• Among the most interesting and perplexing aspects of...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Promotion of liberal attitudes, personal freedoms and free speech would be a blessing for the Muslim society.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • wonder how many Muslims feel ashamed and embarrassed every time the AIMPLB opens its mouth.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • She speaks the truth!
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • The media lack depth in reporting all issues, not just Muslim issues. They have not been fully....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • @Iqbal Husain In middle east, non Muslims are simply killed on pretext of blasphemy. ....
    ( By Ajoy Chakra )
  • @Ajoy Chakra majority of Muslim countries are secular. Tunisia, Moroccan . etc. do...
    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • Delinquent and recalcitrant people'
    ( By Oshok Dubey )
  • Faiths spread hate and hate.'
    ( By Bihari Lal Handoo )
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    ( By Iqbal Husain )
  • Hats Off is out of his mind. Is there any ambiguity at all?.... 
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  • A bunch of hardcore christian theologians says Hats Off! He is not only in denial but resorting to a blatant lie. I repeat that ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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  • @DG Gyan Chandra Sikhism and Buddhism ? Reinterpretation and revision is the call of the hour.
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    ( By DG Gyan Chandra )
  • Good info Mr Abbas. Thanks.'
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    ( By Abu Basim Khan )
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  • But you are not opening eyes for 49th Imam and Fatimid khalifatullah Kareem Shah Al Hussaini led Islam??
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  • Absolutely right@Iqbal'
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  • @Dalchand Chauhan , you are as bigoted and fundamentalist as your sanghie friends like shaheen etc.'
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  • @U P Ojha Sir, of course very nice guys are there but very few have guts to come forth rest maintain low profile by suppressing ...
    ( By Dalchand Chauhan )
  • The fact that this could be considered an act of apostasy must not be ruled out ... We have to appreciate reformers coming from the ...
    ( By Deepa Natarajan )
  • Chauhan sahb, 90 % of Indian muslin are illiterates and rest 80% are blind Orthodox....
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  • @U.p. Ojha Dear sir, his(Sultan Shahin) job will be great only if he is listened, acted upon by the Muslim masses ....
    ( By Dalchand Chauhan )
  • If Islam has survived on sword and war then tell me how this Islam has spread In India. Just by Saint of Allah Khawaja Gareeb ...
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  • @Bijay Choudhary Sir,the word terrorism has been unfortunately labelled to Muslims. Why doesn't the Indian media call the Maoists ....
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  • @amirr Sohail America fought in Korea in Vietnam for years then why Vietnamese and Koreans did not took to terrorism. No ....
    ( By Bijay Choudhary )
  • @Bijay Choudhary  Islamic terrorism is only 20 years old and Quran is about 1400 years old. Do you still think that the ....
    ( By Aamirr Sohail )
  • Islam has survived on the strength of sword and fire ,war and hatred which are enshrined in Quoran. Unless ....
    ( By Bijay Choudhary )
  • @Aamirr Sohail RSS is a Nationalist party ..  Many young muslim boys have ....
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  • Stop RSS terrorism first, your RSS terrorists are becoming prime minsters and minsters.' ....
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  • The very foundation of Islam , as I understand , is based on violence .. When I talk to muslim guys .. their way ....
    ( By Jayaraman Subri )
  • a bunch of biased hard core christian theologians are expected to support christian...
    ( By hats off! )

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    Spiritual Meditations
    The power of Buddha
    Swapan Dasgupta

    Yet, while the Prime Minister is constrained by what he can and cannot say in a public forum, his remarks on the need to shift from ideology to philosophy in negotiating differences are significant. They suggest the importance being attached to managing a broad civilisational convergence between countries wedded to non-exclusivist philosophical traditions, countries that simultaneously recognise the ground rules of dialogue....

    Debating Islam

    Can Jihad Be Waged Without State Authority?: Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam - Part 6

    In one’s own country, without migrating to an independent piece of land, jihad is not allowed. The tale of Abraham (sws) and other verses pertaining to migration testify to this. The Prophet’s life (sws) also supports this view. The reason for this is that if jihad is not waged by a person who holds political authority, it amounts to anarchy and disorder....

