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  • Good to know that some Hindus in Pakistan are doing well, but this should not make us agonize less on the predicaments of religious ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sultan Shahiin  says, “Khalid Suhail Sb, Rather than calling it Taqiyya, why don't we take it as an evolution in thinking for the better.”  Maulana Wahiduddin Khan has ...
    ( By Khalid Suhail )
  • Dear Sir, I dont think Muslims believe in co-e3xistence with other religions. You can proof of that all over the world. You can see ...
    ( By Tim )
  • Is there a contradiction in what the Maulana said?Reverend R. Bosworth-Smith wrote in "Mohammed & Mohammedanism" in 1946:   "Head of the state as well as the ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Debate and discussion on a subject as important as this should be certainly held. I will be travelling and busy with my work at ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Yes, that is how we have to bring revolution in youth mind and this is the time we have to work against this extreme ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Sufi scholars of NAI may post their scholarly comments on "Imamat of Women".Will they perform their Namaz behind a Woman Imam?
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Sufi scholars of NAI may post their scholarly comments on "Imamat of Women".Will they perform their Namaz behind a Woman Imam?
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Dear Sultan ShahinIt is true only if the Maulana has replaced his early standing with evolved learning. If he continues to believe that only ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Dear Sultan ShahinIt is true only if the Maulana has replaced his early standing with evolved learning. If he continues to believe that only ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • This may make you angry but I suggest that instead of calling Ahmadis non-Muslims, let all Muslims become Ahmadis.  Then Islam will be really ...
    ( By Satbir Singh Bedi )
  • Khalid Suhail Sb, Rather than calling it Taqiyya, why don't we take it as an evolution in thinking for the better. All aware people ...
    ( By Sultan Shahiin )
  • Dear Sultan ShahinWhy don't you start from Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi? there your team hold some meetings/seminars.I think you must have some Aalims ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Why in a country full of mainstream peaceful, inclusive and moderate Brailvis, Mumtaz Qadri can't be hanged?who are his supporters?
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • The position of Brailvis/SUfis is not different than those of Devbandis with a difference that Devbandis didn't like calling Hindus kafir.in my childhood there ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • To: All Respected Muslim Readers @ New Age Islam Forum   Read a published write-up re: biggest fraud in the name of "Islamic Mortgage" by a Mortgage mafia ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • A comment on this article by one of my learned friends:Dear Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi saheb,It should be so. But this is not perceived as that ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • MR GRDWhat is Islamic Banking? Why do you need a parallel Islamic banking? Is it not like having parelle Islamic Law(Shariat)? why you are ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • If the PDP-BJP government in J&K is successful, it would be good for all of India.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "The conflict inside the Muslim world might ultimately be characterized as one between tyranny and freedom, even if that tyranny is packaged in God's ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A MOSQUE AND A TEMPLE EXIST IN HARMONY   Perhaps serious revision of text books that portray minorities as the other could be the first step in this direction. ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • It seems Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is expert in practising Taqayyah (deception) which is now evident in his different books and articles. For example here he says ...
    ( By Khalid Suhail )
  • Shahin Sb, Part 1 and 2 of the article were written quite some time ago. What Pickthall said about the sense in which the Quran uses the ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Observer Saheb, I was trying this morning to look into possibilities of our ulema accepting your definition of kufr and kafir which is of great interest ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • A WITCH-HUNT ON CAMPUSES   Hardliners have long been waiting for an excuse to pounce. In November members of the Chinese Red Culture Institute, a group of scholars ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • OPEN MINDS WILL MAKE A LASTING CHANGE   There are those in Afghanistan who do not want women and girls to be educated. If we are to make ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • A SETTING FOR A MORALLY INSTRUCTIVE YARN   The American conversation about Islam may be noisy and confusing, but it isn’t new. And these forgotten images remind us to ...
    ( By Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia )
  • Mr Yunus,Dont you think your services are more required in Iraq where Quran is being implemented  in the literal sense by ISIS
    ( By tim )
  • Majid Nawaz I have seen you many times on show you always talk rational, but one point you miss always that Muslim always present ...
    ( By Aaiyna )
  • Very good article debunking some of the things that Graeme Wood's article in The Atlantic had averred.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The more women we have as imams and ulemas, the better. They will bring moderation. common sense and compassion to our discourse.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is a very sensible summation of what a reformed madrasa curriculum should be. A graduating student must be fully knowledgeable about Quran's abhorrence ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "Essential Message of Islam" has been a very valuable companion as well as a resource book for me for the past several years. It is ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "I created......they have been promised". this first paragraph raise question that our parents on the earth never demand anything on the other hand they ...
    ( By Aaiyna )
  • stop calling non-muslim, call them other faiths people, either call yourself non-christian, non-hindus, non-buddist. stop adressing other faith people with negativity, as if muslims ...
    ( By Aaiyna )
  • Carry on Observer Sb, this seems doable, although I don't see ulema responding. But I am willing to try. Please prepare the paper, I ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • "The starting point for convincing should be the Aalims on your staff. "You are right. It's a very depressing scenario. Ulema are mostly Juhala. ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Shahin Sb,I suggest the following:I will send a version in the form of a paper which can be translated into Urdu.I myself have no ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Shahin Sb,The starting point for convincing should be the Aalims on your staff. You have in the past conducted discussions with great vigor but ...
    ( By Observer )
  • Mr Shahin,You can use my name and organize it in Delhi. I can come down there.
    ( By Observer )
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    Review of 'Confessions of a Terrorist – A Novel'

