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  • The Third Most Important Usul-Al-Hadith Let us examine the language of the Hadith that is the subject of the article: It has been narrated on the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It is not true that the women went about topless with their breasts uncovered. The command is for the head dress....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb, your comment is offensive and uncalled for and does not deserve any other response except the response I gave.
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  • Your comment GM sb, shows your lack of knowledge of the Prophet (pbuh) and the Prophets in general and Allah. There are numerous instances where ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It amazes me that you have still not understood that the state of being supreme or enjoying supremacy in any....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb, You are denying your own definition! And in a previous comment you called me a liar for saying that you are pretending ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • “But then we must also ask what if the Quran had actually mandated the wearing of the veil or the Burqa?”....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • There is nothing like interfaith, it's always interfaith superiority to be proven, especially....
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  • Naseer sb., You are trying to evade the issue by calling that comment my "definition...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb., Your abusive comment did not respond at all to what I had said....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb., Who gave you the right to decide what is true dharma and what is false.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. asks, "who do you think made up the story and why?" Saying that our Prophet wanted ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good to see Iranian women shedding their veils. It is time men stopped dictating to women what to wear.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • ماشاء اللہ بہت خوب..
    ( By عبد الماجد )
  • @Nassar sb, I read your comment and have known your ideas.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Ms Kaniz Fatm, Almost every sunni Muslim in India is a Hanafi and a Muqallid. So, what you say is understandable. Every.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Miss KF, Comment 1 The early Muslims- companions [al-sahaba] and their followers and successors [tabiu’n] (Allah be pleased with all of them),....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Let us go by your definition of the verse: “4:34 is not about disloyalty or adultery. It is about obedience and disobedience. It is .....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • What is the point to be university students if they rebel against the authority that Allah has given to rulers? They who rebel against ...
    ( By zuma )
  • GM sb is stalking me in five different threads with nothing worthwhile to say. The windbag has infinite capacity to go on arguing ad infinitum ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The old fool fails to notice that unless Dharma is defined as the religion of Allah, it is meaningless. What is ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • who do you think made up the story and why? '
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Naseer sb, Sorry I am a Hanafi Muslima. Our learned jurists were honest and pious and they were ....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Quran demands Muslims to obey rulers: Chapter 4 The Women سورة النساء - An-Nisa:. .
    ( By zuma )
  • They are well educated women and see it as a form of empowerment says the heading....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Naseer sb. has been using deception to make 4:34 look good and he again tries to justify it and goes on to a totally irrelevant.....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb., You have cleverly avoided responding to my comment. Why? Please respond to: "Naseer sb. says, "Verse....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb., after making a fool of himself on the question of supremacism, is now resorting to personal abuse to divert....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. says a debaser only debases himself. That is good advice for him to follow himself. But. .
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Do we need God to tell us how to distribute our inheritance? What did he give us our brains for?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article! The U.S. has gone too far in its anti-Palestinian policies, especially....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A well deserved success story! We need more Yasins.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Welcone back, Yunus sahib! Excellent article both from the point of view of the analysis of the problem and in recommending corrective measures..
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is very good and worth reading article. His language and civilized and scholarly style of writing is praiseworthy.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Accurate observations in true sense! Religious discourses should provide space for rationality to exist....
    ( By Meera )
  • Comment 3 پھر علامہ حامد رضا حجۃ الاسلام مزید رقمطراز ہی...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • I refuse to believe that the gentleman in question genuinely thinks that girls should not go to .....
    ( By Imran Mohammed )
  • COMMENT 2 پھر علامہ حامد رضا رحمہ اللہ فرماتے ہیں : تو اس سلسلہ ہدایت رب العزت کا قائم فرمایا ہوا ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Ms Kaniz Fatma, In the Prophet’s (pbuh) time, the Quran was well-understood....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Without using Quran to interpret, weird teaching can derive from hadith alone....
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