• I would invite you to take a look at David Chandler on U-tube. I was married to a person who dealt with implosions and ...
    ( By Amy )
  • Yunus sahib, your point is well taken, but I still wonder why such misinterpretations are more common with the Quran than with the Bible although ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "To counter the propaganda of terror outfit Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS), prominent Muslim organisation Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is planning to move into the ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • “Unless Muslims acknowledge the violent elements in their Islamic literature…” You mean MUSLIM literature. Yes there is a lot of that there. Islamic literature is Quran and ...
    ( By not so learned )
  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab, It is a pity you say "It is a shame that the Quran can be so misinterpreted." The truth is even the noblest ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Examining text of any, one needs to ask this question as to whether author acknowledge Imam e Mubeeen existing as Noorun ala Noor or not. ...
    ( By Muhammad Mukhtar Alam )
  • None from the Sunni social background recognised Imam e Mubeen decreed as Noorun ala Noor. This is the reason, they were thrown aside for their ...
    ( By Muhammad Mukhtar Alam )
  • To Serajuddin Khurram Yes malysia and Indonesia was not converted by sword but some centuries ago in Far East countries public has to follow Relegion of ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • To Ashraf Ali Well Hindus do not Hate Muslims it can be your and many Indian Muslim mindset but on the contrary we Hindus live in fear, ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin and Ghulam Ghaus saheban, Your points are well taken. Much of the world agrees that the Daesh needs to be crushed. But how ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Excellent article by Maulana Zarqani sahab, the beloved son of the famous Urdu debater and author Allama Arshadul Qadri. '
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • You have truly said dear Ghaus. The entire world including Media is after all making Daesh Happy and Happy by calling it 'Islamic State'
    ( By Zainul Abedin )
  • The writer justly says, "The so-called “Islamic State” should be known as the “Satanic State”. If we all start calling "ISIS" a "Satanic state", It will ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • If you all Muslims want to defend the dignity of Islam, you will primarily need to disassociate from hardcore Wahhabism the ideology of which resulted ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Exactly. I agree. Sultan Shahin represents other Indians too.' ....
    ( By Anand Kumar )
  • Written with the best intentions but where are Indian muslims except in isolated pockets/ ghettos often dubbed as mini Pakistans. What can be the reason ...
    ( By Ashraf Ali )
  • Madhav's mom converted to Islam in old age' ....
    ( By Kalyan Nayar )
  • Prove that 80% of Muslims were converted by force or coercion. Which Muslim army went to Indonesia to make it the largest Muslim country? When ...
    ( By Serajuddin Khurram )
  • Few lower IQ westerners who are bored with freedom and Modernization look for medieval life style of Uncivilized people and choose different religion does not ...
    ( By Mukesh Padhya )
  • Mukesh, I presume that you believe that Muslims living in India were converted to Islam by force by the Moghals. You are mistaken and ...
    ( By Serajuddin Khurram )
  • Spousal abuse must be totally abhorrent to Muslims. In several European countries parents can be arrested for physically abusing their own children. So let us ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Yunus sahib, but they claim they are the true Muslims. Since we do not have an official clergy, there is no way to resolve this ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • They did tried for that. You are the result of same' ...
    ( By Mukesh Padhya )
  • @Mukesh Padhya If that was true then the mughals could have reverted the whole 'hindustan'...'
    ( By Salahuddin Ayubi )
  • So, what if God said to you.....Well, I don't know all the names that you have for me, or sects, or Religions, or Nations...what if ...
    ( By Amy )
  • Very timely well written and a good read. Let me add... The concept of Umma is oxymoron , outdated this has to ...
    ( By Aj )
  • This all might be well and good, but where are the women? The ones you shoved into some uniform and I don't care if ...
    ( By Amy )
  • suited for a renaissance. I say it is time? So, what does that look like and how will you all help to create that.
    ( By amy )
  • Sultan Shahin does not represent Muslims but the break away Ahmadiya Sect. Has anyone any doubt about this ?'
    ( By Naseem Ahmed )
  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab, As I read it,the following statement of the article purports to reject their claim to the faith of Islam on account of ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • I am assuming that Bakwass, is a derogatory slang word. Perhaps not educated enough about God's real children. There is a war ...
    ( By Amy )
  • Yunus sahib, I too think a way should be found to reject their claim to the faith of Islam on account of their evil actions, ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Daesh has an ideology which is at war with the entire humanity including Muslims." . . . Very true! It is a shame that the Quran ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Jo image musalmanoon ki aaj kal poori duniya mein hai , Owaisi us par kharra utertey hain..aur musalmanoon ki jo image honi chahiye, Shaheen ji ...
    ( By Prince Koul )
  • jus state the reason,why???jo Modi ko aap ki adalat main Kutta kehta hai,woh buzdil musalmaan nahi hoo sakhta.Since Owassi has a great image,now Indian media ...
    ( By Ishfaq Pir )
  • Madinah was the first Islamic state under the leadership of theProphet Muhammad himself. But, the Prophet or his Companions never called it “Islamic State of ...
    ( By Asef Ahemad Kazi )
  • Very true. Kashmir is a textbook case of Islamic justice'
    ( By शरण कुमार )
  • Good to read but factually not correct, Muslim voters elect Owaisi not Sultan Shahin. If They are not afraid of Law, 75 % Muslims would ...
    ( By Mukesh Padhya )
  • In his famous book, Majmu’ah at-Tawhid, Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab writes: “Islam of a man can never be accepted, even if he abandons polytheism, unless ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Muslims need to be represented by those who understand the community from grass root and who work for the real upliftment of the community, not ...
    ( By Dr. M.A. Haque )

