• Dear SR, Do have a look at the tool and play around with it. The meaning of the verses will become crystal clear. The ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Mehdi as usual you are slimy and dishonest when it comes to islam. Extremely biased and hell bent on proving that an elephant is actually ...
    ( By Free Thinker )
  • I am yet to see your spreadsheet tool, but I read your article about 6 times trying to rework your examples. The verses are brilliant. ...
    ( By SR )
  • As I said before, the education of Islam always opposes the theory of nationalism. The decay of democracy and improper representation of people fuels the ...
    ( By Ankuran Kotal )
  • The American crying is fake as they made ISIS for their own interests.But they make another Frankenstein like Mujahedeen, Laden and Pakistan (going to be ...
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  • Why it is so horrifying? : Because Islam is totally based upon KORAN and Hadits. A man always carry two types of instinct in him. One ...
    ( By Ankuran Kotal )
  • I agree with Bushra. Triple....
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • I agree fully with Bushra. Muslim girls in India and elsewhere must be imparted education....
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • Dear Muhammad Yunus Sahib, Thank you for your clarification. I hope this....
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • Lala Thiek, I think ISIS and others of its ilk are in your mind when you ask why Christians are hated and persecuted by Muslims. ...
    ( By Serajuddin Khurram )
  • Would you please tell me the reason why Christians are being hated and persecuted by most Muslims people (?).Is it really written in Muslim Books ...
    ( By Lala Thiek )
  • पहली बात इस्लाम में लड़कियों की शिक्षा देने के बजाय उनको रोक दिया जाता है, इस्लाम में मानवधिकार का उलंघन किया जाता है मुस्लिम समुदाय ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • मुस्लिम समुदाय की जो सबसे बड़ी बुराई है सबसे पहले चार निकाह और दूसरी सबसे बड़ी बुराई है तलाक. मुसलमान पुरुषों की जो चार निकाह ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • For Satbir Sigh Bedi Sahab: Extracts from the closing sections of the book yet to be posted: 1. "In consideration of these complementing factors, which are ...
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    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Satbir Singh Bedi, Perhaps the length of this article failed to draw your close attention to its detail. The article does not advocate the applicability ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
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    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
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    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
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    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
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    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • Dear Yunus Sb, We are discussing a particular article of yours and not all your articles. This article has undergone at least two revisions because of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Sameer, Here is the caption of a broad cross section of my articles on burning religious/ social / civilizational issues facing Islam and the ...
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  • How a man can become such a force of evil and yet continue to be an imam is beyond me!
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  • मजहब बदलने से अच्छा है की कोई मजहब ही नहीं होता है. मजहब पे राजनीति करने वाले की ऐसी तैसी हो जाती. इंसानियत पे जीने ...
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  • Verse 4:34 is not connected with the divorce process. The verse covers the process for resolving serious domestic conflict. The next verse talks about arbitration.... ...
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  • the word "Alim" in the Quran actually refers to scientists, indicating the high importance afforded by the Quran to the physical sciences.[2] This is in ...
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    ( By Sultan Shahin )
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    How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State
    Noam Chomsky

    The renowned linguist and activist discusses the background of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the United States’ role in establishing the conditions under which the extremist group developed......


    Islam and Politics
    In Islam, Peace Is the Rule and War Is Only a Rare Exception
    By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    In Islam, Peace Is the Rule and War Is Only a Rare Exception
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

    The truth is that Islam in the full sense is a religion of peace. In no way is it a religion of war. In Islam, peace is the rule and war is only a rare exception. Moreover, this exception was applicable in previous ages when tribal culture prevailed in the world. Now this is a totally different age. Today we are living in the age of democracy and the United Nations. Therefore, the word ‘war’ has become an obsolete term in the international dictionary. If any war takes place in the present, it goes against the universal norm.

