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  • Naseer sab says, "I am not aware that Yunus sb is also trying to say that Kafir does not mean un-believer...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Atrocities must always be condemned, Whether you are condemning one or several makes no difference except....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very thoughtful reflections from Sultan Shahin saheb. The centrality of peace, kindness, tolerance and common sense...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab says, "I didn't say that was an endorsement of my view but "endorsement of my....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, The simple fact is that the Quran itself does not directly and expressly make a distinction....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • If that is the case Naseer Saheb, and it makes sense that it should be the case, then why have the original compilers of the ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Madarasa must have a syllabus entirely different from one of Pakistan /Saudi Arabia.It...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • The problem lies with the Muslim society. A cousin was funding the education of a child for doing hifz or memorizing the Quran. Later on ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • See I respect all religions. But I don't thing these things happens in India, according to me all are treated equally, despite of any sort ...
    ( By Amrita )
  • Don't play a victim game!! Need attention!!
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  • Kafir is a neutral term and simply means a person who: Covers up, obliterates, wipes out, removes, rejects. The above ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "if there is a possibility that it does not mean un-believer, it should be explored fully." Shahin sb....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • no tears for a lot of others too. the yazidis, the bahais, the copts, the armenians, the kurds and the hindus in pakistan....
    ( By hats off! )
  • As far as Kufr in the spiritual dimension is concerned, even the Prophets did not know who was and who wasn't a kafir unless informed ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sab, If Verses 8:36, 9:2,3 are about religious persecution, they describe what kafirs do but they....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • GM Sb, You say "With due respect, that was not an endorsement of your view" With due respect I didn't....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sab, What do you mean by "your approach". That approach has been around for a while and is followed in Yunus saheb's book....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • You are a pervert GM Sb to twist what I said which is: "Very clearly Shahin Sb....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • 11/18/2017 11:47:11 PM Naseer Ahmed GM Sb, Read my article:Who is a Kafir in the Quran? (Part 4) Defining Kufr dated 25 Feb, 2015 that defines the meaning covering...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Mr Khalili did wright as his prophet did, installed the fear and take the political power, that was the Islam and Muslims...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Wow like it, making money by creating legacy of broken Buddha and Islamic supremacy. Pyramid should be next hit of Kafir's monument. In India Muslim already had....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Mr Aazia before lying watch Al-Zazira a international channel, it never miss a week on victimhood crying of Rohinga...
    ( By Aayin )
  • Mr Aizaz, did Muslim world cried and mourn on Kasmiri pandits, Coptic Christians.
    ( By Aayina )
  • Hypocrates Nation Saudi& Iran spread Islamic venom all,over the world and now ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Naseer sab, That is not an endorsement. Sultan Shahin sab clearly says, "if there is a possibility that ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, When you say that "oppressor/persecutor" is one of the meanings that the word 'kafir....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, With due respect, that was not an endorsement of your view but an encouragement to all....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The last thing Saudi Arabia needs is another edition of government approved Islam. The best thing they can do is to....
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  • Very clearly Shahin Sb endorses my approach and its significance. Dear Naseer Saheb, I agree that the understanding of the term “kafir” is of utmost ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The onus is not on me to understand and accept. I cannot understand for you. Can I help it if you or anyone else is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Learning Usul ul-Fiqh i.e. the Principle of Jurisprudence is important to understand the rulings derived from the shariah for our daily lives. This is because ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Very clearly Shahin Sb endorses my approach and its significance. Dear Naseer Saheb, I agree that the understanding....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer sab, When I said, "A religion of peace and virtuousness has no need for extensive tafsirs on concepts such as kafir....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, I did not say anything about who Sultan Shahin sab was addressing or whether he had....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sab, Instead of asking me to read all those articles, can you just give me the numbers...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • All that Naseer sab can do is make character attacks on others or heap praise on his own work! The onus is on him and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Shahin Sb, The meaning of another word that our Ulema corrupted to glamourize war is Shaheed to mean martyr which is not the meaning of the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb’s comment is addressed to you GM sb not to me. He is telling you what he thinks is important. He has no ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, I haven't seen a more churlish character than yourself. If you are offended by what I say, put in my place ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Allah may conceal the purpose of His ways, but His ways are not without purpose.....
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    It is also equally important to realise that lakhs of children are studying in these madrasas and the present state of affairs does not equip them to even understand the location of different countries on the world map. In the name of protecting of our tradition, are we not sacrificing the future of these Muslim children? Yogi Adityanath may be doing this for political reasons, but why should we blindly oppose the introduction of a superior quality of textbooks in our madrasas? ...