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Think ISIS Is Not Islamic? Think Again
    Roy Abbas

    Unless Muslims acknowledge the violent elements in their Islamic literature and reform it according to norms of the 21st century, groups like ISIS with their idea of revival of Caliphate will continue to rise. They will continue attacking and realizing the mission outlined by the former head of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Zarqawi in his 7 point agenda which was heavily inspired by the caliphate concept of Islam......

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    This has helped America satiate its thirst for oil and use Wahhabi doctrine for short term goals like defeating USSR in Afghanistan. In the 1970s, the US used the Saudi alliance to counter Egyptian pan-Arab socialist Gamal Abdel Nasser and post-revolution Iran. In the process it often patronised the nihilistic forces that have now turned their guns on the West.

    Islamic Personalities

    Reflections of Sufism in Maulana’s life
    Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

    Through his fiery eloquence and revolutionary writings first in Al-Hilal and later in Al-Balagh in Calcutta during 1912 and 1916, Maulana Azad roused the Indians from their stupor and political apathy. Although he started his career as an aalim (religious leader), his faith in nationalism, as Mahatama Gandhi described it, was as robust as his faith in Islam.

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Muslim Hate Crimes Soar In UK: After Paris Attacks, Women Wearing Hijab Targeted By Young White Men
    Saara Hameed, India's First Muslim Woman Pilot

    India's First Muslim Woman Pilot Says She Faces A Lot Of Islamophobia

    Saudi Arabia opens up 'dangerous' jobs to women

    Girl abducted: SR1m reward offered

    Actions of sex bloggers ridiculed Islam, insulted Muslims, court told

    Shahbaz vows to empower women

    SC to Hear Plea for Safeguarding Rights of Muslim Women

    Call for separate ministry for protection of children’s rights

    2nd wife, in-laws charged with ex-prof's murder

    400 Fata schools facing closure under rationalisation plan

    Nankana UC results held for barring women from voting

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Islam and the West

    Muslims unfairly under suspicion: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 24 November 2015

    Muslims unfairly under suspicion


    What the Paris attacks should now teach us

    By H.A. Hellyer

    ISIS’s arrogance will accelerate its demise

    By Raghida Dergham

    Iran and Gulf states: Between blindness and hallucination

    By Abdulrahman al-Rashed

    Are We Still Blaming Muslims?

    By Margaret Placentra Johnston

    ISIS vs. Islam

    By Jessica Marglin

    For Those Who Fly While Muslim, Air Travel Has An Extra Indignity: Bigotry

    By Ali Gharib

    Dark clouds over Jeddah

    By Mahmoud Ahmad

    Banning women from stadia: Excuses to justify deficiency

    By Qenan Al-Ghamdi

    Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Islamic World News


    Keep youth away from ISIS: Bengaluru Jama Masjid's Maulana

    IS rival al-Qaida may target India

    Arab World

    Gov't Forces Score More Victories against Militants South of Syria's Aleppo

    ‘No extremist teaching at Al-Imam university’

    Russia Starts 2nd Round of Military Operations against ISIL in Syria

    Southeast Asia

    PAS ‘extremists’ gunning for us because of our Islamic ideology, Amanah veep claims

    IS should be called Daesh so as not to tarnish Islam, says DPM

    US Survey Says 1 In 10 Malaysians Support Islamic State


    Hate crimes against UK Muslims soar after Paris attacks

    France boosts IS fight as Brussels locked down


    PM appreciates PAF role in eliminating terrorism

    Elements in Pakistan, Afghanistan major sources of terrorist financing: US report

