• Khalilzad was one of the most vociferous hawks urging Bush/Cheney to attack Iraq.'
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Hats Off doth protest too much, methinks! That redounds to the goodness and rectitude of Ram Puniyani's cause.'
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Hats Off is concerned that the portrayal of pre-Islamic Arabs as being jahil is being used....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • An inspired (or divine) message can only be a very simple message with some very basic....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Like I said in the last line of the 2nd last para of my post dated May 10, 2020 at 10:32 pm ....
    ( By samir sardana )
  • eventually islam can only legitimise itself through denigrating the pre-islamic communities as jaahil.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • if i remember correctly the author has described himself as an agnostic. so he is well ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • you just now proved that you will initially come out with an outrageous lie - and when ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • the US fully deserves all the ignominy for deliberately destroying the secular social fabric ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • when an uncle tom starts lecturing, you know that people are starting to do their independent....
    ( By hats off! )
  • another decietful "moderate" nonsense. you are simply trying to lie through your teeth...
    ( By hats off! )
  • have muslims EVER given up one day of roza in solidarity with the rape-conversions in...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Super bhai'
    ( By Suraj Sawariya )
  • An impossible task. If Islam adopts principle of human rights which includes equal rights....
    ( By Om Prakash Trivedy )
  • Ir sitting silent . And Muslims are killed daily in india by mob
    ( By Shanawaz Ahmed )
  • Is it your are babble of hearing that Dalit is. not your property, you guys think they are ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Mohyudin to Faruki and Faruki to Fakeury, you do not like Dalit fight back, is it you are...
    ( By Ayina )
  • My last post was addressed to Ayena, not to Hats Off. Sorry!
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Hats Off has to justify his apostasy to himself by proclaiming that Islam is emancipation-proof....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Hats Off, Only a moron would use the phrase "Mosque which hates others". Mosques ....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Aayena, The Indian Constitution does not require or authorize any editor to publish hateful or...
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Dr. Amburaj, Thank you for coming to the support of a persecuted minority in Pakistan. I appreciate....
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    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Are you criticizing her for talking about peace in Kashmir? And is not her focus on children....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • The usual rubbish from Hats Off! He would have said the same thing to Hindus who were....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Unworthy inputs from Hats Off and Aayena, as can be expected! In response to a story which should generate good will and bring....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Aayina, it is not the muslims who who are the issue. most of the muslims....
    ( By hats off! )
  • lying about the foundational aspects of islam will no doubt....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Hatts off you reminded one my life time experience, your points are...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Did I not mention that she is talking of peace, what I said she useing, Kids of Balochistan also....
    ( By Aayina )
  • no wonder a fake moderate like will love a dhimmi like dr. vankwani. you probably secretly love the...
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  • Furqan Force he Furqan Force or Furqan Battalion was a uniformed fighting force....
    ( By Dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Mr.Ghulam Faruki your comments are always out of the subject and....
    ( By Dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Now it's completely Gobar. It's like I cannot agree with Cow Gober, so I will not agree with Pig Gober.....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Aayina, Here is what Malala said: "I am asking leaders, at #UNGA and beyond, to work ....
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  • Hats Off should be ashamed to project his own all-encompassing paranoia on Dr. Vankwani.....
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  • Hats Off's determination to question any and all positive and progressive statements....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Their influence is up to their own meetings,oic is like a such bird which wants to fly...
    ( By Sheikh Munwar )
  • Jhakasss'
    ( By Ranjeet Raj )
  • Good
    ( By Ganesh Meena )

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    “Every madrasa in the world teaches that Qurʾān is uncreated, like God. The implication is that the universality of any of the verses of Quran cannot be questioned, all of them have to be followed till eternity and every instruction remains applicable to Muslims for ever. Now, with this understanding, how can one question the motives of Jihadis when they quote militant, war-time verses of Qurʾān from Surah Tawbah, Surah Anfal and several others to justify their actions.”


    This is what Mr. Sultan Shahin said in his speech at UNHRC, Geneva on 19 November 2019 entitled “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” Though, I highly appreciate Mr. Sultan Shahin’s  tireless efforts for bringing a progressive change in the Muslim attitude in order to come out of the trap they are in and march towards a better future, after a thorough study of the Quran, I have reached the conclusion that if we sincerely and honestly want to bring about a meaningful change in the  Muslim outlook, we will have to, go even beyond the question of createdness and uncreatedness of Quran…..

