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Ottawa shooting wounds Canadian soldier at War Memorial

A soldier was shot at the National War Memorial by an unknown assailant Wednesday morning and there are reports of 30 to 50 shots of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.

 “Gunman at Parliament’s Centre Block has been shot and killed,” Conservative MP Bernard Trottier tweeted at 10:30 a.m. Tory MP Bob Zimmer also reported the same. Those reports are unconfirmed as police are still actively searching the area and say it is “not a secure scene” as there may be multiple shooters.

Police have expanded their perimeter and say they are actively investigating “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa.” Police are also asking citizens to not tweet the locations of the officers involved.

Islamic Ideology

Refutation of Taliban Magazine Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad’s Article titled 'Kufr and Apostasy united against Islamic Mujahedeen' - Part 4: Summing up
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

General Muslim public as well as target readers of the Fatwa are counter-indoctrinated against jihadist-Kharjiite ideology through exposure to Qur’anic message on the “universal brotherhood of humanity that allows people of diverse faith, culture, colour and language to live together, to know each other and to assist each other to make life easy and peaceful for all human beings.”....

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Summing Up: Refutation of Sheikh Yousuf Al-Abeeri's Fatwa Supporting Wanton Killing of Innocent Civilians under Special Circumstances and Thus Justifying the 9/11 Attacks – Part 8

Islamic Ideology

Saudi Wahhabism and ISIS Wahhabism: The Difference
Stephen Schwartz

Looking back at Saudi Arabia's reaction to the atrocities of September 11, 2001, we would find little public dialogue over the role of Wahhabism in the origins of al Qaeda. The Saudi monarchy and their representatives denied a linkage and discouraged investigation of it. After the U.S.-led Iraq intervention in 2003, Saudi media and websites were replete with praise for Saudi citizens who had died as terrorist combatants north of the kingdom's border. The Saudis created an ineffective anti-terrorist "rehabilitation" program before "deporting" al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ....

Islamic World News

In ISIS Video, Father Stones Girl to Death
PAT Chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri

Arab World

Syria Wants Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel Punished

Army Kills Dozens of ISIL Terrorists in Iraq's Samarra


Taliban Commander among 30 Killed In North Waziristan

Pakistani Taliban Re-Affirms Allegiance to Mullah Mohammad Omar

D-Chowk: Tahir Ul Qadri Calls It A Day

South Asia

Taliban Militants Suffer Heavy Casualties in Kandahar

Southeast Asia

Ulema Who Mislead Are Like Dogs with Tongues Hanging Out, Says Religious Scholar


ISIL onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide: UN

EU sets 'red lines' for Israel in W. Bank, Jerusalem


Ottomanism a guise for Islamic ambitions, Turkish prominent historian says

Turkey turning into semi-open prison: CHP

North America

Kerry: status quo between Israel, Palestinians ‘unsustainable’

Canada raises its terrorism threat level


India Wins another Term at UNHRC

Police Identify Youths Who Waved IS Flags


Nigeria Truce Is Shaky, No News of Abducted Girls

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Muslim Women Cannot Object To Husbands’ Marriages: Pak CII Chief
Turkish girl Ilayda Samilgil

Rise in Divorce in Iran Linked To Growing Individualism among Women

Three U.S. Girls Caught In Germany on Way to ISIS

Saudi Woman Lecturer Ditches University Job to Join Islamic State

Saudi Woman Pleads Cases in Shariah Court

Number of Afghan policewomen to reach 10,000 by next year

Asma Al-Assad: Rise and Fall of The New Syrian Woman

Pakistani Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, Honoured In Philadelphia

Lebanon Diva under Fire over Skin-tight Outfit

50pc of Pakistani Female Doctors Never Work After Graduation

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Attack Jerusalem Buses over Ad Promoting Female Worship

Turkish Girls' Science Awards Spark Debate

39% of Saudi Women Suffer From Osteoporosis

‘Only One in Four Pakistani Schoolchildren Make It to Grade 10’

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Islamic History

Mullahs and Heretics: A Secular History of Islam (Part 1)
Tariq Ali

The military successes of the first Muslim armies were remarkable. The speed of their advance startled the Mediterranean world, and the contrast with early Christianity could not have been more pronounced. Within twenty years of Muhammad’s death in 632, his followers had laid the foundations of the first Islamic empire in the Fertile Crescent. Impressed by these successes, whole tribes embraced the new religion. Mosques began to appear in the desert, and the army expanded. Its swift triumphs were seen as a sign that Allah was both omnipotent and on the side of the Believers......

