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  • the MB has fully penetrated the american establishment. what with rumors of one of the top person in the CIA...
    ( By hats off! )
  • The fact that several Sri Lankan suicide bombers were well educated....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Raheel Raza is talking nonsense. To call Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • We do not need 7th century laws to conduct our affairs. All laws must be formulated....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • @Urooj, The extremist people are doing all this in the name of Islam, therefore it is necessary for us...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • الذي لا يعرفه أكثر العرب والمسلمين أن طالبان أفغانستان معظمهم حنفية ماتريدية نقشبندية قادرية وأن جهادهم ضد المحتل نوع من حركات التحرر الوطني الديني خلافا ...
    ( By عبد السلام )
  • One question is that if something can be naturally proved then why to go for other Islamic text to prove ...
    ( By Urooj )
  • @Critic, The difference between ‘definitive command’ (Farz) and Sunnah is that without performance of Farz, ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • @Critic, Farz can be translated as ‘definitive obligation’. Three things are farz in bathing; Gargling, drawing water into nostrils ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • @Critic, Farz can be translated as ‘definitive obligation’. Three things are farz in bathing; Gargling, drawing water into....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Even Daniel Pipes asserts, "Radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution." That is a good answer to nitwit....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • We need such voices of reason and moderation.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article! Let religions be in our private domains. Let us recognize Hindutva and Jehadism as divisive and anti-national.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is no alternative to man's using his own understanding. Let us follow the path of enlightenment. Let us not be obsessed....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Do you think education and scientific attitude can make Muslim,...
    ( By Aayina )
  • This fake Secular Sagariaka Gosh get place here as sane voice.
    ( By Aayina )
  • Ansarullah Khan yes I agree with you. Israel is also the orignater of terrorism
    ( By Ahanger A Mohammad )
  • Is America attacked in kasmir or Pakistan, is done any harm to Bangladesh...
    ( By Аиаит Снакгавояту )
  • राधेश्यामजी आतंकवाद की उम्र और अरबो के यहां जमीन से तेल निकलने उम्र एक ही है।वर्ल्ड वॉर एक...
    ( By Ansarullah Khan )
  • कट्टरपंथी जो इस्लाम का बिस्तार चाहते हैं आतंकवाद के लिये जिम्मेदा
    ( By Radhe Shyam Tiwari )
  • What will happen to India if they comes to India as per the statement of General...
    ( By Nazirahmad Gazi )
  • In books we read some acts are Farz in bathing while sunnah in wuzu but how can we know it is taken from....
    ( By Critic )
  • أخي العزيز، وقال الله تعالى في القرآن الكريم، "إن ....
    ( By عبد الرحمن الجزائري )
  • There is need of elaborating the concept of Duniya. What is Duniya? There are two things in Duniya; right and wrong. Again the question ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Dear Ghaus sb, thank you for reply. Could you please reply to such a concept which is somewhat popular on social....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Dear Ghaus sb, thank you for reply. Could you please reply to such a concept which is somewhat popular....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • If we want peace, we must tolerate many unpleasant things from others.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • The same question is being asked by Muslims “why Is Islam criticized more than any others?”
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • It’s not politically correct to criticize Islam but you can Christianity or Judaism or Hinduism or whatever other religion you like. Why?.
    ( By Russel )
  • "The perception of radical Islamists is distorted" Truly said.
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • A rabid Islamist like Qardawi would of course suit Hats Off's hate war against Islam. They both would....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • the ridda wars are indisputable proof that killing for apostasy was one,...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Love for one's homeland is good as long as it is not...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Miss Fatma, I completely disagree with what is being quoted...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Sri Lanka Bomb Attacks Were Revenge for New Zealand Mosque Killings" Idiotic reasoning...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Islam brings moderation in all walks of life. Moderation means to adopt....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • In theory Islam teaches humbleness but what is required is to implement the humble-theory....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi sb, What is your opinion about this....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Well written article. This points out to a very big problem. Because of such radical....
    ( By Kaniz Fatima )
  • Rightly said, ”Religion requires humbleness to adapt"'
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
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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

    Refuting Talibani Fatwa on Islam And Democracy: Are They Incompatible With Each Other?
    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    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).....

    From the Desk of Editor

    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
    Unity among Muslims and Dr. Zakir Naik’s Evil: A Point of View
    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
    Do Not Repeat the Mistakes of 1989 in Allowing the Return of Taliban, New Age Islam Editor Sultan Shahin Asks International Community at UNHRC in Geneva

    Mr. President,

    The US is withdrawing from Afghanistan as well as from Iraq and Syria. Inspired by the Taliban declaration of victory, a radicalised terrorist in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, backed by a Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organisation, attacked an Indian military convoy, killing 40 soldiers. Similar suicide attack killed 27 elite revolutionary guards in Sistan, Iran. Emboldened Jihadists will surely carry out more such attacks in future. The gloating in Islamist circles for having “defeated” both the superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, has reached its peak.

    Mr. President,

    Still fresh in our minds is what happened when the international community abandoned Afghanistan in 1989. Taliban ruled and Al-Qaeda got a safe haven. A series of atrocities including 9/11 and horrors of Islamic State followed.

     In this backdrop, the complacency of the world community in allowing Taliban to govern Afghanistan is inexplicable. Jihadist strength does not come from their soldiers and territories. It comes from an ideology and ideologies cannot be defeated militarily.

    Mr. President,

    The Jihadist ideology is based on very solid foundations in Islamic history, scriptures and theology. Moderate Muslims have not yet succeeded in evolving a satisfactory alternative theology of peace and pluralism to challenge the current theology of violence and exclusion. Even when such a theology evolves, it will take time and effort for it to be established. Mainstream Muslims should be allowed the time and space to work out and propagate a counternarrative. I would, therefore, urge the international community not to repeat the mistakes of 1989 and invite further disasters....

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