    Reliable factual information gathered by terrorism expert and author Professor Richard Jackson is set within a simple but compelling fiction: Michael, a British intelligence officer, and Professor Youssef Said, a Middle Eastern terrorist organiser, face each other across a table in a rundown building in Leeds, UK....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

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    Radical Islam, by contrast, is severely limited in its global appeal. Almost by definition, it is deeply unattractive to all non-Muslims. What Christian would want the forced imposition of Shariah law? Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate. In the half of that world that holds elections – including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, even Pakistan – such ideologies have not tended to garner many votes. The Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral success in Egypt is a partial exception to this rule, but it fared well for a variety of reasons unrelated to its Islamic ideology (which was also not nearly as radical as Egypt’s military dictatorship claims)....

     
    Islamic World News

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    Mideast

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    Nigerian Female Bomb Suspect Beaten To Death by Mob

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    Islam and Pluralism

    Pakistani Hindus are a Resilient Minority Too
    Sameer Arshad

    Disbelief swept social media when the scion of an influential Pakistani Hindu family, Karni Singh, married an Indian woman with much Rajput pomp in Jaipur last week. It was understandable as any mention of Pakistani Hindus conjures up images of a necessarily persecuted minority. Expressions like influential Pakistani Hindu groom as such naturally sound oxymoronic. How has been it possible for Karni’s family to maintain its status and influence? This was the question that baffled many. The likes of Karni do not fit into how Pakistani Hindus are perceived in India. It has a lot to do with the idea of India seen as an ideal one in contrast with flawed Pakistan and prompts a broad-brushed portrayal of Pakistani Hindus as essentially hounded. The depiction cloaks complicated issues of class and caste besides admirable resilience of many Hindus, who have excelled in varied fields despite odds....

    Debating Islam

    How “Islamic” Is The Islamic State? Essentialism Applied To Islam Will Be an Error and a Form of Bigotry
    Juan Cole

    The question of phraseology is easily dealt with. The word “Islamic” in Arabic, and in English as well, has to do with the ideals of the Muslim religion. It is thus analogous to the word “Judaic.” We speak of “Islamic ethics” as a field of study, just as we do “Judaic ethics.” Not all Muslims or Jews conform to the ethics preached in their religious traditions. Some are even criminals. But then they are Muslim criminals and Jewish criminals. They are not Islamic criminals and Judaic criminals. Likewise in Catholicism, one speaks of Patristic theology, referring to the religious ideas of the Church fathers, but wouldn’t talk of bad priests steeped in that theology as Patristic criminals. It is because both in Arabic and in other languages “Islamic” refers to the ideals of the Muslim religion that both Muslims and people with good English diction object strenuously to a phrase such as “Islamic terrorism” or “Islamic fascism” (fascism was an invention of Christian Europe, in any case)....

