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  • Rational says, "Islam is also source of causes  to 1.2 billion Muslims not accepting modern values." . . . .That is something we have ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • GM sb,Our sense of right and wrong is conditioned by our learning. If there was anything like an innate sense of right and wrong, ...
    ( By Nasser Ahmed )
  • Why has RAtional repeated his earlier comment? Suffering from amnesia? I repeat my response.Rational neglected to quote the next two verses:(4:89) They but wish ...
    ( By naseer ahmed )
  • Qur'an (4:89) - "They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, ...
    ( By rational )
  • anti-Apostasy laws are framed by scholars of Islam who have commend on the Islamic sources. this is the ugly truth of Islam. Saying the ...
    ( By rational )
  • Islam is also source of causes  to 1.2 billion Muslims not accepting modern values.Muslims including Naseer saheb take early Muslims as examples who understood ...
    ( By rational )
  • Shahin is an Ismaili culprit, trying to make war between Shia and Sunni as usual. This is the ways of Agakhan to introduce 'new ...
    ( By Gulshan )
  • Naseersaab, if quotations assume greater significance than our own innate sense of what is right and what is wrong,  what is good and what ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Following the Prophet by being righteous, just and forgiving is good. Following the Prophet by growing beards, wearing certain length pajamas and veiling our women is ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Music, dance, drama, movies, paintings, poetry and other arts enrich our lives and conduce to human inter-relatedness. Art is the celebration of what God has created.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Ironically, it was under a Shia PM Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto that the parliament passed the resolution declaring Ahmedis as a non-Muslim minority! Dr Israr Ahmed ...
    ( By naseer ahmed )
  • आतंकवाद कि परिभाषा कि जरूरत नही हैं इससे जड़ से उखाड़ फेकने कि जरूरत है . आये दिन आतंकवादियों का समूह बनता जा रहा ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • सही लिखा है आपने, दहशतगर्दी हर जगह  अपने करतूतों का जाल फैला रहा हैं और लोगो को लगता हैं मुस्लिम दहशतगर्द फैला रहे हैं. ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • Excellent article! To add to it "follow God and the messenger" are lines that are repeated for all the messengers. However, like we have ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb says:  "A search for such quotations is not a scholarly pursuit."  It should be, when what is quoted is falsehood and such falsehood is quoted by ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • the author is naive at best and ignorant at worst. He hasn't studied quran and hence is unaware of how this issue is handled. ...
    ( By Khalid )
  • Rational says, "if 1.2 billion Muslims > . . .  believe in for example gender equality then why should be a demand for reform?" . ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Source: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/012-apostasy.htmI have no clue whether this site is islamophobic or not. Generally, islamophobic and islamophyllic sites sound the same to a casual reader. What ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Question:Does Islam proscribe the death penalty for Muslims who wish to embrace another religion?Summary Answer:Those who turn their back on Islam are to be ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • GMwhen 1.2 billion Muslims believe as they should believe why so much hue and cry?if 1.2 billion Muslims (a game of numbers) believe in ...
    ( By rational )
  • Sultan Shahin sahebmany times i have posted from Brailvi sites, Islamophobe sites the extreme views of sarhindi and shawaliuulah.Naseer saheb has done same ...
    ( By rational )
  • Any calls to kill anyone, whether they occur in scriptures or in fatwas, must be rejected, ignored and even expunged if possible. A search for ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • many channels spoke to the 92-93 riot victims, so did newspapers. 
    ( By jp )
  • भारत में रहने वाले हर लोग भारतीय हैं चाहे किसी भी समुदाय के लोग क्यू ना हों. ये कहना या सोचना गलत है हिंदु ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • आज कि तारीख मे मजहब के नाम पर हर कोई लड़ता नजर आ रहा है. मजहब एक बहुत बड़ा मुद्दा है खासकर मजहब का ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • आज कि तारीख मे कोई मजहब अपने मजहब के प्रति वफादार नही है. हर मजहब सिर्फ प्यार शांति से आपस मे मिलजुल रहना सिखाता ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • एक सौ बत्तीस बच्चों का खात्मा दिल दहला देने वाली घटना है बच्चों के माँ बाप नें ना जाने कितने सपने देखें होंगे लेकीन ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • मुस्लिम समुदाय मे बदलाव नही बहुत बड़ी बदलाव कि जरूरत है अच्छा लगा सुनक कि लड़कियाँ कारी बन रही हैं लेकिन जिस मुस्लिम लड़कियाँ ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • Shahin Sb,I have researched thoroughly for the following oft quoted lines:"He (Abdul Wahab) denounced all Muslims who did not agree with him saying they should be ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • मुसलमान जान देने के लिये हमेशा तैयार होते है हर किसी के लिये अगर हिंदू को मन्दिर बनाने को जमीन दे दी तो कोई ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • Md Yunus Rational Saheb, you would be more effective in furthering your Islam phobic agenda if instead of a thousand words of rhetoric,  you ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Shahin Sb,   The book "The legacy of Jehad", edited by Andrew G Boston contains chapters on Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi and Shah Waliullah based on excerpts from the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational says, "it is a joke because you are defining Islam as a humane, tolerant and compassionate ideology." . . . .That is how ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer Ahmed"Looks like Mr. Naseer is an advocate of Wahabi Islam.By Mohammad Imran - 8/1/2015 5:36:03 PM"Do you acknowledge it? if not how do ...
    ( By rational )
  • "Those who depict reality as travesty they are helpless people,frustrated people, an finally worthless people.those show are killing and dying are doing some thing ...
    ( By rational )
  • Naseer ahmedyou answer only where you can manipulate. you evade when real example is asked. you tired psychoanalysis of 'rational' and thought that you ...
    ( By rational )
  • Naseer Ahmednone has succeeded in disappointing me.none has sent me into desperation. had it been done you would have seen me extinct from the ...
    ( By rational )
  •  "thus making difficult the work of those engaged in defining Islam as a humane, tolerant and compassionate ideology." must be a joke.it is a ...
    ( By rational )
  • Naseer ahmedkeep your advise to yourself.i have seen what you have been called? have you stopped?should one stop just because some call names, mad, ...
    ( By rational )
  • Naseer sahebIslam was corrupted in Medina or two three centuries later?some Muslims drwa the line between Meccan and Medinian Islam. some of them including ...
    ( By rational )
  • LATEST ARTICLES

