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  • Pakistan has not yet taken back the 5 lac Bihari Sunni Muslims, who fought for Pakistan in 1971 against Bangladesh'.
    ( By Shan Barani )
  • Respect for other faiths and a willingness to learn from them are signs of maturity.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Mary has penned a beautiful touching piece on interfaith understanding. Mary Mary please....
    ( By chintutinku )
  • Congratulations to Mr Sultan Shahin Sb for raising this issue at the international forum UNHRC, GENEVA. THE Instant triple talaq is a curse for....
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Your article throws light on the pathetic situation of the Rohingyas. Nobody seems keen to extend assistance...
    ( By Meera )
  • Naseer Sb, You have placed good argument based on Yusuf Ali's translation. But your argument will...
    ( By muhammd yunus )
  • Bangladesh reduced its kafirs from 33% in 1947 to 8% today Hence has plenty of room to take in muslim Rohingya.
    ( By shan94 )
  • Since India's rejection of refuge for the Rohingyas flies in the face of the Indian constitution, the government had....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Everything started by Islam. It thought animals how to eat and humans how to eat animals, that how it is best. Islam thought how wear cloths before ...
    ( By Aayina )
  • In Bangaladesh and Pakistan hindus are facing extermination. No one is bothered about that.
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • Naseersaab keeps repeating arguments that have already been shot down several times. He ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • As I had predicted, Naseersaab is now in full takfiri mode! He wants to make my beliefs an issue instead of defending...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There is no excuse whatever for any country having any blasphemy laws. Free speech....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Well then GM sb, if you agree that in the Quran not all the disbelievers are kafir, then kafir cannot mean disbeliever just as terrorist ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • A believer never has a problem proclaiming his belief very proudly. Neither does a disbeliever have a problem. It is only a hypocrite who has a....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Naseer saab, I know what the dictionary definition of kafir is. I also know what some learned people have said about how the word....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseersaab again has to use abusive words like "hypocrite". He is truly shameless....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "A fact-based analysis makes it clear that Muslims are generally trying to integrate...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Trumpism masked as intellectualism.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Rohingya- Children of the Great Mother India. HOMELESS Rohingya CAN be settled in the Brahmputra Basin, in a NEW Home-Stay ....
    ( By Dhirendra Sharma )
  • The way things are moving there will be a major backlash soon .... Loosers? the Muslims!! Sad ... But they would have bought it onto ...
    ( By Rajinder Verma )
  • Is GM sb with the rest of the ulema in continuing to believe that all the Mushrikin were always kafir until they accepted Islam and ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • (62:5) The similitude of those who were charged with the (obligations of the) Mosaic Law, but who subsequently failed in those (obligations), is that of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • When is this brain washing under religion gone stop.How can a God be if he tells to kill others animals or people it's not God.....
    ( By Prashant )
  • Poor Hats Off! He has to compulsively refute even a plausible claim which most persons would let pass without comment!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Does GM Sb for the reasons given by him believe in the existence of an immortal soul? Or is he a disbeliever in the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • before the advent of islam in the world, people did not know how to breath. it was islam that taught the world to breath.
    ( By hats off! )
  • The Sufis Of The 13th And 14th Centuries Paved The Way For The Bhakti Movement...
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  • Naseersaab's despicable personal abusive attacks are truly a shame for this ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Poor Naseersaab just can't get beyond calling me a hypocrite, because being....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The frame of discourse of the arguments advanced and the discussion in the triple talaq judgments....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • No one has the right to harm another person on the pretext that he or she is not a good Muslim." Killing in the name of ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • To do so is to risk being unprepared for often messy realities. ….. and to protect...
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • As for the translation, following exactly what you say, isn't the following more correct? He enlightened the nafs to its wrong (fujur) and its right (taqwa)?....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • As far as blocking of advancement of religious thought on this forum is concerned, it is Yunus Sb who has been blocking it. It took me.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • If we believe that religion of Islam, the Quran and the Prophet of Islam are really from true God, the creator of the Universe; ...
    ( By Abbas Ali Baig )
  • Yunus Sb, I find your arguments very strange. You gave seven translations of the verse in support of your interpretation and I said I agree with ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM Sb and Yunus Sb are deflecting the issue by trying to make out that the issue is one of defining the correct meaning of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • He is not. Hats Off is.'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • According to GM sb, non existence of an immortal soul is an outlandish theory and yet this does not mean that he believes in an ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    The War Within Islam
    I Fight Petrodollar Islam: Sultan Shahin
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    I Fight Petrodollar Islam: Sultan Shahin
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    In a tiny room in East Delhi’s Patparganj, a man spends most of his waking hours at his computer. This passion may be something he shares with millions, but Sultan Shahin is no ordinary web addict. Behind his constant surfing, writing and posting pieces on his website called newageislam.com is a steadfast purpose: to reclaim Islam from the clutches of jihadists and petrodollar-funded Salafist-Wahhabis. Shahin, who ideologically fights the religious right — the tyrannical Taliban and its sympathisers as well as the many Islamic supremacists who claim that Islam alone is Allah’s chosen path to paradise — is a spirited web warrior. “My fight is against petrodollar Islam,” he declares.

