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  • The Third Most Important Usul-Al-Hadith Let us examine the language of the Hadith that is the subject of the article: It has been narrated on the ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It is not true that the women went about topless with their breasts uncovered. The command is for the head dress....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb, your comment is offensive and uncalled for and does not deserve any other response except the response I gave.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Your comment GM sb, shows your lack of knowledge of the Prophet (pbuh) and the Prophets in general and Allah. There are numerous instances where ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • It amazes me that you have still not understood that the state of being supreme or enjoying supremacy in any....
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  • GM sb, You are denying your own definition! And in a previous comment you called me a liar for saying that you are pretending ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • “But then we must also ask what if the Quran had actually mandated the wearing of the veil or the Burqa?”....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • There is nothing like interfaith, it's always interfaith superiority to be proven, especially....
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  • Naseer sb., You are trying to evade the issue by calling that comment my "definition...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb., Your abusive comment did not respond at all to what I had said....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb., Who gave you the right to decide what is true dharma and what is false.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. asks, "who do you think made up the story and why?" Saying that our Prophet wanted ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good to see Iranian women shedding their veils. It is time men stopped dictating to women what to wear.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • ماشاء اللہ بہت خوب..
    ( By عبد الماجد )
  • @Nassar sb, I read your comment and have known your ideas.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Ms Kaniz Fatm, Almost every sunni Muslim in India is a Hanafi and a Muqallid. So, what you say is understandable. Every.....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • @Miss KF, Comment 1 The early Muslims- companions [al-sahaba] and their followers and successors [tabiu’n] (Allah be pleased with all of them),....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Let us go by your definition of the verse: “4:34 is not about disloyalty or adultery. It is about obedience and disobedience. It is .....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • What is the point to be university students if they rebel against the authority that Allah has given to rulers? They who rebel against ...
    ( By zuma )
  • GM sb is stalking me in five different threads with nothing worthwhile to say. The windbag has infinite capacity to go on arguing ad infinitum ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The old fool fails to notice that unless Dharma is defined as the religion of Allah, it is meaningless. What is ....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • who do you think made up the story and why? '
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  • @Naseer sb, Sorry I am a Hanafi Muslima. Our learned jurists were honest and pious and they were ....
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Quran demands Muslims to obey rulers: Chapter 4 The Women سورة النساء - An-Nisa:. .
    ( By zuma )
  • They are well educated women and see it as a form of empowerment says the heading....
    ( By Rashid Samnakay )
  • Naseer sb. has been using deception to make 4:34 look good and he again tries to justify it and goes on to a totally irrelevant.....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb., You have cleverly avoided responding to my comment. Why? Please respond to: "Naseer sb. says, "Verse....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb., after making a fool of himself on the question of supremacism, is now resorting to personal abuse to divert....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb. says a debaser only debases himself. That is good advice for him to follow himself. But. .
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Do we need God to tell us how to distribute our inheritance? What did he give us our brains for?
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article! The U.S. has gone too far in its anti-Palestinian policies, especially....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • A well deserved success story! We need more Yasins.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Welcone back, Yunus sahib! Excellent article both from the point of view of the analysis of the problem and in recommending corrective measures..
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • This is very good and worth reading article. His language and civilized and scholarly style of writing is praiseworthy.
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Accurate observations in true sense! Religious discourses should provide space for rationality to exist....
    ( By Meera )
  • Comment 3 پھر علامہ حامد رضا حجۃ الاسلام مزید رقمطراز ہی...
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • I refuse to believe that the gentleman in question genuinely thinks that girls should not go to .....
    ( By Imran Mohammed )
  • COMMENT 2 پھر علامہ حامد رضا رحمہ اللہ فرماتے ہیں : تو اس سلسلہ ہدایت رب العزت کا قائم فرمایا ہوا ....
    ( By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي )
  • Ms Kaniz Fatma, In the Prophet’s (pbuh) time, the Quran was well-understood....
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Without using Quran to interpret, weird teaching can derive from hadith alone....
    ( By zuma )
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

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    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

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    Islamic Ideology
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    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam
    The Language of the Quran
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The word Islam and Muslim have a broad meaning in the Quran and these words do not mean that Islam is only the religion of the followers of Muhammad or that Muslim only means those who accept Muhammad as the Messenger of God. Verse 22:78 “It is Allah Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation)”. The followers of all previous prophets are also Muslim which is why the verse 2:112 cited above, covers a broad spectrum of people.   However, the common understanding among both the followers of Muhammad and others, is that only the religion brought by Muhammad is Islam and only his followers are Muslim. This common understanding is exploited by the bigots to claim that only the religion taught by Muhammad is Islam and only this religion is the true religion and accepted by God and all others will be the losers.....

