• Indian mullahs objected to allowing muslims to adopt orphans because per islam, adoption is banned after the Zaynab episode, wherein Zaynab was previously married to ...
    ( By Barani )
  • The caption of the article gives an impression of building an integrated prayer hall to be shared by the three Abrahamic faith communities – Jews, ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • The article by Jason Burke is very important and informative. His research regarding ISIS is true. Saddam and his party's stronghold , especially in Sunni ...
    ( By Sardar Shaukat )
    ( By Syed Ali )
  • Quran mentions that Allah accepts only the repentance of those who do evil ignorance and foolishness and repent soon afterwards. The following is the ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • As there is a contradiction between Sharia law and Quran, it proves the fact that Sharia law is a human-made law instead of thelaw from ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • Warnings about youth radicalization must be taken seriously. It is better to err on the side of caution rather than on the side of denial.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A comment on my article sent through mail: Aaj jiss daur se hum muslman guzar rahe hain in halat mien hamare muslman hone ki jo zimmedari ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • If Muslim extremists were given the right to judge on the day of Judgement, they could make their way out to paradise by twisting the ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • The maulana should have used his learning and expertise to analyse and understand How the extremists are using Islam and what is there in the ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • Dear Aj, I seriously doubt your statement that "Al-Azhar , the premium Sunni Islamic institution in their curriculum they speak about , establishing Khalifat, apostasy law, ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Joginder Singh, Your piece on the fallout of Paris Attacks on common Muslims is well written and a clear reminder to the Muslim community to ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab. Your statement: "Such scholars are a curse for Muslims" sounds rude and crude to my ears and is designed to antagonize the ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Aj, On the basis on my just posted comments, re different aspects of man-woman relations, gender issues, women's empowerment and rights, I endorse you ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • "An influential Sunni Muslim leader in Kerala, Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musalyar, has decried reservations for women in elections arguing that "they (women) were only fit ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Giving up the thought of Imam Mahdi in hiding violating verse 2:124, 3:33,34 ,17:71 is important. Acknowledgement of the presence of 49th Imam Mahdi ...
    ( By Muhammad Mukhtar Alam )
  • Radicalization is real. Al-Azhar , the premium Sunni Islamic institution in their curriculum they speak about , establishing Khalifat, apostasy law, implementation of Shari law. ...
    ( By Aj )
  • Does Allah forgive evil doers? (سورة النساء, An-Nisaa, Chapter #4, Verse #17)-Mohsin Khan translation: ALLAH ACCEPTS ONLY the repentance of those WHO DO EVIL IGNORANCE AND FOOLISHNESS ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • Quran warns Muslims to fear the punishment to hell: (سورة البقرة, Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #45)-Mohshin Khan translation: And seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer) ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • Quran mentions that all of the creatures will be judged by Allah in the day of Judgement. As the word, all, is mentioned in ...
    ( By zumamusa )
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    ( By zumamusa )
  • In a secular nation any sort of personal law has no place. There should be a uniform law to all citizens under irrespective of ...
    ( By Aj )
  • "Kerala Muslim Scholar, Says Gender Equality 'Against Islam'." Such scholars are a curse for Muslims!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Radicalisation is not a myth, Maulana Mahmood Madani Saheb. It's our denial that is partly responsible for its continuing and phenomenal growth.'
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • It is time to bite the bullet and call spade a spade. Hence there must be thunderous protest against ISIS and as declared by the ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Perhaps it would help if the Koran was revised with reference to "infidels" removed?'
    ( By Peter )
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    ( By zumamusa )
  • Dear Zumamusa, Your concluding para below hits right at the had of the nail: "As there is a contradiction between Sharia law and the words from ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • ISIS conquers one nation to another since its ambition is to have all nations to practise Sharia law. The following is the extract from the ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • As there is a contradiction between Sharia law and the words from Quran, it proves the fact that Sharia law is a human-made law instead ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • Dear Rashaad Shabab, Good and timely article and find your following concluding sentence axiomatic: "If we can address the spiritual vacuum and sense of disenfranchisement ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • جناب سید محمداشرف کچھوچھوی صاحب ! میں آپ سے پوری طرح اتفاق کرتا ہوں کہ داعش اور موجودہ دور کی دیگر مسلم دہشت گرد تنظیمیں ...
    ( By Muhammad Yunus )
  • ISIS upholds, one day, they would conquer the world so as to ensure all the nations to practise Sharia law. The following is the extract from ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • ISIS upholds that the entire world has to practice Sharia law and that is why they conquer one nation upon another. The following is the extract ...
    ( By zumamusa )
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    ( By Aayina )
  • ISIS upholds Sharia law and demands the world to follow it. The following is the extract from the website,
    ( By zumamusa )
  • Dear Muhammad Yunus saheb, Your well-spirited, strongly worded and greatly considered refuatations of the extremist theology, particularly the crooked arguments of Daesh and Taliban mullahs, ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • ISIS supports Sharia law to be ruled over the world in each country and that is why the battle begins. The following is the extract from ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • ISIS's ambition is to conquer the world since it wants all nations to adopt Sharia law to be countries' law. The following is the extract from ...
    ( By zumamusa )
  • Refer to the website. Allah has been treated to be moon god. Quran supports that Allah is the creator of the heaven and earth instead of moon ...
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    Islam and Pluralism

