I request people like Dr Debra and
Bargretta to go back to their countries. We cannot protect your lives in our country.
We are a people who consider vaccine haram and polio halal and respect for
benefactors cannot be expected from a nation that considers diseases halal and
We are a tyrannical people. If you don’t
believe, go through our history. From the state of Madina to Yemen crisis now,
129 states of ours were terminated during the last 13 hundred and fifty years.
From the martyrdom of Usman Ghani to the ISIS attack in Jalalabad a few days
ago, we never put our sword in our sheath. We have been slaying our own people
for the last 1350 years. We do not have peace. During the last 1350 years we
only have had 13 islands of peace spanning not more than three or four years. We
are a tyrannical people.
God had given us a religion of peace but
we could not get peace. As soon as we
enter any Islamic country, we get oppression, anarchy and fear whereas outside
the borders of Islamic state, we find peace, stability, justice and equality. We
are tyrannical people.
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam
While it is understandable that those whose objective is to defame Islam, merely cite isolated verses or just part of a verse to omit the context contained in the verse or omit to cite previous or succeeding verses which contain the context or qualifiers, Muslims who have respect for Islam and the Quran should avoid doing the same. They should avoid doing anything that result in shocking people, horrifying them or causing feelings of disgust and revulsion. The excuse cannot be that they are merely citing the Quran and that God should be blamed for any feelings of disgust and revulsion that result! That is the excuse of the Islamophobes….
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Muslims always complain of discrimination. Now, what is this ‘discrimination’? The fact is that Muslims are backward in secular education, because of which they can’t compete with others. And if you can’t compete with others, it is but natural that you can’t get jobs and avail of many other opportunities....
Islam, Women and Feminism
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Islamic World News
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I S Kills 10 People, Shoots Down Plane in Syria
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Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Palestinian Armed With Knives
Germany Calls On Houthis to Stop Fighting
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Radical Islamism and Jihad
Naik is considered by moderate Indian Muslims to embody the core ideology of Wahhabism, which underpins the Saudi kingdom and supports the terrorism of groups like Al-Qaida. The brutality of the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq represents a metastasized version of Wahhabism, unrestrained by the economic and regional politics of the Saudi rulers. The "Islamic State" targets Shia Muslims as well as moderate Sunnis, spiritual Sufis, Christians, and ancient sects that have survived in Syria and Iraq for millennia. But in India, Sunnis and Shias have joined together against the destructive efforts of Zakir Naik....
Prince Turki connected Andalusia with the earliest days of Islam and talked excitedly about the charter of Madina, which he said was the first written constitution for society providing a social framework for the state itself. He underlined the importance of the concept of knowledge or Ilm in this vision. Ilm, he pointed out, meant studying the Quran, Fiqh, or Islamic law and Hadith, or the sayings of the Prophet.
Myriam Francois-Cerrah became popular when she was a child for acting in the 90s hit film 'Sense and Sensibility.' Now she is gaining more popularity for being one of a growing number of educated middle class female converts to Islam in Britain. She has recently contributed to a series of videos on Islam produced in the UK titled, “Inspired by Muhammad....
Islam and Human Rights
Aijaz Zaka Syed
Why do people migrate? Given a choice, who would want to leave the comforting familiarity and security of their homes, loved ones and the land of their birth? And when one does leave, one often does so compelled by extreme circumstance. This is why the act of migration is seen as a great act of courage and sacrifice in Islam. The Prophet (pbuh) was the saddest when he left Makkah for Medina. The distance between the two holy cities may not be much. But the journey that he undertook defined the trajectory of the new faith....
Islam and Spiritualism
Every increase in the depth of the soul will be instrumental in having a better knowledge and appreciation of Allah; loving our Lord with a greater love and passion and fearing Him with an even greater awe. It will permit the person to better understand the delights created by Allah, to see the deep signs of these more clearly and to love them even more....
The religious dimension at its core is obvious. However much we may point to absent permits and municipal laws, these were not the concerns of the 50 protesters. They were reacting, maybe irrationally, to the possibility that their faith and that of Muslim youths’ might somehow be challenged or compromised by the inanimate cross symbol....
Allah says in the Holy Quran that it is “He who has created man from water, then He established relationships of lineage and marriage. …” (25:54). Relationships in human societies are formed mainly by way of marriage. Therefore, individuals celebrate weddings in all societies. They consider marriage an event of special significance in their lives....
Islam and Politics
The Middle East based IS has left its mark in Pakistan and Afghanistan several times in the recent past. On April 18, 33 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a terrorist attack in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, that President Ashraf Ghani said had been carried out by Islamic State militants....