    Islamic Ideology

    The verse 60:8, according to the accepted view of majority of scholars, is Muhkam and not abrogated. This verse encourages the Muslims not to treat all the people from among non-Muslims including Mushrikin and Kafirin as enemies. It means Allah does not forbid Muslims to be good to those non-Muslims including Mushrikin and Kafirin who really do not fight Muslims in matters of religion and live in peace and justice with Muslims.... 

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    A top Islamic scholar, an inspiration to champions of women’s rights, a military commander riding on camelback, and a fatwa-issuing jurist, Aisha’s intellectual standing and religious authority were astonishing, by the standards of both our own time and hers. Aisha is not the only wife of Muhammad whose life explodes notions of what constitutes a “traditional” Muslim woman. Khadija ran a caravan business in Mecca. A wealthy and successful trader, she was also a twice-widowed single mother, fifteen years Muhammad’s senior, and his boss.....

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    Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
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    Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

    There is almost unanimous agreement among climate scientists and organizations – that is, 97% of over 10,000 climate scientists and the various scientific organizations engaged in climate science research – that human beings have caused a dramatic increase in the amount of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide released into Earth’s atmosphere since the pre-industrial era and that this is driving the climate catastrophe that continues to unfold….

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    The Exigency of Muslim Reform
    Syed N Asad, New Age Islam
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    Syed N Asad, New Age Islam

    The fundamental idea that will help Muslims is that the change is an inevitable part of life. Islam became a global religion because the way Prophet Muhammad taught its principles made his contemporaries into enlightened and empowered people. They became more just in their dealings with others, valued learning, welcomed strangers, discarded superstitions, removed ethnic and racial barriers, gave greater rights to oppressed classes such as women and slaves, their worship was direct and charismatic, and as a result of this dynamism their influence spread all over the known world. Reform means recognizing that the universal empowering teachings of Islam can be expressed successfully according to the maxims of every age....

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    ایک زمانہ تھا جب، مدارس تحریک سےاجتماعی طور پر وجود میں آتے تھے۔ مقامی لوگوں کا معمولی چندہ بھی بڑی اہمیت رکھتا تھا۔ رمضان میں باقاعدگی سے گوشوارہ چھپتا تھا، جو عوامی جانچ پڑتال کی راہ کھول دیتا تھا۔ تب لوگ مدارس کو ملّی اثاثہ سمجھتے تھے اور موقع پڑنے پر اس کے دفاع میں اٹھ کھڑے ہوتے تھے۔  1970کی دہائی سے رفتہ رفتہ، مدارس بھی، دُکان کی طرح ، افراد کی ملکیت بنتے گئےجن میں مہتمم کی اجارہ داری ہوتی ہے۔ چندہ بھی ’’باہر ‘‘سے آنے لگا۔ گوشوارہ کی روایت اٹھادی گئی۔جب مقامی چندہ کم یا ختم کیا گیا تو مقامی بچّوں کا جھنجھٹ کیوں پالا جائے، جن کے والدین کبھی بھی آکر دیکھ سکتے ہیں کہ کیا ہورہا ہے۔

     
    The War Within Islam

    In present times, many schools and madrasas are running institutions where boys and girls study together in the same classroom, Numerous madrasas in Bihar and Gujarat allow boys and girls to sit in the same class. But AMU stands apart. It breeds counter-modernism. It continues to further gender-based segregation among Muslim students. It runs separate schools for boys and girls. Even undergraduate girls and boys cannot study together. ....

    Islamic Personalities

    Tajush Sharia says, "Attention O Islamic World, be warned against the Movement of Destruction! In these times the movement of Daesh (“ISIS”) has become a great challenge and grave danger to the countries of the Middle East, in particular Saudi Arabia. Their danger is not restricted just to the Arab world, but extends to all countries and peoples. This movement is only concerned with the destruction of historical monuments and of the Islamic landscape, as is witnessed in the lands of Iraq and Syria. They have transgressed in this matter and treat Muslims as non-believing hostile combatants, as though they are enemies-at-war and their lands hostile territories….”

    Islamic Society

    An elderly person of her family to whom she related her comfortable Sunnah of Hijrat, reminded her of the “ordeal” of the Apostle, and his only companion during his Hijrat to Madinah, travelling ten times the distance in the desert on foot, escaping the city with their lives in the dead of the night. He referred her to Chapters 9 & 17 of Quran.

    - In a small gathering of friends to welcome back a hajji couple, a Sunnah was enacted by a priestly looking person who was offered the customary sip of Zamzam. He stood up, turned in the direction of Qiblah and gulped the water down, announcing that, that was the established Sunnah of Rasool. Other drinks, he said, the Rasool drank sitting down and not facing the Qiblah.....

