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  • Do the writer believes that ISIS is a muslim organization. No, its a sham organization...
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  • There are two parts to this article and in saying that readers focus only on one part, I was doing injustice to the article. The ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • I guess people have difficulty understanding the article although it is short and in simple English. Otherwise...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Venugopal Bhat islam doesnt own any explation or clarifiation to people like you seems to like hindu fanatic
    ( By Shafeeq Mohammad )
  • asking people to read quran & judge islam by that only & refuse to take into account the actions of the muslims starting with the ...
    ( By Shahev Sen )
  • it's religion of peace. who accept "live in peace" and who deny "rest in peace". that is only fact.'
    ( By Sharma Shruti )
  • Hasan Faraz I am still waiting for your out right condemnation of the evil...
    ( By Venugopal Bhat )
  • @Hasan Faraz This is called selective Amnesia... The same scientist are saying Islam is a threat to world peace. The same scientist say Islam is the inspiration and ...
    ( By Venugopal Bhat )
  • What a mentality of Islam's followers... Hates others religion but they have barbaric laws of their own'
    ( By Narayan Sarmah )
  • Ha haaa Mr Venugopal Bhat u r suffering from islamfobia....the religion which came into ...
    ( By Hasan Faraz )
  • The French police has recently insulted a pious middle-aged Muslim women wearing a Burkini at ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • @ Hasan Faraz I challenge you Do you condem the evil Islamic preaching of ARMED JIHAD ...
    ( By Venugopal Bhat )
  • @V Krish Naturalist u r talking about the stupidities....u r the follower of that religion where animals r called mother and real mothers are snt ...
    ( By Hasan Faraz )
  • Asking people to read quran & judge islam by that only & refuse to take into account the actions of the muslims starting with the ...
    ( By Shahev Sen )
  • GM Sb, You Say "Psychologists say babies know right from wrong even at six months. Scientists studying animal behavior believe they have growing evidence that ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Actually Qur'an study without meaning : Quranic meaning without internel understanding are really bannable.'
    ( By Hanif Uz Jaman )
  • Prisha. You are trying to understand history by taking a snapshot of society today. Many men including me, want to see a fair deal to ...
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • I am really saddened by this article as a woman. No religion, no scripture, no time can ever ...
    ( By Prisha )
  • We digress. The overall point is a simple one. You can believe anything you want. You can interpret scriptures any way you want. You are ...
    ( By Inas )
  • Rather generous of Dan Pipes. But his institute is concerned with the Middle East and not France, perhaps he should concentrate on the former and ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • Naseersaab, How Christian or Muslim victors in wars treat the captured is a matter for historians and news papers to record. The business of religions is ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A refutation of takfiri ideology is long over-due. Islam does not permit coercion, wanton violence or fassad. Anything that is not rational, compassionate and inclusive ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Royalj sb, what is 'picking the brain'?'
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • @V Krish Naturalist Ur idea about islam is not new.... U brihmin.. because u r born to insult others.'
    ( By Hassamul Haq )
  • @Barnard Shah said that lslam is the best but muslims may be worst.Mr. Chodhary u should study sincerely about Islam then i hope your thinkjng ...
    ( By Shamsul Arfeen )
  • @Shafeeq Mohammad lol..u failed..am a humanist..I don't believe in any wwf religion Islam or Hinduism or anything else...better luck next time.'
    ( By V Krish Naturalist )
  • @Ashish Choudhury islam has more superior solution then this modren bullisht (some democracies ) Onky the need is to follow in right way
    ( By Shafeeq Mohammad )
  • @Damodar Kansara Jodhpur who ask youvto interfer in our matters When you cannot see the wrong done by others When the world dont havecgutts to ...
    ( By Shafeeq Mohammad )
  • @Debasis Chatterjee what is ill concept unscientific practies can you pkease give us examole we know what modern world mean allowing gay sex when you ...
    ( By Shafeeq Mohammad )
  • Dear Naseer Ahmed sb, I fully believe in the verse 4:34, which gives an edge to the man over his wife, if he maintains his ...
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • @V Krish Naturalist, we dnt need to learn peace and love from other people we know what kind of love peace atwaches by praveen tigodua ...
    ( By Shafeeq Mohammad )
  • @Kulsoom Aayat we humiliate stupidities in any religion that claims superiority...but we don't do torture and killing coz we are peaceful humanists..not religious blind zombies. '
    ( By V Krish Naturalist )
  • Since I am a truth seeking Christian I find that there is no uniform interpretation about Qur’anic verses. The total Shia community in the world ...
    ( By Dr Thomas Mathai, India )
  • Royalj, You are indulging in straw man arguments and outright lies. This is what I said:...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • You all may humiliate us, torture us and even kill us but certainly can not deviate us ...
    ( By Kulsoom Aayat )
  • Instead being ashamed, one bloody, tried to bark like a mad pig! They can take all modern ...
    ( By Debasis Chatterjee )
  • The following are three articles on the subject of women:..
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • what you do is more important than what you write if wrong done against writing stop wrong doers ...
    ( By Damodar Kansara Jodhpur )
  • @Ashish Choudhury, Apurva Kumar Dutt,Venugopal Bhat ,Hiten Yadaf if you dnt any thing about islam shut your mouth if want to learn about islam then ...
    ( By Shafeeq Mohammad )
  • It is the Muslim Countries and Islamic scholars should find a way out.This can not continue ...
    ( By Ashish Choudhury )
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    ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE AND PLURALISM
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    “... And let not the hatred of a people who (once) obstructed you from (entering the) Sacred House, lead you to be hostile. Therefore, help each other to virtue and uprightness (taqwa), and do not collaborate with each other in sin and enmity. Heed God, and (remember,) God is severe in punishment” (5:2).

