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  • The Third Most Important Usul-Al-Hadith Let us examine the language of the Hadith that is the subject of the article: It has been narrated on the ...
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  • It is not true that the women went about topless with their breasts uncovered. The command is for the head dress....
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  • GM sb, your comment is offensive and uncalled for and does not deserve any other response except the response I gave.
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  • Your comment GM sb, shows your lack of knowledge of the Prophet (pbuh) and the Prophets in general and Allah. There are numerous instances where ...
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  • It amazes me that you have still not understood that the state of being supreme or enjoying supremacy in any....
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  • GM sb, You are denying your own definition! And in a previous comment you called me a liar for saying that you are pretending ...
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  • “But then we must also ask what if the Quran had actually mandated the wearing of the veil or the Burqa?”....
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  • There is nothing like interfaith, it's always interfaith superiority to be proven, especially....
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  • Naseer sb., You are trying to evade the issue by calling that comment my "definition...
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  • Naseer sb., Your abusive comment did not respond at all to what I had said....
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  • Naseer sb., Who gave you the right to decide what is true dharma and what is false.
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  • Naseer sb. asks, "who do you think made up the story and why?" Saying that our Prophet wanted ....
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  • Good to see Iranian women shedding their veils. It is time men stopped dictating to women what to wear.
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  • Ms Kaniz Fatm, Almost every sunni Muslim in India is a Hanafi and a Muqallid. So, what you say is understandable. Every.....
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  • @Miss KF, Comment 1 The early Muslims- companions [al-sahaba] and their followers and successors [tabiu’n] (Allah be pleased with all of them),....
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  • Let us go by your definition of the verse: “4:34 is not about disloyalty or adultery. It is about obedience and disobedience. It is .....
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  • What is the point to be university students if they rebel against the authority that Allah has given to rulers? They who rebel against ...
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  • GM sb is stalking me in five different threads with nothing worthwhile to say. The windbag has infinite capacity to go on arguing ad infinitum ...
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  • The old fool fails to notice that unless Dharma is defined as the religion of Allah, it is meaningless. What is ....
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  • who do you think made up the story and why? '
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  • @Naseer sb, Sorry I am a Hanafi Muslima. Our learned jurists were honest and pious and they were ....
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  • Quran demands Muslims to obey rulers: Chapter 4 The Women سورة النساء - An-Nisa:. .
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  • They are well educated women and see it as a form of empowerment says the heading....
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  • Naseer sb. has been using deception to make 4:34 look good and he again tries to justify it and goes on to a totally irrelevant.....
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  • Naseer sb., You have cleverly avoided responding to my comment. Why? Please respond to: "Naseer sb. says, "Verse....
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  • Naseer sb., after making a fool of himself on the question of supremacism, is now resorting to personal abuse to divert....
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  • Naseer sb. says a debaser only debases himself. That is good advice for him to follow himself. But. .
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  • Do we need God to tell us how to distribute our inheritance? What did he give us our brains for?
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  • Excellent article! The U.S. has gone too far in its anti-Palestinian policies, especially....
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  • A well deserved success story! We need more Yasins.
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  • Welcone back, Yunus sahib! Excellent article both from the point of view of the analysis of the problem and in recommending corrective measures..
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  • This is very good and worth reading article. His language and civilized and scholarly style of writing is praiseworthy.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Accurate observations in true sense! Religious discourses should provide space for rationality to exist....
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  • Comment 3 پھر علامہ حامد رضا حجۃ الاسلام مزید رقمطراز ہی...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
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  • COMMENT 2 پھر علامہ حامد رضا رحمہ اللہ فرماتے ہیں : تو اس سلسلہ ہدایت رب العزت کا قائم فرمایا ہوا ....
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  • Ms Kaniz Fatma, In the Prophet’s (pbuh) time, the Quran was well-understood....
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  • Without using Quran to interpret, weird teaching can derive from hadith alone....
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    Islam and Human Rights

    Abolition of Slavery, Including Sex Slavery in Islam (The Qur’an)
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    The Qur’an was revealed at a time, the early seventh century of the Christian era, when the world at large was in a state of Jahiliya - an Arabic word that denotes a state of darkness and gloom (Zulumat) when the notion of universal justice had not evolved, punishments were arbitrary, the common man was bullied, oppressed and exploited, slavery was normative and, women were treated like chattel and brutalized, to cite the major vices of the era. The Qur’an came to bring humanity out of darkness into light (2:257, 14:1, 57:9), and to lift the burden that was on them from before (7:157). Since slavery was at the root of many of societal evils, it had to be eradicated to pave the way for its quantum reforms....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Muslims Must Confront Islamist Terror Ideologically: An Islamic Reformation Required
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

    The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

    What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

     1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

    2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

    3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

    4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

     What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

    So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

    If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Shared Values among Religions and the Call for Interfaith Dialogue
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    Islam encourages peaceful coexistence among all religions. All the oriental faiths have the same prescription. But the misinterpretations and unempirical observations of religions lead to the exasperation of conflicts and wars. We repeatedly see some so-called leaders of religions incite fanaticism, extremism, aggression, hate and xenophobia – even legitimise violent and bloody conflicts. The misuse of religions is often stimulated to actualise power-political dreams. We can witness barbaric acts often made in the name of religion in human history consecutively from past to contemporary. ....

