• Naseer sahib, Perhaps while writing comments, you did not put in your mind overall areas of my presentation of the commentary on the verse 4:89. ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • 3/16/2018 8:34:58 PM Ghulam Mohiyuddin “The independent reasoning derived from the Quran” — in other words many clauses in classic jurisprudence ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It is sad but radicalization of some Muslim youth in Kashmir should not come as a surprise.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Your insights on Kashmir issue are invaluable! Truly conflict resolution is a double- edged sword!! Any...
    ( By Meera )
  • Before the battle of Badr, what was the position of the Muslims? They were persecuted for thirteen years in Mecca, lost their businesses, faced sanctions...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Gulam Moyuddin it same like your Arabic Allah choose all male messenger.'
    ( By Aayina )
  • In the case of early hypocrites, the verses were revealed to guide the Muslims and save them from destructive plan of hypocrisy and oppression but ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • The Salafist anti-terror fatwa deserves appreciation. The Sufi-oriented fatwas against terrorism deserve appreciation. As regards the ideological dispute between these two groups claiming ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Why are all "BEST OF BEFORE" articles written by males?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Is there no one to table a Fresh Plea in Supreme Court to Declare relation between a boy and....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • "The verses are clear by themselves." Yes, Naseer sir, these verses are clear but some people cunningly present...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • This is a good commentary series.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Thank you, Sahil Shadab But you can also read the same connotations in my previous articles as well. Please ...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Nice work Mr. Siddiqi You are doing a great thing but it should have come much earlier.
    ( By Sahil Shadab )
  • Islam means only peace peace and peaceful. Some one can differentiate own benefits'
    ( By Mohammad Akhtar )
  • Prophet pbuh & his companions are the role model of real Sufis.they follow the command of Quran & Sunnah.jihad in its right ...
    ( By Arshad Andrabi )
  • @Md Mosaib Do not please hide your massacre by quoting thousand year old stories. What is happening in Afghanistan,syriya,iraq,maldeves...
    ( By U.p. Ojha )
  • @UP Ojha What about asaram or you want to hear more and please don't talk about bloodshed I don't want it to hear ...
    ( By Md Mosaib )
  • Worthless is your preachings to rectify a religion of bloodshed and idiocy,till they accept to honour other faiths. Remove....
    ( By U.p. Ojha )
  • Sufi-ism is an amalgamation of vedanta n some superficial(modfied) rituals of lslam, it has nothng to .,...
    ( By Manzoor Hussain )
  • @U P Ojha Yahoodi wants to wipe out the spiritual power which is been gifted by Almighty to the followers of Sufi Saints the ....
    ( By Abulhasan Dasankop )
  • @Mansoor Hakkim Ahamed Can you name a single islamic country where peace and tranquility prevails. Wherever their ....
    ( By U.p. Ojha )
  • Where is Islam u r talking about,y r u preaching Muslims,better to preach tyrants,whome Rob Iraq,afghanistan etc etc,y don't u preach Burmies hiered army ....
    ( By Mansoor Hakkim Ahamed )
  • About Muslim and non Muslim from Pakistan to Morocco'
    ( By Rakesh Singh )
  • @Iqbal Husain Can you produce proof of any war between caste in India? I will provide 100 times from book of history.... start' ....
    ( By Rakesh Singh )
  • @Rakesh Singh heavy price is paid by bahujans of india they werepersecuted by manuvadies down the ages.
    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • But why they would do it? They never paid high price.
    ( By Rakesh Singh )
  • The verses are clear by themselves. It is the contextual (mis)information imported from outside of the Quran that creates confusion. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Both communalist Muslims and communalist Hindus dislike the idea of interfaith...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • It is better to ignore such verses rather than be obsessed by them.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Yes dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin sb, Even this Salafist anti-terror fatwa states that there is no place for violence or discord in the religion of peace. ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • The word medieval is the period between the fall of the Roman empire and Renaissance and these events are significant to European/Christian history. This ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • “It also tells us that it is Abraham who coined the term "Muslim" and Allah named all his followers Muslims. (Qur'an 22:78)” (Dr Duderija)...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Nizam Elahi yes off course for chriatians bible is right for hindus geeta is right for muslims quran is right. ex muslims or ex hindus ...
    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • The conclusion out of this post n reactions/ comments leads to merely one point that whatever Holy Quran says is absolutely right....
    ( By Nizam Elahi )
  • श्रीस्वामीसमर्थाय नमस्कार Namaskar Sir. 1. Terrorism is the Soul of Islam. Koran Commands its followers to Convert ....
    ( By Vasant Narayan Deshmukh )
  • There is no supremacism or political Islam in Sufism but to purify the heart and soul in total submission to ALLAH and THE PROPHETpbuh'
    ( By Peer Nizam U Din )
  • Excellent Sultan Shahin Bhai'
    ( By Rakesh Ralli )
  • See videos of ulemas, molvis and Muftis, read your own books, post them without reference, you will say they defame Islam.'
    ( By Anand Kumar )
  • श्रीस्वामीसमर्थाय नमः Namaskar Sir. 1. Since you are talking about " New Age Islam ", loudly denounce the most Inhuman Commands given in Koran to Muslims "To ...
    ( By Vasant Narayan Deshmukh )

