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  • rational has neglected nothing. these verses are used by Muslims to punish the apostates.do you want an apostate should live in fear so that ...
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  • rational has neglected nothing. these verses are used by Muslims to punish the apostates.do you want an apostate should live in fear so that ...
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  • it only means that if one fights for his beliefs against Muslims must be killed.To Muslims the Quran is truth. To unbeliever it is ...
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  • The punishment for one who turns a renegade in times of war is death in all countries/societies. And yet the Quran takes great care to ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • so coming back to Islamophobia only Islam and Muslims are responsible. I would say that fear is real as it is instilled by islam ...
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  • GMyou have one statement(doubtful) to your favor" there is no punishment for apostasy in the Qur'an"your believer brothers have more arguments than you to ...
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  • Rational neglected to quote the next two verses:(4:89) They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Islam either demands heads of apostates or silence of apostates.if apostates want to share their unhappiness with Islam it is treated like treason against ...
    ( By rational )
  • Al Quran:They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they). But take not ...
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  • GMI am not stopping you from spreading the message you want to spread. However i don't agree with the Quran has nothing to do ...
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  • Rational, it is better to spread the word that there is no punishment for apostasy in the Quran rather than fight a silly war ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • thank you very much henry ji for your good wishes.do please consider writing a LONG article on thhe purpose of life.....
    ( By yogi )
  • A glaring contrast observed by a long distant observer.   How two dissimilar Nations treated their benefactors who made exactly similar contributions to their respective countries’ ...
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  • you are free to express your opinion about my strategy.<br>we are talking about the Quran and Hadith not on common sense. on common sense ...
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  • Rational says, "i will keep beat you with the Quranic and Hadith verses." . . .That is poor strategy on your part. Your attacks ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Thanks likewise, my brother Yogi Sahib for your comment. May our Beloved All-Merciful Allah bless you and your family ba-shafaat-e Rasul Pak Hazrat Muhammad ...
    ( By Henry Francis B. Espiritu )
  • Wasim's article is superb! Agree 100 per cent with what he says. Muslims need to reform themselves internally and externally. Focus on purifying their ...
    ( By Noorie )
  • I would buy this author's well meaning piece, if I had not read the Quran and the HadithThe Quran has imperialist, exclusivist, anti-nonMuslim, misogyinistic ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • thanks very much henry for this! good to see you back on NAI --after quite a while, i think!
    ( By yogi )
  • http://indianmuslimpost.blogspot.com/2013/01/ghazwa-e-hind-what-should-indian.html
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  • "Naimatullah Shah WaliThe Sufi Saint, Seer who lived in the Indian subcontinent (Kashmir Valley) around 900 years ago. He has made a lot of ...
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  • GMyour trick of putting question mark on me neither has proved fruitful in past nor in future.you will keep slinging psychological jargon on me ...
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  • Islam says "kill the gays by throwing them from the roof"Is not Islam simple enough?
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  • GMyes. i am mentally healthy.why are you asking such foolish question?i have killed none. i ahve abused none.i have raped none. i have killed ...
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  • Rational, you have been carrying on your sick hate war on the faith of over a billion peaceful Muslims for so many years. You ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • When I saw Richard Miniter's name I decided to take this article with a grain of salt.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Seeking Hadiths for further guidance is not only a manifestation of Muhammed-worship but also an expression of our unwillingness to think for ourselves and formulate our ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Very good article even if it makes no mention of how Hindus feel about 700 years of Muslim rule and how organizations such as ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • what Hadith belivers Sufi scholars say about Hadith related to Ghazwa e Hind. can hadith believers throw these ahadith into dustbin if they are ...
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  • GRD  and GG saheban may enlighten readers of NAI about the Ahadith related to ghazwa e hind.here is one of them:http://english.ghazwa-e-hind.org/hadith-1-ghazwa-e-hind-english/Imam Nisai did narrate ...
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  • authos has quoted some good verses of the Quran. ignored those verses which are source of islmophobia. ignored vast amount of hate against non-muslims ...
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  • Well-written article on an advocate of universal brotherhood. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who was a visionary, a scientist par excellence and a President who connected with the ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Harvard translator; lawless lands; Urdu language document; anonymous Pakistani. What breathless reporting! Just google "ghazwatul hind" and you will find it is all very ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • Author has concealed the contempt of non-Muslims expressed by God in the Quran and the prophet in Ahadith. O ye who believe! Choose not ...
    ( By rational )
  • GMshall i bring more examples of OCD that is essential part of Islamic beliefs and rituals?i can produce examples of fetishes from the Bible ...
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  • GMshall i bring more examples of OCD that is essential part of Islamic beliefs and rituals?i can produce examples of fetishes from the Bible ...
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  • GM you shouldn't worry about my health. my all medical parameters are just fine. i am smart handsome man with no declination in health. and ...
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  • Janab Ghulam Rasool sb:I think an article had been published on the same topic before Eid-ul-fitr and sufficient discussion was done. 
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  • Rational, don't worry about what God or Muslims do. Look after your own health.
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    Islam and the West

