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  • I did not get you when you said mushtarak. '
    ( By Zain )
  • No state should be founded on religion. A people may demand separation because of their fear of minority status, but that is a political decision....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It is good to seek commonalities between different religions. That may not suit Hats Off's hate-based....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin Faruki )
  • Blessed are the peace makers for they will be called children of God
    ( By Ronniel D'Souza )
  • Mr. Zain,T Thereis nothing as such. Two things are essential for you to know; 1) with the words...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Given the kind of threat, female-centred countering....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Great article sir.
    ( By Jitendra Prasad )
  • Because ,they play dual when it comes other(nonmuslim) terrorist organizations.
    ( By Khorshid Khorshid )
  • @Sheikh Shaheen probably you were not born at that time
    ( By Balbir Singh )
  • I was there in Srinagar Badamibagh in january 1990. I was a union Govt officer living...
    ( By Balbir Singh )
  • Devout Muslim=Active Jihadist Moderate Muslim=Dormant Jihadist
    ( By Jayaraman Subri Iyer )
  • raja ram mohan roy is basically a confused and shocked man who thought christianity....
    ( By hats off! )
  • This is rediculous to believe that if someone simply says to his wife, you are like my mother his marriage....
    ( By Zain )
  • اسلام کے نام پر ہونے والی ہر دہشت گردی کا قلع قمع کرنا ہم مسلمانوں کی اولین ذمہ داری ہے ۔
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • This article is an injection without medicine. What he is trying to bring out is not clear. Our beloved PM ....
    ( By Dr.A.Anburaj )
  • With what face does Hats Off, an apologist for Western White racism and imperialism, become a defendant of Western liberalism?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • these are the termites that will eventually destroy the liberal western....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Hats Off's depiction of "original principles" is just another salvo....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Such Neanderthal preachers are the bane of the Muslim world.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Peter Welby and Al-Omar are alike in that they are right on some points and....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • first snachthe rights of a some country ccupied by force if they resist call them terrorists ...actually....
    ( By Farooq Ahmad )
  • Would the Learned Sir have the courage to disclose upon the Kafirs of the Kafiristans across the world,....
    ( By Rajani Mishra )
  • @Abhijnan Kharmul , nothing wrong or bad about the above examples . Infact , there are wrong intrepretation ....
    ( By Irfan Ali )
  • I gave example "one day every one come under islam" "without allah no one has to worship any other ....
    ( By Abhijnan Khamrui )
  • @Hakim Ahmed , that's what I have written above that there is no Islamic terrorism but only political terrorism .'
    ( By Irfan Ali Mansoor )
  • Will u please identify where is Islamic terrorism, it is only state sponsored terrorism all over world ....
    ( By Mansoor Hakkim Ahamed )
  • @Sheikh Shaheen , under no circumstances anyone should raise or pick up guns against any Government ! ....
    ( By Irfan Ali )
  • @Abhijnan Khamrui Brother which one verse of Quran'
    ( By Shabir Ahmad Zergar )
  • They are not sincere,behind the scene they all support them.None of them have condemned terrorism openly.'
    ( By Rattanlal Raina )
  • Blessed are the peace makers for they will be called children of God.
    ( By Ronniel D'Souza )
  • Which religion has largest fragmented nations formed in the name of religion ? Why ?Need introspection.'
    ( By Harbans Lal Mehta )
  • Futwas issuedby saudies molvies to help amereca.they...
    ( By Sn Husen )
  • @Hussain Rabi Gandhi who killed 3milian Bangladeshis....
    ( By Dilip Thombre )
  • Religious preechings propogating anti scientific doctrines hiptonising an average human being be...
    ( By Harbans Lal Mehta )
  • @Sheikh Shaheen, did Kashmiris Hindu pundits killed any Kashmiri Muslims??? Still they were killed tortured ....
    ( By Dilip Thombre )
  • Kashmiri Pandits are not allowed by their masters to settle down in Kashmir, most of them are...
    ( By Sheikh Shaheen )
  • America & Israel are main culprits
    ( By Ansarullah Khan )
  • @ Dilip Thombre You are a big lier'
    ( By Shabir Ahmad Zergar )
  • @Srivastava A K You are a bias one, because you cannot explain what you have said'
    ( By Shabir Ahmad Zergar )
  • @Balbir Singh has any body stopped them to settle down in Kashmir, don't make a fun of your comment'
    ( By Shabir Ahmad Zergar )
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    We Muslims of the world, at least our governments, have been bludgeoning the United Nations since 1999 in our bid to protect Islam from defamation. But aren’t the states that claim to speak for Muslims the worst defamers of Islam themselves?

