• Hello Truth (?) That’s a big question mark.   Not sure what you are trying to relay. Though, what is truly shocking, was to read your sentence,  “alhmdulillah, these ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
    ( By muhammad yunus )
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  • "Outcry as Islamic State Bulldozers 'Wreck' Nimrud" . . .Saudis destroy Islamic monuments! ISIS destroys relics of human civilization! . . . "Those whom the ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sweet story, but does it take 80% Hindu majority in order to civilize a Pakistani town?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Muslims demand the same things that they deny to others in their own countries....majority of the muslims believe that 9/11 is an act of ...
    ( By Tim )
  • So much for Muslims tolerance...below is an example
    ( By tim )
  • alhmdulillah, these women fighting talibans are attired in hijab. so, there is no need to act upon speeches like so-called muslim Yunus.o Allah save us ...
    ( By TRUTH )
  • MR Yunus,  you are biggest jahil of the world, the spoon of Taliban and Mushrekeen. you people are responsible for taliban's creation. You people ...
    ( By TRUTH )
  • HOW TO GRASP THE ESSENTIALS OF THE QUR'ANIC MESSAGE.Surely not by a reading into the Wikipedia. The Word of God is not written in linear ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • If I were a woman, my heart would have overflowed with joy at the headline: "Women from the most conservative region of Pakistan are training ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • We should engage the author of the article in our discussions rather than each other.GRD has conveniently avoided answering my question so I am ...
    ( By Observer )
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  • THE QUR'ANIC MESSAGE DOES NOT ADMIT OF MARRIAGE OF MINOR GIRLS - so the Madras High Court Judgement calling upon Muslims not to rely ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Shubh Holi everybody!
    ( By Khalid Suhail )
  • Rational,Yes, the Muslims must take responsibility for Islamophobia.
    ( By Observer )
  • KS,You mix up what people say with what the Quran says.The sending of the messenger and revelation of the Quran was clearly to wean ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Good interview, although it must be taken with a grain of salt!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Happy Holi everyone!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • European countries need to launch an anti-ghettoization program to fight both physical and mental segregation.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  •  Observer sb - 3/4/2015 7:42:45 AM “Rules for proselytizing in the Quran: (6:108) Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest they out of spite revile Allah ...
    ( By Khalid Suhail )
  • ObserverLet us assume in 1200 years Muslim couldn't understand the difference between the kufr and Iman. First time you understood it after 1200 years. ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Scholars can afford lying.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • uh.. to clarify again.. this is so confusing:I thought you meant B1, but actually you meant B2And since I thought you meant B1, that ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Observer, you made a statement saying A. unequal treatment of non Muslims is not a part of the Quran. B. Jizya is unequal treatment ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Secular Logic,Where is the denial of Jizya?But you have not accepted that you made a false accusation. Instead like any other morally weak person, you ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Wikipedia tells me that the Quran mentions the Houris many times Those who are providing an abridged description of paradise are committing the sin of lying by ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • In the article What is Kufr etc part three in the comments section:Unequal treatment of non-Muslims is not part of the Quran. Jizya was in ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Yunus sahib urges compliance with "the universal trajectories of the Qur'an - doing of all that is good and lawful, excelling in all lawful avenues ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Secular Logic,Produce the proof where I said that there is no mention of Jizya in the Quran.Or produce  proof of anything else that I ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Mr Observer, I assure you I feel no pain at all. Far from being an Islamophobe, I have spent nearly two years trying to ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Secular Logic,I can understand the pain of  Islamophobes who turn and twist in agony every time their poisoned arrows are blunted. It was the ...
    ( By Observer )
  • As per Mr Khalid's story, Prophet ke karni aur kehni mein bahut pharak tha. It is obvious that those who are trying to redefine ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Excellent.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Muslims even moderates are grateful to Tabri and other historians without whom they would have not known the prophet.Perhaps the human mind is not ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Mr Mohammed YunusIf Ulema added glamor to Islam, you are depriving Islam from it. Who likes skinny Islam, you are proposing?if they are selective, ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab,Truly worthy of blame in historical perspective is the Muslim elite of the past generations who, by and large, languished in ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • For liberal Islam to flourish, both freedom of speech and complete separation of religion from state are necessary and equally important.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • What Mr. Jones says is sad but true.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • We must also blame the people who allow such maulanas to preach such rubbish.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
    Islamic Society

    Muslims Need Respectful, Tolerant, All-Encompassing and Socially Cohesive Society
    Rumy Hasan

    Rather than a new respectful, tolerant, all-encompassing and socially cohesive society envisaged by advocates of multiculturalism and multifaithism, with accommodation of separate cultural and religious demands, instead we see segregation, ghettoisation, resentment, alienation, communal stress to the point of hostility…..