    South Asia

    200 university students linked with ISIS and Taliban in Nangarhar

    Afghan Taliban name new political head in peace talks boost

    North America

    US issues global travel alert for Americans

    Carson joins Trump in claiming U.S. Muslims cheered 9/11


    Iran, Russia against ‘external attempts’ to dump Assad

    Iran to Export 9 Tons of Enriched Uranium to Russia, Import 140 Tons of Ore

    Refugee crisis to persist if terrorism not tackled: Iran


    Coalitions claiming to fight terror unreliable: Leader

    Sultan: Terrorism has no place in Islam

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    Interfaith Dialogue

    Invite a Muslim to Thanksgiving Dinner
    Rev. Al Sharpton

    Today, when so many children, elderly, women and families are fleeing the devastation and horror in Syria and elsewhere, we cannot turn our backs on them, nor can we succumb to fear and panic. Let us remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words:

    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Will There Be A Change Of Guard In Balochistan?: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 24  November 2015

    Will there be a change of guard in Balochistan?

    By Shezad Baloch

    Half the truth

    By Babar Ayaz

    Here come the crazies

    By Syed Rashid Munir

    Minority matters

    By Reema Omer

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Islam and the West

    How ISIS Defeats Us
    Frank Bruni

    We lose the war against ISIS if we become too distracted and consoled by the hunt for the masterminds of a given plot, for the terrorists whose names we know. News coverage lavishes attention on that, but we must remember that we got Osama bin Laden, we’ve used drones and airstrikes to take out specific ISIS targets, and here we are, burying and grieving scores of Parisians....

    Islam and the West

    Muslims Have Been Living in America Since Before the Revolutionary War
    John Nichols

    Trump says he wants to make America great again. But he knows nothing of greatness. The measures of what is great and good about America are not found in the crude comments of politicians. They are found in the mosques of Ross and Cedar Rapids and Toledo, and in the stories of the Muslim immigrants who built and cherish them.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Sultan Shahin, Not Owaisi, Represents India’s Muslims
    Madhav Nalapat

    The consequence of such selectivity has been that non-Muslim elements in societies everywhere believe that it is individuals of the persuasion of Asaduddin Owaisi rather than Sultan Shahin, of Imam Bukhari rather than the Diwan Saheb of Ajmer Dargah, who most accurately represents the Muslim community. ...

     If Muslim society is undergoing the trauma of some within it getting seduced by Wahhabism, part of the fault rests in the manner in which non-Muslims have dealt with the fringe in the Muslim community as being the only genuine representatives of a community that is as moderate and as modern as are Christians, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs in India. The next time there is a debate on national television or a delegation gets invited for a dialogue with a policymaker, hopefully it will be the Sultan Shahins and the Diwan Sahebs who are given priority over fringe co-religionists, the way it is with all other communities in India.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    The Joy of ISIS
    Ross Douthat

    The Joy of ISIS
    Ross Douthat

    Where the brighter joy of Mormons is invisible, in other words, the dark joy of ISIS will be entirely incomprehensible. That lack of comprehension isn’t Islamic radicalism’s only weapon. But it’s a useful one for the caliphate to have ready to its hand.

    Spiritual Meditations

    10 Photos That Show The Positive Role Religion Can Play In Our Lives
    Carol Kuruvilla

    Grover's image has won the top spot at the "Faith Through A Lens" competition, which challenged amateur photographers in the United Kingdom to capture images that highlighted the positive role that religion can play in a person's life.

    Islamic Ideology

    Jihadist Atrocities and the Salafi-Wahhabi Doctrine of Al-Wala-Wal-Bara (Loyalty with Salafi-Wahhabi Muslims and Enmity against all non-Salafi-Wahhabi Muslims and non-Muslims)
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    ... the hardcore Wahhabi belief of al-Wala wal-Bara (that a Muslim cannot be a perfect Muslim until he/she shows hatred in words and actions against the non-Muslims) also includes non-Salafi/Wahhabi Muslims such as the Sufis and Shias etc. Therefore, merely having faith in one Creator is not sufficient for them to be called Muslim. They have to harbour hatred and enmity against the infidels, even if they happen to be their friends, classmates, neighbours, countrymen or even relatives. And yes, harbouring this evil emotion only in heart will not suffice. They need to convert them all to Islam or else slit their throats, chop off their heads, kill their wives, their children and destroy their properties and take them as the spoils of war. Those denying this ‘principle of faith’ or even entertaining doubts about it were declared by Ibn Abdul Wahhab as ‘Murtad’ (apostates) and hence were slaughtered.....