Islam, Women and Feminism

New Religious Intolerance: The Burqa Debate and the Demands of Equality
Martha Nussbaum

So what the law has done is to single out something that is of central importance to one religion and to apply a very heavy burden to it, without similarly burdening the central and cherished practices of other religions. Indeed, it seems clear that one would not be fined for making the sign of the cross over oneself in a public place, for singing a religious hymn as one walked down the street, or for wearing any type of religious apparel other than the Burqa: cassocks, nuns' habits, Hasidic dress, the saffron garb of the Hindu priest - all of these remain unburdened. So it is neutral in one sense, but not at all neutral in another....

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Salafis came into limelight only two decades ago. Earlier, very few people like the specialists and experts knew of them. Even the popular literature and works that dealt with Islam and appeared at the beginning of the third millennium did not contain the terms "Salafism" and "Salafists". Nonetheless, history witnessed their attempts to return to the puritan form of Islamic lifestyle and cleanse the beliefs and doctrines from later imitations. That is why the Salafists claim that they properly emulate the “Salaf-e-Salih” or “the pious predecessors” in their faith and actions. In this regard, a Hadith tradition reported and authenticated by the famous Hadith compiler, Imam Mohammed al-Bukhari goes like this: "I am the best Salaf for you", meaning “I am the best example to be emulated”....

The War Within Islam

Silence of Intellectuals and Emergence of IS
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

Arab intellectuals are failing to counter this sycophancy and inertia by offering a rational and modern ideological framework that can be used as a rallying point for people. This has resulted in the growth of extremism, ignorance and sectarian wars. The Arab world also suffers from another illness — the love of the conspiracy theory. Instead of self-reflection and acknowledgement of mistakes, many opt to take the easier road and blame others for their problems.....

Islamic Sharia Laws

Austria: Civil Law vs. Sharia Law
Soeren Kern

The proposed revisions—which are aimed at cracking down on Islamic extremism in Austria—would regulate the training and hiring of Muslim clerics, prohibit the foreign funding of mosques, and establish an official German-language version of the Koran, among other changes. The government says the modifications would give Muslims legal parity with other religious groups in Austria. But the leaders of Austria's Muslim community counter that the contemplated new law amounts to "institutionalized Islamophobia."....

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Islamic State Recruits Loose In Toronto
Tarek Fatah

Lost in the horror of these murders that some are still referring to as a “possible” terrorist attack, was the news on Saturday that three Muslim girls of Somali heritage, who wanted to travel to the Mideast and join ISIS in Syria as wives of jihadis, were back home and free.....

Islam, Women and Feminism

When Two Women Decided To Pray With Men
Anwar Iqbal

"But what we experienced inside the mosque was mutual trust and happiness. We were able to experience tranquillity and peace," said Nomani. ?? "One of the men who had admonished me, turned to me and said, 'I learned something from you today. Thank you.' Another man said, 'Sister, this is your place, you are welcome here anytime.'" "God did not strike the Islamic Center with a lightning bolt because women prayed in the main hall," …..

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Stop Pointing Fingers, Many Sources Lie behind ISIS’s Rise
Manuel Almeida

As the anti-ISIS coalition contemplates how to shift away Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders' support for ISIS and the world worries about returning jihadists, it is about time for a collective recognition of responsibility for the region's radicalization problem. This could be the first step to a drastic change of course…..

Spiritual Meditations

Saudi girls escaping their parents' house is a development that has caught the attention of many researchers and social workers in the kingdom. Although the number of cases has not yet reached the level of a “phenomenon,” a conservative society such as Saudi society looks at these cases with suspicious eyes mixed with surprise….

