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  • What about the real story of 9/11 that the Eest is revealing asthe handieork of the Jews.....
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  • @Ashish why do you forget in befooling the Muslims by creating ISIS. Yes I ....
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  • What u mean by Sufi ?? Sufi is the Sunni nothing else..
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  • There is a saying in Hindi " Gud khata hun, Gulgulle se Parhej"....
    ( By Ramashish Thakur )
  • It is good that the Muslim community is addressing itself because when the same criticism comes from outside, It feels.....
    ( By Archana Bhatia )
  • @Ghulam Mohiyuddin your suggestion is very sensible. There is no room for obscurantism in the ....
    ( By Subhas Verma )
  • @ Syed Alamgir Siraj no one here is is in disagreement with the holy Quran.....
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  • How people change the meaning of their relgion here is example. Islam's position is that Muslims....
    ( By Aayina )
  • Reading all of above comments especially by Muslims , am Amazed at the intellectual deprivation of this community....
    ( By Raghu )
  • Hindus belive in God made by Man and Muslims belive in invisible God made by man.
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  • There is one in Kolkota too
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • @Ghulam Mohiyuddin Don't agree. Quran is the law. Quran is for ...
    ( By Syed Alamgir Siraj )
  • What does Porkistan suggest used by Arvind ? So don't crap around. Today situation ....
    ( By Syed Alamgir Siraj )
  • The very word used by him for Pakistan suggests his low mentality having stinking fixed ideas.Penis and cunt they worship but look at the audacity ...
    ( By Khalid Lateef )
  • @siraj and j rana.u have no patience.patience needed for healthy disscussion.if u r able plz dont use word like this.express ur thought by logic and ...
    ( By ଜ୍ୟୋତିର୍ମୟ ପଣ୍ଡା )
  • while some parts of the argument on a religious issue (raised by this journal) may be sound and rational, the conclusions drawn on basis of ...
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  • Nothing will change.In the name of allah everything is just and fair, including rape murder et. al.'
    ( By Behram Aga )
  • muslim didn't get any Iswar chandra vidyasagar,or Raja Ram Mohan Roy to raise the women'
    ( By Mohan Rudra )
  • We are avoiding the ROOT cause of Islamic terrorism........ Do you tnk if KASHMIR bcm Pakistan they will STOP.......?
    ( By Akash Paul )
  • He feels he is the only person who can understand everything and whole Muslim fraternity is bunch of fools.'
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  • If all religions do introspection it will do good for the society' ...
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  • Time is ripe to change this draculan custom is brouht to change earlist. Anyone opposing this change should be lowered unto hell where he may ...
    ( By Sasidharan Nair )
  • that is impossible..quran is the unchangeble words of allah and for all of humanity and for all times as per quran itself..talking of context and ...
    ( By Prashant Singh )
  • Islam is not a religion made by any human it is made by Allah the one nd only.. So nothing will be change in Islam till ...
    ( By Junaid I. Rana )
  • Islam is not compatible with democracy and the provisions of shari'a can't be implemented, so confusion for democracy among Muslims will be forever.'
    ( By Vijay Tiwari )
  • Triple talak at one month interval is what Noble Quran suggests, and it also advises the both parties should do so before two witnesses from ...
    ( By Khalid Lateef )
  • Wallahi we have yet another scholar in Jn Qaseem sb.
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • Reform for Islamic religion can be based on the Bahai faith and also based on Sufism so that the violent aspects of clans fostering extremism ...
    ( By Ramesh Thumati Alagarsamy )
  • All theories and ideas need introspection and rethinking. Blocking ideas do not help. US is no 1 in the world as they welcome best quality ...
    ( By Arvind Bhel Manit Srivastava )
  • Dear Waris Mazhari, when were the gates of Ijtihad closed?? Maudoodi also asserts these gates are still open. To both of you, there isn't an ...
    ( By Qaseem )
  • GM SB SAYS : “Forgetting Confuscius and Socrates, whom you dismiss on very arbitrary grounds” Arbitrary grounds? Proving that the moral principle falsely ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Even as kids we had learnt that as the Prophet proclaimed, Islam, there was intense hostility from the existing vested interests. The vested interests are ...
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • Ijtihad is to set the record straight and remove the distortions. The part about polytheists is covered in my article below Part 1.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, Read the Surah from verse 1 onward. It is clear that it is a judgment at the end of hostilities on the people ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • In every major religion, reformists appear at regular intervals of time to rid their religions from undesirable beliefs and other things. Except Islam. Perhaps....
    ( By Abhijit Sengupta )
  • Laws should be formulated by representatives of the people. Religions may prescribe general principles, e.g. justice, fairness, equality....
    ( By Ghulam Faruki )
  • Muslims believe in God made man. I guess Hindus believe in man made gods.'
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • Secularlogic, Actually, it does wash and also quite literally as it turns out. “No people in the Middle Ages contributed to human progress so much as ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseersaab, You say you do not find a single moral precept developed by a philosopher in the past 600 years. Forgetting Confuscius and Socrates, whom you ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    چند ماہ پہلے سائنس اسٹریم کے پہلے بیج کی ترتیب و تنظیم کے دوران ہمیں اس بات کا شدت سے احساس ہوا کہ ہمارے فارغین میں سائنس کے تئیں والہانہ ذوق و شوق کے باوجود معلومات کی سخت کمی ہے جس پر ہم ایک نئی عمارت تعمیر کرنا چاہتے ہیں ۔گذشتہ ربع صدی میں سیکولر اسکولوں میں سائنس کی تعلیم میں مواد او رمعیار ہر دو اعتبار سےحیرت انگیز تبدیلی آئی ہے۔ دینی مدارس میں پڑھانے جانے والے معلومات عامہ، جغرافیہ اور الطقس والمناخ کے واجبی علم سے اب نئے سائنسی نصاب کی بنیاد کا کام نہیں لیا جاسکتا ۔

