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  • Since Muslims believe in prophet-hood they believe in prophet stories. if the Buddha was a prophet like Adam, Abraham and Ishaq etc he would ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Observer - 3/27/2015 12:34:49 AMwhat can i do or what you can do is not the subject of discussion. The nature of the ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Secular Logic is like that woman who hated Muhammad Ali (the boxer) so much that she attended all his fights."I come to all your ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Secular Logic,I am sure you did not miss reading my article:What Does It Mean To Be A Literalist And A Fundamentalist?I have a healthy disdain ...
    ( By Observer )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   Every one of you must read the following sentence:   “Sometimes I ask myself why I come here at all to ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Rational,When I can read the surahs in chronological order if I wish, why can't you?What makes you think that the Quran should have been ...
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  • Rational, About Abu Lahab, the answer is given under: Those who believe and those who reject belief. As far as chronology is concerned, it has remained non-controversial and therefore there is ...
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  • It is strange that Allah taught the importance of pen to his prophet but didn't instruct him to put the verses in the sequence ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Comment-3 for Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Sahab This commentary demonstrates that those Ulamas of this day who are bent on venerating the Hadith ...
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  • Mr Shahin,You seem to believe that people who, after reading the Quran and the Hadith, and after being a part of an online Islamic ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • ObserverFirst point must be noted that traditions have reached us through same people who fabricated Ahadith. How do you know without Tabri/Hisham that these ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • All the warriors of Islam have come crawling out of the woodwork as soon as Secular Logic spoke his mind. Let me address them ...
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  • Dear Sultan Shahin You admitted "secular people, or let me say atheists, do not hate religion. At least in India secularism simply ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • LodhiaFinally it is tablighi who has put the record straight.How the Quran can be proof of its own divinity?The prophet gave no proof except ...
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  • Dear Sultan Shahin Saheb,   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   Glad to see you speaking out. You are right that person like “Secular Logic,” only focus is to portray the religion ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • The Prophet did not destroy other's temple, Secular Logic. He just demonstrated that all such grotesque looking stones which people revere thinking those to ...
    ( By sadaf )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   Guess what! “A FIERCELY DEDICATED INTELLECTUAL BIGOT,” strikes again by stating, “I am secular, with a caveat.” ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • " Should Islam even have a clergy, let alone one which should be obeyed without question? The Quran is unequivocally clear on this issue: ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • " Should Islam even have a clergy, let alone one which should be obeyed without question? The Quran is unequivocally clear on this issue: ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear secularlogic, secular people, or let me say atheists, do not hate religion. At least in India  secularism simply means respect for all religions, which you clearly don't ...
    ( By Sultan Shahiin )
  • Comment-2 for the sight of GRD.     THOSE MUSLIMS WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY RECITE IN EACH CYCLE OF THEIR DAILY PRAYER WILL ...
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  •  Maulanna Sb. You lift the veil,enlighten the path leading towards God Realization ,May we be the benefactors of these teachings,May Allah swt strengthen and ...
    ( By Attaullah Butt )
  • Mr Shahin,You could have made your observations without resorting to personal comments, but I now realise that it is a tendency common to all ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • I wholeheartedly agree with you , Mr Ghulam Rasool Delhavi. your talks are prettier. so please preach true message of Islam as you are ...
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  • There is no way one can disagree with the very sensible and rational conclusion reached by Yunus Saheb in his response to GRD's comment: ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Every argument that can be put forth was put forth by the Meccans and answered. 29:48 Neither did you (O Muhammad SAW) read any book before ...
    ( By Observer )
  • You are right secularlogic, we Muslims "must fight the beast within." But you are making our task harder by not accepting some facts. One, ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Dear Ghulam Rasool Sahab!   In your last comment you cite a hadith, quoting the Prophet, "I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • What has been stated above is the Muslim point of view.  However, from a non-Muslim point of view, it seems that nothing was revealed ...
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • No strife was 'imposed' upon the Prophet. It was just his new religion against an old faith. Both locked in a mortal combat for ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Partition was a necessary evil so that Muslims could rule in the States of undivided India where they were in majority otherwise they would ...
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  • Dear Sultan Shahin sahib, by the need for contextualising Hadees reports, I meant relaying and understanding the Prophetic traditions and sayings in their contexts, confined and limited ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Dear GRD, I don't understand what you mean by the need for contextualising Hadees reports. I  thought that Hadees claims to provide context to ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Good article! Thoughtful and perceptive.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "Those recently-destroyed antiquities survived so long because Muslims had left them alone. In this regard, things are far worse these days than ever before ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear Naseer Ahmed Saheb,   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   Thank you for setting the record straight on “The Divinity of the Holy Quran.” It is much appreciated.   May Almighty Allah bless you and your ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Dear Mohammad Ishaque Foujdar Saheb,   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   I beg your pardon for answering directly to Sultan Shahin Saheb, Editor of New Age Islam.   Truthfully speaking, I have never ever claimed to ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
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  • Comment-6As stated in my last comment addressed to Sultan Shahin Sahab, “we are caught in a deep conspiracy directed against our faith, not by the Intelligence ...
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    Islamic Personalities

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    Debating Islam

    The West today confronts the implosion of an old order on its frontiers while inequality, financial crises and failed wars undermine its own legitimacy and authority. The great challenges before it are as much political, ideological, economic and legal as military. That’s why the obsession with Islam makes Western liberal democracies seem much like their present weapon of choice, the drone: programmed to find and exterminate supposed enemies but incapable of thinking imaginatively....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Are Syrian Islamists Moving To Counterbalance Al-Qaeda? Will It Last?
    Charles Lister

    This latter alliance with Jabhat al-Nusra has been a consistent facet of insurgent dynamics in Syria, but not only in terms of conservative Salafist groups like Ahrar al-Sham. In fact, while rarely acknowledged explicitly in public, the vast majority of the Syrian insurgency has coordinated closely with Al-Qaeda since mid-2012 – and to great effect on the battlefield. But while this pragmatic management of relationships may have secured opposition military victories against the regime, it has also come at an extraordinary cost. The assimilation of Al-Qaeda into the broader insurgency has discouraged the U.S. and its European allies from more definitively backing the ‘moderate’ opposition. That, by extension, has encouraged the intractability of the conflict we see today and the rise of jihadist factions like Jabhat al-Nusra, IS, and many others....

     
    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……



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    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……

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