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  • Canadian/ Western Muslims have a God-sent opportunity to diffuse Islamophobia as...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • Dear Ashok Sharma, You have raised this question before. If you wish you can read my jt exegetic work, Essential Message of Islam in the following ...
    ( By muhammad yunus )
  • It would be a good idea first if Americans could be reminded that they are global citizens. Their rconomy depends on selling their technolgy to the ...
    ( By Roy Brown )
  • Polygamy is unfair on the wives and on the children. Abolish it as a modern reform measure. '
    ( By ahmed )
  • Polygamy is unfair . STOP IT   AS A MEASURE  OF  MODERN REFORMED ISLAM .
    ( By ahmed )
  • First of all, there should be a proper translation of Quran into English and other prominent languages which is acceptable to majority of Islamic sects. ...
    ( By Ashok Sharma )
  • Islamist terrorists represent less than 0.0009 percent of world Muslim population, so what is Hats Off ranting about? His anti-Muslim hate tirade ....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • I agree "miracles" are like magic - illusion, deceit or fraud. The reality of our Universe and existence is full of wonders and not miracles. You ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Allah says very strictly and clearly in Quran (4/3 & 4/129) to avoid polygamy in anyway that is impossible, but Abd- Iblees like the person mentioned in ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Mohammad Younus Sb: I appreciate your efforts for trying your level best to convince the Muslim community what their actual approach to the concept of ...
    ( By Raihan Nezami )
  • Dear Dr.Huq, Thank you for your comments. I regret to have failed to present the essence of the said article to my readers properly Please allow me ...
    ( By Kazi Wadud Nawaz )
  • Main cause of hatred for non Muslims is the psychology "how Allah is making non believers prosperous" ...
    ( By U.p. Ojha )
  • Dear Aayina, I am a man of Science and at the same time a Muslim. To believe that the Holy Quran is a Divine book of ...
    ( By Kazi Wadud Nawaz )
  • mumbling that terrorists just a tiny minority of the 1.6 billion peaceful muslims has been the standard refrain from all moderate muslim enablers of jihad.....
    ( By hats off! )
  • Sir: Very interesting to read Diplomats decry Muslim Ban, and Mr Bannon as President Bannon. Intelligent,and well...
    ( By Syed Ali )
  • A good discussion of the dynamics of hate. Hate merchants will of course respond with non-sequiturs.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • There are no exceptional circumstances that justify polygyny. Polygyny must be criminalized. It...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Excellent article! The massive movement in America against the travel ban must bring home to Muslims the fact that they are global citizens and not ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Mr.Ghulam Rasool is either an American Citizen or has profound sympathy with only...
    ( By Naseem Ahmed )
  • 2/2/2017 7:48:06 AM Rashid samnakay The ulema—religion-operatives and pseudo authorities on everything...
    ( By Rashid samnakay )
  • is it possible to put forward the well tested theory of "a tiny minority", hijacking right wing supremacist religion?...
    ( By hats off! )
  • You seem to be trying to put forward facts with the face of a gentleman, but an eager reader could easily read between the lines ...
    ( By Concerned human being )
  • Royalj asks "The question arises; if the Christians can forgive the Jews why can’t the Muslims do it." He is quite mixed up in more ways ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • I never said you that you are hateful. I only said that you are full of hatred for Muslims and Islam which I do not ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Mr. Iqbal Hussain, Thank you for you Comments, and this far and no farther.
    ( By Kazi Wadud Nawaz )
  • informed by you? who informs you? the regressive left? progressive muslims? or some brand of pseudo science? did they tell you they were unhappy? when ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • Not surprising at all! There are numerous similar stories covering people from all communities whether they are Christians. Jews, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists. The best ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Israel is like a thorn in the throat of every Muslim, unable to spit it out nor to swallow it. Rashid is correct. Christians have ...
    ( By Royalj )
  • Hate drips from every word of his. Hats Off has such hatred and also self-loathing, that he cares very little for the truth. He will ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The problem is your not keeping quiet. When your hate mail gets answered you want quiet.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Trump has to keep his core constituency happy. This includes racists, white supremacists, evangelists who spread fear of sharia laws and semi-skilled workers who believe ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off, I too wonder what deep repressed subconscious impulses make you hate  Muslims and Islam to the degree that you do.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • the matter is going to the courts. so just keep calm until then. after the court rules them ultra vires, then you can start screaming. if ...
    ( By hats off! )
  • so you have also caught the psychiatry bug! and trained by the shariah supporting khaled abou el fadl!....
    ( By hats off! )
  • These two articles from the New York Times are very revealing and show the best and the worst of America. American diplomats...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Good read
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Hats Off says, "an argument is judged on the basis of the soundness of its premises and the validity of the conclusions derived from....
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • an argument is judged on the basis of the soundness of its premises and the validity of the conclusions derived from the premises....
    ( By hats off! )
  • The facts are: 1. The ban does not cover countries in which Trump has business interests. It covers only those countries in which Trump has no ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Contrary to what Hats Off says, the Muslims and the "regressive left" would have preferred a world without US interventions in Afghanistan and the ME. ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    To attract male recruits and motivate combatants, Boko Haram awards these “wives” to fighters. As these girls reach puberty, forced marriages often turn them into unwilling mothers; their children are destined to become the next generation of fighters, raised with their fathers’ twisted ideology.....