    Islamic Culture
    Is Music Prohibited In Islam?
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Is Music Prohibited In Islam?
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    We see or hear only what our brains are capable of comprehending and the keenness or sharpness with which we see, hear, smell, feel or taste is what gives us the different talents. Our ability for focusing or paying attention is also determined by our cognitive abilities or what our brain is able to make of the stimuli. Now if God or nature has given some people musical ability and great natural talent for it, then God or nature has meant it to be used. The Quran clearly frowns on people who prohibit to themselves what God has not prohibited. ….

    Spiritual Meditations

    The forces which are beyond control of human being are under absolute dominion and control of Allah, the “ Invisible piper” Who makes the whole Universe ‘dance to a Mysterious  Tune' that echoes in the  Quranic verses.....

     
    Islamic World News

    Baitullah Mehsud Caravan joins ISIS in Pakistan’s Waziristan
    Mullah Omar

    Pakistan

    Police Secure Fresh Bonds from Pakistan Madrasa Faculty Members on Watch List

    Clerics Support Army’s Swoop on Terrorists

    Arab World

    Dozens Killed, Wounded After Warplane Crashed In Syria

    Syrian Analyst Lambasts Qatar, S. Arabia for Dishonest Policy on Terrorism

    South Asia

    First Clash between Taliban Militants Following Mullah Omar’s Death

    Mideast

    Houthi Militia Chief ‘Ready For Political Settlement’

    Car Bomb Blast Kills 3 in Yemen's Dhale Province

    Africa

    Nigeria Air Strikes Kill ‘Large Number’ Of Boko Haram

    Southeast Asia

    Joko Calls on NU Congress to Tackle Indonesia’s Escalating Intolerance

    Police Arrest Three Suspected Members Of IS In NTT

    India

    Congress Plans To Counter AIMIM Brand of Politics

    Muslim Leaders Urge Community to Give Up Beef

    North America

    US Comedian: Prophet Had Great Sense of Humour

    Europe

    Faith Leaders in Moscow Mosque Opening

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Mother Calls Water Birth Experience in Dubai, a Dream Come True
    Bana Gora of Muslim Women’s Council, Bradford

    1,000 New Women Bus Supervisors for Schools in UAE

    Muslim Women's Council Urges Talks with MP over Plans for UK’s Female-Led Mosque

    Malaysia: Women Confronted By ‘Fashion Police’

