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  • Yusuf sahib, The history of perfect compilation and total integrity of the Book that has been passed down to us from generation to generation ....
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  • Dear Vijay Prakash! e Nothing is good in Qur'an for this era when the animal self of man dominates his activities and aspirations - for the ....
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  • Dear Taslima Ansari, If NAI does not publish such articles, you do not have the opportunity of show-casing your ...
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  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab, This is how my jt publication attempts to capture the process of recording and compilation of the Qur'an and argues about ...
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  • In this otherwise brilliantly written ‘history’ there is one important factor missing and that is the West’s ....
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  • I have also once stated in one of my comments that in London a school has been established where anti-Islamic people are trained .....
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  • This view and belief is absolutely kufr. Why does New Age Islam publish such kufr-based articles? The study of all environment around the world ...
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  • Naseer sahib says that Najid Hussain did not say anything new but he ignores the key paragraph: "The final compilation....
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  • Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of thought and freedom of speech pretty....
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  • @Abdulqadir Shora, Mir Moiz Iqbal I have heard that in Burma at first Muslims killed Buddhists. Humanity is above all religion...
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  • Which among d 200million muslims of India ever terrorized other community...
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  • @Vijay Prakash Muslims are being killed in Burma, Kashmir,Israiel and many parts of world.Tell me why Israel...
    ( By Mir Moiz Iqbal )
  • What is good in Quran? Terror? Halala? Burka? Talak? Wedding in close relationship?
    ( By Vijay Prakash )
  • Shahin Sb, If completed was meant, this is how the verse would have read...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Half-truth.writer has not talked about the other truths which discriminate bet women n men.2 women witnesses are equal to 1 male witness;...
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  • The Quran does not contain the word "tasawuf" and the Sufi cannot therefore appropriate any part of the Quran as belonging ....
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  • Islam didn't require any reform, it automatically it reforms itself as and when needed.
    ( By Ghulam Hassan Bhat )
  • Islam should stop propagating hatred against followers of other religions. No propagation of religion ...
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  • Is the problem in Islam or bible or geeta or in the human mind/conciosness.dont change books tranform man.MAN IS A VIOLent ANIMAL!
    ( By Sarvadaman Krishna Banerji )
  • There is no God, no Allah, no Vishnu...nothing. All preachers of a new religion started out as greedy pretenders looking for power, and nothing ...
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  • Shahin Sb, الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا Translated by Yusuf Ali as “This day have I perfected your religion ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It is truth that the word Jihad is not mean for non Muslims but Muslims believed and have faith on hole Qurran we accepted jihad ...
    ( By Guilty Gul )
  • Quran is perfect.......no changes needed..... U r not goed.....
    ( By Parvez Ishaq Ansari )
  • Word of God ???? How can a shapeless and formless God reveal a religion to human,???? If God needs to reveal the RELIGION to humans ....
    ( By Venugopal Bhat )
  • False flag holders you better find solace in Zionism,Christianity or worshipping Lings it is your problem.
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  • Truth is only one where as its interpretation or understanding is depending ....
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  • We dont care about quran those follow quran nuts
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  • Quran word preserved in space time you should change your life style according to Quran if you need to protect universes properly.
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  • Islam is Lamp of Truth and with your wimps it doesn't get off. We know who are behind these baseless ....
    ( By Hakeem Iftikar Ahmad )
  • All major religions Christianity Judaism Hinduism Buddhism have gone through transformation ....
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  • Is there any point discussing this if its been started by non islamist or those who don't believe in tauheed.......unless somebody ....
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  • An idiot of high standard
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  • What rubbish r u discussing
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  • The best thing abt the followers of islam is that they don't see any4hing wrong in their religion unlike in hindu religion we have ....
    ( By Navin Sethia )
  • Stipidity.Theres no new age or old age Islam. Islam is one and all. You are a FAKE I.D. TO CREATE PROBLEM IN ISLAM. TO HELL ...
    ( By Ahmed Kabeer Shahabudeen )
  • Sir you all are requested to go through your own religion very minutely then make discussion.
    ( By Mohd Yunus )
  • I like the views shared by Akhtar Alam, Muhammad Aslam & Muhammad Rafique.The writer Hasan Radwan seems to be more...
    ( By Wakeel Khan )
  • No one has the authority to ask for reform in the quran. Quran is not a ramayan or mahabharath is a ....
    ( By Irfan Khan )
  • They will never allow sane people to understand the reality of Islam as Prophet Mohammed wanted. Interpretations by different people ...
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  • Not at all,.capacity and limit of a man is well defined in the Quraan.It is up to him understand.
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    There is no such sentence in the Quran or in the Hadith. So, this claim that a person who blasphemes the Prophet should be killed is based entirely on Qiyas or Ijtihad. But, as pointed out earlier, in this matter, Qiyas and Ijtihad are not enough. For such a claim there must be a Nass, a textual reference in the Quran or Hadith, to support it, but since there is no such clear Nassin either of these two sources, it is completely wrong to say that in Islam blasphemy is a crime that merits capital punishment. The claim that blasphemy is a crime that merits capital punishment is the opinion of some Fuqaha or scholars of Muslim jurisprudence, but the mere opinion of these scholars is not enough to validate this claim of theirs....

