• The author makes some basic and sensible points.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Nice study of the situation in Bangladesh
    ( By Shadaab Saaquib )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "A Thousand Years of Persecution"at whose hands? believers in the Quran at the hands of believers of the Quran.if belief in the Quran could ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Christian believers quote these verses to refute the claim of the prophet15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • "ISIS Sending 'Prettiest Virgins' To Become Sex Slaves: Zainab Bangura from UN"Source NAIthey learned it from the Quran and Sunna. Women were captured, enslaved, ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Naseer Sahebi never lost my nerves. not even when all moderates cried for my ban. if it were true i had left long back. ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • "Mufti Muhammad Qavi, another noted religious scholar, does not agree with Mufti Naeem. He says only those Muslims who categorically and publicly reject belief ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • "At a conference coordinated by Maulana Ziaul Haq Naqshbandi in Lahore, they said suicide attacks were un-Islamic and terrorists who were killed by the ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • "Lonely Man Finds a Home in Islam, And Then in Islamic State"Positive aspect of Islam is that a Muslims can pray in any mosque ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational,You have lost your nerve now and have dropped the "strange" case of Prophet Yunus (pbuh) and to cover up your final defeat, are ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Sir Syed's concern was for Ashraf not common Muslims called arzal. This was perfectly rational to him to think in inequality of people.many Hindus ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • To some Muslims who has expressed their views on this forum call Sultan saheb "agent of enemies of Islam like RSS"Does it mean RSS ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
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    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Naseer saheb's last refuge is calling anything islamophobic sources if it doesn't suit ti him. Are Islamic sources better? Are Islamic sites better? Are ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Allah created his throne above water:Allah -The Exalted- said: {And He it is Who has created the heavens and the earth ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Praise be to Allaah. Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
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    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational,Yes man is imperfect and sees everything through his imperfections and to the extent he is imperfect, he will see everything differently. The fault ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Great article!  Mr. Yunus has been providing us with some wonderful perspectives, and hopefully, it will all end soon for ...
    ( By Meru )
  • The author says that in Bangladesh a section of political leaders have been insisting on including Jama'at-e-Islami in the political mainstream. Even some leaders ...
    ( By Mujib sheikh, dhaka )
  • sultan sahebi hope i am wrong. there may be a technical fault so that i can't post my comments. if you have taken decision ...
    ( By ahmed-mustafa )
  • Normal 0 false false false EN-US ...
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  • What does Pamela Geller want? It is safe to assume that she wants what her financiers want. While her monetary sources are not fully ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sahebYou two are human beings not perfect in delivering your points. rest people are also human being imperfect, biased etc.but the god is ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • interesting is the prophet mohammed was sent to Arabs his own folk who spoke his language. rest people are not his folks and people ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • "Then after him (Noah) We sent (many) messengers to their peoples: they brought them Clear Signs, but they would not ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational,When two people who take diametrically opposite views debate in a forum like this  which according to Shahin Sb is read by several thousands, ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer saheb You are right. But the reason is that speech of god is incoherent, verses contradict those who are scholars reach to diametrically opposite ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Good article indeed. Reinforces my analysis of the historical fault-lines underpinning of the explosive rise in terrorism in the recent era. To quote from ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • سوال یہ نہیں ہے کہ رسول خدا نے کیا کہا، مسئلہ یہ ہے کہ کیا انکے ماننے والوں نے اس پر عمل کیا اور ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • Good article! This is what I have said umpteen times in the past. The extremists are only playing into the hands of the US ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational,I am sure you cannot make sense of any of the 6000 verses but I cannot be answering all your questions relating to all ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days; then He mounted the Throne. ... ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • "Say: O disbelievers! I worship not that which ye worship; Nor worship ye that which I worship. And I shall not worship ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Biggest example of contradictions within the Quran is that Muslims invented abrogation, reinterpretation and new definitions.Abrogation was not problematic to  past Muslim scholars of  ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Biggest example of contradictions within the Quran is that Muslims invented abrogation, reinterpretation and new definitions.Abrogation was not problematic to  past Muslim scholars of  ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • the way Muslims solve the difficulties/contradictions/errors in the Quran, Christians and other belivers solve theirs. yet each of them call their scriptures corrupt.this was ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
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    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )

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    Today, in a world where people are often careful to separate the state from religious issues, most would agree that governments should stick to waging physical battles against Islamist militants rather than getting caught up in ideological wars. But the challenge insurrectionist Islamists pose is an ideological one, and it cannot be addressed without undertaking the perilous task of crafting counternarratives....

