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  • Black Flags of Khorasan and Gazwa-e-Hind are not only pipe dreams, they are mischievous and dangerous ideologies. 'No compulsion' and good neighborliness are the ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sensible article!
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  • We have the books but we do not have permission to think for ourselves! Instead of being obsessed with fears of bidat, shirk and God's ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Did anyone say that a person has to be a believer to receive inspiration? Read the Quran. It promises the seeker whatever she seeks ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GRD,What has all this got to do with Indian Muslims? As far as Wahabism is concerned, its influence is greater on the Barelvis.   It is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Interestingly, the man who was the most hurt by Ram Jeth Mallani's statement was none other than Maulana Arshad Madni, President Jamiatul Ulama Hind ...
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  • Dear Naseer Ahmad saheb,  you accuse those calling a spade a spade of being sectarians. Was the former Union Law Minister of our country, India ...
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  • Saudi pumping millions to promote Wahhabism in IndiaIn The Storeshttp://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/saudi-pumping-millions-to-promote-wahhabism-in-india-52171.html
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  • United StatesBrasilCanadaAlbertaBritish ColumbiaQuébec (En Francais)DeutschlandEspañaFranceΕλλάδα (Greece)IndiaItalia日本 (Japan)한국 (Korea)MaghrebUnited KingdomTHE BLOGYou Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia Aug ...
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  • Naseer Ahmad sb,Would you please give up distressing from the point? What is your say on the quotations I have repriduced above?And if you ...
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  • Sorry. i didn't include the link. here is the link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._V._Raman
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Aftab SahebHere is information about Sir C V Raman, tthe noble prize winner in physics and bharat Ratna.He discovered light scattering and it was ...
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  • GRD,Will you also talk about the works of Sufis who have equally if not more problematics views?We can choose what we teach to school ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Believers will keep always revealed knowledge above everything. They will always give credit to God for any effort of man and resultant achievements.Those scientist ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • The author mentions the tyranny Muslims are inflicting on each other. He also mentions the 'tyr and his gestureannical rulers' India now has. But ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • GRDwhy are you totally blind to ugly truth of Sufis? are Sufis Gods? Are not they human beings? they were rang e siyars.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Hujjat ul islams, hakeem ul islams, tabeeb ul islams and mujaddids only added confusion to confusion.where this confusion is originating from?
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • another problem is that in islamic books, scientists are rarely mentioned as seeker of truth. they have not found any space in Muslim books ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Aayana - 6/30/2015 7:27:08 AMgood comment. Muslims check everything whether it is conforming to the Quran and Sunna or not. so any voice ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Aftab saheb Good article. for sure so far there is no clarity on any issue. Muslims are confused on everything
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Since Scientist have declared themselves their finding are base on rational thinking, even those who talk dead or predict by talking to non- seeing ...
    ( By Aayana )
  • I agree with Sahibzada. He could read my mind. In fact, I could have given more references from the Quran in this context and ...
    ( By Aftab Ahmad )
  • A wonderful article, Aftab. Congratulations. Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts.
    ( By Asif Merchant )
  • why Sonia Faleiro has to decide what children should eat? Their guardian will be best to decide, eggs are not cheaper they are made ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • "Problematic books and views must be discussed and people must develop discretion to choose what is good and to criticise and discard what is ...
    ( By GRD )
  • Aftab, These are from my earlier comments which you may find interesting as it covers similar ground.    …..for example, the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Surely what totalitarian governments are doing around the world should not become the model for India to follow! Banning never helps. We should move ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Ghulam Muhiyuddin"A message of peace, love, non-violence and universal brotherhood must be the predominant message emanating from our pulpits".Of course, this line of thinking should be ...
    ( By GRD )
  • How can Muslims be indulging in terrorism? It is not possible! Does not the Quran say that killing a single person unjustly is like killing all ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • what about shaikh akbar ibn e arbi who considered shias swines as reported in "criminals of Islam"?
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • what about shaikh akbar ibn e arbi who considered swines as reported in "criminals of Islam"?will you apply your definition of Sufi to him? ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • what about shaikh akbar ibn e arbi who considered swines as reported in "criminals of Islam"?will you apply your definition of Sufi to him? ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • sultan sahebi hope you will disclose the names of wahabis who are bringing petro- dollars to radicalize Muslims in India to authorities. we will ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Arya Samaj also came to purify Hinduism.Martin lither king also came to purify Christianity.
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Dear Sultan Shahin - 6/30/2015 12:16:52 AMit is not me who is calling them sufis. Their chelas are calling them Sufis and ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • it seems the article has been written in a very abrupt manner without using further intellect and reason 
    ( By Sahibzada )
  • Rational Saheb, if anybody has Wahhabi views don't call him Sufi. That's all I am asking. Many Wahhabis, including those who spend most of ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Thanks Rational sb and Yoginder Sikand ji. I have been trying to explore the hitherto untouched aspects of the Quran, There are many more ...
    ( By Aftab Ahmad )
  • This, Mr Ghouse, is what should be agitating you instead:Southeast AsiaMalaysian Mufti Says Non-Muslims Should Cover Up To Prevent Muslims from SinningJun 29, 2015KUALA ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • "God Says? """You got an audio recording of God's voice? I would like to hear it. 
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
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    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

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