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    There is a lot of talk at the moment of “ideology”. To be clear, “ideology” doesn’t make me feel isolated. “Ideology” doesn’t drive radicalisation. Islamophobia, foreign policy and double standards make me feel isolated and scared and, I suspect, are the real driving force behind radicalisation. Like others before you, including Tony Blair, you say your objection isn’t to Muslims and Islam but towards violent Jihadism. It’s difficult for me to believe in your sincerity though, when you’ve created a society where just talking about certain aspects of Islam is now considered extremist. Muslims and Islam have been vilified and demonised by society and the media.....

    Islamic Society

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    Books and Documents

    The Primacy of Justice in the Qur’an: Essential Message of Islam; Chapter 21 to 25

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    Current Affairs

    In moments of anger nations do irrational things and Pakistan has a history of this; never viewing the larger picture, the end result and the final pay off. The terror strike in Gurdaspur appears to smack once again of a futile attempt by Pakistan’s nexus of agencies and organisations to remind India of the ‘war by a thousand cuts’....

     
    Islam and the West

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    Soeren Kern

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    Urdu Section

    Segregate Religion from Politics  دین کو سیاست سے الگ کیا جائے
    Seema Mustafa

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    Islamic Ideology

    “We do not have anything to hide,” the teacher says. “But we will attract unnecessary attention if the mosque is mentioned in your news. The police were here a couple of months ago and we volunteered every bit of information they demanded about the madrasa administration and its students.”.....

     
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    Urdu Section

    The Driving Force behind Terrorism Is Not a Lack of Education   دہشت گردی کا محرک حقیقی تعلیم کا فقدان نہیں ہے
    Anam Khan

    ان نظریات کا مقابلہ کرنے کی ضرورت ہے اس لیے کہ وہ ملک میں دہشت گردانہ سرگرمیوں کی بنیاد رکھ رہے ہیں۔ سعد نے بھی ایک ایسے ماحول میں تربیت پائی تھی جہاں قانون نافذ کرنے والے اہلکاروں، دینی علماء، سیاست دانوں اور اقلیتی گروپوں پر حملے ایک دردناک معمول بن چکے ہیں، اس نے یہ گھناؤنہ جرم اسی یقین کی بنیاد پر انجام دیا تھا کہ وہ اس گھناؤنا جرم کا ارتکاب کرنے کے بعد بھی بچ جائے گا۔

     
    Urdu Section

    We Cannot Defeat ISIS until We Stop Iran and Saudi   فرقہ وارانہ آگ کو ہوا دینے سے ایران اور سعودی عرب کو روکے بغیر ہم داعش کو شکست نہیں دے سکتے
    Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

    داعش سے نمٹنے میں صرف ایک سیکورٹی ذہنیت والی حکمت عملی کے بھی ناکام ہونے کے امکانات ہیں۔ ہمیں ٹیلی ویژن، سوشل میڈیا اور ساتھ ہی ساتھ تعلیمی نصاب میں اشتعال انگیزی کا مقابلہ کرنے کے لیے ایک مزید جامع حل پیش کرنے کی ضرورت ہے۔ جب تک ایران اور سعودی عرب ایک دوسرے کے تئیں رواداری کا نقطہ نظر نہیں اپناتے تب تک خطے کے بے شمار مسائل کے لئے کسی حل کا دریافت کیا جانا ایک مشکل ترین امر ہوگا۔

