• Rational, All your questions are a repeat. You will do well to preserve my responses and read them whenever you feel like repeating yourself.   how much it ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Rational,All your questions are a repeat. You will do well to preserve my responses and read them whenever you feel like repeating much ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Krishna is called the eighth avatar of Vishnu or God. Some Hindu scholars beleive that Gautam Buddha was the ninth avatar. The tenth or ...
    ( By ahmad )
  • No, rational, asking questions is easy. Why white is white and why red is red? Why God made Muhammad a prophet and not rationalmuhammadyunus? Why ...
    ( By ahmad )
  • Correct, but jesus or Moses were not called Khatamun Nabiyyin.  And eve after 1400 years, no prominent nabi has appeared. So..?
    ( By ahmad )
  • Mr ahmad - 5/5/2015 5:53:31 AMIf somebody claim that a particular Indian Aalim saw Shri Krishna in his dream, it can be asked ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Husain Ahmed Madani and Allama Iqbal with their understanding of Islam reached to opposite conclusions.So who is responsible for this opposite understanding.Ahmadis and non ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Naseer Ahmed Sahebhow much it is important to believe in finality of the prophet-hood of hz mohammed?Who knows the right meaning of the last ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational, Do you have any answers or only tell me why like questions? Why your religion is just perfect, rational but others not? Did a Arab Muslim see Krishna ...
    ( By ahmad )
  • Rational, Do you have any answers or only tell me why like questions? Why your religion is just perfect, rational but others not? Did a Arab Muslim see Krishna ...
    ( By ahmad )
  • The article By Ram Puniyani depicts thevery true spirit of sufism and promotes it as a solution to curb down sectarian divide. It is against ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • There are many verses of the  Quran that begin with "They ask......" "Say to them....". These verses are clearly  answers to questions asked or ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer Ahmed Saheb- 5/5/2015 2:06:51 AM "Even in the case of the Bible, although it contains the revelations of God, it is difficult to determine which verse is ...
    ( By Khalid Suhail )
  • I have answered the question in great detail. What more questions do you have on it? What is preserved in Loh-e-Mahfooz and why? In another thread, an important ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer saheb you have ducked away many times. you think you have answers so you respond. i am the person who appreciated many of ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Naseer sahebi am not a converged person. That is why i enjoy many things in the life weather it is poetry, literature or science. ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Aftab saheball religions have some fiction like the prophet ascended to heaven and met God.If the quran can speak about Haroot and maroot who ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational,From this point on, when you ask a question, you also provide the best answer you can think of and ask for a second ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer Ahmed - 5/5/2015 2:06:51 AMBut why Allah didn't protect his previous words? were not those worth protection?When Muslims call other holy books ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Rational says: “If the Quran was to guide all people, it should have mentioned at least some of Indian great people. People relate themselves if their ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Respected Asad, what exactly you know that Islam is not a noun or verb, rather a complete code of life,Islam teaches muslims and non ...
    ( By arshad ali )
  • Secular logic's comment has only proved my point. Not only among Muslims, but among Hindus too, thee are many who don't want these facts ...
    ( By Aftab Ahmad )
  • India is also sacred because it is associated with Adam and is the seat of the first divine revelation and the first home of ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Won't allow anyone to live in peace. Religious rapists will keep forcing their world view on everyone. Where the hell does this writer get ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • GRD SahebWhy Sura Alaq which was revealed first is not first in the Quran? why it is burying in last chapter?Why the prophet didn't ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Aftab Sahebwhen belivers fail to answer properly, they start questioning the questioner. you are not different. To muslims i may be devoid of the ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • The basic of Islam is radical ... its origin is radical.
    ( By Rishi Samajdar )
  • Sultan Shahin is provoking a fitnah. Tenets of the Quran are immutable.
    ( By Jamshed Mir )
  • Dear GRD, are you saying that Quran exists today in the order in which it was revealed?
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • The Prophet (pbuh) arranged the sequence or order of the Qur’an by himself and made it well-known to his Companions. There are authentic reports ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • "SC Ponders Over Whether Pakistan Can Be Declared a Secular State" . . . Just a small ray of hope, but this may be ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Allah guide us all to straight path !!
    ( By Younis Majid )
  • has become an urgent need of hour!!
    ( By Saikia Siddharth )
  • Islam needs reforms.
    ( By मीना मीना )
  • Yes a lot has to be done to practice true Islam. The soul (rooh) of Islam is missing somewhere courtesy to mullahs.
    ( By Mazhar Zia )
  •  Religion is based on principles.. It should not be compromised for a set of rules and laws. The moment it degenerates to a set ...
    ( By Raghu. R.V )
  • Not only Muslims but even every non-Muslim will have to be good to end Terrorism. 
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • “To me it's clear that her punishment is because she is Muslim and reeks of discrimination: it's about who she is - not what she did” It ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • मैं एक हिन्दू हूं और इस साइट को देखने के बाद यह कह सकता हूं कि यदि‍ सारे मुसलमान इस साइट के मुसलमानों जैंसे ...
    ( By ashsih )
  • Its amusing to see muslims always think that others are wrong, they can't take other's book at it is, and either hate those books ...
    ( By Pankaj Verma )
    Islamic World News