    “I am creating a forum that will lead us to the understanding of a pluralistic, inclusive, tolerant Islam.” And Islam, he adds, is not a new religion. “The Quran says this. It is a reiteration and revalidation of earlier religions,” he avers, seated at his study stacked with scholarly tomes, including several copies of the commentaries on the Quran. Anathema as this may be to fundamentalists, it’s won Shahin many followers. In the mere two years since the inception of newageislam.com, the website has 117,000 registered subscribers (subscription is free), claims its 60-year-old editor. Its daily newsletter, brought out by a skeletal staff of five, has carried debates on issues and personalities seldom talked about among mosque-going, visibly pious Muslims. So the Mumbai-based Muslim televangelist Dr Zakir Naik is slammed, not because he is allegedly funded by the petro-rich Saudi Sheikhs, but because he tries to establish the supremacy of Islam over all other religions. Niyaz Fatehpuri, a 20th-century Indian scholar and editor of Urdu periodical Nigaar, has become a much admired man on the website because of his rational, ingenious interpretation of Islamic principles. The website even follows the Urdu press, including Urdu dailies in Pakistan, and uploads the rational views in it, both in their original Urdu and English translations. ... Shahin later landed up in London as an editor of Asia Times, a weekly owned by one Arif Ali of Indian origin.

    A decade or so in England, he says, gave him great experience “as it exposed me to different strains of Islam and Muslims”. Like, once at a friend’s house in Nottingham, he heard a 20-year-old Muslim extolling the virtues of Ahle Hadees, a sect which propagates puritanical Islam. Shahin asked the boy the treatment he would prescribe for those Muslims who didn’t follow the Ahle Hadees sect. “Kill them,” said the young fanatic in a cold-blooded tone. “It really disturbed me.

    The boy had apparently been influenced by radical organisations like Al Muhajiroon and Hizb-ut-Tehrir. Thousands of young Muslims had been brainwashed by incendiary preacher Omar Bakri who commanded the following that saints do,” recalls Shahin. “I knew it would not take long before the fires of fanatic Islam reached the Indian subcontinent and consumed our youth."

    Islamic Ideology

    Recalling Maulana Shibli Nomani and His Religious Ideas Inspired By Ilm ul Kalam (Rational Philosophy of Islam) In an Era of Salafi Islam Which Has Outlawed Rationality
    Maulana Shibli Nomani

    Ilm ul Kalam (rational and creative interpretation of Islamic precepts) has been practically outlawed by Wahhabi/Salafi Islam on the pain of death. But it was inspired by Ilm ul Kalam that one of India’s greatest rationalist, progressive Islamic thinkers Maulana Shibli Nomani pointed out that blind faith or unchecked servitude should never be the criterion to profess and practice Islamic postulates. …

    Islamic Society

    As in most religions, Muslims mostly understand and practice religious teachings they take for granted. If they do not depend on clerical authorities they usually obtain religious teachings from available written sources, tradition or even use their common sense and because a religion tends to easily enable absolutism — that one perceives everything related to his religion as sacred and undisputable — the seeds of terrorism can straightforwardly be sowed.....

     
    Islam and Pluralism

    Muslims Must Take A Hard Look At The Popular Islamic Theology Of The Era, Focus On The Essentials Of Their Deen To Survive In These Progressive, Pluralistic, Humanistic And Politically Volatile Times
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    This exposition of the dichotomy between the popular theology and ‘din’ of Islam reinforces Sultan Shahin Saheb’s call to create “a coherent theology of peace and pluralism, consistent in all respects with the teachings of Islam, and suitable for contemporary and future societies.”...

    The bitter and shameful truth is, the traditional Ulema preach practically the same thing and cite practically the same illustrative examples, tales and episodes as their counterparts of the medieval era – dating back to more than a millennium from this day. Recurring exposure to antiquated materials purports to retard the mental development of their 21st century listeners, and renders the traditional Ulema of Islam as agents of retrogression, unfit to take any part in the numerous fields, activities and arenas of modern life. As a result of this deep disconnect between the antiquated and divergent Islamic theological scholarship and the needs, issues and priorities of this era, the former fails to offer a cohesive era-compatible code to the global Muslim community of the era. ...