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    There is forth reaction which is claimed honour-ship by Muslims of all discoveries in science so if you go to the websites if you type Islamic Science in Google you will get typically internet banner which says that miracles predicted 1400 years ago and everything from black holes to quantum mechanics to antibiotics, everything is over there. I wish I had time or I could tell you about my experiences with conversation with Mullas, I asked one very prominent Maulvi, Mulla on television, and said if everything is over there in the Quran how come the west has invented all of these, and we do not have it, he said what you do not know is that before a western scientist goes to bed, he studies the Quran, in the morning when he wakes up he reads it again when he goes to his laboratory where he already knows what he is going to find……

     

     
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    Sixteen years after 9/11, the issue of Jihadi terrorism has become even more complex and widespread.

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    The reason why I sometimes wanted to declare my “independence” from God is my feeling that there are many things that are going-on in my life that I cannot understand, and I sometimes feel that if I am the one truly in-charge of my life, then all will be well. However, when I looked back at my past and saw for myself the wrong directions I had taken and the mistaken decisions I had made, and the many heartbreaks and complications that came due to my stupid decisions, I cringed at the idea of my seeking “independence” from God; and right there and then, I sincerely repent of my arrogance and confess with utter humility that God is still the God of Divine Wisdom Who holds my very life in the Palm of His Hands….

    Islamic Ideology

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    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    There is therefore a vast gulf which is unbridgeable, unless the Muslims believe in the whole of the Quran, and discard the secondary sources for an explanation of the Book. “And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding”. There appear to be very few people of understanding across the spectrum of the “believers” and the “disbelievers”, providing proof thereby, that the playing field is very level indeed for all, and there is little difference among the people, except their deeds. False beliefs are common to all people, and the “believers” equally blaspheme God, their Prophet and their Book with their false beliefs....

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    The Correct Understanding of the So Called ‘Sword’ Verses of Surah Taubah
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    The discussion on the verses of Surah Taubah clearly establish that the above two principles, were never violated by the Prophet in his battles against the enemy, and are fundamental principles of Islam. The peaceful Mushrikin had the choice of retaining their religion and paying Jizya and the others had a choice to migrate and retain their religion.

    Those who had fought against the Muslims, in violation of their treaty, were deserving of the death punishment, according to the rules of that society. Even these people were given the opportunity to migrate during the amnesty period, and save themselves. The judgment was not only in accordance with the secular law of that society, but more humane and merciful. Calling these the “sword verses” is therefore a complete misrepresentation of both the intent and the outcomes. The people to whom the key words Mushrikin, Kafirin, La Yalamun and La Yuminun apply, and therefore their meaning, is explained with the help of the verses themselves…..

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

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    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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    Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    Sufism: A Search for Freedom and Self-Authenticity
    Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    As I step-up and deepen my readings on Islamic spirituality, I sensed that Sufism as a philosophy and as a movement has strong affinity with those movements that seek human authenticity and freedom: say for example the hippie movements, the counter-culture, the Gypsy lifestyle, and the anti-establishment movements in the 1960s and the 1970s. I really feel that there is a strong similarity between the aspirations of the Sufis of Islam and the hippies and the anti-establishment movements concerning the human person’s freedom and authenticity to choose for himself how to live one’s life in the midst of the nauseating hegemony of the society that forces us into unthinking conformity to conventional conditioning and tyranny of the majority opinion on how to live one’s life.

     
    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....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Had The Hadith Already Asked Muslims 1400 Years Ago Not To Join ISIS?
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    An honest study of the holy Quran and Sunnah demonstrates the fact that terrorist groups like ISIS act in complete disagreement with the injunctions of Islam. The Quran, for example, equates killing of one person to the elimination of all mankind (5:32), and describes persecution and disorder on earth as an even worse offense (2:217). The study of the ahadith [plural of hadith in Arabic] also shows that the beloved Prophet warned us of the evolution of religious extremism and violence 1400 years ago in astonishing detail. For instance, he prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of the true spiritual essence of Islam except the word ‘Islam’, nothing of the Quran except its word and many “Mosques would be well-furnished but bereft of the guidance” (see the book of hadith “Mishkat Al-Masabih”). 

