• In my view, the issue at hand is critiquing, countering and refuting the hate-driven understandings of Islam. Moderate Islamic scholars must concentrate ....
    ( By GRD )
  • I fully agree with Sultan Shahin sahib. . . . . The eternal truth about Islam is that it is about peace, reconciliation, justice, equality, ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The following ahadith show that people in the Prophet's times struggled with how to deal with what remains after the fixed sharers get their share ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • New age Islam! Ridiculous. We the Muslim knowed better what is going on. Qur'an is final revelation....
    ( By Shabbir Ahmed )
  • Have always been amused by the way Muslims debate. Even before they start they will ask you, 'Are you ....
    ( By Manzurul Haque )
  • Who is he just ingnore him Prophet Muhammad pbuh said think before u talk ...
    ( By Abu Abraheem )
  • hello mr. the letter writers are you people the so called named muslims and fitna creators and the people who creates new things in.....
    ( By Md Irfan Patel )
  • Though I m not a muslim n do not hv any right to comment on d interpretation of Islam but as a human I can ...
    ( By Sudhir Parihar )
  • The author does not know what is divine and what is not. Muslims have always reacted to oppression and agression. Wheather it is Afghanistan , ...
    ( By M Sultan Lone )
  • long with salafi's and terrotists you are their companion not the muslims and everyone knows you people are the masked kaafirs....
    ( By Md Irfan Patel )
  • The Hadees (INNEE TAARIQUN FEEKUM SAQLAAN KITAABAL LAAHI WA ITRATEE AHLIBAYTEE is a Hadees accepted by all school of thoughts of Islam....
    ( By Syed KH Hamdani )
  • The Quran and Hadeeths cannot be changed, altered or modified to suit the whims and fancies of men like Sultan Shahin and others of his ...
    ( By Serajuddin Khurram )
  • Timely suggestion, may be implemented following quaran and hadith for the betterment of the Muslims. May be implemented like Pakistan & Bangladesh. Thanks for proceeding ...
    ( By Mortooz Ali Laskar )
  • फिजूलखर्ची तब होता जब इंसान दूसरे को दिखाना चाहता है. पैसे सही जगह पे इस्तेमाल करना चहिए. आगर किसी के पास पैसा होता है दान ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • आजकल जमाने के अनुसार शुख और शान्ति दोनों राहत देने वाले शब्द गायब हो गया है. जिंदगी जीना संघर्ष पूर्ण हो गया है. हर इंसान ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • Excellent article! Must be read by all khutba sermonizers in every mosque.'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • No need for any change in the basic legal framework (Shariath) as embodied in the Quran and Sunnath. But the mindset of the followers of ...
    ( By T K Abdul Razack )
  • Sir, mai aap ki bato se sahmat hu hamesha ladkiyo ki galti nikal kar ladke talakh dene ki har time damki dete hai is liye ...
    ( By kausar alam )
  • Dear SR, The following verse speaks about leaving behind a will: (2:180) It is prescribed, when death approaches any of you, if he leave any goods that ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Are the divine laws the best for all people over the ages? Are there not situations when injustice may have been done? I know a ...
    ( By SR )
  • Aap ki bsato se sahmat hu ki ang daan karna chahiye lekin agar koyi bhi insan ...
    ( By Kausar Alam )
  • Every so called "evil-IMAM" read the code book carefully and understood perfectly. Preach ...
    ( By PCS )
  • Yaa mera auliya Tera pyar kaafi hain mujhe mujhe Hamesha apne dwaar mein panaah de ....
    ( By Pooja )
  • True Picture of Islamic Teaching.'
    ( By Syed Afaq Ahmed )
  • Dear SR, Do have a look at the tool and play around with it. The meaning of the verses will become crystal clear. The ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Mehdi as usual you are slimy and dishonest when it comes to islam. Extremely biased and hell bent on proving that an elephant is actually ...
    ( By Free Thinker )
  • I am yet to see your spreadsheet tool, but I read your article about 6 times trying to rework your examples. The verses are brilliant. ...
    ( By SR )
  • As I said before, the education of Islam always opposes the theory of nationalism. The decay of democracy and improper representation of people fuels the ...
    ( By Ankuran Kotal )
  • The American crying is fake as they made ISIS for their own interests.But they make another Frankenstein like Mujahedeen, Laden and Pakistan (going to be ...
    ( By Ankuran Kotal )
  • Why it is so horrifying? : Because Islam is totally based upon KORAN and Hadits. A man always carry two types of instinct in him. One ...
    ( By Ankuran Kotal )
  • I agree with Bushra. Triple....
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • I agree fully with Bushra. Muslim girls in India and elsewhere must be imparted education....
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • Dear Muhammad Yunus Sahib, Thank you for your clarification. I hope this....
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • Lala Thiek, I think ISIS and others of its ilk are in your mind when you ask why Christians are hated and persecuted by Muslims. ...
    ( By Serajuddin Khurram )
  • Would you please tell me the reason why Christians are being hated and persecuted by most Muslims people (?).Is it really written in Muslim Books ...
    ( By Lala Thiek )
  • पहली बात इस्लाम में लड़कियों की शिक्षा देने के बजाय उनको रोक दिया जाता है, इस्लाम में मानवधिकार का उलंघन किया जाता है मुस्लिम समुदाय ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • मुस्लिम समुदाय की जो सबसे बड़ी बुराई है सबसे पहले चार निकाह और दूसरी सबसे बड़ी बुराई है तलाक. मुसलमान पुरुषों की जो चार निकाह ...
    ( By Bushra )
  • For Satbir Sigh Bedi Sahab: Extracts from the closing sections of the book yet to be posted: 1. "In consideration of these complementing factors, which are ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Satbir Singh Bedi, You are a man of vast knowledge, great wisdom, profound erudition and enormous clout and influence and the last thing I want ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Satbir Singh Bedi, Perhaps the length of this article failed to draw your close attention to its detail. The article does not advocate the applicability ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )

