lWahiduddin Khan

    The only answer lies in adopting a policy of religious tolerance, and respect for other people’s convictions. Everyone is entitled to follow what they think is best and profess their belief in it. But this should not prejudice our opinions about other’s beliefs. There should be mutual respect for each other’s faiths….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Religion-Based Education in Pakistan Has Made Universities a Fertile Ground for Extremists
    Khaled Ahmed

    Education has produced terrorism. It sounds shocking but it is true: The kind of religion-based education given in Pakistan. Such influence doesn’t end even after students join engineering and medical university. Universities turn out nuclear scientists who claim they can make electricity for the whole of Pakistan from a single Djinn. The textbooks don’t let go of nationalism which in Pakistan is India-centric and is useful among Pakistanis for judging each other too because judgemental is what you become instead of being inquisitive.....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Sixteen Quranic Verses That Counter Violent-Extremism and Terrorism
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The rulings of classical Islamic Sharia are based on four main sources; the Quran, the Sunnah, Ijma (Consensus) and Qiyas (analogy).All the last three sources of Islamic rulings must be in essential accord with the holy Quran, the most basic source of Islamic knowledge. When the holy Quran itself does not talk directly, or in details about any certain matter, only then do the classical Islamic scholars turn to alternative sources of Islamic rulings. In my classical Islamic studies, I reach a conclusion that all these sources of Islamic rulings reject violent extremism and injustice; however in this article, I am quoting only the Quranic verses for this purpose. The number of such verses has reached sixteen.….

    Islamic Society

    Row over Qurbani (Animal Sacrifice) On Eid-Ul-Azha: Sufi-Sunni Ulema Vs. Muslim Rashtriya Manch: Missing Introspection
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Clearly, this solemn occasion cannot be confined to only animal sacrifice. We must engage in all virtuous and harmonious acts based on kindness and sharing to achieve the noble objectives of Eid-ul-Adha. It is indeed ordained on Muslims to sacrifice Halal or permissible animals in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotional sacrifice to God and distribute them to the poor and the less fortunate. Some affluent Muslims go as far as donating money and several kilos of meat to feed the poor families in their country as well as abroad. However, the ritualistic animal sacrifice is not the core essence of this festival. Muslims may go for many other ways to emulate Ibrahim’s devotion to God during Eid-ul-Azha.....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Reflections on Qur'anic Message - Part-11: Zakah in Qur’anic Epistemology Denotes Care and Concern for Humanity, Including Charity – It Is the Bedrock of Islamic Humanism
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Traditionally the word Zakat, which appears in the Qur’an repetitively in the expression Aqimus Salata Wa Aatuz Zakata is translated as ‘mandatory charity’ or the institutional Zakat that is collected and disbursed by the Islamic state. The Qur’an, which largely pre-dates the formation of Islamic state under Caliph Umar, connotes this word with care and concern for humanity. Accordingly, the Meccan Muslims (23:4, 31:4), the ancient prophets (21:73) the wives of the Prophet (33:33)and the persecuted followers of Prophet Moses (2:83), who lived prior to the introduction of mandatory Zakat, were asked to exercise Zaka…

    Books and Documents

    The Language of God—A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
    Yoginder S. Sikand, New Age Islam

    Scientific and spiritual worldviews both provide, Collins says, “differing but complementary ways of answering the greatest of the world’s questions, and both can coexist happily within the mind of an intellectually inquisitive person living in the twenty-first century.” He helpfully tells us: “Science is not threatened by God; it is enhanced. God is most certainly not threatened by science; He made it all possible. ....

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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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