    Middle East Press

    Saudisation Is Not Racism By Talal Qashqari: New Age Islam's Selection, 17 March 2018

    The Early Disputes between Al-Shirazi Family and Iran

    By Hassan Al Mustafa

    The Palestine Solidarity Movement Should Focus On Palestine

    By Ramzy Baroud

    The Future of South Sudan Lies with the Arabs

    By Abdellatif El-Menawy

    Hiding In Plain Sight: Opportunities to Boost Turkish-Gulf Relations

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    Saudi Arabia and the US: A Common Cause, Common Destiny

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    Why the Iraqi Government Is Weak In Facing Corruption

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    Hindi Section

    Respecting All Religions  सभी धर्मों का सम्मान करने की अवधारणा
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

    दुनिया में हज़ारों दुसरे धर्मों और फिरकों के अलावा लगभग दर्जन भर बड़े धर्म भी हैंl इस स्थिती में मतभेद और असहमति का पैदा होना अपरिहार्य है जो कि विवादों का कारण बनते हैंl अब देखना यह है कि हम किस प्रकार उन सभी धर्मों के अनुयाइयों के बीच एकता का एक माहौल पैदा कर सकते हैं, ताकि हम सब अमन और आहंगी के साथ जीवन व्यतीत कर सकें?

    Islamic Society

    How Salafism May - or May Not - Be Changing: All Eyes are Now on Saudi Arabia
    H.A. Hellyer

    Saudi Arabia has been key to the discussion of particular types of Salafism, because of the way it provides financial backing for their dissemination throughout the world. That kind of educational propagation, which is often contrary to the indigenous form of mainstream Islamic thought in Muslim-majority countries where this propagation continues to occur, has had a decisive effect on the cultural formation of Muslim communities worldwide, including among Western Muslim communities....

    Islamic World News

    ‘Love A Muslim Day’ In Response to Hate Letter

    Saudi Crown Prince Hiding Mother from King Salman for 2 Years: Report

    Deputy PM Bozdağ: Updating Islam Does Not Mean Reformation

    Stop Muslims from Offering 'Namaz' At Disputed Sites: Shia Waqf Board's New Suggestion to AIMPLB

    Rwanda's Capital Bans Mosques from Using Loudspeakers during Muslim Call to Prayer

    Regional Racism: Sri Lanka and Myanmar Pursue Anti-Muslim Policy



    Muslims Lament Lack of Solidarity over German Mosque Attacks

    Arab World

    Saudi Arabia to Make Nuclear Bombs If Iran Does So: Crown Prince


    West Hiding Truth about Human Rights in Iran: Iran Human Rights Official


    From Hyderabad to Kashmir: The Story of a Thief Turned Jihadi


    CAR: Central African Refugees Message to Peacekeepers - We Want Inclusion

    South Asia

    Myanmar Shuttling Buddhists to Repopulate Ex-Rohingya Area


    No Invite For Peace Conference: Taliban

    Hafiz Saeed’s Mili Muslim League Set to Contest July Polls in Pakistan

    Southeast Asia

    Indonesia Makes Criticising Politicians a Crime

    North America

    Trump Did Not Pressure Two Muslim Federal Judges To Resign, Contrary To Report

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Defying the Taliban: Afghan Women Apply To Join Police Force