From the Desk of Editor
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam
What do you mean by logical
order, Hamza Saheb? Do you mean chronological order, which would
also restore primacy to Meccan verses of universal significance? After
all, it's in a chronological order that early Muslims including the Prophet
(saw) must have understood and memorised the Quran. They could not have
memorised contextual verses that had not been revealed yet, as those
situations had not arisen by that time.
In any case read
chronologically, Quran reads like a beautiful book of spiritual and moral
guidance, relevant in the 21st century, not requiring much contextual knowledge
to begin with.
I am saying this, as,
for the last several years I am in the process of collecting essential verses
of the Quran in a chronological order. Have not gone very far yet. Mainly
shortage of time. Far too many duties requiring immediate attention. I wish
Hazrat Usman had not destroyed those versions of Quran that early Muslims in
Mecca used to recite. I imagine it as a beautiful Quran which would invite
everyone, except the exploiters and the tyrants. It had no calls to war and
defence and offence and punishment.
You are not going crazy, Hamza
Saheb, you are thinking new thoughts. We Muslims are in a desperate situation
and one has to think of all sorts of thoughts, some even crazy-sounding to come
out of the quagmire we are in. Actually, large sections of
Muslims seem to be going crazy in different parts of the world. Last night I
read of what used to be moderate Sufi-minded community of Malaysians demanding
criminal punishments based on pre-Islamic Arab cultural practices. We already
know of British Muslims demanding "Sharia-Controlled zones in
England!" And, of course, many crazy things happening around the world,
mostly atrocities perpetrated by Muslims on fellow Muslims.
There is a good reason why
you, Hamza Saheb, are being so cautious. I wonder about my own chances of
survival too. God, of course, is the final arbiter. But, as I shared this with
readers before, my two maulana interlocutors have told me that they consider me
kafir but not qabil-e-gardanzadni (worthy of the honour of beheading) yet, Why?
Because I am a kafir only by virtue of not calling Ahmadiyas kafir. That's all,
there is no specific charge against my own faith and conduct. But there is a
warning, coming from someone who was supposedly a friend 30 years ago, though
he will not reveal his identity. I don't know who he is but for old time's
sake, he will not get me killed, until -- yes, there is a condition -- until, I
confine my work to websites, books, magazines, newspapers and television, etc.
If I start going out in the field, talking to Muslims, showing them what I
consider the right path, I would have crossed a red line and then I am on my
own or on the mercy of those who think they decide our fates on earth, without
permission from God.
This warning came just as I
talked to some maulana friends about the possibility of holding a meeting and
discussing the meaning of kufr, kafir and other derivatives of the term in
the light of what Naseer
Saheb had written. I thought, I would invite Naseer Saheb and ask
him to bring out before this mixed audience of Muslims and non-Muslims and some
journalists and academics every verse of Quran, without any exception and show
what these words meant in those verses, leaving at the end the audience to
gather the real meaning of this word.
The misuse of the word Kafir is
a major issue of discord between the Hindu and Muslim communities. Apparently,
the Mullah community got word; they knew what would happen, if this conference
were to go through, even though I was inviting Mullahs from all denominations
to discuss the subject. If it could be proven that kafir in Quran does not mean
non-Muslim or polytheist, or idol-worshipper or infidel, but it is a
religion-neutral term simply meaning the oppressor, religious persecutor,
particularly the one who is engaged in stopping people from practicing their
religious freedom, much like the Arab kings today or other Muslim countries,
much of the strife could be wiped out.
Radical Islamism and Jihad
Jakim may think that issuing a Fatwa against IS is the right move. In fact, it makes hardly a dent. For one thing, most people are not aware of any such fatwa. Secondly, such a fatwa is going to be ignored by IS recruiters because they obviously do not respect Jakim’s authority anyway. And their own Fatwas, or opinions, on why it is a good thing to join IS are far more seductive to certain impressionable people, male or female....
The War Within Islam
Now that the Yemen war has gone from combat to consultative negotiation under the UN, Pakistan will feel less divided at home, between the Saudi-assisted Wahhabi and Deobandi clerics and the hunted Shia community, which fears another bout of “relocated” sectarian war. The state in Pakistan can disarm Arab suspicion of its loyalty but far more difficult will be the task of “delinking” from the Wahhabi and Deobandi non-state actors, now allied with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, who have caused disturbance in Pakistan’s neighbouring states....
