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  • GM Sb,, I prefer getting down to specifics rather than arguing in general terms. Take Surah Taubah and the verses discussed in my article. It ...
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  • Naseer sahib, Your arguments to advocate your point of view are strong. However instead...
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  • Because there is solution of every problem in Quran pak. Every way of life is shown in Quran. There is no space for terrorism or ...
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  • Some religions shown their changes time to time as per the comments of other friends. Dear friends it is only Islam...
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  • why bother about reforms...islam , like all other religions, will lose its grip on its adherents...
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  • Ashfaq Ahmad Wasting time commenting on others when their own selves...
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  • Rashid Sb, The understanding of Islam is not common among Muslims because of the way the theology took shape as a response to various ...
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  • GM Sb, If you had some familiarity with the Quran, you would know that it does not require Najid Hussain to tell us what the ...
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  • dear hats off! You are again being 'cunning' and putting what the Qur'an said to its 7th century audience into my mouth without knowing my personal ...
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  • Koran – living thrugh 1400 years : It is surviving through the fear of sword – remove Islamic threats, the book will vanish in no ...
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  • Hats Off is a mirror image of an ISIS fighter! He has swallowed wholesale the version of history propagated by the enemies of Islam.
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  • Hats Off's hatred of Muslims has made him blind. His repeated badmouthing of Muslims who migrated to Western countries ....
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  • Yunus sahib, your point is well taken. Hats Off's antipathy to progressive Muslims is so bitter that it seems to have driven him bonkers.
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  • Naseer Saheb, I need help! “Islamic theology is mostly un-Islamic and needs extensive reform of a fundamental nature. It is full of utter nonsense.” If by ...
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  • dear mr muhammad yunus, god doesn't know zilch! otherwise his book would have no controversy whatsoever. if god has managed to confuse his followers ....
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  • let mr. najid hussain write that same article on NAI. you will have mr. naseer ahmed, mr. muhammad yunus and other IIT trained Quranic .....
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  • the article makes nothing clear except the supremacism of the author's creed. and of course his mind clouded by blind faith masquerading ...
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  • Religions do not abrogate personal freedom. Other priorities are a matter...
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  • A soon to be published article in IndiaLife by Najid Hussain says: "There is a common perception among ...
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  • They will never allow sane people to understand the reality of Islam as Prophet Mohammed wanted. Interpretations by different ...
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    The Moral Edifice of Islam
    Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

    The motif that binds the symphony of faith into a symbol of hope is love. Where love is, there God is.   Love is that flame which when it rises, burns everything, only God remains. The whole individuality is dissolved in the ocean of eternal bliss .Love is the attribute of God. We all share the same spark of the divine. God is every person's goal. He is   the ultimate beloved .To be in love with other than Him is metaphorical love. ..

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    The Quran has come by inspiration to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The verse also says that what has come by inspiration is not all “mystical” knowledge, but only a little. However, another verse 5:3 says “This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion”. The primary purpose of the revelation was therefore to give mankind the complete Deen or the Islamic way of life, while also giving us a little of the “mystical” knowledge on a need to know basis or to the extent we are capable of understanding using similitudes or allegorical language....

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    The Muslim clerics may have a valid reason to disassociate Islam from such audio messages, but their silence and failure to condemn it in strong terms may give the impression to the common people in the community that they are not against it. Since Muslim intellectuals are not ready to confront the challenge of Jihadi radicals like Zakir Musa and others, the Muslim masses are bound to follow the dictates of the self-serving Ulema/ Islamist Indians.....

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    Thus, these former Zoroastrians became sympathetic to this new sect that attracted political and spiritual dissidents. The new sect had some eclectic ideas drawn from Greek Philosophy, Neo Platonic, Gnosticism, Zoroastrian messianic tradition and Christianity. So it was able to provide with an alternative that resembled their former belief system. For example, the belief about the sanctity of the blood of house of David resembled the concept of the sanctity of the Imam, a direct descendent from the blood line of the progeny of Ali and Fatima.  This also bears a resemblance to the Christian idea that “the Messiah has arisen from the sacred blood.”...

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