    Islam and Politics

    Nakba and the Question of ‘Palestinian Strategy’
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    Palestinians in the occupied territories – from the occupied West Bank, annexed East Jerusalem or besieged Gaza – experience the Nakba in its most raw and painful forms. It is not just an event that delineates memory, but the very event that ushered in a process of dispossession, dislocation and deprivation, not just of land and freedom, but even of the right to form a national identity within the safety of a place that Palestinians can call home....

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    Islam and Spiritualism

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    It was at this moment that all the various strands of my life's work came together to ignite my passion for Islamic feminism. The answers to the questions I detailed earlier became clear - women's voices from the interpretation and understanding of Islam were absent. Since then I have come to learn of Muslim feminists who have in the past 10 years produced rigorous and religious paradigms that question long-held beliefs and presumptions about central tenets of religious laws and the handful of Quranic verses that have been used to discriminate against women and girls….

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    Debating Islam

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    Chris Doyle

    ISIS will be counting on the militias doing just that. Its currency is fear and panic. It trades off an Iraqi Sunni Arab population who believes that they are the only force capable of protecting them. Its brutality is designed to polarize and divide. Any Shiite militia crimes will likewise serve their immediate ambitions of securing permanent control over Anbar….

    Bangla Section

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    Urdu Section

    Countering Violent Extremism by a Counter Terror Narrative Drawn On the Qur’an   قرآن کی انسداد دہشت گردی تعلیمات سے پرتشدد انتہا پسندی کا سد باب
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    سچائی یہ ہے کہ اگر اسلام تشدد کا مذہب ہوتا تو تمام اسلامی معاشروں میں بنیادی سطح پر پر تشدد واقعات رونماں ہو تے اور اسلام اپنی پیدائش کے بعد جلد ہی دم توڑ چکا ہوتا کیوں کہ مسلمان اپنی ایک مذہبی ذمہ داری کے طور پر ایک دوسرے کا قتل کرتے۔ لیکن اس کے برعکس اسلام پھلا پھولا اور آفاق و اکناف عالم میں مروج بھی ہوا۔ عباسی سلطنت کے خاتمے کے بعد منگولوں اور صلیبیوں کے ذریعہ تقریبا مکمل طور مٹا دیے جانے کے بعد بھی اسلام نے امن کے ذریعہ منگولوں کا دل جیتا، پھر اس کے بعد اسے تجدید و احیاء کے مراحل سے گزارا گیا اور اس کی ترویج و اشاعت کی گئی۔

    Hindi Section

    Now Direct Attack on Islam  अब इस्लाम पर सीधा हमला
    Shakeel Shamsi

    हम सभी जानते हैं कि अलबगदादी ने पहले मसलक के नाम पर मुसलमानों का, फिर इराक के ईसाइयों का, फिर यज़ीदीयों का और उसके बाद कुर्दिस्तान के सुन्नियों का खून बहाया। उसकी इन हरकतों ने बताया कि अलबगदादी मुसलमानों का दुश्मन है, लेकिन अलबगदादी ने अब यह बात भी साबित कर दिया है कि वे इस्लाम का भी दुश्मन है। इस्लाम को युद्ध का धर्म क़रार देकर वह रहमतुल्लिल आलमीन सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि व सल्लम के मिशन पर वार कर रहा है, और तथाकथित जिहाद के नाम पर मुस्लिम युवकों को नर्क की ओर आमंत्रण दे रहा है, उसके गिरोह ने कदम कदम पर जिस तरह सख्त दिल और बेरहमी का मुज़ाहिरा किया है।

    Urdu Section

    Do not Violate Anybody's Rights  کسی کے ساتھ زیادتی نہ کرو
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    بھارتی پولیس کے ایک سابق اعلیٰ اہل کار جولیو ر بیرد نے کہا ہے کہ ملک میں ہندو قوم پرست تنظیمیں بنیاد پرستی کے راستے پر آگے بڑھ رہی ہیں جو جنرل ضیاء الحق نے اپنے دو رمیں پاکستان میں دکھایا تھا اور جس کا نتیجہ آج کے پاکستان میں نظر آرہا ہے۔۔۔ ان کا کہنا ہے کہ بھارت میں جب سے بی جے پی کی حکومت آئی ہے مذہبی کشیدگی میں اضافہ ہوا ہے اور قوم پرست جماعتوں کے حوصلے بلند ہوئے ہیں۔