     
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    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Science and Religion
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Speaking historically, belief without a good rational basis or evidence may have been a necessity in the past, but today, this is neither necessary nor a good thing. Today blind belief is more harmful than blind rejection but acceptance on a rational basis is not only good but indispensable to leading a truly “moral” life with values that are transcendental and not merely utilitarian.  Religion gave us concepts and moral principles that were far beyond the capacity of human minds to fully comprehend their utility and role in leap frogging their society on the scale of civilization.....

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    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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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Islamic Scholars Must Open the Gates of Ijtihad; Reflect Creatively On Islamic Teachings and Their Applications, Particularly Islamic Political Theology
    Waris Mazhari

    In part, the intellectual crisis of present-day Muslims can be traced to the suppression of the movement of Islamic rationalism by the traditionalist, orthodox Ulema in the early centuries of Islam. In the conflict between reason (Aql) and text (Nass), the suppression of reason played a major role in the ensuing intellectual stagnation of Muslims. A second factor for this intellectual crisis of Muslims was the supposed closing of the ‘doors’ of Ijtihad’, creative reflection on and application of Islamic teachings in new contexts...

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Addressing the UNHRC at Geneva Sultan Shahin Question’s Contemporary Applicability of Contextual Verses of Quran Meant For 7th Century Wars and the Divinity of Hadith and Sharia
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Fifteen years after 9/11, the scourge of violent Islamist extremism has become even more complex and deadly. The alacrity with which 30,000 Muslims from around the world joined the so-called Islamic State’s war against humanity has puzzled many. How could a peaceful, pluralistic religion be subverted so easily to create inhuman monsters? Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common factor is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist, totalitarian, Jihadi theology. 

    This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation that teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness. But there has to be a reason why Jihadi ideology has gained acceptance; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars are proving so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, 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. Jihadists misuse the war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. But most damaging for Islam and useful for Jihadism is the Doctrine of Abrogation whereby all peaceful Meccan verses are considered abrogated by the confrontational, war-time Medinan verses. Similarly the divinity attached to Hadith and Sharia and their universal applicability will have to be reconsidered by mainstream Islam, and not just to defeat Jihadism, but also to deal with many other issues including Human Rights of women, children and homosexuals....

