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  • if you lived 300 years more you would flip over in your opinions at least....
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  • satishbbbb. there is no sharia law in India but yet your people are against diversity............ legislature, ....
    ( By Austin )
  • Hats Off just can't help seeing evil in everything in order to...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • For Hats Off, the actions of 1% of Muslims represent Islam! Once....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off's remarks are irrelevant and inane. He uses every....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Now every one is seeing who is against diversity in India.'
    ( By John )
  • sharia law is against diversity.'
    ( By SatishB )
  • Hope this is not a jihadi ploy.'
    ( By SatishB )
  • Hamdani is another Jinnah who comes up with fake Islamic arguments for secular state.'
    ( By SatishB )
  • BJP always trying to hype its meagre achievements.'
    ( By SatishB )
  • Opportunities to do good are very few in an Islamic state.'
    ( By SatishB )
  • Trump will leave but keep a small American contingent to come back again when needed.
    ( By SatishB )
  • abrogation is a basic concept in islamic sciences. more than 1200 years have gone into its formulation. they have been ...
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  • tip toeing around aren't you! walking of egg shells? never utter the name of the beast. the elephant ...
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  • god is in two minds about this matter. he wavers between kill them wherever you find them to equating...
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  • "We have . . . . made you peoples and tribes that you may know...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Self-appointed moralists are the worst enemies of our personal freedoms.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • it is too soon to be gloating. it's a matter of time. the un chief visits pakistan and appreciates....
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  • Some points from the meeting between PM Modi and President Trump President Trump says, (1) “Pakistan is our good friend....
    ( By GGS )
  • who has real concerns to fight against radical Islamism in so depth? if not with depth, then can you win? no, you can't.
    ( By Talha )
  • Mr. Trump, we are fighting radical Islamism but OUR refuting points are not beaing spread.'
    ( By GGS )
  • Hats off has coined a good word ‘libtards’. Liberals vs. libtards
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  • Nice blog ...Post Thank you for sharing such valuable information.
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  • The right to agree or disagree was intrinsically the unique characteristic of fours schools of jurists, where despite differences...
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  • मुहब्बत से आतंक मिटा जा सकता है, आतंक सिर्फ आतंक ही पैदा करता है, जो लो दिमाग रखते हैं वो ठन्डे दिमाग...
    ( By GGS )
  • Hats Off's analysis is way off the mark. "The dreaming resenting state of mind"...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • What an idiotic comment from Hats Off! In which crazy world would Maulana Abdul Aziz...
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  • Islam dharma ka granth ki Manetha kisne Di hai na Jane ye granth nahi hai ye ye sirf Hindu dharma....
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  • for a start they could wake up from the dreamy resenting state of mind.....
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  • even here. even in europe. even in america. everywhere in fact. the world....
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  • “The truth is being dismembered in Washington” , on behalf of SA and the truth....
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  • The answer is education, education and more education....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • When the government gives in to such rabid maulanas it is not...
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  • Arshad sb. is right. Owaisi brand of communalism is most inopportune...
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  • My wife used talaq e tafweez on her and took divorce by herself but it was....
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  • astern Pakistan was declared the independent state of Bangladesh, and most of the Pakistani Hindus...
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  • Saudis never really cared for Muslim causes. They have...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Appeasing Islamists and terrorists is sheer idiocy. If the government....
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  • GRD sb., you have a point. Thanks.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • 4we should accept Quranic mode of talaq.
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    It cannot be stressed enough that the reason Jihadis have been able to capture the imagination of thousands of our youth the world over is that they are not saying anything new. They are simply showing a way to practice what the ulema (religious scholars) have been preaching. The Jihadi narrative is the traditional Islamic theological narrative of Islam domination over all other religious beliefs, and eradication of what it considers the biggest crimes humanity can commit, particularly shirk, polytheism or idol worship, and kufr, rejection of the prophethood of Hazrat Mohammad (pbuh). All the most eminent scholars of Islam from Imam Ghazali (11th-12th century) to Imam Ibn-e-Taimiya (13th-14th century), Mujaddid Alf-e-Saani Sheikh Sirhindi (16th-17th century), Shah Waliullah Muhaddis Dehlavi (18th century) have shown a vision of political Islam that was finally given a more definite form in the 20th century by Maulana Syed Abul A’la Maududi, Hassan al-Banna, and Syed Qutb. The Jihadi ideologues of the 21st century may be stressing some parts of this traditional narrative more vigorously and downplaying some other aspects. But they are not saying anything that is entirely new or radically different.