     
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    Darul Qazas or Sharia Courts: Why both must be Opposed?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
    Darul Qazas or Sharia Courts: Why both must be Opposed?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    It must be underlined though that equating this with something like a Sharia court is clearly a misnomer. Courts have the ‘power’ to adjudicate over issues; the Darul-Qaza will have no such power and as such will be more like arbitration councils. To be fair to the AIMPLB, such quasi-judicial bodies do exist in other communities, such as the Khap Panchayats in Western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. In some tribal areas, these bodies even have legal recognition. Thus, the establishment of Darul Qaza may well within be the ambit of law. Demanding for a ban on Darul Qazas while remaining silent on Khaps is clearly hypocritical. It should also be understood that Darul Qazas have been functioning in this country since at least 1972....

    Books and Documents

    The first of these is Para Vidya (higher knowledge). The other is Apara Vidya (lower or ordinary knowledge)—in other words, spiritual and material knowledge respectively. God is the source of these two forms of knowledge and man should acquire both. This paradigm can be of considerable benefit in the study of nature. It recognizes that nature has two aspects: material and spiritual (composed of conscious entities or living beings). In this paradigm, God or the Supreme Being is the Cause of all causes....

     
    Islam and Politics
    The Jinnah Redux in AMU; This Time as a Farce
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
    The Jinnah Redux in AMU; This Time as a Farce
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Muslim society is increasingly convinced that it needs to police the behaviour of its members. Certainly one cannot hope for freedom and democracy within the wider society without championing these values within one’s own community. What is more worrisome is the Muslim anxiety to define itself solely as a theological community. If theology starts marking the boundaries of behaviour, the language of rights becomes the first casualty and the communities only stultify further.  There are enough problems which AMU should worry about. A few students drinking beer and showing it off during Ramzan should be the least of its worries....

    Spiritual Meditations
    Home’s Not Permanent Here
    Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

    “The fact of the matter is that we—all of us—are just tenants in this world. We reside here for a while—maybe 70 or 80 years or whatever—and then our ‘lease’ expires and we have to vacate the world. And then off we go we don’t know where! That makes us like temporary tenants here, doesn’t it? Some people’s ‘tenancy’ may be for just a few years. Others are longer-term tenants, but they’re tenants all the same!”...

     
    Islamic Society

    Quran also condemns corruption and those who practice it and enjoins on Muslims not to indulge in corruption. Quran asks Muslims not to take away the property of the orphans or weak people and not to substitute mean quality ingredients for good ones and not to devour things meant for the orphans and the poor. Quran also discourages hording of wealth and good depriving the people of their share in it. “To orphans restore their property (When they reach their age), nor substitute (your) worthless things for (their) good ones; and devour not their substance (by mixing it up) with your own. For this is indeed a great sin”.(Al Nisa: 2) “Those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, eat up a Fire into their own bodies” Al Nisa: 10)...

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    Kashmir Is Too Diverse, Too Multicultural A Land To Turn Into A Radical Islamist State
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
    Kashmir Is Too Diverse, Too Multicultural A Land To Turn Into A Radical Islamist State
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Now that the long-cherished opportunity of peace and reconciliation in form of ceasefire has been opened up, something otherwise has to happen. It's about time the mainstream Kashmiri people focused on their lost heritage—Kashmiriyat—the greatest gift of Rishi-Sufi tradition in the mystics’ land. In fact, ultimately, Kashmir is too diverse, too multicultural a land to turn into a radical Islamist state. Thus, this visit of the Home Minister seems to go down well after a long and fierce political turmoil in the valley....

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Defeating Islamism and Jihadism: Evolve a New Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender justice, Sultan Shahin asks Muslim States at UNHRC in Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    A War on Terror has been raging for 17 years now but we are no closer to defeating Islamist terror. Jihadism continues to attract Muslim youth. This is because the world has not paid enough attention to the ideology of Islamism and Jihadism.

    Mainstream Muslims have considered Islam a spiritual path to salvation, one of the many. Islam aims at reforming society for a peaceful, harmonious, pluralist existence. However, due to certain historical factors, the theology and jurisprudence of Islam that evolved in the 8th and 9th centuries (CE), present Islam as a political, totalitarian ideology of supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and gender discrimination. It is this theology of violence, exclusivism and world-domination that is taught in madrasas and sustains Islamism. But despite the Islamist violence against peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the community is still not focussed on the need for evolving a counternarrative of Islam.

     It is imperative that Muslim countries that have signed the UN Charter look into the issue urgently and work towards developing a new theology of peace, pluralism and gender justice. While several countries like Morocco and now Saudi Arabia appear to be moving in this direction, the one country that has made a solid contribution is Turkey. In a decade-long exercise 100 Turkish scholars have managed to limit the number of authentic ahadith to just 1600, out of over 10,000, and provide each hadith with context and suitable interpretation. This book of authentic Hadith has been provided to all mosques in Turkey but I hope it is made available to the global Muslim community in their own languages as soon as possible.

    Allama Iqbal, a poet-philosopher of the South Asian sub-continent had called for the reconstruction of religious thought in Islam almost a hundred years ago. Let us at least start working on it now....

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