    Why Muslims Are Offended By Images of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
    Muhammad Naeem, spokesman for the Afghan Taliban

    North America

    ISIS Claims Responsibility for Texas Cartoon Attack

    Arab World

    Iraqi Air Strikes Kill over 40 ISIL Terrorists in Salahuddin

    Several Rebels Killed in Syrian Army's Operations in Al-Quneitra Battlefields

    Afghan Talks in Qatar Agree On Reopening Taliban Political Office


    Troops Kill 28 Suspected Militants in Central Nigeria: Military

    South Asia

    China Orders Muslim Shopkeepers to Sell Alcohol, Cigarettes, To “Weaken” Islam

    17 Militants Killed In Fresh Airstrike in Nangarhar

    8 Soldiers Martyred, 27 Militants Killed In Military Operations


    Fertilizer, Also Suited for Bombs, Flows to ISIS Territory from Turkey

    Faced With ISIS Successes across Mideast, Al Qaeda Grows Stronger


    Government to Commemorate Muslim and Christian National Icons

    Ram Janamabhoomi Is In Pakistan, Says AIMPLB Member


    NUS Accused Of Backing Jihadi John Apologists Cage

    Southeast Asia

    Indonesia to Stop Sending Domestic Workers to Middle East: Reports

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Unmarried Indonesian Couples Banned From Riding Motorbikes As It 'Could Lead To Sinful Acts'
    Dr Norsaleha Mohd Salleh

    Communal Hatred Drives Lovers, Hindu Man and Muslim Girl to Suicide

    Muslim Sex: I Am a Woman, and I Am Afraid

    Congo Muslims Question Reasons for Niqab Ban

    Aceh Opts For Same-Sex School Classes

    Brit Muslims Challenge Sexism with UK's First Female-Only Mosque

    Abuse of 5-Month-Old by the 17-Year-Old Mother: 'It Will Continue As Long As Teen Marriages Allowed'

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


    Muslims are Not Coolies of Secularism, It is Not Our Cross to Carry Alone: Owaisi
    Asaduddin Owaisi

    Muslims have started leaving the Congress. The mismanagement, corruption, and incarceration of Muslim youth in various terrorist cases have fuelled this disenchantment. I recently met the family of a boy who has spent eight years behind bars in the Ellora arms haul case. His brother is a doctor but he told me that he is now more a lawyer than a doctor. The representation of Muslims in jails is high while their political representation is low....

    Debating Islam

    Is ISIS Really on the Run?
    Patrick Cockburn

    Many news outlets across the world republished the map as evidence of the success of air strikes by the United States and its allies in support of the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria. The capture of Tikrit after a month-long siege is cited as a further sign that a re-energised Iraqi state is winning and one day in the not too distant future will be able to recapture Mosul in the north and Anbar province in the west....

    The War Within Islam

    Why the Muslim Brotherhood Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon
    Daoud Kuttab

    It is argued that supporters of the Brotherhood will hijack the government once they gain power through democratic elections, as they did in Gaza, Egypt and Libya.Governments though will need to have thick skin and learn to absorb this relatively moderate branch of political Islam, otherwise they will push more people towards extremely radical organizations such as Al Qaeda and Daesh....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Muslim League’s use of the Ulema
    Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

    I would say that the creation of Pakistan furnished the Ulema with the opportunity to realise their political project of creating an Islamic state whereas in India the Hindutva forces have not been able to subvert the secular-democratic state the Indian Constitution prescribed and the very able leadership of the prime minister consolidated and institutionalised....