    In sum, Muslims must evolve “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."

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

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    Pope Francis Touches The Soul Of The Qur’an By Seeking An “Adequate Interpretation” And Muslims And Their Ulema And Scholars Across The World Must Follow His Suggestion To Avoid Growing Confusion In Religion

    Pope Francis and Muslims

    Islamic Society

    There are a lot of things which need to be changed about the madrasa system today. Their syllabus is outmoded and in need of major revision; what they teach millions of Muslim children can only be termed as violence as it does not prepare them to negotiate with the structures of modernity. Their sectarian outlook must change in a way that there is no teaching of treating Muslims of other sects as potential unbelievers. ...

    Islamic Society

    Is Muslim Personal Law ‘Law’?
    Faizan Mustafa

    Similarly, freedom of religion clearly includes freedom not to follow any religion or personal law. No Muslim can either be forced to follow Muslim Personal Law or compelled not to follow it. Muslim Personal Law is based on opinions and everyone is free to adopt any opinion.....

    Islam and Politics
    ‘Bharat Mata’ and Its Discontents
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    ‘Bharat Mata’ and Its Discontents
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Otherwise, there wouldn’t have been so many different interpretations of the Sharia which have spawned different interpretive communities like the Deobandis, the Barelvis, the Ahle Hadis, etc. Despite his positioning as the sole Muslim leader in India, Owaisi must contend with the fact that there will always be a Jawed Akhtar who to call his bluff. If not then there will be thousands others, just as in the ongoing Sufi conference, who would chant Bharat Mata ki Jai, with so much passion that it will drown the reluctance of Owaisi to chant that slogan.....

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    In many quarters it is believed that God’s Messengers were exempt from the universal rules ordained for mankind to obey. Therefore Messengers as Pontifex Maximus could practice a few things contrary to the messages of change they preached. This assumption is illogical and propagated in self-interest. … The glaring example of this exemption bestowed on Muhammad via Apocrypha is in terms of the multiple wives that he is alleged to have married and had concubines, in contradiction to the ordinance of the Book….

    Messengers come to change the behaviour and the degeneration of character in the society’s prevailing customs and modes. Therefore to give exception for them to practice the same faults as what the people had practiced is to say the least illogical. It can only be concluded therefore that such allegations made by ancient scholars and translators and heaped on the messengers can only be to legitimize their immoral practices for themselves and give them holy sanctions.

    Books and Documents

    Farahnaz Ispahani’s book, bravely records near extinction of Pakistan’s Religious Minorities, Hindus, Christians and Jews, and focuses on intensifying sectarian conflict

    As Ms Ispahani stresses, with her carefully chosen extracts from the report, Justice Munir and Justice Kayani were astutely and firmly establishing the absurdity of the arguments made before them. “No two Ulema,” they wrote, “have agreed before us as to the definition of a Muslim. If the constituents of each of the definitions given by the Ulema are given effect to, and subjected to the rule of ‘combination and permutation’ and the form of charge in the inquisition’s sentence on Galileo is adopted mutatis mutandis as a model, the grounds on which a person may be indicted for apostasy will be too numerous to count.” In conclusion, the Muslim Commission made a pithy remark: “If we adopt the definition given by any one of the Ulema, we remain Muslims according to the view of that Alim (scholar) but Kafirs according to the definition of everyone else.” In reproducing that line, Ms Ispahani has said it all.

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Religious Extremism or Extremely Religious; A Feminine Perspective
    Inas Younis, New Age Islam

    Extremism is a largely secular phenomenon, because extremism is actually a necessary condition to the application of natural law. The laws of physics do not change and one must be extreme and precise in applying them. A mathematical equation has only one answer, and an approximation no matter how close is not close enough.  One cannot be moderately dead, or moderately pregnant. And when a tree falls in the forest it does make a sound, even if no one is there to hear it.....

    Debating Islam

    Is Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Phenomena A New Fitna (Mischief)? Self-Righteous Kashmiri Sectarian Ulema Confer At A Book Release Function
    Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

    Javed Ahmad Ghamidi is one of the few sane scholars of Islam who calls for moderation, tolerance, pluralism and core values of Islam. He enjoys mass appeal among youth, as he can communicate to them unlike the traditional sectarian scholars and mullahs. He needs to be listened and appreciated for articulating a moderate, tolerant and inclusive interpretation of Islam. The attempts of low rung mullahs and sectarian scholars who enjoy little appeal among masses will in no way hamper the mission of Ghamidi, but it certainly points out a disturbing trend in Valley where pluralism of interpretation of religion is being curtailed through Unitarian efforts of sectarian censorship. This needs to be discouraged at every level because Muslims are not a monolith and in our tradition of Islam and Rishism, dissenting, alternative voices have never been curtailed by demeaning, labelling and branding them as conspiracy against Islam.