Islam and Pluralism
The laws dictate severe punishments for honour-killings and other acts of violence against women. The Supreme Court had declared Jirgas as unconstitutional. The rule book suggests strict punishments for the Vani custom. But these curses are nowhere close to seeing an end; Jirgas are hold in every nook and corner of Sindh, as are girls all over subjected to Vani. The authorities have spectacularly failed at implementing a single law in the province....
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam
We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat. While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...
The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.
What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:
1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;
2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;
3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.
4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.
What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts.
So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.
If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity.
موصوف نے جس کو اکلوتی توحیدی اسلامی حکومت قرار دیا ہےتاریخ شاہد ہے کہ اس سے ہمیشہ اسلام اور مسلمانوں کا ہی نقصان ہوا ہے۔ کہیں سعودی عرب میں اسپین کی تاریخ تو نہیں دہرائی جا رہی ہے۔ جہاں عیسائی مسلمان عالم کی شکل میں مسجدوں میں امام بن گئے تھے، جہاں کے مدرسوں میں عیسائی مسلمان عالم کی شکل میں استاذ کا فریضہ انجام دے رہے تھے۔ اور تاریخ نے یہ بھی دیکھا کہ ایک وقت ایسا آیا کہ وہاں اسلام کا نام لینے والا کوئی نہیں بچا اور وہاں پورے طور پر عیسائی حکومت صرف قائم ہی نہیں ہوئی بلکہ مسلمانوں کو گاجر مولی کی طرح کاٹ کر رکھ دیا گیا۔ ….
دنیا میں ظہور اسلام کے زیر اثر تصوف نے باطنی علم سے استوار ہوکر ایک عالم گیر تحریک کی صورت اختیار کرکی۔ اہل تصوف کے یہاں رائج تصور ’چار پیر چودہ خانوادے ‘ مے مطابق پیغمبر اسلام کے بعد مولا علی سے جن چار برگزیدہ ہستیوں تک باطنی علم پہنچا وہ حضرت امام حسن ، ھضرت امام حسین ، خواجہ حسن بصری اند خواجہ کمیل ہیں۔یہ وہ چار پیر ہیں جن میں سے خواجہ حسن بصری سے مربوط چورہ خانوادے سامنے آئے جن سے صوفیوں کے تمام سلسلے منسلک ہوئے۔تصوف کے یہ سلسلے ہیں زیدیہ ، عہاضیہ، ادمیہ، ہبیریہ ، چشتیہ ، عجمیہ، طیوفوریہ ، سقطیہ ، جنیدیہ ، گازردیہ ، طوسیہ ، سہروردیہ ، نقشبندیہ اور فردوسیہ۔ در حقیقت صوفیوں نے رضاکارانہ طور پر دنیا کے عیش و آرام کو ٹھوکر مارکراپنے سادہ لباس اور اعلی کردار کے ذریعے اپنی الگ شناخت قائم کی۔
Islam and Politics
Indians should reflect on GHQ’s refusal to let the Taliban and the Afghan government talk to each other even now. Mullah Baradar was just the first to be put through the grinder for trying to respond to former president Hamid Karzai's outreach. The Taliban are no doubt reliant on the Pakistani army for providing them with sanctuaries, training, arms and ammunition, but as they showed the last time around when they held power in Kabul, they did not agree to recognise the Durand Line as the international border....
भले ही एसे धर्मगुरु यह क्यों न समझते हों कि वे इस प्रकार का उन्माद व उत्तेजना फैलाकर तथा किन्हीं एक-दो व्यक्तियों पर ऐसे दोष मढ़कर उनके विरुद्ध भीड़ को हिंसा पर उतारू होने हेतु वरगलाकर अपने धर्म की सेवा कर रहे हों अथवा पुण्य लूट रहे हों या अपने लिए जन्नत जाने का मार्ग प्रशस्तकर रहे हों। परंतु वास्तव में इस प्रकार की हिंसक प्रतिक्रियाएं न केवल धर्म व इस्लामी शिक्षाओं के विरुद्ध हैं बल्कि इस प्रकार की हिंसक घटनाओं से इस्लाम धर्म कलंककित होता है। .....
Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
Shah Waliullah tried to strike a balance between the orthodoxy in Islam introduced by Ibn Taimiya and the Islamic heterodoxy championed by Sufis. He believed that Islam had two vital aspects. Its exoteric side was concerned with the protection of the public good but its esoteric aspect involved the purification of the heart through virtuous deeds......
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
This story has interesting parallels with the relationship between people and the Quran today. By their very nature, human beings are seekers of Truth. They want to discover their Creator. The language of the book of the Creator is Arabic, but many people do not know Arabic....