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Let Prophet Muhammad Movie Speak For Itself

Majidi’s film is not the first attempt at putting the Prophet’s life on the silver screen – that honour goes to Moustapha Akkad’s “The Message” (1977) – but it is the first that has depicted the Prophet in some form. According to reviews and images posted online, it includes shots of the Prophet’s hands and legs as a baby, his back and as a silhouette against the sky.

Fa Ayna Tadhaboon – It is very difficult to understand the depth of emotion behind these words in the Quran when god asks us with so much of love and compassion, “Where are you going?” The concern with which we are asked about the path we have taken, if heard and understood correctly, could so easily bring us back to the right path. Unfortunately the people of this world, especially the Muslims have gone deaf.....

Are India's Muslims a minority?

One newspaper interpreted Heptullah's statement to say that Muslims were "too large to be considered a minority". When journalists asked her what her ministry would do for the Muslim community, she said: "This is not the ministry for Muslim affairs, this is the ministry for minority affairs."….

Witnessing: The Mission of the Muslim Ummah
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Witnessing: The Mission of the Muslim Ummah

From this we learn that as a ‘middle nation’ the ummah of the Prophet Muhammad is an intermediary between the last prophet and later generations of people. It takes God’s religion from the last of the prophets and conveys it to later generations of people, without expecting any recompense for this and engaging in this task till the Day of Judgment. This conveying of God’s religion is not simple announcement. Rather, it is necessary that the religion be conveyed, as the Quran (4:63) says, in such terms as will address people’s minds.

Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered, Yet another Attack on the Free Press: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 8 August 2015

3 U.S. Defeats: Vietnam, Iraq and Now Iran

By David Brooks

The Death of Mullah Omar: What It Means For Taliban and Afghanistan

By Salih Dogan

Politics and principle at the Nahdatul Ulema Congress

By Greg Fealy

Dividing Palestinians

By Uri Anvery

Turkey’s Policy on ISIL, Kurdish Question and Socio-Political Engineering

By Mustafa Demir

Yet another Attack on the Free Press

By Mustafa Akyol

Louder Voices of Saudi Women Can Usher In Change

By Samar Fatany

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Does Islam Prevent AIDS?
Frank Jacobs

As it turns out, these maps do demonstrate a great truth about AIDS and Islam. But it is not the triumphalist message that Islam alone is an effective shield against HIV/AIDS. Rather, it is the more complex warning that while strong morals may have kept the HIV/AIDS toll in Islamic Africa low until now, the correspondingly strong taboos could keep the disease invisible and its numbers rising, against the global trend.....

Islam enshrines a love for knowledge probably unmatched by any other belief system. Popular Muslim belief subscribes to a search for knowledge even unto the ends of the earth: just governance is considered knowledge-dependent. To be learned, then, is a cardinal virtue and ignorance, a sin of omission. The intellectual strength of flourishing Muslim empires was based on fine scholars produced by their madrasas. Pakistan needs to acquire such a body of theoreticians to whisper words of wisdom into its politicians’ ears....

 

Repeal This: The Concept of Waqf for the Settler’s Limitless Generations Is Archaic
Tahir Mahmood

Waqf is an institution of Muslim law by which property is dedicated in perpetuity for religious or charitable purposes. Apart from public Waqfs like mosques and Dargahs, there is a category of Waqf alal Aulad (Waqf for descendants), whereby property is dedicated to one’s descendants and, ultimately, for charitable objects after the extinction of the family. In 1891, the Calcutta High Court held that such a Waqf could not be given legal effect since a “dedication must not depend upon an uncertain contingency, such as the possible extinction of the family”.....

 

Islam and Gays: A Follow-Up
Mustafa Akyol

But we modern-day Muslims don’t have to blindly obey these medieval interpretations of Islam. We may still consider many things sinful, but our attitude toward the sinner can be more lenient. Imagine pork, for example. Eating pork is one of the very clear sins listed by the Qur’an. Every good Muslim should refrain from that. But do we also have to spend our lives hating pork-eaters?....

 

The Spiritual Guide-Disciple Relationship from the Perspective of Islamic Sufism
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

 “In the voyage towards the Divine, one who travels without a guide needs two hundred years for a two days trip... Patiently search for your spiritual master for without his leading, this journey is filled with ordeals, hazards, and perils. Without the shelter of the spiritual master, one cannot annihilate the lower self. Hold firmly to the mantle of a genuine guide if you seek extermination of your deformed ego.”...

 
Present Day Islam Is a Travesty of Islam
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

Present Day Islam Is a Travesty of Islam
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

Radical Islam is a result of the inability of all major sects of Islam to deal appropriately with the Ahadith which have corrupted the Islam of the Quran. The unreliable and mostly concocted Ahadith, are the cancer of Islam. Reform, to my mind, is possible only through a call to a return to the Islam of the Quran which undoubtedly was the Islam of the “Al-Salaf Al-Sāliḥ” and not what passes today as Islam which is a travesty of Islam based on Ahadith concocted two centuries later.....