     
    Islam and the West

    The group also recognizes the Pilkus, a Muslim family in Albania who harboured young Johanna Neumann and her mother in their home during the German occupation and convinced others that the two were family members visiting from Germany. “They put their lives on the line to save us," Neumann, now 86, told TIME on Friday. "If it had come out that we were Jews, the whole family would have been killed." “What these people did, many European nations didn’t do," she added. "They all stuck together and were determined to save Jews."...

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    Islam amid France’s Elections
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    Since the tenure of Sarkozy, Islam, as other grave crisis, has been the main focus of political debates in France. It has become the “scapegoat” of all the Socialists problems to duck from internal crisis promoted their debates, concepts, and principles establishing the supremacy of the fascist-right represented by the National Front and its candidate, Marine Le Pen who lead the French presidential race in the first round of voting....

     
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    The memo warned that the ban would also alienate key allies in the Middle East, which could result in the United States losing access to “the intelligence and resources need[ed] to fight the root causes of terror abroad, before an attack occurs within our borders.” The writer noted that there were alternative ways to make traveller screening more comprehensive by strengthening existing protocols and information-sharing systems....

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    The United Nations has called the Rohingya; a Muslim ethnic group denied citizenship in Myanmar, the world’s most persecuted minority. John McKissick, head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar, near the Burmese border, said in November that Myanmar’s government was trying to achieve an “ultimate goal of ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.”....



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    For the Muslim nation as a whole, which considers Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam and the birth place of Messenger Muhammad, a samite, cannot by any stretch of imagination be branded as anti-Semitic. That would be thoroughly blasphemous. Therefore to say that Muslims, as followers of the faith Islam are anti-Semitic is compounding the felony since they, just as the Jews claim to be of the “nation of Ibrahim” because they follow the faith established by Aba Abraham, long before Moses and Muhammad were born....

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    How Islamic Are ‘Islamic’ Blasphemy Laws?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    How Islamic Are ‘Islamic’ Blasphemy Laws?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Regardless of any justification for Blasphemy laws in Muslim countries, common sense suggests that they can only be applied to Muslims. Otherwise, the term blasphemy can be stretched to mean anyone who doesn’t believe Islam to be a true religion. But anti-Blasphemy laws are applied to non-Muslims in every Muslim country that has such laws. So ultimately the question is related to whether Muslims believe in freedom of religion. Clearly many don’t, except when they live in non-Muslim-majority countries.