    Islamic Society

    The Stark Problem of Family Violence: How Does Islam Resolve It?
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    A family can never achieve progress unless all its members are non-violent, tolerant, benevolent, loving, caring and peaceful towards one another. Therefore, the husband and the wife, the parents and the children, the neighbours and the relatives- all should remember this Islamic suggestion for a successful life in the world and a great many rewards in the hereafter. Though, the problem of family violence is not confined to Muslims alone and though Islam forbids family violence, they should never forget that the problem is not only destroying their family life but also defaming the Identity of Muslims and Islam together.....

    Islamic Ideology

    ISIS/Takfiris Are Friends of Satan, the Enemies of Allah and His Messenger, Foremost In Shirk, Hypocrisy and Apostasy and No Muslim Must Support Them in Any Form or Fashion
    Dr. John Andrew Morrow, New Age Islam

    IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh is a terrorist, mercenary, army at the service of imperial forces. They do not speak for Islam or represent Islam in any shape or form. To describe such psychopaths as Sunnis is to insult the Sunnah. To describe Da‘ish as “Islamic” is an insult to Islam. The only terms that adequately describes the ideology of these demons is Takfiri, Wahhabi, Khariji, and Nasibi, Excommunicators, Wahhabis, Separatists, and Haters of the Household of the Prophet. While they call themselves Jihadists, they pervert the term jihad or sacred struggle. While they call themselves Salafi, followers of the pious predecessors, they are an offense to the true Salaf, the righteous Companions and their Followers......

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Why I support Hamza Ali Abbasi standing up for Pakistan’s Ahmadis
    Shamila Ghyas

    Who here is the perfect Muslim and in a position to tell others how to practice their religion? No one. And what kind of example are you setting by acting violent and full of hatred? Please remember, unless you act differently, you are no better than the ISIS.

    Islam and the West
    An Act of War - And Other Unfortunate Phrases
    Richard Jackson, New Age Islam

    An Act of War - And Other Unfortunate Phrases
    Richard Jackson, New Age Islam

    After 9/11, presidential rhetoric about the terrorist attacks laid the foundation for a massive military-based “war on terrorism” which involved two major wars costing three trillion dollars and over a million lives, military strikes and a drone killing programme on at least three other countries, a global rendition and torture programme, profiling and mass surveillance, restrictions of human rights, the militarisation of the police, and many other restrictive measures in daily life. In turn, all this activity has contributed to violent instability across the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Horn of Africa, the mass movement of refugees, the rise of Islamophobia, and much else besides......

    Letter to the Editor

    Post Paris terror attack has generated a new venue for politicians, a sensitive and troubling topic for conversation among families, neighbours and friends. Last evening while out to dinner with another couple the discussion after some initial pleasantries soon shifted to ISIS and Islamophobia. We raised the question, what can we do to reduce fear mongering, hatred and discrimination so blatantly gushed by the republican candidates: Donald Trump: Suggested closing American mosques and forcing Muslim Americans to register in a national database.

    Islamic World News

    Taking Loans from Int’l Agencies Declared Against ‘Shariah’
    President Barack Obama


    Western Lobby Waging War On Muslim Countries: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F chief

    Jamaat-E-Islami Ameer Condemns Execution of JI Leader in Bangladesh


    Recruitment Racket Run by ISI Agent Busted; Used To Withdraw Money from Pakistani Bank for Espionage in India

    Those Spreading Terror Are Not Muslim: Panellists

    South Asia

    Islamic State Claims They Now Have a 'Regional Leader' In Bangladesh

    Bangladesh Asked To End Revenge against ‘Pakistanism’

    Arab World

    Scores of Jaish Al-Fateh Terrorists Killed in Idlib

    Syrian Fighter Jets Continue Bombing ISIL Gatherings in Aleppo Province

    10 Saudis Fighting For Daesh Captured In Iraq


    ISIS claims its presence from Tunisia to Bangladesh

    ‘Drone strike’ kills al Shabaab fighters in Somalia

    Bomb Attack Kills 8 in North-Eastern Nigeria

    Southeast Asia

    Malaysia Set To Play Vital Role in Curbing the Spread of IS Ideology

    Islamic State Eyes Fertile Recruiting Ground along Southeast Asia Smuggling Route


