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  • Nice to see you Secular logic after long time. You said that there is no cure in Islam here is my understanding why there is no ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Well said - “Without conscience, they murder divinity itself when they kill human beings…” Somebody had said that – ‘People do not commit evil so savagely ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • There is nothing wrong with Quran. We only need to declare Qur'an a created work of God that evolved with the passage of time. We ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • You are right Ghulam Mohiyuddin Saheb, a radical reorientation of Islam is required. '
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • How many more wake up calls do you need and how much more introspection? Fat lot of use all your proclamations against terrorism are. Ulema ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Extremists kill and destroy what they do not like. They destroy everything beautiful in Islam. Trying to educate them on "true Islam" does not seem ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There may be a problem with "Islam as enshrined in the Quran". Taliban scholars and ISIS scholars are quite convinced that they are right and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Of course, Muslim intelligentia should introspect why this is happening despite their outcry?
    ( By Rashid )
  • I see this menace of getting rid of people in every religion but are there platforms wherein, say, Muslims discuss of this deviousness (incl. ostracism) ...
    ( By Deepa Natarajan )
  • To Safaqat M My feelings are not hurted. If you cannot trust Hindus that is your community problem, we trusted Muslims, so who ever wanted to stay they ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Sorry, there is no room in the Quran for asking long dead saints and Prophets for favours and help. Too many verses to quote.
    ( By Mubashir )
  • If taken honestly, your reflections on the killing of Amjad Sabri are really eye-opening and soul searching.This is true that most of us never venture ...
    ( By Faheem Qadri )
  • I would like to say some basic facts concerning triple talaq, Halala, and polygamy. As I have stated in another thread, sex is an inexorable ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • The piece on Wg CDR M.Y. Khan is a true reflection of the officer and gentleman that he was. He did not wear his patriotism ...
    ( By A S Gurunathan )
  • In response to Ayeena, In my "very personal opinion" Muslims would have been stronger in United India but the present state of muslims in India leads ...
    ( By Shafqat Mahmood )
  • Sir: I agree with the views expressed by Mr. Zeb Khan...such is the state of Ulemas and the Umma...is it purely due to the ...
    ( By Syed Ali )
  • Only satanic cults would use assassination of progressives as a preferred method to advance their diabolical goals.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The beauty of the Qur'an lies in its sublime expression in idioms metaphors and allegories. The lilting qiraat is possible because of its poetic construction ...
    ( By Hanif Salat )
  • One has to agree with the author when he says, "On Fridays, one can hardly hear a word of God’s mercy, achievements of human beings, ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Several of the examples in the Wikipedia's long list of conspiracy theories conform to my definition of "conspiracy theory". However I am not saying ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • As the author says, "As long as we refuse to appreciate that the Qur’an may be divinely inspired but is human-authored, we will be forced ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Bhaiyo ek dusre ko nicha dikhana ya ek dusre Ke charm ko bura batane Ki jagah ek dusre she acchi baatein seekho. '
    ( By Ravi kumar )
  • Amazed, because of intolerance, but not surprised. ' When people by pass Allah and start begging for help from a Messenger who passed away and ...
    ( By Mubashir )
  • We ought to pray in this blessed month of Ramadan “May Allah Almighty eradicate all such terrorism that is killing the innocent lives!” ...
    ( By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث )
  • After all, terrorism is mortal. No terrorism lasted forever. Terrorism of Namrud, Pharaoh, Hitler and all terrorists vanished. Similarly terrorism of ISIS will vanish soon. ...
    ( By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث )
  • Why the War on Terror May Never End, because those waging war on terror are supporting means of terror one way or the other. ....
    ( By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث )
  • Nice article! The purpose of fasting in the month of Ramadan is to attain taqwa. Taqwa is achieved through complete faith, love of Allah Almighty, ...
    ( By GHULAM GHAUS غلام غوث )
  • Radwan's intentions are not being questioned nor has my comment anything to do with disliking what he says. Anyone who argues for suspension of any ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, You may have a restricted meaning of "conspiracy theory" but that is not what it means. Take the definition from the Wikipedia ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Twin brother kills...... This was going to happen and will continue to happen. Hindusium is prime example of it, every matter of life, death, day today ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Hassan Radwan's plea is a rational answer to the scrutiny and criticism that the Quran has been subjected to since the atrocities of ISIS ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer Ahmed saab, . . . We both know what a conspiracy is. The phrase "conspiracy theory" however has come to assume a specific meaning. ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • شرؔیفوں کی اولاد بے تربیت ہے تبہ انکی حالت بُری انکی گت ہے
    ( By Hamdard )
  • GM Sb, Conspiracy has a legal definition. Conspiracy is the collusion of two or more people pursuing illegal means to effect some illegal or immoral end. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • ایک مجلس میں تین طلاقیں دینا بدعت اور ناجائز عمل ہے۔ لہذا اس سے بچنا لازم اور صرف ایک طلاق دی جائے یا ضروری ہو ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غو ث )
  • Look at most believers of Islam, or indeed any religion: the vast majority don’t even know what their “holy texts” say" Hassan Radwan also falls ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer Ahmed saab, . . . The Watergate breakin, the Iran contra, the Savings and Loan scandal and the anthrax ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • To Who created Title: It seems the creater of tile of the article is created by man, especially Muslim men. What Taslima ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Sex is an inexorable law of nature, and more accentuated in men than women. Men are more inclined to use triple talaq on flimsy ground ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • Very sensible and insightful article....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