    Urdu Section

    آج کے زمینی حقائق اور معروضی سوالات میں ایک بہت بڑا بلکہ شاید سب سے بڑا مسئلہ یہ ہے کہ دنیا میں کسی بھی جگہ جہاد کی بات ہو یا نفاذ شریعت کا تقاضا ہو، مسلمانوں کے خلاف سب سے اہم حوالہ بین الاقوامی قوانین ، انسانی حقوق اور گلوبلائزیشن کے تقاضوں کا پیش کیا جاتا ہے اور ان کے خلاف سب سے بڑی چارج شیٹ یہی ہے کہ وہ ان تینوں کی خلاف ورزی کررہے ہیں، بین الاقوامی نظام و معاہدات میں شریک ہونے کے باوجود علمی طور پر ان کے ساتھ چلنے کے لیے تیار نہیں ہیں اور اس سے انحراف کے راستے تلاش کرتے رہتے ہیں ۔

    Arabic Section

    Countering Violent Extremism – Muslim Ulema and Custodians of Faith Must Avert a Potential Holocaust  على علماء المسلمين تجنب المحرقة المحتملة ومكافحة التطرف العنيف
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    ويتبع هذا المقال سلسلة من المقالات على الموضوع المنشور خلال الأشهر الأخيرة على هذا الموقع (1) ويهدف إلى تبيين التداعيات المذهبية والسياسية والحضارية القاتلة بالقوة من الإرهاب المؤدلج المدعم من قبل المتطرفين العنيفين بإسم الإسلام. ويهدف المقال إلى إقناع العلماء المسلمين بالإعلان أن التنظيمات الإرهابية هي نسخة حديثة للخوارج والمرتدين عن الإسلام الذين قد فقدوا كل إدعاء لإيمانهم كما قد شرح في أول المقالات المشار إليها. (1)  

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    Anybody with very intellect who has any familiarity with the common religious rituals of Islam will know it for sure, that all Islamic rituals are totally devoid of any gesture of violence. Muslims daily or Congregation prayer, fasting, charity, pilgrimage and recitation of the Qur’an are all spiritually fulfilling and free from any association with violence. There are countless millions of Muslims living far below the poverty line in many Muslim and secular countries....

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    Importance of Madrasas and Dawah in Islam  اسلام میں مدارس اور دعوت و تبلیغ کی اہمیت
    Abdul Moid Azhari, New Age Islam

    حجۃ الوداع کے موقعہ پر پیغمبر اسلام ﷺ کا خطاب کئی اہمیتوں کا حامل ہے ۔ آج پوری دنیا مساوات کی بات کر رہے ہیں ۔پوری دنیا کے ترقی یافتہ ممالک ، ان ممالک کے اہل علم و دانش نمائندے ،سائنسداں ، حقوق انسانی کے ذمہ دار ، اس بات پر ذور دے رہی ہے کہ بے کسی کو کسی پر کوئی فضیلت نہیں ہونی چاہئے ۔یہ اور بات ہے کہ ان کے ا عمال ان کی باتوں کی تردید کرتے ہیں۔یہ ایک طرف مساوات کی بات کرتے ہیں دوسری طرف ایک دوسرے کو کم تر ثابت کرنے کیلئے خونی ماحول پیدا کرنے سے گریز نہیں کرتے ۔

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Ablution and Prayer (Part II)
    Dr A Q Khan

    Our teachers and religious scholars have totally ignored stressing this most important aspect of our life as a Muslim. They don’t teach ethics, manners or moral values but only harp back on the past – in short Huququl Ebad and Huququllah have been totally sidelined and ignored....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Responding to Gender Violence
    Sabria S. Jawhar

    Some Saudi men see the same oppressive measure and feel that they can commit violent acts against women with impunity. Once confined behind closed doors, those violent acts are now committed in public with bystanders turning a blind eye. The Saudi government has enacted domestic violence laws to protect women and children, but enforcement at the local level is lacking....



    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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