    Although Quran, Islam’s foundational text, contains hundreds of verses asserting the legitimacy of other religions, a consensus in Islamic theology and jurisprudence has somehow emerged that other religions cannot be allowed to exist. Theologians cannot directly contradict the Quran by saying so, but this is the obvious implication of their doctrines of Jihad. Mainstream Islamic Theology and jurisprudence is completely based on a dichotomy between Muslim and Kafir. Kafirs have to be eventually eliminated from the world, either by persuasion or use of force. The only other option is they accept Muslim domination and accept the status of dhimmis (jizya-paying second class citizens).

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    Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

    The Holy Quran: A Myth, Miracle or Reality?
    Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

    Allah is Real, Life and death as divine process of Creation and Destruction is Real, Here-after and the Day of Judgment is Real, Angels, Satan, Heaven and Hell, Reward and Punishment all are Real. Amidst Current and Counter-Current of Creation, Revelation, Evolution, Death and Destruction whirling all around us, there is little scope of any conjecture or miracle in the Holy Quran....

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    Most Holy Scriptures are believed by their followers to be the verbatim utterances of the Supreme Being- the God; annunciating ‘Truth’ by dictating it to His messengers. For Muslims, that being Allah, and the scripture Quran is the Kalaamullah- Logos, the word of God, and generally contended as being holy. However some verses of the Book itself, as understood from translations and comments, does not support this contention....

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    Madrasas, Islamism and Terrorism
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The sophistication that is required for arms training and the knowledge that accompanies such training simply eludes a madrasa graduate. Within their madrasas they are too engrossed in literal textual hair splitting and in repeating a knowledge system which has absolutely no relationship with the present world. When an average madrasa graduate in India cannot locate USA on the world map, then it is too much to expect from him to be involved in the obliteration of America. When average madrasa graduate is taught that it is the Shia and the Ahmadias who are the enemies of Islam, then it is natural that their energy will be channelized in countering them rather than thinking about waging jihad against the Hindus....

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    The ‘golden age’ of Islam tells us that there was always a tension between the Ulema and the philosophers. The latter did not take them seriously and at times publicly lambasted them for their limited understanding of how the world works. To make matters worse, there were poets whose favourite pastime was ridiculing the Ulema for the incoherence of their thoughts. Moreover, philosophers were Aalims in their own right: no one could accuse IbnSina or IbnRushd for not knowing religion. Indeed, in their own worlds there was hardly a distinction between the pursuit of religious and material knowledge....

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    Sectarianism: A Profound Ideological Crisis In The Indian Muslim Community
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The founding editor of New Age Islam, Mr. Sultan Shahin has asked a pertinent question in his recent article:“Sectarian unity is certainly an admirable goal. The intention behind it, however, is also very important. Wahhabi-Deobandi and Sufi-Barelvi sects, who call each other kafir (infidel), are seeking to unite for some months now.  But towards what end?”

    Instead of a stage-show of the Barelwi-Deobandi truce, it was high time both Muslim sects’ clergy sincerely reflected on the prevailing sectarian psyche plagued with extremist thoughts. An objective observation reveals that not only the Deobandi-Wahhabi clergy but a section of the present-day Barelwi ulema have also fanned the fire of religious extremism among the country’s gullible Muslims.....

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    Deoband- Bareilly Unity: Cosmetic and Dangerous
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Deoband- Bareilly Unity: Cosmetic and Dangerous
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    As long as this Muslim-Kafir binary informs the consensus theology of ulema, it will be difficult for Muslims to live amicably with others. Temporary sectarian unity which could threaten permanent communal harmony is not the way forward. As Muslims, we need to not only bridge our internal divides, but also stop thinking in terms of Kafir and Momin. We cannot survive as Muslims in the 21st century multicultural world with our antiquated notions of supremacy and separatism....

