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  • There is a clear difference between using our sense of a situation to decide and reasoning. You have a road sense, the horses have a ...
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  • Pundit Anand Rai Mula: Tujhey mazhab mitaanaa he praygaa ru-e-hastisay,- you must for sure eradicate religion ....
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  • Naseersaab says I do not use reason. He does not know that common sense means normal native intelligence and the power....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The reviewer has responded positively to Amina Wadud's book. His comment, "The Quran...
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  • Faisal Devji's article should be a wake-up call. Islam needs to become a religion of peace...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Muslims have been very much part of the Freedom struggle in India and when....
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  • muslim's hate vande matram and jana gana mana is because they hate india. there submition is for only allah....
    ( By Uttam Verma )
  • It is normal in Tamilnadu a circular would be sent to all school ordering them to celebrate Independance day and submit areport with atlease ...
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  • GM Sb, You are among those people, who have never used their reason but only their common sense. So, you have absolutely no idea of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Does Hats Off use logic? Does he use his reason? No, he uses what may be called "common sense". But common sense can often be wrong ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @hats off, perhaps they have been reminded that "Jawab e Jahilan Bashad Khamoshi" Thanks anyway as I come to know ....
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  • i thought someone was going to make his last comment on this thread. no?'
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  • Who translated this article in Arabic? '
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  • Naseersaab wants to base his discussion on the Quran only and Hats Off wants to base his discussion on logic, the two...
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  • Naseersaab continues to maintain that men should not try to find answers to their problems...
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  • f two Muslims do not agree on something, that is hardly a reason to attack the Quran, but nothing...
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  • let me put it like this. the Qur'an says it is a clear book. mr. naseer ahmed reads it and concludes....
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  • talk about the arabic word "kafir" or "kufr". does mr. ali goma understand the meaning of this word ...
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  • People can debate endlessly about names appearing in the Quran such as Zul Qarnain and try to match them with historical characters....
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  • what i say is based on logic and you may discuss with me based on logic. i....
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  • Azimullah Khan Usufzai has given the slogan" Madre watan Bharat Ki jai" during 1857 and was received well by Swami Dyanand Saraswati as Bharat Mata ...
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  • Correction: When speaking of common sense with someone, my definition of common sense would ...
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  • What I say is based on the Quran and you may discuss with me based on the Quran only. I reject the ...
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  • i knew this was going to be tough for your engineering education. the Qur'an says it is a clear text. but every two and half muslims ...
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  • Hats Off, Speaking of logic you are the pits! You say “as for the contradictions....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Did I say that we should go looking for answers in the hadiths? We should look for answers...
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  • Cricketer Imran Khan's explanation of the following essence of Islamic faith to Kristaine Becker, a top presenter on MTV Europe...
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  • url below links to an article by mr' ali goma. ali goma is not some random london street joker. he used to be the grand ...
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  • a fool will find contradictions everywhere." another fool will not accept a contradiction even when it hits him in the face....
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  • Naseersaab says, "The "common" in common sense relates to common values, common beliefs, common knowledge and....
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  • The Gatestone Institute is a right-wing think tank that publishes articles, particularly those involving....
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  • Dictatorships give high priority to altering history text books in order to promote self-serving view points.....
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  • Knowledge of Muslim contributions to our fight for freedom and to India's progress....
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  • Can Nasser Ahmed explain, when Mouhmmad paigmaber self declared himself prophet what wa the reason human's around him used to convince themselves....
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  • your god just does not measure up to your own expectations. find someone else.'
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  • You have said "you say kaffir does not mean non-muslims. all others (who also claim a perfect ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • A fool will find contradictions everywhere. That does not prove that there is a contradiction.
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  • No matter what, the patriot tests are designed to fail the Muslims as Arshad Alam rightly said.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Yet it has to be asked if Islam is perfect and has absolutely nothing to do with the actions of extremists like ISIS or regimes like Saudi Arabia - then why is it that these Muslims have so grossly misunderstood their religion? When one points out actions such as execution of apostates and gays they tell us this is completely against Islam and Islam is very clear about it. But then why don’t these groups and regimes realise they are going completely against Islam. Don’t they realise the terrible mistake they are making when it is all so clear and obvious? The truth is that it is not as clear and obvious as they claim....

