• Through the video Daesh/ISIS terrorists want to lure more youths from India. But they can’t win over Indian Muslims as long as India is the ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • MEMRI is a Zionist organization which employs Tufail Ahmad. I wonder why the article does not give the name of the author.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Where Shab e Baraat was imported from:..
    ( By Mubashir )
  • Such Indian jihadists in ISIS must be severely and widely condemned by religious and political leaders as well as by journalists as enemies of India's ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good to see Muslim leaders in India speak up against a Satanic ideology...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sultan Shahin Indian Ulama have very clearly condemned ISIS. They have outrightly rejected Baghdadi's claim of Caliphate....
    ( By Muhammad Aslam Ghazi )
  • Until seculars support these elements we will be in danger'
    ( By Shachindra Trivedi )
  • By the way....the message in ISIS video and the 3 options that have been given to us non-muslims are exactly what our forefathers faced....1) Convert ...
    ( By Rakesh Kumar Singh )
  • Bloody idiot Tasleema nasreen'
    ( By Zu Ba Ir )
  • Unless Uslam is reformed, you can't expect any change!'
    ( By Anupam Trivedi )
  • Unless Uslam is reformed, you can't expect any change!'
    ( By Anupam Trivedi )
  • They secretly support ISIS. Jihad is their ideology. Victimhood their facade.
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  • “I say you have only three options: to accept Islam, to pay Jizya, or to prepare to be slaughtered” if this is what kafirs are offered ...
    ( By prisha )
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    ( By Aayina )
  • The article lambasts the surveillance regime against radical Muslims in America, but such a surveillance regime is in fact necessary and Muslims should welcome and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • “Islam was never a religion of peace for even one day." . . . Read the Meccan verses! The Mecca Quran was all about tolerance, ...
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  • Muslims should avoid all ayurvedic products. The science was developed by Hindu Rishis. They should use zamzam water to cure all their ailments. They should ...
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    ( By secularlogic )
  • These rabid Muslims are neither Indian not Muslim.'
    ( By Satyendra Prakash Sharma )
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I have been a strong critic of Owaisi brothers.
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  • The answer lies in combating the politicisation of Islam. Only then can we distinguish religion from politics and faith from fanaticism...
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  • This is the kind of teaching approach that academics in Deoband, Bareilly and Cairo's Al-Azhar should take.
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This article is biased propaganda....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Jihad is hurting Pakistan more than it will ever hurt India. If it is not aggressively checked, it may devour Pakistan.
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  • “Why must female children inherit only half that of male children?” My understanding is this: Surah 4-11 and 12 (read at the bottom of them) gives ...
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    ( By Dereck Darlong )
  • The rules of Islam will never change but God has given the human beings authority to act as per their will but there's a way ...
    ( By Raihan Raza Raza )
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    ( By Faisal Wani )
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    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • The second paragraph of my post was cut off. It was: "This applies not only to Pakistanis but also to Muslims in India. ...
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  • Context is more important than text. Freezing the meaning and interpretation of a text will not only stifle intellectual growth but also create strong...
    ( By Aiman Reyaz )
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    ( By Mosarraf Hossain )
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    ( By Mohd Yunus )

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    How Saudi Influence Turned Kosovo into Fertile Ground for ISIS
    Carlotta Gall

    Mr. Bilalli trained at the University of Medina in Saudi Arabia in the late 1980s: “The first thing the Wahhabis do is to take members of our congregation, who understand Islam in the traditional Kosovo way that we had for generations, and try to draw them away from this understanding,” he said. “Once they get them away from the traditional congregation, then they start bombarding them with radical thoughts and ideas.”

    Debating Islam

    Abolish Personal Laws: Patriarchy Remains Deaf to The Quran’s Call For Justice, Equality And Compassion
    Sadia Dehlvi

    Debates over the validity of pronouncing Talaq, divorce, three times in one go or over three months offer no solutions. Both methods find permissibility in schools of Islamic Fiqh, jurisprudence. Unilateral divorce allows men to commit grave injustices by stripping women of honour and dignity, inalienable rights both in Islam and the Indian Constitution. It is unwise to expect reform from the community whose religious leaders have historically treated women as subjects and not equals.....