    Indian Muslim orthodoxy's response to demands of modernity: Can Muslims co-exist with other religious communities in plural societies?
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    While the evolution of this comprehensive and coherent theology of peace and pluralism will remain a continuing process, the already available essential elements of this theology should be brought to the Muslim masses. Since support for such a venture cannot be expected from clerics, of any hue,  popular acceptance of this theology should be gained through the use of media as well as genuine grassroots movements.

    Essentially, Jihadism is a Muslim problem and Muslims must tackle it. But the societies in non-Muslim majority countries can help kick-start the debate.  It must be understood that a madrasa graduate who has been brainwashed into believing, as most are, that "life begins in the grave," is a ticking time bomb that should be defused with the same urgency as other bombs are. A secular government should not allow anyone to spread the poison of intolerance and xenophobia either in mosques or in madrasas. A study of what is taught in Indian madrasas, and the content of sermons delivered in mosques, is urgently required. If found intolerant, supremacist, exclusivist and xenophobic, the ulema, madrasas and imams should be confronted with them and asked to change.

    Also, the least the government of India can do to ameliorate the plight of Muslim women today is to promulgate a law similar to Pakistan's  Muslim Family Laws Ordinance of 1961, with just one difference, fixing the age of marriage of girls at 18, instead of 14, as in the Ordinance. This should have been done along with reforms in Hindu personal laws in the 1950s, or at least immediately after reforms in Muslim laws in Pakistan. But better half a century late than never. Male chauvinist Indian Muslim ulema will still howl in protest. But they will not have much to say as these reforms have been acceptable to their counterparts in Pakistan and Bangladesh for over half a century. ...  Muslims have to start reclaiming the Islam that the Prophet had brought and rethinking how it can be lived and practised in the vastly changed circumstances of the 21st century.

    Interfaith Dialogue
    Healing, the Interfaith Way
    Yoginder Sikand, New Age Islam

    Healing, the Interfaith Way
    Yoginder Sikand, New Age Islam

    Another form of ‘interfaith healing’ that I’ve witnessed—and there have been so many instances of it I just can’t keep count—is of people, inspired by their faith, helping others from religious backgrounds other than their own with monetary and other such help for medical treatment. There is, for instance, the head of a Hindu ashram I know who sent a generous donation for a Muslim who desperately needed money for dialysis treatment. There is this Muslim friend of mine who gave a good part of her zakat this year to a Catholic woman who works as a maid in someone else’s house to help her meet her son’s hospital expenses. And there’s that Catholic priest in Kerala I’ve read about and would love to meet some day who donated his own kidney to a Muslim man who was in urgent need of one whom he happened to meet while travelling on a bus.

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Jewish Muslim Hatred -- A Political Invention
    Khwaja Khusro Tariq

    Autocratic regimes within the  Muslim  world have long practiced a contrived and self-serving anti-Semitism.  They use state-controlled media and politicized clergies to cultivate an anti-Jewish animus in their citizenry.  It is taught in  schools and mosques through selective and acontextual readings of both scripture and history. This de rigueur hatred serves such regimes several uses. …

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Fight for Bangladeshi Secularism: Recognising Historical Mistakes Is The First Step
    Rudroneel Ghosh

    The fact is Bangladesh today is fighting to save the semblance of secularism it is left with. For decades after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination in 1975, Islamists in Bangladesh put that country on a firm path to Islamism. First they mauled the Bangladeshi Constitution, expunging secularism from the foundational document, introducing the Bismillah invocation in the Preamble to the Constitution and finally making Islam the state religion.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Like America’s Iraq war, the present Western offensive against ISIS in Syria may well be creating a religious divide, driving more Muslim youths into jihadi terrorism. Religious television in Arab countries influence minds more powerfully than Russian missiles can influence events. The question arises whether ISIS is in a win-win situation. But the more important question is whether those opposing it are in a lose-lose situation and if so, why.