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    Whatever you think is what you will feel. It’s inevitable. Far too often we blame the state of our mental and emotional health on others, on the situations we are placed in or how we were treated, but it’s all psychological. With the help of Allah (swt), you are in control of your thoughts and therefore in control of your feelings and mental wellbeing. It’s you. If someone awakens fear within you, it has nothing to do with them. It’s how you perceive whatever they did that scared you, it’s the accumulation of your thoughts....

     
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    Saudi Arabia’s Troubling Educational Curriculum
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    Saudi Arabia’s strict brand of Salafist Sunni Islam, commonly referred to in the West as Wahhabism, maintains a strong emphasis on eschewing any religious practices that could be perceived as deviations from monotheism. As a result, the kingdom’s curriculum includes numerous books on monotheism that admonish against acts of polytheism (“Shirk”) and its practitioners (“Mushrikeen”). As such, these lessons are inherently critical toward adherents of non-monotheistic religions. They also single out for criticism many of the rituals that are commonly associated in the local context with Shiite or Sufi Islam....

     
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    The end of ISIS as a functioning state project on the ground clearly does not herald the end of ISIS as an entity. In many areas long since cleared of ISIS control, the organization has continued to function as an effective insurgency with both small and large-scale attacks. Around the world, ISIS will remain a terrorist threat, as illustrated by events from Europe to the Philippines. The ISIS footprint on the internet is large and unlikely ever to be removed in its entirety. The group's ideals will still appeal to some segments of society, whether out of disillusionment with the established....

     
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    This principle is taught in Islam, too. It was exemplified in the life of the Prophet Muhammad. For instance, in the case of the Hudaibiya Treaty, the Prophet agreed to the conditions set by his opponents, and in this way secured peace. The Quran refers this treaty as Itmam-e Naymat (48:2). This means that the treaty signed at Hudaibiya was a sign of completion of God’s favour to the Prophet. Why does God call the treaty Itmam-e Naymat? This is because now that peace had been established because of the treaty, it provided the opportunity to do other, constructive things, using peaceful methods....

     
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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

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    Madrasa Haqqania of Nowshehra has been led by a powerful cleric Maulana Sami ul Haq who had been eased into the federal Senate in the past when he was riding high during the war in Afghanistan, and his sexual misadventures in the capital had to be tolerated. This year, the government of KP allocated Rs 300 million in its budget for Haqqania, and the media noted how this “university of jihad” had top Afghan Taliban leaders among its alumni, including its late chief, Mullah Omar....