    Debating Islam

    What Is Wrong With 120 Moderate Ulema's 'Open Letter To 'Khalifa' Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’, And Why It Will Not Work? This Moderate Fatwa Does Not Leave Any Leg For Moderate Islam To Stand On
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    As many as 120 ulema from around the world belonging to most schools of thought have sent an Open Letter to ‘Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’, And To the Fighters and Followers of the Self-Declared ‘Islamic State.’

    Written in over 14, 000 words, this is a valuable document. It shows what is wrong with self-styled Khalifa Baghdadi's rulings. But, more importantly, it also shows what is wrong with moderate Islam at the present juncture; why this refutation will not work, and other such refutations do not work; and why our children will keep running away to ISIS and other terror centres. In fact, read between the lines, this moderate fatwa does not leave any leg for moderate Islam to stand on. ...

    This is not to say the Open Letter is entirely useless or totally counter-productive. It is good as far as it goes. It does criticise Baghdadi and his clique, and quite vehemently, at least, for faulty implementation of Islamic principles, even if it agrees with him on the basics in several areas. But to expect the Open Letter to stem the tide of gathering support for the so-called Islamic State will be futile.

    Extremism has been endemic in Islam, present almost from  the beginning of Islamic history. Muslims fought among themselves and quite vehemently even before the creation of Hadees and Sharia, which they now consider divine. Muslims have still not found an antidote to militant verses in the Quran that are now available to anyone with access to internet. Calling all verses of the Quran as of eternal value is not going to solve the problem. Calling Hadees and Sharia divinely inspired is no answer to the questions of the day.

    Muslims will just have to  abandon the theology that leads to violence and supremacism and look for a new theology, a coherent theology of peace and pluralism, consistent in all respects with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    It isn’t fair to blame Islam for the atrocities of violent radicals. But when terrorists claim the Muslim mantle, then they bear this identity, if only nominally. Thus members of the faith must do whatever possible to prevent this cancer from metastasizing in our communities. If we don’t, we’ll be partly responsible for the smeared image of our faith.....

    Debating Islam

    A Wife cannot refuse Sex to the Husband: Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam - Part 4

    Firstly, a husband and wife safeguard the chastity of one another by providing one another a legitimate means of satisfying the sexual urge. This protection of chastity is essential for the preservation of the family unit – the very institution on which the stability of a society hinges. Hence anything which puts chastity in jeopardy is disliked by the Almighty.....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Taliban School Poisoning: Nearly 100 Girls Fall Ill in Herat, Afghanistan
    Ghulam Fatima