    Islamic World News

    The Revival of Jihad in Bangladesh: Is Islamic State at India’s Doorsteps?
    Union Home MInister Rajnath Singh


    The Revival of Jihad in Bangladesh: Is Islamic State at India’s Doorsteps?

    Bangladesh raises concern as Rajnath order hits beef supply


    France calls for ‘enlightened Islam’ against jihadist ideology

    German cabinet approves military aid for ISIL fight


    The Revival of Jihad in Bangladesh: Is Islamic State at India’s Doorsteps?

    Bangladesh raises concern as Rajnath order hits beef supply

    Southeast Asia

    Indonesian Muslims speak out against extremists, try to educate others

    Muslim Malays need to re-learn the beauty of Islam

    Malaysia Joins Efforts To Reinvigorate Science In Muslim World


    70 Civilians Killed in Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen's Ta'iz

    Putin: Turkey shot down jet to protect ISIS oil trade

    Erdogan says would resign if Putin IS oil trade claims proven

    South Asia

    President Ghani, PM Sharif agree to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban

    Military operation ongoing to recapture lost areas in Sar-e-Pol’s Sancharak District

    Arab World

    Syria: Scores of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Airstrikes in Aleppo

    Iraqi Forces Succeed in Cutting ISIL Supply Lines

    Teacher breathes his last while giving Qur’an lesson


    Boko Haram kills 4, torches some 50 homes in Niger

    France detains two trying to join ISIL in Libya

    North America

    US tightens rules for visa-free visits after Paris attacks


    Civil society urges govt to scrap cybercrime bill for violating human rights

    Unofficial results: PML-N bags lead in Islamabad LG polls, PTI comes in second

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    At Aligarh Muslim University Malappuram, Girls Protest All-Male Panel to Probe Harassment
    The Statue Of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty 'Based On A Muslim Woman'

    In Saudi Arabia's First Election Open to Women, Feminists Have Been Excluded

    Position of women in society

    Women find odds heavily stacked against them

    Baby girl abandoned             

    Sindh enhances women quota in govt jobs

    High turnout of women witnessed in rural areas

    Cricketer Shahadat’s wife gets 47-day bail

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Minority rights: from Quaid to Nawaz: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 1 December 2015

    Minority rights: from Quaid to Nawaz

    By Salman Ali

    Terrorism: domestic and global dimensions

    By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

    The US’s perspective on Turkey-Russia

    By Sabria Chowdhury Balland

    Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Islam and the West

    Will Russia Succeed Where Iran Failed?: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 1 December 2015

    Will Russia succeed where Iran failed?

    By Abdulrahman al-Rashed

    Russia’s unrealistic expectations of Turkey

    By Sharif Nashashibi

    Why is Russia wooing Iran even more now?

    By Camelia Entekhabi-Fard


    By Fakhruddin Ahmed

    Fight against extremism

    By Abdo Khal

    Turkish-Russian dispute: Valid questions

    By Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Islam and Politics

    Breach of Faith: Kerala Madrasa Scandal Must Not Be Politicized: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 1 December 2015

    Breach of faith: Kerala madrasa scandal must not be politicised

    Hindustan Times

    The idea of India: Why the choice is clear in intolerance debate

    By Naseeruddin Shah

    They shut down my column

    By Mohammad Taqi

    ‘Hang Ujjal Dosanjh for treason before charging Aamir Khan with sedition’

    By Ujjal Dosanjh

    The politics of peace

    By Khurshid Kasuri

    Erdogan’s gameplan bad for the world

    By Gwynne Dyer

    Erdogan’s Ottoman designs

    By Talmiz Ahmad

    Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Urdu Section

    ISIS/Takfiris Are Friends of Satan  تکفیری  گروہ  داعش  شیطان کے دوست  ،  اللہ اور اس کے رسول  صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے دشمن ہیں جن کی حمایت کسی بھی طرح جائز نہیں
    Dr. John Andrew Morrow, New Age Islam