    Saudi Woman Takes Rock Climbing To New Heights

    Two Women Arrested For Breaking into US Islamic Centre

    Muslim Women Stage Rally in Bhagalpur, Saharsa in Bihar against the ‘Triple Talaq’ Bill

    Women Taking the Lead for Muslim Gender Equality

    Egyptian Girl Assaulted By 10 British Women in Nottingham Dies

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Why Erdogan Called For Updating Islam
    Mustafa Akyol

    Here is the key point: These terrible views were shocking to Turkey’s secularists, almost all of whom are against Erdogan. But they were also shocking to most moderate religious conservatives, many of whom vote for Erdogan. This is the case, because as polls show, hard-core Islamists who would like to see a Sharia-based Turkey — one like Saudi Arabia, where sexes are segregated and adulterers are stoned — makes up a small minority in Turkey....

    Islamic Personalities
    Syed Maududi: A Contested Legacy
    Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

    Religion is not an ideology and its addressee remains primarily an individual who is commanded to “strive for righteous rather than perfect community” and for that right order in one’s soul and the soul of the ruler is a prerequisite and in that task philosophers and mystics have a role that Maududi didn’t fully recognize. The key problem that there is a danger that human interpretation of God’s Word/Law may pose as divinely sanctioned one has been recognized by most modern thinkers....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Death Is an Inevitable Leap into the Unknown
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

    This creation plan of God is mentioned both in the Bible and the Quran. The Bible says: “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.” (Psalms 37:29) Similarly, the Quran says: “My righteous servants shall inherit the earth. Herein, surely, is a message for true worshippers.” (21:105-06)...

    Urdu Section

    Sufi Theologians Too Need To Introspect صوفی علماء کو بھی اپنا محاسبہ کرنے،تفوق پرستی اور سیاسی اسلام کے تصور سے  الگ ہونے کی ضرورت:جنیوا میں سلطان شاہین صاحب  کا خطاب
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    11/9 حادثے کے 17 سال بعد بھی اسلام کے نام پر دہشت گردی کے خاتمے کے کوئی آثار ظاہر نہیں ہوتے۔ عراق اور شام میں نام نہاد داعش کو اگر چہ شکست ملی ہے، لیکن افریقہ اور جنوبی ایشیا میں یہ فروغ پا رہا ہے۔ بہت سے طالبان دہشت گرد اب داعش میں شامل ہو کر افغانستان میں تباہی مچا رہے ہیں۔ مصر کی جدید تاریخ میں انجام دئے جانے والے ایک انتہائی شدید ترین حملے میں داعش کے دہشت گردوں نے نومبر 2017 کو ایک صوفی مسجد کو نشانہ بنایا جس میں صرف 800 آبادی والے شہر کے 305 افراد ہلاک ہوئے اور 128 افراد زخمی۔ اس حملے کا شکار ہونے والے لوگ بنیادی طور پر صوفی مسلمان تھے۔ صوفی مزارات اور ان کے زائرین کو دنیا بھر میں اسلام پسند دہشت گرد نشانہ بنا رہے ہیں، اور خاص طور پر پاکستان، لیبیا، مالی اور ایران میں ہزاروں افراد کی جانیں تلف کر رہے ہیں اور مزارات مساجد اور لائبریریوں کو نقصان پہنچا رہے ہیں۔ان سب کے باوجود ہمیں مسلم لیڈروں سے اسلام پسند دہشت گردی کے خلاف صرف زبانی بیان بازیاں ہی سننے کو ملتی ہیں۔ اسلامی فقہی تعلیمات کو مطلق العنانیت ، دوسروں سے نفرت ، عدم روادار ی اور جارحانہ جہاد کے ذریعے اسلامی رقبے میں اضافہ کرنے کے ایک تاریخی محرک سے پاک کرنے کے لئے کوئی ٹھوس عمل قدم نہیں اٹھایا گیا ہے۔ لوگوں کا خیال ہے کہ کم از کم صوفی مسلمان، جو ایک طویل عرصے سے جہادی نظریہ کا شکار رہے ہیں ، جو کہ جدید خارجی سلفیت کی ہی ایک شاخ ہے - اپنا محاسبہ کریں گے اور اپنی فقہی تعلیمات کا جائزہ لیں گے اور انہیں سیاسی اسلام کے عناصر سے پاک کریں گے۔

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The Morphing Of Religious Cultures into Extremism
    Mansour Alnogaidan

    In 1991, Issam Al Barqawi — aka Abu Mohammed Al Maqdisi, the eventual spiritual mentor of Al-Qaeda Iraq chief Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi — visited Al Qasim. The Jordanian national entered Saudi Arabia under a forged Kuwaiti passport. He found and read a book called The Clear-cut Reasoning for the Illegitimacy of the Saudi State. By September 11, 2001, a thin thread had woven all these disparate elements together....