    Saudi Woman Denied Custody of Breastfed Orphan

    Ghulam Fatima: Bonded To Her Cause

    In First, Hijab-Wearing Woman Named Minister in Turkey

    African Superstars, Bono in Campaign to Empower Women

    Call for Female Quota in Saudi Municipal Elections

    Thai Woman, Unknown Man New Suspects in Bangkok Bombing Probe

    Women Drive Success of Somali Mall in Minneapolis

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    British Forces Hunt for Jihadi John In 'Combat Burqas'

    Arab World

    ‘A Sinner in Mecca’ Documents Gay Muslim Pilgrimage

    ‘Leasing’ Expats Is Permissible Business, Says Top Saudi Scholar

    Iraqi Forces Identify, Target Bomb-Laden Suicide Car West of Ramadi


    Boko Haram Can’t Read Qur’an: Army Official

    Boko Haram Kills 56 in Nigeria’s Restive Borno: Governor


    Air Strike Leaves 36 Civilians Dead In Yemen

    Arrest of Khobar Bomb Mastermind ‘Raises Doubts about Trusting Iran’

    Scores of Yemenis Killed In Saudi Air Attacks


    High Muslims’ Fertility Rate Will Cause Demographic ‘Imbalance': BJP MP

    Pakistani University Awards First M.Phil Degree in Hindi

    North America

    US Calls For Tough Action against Haqqani Network

    VOA Panel: Defeat Al-Shabab with Correct Interpretation of Islam


    US Security Adviser Hails Pakistan Army’s Efforts against Terrorism

    No Dialogue with India Unless All Issues On Agenda: Pak

    South Asia

    Taliban Release Biography of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour

    600 Pro Akhtar Mansour Taliban Arrived in Zabul’s Khak-e-Afghan to Confront with Opponents

    Southeast Asia

    Indonesia Urges Islamic Cooperation Organization to Establish Contact Group On Terrorism

    China's Ningxia Starts Annual Mecca Pilgrimage

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    Spiritual Meditations
    The Vatican as a Principle
    By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    The Vatican as a Principle

    The area of the Vatican is a mere 110 acres, while the cumulative area of Saddam Hussein’s eight palaces was 7,900 acres. This story shows that it could have been possible for Saddam Hussein to establish a peaceful kingdom for himself. He could have given up political power and, with his eight palaces, he could have built the largest university of the world…

    Islam and Human Rights

    ISIS, Slavery, and Islamic Abolitionism

    In a late 2014 issue of its English-speaking magazine, ISIS elaborated a justification for reviving slavery in the present day, and as the New York Times details in a lengthystory in the past month, they have systematically put their slave-holding beliefs in practice. In painful detail, the Times documents the horrors of ISIS' practice of sexual slavery including the abuse of girls as young as 11. ISIS attempts to justify its horrific acts in the name of scripture. But to what extent is their reading of scripture reasonable?


    How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State
    Noam Chomsky

    The renowned linguist and activist discusses the background of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the United States’ role in establishing the conditions under which the extremist group developed......


    Islam and Spiritualism

    A messenger from the Roman king came to Madina and asked the people for the address of the palace of the Caliph Umar (RA) so he could present the gifts he had brought. The people told him that Hazrat Umar (RA) had no palace and though he was renowned as a ruler, he lived like an ordinary poor person. How could you appreciate his grandeur when you are already prejudiced? You must remember that the Almighty is present everywhere, just like the moon.

    Current Affairs

    There is no doubt that just like previous census reports the Muslim growth rate is certainly higher than the Hindus. Thus while the Hindu population grew by 16.76%, Muslims increased their number by 24.6%. But the vital fact which should not be overlooked is that there is a remarkable decline in the population growth of both the majority community as well as the minority community.

    Islam and Politics

    On the night of December 1, 1997, in Laxmanpur Bathe, a village in Bihar’s Arwal district 90 km from Patna, 58 Dalits were slaughtered by a gang of dominant caste men that went by the name of Ranvir Sena. One of the worst instances of caste violence in independent India, the then President K.R. Narayanan called it a “national shame”.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    We Cannot Be Hard-Headed In Fighting Home-Grown Extremism: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 31 August 2015

    We Cannot Be Hard-Headed In Fighting Homegrown Extremism

    By Yassin M. Yassin

    Here We Go Again: The Drumbeat For Sending Troops Back To Iraq Has Begun

    By Simon Jenkins

    Bashar Al-Assad’s Fate: Is A ‘Face-Saving’ Deal In Play?