    Islamic World News

    No Scope of Change in Triple Talaq System, Says All India Muslim Personal Law Board
    Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi Chief AIIO


    Muslims Don’t Need Certificate to Prove Their Patriotism: Chief Imam of the All India Imam Organisation

    India Strongly Rejects Pakistan Raising Kashmir at UN

    South Asia

    More Than 100 Taliban Killed, Wounded In Afghanistan Security Operations

    Afghan Ulema Oppose With the Invitation of Pakistani Ulema Chief to Kabul

    Arab World

    ‘Untrue’ Iranian Film on Prophet Roundly Slammed By Scholars

    Rare Car Bomb Kills 10 in Al-Assad’s Bastion Latakia

    Jihadi Groups Attack Two Shia Towns in Syria


    Turkey Takes On the Islamic State ... In Diyanet 40-Page Report

    Yemeni Rockets Destroy 2 Saudi Military Bases in Jizan


    ‘Spoil Peace, Face Consequences:’ U.S. Warns South Sudan over Ceasefire


    Germany Declines, Loses European Identity For The Sake Of Islam

    Buddhist, Muslim Scouts Camp Together In France for Tolerance


    Hurriyat’s Geelani Writes ‘Secret’ Letter to Sharif

    Muslim, Hindu, Christian in Unison against Indian ‘Hysteria’

    North America

    ACLU, Muslim Rights Groups Denounce Tennessee Sheriffs' Comments

    Qaeda Fighters Could Tackle IS: Petraeus


    Australian Prime Minister Says Islamic State Terrorists Worse Than Nazis

    Southeast Asia

    Malaysian Police to Question Ex-PM Mahathir over Rally Comments

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islamic Sharia Laws

    A Draft Of Indian Muslim Family Act Prepared By Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan
    Dr. Noorjehan Safia Niaz
    The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 was passed to ensure that customary law does not take the place of Muslim Personal Law. However in the absence of a codified law, customary practices which are divergent from the values and principles of the Quran have emerged. New codes have been introduced globally with the hope that they will introduce the rule of law in family matters and end arbitrariness and variances in judicial decisions. In India there is a need to have a comprehensive codified family law to ensure justice within the family.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    There are two theories. First, the lack of economic opportunity in a well-educated, predominantly youthful country, four years after the Jasmine Revolution that toppled the dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Secondly, southern Tunisia has been relegated to the sidelines of the more fashionable story — a mindset to match the Mediterranean influences on food and light on religion…

    Islam and Politics

    What It Means To Be a Muslim in India

    This isn’t so much a battle of what it means to be a Muslim in India. It’s a greater battle between broader India, of how tolerant and open-minded they will be about minorities, about Indian values of democracy and secularism., about recognizing how true they want to be to the Indian values of openness and freedom for all. ...

    Islamic World News

    Pakistan Says ‘Almost All’ Uighur Militants Eliminated
    Shri Narendra Modi, Indian PM


    Fifteen 'Terrorists' Killed In Tirah Airstrikes

    Taliban Suicide Strike Kills Four In Khyber

    South Asia

    2 Taliban Militants Kill 14 of Their Comrades in Kunduz Province

    Taliban Execute Three Civilians on Espionage Charges in Helmand

    Bangladesh Charges Five Islamists over Blogger's Murder

    Arab World

    Iraqi Air Strikes Kill Dozens of ISIL Terrorists

    Syrian Rebels Say Kill Foreign ISIS Fighters in Undercover Strike

    Army Destroys Takfiri Terrorists' Hideouts in Hama


    Modi Does Not Look at Everything with an Eye on Votes, Says ALL Indian Ulema and Mashaikh Board

    How the Father of Indian N-Bomb Stalled Strike on Pak Nuclear Sites

    Mohammad Naved Yakub, Three Other Terrorists Were Seen Off By Top Let Men at LoC


    Libya Bans Yemenis, Iranians and Pakistanis from Entry

    North America

    9/11 Used as Pretext to Wage War against Muslims – US Scholar

    More Than Half of Republican Voters Think Obama Is a Muslim


    Iran: Bashar Assad Part of Political Solution to Syrian Crisis

    Gaza Could Be ‘Uninhabitable’ By 2020: UN

    Southeast Asia

    YouTube Removes Alleged ISIS Video Threatening To Kill Maldives President and VP

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    Debating Islam

    Regarding Severity in Islamic Punishments: Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam - Part 5

    For many centuries now, Islamic punishments have remained one of the hottest subjects of debate both inside and outside the Muslim world. “Islamic punishments are barbaric”, “Death to the death punishment”, “Civilized societies do not flog, stone to death or amputate hands” are a few of the typical slogans and comments that echo and reverberate among the intellectual elite of this Ummah. Without refuting the fact that Islamic punishments are indeed very severe, two things may perhaps help the modern mind in understanding the nature and logic of this severity.....


    Prominent Australian Muslim Leader Calls for Locally-trained Imams
    Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas Saleem

    A PROMINENT Melbourne-based Muslim religious leader has supported the idea to train imams domestically, saying that having clerics grounded in “Australian values” would have a huge impact on reducing the number of people attracted to violent extremist ideologies.

