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  • 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 ....
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  • eventually islam can only legitimise itself through denigrating the pre-islamic communities as jaahil.....
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  • if i remember correctly the author has described himself as an agnostic. so he is well ....
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  • you just now proved that you will initially come out with an outrageous lie - and when ....
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  • the US fully deserves all the ignominy for deliberately destroying the secular social fabric ...
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  • when an uncle tom starts lecturing, you know that people are starting to do their independent....
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  • another decietful "moderate" nonsense. you are simply trying to lie through your teeth...
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  • have muslims EVER given up one day of roza in solidarity with the rape-conversions in...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Mohyudin to Faruki and Faruki to Fakeury, you do not like Dalit fight back, is it you are...
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  • 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...
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  • Dr. Amburaj, Thank you for coming to the support of a persecuted minority in Pakistan. I appreciate....
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  • Hats Off has decided that Dr. Vankwani is speaking as a Dhimmi. Hats Off speaks as an eye-...
    ( 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....
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  • Aayina, it is not the muslims who who are the issue. most of the muslims....
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  • lying about the foundational aspects of islam will no doubt....
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  • Hatts off you reminded one my life time experience, your points are...
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  • Did I not mention that she is talking of peace, what I said she useing, Kids of Balochistan also....
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  • 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....
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  • Mr.Ghulam Faruki your comments are always out of the subject and....
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  • Now it's completely Gobar. It's like I cannot agree with Cow Gober, so I will not agree with Pig Gober.....
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  • Aayina, Here is what Malala said: "I am asking leaders, at #UNGA and beyond, to work ....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Hats Off should be ashamed to project his own all-encompassing paranoia on Dr. Vankwani.....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Hats Off's determination to question any and all positive and progressive statements....
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    Madam President,

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    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.

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    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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