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From the Desk of Editor (16 Nov 2018 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Did Islam Change Its Policies From Inclusivism Of Early Madina To Exclusivism And Intolerance Of Religious Minorities In Later Madina Days? Ask New Age Islam Readers

By Sultan Shahin, Founder-Editor, New Age Islam

16 November 2018

I am receiving calls from agitated readers of an original NewAgeIslam.com article published on 2 August, 2018, reproduced by Urdu daily Inqilab today, of course, without acknowledgement, as is the custom with Urdu Press in India. This was written by our regular columnist Mr. Ghulam Rasool Dehlavi and is titled: How Imran Khan Will Set Up Medina-Like Islamic Welfare State? The paragraph which is troubling readers is the following:

“Some would argue that Meccan Islamic principles, as compared to the Madinite period of Islam, was more pluralistic, peaceful and inclusivist, though under compulsive circumstances. However, the Islamic state in Madina witnessed an aggressive phase including Ghazwas (Islamic battles), enactment of blasphemy laws, extradition of Jews and Christians, abrogation of the peaceful verses of Qur'an such as La Ikraha Fid-Deen (“No coercion in matters of Religion”).”

I am being asked the following questions: How can a New Age Islam columnist say that verses such as La Ikraha fid Deen which are the fulcrum of moderate Islam were abrogated in the Islamic State of Madina, when the Prophet (saw) himself was running its affairs. Were blasphemy laws indeed enacted in Madina during the Prophet’s time, when New Age Islam has been maintaining that blasphemy laws have no basis in Islam? Does New Age Islam now believe in the Doctrine of Abrogation, when it has been almost for a decade saying that none of the verses in Quran has been abrogated, though some war-time verses may not be applicable to us today? What is the meaning of “compulsive circumstances” under which the pluralistic, peaceful and inclusivist verses of Quran were revealed at Makkah? Does this mean that Quran ordered Muslims to remain peaceful only because they had no other option? If these contradictions between inclusivist and xenophobic instructions of Quran arose during the Prophet’s time itself, how can you blame later Islamic theologians like Ibn-e-Taimiya as is your custom for the present-day confusion? If Prophet himself changed from being pluralist and inclusivist in Makkah and early Madina to being intolerant and xenophobic who later evicted all religious minorities from the land of Islam, what is wrong in Pakistan starting as a secular and pluralistic nation as propounded by Mohammad Ali Jinnah and then later turning intolerant of minorities?

I would simply like to ensure people who have called me to put these and similar questions that New Age Islam remains consistent in its approach, though we allow our columnists complete freedom of expression. Even in this case, I do not think Mr. Dehlavi holds the views expressed in the offending paragraph. He did start this paragraph with the words “some would argue.” It is possible to argue that this “some” includes him too, but I don’t think that would be correct. The tone and the tenor of the entire article gives a different view. As I understand, he is merely wondering if Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan would go by the early vision of Prophet’s Islamic State in Madina or by the later policies which are supposed to have abrogated the previous policies in the view of Islamic theologians followed by the terror ideologues of Pakistan. He seems to be merely seeking clarification as to which Madina model will Mr. Imran Khan follow: the early Madina model of Meesaq-e-Madina when multi-culturalism ruled or the policies of the time when “the Islamic state in Madina witnessed an aggressive phase including Ghazwas (Islamic battles), enactment of blasphemy laws, extradition of Jews and Christians, abrogation of the peaceful verses of Qur'an such as La Ikraha Fid-Deen (“No coercion in matters of Religion.”

In any case, NewAgeIslam.com has always believed in debate and discussion on a non-sectarian and neutral platform. Readers are welcome to express themselves on the contentious issues raised here. Primarily, what is agitating readers is that an author associated with New Age Islam for long is implying that Islam changed its policies from inclusivism and pluralism of Makkah and early Madina days to exclusivism and intolerance of religious minorities during the Prophet’s time in Madina itself. I invite all interested readers to put forward their views on the subject.

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  • In retrospect,there is 1 evidence of the genius of Jinnah, which is providentially proven by the Hindoo Nazis.

    Jinnah – is the only sentient,ever,who sensed the evil of the Hindoo and the Indian vermin, and placed it on documentary record.This is inspite of the fact, that he was surrounded by Hindoo liberals and philosophers,and so called liberals.He saw through the mist, for 100 years into the future.

    He saw that Nehru and Gandhi would die and be killed soon and the nation of the Hindoos,would be overrun by the Hindoo Nazis,as it was, in 2014.The Dialectics of History !

    It is a simple deconstructed fact of history.The largest extermination in Human history was that of the Buddhists and Buddhism – by the Hindoos,and the philosophy of the Hindoo Pope – Adi Shankara and his litter of impotenticas .And Jinnah read history.

    The dubious “Indian Muslims” who are basically the lower caste Hindoos,who converted,are numb nuts and dumb shits (still enslaved to upper caste Hindoos) – who believed the secular nation theory,and the bunk of the Ganga-Jamuna-Saraswati Culture ! There are 200 million of these dumb shits ! It is no wonder that these numb nuts did not create a new Pakistan or join Pakistan !

    They are lower caste Hindus who tolerated Hindoo evil for 5000 years – with not a single record of insurrection !

    Those who left India in 1947 – did not have the “Indian DNA” – they were not the lower caste hindoos who converted to Islam

    Even the Prophet of Islam,did not sense the evil of the Hindoo vermin – although there were several Hindoo vermin, in Mecca,then.The Prophet is supposed to have made statements on the cool winds of Hind and the Prophet-hood of Krishna – which are dubious and meaningless Hadeeths.The Hindoo vermin say that Ramadan is Rama-adan and the “Indian Muslims” say that Rama is a Imam ! This is the Harry Potter tale !