    “It may be that God will bring about love between you and those of them you (now) regard as your enemies. (Remember,) God is Able (to do anything) and God is Most Forgiving and Merciful (60:7). God does not forbid you to be virtuous and just to those who did not fight you over religion, nor drove you from your homelands. Indeed, God loves the just (60:8). God only forbids you to befriend those who fought against you over religion, and expelled you from your homelands, and backed (others) in your expulsion; and whoever befriends them – it is they who are unjust” (60:9).

    The Qur’anic verses relating to all the major expeditions as captured in this work from Qur’anic allusions were specific to given contexts, and since the contexts cannot be recreated as much as the Prophet and his companions cannot be brought back to life, they are not of any direct relevance this day – and this must be true for all so-called ‘fighting verses’ of the Qur’an. Their presence in the Qur’an is essential to establish Islam as a religion of peace as this discourse aims at…..

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    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

    Debating Islam

    There are thousands of debates on the internet regarding jihad. If on the one hand Muslim moderates are putting their utmost efforts to prove that Islam is a religion of peace, opponents are presenting some Quranic verses pertaining to Jihad and our own Hadith literature to prove the opposite. Ulema Islamic scholars) are maintaining a studied silence on this subject except giving general statements. … Clearly, Ulema need to go beyond making pious declarations of Islam having nothing to do with the offensive Jihad going on in several parts of the world today. They must take a stand and clarify why Islamic theologians over the centuries including reputed Indian ulema have interpreted war-time Quranic verses as calling for offensive jihad. These verses are being used both by Jihadis and Islamophobes to justify their respective viewpoints. It’s the religious duty of Ulema to come clean and clear the air, both for the sake of Muslim youth who are joining the Islamic State in growing numbers and non-Muslims who have come to fear Islam for obvious reasons

    From the Desk of Editor

    With Our 7th Century Mind-Set, Can We Muslims Co-Exist With Other Religious Communities In Any Part Of The World?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran had asked Muslims to fight for the existence of all those worship houses, synagogues, churches, monasteries, temples where God is praised in abundance.

    “…If God had not checked one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause); —for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will). (Qur'an, 22:40)

    You can see that here God makes the cause of protecting worship houses of all religious communities, “monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques,” as His own cause. But have you heard any Muslim demanding Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Bangladesh or any other Muslim country where religious minorities face persecution, to desist and follow the dictates of the Quran for religious freedom and diversity? I would have thought that if Muslims followed Quran, not to speak of the charter of The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we would be fighting Jihad against Saudi government to allow other religious communities to establish their own worship houses, against Pakistan and Bangladesh to stop persecuting Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, etc.

    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……

    Debating Islam
    Concubines and Slavery in Islam
    The Middle East Media Research Institute

    Concubinage is allowed with two conditions if you meet the conditions as they met in the eras of Prophet [Muhammad] or of pious caliphs after him or during the caliphates after them... If you meet the conditions today you can keep concubines. "The first condition is that if during waging of jihad the women who come with the enemy forces to support them are captured and the emir of the army distributes them, it is his discretion, we can keep them as concubines. Second, if we explore and find some market where slaves and concubines are sold and the sale is established as a social institution there, the women you buy from there will be concubine....

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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

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