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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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  • Hats Off's despicable attempts to classify me as an extremist seem to rely on his mischaracterization of CAIR, as if I can....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article! Humanitarian acts make us better human beings. If we are better human beings we shall be a better society....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Aaj kal itna intellectual level hi nahi bacha ke sarmad aur mansoor ko samajh sake... Seeing is believeving waley kaafir jamaa....
    ( By Waseem Qadri )
  • wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_on_American%E2%80%93Islamic_Relations when you run out of honesty, you have...
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    ( By hats off! )
  • Syed N Asad, New Age Islam has not studied Arab/Islam history. Arab imperialism was successful because the Muslims were very good at waging war....
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • When Hats Off runs out of arguments he pulls out CAIR! I have told him umpteen times that CAIR members represent....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off says, "an interfaith that extols the worst of each other." What a figment of an....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Reform means recognizing that the universal empowering teachings of Islam can be expressed successfully according to the maxims of every age." Fully agree. Excellent article....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • you ignore mine and i'll forgive yours. an interfaith that extols the worst of each other is the dream of liars, moderates...
    ( By hats off! )
  • card carrying members of CAIR are suddenly laying claims to oh-so-liberal tender views. the sudden innocence syndrome.
    ( By hats off! )
  • Aspersing this Pope for the past sins of the church is dumb and small-minded and shows a perverse penchant for besmirching as if such....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Pope At Mass: Exploiting Women Is A Sin Against God" apparently buggering children is on par...
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  • Hats Off's attempt to be sarcastic when so many Yemeni children are starving or dying is despicable and beneath contempt.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off is either just ignorant or a born liar. Show me a single post of mine in which I have expressed any hatred of....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    ( By Aayina )
  • yemenis en masse are getting to be very very exalted. most of them are starving....
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  • moderates are inherent liars. mr. ghulam mohiyuddin thinks nothing of spitting into the very plate he is eating from....
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  • Poor Hats Off has been reduced to uttering sheer rubbish! My humble advice: If you have nothing to say, say nothing
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Allah is without doubt, all knowing, most wise and if Allah has forbidden usury, no good can come from it but only misery. It may ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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  • Your hate war against Islam speaks for itself!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • yeah. yeah. i know. mr. naseer ahmed is the best there is. he is unique. he....
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  • The Quran is a book of guidance/message (zikra lil alameen) for all of mankind (6:90). It prohibits usury, any kind of profiteering, gambling....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    ( By Vinay T S )
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  • Hats Off, Naseer saheb is neither a moderate nor a progressive. He is a traditionalist who has discovered ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • How To Run With The Hares And Hunt With The Hounds" ijtihad with sex slavery promoting, jizya supporting moderate.
    ( By hats off! )
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  • Anyone who is for jizya tax or sex slavery is not a moderate (progressive) Muslim by any stretch of the imagination....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    Current Affairs

    Kathua Trial: Uphold the Boundaries Defined By Humanity, Do Not Violate Them
    Yashwant Thorat

    Nations and men alike pass through dark times. So, instead of dwelling on the darkness, I listen to a favourite of mine: Janakee Jaane, a song in praise of Sri Rama, written in Sanskrit by Yusufali Kecheri, a Muslim; set to music by Naushad Ali, another Muslim, and sung by Yesudas a Christian. Hear it. Tell me whether it speaks to you....

    Islamic Society

    Primarily there are two religions on the planet Monotheism and Polytheism. These are poles that attract ‘for harmony’ or ‘disrupt’ social order respectively. It is also evidenced amply over time that Monotheism is a divine recipe whilst Polytheism is a man made craft however intended....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Shrine of Sufi saint Mehr Ali Shah, an adherent of ‘Wahdat al Wajood’ and a Hindu Temple

    Pir Sahib’s followers are accused of inciting violence against the then powerful Hindu-Sikh community of Rawalpindi city in 1947. On the contrary, there are accounts which suggest the Pir’ disciples opened gates of the shrine for all non-Muslims who sought refuge from the carnage taking place in the streets and the outlier communities....

    Islam and the West

    For The Palestinians, It Is a Politics of Human Sacrifice —To American Liberals
    Jim Kavanagh

    It’s past time for American progressives to clearly and unequivocally decide and declare which side they are on. It’s time for professedly humanitarian, egalitarian, pro-human rights, anti-racist, and free-speech progressives to express their support of the Palestinian struggle—on social media, in real-life conversation, and on the street. It’s time to firmly reject the hypocritical discourse of those who would have been belittling any expression of sorrow and outrage over Emmet Till, Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman, and the four black schoolgirls killed in Birmingham...

