• Hats Off has difficulty even understanding Pickthall's quote! What it means is that a believer could be a believer in any religion...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • whoever is editing the comments needs to get some general knowledge. it is not bertrand rustle. it is bertrand russel.
    ( By hats off! )
  • Mr Roy W Brown says: "I suggest the writer start to observe the western world where many non-believers, motivated by the wish to help their ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It is a mistaken notion that "The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act" adopted in May 1986 ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The triple talaq process contravenes the very clear process detailed in the Quran....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • As long as Mr. Naseer Ahmed will not define 'truth' he can say anything he wants and get away with it. So he can talk all ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Main to yahi kahunga mere hindu aur muslim bhaiyo ki jhagda krke koi v khush nhi rh paya h. kavi aap hamara khoon bahaye kavi ...
    ( By Sunny kumar sharma )
  • I totally reject this assessment: "The kafir is a person who has chosen to be selfish and self-centred." No, it is someone who has assessed the evidence ...
    ( By Roy W Brown )
  • Over everything else besides good sense and intelligence, God has given us the Book of guidance to be read, understood, followed and practiced. What is ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, The basis of all my understanding of what Islam means, is the Quran. If your basis is not the Quran, then it will be ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb, If you read a mistranslated version, you will never discover the meaning. The first step is to replace the English translation with ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • God is not an Orwellian tyrant. He has given us sufficient sense to know what is good and what is bad, what is right and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Erosion of male hegemony would be a god thing for both men and women.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseersaab. I have told you what my understanding of divinity in Islam is. If you have a different understanding, so be it.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Brother/orSister/orOrganisation(as per Manzural Haqe), Secular Logic, it is not point of convincing to Naseer Ahmed, or Manzural Haque or any other commentator the meaning of ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • An excellent discussion on NDTV
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseersaab, You are right in calling kuffaru a faith-neutral term. I stand corrected....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good read especially for those who blindly support the UCC
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The same "clergy" who shouted slogans against the Shah Bano decision will now....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Mr shahin congrats for founding a new religion with the financial and logical support of RSS. Since one's life is a reflection of one's...
    ( By Tarique Khan )
  • Big question but not a single Maulvi will define this to you of course they will provide...
    ( By Amit Sahay )
  • you cant associate 1.6 billion muslims to extremists... there are only 1 or 2% of the muslims all around globe which misunderstand...
    ( By Ibn E Makhmoor )
  • The best way to fight UCC is to reform our laws ourselves.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • As long as communities do not reform their laws to make them gender equal, the threat of UCC will....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Give me one verse of Quran where its soaked or supported violence ? Name a single one !'
    ( By Shah Emaan )
  • Because peace will be remain
    ( By Mohummad Sharjil Ansari )
  • Who r u to put a question on Quranic Verses
    ( By AL Misbah Rehman )
  • The same is true of all religions. Religion does not like refrom. Like Quran, Veda is also shruti means from God. Supporters of Veda too ...
    ( By Dipak Kumar Chakrabarty )
  • Every body is enemy of Islam because Islam is the True religion. Quran says " No profit to him from all his wealth and all ...
    ( By Faiz Ahmad )
  • Well-said! "The incidence of polygamy is actually higher among Hindus than Muslims according to the data, but the perception...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Assalamualaikum, Is there any saying of Abdul Haqq Muhaddith Dehlvi is, Every night after salatul...
    ( By Sumon Ahmed )
  • Sir Just see who are doing it by the same of Islam. Why millions of muslims are dying by....
    ( By Syed Ahmad Jami Waheedy )
  • Great salute to u Sultan Saheen Sir I totally agree with it.Modernise way of thinking....
    ( By Mokbul Hussain )
  • The person who is blind Inside can't see all this. He sees as per goggle he wears
    ( By M Sultan Lone )
  • Russia attacked Afganistan it was love, America attacked Afghanistan it was love. Russia and...
    ( By M Sultan Lone )
  • It is the ideas that go into a man's brain that makes him do all atrocities with out remorse religion...
    ( By Satishkumar Govind )
  • Before posting this subject we need to know your conclusion Mr. Sultan...
    ( By Mohammed Suhail Patchur )
  • Every authority has a right to punish the wrong doer and guilt whether it be the head of the family or the state or the ...
    ( By Pervez Ahmed )
  • Secularlogic says: "When the Muslim and the Kaafir are living in close proximity, you can imagine how ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Marriage and Divorce in Religions and As Given In Quran

    Just one feature of the religious/Sharia practice is focused on here; that of couple seeking reunion in marriage after their ‘final divorce’ has taken place. This final divorce is the one that is enforced by Quran following reconciliation of the couple to come together in marriage twice previously, having gone through two divorces.... 

    Islamic Ideology

    Who Are Those Who Will Believe And Those Who Will Not?
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    There are many people who show an unflinching determination to disregard half of the relevant evidence! In Psychology this is called cognitive bias where we pay attention only to facts that support our prejudices. Uncomfortable evidence that contradicts our theory causes what is called cognitive dissonance. An honest way of dealing with cognitive dissonance is to revise our opinion/theory taking the full facts of the case into consideration. Dishonest ways are by way of discounting, falsifying, or by ignoring altogether the evidence that does not suit our purpose.....