     
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    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The fact that the biggest terrorists since the advent of Islam were the Kharijites, who used Islamic titles, appearances and mercilessly killed the rightly guided caliphs and Muslims, is also that ISIS as neo-Kharijites have adopted the same tactics to kill the modern-day Muslims and non-Muslims living under the peace-pact environment. These neo-Kharijites have shattered the true image of Islam, committed heinous crimes and distorted the historical fact of the rightly guided caliphate. In their mouthpiece “Rumiyah” magazine, they repeatedly misinterpret the war-related verses for terrorist propaganda and recruitment; it is, therefore, our responsibility as Muslims to correctly interpret those verses in a bid to thwart their ambitions....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Islam’s Reform:  Can Passages of the Quran Be Cherry-Picked — To Embrace What Is Appealing and To Skirt around What Is Not? That Is the Question
    Javed Anand

    But now enters a British Muslim, Hassan Radwan. In an article recently published by the online portal New Age Islam, he makes an altogether radical prescription for salvaging Islam from “the hard-line literalists undermining the soul of a loving, universal creed”. According to him, “Liberal and progressive interpretations depend mostly on nuanced readings of the Quran and Sunna, or forcing new meanings out of them. But by playing the extremists’ game of interpreting the texts, we allow them a semblance of legitimacy. We also give them the opportunity to come back with theological workarounds”. So, what is to be done? Radwan’s answer: “We Muslims need to take the bold step of challenging the very idea that the Quran and Sunna are infallible.” But how can the Quran, the word of God, be fallible? Simple. “The Quran is not the speech of God”, he maintains, quoting several modern-day Muslim scholars as also quite a few from the early period of Islam in support. According to Radwan, once Muslims accept that the Quran is not the Word of God, they can “unashamedly cherry-pick” from among the Quranic verses, accepting the good ones and rejecting the bad. Like the Christian reformists did 500 years ago?...

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    Islamic Ideology

    Reflections on Social Justice in Islam (Part-1)
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    Many liberal Muslims, those seeking the easy highway of life, and the terrorists and extremists – who speculate over the ambiguous verses of the Qur’an with nefarious or political motives may simply ignore them or consign them to the antiquity. But it will not take a great deal of reflection to realize that the above questions are no less relevant for this era than they were in the era of revelation. In fact they are bright red lights on the moral pathways of our life today. But we don’t see them or pretend not to see them. …

     
    Islamic Ideology

    Islam and Mysticism: What Else Is Confused With Soul? (Part 3)
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    What we have clearly seen, is that neither Ruh nor Nafs mean “soul” in the Quran, and there is no other word in the Quran that means “soul” by its primary meaning. This article once again demonstrates the methodology for arriving at a correct understanding of the Quran without ambiguity, even when the scholars and the translators, all the imams and the Mufassereen, and the beliefs that we have grown up with, are all wrong. That is the strength of the Quran. ....

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Facing The Jihadist Challenge: Muslims Need To Refute Jihadis’ Xenophobic, Supremacist, Millenarian Thesis And Focus On Islamic Pluralism, Says Sultan Shahin At UNHRC In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.

    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……

    Islam, Women and Feminism
    Women Qazis in India
    Rafia Zakaria

    Women Qazis in India
    Rafia Zakaria

    It is notable, however, that despite the fact that Islam is the dominant religion of Pakistan, no organised effort to train and appoint female Qazis is in evidence. Without the pressure of being a minority faith, female Qazis in Pakistan could transform the way women see their rights and options within the marital relationship. In not having to turn to male Qazis, always eager to tell women to ‘bear it’...

     
    Islam and the West

    Stemming the Ever Rising Tide of Islamophobia in America by Removing Misperceptions
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    In the perception of many Americans who are, if anything, more afraid of Islam today than before, the Sharia Law is inhuman and a threat to American civilization and must be banned. The perception, based on Islamophobic literature is reinforced by ISIS’s justification of its horrendous crimes by the Sharia Law of Islam. The American Muslims on the other hand glorify Sharia Law of Islam as a treasure-chest of noble rulings, without realizing that in the hands of the terror outfits and their ideologues of this era it has lost all its nobility and became an evil institution that is justifiably dreaded and abhorred by the lay Americans...

