The patriarchs of Islam forget to remind their flock of two other
relevant verses of the Quran which read: “You will not be able to treat all
women equally even if you wish to do so” (4:129), or, “Allah has not made for
any man two hearts” (33.4). It has been left to women (some men too) scholars
of Islam such as Amina Wadud, Asma Barlas and others to point out that the
continued justification of polygamy is not a Quranic licence but a convenient
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
The interrelationship of Shariat, Tariqat and Haqiqat can be well understood in the following way. Shariat is the law for living made by Allah Almighty and guided by the Sunnah of the prophet peace be upon him. Tariqat is the path to realization also guided by the Sunnah; this path discloses the true meaning or interpretation of Shariat and leads to Haqiqat of everything. Haqiqat is the process of realization achieved only by those who walk on the path of Tariqat with holding Shariat tightly and next to this is the Marifat that is the actual realization of Allah Almighty....
A Guide to Islamic Da’wah
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
In contrast to the renunciation of the world and physical self denial, the Islamic concept of spirituality lays stress on being in the midst of life, facing all the difficulties and hardships, and performing all the activities with the sole objective of seeking the pleasure of God. Man is God’s vicegerent and must fulfil the specified duties and obligations. Far from proselytising and inducing others to change their religion or way of life against their free will, Islam does permit use of coercive, aggressive or violent efforts even while exhorting people to the common good of whole mankind….
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
Justice is one word that captures the essence of all Islamic laws and all Islamic teachings; that describes the overriding value that permeates all Islamic values. The Quran says: “We sent aforetime our messengers with clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance that men may stand forth in Justice.” [Q 57:25] The primary purpose of sending the prophets was to establish Justice in the world and end injustice. Justice is the cardinal value of any civilized society and has been the cornerstone and bedrock of all great civilizations….
This study is an attempt at understanding the phrase The Right Religion [الدِّينُالْقَيِّمُ] in its usage across the Quran, in the context of the Creator God’s absolute right to decree and command; and through His guidance, understand the reason why there should be no change in Allah’s creation, especially in human nature....
The Quran requires that you read it in full. No “cafeteria Quran” here. As Quran 3:8 says, “We believe in it, the whole is from our Lord.” Isis and Islamophobes instead cherry pick. Quran 3:8 pre-emptively calls out people who cherry pick as “perverse” people, declaring, “…those in whose hearts is perversity seek discord and wrong interpretation of [the Quran].”....
In various Islamic discourses, the term ‘Ilm appears very frequently both in the Qur’ān and the Hadith. ‘Ilm derived from the root word ‘-l-m means the cognitive understanding of a particular thing and thereafter its acquisition. The terms like ‘Ilm, Hikmah, Ma‘rifah, Fiqh etc―and their verbs and verbal derivatives―time and again find their representation in Qur’ān and Ḥadi̇̄th that further adds to the characteristic beauty of ‘Ilm.....
In fact, every
organ in one’s body has levels of faith which one needs to obtain. Allah has
prescribed faith to each organ that is distinct from each other. One organ may
have faith whilst the other may not. For example one may not commit the sin of
back biting on his tongue, but his mind if full of suspicions and doubts.
Interestingly, It is said that the ‘Aql
(intellect) is the prince of your organs, which means if one wants to conquer
his body, he must strive to control and make the mind and heart submissive
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
As a matter of
fact, much like the Bhakti tradition in Hinduism, Sufism in Islam has always
been a glue for harmony and social affinity in India. As long as Hindus and
Muslims followed the universal values and the essential ideals of Sufism or
Bhaktimat, religious discord did not prevail in the country. But both seem to
have lost their spiritual paths under the influence of the political
Is Eating Meat an Obligatory Act in Islam?
begins with the recognition of the truth in the heart (Qalb). Faith (Iman) is
linked with the spiritual, inner dimensions, particularly the heart. It is when
the knowledge obtained has been tied to ones existence (Wujood). It also
explains why matters which require faith, in Islam are called عقاءد Aqaid.....
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam
institution of polygamy is a piece of social legislation which was designed not to gratify the male sexual
appetite and lust , but was intended to
correct the injustices done to widows, orphans, and other female dependants,
who are especially vulnerable. It
ensured that unprotected women were decently married, and old loose, irresponsible liaisons of men
were abolished and morality was restored and upheld. The Qur’an permitted
polygamy as a solution to the pressing social welfare problems during the time
of revelation, roughly 1,400 years ago. The reasons behind polygamy had nothing
to do with satiating men’s sexual appetites or curbing their wandering
point is amply clear to those who observe and study the strategies employed by
rightwing religio-political groups and also terrorist groups: use religion and
religious sentiments and constantly push that narrative to suppress rational
voices. Religio-political groups do not indulge in violence directly, but the
narrative gives space to violence-prone groups and also to individuals and
lynch mobs. The victims are the very voices the state needs if it wants to turn
the situation around, develop a counter-narrative and stem the rising tide of
extremism, extremist action, and violence.....
discarded the majority of Quranic passages as abrogated, disregarded a thousand
years of learned majority opinion, declared war without legitimate authority, transgressed
all bounds regarding the proper conduct of war, failed to discriminate between
combatants and innocent civilians, used the forbidden act of suicide as a
military tactic, forced conversion upon non-Muslims, declared Takfir against
Muslims, expelled millions from their homes, violated international treaties,
belied the very name of the religion, smeared the reputation of its followers
around the globe, and plunged the Islamic world into its dark ages. In each one
of these, you have directly contravened the message of the Quran....