    Books and Documents

    The Lessons of Anwar al-Awlaki
    Anwar al-Awlaki

    This is the digital legacy of Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011. Addressing a V.F.W. convention in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama championed the counterterrorism record of his administration. ‘‘I’ve shown,’’ he said, ‘‘I will not hesitate to use force to protect our nation, including from the threat of terrorism.’’ He listed some of the terrorists killed on his watch. ‘‘Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen — gone,’’ Obama said to applause.

    Islamic World News

    Arab World

    Syrian Army Repels ISIL Attack on Kuweires Airbase, Kills over 40 Militants

    ISIL Terrorists Executes Three Kurds in Iraqi Mosul

    South Asia

    Afghan forces retake Musa Qala District, 220 Taliban killed, wounded

    US considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan after 9/11

    Taliban infighting left five killed in Zabul


    Turkish jets hit Daesh in Syria for the first time

    Turkey behind Terrorists' Violation of Ceasefire in Zabadani, Idlib


    Militants attack Jiwani airport in Balochistan, two killed

    14 militants killed in Shawal, Peshawar


    Migration crisis: Germany, France and Britain demand urgent EU meeting

    Egypt summons UK envoy over Al Jazeera verdict remarks

    Southeast Asia

    Pressure mounts on Malaysian PM as protests spill into second day


    17 Iranian Fishermen, Sailors Escape Somali Pirates' Captivity

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Two Indian Sisters Ordered To Be Raped By Village Council Beg Supreme Court For Help

    Politically Emancipated Saudi Women Are Socially Constrained

    Female Employees Rate Labour Inspectors Higher Than Haia Staff

    You Will Never Guess What This Brother in MP Gifted To His Young Sister For Rakshabandhan

    Rakhsha Bandhan Festival Celebrated In Karachi, Pakistan

    First The Rohtak Sisters And Now Jasleen Kaur; Are We Judging Men Too Harshly?

    Women More Likely To Die After Heart Attack Treatment, Say Researchers

    Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

    Islam and the Media

    Muhammad Biopic Director Calls for More Movies about the Prophet’s Life
    Iranian director Majid Majidi

    “The more movies that are made about the prophet’s life, the better,” Majidi said at Montreal’s world film festival. “We hope the Qatari team will make a correct interpretation of Islam, and they are most welcome to come and film at our facilities in our country.”

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    When ISIS Rapists Win
    David Brooks

    It’s time to stop underestimating this force as some group of self-discrediting madmen. ISIS is a moral and political threat to the fragile and ugly stability that exists in what’s left in the Middle East. ISIS will thrive and spread its ideas for as long as it has its land.

    Islamic World News

    Mohammad, the Messenger of God, Impresses Worldwide Audience
    Scott Kevin Walker Republican candidate

    Arab World

    Mohammad, the Messenger of God, Impresses Worldwide Audience

    Imbued With Hubris: US, Turkey Create ‘ISIL Zone’ in Syria

    Over 100 Nusra Militants Killed in Syrian Airstrike in Dara'a


    Persisting Saudi Aggression Kills 31 Yemenis

    Syrian Opposition Figure Asks for Iran-Saudi Arabia Talks over Syrian Crisis


    Verses from Quran Helped Capture Pak Militant: Police

    Islamic State Flags Waved In Srinagar after Friday Prayers

    South Asia

    ISIS in Afghanistan Nothing But A Movement Formed By Pakistani Militants

    Kabul Police Say Blasts Were Controlled Detonations


    Pakistan Bans Islamic State Militant Group

    India Sabotaging Regional Peace, Pakistan Tells UK


    Nigeria Says Uncovers Boko Haram Spy Ring at Abuja Airport

    Ten Al Shabab Fighters Killed In Hudur Battle


    Plans Unveiled For New Mosque in Burton That Will Be 'Biggest and Best' In Europe

    Dividing the Arabs: America and Europe's Double Game

    Southeast Asia

    After Party Name Rejected, Harapan Baru Says Fighting For Inclusive Islam

    North America

    Scott Walker Vows to Defeat Islamic State, Reduce Iran’s Influence

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    London Mother and Four Children Bound For Syria, Say Police
    Zahera Tariq, bound for Syria