    Islam and Politics

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    Ahamad Moussalli, the professor of political science at American University of Beirut, argues that despotic Islamic governments have run against the Qur'anic concepts for their own political and personal ends: "For instance, Shura, a doctrine that demands the participation of society in dealing with the affairs of its government, became in reality a doctrine that was manipulated by political and religious elites to secure their economic, social and political interests at the expense of other segments of society," (In Progressive Muslims 2003).....

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    Why Identify Islamist Terrorists With Wahhabi Ideology, Ask New Age Islam Readers: Is This Not Promoting Sectarianism In Islam?
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Dear Mr. Sadaf, You are spot on: “New Age Islam takes the name of Wahhabis, only to push the silent and peaceful Wahhabis to take a stand and oppose these people ... being violent.” I wish some other intellectuals on the site also had the sense to understand this. I am quoting you from another thread. Your comment is being quoted in full below along with some other comments to provide a perspective.... If I may add a word, New Age Islam is not happy to do that. We do that with a very heavy heart. Only because it has to be done. At least we feel so. We may be wrong. But we feel that the time for pussyfooting is long past. Pakistan is a gone case. But Indian Muslims may perhaps be brought back from the brink. The total Indian Muslim silence over West Bengal Muslims demonstrating in support of Bangladeshi war criminals has shaken me up. Until today I haven’t heard a single voice of dissent, except, of course, a few on New Age Islam. I hope there is still time for us Indian Muslims.

     Wahhabism has been spread aggressively since the 1744 pact between Muhammad bin Saud and Muhammad ibn ʿAbdul Wahhab which marked the emergence of the first Saudi state. But even before that Mohammad Abdul Wahhab had started implementing his perverted ideas of stoning women to death and destroying Islamic heritage buildings with the help of Uthman ibn Mu'ammar, the ruler of his native village Uyayna in Najd. He had personally organised the stoning of a woman accused of committing adultery a la Taliban and Boko Haram in our times. Even before meeting Ibn-e-Saud he had destroyed the grave of Zayd ibn al-Khattab, a companion of Prophet Muhammad (saw), whose shrine was revered by the local population. After the pact with Ibn-e-Saud, of course, a wave of killings and destruction of Islamic heritage sites started. ...

    The War Within Islam
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    Dr. Maulana Abbas Ali Naqvi, Tr. New Age Islam

    Unity among Muslims and Dr. Zakir Naik’s Evil: A Point of View
    Dr. Zakir Naik

    Unity among Muslims has been and will remain an imperative in every age. Unfortunately, it never really came to pass; one major reason being more involvement of politics and less that of truth. That’s why the cord of unity is broken at the behest of the selfish vested interests even though unity is a natural phenomenon among Muslims and differences remain more of a perversion…

    These attempts [at unity] could never succeed fully due to the conspiracy of anti-Islamic forces. An influential group of Zionists is spending a lot of money and working on this project using some fake Islamic scholars such as Dr. Zakir Naik who is on an anti-Islamic mission.

    As far as the blame for “Tabarrah” is concerned, it is absolutely unsubstantiated. People like Dr. Zakir Naik have been making such allegations for long to destroy the Muslim unity. The Shias also respect the Sahabees as much as Ahl-e-Sunnat do but they don’t consider them as “innocents” like the Ahl-e-Sunnat. They believe that those people, who are not innocents, can be criticized. Late Maulana Maudoodi [the founder ideologue of Jamaat-e-Islami] was also of the same opinion; indeed he took a scientific approach. He thought that the differences of opinion among the Sahabees must be discussed and criticized so that the followers of the Prophet (PBUH), the Ummat-e-Rasool, are saved from such mistakes in future. 

    -- Dr. Maulana Abbas Ali Naqvi

    Translation from Urdu by: New Age Islam

    Islam and Pluralism

    Pluralistic Dimensions Of Islamic Ideologies
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam
    The reality is that Islam gave absolute respect and prestige to non-Muslims. Despite that if someone opposes to it in the opinion and belief, Muslims must have patience with the saying of Allah “for you your religion and for me my religion” ( Kafiroon 6). Also Allah says “To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way, if God had so willed, he would have made you a single people, but (his plan is) to test you in what he hath given you” (Maidah 48).

    Islamic Personalities

    ‘Can’t a Muslim Who hasn’t Attended a Madrasa Speak for the Community?’ Asks Sultan Shahin
    Danish Raza

    It was the summer of 1995. “Papa, it is Hizbul Mujahideen,” said a panicking Juhi handing over the phone to her father Sultan Shahin. It was a death threat to Shahin, who had written in a national daily, countering Hizbul’s call that the war against India was validated by Quran.

