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  • Abdul Ghani sb, mera mazmun kisi aqeede ke khilaf nahi balke Quran ki roshni me is tanaza ko hal karne ki koshish hai jisne qaum ...
    ( By arshad )
  • Saudis should switch from funding Wahhabi schools to funding liberal and scientific education and...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Why would any Muslim in Australia go to a mosque/imam/priest to file for a divorce?!
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • One-sided but thought provoking article.'
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is half story, there are many Hindus also accused. This sick people always talk of victim play, Hindus as culprit.
    ( By Aayina )
  • Dr. Kafeel's imprisonment and denial of bail smell to high heaven. I hope the wife's approaching the Supreme Court results in a judicious....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Prejudice and stereotypes seem to be predominant yardsticks of assessing people and situations. Humanism...
    ( By Meera )
  • Exclusivist and hegemonistic tendencies must be rooted out of Islam. Pluralism and respect for other religions and other sects are the true tenets of Islam.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • وہابی دیوبندی ہمیشہ یہی جملہ کہتے پھرتے ہیں کہ نبی ہماری طرح ہیں کسی دیوبندی نے اپنی کتاب میں لکھا کہ نبی کا علم چوپایہ ...
    ( By Abdul Ghani )
  • The writer has mixed two different issues in the article. But... good effort, bachcha.'
    ( By arshad )
  • What Hats Off wants to be considered are in fact items which need to be rejected and denounced.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • the matter of "idrubihunna", the matter of the evidentiary value of a woman and kuffar being less than that of a momeen....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Bahut khub lajwab. Alhumduliillah
    ( By Arifkhan )
  • The article tries to cover certain important issues related to marriages. No doubt there are certain expectations for a successful....
    ( By Dr. M. A. Haque )
  • "The real reason for the loss of faith in Islam is not the West but Turkey itself: It is a reaction to all the....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is somewhat of a stretch but it is harmless.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • اسلام علیکم یا شیخ ما طالعت بنسہ کتب الدیوبندیۃ ما قالوا ھکذا قط بل انما قالا
    ( By muhammad khalid )
  • You seem to blame everyone except yourself!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • i suspect it ois the company. with so many foul mouthed exegetes, lying "moderates....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Yes, dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin saheb, This is the bitter truth. The pathetic plight of ....
    ( By GRD )
  • What makes you do it? I don't know. Is it just bad manners
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Worrisome but does have elements of truth!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Islam Bharat me na hi aata to shi Tha
    ( By Parveen )
  • Sad to note that Justice Sachar passed away today.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The status of women seems to be directly proportional to how civilized a society is.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Sharia upholders get Legislative Council seats while reformers get nothing
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The charge-sheet leaves no doubt that she was a target only because she was a Muslim. The Hindu right wing in Jammu has been indulging ...
    ( By dr.A.Anburaj )
  • We can blame all Muslims for they hate the Hindus as Khafirs Kufueer........( so many such words ) etc.What....
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  • After all you are the expert here. Right? So you tell me ...
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  • Hats Off, what makes you write such inane comments?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • mathematicians think god id a mathematician. ulemas think god is an ulema. garbage pickers think god ....
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  • Great article except there was one bad apple - Hajj Amin al-Husayni who " al-Husayni still collaborated with Nazi Germany and Fascist....
    ( By Zakaria Virk )
  • God is the greatest mathematician" - which God we talking about: Hindu, Muslim, Christian....
    ( By Zakaria Virk )
  • kaash khuda mujhe bhi apne mehboob k nakshe kadam par chla de sari umr bs itni si iltija h aapse'
    ( By sharib )
  • The muslims view Trishul as a weapon...but the hindus see it as a symbol of Lord Shiva. Who is today using the Trishul as a ...
    ( By indiewater )
  • Having said that, one must add that none of these played the causative role in the current marginalisation and brutalisa­tion of the community. For that, ...
    ( By indiewater )
  • The problem is Muslims neither understand hindus or hindu fears, nor hindutva . When they think of " Hindu rashtra" or "hindu right wing" the ...
    ( By indiewater )
  • Very strange logic..so when you can practise hindu phobia why shouldnt the world practise I... tell me....
    ( By indiewater )
  • I am unable to fathom what is the purpose of this ARTICLE. I know the author has been writing similar articles earlier too. But he ...
    ( By Dr. M. A. Haque )
  • Your article drives us to introspect and reflect on how politics has become devoid of any humanity. Truly, women’s bodies have been used as sites ...
    ( By Meera )
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Understanding Islamist Millenarian Violence through the Prism of Medieval Europe: Worshipping False Gods
    Praveen Swami

    The mind of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who drove his truck into a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, killing 84 people, is closed to us forever. The fragments we have access to are fragmentary, sometimes paradoxical: A man fascinated by Islamic State beheading videos but also by drug-fuelled sexual excess; a man who tore up his child’s teddy bears and drawn to small-time crime; a man diagnosed with mental illness, but capable of meticulously planning his attack....