    Linking Islam with terrorism is considered defaming Islam. One would assume that Muslim countries would first prohibit defamation of Islam by ideologies of terror in their own countries. However, the case is quite the opposite. It is media outlets refuting the Islamist terrorist ideologies that are banned, as was a website called New Age Islam a couple of months ago in Pakistan.

    The terrorist mouthpiece Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad whose extremist ideas New Age Islam refuted continues to flourish. The Taliban fatwa that New Age Islam refuted was titled: ‘Circumstances in which the killing of innocent people among infidels is justified.’ Anyone would consider such an essay defamatory to Islam. But not the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It was the web-magazine that sought to refute this that was blocked.

     It's time we Muslims made up our minds, Mr. President. What is Islam: a totalitarian, fascist, supremacist and exclusivist political ideology out to conquer the world or a spiritual path to salvation?

    The international community is supposed to protect Islam from Islamophobes. But the Islamophobes portray Islam exactly in the way the Jihadists do. Jihadists do it approvingly and Islamophobes disapprove and condemn. If Islamophobes’ narratives of Islam are defamatory, as they indeed are, then so are the narratives of Jihadi groups whose ideology thrives in the Muslim world. Both are violent, patriarchal, regressive, misogynist and based on sexual fantasies of sick men. It is this narrative that is taught in most of our madrasas, in schools and colleges.

    I hope the UN Human Rights Council will not entertain any defamation of Islam resolution until Islam is protected from defamation by Jihadi literature in the Islamic world first.

    ISLAM IS INDEED NOT AND SHOULD NOT BE PORTRAYED AS A RELIGION OF TERROR.

     

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    Do Not Repeat the Mistakes of 1989 in Allowing the Return of Taliban, New Age Islam Editor Sultan Shahin Asks International Community at UNHRC in Geneva

    Mr. President,

    The US is withdrawing from Afghanistan as well as from Iraq and Syria. Inspired by the Taliban declaration of victory, a radicalised terrorist in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, backed by a Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organisation, attacked an Indian military convoy, killing 40 soldiers. Similar suicide attack killed 27 elite revolutionary guards in Sistan, Iran. Emboldened Jihadists will surely carry out more such attacks in future. The gloating in Islamist circles for having “defeated” both the superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, has reached its peak.

    Mr. President,

    Still fresh in our minds is what happened when the international community abandoned Afghanistan in 1989. Taliban ruled and Al-Qaeda got a safe haven. A series of atrocities including 9/11 and horrors of Islamic State followed.

     In this backdrop, the complacency of the world community in allowing Taliban to govern Afghanistan is inexplicable. Jihadist strength does not come from their soldiers and territories. It comes from an ideology and ideologies cannot be defeated militarily.

    Mr. President,

    The Jihadist ideology is based on very solid foundations in Islamic history, scriptures and theology. Moderate Muslims have not yet succeeded in evolving a satisfactory alternative theology of peace and pluralism to challenge the current theology of violence and exclusion. Even when such a theology evolves, it will take time and effort for it to be established. Mainstream Muslims should be allowed the time and space to work out and propagate a counternarrative. I would, therefore, urge the international community not to repeat the mistakes of 1989 and invite further disasters....

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