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  • Hats Off says, "nothing (nothing) ever went away by everyone ignoring it."....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I support the same reforms that the Muslim Reform Movement stands...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Qanta saheba, expecting Trump to be able to know the difference between....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is a more balanced article than Hats Off would like us to believe...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article! Upholding any part of our theology that allegedly excuses terrorism, and mincing words when condemning...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article! Yunus sahab's 14 point anti-radicalization narrative is comprehensive and on target.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • IT IS GOOD THEY HAVE REALISED THEIR FAULT & NOW WANT TO PUNISH THE MAN WHO COMMITS THIS VULGER...
    ( By ZAHEER HUSAIN KHAN )
  • Dear Ammar Anwar, You say: “Scripture is the main driving force and inspiration...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • dear mr muhammad yunus, kindly do a google search for rabwah times and please read the report on the raid conducted by the...
    ( By hats off! )
  • the fact that no arabic scholar or koranic scholar on this site has ever bothered...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Lifting the unlawful religious ban from the Ahmadis. Good that Nawaz Sharif has honored Dr. Salam by issuing directive to name after him ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • another islamophobe! whats going on?
    ( By hats off! )
  • islamophobe?'
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  • Hat Off says “divine revelations are fiction. god does not talk to people. he never has. and precept always drives practice. tribal culture is far ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • sorry! i need to share this, but i do not know where to post it. therefore. this brought tears to my eyes. the only hope for ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • nothing (nothing) ever went away by everyone ignoring it. passing of time softens slavery. it blunts the edges of a date rape. it even legitimizes bloody ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • "closure is essential for reconciliation of some sort." You do not bring about closure by endless confrontations which usually ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sir: Pakistan is a nation of Hypocrites, there is one law for the rich and the privileged, and another for the less fortunate.....
    ( By Syed Ali )
  • by all means. such questions are essential. unless and until such questions are asked all round, there is going to ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • It's almost four years since you wrote this aticle, I am speechless at the magnanimity of the mass murder. One question to....
    ( By R.Raman )
  • Jews and Muslims have more to fear from the rise of white supremacists in Europe and America than from each other.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Affirmation of the rightfulness of intercommunal friendships is more important than either exaggerated....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Using human rationality as a filter for revelations is what most intelligent believers do. What blind believers or frenzied haters..
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • does the koran ask us to love idol worshipers?" The same question can be asked
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • So Tufail Ahmad is an expert on international relations now? What next?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • May Allah protect those children.
    ( By Basheer Ahmed )
  • more more post to educate on personality - family - social managements required. How to stop disturbance in Gulf - Africa..
    ( By Kolipaka Sudeep Kumar )
  • It is because of the perverted teachings of Islam , that the Whole World is in such...
    ( By Jayaraman Subri )
  • A pity, this article has not been included in the subsequent issue of NAI.
    ( By Asif Merchant )
  • does the koran ask us to love idol worshipers? or the polytheists? or the jews? or the christians? the fire worshipers?...
    ( By hats off! )
  • no they haven't been rebutted. they cannot be rebutted because divine revelations are fiction. god does not talk to people. he never has. and precept always ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Hats Off, Your Islamophobic talking points mixing up tribal culture with religion and precept with practice have been rebutted many times.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • A very thought provoking scholarly article. Shadi Hamid's book is most probably worth reading. I hope to see more of his writings here.
    ( By Asif Merchant )
  • The denial of religious basis for discrimination is worse than the actual discrimination. The denial is hypocrisy. Actual discrimination is painful but at least it ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Divine guidance is anti-women, anti-rationalist, deeply harmful and one of the major sources of immorality among the believers.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • During my stint in the Middle East, I used to greet everyone enthusiastically “Assalamu Alaikum”. Muslims particularly Pakistanis do not respond to me ....
    ( By Royalj )
  • the first, second and third generation muslims in france drive the anti-semitism. they are supported by the anti-semitism symbolized and normalized ....
    ( By hats off! )
  • In the beginning there was only Islam and Muslims and then came the divisions - Sunni, Shia and sects within these main divisions. The Mutazili school ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Good article. However, the author appears to be unaware that the Quran, in every verse that speaks of the kafaru, makes a distinction between the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Good decision. I wish every other country will follow the same.'
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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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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