     
    Islam and the West

    Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats?
    Glenn Greenwald

    First, they target a Muslim: not due to any evidence of intent or capability to engage in terrorism, but rather for the “radical” political views he expresses. In most cases, the Muslim targeted by the FBI is a very young (late teens, early 20s), adrift, unemployed loner who has shown no signs of mastering basic life functions, let alone carrying out a serious terror attack, and has no known involvement with actual terrorist groups….

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    Fahrenheit 451
    Irfan Husain

    Fahrenheit 451
    Irfan Husain

    However, I doubt if the story inspired this generation of Jihadis to go on their book-burning spree as nobody has accused these semi-literate barbarians of being fans of modern fiction. Quite the contrary: to show their devotion to culture, the warriors of the Islamic State recently blew up the Mosul Public Library that contained, among other volumes, 8,000 old manuscripts. And lest anybody should think this act was an aberration, they also torched Mosul University’s main library, destroying thousands of books and precious manuscripts and documents. No wonder Unesco condemned these acts as “cultural cleansing”, and “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history”....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    At Malala’s Citizenship Ceremony, Will She Be Forced To Bare Her Head?
    Sheema Khan

    You continue to inspire with your humility and courage. You provide a voice for those who have been deemed voiceless. Most recently, you criticized the Nigerian government and world leaders for not doing enough to free hundreds of school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. In December, you and your family reached out with compassion to survivors of the horrific massacre of school children and teachers in Peshawar....

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Most Indonesian fighters in Syria were facilitated by existing groups including Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the Ring Banten faction of Darul Islam, and Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT). Those who go through the JI channel join Al Nusra Front and other Jihadi groups that are affiliated with Al Qaeda. Fighters linked to MIT, Ring Banten, and Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) generally fight for the Islamic State as their leaders have pledged allegiance to the militant group’s leader, Mr Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi....

     
    Current Affairs

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    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Jihadi John: Activist Who Praised Mohammed Emwazi as 'Beautiful' Caught On Video Backing Jihad
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    Islam and the West

    Parental Anguish and the Lone Wolf
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    Reprisals against Muslims have risen dramatically across the US since the so-called Islamic State’s (IS’s) barbaric beheadings and burnings. A portion of the Quba Islamic Institute in Houston was burned to the ground allegedly by a homeless man who “hated Muslims”. While the Houston fire department was battling the flames, a retired fire fighter, Dustin Herron, posted on Facebook: “Let it burn....block the fire hydrant”. Muslims are harassed, threatened and attacked on a daily basis as though all of us identify with IS....

     
    Islamic Society
    Shrinking Space for Muslims
    Usman Shaukat Eshai

    Shrinking Space for Muslims
    Usman Shaukat Eshai

    Muslims have been coexisting with the believers of other faiths in the past as Islam believes in plurality. The political and intellectual leadership across the Muslim world has been unable to convey the point of view of the ordinary Muslim to the rest of the world. The leadership looks hapless in the wake of terrorism, slow to form a counter narrative that opposes these extremist ideologies. It is time we came up with a clear and unified narrative to counter these ideologies of hate, which subvert the fundamental teachings of Islam: compassion, justice and peace....

