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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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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    ISIS may be militarily defeated tomorrow and even go out of existence. But this will not solve the problem of Muslim radicalisation. If our madrasas and educational institutions continue to prepare the ground for self-segregation and militancy, expounding the current theology, mixed with narratives of victimhood and marginalisation, Islam will continue to be hobbled, Muslims will continue to struggle to fit in the way of life in contemporary world.

    Moderate, progressive Muslims must urgently evolve and propagate an alternative theology of peace and pluralism, consistent in all respects with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies, while refuting the current theology of violence and supremacism.

    Unfortunately, as we have seen above, the task is not so easy. Radicalisation has not just happened overnight. Jihadi theology has evolved over hundreds of years. Major theologians who have studied Islam independently have brought to us a political version of Islam, stripping the religion of all its spirituality.

    While it is primarily the duty of Muslims to fight this ideological war within slam, this is no longer just a Muslim concern. The world too must confront Muslim scholars with the supremacism and extremism present in their theology and ask them to rethink Islam.  ProgressiveMuslims should join the rest of the world to defeat extremism in Islamic theology.

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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    ... Now Islam is a religion being practiced only by some Indian Mullahs, so it would seem. This even amounts to declaring Shias as well as Sunni Wahhabi sects like Ahl-e-Hadith apostate because they consider triple talaq in one session as equal to only one reversible talaq.

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    The most astounding fact in the AIMPLB affidavit is the justification it seeks for instant triple talaq from the Holy Quran. This has never been done before. Everyone knows there is no justification for instant triple talaq in the holy Quran. All protagonists of the triple talaq in one sitting have so far only quoted Ahadith (so-called sayings of the Prophet, many of them clearly weak and inauthentic, collected hundreds of years after the demise of the Prophet) and juristic rulings of companions of the prophet, or later jurists and theologians.....

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    Denying freedom of religion to Muslims and ex-Muslims, not to speak of non-Muslims, indeed has a long and gory history. The Quranic dictum (2: 256) la ikraha fid Deen [Let there be no compulsion in religion] did not leave an impact beyond the life of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). Forcible conversions started with the first Caliph Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) fighting Ridda (apostasy) wars against the tribes who had left Islam after the demise of the Prophet. They were all brought back to the fold of Islam or killed. Similar is the case of Khwarij in the time of the fourth caliph Hazrat Ali (RA) and beyond to neo-Khwarij today, also known as Wahhabi or Salafi.  These groups mostly kill Muslims whom they consider “heretics” including Shias and Ahmadis....

    Islamic Ideology
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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam
    Is This the Islam of Prophet Mohammad, a Blessing to Mankind?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    So it is good that Sufi ulema, under attack from Wahhabi militants, are coming out to denounce the Salafi understanding of Islam. But is this enough? Do they not need to ask why it’s Salafis who are winning this ideological war? Have Sufi ulema been able to bring back to the Sufi fold even a single Islamist terrorist? After all, all the terrorists of today, at least from the South Asian and African Sahel region were part of a Sufism-oriented Islam until recently. Wahhabism existed mainly in the Arab regions. There were very few Salafis anywhere else. Easy availability of petrodollars for the propagation of Salafism has certainly played an important role. But can money alone bring about this kind of transformation? Why is the Sufi counter-narrative not effective enough to make a difference?

    Writing in this space, almost exactly a year ago, I had made an earnest appeal to the Sufi Ulema and Mashaikh gathering in Delhi for an international conference. I had asked them to go beyond the usual shibboleths and utilse this great opportunity to consider this most urgent question: why is the Sufi focus on positives of Islam not working? The more Sufis and other moderate Muslims denounce terrorism, the more followers this Satanic ideology finds. I had pointed out the basic reason behind this conundrum: the radical theology of violence and exclusion and the current theology of consensus of all ulema, including Sufi ulema, are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic...

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Note: This is the story of Imtiaz Shams who says he has left Islam and is now helping others do the same. This young man has been a devout Muslim since his childhood. But now, an ex-Muslim. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, he is like many other young Muslims, particularly in Turkey, who are leaving Islam, some to become Atheist or Christian, but mostly to become Deist, who believe in God but not in any religion. I think we Muslims should seek to understand this phenomenon as much as that of radical Islamism which is attracting tens of thousands of our children. Merely castigating them as crazy or apostate is not enough. This approach is not helpful at all. We should try to explore the roots of the problem. What is attracting some of our most intelligent, well-educated, youth, who are also well-versed in Islamic theology to violent extremism and some to altogether leaving the religion. Let us listen to Imtiaz Shams’s story and ponder. This might do us some good. – Editor

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

    Islamic Ideology

    Mr. President,

    Even17 years after 9/11, terrorism in the name of Islam is nowhere near its end. Yet, all that one hears from Muslim leaders is rhetoric against Islamist terrorism. No concrete action has been taken to cleanse the Islamic theology of totalitarianism, xenophobia, intolerance and a historical urge to expand the land of Islam through offensive Jihad. One would think that at least Sufi Muslims, who have been for long a victim of Jihadism, an offshoot of neo-Khwarij Salafism, would introspect and look into their own theology and purify it from elements of political Islam.

    This may sound strange to some. For, Sufism has been identified as the antidote to Jihadism. But we must also understand that Sufi theologians too have been votaries of Islamic world domination. The strangest thing that is happening now is that rather than cleansing their theology of traces of political Islam, sections of Sufi Muslims are actually engaged in what can be called a Wahhabisation of Sufism. The inclusive doctrine of Wahdatul Wujood (unity of being) has been replaced by exclusivist doctrine of Wahdatul Shuhood (unity of perception). Enlightening Sufi books teaching mysticism, ethics and morality have been taken out of the courses of study from Sufi madrasas and women are being barred from visitation of shrines.

    I would like to appeal to Muslim governments represented in the Council to introspect and cleanse the Islamic theology of elements of totalitarianism and offensive Jihad for world domination. There are war-time instructions in Islamic scriptures that should not be considered applicable to us Muslims today in the 21st century. Instead, what even earliest Sufi and Salafi theologians have said is that one so-called sword verse alone has abrogated 124 early verses of Quran preaching peace and pluralism....

    Debating Islam

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    the mainspring of thinking of both these groups, indeed all Islamic scholars of all schools of thought was Quran and except in the case of Mutazillah, Hadith. All of them may have violently disagreed with one another, even thrown each other in prison and got one another lashed, but they were all very sincere seekers of the Truth of Islam. The proof of their sincerely lies in the fact that not one of them recanted, despite facing extreme persecution by the Khulafa of their times. And the source of their thinking was Quran alone in the case of Mutazillah and Hadith and Seerah too in the case of others. Apart from Zahiris and Hanbalis, all of them had studied Greek philosophy, but their primary faith was in Islam and Islamic scriptures.

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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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