    Islamic World News

    US Exhibition Celebrates Beauty of Quran Manuscripts

    60 Killed In Twin Suicide Attacks as Terrorists Storm Police Training College in Quetta

    Bihar: Muslim Couple Exchange Wedding Vows in Shiva Temple

    ISIS Trying To Establish a Caliphate inside Afghanistan: US General

    The Muslim Prayer at Rome's Coliseum Was a Declaration of War


    North America

    Hillary Clinton’s Khizr Khan Campaign Ad Finally Gives American Muslims the Humanity They Deserve


    Terrorists Can’t Deter Judiciary, Say Judges


     ‘India Has Capacity to Produce Hundreds of New Nuclear Bombs’

    South Asia

    Quetta Attack: Abdullah Says State-Sponsored Terrorism Leads to Destruction


    Reticent Danish Queen Rethinks Islamic Integration

    Arab World

    Peshmerga and Iraqi Forces Closing In On Mosul

    Over 20 Terrorists Killed in Clashes with Syrian Soldiers in South-western Damascus


    Al-Shabab Suicide Bomber Hits AU Base In Beledweyne

    Somali Extremists Kill 12 Non-Muslims in Northern Kenya


    Bylock Use Is an Evidence of Gülen Network Links: Owner

    Turkey to Step up War against Terror in Iraq: FM Çavuşoğlu

    Southeast Asia

    UN Urges Myanmar to Probe Recent Violence against Rohingyas

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Christian Girls Who Escaped Islamic State Say Virgin Mary Saved Them

    Women India Movement Launches Drive For Triple Talaq

    'Rate of Divorce among Muslims Less Than Other Religions'

    Pakistan Senate Panel Passes Bill on Women’s voting

    Second Muslim Women’s Literary Conference Inspires Creative Pursuits

    Westpac Unveils First Official Hijab, Designed By Carla Zampatti

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Islam and Sectarianism

    At the end of day between the different sects of Islam we have more similarities than we have differences. I can say on the week of Muharram, at a Shia mosque, I have firsthand experience being the only Sunni Muslim amongst the entire Shia congregation could not have felt more at home....

    Islamic Society

    In view of the complexity of the problem, the only ray of hope lies in the honest and unified efforts of liberal Muslims. Without a strong assertive Muslim leadership in the nationalist and secularist Indian tradition launching an aggressive movement for democratic liberalism to free the Muslim women from their plight, they would continue to cling to medievalist obscurantism. The need of the hour is to de-politicise all the Muslim issues and free them from the Mullahs....

    Islamic Society

    'Talaq' and the Battle to Ban the Three Words That Grant India's Muslim Men Instant Divorce

    Indeed, one of the reasons triple Talaq has remained legal so long is the fear, propounded by Muslim community leaders, that if the government is allowed to tamper with Islamic personal laws, it might one day scrap them completely, “and the majority will swallow you up”...

    Urdu Section

    Importance and significance of good and pious companionship  نیک صحبت کی دینی اور معاشرتی اہمیت و افادیت
    Misbahul Huda, New Age Islam

    حضرت ذوالنون مصری رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ فرماتے ہیں کہ جس شخص کے اندر دوسروں کے عیوب تلاش کرنے کی عادت ہو وہ ہمیشہ اپنے عیب کو دیکھنے سے اندھا رہے گا اور جس کی نظر اپنے عیوب و نقائص پر ہو وہ دوسروں کے عیب دیکھنے سے نابینا ہو جائے گا۔ اس سے ہمیں یہ معلوم ہوتا ہے کہ انسان کسی ایک کے ہی عیب پر نظر رکھ سکتا ہے، یا تو دوسروں کے عیوب اور دوسروں کے نقائص پر نظر رکھ سکتا ہے یا خود اپنے عیوب و نقائص پر نظر رکھ سکتا ہے۔ اب یہ ہمارے اوپر ہے کہ کون سا راستہ اختیار کرتے ہیں یاتو ہم اپنے عیوب پر ہمیشہ نظر رکھیں اور زندگی بھر ان کی اصلاح کرتے رہیں اور روحانی ترقی کے منازل طے کرتے چلے جائیں، یا پھر عمر بھر دوسروں کے عیوب و نقائص ہی دیکھتے رہیں اور جب ہم یہ راستہ اختیار کریں گے تو نتیجۃً غیبت اور چغلی میں ملوث ہوں گے، دل میں دوسروں کے لیے بغض و عناد پیدا ہوگا، زبان بھی گندی ہو گی، آپسی تعلقات بھی خراب ہوں گے، لوگوں کی شکایتیں بھی ہوں گی جس کے نتیجے میں فتنہ و فساد کا ماحول پیدا ہو گا اور ہماری زندگی میں صرف شر ہی شر ہو گا؟ لہٰذا، اب فیصلہ ہمارے ہاتھوں میں ہے کہ ہم اپنے عیب پر نظر رکھتے ہیں یا دوسروں کے عیوب و نقائص پر نظر رکھتے ہیں۔

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Does the World Have a Credible Civilian Partner in Pakistan?
    Mohammad Taqi

    The Uri attack came in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan and yet the thrice-elected prime minister was not able to utter a word about the shenanigans of his generals. This begs the question of whether the world has a credible civilian partner in Pakistan? Modi and Ghani seem to have concluded that the answer is no....

