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  • “There is no way of considering Zakat as a tax, alms or donation; rather, in the Quran, Zakat has been stated as the indisputable right ...
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  • Good review by Mr. Ghulam Ghaus! ISIS terror group has issued a list of names of Muslim clerics, calling them “imams of kafir” and asking its ...
    ( By Javed USA )
  • The new ISIS video claiming to be featuring Batla house victims is merely a fabricated video clip which has given a chance to the Muslim ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Arshadsaab is right. It is a lot better to err on the side of excessive vigilance than on the side of excessive complacency.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Ms. Agnes makes some excellent points which must be heeded.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Science simply is knowledge gained through observation and experimentation. Islam encourages pursuit of such knowledge. . . ..
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • @Rakesh kr. singh And, yet Muslims are still in minority in India and upon expulsion from Spain they were also in minority. What happened? Did ...
    ( By Mubashir Inayet )
  • Permission in the Quran, to fight back was given after the budding community of Muslims were being attacked overtly and covertly by their opponents determined ...
    ( By Mubashir Inayet )
  • With this sort of “spot Spirituality” religion, it would appear that God has made only some months and days in it as holy. For the ...
    ( By Drink to that )
  • "It is unwise to expect reform from the community whose religious leaders have historically treated women as subjects and not equals.". . . I fully agree. ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is a lesson to be learned by South Asian Muslims in this. Let us hope and pray that we never have to see the ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • During the last 100 or let us say 200 or even 300 years, who has caused more deaths in the world, Muslims or Christians.
    ( By Syed Masud ul Hassan )
  • There is no evidence that any Muslim sought permission from any 'scholar' before joining ISIS. These 'challenges' to the Ulem are acts of passive aggression ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • Through the video Daesh/ISIS terrorists want to lure more youths from India. But they can’t win over Indian Muslims as long as India is the ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • MEMRI is a Zionist organization which employs Tufail Ahmad. I wonder why the article does not give the name of the author.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Where Shab e Baraat was imported from:..
    ( By Mubashir )
  • Such Indian jihadists in ISIS must be severely and widely condemned by religious and political leaders as well as by journalists as enemies of India's ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good to see Muslim leaders in India speak up against a Satanic ideology...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sultan Shahin Indian Ulama have very clearly condemned ISIS. They have outrightly rejected Baghdadi's claim of Caliphate....
    ( By Muhammad Aslam Ghazi )
  • Until seculars support these elements we will be in danger'
    ( By Shachindra Trivedi )
  • By the way....the message in ISIS video and the 3 options that have been given to us non-muslims are exactly what our forefathers faced....1) Convert ...
    ( By Rakesh Kumar Singh )
  • Bloody idiot Tasleema nasreen'
    ( By Zu Ba Ir )
  • Unless Uslam is reformed, you can't expect any change!'
    ( By Anupam Trivedi )
  • Unless Uslam is reformed, you can't expect any change!'
    ( By Anupam Trivedi )
  • They secretly support ISIS. Jihad is their ideology. Victimhood their facade.
    ( By Anand Kumar )
  • Permission in the Quran, to fight back was given after the budding community of Muslims were being attacked overtly and covertly by their opponents determined ...
    ( By Mubashir )
  • “I say you have only three options: to accept Islam, to pay Jizya, or to prepare to be slaughtered” if this is what kafirs are offered ...
    ( By prisha )
  • To Author Your wish cannot happen, but god of Abhrahmic religion was chossing only man messenger? How funny is Abrahmic relgion God very bias towards choosing female ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • The article lambasts the surveillance regime against radical Muslims in America, but such a surveillance regime is in fact necessary and Muslims should welcome and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • “Islam was never a religion of peace for even one day." . . . Read the Meccan verses! The Mecca Quran was all about tolerance, ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Muslims should avoid all ayurvedic products. The science was developed by Hindu Rishis. They should use zamzam water to cure all their ailments. They should ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Mr Shahin, You still don't see the truth, do you? Islam is what it is. Take it or leave it, expecting it to develop a ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • These rabid Muslims are neither Indian not Muslim.'
    ( By Satyendra Prakash Sharma )
  • Indian ulema have not condemned ISIS's satanic ideology in strong enough terms. They have not denounced Indian jehadis who have joined ISIS as misguided ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I have been a strong critic of Owaisi brothers.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The answer lies in combating the politicisation of Islam. Only then can we distinguish religion from politics and faith from fanaticism...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is the kind of teaching approach that academics in Deoband, Bareilly and Cairo's Al-Azhar should take.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • To Ghulam Mohiyuddin Addition ....BJP win election and to grow owasi brothers and spit same venom what BJP spit for Muslim, owasi brothers for Hindus, ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • To Raihan Nezami and others Doesn't matter Indian Muslim can make it easy by avoiding any medicinal product by Hindus based on their medicinal practice ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • Which products contain cow 's urine?'
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    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.

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