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  • well the answer from Naseer Ahmed is standard answer by all meat eaters from western background and Muslim it is nothin new in the ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • जमना बदल रहा है लेकिन मौलवियों कि सोच नहीँ बदल रही हैं . समाज को नही लगता कि मुस्लमान महिलाओ के लिऎ मस्जिद बनाने ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • Wasim Sb,Thank you for your suggestion. I plan to do that.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • naseer sb, what about putting all your essays on this theme together and publishing them as a book?
    ( By wasim )
  • I discuss the Quranic verses without bringing in "context" not contained in the Quran itself. Since the Quran contains  the required context to understand ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The animals that Muslims eat are in no danger of extinction nor is the ecology disturbed on account of it. On the other hand, ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Shahin Sb,I have read Abdul Wahab's Kitab at Tawhid and "Risālah Aslu Dīn Al-Islām wa Qā’idatuhu" and researched on what reputable scholars like Tahir ul ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Thanks Wasim Iqbal Saheb for your explanation on contextual verses of the Holy Quran and Hadees narrations. This has to be repeated again and ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Nearly all Muslim behave irrationally when it comes nature, because they think all is created for them, I give small example from eating habbit, ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • henry baba, it would be nice if you could also write an essay on the purpose of life from your own perspective, drawing on ...
    ( By yogi )
  • Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Secular Logic and Rational: The verses of the Quran that talk of violence are to be seen in the ...
    ( By wasim )
  • Dear Naseer Saheb, you have quoted Natana J. DeLong-Bas to say in her book “Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad: “Although a person ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Rational says, "those who are unaware of the Quran and hadith have raised their voices against the death of blasphemers." . . . .You ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "Another problem that must be seen in the light of progressive Islam is how Muslims should deal with what many call “Salafism”. As an ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The comprehension of past jurists and past ulemas should not be our guide. We should derive our wisdom from our reading of the original ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • " Reform, to my mind, is possible only through a call to a return to the Islam of the Quran." . . .I agree! ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Those who depict reality as travesty they are helpless people,frustrated people, an finally worthless people.those show are killing and dying are doing some ...
    ( By afaqsiddiqi )
  • Mr naseer says modern Islam is a travestyof.islam.may. I ask who is making it a travesty? Do the Jews and the Christians are making ...
    ( By afaqsiddiqi )
  • Insha'Allahu my dear Jenab Yogi Bhai Sahib, Insha'Allahu. I am presently reading Hazrat-ji Mawlana Wahiduddin Khan's books and I will write on the purpose ...
    ( By Henry Francis B. Espiritu )
  • He has said right in this para:Inspired by the right understanding of Islam, Muslims need to proactively reach out to people of other faiths, ...
    ( By Mohammad Imran )
  • आतंकवाद का कोई धर्म नही होता है ! अगर आप आतंकवाद को आप धर्म से जोड़ कर देखते है तो आप अपनी नजरिया बदल ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • To further disappoint you Rational, not one of the verses in the Quran, that speak of apostates and apostasy, talk of punishment in this ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational,What I hear you saying is that:1. You are of sound mind and body.2. That you are an apostate of Islam3. That you are ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • rational has neglected nothing. these verses are used by Muslims to punish the apostates.do you want an apostate should live in fear so that ...
    ( By rational )
  • rational has neglected nothing. these verses are used by Muslims to punish the apostates.do you want an apostate should live in fear so that ...
    ( By rational )
  • it only means that if one fights for his beliefs against Muslims must be killed.To Muslims the Quran is truth. To unbeliever it is ...
    ( By rational )
  • The punishment for one who turns a renegade in times of war is death in all countries/societies. And yet the Quran takes great care to ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • so coming back to Islamophobia only Islam and Muslims are responsible. I would say that fear is real as it is instilled by islam ...
    ( By rational )
  • GMyou have one statement(doubtful) to your favor" there is no punishment for apostasy in the Qur'an"your believer brothers have more arguments than you to ...
    ( By rational )
  • Rational neglected to quote the next two verses:(4:89) They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Islam either demands heads of apostates or silence of apostates.if apostates want to share their unhappiness with Islam it is treated like treason against ...
    ( By rational )
  • Al Quran:They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they). But take not ...
    ( By rational )
  • GMI am not stopping you from spreading the message you want to spread. However i don't agree with the Quran has nothing to do ...
    ( By rational )
  • Rational, it is better to spread the word that there is no punishment for apostasy in the Quran rather than fight a silly war ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • thank you very much henry ji for your good wishes.do please consider writing a LONG article on thhe purpose of life.....
    ( By yogi )
  • A glaring contrast observed by a long distant observer.   How two dissimilar Nations treated their benefactors who made exactly similar contributions to their respective countries’ ...
    ( By Distant Observer )
  • you are free to express your opinion about my strategy.<br>we are talking about the Quran and Hadith not on common sense. on common sense ...
    ( By rational )
  • Rational says, "i will keep beat you with the Quranic and Hadith verses." . . .That is poor strategy on your part. Your attacks ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Thanks likewise, my brother Yogi Sahib for your comment. May our Beloved All-Merciful Allah bless you and your family ba-shafaat-e Rasul Pak Hazrat Muhammad ...
    ( By Henry Francis B. Espiritu )
  • Wasim's article is superb! Agree 100 per cent with what he says. Muslims need to reform themselves internally and externally. Focus on purifying their ...
    ( By Noorie )
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    Present Day Islam Is a Travesty of Islam
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

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    Islamic Society

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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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