    Girl 'Kills Herself' On Wedding Day Defying Forced Marriage in Bangladesh

    Palestine Women Overpower Israel Soldier Bare-Handed, Rescue Boy

    Bangladesh Child-Marriage Rates Accelerate

    Discourage Your Husbands from Corruption, Sultan of Sokoto Urges Muslim Women

    How Wonder Women is making superheroes in Indonesia

    Pakistan’s Biased Attitudes Plague Women’s Cricket, Says Team Coach

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Current Affairs

    Sister of a slain Hizbul Mujahidin commander taking the forefront: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 29 August 2015

    Sister of a slain Hizbul Mujahidin commander taking the forefront

    By Khalid Fayaz Mir

    Punishment Should offer the chance of redemption, and allow criminals to repent and reform

    By Irfan Husain

    Sexually abusing children in the name of sex education

    By Hashim Bukhari

    Pakistani nuclear arsenal: Is third largest large enough?

    By Pervez Hoodbhoy

    Obama’s legacy: Isis and other disasters

    By Aijaz Zaka Syed

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Current Affairs

    ISIS Heritage Destruction In Syria Is A War Crime: The UN Must Consider R2P To Stop It Now: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 29 August 2015

    Islamic State Pretence And The Upcoming Wars In Libya

    By Ramzy Baroud

    ISIS Heritage Destruction In Syria Is A War Crime: The UN Must Consider R2P To Stop It Now

    By Franklin Lamb

    RAB And Extra-Judicial Killings in Bangladesh

    By Taj Hashmi

    Protests in Lebanon reflect the disease not the cure

    By John Bell

    Child Marriage Law and freedom of choice

    By M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Urdu Section

    The Story of the Prophetic Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) From the Qu’ran (Part 6)  قرآنی نقطہ نظر سے پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے مشن کی تاریخ (حصہ 6): اہل کتاب اور جزیہ کا تصور
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    مدینہ کے بارہ اہم قبیلوں کے نمائندوں پر مشتمل مدینہ سے ایک وفد نے مدینہ کے ایک غیر جانبدار بیرونی شخص کی حیثیت سے 621 عیسوی میں پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو پوری کمیونٹی کے لئے چیف ثالث کے طور پر منتخب کیا۔ ان بارہ نمائندوں نے بھی پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی اسلام کی دعوت کو قبول کی اور ان تمام نے ایک عہد پر دستخط کیا جس میں انہوں نے قتل، زنا یا چوری سے بچنے اور اللہ کی اطاعت کرنے پر اتفاق کیا تھا۔ یہ عقبہ کے سب سے پہلے عہد کے نام سے مشہور ہے۔ مدینہ کے وفد اور ان کے شہریوں نے اپنی کمیونٹی میں پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو قبول کرنے اور جسمانی طور پر آپ کی حفاظت کرنے کا ایک عہد کیا۔ اس کے بعد عقبہ کا دوسرا معاہدہ ہوا جس میں 2 خواتین سمیت مدینہ کے 73 لوگوں نے عہد لیا۔

    Urdu Section

    دیکھا جائے تو اسلام کی آمد ان دبے کچلے لوگوں کے لیے مژدۂ جاں فزا تھی جو صدیوں سے غلامی کی زنجیروں میں جکڑے ہوئے تھے، ان ہی جیسے کچھ لوگ بالادست تھے، جو اپنے جیسے انسانوں کے ساتھ جس طرح چاہتے پیش آتے، کسی میں دم مارنے کی جرأت نہ تھی، سرکار دوعالم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی بعثت سےایسے لوگوں کو زندگی کی اس حقیقت سے روشناس ہونے کاموقع میسر آئی ، ان میں جان و مال کی آزادی بھی تھی، فکر و خیال کی آزادی بھی تھی، مذہب و عقیدے کی آزادی بھی تھی، شخصی اور نجی زندگی کی آزادی بھی تھی، اجتماعی اور تمدنی زندگی کی آزادی بھی تھی ۔