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    If Sharia Is Divine, Why Don’t Ulema Demand Medieval Punishments Of Flogging, Amputation And Beheading For Muslims?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Muslim reaction to Javed Akhtar’s tweet can be summed up by what Khalid Yunus Ansari wrote in Pratap of 11 September: “There has never been any dearth of opportunists and traitors among Muslims. These people may appear intelligent and educated but are ignorant of Muslim mores. … A real Muslim is one who consciously and even sub-consciously believes in and follows Islamic Laws, someone who cannot even imagine finding fault with or challenging or violating any of them. Even imagining any fault with Muslim Laws is absolute kufr (disbelief), not to speak of expressing such thoughts.”

    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....

    Books and Documents
    Islam and the Future of Tolerance
    Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

    Islam and the Future of Tolerance

    The Quran, like any other text (religious as well as other) can be interpreted in diverse, often mutually-contradictory, ways. If radical Islamists champion a violence-driven, politics-centric interpretation of their faith, many Muslim reformists articulate diametrically different interpretations of Islam, which are rooted in a quest for peace. What people read into a text depends heavily on their cultural and ideological baggage....

    Islam and Science
    Science and Religion
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Science and Religion
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Speaking historically, belief without a good rational basis or evidence may have been a necessity in the past, but today, this is neither necessary nor a good thing. Today blind belief is more harmful than blind rejection but acceptance on a rational basis is not only good but indispensable to leading a truly “moral” life with values that are transcendental and not merely utilitarian.  Religion gave us concepts and moral principles that were far beyond the capacity of human minds to fully comprehend their utility and role in leap frogging their society on the scale of civilization.....

    Islamic Society
    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.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Radical Islamism, In Any Form or Fashion, Is Not Compatible With the Pluralistic and Democratic Indian Ethos
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    This is a tough time for introspection on part of the Indian Ulema and Islamic scholars. Merely organising large anti-terrorism conferences will do no service to the community. Time they combat the exclusivist, xenophobic, misogynistic and anti-plural religious underpinnings, be they embedded in Salafism, the Saudi state religion, or any other strain of Islam. Radical Islamism, in any form or fashion, is not compatible with the secular, pluralistic and democratic Indian ethos...

    Islam, Women and Feminism
    Europe and the Muslim Body
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Europe and the Muslim Body
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Sex and sexuality was never a taboo subject and early Islamic texts devote pages after pages to its discussion. Hence in Islam liberal ideas may not develop a critique of the body similar to the West for the simple reason that the Muslim body was never denied its pleasures. Thus the reason why some Muslim women would not see the veil as a symbol of sexual repression while the Christian West will is precisely because their historical and religious experiences have been very different. By reading the veil only as a symbol of oppression, Europe wants to universalize its own historical biases, anxieties and particularisms. ...

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Treatment of Enemies in Islam, Christianity and Judaism—A Common Tendency towards Repelling Enmity
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    A good human being is identified as kind even towards his enemies. He does not deprive them of the rights that they deserve as his human counterparts. On A good human being is identified as kind even towards his enemies. He does not deprive them of the rights that they deserve as his human counterparts. He does not punish his enemies any more than would be just, but if possible tries to forgive them. Such was the blessed attribute that the holy prophets of Allah Almighty –including Sheath, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the final messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of them)— brought to the world so as to encourage forgiveness, good treatment and justice towards the entire humanity. .....

