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  • Hats Off's problem is that not only is he paranoid, but he is seeking confirmation that he is justified in his paranoia. I guess he has ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Assalamu alaikum me bas itna kahunga ke hamari pareshani ye hai ke ham logic k base pay khud ko muslim kehte hai.  na quraan or ...
    ( By Taufiq shaikh )
  • For an Islamist there is no moderate Islam. Paradoxically Islamists and Islamophobes seem to be agreed on this point!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Intolerance is there everywhere, including among some atheists. Muslim intolerance is a problem and it is not going to go away tomorrow. NAI ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, “The statement of wisdom is the lost property of the believer, so wherever ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Do muslims do dawah only among muslim communities, or is the intention of dawah 'to spread ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Hats Off's logic for turning a blind eye on Israeli atrocities and the gross injustice being done to the Palestinians is pathetic. It is as if ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off is paranoid. No matter what you say, he will remain paranoid. Atheists do make waves and are quoted and what they say is enjoyed ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • निश्चित रूप से ये बहुत अच्छा लेख है।
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Take wisdom wherever you find them.   Nice and practicable message! 
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Arshad ji, Your article provides refreshingly critical outlook on the institution of Ulema. 
    ( By Meera )
  • Thank you,  Sir, for a wonderful article!
    ( By okay! )
  • now that the shoe is on the other foot it is bound to bite. as you sow, so you reap. unfortunate but true.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • ये एक बेहतरीन लेख है। अगर आप इसी तरह के और रूहानियत से भरी बातें पढ़ना चाहते हैं तो सूफ़ीयाना मैगज़ीन देखिये। जो सिर्फ ...
    ( By Jhoota bhai )
  • "The term 'moderate Islam' is ugly and offensive. There is no moderate Islam. Islam is Islam" - Recep Tayyip Erdogan.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • as the word "islam" means "submission to the will of god", freedom has traditionally been a difficult concept for muslims to understand, internalize....
    ( By hats off! )
  • so you are suggesting that atheists live a quiet life of silence, anonymity and submission....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Hats Off's analogy is bizarre. The treatment of non-Muslims in intolerant Muslim countries must of course be condemned but to extend this to assert that ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats off says, "probably you mean if atheists started preaching you would have a problem....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Trying to mix faith with science is a pretentious exercise. Let science seek knowledge. It....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article! It exposes the hypocrisy and the unprincipled postures of western powers....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Yes, Islamophobia is real and its willful perversity lies in not making a distinction between Islamists and ordinary peaceful Muslims who form the bulk of ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • What is happening in Indonesia (and Malaysia) is very worrisome. Salafism/Wahhabism will keep people backward and prone to radicalization.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "A wise word is the heritage of the whole of humankind. . . . . openness to learning good things from others. . . . ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • is there any peace or security or freedom of dawah for the kuffar in any muslim majority lands? so why should you demand that security ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • There are many ways in which a person may make enemies and get into trouble. This applies to all people whether they are theists or ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • dear mr muhammad yunus truth cannot be by consensus - or so you say. very well. truth cannot also be by mere recommendation of non-muslim scholars or ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • इस प्रश्न का उत्तर भी इस लेख में मौजूद है। आत्मघाती हमला फलीस्तीन समेत सभी परिस्थितियों में नाजायज़ है।
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • You are true, other religious communities are not much influenced by their religious gurus and act generously with brain and....
    ( By U.p. Ojha )
  • Dear hats off! This is in response to your comment to me. I translated the Qur’anic....
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • what does the phrase "Atheism by itself.." mean? what is the escape clause? does atheism occur in association with something ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • the date palm widely cultivated from early antiquity in the hejaz is a dioecius tree. meaning the male tree is different from female tree. only ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • प्रिय गुलाम गौस साहब, मेरा सवाल है की क्या फलस्तीन में जहाँ मुसलमान मजलूम और बेसहारा है वहां आतम्घाती हमला करना जायज़ है?
    ( By Susmita )
  • when will Muslim leaders/nations understand freedom? Imposition of any kind violates the rights of women who are accustomed to burqa. Instead, start teaching ...
    ( By Mike Ghouse )
  • The Quran does not say all organisms exist in pairs. It says: 31:10 .....and produce on the earth every kind of noble creature  in pairs (min ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • प्रिय सुस्मिता जी, आपके प्रश्न का उत्तर पहले ही इस लेख में उल्लेख किया जा चूका है। अगर आप इस लेख को ठीक से अध्ययन करेंगी ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • I could have named six hundred. The atheists that I have named were/are quite well known and loved and respected. Atheism by itself has never ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • जब इस्लाम में आताम्घाती हमला सही नहीं तो कियों ऐसा हमला हो रहा है ?
    ( By Susmita )
  • we need to be honest. we do not know how or why or where life originated. for that matter we do not accurately know even WHAT ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Hats Off asks, "do you seriously think peace will be automatic when two nations are created?" Is there peace....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    The parental instinct of ensuring security and nurture of one’s offspring, even if illegitimate, is a strong urge that overcomes and lulls any pangs of conscience. Hence it is not easy to admit to follies standing on false high moral grounds and when also possessing super military might. Although the incumbent US Secretary of State did say “Friends need to tell each other the hard truth”. The New Year does not auger well, never the less it is customary to wish HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL at this time!...