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Mithi is as sweet as the name it has been given. Approximately 80 per cent of the population here is Hindu. It is a town where Muslims, out of respect for Hindus, do not slaughter cows; and where Hindus, out of respect for Muslim rites, have never organised any marriage ceremonies or celebrations during the month of Muharram…..

    Islamic World News

    Eid-e-Gulabi: Did You Know Holi Has A Rich Muslim History Too?
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia


    Muslim Law Board to Discuss Scrapping Of Quota, Beef Ban in Maharashtra


    Muslim’s Human Shield to Protect Hindus Celebrating Holi in Pakistan

    Harsher Punishments in Child Marriage Act approved by Punjab Assembly

    Arab World

    Outcry as Islamic State Bulldozers 'Wreck' Nimrud, Iraq

    Saudi King Aims For New Sunni Bloc Vs Iran and Islamic State

    A Pornographic Film ‘Shot Near Pyramids’ Riles Egyptians


    Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill 68 in Nigerian Village

    Southeast Asia

    No Nod Given To Groups to Convert Locals to Islam, Says Sabah Religious Authority

    Over 60% of Islamic Funds Held By Malaysia, Saudi Arabia

    North America

    U.S. Authorities Struggle to Find a Pattern among Aspiring Islamic State Members

    Poll: 1 In 4 Americans Say Islamic State Represents True Islam


    Israeli Papers React to Netanyahu Speech with Shrugs and Cynicism

    Iran Hints At 10-Year Partial Nuclear Freeze


    Canada’s Role in Iraq Could Mirror Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Says

    South Asia

    FBI Team Meets DB Officials to Probe Avijit Roy’s Murder

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Afghan Men Don Burqas to Highlight Women’s Rights
    Pakistan Activist Tabassum Adnan

    Pakistan Activist Honoured With International Women of Courage Award

    Saudi Women Married To Foreigners Urge Govt to Solve Their Problems

    Girlfriend of First Briton to Die Fighting Islamic State Says She Has Received Abuse

    RSS Group to Address Concerns of Muslim Women

    Vulnerable Women to Get Housing Services in Bahrain

    Can A Good Muslim Be A Good Girl Scout?

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Books and Documents

    Preface and Contents of the Book 'Essential Message of Islam' by Muhammad Yunus & Ashfaque Ullah Syed
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    PREFACE: The Arabic Qur’an: For Muslims the world over the Qur’an is the infallible Word of God - a divine litany of unparalleled beauty and grandeur. They read, recite and memorize the Qur’an – partly or even wholly, to please God, to experience the transcendent, and to seek peace and tranquillity. However, they seldom make any attempt to study the Qur’an to comprehend its message. There is a tradition that “one who discusses about the Book of God, (the Qur'an) makes a mistake, even if he is correct.”1

    The non-Muslim scholars of Arabic in the Christian West also acknowledge the extra-ordinary literary merit of the Qur’an,2 but they often find its contents confusing and even alienating. Even secular Arab Muslims reading the Qur’an out of context may find it very challenging. This is due to some unique features of its text as summarily illustrated below.

    The Qur’an engages a wide range of subjects and themes, which, barring a few exceptions, appear repeatedly either in their entirety, or in bits and pieces across the text, without any apparent order or organization. Thus, diverse themes may be interwoven in the same paragraph without any logical order.3

    The Qur’an is an oratorical discourse with God as the speaker. However, God’s mode of address shifts from first person singular and plural forms (I and We) to third person singular: He, Your Lord, al-Rahman(the Benevolent). It also constantly switches between its addressees: thus, a passage may open with an address to the Prophet, but the subsequent verses may be addressed to his followers, the People of the Book (Christians and Jews), the pagans, the disbelievers who persistently denied the revelation, and humankind in general.4

    The language and style of the Qur’an also changes abruptly. Sometimes it is very clear and precise, sometimes it is condensed and elliptic, and sometimes it is highly context–specific. Besides, some of the Qur’anic passages, especially those from an early period of the revelation have a cosmic perspective, and are deeply mysterious, while others evoke God’s transcendence and are profoundly mystical. There are many evocative passages in the Qur’an where “what is left unsaid is as important as what is said,”5 and the reader is left wondering what the Qur’an really means by such and such example or pronouncement.6

    Moreover, the Qur’an evolves the various elements of its broader message in stages, and therefore, reading any passage in isolation can be highly misleading.