    Islamic History

    How Damascus Can Learn From the ‘Conquest of Kabul’
    Jamal Khashoggi

    The Mujahidin leaders gathered in Rawalpindi surrounded by hundreds of Afghans, from judges and politicians to field commanders, to merchants and immigrants in the biggest “loya Jirga” seen in the history of Afghanistan, all of them dreaming of building a new Afghanistan founded on Islam and freedom....

    Debating Islam

    Why People should NOT get married in Pakistan

    Marriage isn’t all fun and games; it is something that takes you away from all the things you love. It’s better for boys; their lives pretty much stay the same. But for girls, your entire life will change. Since then I began to observe our society. I observed married people and their actions....

    Islam and Politics

    The issue of the Islamic State, and the young British men and women running away to join their ranks, has captured newspaper headlines across the country yet deserves a more nuanced debate than a focus on religious ideology. Libya is often cited on the news these days as the departure point for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe....

    Islam and Human Rights

    The first symptom of this religiosity is the allegations against various party leaders for using mosques and Imambargahs as launching platforms for their political activities. The second symptom is the current unanimous decision of a so-called Jirga (local council) which bars women to vote....

    Islam and Politics

    Who is Bombing Whom in the Middle East?
    Robert Fisk

    The Saudis are bombing Yemen because they fear the Shia Houthis are working for the Iranians. The Saudis are also bombing Isis in Iraq and the Isis in Syria. So are the United Arab Emirates. The Syrian government is bombing its enemies in Syria and the Iraqi government is also bombing its enemies in Iraq....

    The War Within Islam

    ISIS and Maliki’s alliance against Haidar al-Abadi
    Abdulrahman al-Rashed

    Rejecting to arm the Sunni tribes who are fighting ISIS and objecting to America supplying them with arms will only help the militants spread and will drive thousands of the Anbar’s sons to join the organization as long as they have no other choice….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Anti-Radicalisation Message Needs Follow-On
    H A Hellyer

    The fact is that a religious reformation has already taken place in Islam. The purist Salafi movement that came about in the Arabian Peninsula more than 200 years ago was precisely that – a reformation process – and it did not work out very well. Indeed, one could argue that an element within the neo-religious ideology of ISIL dates back to the rebellion against classical religious authority that Salafism promoted....

    Debating Islam

    Which Musalmans Do We Claim Descent From?
    Ayaz Amir

    Muslim rule in Hindustan was mainly Turkish rule – from Mahmud to Babur all Turkish conquerors or rulers – interspersed with episodes of Afghan rule as under the Lodhis and Sher Shah Suri. But we the denizens of the Fortress of Islam – the confused begetters of holy enterprises like Jehad-e-Afghanistan – what have we in common with those warriors....

    Islam and Pluralism

    Bhakti and Sufi Tradition Focuses on the Unity of Humanity, Overcoming Sectarian Divides
    Ram Puniyani

    The Sufi and Bhakti tradition in Pakistan and India are two such trends from within Islam and Hinduism respectively, that are focused more on the unity of humanity as a whole, overcoming sectarian divides. Sufism has been prominent in South Asia for the last 10 centuries. The word Sufi means a coarse wool fabric, the type worn by Sufi mystics....

    Debating Islam

    In this kingdom, where it is common for royalty to study in foreign universities, this son has not. Little is known about this favourite son—even his age is a matter of debate. In the debate, his age varies between 27 and 35. Even the higher figure is about half the average age of the office-bearers of the king’s ministry. This son quickly prosecutes a war in a neighbouring country, to the south, a war that soon leaves thousands dead in aerial strikes alone....