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    I have been reading Urdu newspapers for 45 years. While Muslims have been constantly fighting for the so-called Muslim Personal Law which allows them to treat women as inferior beings, never have I come across any Muslim demand for being governed by Islamic criminal laws. If Sharia is so important, if it is such a vital part of our faith, then why this dichotomy? Except for drinking alcohol, punishments for all other hudud crimes (mentioned in the Quran, considered crimes against God) are to be amputation, flogging and beheading. One would have thought that at least those Muslims who are so particular about following Sharia, and, of course, all ulema who consider Sharia divine would demand the implementation of the entire Sharia. Why follow only the part that helps keep women subjugated and avoid those that may lead to severe medieval punishments specified by Quran and Hadees....

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    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Mr. President,

    While the world’s attention is focused on violent extremism practised by a section of Muslims, gross violations of human rights are taking place in various Muslim societies in the name of religion. In a South East Asian country, the Arabic name of God is monopolised by Muslims. Non-Muslims using the traditional term Allah for God are punished. In a South Asian Muslim country thousands of Hindu and Christian girls, many under the age of 18, are abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, and then “married” to their abductors. In a Middle Eastern country, courts allow marriages of as small as 9-year-old girls and force them to consummate their “marriage” and live with their husbands. In my own country, India, Muslim husbands can utter the word talaq, meaning divorce, thrice in a row, and legally throw their wives out of their homes in less than a minute.

    While these are gross violations of human rights, they also amount to denigrating the religion of Islam. All these and many other similar social evils and criminal acts including terrorism are practiced as if they have been ordained by Islamic scriptures. This calls for deep introspection in the Muslim community. We Muslims should not allow our religion to be hijacked in this fashion.

    Mr. President, I would like to make a request, through you, to the representatives of Muslim countries in the Council. Dear Sirs, Madams, Please start a serious dialogue with theologians in your countries and ask them to open the gates of Ijtihad, the creative re-thinking. This was not only permitted, but ordained by God, in Islam’s primary scripture, the holy Quran, as no other Prophet was to come after Mohmmad (saw). We Muslims must revisit our theology in the light of the needs of the 21st century. We are not living in the 7th century and can neither fight those early battles nor organise our societies in that medieval fashion....


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    Facing The Jihadist Challenge: Muslims Need To Refute Jihadis’ Xenophobic, Supremacist, Millenarian Thesis And Focus On Islamic Pluralism, Says Sultan Shahin At UNHRC In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.

    This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.

    One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.

    Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……

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    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Don’t Let Baqr Eid Qurbani Descend Into Blood Orgy
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Prophet Mohammad was very emphatic in his views on animal sacrifice: “if you MUST kill, kill without torture.” Unfortunately, this admonition is also ignored. The two million animals that were sacrificed in Saudi Arabia at the end of Hajj yesterday had been brought to the country in most horrible conditions, many of them dying en route.

     I personally witnessed the torture animals go through when I was in Karachi on Baqr Eid, a few years ago. The whole city appeared to have turned into a slaughter house. One could hear the cries of goats and sheep for days before Eid, while they were still being traded in city squares and even in roundabouts on major arterial roads. The animals apparently knew what fate was awaiting them. It was the obscenity of the whole scene that I cannot forget. Baqr Eid, the holiest of days, had descended into an orgy of blood-letting, with the “devotion” that God requires completely missing.

    The callousness we Muslims display towards animals would give the impression that the religion of Islam is indifferent to the fate of animals. In fact, Islam requires Muslims to protect, not just Human Rights, but HuqooqulIbaad or the rights of all creations of God.

    HuqooqulIbaad is considered so important that it is given primacy even over Huqooq Allah or our duties towards God. While God may forgive us for our transgressions, given his Benevolent and Merciful nature, His creations will not even recognise us on the Day of Judgement. So we must fulfil our duties towards creations of God in this very world, since we cannot hope for forgiveness from them on the Day of Judgement.

    Muslims should also remember the conduct of the Prophet in treating animals with kindness. On many occasions, during his journeys, he delayed prayers for the sake of first relieving the animals of their burden, and giving them food and water. He would refuse to lead prayers until animals were looked after first. He told several stories of people being forgiven all their sins for having shown consideration for a dog or a cat. According to Imam Abu Dawud, the Prophet forbade the hitting of animals on their faces and branding them. He also forbade sports based on animal fights.

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    Rohingyas and the Myth of Ummah
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Rohingyas and the Myth of Ummah
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    It is not that atrocities against these Muslims have not been documented: Human rights groups have done and have tried to make international bodies aware of it. Despite all these documented proofs, important Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran have not been able to isolate Myanmar over this issue. We need to ask those who swear in the name of the Ummah: is the blood of Rohingyas insipid in comparison to other Muslims?...

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    Why It’s Not Wrong to Wish Muslims Merry Christmas
    Mustafa Akyol

    Nonetheless, Islam and Christianity share a lot in their adoration for Isa and Maryam, Jesus and Mary. Muslims are in fact the only non-Christians on earth who believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. For centuries, Muslims have taken this as a literal truth. Medieval exegetes of the Quran debated details like how God’s spirit was “breathed” into Mary, taking as truth that the virgin birth was an act of God.....

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam
    If Islam Means Peace, Why Is Much Of Its Theology Soaked In Hatred, Humiliation, Offensive War?
    Sultan Shahin, New Age Islam

    Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.

     But there has to be a reason why jihadi ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to heaven?

     Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas, says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so, divine like God Himself.....

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