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  • Arshad, you have handled this complex subject very well....
    ( By RoyalJ )
  • This is sad. Islamists are setting Bangladesh as well as Malaysia and Indonesia....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article! Liberalism and secularism can pave the path to unity and harmony. They....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Why it is that your following Islam is not acceptable for them? Your burqa, your kurta, your pyjama...
    ( By Suhail )
  • It's true that islam enhances and emphasises peace and peacefull acts. Then why still islam is considered....
    ( By Faiiz Bin Shareef )
  • GRD sb you have nicely put your words.'
    ( By GGS )
  • Forced Conversion of Hindu Pakistani is really a violation of the basic teaching of Islam which...
    ( By Anjum )
  • Dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin sb, please let Mr. Hats off accuse me of Munafiqat, as his accusation gives me a chance...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • There should be no objection to revisting the Islamic conquests. There needs a balance between the advocates ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • GM saheb, Both 'jihad al-difa'a' and 'jihad al-talab' were relegated to the historical context which is irrelevant....
    ( By GRD )
  • I had to laugh seeing Hats Off accusing GGS sb. of munafiqat!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is no reason to sanctify Islamic conquests. Islamic conquests...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • mohtaram GGS saab, agar mai mud ke keh doon ke aap ko yeh behtar hogaa....
    ( By hats off! )
  • people are going to die in detention cetres and do you mean to say that we should live in patience...
    ( By Abdullah )
  • Ek fancy question ye bhi hai? “ghar waapsi karake ek khuda ki puja karaaenge ya anek? Ek khuda waale ghar me ...
    ( By Suhail )
  • Two questions are important for us to understand much about where we are today: Is it necessary to establish Islamic ...
    ( By Suhail )
  • SatishB is very happy because China is persecuting Ughur Muslims. He has all rights to be happy. I wish him real...
    ( By GGS )
  • Ghar waapsi karne ke liye tayyar hain agar Quran aur Veda ko achche se samjhaa denge to. Jab talwar....
    ( By Suhail )
  • If there is truly monotheism in Hinduism, why there is no agenda taken by state-power actors to lay a heavy ....
    ( By GGS )
  • you can say about monotheism of Hinduism. I want to know it from you'
    ( By GGS )
  • Hats off bhayya, jo bhi crimes ho rahe hain Baghdad me dar asal wo ek ghinauni saazish ka jaal hai jise kuch logon ....
    ( By Asif )
  • the world has grown up, but you remained a child, mr GGS, whatelse...
    ( By Ravi Kumar )
  • SatishB Ji, Nice to see day and night politics of India and Pakistan. We will not lag behind in believing ...
    ( By GGS )
  • Hats off Ji, Aap ise joke of the day maan sakte hain, “agar kawwa khana halala hai ke masle me Baghdad...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • what is this qareen brother in your comments?'
    ( By Zain )
  • Agar kawwa khana haal hai ke masle me jo argumentive techniques istemaal hota hai us arguments se Baghdad ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • GGS, why do not you consider Hinduism when you name monotheistic religions of the world? You have become...
    ( By Ravi Kumar )
  • It is interesting to read the coup-de-grace evidence detailing how the Chinese planned a strategy to create...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Mr. Ravi, Your brain is blindly flying in the sky surrounded by darkness. You have grown but exist with the same...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Does it necessary for you to debate over marriage with daughter? You say, “As a result, the daughter of an unmarried ...
    ( By Ravi Kumar )
  • Mr. Ravi Kumar, Islam does not make it obligatory on any Muslim to attack any non-Muslim places of worship.....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Was it patience to attack on churches, temples and places of worship? It was very much Islamic for Muslims??...
    ( By Ravi Kumar )
  • Dear Zain, My opinion is that suicide bombing is not allowEd in any circumstances. You can read my article: ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • It is good to check the similarities and dissimalarities between the Quran and Bible in order to reach the right ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • There are the groups of Christians who believe the creed of trinity is false and was a result of alteration. ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Progressive Islam is only possible by ignoring the ugly facts.'
    ( By SatishB )
  • The duplicity of Graham and Trump has been exposed. They have not acted on their suspicions.'
    ( By SatishB )
  • Unless India takes action against Pakistan, it will only continue to aggravate....
    ( By SatishB )
  • let me know, with reference to the issue of suicide bombing as discussed earlier, what is your opinion?
    ( By Zain )
  • Wish China success in detalibanizing Xinjiang while America makes deals with...
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    Barren sandy desert, extremely hot climate, and scarcity of water resources made the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula an inhospitable abode for man since ancient times. Its original people were pagans, except for some Unitarians (ahnaf) who contemplated on the Oneness of God. In the post Judeo-Christian era, pockets of wet fertile land attracted Jewish and Christian settlers from the adjoining regions, and became isolated centres of trade and commerce. However, the vast stretches of the desert heartland that only sustained a nomadic life, remained in a primitive state until the advent of Islam. The nomadic tribes had preserved their ancestral paganism, with each tribe having its own idol; and the Ka‘ba, a cubical shrine at the heart of an ancient sanctuary (Haram) in Mecca, was the centre of idol worship. The nomadic Arabs were largely unlettered, had no notion of central state or kingdom, and their social and moral norms were based on traditions (Sunnah) and dictated by the struggle for survival. .....

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    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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    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.

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    This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.

    One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.

    Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……

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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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