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    Islamic World News

    Wahhabi Settlements and Terrorism as the Reality of ‘European Bosnia’

    Muslim Board to Add No Triple Talaq Clause in Nikahnama

    No Party Can Remove Constitutional Provision Linked With Islam, Pak SC Told

    Afghanistan Publishes ‘Undeniable’ Proof Islamic State, Taliban Jihadis Trained in Pakistan

    Complex Islamic Issues Involved In Conversion of Minors, Says Scholar



    Man Who Drove Van into Muslims in London Convicted Of Murder


    Land That Doesn’t Exist Used To Fund Hurriyat: NIA Probe


    Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Sami for Anti-Child Abuse Laws As Per CII Recommendations

    South Asia

    UN Official Says Rohingya Crisis Has ‘Hallmarks of Genocide’

    Southeast Asia

    Maldives Top Court Orders Release of Former President Mohamed Nasheed, Opposition Leaders

    Arab World

    Syrian Government Slams Turkish Offensive in Afrin as ‘Occupation’

    US May Use Force after Syria Found To Have Developed New Chemical Weapon


    Kurdish Pastor: Turkey Bigger Threat to Israel than Iran

    Turkish Army Occupies Several Regions in Afrin

    North America

    American 'Islamic State Fighter' Case Challenges Trump

    Rise in Hate Crimes against S Asia, Arab Communities in US


    Boko Haram Kills Five Loggers in North-Eastern Nigeria

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    Islamic Ideology
    The Momineen and the Kafirin
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The Momineen and the Kafirin
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The Momineen (faithful) and the Kafirin (faithless) are therefore terms that cannot be associated based on the religion professed, but based on behaviour alone. Else, Islam is not a universal and inclusive religion. Indeed, we do find the Quran judging people by what they do. The Mushrikin in an unjust battle against the Prophet, are referred to as the Kafaru, but the same Mushrikin, after they have been vanquished and are no longer at war, are referred to simply as Mushrikin in verse 9:5 and not as Kafirin. It is therefore the act that you are engaged in, which defines you in that context.

    At one extreme are the Momineen, the people of unshakeable faith, who can never do wrong because they are always mindful of God, and at the other extreme are the Kafirin or “those who will never believe”, the likes of the Pharaoh, Qarun, Haman, Abu Jahl, Abu Lahab etc., who are evil incarnate, always opposed to what is just, right and good. In between fall the rest, who can be judged based on the act they are engaged in, and not based on the faith they profess, or their religious identity. We find the Quran doing exactly this…..

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    From the Desk of Editor

    With Our 7th Century Mind-Set, Can We Muslims Co-Exist With Other Religious Communities In Any Part Of The World?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran had asked Muslims to fight for the existence of all those worship houses, synagogues, churches, monasteries, temples where God is praised in abundance.

    “…If God had not checked one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause); —for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will). (Qur'an, 22:40)

    You can see that here God makes the cause of protecting worship houses of all religious communities, “monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques,” as His own cause. But have you heard any Muslim demanding Saudi Arabia or Pakistan or Bangladesh or any other Muslim country where religious minorities face persecution, to desist and follow the dictates of the Quran for religious freedom and diversity? I would have thought that if Muslims followed Quran, not to speak of the charter of The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we would be fighting Jihad against Saudi government to allow other religious communities to establish their own worship houses, against Pakistan and Bangladesh to stop persecuting Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, etc.