    کیا داعش ، طالبان  ، القاعدہ اور ان جیسے دیگر  دہشت گرد تنظیموں کو  خوارج کہنا جائز ہے؟اہل سنت و الجماعت کے متعدد  علمائے کرام نے  ان جدید دہشت گردوں کی نشاندہی بطور جدید خوارج کی ہے۔ اس کے برعکس کچھ لوگوں کا خیال ہے کہ ان گروہوں کو  خوارج کہنا درست نہیں کیونکہ خوارج اور ان کے خیالات  کا تعلق ماضی کی تاریخ سے تھا  جن کا ظہور اب دوبارہ نہیں ہو سکتا ۔بعض یہ اعتراض کرتے ہیں کہ داعش کو خوارج کے ساتھ متصف کرنا کیسے صحیح ہو سکتا ہے   ، جبکہ خوارج تو  صرف  وہ  تھے جنہوں نے حضرت علی رضی اللہ عنہ کے خلاف خروج کیا تھا اس لئے آج کے زمانہ میں ان کا وجود ممکن نہیں ہے ، خوارج  تو وہ تھے جو کبائر گناہوں پر تکفیر کرتے تھے اور داعش کبائر گناہوں پر تکفیر نہیں کرتی ہے اور خوارج تو  صرف وہ تھے جنہوں نے مسلمانوں کے امام کے خلاف خروج کیا تھا اور شام یا عراق میں مسلمانوں کا کوئی امام نہیں ہے ، بلکہ یہاں کے حکام تو اہل سنت کے ساتھ مخالفانہ رویہ رکھتے ہیں؟ ان متضاد خیالات کے ساتھ ایک سادہ مسلمان  پس و پیش میں  ہو کر رہ جاتا ہے کہ  وہ کرے تو کیا کرے؟ کیا اسے علمائے کرام پر اعتماد و یقین کرنا چاہیئے  یا  پھر غیر جانبدار ہونا چاہئے؟ ایسے ہی کچھ سوالات ہیں جن کا  جواب  اس مضمون میں خوارج کی چالیس اہم علامات و خصوصیات کے حوالے سے دیا گیا ہے۔



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    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Who Killed Amjad Sabri?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Amjad Sabri’s murder is not just the murder of a singer. It is the murder of an idea and of a practice which for centuries together has remained an essential ingredient of being a south Asian Muslim. It is a murder of fusion: of lifestyles, cultures, sharing and peaceful coexistence. Mere condemnation is not going to do. It must become an opportunity for deeper soul searching within the Muslim community...