    Islamic Personalities

    Maulvi Muhammad Baqar: Hero or Traitor of 1857?
    Rana Safvi

    After a four month long siege, Delhi fell to the British on September 14, 1857 and Baqar (1790-1857) was the first journalist to have fallen to the imperialistic designs of the British on September 16, 1857. He was a religious scholar who was well versed in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and English. He had received religious education from his father Maulana Muhammed Akbar (who was an eminent Alim) and secular education in Delhi College, which he joined in 1825. Later he became a Persian language teacher at Delhi College....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Open Letter to Maulana Firangimahali: Why Do Moderate Ulema Stay Silent When Terrorists Claim - 'Islam Has Never Been A Religion Of Peace, Not Even For A Day'?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

    Islam and Politics

    Break Up Pakistan to Resolve Kashmir Jihad
    Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam

    In present times, nations are invaded by ideas emerging from internal and external sources. There are two recent examples of this argument. One, Syrian refugees arriving in Europe have practically invaded local cultures, disturbing the rule of law in European countries. Two, in India television debates about pellets guns have emerged as more powerful than bullets, thereby posing a threat to peace in Kashmir. The tragedy of the Indian mind is that, in responding to the war in Kashmir created by the Pakistani-jihadi mind – it is seeking a political solution. In this context, discussed below are some difficult ways to resolve the Kashmir issue but first look at a brief history of the conflict....

    Islamic Society

    Suffice it to say that Quran calls for conservation of animal life and therefore has nominated a long period in which hunting is prohibited so as to give animals time to recover from the depletion of its population at the hands of mankind. Therefore, animals being also a community of creation, it is to be cherished and husbanded sustainably....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

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    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    If one is hell bent on arguing that Islam is the best religion in the world and that polytheism of the Hindus is a backward and deplorable religious worldview, then how does this promote peace and tolerance? If he continues to justify that Islam alone is the saviour of world, then how does this promote peace and mutual respect? Calling such sermons of a third rate pedant as dialogue militates against the very idea of a dialogical plural world. Zakir Naik is not interested in dialogue: he is a fascist demagogue who wants all the world to convert to his point of view.

    His hypocrisy on democracy begins to unravel the minute he takes recourse to the Quran. There are many passages within the text to cite in terms of pluralism and tolerance. But to quote the verse which tells Muslims to be patient and wait for their eventual victory over the polytheists is perhaps too much. This is not a man who is a believer in the virtues of secular laws like democracy. This is a man who wants to unfurl the Islamic flag everywhere, demean and trounce all other religious traditions. The recourse to democracy and the language of rights are only a means to an end: that of establishing the supremacy of Islam. ....

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    Allah Hafiz vs. Khuda Hafiz
    Almas Kiran Shamim

    A Christian from Pakistan can use ‘Khuda’; a Zoroastrian from Iran can use ‘Khuda’. This, by no means, implies that a Muslim from either Pakistan or Iran cannot use ‘Khuda’. When you say that ‘Khuda’ can also mean the Christian God or the Parsi God or even the Sikh or Hindu God, you are actually trying to say that there IS a Christian God, a Parsi God, a Sikh God, and a Hindu God besides a Muslim God Allah.....

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    Open Letter to Maulana Firangimahali: Why Do Moderate Ulema Stay Silent When Terrorists Claim - 'Islam Has Never Been A Religion Of Peace, Not Even For A Day'?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    I didn’t see you questioning the notorious tele-evangelist Dr. Zakir Naik when he said: “all Muslims should be terrorists” or when he said: “Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.” Indeed, you all kept quiet when Naik made hateful remarks like the following: “People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.” Naik has made insulting other religions in the guise of comparative study or interfaith dialogue his speciality. But I find almost the entire fraternity of Muslim ulema coming out in his defence when it was discovered that his discourse inevitably inspired several people around the world who took to the path of terrorism.

    Worst of all, you and all other ulema kept quiet when Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad asked Muslims to pray for the Islamic State. In a press release available online he said: “Condemnation of their (Islamic State’s) action may not be called sagacity and will be considered against the spirit of Islam. … they have tried to fulfil the dream of a large section of Muslims and their determination has infused a new life into the concept of Caliphate. Their announcement (of caliphate) has surpassed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Abul Ala Maududi’s powerful writings and speeches about Caliphate and has realized the concept practically. …..

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