    نام نہاد "اسلامی ریاست" کو "شیطانی ریاست" کا نام دیا جانا چاہئے کیونکہ اس کا مقصد زمین پر صرف اور صرف فساد پھیلانا ہے۔ تکفیری دہشت گردوں کے کنٹرول کے تحت جو علاقہ ہے وہ کفر ، جھوٹ ، الحاد اور بے حیائی کا گھرہے۔ یہ گمراہی کی راہ (صراط الضلالۃ) ، اختلاف کا منبر (منبر الخلاف ) اور گناہوں کا اڈہ  (عرین الغوایہ) ہے جو جرائم پیشہ افراد کے اسٹیٹ (دولۃ المجرمین) کی نمائندگی کرتی ہے۔ تکفیری دہشت گرد اللہ رب العزت اور اس کے رسول ﷺ کے دشمن ہیں۔ اسی وجہ سے ان تکفیری دہشت گردوں کو کسی بھی طرح سے امداد فراہم کرنا قطعا حرام ہے۔  اس کے علاوہ اہل سنت و الجماعت و التصوف اور اہل تشیع سمیت تمام مسلمانوں کی مشترکہ ذمہ داری ہے کہ وہ شرک ، نفاق ، ارتداد ، اور شقاق وغیرہ جسے تکفیری گروہ  عالم اسلام میں  پھیلا رہے ہیں کا  پرزور مقابلہ کریں  اور امت مسلمہ کو ان دہشت گرد کے فتنوں سے محفوظ کرنے کی سعادت حاصل کریں۔

    Urdu Section

    ماضی او رحال کے اربوں انسانوں میں کچھ لوگ اِس کرہ ارض پر ایسے بھی طلوع ہوئے جو کبھی سریر آرائے سلطنت ہوئے او رنہ وارثان تاج و تخت ٹھہرے ، نہ خود کو سجدے کرائے او رنہ ہی عالم پناہ کہلائے، نہ ہی کبھی خدائی کا دعویٰ کیا اور نہ ہی کبھی شاہی محل کے جھروکوں میں بیٹھ کر دیدار عالم کروایا اور نہ ہی کبھی اپنے نام کا سکہ جاری کیا۔ بے شک یہ لوگ سریر آرائے سلطنت نہیں ہوئے لیکن کروڑوں لوگوں کے دل و دماغ پر آج بھی حکومت انہی کی ہے تخت و تاج کے وارث تو کبھی نہ بنے مگر عقیدتوں کو خراج آج تک موصول کررہے ہیں۔

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    “A Bangladesh-based pan-Islamic terror group, JMB has spread to Assam and other Indian states after Dhaka’s crackdown against its members,” Khagen Sarma, Assam’s director general of police, said.

    Assam Police have so far arrested 24 JMB members who confessed to being part of the JMB module in Assam. But Bura Bhai gave them the slip, suspected to have sneaked into Bangladesh.

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Three Religions under One Roof
    Jannis Hagmann

    Berlin is set to host Germany's first ever house of worship to unite synagogue, church and mosque. With the "House of One" project, Jews, Christians and Muslims aim to send out a signal of tolerance from Berlin's historic centre. Jannis Hagmann on the ambitious and refreshingly pragmatic project

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Among the Believers, a documentary by an Indian Hindu and a Pakistani Muslim, explores the roots of jihadi terror through five years spent at Islamabad’s controversial Red Mosque.

    “I seek Allah’s refuge from Satan,” the boy intones. “We will destroy you if you attack us. You cannot enter here. You cannot conquer us. You cannot! And if you dare to enter here, we will destroy you in the name of jihad.”

    War on Terror

    ISIS Wants a Clash of Civilizations: Let's Not Give In
    Juan Cole

    A “war” on terror that characterizes, for example, all Syrian refugees as potential combatants thus plays right into the hands of recruiters like Abaaoud, who aim to “sharpen the contradictions” between Muslims and those of Christian heritage. We should rather be observing that some Syrians have joined a criminal cartel that has taken over some desert towns at gunpoint, but that most Syrians have not done so.

    Islam, Women and Feminism
    Saudi Arabia: 900 women run for office
    New Age Islam News Bureau

    6,917 in fray: Women pushing boundaries

    Minister says waiting for AGC to decide on action against Umno woman over Quran-burning

    Indian Muslim women take to Islamic fashion’s fusion of tradition and modernity

    Animated times: He Named Me Malala

    Appeals for a deterrent anti-harassment law

    Saudi female student knifed in New Jersey

    Canadian Muslim women undertake self-defense classes following wave of racist attacks

    Two activists barred as Saudi women launch first poll bid

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    The Rise of Al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State

