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  • Canadian/ Western Muslims have a God-sent opportunity to diffuse Islamophobia as...
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  • 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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    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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