    Islamic World News

    SC Ponders Over Whether Pakistan Can Be Declared a Secular State
    Maulana Naseeruddin


    Special Ops on the Cards to Fight Urban Terrorism

    Arab World

    “Cubs of the Caliphate”: Islamic State Trains Youngsters on Jihad

    Iraqi Troops Kill over 47 ISIL Terrorists in Western Baghdad

    S. Arabia Shocked by Ansarullah's Simultaneous Fight against Al-Qaeda, ISIL

    North America

    Two Dead, One Wounded At Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) Cartoon Contest In US

    South Asia

    22 More Taliban Killed, Wounded In Kundoz Fighting

    Airstrike Killed 12 Militants in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

    Southeast Asia

    Over 500 Killed In Thai Rohingya Migrants Camps, Says Survivor

    Malaysia: Islamic Leader Warns Comedians Not To Make People Laugh


    Pro-IS Twitterati Wage a ‘War’ Against Micro-Blogging Website

    This Is Our Country Too… Why No Justice for Us, Says Maulana Naseeruddin


    Palestinians Forced To Live In ‘Fridges of Death’ After Gaza War

    Salafist Group in Gaza Accuses Hamas of Abuse, Torture


    Muslims Reject Findings on Their Influence in UK Elections


    Community Leaders: Nigerian Troops Kill Dozens of Civilians

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    India: UP Girls Take a Stand, Say 'No' To Unfit Grooms and Mismatched Marriages
    Bana Gora, Chief executive of the Muslim Women's Council

    With Rescue Near, Boko Haram Stoned Nigerian Girls to Death

    UK's First Women Mosque Planned

    We Are World's Last Line of Defence against Terrorism - Kurdish Female Fighter

    Navy Seals See No Barrier to Women in Combat Ranks

    Mali Law Would Reserve One-Third of Government Jobs For Women

    Boko Haram Freed Women Tell Of Captivity Horror

    British Grandmother Prepares For Execution in Indonesia

    Afghan Woman Accused Of Seeking Asylum after ‘Iron Underwear’ Stunt

    Islamic Website Aimed At Young Emiratis Would Provide Relationship Guidance

    Strategic Retreat: Jirga In Tangir Valley Puts Off Decision To Bar Women’s Suffrage

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Urdu Section

    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake  بنیاد پرستی کی مزید پیش قدمی کو روکنا مسلمانوں کے لیے سب سے پڑا چیلنج: چند ٹھوس تجاویز
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    موجودہ حقائق کے پیش نظر کوئی اس بات کا اندازہ لگا سکتا ہے کہ ہمارے علماء کو قدامت پسندی کے راستے سے ہٹانا کتنا مشکل ہوگا۔ لیکن یہ ایک ایسا کام ہے جسے انجام دیا جانا ضروری ہے۔ پرعزم جہادی جماعتوں کو ضرورت پیش آنے پر ہر جگہ اور ہر وقت مسلم معاشروں سے خودکش بمباروں کی فوج دستیاب ہونے پر مسلمان اور بڑے پیمانے پر پوری دنیا خاموش تماشائی نہیں بنی رہ سکتی۔

    اب سوال یہ ہے کہ ہم کس طرح آگے بڑھ سکتے ہیں؟ اگر ہم واقعی کوئی تبدیلی پیدا کرنا چاہتے ہیں تو ہمیں علماء کے ساتھ باضابطہ بات چیت شروع کرنی ہوگی اور اس بات کو یقینی بنانا ہوگا وہ ہم سے اتفاق رکھتے ہیں:

    1) آج موجودہ صورتحال کی روشنی میں اسلام کے تمام اصولوں پر از سر نو غور و فکر اور اجتہاد کے دروازے کھولے جائیں۔ چونکہ ایک ہزار سال سے زیادہ کا عرصہ گزر گیا اور ہم نے ہماری ذمہ داری پوری نہیں کی ہے، اسی لیے اس سمت میں اٹھایا گیا کوئی بھی قدم زبردست انقلابی ہونا چاہیے۔

    2) یہ اعلان کیا جائے کہ آج ہماری رہنمائی کے لئے سیاق و سباق سے مقید اور آیات متشابہات نہیں بلکہ قرآن کی صرف اہم اور ضروری آیتیں ہی موزوں ہیں۔

    3) قرآنی آیات کو دوبارہ اسی ترتیب پر مرتب کیا جائے جس ترتیب پر ان کا نزول ہوا ہے، تاکہ ان مکی آیتوں کی اولیت کو بحال کیا جا سکے جو قرآن مجید کی ضروری اور آفاقی تعلیمات پیش کرتی ہیں، اور جس ترتیب میں انہیں نازل کیا گیا تھا اسی سیاق و سباق میں قرآن کو سمجھنے کے لیے کسی شان نزول کی ضرورت پیش نہ آئے۔