    Current Affairs

    So with virtually everyone ‘distracted’ from the ‘main game’ – the coup in which the global elite is taking vastly greater control of our lives and even dramatically increasing the risk of imminent human extinction – while we sit back, or even ask for, greater restrictions on our rights and freedoms, the only important question remaining is this….


    Islamic World News

    • After Son 'Refuses', Muslims from Local Organisation in Maharashtra Perform Last Rites of 78-yr-old Hindu Man

    • No Exchange of Sweets Between BSF, Pakistan Rangers at Wagah Border on Eid

    • On Eid More than147 Million Muslims in Bangladesh Prayed for The End of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Prince Edward, Countess Sophie Celebrate Eid By Helping Volunteers At Local Mosque

    • Iranian DM Hopes for More Unity among Islamic States

    • CMCO: Do Not Cheer for Mat Rempits, Johor Police Chief Warns Malaysians

    Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    • Combating Coronavirus: Women-Run Businesses Now Join War on Covid-19

    • Combating Coronavirus: Cops Grant Two Emirati Girls' Wish on Eid

    • Women's Organisations Criminalised in Turkey After Scores of Arrests

    • Women Crushed to Death in Sri Lanka Stampede For $8 Handout

    • Princess Hind Al Saud: The Ambassador of The Global Campaign Against COVID-19

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    Interfaith Dialogue

    It was the symbol of deep interaction of Hindus and Muslims that Muslims followed the Bhakti saints like Kabir and many a Hindus visit the Sufi Saint Dargahs (Shrines). This interactive element is vibrantly visible in Hindi films. Here one can see the outstanding devotional songs in praise of Hindu gods composed by Muslims. One of my favourite’s remains, ‘Man Tarpathari Darshan ko Aaj’…

    War on Terror

    Unlike the US government, which is taking extraordinary pains to accept every Taliban claim at face value these days, the Afghan officials maintain that the ISIS-K is a either a subsidiary of the Pakistan-Taliban combine, a hotchpotch of the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban dropouts, or another one of Pakistan’s jihadist terror projects.....

    War on Terror

    After the terrible attack on a funeral and a maternity ward in Afghanistan, an attack mainly on girls and women, some of them pregnant, children and even babies, the brave Khalilzad rushed, in fact, to blame ISIS-Khorasan for the carnage, defending the Taliban and their supposed commitment to 'peace'.....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    After the death of Mullah Omar, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was elected as the new head of the mainstream, or majority faction. His election was met with mixed reactions, and a minority faction led by Mullah Muhammad Rasool was formed. In this regard, some of the Taliban’s elites considered the theory that Mullah Omar had been murdered.


    Current Affairs

    Such disgusting acts can severely affect the health of the victim and the severity can range from physical illness to mental disorders: including a high risk of chronic disease, sexual disorders and depression. ...


    Spiritual Meditations

    The Right to Health Will Be A Radical Step in Post-Lockdown India

    Smitha Sasidhran Nair, Rani Rohini Raman and Jisha

    At this point the right to health in itself will be a radical step towards consistent and persistent change. The lockdown will end and we will find a way around COVID-19, but this crisis has shown that it is not virus that is the enemy but the idea ‘that some are more equal than others’....

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    Spiritual Meditations
    Epidemics: A Challenge for Science
    Epidemics: A Challenge for Science
    Dr. M.I.H. Farooqi, New Age Islam

    Belief in Science and Scientific Temper is the need of hour. Science defeated and controlled almost all the deadly Viruses and Bacteria in the past and it will surely defeat and control the present horrendous Corona virus soon…

    Islamic Society

    Philosophers like Ibn Sina and Ibn Rushd and even mystics like Ibn Arabi lambasted the Ulema for taking the religious text too literally. These philosophers claimed that the real essence of Islam is buried within layers of meaning and that only they (the philosophers) have access to that knowledge….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Our ulema should introspect deeply, and better decide to come out of their seventh century mindset, which is still celebrating Jang-e-Badr and other battles. We need a new theology, a theology of peace and pluralism, a theology of gender justice, free from patriarchal bias. ISIS is presenting a powerful Jihadi narrative based on the theology of the consensus of all sects in Islam. We need a coherent counternarrative, which is internally consistent and makes sense to the modern Muslim, living in the 21st century. Our ulema have a grave responsibility. Let’s hope they fulfil that….