    By Raed Omari

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Tackling The IS Tentacles In India: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 30 August 2015

    Tackling the Is Tentacles in India

    By Sazzad Hussain

    The Indian Paradigm For Religious Tolerance

    By Balbir Punj

    Poison of Demographic Prejudice

    Editorial, Economic and Political Weekly

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Urdu Section

    Against Unlawful Intimacy: Essential Message of Islam: Chapter 34   نا جائز جنسی تعلقات کی ممانعت؛ اسلام کا اصل پیغام

    قرآن زوجین میں سے کسی ایک یا دونوں اور ان کی اولاد کے حق میں بھی طلاق کے سنگین جذباتی اور مالی اثرات اور نقصانات کو تسلیم کرتا ہے۔ اسی وجہ سے قرآن متعدد احکامات و شرائط کے ذریعہ طلاق کی حوصلہ شکنی کرتا ہے، لیکن اگر طلاق کا متبادل خاندان کے لئے زندگی بھر کے لیے بے چینی، پریشانی اور مصیبت ہو تو قرآن اس کی اجازت دیتا ہے۔

    Urdu Section

    The Meaning of ‘Sunna’ in the Qur’an  قرآنی نقطہ نظر سے 'سنت' کا معنی
    Louay Fatoohi

    قرآن میں بارہ آیات ایسی ہیں جن میں مسلمانوں کو نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی "اطاعت" کا حکم دیا گیا ہے۔ اس بات پر تاکید کرنے کے لیے کہ نبی کی اطاعت خدا کی اطاعت کے لئے ضروری ہے، بارہ آیتوں میں سے گیارہ آیتوں میں مسلمانوں کو یہ حکم دیا گیا ہے کہ "اللہ اور رسول اللہ کی اطاعت کرو" (3:32، 3:132)، "اللہ کی اطاعت کرو اور رسول اللہ کی اطاعت کرو"، (4:59، 4:92، 24:54، 47:33، 64:12)، اور "اللہ اور اس کے رسول کی اطاعت کرو" (8:1، 8:20، 8:46، 58:13)۔ بارھویں آیت میں مسلمانوں کو حکم دیا گیا ہے: "رسول کی اطاعت کرو تاکہ تم پر رحم کیا جائے" (24:56)۔

    Islam and Politics
    In Islam, Peace Is the Rule and War Is Only a Rare Exception
    By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    In Islam, Peace Is the Rule and War Is Only a Rare Exception
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

    The truth is that Islam in the full sense is a religion of peace. In no way is it a religion of war. In Islam, peace is the rule and war is only a rare exception. Moreover, this exception was applicable in previous ages when tribal culture prevailed in the world. Now this is a totally different age. Today we are living in the age of democracy and the United Nations. Therefore, the word ‘war’ has become an obsolete term in the international dictionary. If any war takes place in the present, it goes against the universal norm.

    Books and Documents

    The Lessons of Anwar al-Awlaki
    Anwar al-Awlaki

    This is the digital legacy of Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011. Addressing a V.F.W. convention in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama championed the counterterrorism record of his administration. ‘‘I’ve shown,’’ he said, ‘‘I will not hesitate to use force to protect our nation, including from the threat of terrorism.’’ He listed some of the terrorists killed on his watch. ‘‘Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen — gone,’’ Obama said to applause.

    Islamic World News

    Arab World

    Syrian Army Repels ISIL Attack on Kuweires Airbase, Kills over 40 Militants

    ISIL Terrorists Executes Three Kurds in Iraqi Mosul

    South Asia

    Afghan forces retake Musa Qala District, 220 Taliban killed, wounded

    US considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan after 9/11

    Taliban infighting left five killed in Zabul


    Turkish jets hit Daesh in Syria for the first time

    Turkey behind Terrorists' Violation of Ceasefire in Zabadani, Idlib


    Militants attack Jiwani airport in Balochistan, two killed

    14 militants killed in Shawal, Peshawar


    Migration crisis: Germany, France and Britain demand urgent EU meeting

    Egypt summons UK envoy over Al Jazeera verdict remarks

    Southeast Asia

    Pressure mounts on Malaysian PM as protests spill into second day


    17 Iranian Fishermen, Sailors Escape Somali Pirates' Captivity

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Two Indian Sisters Ordered To Be Raped By Village Council Beg Supreme Court For Help

    Politically Emancipated Saudi Women Are Socially Constrained

    Female Employees Rate Labour Inspectors Higher Than Haia Staff

    You Will Never Guess What This Brother in MP Gifted To His Young Sister For Rakshabandhan

    Rakhsha Bandhan Festival Celebrated In Karachi, Pakistan

    First The Rohtak Sisters And Now Jasleen Kaur; Are We Judging Men Too Harshly?