    The War Within Islam

    Islamo-Fascism and Islam-Supremacism Feeding Islamophobia Worldwide: Sultan Shahin Tells UN Human Rights Council In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Madame President,... But xenophobia, particularly in the form of Islamophobia, is growing in several European countries and partly feeds upon the flagrant violation of the human rights of religious minorities in several Muslim-majority countries. Petrodollar Islam has injected the poison of Islam-supremacism in Muslim societies worldwide.  Even exemplary moderate countries like Indonesia, Malaysia are now infected with this virus. But the worst case scenario is evolving in the only Muslim nuclear power, Pakistan. Jihadi vigilantes including members of security forces are hunting down and killing all those who oppose their version of Islam. The country is drowning in a sea of violence but civil society, media or elected parliamentarians dare not condemn the wanton killings in the name of Islam. -- Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 16th session in Geneva on 22 March 2011 in the General Debate on Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

    Islam and Politics

    Contesting the Political Islamist Theology: Untenable Theological Justifications For The Corruption, Purge And Religious Persecution In Turkey
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The pro-government political theologians in Muslim countries have propounded a complete political theology—an exclusivist and totalitarian theology which undermines the democratic, moderate and progressive thoughts flourishing in the liberal Muslim minds. Regrettably, many religionists in those countries are falling prey to this unceasing ideology endangering their lives and stigmatising the religion in general. Unless this retrogressive theology of political hue is contested, there will be no way forward to progressive thinking in Islam in the 21st century. It actually poses a direct ideological threat to the rich spiritual traditions—unity of existence, pluralism and multiculturalism—that Muslims have inherited in various countries.

     
    Islamic Ideology

    Deoband’s Fresh Fatwa: Why Do the Islamic Theologians (Muftis) In India Lack the Logical Progression in Their Socio-Religious Thoughts?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Ironically, there is no dearth of “online fatwa” services and websites today that transmit the Saudi Fatwas to the non-Arab Muslim societies, particularly in the Indian subcontinent, regardless of their local contexts, customs, cultures and national ethos. Such pronouncements can be stumbled upon the online fatwa portals such as IslamQA.info, fatwa-online.com, and AskImam.org and many more. Scores of Indian Maulvis are treading the path of the Saudi-Wahhabi muftis in running the online fatwa factories. This is a daunting challenge that Indian Muslims face in the wake of every fatwa of this nature……

    Islamic Society
    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Prophet Mohammad was very emphatic in his views on animal sacrifice: “if you MUST kill, kill without torture.” Unfortunately, this admonition is also ignored. The two million animals that were sacrificed in Saudi Arabia at the end of Hajj yesterday had been brought to the country in most horrible conditions, many of them dying en route.

     I personally witnessed the torture animals go through when I was in Karachi on Baqr Eid, a few years ago. The whole city appeared to have turned into a slaughter house. One could hear the cries of goats and sheep for days before Eid, while they were still being traded in city squares and even in roundabouts on major arterial roads. The animals apparently knew what fate was awaiting them. It was the obscenity of the whole scene that I cannot forget. Baqr Eid, the holiest of days, had descended into an orgy of blood-letting, with the “devotion” that God requires completely missing.

    The callousness we Muslims display towards animals would give the impression that the religion of Islam is indifferent to the fate of animals. In fact, Islam requires Muslims to protect, not just Human Rights, but HuqooqulIbaad or the rights of all creations of God.

    HuqooqulIbaad is considered so important that it is given primacy even over Huqooq Allah or our duties towards God. While God may forgive us for our transgressions, given his Benevolent and Merciful nature, His creations will not even recognise us on the Day of Judgement. So we must fulfil our duties towards creations of God in this very world, since we cannot hope for forgiveness from them on the Day of Judgement.

    Muslims should also remember the conduct of the Prophet in treating animals with kindness. On many occasions, during his journeys, he delayed prayers for the sake of first relieving the animals of their burden, and giving them food and water. He would refuse to lead prayers until animals were looked after first. He told several stories of people being forgiven all their sins for having shown consideration for a dog or a cat. According to Imam Abu Dawud, the Prophet forbade the hitting of animals on their faces and branding them. He also forbade sports based on animal fights.

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