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  • Dear Sultan Shahin Saheb,   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   At long last, you must reflect upon the impact of “Ghetto Thinking,” which has been lingering on with certain commentators on the ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Dear Secular Logic, Frankly I have not followed the exchange of views between you and others, though cursorily looked at some of them. What really pleased ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Rafiq Lodhia Sahab,Yours comment under "Ghetto Thinking" in which you have quoted comments from three commentators seem to have caused you profound distress ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Discussion Thread: GHETTO THINKING OF THE MUSLIMS IS APPALLING   Dated: October 23, 2014   To Everyone participating in New Age Islam forum.   Ladies & Gentlemen,   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   Candidly speaking, I ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Convent educated secular doesn't mean that you have got licence to worship stones believing those as God and thus remain very much like those ...
    ( By sadaf )
  • Bahut hi shandar bat btai apne ki Jume(sukrvar)ka din ek special din hota h. June ke din gusl karna ,khusbu lagana , achhe kapde ...
    ( By mohd Sarfraz )
  • "The 72 Signs of Doomsday" . . . All bogus! One more reason why we should pay no attention to the Hadiths.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "In many Muslim communities, gender segregation is defended as preserving value and respect for women. But in reality, the divide continuously promotes a larger ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "De-radicalising Islamic societies, which have been either coerced or brainwashed into conforming with an intolerant, insecure and hate-filled interpretation of the faith, is necessary ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "De-radicalising Islamic societies, which have been either coerced or brainwashed into conforming with an intolerant, insecure and hate-filled interpretation of the faith, is necessary ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article! Brief but poignant.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • 3,000 madrasas affiliated to Darul Uloom shun govt financial aid   By Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published March 26, 2015 2:29 am   Darul Uloom says not in favour ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • I think Secularlogic's apprehensions may dissolve a bit if he were to read the following article:Challenging, And Shed Of Its Literary Glory in Translation, ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Secular Logic,Avoid paraphrasing what I said. If you want to discuss anything I said, quote my exact words and better in the same thread ...
    ( By Observer )
  • I don't endorse these or any other points. I merely see that all the signs of Kheyamat as predicted by the prophet have almost ...
    ( By Ekhlaq Ahmad )
  • Secular Logic,It is a truism that you can prove anything by ignoring half the data. Therefore, by choosing the verses you wish to ignore, ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Mr Observer, I have to make references to you when I feel that Mr Shahin, in his most admirable quest to seek moderation in the ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • The 72 Signs of Doomsday The Prophet Muhammad (Salallah u Alaihi Wassallam) foretold 72 signs that would appear near Doomsday: 1. People will leave prayer 2. ...
    ( By rational muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Ekhlaq Ahmad - 3/27/2015 3:48:41 AMMay i request you to post your comments on following points?42. Women will trade along with men43. ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational and Secular Logic,Hold me to what I say in:What Does It Mean To Be A Literalist And A Fundamentalist?against any of my articles ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Dear Ekhlaq Ahmad - 3/27/2015 3:48:41 AM"Dear" if an apostate can call an imanwala. I felt that most condemnable person in Islam is ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Secular Logic,You may ask your questions in the 4th part of the article " the story of the  prophetic mission of Muhammad (pbuh)"And stop ...
    ( By Observer )
  • "Half the Muslims of the world are telling us that the Quran must not be taken literally; the other half says it must be ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational,You are arguing for the sake of argument. Is there are problem about reading or arranging the surahs in chronological order? The answer is ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Correction: almost every prediction of the Prophet has come true. I fervently hope Rational Yunus Saheb comes back to Islam. Gharwapsi please. Kheyamat is clearly ...
    ( By Ekhlaq Ahmad )
  • Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Saheb, you will render a great service to Islam and Muslims by giving the contexts and current status and meaning of ...
    ( By Shakeel Ahmad )
  • The signs of Kheyamat seem to show that Judgement Day is indeed close. Time Rational embraced Islam. May Allah set save him from dying ...
    ( By Ekhlaq Ahmad )
  • Dear, commentators, I don't see any point on harping on our preconceived notions of hadiths being credibile or unauthenticated. What can be fruitful is ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Mr Observer, you have duly fulfilled your mandatory religious obligation of humiliating a critic and imputing motives to why a person may hold the ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • "9.   It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief."what if one wants to leave the islam? What is ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Since Muslims believe in prophet-hood they believe in prophet stories. if the Buddha was a prophet like Adam, Abraham and Ishaq etc he would ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Observer - 3/27/2015 12:34:49 AMwhat can i do or what you can do is not the subject of discussion. The nature of the ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Secular Logic is like that woman who hated Muhammad Ali (the boxer) so much that she attended all his fights."I come to all your ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Secular Logic,I am sure you did not miss reading my article:What Does It Mean To Be A Literalist And A Fundamentalist?I have a healthy disdain ...
    ( By Observer )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   Every one of you must read the following sentence:   “Sometimes I ask myself why I come here at all to ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Rational,When I can read the surahs in chronological order if I wish, why can't you?What makes you think that the Quran should have been ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Rational, About Abu Lahab, the answer is given under: Those who believe and those who reject belief. As far as chronology is concerned, it has remained non-controversial and therefore there is ...
    ( By Observer )
  • It is strange that Allah taught the importance of pen to his prophet but didn't instruct him to put the verses in the sequence ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Comment-3 for Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Sahab This commentary demonstrates that those Ulamas of this day who are bent on venerating the Hadith ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Mr Shahin,You seem to believe that people who, after reading the Quran and the Hadith, and after being a part of an online Islamic ...
    ( By secularlogic )
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