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The Muslims’ Case
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

The Muslims’ Case
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

The Prophet lived in the first half of the 7th century C.E.. At the time that he received prophethood, Makkah was controlled by polytheists and Madinah was under Jewish domination. Large parts of the Arabian peninsula were under Byzantine and the Sassanian rulers, who were opposed to Islam….


Growing European Concerns about Muslim Migrants: Their Faith and Their Culture Isolates Muslims from the Host Community When They Should Be Building Bridges
Irfan Husain

And while other migrants generally dress like locals and blend in, Muslims tend to stay apart, with religious and cultural factors perpetuating this divide. Every few weeks, incidents to do with the sexual exploitation of young white girls, alleged terror plots, or the willingness of many young Muslims to join the Islamic State enhances the negative image many Brits have of Muslims and Islam….

Ignorance & Decline
Irfan Husain

Throughout his peripatetic life, pan-Islamism and anti-imperialism were the major themes in his speeches and writings. Apart from appealing to Muslims, he also attracted Jewish and Christian followers due to his stance against foreign dominance. Despite his name, Afghani was actually born in a Shia family in Persia, and educated in Tehran before going to a famous seminary in Najaf, and then to India. In order to reach a wider Muslim audience, he adopted his Afghan persona; indeed, his supposed remains were laid to rest in Kabul after lying in an unmarked grave in Istanbul for years. The Afghans now claim him as their own....



They are far from radical. Married to two brothers, Hanna, 34 years old, has four children, while Alite, 33, has seven. Neither has an advanced education. Both are deeply observant, and embrace the importance of religion and the traditional role of Djerban Jewish women as wives and mothers. But they are also critical of their culture’s failings with respect to women and feel that even within the confines of Djerba’s conservative beliefs, there is much room to evolve. Educating girls hasn’t been a high priority in Djerba’s Jewish community. Historically, in fact, they weren’t educated at all, and most were illiterate until well into the 20th century....

Companionship of the Prophet
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Companionship of the Prophet
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

If the true spirit is alive in you, and you sincerely desire to follow the Prophet, even today you can experience the Prophet’s companionship. For example, the Prophet’s practice was never to hate his enemies. Instead, he used to treat them in a very noble way. He would beseech God for their guidance. Now, if you have an enemy and you do not respond to him with enmity, but, instead, think “I should behave with my enemy in the same way as the Prophet of God did with his enemies”, and if you do precisely this, at that moment you will develop a special relation with the Prophet….

The escapism that mainstream Islam has nothing to do with those atrocities does not hold water anymore because Wahhabism and Islam have become indistinguishable. To understand the crisis of Muslims today, one has to remember that Wahhabism exists in several textbooks containing the alleged sayings of the Prophet Mohammad, or books of “Hadith”, revered by so many….

Sharia Law, Apostasy and Secularism
Gita Sahgal

Movements are built when those who are under attack refuse to be the victim and stand for all. Movements are built when people lose their fear and stand up. I believe that we should stop despairing of the left and criticising their absence. We are an anti-fundamentalist progressive movement. And it is this extraordinarily diverse movement that will produce a better account of the possibilities - as well as the problems - of religion....

In Manto’s Words, This Is What Pakistan’s Relationship with Saudi Looks Like
Raza Naeem

Saadat Hasan Manto’s Eighth Letter to Uncle Sam reserves his sharpest pen for Saudi Arabia – and by extension for organised religion – with whom Pakistan’s ruling elite has forged a close relationship, to the detriment of both its politics and culture in subsequent years. And while it talks of the same, now-deceased, King Abdullah (there is apparently still an abundance of Abdullahs ruling in the Arab world) in the closing paragraph, it is thus a witty dismissal of Saudi expansionism in Pakistan, equally applicable to the 21st century…..


An Overdue Awakening of Moderate Muslims: Islamic Extremism Can Only Be Defeated By the Condemnation of Co-Religionists
Tom Ridge

The taking of innocent lives is always difficult to comprehend, let alone to reconcile with the tenets of a great world faith. But strategically and tactically, the assaults against a defenceless captive and the publication Charlie Hebdo represent a disturbing new trend in global religious terrorism…

Building a New Arab Mindset
Mohammed Fahad al-Harthi

Building a New Arab Mindset
Mohammed Fahad al-Harthi

What has happened to the Arab world? If looked at objectively, it appears that people here have become numb to the images of wanton destruction, death and bombings served up to them daily on news channels. People’s lives are now measured in numbers by media houses….


Southeast Asian Islam, Gentle and Ungentle
Clive Kessler

Religious “supersessionism”: or, underlying that sense of historical bewilderment, the conviction and doctrinal assertion that Islam completes and perfects – but also shows up and casts off, incorporates yet negates – the earlier Abrahamic revelations and faith communities of Judaism and Christianity with all their (or so it is claimed) vitiating defects and limitations. What has all this to do.....


Happy Valentine’s Day: The Mullahs Are against All Things That Relate to Love and Affection
Syed Mansoor Hussain

The mullahs are against all things that relate to love and affection; for them the only way a Muslim should express any feeling is by performing some religious duty. But then it is idiotic to say that our culture does not revolve around romantic love. All of our great poets are given to descriptions of the beloved, the joy of togetherness and the sorrows of separation. Even our great folk stories like Heer Seyal, Sassui-Punnuh and Sohni-Manhiwal are all about love....