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    If Sharia Is Divine, Why Don’t Ulema Demand Medieval Punishments Of Flogging, Amputation And Beheading For Muslims?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Muslim reaction to Javed Akhtar’s tweet can be summed up by what Khalid Yunus Ansari wrote in Pratap of 11 September: “There has never been any dearth of opportunists and traitors among Muslims. These people may appear intelligent and educated but are ignorant of Muslim mores. … A real Muslim is one who consciously and even sub-consciously believes in and follows Islamic Laws, someone who cannot even imagine finding fault with or challenging or violating any of them. Even imagining any fault with Muslim Laws is absolute kufr (disbelief), not to speak of expressing such thoughts.”

    I have been reading Urdu newspapers for 45 years. While Muslims have been constantly fighting for the so-called Muslim Personal Law which allows them to treat women as inferior beings, never have I come across any Muslim demand for being governed by Islamic criminal laws. If Sharia is so important, if it is such a vital part of our faith, then why this dichotomy? Except for drinking alcohol, punishments for all other hudud crimes (mentioned in the Quran, considered crimes against God) are to be amputation, flogging and beheading. One would have thought that at least those Muslims who are so particular about following Sharia, and, of course, all ulema who consider Sharia divine would demand the implementation of the entire Sharia. Why follow only the part that helps keep women subjugated and avoid those that may lead to severe medieval punishments specified by Quran and Hadees....

    Islamic Ideology

    Islam and Mysticism: Is ‘Nafs’ Soul? (Part - 1)
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    What is mysticism without the soul? But do we have a soul? The primary meaning of "soul" in all religions and cultures is the non-material or “spiritual” part of our "true-self", with a consciousness and intelligence of its own, even without our body and without our brain, which does not die when our body dies, and perhaps existed even before we were born. No such thing exists nor is it recognized by Science or by the Quran. Even though such a concept of soul is illogical and unscientific, and there is no empirical evidence of its existence within us or within others, the belief in the existence of such a soul in all religions and cultures including among Muslims is very strong....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    An Appeal to Sufi Divines: Please Go Beyond Clichés Like Islam Is a Religion of Peace, Refute the Generally Accepted Core Theology Which Is Helping Jihadis Lure Our Youths to Terrorism
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Respected Sufi divines, I would, therefore, earnestly appeal to you to use the opportunity provided by the Delhi conclave to go beyond the usual shibboleths. Sufi approach of focussing on the positive features of Islam worked well at one time. There was no internet then. In the internet age everyone is a scholar. In this age of instant scholarship, nothing can be hidden or bypassed.

    It must be understood, that the radical Islamist theology and the current Islamic theology of consensus are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic. ISIS may vanish tomorrow. But the problem of radicalisation will remain. Islam supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and exclusivism are inherent in the current Islamic, and not just Islamist theology.

    Focusing on positive features of Islam is an essential part of De-radicalisation or, more realistically, Preventing Radicalisation. But it is not bearing fruit in full measure as the core theology agreed to by nearly all Muslims militates against these positives. As briefly outlined above, this core and consensual theology nullifies the impact of all arguments made against violent extremism. It is this core theology that needs to be refuted and changed.  Let us all try and bring the core Islamic theology in line with the actual teachings of Quran and Sunnah. Let us move away from the current theology of violence and xenophobia. Let us move towards a coherent, comprehensive theology of peace and pluralism, co-existence and gender justice.

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Were Your Ancestors Forced To Convert To Islam? Probably Not
    Hassam Munir

    In the Qur’ān, Muslims are reminded that “[t]here shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion [of Islam]” (2:256). Classical commentators on the Qur’ān, such as the famous Ismā‘īl ibn Kathīr (d. 1373), and more recent ones such as Sayyid Qutb (d. 1966) and Mawdūdī (d. 1979) are in agreement that this passage forbids any form of coercing non-Muslims into embracing Islam. [1] However, many (if not most) of the people who express curiosity about whether Islam spread “by the sword” are interested in whether this is a historical reality....

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