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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

UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, Agenda Item 8, General Debate, 26 September, 2016,

Oral Statement by Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

On behalf of: Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Mr. President,

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.

Thank you Mr. President!


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  • Who will bell the cat, that is the question now. Can english educated intellectuals convince the madrasa educated maulavis and muslim religious leaders, most of them are of closed mind as far as re-thinking on the doctrine of Jihad is concerned, to look into the proposal.
    By Padmakumar Vm - 10/10/2016 12:45:29 PM

  • @Saidu Pallipparambil  Very nice and thoughtful comment.we should act as proposed.
    By Syed Ahson - 10/10/2016 12:38:13 PM

  • Killing each other is a great sin and their abode is hell that is the teaching of the Holy Quraan
    By Saidu Pallipparambil - 10/10/2016 12:37:10 PM

  • This needed long ago first fitna onward.no one discussed anything going on killing eachother till today.
    By Haresh Trivedi - 10/10/2016 12:36:17 PM

  • Islam is based on Quraan and its practical application of Prophet Muhammad SA. It clearly say Muslims are brothers so concealiation is better between Muslims. The so called moderates and so called jihadists or extremists if they claim as Muslims then sit together and discuss the matters affecting the Muslim nation. Dont brand others as enemies but consider as brothers and go forward. Then tell us who and who what and what.
    By Saidu Pallipparambil - 10/10/2016 12:35:49 PM

  • @Nisar Ahmed
    You say need to read Quran and hadis to understand... with the same logic did Mr Mohammed read Vedas and Upanishads to claim that he is the only perfect all other religion are fake wrong corrupt etc etc....
    Ha Ha Now don't tell me Mr Mohammed traveled to India 1500 years ago by flight ( or on a flying donkey)... Infact he didn't even know the existence of India and its culture....
    Ok lets forget Hinduism.... 
    The most comical thing is Mr Mohamed claiming Buddhism a religion which preach complete non violence ,even against animals as corrupt and wrong ... ..
    Preach of human killing in name of ARMED JIHAD ,is a perfect religion? I think you out of your mind...
    Your comments proves my point of a psychological problem of SUPERIORITY COMPLEX .... You are literally enslaved yourself to your religion , loosing all your power to think....

    By Venugopal Bhat - 10/10/2016 12:28:52 PM

  • @Saidu Pallipparambil When the people like u can think like this Quran clearly states that I have perfected ur religion & islam will b ur religion islam means peace submission to the creator read the Quran & hadis u can better understand the religion of Islam without reading ur talking through what the media show & the enemy of islam islam is not a new religion it's from the beginning of this unverse from prophet Adam as our prophet said islam will enter every house and every corner of this world it's happening even in a thatched hut islam will enter
    By Nisar Ahmed - 10/10/2016 12:26:50 PM

  • The theory that all India would have been converted to Islam since 700 AD is stupid.Forceful covnresions were done in India at the point of sword many were killed.Thousands of temples were brought down and many were converted to masjid.The notoriety cannot be ruled out. But even after being a peacuful relegion, Hinduism has an in built dynamics which at an extreme point reacts and stops the jauggernaut.Thousands of years predating advent of Isam to India has proved it.There were huge invasions of Huns, Kushans and lot more on India.But still Hinduism not only survived but assimilitated these attackers. So even if Moghuls would have ruled for thousands more years the Hinduism would had stayed and will stay.Your talk about there are no forceful conversion is a mockery. Why is the population of crores of Hindus who opted to stay in Pakistan & Bangladesh have gone to few lakhs.It has nothing to do about peace and its an intolerant relegion and the people have closed and dumb brains which doesnot think beyond their own religion and cannot accept that any other religion exist.
    By Prakash Jagtap - 10/10/2016 12:25:16 PM

  • @Saidu Pallipparambil
    Ha Ha LOL 
    You forget that your forefathers converted to Islam....
    ISLAM has created or have a system or a ritual in place to convert people ... But you claim Islam never wants any one to convert to Islam .... How stupid
    If the intention was not conversion then what is the need to create a system or ritual for conversion...Its like saying I HAVE A GUN BUT I DON'T INTENDED TO SHOOT....
    There is no need to convert a person to a particular religion to teach how to live life happily, and peacefully etc etc......
    When you say those who choose the right way ...... This simply mean Islam is preaching its followers to abuse, disrespect, and insult other religion by claiming ... Islam is right way all others are wrong ,corrupt or fake....
    No religion is perfect ,only fools claim such a thing. OR that fellow must be having a psychological problem of SUPERIORITY COMPLEX... Remember this is a mental disorder....
    Or are you claiming... Shia Sunni conflicts, slave trading, terrorism, having sex with 9 year old and many more are better than castes, untouchable, etc etc ...
    A individual person may claim that the religion he is following is superior , best etc etc....
    BUT a founder of a religion claiming that he and his ideology is superior and best by saying Others are wrong is surely a psychological problem....
    I will put it this way in very simple terms if you really believe in religious equality.... If you really believe in the secular concept or principle of India that " All Gods are one all religions are equal" then.... Do you out right condem the preaching which says..." All other religion are fake, wrong or corrupt EXCEPT Islam"
    Do you also condem the preaching which says" Other Gods are NO Gods or fake Gods But only Allah"