    Islam and Politics

    Taking 'Islam' Out Of 'Islamic State'
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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The Jihadi Girls are Just Part of a Long Line Attracted to Mad, Bad Men
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    Debating Islam

    Following the publication of his Atlantic cover story, “What ISIS Really Wants,” Graeme Wood has challenged critics who claim that he misrepresented Islamic belief, noting, “It’s instructive to see how responses to my piece reckon with or ignore this line: ‘Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do.’” But Wood’s entire essay implies that such a rejection of ISIS by other Muslims can only be hypocritical or naive, and that ISIS members and supporters follow the texts of Islam as faithfully and seriously as anyone. The main expert in Wood’s article is Princeton University professor Bernard Haykel, who “regards the claim that the Islamic State has distorted the texts of Islam as preposterous, sustainable only through Willful ignorance. … In Haykel’s estimation, the fighters of the Islamic State are authentic throwbacks to early Islam and are faithfully reproducing its norms of war....

     
    Islam and Politics
    Turkey loses Libya
    Abdullah Bozkurt

    Turkey loses Libya
    Abdullah Bozkurt

    With the cabinet decision by the Libyan government this week, all contracts with Turkish firms that have historically maintained a strong presence in the oil-rich Arab nation have been abruptly severed. Prime Minister al-Thinni placed the blame squarely on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the chief political Islamist who calls Iran his second home. Al-Thinni said in a recent interview with the Asharq al-Awsat daily, “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's stance is clear....

     
    Urdu Section

    God-Realization and Modern Science  خدا کی معرفت اور جدید سائنس
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    حضرت ابو ذر الغفاری روایت کرتےہیں کہ   نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم اپنے صحابہ کو اس وقت بھی علم فراہم کرتے تھے جب آسمان میں کسی پرندے کو  پنکھ پھیلائے ہوئے اڑتا ہوا دیکھتے تھے۔ (ابن سعد)کسی پرندے کا فضا میں پرواز کرنا یقیناً خدا کی طاقت کی ایک اہم علامت ہے۔ قدیم دور میں، خدا کی طاقت کی یہ علامت محض ایک پراسرار عقیدہ تھی ۔ لیکن آج اسے ایک سائنسی حقیقت کی شکل میں سمجھا جا سکتا ہے۔

     
    Arabic Section

    ISIS and Taliban, the two extremist Islamist cults have substantial differences in terms of both ideology and political goals. Whereas ISIS is placed on the Salafi-Wahhabi spectrum, the Taliban regard themselves as followers of the Hanafi school of Islamic law. They also take different approaches to minorities and local customs. While IS murders Shia Muslims, persecutes Christians and blows up mosques and shrines, no such crimes have ever been pinned on the Taliban. Probably the key problem between the two terrorist factions is the fact that both sides – both the "Islamic State" and the "Islamic Emirate Afghanistan" – have a leader who claims the title "Amirul Mu’minin" (Commander of the Faithful) for himself. Yet both cults are convinced that there can only be one such leader. A confrontation was therefore inevitable.

    يشير اسم خراسان إلى اسم المنطقة التاريخي ويشمل أجزاءً من المنطقة المعروفة في يومنا هذا باسم أفغانستان وإيران وطاجيكستان وأوزبكستان وتركمانستان. وكذلك ضُمَّت إلى ولاية خراسان من قبل "الدولة الإسلامية" مناطقُ البشتون القبلية الواقعة خلف خط دوراند، والتي تقول باكستان إنَّها جزء من أراضيها.