    Islam and the West

    Training to Hate Muslims: Every Paper Target I Shot Was a Muslim, Every Bit of Hand-To-Hand Combat; It Was Other Soldiers Dressed Up Like Muslims
    Steve Hendrix

    Muslims, though, were a big deal. Seeing an attacker beneath every Niqab wasn’t just self-protection, it was training. “Every paper target I ever shot was a Muslim,” Buckley said. “Every bit of bayonet training or hand-to-hand combat, it was other soldiers dressed up like Muslims.” The hatred outlasted the uniform....

    Urdu Section

    خلاصہ یہ کہ اسلام نے مسلمانوں کو اپنی روز مرہ کی زندگی کے تمام معاملات میں مسلمانوں کو اعتدال پسندی کا درس دیا ہے۔ انہیں اس شیطان کو خوش کرنے والی کسی بھی قسم کی انتہاپسندی سے بچنا چاہیے جو انہیں سیدھی راہ سے گمراہ کرتا ہے۔ اعتدال پسندی اور توازن کی اس تعلیم کے ساتھ مسلمان انتہا پسندی کی بڑھتی ہوئی لہروں کا مقابلہ کرسکتے ہیں جن سے مسلمانوں اور غیر مسلموں دونوں کو خطرہ ہے۔

    Islam and Politics

    No Party Needs To Be ‘Pro-Muslim: Being Secular and Abiding By The Constitutional Obligations is Enough To Win Muslim Votes
    Zakia Soman

    Actually, no party needs to be ‘pro-Muslim’ to win Muslim votes. It would be enough if they are secular and abide by their constitutional obligations to all citizens and communities. It is clear that politically Muslims were abandoned long ago. Perhaps counting on the Congress to alleviate the situation in the face of the Hindutva onslaught would be giving false hope to a beleaguered community....

    Spiritual Meditations
    Parting Words to a Dying Friend
    Heesha She, New Age Islam

    Some days later—this was after Resha had died—Muno’s mind turned to the events of that day at the hospital. He was ashamed at his behaviour: offering those meaningless words as sham consolation to his dying friend. What had prevented him from saying to Resha those things about God that had come into his mind as he was parting from him, words that might have been of invaluable help in Resha’s journey to the other world?....

    Islamic World News

    ‘Brain Drain’ Warning Over Indian Muslim Migration

    Malaysia's Monarch Agrees To Government's Choice of Non-Muslim Attorney-General

    Trump to Host Iftar After He Declined Last Year, Breaking With Tradition

    Sajid Javid Speech: Home Secretary Says Islamist Terrorists Are Twisting Muslim Faith

    Kabul: Suicide Bomber Kills 14 near Gathering of Afghan Clerics Calling for Peace

    Syrian Tribes Announce 'Resistance' Against Foreign Troops, Support Assad



    Another Example of Communal Harmony: Ayodhya Temple Hosts Iftar for City Muslims

    Southeast Asia

    Greenpeace Indonesia Holds 'Eco-Iftar' In Pondok Indah

    North America

    Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Left Canadian Government Stunned, U.S Documents Reveal


    Nationalists in Bulgaria Drop Muslim Street Names

    South Asia

    NATO Reaffirm Support to Afghan Government, Security Forces, Ulema Fatwa

    Arab World

    Coalition Attacks on Syria's Raqqa May Have Broken Law - Amnesty


    NISP Report Highlights Challenges in Fight against Religious Terrorism

    Dialogue Offer to India Always On Table: ISPR Chief


    Turkey's Jewish Community Hosts Interfaith Iftar Dinner for Muslim Neighbours in Edirne

    Muslims in Ukraine Keep Faith despite Challenges


    Niger Islamic State Hostage: 'They Want To Kill Foreign Soldiers'

    Libya Strongman Haftar Says Victory Near Against Derna Extremists

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Shariah’s Winding Path into Modernity
    Mustafa Akyol

    Islam, in other words, is not the exceptional religion that both its believers and critics often think it is. It is rather a branch of the old Abrahamic tree and is going through the challenges that other branches have gone through. Islam also has the seeds of reform within itself. On Shariah, here is a silver lining: Some medieval Islamic scholars, like Imam Abu Ishaq al-Shatibi of Granada, looked beyond the letter of the law and mapped out the divine “intentions” behind Shariah. ....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Transcendence towards a Synthesis of Spiritualities: Spiritual Insights from my Travel in India
    Belinda F. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    “They tend to put more stress on looking inward than outward, on contemplation over action, spiritual exercise and development of the self over dry legalism, and cultivation of the soul over social, worldly interaction with people”. Sufis aim to attain a direct knowledge of God and a personal experience of the Divine. As the Sufis believe that the heart is the centre of spirituality, it is the heart that needs to be activated by turning to the practice of meditation.....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    It is suggested to the scholars that sing song accompanied with string and percussion instruments to pass their message effectively will not go astray, as these are allowed in religion. After all the Rusul Daood Alaihis Salaam wrote and sang psalms accompanied by harp and Sulaiman Alaihis Salaam propagated song called Song of Solomon! Perhaps those apostles knew better that the language of music touches the heart and soul of mankind. The modern scholars should emulate these stances to lure the young ones....