    Islamic World News

    Pakistan

    Civil Society Seeks Registration of Case against Lal Masjid Cleric

    Armed Struggle Not Right Path to Get Power: Jamaat-i-Islami Chief

    Arab World

    Donald Trump Is Mocked By Saudi Prince After He Tried To Prove Ties between Fox News and Saudi Arabia

    2nd Suicide Blast in 2 Days Kills 7 in Yemen

    Two Senior Militant Commanders Killed in Syria's Idlib

    South Asia

    Senior Taliban Leaders among 28 Killed In Latest Operations Led By Afghan Army

    Taliban Control More Territory than Ever before after the fall of Their Regime

    New Zealand

    NZ Muslims Reach Out With 'True Teachings' To Distance Itself from Islamic State

    Africa

    At Least 18 Killed As Suicide Attacker Hits Market in NE Nigeria – Reports

    Obama Calls for Plan to Hit Islamic State in Libya

    India

    3 Indians with Islamic State links deported from a Gulf country, arrested

    One Militant Killed In Jammu and Kashmir Encounter

    Mideast

    10 Migrants, Including 5 Children, Die As Boat Sinks Off Western Turkey

    Turkish PM, Ministers Visit Saudi Arabia amid Geneva Deadlock

    Seven Hamas Gunmen Killed In Gaza Tunnel Collapse

    Europe

    Berlin-Rome Discord over Deal with Ankara on Migrants Persists

    Russia's 'Rustbucket' Military Gives Hi-Tech Shock to West and Israel

    North America

    Michigan Muslim Community Organizations Join Forces to Help Flint Water Crisis

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islamic World News

    The Only Hebrew Teacher in Indian Academia Is a Devout Muslim
    Dr Khurshid Imam, The Only Hebrew Teacher in India

    India

    Muslims Have Highest Young Population, They Also Die Young in India

    Suspected IS Letter Threatens To Kill Pune ATS ACP, Cops Begin Probe

    Arab World

    Sunni Mosques in East Iraq Attacked After ISIS-Claimed Blasts

    Over 40 Terrorists Killed by Gov't Forces across Syria's Central Province of Homs

    41 Militants Killed in Clashes with Gov't Forces in Syria's Idlib

    Africa

    Bomb Attack Kills over Dozen in North Cameroon Mosque

    Boko Haram Kills Seven in North-eastern Nigeria

    South Asia

    With His Words, Raihan Abir Honours His Slain Secular and Atheist Bangladeshi Colleagues

    Pakistan Army Officers Involved In Attack on Indian Consulate: Afghan Police

    Bangladesh Seeks Death Penalty for Jamaat-e-Islami Leader

    Pakistan

    Senators Question Existence of Council of Islamic Ideology

    Pakistan: 15 Killed In Explosion outside Polio Centre in Quetta

    Provincial Status for GB to Jeopardise Kashmir Cause, Warns Yasin Malik

    North America

    Fight against Islamic State is not World War III, says Barack Obama

    23,144 US Bombs Hit Muslim Countries In 2015

    Mideast

    IS Bomber Kills 10 Tourists in Istanbul

    Iran Releases U.S. Sailors Accused of ‘Trespassing’

    IRGC Navy Commander: Those Looking for War with Iran Committing Suicide

    Southeast Asia

    Don Moots ‘Civil Jihad’ To Counter Isis Violence in Malaysia

    Philippines Says Southern Rebels Not Linked To Islamic State

    Europe

    Norway Calls for Anti-ISIL Coalition to Do More

    Historic Mosque Attacked In Crimea

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    As mainstream Muslim women, we see the girl’s headscarf not as a signal of “choice,” but as a symbol of a dangerous purity culture, obsessed with honor and virginity, that has divided Muslim communities in our own civil war, or fitna, since the Saudi and Iranian regimes promulgated puritanical interpretations of Sunni and Shia Islam, after the 1970s Saudi oil boom and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Danish Women ‘Sexually Harassed’ By Refugees in At Least 3 Towns

    Cambodian Court Told Khmer Rouge Beheaded Muslim Women

    Indian Women Peacekeepers Inspire Liberian Girls

    Muslim Women in Italy Find Their Voice

    28 Victories in-a-Row, Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis Equal Longest Winning Run Record in Sydney

    15 Fashionable Muslim Women to Follow On Instagram

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