    Islam and Politics
    Living in a New Age: Reflections on the Muslim Predicament
    By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    Living in a New Age: Reflections on the Muslim Predicament

    Even today, innumerable Muslims are influenced by the kind of thinking which inspired the Libyan fighters. Indeed, Muslim violence in the present age stems from this turn of mind. The Muslim groups that perpetrate terror are very well aware that the other side is so strong that their violence cannot seriously affect it in any way. Yet, they continue to engage in acts of violence...

    Books and Documents

    Exemplary Punishments for Major Crimes: Essential Message of Islam: Chapter 37 To 41

    They could bully, beat up and rob any unprotected soul, commit major crimes, spread terror in the community and roam about in broad daylight, or disappear in the desert wilderness - depending upon their clan clout. The Qur'an had to stop this outrage. There were past examples of rulers inflicting severe punishment on those who defied them and of communities suffering awesome punishments because of their errant ways. The Qur’an reminds its audience of these punishments (5:33), and commands amputating of hand for stealing (5:39) as an exemplary punishment. It, however, leaves a forgiveness clause (5:39), thereby allowing flexibility in the mode of punishment.....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Pakistani Girl Suffers Serious Burns in Acid Attack by Father, Uncle
    Hameeda Waheeduddin, Pak Punjab minister

    What Pakistani Woman Says About Indian Friend on Facebook

    Pakistan Women Police Performing Better: Experts

    Turkish Man Briefly Detained for ‘Insulting’ Erdoğan’s Daughter

    Saudi Women Hail Govt Effort in Promoting Them

    Muslim Dress in Egypt: Haughty About the Hijab

    Saudi Women Get the Right to Vote, but Still Can’t Drive till the Booth Themselves

    Little Justice Months after Brutal Killing of Afghan Woman

    In Afghanistan, My Girlfriends Traded for a Car

    Ratio of Pakistani women in police lowest in South Asia

    Politician with Japanese Heritage Pushing Women’s Programs in Pakistan

    More Women Choose To Serve In Pakistani Armed Forces

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Islamic World News

    Libyan PM Blames Turkey and Qatar for Forcing Political Islam on His Country
    Mullah Mansoor


    Dozens Killed As Somali Shebab Ambush Troops

    South Asia

    Afghan Forces, With NATO Help, Attack Resurgent Taliban

    Mullah Mansoor Deployed 600 Militants to Fight Mullah Dadullah in Zabul

    ISIL Struggle to Make Progress in Taliban Bastion Afghanistan

    Arab World

    Over 45 Terrorists Killed in Syria's Aleppo

    Syrian Fighter Jets Kill Terrorists in Hama

    Syrian Air Raids Target ISIL in Palmyra Countryside

    North America

    US Asks Uzbekistan to Join Anti-Islamic State Coalition

    Feds: Arizona Man Helped Student Get Islamic State Training


    Sufi Ideology Integral Part of Indian Ethos: PM Narendra Modi

    Hiding Behind Silence, Holding On To Occasional Video Chats

    Rise in Muslim Numbers Due To Politics of Religion: Shiv Sena


    Suicide Bomber Kills Himself during Raid; Wife and Sons Also Die

    West Should Understand Difference between Islam, Terrorism: Minister for Interior Affairs

    Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal Could Become World’s Third-Biggest


    Turkey to Join Coalition's Air Fight against ISIL Soon: Pentagon

    Iran's Top Security Official: ISIL Building Security Shield for Israel

    Southeast Asia

    Displaced Shia Muslims Remain In Limbo in Indonesia

    In Talks, Muslim Rebels Seek Independence in South Thailand

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Debating Islam

    Are Women less Sensible than Men?:  Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam - Part 3

