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  • Congratulations to Mr Sultan Shahin Sb for raising this issue at the international forum UNHRC, GENEVA. THE Instant triple talaq is a curse for....
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Your article throws light on the pathetic situation of the Rohingyas. Nobody seems keen to extend assistance...
    ( By Meera )
  • Naseer Sb, You have placed good argument based on Yusuf Ali's translation. But your argument will...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Bangladesh reduced its kafirs from 33% in 1947 to 8% today Hence has plenty of room to take in muslim Rohingya.
    ( By shan94 )
  • Since India's rejection of refuge for the Rohingyas flies in the face of the Indian constitution, the government had....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Everything started by Islam. It thought animals how to eat and humans how to eat animals, that how it is best. Islam thought how wear cloths before ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • In Bangaladesh and Pakistan hindus are facing extermination. No one is bothered about that.
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  • Naseersaab keeps repeating arguments that have already been shot down several times. He ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • As I had predicted, Naseersaab is now in full takfiri mode! He wants to make my beliefs an issue instead of defending...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is no excuse whatever for any country having any blasphemy laws. Free speech....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Well then GM sb, if you agree that in the Quran not all the disbelievers are kafir, then kafir cannot mean disbeliever just as terrorist ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • A believer never has a problem proclaiming his belief very proudly. Neither does a disbeliever have a problem. It is only a hypocrite who has a....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer saab, I know what the dictionary definition of kafir is. I also know what some learned people have said about how the word....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseersaab again has to use abusive words like "hypocrite". He is truly shameless....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "A fact-based analysis makes it clear that Muslims are generally trying to integrate...
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  • Trumpism masked as intellectualism.
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  • Rohingya- Children of the Great Mother India. HOMELESS Rohingya CAN be settled in the Brahmputra Basin, in a NEW Home-Stay ....
    ( By Dhirendra Sharma )
  • The way things are moving there will be a major backlash soon .... Loosers? the Muslims!! Sad ... But they would have bought it onto ...
    ( By Rajinder Verma )
  • Is GM sb with the rest of the ulema in continuing to believe that all the Mushrikin were always kafir until they accepted Islam and ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • (62:5) The similitude of those who were charged with the (obligations of the) Mosaic Law, but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is that of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • When is this brain washing under religion gone stop.How can a God be if he tells to kill others animals or people it's not God.....
    ( By Prashant )
  • Poor Hats Off! He has to compulsively refute even a plausible claim which most persons would let pass without comment!
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  • Does GM Sb for the reasons given by him believe in the existence of an immortal soul? Or is he a disbeliever in the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • before the advent of islam in the world, people did not know how to breath. it was islam that taught the world to breath.
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  • The Sufis Of The 13th And 14th Centuries Paved The Way For The Bhakti Movement...
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  • Naseersaab's despicable personal abusive attacks are truly a shame for this ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Poor Naseersaab just can't get beyond calling me a hypocrite, because being....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The frame of discourse of the arguments advanced and the discussion in the triple talaq judgments....
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  • No one has the right to harm another person on the pretext that he or she is not a good Muslim." Killing in the name of ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • To do so is to risk being unprepared for often messy realities. ….. and to protect...
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  • As for the translation, following exactly what you say, isn't the following more correct? He enlightened the nafs to its wrong (fujur) and its right (taqwa)?....
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  • As far as blocking of advancement of religious thought on this forum is concerned, it is Yunus Sb who has been blocking it. It took me.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • If we believe that religion of Islam, the Quran and the Prophet of Islam are really from true God, the creator of the Universe; ...
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  • Yunus Sb, I find your arguments very strange. You gave seven translations of the verse in support of your interpretation and I said I agree with ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb and Yunus Sb are deflecting the issue by trying to make out that the issue is one of defining the correct meaning of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • He is not. Hats Off is.'
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  • According to GM sb, non existence of an immortal soul is an outlandish theory and yet this does not mean that he believes in an ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Islam is the single reason of Global Terrorism. There is islam in the root of terrorism from begining. EVEN .....
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  • tick the correct answer the author is....
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  • It is so difficult to get even simple points through to Naseersaab. When I tell him that the Quran does not...
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    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

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    Reflections on Qur'anic Message - Part-8: Universal Notion of Taqwa in the Qur’an – A Level Playing Field Of Self (Nafs) - Dictated Moral Imperative for All Humanity
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Ironically, most Muslims argue that those who are regular in prayer and spend in charity (2:3) are the Muttaqin and will receive the guidance of the Qur’an (2:2). Such an interpretation shifts emphasis from Taqwa to prayer and charity and transforms the din of Islam from one that is designed to promote Taqwa to one that is devoted to prayer and charity (2:4). The Qur’an clarifies the primary role of Taqwa in the concluding verse of the passage (2:5):“the Muttaqin are on true guidance from God.” Across it text, the Qur’an repeatedly declares: it is “guidance and counsel for the Muttaqin” (3:138); it is “counsel for the Muttaqin” (24:34)….