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Murdering Amjad Sabri of the Sabri Brothers: These murderers and only these murderers of divinity are the true enemies of Islam
    Khaled Abou El Fadl

    Without conscience, they murder divinity itself when they kill human beings who are, regardless of faith or creed, nothing but bearers of the divinity of their Maker. These are the true radical extremists. They and only they are the true enemies of Islam.... The truth is that they, just like al-Qaeda, ISIL (also known as ISIS), Boko Haram, and of course their theological "teachers", methodically and systematically destroy everything beautiful in Islam. They target and destroy the artefacts and historical sites that defy their pedantic and false sense of history.

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Countering Islamist Radicalism From Within
    Parvin Sultana, New Age Islam

    Countering Islamist Radicalism From Within
    Parvin Sultana, New Age Islam

    Similarly the subtle radicalization that is happening across the world needs to be talked about. Here one must bring forth the role of funds being channelled by Saudi Arabia and some other countries in promoting a very harsh and intolerant version of Islam and a radical interpretation of the Holy Quran....

    Islamic Personalities

    Dr. Abdus Salaam: Islam and Value of Education in Pakistan
    Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

    Dr. Salaam is the only Nobel Laureate in Physics from Pakistan. That he had to leave his country and stay in exile indicates the value placed by the Pakistanis on education. The emphasis placed on education in the Quran, the Holy Prophet’s own exhortation to go to the ends of the earth in the pursuit of knowledge, have all come to naught before the sort of religious values the current lot of Pakistanis are learning….

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Time Ulema Came Out Of Denial: Imam Of Mecca Sheikh Kilban’s Confession Leaves No Room For Doubt That A Pernicious Islamic Theology Is Fuelling Radical Jihadism
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    It might help the ulema come out of denial if they listened to the confessions of former senior imam of Haram, the Grand Mosque of Mecca, Sheikh Adel al-Kilbani. To our utter surprise, Sheikh Kilbani has admitted that the jihadist theology emanates from the same Islamic literature being taught in Saudi Arabia.

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Eid-ul- Fitr — Occasion of Building Social Brotherhood, Peace, Love, Unity and Doing Charity
    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    It is celebrated to fulfil the prime objectives of Islamic festivity. It symbolizes unity and brotherhood and inspires all to work towards building a peaceful and prosperous society. Eid is the occasion to bury enmity and hatred, reunite with family and friends and reaffirm the social bonds. It is the festival when Muslims invite people from other communities to the feasts arranged at homes....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    From Indian Mujahidin to ISIS: What Explains the Transformation
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Merely hoping that Indian Muslim youth would not get attracted to ISIS ideology is wishful thinking or another way of saying that the problem does not exist in India. But this is hardly the case: …Waging jihad against the perceived persecution of Muslims is no longer the key tenet, rather, driving away shirk (2) and polytheism as a religious duty is what comes across in these videos. The grievance of these youths is transformed from a contextual perception of alleged violence against Muslims (as in the Indian Mujahidin email of 2008) to something which is de-contextualised and purely a scriptural command to wage war against the infidels till no Fitna (3) remains. This seems to be the contribution of Salafi ISIS ideology which they are now fully embedded into: ‘scriptures speak for themselves; they do not have a context and there is no need for a contextual reading of Islamic scripture.’

    A large part of the diatribe in this video is also reserved for the Indian Ulema. Called as Ulema e Suu (false or evil scholars), they are attacked for not telling the Muslim masses the true teachings of Islam. This true teaching of Islam, according the ISIS video is that Islam is a religion of war rather than a religion of peace. An average Indian Alim is thus held guilty for teaching that Islam is a religion of peace. … One can only hope that a response to this video will come from the Indian Muslim community, particularly the Ulema. So far their silence has only meant that perhaps they have nothing to say. Or is it that sections of the Ulema themselves are convinced of the veracity of what ISIS has to say about Islam? ...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Not All Muslim Fighters Are Called Jihadists or Islamic Terrorists
    Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam

    After the June 12 shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando in which 49 people were killed and more than four dozen injured, a debate has emerged as to whether such attacks should be called Islamic terrorism. … Generally speaking, writers, politicians, activists and journalists of Left-Liberal ideological persuasion do not want to associate such acts of terror with Islam....

