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  • a kuffar is a "unbeliever" according to most of the online arabic dictionaries. anyone who tells us otherwise has provide the proof....
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  • Example of the most modern and liberal Muslim majority country : As defined by the Constitution of Malaysia, Malays must be Muslim, regardless of their ...
    ( By Ashok Sharma )
  • There is no point in digging the medieval history. All religious societies had their share of persecution of other religions. The only difference is that ...
    ( By Ashok Sharma )
  • yes. pakistan has a drinking problem. they are drunk on islam....
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  • Secularlogic, When the verses tell you clearly that only the kafaru will be punished and explicitly mention the kufr of the kafaru which was religious persecution ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "The separation of religion from politics forms the foundation of any pluralistic post-Enlightenment liberal society. The ..
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The writer, maybe inadvertantly, purports to depict a wrong picture of the real Sufis like Khwaja Baqi...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • It is you who is ignoring the truth and making insupportable claims about Islam, Mr Ahmed...
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  • western imperialism was brutal for islam. right. how good was the islamic invasion of india?....
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  • Secularlogic, I have walked you through the verses of Surah 9 (Taubah) and showed you that the Quran makes clear the meaning of kafir which ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Ref. Comment by Mr. Imran: Please do not paint believers all over the world in the same way. There are so many Muslim dominated nations where ...
    ( By Dr. M.A. Haque )
  • Being heartless about the tragedy of the Rohingyas is probably the worst way of empathizing with the Yazidis or the Ahmadis. It may however be ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It would be a sad day for America if liberal and secular democracy becomes passe. All other 'asabiyyas' are frightful.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • We lost the art of dialogue and reconciliation a long time ago. Now all we have is mindless takfir
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • And when was this happy time, Mr Mohiyuddin?'
    ( By secularlogic )
  • no tears for the yazidis in syria either. or the copts in egypt. or the ahmedis in pakistan. or the kuffar mayor in indonesia. or the ...
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  • Maulana Sahab it is behavior of the believers that counts not the writings in the scriptures...
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  • It is no wonder Americans have elected Donald Trump. Anyhow I appreciate this Muslimah for her brave statement; while other Muslims in the West demand ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • beautiful article! thanks a lot!' ...
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  • Ibn kathir narrates:”Abdullah ibn Wahb ibn Zamah (RA) related on the authority of Umm Salamah (RAA) who narrated that the Messenger of Allah(Sal) ...
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  • Sad to see the rise of regressive Islamism in Indonesia.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Islam was once diverse, flexible, wise, essentially kind and unthreatening." True! Hence Salafism/Wahhabism, contrary to what its followers think, is not true Islam.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • If zakir naik says any religion as wrong he him self decide it with out reading of full sloks and pick and Chose of his ...
    ( By Vivekananda Kumar D )
  • Dear Moderate muslim bros let us all work human values which need balanced - integrated livelyhood. can any one religion...
    ( By Kolipaka Sudeep Kumar )
  • Allah is with Dr. Zakir Naick. He will not be afraid of this RSS govt. in India.'
    ( By Basheer Ahmed )
  • One must go on jihad at least once a year. One may use a catapult against them when they are in a fortress, even if ...
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  • Chapter 9: Repentance 3 Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to those who disbelieve,...
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  • It does. Read: The Quran'
    ( By secularlogic )
  • It does not. Read: The Misrepresentation of the Quran through Mistranslation
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Thank you Ms. Aly! Wish you a very merry Christmas.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • As the Iraqi security forces retake territory from the Islamic State, more mass graves are being uncovered...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • We don't need end-time prophesies. We need present-time wisdom.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Why are so much killing in Islam ? Among muslims.??/?'
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  • bowing low and kissing the lady's feet .... thank you madam, for your graciousness in allowing christians to celebrate the birth of....
    ( By secularlogic )
  • it is a pity and a sign of the times, when a hooded muslimah saya to christians in london "nothing wrong with celebrating christmas".....
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  • Ok, but the Quran also says do Jihad till all across the world all prayer is for Allah only. It partitions the world into the ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • I hope the people who are in charge of making decisions read this and makes peace reign.'
    ( By Abdu )
  • This is what the Quran says: Let there be no compulsion in religion. To the peaceful rejecter of faith be his own way....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Is that so Secularlogic? Read the story of Dr Jerald F Dirks' conversion to Islam. Dr. Dirks is a former minister (deacon) of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • the real victims of isis are the yazidis and other non-muslims of the middle east. ISIS is the crystallization of the fate of the kuffar in ...
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    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.....

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