    Of Jilbabs and Hijabs — Why the Islamic Veil Is Increasingly Popular in Indonesia

    10 Arrested For Giving Minor Girl in Swara in Pakistan

    Scottish Muslim Councillors Empower Women

    Muslim Women's Council Urges Talks with MP Over Plans for Female-Led Mosque

    Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Islamic Ideology

    The Meaning of ‘Sunna’ in the Qur’an
    Louay Fatoohi

    There are many more verses that command the Muslims to follow the Prophet. These verses confirm that the Prophet set by his words and deeds the best example for the Muslims, as God instructed him to do. This is why learning and understanding the behaviour of the Prophet is necessary for the Muslim. But we should always be aware of the fact the Sunna of the Prophet has never been as accessible after the Prophet as the Qur’an. Allah promised in the Qur’an that He will protect the Qur’an from being lost or changed, but He did not make such a promise about the Sunna of the Prophet. .....

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Pakistan Is the Fountainhead of Sectarian Extremism
    Yasser Latif Hamdani

    The Second Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan is the fountainhead of sectarian extremism. Not only did it violate all principles of citizenship and a citizen’s relations with the state, it dealt a deathblow to Muslim unity in Pakistan. Takfir (to declare someone an apostate) is not a recent phenomenon: Muslims have been declaring other Muslims Kafirs (infidels) for centuries now. In the 1940s, Jinnah was declared not just a Kaafir but the Kaafir-e-Azam or the great infidel by the Ulema (clergy) opposing him. His crime was twofold....

    Islamic Society

    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,Terrorism and Jihad

    IS Has Managed To Repulse Most of the World
    R. K. Raghavan

    This document reflects IS’s wishes, not its capabilities. The IS has repeatedly made clear that its apocalyptic goals include provoking a series of sectarian wars leading up to the “Final Battle” and the “End times”. The outfit has made some headway in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In January of this year, it announced the establishment of a new “province” called the Islamic State of Khurasan, boasting in its magazine Dabiq that “numerous” groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan had joined the new province. But so far, the groups that have joined the ISK appear to be small, or splinter groups from TTP and other groups. The announcement of Mullah Omar’s death, if true, will lead to additional defections to ISK. But that doesn’t mean that sparking a war in India is credible.....

     
    Islam and Politics

    Why Israel Is Suddenly Owning Up To Its Terrorism
    Daoud Kuttab

    The horrible death of the child and his family seems to have rattled Netanyahu who responded by calling the killing a "terrorist" act which supposedly set it apart from the what the UN has documented as 2,100 acts of violence against Palestinians, their religious institutions, their homes, and other Palestinian-owned properties, committed by Jewish settlers since 2006.....

     
    Islamic Society

    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?....

     
    Current Affairs

    Mullah Omar Obituary
    Mullah Mohammed Omar

    Mullah Mohammed Omar’s rise from obscurity as a minor Mujahideen commander to leadership of the extremist Taliban movement was meteoric, even by Afghan standards. From 1994, when he emerged as a Robin Hood figure in the post-civil war chaos of Kandahar, until his death in 2013 aged about 53, he was the Taliban’s undisputed head. Its largely unrecognised Islamic emirate ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until late 2001, after which Omar was not seen in public. Despite his symbolic importance to his followers, little was known of him in recent years, and his death has been announced only now.....

     
    Islam and Politics

    The Idea of Reconciliation with Iran Is Fruitless
    Abdulrahman al-Rashed

    States are like individuals, you can tell how they are through their biography and behaviour and it’s not enough to analyze their intentions by saying that Iran’s aim of signing the nuclear deal with the West is to end the siege against it and ensure the safety of its existence. To begin with, sanctions against Iran were imposed due to its hostile behaviour and not the other way around....

     
    Current Affairs
    Pakistan: Frenetic Hangings
    Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

    Pakistan: Frenetic Hangings
    Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

    The problem is compounded further by the fact that several terrorist organizations in Pakistan continue to enjoy state support, creating systemic biases against a non-discriminatory policy of executing terrorists on death row. In a recent assertion, the Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan defended the terrorist Jamaat-ud-Da'wah (JuD) on the floor of the Senate (Upper House of Parliament), arguing that it was involved in 'charitable works'.....