This Masjid is that of Ahl-e-Sunnat?
Paighambar Naugawanvi, Tr. New Age Islam
When I finished
praying, a person—possibly the imam of the mosque, who was engaged in
conversation with some other people in the courtyard of the mosque—called and
said to me, “Where have you come from?” I replied, “From Naugawan Sadat”. That
person said, “This mosque belongs to Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at with Maslak-e-Ala
Hazrat Barelvi. Muslims from other sects are not allowed to enter this mosque.
I have informed you so that later you cannot blame me for insulting. Do not
come to this mosque.” ...
Suffice to say,
one can never truly know or appreciate that which is infinite. Any knowledge
when contrasted to God’s knowledge, pales in comparison and is ignorance! We
even see this attitude adopted by our Holy Imams in their supplications to
Allah. They, whom are the inheritors of the Prophet’s knowledge, the trustees
of Allah confess their ignorance and incapability towards truly knowing and
But that is not
that. While no hanging of a blasphemer accused through judicial process has yet
been reported, a 2012 study by the Centre for Research and Security Studies
estimated that 52 people were murdered extra judicially since 1990 for being
implicated in blasphemy charges, including 25 Muslims, 15 Christians, five
Ahmadis (a religious group whose very existence is considered blasphemous by
mainstream Islamic sects), one Buddhist, and a Hindu. From the viewpoint of
secular human rights discourse, blasphemy in general and against the Holy
Prophet (PBUH) in particular is a freedom of speech issue. However, this
viewpoint is too limited to deal with the theocracy in the garb of democracy
that has ruled Pakistan since 1973....
Brig Shaukat Qadir
For fear of
your new-found stature, like that of the killer of blasphemers, Mumtaz Qadri,
no one will dare try you. And if tried and convicted, your judge will have to
flee the country for fear of reprisal. Shame on us, the educated citizens of
this benighted country, for falling so low....
consists of two parts, the Matan, or the content itself, and the Isnad, or the
chain of people who transmitted this tradition orally from generation to
generation. Islamic scholars of the ninth century and afterwards carried out
rigorous attempts to authenticate these Ahadith in different ways. Yet the
authenticity of the Ahadith has remained a point of contention for centuries.
closer together of various religious groups is in line with the Prophet’s
saying that all creatures are [part of] God’s family. The Hilf al-Fudul
underlies the need for us to unite this family of God by rising above religious
and other ideological differences and working together for protecting and
promoting common human values.....
معرفة unlike علم
is that which is always preceded by ignorance! It is that which requires
contemplation and thought to bring about the knowledge. This is why God is
described as العالم (the All-Knower) but
cannot be described as ‘A’rif. God does not need to contemplate a thing to know
it, nor does He encounter a state of ignorance or forgetfulness. Transcendent
be Thy name!....
Imam Ali in the
first sermon of Nahjul Balagha says “The foremost (first) in religion is the
acknowledgement (knowledge) of Him.” In the part of the speech, the Imam
clearly defines the most important and fundamental step that one must begin
with. This is the knowledge of God. Interestingly, the Imam says the first (أَوَّلُ)
but does not mention a second or third later in his sermon. This demonstrates
that this opening step is of huge importance, such that no second or third can
rival its importance....
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam
The Administrative Principles of Divine Governance is characterized both by Rules and Exceptions regulated by divine wills –philosophically termed as the” Necessity” or “Accident” from materialistic point of view. Deviations signify sovereign authority of Allah and not Imperfection in the process of Divine Creation. The Whole Process of creation of the universe and the creation and resurrection of mankind emanates from sovereign authority of Allah, the Eternal Reality. Life in any form is a balanced communion of Matter and Spirit executed under divine command and ‘MEEZAN’ is the Basis of Life. The whole Universe including Microbes to Stellar Systems stand on the fulcrum of divine balance.....
Both religion and science are to be tested in the laboratory of Life
(grounded or implicated in God’s name Al-Hayy) and whatever diminishes life and
its potential to creativity, beauty, joy, wonder, celebrate, adventure in outer
and inner (higher) worlds, closes channels and modalities of newer expression
of human personality and let us not forget that God is the ideal pole of man
and another name of what is held intrinsically valuable or good or beautiful or
Prophet Muhammad wasn’t just a prophet. He was also a politician, and
not just a politician, but a head of state and a state-builder. If Prophet
Muhammad was in a position of holding territory and governing territory, then
presumably the Quran would have to have something to say about governance.
Otherwise, how would Prophet Muhammad be guided? That’s one thing intertwining
the religion and politics that isn’t accidental, and was meant to be that
Tariq A. Al-Maeena
For a Muslim considering taking on a second wife, the Holy Qur’an is
very specific on the conditions to be met. He must be able to provide and
maintain the second family, and also deal with both wives and their offspring
on the basis of justice and fairness – equal time, equal expenses and equality
in everything. Such is the requirement that only a rare number of exceptional
individuals can fulfil that quality of justice and fairness.
Manipulating the actual text of Islamic law, these lecherous men prey
on the poor and the unwilling without fulfilling any of the conditions for a
multiple marriage. And their victims are often left broken and destitute....