• Mr Observer, I assure you I feel no pain at all. Far from being an Islamophobe, I have spent nearly two years trying to ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Wikipedia tells me that the Quran mentions the Houris many times: who are providing an abridged description of paradise are committing the sin of ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Secular Logic,I can understand the pain of  Islamophobes who turn and twist in agony every time their poisoned arrows are blunted. It was the ...
    ( By Observer )
  • As per Mr Khalid's story, Prophet ke karni aur kehni mein bahut pharak tha. It is obvious that those who are trying to redefine ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Excellent.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Muslims even moderates are grateful to Tabri and other historians without whom they would have not known the prophet.Perhaps the human mind is not ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Mr Mohammed YunusIf Ulema added glamor to Islam, you are depriving Islam from it. Who likes skinny Islam, you are proposing?if they are selective, ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Dear Ghulam Mohiuddin Sahab,Truly worthy of blame in historical perspective is the Muslim elite of the past generations who, by and large, languished in ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • For liberal Islam to flourish, both freedom of speech and complete separation of religion from state are necessary and equally important.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • What Mr. Jones says is sad but true.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • We must also blame the people who allow such maulanas to preach such rubbish.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • You can accept the Quran as the final word or pay heed to Tabari etc.What should be  clear is that there is an open ...
    ( By Observer )
  • "(6:108) Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest they out of spite revile Allah in their ignorance. Thus have We made alluring ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • THE NEXT PART OF THE VERSE   The vast majority of Muslim clerics say the group cherry picks what it wants from Islam's holy book, the Quran, and from ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • TO TEACH CHILDREN HOW TO THINK   In public schools, however, disinterested teachers with dismal salaries, combined with a lack of regulatory frameworks for ensuring the quality of education, ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Rules for proselytizing in the Quran:(6:108) Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest they out of spite revile Allah in their ...
    ( By Observer )
  • “The most basic definition of a  Kafir in the Quran that applies to all mankind is:   1. Anyone who hinders other people from following their religion (any ...
    ( By Khalid Suhail )
  • Orthodox Islam has turned mythology into theology in the form of hadith and elevated hadith to divine status. So legends and mythology occupy the ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • نعيش في عهد الجراح والشجون ونمر بفجاج الردى والأسى والألم والدموع وقد شوه الإرهاب شرف المسلمين في العالم كله و بذالك قد انكسر كل ما شيدته ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • The Saudi king should  read not only one book of 6th century but books for east too to get the facts of life and ...
    ( By sahani )
  • Land of india is special ground to breed and give birth to intellectuals and spiritual people. Only problem is the people born in india ...
    ( By sahanii )
  • Sultan Shahin sahebthe quote is available on internet which is said to be in Kitab al-Wagiz fi fiqh madhab al-imam al-Safi'i, Beirut, 1979, pp. ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Dear Murari,There is no compulsion in accepting or rejecting a premise. It is up to anybody to read or not read or cursorily dismiss ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Shahin Sb,Sunni theology can be used to define a Muslim. According to Sunni theology, Muslim and Kafir are antonyms.The most basic definition of a ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Modi is the fittest person in this century to be the Prime Minister of India. Who do you want? Mufti Mohammad as PM and ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Also, Observer Saheb, It will be a god idea to define who is a Muslim. Much strife is caused by this. When a non-Muslim ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Rational Saheb, Where did you find this Gazali quote? It would be a good idea to give reference. Also, the context in which he ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • The fundamental principle of any Religion that claims to be from God is:“All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Muslims are killing people brutaly, insulting females, Raping rubbishly.. since 1400 years The Hinstory tells.  THEN... how we can believe a siimple article written ...
    ( By MURARI )
  • Mr GRDit is good you showed that Maudoodi laid down the foundation of political Islam in sub-continent. what is your comment on your per ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • To: Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam   As-Salaam Alay-Kum   Who are the so-called “Moderate Islamic Scholars”? What is the actual translation of the two words, “Functional Education”?   Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Saheb, ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Can Karni Singh protect his wife and future daughter from being abducted legally by a muslim ?
    ( By barani )
  • If Modi cannot restrain hate merchants in his own party like Sadhvi Prachi, he is unfit to be the Prime Minister of India.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • OUR CHILDREN DESERVE A CONSISTENT INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATION     The inconsistency in this curriculum is obvious. For example, at the outset of the school year, my son brought home ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • I WAS SEDUCED BY THE IDEOLOGY   Challenging the notion of statehood, democratic theory and Middle Eastern power politics certainly takes a degree of intellectual sophistication, but it ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • A key statement in the article reads:"according to an influential article in the Atlantic magazine, the Islamic State, what with its beheadings, massacres, crucifixions ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • We also need to add that in Canada, there has been a big backlash against the judge !!
    ( By Mubashir )
  • Good article.Complements the exegetic refutation of ISIS as an Islamic outgrowth per the following article: Declare The ISIS As ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Sufi scholars keep silence wherever their traditional approach is questioned.  On sectarian issues they never miss the oppertunity.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    From Disco Maulvi to Liberal Fascist
    M Bilal Lakhani