The biggest recipient of Saudi and Gulf funds are religious seminaries or madrasas in Pakistan.... They also have their curriculum which is largely sectarian and orthodox, preaching hatred against other religious communities and sects and schools of thought in Islam. These madrasas stress more on jihad than on scholarship and research. In these madrasas, concept of jihad assumed a narrow meaning as fighting Shias, Qadianis, Christianity and other schools of thought in Islam. This change came about under the influence of Wahhabism, official version of Islam of the Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states....

By remaining faithful to our Orientalist narrative of Islam, we only hamstring our ability to see clearly. But if we support those Muslim voices on the frontline against fundamentalism, our wisdom would multiply and it would accelerate us beyond the trite hypocrisy of so much western media….


Imam Ghazali in Ihya-ul-Uloom (the revival of sciences) and Shah Waliullah in Hujjatullah-e-Baligha (the conclusive proof) have elucidated the inner meaning and purpose of various rituals that Muslims are supposed to perform. Any form of worship (prayer, pilgrimage, and charity etc) without understanding its spiritual and practical utility leads to lacklustre conformity and dogmatism.....

Innovate or Stagnate
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Innovate or Stagnate
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

They empower citizens to cultivate their collective energy and develop their potential, and thus become drivers for their countries’ growth and advancement in the world arena. Above all, they value human minds and help people become better guardians and builders of our planet….


The RSS's conversion - or re-conversion - programs have been widely criticized by Muslims and secular Hindu groups and politicians, though media outrage has not been seen in India when Islamic clerics and Christian missionaries convert Hindus. Under the Indian constitution, religious freedom is guaranteed, which means that people are allowed to profess, propagate, and convert others to their religious beliefs. The converts to either Hinduism or Islam and Christianity are generally impoverished.....

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A New Booklet on Apostasy in Islam Has Rattled Extremist Somali Clerics

Perhaps in an attempt to show his views towards sticking on to Islamic Sharia law the new king Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud has gone ahead five executions in the forms of beheading since Friday, 23 January 2015. With this, the new king is establishing that his Islamic orthodox nation will not be ending the controversial tradition of beheading criminals. Since January 2014, 59 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia …..


What Is To Be Done About Arab Pathologies?
Hisham Melhem

The essence of the current Arab predicament is that the West cannot save the Arabs from themselves, and the Arabs are unable or unwilling to exorcize their demons on their own.’ We have to start with certain self-evident truths. …..


While Sufis who belonged to the Chishtiah and Qadriah orders always kept a distance from emperors in Delhi and kept voicing for the people, the Suharwardiah order has always been close to the power centres. Bahauddin Zikria of the Suharwardiah order enjoyed close relations with the Darbar and after that leaders of this order have always sided with the ruler (either Mughals or British) against the will of the people. Sufism in the subcontinent in general and Sindh in particular, emerged and evolved as a formidable opposition to the King and Mullah/Pundit nexus. Not only did it give voice to the voiceless victims of religious fanaticism, but also challenged the established political order…..


Islam Is a Religion of Peace and Security, Says Sufi Scholar Maulana Misbahi Who Was Recently In the News for Being Questioned By the Delhi Police
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

 Maulana Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi: "Although there are certain verses of the Qur’an which mention killing and murder, there is a specific reason and context behind these verses. However, a group of people have taken these verses out of context and have not tried to understand the story behind them and raised objections against these verses and against the Holy Qur’an. ....

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Jihad or Expansion of Tribal Culture?
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The Prophet was victorious over Makkah in the year 8 A.H. Thereafter, the Arabian tribes began entering the fold of Islam in multitudes (Quran 110: 1-2). This was a phenomenon of what is called ‘mass conversion’. According to Jabir bin Abdullah, after this incident the Prophet is reported to have said these words of historical significance: “People have entered God’s religion in multitudes, and they will soon, in the future, turn away from it in multitudes.”(Musnad Ahmad)…..

Pakistan: Between Civility and Fanaticism
Salim Mansur

Together, Hasan al-Banna, Maududi, and Syed Qutb had fashioned political Islam as a closed system, in opposition to all other competing ideologies confronting Muslims. It was at once simple, rigidly based on the Quran and the Sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet, and provided Muslims with an armed doctrine of jihad to quell their doubts, overcome their fears, and direct them towards the objective of establishing an Islamic state or gaining martyrdom in the pursuit of it.....


Does condemning the attack on Charlie Hebdo make me less Muslim? No, supporting the freedom of speech of the dead cartoonists, or the Saudi blogger being flogged for “insulting Islam” doesn't make me a westernized secular who doesn’t care about Islam, my religion or the Prophet Muhammad. Instead it is those so-called Muslims hostile to critical thinking that lack basic understanding of what Islam is all about…..

Charlie Hebdo Protests Reveal the Damaged Culture in Pakistan
Mehr F. Husain

Broadly speaking, there are the Islamists who are pro-religion and anti-West with regards to a secular system and liberals in general. There is also the anti-West, anti-religion/pro-secular mindset perfectly captured by those who protest against Western intervention but campaign for a secular, democratic Pakistan.  The pro-religion and pro-West tend to be those who supported the war on terror but also defended religion as the factor behind terrorism.  And finally the pro-West, anti-religion/ pro-secular, who are mostly among the urban residents……


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