     
    Books and Documents

    History and Truth: The Irony of History  تاریخ اور سچائی :المیہ تاریخ

    ہمارے ملک میں بھی حکمران طبقے اسی ذہن و دماغ کے ساتھ تاریخ کو اپنے تسلط میں رکھ کر اسے مسخ کرتے ہیں اور اس کے ذریعہ اپنی بدعنوانیوں کو صحیح ثابت کرتےہیں ، ان کی کوشش ہوتی ہے کہ اپنی غلطیوں اور حماقتوں کو یا توبالکل ختم کردیا جائے یا انہیں اس طرح سے پیش کیا جائے کہ وہ جھوٹ کے لبادے میں روپوش ہوجائیں وہ اپنے وقار اورعزت کو جھوٹی روایات کی بنیاد پر باقی رکھنا چاہتے ہیں پاکستان میں اس کی مثال محمود الرحمٰن کمیشن رپورٹ سےدی جاسکتی ہے جسے عوام کے اصرار کے باوجود اس بہانے کی بنیاد پر نہیں چھپا گیا کہ اس میں ملک کے بارے میں ایسی احساس معلومات ہیں کہ ان کے ظاہرہونے سے اس کے تحفظ کو خطرہ پیدا ہوجائے گا ۔

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Meaning of ‘Being News’: The Persecution of Religious Minorities by ISIS
    Louay Fatoohi

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    Islam and Politics

    Segregate Religion from Politics
    Seema Mustafa

    Communalism, casteism and all such ‘isms’ based on hate and divisiveness cut into the basic unity of a nation, and more so in India that is really strung together with the federal doctrine of respect, dignity and tolerance. If the atmosphere is vitiated, it will have an impact on all, as violence cannot be contained in a box and it tends to flow out to impact, often even in unforeseen ways. To put it simplistically for reasons of space, it weakens nations....

    Islamic World News

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    North America

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    South Asia

    UN envoy: Militants from regional countries fighting in Afghanistan

    Arab World

    Airstrikes by Turkey Hit 3 ISIS Targets in Syria

    Iraq deploys U.S.-trained troops for the first time

    Mideast

    Turkey bombs Four Islamic State targets in Syria

    One killed, over 250 detained as Turkish police raid suspected ISIL, PKK militants

    Pakistan

    Military aid: US to make $337 million payment to Pakistan under CSF

    Pakistan calls for comprehensive strategy against Islamic State

    Southeast Asia

    MUI urges Muslims to remain peaceful after Tolikara incident

    India

    Minority groups take up Rohingya Muslims’ cause, seek Centre’s help

    Australia

    New terror threat system for Australia

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    When most people think of Iran, they think of a strictly Islamic nation that stifles freedom of speech, especially for minorities and women. But Iran is home to a vibrant feminist movement, even if it must remain low-key to avoid retaliation. ...

     
    Current Affairs

    Pakistan: The Promise of Politics
    Mehr Tarar

    Everyone knows what goes on here, but people with power tend to get away with everything, and that, my dear compatriots, is something that is gnawing at Pakistan’s facade of being a nation that promises to march forward and make a clean name for itself in the next 150 years or so, give or take a few thousand dead militants in Waziristan, 12-hour power outages, and chaos at the Line of Control.....

    Islam and Politics

    This story is not a story of Jews against Muslims, or even a story of Israelis against Palestinians. We’re grateful for the many messages of support our village has received from Jewish communities around the world, and the groups and activists working by our side include many Israelis. This is simply a story of justice and equality against dispossession and oppression.....

     
    Islam and Politics
    Detente with Iran
    Syed Mohammad Ali

    Easing of Iranian sanctions will also give impetus to the planned Indian-Iranian deal that could offer India access to the Chabahar port and related infrastructure projects, opening up India’s access to Central Asia and Afghanistan. ...

     
    Books and Documents

    The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2004 and was nominated for the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival the same year. Black Friday's music was provided by the rock band Indian Ocean and the title track Bandeh has since become a contemporary cult hit......

     


    TOP ARTICLE

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

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