Interfaith Dialogue

A Reform Rabbi Learns From Prophet Muhammad
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

Muhammad teaches us that claims of religious superiority are wrong, for no human in this world, and perhaps even in the world to come, will know who the best prophet is. Such arrogant comparisons do not help anyone to become a better believer in God but only serve to polarize believers by inciting partisan fervour. As a Reform Rabbi, I can state that all Reform Rabbis would applaud this teaching of Prophet Muhammad because we are all aware that during the Middle Ages all three religions claimed religious superiority over each other. ....

Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

Mr Ismail argues that many of the doctrines in Islam are based on the out-dated Arab socio-economic situation of the sixth century, and that much of the Islamic Jurisprudence now used by Islamists is no more than tribal reading of key religious sources. He advocates the separation of Mosque and State, so to speak, which is contrary to the rallying call by Islamist jihadists and their ideologues for Sharia as the supreme law in Muslim countries. This call is equivalent to the Bible being declared the law in Christian countries, an unthinkable preposition in this day and age…….

The War Within Islam
Libya: The War Nobody Can Win
Jason Pack and Rhiannon Smith

Libya: The War Nobody Can Win
Rhiannon Smith

While the world's attention has been fixed on the appalling developments in Syria and Iraq, Libya has quietly mirrored the Levant's transformation into a proxy battlefield. A tug-of-war has emerged between the country's two rival governments for control of key institutions, military supremacy, and ultimately legitimacy…..

Arabic Section

Role of Prophets in Eradicating Violence  دور الأنبياء عليهم السلام في القضاء على العنف والظلم والإرهاب
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

لا تزال تذهب الدنيا أدراج الرياح أحلامها ببناء البيئة السلمية والمزدهرة في جميع أنحاء العالم. ففشلت الإنسانية كلها في هذه المهمة على الرغم من أنها بذلت أفضل جهودها بكل ما في وسعها. لماذا حدث ذالك؟ أ تقع إراقة الدماء من جراء الدين أم الطموحات الاجتماعية والسياسية الأخرى من أقسام الجنس البشري؟ أ يكون الدين مسؤولا عن كل العنف أم لم يكن حتى عن بعضه؟ فلا ريب فيه أنه كثيرا ما حدث العنف بإسم الدين على مر التاريخ. ولكن الحقيقة التي لا بد من التنبيه عليها هي أنه دائما ما كانت العوامل الأخرى مسؤولة عن كل العنف.

Urdu Section

America's Half Truth about ISIS  داعش سے متعلق امریکہ کی نصف حقیقت بیانی
Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi

امریکی وزیر خارجہ جان کیری  نے جب دہشت گردی کے اُبھر نے کے لیے اسرائیل کو موردِ الزام ٹھہرایا ہے تو اسی وقت اگر وہ اپنی حکومت  کا گریبان  بھی جھانک کر دیکھ لیتے تو بہتر تھا ۔ اگر وہ یہ بھی کہہ دیتے کہ امریکہ اسرائیل کی ہر ناجائز حرکت کے اندھی  حمایت کرنے کا ذمہ دار ہے تو کہا جاسکتا تھا کہ انہوں نے پورے معاملے کا ایمان دارانہ تجزیہ کیا ہے۔ لیکن انہوں نے یہ بالکل بھی قبول  نہیں کیا کہ امریکہ  ابھی تک اسرائیل کی ہر غلط حرکت سے چشم پوشی کرتارہا ہے ، اُس کے ہر ناجائز ارادے کو اپنی اندھی حمایت دے کر پایہ تکمیل تک پہنچاتا رہا ہے، اُسے ایک مضبوط  حلیف گردانتا  رہا ہے اور اس حقیقت  سے پہلو  تہی  کرتا رہا ہے کہ اسرائیل واقعتاً ایک شیطان صفت ملک ہے۔

Urdu Section

Story of the Lady Teacher of Madrasa and Love Jihad  میرٹھ مدرسہ کی استانی اور ‘ لو جہاد’ کی کہانی
Syed Mansoor Agha