    The War Within Islam

    Islam, Ours and Theirs
    Javed Anand

    Why are Sunni Ulema hell-bent on defending the continuance of triple talaq which is not only contrary to the unambiguous Quran injunction, but which even according to them is “theologically repugnant”? What, except their male-centred worldview, stops them from seeing the two-faceted nature of the Quranic stipulations concerning women: Some truly progressive by the prevailing cultural sensibilities at Islam’s birth, some like “directive principles” pointing towards a far more egalitarian and gender just future society?...


    Islamic Ideology

    The Misrepresentation of the Quran through Mistranslation
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The major source of mistranslation of the Quran is the mistranslation by every translator of the Quran of the word “Kafaru” as “disbeliever”. A disbeliever is understood as “those who are not followers of Prophet Muhammad” although even this meaning of disbeliever is incorrect. The Quran does not use the word Kafaru in the sense of “disbeliever” even in a single verse! As a matter of fact, the Quran makes it unmistakably clear that Kafaru means not a disbeliever but one of the following:...

    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.....

    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan on Anti-Muslim Sentiments
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan on Anti-Muslim Sentiments
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

    The only way to change the perception of people about Islam and Muslims is for the representatives of Muslims to condemn the wrong actions of Muslims. For example, all Ulema should collectively issue a fatwa unconditionally denouncing the negative activities of Muslims...

    Islamic Society
    Enjoining Good and Forbidding Wrong
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    Enjoining Good and Forbidding Wrong
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    This hadith talks about Taghayyur-E Munkar, which means rectifying or remedying a wrong. The Arabic word Taghayyur means ‘replacement’. Hence, in the above hadith, the word Taghayyur means replacing a condition of evil or wrong with a condition that is not evil or wrong. In other words, this hadith ordains the reforming of a certain condition, not engaging in conflict and causing destruction....

    Islam, Women and Feminism
    Empowerment of Women in Islam: Now and Then
    Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef, New Age Islam

    Empowerment of Women in Islam: Now and Then
    Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef, New Age Islam

    Islam brought to women their dignity, freedom, justice and equality. It infused in them a sense of self confidence and a seeking sprite of truth and hunger for knowledge .That is why in early Islam a woman is seen participating in all the vibrant social activates, say, learning knowledge, propagating it even teaching men for that matter, participating even in war zone and political arena. In prophetic era Hazrat Ayesha as first lady of Islam not only was a great Aalima having deep knowledge of Quran and Hadith, but was enjoying an expertise in areas of Arabic poetry, medicine teaching and jurisprudence….

    Islamic Society

    Beyond the Moderate and Radical in Indian Islam
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

     The regime of reform became common to both the Barelvis and the Deobandis, following the model of early Islam which was adopted by them both. The problem of the loss of pluralism starts from there: till that model of early Islam heavily infused with Arab cultural traditions gets questioned, there is no point pitting moderate Barelvis against the radical Deobandis....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Sultan Shahin Raises Triple Talaq Issue at UNHRC, Asks Muslims to Engage In Serious Rethinking Of Islamic Theology and Bring It In Line With the Needs of 21st Century
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Mr. President,

    While the world’s attention is focused on violent extremism practised by a section of Muslims, gross violations of human rights are taking place in various Muslim societies in the name of religion. In a South East Asian country, the Arabic name of God is monopolised by Muslims. Non-Muslims using the traditional term Allah for God are punished. In a South Asian Muslim country thousands of Hindu and Christian girls, many under the age of 18, are abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, and then “married” to their abductors. In a Middle Eastern country, courts allow marriages of as small as 9-year-old girls and force them to consummate their “marriage” and live with their husbands. In my own country, India, Muslim husbands can utter the word talaq, meaning divorce, thrice in a row, and legally throw their wives out of their homes in less than a minute.

    While these are gross violations of human rights, they also amount to denigrating the religion of Islam. All these and many other similar social evils and criminal acts including terrorism are practiced as if they have been ordained by Islamic scriptures. This calls for deep introspection in the Muslim community. We Muslims should not allow our religion to be hijacked in this fashion.

    Mr. President, I would like to make a request, through you, to the representatives of Muslim countries in the Council. Dear Sirs, Madams, Please start a serious dialogue with theologians in your countries and ask them to open the gates of Ijtihad, the creative re-thinking. This was not only permitted, but ordained by God, in Islam’s primary scripture, the holy Quran, as no other Prophet was to come after Mohmmad (saw). We Muslims must revisit our theology in the light of the needs of the 21st century. We are not living in the 7th century and can neither fight those early battles nor organise our societies in that medieval fashion....


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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 Questions 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....

    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.

    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.....

    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....

    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. ...

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    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. …..

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