    Islam and Politics

    Aspects of Islam in Asia - Concluding Part
    Dr. Mohamed Chtatou

      All in all, it appears that none of the Asian countries considered in this work, with the possible exception or Pakistan, are in danger of being thrown into turmoil and instability due to an Islamic revolution.  There are ways in which the role of Islam may affect the stability of the some of these states, however; such as incorporating Islamic political parties in the new dispensation in Indonesia or ensuring the confidence and safety of non-Muslim minorities in Malaysia and Indonesia.  In India and Philippines, non-Muslim majorities must work to ensure the confidence and safety of the minority Muslim community....

    Islamic Society

    Conversions from Islam in Europe and Beyond
    Faisal Devji

    There is also a new movement of atheists in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, which takes the form of secret societies. A 2012 WIN/Gallup International poll showed that 5 percent of Saudis identified as atheists — more than in the United States — while 19 percent did not consider themselves religious, in a country that punishes unbelief with death. An average of 22 percent expressed doubts about religion elsewhere in the Middle East....

    Islamic Ideology

    The Quran, Islamic Theology, Philosophy And The Sciences - What Is God And How Do We Go About Trying To Know God Better? (Part 1)
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Science informs us that the world and time have a beginning. Science also informs us that what originates in time and at a point in time has a cause. Nothing happens by itself. There must be a cause therefore for the creation of the universe and this cause we call the Creator. Unless there is a cause for the creation of the Creator of this Universe, the Creator is the First Principle we call God. Every being and thing has a cause and every cause has its cause and if we go back in this series which cannot be infinite, we end at a cause that has no cause which is God who is uncaused and the cause of creation. If the world itself was uncaused, then the world itself would have been the first principle, and the atheists would have been right in rejecting the notion of a God who is among other things the Creator….

    Islamic Ideology

    The Quran, Islamic Theology, Philosophy and the Sciences – On Soul and the Creation of Man (Part 2)
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Without religion, there wouldn’t have been a civilization let alone the excellence man has achieved in the sciences and man would have been just another animal living the life it lived as a primitive. This fact however gets obscured because of the visible presence of the naïve fundamentalists who oppose reason and science. The atheists see religion with disdain as some appendage from the past, unable to acknowledge its contribution and relevance. Such intellectuals deserve being called ingrate rebels against God more than any other group of people, for they can surely ascertain the truth of a revealed Book such as the Quran. On the question of evolutionary biology, there is no need to doubt either Science or the Scriptures. The question is not as it is unfortunately posed “do you believe in evolutionary biology or do you believe in religion?....

    Islamic Ideology

    Some Muslim Intellectuals of This Era Cry Lies or Half-Truths against Islam Creating Doubts and Suspicions against It – Ignorantly or Fraudulently - God Knows Best
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    Scholars are free to hold any view but if they take to lies or half-truths to support their views, they do far greater harm to their community than any good. They become conspirators and traitors.  And as for any Muslim scholar who dreams of editing the Qur’an or dismissing it altogether, he must learn lesson from history. The Moghul Emperor Akbar the Great who styled himself a reformer of Islām - arriving almost 1,000 years after the Prophet Muḥammad, introduced a modified version of Islam, Din e Ilahi. He couldn’t make even a score of converts in his long life. Where do people like the present day proponents of a modified Qur’an stand...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Let’s Defeat the Radical Ideology
    Raheel Raza

    Before World War II, Nazism was an ideology expressed in “Mein Kampf.” Before 2 million Chinese died in the Cultural Revolution, ideas were written down in a “Little Red Book.” And in 1928 another ideology appeared, with the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks a totalitarian system of government and forced implementation of Shariah law. This ideology fuels ISIS and al-Qaida, subjugates women, executes homosexuals, kills Christians and inspires some “home-grown” American Muslims to commit acts of terror....