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    Mainstream Muslims have considered Islam a spiritual path to salvation, one of the many. Islam aims at reforming society for a peaceful, harmonious, pluralist existence. However, due to certain historical factors, the theology and jurisprudence of Islam that evolved in the 8th and 9th centuries (CE), present Islam as a political, totalitarian ideology of supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and gender discrimination. It is this theology of violence, exclusivism and world-domination that is taught in madrasas and sustains Islamism. But despite the Islamist violence against peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the community is still not focussed on the need for evolving a counternarrative of Islam.

     It is imperative that Muslim countries that have signed the UN Charter look into the issue urgently and work towards developing a new theology of peace, pluralism and gender justice. While several countries like Morocco and now Saudi Arabia appear to be moving in this direction, the one country that has made a solid contribution is Turkey. In a decade-long exercise 100 Turkish scholars have managed to limit the number of authentic ahadith to just 1600, out of over 10,000, and provide each hadith with context and suitable interpretation. This book of authentic Hadith has been provided to all mosques in Turkey but I hope it is made available to the global Muslim community in their own languages as soon as possible.

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    It is the bravery and the far-sightedness of these protests that they have not allowed any religious cleric to come near them. What also needs to be underlined is that the established Muslim leaders of different political parties have not been allowed to make political speeches. The beauty of the movement is that it is acephalous wherein young people are refusing to be cowed down despite brutal repression at some places....

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    Indian Muslim Clergy to Counter ISIS Propaganda: But they should go beyond rhetoric to a genuine counter-narrative that refutes Jihadism based on traditional Islamic theology

    The clergy is required to counter the exclusivist Jihadi theology of violence and supremacism which is primarily based on the traditional Islamic theology of consensus of all schools of thought. This has to be done through a counter-narrative based on a new inclusivist theology of peace and pluralism. But to do that the clergy will have to work towards evolving a new theology that is different from the traditional theology taught in madrasas. It is this age-old theology that is used by Jihadis to propagate their message. 

    It cannot be stressed enough that the reason Jihadis have been able to capture the imagination of thousands of our youth the world over is that they are not saying anything new. They are simply showing a way to practice what the ulema (religious scholars) have been preaching. The Jihadi narrative is the traditional Islamic theological narrative of Islam domination over all other religious beliefs, and eradication of what it considers the biggest crimes humanity can commit, particularly shirk, polytheism or idol worship, and kufr, rejection of the prophethood of Hazrat Mohammad (pbuh). All the most eminent scholars of Islam from Imam Ghazali (11th-12th century) to Imam Ibn-e-Taimiya (13th-14th century), Mujaddid Alf-e-Saani Sheikh Sirhindi (16th-17th century), Shah Waliullah Muhaddis Dehlavi (18th century) have shown a vision of political Islam that was finally given a more definite form in the 20th century by Maulana Syed Abul A’la Maududi, Hassan al-Banna, and Syed Qutb. The Jihadi ideologues of the 21st century may be stressing some parts of this traditional narrative more vigorously and downplaying some other aspects. But they are not saying anything that is entirely new or radically different.

    Jihadi literature has not dropped from the sky all of a sudden. This is not the creation of Osama bin Laden or so-called “Khalifa” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Their narrative of world domination, fighting those who do not accept the message of Islam is basically what is taught in all our madrasas. The definition of Jihad as fighting those who do not accept the oneness of God and prophethood of Mohammad (pbuh) is found in books of every school of Sunni fiqh (jurisprudence), be it Hanafi, Malaki, Shafei or Hanbali. Indeed, even Shia theology does not differ much with Sunnis in matters of political Islam. They too want world domination for Islam and desire to subdue all non-Muslims.

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