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  • In history we have read about many Martyrs to Truth and often they were persecuted for what ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Can anyone explain if the words like 'violent', 'terrorist' or 'radical' are abusive or an attribute?
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • The Prophet (peace be upon him) is not God. He is Bashar but not like any human being. ' ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • All human beings hate one another. Some are exposed and others are hidden. Hate between...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Why does Hats Off use this forum to make his juvenile remarks?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This article is not on slavery, but Hats Off had to say something nasty. He just can't help it!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Islamism is not Islam. It is a distortion of Islam.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Neither Hindutva nor Islamism is a religion. They are distortions of religions.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off's hate prachar assumes that Sufis are a well defined group! While the author is talking about ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • With respect to the practice of killing women for honour being spread to cities where it was previously unknown, ....
    ( By Masuma Hasan )
  • how can the yazidid sex slaves and the girls kidnapped by the boko...
    ( By hats off! )
  • all womenfolk except those of right hand posession.
    ( By hats off! )
  • then why was khusroe not safe from the early islamists? what happened....
    ( By hats off! )
  • hindutva has taken root. and it shows no signs of withering. from the unlettered....
    ( By hats off! )
  • sufis are the good cops of islam and the jihadis are the bad cops. between....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Keep it up, women of Sudan
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Counter -ideologies have to be really "counter". They must say clearly that killing...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Pakistan should be declared terrorist hostage territory rather than nation, than the world can do something about...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Silly comment from Hats Off! Is he calling Naseer sb. a moderate...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off lies shamelessly to misportray Ilhan Omar! Vilifying and lying about people is not something decent folks do. She...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off quotes some discredited Hadith to make a senseless point.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Well said!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Widodo has a hard task ahead of him. I wish him luck.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal narrated in his Musnad from Abd Allah bin Amr...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • According to Hazrat Abu Hurayra, the Messenger of God (peace be upon him)....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Jabir bin Abdullah said that the Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • We see some commands of God in the Quran and those of the Prophet in Ahadith...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Islam does not want its followers to be extremists of fanatics in any sense....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • is there an "agreed upon Qur'an?" or alternatively why are two "moderate" muslims are unable to come to a common ground?'
    ( By hats off! )
  • Throw the entire Arabic Literatures into the Arabian Sea. Peace will prevail. Arabic literatures are poisionous. Any attempt to gloss over is useless.
    ( By Dr.A.Anburaj )
  • I talked to some Ulama about the text of Bahare Shariat quoted in this article. They said all war-related aayat, ....
    ( By GGS )
  • as a true muslim, she can never assert the equality and validity of all religions. she can only assert ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • just like islam blames the jews and asserts that the judgement day will not come unless the last jew is killed....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Nothing new, Women is still treated as property across the whole world including eve so called Mordern....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Indonesia is heading towards Kiosk and jelly state like Paksitan and Imdia, one good thing happen that Cristinsed...
    ( By Aayina )
  • This small group is evey nation and is killing and mocking all democracy. All your large groups enjoys achievement....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Alas new blame on Non-Muslim, how about the Arab Women and culture, because they are been Muslim for ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • I will stand with Gulam Mohyuddin, he should not be called Apostant if he dbout certain parts of Quran, true...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Good column! Jamelle Bouie is a very valuable acquisition for NYTimes' op-ed page.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Let us fight this oppression rather than talk about who is more responsible for it
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    Do the Muslim scholars not need to reclaim spiritual message of Islam to defeat the modern radical narratives emanating from the wrong interpretation of Islamic books? Is it enough for us to issue some anti-terror Fatwas, while the ‘jihadist extremists’ repeatedly issue their propaganda, every time with slight changing and new tricks?... 

    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
    '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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    Respected Sufi divines, I would, therefore, earnestly appeal to you to use the opportunity provided by the Delhi conclave to go beyond the usual shibboleths. Sufi approach of focussing on the positive features of Islam worked well at one time. There was no internet then. In the internet age everyone is a scholar. In this age of instant scholarship, nothing can be hidden or bypassed.

    It must be understood, that the radical Islamist theology and the current Islamic theology of consensus are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic. ISIS may vanish tomorrow. But the problem of radicalisation will remain. Islam supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and exclusivism are inherent in the current Islamic, and not just Islamist theology.

