Mutazilites of eighth and ninth centuries Basra and Bagdad (Iraq) tried to bring rationalism and reasoning in Islam. During that period their theology received patronage from Caliphs also. Mutazilites disagreed that Qur’an is divine and constant and tried to reason out each aspect of Islam. However, in the later part of ninth century, orthodox group got upper [...]
In the history of Muslim ruled India, only Akbar showed religious tolerance (and stopped ‘zizya’ on non-Muslims). Rest all actively participated or supported in forceful conversions. Moreover, the burden of being ‘Dhimmi’ under Muslim rule also compelled many to convert to Islam. The role of ‘Sufi’ saints was also not free from forceful conversion. Most of [...]
Islamist websites have recently posted statements of a top Al Qaida leader urging the Muslims to abduct Westerners, of course by the help of Allah. He has also asked Muslims to fight for implementation of Shariya laws is Egypt. President Mursi of Egypt has been told to explain his policy about Egyptian Christians (local Egyptians).
So Ahsan Nafis, the boy from Jatrabari (Dhaka) has been detained by FBI, US. He neither did any crime nor hatched any conspiracy to cause any terrorist activity in US. He simply expressed his willingness of doing so to an undercover agent. However his expressed eagerness to kill innocent people is an area of concern. [...]
As per news paper report, on the 9/11 anniversary this year (2012), a prominent Al-Qaeda leader vowed to liberate “occupied Muslim lands”, including India. His reasoning is not understood as Muslim lands of British ruled India were liberated by Mr Jinnah in 1947.
However if his argument is based on the fact that vast proportion [...]
No doubt when some body writes anything against Islam, the Islamists ask two standard and self defeating questions:
1. Does the writer has scholarly knowledge of Arabic language?
2. Does the writer has scholarly knowledge of other religions?
The reasons given for such questions are that without in-depth knowledge of Arabic language one cannot understand [...]