    Debating Islam

    What Is Wrong With 120 Moderate Ulema's 'Open Letter To 'Khalifa' Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’, And Why It Will Not Work? This Moderate Fatwa Does Not Leave Any Leg For Moderate Islam To Stand On
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    As many as 120 ulema from around the world belonging to most schools of thought have sent an Open Letter to ‘Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’, And To the Fighters and Followers of the Self-Declared ‘Islamic State.’

    Written in over 14, 000 words, this is a valuable document. It shows what is wrong with self-styled Khalifa Baghdadi's rulings. But, more importantly, it also shows what is wrong with moderate Islam at the present juncture; why this refutation will not work, and other such refutations do not work; and why our children will keep running away to ISIS and other terror centres. In fact, read between the lines, this moderate fatwa does not leave any leg for moderate Islam to stand on. ...

    This is not to say the Open Letter is entirely useless or totally counter-productive. It is good as far as it goes. It does criticise Baghdadi and his clique, and quite vehemently, at least, for faulty implementation of Islamic principles, even if it agrees with him on the basics in several areas. But to expect the Open Letter to stem the tide of gathering support for the so-called Islamic State will be futile.

    Extremism has been endemic in Islam, present almost from  the beginning of Islamic history. Muslims fought among themselves and quite vehemently even before the creation of Hadees and Sharia, which they now consider divine. Muslims have still not found an antidote to militant verses in the Quran that are now available to anyone with access to internet. Calling all verses of the Quran as of eternal value is not going to solve the problem. Calling Hadees and Sharia divinely inspired is no answer to the questions of the day.

    Muslims will just have to  abandon the theology that leads to violence and supremacism and look for 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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    Open Letter to Dr. Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri, alias ‘Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’, And To the Fighters and Followers of the Self-Declared ‘Islamic State’

    URL of Part One: http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/open-letter-to-dr-ibrahim-awwad-al-badri,-alias-‘abu-bakr-al-baghdadi’,-and-to-the-fighters-and-followers-of-the-self-declared-‘islamic-state’-–-part-one/d/104327

    URL of Part Two: http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/open-letter-to-dr-ibrahim-awwad-al-badri,-alias-‘abu-bakr-al-baghdadi’,-and-to-the-fighters-and-followers-of-the-self-declared-‘islamic-state’-–-part-2/d/104339

    URL of Part Three:  http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/120-leading-religious-scholars-and-academics/open-letter-to-dr-ibrahim-awwad-al-badri,-alias-‘abu-bakr-al-baghdadi’,-and-to-the-fighters-and-followers-of-the-self-declared-‘islamic-state’-–-concluding-part/d/104348

    Islam and Pluralism

    As only the Islamophobes, who hate Islam or those Muslims, who want to enforce Shariah Law, of their imagination, by hook or crook, make headlines, the compassionate teachings of the Holy Quran are lost to the ordinary, non-Muslim observer.

    The Holy Quran talks about One God and one human family.......

    Books and Documents

    The Strength to Say No: One Girl’s Fight against Forced Marriage

    Rekha Kalindi, an 11 year old girl, raised her voice against forced marriage. She was tortured and even starved by her mother but she didn’t give up. Here’s an excerpt from the book, The Strength to Say No: One Girl’s Fight against Forced Marriage, that chronicles her brave actions and how she fought against everyone to continue her studies.

    Debating Islam

    A Wife cannot refuse Sex to the Husband: Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam - Part 4

    Firstly, a husband and wife safeguard the chastity of one another by providing one another a legitimate means of satisfying the sexual urge. This protection of chastity is essential for the preservation of the family unit – the very institution on which the stability of a society hinges. Hence anything which puts chastity in jeopardy is disliked by the Almighty.....

    Books and Documents

    Exemplary Punishments for Major Crimes: Essential Message of Islam: Chapter 37 To 41

    They could bully, beat up and rob any unprotected soul, commit major crimes, spread terror in the community and roam about in broad daylight, or disappear in the desert wilderness - depending upon their clan clout. The Qur'an had to stop this outrage. There were past examples of rulers inflicting severe punishment on those who defied them and of communities suffering awesome punishments because of their errant ways. The Qur’an reminds its audience of these punishments (5:33), and commands amputating of hand for stealing (5:39) as an exemplary punishment. It, however, leaves a forgiveness clause (5:39), thereby allowing flexibility in the mode of punishment.....

    Debating Islam

    Are Women less Sensible than Men?:  Fifty Common Misconceptions about Islam - Part 3

    This misconception has arisen because of a wrong translation of the Arabic phrase Naqisat-i ‘Aql wa Din. The word Naqs has generally been translated as “defective” keeping in view the Urdu meaning of the word. However, in Arabic, the verb نَقَصَ (Naqasa) means “to reduce” and the word عقل (‘Aql) here means “worldly affairs” since it is used in conjugation with the word دين (religion).....

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    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.....

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