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  • Even if the majority of Pakistanis are against terrorism, they cannot consider themselves to be totally innocent if they hold intolerant and backward views.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good article! Acceptance of diversity and validation of other view points are the hallmarks of civilized societies.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Any educational system that glorifies past regressive practices and considers modernism an enemy of Islam should not get our support.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Mr. Aaina: Keep attacking on personal grounds but it is not going to demoralize the intellectuals participating in discussions here. There is nothing wrong in having ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • it is clear how much Zakir Naik can gather comments and you can find strait dived btween the commenters who favour and against, certainly he ...
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  • Mr. Aaina: Your request cum bitter criticism to NewageIslam exposed your personal bias against Jb Ghulam Mohiyuddin Sb in particular and the Muslims in general ...
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  • @Afshin Jan Khaqan i am an ambedkarite not a supporter or opponent of any religion I am just upholder of TRUTH. point is zakir conducts ...
    ( By Dolly Passey )
  • what a joke New Age Islam is quoting deobanhd fatwa. and that too on grounds of pure theological reasoning about 4 muqalldins. since when new ...
    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • when coutts have absolved zakir naik saheb from all accusations of hate speeches then what is the basis of this article. I think manuvadies and ...
    ( By Dolly Passey )
  • Very informative. No matter how perfunctory and lackadaisical, its actions, at least the Pakistan government seems aware of the problem of radicalisation through various madrasa ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • The emphasis of any school, madrasa or non-madrasa, must be on quality education that prepares students for success in a very competitive ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Religion belongs in our private space and should not impinge on public and governmental affairs except as a spur to an individual's moral and ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good book review. While we must condemn and combat violent takfir with all our might, we must not take too kindly to non-violent takfir either. ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • If common civil code will be implemented then there will be more assimilation among all communities in India. Which is very much important for one ...
    ( By vivek )
  • To Raiham Nizami: I never wished what Muslim should say that appease other faith or how Muslim should comment, I did not said that their ...
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  • Ron; Thanks Church is a generic term: ‘a house set apart for worship for an established religion’, and priests are the operatives therein: ’official conductors of ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Dear Ghulam Ghaus, hope you are fine. What is qaule suwari and qaule zaruri? I read it in an Urdu article but could not understand. ...
    ( By Ravi Kumar )
  • “ISIL Propagating Wahhabi and Takfiri Ideology in School Textbooks” ISIS has been teaching such textbooks for a long period but the news has got much late ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Mr Aaina: Readers’s no-comments doesn’t mean their non-interest. You earnestly need to look into a mirror to get the reality-check out that your sole intention of ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • “Yemenis Have Not Lost Hope”. The Quran says: “And whosoever fears Allah…He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Mr Tufail Sb: You need a meticulous and proper thinking upon the topic before bringing out the suggestions. I am here to highlight the nonsense ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Leaders living in denial will not be able to cope with the problem.
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • Donals Trump seeks “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”. Is it not what ISIS wants? The slight difference here is ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • The author's realization, "Now, in the 21st century, it is high time for Christians to acknowledge how wrong we have been" shows how meticulously the ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Thank you mr. Ravi Kumar for percieving the gravity of the problem in Muslim community. You have posed a good question and then given a ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث )
  • “…transformation and healing this dialogue would bring to the whole Abrahamic family of faith”. A small initial step at least, Bravo.As Quran says that apostles, ...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • " Islam is a beautiful, complex religion that supports human dignity, arts and sciences, spirituality, economic, environmental and racial justice, and so much more. ..."True, ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Indian muslims are not role model to any one.tbey are as bad as any other group .i think the nation will have to face anothr ...
    ( By Pcs )
  • I fully agree with Syeda Hameed. We Muslims should be at the forefront of our reforms. It would be a shame if reforms have to ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I agree with much of what u have said, especially that in regarding hadith as hearsay, however, i must ask if your are muslim ...
    ( By Ron Abdul Latif )
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    ( By Aayina )
  • To New Age Islam: New age Islam should take certificate from Gulam Mohiyuddin before website runners prints any article, he gets upset many time...
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  • Petro-dollars must be weeded out from India's mosques and madrasas, otherwise grave harm will be done to our "Live and let live" Sufi traditions.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sectarian divisions, wanton violence, especially killing innocents, coercion and intolerance should all be listed under the heading of "Satanism".
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Whether dargah visits are kosher or not, the question really is about equal access.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Two questions: . . . (1) Why is this article in New Age Islam? (2) Leaving this article aside, why has Mr. Ahmad become such a ...
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    An Appeal to Sufi Divines: Please Go Beyond Clichés Like Islam Is a Religion of Peace, Refute the Generally Accepted Core Theology Which Is Helping Jihadis Lure Our Youths to Terrorism
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Respected Sufi divines, I would, therefore, earnestly appeal to you to use the opportunity provided by the Delhi conclave to go beyond the usual shibboleths. Sufi approach of focussing on the positive features of Islam worked well at one time. There was no internet then. In the internet age everyone is a scholar. In this age of instant scholarship, nothing can be hidden or bypassed.

    It must be understood, that the radical Islamist theology and the current Islamic theology of consensus are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic. ISIS may vanish tomorrow. But the problem of radicalisation will remain. Islam supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and exclusivism are inherent in the current Islamic, and not just Islamist theology.

    Focusing on positive features of Islam is an essential part of De-radicalisation or, more realistically, Preventing Radicalisation. But it is not bearing fruit in full measure as the core theology agreed to by nearly all Muslims militates against these positives. As briefly outlined above, this core and consensual theology nullifies the impact of all arguments made against violent extremism. It is this core theology that needs to be refuted and changed.  Let us all try and bring the core Islamic theology in line with the actual teachings of Quran and Sunnah. Let us move away from the current theology of violence and xenophobia. Let us move towards a coherent, comprehensive theology of peace and pluralism, co-existence and gender justice.

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