    Thus, the Arabic Qur’an can be very challenging and can even disorient and misguide a casual reader, not aware of its subtleties, nuances and various contexts. However, the Qur’an leaves sufficient clues for the reader to help comprehending its guidance and broader message......

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    Introducing the Book 'Essential Message of Islam' by Muhammad Yunus & Ashfaque Ullah Syed

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Who Are The Foreign Fighters Taking On The Islamic State?
    Richard Spencer

    He couldn’t understand why Britain and the West more generally had, in his view, encouraged the jihadists to get out of hand, and why they weren’t doing more now to stop them. The British Government, he said yesterday, was trying to stop people like him joining the Kurdish army, or Peshmerga. “Screw them,” was his response. “We are here for the Kurds, not our government.”...

    Islamic World News

    Colours of Holi Smear Muslims, Hindus in Pakistan
    Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish PM


    Pakistan Religious Schools in Spotlight

    South Asia

    Islamic Militancy Rises in Blood-Stained Bangladesh Orchards

    Afghan Forces Kill Dozens of Militants in Hostage Rescue Op

    Arab World

    Shariah Rule ‘Sovereign Saudi Right’, Says President HRC

    Islamic State-Themed Wedding Party in Egypt

    Islamic State Group Turning Yazidi Boys into Jihadists


    Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema General Secretary Calls IS Enemy of Islam

    Indian Muslims 'Vital Players' In Advancing Shared Vision: US

    North America

    Cardinal Dolan: Islamic State Is Muslim Like Irish Republican Army Was Catholic

    New York Public Schools Add Two Muslim Holidays to Calendar

    Quds Force Leader, Commanding Iraqi Forces against ISIS, Alarms Washington


    France to Double Number of University Courses Teaching Islam to Combat Rise of Extremism

    Many French Muslims Find Lives of Integration, Not Separation

    French Law 'Laicite' Restricts Muslim Religious Expression

    Southeast Asia

    Muslim, Buddhist Leaders from South and Southeast Asia Denounce Religious Strife

    2 Malaysians Identified In Islamic State Beheading Video


    Libya Asks UN for Arms, Jets, Tanks to Battle Islamic State - Letter

    Tunisian Army Kills Two Islamist Militants near Algerian Border


    Turkish PM Urges US Muslims to Unite Against Islamophobia

    Turkish Regulators Seize Shares in Islamic Lender

    1,027 Captured Trying To Cross Turkish Border in 6 Days

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Marriage of Minor Girls: Muslims Can’t Rely On Personal Law, Says Madras HC
    Ambreen, Britain's female Muslim boxer

    Pakistan's Elite Female Force Fighting the Taliban

    Play About Female Muslim Boxers in Bradford Now Showing

    RI Ready to Implement Action Plan on Women’s Protection in Indonesia

    Reducing Rape to a Generic Indian Male Mindset Fails Its Victims

    Police Bust Muslim Gang in Oxfordshire Who Sexually Exploited Over 300 Girls

    America's First All-Female Mosque Is Receiving Praise — and Some Pushback

    Former FBI Informant: FBI Encouraged Me to Sleep With Muslim Women for Intel

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    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    The World Needs a Muslim Martin Luther
    Dr. Mordechai Kedar

    We need a Muslim Martin Luther, who will ask the right questions, start an Islamic reformation, one that will quarantine all the notions of subjugation, violence, hatred and repulsion, changing Allah's religion into something that will bring the cycle of violence and death to an end, giving life to Muslims and others. …

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Is It Jihad Or Sexual Exploitation?
    Abdulrahman al-Rashed

    These gatherings of young fighters consider that getting women, whether through the areas they seize or through voluntary recruitment, is only for the purpose of marriage. In fact, it is not marriage in its traditional meaning, but exploitation of young girls. Militants themselves have described it as “sexual jihad.”….