     
    Islam and Politics

    One of the many ironies of history is that non-nuclear-weapon states, like Iran, have actually done far more for the cause of non-proliferation in practice than nuclear-weapon states have done on paper. Iran and other nuclear have-nots have genuinely “walked the walk” in seeking to consolidate the non-proliferation regime. ....

     
    Urdu Section

    میں جب بھی جعفری صاحب کے بارے میں سوچتی ہوں تو اسی نتیجے پر پہنچتی ہوں کہ ان کی شخصیت میں کوئی ایسی بات ضرور تھی کہ دوست تو دوست ، دشمن بھی ان کی صلاحیتوں کے دل سے قائل تھے ۔ میں نے یہ بات پہلے بھی اپنے ایک مضمون میں لکھی ہے اور یہاں بھی لکھنا چاہتی ہوں کہ یہ سچ ہے کہ جعفری صاحب پر بہت الزامات لگائے گئے ، ڈھیروں اعتراضات ہوئے، سخت تنقیدیں کی گئیں اور مزہ تو یہ ہے کہ خود ضمیر کا سودا کرنے والوں نے انہیں ضمیر فروش کا طعنہ دیا، خود مفاد پرستی کے جھولوں میں جھولنے والوں نے انہیں مفاد پرست کہہ کے پکارا، خود قدم قدم پر سمجھوتہ کرنےوالوں نے انہیں مفاہمت پسند قرار دیا، بے آردش لوگوں نے اُن کے قدموں تلے زمین تلاش کی ، جو ‘ کچھ نہ تھےوہ ‘‘بہت کچھ ’’ بننے کے جنون میں علی جعفری کے بارے میں ‘‘کیا کیا کچھ ’’ بک گئے ۔

     
    Urdu Section

    Present Day Islam Is a Travesty of Islam  عصر حاضر کا اسلام فرسودہ اور مسخ شدہ اسلام ہے
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    بنیاد پرست اسلام احادیث کی مناسب ترجمانی اور اس کی انصاف پسند تشریحات پیش کرنے میں اسلام کے تمام بڑے فرقوں کے ناکامی کا نتیجہ ہے جس نے قرآن مجید کے ذریعہ پیش کردہ اسلام کو فاسد کر دیا ہے۔ ناقابل اعتماد اور تر من گھڑت احادیث، اسلام میں ایک کینسر کی طرح ہیں۔ میری سوچ کے مطابق اس کی اصلاح قرآن مجید کے ذریعہ پیش کردہ اسلام کی طرف لوٹنے سے ہی ممکن ہے، جو کہ بلاشبہ "السلف الصالح" کا اسلام تھا، اور اس کی اصلاح آج کے اسلام میں ممکن نہیں ہے جو کہ اسلام کی ایک تحریف شدہ شکل ہے جس کی بنیاد دو صدیوں کے بعد مدون کی گئی من گھڑت احادیث پر ہے۔ اسلام کے تمام بڑے فرقے احادیث کی پیروی کرتے ہیں اور وہ مشتبہ ہیں اور جو لوگ احادیث پر سب سے زیادہ زور ڈالتے ہیں وہ اجانب بیزاری پر مبنی اسلام سے اتنے ہی غیر محفوذ ہیں ۔ مسلمانوں کو یہ قبول کرنا ہی پڑے گا قرآن نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی سنت کا ایک بہترین مصدر ہے نہ کہ احادیث قرآن کے لیے۔ کسی بھی اصلاحات کو ممکن بنانے کے لیے احادیث کو ثانوی حیثیت دیا جانا اور قرآن مجید کے مطالعہ پر زیادہ زور دیا جانا ضروری ہے۔

     
    Urdu Section

    Yaqub’s Hanging: Hanging a person might bring ‘justice’  یعقوب کی پھانسی: ایک شخص کو پھانسی دینے سے 'انصاف' ہو سکتا ہے لیکن اس کے خاتمے کے لیے ایک مختلف طریقہ کار کی ضرورت ہے
    Arshad Alam for New Age Islam

      بم دھماکے کے متاثرین کے رشتہ داروں سے بات کرنے کے لیے گئی میڈیا نے بھی کچھ بھی کہنے سے چشم پوشی کر لی ہے۔ اس شخص کا کیا انجام ہو گا جس نے اپنے رشتہ داروں اور احباب کو کھویا ہے؟ ایک شخص کو پھانسی پر لٹکانے سے 'انصاف' تو ہو سکتا ہے لیکن اسے انجام تک پہنچانے کے لیے ہمیں ایک نئے طریقہ کار کی ضرورت ہے، کسی کی زندگی کا فیصلہ کرنے کےلیے ایک نئے نظام اور دوسروں کو گلے لگانے کے لیے ایک غیر متزلزل طاقت کی ضرورت ہے۔

     
    Islamic Society

    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.”...