    Islamic Sharia Laws

    Reforming Muslim Personal Law: All India Muslim Personal Law Board and its Bogus Arguments
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    To be fair the Ulama agree that triple talaq in one sitting is not the best way to give divorce. However, it seems clear to me that they have a problem with the state doing away with this practice. The courts itself, in the eyes of these Ulama, do not know Islamic law, but the worst fear seems to be that non-Muslim would be sitting in judgment over what is perceived to be a solely Islamic issue. This again is the pernicious exclusivism practiced when it comes to the Muslim religious establishment.

    Books and Documents

    Deoband and Theological Anti-Pluralism: A Critique of Husain Ahmad Madani’s ‘Islam and Composite Nationalism’
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    In order to make this transition from plurality to pluralism, Madani would have to forgo his own notion of superiority of Islam over other religions. This he is clearly unwilling to do. Islam for him is the only true religion and it is this conviction which leads him to claim that, ‘while being aware of the truth of their (other religions’) falsehood’, Islam is ready to ‘cooperate and tolerate’ them. In other words, Madani not only disqualifies and derogates other religions as being false, he is also of the view that, ultimately, Hindustan be Islamised: that the Hindu–Muslim entente (composite nationalism) is only required till the time people of this country do not become Muslims (Jab Tak Hindustan Ke Tamam Baashinde Mussalman Nahin Ho Jate). Such a notion hardly augurs well for any kind of pluralism….

    Although, Madani accepts that Muslims in India already cooperate with ‘non-Muslims’ on a number of civic and non-religious issues, his plea is that this temporal cooperation should not be confused with any kind of religious co-operation. Even the ‘compositeness’ of his nationalism is not an end in itself. In his own words, this composite nationalism is ‘temporary and special’ and is only required till the ‘light of true religion (read Islam) dispels its (India’s) darkness’. Shedding further light on his ‘special’ and ‘temporary’ concept, Madani elucidates that ‘composite nationalism is needed only till such time different communities (Aqwaam, sng. Qaum) and different religions exist in a country. When the entire nation becomes Muslim (which is the prime real aim: Jo Ki Awwaleen Maksad Hai), where is the need for it?’ It is very clear, therefore, that for Madani, even diversity, (forget pluralism) holds no merit of its own, rather its advocacy is strategically needed only for such time till Islam becomes the sole hegemonic religion of India. ….                                                                           

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Orlando another Wake-Up Call For Muslims: Islamic Scholars Must Introspect Why Their Rebuttals of Jihadist Ideology Are Proving So Ineffective
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Hardly any impact is made by rebuttals of the ISIS’ jihadist theology by the world’s anti-extremist Islamic thinkers. The voluminous global anti-terror fatwas have left no practical impression, though they were in-depth and very critical. … Islamic scholars should think seriously why they are being so ineffective. Ulema must introspect if they are themselves “downplaying or underestimating the theologically-based narratives which underpin the ideology of the extremists,” as Dr Tahirul Qadri put it....

    Current Affairs

    Shades Of Hindutva– Examining Challenges From Within And Without
    Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam
    Hindutva, a stock of knowledge and way of life unique to Indian civilisation, is being viewed differently and is facing challenges from within and without. Hindutva – A Dynamic Way of Life: Hindutva is immensely diverse: Hindus worship rivers, trees, snake, men, women, sun, and practically everything. There is a temple in Delhi dedicated to the Saturn. But at the centre of it, Hindutva is a dynamic force, open to accept change. ...




    Islam and Sectarianism

    The Barelwi-Deobandi Truce? More Than Meets The Eye
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Thus behind the veil of protecting Muslim youths framed up on terror charges, something much more fundamental may be going on. Both the Deobandi and the Barelwi leadership derive much of their legitimacy and power from being the custodians of the Muslim religious sphere. Any challenge to their understanding of Islam is a direct challenge to their religious authority and therefore it is no wonder that the erstwhile enemies are now talking to each other.

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Al-Baghdadi begins his speech with an introduction replete with Koranic quotes stressing the importance and obligation of fighting the enemies of Islam and dying as a martyr for it. Citing the example of the Prophet Muhammad, who, Al-Baghdadi says, waged jihad throughout his entire life, he stresses that jihad and fighting are obligatory for every Muslim. Al-Baghdadi adds that participation in battle and willingness to die for Allah are aimed at testing the believers and rewarding them.

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Aandolan – Fighting for Islamic Shariah, Not Women’s Liberty
    Tufail Ahmad for New Age Islam

    Over the years, it has become a humiliating experience for Muslim husbands in the Shariah-compliant India republic to divorce because they are prevented by the Indian justice system to approach courts for divorce. The BMMA does not advocate ending the role of Islamic clerics. It merely wants male clerics to be replaced by women clerics. Currently, the BMMA is engaged in creating a parallel legal system in India. For example, it is training women Qazis (Islamic judges) who will adjudicate on Muslim matters...

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