    “What’s the point of wearing a headscarf, if she’s going to roam around campus wearing tight jeans like that?” remarked a not-so-conservative friend, while referring to his former crush, after she turned him down. This was LUMS 10 years ago, a campus which shaped and transformed my worldview and those of countless others. I had grown up in Saudi Arabia with a clear worldview before coming to LUMS; more religion was the answer to any problem in society, or for that matter any personal problem. The campus was a strange place initially because for the first time in my life, I met people who disagreed with my point of view. This led to some funny conversations and observations....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    IS in London: The unmasking of “Jihadi John”

    The images last year of James Foley, an American hostage, apparently being beheaded by a masked fighter for Islamic State (IS) who spoke with a British accent, horrified the world. Since then the same man, dubbed “Jihadi John”, is thought to have appeared in a number of videos, committing similar atrocities. On February 26th the BBC, the Washington Post and others identified him as Muhammad Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s....

    Debating Islam

    Is the ‘Islamic State’ Islamic?
    Mustafa Akyol

    In my view, ISIL of course has something to do with Islam, in the sense its keeps referring to the Quran, the Hadiths, and the classical texts of Salafi jurisprudence. But the overwhelming majority of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and all mainstream Islamic scholars see them as crazy fanatics. Even other jihadist groups see ISIL as too violent and ruthless (Alas, even al-Qaeda finds them too extreme.) It would be utterly unwise to fail to see this very wide spectrum....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    ISIL torches Iraqi history in Mosul
    Marcia Lynx Qualey

    The Mosul Central Library, founded in 1921, came to be known as one of the richest libraries in Iraq, second only to the central library in Baghdad. If it has been destroyed, Saeed said: "It will be a great loss to the people of Mosul, but also to the Iraqi people as a whole." The Mosul library, Saeed said, is what "made me a writer. It was located in the most beautiful place at that time, in the 40s and 50s, on the right bank of the Tigris, near the King Ghazi iron bridge. The building overlooked the river"....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Islam and extremism: Looking within

    The doctrines of Jihad and Takfir are central to the debate. Extremists interpret jihad as mandating offensive holy war, though they may disagree about when and against whom it should be waged. The evidence from the Hadith (the Prophet’s sayings) and renowned scholars that Islam is a religion of the sword is “so profuse that only a heretic would argue otherwise”, claims the most recent issue of Dabiq, the magazine of Islamic State (IS). Extremists differ, too, about Takfir, the process whereby Muslims declare other Muslims to be apostates or unbelievers, for which the penalty is death. Al-Qaeda applies the doctrine with some limits to avoid alienating Muslims from its cause; IS invokes takfir wholesale, especially against Shias, perhaps in the belief that cinematic gore is the stronger lure....

    Islam and Politics

    Pakistan in Its Labyrinth
    Roger Cohen

    India is a democracy and a great power rising. Pakistan is a Muslim homeland that lost half its territory in 1971, bounced back and forth between military and nominally democratic rule, never quite clear of annihilation angst despite its nuclear weapons, its prime ministers as susceptible to a violent end as Henry VIII’s wives, struggling to define its identity almost 68 years after it came into being. The fog of war is rivaled only by the fog of Pakistan, in which Osama bin Laden lived and paced for several years....

    Islam and the West

    Will Austria’s Experiment with Islam Work for Grassroots Believers?
    Usama Hasan

    The new Austrian law is partly aimed at tackling Islamist extremism: there are thought to be between 50 and 100 Austrian foreign fighters with Islamic State, a percentage of Muslim citizens comparable to that of Britain. The law also confirms legal recognition for Islam as a faith, but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams....