    Debating Islam

    Mufti Muneebur Rahman’s pernicious fatwa is easily refutable.  Muslims in India and its Kashmir region can and should engage in muamalat (business transactions) with non-Muslims without an iota of doubt in their minds as for its permission in religion. If based on mutual benefit, such transactions do not amount to supporting sin and aggression, the only thing prohibited in Quran (5:2), and thus there is no violation of Islamic precepts whatsoever....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Salafism is typically known for its absolute dogma. Any changes in behavior or religious belief have, in the past, been quickly denounced by Salafi clerics as dangerous innovations – to the extent that many Salafi groups spend more time aiming their vitriol at other Muslims regarded as deviant, instead of at non-Muslims….

    Islam and Human Rights

    Madam President,

    The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) told the Council last week that the OIC will adopt the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) after it is revised in accordance with international human-rights standards. This would have been reassuring if individual member states had shown any renewed commitment to Human Rights. That, however, doesn’t seem to be the case. Only a couple of examples can be cited here. Turkey is bringing a law that would allow child rapists to walk free if they marry their victims, thus legitimising rape.  Hundreds of Hindu, Sikh and Christians girls are subjected to forcible conversions and rapes in Pakistan every year. Equally frequent are continuing practices of harassment and murder of religious minorities through misuse of blasphemy law, religious persecution against Shias, Ahmadiyas, Ismailis and Hazaras in Pakistan.  Children are still recruited for terror activities including suicide bombing in Pakistan and other Islamic nations.

    Madam President,

    OIC secretary-general also notes that the organization continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups. But mere condemnation of Jihadi rhetoric has not and is not going to help.  Jihadis do not merely apply rhetoric. They have worked out a very coherent, internally consistent theology of violence and exclusion.

    This theology is effective because it’s based on the consensus of all traditional schools of Islamic thought. It cannot be countered by the platitudes that our scholars deploy. A new theology of peace and pluralism needs to be evolved. This should be equally coherent and internally consistent. OIC seems to be making no effort to evolve such a theology yet.

    Considered the intellectual branch of the OIC Sawt Al-Hikma Center or Voice of Wisdom is merely recounting the positive virtues of Islamic tolerance based on early Quranic verses that have been declared abrogated by the traditional ulema. It’s not taking into account doctrines in which the real strength of the Jihadi ideology lies. For instance, the Uncreatedness of Quran, which is the basis for universal and eternal applicability of all Quranic verses including the contextual war-time verses;  Doctrine of Abrogation, that says that war-time instructions that were revealed later in Madina have abrogated the peacetime pluralistic verses that were revealed earlier in Makkah; Takfirism, that declares Muslims as Kafir, Mushrik and Munafiq and thus liable to be killed; Millennarian end-of-the-world theories like Ghazwa-e-Hind that made ISIS so attractive to our youth; the Doctrine of offensive Jihad to help expand Islamic territories; the Doctrine of Global Khilafat that considers modern democracy as un-Islamic; the Doctrine of al-Wala wal-Bara (loyalty and disavowal, loving and hating, only for the sake of God) that asks Muslims to have good relations only with Muslims and avoid interaction with non-Muslims; the forcible application of the Doctrine Al-amr bil-maʿrūf wan-nahi ʿanil-munkar (Enjoining what is right and Forbidding what is wrong) in which Islam is considered right and all non-Islamic religions are considered wrong; the argument that Muslims who are helpless, facing persecution, and do not have any other weapon, can use their own bodies as weapons of war for the so-called martyrdom operations; and so on….

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Despite this forcible exclusion, Ahmadis continued to practice their faith as Muslims. In order to further stigmatize them, the Pakistan state brought an ordinance in 1984 which forbade the Ahmadis to practice their faith as Muslims. Ahmadis could no longer preach, say their prayers, or even repair their mosques. Periodic targeted violence against the Ahmadis has resulted in their migration to other countries….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    A War on Terror has been raging for 17 years now but we are no closer to defeating Islamist terror. Jihadism continues to attract Muslim youth. This is because the world has not paid enough attention to the ideology of Islamism and Jihadism.

    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.

    Allama Iqbal, a poet-philosopher of the South Asian sub-continent had called for the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam almost a hundred years ago. Let us at least start working on it now....

    Books and Documents

    Islam and its Holy scripture Quran, was revealed to change this scheme of things. Instead its message of liberation, empowerment and freedom was bogged down by the patriarchal interpretation of its message. This patriarchal interpretation has been a norm for most Ulama. They have justified it in the name of Islam….

    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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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    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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