    By Venugopal Bhat - 10/10/2016 12:24:42 PM

  • @ Saidu Pallipparambil & @ Mohammed Shafi - both are doing disservice to the concept of this page..Don't spread a bunch of Canards - First of All the Superiority Complex in Truth - You are Claiming that Islam is the Best - for you it might be however not for all. Second claiming Dharmendra & Hema-malini's conversion is for taking advantage of Bigamy - that's all, they aren't practicing Muslims & never will be. Lastly Islamic Conquest of India was Bloody more than 10 Million Murdered - the biggest Genocide in History of World. Hinduism Survived because it fought back against the atrocities of Invasion. Creation of Pakistan was based on 2 Nation theory based on religion & so many Muslims supported it shows that Muslims at that point did not support multi culturalism. PLEASE DON'T CHANGE FACTS, ACCEPT THE TRUTH & WORK TOWARDS REFORM. I sincerely believe that this Page & its supporters are doing a Good Job to bring about Reforms in Islam, I wish them all the Best. However the Reforms Talked about do not exist, however Enlightened Muslims are doing their Best. I hope & pray for the day, When there is Mutual Respect for All Religions & not Just Mere Tolerance.
    By SN Surya - 10/10/2016 12:18:28 PM

  • Islam never ask religionists to conversion. Islam belives and Holy Quraan declare that no compulsion in religion. The way of right and way of wrong clearly marked. Those who can chhose the right way succeed the wrog way takers will perish. Islam is peaceful and it never encourage troubles. Islam belives peace with justice no peace with subjugation. That is the difference. If Islam was intolerant no Hindu will be remained here in India. Since AD 700 Islam spread in India and many Muslim dynasties ruled India for many centuries but never interfred with religions prevailing in India. Thousands of temples, Buddha vihars, Jain temples, synagogues, churches and many other relics still remain intact. The Hindu culture, the customs, the castes, untouchability, Dalits, Adivasees, the snake charmers, the thottees, the rat eaters, pissing bystanders, devadasees, etc etc etc are still remaned intact. Hidu Marriage Act, divorce act, adoption Acts all are passed by Indian Parliament not by Muslim rulers. Sati was prohibited by the British not Muslim empires. 40 year rule of Auramgazeeb did not change Marata, Shivaji or any other Hindu rulers. Nor a history of conversion. Nearly thousand year Muslim rule yet Muslims in India a minority. Then how can claim the Muslims are belligerent and intolrant conversionists. Dharmendra and Hema Malini converted to Islam. Who compelled them so also Sharmila Tagore. Yes Islam is great that is the truth and that is the claim. Any relgion claim great and best Islam also belive it is the right relgion. Speciality of Islam is it belive in one true God, believe in the Last day, Hell and Heaven, Equality, fraternity, mutual cooperation, protection of women, sanctity of family and virtue. Charity, love, justice and truth. Yes it fight only to establish justice and peace. We never tolerate animosity but support equality and fraternity and decency and freedom of choice.
    By Saidu Pallipparambil - 10/10/2016 12:13:28 PM

  • @Venugopal Bhat  Your ideas of Islam and Muslims are typically the same as of those whose inly aim in life is to hate Islam and speak agsinst it by all possible hook or crook means. Go on, you're neither the first nor the last of them.
    By Mohammed Shafi - 10/10/2016 12:11:24 PM

  • conversion is no problem.but conversion due to money is ridiculous and inhumanity.can christ children convert other religion beliver with love without throwing money.comment plz dolly madam
    By ଜ୍ୟୋତିର୍ମୟ ପଣ୍ଡା - 10/10/2016 12:09:56 PM

  • This idiot should be banned from using the word Islam. He is just a name sake Muslim and has nothing to do with Islam. There are many people who can answer his idiotic theories in the name of Islam.
    Quran is answer to all problems of humanity and taking verses out of context does not make him a new age Muslim, rather another non believer with an aim to live a good life by blaming Islam.

    By Mastan Shaik - 10/2/2016 10:41:30 AM

  • Is it a religion? A sect or sects which follow a set of Tribal Doctrines of war....

    By Shrinivasa Upadhya - 10/2/2016 10:40:49 AM

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