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Shehnavaz Ahmed

Understanding world through the lens of Qur'an. Teacher by profession.

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Shehnavaz Ahmed agreed with a discussionSep, 23 2016

International Seminar | Damming Crisis in Tibet: Threat to Water Security in Asia

Did you know that the very rivers upon which nearly 2 billion Asians depend for survival - Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, Irrawaddy, Salween, Yellow, Yangtze, Mekong - all flow out of the Tibetan Plateau? Our collective water lifelines are under attack by China's fast-paced hydropower projects.
Shehnavaz Ahmed agreed with an opinion onSep, 21 2016

If anyone really wants to spread the message of Islam, use Sufism not terrorism

Aman Rawal had posted

Sufism or real spiritualism is not dependent on funding. It just needs real evangelists.



Shehnavaz Ahmed posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 20 2016

What kind of progressive Muslim do you identify as?

By nature Islam should be progressive, but we've been hijacked by this very homogeneous Islam that pervades the narrative. In fact, it's a fairly new idea. It's not just salafism or general rigid islam, but it's a whole new post colonial reaction to the world. We were never like this. We're so insular in our countries that many of us have become protective and defensive of Islam, and hence they react by claiming a "purity" of Islam. When in fact it's just a superficial cultural version of Islam stripped away from anything that is actually islam. It's sad really.

My idea of progressive islam is simply this. Live your life, enjoy it. Look at islam through the prism of humanism(otherwise known as akhlaq and mercy) and that's progressive. From a legal perspective(fiqh) progression is doing active talfiq. I.e. take from all Sunni madhabs and Shia.

By nature Islam should be progressive, but we've been hijacked by this very homogeneous Islam that pervades the narrative. In fact, it's a fairly new idea. It's not just salafism or general rigid islam, but it's a whole new post colonial reaction to the world. We were never like this. We're so insul
Shehnavaz Ahmed disagreed with an opinion onSep, 17 2016

Qur'an states that Muslim men are allowed to keep sex slaves. True?!

Nikhil Dua had posted

Without questioning anything else, who would these people be that one's "oath" possesses? Because in the literature given they are clearly contrasted with one's wife. Ac



Shehnavaz Ahmed posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 16 2016

Am I really not a Muslim because I drink?

It's one thing to drink while acknowledging the sin and another to try and somehow argue that it is allowed (obviously is not). The second could place one outside Islam with the only leeway being ignorance
A person you follow posted a new opinion on Sep, 16 2016

Digilocker app is similar to every other project this govt. has undertaken. So much hype, product not even useable

Rohit pande had posted

There is nothing wrong in trying and innovating. India needs it badly. The problem might be in celebrating victories even before the battle has begun and using all commu


Shehnavaz Ahmed Understanding world through the lens of Qur'a

Should have taken lessons from their failure of IRCTC. But huge traffic was a excuse there, here bunch of good college students would have done a better job

Shehnavaz Ahmed disagreed with an opinion onSep, 15 2016

Where does the road to black money lead from here ?

Rohit pande had posted

But what about the repeated threats being issued by the PM, would there be no optics of action at least to show outcome or a follow through on threat



A person you follow posted a new opinion on Sep, 15 2016

Steve Jobs, a Zen Buddhist, chose to manufacture his products in China- the country that inflicted horrific crimes in Tibet


That's a bizarre analogy. I'm pretty sure PM Modi doesn't initiate the slaughtering of cows. Jobs initiated the manufacturing. It wasn't like it was going on and he could


Shehnavaz Ahmed Understanding world through the lens of Qur'a

Jobs initiated manufacturing not horrific crimes on tibet. He wasn't a peace leader or for that matter any evangelist of Buddhism. Bringing him in their issue makes no sense at all

Shehnavaz Ahmed agreed with an opinion onSep, 15 2016

Everyone around me is ill(more than 20 people I know), in one or the other form(in Delhi). Deaths by chikungunya and dengue are rising. Is it what future will look like in Delhi?

Rohit pande had posted

Can we use Aware to probe this deeper ? Is it such a wide-spread epidemic ? Like in everything else, there seem to be 2 versions floating around. Wondering, how to unrave



Shehnavaz Ahmed posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 14 2016

Why isn't North Korea's nuclear ambition concerning the world?

So the answer to the development of nuclear weapons is to allow everyone to possess them, simply because it is hypocritical of nuclear armed countries to try and prevent others from having them? In that case, would you be in agreement to opening the flood gates and giving every country a go at nuclear weapons until one is inevitably used on someone else, likely resulting in unfathomable destruction?
So the answer to the development of nuclear weapons is to allow everyone to possess them, simply because it is hypocritical of nuclear armed countries to try and prevent others from having them? In that case, would you be in agreement to opening the flood gates and giving every country a go at nucle
Shehnavaz Ahmed posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 14 2016

There is a lot that an irreligious person can learn from Islam.

For a reason Islam is universal, some simple things people can take from Islam to make their lives better:

Smiling is a deed of charity. :D

Do acts of goodness out of appreciation for all the you've been blessed with. Make life easier for others, in fact one of the branches of faith consists of removing (literal) obstacles in another's path like rubble and trash.

That loving and respecting your parents is key (/djkhaled).

That the best of men is the one who treats his wife and family with love and kindness.

Helping around the house isn't counter to masculinity at all. The cardinal example of aspirational character to all humankind, the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him), was known for coming home at the end of the day and busying himself with the housework amid his bustling family.

That mud butt is proper unhygienic, so the best way to clean yourself after the deed is with a bit of water followed by toilet paper.

Drink a glass of water before your meal to avoid overeating.

That true love, romantic and platonic, for another is wanting them to have only what you'd want for yourself (to wish them only the best just as you would hope for yourself)

That it's okay to feel jealous of another person's blessings, and even to want those blessings for yourself. The line is crossed when you wish another person ill-will or that their blessings be diminished. If you do get to that point, drop a prayer for that person you're envying. Doing so encourages you to remember point 8. I always thought this was a great example of how Islam understands human nature and doesn't tell us "don't be jealous", but instead gives us a way to manage it.

For a reason Islam is universal, some simple things people can take from Islam to make their lives better:Smiling is a deed of charity. :D Do acts of goodness out of appreciation for all the you've been blessed with. Make life easier for others, in fact one of the branches of faith consists of remov
A person you follow posted a new opinion on Sep, 12 2016

The perception of human being in Qur'an is of the best creation which is imperfect at the same time. Isn't this a bit confusing?

Syed Raza had posted

I have another question. Through an Islamic narrative, are human beings bound for imperfection? i.e. is it the nature of humanity to make mistakes? Or is this not the per


Shehnavaz Ahmed Understanding world through the lens of Qur'a

It's a complex question with a complex answer. Human beings are meant to strive towards perfection. In other words, we are meant to fulfill the commandments of Allah to the absolute best of our abilities. However, we were created with "imperfections" such as anger, jealousy, carnal desires, laziness, etc. that we must struggle with in our journey towards perfection. The Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said something to the effect, "All the sons of Adam are sinners, and the best of the sinners are the repenters." Hopefully that helps somewhat.
It's a complex question with a complex answer. Human beings are meant to strive towards perfection. In other words, we are meant to fulfill the commandments of Allah to the absolute best of our abilities. However, we were created with "imperfections" such as anger, jealousy, carnal desires, laziness

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