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    Orlando Killings: Muslims Need to Introspect
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The fact remains that homosexuality is condemned in almost all Semitic religions, but why is it that only Muslims react to it in a violent fashion. Does it have something to do with the way Islam is being taught in religious schools? … Are we doing something to curb the almost routine prejudice which pervades Muslim society about Jews or homosexuals? … And if at all, some Muslims are indeed saying and believing that Islam is a religion of peace, then what have they done to critically engage with those verses in the Quran which ask the believers to wage war in the name of Islam...

    Debating Islam

    Reform Muslim Personal Law, Use Debate on Triple Talaq as an opportunity to Breach the Stagnation in Muslim Religious Thought
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Reform of Muslim personal law is the need of the hour. A demand for this has been made for decades in conferences, seminars and marches, organised by several progressive Islamic organisations including New Age Islam Foundation. These demands need to be intensified and peaceful demonstrations organised on a large scale, demanding that the government reform these laws. It will inevitably be opposed and equally inevitably expose the two-facedness of Islamic fundamentalists in the country. This would lead to a much needed debate on the hypocrisy of our ulema.

    Faced with a barrage of questions, the ulema have now decided to challenge the progressive Muslims on their theological knowledge and more importantly, the courage, to stand up to their beliefs. At the same time, they are blaming them for encouraging courts to intervene, while taking their regular subversive position that courts and government should not intervene in matters of Muslim Personal Law as it is a matter of faith.

    Rather than being cowed into silence or even dismiss this challenge as an effort to obfuscate matters, progressive Muslims should pick up the gauntlet and battle it out. This should be used as a great opportunity to breach the total stagnation that has prevailed in Islamic theological debates in the country. This will not only help the victims of our Anglo-Mohammedan Personal Law but also help open up issues related to violent extremism that is attracting our youth more and more in the absence of debate. For instance, accepting that triple talaq is not a part of Quranic teachings or even Hadith (sayings of the Prophet). A classical Muslim scholar, Hafeez Nomani, has asked if Quran alone is legitimate Islamic scripture and whether a bid’at (innovation) like triple talaq ordered by the second Caliph Hazrat Umar cannot be considered legitimate. He then goes on to ask that if triple talaq cannot be accepted, as it is a bid’at, then what about Quran, which in its present form is itself an innovation ordered by the same caliph and completed by the third Caliph Hazrat Usman.

    These are among the issues that Muslims need to debate urgently for the wider good of the community as well as the nation and the world. We must never forget the solemn warning issued by Canadian scholar Winfred Cantwell Smith in mid-20th century that a healthy, functioning Islam is crucial for world peace. Clearly, the Islam today is not healthy and functioning. So it is not only the Muslims but the nation at large that should welcome an opportunity to debate and understand Islamic theological issues.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    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……

    Islamic Ideology

    What Is Kufr And Who Is A Kafir In The Quran? (Full and Revised Text of the New Age Islam Series on the Subject)
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The Qu’ran has been mined to understand how the words Kafir and kufr (kufr is what makes a kafir or what a kafir does) have been used. It turns out that Sunni theology has erred grievously in treating all non-Muslim as kafir because the Quran does not do so. In verses that deal with the temporal dimension or this World, the Quran uses the word in a faith-neutral way. For example, miserliness is a form of kufr which clearly is a characteristic independent of one’s faith. There are “Muslims” who are niggardly and there are non-Muslims who spend freely in charity. ...

    There is not a single verse in the entire Quran that directs the Muslims to treat people of other faiths with anything other than kindness and justice. The war is only against the Kafir among them for the exclusive Kufr of:

    Those who fight the Muslims for their faith and drive them out of their homes.