    Islamic World News

    Barelvis, Deobandis to Join Hands and Vote as One to Ensure ‘Proper’ Muslim Representation

    No Threat from ISIS, Patriotism Brimming In Every Indian Muslim: Government

    Turkish Camps Turned into Centers for Raping Children, Selling Refugees' Body Organs

    Pope Embraces Al-Azhar Imam in Sign of Renewed Relations


    Islamic State Video Features 11 Indians, Including 2 from Tamil Nadu


    Arab Spring 'Inspired Erdogan to Support Islamists' in 4 Muslim Countries


     ‘Get Ready’ ISIS Announces Plans to Launch Ramadan Attacks On Europe And America

    Arab World

    Iran, India Stress Eradication of All Forms of Terrorism

    ISIL Chief Executioner, Commanders Killed in Salahuddin's Sharqat

    Yemeni Army Foils Pro-Hadi Forces' Attempt to Advance in Al-Baydha Province

    South Asia

    Taliban Says Mullah Mansoor’s Death Will Not Affect the Group’s Insurgency

    'Bangladesh, US to Jointly Fight Terrorism'

    Southeast Asia

    Islamic States’ Child Fighters Video Is Worrying, Say Experts

    North America

    Last Of ISIL’s Beheading ‘Beatles’ Identified, Has Canadian Connection


    US ‘Unclear’ Whether Drone Targeted Mansour in Pakistan

    Pakistan Summons Us Envoy over Drone Strike inside Its Territory


    Tunisian Islamic Party Re-elects Moderate Leader

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    These Iranian Women Are Dressing As Boys for One Surprising Reason

    Fresh Plea in Indian SC against Triple Talaq System of Muslim Divorce

    Respect Muslim Women Hijab: Pope Francis tell France

    Muslim Students to Unveil Truth behind Stigmas at the Hijab Monologues

    Young Muslim American Women Try To Succeed In Politics in Ways Their Fathers Couldn’t

    Jail for Tyrone Woman Who Planned To Raise Children under Islamic State in Syria

    Modest Muslim Boutique Opens in Orlando Fashion Square Mall

    Why Is Bulgaria Making A Big Fuss About The Niqab?

    Muslim Woman behind Viral Selfie Hailed As Heroine -- Until Hateful Tweets Revealed

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    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Debate over Bangladeshi Militants' External Connections
    Ali Riaz

    The IS/AQIS is capable of providing additional resources and a global stage for these menacing groups. It is a matter of time and opportunity before such a tie can flourish. Therefore, it is imperative to acknowledge that denial cannot be a strategy, and that it is necessary to act in earnest....

    Current Affairs

    Death of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor Likely To Enrage Pakistan
    Jon Boone

    Many of the country’s security officials are likely to be furious given how heavily Pakistan invested in helping Mansoor secure the leadership of the Taliban after a power struggle broke out following the announcement of Omar’s death...

    Islam and Politics

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    Is Tunisia's Ennahda party renouncing 'Islamism', its doctrinaire sine qua non and the basis of its foundational identity? Ennahda, a movement that emerged in the late 1970s as a national political party with an Islamic frame of reference, is now committing to separate the religious (al-da'awi ) from the political (al-siyasi).....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Behind the Barricades of Turkey’s Hidden War
    Robert F. Worth

    The battle against the Islamic State had made the downtrodden Kurds into heroes. In the weeks and months that followed, the Kurds watched in amazement as fighters aligned with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or P.K.K. — long branded a terrorist group by Turkey and the United States — became the central protagonists in the defence of Kobani.....

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    World Humanitarian Summit and Turkey

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    Building a Better Future for Syrians in Turkey

    By Kamal Malhotra

    Humanity Should Learn From Refugees

    By Pierre Krahenbuhl

    Netanyahu, Lieberman Deal Meant To Derail French Plan

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    Pakistan Press

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    The Raiszadas of Pakistani Politics

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    Celebrating Enviable Ties

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    Pakistan’s Position in HE Rankings

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    Renaming Roads Won’t Erase History

    By Abhishek Sikhwal

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The documentary, however, provides the only first-person accounts to have surfaced of the IM’s journey after 2008. “Following the Batla House encounter, the land of India became hostile to us. The intelligence agencies and the ATS (Maharashtra Police Anti-Terrorism Squad) pursued us. It became difficult for us to carry out armed actions,” Rashid says of his journey to the IS. Rashid claims the group made “Hijrat” — or exile — to Khorasan in the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands. There, he says, “we had many opportunities to participate in actions with the Mujahideen”. Following this, the group made a “second Hijrat”, to the IS, claims Rashid. However, the interview with Sajid suggests a broader discontent. “Hindustan is the citadel of shirk [polytheism]”, he says. “We see that, cows, trees, the sun, the moon, all these are worshipped. Even though Allah has us from these practices, we see that the Muslims of India maintain social relations and business with these unbelievers,” says Rashid...