    This misconception has arisen because of a wrong translation of the Arabic phrase Naqisat-i ‘Aql wa Din. The word Naqs has generally been translated as “defective” keeping in view the Urdu meaning of the word. However, in Arabic, the verb نَقَصَ (Naqasa) means “to reduce” and the word عقل (‘Aql) here means “worldly affairs” since it is used in conjugation with the word دين (religion).....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    Terrorism Is the Greatest Challenge to World Peace
    By Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II

    Terrorism Is the Greatest Challenge to World Peace

    It is an honor to be with you today while my country, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, assumes the UN Security Council’s presidency for the second time during its current membership in the council. I am particularly pleased to be attending this debate on youth in conflict zones and their role in peacemaking. The world is facing a formidable challenge, namely, terrorism and extremism, which may be the greatest challenge to world peace and security, with the youth being its prime victims.


    Muslims Up, Hindus Down: The Perils of Reading the Census as Sensex

    In an interview to The Wire, ex-bureaucrat, former secretary of the Planning Commission and currently Supreme Court Commissioner for Food Security N.C. Saxena tells Chitra Padmanabhan that there are many more factors affecting the population growth rate than just the natural ones. Chief among these factors are regional patterns of population growth in India, the urban-rural dimension, and migration. Excerpts from the interview:

    Former Secretary Of The Planning Commission And Currently Supreme Court Commissioner For Food Security N.C. Saxena

    Current Affairs

    Former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Gen. Hamid Gul, who died recently, has been described in the Indian media as a monster, the originator and perpetrator of terrorism against India. Yet, there is another side to his personality which needs to be disclosed.

    Current Affairs

    From Yemen to Syria, counter-terrorism alone not the answer:  New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 28 August 2015

    From Yemen to Syria, Counter-Terrorism Alone Not the Answer

    By Manuel Almeida

    What BPJS Can Do To Comply With Sharia

    By Putri Swastika

    Saudi Women: Candidates and Voters

    By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

    The Ghost Of Conflicts Past, Present And Future

    By Khaled Diab

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Current Affairs

    The Myth and the Modern World: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 28 August 2015

    The Myth and the Modern World

    By Elf Habib

    Shuja Khanzada and the Lej

    By Syed Kamran Hashmi

    The System under Welcome Assault

    By Ayaz Amir

    Purdah Online

    By Saadia Gardezi

    Pakistan's Afghan Problem

    By Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

    The Electoral Mess

    By I.A. Rehman

    Does Islamabad Really Care About Balochistan?

    By Zahid Ali

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Arabic Section

    Against Unlawful Intimacy: Chapter 36, Essential Message Of Islam  ضد العلاقة الجنسية غير المشروعة: الفصل السادس والثلاثون من كتاب الرسالة الأساسية للإسلام

    هناك جدل متزايد في الغرب لعلاج الشذوذ الجنسي بوصفه قاعدة أخلاقية. ويجادلون بأن الشذوذ الجنسي هو التصرف الطبيعي الذي يأتي مع الصحوة الكاملة للدوافع الجنسية خلال فترة المراهقة وينبغي أن يعتبر هذا الفعل كسلوك طبيعي تماما. وحقيقة البيولوجي هي أن الوعي حول مجموعات الجنس يقام في وقت مبكر من الحياة. إذا كان الشذوذ الجنسي يوصف بسلوك مقبول تماما، فإنه سيكون مثل أي إدمان يصيب الأطفال حتى على مستوى المدارس الابتدائية، الذين سوف يقومون بفعل الإدمان بكل جرأة في مرحلة البلوغ ويخلقون مشاكل ثقافية وديموغرافية خطيرة جدا ويدمرون النظام الاجتماعي.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Radicalization of Muslim Youths
    By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    Radicalization of Muslim Youths

    It is said that the greatest menace of present times is the radicalization of Muslim youths. But the question is: What is the source of this radicalization? The Quran and the Sunnah are certainly not the ideological sources of this radicalization. The source of this culture is the use by Muslims of internet or social media as an extended form of Muslim media.


    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    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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