    4) یہ فیصلہ صادر کیا جائے کہ احادیث کو کسی بھی شکل میں وحی الٰہی نہیں مانا جا سکتا۔ اسلامی ریاست کا ہزار سالوں پر مشتمل دستاویز تقریبا مکمل طور پر احادیث پر مبنی ہے، اگرچہ اس میں قرآن مجید کی بعض تمثیلی آیات کا بھی استعمال کیا گیا ہے۔ آخری معرکہ حق و باطل، الملحمۃ، سے پہلے ایک آخری جنگ کی قیادت کرنے کا البغدادی کا دعوی، بڑے پیمانے پر باعث کشش ہے۔ کچھ مسلمان یہ سوچنے لگے ہیں کہ الملحمہ کے دور میں زمین پر زندگی کا کوئی مطلب نہیں رہ گیا ہے اور اسی لیے وہ جنگ میں شامل ہونے کے لئے بڑی تیزی کے ساتھ پیش قدمی کر رہے ہیں۔

    5) شریعت (فقہ) کا غیر الٰہی ہونا قرار دیا جائے۔ اس لیے کہ اس کی تدوین نبی صلی اللہ علیہ کی رحلت کی ایک صدی سے بھی زیادہ کے بعد قرآنی مسلمات اور عربی ثقافتی رسومات کی بنیاد پر قوانین تیار کرنے کی کوشش کرنے والے علماء نے کی تھی۔

    6) واضح طور پر یہ اعلان کیا جائے کہ اسلام دنیا پربادشاہی قائم کرنے پر نہیں بلکہ دیگر مذاہب کے ساتھ بقائے باہمی پر یقین رکھتا ہے۔

    7) مسلمان، کافر، مشرک، اہل کتاب، جہاد، قتال، فرض، سنت اور امت جیسے عام طور پر استعمال کی جانے والی اسلامی اصطلاحات کی دوبارہ تعبیر کی جائے۔

    Islamic Ideology

    The Muslim nation has wallowed in this situation for over millennia. Having taken the wrong “Attitude” to the one Book; they have found escape in the enterprise of religious industry, negating the very process of advancement! For example, by taking negative Attitudes to the many verses that refer to the conflicts that existed at the time but ignoring the contextual conditions among Arabs then (5-35); the Book has been turned into ‘Warmongers Manual ‘to justify strategic brutalities as the world is witnessing today committed by the present day political “Islamists and jihadist “missionaries in the name of Islam the Faith of “no compulsion” 2-256!...

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    The Name-Changing Jihadi Terror Groups
    Gwynne Dyer

    Baghdadi declared himself caliph and, therefore, commander of all the world's Muslims. This was an extremely bold step, since those Muslims who hear the call of “Caliph Ibrahim” and do not submit to his authority — even fighters in other Jihadi organisations like the Al Nusra Front and Al Qaeda — are technically “apostates” and liable to death in the eyes of those who do accept his claim....

    Islam and Pluralism

    Why Do I Have To Tell Anyone If I Am Shia Or Not?
    Sibtain Naqvi

    The natural course of policies made in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always had a negative tilt towards the Shia Muslims of the world. Having the privilege of hosting Islam’s most sacred place of worship, they have monopolised the Islamic faith and exploited the concept of pilgrimage as much as possible. After years of exporting its ideology to Pakistan, and many other countries across the Middle-East, and creating fissures in society....

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    A Storm Awaits IS
    Mshari Al-Zaydi

    A Storm Awaits IS
    Mshari Al-Zaydi

    Saudi security forces were able, within a very short period of time, to bring the killers of two Saudi policemen to justice, and foil terrorist plots hatched by the Islamic State (IS) targeting the Kingdom’s security and stability. These events revealed that the IS has been active in Saudi Arabia recently....

    The War Within Islam

    ISI Killed Sabeen Mahmud
    Sabeen Mahmud

    The brutal murder of Sabeen Mahmud has prompted even the most apolitical person to comment on the prevailing political scenario. What outrages me the most are the baseless allegations leveled against the ISI by people who are remotely cognizant of those political circumstances....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    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.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    Facing The Jihadist Challenge: Muslims Need To Refute Jihadis’ Xenophobic, Supremacist, Millenarian Thesis And Focus On Islamic Pluralism, Says Sultan Shahin At UNHRC In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.

    This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.

    One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.

    Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……

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