     
    Urdu Section

    انفاق فی سبیل اللہ بہت عمدہ خلق ہے۔ خدا تعالیٰ کو یہ بہت محبوب ہے اس سے بھی قرب خداوندی نصیب ہوتا ہے اور جسے قرب خداوندی نصیب ہو جائے پھر اسے اور کیا چاہئیے۔ لیکن یہ بات یاد رکھنی چاہئے کہ اپنے مال کو خرچ کرنا آسان کام نہیں ہے۔ خرچ کرنے کے وقت شیطان کئی رنگوں میں حملہ آور ہوتا ہے کبھی کہے گا کہ تم اتنا کیوں خرچ کر رہے ہو، حالانکہ تمہیں تو اپنے گھر میں ضرورت ہے۔ تمہارا بچہ بیمار ہے ابھی تمہیں ڈاکٹر کو دینے کے لئے رقم چاہئے ۔ کبھی ہیلتھ انشورنس کے لئے تو کبھی کار خریدنے کے لئے۔ کبھی بچوں کی پڑہائی کے لئے اور کبھی قرضہ اتارنے کے لئے۔ غرض ہر قسم کے طور طریقوں کی طرف شیطان توجہ دلائے گا۔ مگر حقیقی مومن اور متقی وہ ہے جو ان سب باتوں کے باوجود خدا تعالیٰ کی محبت کی خاطر اس کی راہ میں خرچ کرتا ہے۔

     
    Books and Documents

    Introducing The Book 'Essential Message of Islam' by Muhammad Yunus & Ashfaque Ullah Syed
    Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl

    Editor's Note: New Age Islam is happy to be able to present for the first time on internet this ground-breaking work by Quran exegetes Muhammad Yunus & Ashfaque Ullah Syed for the benefit of its readers. The authors hardly need any introduction on this website. Muhammad Yunus Saheb has been contributing for long and we have posted Ashfaque Ullah Syed Saheb's individual contribution too in the form of his televised lecture. Presented below is the introduction to the book written by the renowned academic and author Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl:

    For those who have the moral will, the book I introduce here will prove to be an invaluable reference source on the Islamic faith.  For those who do not wish to be participants in the perpetuation of religious bigotry and hate, this book will provide an accurate, thoughtful, and reliable introduction to Muslim beliefs and practices.  I wish we lived in a world in which this book would become a standard reference source for students of religion who are interested in an accurate introduction to the religion of Islam.  The best thing I can say about this book is that it is the product of a labor of love that lasted for more than a decade.  The authors do not offer a personalized view of their own religiosity; they explain in a very straightforward and accessible fashion what mainstream Muslims believe in and especially, what the Qur’an itself teaches.  Non-Muslims will understand why well over a billion people call themselves Muslim and also how Islam inspires Muslims to deal with and improve upon the world in which they live.  Indeed this book manages to translate the Muslim vision or the way that Islam heals the ailments of humanity in the current age and every age.  Readers who wish to learn the theological and moral dogma of Islam will find this book indispensable.  But this book is not just an informative tool for the fair-minded and interested reader.  This book is an educational tool for both Muslims and non-Muslims—it is an authoritatively reliable text to teach young Muslims, or even Muslims who never had the time to study the Qur’an, or the fundamentals of their religion.  The book is written with the kind of balance and fair mindedness that makes it equally valuable for Muslim and non-Muslim students of Islam.  The least I can say about this text is that it was written by two ethically conscientious and principled Muslims in order to share their religion with every ethically conscientious and principled reader in the world.  They must be heard.

    Islam and Politics
    Islam and Islamism
    Salim Mansur

    Islam and Islamism
    Salim Mansur

    Islamism is -- from the perspective of someone born and raised within the mainstream majority Sunni Islam -- an ideology fascistic and totalitarian in impulse and action, masquerading as religion. The proponents, advocates, activists and apologists of Islamism, irrespective of whatever guise these Islamists assume in public, are engaged in the sort of radical politics the West became acquainted with in the early decades of the twentieth century with the rise of Communism, Fascism and Nazism…..

    Islamic World News

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    North America

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    India

    Muslims Must Become Hindus If They Want Respect: VHP Leader

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    Assad or No Assad, West Asks, As IS Rises and Conflict Rages

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    Suicide Bomber Kills Three in Northeast Nigeria: Witnesses

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    HRCM Vice President under Threat after Police ‘Traitor’ Claim

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    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    Muslims Must Confront Islamist Terror Ideologically: An Islamic Reformation Required
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

    The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

    What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

     1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

    2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

    3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

    4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

     What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

    So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

    If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

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