    Focusing on positive features of Islam is an essential part of De-radicalisation or, more realistically, Preventing Radicalisation. But it is not bearing fruit in full measure as the core theology agreed to by nearly all Muslims militates against these positives. As briefly outlined above, this core and consensual theology nullifies the impact of all arguments made against violent extremism. It is this core theology that needs to be refuted and changed.  Let us all try and bring the core Islamic theology in line with the actual teachings of Quran and Sunnah. Let us move away from the current theology of violence and xenophobia. Let us move towards a coherent, comprehensive theology of peace and pluralism, co-existence and gender justice.

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam
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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam
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    I have been reading Urdu newspapers for 45 years. While Muslims have been constantly fighting for the so-called Muslim Personal Law which allows them to treat women as inferior beings, never have I come across any Muslim demand for being governed by Islamic criminal laws. If Sharia is so important, if it is such a vital part of our faith, then why this dichotomy? Except for drinking alcohol, punishments for all other hudud crimes (mentioned in the Quran, considered crimes against God) are to be amputation, flogging and beheading. One would have thought that at least those Muslims who are so particular about following Sharia, and, of course, all ulema who consider Sharia divine would demand the implementation of the entire Sharia. Why follow only the part that helps keep women subjugated and avoid those that may lead to severe medieval punishments specified by Quran and Hadees....

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    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam
    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Prophet Mohammad was very emphatic in his views on animal sacrifice: “if you MUST kill, kill without torture.” Unfortunately, this admonition is also ignored. The two million animals that were sacrificed in Saudi Arabia at the end of Hajj yesterday had been brought to the country in most horrible conditions, many of them dying en route.

     I personally witnessed the torture animals go through when I was in Karachi on Baqr Eid, a few years ago. The whole city appeared to have turned into a slaughter house. One could hear the cries of goats and sheep for days before Eid, while they were still being traded in city squares and even in roundabouts on major arterial roads. The animals apparently knew what fate was awaiting them. It was the obscenity of the whole scene that I cannot forget. Baqr Eid, the holiest of days, had descended into an orgy of blood-letting, with the “devotion” that God requires completely missing.

    The callousness we Muslims display towards animals would give the impression that the religion of Islam is indifferent to the fate of animals. In fact, Islam requires Muslims to protect, not just Human Rights, but HuqooqulIbaad or the rights of all creations of God.

    HuqooqulIbaad is considered so important that it is given primacy even over Huqooq Allah or our duties towards God. While God may forgive us for our transgressions, given his Benevolent and Merciful nature, His creations will not even recognise us on the Day of Judgement. So we must fulfil our duties towards creations of God in this very world, since we cannot hope for forgiveness from them on the Day of Judgement.

    Muslims should also remember the conduct of the Prophet in treating animals with kindness. On many occasions, during his journeys, he delayed prayers for the sake of first relieving the animals of their burden, and giving them food and water. He would refuse to lead prayers until animals were looked after first. He told several stories of people being forgiven all their sins for having shown consideration for a dog or a cat. According to Imam Abu Dawud, the Prophet forbade the hitting of animals on their faces and branding them. He also forbade sports based on animal fights.

    Islamic Ideology

    Blasphemy laws continue to be on the statute books, for instance, in Pakistan. Salman Taseer, the liberal Governor of Punjab was murdered merely because he showed compassion for a Christian lady wrongly accused of blasphemy and asked for the repeal of the blasphemy law. On the basis of this law, religious minorities can be arbitrarily accused of blasphemy and killed, either by a lynch mob or by the judiciary. No evidence is required, as that would allegedly amount to accusers being asked to blaspheme the Prophet again. Similarly, attacks on minority Hindu, Christian, Shias and Ahmadis continue under different legislations. Pakistani laws prohibit the Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslims.

    It’s time the Council found some way to see that the countries that agree to its covenants also practice it.

    Such anti-minority legislations not only violate the UN Resolution, but also Islam’s primary scripture. The Holy Quran does not prescribe any punishment for blasphemy. Nor does it permit any one to declare others kafir. It clearly says: La Ikraha fid Deen, (There can be no compulsion in religion). (Chapter 2: verse 256).

    If not the UN Charter, Muslim countries should at least follow their own primary scripture, the Holy Quran.....

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    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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