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    Will Indian Ulema Respond To The Latest ISIS Outrage? Is Islam Not A Religion Of Peace? Is Offensive Jihad An Individual Religious Duty (Farz-e-Ain)?

    Urdu Section

    Will Indian Ulema Respond To The Latest ISIS Outrage?  کیا ہندوستانی علما ء داعش کی تازہ ترین اشتعال انگیز رد عمل  کا جواب دیں گے ؟ کیا اسلام امن کا مذہب نہیں ہے ؟ کیا جہاد فرض عین ہے؟
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    انڈین ایکسپریس کی رپورٹ کی مطابق داعش نے عربی زبان میں 22 منٹ کا ایک دستاویزی فلم مبینہ انڈین مجاہدین پر جاری  کیا ہے جس میں داعش  نے ان  پانچ مفرور جہادیوں  کے ساتھ پہلی انٹرویوز  کو پیش کیا ہے جو 2014 سے عراق اور شام میں جنگجوؤں کی صفوں میں شامل ہیں ۔ اس ویڈیوں میں تھانے  کے انجینئرنگ کے طالب علم فہد تنویر شیخ جس نے 2014 میں شہر کے دوسرے تین  لوگوں کے ساتھ شام کا سفر کیا تھا نےکہا ہے : ‘‘ ہم لوگ واپس لوٹینگے مگر ہاتھ میں تلوار لے کر بابری مسجد ، کشمیر ، گجرات  اور مظفر نگر میں مسلمانوں کے قتل عام کابدلہ لینے کے لئے ’’ ... ‘‘ ہندوستانی ریاست میں رہنے والے تمام لوگ کے لئے جو ہمارے اعمال کو سمجھنا چاہتے ہیں  ’’ ایک نا معلوم جہادی اس ویڈیوں میں کہتا ہے : ‘‘ میرا پیغام ہے کہ تمہارے پاس صرف تین اختیارات ہیں  : اسلام کو قبول کرلو ، یا جزیہ ادا کرو یا پھر ذبح ہونے کے لئے تیار ہو جاؤ’’۔

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Al-Baghdadi begins his speech with an introduction replete with Koranic quotes stressing the importance and obligation of fighting the enemies of Islam and dying as a martyr for it. Citing the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who, Al-Baghdadi says, waged jihad throughout his entire life, he stresses that jihad and fighting are obligatory for every Muslim. Al-Baghdadi adds that participation in battle and willingness to die for Allah are aimed at testing the believers and rewarding them.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    ISIS 'Promotes' Kalyan Youths as Deputy Khalifa, Governor of Indian Territories
    S Hussain Zaidi

    Fahad, who is now called Abu Bakr al-Hindi, has been named Naib Khalifa (deputy caliph) to lead Daesh's operations against India, while Aman, renamed Abu Umar al-Hindi, and is the governor of ‘Hind wal ‘Sindh’, a Daesh usage for India and Pakistan...

    Islamic World News

    2 Mumbai Men Who Joined Islamic State Promoted To Top Ranks

    Islamic State Aims to Destroy Israel, ‘Liberate’ Jerusalem with Sinai Peninsula Terrorist Force

    For Allah, China and Marx: A Theological Mix for Young Imams

    British-Made Cluster Bomb Used by Saudi Arabia against Yemen

    Suu Kyi Calls For 'Space' To Address Myanmar's Rohingya Issue as Kerry Visits


    Confident of Acquittal, Imran’s Family Worries about SIMI ‘Taint’


    78 Palestinians Killed and 106 Arrested By Israel over One-Week Period

    South Asia

    Sirajuddin Haqqani among Possible Successors of Mullah Mansoor

    Arab World

    Several Terrorist Groups Sent to Iran by Saudi Arabia in Recent Days

    ISIL Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army's Ambush Operations in Homs

    Iran's New Hi-Tech Drone to Fly in Beit-ul-Moqaddas 28 Drills

    Southeast Asia

    Leading Malaysian IS Members in Syria Man an Expert Bomb-Maker


    US Drone Attack Violation of Pakistan’s Sovereignty, Says PM

    US Strike Crosses ‘Red Line’ On Balochistan


    Zambia ‘Worried At Iran’s Attempts to Spread Sectarianism in Africa’


    Sadiq Khan Invites Donald Trump to London to Meet British Muslims

    Islamic State Group Leader Urges Attacks in Europe and US

    North America

    Top US Commander Makes Secret Visit To Syria

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The Pakistani Dancer Who Makes Kathak International
    Farah Yasmeen Shaikh in performance.