    Those who break their treaties and fight or aid other enemies of the Muslims

    There is no verse in the Quran that asks the Muslims to fight with the kafir for any other form of kufr such as: Blasphemy, ridicule, rejecting faith etc. Surah 109 Al-Kafirun is explicit about living in peace with the peaceful Kafirun and ends with “(109:6) To you be your Way/religion, and to me mine.

    Islamic Sharia Laws

    Reforming Muslim Personal Law: All India Muslim Personal Law Board and its Bogus Arguments
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    To be fair the Ulama agree that triple talaq in one sitting is not the best way to give divorce. However, it seems clear to me that they have a problem with the state doing away with this practice. The courts itself, in the eyes of these Ulama, do not know Islamic law, but the worst fear seems to be that non-Muslim would be sitting in judgment over what is perceived to be a solely Islamic issue. This again is the pernicious exclusivism practiced when it comes to the Muslim religious establishment.

    Islamic Personalities

    India’s First Education Minister Maulana Abul KalamAzad, A Fervent Nationalist and Progressive Islamist, Rejected the Exclusivist, Islam Supremacist view of Other Indian Ulema
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    One of the fervent advocates of nationalism, secularism, religious diversity and dialogue, among the Indian ulema and Islamic thinkers, was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. This celebrated freedom-fighter and the first education minister of independent India was also an Islamic mystic or Sufi in his thought and practice.  … In Tarjuman al-Quran, for instance, Maulana Azad writes in his explanation of the famous Qur’anic verses 45:27-29: “Despite the theological positions diametrically different from Islam, the Qur'an does suggest that there is hope for the salvation of Jews and Christians on the Last Day. Distinct communities will be judged according to "their own book" [Qur'an 45:27-29] and: "Those who believe [in the Qur'an], and those who follow the Jewish, and the Christians, and the Sabians, any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve" (Qur'an 2:62).

     
    The War Within Islam

    Why Are Indian Ulema Silent Over Islamic State’s Challenge:  Unwillingness Or Inability?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Ulema wield considerable influence. Their silences matter as much as their statements. Those who expect help from them in fighting Islamist terrorism are mistaken. The contempt with which neo-Salafists treat our ulema is well-deserved. Nor can one expect much from secular, liberal moderates. While they are implacably opposed to terrorism, and wary of living as a suspect as every Muslim is today, they are not willing to engage with the Islamist theology. This requires them to overcome the inevitable fear of violent death. Ask liberals of neighbouring Bangladesh. Not many have this level of motivation in spite of the chaos all around. As for political leaders, Muslim and non-Muslim, the less said the better. Politicians are called leaders but they actually follow the herd. Hardly any ‘leader’ is in sight.

    However, one must take hope from history. Extremism has always been a part of Islamic history. But Muslims have managed to defeat it. At the moment, extremism is particularly influential, radicalising almost the entire society, largely as a result of tens of billions of petrodollars having been invested in this project over the last four decades. But the essence of Islamic spirituality, peace and pluralism, will find a way of bouncing back. To help this process, concerned Muslims will have to evolve a new theology, a theology of peace and pluralism and reach the Muslim ummah directly, over the heads of the ulema. This pluralistic theology must be based on Islam as a spiritual path to salvation, rather than a totalitarian ideology of world domination, as the current consensus dictates. Merely focusing on positive features of Islam, as some suggest, will not help. This is the age of internet. Nothing can be hidden. We will have to engage with the Islamist and neo-Salafist theology, taking, as it were, the bull by its horns. There are no soft options.

    From the Desk of Editor

    With Our 7th Century Mind-Set, Can We Muslims Co-Exist With Other Religious Communities In Any Part Of The World?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran had asked Muslims to fight for the existence of all those worship houses, synagogues, churches, monasteries, temples where God is praised in abundance.