What a Newly Dated Early Quran Tells Us about Islam
Fozia Bora

Two Quran fragments unknowingly held since 1936 in the University of Birmingham’s manuscript collection have been definitively dated to the era of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) life or a little later. The writing of the two folios (with text corresponding to chapters 18-20 in the modern Holy Quran) has been placed somewhere between 568 and 645 CE, which is very close to the conventional dating offered for the Prophet’s (PBUH) ministry, 610-632 CE. Given the more than 95 per cent accuracy of the carbon dating involved, carried out at the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, this discovery indicates that these fragments are in all probability contemporary with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself.....

 

Young Generation to Lead Redefinition of Indonesian Islam
Zacky Umam

In 20 to 30 years, both organizations will be led by the current generation, the product of intimate encounters between classical Islamic discourse and critical thinking, along with an engagement in efforts to improve the social and economic conditions of their communities.  The current generation has also had to deal with various influences, including that of the capital-rich Wahhabism. ….

 

What Does Islam Say About Being Gay?
Mustafa Akyol

Indeed, the Ottoman Empire had an extensive literature of homosexual romance, and an accepted social category of transvestites. The Ottoman sultans, arguably, were social liberals compared with the contemporary Islamists of Turkey, let alone the Arab World......

Of Dogs, Faith and Imams
Mohammed Hanif

In one story, the Prophet Muhammad was leading his army into a battle when he came upon a female dog with a litter of puppies. He posted a companion to protect them. Umar, the second caliph, stated that he would be personally responsible if even a stray dog went to sleep hungry under his administration......

 

People throng Kakak Sahib’s shrine everyday in a large number for seeking solace and spiritual delight. Pilgrims from far and wide visit the shrine to pay their respects to the Sufi saint. Kakakhel tribe produced a number of religious scholars, poets, writers, economists, academicians, researchers, historians and experts in many other fields. Till date, Kakakhels are known to be experts in more than one field of knowledge and scholarship. ....

 

Disrespecting the Prophet’s Mosque
Mahmoud Ahmad

Another sign of disrespect of the mosque is people bringing their children to the Prophet’s Mosque and leaving them free to run and play and disturb other worshippers. This is a very common problem at the women’s section of the Prophet’s Mosque. People are distracted as children run between the lines of worshippers, shouting and making a gaggle of noise. They sometimes engage in little feuds with other children and throw shoes and water at each other. This happens with their parents standing in line with other worshippers and praying. Why can't they control their children? If they cannot then they should not bring them to the Prophet’s Mosque......

Creative Thinking to Build Moral Fibres
Khaled Almaeena

Saudi teachers are by and large frustrated and underpaid. Unless teachers are encouraged to invent, innovate and given a free hand to impart knowledge within the parameters of the curricula, education would be in the same rut led by teachers devoid of motivation.....

 

Excessive Emphasis in Policy on Madrasa Reform Tends To Bracket Madrasa Education
Hem Borker

The supporters of madrasa modernisation, including some religious leaders, point out advantages such as access to education in modern subjects, improvement in teachers’ salaries and, presumably, quality of teaching, and the opening of opportunities for higher education, employment which would enhance the relevance of madrasas......

Why I Felt More Pakistani Outside Of Pakistan During Eid?
Sarah Fazli

If I can focus on making others happy by participating in their joys and pains, I know I will have successfully ‘assimilated’. And for this already confused ‘Westernised’ desi, that will be a huge achievement......

 
Iftar And After
Asha'ar Rehman

There are Pakistanis who have never been compelled to switch from their sweet-sounding and chiselled ‘Allah dey Hawalay’ (and not ‘Khuda dey Hawalay) or the more known ‘Rab Rakha’. They have been unconvinced to lend their presence to the umbrella provided by the Persian-Urdu ‘Khuda Hafiz’ and can be — routinely are — found protesting a more locally managed colonisation. Ultimately, there is the original debate on how the period meant for self-coaching in austerity has been used to flaunt whatever in the name of religion....

 

For decades, the Qasim Ali mosque in Peshawar has been synonymous with the moon sighting dissent. Managed by the Popalzai family, the mosque stirs up controversy aplenty when the time comes to sight the moon for Ramazan and Eid ul Fitr.....

 

At a time when the self-proclaimed Islamic caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is hell-bent on disassociating Islam with the spirituality of Eid, it’s really important to know what significance this festival assumes. Clearly, Eid is abhorred by al-Baghdadi because it is an open reminder to the Muslim world of the universal values of Islam: love in place of hatred, patience in place of anger, forbearance in place of warfare, coexistence and inclusiveness in place of exclusivism and intolerance and pluralism in place of supremacism. It comes every year to remind us that if Muslims really cherish to exist in the modern world, they have to rejuvenate the essential messages of Eid…

Related: Baghdadi’s Islam Clashes with the Holy Prophet’s Islam over Eid

Travel west today through the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and all the Muslim and Islamic countries on the way to Europe, and you are taking your life in your own hands even in Ramadhan. Ironically it is safe only when one crosses into the unbeliever’s land of where the Iblees and his associates are not locked up for the month!....

Somehow this shopping hysteria crept into our cultural conscience, its roots were concealed in the religious messages of Eid; to signal new beginnings, to celebrate accomplishing all the good deeds in Ramadan, and to share happiness with those least fortunate. Around 30 years ago, buying one or two new dresses for each one in the family was all what it took to celebrate Eid....

 


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