    Ghazwa-E-Hind is a prophecy of eventuality (like those of Nostradamus) – not a statement of evil !dindooohindoo

    Do these “Indian Muslims” deserve doom ? After 80 years of cinderella and Harry Potter tales,the dubious “Indian Muslims” still do not get it ! These fools believe in the Hindoo Constitution and Judiciary !


    And Jinnah saw it in 1930-47 ! The man from London ! There was another genius from London – called – Churchill – who said “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”

    There is something about London – the air,weather,wine and women !

    And Jinnah’s example,is w/o any peer in human history – wherein, a warrior,king or saint has made a nation by extricating itself from the pits of evil,sensing evil and documenting evil,and then,being proven right,in a span of 80 years.

    Jinnah – the genius – the man’s trajectory from wine,pork,cigars,pipes and women to the Qaid !

    This is E-V-O-L-U-T-I-O-N !

    The 1 flaw in Jinnah – minutae of intellectual discrimination ! Never eat from the hands of a Kaffir or allow the human body to be touched by a kaffir ! He was poisoned by a Hindoo – just like the Prophet was poisoned by a Jew-ess ! dindooohindoo

    By samir sardana - 1/25/2020 6:22:41 AM

  • What is a Minority ? Hindooism is evil ! Muslims who co-opt and cohabit with Hindoos become Quasi Hindoos and Dubious Muslimsdindooohindoo.page.tl/Rama-and-Krishna-as-Imams--f-.htm
    Like the Indian Muslims who say that Rama was an Imam

    By CHE - 2/16/2019 9:59:04 AM

  • A Muslim cannot live with a Non-Abrahamite
    It dooms the faith of the Muslim
    Like the Indian Muslims who say that Rama is an Imam

    By chou - 2/16/2019 8:48:37 AM

  • A Muslim cannot live with a Non-Abrahamite!
    It dooms the faith of the Muslim
    Like the Indian Muslims who say that Rama is an Imam

    By chou - 2/16/2019 8:47:41 AM

  • I see nothing that is exceptionable in the points that Hats Off has made and questions raised by him.

    Uncompromising monotheism and uncompromising polytheism are never comfortable with each other and the Prophet's public preaching did offend some people who felt threatened by the new religion and its egalitarianism. They did approach the Prophet for a compromise agreeing to worship Allah if he accepted that a couple of their deities were accepted as smaller gods with the power of intercession with Allah. This was rejected. There was therefore certainly conflict but it is important to keep in mind the following points:

    1. The Quran categorically prevents the Prophet and the Muslims from reviling other religions.

    2. It advises the Prophet and the Muslims to take the stand with those who reject Islam "To you be your religion and to me mine"

    3. It does not believe in compulsion in religion because "(2:256) ".... Truth stands out clear from Error...."

    4. There is a standing order in the Quran to accept peace whenever peace is offered.

    5. After the first battle of Badr, there is the offer that if they gave up persecution of the Muslims all past acts of persecution would be forgiven and the Muslims would return in peace and preach in peace.

    6. The Pagan leaders knew that if the Prophet was allowed to preach unhindered and in peace, all would accept Islam which is why they fought to the bitter end and lost everything.

    7. Those who had never fought or fought but without violating any treaty had the right to practice their religion and become jizya paying citizens. The Prophet did not wrong anyone.

    There is considerable hypocrisy among the latter/present day Muslims as well as intolerance. Islamic theology has been dominated by bigots and distorted through concocted ahadith.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 11/18/2018 5:44:48 AM

  • For Hats Off only those vignettes of history count that make Islam look bad, because they are the only ones that support his venomous agenda!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 11/17/2018 12:28:47 PM

  • @Anynymous
    That Muslim should tell him that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism. Yes there are some so-called Muslims who misuse Islam for their terrorism activities such as suicide attacks, bombing, killing innocent civilians etc. All these activities, they do in the name of Islam but if we study Islam, Quran and Hadith properly in proper context, we will definitely find that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.

    By Urooj Fatma - 11/17/2018 8:01:24 AM

  • The last war aka Ghazwa of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) took place in the 8th year of Hijra. This war is known in Islamic term as Ghazwa-e Tabuk.
    By Urooj Fatma - 11/17/2018 7:48:07 AM

  • By Anonymous - 11/17/2018 7:46:05 AM

  • A Muslim asks, "I’m Muslim, what should I do if someone says Islam is the religion of terrorism?
    By Anonymous - 11/17/2018 7:44:43 AM

  • @Urooj Fatma
    By Anonymous - 11/17/2018 7:40:14 AM

  • @Anonymous
    Surah Baqarah is the longest Surah. The Ayat 282 of Surah Baqarah (2:282) is the longest ayat of the Quran. This ayat is known as Ayat al-Mudainah (آية المداينة the verse of debiting, lending and borrowing etc). Muslims scholars discuss rules of debiting money in the light of this ayat.

    By Urooj Fatma - 11/17/2018 7:32:16 AM

  • Yes Terrorism has no religion. The fact of the matter is that when books of religions are misused for terrorism, some people say terrorism is the result of religions. However, if we study religions properly in proper context, we find that religions have nothing to do with terrorism.

    In today’s context, some handful “muslims”, misuse Islam for their terrorist activities, but if we study Islam, Quran and Hadith in proper context, we do not find anything to support the arguments of terrorists. Therefore we must say terrorism has no religion.

    By Urooj Fatma - 11/17/2018 7:31:12 AM

  • What is the thing, the longest Ayat, mentioned in the Quran?
    By Anonymous - 11/17/2018 5:59:45 AM

  • Has terrorism no religion? 
    By Anonymous - 11/17/2018 5:56:03 AM

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