    ‘Growing Up As A Hindu in Pakistan Has Made Me More Sensitive To the Issues of Minorities Elsewhere’
    Lal Chand Malhi, Member, National Assembly of Pak

    We are Hindus but Pakistan is our homeland. Why should we leave our homeland? I know some Hindus who believed the propaganda of the Sangh Parivar and migrated from Pakistan to India in recent years. They are treated as second-class citizens in India....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    The Education of ‘Jihadi John’
    Maajid Nawaz

    Challenging the notion of statehood, democratic theory and Middle Eastern power politics certainly takes a degree of intellectual sophistication, but it does not make an idealistic young person less vulnerable to exploitation by skilled recruiters....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    How Jihad Came to Brooklyn
    Leonid Bershidsky

    Uzbekistan is now one of the worst places in the world where a radical Muslim could live. "Everyone whom law enforcement organs have ever suspected of ties to a religious of political organization that is considered extremist here is being tracked….

    Current Affairs

    Netanyahu Has Created A Zero-Sum Game With The U.S.
    David Ignatius

    He opened graciously with praise for President Barack Obama, which made his critique of the administration’s diplomacy all the stronger. He warned that the planned agreement would create a “nuclear tinderbox” in the Mideast and “inevitably lead to war.”....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Why Do European Muslim Girls Look To Islamic State For Marriage Material?
    Barbara F. Walter

    Many are well educated, from middle-class families, born and raised in Europe. They do not appear to be deeply alienated from society or women who could be easily radicalized. Why would young women leave London, Glasgow or Vienna to join a group that is considered anti-woman in its policies and behaviour?....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Women in Islam are thought to be subjugated, degraded, oppressed – but are they really? Are millions of Muslims simply that oppressive or are these misconceptions fabricated by a biased media?....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Isis’s Promise of Certainty Is What Lures the Likes of Mohammed Emwazi
    Mohammed Emwazi

    In the process, we have to expose the violent jihadism of Isis for what it is: ugly, frightened and weak, terrified of modernity, terrified of the past, terrified of women, and terrified of difference. So that no one, given the choice, would ever choose it over us….

    Urdu Section

    Role of the Prophet  پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کا کردار
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    اسلام ایک پرامن مذہب ہے، اور اسلامی دعوت بھی ایک پرامن کام ہے۔ اسلامی مشن کوئی سیاسی مشن نہیں ہے۔ اس میں لوگوں کو یہ بتانے کے لیے کہ ابدی کامیابی کس طرح حاصل کی جا سکتی ہے، زندگی کا مقصد کیا ہے اور اس دنیا میں ہمیں کس طرح کی زندگی اختیار کرنا چاہیے،  ایک پرامن طریقہ کار اختیار کرنا ضروری ہے۔ اسلامی دعوت کا مقصد لوگوں کی مدد کرنا اور غیر ضروری مشکلات سے ان کو بچانا ہے۔

    Arabic Section
    Exceptional World العالم الاستثنائي
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    Exceptional World  العالم الاستثنائي
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    ويقدم القرآن الكريم لنا الإجابة على هذا السؤال، فنجدها في الآية المذكورة أعلاه. وهي تخبرنا بأن أولئك الذين آمنوا وعملوا الصالحات فلهم أخر غير ممنون في العالم والآخرة. والمقصود من كلمة "آمنوا" هو اكتشاف الحقيقة، و من كلمة "الصالحات" الإجراءات وفقا للحقيقة المكتشفة. والذين يؤمنون ويعملون الصالحات  يستحقون للحصول على أجر غير ممنون من الله سبحانه وتعالى.

    Urdu Section

    Khilafat is Not a Religious Term  خلافت کوئی دینی اصطلاح نہیں ہے
    Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