    Women More Likely To Die After Heart Attack Treatment, Say Researchers

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    Islam and the Media

    Muhammad Biopic Director Calls for More Movies about the Prophet’s Life
    Iranian director Majid Majidi

    “The more movies that are made about the prophet’s life, the better,” Majidi said at Montreal’s world film festival. “We hope the Qatari team will make a correct interpretation of Islam, and they are most welcome to come and film at our facilities in our country.”

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    When ISIS Rapists Win
    David Brooks

    It’s time to stop underestimating this force as some group of self-discrediting madmen. ISIS is a moral and political threat to the fragile and ugly stability that exists in what’s left in the Middle East. ISIS will thrive and spread its ideas for as long as it has its land.

    Islamic World News

    Mohammad, the Messenger of God, Impresses Worldwide Audience
    Scott Kevin Walker Republican candidate

    Arab World

    Mohammad, the Messenger of God, Impresses Worldwide Audience

    Imbued With Hubris: US, Turkey Create ‘ISIL Zone’ in Syria

    Over 100 Nusra Militants Killed in Syrian Airstrike in Dara'a


    Persisting Saudi Aggression Kills 31 Yemenis

    Syrian Opposition Figure Asks for Iran-Saudi Arabia Talks over Syrian Crisis


    Verses from Quran Helped Capture Pak Militant: Police

    Islamic State Flags Waved In Srinagar after Friday Prayers

    South Asia

    ISIS in Afghanistan Nothing But A Movement Formed By Pakistani Militants

    Kabul Police Say Blasts Were Controlled Detonations


    Pakistan Bans Islamic State Militant Group

    India Sabotaging Regional Peace, Pakistan Tells UK


    Nigeria Says Uncovers Boko Haram Spy Ring at Abuja Airport

    Ten Al Shabab Fighters Killed In Hudur Battle


    Plans Unveiled For New Mosque in Burton That Will Be 'Biggest and Best' In Europe

    Dividing the Arabs: America and Europe's Double Game

    Southeast Asia

    After Party Name Rejected, Harapan Baru Says Fighting For Inclusive Islam

    North America

    Scott Walker Vows to Defeat Islamic State, Reduce Iran’s Influence

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    London Mother and Four Children Bound For Syria, Say Police
    Zahera Tariq, bound for Syria

    Girl 'Kills Herself' On Wedding Day Defying Forced Marriage in Bangladesh

    Palestine Women Overpower Israel Soldier Bare-Handed, Rescue Boy

    Bangladesh Child-Marriage Rates Accelerate

    Discourage Your Husbands from Corruption, Sultan of Sokoto Urges Muslim Women

    How Wonder Women is making superheroes in Indonesia

    Pakistan’s Biased Attitudes Plague Women’s Cricket, Says Team Coach

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    Current Affairs

    Sister of a slain Hizbul Mujahidin commander taking the forefront: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 29 August 2015

    Sister of a slain Hizbul Mujahidin commander taking the forefront

    By Khalid Fayaz Mir

    Punishment Should offer the chance of redemption, and allow criminals to repent and reform

    By Irfan Husain

    Sexually abusing children in the name of sex education

    By Hashim Bukhari

    Pakistani nuclear arsenal: Is third largest large enough?

    By Pervez Hoodbhoy

    Obama’s legacy: Isis and other disasters

    By Aijaz Zaka Syed

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

    Current Affairs

    ISIS Heritage Destruction In Syria Is A War Crime: The UN Must Consider R2P To Stop It Now: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 29 August 2015

    Islamic State Pretence And The Upcoming Wars In Libya

    By Ramzy Baroud

    ISIS Heritage Destruction In Syria Is A War Crime: The UN Must Consider R2P To Stop It Now

    By Franklin Lamb

    RAB And Extra-Judicial Killings in Bangladesh

    By Taj Hashmi

    Protests in Lebanon reflect the disease not the cure

    By John Bell

    Child Marriage Law and freedom of choice

    By M Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau



    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.

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