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    ( By Hisham Qidwai )
  • آئینہ جھوٹ نہیں بولتا ۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔۔م ابن عبد الوہاب نجدی کے لاڈلوں پر زمین تنگ ۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ پرفیسر طالب الر حمان ...
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  • हदीस से प्रभावित होकर मुस्लिम लड़की ने शुरू की कम्पनी, बनायीं न्यूट्रिशन बारटोलेडो ऑहियो।...
    ( By Abdul Gani )
  • *غیبت اور اس کی تباہ کاریاں قرآن وحدیث کی روشنی میں* *غیبت کی تعریف بہارِ شریعت میں*
    ( By Abdul Gani )
  • The way SULTAN SHAHIN is defaming islam, if i start just qouting Vedas, what can i expect from Hindus. They would abuse me and label ...
    ( By Truth )
  • Has writer tried his hand in the field of satire, or was he really serious about this article? I am very confused.
    ( By Pankaj Verma )
  • There is no reason to “wonder”. The Ulema ARE the clergy, clever operatives and traders (2-79) of the CHURCHES....
    ( By No Wonder )
  • those that are engaged in the study of unicorns can never find common ground.'
    ( By hats off! )
  • Asking Trump to not recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital is not Jew hatred. Both Israel and Palestinians have claims on Jerusalem and its status  is to ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The Ulema have always been bigots. Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi, the king of all bigots, was a contemporary of Akbar who was the most secular of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The advice to keep away from people who are at war with you is good advice for all times but who these people are will ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • You do not need but the world need every one to support pluralism. Without the overall support at humane level we think it is not ...
    ( By Zubair Ansari )
  • Dear Hats off! I am lost with your comment. You don't seem to appreciate the historical underpinnings of the warning and are giving it an anti-Semitic ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • France Warns Trump Against Recognising Jerusalem As Israeli Capital" jew hatred and anti-semitism are the european gifts to the jews.
    ( By hats off! )
  • But for the refined people like Sultan Shahin, Islam might have been banned in all secular countries. Every post of Mr. Shahin makes me believe ...
    ( By Ajoy Chakra )
  • Although every religion comes with its share of flaws and Hinduism is no exception ....But Hinduism has enough space for every sect and we are ...
    ( By Kartikaey Pulkit Mishra )
  • This post is not from a muslim. Although his name looks like a muslim. Actually he is an agent and his only mission is to ...
    ( By Pervez Ahmed )
  • Beautiful, I entirely agree with Ghulam Mohiyuddin. It does not mean that " Nauozibilla" we want changes in Holy Quran.
    ( By Nizam Elahi )
  • #सच्ची_घटना एक गांव में राजपूत, ब्राह्मण, बनिये, तेली, हरिजन आदि जातिके लोग रहते थे, सभी मिलजुल कर शान्ति से रहते थे। एक दिन गांव के ...
    ( By Kartikaswara Gouda )
  • (Abusive word deleted..... Editor) moron... Rss ka chmacha'
    ( By Nayeem Lone )
  • This man is paid agent of Jews and defame, muslims and Islam. It is his carear goal, and he has nothing to do with any ...
    ( By Manzar Khan )
  • Mollah All though the issue s are very surprising ly controversial issues,but needs a proximity of its aspirants annalicies,,to finds outs the deviattion,,&it's deterrent ...
    ( By M A Ohab )
  • Now today...islam is same word to terrorism..'
    ( By Arkajyoti Batabyal )
  • The main cause of hate mongering is the quranic division of Muslim vs kafir !!  It creates a superiority complex among the muslims and they consider ...
    ( By Deep Krishna Sharma )
  • Like every religion, reforms in Islam is met with resistance. I don't get the countless justifications that many Muslim columnists offer against the abolition ...
    ( By Deepa Natarajan )
  • eeing some of the comments from diff experiences. Knowledge and the truth is a process to refine. every body got ideas...
    ( By Kolipaka Sudeep Kumar )
  • Very good article. keep on intellectual brain storming. As all we need to love - peace - respect each other along with human development. Education ...
    ( By Kolipaka Sudeep Kumar )
  • Another new age funding from Zionist . Why not remove hajj subsidies....
    ( By Syed Qamar Anwar )
  • “Primarily because it is showing signs of allowing gender justice-based reforms in Muslim Personal ....
    ( By Royalj )
  • We do not need either Raza Ahmad Khan or Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi to assert our support of....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Agama or religious schools are probably no better than the RSS shakhas and shalas. Such...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A prohibition on evolution of religious dogma will, with the passage of time, have....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "I for one embrace the Quranic call to be a witness for God, uphold justice, manifest perfection of goodness, attend to the bounds of lineage ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • sideways is the best way forwards
    ( By hats off! )
  • @Abdeen Mukhtar Ahmad That is why there are more kafirs in this world....
    ( By Rohin Dhar )
  • Idol worship and idol thought always create schism. No need reformation in Islam. Such a pure religion. Hindus have many idols they must reform their ...
    ( By Abdeen Mukhtar Ahmad )
  • @Ghulam Mohiyuddin Consensus is necessary but there are 2 forms of consensus - Among various different....
    ( By Deep Bhatnagar )
  • In real sense Islam has been captured by silly Moulanas who are using...
    ( By U.p. Ojha )
  • This is a well argued and well written article. It is time for Muslim intellectuals to look inside their hearts and decide what...
    ( By mohammad imran )
  • This is the best explanation of Al wala and Albara.
    ( By Aslam JMI )
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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    It is not that atrocities against these Muslims have not been documented: Human rights groups have done and have tried to make international bodies aware of it. Despite all these documented proofs, important Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran have not been able to isolate Myanmar over this issue. We need to ask those who swear in the name of the Ummah: is the blood of Rohingyas insipid in comparison to other Muslims?...

    Interfaith Dialogue

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    Mustafa Akyol

    Nonetheless, Islam and Christianity share a lot in their adoration for Isa and Maryam, Jesus and Mary. Muslims are in fact the only non-Christians on earth who believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. For centuries, Muslims have taken this as a literal truth. Medieval exegetes of the Quran debated details like how God’s spirit was “breathed” into Mary, taking as truth that the virgin birth was an act of God.....

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    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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