    Islam and Politics

    Stop Vilifying Madrasas and Start Discussing the Real Problem This Institution Faces
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Madrasas today are synonymous with conservatism and its outmoded ideology. What happens in these institutions in the name of learning is nothing but rote memorization of certain texts which have lost all relevance in the present time. In order that they remain relevant, radical changes are certainly required in the pedagogical structure of these institutions. They have to introduce modern texts and even interpret the old ones in new light. Those who speak of reforming the system are very conveniently dubbed as opposed to Muslims and Islam. There are people within the Muslim community who have vested interests in linking madrasas with Muslim identity. Thus, any criticism of madrasa is automatically read as an attack on Muslim identity and cries of Islam in danger start doing the rounds in Muslim circles. This has to stop….

    Islamic Ideology
    The Principles of War from the Quran
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The Principles of War from the Quran
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The major battles fought by the Prophet against the people of Mecca were against their persecution of the Prophet and followers of the new faith of Islam. After his people suffered torture, persecution and even killing for 13 years, the Prophet (pbuh) was forced to migrate to Medina. Even then, the Meccans pursued them as is evident by the three major battles fought near Medina with the last battle being the siege of Medina itself. The Muslims eventually prevailed over their enemy. Surah Taubah describes the judgment on the vanquished enemy....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Triple Talaq Controversy: Male Chauvinist Indian Ulema Are Subverting Islam to Mislead the Supreme Court
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    ... Now Islam is a religion being practiced only by some Indian Mullahs, so it would seem. This even amounts to declaring Shias as well as Sunni Wahhabi sects like Ahl-e-Hadith apostate because they consider triple talaq in one session as equal to only one reversible talaq.

    Even stranger is the fact that AIMPLB consists of Ulema from Shia, Ahl-e-Hadith and other Salafi-Wahhabi sects as well.  Why are they not protesting at being virtually called apostate groups which have “re-written Quran and forced Muslims to commit sin, altering the very essence of the religion of Islam” by a group of which they are members?

    The most astounding fact in the AIMPLB affidavit is the justification it seeks for instant triple talaq from the Holy Quran. This has never been done before. Everyone knows there is no justification for instant triple talaq in the holy Quran. All protagonists of the triple talaq in one sitting have so far only quoted Ahadith (so-called sayings of the Prophet, many of them clearly weak and inauthentic, collected hundreds of years after the demise of the Prophet) and juristic rulings of companions of the prophet, or later jurists and theologians.....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Addressing the UNHRC at Geneva Sultan Shahin Questions Contemporary Applicability of Contextual Verses of Quran Meant For 7th Century Wars and the Divinity of Hadith and Sharia
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Fifteen years after 9/11, the scourge of violent Islamist extremism has become even more complex and deadly. The alacrity with which 30,000 Muslims from around the world joined the so-called Islamic State’s war against humanity has puzzled many. How could a peaceful, pluralistic religion be subverted so easily to create inhuman monsters? Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common factor is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist, totalitarian, Jihadi theology. 

    This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation that teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness. But there has to be a reason why Jihadi ideology has gained acceptance; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars are proving so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to Heaven?

    Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of Jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the Jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. Jihadists misuse the war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. But most damaging for Islam and useful for Jihadism is the Doctrine of Abrogation whereby all peaceful Meccan verses are considered abrogated by the confrontational, war-time Medinan verses. Similarly the divinity attached to Hadith and Sharia and their universal applicability will have to be reconsidered by mainstream Islam, and not just to defeat Jihadism, but also to deal with many other issues including Human Rights of women, children and homosexuals....


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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Women Get A Raw Deal Again: Muslim Personal Law Board Is Still Stuck In Shah Bano Time Warp as Its Opposition To Triple Talaq Bill Proves
    Arif Mohammad Khan

    So the question who will pay should be addressed to the personal law board as they still hold the same view as in 1986 and as late as last year they, through press articles, had expressed their dissatisfaction with the court rulings and had said that the judicial interpretation of the 1986 Act has resulted in sabotaging the gains of the Shah Bano agitation....