    Islamic Society

    Why Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan and Indonesia Must be Repealed
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Analysts say that it is understandable that these things are happening in Pakistan. After all the country was made in the name of Islam; so it is a natural outcome that Islam will pay an important role in the public sphere. But then similar things are happening in Indonesia, a country whose tolerance and democracy was touted as the role model for Muslim countries the world over. The world’s most populous Muslim country with mid boggling diversity in terms of ethnicity, religions and languages is today falling prey to the same rhetoric making Islam the only standard against which all other religious and secular traditions must be judged and evaluated.....

    Letter to the Editor

    New Year For Islam Or For Judaism Is Something Different; No Doubt Also For A Number Of Other Faith Traditions
    Canon Alan Amos, New Age Islam

    “This new enemy is not a person or a place, it isn’t a country; it is a pure and fearsome ire as widespread as some raw element like fire. I can’t sensibly declare war on fire, or reasonably pretend that it lives in a secret hideout like some comic-book villain, irrationally waiting while my superhero locates it and then drags it out to the thrill of my applause. We try desperately to personify our enemy in this way, and who can blame us? It’s all we know how to do. Declaring war on a fragile human body and then driving the breath from it—that’s how enmity has been dispatched for all of time….”

    Islam, Women and Feminism
    Mythology of Mother-Goddess among Muslims
    Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

    All the while the children of the unfortunate mother-goddess suffer the humiliation in silence along with their father. The noble institution of marriage that was the cause of raising the woman to the status of goddess, under whose feet lies the Jannah, that same institution is now used by their religion to grind her personality in dirt, and not only of the unfortunate mother but the honour of the whole family – the father, the children and all those associated with the sordid event. A nation that enacts and obeys such inhuman religious laws is not fit to be included in the community of human beings. So is there any hope for recovery for such a degenerate nation? May be 4-150,151 of the Book can answer that.....

    Islamic Society

    Madrasas and Failure of Muslim Leadership
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    There was an attempt made by the earlier government to bring all such madrasas under one umbrella by creating an All India Madrasa Board. It was a good idea to start with, but with various interests competing as Muslim interests, there was hardly any headway and eventually the suggestion went to the cold storage. The interesting part of this proposal was the it were Muslims themselves who had drafted this proposal. But then for many successive governments, some Muslims are more important than others. The opposition to this proposal from the Ulema saw to it that the bold proposal by reform minded Muslims was shelved....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Nikah Mut’ah and Nikah Misyar Are Temporary Marriages That Only Benefit The Muslim Man: They Should Be Seen As Nothing But Prostitution
    Dr. Deeba Abedi, New Age Islam

    Some cultural and religious practices just keep going on and on for centuries without ever being questioned. No one asks what good they are or who truly benefits from them or why they are still in place after 1,300 years. Nikah Mut’ah and Nikah Misyar, for instance, are some of those customs that perhaps seemed relevant in the seventh century, but today, to many Muslims, they are outdated and geared only for the benefit of Muslim men, with little or no advantages for the women…

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Will Turkey Become another Pakistan?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Will Turkey Become another Pakistan?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The regularity with which terrorists are able to attack key cities in Turkey is alarming. The previous year saw more than 25 terror attacks in different parts of the country including Ankara and Istanbul. Most of these attacks have been attributed to Islamist terrorism but then even the erstwhile secular formation like the Kurdistan Workers’ Party is not unknown to have used terror tactics. The latest attack yesterday on a nightclub in Istanbul is just one more in a series of such attacks. It is not clear whether there were multiple attackers involved but surely the analysis is veering around the consensus that it seems to be the handiwork of the ISIS. ...

    Islamic History

    Islam’s ‘Golden Age’: Rationalist Disciplines In Islam Survived Well Into The 16th and 17th Centuries
    Ateeb Gul

    Far from being just an exercise in historical pedantry, an accurate portrayal of this historical period has real ramifications for the Islamic world today. Actual recommendations are made by educationists and policymakers based on the now-rejected myth of post-13th century decline. If we are to learn from history, as the old adage goes, we need to first get it right....

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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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