    Islam and Politics

    The Taslima Nasreen vs Muslim Sentiment Argument
    Hilal Ahmed

    Evocation of Islamic homogeneity was also beneficial for Nasreen. Despite her support to the BJP-led central government on issues such as ‘triple Talaq’ or her active participation in anti-Muslim controversies such as use of loudspeakers in mosques, she has not been able to achieve the status that Canadian journalist Tarek Fateh has acquired in a short span of time. Hindutva forces do not find her suitable enough for representing anti-Islamic views in the name of reforms....

    Islamic Ideology
    Progressive Islam as Islamic Liberation Theology
    Dr. Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

    Progressive Islam as Islamic Liberation Theology
    Dr. Adis Duderija

    By definition the subscription to progressive Muslim thought also implies that the sacred scriptures cannot offer us humans an unequivocal, clearly accessible and once and for all valid understanding of God through the simple process of reading/interpretation. Instead, progressive Muslims’ consider the human interpreter and her subjectivities and contingencies as most significantly determinative of the process of interpretation envisaged as a never ending dynamic process that continually evolves with reason....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Historicism or Historical Methodology Is Vital to the Evolution of Progressive Islamic Theology: A Contribution to the Ongoing NAI  Debate on the Possibility of Reformation within Islam
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    To put it simply, Historicism in Islamic studies connotes an intellectual approach for the contextualisation of the Qur’anic texts in order to produce accurate explanations. In other words, it implies that what happened in the past, should be discussed and elucidated in terms of when it happened. Even the early Islamic historians like Ibn Khaldun employed this scientific methodology and remarkably advanced it in his seminal work “Muqaddama”. He referred numerous Islamic traditions back to the pre-Islamic customs of what is known as “al-Arab al-Jahili” (Arab in the era of ignorance)……

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Empowering Muslim Women for a Better Tomorrow
    Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

    In today's increasingly global world, the stakes are higher than ever—for everyone. Societies that limit women's educational and employment opportunities and their political voice get stuck in a downward spiral. They are poorer, more fragile, have higher levels of corruption, and are more prone to extremism. To those opposed to reformist ideals, let us remind them of Iqbal’s assertion: “[t]he teaching of the Qur’an that life is a process of progressive creation necessitates that each generation, guided but unhampered by the work of its predecessors, should be permitted to solve its own problems.”...  

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Put Every Effort First Into Establishing Peace—Peace At Any Cost
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    This principle is taught in Islam, too. It was exemplified in the life of the Prophet Muhammad. For instance, in the case of the Hudaibiya Treaty, the Prophet agreed to the conditions set by his opponents, and in this way secured peace. The Quran refers this treaty as Itmam-e Naymat (48:2). This means that the treaty signed at Hudaibiya was a sign of completion of God’s favour to the Prophet. Why does God call the treaty Itmam-e Naymat? This is because now that peace had been established because of the treaty, it provided the opportunity to do other, constructive things, using peaceful methods....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Quran is Not the Source of All Problems but It Must Be Brought within the Ambit of History
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    However, the reason that Hassan Radwan gives for historicizing the Quran is simplistic and problematic. Firstly, it is not true that one cannot beat the traditionalists in the game of selective quotation from Quranic passages supporting moderate and liberal voices. Scholars, both modern (like Amina Wadud) and traditional (like Fazlur Rahman) have shown how a different hermeneutical reading of the Quran is possible: one that is consistent with a modern and liberal worldview. It is true that in most of the Muslim countries, such interpretations have either remained marginal or have altogether failed....

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    'Make Revolutionary Changes in the Islamic Theology of Consensus to Fight Jihadism': Sultan Shahin Asks Muslim Nations at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Sixteen years after 9/11, the issue of Jihadi terrorism has become even more complex and widespread.

    First, though Jihadism is a violent offshoot of Wahhabism and Salafism, the international community has allowed the fountainhead of Wahhabi/Salafi ideology to continue to spend tens of billions of dollars to Wahhabise the world Muslim community.

    Second, we recently saw with horror, but without any protest from the international community, the sight of a UN-designated terrorist, with a ten-million-dollar bounty on his head, launch a political party and nominate another US-designated terrorist to contest democratic elections in Pakistan. Apparently, some countries can ignore UN directives with impunity.

    Third, the Muslim community has failed to grasp that Jihadism spread so rapidly around the world because at its core it is not very different from the theology of consensus that informs the religious beliefs and practices of all Muslim sects. That is why Jihadis are not impressed when we Muslims either proclaim that Islam is a religion of peace and pluralism or when we try to wash our hands off Jihadism by claiming that it has nothing to do with Islam. If we Muslims want to live as honourable citizens in the 21st century’s globalised world, we must rethink our consensus theology in all its dimensions and make revolutionary changes to bring it in line with the needs of present times....

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