    “…If God had not checked one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause); —for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will). (Qur'an, 22:40)

    You can see that here God makes the cause of protecting worship houses of all religious communities, “monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques,” as His own cause. But have you heard any Muslim demanding Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Bangladesh or any other Muslim country where religious minorities face persecution, to desist and follow the dictates of the Quran for religious freedom and diversity? I would have thought that if Muslims followed Quran, not to speak of the charter of The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we would be fighting Jihad against Saudi government to allow other religious communities to establish their own worship houses, against Pakistan and Bangladesh to stop persecuting Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, etc.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Time Ulema Came Out Of Denial: Imam Of Mecca Sheikh Kilban’s Confession Leaves No Room For Doubt That A Pernicious Islamic Theology Is Fuelling Radical Jihadism
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    It might help the ulema come out of denial if they listened to the confessions of former senior imam of Haram, the Grand Mosque of Mecca, Sheikh Adel al-Kilbani. To our utter surprise, Sheikh Kilbani has admitted that the jihadist theology emanates from the same Islamic literature being taught in Saudi Arabia.

    Books and Documents

    Essential Message of Islam: A Pioneering Work by Quran Exegetes Muhammad Yunus & Ashfaque Ullah Syed (Full Text exclusively available on NewAgeIslam.com)

    Barren sandy desert, extremely hot climate, and scarcity of water resources made the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula an inhospitable abode for man since ancient times. Its original people were pagans, except for some Unitarians (ahnaf) who contemplated on the Oneness of God. In the post Judeo-Christian era, pockets of wet fertile land attracted Jewish and Christian settlers from the adjoining regions, and became isolated centres of trade and commerce. However, the vast stretches of the desert heartland that only sustained a nomadic life, remained in a primitive state until the advent of Islam. The nomadic tribes had preserved their ancestral paganism, with each tribe having its own idol; and the Ka‘ba, a cubical shrine at the heart of an ancient sanctuary (Haram) in Mecca, was the centre of idol worship. The nomadic Arabs were largely unlettered, had no notion of central state or kingdom, and their social and moral norms were based on traditions (Sunnah) and dictated by the struggle for survival. .....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Will Indian Ulema Respond To The Latest ISIS Outrage? Is Islam Not A Religion Of Peace? Is Offensive Jihad An Individual Religious Duty (Farz-e-Ain)?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    If past record is any guide, nothing much should be expected. The Ulema (clerics) kept quiet when one of them Maulana Salman Nadwi wrote a letter to the self-declared Khalifa Baghdadi, addressing him as Amir ul Momineen.  They had kept quiet earlier when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi, of Hyderabad, the inspiration behind Indian Mujahedeen wrote and propagated: “It is the duty (of Muslims) to struggle for the domination of Islam over false religions and subdue and subjugate Ahl-e-Kufr-o-Shirk (infidels and polytheists) in the same way as it is the duty of the Muslims to proselytise and invite people to Islam. The responsibility to testify to the Truth and pronounce the Deen God has entrusted with the Muslims cannot be fulfilled merely by preaching and proselytising. If it were so there would be no need for the battles that were fought. "And fight them until there is no fitnah (mischief) and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah. And if they cease - then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do." Surah Anfal 8:39). ...

    I have grave doubts that Indian Ulema will respond to the Indian Mujahedeen speaking in the ISIS video in any meaningful way. However, I keep appealing to them in the hope that someday they will realise the dangers to the nation, the community and the world, and decide to take the bull by its horns, unless, of course, they themselves believe that ISIS is justified in demanding that Muslims engage in offensive Jihad against so-called infidels until the sovereignty of God is established on earth. I would appeal to Ulema to help evolve a parallel theology of peace and pluralism, harmonious co-existence with all, acceptance of all religions as based on messages from God, in keeping with the original message of Islam as revealed in Makkah to Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    An Appeal to Sufi Divines: Please Go Beyond Clichés Like Islam Is a Religion of Peace, Refute the Generally Accepted Core Theology Which Is Helping Jihadis Lure Our Youths to Terrorism
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Respected Sufi divines, I would, therefore, earnestly appeal to you to use the opportunity provided by the Delhi conclave to go beyond the usual shibboleths. Sufi approach of focussing on the positive features of Islam worked well at one time. There was no internet then. In the internet age everyone is a scholar. In this age of instant scholarship, nothing can be hidden or bypassed.

