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  • Rational,The  Quran has not banned adoption. What is applicable to one's own biological children such as inheritance laws and laws forbidding marriages however does ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational is right about the obsession with the title of Syed. I have a cousin whose mother was Syed (my phupi) and father a ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • My Dear Sadaf,Since you have been away for a long time, read my articles that I have written since and especially:Action Points for Defeating the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • My Dear Sadaf,You are like Rip Van Winkle who has just woken up and still living in the past and reviving old debates that ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Thanks Mike for your kind words.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Dear sultan Shahin"Two Christian Women Accused of Blasphemy Tortured by Muslim Villagers in Pakistan; Faces Painted Black, Beaten as They're Forced to Parade Around on Donkeys"If ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Aftab Ahmad sahebi agree with you.i don't want to roam in the jungles of Islamic and Hindu philosophies.these philosophies in my view have ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Focusing on their identities like as Hindu or Muslim is narrowness of mind. They are better as saints not Sufis(Muslim) or Bhakts(Hindus).No sufi of ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational sb,In Bangladesh Lalan is a legend. He was a sufi with great knowlege of Islam and Hindu religious philosophy. In his time too ...
    ( By Aftab Ahmad )
  • Aftab Sahebthanks for bringing up such people as they find no place in Islamic books taught in Madarsas. only few books speak about them ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • "As social customs remain entrenched in the various tiers of a society and any attempt to ban them abruptly can hardly succeed, the Qur’an ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Hasan Abbas Sahebhere is a news piece from Islamic Republic of Iran"In Iran, You Can Marry Your 13-Year-Old Adopted Child"http://newageislam.com/islam,-women-and-feminism/mahwash-badar/in-iran,-you-can-marry-your-13-year-old-adopted-child/d/103743whose legacy is it? are ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • the prophet didn't declare slavery Haram, though he encouraged freeing slaves. making slaves was against humanity even though it was prevalent everywhere. The prophet ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Sadaffirst i don't have that much surplus money to give in zakat. i pay income tax as i am a salaried person.second important thing, ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • sadafME se kiya khaa kar aaye ho.lambe mabe comment maar riye ho.itne lambe comment aur kaam ki baat ek bhi nahibole chale jaa rahe ho
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Sadafnow from saale to Dear Naseer Ahmedsach kaha hai kisi ne saari khudaai ek taraf joru kaa bhai ek taraflekin mohtrama log tumhaare saale ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Uptil now and still Muslim(majority)say Quran is the only book that single word is not change, if you want to change anything( even meaning)or ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Ghulam Mohiyuddin, it is a great point! And I appreciat it... and God willing will include it as your quote. "If we call their ...
    ( By Mike Ghouse )
  • Rational says, "i can't let them go. they coerce on every step and everywhere." . . . .   You can spend your life fighting ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • If we call their Book false, they will call our Book false! Let us learn to respect the Books of others.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A step in the right direction!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is no clear Quranic injunction banning slavery. Freeing slaves was considered a pious action. Sex with captives was allowed. Saudi Arabia banned slavery ...
    ( By Hasan Abbas )
  • ***** CORRECTION TO THE ARTICLE ****** Thanks for pointing out the mistake, “and he could have prevented Jesus from the crucifix.” My apologies for the same, ...
    ( By Mike Ghouse )
  • If I am also to make broad statements like Dear Mr. Naseer Ahmad Sir, then I would say, that Mr. Naseer Ahmad Sir is ...
    ( By sadaf )
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  • Sufism represents omnipresence  of   the Creator the Vedanta and spirit of equality of Islam.They sang of love and criticized  al. kinds  of social ...
    ( By S D Paliwal )
  • بعض الآيات المتعلقة بالتقوى فيما يلي:  وَتَزَوَّدُوا فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَىٰ ﴿١٩٧ البقرة﴾ وَلِبَاسُ التَّقْوَىٰ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ ﴿٢٦ الأعراف﴾ لَمَسْجِدٌ أُسِّسَ عَلَى التَّقْوَىٰ مِنْ أَوَّلِ يَوْمٍ أَحَقُّ أَنْ تَقُومَ فِيهِ ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Sadaf,Looks like your company "Global Design Cell" is without good projects. You seem to have joined the project of the "Sufi minded" which is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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  • Wahabi rational, I need your Zakat/ Khairat for a charitable cause, how much can you pledge? Yehi to ek cheez hai wahabion ke paas. ...
    ( By sadaf )
  • Sultan sahebi hope you will move in right direction without being influenced by sectarian pandits.i have no problem if you condemn wahabis. let it ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • True observations and conclusions.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • hangama hai kyon barpa thodi si jo pee li haidaaka to nahi daala chori to nahi kee hai.why Muslims don't want normal education to ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • It is a good, and courageous move. Don't oppose it. Every child needs modern education. You cannot study scriptures alone. Don't see everything as ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • "Let them believe what they believe and I shall believe what I believe." Unless they try to coerce you to their way of thinking."i ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Sadaf what happened? Saanp soongh gaya.jab zakat/khairat khtam ho jaaye to phir ME chale jaana.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Mr. Naseer is the one who is sectarian, because his resistance in identifying the forces who have been playing roles to bring militancy in ...
    ( By sadaf )
  • if a wahabi is occupying position of interviewer or examiner, and you want to take your thesis against wahhabism, you can hardly a chance ...
    ( By Shahid Ali )
  • Shahin Sb,   I agree with you on dissociating with extremism in all its forms. I however disagree with you on using sectarian terminology to stereotype Indian Muslims. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational asks, "why it is not important?" . . . . .   It is important only if polemics and debate were your main interest. Otherwise your ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    Bulleh Shah: Rumi of Punjab
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    Mike Ghouse

    We are proud of India, and want to preserve its character of free pluralistic democratic nation, where we respect the otherness of others and not impose our ideals on others. We do not want India to emulate Saudi Arabia or Pakistan where the minorities are pushed into observing Ramadan. We want others to copy the Indian model where every human has a right to eat, drink, wear and believe whatever he or she wants to believe.....

    Islamic Society

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    Islam and the West

    The Privileges of a White Terrorist
    Nahela Nowshin

    In the US, where African Americans are routinely abused, discriminated against and killed by a system designed and cultivated throughout centuries to work against them, it would be nothing short of ignorance to say that the Charleston massacre has come as "shocking." It would also be wrong to say that *this* particular hate crime has kick-started a conversation about race in America. There is already an ongoing debate about race and justice for black communities because African Americans never really stopped coming under attack simply for the colour of their skin, be it by the police, media, or politicians. And this isn't the post-Civil Rights era, nor is this a post-racial world......

     
    Interfaith Dialogue

    Ramadan Soap Rediscovers Egypt's Jews
    Khaled Diab

    In a contemporary Egypt where intolerance towards Christians, not to mention anyone who is different, is on the rise, many Egyptians feel their country seriously lost its way in the second half of the 20th century, when it was supposed to have been liberated. Haret al-Yahoud is not a missive to Israel but an ode to pluralism. By coming to terms with the injustice it committed against its Jewish minority, Egypt may be able to save its soul.....

     


    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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