    اِس میں شبہ نہیں کہ خلافت کا لفظ اب کئی صدیوں سے اصطلاح کےطو رپر استعمال ہوتا ہے، لیکن یہ ہر گز کوئی دینی اصطلاح نہیں ہے ۔ دینی اصطلاحات رازی ، غزالی، ماوردی، ابن حزم اور ابن خلدون کے بنانے سے نہیں بنتیں اور نہ ہر وہ لفظ جسے مسلمان کسی خاص مفہوم میں استعمال کرناشروع کردیں، دینی اصطلاح بن جاتا ہے۔ یہ اللہ اور اُس کے رسولوں کےبنانے سے بنتی ہیں او راسی وقت قابل تسلیم ہوتی ہیں، جب ان کا اصطلاح مفہوم قرآن و حدیث  کےنصوص یا دوسرے الہامی صحائف سےثابت کردیا جائے ۔ صوم، صلوٰۃ اور حج و عمرہ وغیرہ اسی لئے دینی اصطلاحات ہیں کہ انہیں اللہ اور اُس کے رسولوں نےیہ حیثیت دی ہے او رجگہ جگہ ان کے اصطلاحی مفہوم میں استعمال کیاہے۔ لفظ ‘ خلافت ’ اس کے بر خلاف عربی زبان کاایک لفظ ہےاور نیابت ، جانشینی اور حکومت  و اقتدار کے  معنی  میں استعمال ہوتا ہے۔

    The War Within Islam

    The Fantasies of a Well-Respected Religious Scholar
    Syed Kamran Hashmi

    In the middle of a war on terror — a war that revolves around violence in the name of Islam — the nation would have preferred every prominent Maulana to focus on religious laws dealing with peace and justice, the doctrines that preserve the rights of non-Muslims and the importance of a pleural society....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Is Isis The Ultimate Evil? They Would Love You to Think So
    Owen Jones

    We must simply say that Isis is evil in its rawest form, apparently more evil than anything that has gone before, and leave it at that. Bombs and prisons: that’s the only legitimate response, and anyone who says otherwise is an apologist, a traitor or both. And so the symbiotic relationship between western power and jihadism persists.....

    Islamic World News

    Islamic State Militants ‘Cherry Pick the Quran for Their Own Ends,’ Experts Say
    Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistani stateswoman

    Arab World

    Qatari Fatwa: Destroy Pyramids And Sphinx!


    Boko Haram Killed Hundreds As Chadian Troops Seized Nigerian Town

    Nigeria Troops Claim 70 Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Repelled Attack


    Don't Refer To IS As 'Islamic,' Urges Russian Council of Muftis

    In English Town, Muslims Lead Effort to Create Interfaith Haven

    Just Four Protestors at Sweden Anti-Islam Rally


    Arrest of an Indian in Saudi Arabia over Haram ‘Temple Photo’

    India to Rent Haj Buildings for Five Years

    South Asia

    Car Bomb Kills 8 in Afghanistan’s Helmand

    Court Refuses to Entertain Khaleda’s Pleas

    Southeast Asia

    Indonesia Moves Australian Convicts To Execution Island

    Malaysian Teen in Syria Is Now Pining For Mum


    Yemen’s Hadi Wants Reconciliation Talks Moved to Saudi Arabia

    Ad Banned In UK for Implying Al-Quds Part of Israel


    India Lacks Political Will to Resolve Issues with Pakistan: Hina Rabbani

    Army Reiterates to Deal with Terrorists with Iron Hand

    North America

    US Prosecutor Seeks Death for Suspect in Killing 3 Muslims

    'Meet a Muslim Family' Hospitality Challenges Misconceptions

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Breaking Taboos: First Holi Ever For Indian Widows at Vrindavan
    Dr Aafia Siddiqui

    Why Some Muslim Women in the West Are Trying To Pass As Non-Muslims

    Five Reasons Cited For Growing Infertility among Saudi Women

    More Malaysian Women Holding Management Positions

    21 Saudis among 100 Most Powerful Arab Women

    Stepping up Equality on Int’l Women’s Day 2015

    Where Sharia Law Reigns In Europe, And the Muslim Woman Fighting it

    Symphony of Soul, Depicting the Feminist Feel, Portrays Feminine Emotions

    Aafia’s Release Not a Priority for Rulers: Fowzia

    Zakir Naik, Who Said Muslims, Can Have Sex with Female Slaves, Gets Saudi Arabia's Highest Honour

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Folly of Trying to Divide France’s Jews and Muslims
    Nabila Ramdani

    Though he offered the token qualification, “Of course, it’s a tiny minority of the Muslim community”, Cukierman later used the term “Islamo-fascism”, and stated that Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National (FN) and a white Christian, was “blameless” when it came to anti-Semitism….


    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    Muslims Must Confront Islamist Terror Ideologically: An Islamic Reformation Required
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

    The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

    What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

     1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

    2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

    3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

    4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

     What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

    So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

    If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

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