    Turkish Warplanes Pound Kurdish Militant Targets in Southeast Turkey

    Iran Says It Arrests ISIS-Linked Cell near Iraq Border

    Some 1,500 Turkmen Flee Syrian War for Turkey


    France Readies Defence against Chemical, Biological Attacks

    Muslims in Italy Rally against Terrorism

    North America

    Obama Warns Against Overreaction to IS Attacks

    Hamtramck, First US City with Muslim Majority Population

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Heed Pope Francis' Exhortation to Find 'Adequate Interpretation' Of Holy Quran's Contextual, Allegorical Verses, Sultan Shahin Asks the Global Muslim Community at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam

    In our search for peace and battle against Islamist terrorists, His Holiness Pope Francis has made a signal contribution. I would like to reach out to the worldwide Muslim community represented here with the submission that the Pope’s exhortation be taken seriously and acted upon as it is not only a wise counsel but also in conformity with repeated exhortations of Holy Quran itself.

    Pope Francis has described the holy Quran as a “prophetic book of peace,” and asked Muslims to seek “an adequate interpretation.”

    The Quran also asks Muslims repeatedly to reflect upon the verses and find its best meaning, as in Chapter 39: verse 55, 39: 18; 39: 55; 38: 29; 2: 121; 47: 24, etc.

    So the Quran and Pope Francis are both saying that Muslims should not follow the verses literally but seek to interpret it in the best or most adequate way possible.

    It is a literal reading of the contextual verses of the Quran that had come to guide the Prophet during the wars imposed upon him, and common belief in the divine inspiration of Ahadees or sayings of the Prophet collected decades and centuries after the demise of the Prophet, that has led us to the present crisis of terrorism, xenophobia, intolerance, fascistic supremacism and misogyny.

    It is not that Muslims have not reflected upon these verses of Quran and ahadees. But even the readings of major theologians like Imam Ghazali, Ibn-e-Taimiya, Abdul Wahhab, Shah Waliullah and Sheikh Sirhindi, etc have led us into the blind alleys of supremacism and Jihad.  Clearly the interpretation is not adequate for the needs of the present times.

    It is only with finding the best meaning and adequate interpretation that we Muslims will be able to evolve a new and coherent theology of peace and pluralism, acceptance of diversity, gender equality, religious freedom and human rights for all, consistent with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies......

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Hatred begins in the mind, and the only way negative images can replaced with positive ones is by changing our mindsets. If we allow ourselves to recognize at least one good thing in religions and communities other than the ones we may identify with, it could go a long way in promoting more accepting and positive images of others. And that is the only way to nurture interfaith harmony.....

    Islam and Politics

    Saudi Funding Fans Ultra-Conservative Islam in India; the Political, Ideological Response to It Remains Meek
    Sunil Raman

    Flirtation with Saudi Arabia saw the rise of fancy mosques across the continent where many clerics preached a return to “pure Islamic ideals” as espoused in the Quran. Puritanical Wahhabi ideology was and continues to be propagated from many of these mosques across the world, where clerics are not only sowing seeds of hatred against liberal democracies but also against Shia Muslims.

    Urdu Section

    Not Educated In Islam: Shocking, Senseless and Cowardly Paris Attacks  وحشت و بربریت اور بزدلی پر مبنی پیرس حملے اسلامی تعلیمات سے عدم واقفیت کا نتیجہ
    Shawki Allam, Grand Mufti of Egypt

    دہشت گرد تنظیمیں تشدد کے کی بزدلانہ کارروائیوں کو چھپانے کے لئے علی الاعلان مذہب کا استعمال ایک پردے کے طور پر کرتی ہیں۔ ان کی نظریاتی دغابازی سے ان کی اس مسخ شدہ منطق اور غلط اور غیر مستند مصادر کی عکاسی ہوتی ہے جنہیں وہ طاقت اور حکومت کے حصول اور خونریزی کی اپنی ناپاک خواہش کا جواز پیش کرنے کے لیے پیش کرتے ہیں۔ نفرت اور دہشت گردی کے ان نظریات کو چیلنج پیش کیا جانا اور ان کو جڑ سے اکھاڑ پھینکنا ضروری ہے۔

    Islam and the West

    ‘The Statue of Liberty Must Be Crying With Shame’
    Nicholas Kristof

    One point that doesn’t come up enough in discussions of extremism: We should put more pressure on Saudi Arabia, which is the source of much of this. The roots of Al Qaeda, of Islamic State and of so much Sunni jihadism lie in the extremist Salafi tradition which Saudi Arabia has nurtured through its education system and financial support. Where do you think Islamic State gets the idea of beheading people? From the Saudi government, which routinely beheads criminals.



    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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