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Some Indian handlers have been identified by intelligence agencies, which have tracked and intercepted youth who had planned to leave for Turkey and then cross over to Syria to join ISIS. ISIS, the dreaded terror group that has massacred thousands across the globe, has headhunters in India and among Indians living abroad. They are recruiting young Indian Muslims attracted to the idea of establishing a Caliphate. Some Indian handlers have been identified by intelligence agencies, which have tracked and intercepted youth who had planned to leave for Turkey and then cross over to Syria to join ISIS.

     
    Islamic World News

    Egyptian Army Kills 88 Militants In The Volatile North Sinai Region
    Omar A Latif, Balochistan Al Quadea Chief

    Arab World

    Saudi Defense Minister Threatens to Occupy Kuwait

    Scores of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Syrian Air Attacks near Palmyra

    Pictures released of Bin Laden family killed in UK plane crash

    Pakistan

    Altaf asks workers to demand UN, White House, NATO for troops in Karachi

    Al Qaeda chief of Balochistan and South Punjab killed in Chaghi: Bugti

    Three terrorists killed in alleged ‘encounter’ in Karachi

    Mideast

    Two Turkish soldiers killed, 24 wounded in suicide attack

    Turkish military rejects northern Iraqi village hit in strikes against PKK

    South Asia

    Civil society activists protest against Taliban in Kabul

    Mullah Omar’s successor casts doubts on talks

    Africa

    7 Libyan soldiers killed in clashes

    Amal Clooney in last minute legal bid to save Qaddafi's son

    North America

    White House says circumstances of Taliban leader's death remain uncertain

    India

    Pakistan-India security advisers meeting proposed for Aug 23

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Madinah Women Playwrights Upset Over Gender Discrimination
    Manbir Kaur

    Iran's Working Moms Get the Sack after Taking Maternity Leave

    Activists Seek To Reunite Indian Girl, Geeta, With Family

    Sikh Girl, Manbir Kaur, Tops Matric Exams In Pakistan

    Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Islamic Identity Crisis at the Core of Radicalisation
    Hussain Nadim

    The uneasy fact is that Islam is in desperate need of internal reforms that have been delayed to this point where the religion is being damaged from within causing serious identity crisis amongst the Muslim youth. And it is this very identity crisis that is at the core of radicalisation problem leading young Muslims to fall prey to terrorist propaganda joining Islamic State and other militant groups. As long as those at the helms of power in the Muslim community remain in constant denial blaming the government, the "environment"......

    Islamic Ideology

    Just War in the Quran
    Louay Fatoohi

    Of course, the development of the Christian concept Just War did not ensure that the wars and violence that Christians got involved met the definition and conductions of that concept. The same applies to the war and violent acts that Muslims conducted. But this schism between theory and practice applies to every concept that the human being has ever used....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Pakistani Woman Speaks Of Forced Conversion, Denial to Lodge FIR of Rape, Trafficking
    Bana Gora, Planning UK's First Female-Managed Mosq

    ‘As A Woman, Be Quiet!’ Turkish Deputy Premier Ignites New Sexism Row

    Meet Bana Gora, the Woman Planning Britain's First Female-Managed Mosque

    Challenges Faced By Muslim Women Living In West

    Suzann Pettersen Tames Horror Conditions at Women’s British Open

    Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Islamic World News

    ‘This Is Not Islam’: Refugees Describe Life under ISIL in Raqqa, Syria
    Jalaluddin Haqqani of the Haqqani network

    North America

    New US Anti-Muslim Campaign Criticised in Pakistan

    Mideast

    ‘Our Only Concern Is Islam’: Erdogan Slams Claims Of Turkey-ISIS Link

    Around ‘260 PKK Members Killed’ In Turkey Air Strikes

    Palestinian Toddler Burned To Death by Jewish Settlers

    ‘Al-Qaeda’ Suicide Bombing Kills Nine in Yemen

    South Asia

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

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