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    A Plea for Reaching A Common Understanding Of Islam To Counter The Ideology Of The Extremists
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    I am throwing open my debate with Yunus Sb by summarising the discussion. It would be great if all the scholars supporting NAI can reach a consensus on the common understanding of Islam which is detailed at the end of the article which will go a long way in defeating the false ideology of the extremists. Please therefore debate with me with the intention of clarifying all your reservations before accepting what I have proposed. …

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Sultan Shahin Raises Triple Talaq Issue at UNHRC, Asks Muslims to Engage In Serious Rethinking Of Islamic Theology and Bring It In Line With the Needs of 21st Century
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Mr. President,

    While the world’s attention is focused on violent extremism practised by a section of Muslims, gross violations of human rights are taking place in various Muslim societies in the name of religion. In a South East Asian country, the Arabic name of God is monopolised by Muslims. Non-Muslims using the traditional term Allah for God are punished. In a South Asian Muslim country thousands of Hindu and Christian girls, many under the age of 18, are abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, and then “married” to their abductors. In a Middle Eastern country, courts allow marriages of as small as 9-year-old girls and force them to consummate their “marriage” and live with their husbands. In my own country, India, Muslim husbands can utter the word talaq, meaning divorce, thrice in a row, and legally throw their wives out of their homes in less than a minute.

    While these are gross violations of human rights, they also amount to denigrating the religion of Islam. All these and many other similar social evils and criminal acts including terrorism are practiced as if they have been ordained by Islamic scriptures. This calls for deep introspection in the Muslim community. We Muslims should not allow our religion to be hijacked in this fashion.

    Mr. President, I would like to make a request, through you, to the representatives of Muslim countries in the Council. Dear Sirs, Madams, Please start a serious dialogue with theologians in your countries and ask them to open the gates of Ijtihad, the creative re-thinking. This was not only permitted, but ordained by God, in Islam’s primary scripture, the holy Quran, as no other Prophet was to come after Mohmmad (saw). We Muslims must revisit our theology in the light of the needs of the 21st century. We are not living in the 7th century and can neither fight those early battles nor organise our societies in that medieval fashion....


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    Islam and Pluralism

    Why the AIMPLB Refuses to Learn Any Lessons
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Despite the SC verdict, the AIMPLB still clings to its view that though triple talaq is sinful but yet it is valid in the eyes of Islamic law. None other than Mahmood Madani endorsed such a view soon after the verdict. Thus it is clear that the AIMPLB does not take even the Supreme Court and its decision seriously and opens itself to the charge that actually it does not believe in India’s constitutional democracy. Had there been a different political climate, the AIMPLB would surely have filed for a review petition. They have themselves argued that since the judge has changed, filing a review petition might throw up other practices like polygamy, nikah halala, etc. into the limelight and they fear that there might be another adverse ruling for them….

    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……

    Islamic Society
    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Prophet Mohammad was very emphatic in his views on animal sacrifice: “if you MUST kill, kill without torture.” Unfortunately, this admonition is also ignored. The two million animals that were sacrificed in Saudi Arabia at the end of Hajj yesterday had been brought to the country in most horrible conditions, many of them dying en route.

     I personally witnessed the torture animals go through when I was in Karachi on Baqr Eid, a few years ago. The whole city appeared to have turned into a slaughter house. One could hear the cries of goats and sheep for days before Eid, while they were still being traded in city squares and even in roundabouts on major arterial roads. The animals apparently knew what fate was awaiting them. It was the obscenity of the whole scene that I cannot forget. Baqr Eid, the holiest of days, had descended into an orgy of blood-letting, with the “devotion” that God requires completely missing.

    The callousness we Muslims display towards animals would give the impression that the religion of Islam is indifferent to the fate of animals. In fact, Islam requires Muslims to protect, not just Human Rights, but HuqooqulIbaad or the rights of all creations of God.

    HuqooqulIbaad is considered so important that it is given primacy even over Huqooq Allah or our duties towards God. While God may forgive us for our transgressions, given his Benevolent and Merciful nature, His creations will not even recognise us on the Day of Judgement. So we must fulfil our duties towards creations of God in this very world, since we cannot hope for forgiveness from them on the Day of Judgement.

    Muslims should also remember the conduct of the Prophet in treating animals with kindness. On many occasions, during his journeys, he delayed prayers for the sake of first relieving the animals of their burden, and giving them food and water. He would refuse to lead prayers until animals were looked after first. He told several stories of people being forgiven all their sins for having shown consideration for a dog or a cat. According to Imam Abu Dawud, the Prophet forbade the hitting of animals on their faces and branding them. He also forbade sports based on animal fights.