    In the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, al-Baghdadi appears to have helped establish one of the first entirely indigenous militant groups motivated by extremist Islam. This drew recruits from tribal networks and neighbours in his home town and surrounding villages. Al-Baghdadi, now aged thirty-two, was picked up apparently by chance in a US sweep and interned in Camp Bucca, a vast prison built outside the southern port city of Basra. …

    Islamic World News

    Al-Qaeda Declares War on ISIL in Syria's Damascus Province

    Arab World

    50 Terrorists Killed, Wounded in Army Counter-Attack South of Syria's Aleppo


    Pope: Christians, Muslims are ‘brothers’


    ISIS not Muslim, people of other faith defaming Islam: Assam leader

    Maharashtra to soon roll out policy to combat terror threat

    South Asia

    U.S. Embassy warns possible attack within 48 hours in Kabul city

    Suicide bomber targets Afghan election official in Kabul


    Russian plane breached Israeli airspace, says minister

    16 dead in fighting for south Yemen province


    Polish Muslims rally against racism and terrorism

    Spain divided on joining anti-ISIL strikes


    Suspected Muslims Burn Christian TV Station in Pakistan

    Sectarian harmony, religious tolerance vital for coexistence: Ashrafi

    Southeast Asia

    Three of country’s top leaders on IS hit list, Hishammuddin says

    Muslim religious teacher to remain as principal of Christian-majority school, director says

    North America

    Obama accepted $1.3mn in gifts from Saudis in 2014: Report

    Trump says won’t take back remark on Muslims ‘cheering’ 9/11 attacks

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam and the West
    Islam in Europe
    Shahid Javed Burki

    Islam in Europe

    The Paris terrorist attacks of November 13, 2015 worsened the situation for Muslims in Europe. They widened the divide between them and the rest. Following the attacks, Francois Hollande, the French president, declared war on radicalism. He undertook a whirlwind tour of several Western capitals as well as Moscow to drum up support for his initiative. While President Barack Obama was cautious in pledging what his country was prepared to do, Russia’s Vladimir Putin saw an opportunity for his country in the French overtures. Long shunned by the West, in Hollande’s war against radicalism, the Russian president saw a way of getting his country back into Western Europe.

    Islam and Politics

    Once upon a Tsar and a Sultan: Putin vs. Erdogan: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 30 November 2015

    Once upon a Tsar and a Sultan: Putin vs. Erdogan

    By Hisham Melhem

    France's anti-terror measures are unconstitutional

    By Antoine Bueno

    Turkeyís diplomatic fight


    Why is ISIS so resilient?

    By Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

    Defeating ISIS requires a shift in international policy

    By Lina Khatib

    Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Islam and the West

    It’s good to be the Taliban: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 30 November 2015

    It’s good to be the Taliban

    By Cyril Almeida

    The state fails the Ahmedis yet again

    By Mohammad Ahmad

    Syrian civil war: Fruits of foreign intervention

    By Munir Akram

    Miss Gaddafi yet?

    By S Mubashir Noor

    Lords of darkness

    By Zarrar Khuhro

    Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Islam and Politics

    When you kill in the name of my religion... : New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 30 November 2015

    When you kill in the name of my religion...

    By Joginder Singh

    Fighting terrorism with the big boys

    By Faisal Devji

    How to secularise secularism

    By Dipankar Gupta

    Turkish President wants to drag Nato into a war against Russia

    By Prem Shankar Jha

    Black Friday and the Syrian conundrum

    By Kishwar Desai

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Youth radicalisation may have only started spreading its roots in other parts of the country but it has a long history in Uttar Pradesh, beginning with the formation of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in 1977.

    In the next four decades, fundamentalist recruiters lured hundreds of Muslim youths and radicalised them, training them to “restore the supremacy of Islam” by waging jihad. The central government banned it in 2006. But the radicalisation hasn’t stopped as terrorists have refined their strategies and taken their propaganda online.

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Gender Equality ‘Against Islam’: Kerala Muslim Scholar Aboobacker Musalyar
    Kerala Muslim Scholar Aboobacker Musalyar

    Muslim women seek to be heard in SC

    Personal law should be subject to fundamental rights: Jaitley

    Self-defence classes taken by some Muslim women following violence in Toronto

    Muslim women write to PM seeking changes in personal law

    Pregnant Muslim woman branded 'terrorist' on London bus while passengers looked on

    Why I went undercover to investigate female Islamic State supporters

    Islam, rape, and the fate of Western women

    Aboobacker Musalyar, Kerala Muslim Scholar, Says Gender Equality 'Against Islam'

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

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