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    4.      AIMPLB Advocates Of Instant Triple Talaq Are Gender Terrorists And Traitors Of Islam And May Be Sued For Human Rights Violation Under Cover Of Religion

    5.      The Process for Divorce in the Quran

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    Islamic Ideology

    If Not the UN Charter, Muslim Countries Should At Least Follow Their Own Primary Scripture, the Holy Quran, Sultan Shahin Tells UNHRC at Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Blasphemy laws continue to be on the statute books, for instance, in Pakistan. Salman Taseer, the liberal Governor of Punjab was murdered merely because he showed compassion for a Christian lady wrongly accused of blasphemy and asked for the repeal of the blasphemy law. On the basis of this law, religious minorities can be arbitrarily accused of blasphemy and killed, either by a lynch mob or by the judiciary. No evidence is required, as that would allegedly amount to accusers being asked to blaspheme the Prophet again. Similarly, attacks on minority Hindu, Christian, Shias and Ahmadis continue under different legislations. Pakistani laws prohibit the Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslims.

    It’s time the Council found some way to see that the countries that agree to its covenants also practice it.

    Such anti-minority legislations not only violate the UN Resolution, but also Islam’s primary scripture. The Holy Quran does not prescribe any punishment for blasphemy. Nor does it permit any one to declare others kafir. It clearly says: La Ikraha fid Deen, (There can be no compulsion in religion). (Chapter 2: verse 256).

    If not the UN Charter, Muslim countries should at least follow their own primary scripture, the Holy Quran.....

    Islamic Personalities

    Glimpses from the Life of Ghaus-e-Azam Abdul Qadir Mohiyuddin Jilani - the Head of All Sufi Masters
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    In later days when someone asked Sarkar Ghaus-e-Azam what brought him to his high spiritual level, he replied, “The truthfulness which I promised to my mother”.  Sarkar Ghaus-e-Azam was the authority, the imam, in religious matters, theology and law, and the leader of the Shafi’i and Hanbali groups of Islamic Jurisprudence. All the Sufi Masters and common people of his time profited from him. His prayers were immediately accepted. Through the authentic chains of narrations we come to know that he performed many miracles. He devoted his entire life to remembrance of Allah, meditating, thinking, taking and giving lessons…..

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    If Islam Means Peace, Why Is Much Of Its Theology Soaked In Hatred, Humiliation, Offensive War?
    Sultan Shahin, New Age Islam

    Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.

     But there has to be a reason why jihadi ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to heaven?

     Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas, says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so, divine like God Himself.....

    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.

    The War Within Islam

    Islamo-Fascism and Islam-Supremacism Feeding Islamophobia Worldwide: Sultan Shahin Tells UN Human Rights Council In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Madame President,... But xenophobia, particularly in the form of Islamophobia, is growing in several European countries and partly feeds upon the flagrant violation of the human rights of religious minorities in several Muslim-majority countries. Petrodollar Islam has injected the poison of Islam-supremacism in Muslim societies worldwide.  Even exemplary moderate countries like Indonesia, Malaysia are now infected with this virus. But the worst case scenario is evolving in the only Muslim nuclear power, Pakistan. Jihadi vigilantes including members of security forces are hunting down and killing all those who oppose their version of Islam. The country is drowning in a sea of violence but civil society, media or elected parliamentarians dare not condemn the wanton killings in the name of Islam. -- Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 16th session in Geneva on 22 March 2011 in the General Debate on Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Rights of Non-Muslims Living In Minority – Part 2 – Protection of Their Lives
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    But in fact the above referenced Quranic verses and Ahadith deal with the war-related rulings and situations related to self-defence. However this self-defence cannot be claimed at individual level or by a group of individuals. The idea of self-defence is applicable to the situation, when it turns to be too destructive to be controlled and when there is no option left except for fighting in defence. As obviously the fight for defence is the right of every country, so it is not wrong to say that the Muslim governments are allowed to defend their land, property, life etc. But it is completely wrong to derive the meaning from these verses and Ahadith in justification for fighting against those non-Muslims who have agreed to live peacefully in minority or majority....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    MEMRI Scholar Tufail Ahmad Drafts 'The Muslim Family Reforms Bill, 2018' To Address Religious And Legal Issues Affecting Muslim Families In India
    Tufail Ahmad

    The only valid argument from the government is: The instant triple Talaq was an act of psychological cruelty to Muslim wives. In such a case, it could have introduced a one-sentence amendment in the Domestic Violence Act of 2005, making it an act of mental cruelty. But the government is arguing before the public that its bill is a piece of reform. Leading Muslim lawmakers from the ruling party, such as India's Junior Minister for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, deliver speeches, even inside the parliament, about Muslim women's struggle for rights, but they deliberately avoid discussing the government's bill and its shortcomings...

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