    Urdu Section

    Destruction of history and culture by ISIS  جو نقش ِ کہن تم کو نظر آئے مٹا دو
    Wusatullah Khan

    موصل کا عجائب گھر واقعی عالمِ عجائبات میں سے تھا۔ لیکن اب سے چار دن پہلے اسلامک اسٹیٹ نے جو وڈیو ریلیز کی اس میں یہ میوزیم چند ہی گھنٹوں میں ایک کھوکھلے کھنڈر میں تبدیل ہوتا نظر آیا۔ پروں والا بیل جس نے تین ہزار سال اس تہذیب کی حفاظت کی۔ وہ بھی وزنی ہتھوڑوں کی تاب نہ لا سکا۔ اب یہ بیل آپ صرف عراقی کرنسی نوٹ پر ہی دیکھ سکتے ہیں۔ اس وڈیو میں ایک ہتھوڑا بردار کہہ رہا ہے تمام بت ختم ہو جائیں گے۔ ہر شرک کا سر ٹوٹ جائے گا۔ جو بھی قبل از اسلام کفر کی نشانیاں ہیں ان سے یہ زمین پاک ہونے جا رہی ہے۔

    Arabic Section

    How Did the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Treat non-Muslims?   ( كيف عامل النبي عليه السلام مع غير المسلمين في دولته؟ تحليل لإزالة المفاهيم الخاطئة (الجزء الثاني
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    لقد لقن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المسلمين أن "من قتل قتيلاً من أهل الذمة لم يرح رائحة الجنة، وإن ريحها ليوجد في مسيرة مائة عام" (رواه النسائي) . وأخرجه البخاري في صحيحه بلفظ: ‘‘ليوجد من مسيرة أربعين عاماً’’. وهذا يدل على الاهتمام الكبير  بالمسيحيين واليهود الذين ذكروا في القرآن الكريم بعنوان "أهل الكتاب" مرارا وتكرارا وبعبارة واضحة. هذا هو السبب بالضبط في أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم نهي أتباعه عن سوء المعاملة معهم. وقال الإمام الترمذي في كتاب الديات . باب ما جاء فيمن يقتل نفسا معاهدة : عَنْ ‏‏أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ‏ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏‏قَالَ " ‏أَلَا مَنْ قَتَلَ نَفْسًا ‏ ‏مُعَاهِدًا ‏لَهُ ذِمَّةُ اللَّهِ وَذِمَّةُ رَسُولِهِ فَقَدْ ‏ ‏أَخْفَرَ ‏ ‏بِذِمَّةِ اللَّهِ فَلَا ‏‏يُرَحْ ‏‏رَائِحَةَ الْجَنَّةِ وَإِنَّ رِيحَهَا لَيُوجَدُ مِنْ مَسِيرَةِ سَبْعِينَ خَرِيفًا" . قال الإمام الترمذي : ‏حَدِيثُ ‏ ‏أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ‏ ‏حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ

    Urdu Section

    Concealing the Faults is a Moral Imperative as well as a Religious Order  !عیوب کی پردہ پوشی کرنا اخلاقی تقاضا بھی ہے اور شرعی حکم بھی
    Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi

    ہمارے نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے بھی صحابہ کے ذریعے اپنی امت کو اس کی تعلیم دی کہ کسی کے عیوب اور خامیوں کو عام کرنے کی بجائے انہیں چھپایا جائے، اگر ایسا کیا جاتاہے، تو یہ باعثِ اجر و ثواب ہے اور اللہ کے نزدیک پسندیدہ بھی ہے۔ حضرت ابو ہریرہ رضی اللہ عنہ سے مروی ہے کہ اللہ کے نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے ارشاد فرمایا ‘‘ دنیامیں کوئی بھی  انسان کے عیب کو نہیں چھپاتا ہے ، اگر اللہ تعالیٰ قیامت کےدن اس کے گناہوں کو چھپائیں گے’’۔ ( صحیح مسلم ، ح:2590) ظاہر ہے یہ بہت بڑی بات ہے کہ قیامت کے دن، اُس وقت ، جب کہ ہر انسان حیران و پریشان او راپنے گناہوں کےسیلاب میں غرق ہوگا، اللہ تبارک و تعالیٰ ہمارے گناہوں کو چھپائے اور اپنی رحمت کے سائے میں ڈھانپ لے ۔