    It must be understood, that the radical Islamist theology and the current Islamic theology of consensus are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic. ISIS may vanish tomorrow. But the problem of radicalisation will remain. Islam supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and exclusivism are inherent in the current Islamic, and not just Islamist theology.

    Focusing on positive features of Islam is an essential part of De-radicalisation or, more realistically, Preventing Radicalisation. But it is not bearing fruit in full measure as the core theology agreed to by nearly all Muslims militates against these positives. As briefly outlined above, this core and consensual theology nullifies the impact of all arguments made against violent extremism. It is this core theology that needs to be refuted and changed.  Let us all try and bring the core Islamic theology in line with the actual teachings of Quran and Sunnah. Let us move away from the current theology of violence and xenophobia. Let us move towards a coherent, comprehensive theology of peace and pluralism, co-existence and gender justice.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    ISIS’ Millenarian Theory and its Refutation: Perspectives from Islam on Mahdaviat Doctrine and its Misinterpretations (Part 2)
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Note: A large part of the attraction of ISIS for Muslim youth is its millenarian thesis. It has convinced many that end of times is at hand, that they are engaged in the end-times battle, the Malhama. This has made the war they are engaged in imperative and urgent. Millenarianism or Islamic Eschatology, ilm-e-Aakhiruzzaman, was an inspiration behind some ideologues of al-Qaeda as well. But Osama bin Laden himself and most of his ideologues did not emphasize it much. As for ISIS, even in its previous avatar as Jamāʻat al-Tawḥīdwa-al-Jihād (The Organisation of Monotheism and Jihad) founded in 1999 by Jordanian radical Abu Musab al-Zarqawi which later pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda, several ideologues strongly believed in the apocalyptic worldview, the theory of this war being the final great war, al-Malhama al-Kubra, in which Islam will conquer the world.

    World domination has been a Muslim dream for ever. Books like Qeyamat ki Peshingoyian, or prophesies of the Prophet about the last days on earth have always been a bestseller in Muslim religious bookshops in every part of the world. No matter how irrational, Muslims of all denominations have for ever been waiting for a Mahdi or an Imam who will appear in the final days and set everything right. Indeed, this belief cuts across religious barriers. Believers in a number of religions are looking forward to the sudden appearance of a deliverer. This has made the task of ISIS easier. To help us understand this phenomenon better, New Age Islam is presenting a study by our regular columnist Mr. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, a classical Islamic scholar who specialises in comparative religion. --- Editor

    Islam and Sectarianism

    The Barelwi-Deobandi Truce? More Than Meets The Eye
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Thus behind the veil of protecting Muslim youths framed up on terror charges, something much more fundamental may be going on. Both the Deobandi and the Barelwi leadership derive much of their legitimacy and power from being the custodians of the Muslim religious sphere. Any challenge to their understanding of Islam is a direct challenge to their religious authority and therefore it is no wonder that the erstwhile enemies are now talking to each other.

     
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    With Our 7th Century Mind-Set, Can We Muslims Co-Exist With Other Religious Communities In Any Part Of The World?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran had asked Muslims to fight for the existence of all those worship houses, synagogues, churches, monasteries, temples where God is praised in abundance.

    “…If God had not checked one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause); —for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will). (Qur'an, 22:40)

    You can see that here God makes the cause of protecting worship houses of all religious communities, “monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques,” as His own cause. But have you heard any Muslim demanding Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Bangladesh or any other Muslim country where religious minorities face persecution, to desist and follow the dictates of the Quran for religious freedom and diversity? I would have thought that if Muslims followed Quran, not to speak of the charter of The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we would be fighting Jihad against Saudi government to allow other religious communities to establish their own worship houses, against Pakistan and Bangladesh to stop persecuting Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, etc.

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