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  • germany, france and netherlands have allowed loudspeaker azans - fact. an indian ....
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  • every looter and murderer invader who came, brought along with him his own chronicler. and ...
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  • Can you give your evidence of your comment which are based on Pakistan narrative.'
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  • I think you are best liar, not only whole world count than as biggest killer, they do not have....
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  • Hats Off says, " if the prophetic sunnah is important, there is no way of knowing it without hadees." Thanks for your....
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  • Aayina, If you are saying that the examples you gave add up to Muslims killing millions....
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  • Such hostile and ignorant posts from Hats Off and Aayina! Any positive news about Muslims....
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  • not any more. this "western" model is another half truth. germany, france, netherlands and canada ...
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  • it would have been much more honest and straight forward for mr. GGS to say what the truth...
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  • If Azan is reminder for the call of prayer, Sceince has given lot of tools that can be used, ...
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  • I have seen Athiest are more spiritual than relgious theist, who want to rule to the world...
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  • You are right there was no Muslims army but looters and rapers, like Mahmood Gaznavi,....
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  • I just asked them in my last comment.
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  • Aayena, It is a lie that you and your RSS have invented that Muslims killed millions....
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  • Hats Off's canned comments are becoming tiresome. Read Aayena's comment that I....
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  • Poor Dr.Anburaj! All that he can do is play the childish game of, "My religion is....
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  • Islamic jurisprudence is what living Muslims make it, not what Muslims of the first millennium made it.'
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  • Forget Riyadh, Tehran and Ankara! Hitch your wagon to the star of an all-inclusive ....
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  • "At least 113 people have been killed by Hindu mobs since 2015." An endless....
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  • "We can take a cue from Western countries, where Azaan is generally called inside....
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  • “There are several Hadiths mentioning Ghazwa-e-Hind and its virtues, but the chain of narrators is weak, ....
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  • cosmic fine tuning is a proof against theism. when you claim that cosmic fine tuning proves...
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  • Azaan is unIslamic because it is not revealed by Allah. It was just the idea of an ordinary Muslim.'
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  • Modern media proving to be a tool for unscrupulous elected politicians.'
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  • If Oxford-educated Imran Khan is so bad, will Oxford-educated Malala be far behind?'
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  • It is a shame that Duterte failed to crush the jihadis. He should have learnt from the Chinese.'
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  • Sunnis see the failure of Islam in Shias. They remind them of the falsehood of Islam.'
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  • Mainstream media is not addressing these crucial blindspots in Islamic belief...
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  • Where does Quran allow diversity in worship?'
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  • pakistan is a victim (again) of stokholm syndrome. having converted to the religion of their violent conquerors, they have....
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  • If people had made choice, Author should not be complaining, people had left the old...
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  • We have seen your defence, of Yazdi womens, Rapes of Dalits in Paksitana and you say your....
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  • Muskims are lunatics and had killed millions Hindus, the way you guys indirect support....
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  • hatred is almost always mutual. but the parties to this hatred will always claim that it is unilateral....
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  • why don't you ask the islamic scholars who write regularly here? that should do it. that...
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  • you are again indulging in a fallacy. according to islamic jurisprudence, the evidentiary...
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  • according to one school of historians muslim rulers did not kill as many people as hindu rulers killed...
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  • Many muslim Scholar hold that Only poor Muslims are eligible for Zakat al-Fitr.Non Muslims are not eligible....
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    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…..

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    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….

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    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....

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    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.

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    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....

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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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