    Urdu Section
    The Muslims’ Case مسلمانوں کی حالت
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    The Muslims’ Case  مسلمانوں کی حالت
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کا دور حیات 7ویں صدی عیسوی کے نصف اوائل پر مشتمل ہے۔ جب آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو نبوت حاصل ہوئی تو اس وقت مکہ مشرکوں کے زیر تسلط تھا اور مدینہ میں یہودیوں کا غلبہ تھا۔ جزیرہ عرب کے بڑے حصے پر بازنطینی اور ساسانی حکمرانوں کا غلبہ تھا جو کہ اسلام کے خلاف تھے۔ اسلام کے لئے ان کی دشمنی کا اندازہ اس بات سے لگایا جا سکتا ہےکہ جب آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے اپنے ایک صحابہ کے ذریعہ  فارس کے حکمران کے نام ایک مشنری خط بھیجا تو اس نے خط کو پھاڑ کر پھینک دیا اور کہا کہ "اس نے مجھے خط لکھا جبکہ وہ میرا ماتحت ہے!"(البدایہ و النہایہ، 4/307)۔

    Hindi Section

    Companionship of the Prophet  हज़रत मुहम्मद सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि वसल्लम के साथ होने का मतलब
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    पैगंबरे इस्लाम सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि वसल्लम के विरोधी उनके साथ बहुत ही बुरा बर्ताव करते थे। उदाहरण के लिए वे नबी सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि वसल्लम  को पागल और जादूगर कहते थे। फिर भी नबी सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि वसल्लम ने उनके विरुध्द कभी कोई नकरात्मक विचार अपने मन में नहीं आने दिया। उन्होने उनकी शिकायत नहीं की और न ही कोई ऐसा करने का दिखावा किया इतना ही नहीं नबी सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि वसल्लम उनके लिए अल्लाह से दुआ करते थे।

    Islam and the Media

    It's the Ideology, Stupid
    Mercedes Schlapp

    Through the Islamic State group’s sophisticated social media outreach efforts, the militants are becoming the best global sales team, with the capability to recruit and radicalize men and women who are in search of purpose and absolute power in their lives. The group's propaganda videos have gone viral, and beheadings and crucifixions are becoming daily occurrences, all in the name of Allah and with the ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate....

    Current Affairs

    Madrasas deem themselves to be the protectors of Islam, or at least their own brand of Islam. They disagree with the notion that they are encouraging extremism in any form. In a survey conducted by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies, 79pc of Madrasa teachers denied any link between Madrasas and extremism and emphasised the distinction between militant seminaries and ‘normal’ Madrasas. Of the respondents, 8pc believed that some Madrasas played a role in promoting extremism but also pointed out that such seminaries were close to the government and even received support from the West. Even those that identified extremism as a real problem refused to acknowledge that Madrasas play a role in promoting it....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    Fahrenheit 451
    Irfan Husain

    Fahrenheit 451
    Irfan Husain

    However, I doubt if the story inspired this generation of Jihadis to go on their book-burning spree as nobody has accused these semi-literate barbarians of being fans of modern fiction. Quite the contrary: to show their devotion to culture, the warriors of the Islamic State recently blew up the Mosul Public Library that contained, among other volumes, 8,000 old manuscripts. And lest anybody should think this act was an aberration, they also torched Mosul University’s main library, destroying thousands of books and precious manuscripts and documents. No wonder Unesco condemned these acts as “cultural cleansing”, and “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history”....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Muslim Women with Hijab Disadvantaged on Czech Job Market
    Ann Osman, Female Mixed Martial Artist in Asia

    Bethnal Green Girls Need To Know There Is A Way Out of Islamic State Cult

    Islamic State Militants Met 3 British Schoolgirls at Border

    Why This Christian Woman Is Wearing Hijab for Lent

    Baptist Group Joins Cry For Muslim Women to Be Allowed To Wear Hijab at Work

    National Roundtable on Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women ‘A Beginning’

    Respect Students’ Religious Rights or Face Sanctions - President John Mahama

    Ann Osman Carries Women’s MMA in Asia on Her Shoulders

    Female Genital Mutilation Persists In Rural Egypt

    Palestinian Girl Recounts Imprisonment in Israel

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Islamic World News

    Pakistan Ulema want the whole world to become as murderous as their own country, call for anti-Blasphemy UN Legislation a la Pakistan
    Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, PUC Chairman


    Darul Uloom Haqqania Students Involved In Killing of Benazir

    North America

    Six Canadian Teens Suspected Of Joining ISIS

    Internet Chats about Women, Not Qaeda Plot: Pakistani Suspect on US Terror Trial


    Up to India to Join International Coalition Against IS: US

    South Asia

    Anti-Islamist Us Blogger Hacked To Death in Bangladesh

    Elusive Peace: Dr Abdullah’s Disclosure Irks Afghan Taliban


    Suicide Attack Claims 18 Lives in Nigeria


    Yemeni Gunmen Kill 4 Soldiers in Southern Province

    Jerusalem Church Building Torched In Apparent Hate Crime


    UKIP Leader: UK Mosques Have Been Infiltrated By Hate Preachers

    BBC Exec: Charlie Hebdo Attackers Should Not Be Called ‘Terrorists’