    A Wales-based filmmaker helped give Muslim girls in Africa the chance to play football

    Pakistan’s award-winning 'Burka Avenger' animation opens on London screen

    Iraq's Yazidi women: 'Islamic State murdered our husbands. Now we're alone'

    Freed From the Islamic State, But Far From Free

    Police in Las Vegas forge close ties to the city’s Muslim community

    To avoid the morality police, some Iranian women are dressing like men

    Unlike Mumbai's Haji Ali, women have free access to the Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan

    Bangladesh's first female journalist, Nurjahan Begum, dies at 91

    Great Western debate: What’s cooking under the Muslim headscarf?

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Will Indian Ulema Respond To The Latest ISIS Outrage? Is Islam Not A Religion Of Peace? Is Offensive Jihad An Individual Religious Duty (Farz-e-Ain)?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    If past record is any guide, nothing much should be expected. The Ulema (clerics) kept quiet when one of them Maulana Salman Nadwi wrote a letter to the self-declared Khalifa Baghdadi, addressing him as Amir ul Momineen.  They had kept quiet earlier when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi, of Hyderabad, the inspiration behind Indian Mujahedeen wrote and propagated: “It is the duty (of Muslims) to struggle for the domination of Islam over false religions and subdue and subjugate Ahl-e-Kufr-o-Shirk (infidels and polytheists) in the same way as it is the duty of the Muslims to proselytise and invite people to Islam. The responsibility to testify to the Truth and pronounce the Deen God has entrusted with the Muslims cannot be fulfilled merely by preaching and proselytising. If it were so there would be no need for the battles that were fought. "And fight them until there is no fitnah (mischief) and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah. And if they cease - then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do." Surah Anfal 8:39). ...

    I have grave doubts that Indian Ulema will respond to the Indian Mujahedeen speaking in the ISIS video in any meaningful way. However, I keep appealing to them in the hope that someday they will realise the dangers to the nation, the community and the world, and decide to take the bull by its horns, unless, of course, they themselves believe that ISIS is justified in demanding that Muslims engage in offensive Jihad against so-called infidels until the sovereignty of God is established on earth. I would appeal to Ulema to help evolve a parallel theology of peace and pluralism, harmonious co-existence with all, acceptance of all religions as based on messages from God, in keeping with the original message of Islam as revealed in Makkah to Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Virtues of Sha’ban and the Night of Salvation (Shab-e-Baraa’t)
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam
    Sha’ban is considered one of the most sacred Islamic months. The virtues of this month, especially the night of mid-Sha’ban known as Laylatul Baraa’ah or Shabe Baraa’ah, are mentioned in Hadith and Sunnah. It is reported that the prophet (peace be upon him) said:  "Sha'ban is my month, Rajab is the month of Allah Almighty and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah [Community].  Sha'ban is the expiator, while Ramadan is the purifier.”


    These developments mainly occurred between East, Central Asia, Al-Andalusia, and North Africa, and also later on in the Far East as well as India. It carefully parallels the genesis of various other Islamic scientific researches in its adaptation of foreign product as well as the amalgamation of the disparate aspects of that product to develop a scientific research with Islamic characteristics. ...


    Interfaith Dialogue

    Interfaith Iftars Aim to Bring Communities Together This Ramadan
    Antonia Blumberg

    “The people I meet in Taking Heart programs are all very committed to their communities, the greater good and interfaith encounters,” she said. “I loved learning more about what makes Islam and Muslim practice unique, but also really appreciate how ‘ordinary’ they are...

    Current Affairs

    Overcoming Baiting by the Separatists and Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir
    Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain

    The separatists will make weak attempts to once again demand a cap on the number of pilgrims and on the duration. These can be dismissed with the contempt they deserve. In the year 2011, just after the end of the tumultuous three year period of street turbulence, we oversaw the highest ever footprint of 'Darshan' at the Holy Cave, with 640,000 pilgrims....

    Islam and Politics

    No Muslims Allowed: How Nationalism Is Rising In Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar
    Poppy McPherson

    At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand new sign, bright yellow, and bearing a message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.”....

