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Islamic Ideology (26 Oct 2016 NewAgeIslam.Com)


    The confusion about the concept of shahadah is just one of many that have left non-Muslims as well as Muslims with different views of Islam, Muslims and the holy book of Quran and Hadith compilations.

    But how this came about is not hard to understand.

    The problem is, the militants’ message finds resonance among angry and frustrated Muslims who do not find the same solace in scholarly wisdom. For instance, jihadist militants say, for example, that they become martyrs (Shuhada), if they commit suicide when carrying out violence. And they expect Allah to welcome them into heaven.

    A few fringes of clerics have agreed with them, but progressive Islamic schoalrs like Prof. Ebrahim Moosa, strongly disagree.

    “The whole idea of a martyr or shahid is that you fight until death and you give your life for God and community. But you don’t go into battle saying `I will die,'” he said. As proof, he recounts one of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings about a martyr, who is rejected by God when he arrives in heaven. God tells him: “You gave your life so people could remember you as a cause. You didn’t do it to satisfy me,” Prof. Moosa said.

    As Prof. Moosa and others point out, Islam condones a “just” war and sets down rules on when and how to fight one.

    By GRD - 2/22/2018 8:05:42 AM

  • When we not only clean our house, but also our body, mind and emotions, then we become truly ready to receive the Divine into our ‘homes’. Not just during Diwali, but every day of our lives! Happy Diwali to you and all those who have touched your lives.

    In the spirit of  the spiritual aspect, Diwali becomes an opportunity to overcome negativity and reinforce our commitment to be a better human being. Instead of just bursting firecrackers in the streets, we should burst any negativity, anger, jealousy, regret and aversion that are lingering in the mind from the past year. Instead of just lighting lamps in and outside our house, we must reverently light the lamps of awareness and knowledge, so that there may be light and celebration in our lives and around us, even in the darkest of times. 

    By GRD - 10/31/2016 1:10:52 AM

  • Dear brothers and sisters at NAI,

    I wish you all a happy diwali ... festival of light and joy! 

    My prayer is that May all we be filled with the light of truth and spirit of joy.

    Once again I wish you a Happy Diwali.

    By GRD - 10/29/2016 7:18:07 AM

  • The martyr or those slain in the cause of Allah are called Maqtul Fi Sabilillah. They are not called Shuhuda in the Quran. There are eleven verses in the Quran that deal with the subject of those slain in the cause of Allah and the expression used for such people is uniformly Qutelu Fi Sabilillah and not Shuhuda.
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    By Naseer Ahmed - 10/27/2016 2:50:15 AM

  • We should reject jihadi ideology. Instead of exalting martyrdom per se we should exalt selfless deeds in the service of humanity in general.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 10/26/2016 1:39:31 PM

  • There are a lot more instances of the diametrically different meanings of the Islamic terminology 'Shaheed' (martyr), as mentioned in the following saying attributed to the Prophet (pbuh):

    من تمسك بسنتي عند فساد أمتي فله أجر مائة شهيد

    (Meaning: "Whoever firmly keeps to my tradition during the turmoil of my Ummah, will gain the reward of hundred martyrs. [Bayhaqi, Az-Zuhd al-Kabeer, Vol. 1, Page 118, Hadith 207]

    Commenting on the above Hadith, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan Naeemi, a noted Islamic scholar in India, writes:

    "This is because the martyr gains success after he receives injuries from a sword only once but this bondman of Allah receives injuries from the tongues of people throughout his life, enduring their taunts. He bears every type of trouble for the sake of Allah and His Prophet (pbuh). The Jihad he performs is Jihad-e-Akbar (Greater Jihad). 

    [Mira'at-ul-Manajeeh, Vol. 1, Page 174]

    By GRD - 10/26/2016 8:44:57 AM