    Arab World

    Bishop Slams Turkey for Abandoning Syrian Christians to ISIL

    Saudi King Salman Calls for Repelling Religious Extremism, Intolerance

    Southeast Asia

    Extremist Threats Worrying, Must Be Curbed, Says Muhyiddin

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Unidentified assailants have hacked to death writer Avijit Roy and seriously injured his blogger wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya. Police said the couple came under assault near TSC intersection at Dhaka University around 9:30pm on Thursday. Witnesses said they were on a rickshaw returning from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair when two attackers stopped it, dragged them onto the footpath and started hacking them. They were rushed to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared Avijit dead during an emergency surgery, its police outpost Inspector Mozzamel Haque told

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    An Ideological War America Must Watch, Not Fight
    Fareed Zakaria

    Radical Islam, by contrast, is severely limited in its global appeal. Almost by definition, it is deeply unattractive to all non-Muslims. What Christian would want the forced imposition of sharia law? Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate. In the half of that world that holds elections — including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, even Pakistan — such ideologies have not garnered many votes. The Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral success in Egypt is a partial exception to this rule, but it fared well for a variety of reasons unrelated to its Islamic ideology (which was also not nearly as radical as Egypt’s military dictatorship claims)....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    In a world where religiously-defined communities often see themselves as God’s chosen people, laying claim to knowing the mind of God and even waging war against others on this count, such openness and humility, such eagerness to introspect, and such enthusiasm to invite constructive critique from others is, of course, rare. Yet, it is a pressing necessity in today’s world, characterized by increasing interaction as well as conflict between people who claim to follow different faith traditions....

    Islamic Ideology
    Role of the Prophet
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    Role of the Prophet
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    This hadith does not apply just to the person of the Prophet alone. Rather, it has general applicability in terms of the role of a person who is engaged in inviting people to God. From this hadith we learn that such a person’s role is not a political one. Rather, it is a non-political role….

    Islamic Ideology

    Why the Survey of British Muslim Attitudes is so Profoundly Disconcerting
    Maajid Nawaz

    Moreover, there is a problem with viewing Muslim communities exclusively through a lens of their religious identity. It is entirely normal for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to have multiple facets to their identity, and an excessive focus on just one reinforces the Islamist paradigm that we should be trying to avoid. Promoting pluralism and understanding that gender, geography, economics, sexuality, hobbies and nationality are often as important to an individual as their religion, will allow for some fresh thinking. Supporting British values might seem like an overt focus on nationality, but really it fosters inclusivity and will help us tackle extremism, building a stronger Britain....

    Islam and the West

    When A Terrorist Not a Terrorist: Bush, Not Obama Responsible For the Downward Spiral of Politics in the Middle East
    Richard Falk

    What the Chapel Hill police in North Carolina initially pitched to the world as ‘a parking dispute’ was the deliberate killing of three young and devout Muslim American students by an ideologically driven ‘new atheist’ killer named Craig Stephen Hicks. What The Economist unhesitatingly calls ‘terrorism in Copenhagen’ involved the attempted shooting of a Danish cartoonist who repeatedly mocks the Prophet and Islamic beliefs as well as the lethal shooting of a Jewish security guard outside a synagogue....

    Islam and Pluralism

    Hadd punishments for kufr relating to God or the spiritual dimension are not prescribed in the Quran as that would violate the right of conscience that the Quran clearly grants to man. Some forms of Kufr may appear to stride both the dimensions - for example, an apostate who turns hostile and carries on activities harmful to a section of the society or the state. Such a person can be punished for the harm that he has caused or can potentially cause but not for apostasy. Apostasy is merely incidental and irrelevant to the case as apostasy is not kufr in the temporal dimension....

    Islamic History

    There is a vehement debate going on in Indonesia on the role of Sharia in the state. Some argue secular politics are at the heart of the decline of the state, arguing for implementation of Sharia in all aspects of life as the solution. The recent debate is similar to that in the first years after independence since 1945, in the 1950s and in the 1970s. During the first years of independence, secular nationalists and Muslim nationalists were debating about the place of Islam in the state and particularly on the role of Sharia (Islamic law)....


    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. 

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