    Islamic Society

    Darul Uloom Deoband Against The ‘Erroneous’ Thoughts Of The Tablighi Jama’at: A Critical Analysis Of The Key Allegations In The Deoband’s Fatwa Against The TJ
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Of late, Darul Uloom Deoband issued a strongly-worded fatwa declaring the Tablighi Jama’at "misguided" and the “preacher of perverted views". Deoband seminary has also urged the current chief of the Tablighi Jama’at, Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhalvi to ‘repent in the court of God’. Accusing him of ‘an ideological perversion, misinterpretation of Islamic texts and desecration of Prophethood’, the fatwa pronounced by the Deoband clergy has stated: “It is our religious duty to warn Muslims particularly those with the Tablighi jam ‘at that Maulvi Sa'ad Kandhalvi, the current chief of the Jama’at, is misinterpreting Quran and Hadith”. ....

     
    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    If Sharia Is Divine, Why Don’t Ulema Demand Medieval Punishments Of Flogging, Amputation And Beheading For Muslims?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Muslim reaction to Javed Akhtar’s tweet can be summed up by what Khalid Yunus Ansari wrote in Pratap of 11 September: “There has never been any dearth of opportunists and traitors among Muslims. These people may appear intelligent and educated but are ignorant of Muslim mores. … A real Muslim is one who consciously and even sub-consciously believes in and follows Islamic Laws, someone who cannot even imagine finding fault with or challenging or violating any of them. Even imagining any fault with Muslim Laws is absolute kufr (disbelief), not to speak of expressing such thoughts.”

    I have been reading Urdu newspapers for 45 years. While Muslims have been constantly fighting for the so-called Muslim Personal Law which allows them to treat women as inferior beings, never have I come across any Muslim demand for being governed by Islamic criminal laws. If Sharia is so important, if it is such a vital part of our faith, then why this dichotomy? Except for drinking alcohol, punishments for all other hudud crimes (mentioned in the Quran, considered crimes against God) are to be amputation, flogging and beheading. One would have thought that at least those Muslims who are so particular about following Sharia, and, of course, all ulema who consider Sharia divine would demand the implementation of the entire Sharia. Why follow only the part that helps keep women subjugated and avoid those that may lead to severe medieval punishments specified by Quran and Hadees....

    Islamic Society

    The Mutashaabihat Or The Allegorical Verses Of The Quran
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    There are therefore two types of verses – Muhkamat verses that use precise words in which we should take the literal meaning of the words and the Mutashaabihat verses that use a “tashabaha” or similitude and the similitude is not the reality itself but gives an approximate idea using what is familiar, to convey what is beyond our comprehension. While the word used is a similitude, the meaning of the verse itself is clear and never ambiguous.

    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.

    The War Within Islam

    Why are Islamic countries not coming forward to take Rohingyas? Are Human Rights for Muslims only?
    In a recent debate on Times Now (Rohingya Debate, 9/9/17), New Age Islam founder-editor, Mr. Sultan Shahin posed a pertinent question to the Muslim panellists: why do Indian Muslim leaders and ulema remain silent onlookers when human rights of religious minorities are violated egregiously in so-called Islamic countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world? Thousands of Hindu girls are, for instance, he pointed out, abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and raped in the name of nikah with their abductors every year. Why no outrage among Indian Muslims who keep, rightly, protesting vigilante killings and other persecutions of Muslims in India and elsewhere. He reminded the Muslim leaders on the panel, that Huqooqul ibad (rights of the creations of God, and just humans, but even animals and plants) is a sacred value in Islam. Have we forgotten this, he asked forcefully.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Religious and Theological Underpinning of Global Islamist Terror: Full Text of Speech at International Counter Terrorism Conference 2016 in Jaipur
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    ISIS may be militarily defeated tomorrow and even go out of existence. But this will not solve the problem of Muslim radicalisation. If our madrasas and educational institutions continue to prepare the ground for self-segregation and militancy, expounding the current theology, mixed with narratives of victimhood and marginalisation, Islam will continue to be hobbled, Muslims will continue to struggle to fit in the way of life in contemporary world.

    Moderate, progressive Muslims must urgently evolve and propagate an alternative theology of peace and pluralism, consistent in all respects with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies, while refuting the current theology of violence and supremacism.

    Unfortunately, as we have seen above, the task is not so easy. Radicalisation has not just happened overnight. Jihadi theology has evolved over hundreds of years. Major theologians who have studied Islam independently have brought to us a political version of Islam, stripping the religion of all its spirituality.

    While it is primarily the duty of Muslims to fight this ideological war within slam, this is no longer just a Muslim concern. The world too must confront Muslim scholars with the supremacism and extremism present in their theology and ask them to rethink Islam.  ProgressiveMuslims should join the rest of the world to defeat extremism in Islamic theology.

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