    For Shahin, it was one of the numerous encounters with extremists. “I invite such people to discuss the differences over tea. I tell them please intimate me before you kill me so that there is no collateral damage,” says Shahin, laughingly. He is serious about sorting out differences though. In 2008, Shahin launched newageislam.com— a website to prompt Muslims to ‘rethink’ Islam and challenge the petro-dollar funded Wahabi ideology. More than one lakh readers visit the site every day and the electronic newsletter reaches out to around 2.5 lakh people….

    Spiritual Meditations

    Say ‘No’ To Religion, and Say ‘Yes’ To Spirituality
    Aruna Jethwani

    Spiritually speaking, the Prophets Jesus, Mohammad, Guru Nanak and Buddha were Messengers of Peace. But religion is a culture of self-identity; instead of uniting it has led to wars between self-proclaimed sects of the same religion or between the followers of different faiths. Regions across the world bear sufficient witness to this....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Muslim Response To Mumbai Terror In Sync With The National Mood, But What Is Wrong With Our Intellectuals?
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    From the very moment it became clear that the terrorists who attacked India recently in Mumbai were Pakistanis, Indian Muslim anger against Pakistan and the godfathers of terror in that county has been expressing itself in a variety of ways.  They are particularly angry that these marauders have been maligning the fair name of Islam and its image as a religion of peace. They seem to instinctively understand that Indian Muslims’ peaceful co-existence and continued integration in the national mainstream is not in the interest of Pakistan’s permanent establishment. It negates the Two-Nation Theory on which their country is ideologically based. They keep trying - and, fortunately for us, failing - to instigate communal violence on any pretext that may become available to them. They did that in the aftermath of Bombay riots in 1993. Dawood Ibrahim-organised serial blasts took 250 civilian lives and caused 700 injuries alongside massive economic disruption but India refused to fall in the Pakistani trap. Our country is displaying the same commitment to secularism now and thanks God for that.

    Muslims recognise the reasons behind Pakistani desperation to attack our secularism, our tolerance and national cohesion, our growing prosperity. India presents a complete contrast to their divided house, virtually every ethnic community seeking to secede, every sect bent upon destroying every other sect, killing its members in as large numbers as possible. Only the day before yesterday a Sunni suicide-bomber killed 20 Shias in a mosque in an event that has become routine in that country. Hence the Mumbai Muslims’ refusal to bury the Pakistani dead in their graveyards, refusal to mourn the loss of Babri Masjid on December 6 this year, which has become an annual event, a sort of another Muharram since 1992. Muslim fury at a clear Pakistani attempt to foment wider violence against them resulted in their participation in large numbers in fellow-citizen’s efforts to show solidarity with the families of those who had died in the latest invasion of our territory – 40 out of 172 killed were Muslims – and condemn the barbaric atrocities while paying homage to those brave policemen and commandos who laid down their lives in the service of nation.

    But as we open the Urdu newspapers on 6 th of December, we find the editorial pages recycling the same material they keep doing every year on this Moharram II day, the same bemoaning of the “shahadat”(martyrdom) of the Babri mosque, without explaining how can bricks and mortar become “shaheed”-  will they go to Jannat, one naturally wonders. You won’t  find any of these newspapers ever bemoaning the “shahadat” in Saudi Arabia of Islam’s holiest shrines and greatest heritage buildings, that were living proofs of the historicity of many events in Islam’s and Prophet Mohammad’s life (PBUH).

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Defeating Islamism and Jihadism: Evolve a New Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender justice, Sultan Shahin asks Muslim States at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    A War on Terror has been raging for 17 years now but we are no closer to defeating Islamist terror. Jihadism continues to attract Muslim youth. This is because the world has not paid enough attention to the ideology of Islamism and Jihadism.

    Mainstream Muslims have considered Islam a spiritual path to salvation, one of the many. Islam aims at reforming society for a peaceful, harmonious, pluralist existence. However, due to certain historical factors, the theology and jurisprudence of Islam that evolved in the 8th and 9th centuries (CE), present Islam as a political, totalitarian ideology of supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and gender discrimination. It is this theology of violence, exclusivism and world-domination that is taught in madrasas and sustains Islamism. But despite the Islamist violence against peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the community is still not focussed on the need for evolving a counternarrative of Islam.

     It is imperative that Muslim countries that have signed the UN Charter look into the issue urgently and work towards developing a new theology of peace, pluralism and gender justice. While several countries like Morocco and now Saudi Arabia appear to be moving in this direction, the one country that has made a solid contribution is Turkey. In a decade-long exercise 100 Turkish scholars have managed to limit the number of authentic ahadith to just 1600, out of over 10,000, and provide each hadith with context and suitable interpretation. This book of authentic Hadith has been provided to all mosques in Turkey but I hope it is made available to the global Muslim community in their own languages as soon as possible.

    Allama Iqbal, a poet-philosopher of the South Asian sub-continent had called for the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam almost a hundred years ago. Let us at least start working on it now....

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