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    Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms

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    Without religion, there wouldn’t have been a civilization let alone the excellence man has achieved in the sciences and man would have been just another animal living the life it lived as a primitive. This fact however gets obscured because of the visible presence of the naïve fundamentalists who oppose reason and science. The atheists see religion with disdain as some appendage from the past, unable to acknowledge its contribution and relevance. Such intellectuals deserve being called ingrate rebels against God more than any other group of people, for they can surely ascertain the truth of a revealed Book such as the Quran. On the question of evolutionary biology, there is no need to doubt either Science or the Scriptures. The question is not as it is unfortunately posed “do you believe in evolutionary biology or do you believe in religion?....

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    An Appeal to Sufi Divines: Please Go Beyond Clichés Like Islam Is a Religion of Peace,Refute the Generally Accepted Core Theology Which Is Helping Jihadis Lure Our Youths to Terrorism
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Respected Sufi divines, I would, therefore, earnestly appeal to you to use the opportunity provided by the Delhi conclave to go beyond the usual shibboleths. Sufi approach of focussing on the positive features of Islam worked well at one time. There was no internet then. In the internet age everyone is a scholar. In this age of instant scholarship, nothing can be hidden or bypassed.

    It must be understood, that the radical Islamist theology and the current Islamic theology of consensus are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic. ISIS may vanish tomorrow. But the problem of radicalisation will remain. Islam supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and exclusivism are inherent in the current Islamic, and not just Islamist theology.

    Focusing on positive features of Islam is an essential part of De-radicalisation or, more realistically, Preventing Radicalisation. But it is not bearing fruit in full measure as the core theology agreed to by nearly all Muslims militates against these positives. As briefly outlined above, this core and consensual theology nullifies the impact of all arguments made against violent extremism. It is this core theology that needs to be refuted and changed.  Let us all try and bring the core Islamic theology in line with the actual teachings of Quran and Sunnah. Let us move away from the current theology of violence and xenophobia. Let us move towards a coherent, comprehensive theology of peace and pluralism, co-existence and gender justice.

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    It is suggested to the scholars that sing song accompanied with string and percussion instruments to pass their message effectively will not go astray, as these are allowed in religion. After all the Rusul Daood Alaihis Salaam wrote and sang psalms accompanied by harp and Sulaiman Alaihis Salaam propagated song called Song of Solomon! Perhaps those apostles knew better that the language of music touches the heart and soul of mankind. The modern scholars should emulate these stances to lure the young ones....

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    Open Letter to Maulana Firangimahali: Why Do Moderate Ulema Stay Silent When Terrorists Claim - 'Islam Has Never Been A Religion Of Peace, Not Even For A Day'?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

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    The Meaning of the Quran Resonates With the Aims of Progressive Islam
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Islamic Shariat was influenced by the practical need to continue with the well-established laws in the conquered lands.  The Ahadith were compiled in the 9th century by At-Tirmidhi (Uzbek died 892), Imam Bukhari – (Uzbek died 870), Abu-Dawud (Persian died 889), Ibn Majah (Persian died 887), Al-Nasai (Persian died 915), Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj (Persian died 875), Ibn Hanbal (Arab died 855). The books of the first six compilers form part of the Kutub Al-Sittah or the six books. The fact that all the six major compilers were contemporaries in the era of Islam’s Golden period under the Abbasid dynasty could be because the compilation may have been a political project to bend Islam to the political compulsions of the Caliph. The Ahadith contradict the Quran on every subject and if these alleged sayings of the Prophet (pbuh) are authentic, then it would appear that the Prophet spent all his life preaching against the message of the Quran!

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    If Islam Means Peace, Why Is Much Of Its Theology Soaked In Hatred, Humiliation, Offensive War?
    Sultan Shahin, New Age Islam

    Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.

     But there has to be a reason why jihadi ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to heaven?

     Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas, says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so, divine like God Himself.....

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