    Middle East Press

    The Women behind Sykes-Picot: New Age Islam's Selection, 23 May 2016

    Life in the Shadow of an Empire

    By Hamid Dabashi

    Hezbollah, the Defender of Israel

    By Turki Al-Dakhil

    Preserving Our Architectural Heritage

    By Hala Al-Qahtani

    Egypt and the Aversion of Investors

    By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

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    Islamic World News

    What ISIS Does Is Un-Islamic, Inhuman: Muslim Leaders of India
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

    CEO Abdullah Confirms Mullah Mansoor Killed In Drone Strike in Quetta

    Isis Video Shows Indonesian Children Training With Ak-47s

    Balochistan Govt to Register All Madrasas with Education Department

    Islamic State's Lasting Grip Is A New Hurdle for Europe, US


    Kalyan Youth's Kin Junk IS Video, Say Muslims Safe Here

    South Asia

    Some Taliban Leaders May Join Peace with Confirmation of Mansoor’s Death: Abdullah

    23 Dead, 500,000 Flee As Cyclone Roanu Hits Bangladesh

    Southeast Asia

    Perkasa Wants New Islamic Council to Fix Muslim Disunity


    Pakistan Seeks 'Clarification' Of US Strike on Taliban Chief Mullah Mansour


    Pope Hails Election of Sadiq Khan, Celebrates Mass Muslim Migration into Europe

    North America

    Trump Supporter Calls Sikh-American Councilman A 'Terrorist'

    Arab World

    High-Ranking ISIL Leaders Seeking to Leave Syria with Fake Identity

    Syrian Army, Allies Ready to Join Large-Scale Operations to Liberate Raqqa


    Turkey Deploys More Military Equipment at Borders with Syria


    Algeria Refused to Hear Rape Complaint Because Victim Wasn't Muslim

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    Islam and Spiritualism

    Shab-e-Barat: The Night of Pardon
    Sadia Dehlvi

    Muslims believe the night of 15th Shaban to be a very special night, one in which God opens his doors of forgiveness and mercy. According to Islamic traditions, the destinies of all souls are sealed for the coming year. It is held that on this night the souls that are to be born and those who will depart from this world are identified....


    Debating Islam
    Reform Muslim Personal Law, Use Debate on Triple Talaq as an opportunity to Breach the Stagnation in Muslim Religious Thought
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Reform of Muslim personal law is the need of the hour. A demand for this has been made for decades in conferences, seminars and marches, organised by several progressive Islamic organisations including New Age Islam Foundation. These demands need to be intensified and peaceful demonstrations organised on a large scale, demanding that the government reform these laws. It will inevitably be opposed and equally inevitably expose the two-facedness of Islamic fundamentalists in the country. This would lead to a much needed debate on the hypocrisy of our ulema.

    Faced with a barrage of questions, the ulema have now decided to challenge the progressive Muslims on their theological knowledge and more importantly, the courage, to stand up to their beliefs. At the same time, they are blaming them for encouraging courts to intervene, while taking their regular subversive position that courts and government should not intervene in matters of Muslim Personal Law as it is a matter of faith.

    Rather than being cowed into silence or even dismiss this challenge as an effort to obfuscate matters, progressive Muslims should pick up the gauntlet and battle it out. This should be used as a great opportunity to breach the total stagnation that has prevailed in Islamic theological debates in the country. This will not only help the victims of our Anglo-Mohammedan Personal Law but also help open up issues related to violent extremism that is attracting our youth more and more in the absence of debate. For instance, accepting that triple talaq is not a part of Quranic teachings or even Hadith (sayings of the Prophet). A classical Muslim scholar, Hafeez Nomani, has asked if Quran alone is legitimate Islamic scripture and whether a bid’at (innovation) like triple talaq ordered by the second Caliph Hazrat Umar cannot be considered legitimate. He then goes on to ask that if triple talaq cannot be accepted, as it is a bid’at, then what about Quran, which in its present form is itself an innovation ordered by the same caliph and completed by the third Caliph Hazrat Usman.

    These are among the issues that Muslims need to debate urgently for the wider good of the community as well as the nation and the world. We must never forget the solemn warning issued by Canadian scholar Winfred Cantwell Smith in mid-20th century that a healthy, functioning Islam is crucial for world peace. Clearly, the Islam today is not healthy and functioning. So it is not only the Muslims but the nation at large that should welcome an opportunity to debate and understand Islamic theological issues.

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