سرا وا ایک چھوٹا سا گاؤں ہے جس میں تقریباً ایک سو گھر ہیں ۔ ساٹھ فیصد آبادی مسلم او رباقی غیر مسلم تیاگی رہتے ہیں ۔ ان کے درمیان  اس واقعہ  سے قبل کبھی کوئی فرقہ ورانہ کشیدگی یا شکایت  نہیں رہی ۔ یہی  وجہ تھی کہ ایک اردو میڈیم مکتب اور مدرسہ میں ایک غیر مسلم لڑکی کو بلا تکلف ٹیچر رکھ لیا گیا۔ اس واقعہ  سے قبل اس کے والدین نے بھی مدرس کے اساتذہ یا انتظامیہ کے بارے میں  کوئی شکایت نہیں کی۔ مگر یہ واقعہ پیش آتے ہی وہ بھی ‘ لوجہاد’  کی کہانی سنانے لگا اور اہل  مدرسہ کو مطعون کرنے لگا۔

Islamic Ideology

Refutation Of Taliban Magazine Nawa-E-Afghan Jihad’s Article Titled 'Kufr And Apostasy United Against Islamic Mujahedeen' - Part 3: Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri's Fatwa On Killing Of Innocent Muslims And Non-Muslims
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

Before coming to the point, it is also necessary to know why Taliban Wahhabi ideologues label Sufi-minded Muslims with Kufr. This is partly also because the latter refute the former’s terrorist activities and suicide bombings. Consequently, Salafi-Wahhabi Taliban terrorists target at killing the Sufi-minded Muslims like Shaikh ul Islam Dr. Tahir ul Qadri who wrote the book titled “Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings”, refuting every kind of injustice, violence, terrorism, radicalism, fanaticism of Taliban terrorist ideologues and their like-minded groups.....

Islamic History

History and Religious Sanctity of Architecture in Islam (Part 1)
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Cultural heritage, architectural monuments and ancient historic sites are of paramount significance among followers of all religions. Architecture is the mirror of cultural influences that creep into faith traditions. Besides common sense of preserving history and culture, Muslims were inspired by the Qur’anic exhortations to safeguard their monuments. The Quran called historical monuments as ‘symbols of Allah’ and enjoined their preservation as a means to achieve Taqwa al-Qulub (purity of hearts) (22:32). The ‘symbols of God’ or Sha’air-ul-Lah imply any place of spiritual, religious, cultural and historical importance that depicts the signs of God.....At a time when historical Islamic monuments and holy structures like the Prophet’s tomb are identified as an idol with the grave conviction of demolishing them, one can feel the urgency of awakening Muslims about the history and sanctity of their architectural sites and heritage. Driven by an ideology of universal hostility towards the cultural heritage of Muslims, the Islamist terror outfits have taken it upon themselves to demolish even the mosques built by earlier Muslims in an attempt to console their doctrine of “puritan Tawhid”......

Islamic World News

Message of the Mujahid: Australian Teen Is New Public Face of Islamic State
Marie Harf, US Department of State Dy Spokesperson


South Asia Al-Qaeda Head in Region Flags UP Riots, Shamli Relief Camp

Don’t Malign All Madrasas: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind

Inter-Faith ‘Love Interest’ In Gujrat Triggers Clashes, 30 Detained


Pak Taliban Fires Its Spokesman over Allegiance to Islamic State

Khyber Agency Militants Warn 'Human Shield' Tribesmen to Stay Put

South Asia

35 Taliban Militants Killed In Joint Clearing Operations

Taliban Blast In Kabul Kills Four Afghan Soldiers

Arab World

Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21

Iraqi Forces Kill Dozens of ISIL Terrorists in Diyala

Iraqi Soldiers Kill Several ISIL Terrorists in Baghdad

ISIL Terrorists Suffer Major Losses in Anbar Province


Palestinian Official Urges Summit over Aqsa 'Division'

Turkey Appeases US in Token Gesture on Islamic State Battle


Tunisia Vote Offers Post-Arab Spring Hope

Gaddafi Cousin Keen to Attend Libyan Peace Talks

Southeast Asia

Putrajaya helping foment Islamic radicalism, opposition tells Canberra


#BBCTrending: The Mock Islamic State Slave Auction in London

Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria

North America

PYD not terrorist under US law, Turkey should provide them support: Washington

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Islam, Women and Feminism

French Veil Ban Is Turning Muslim Women Off, Away
Asia Bibi

Paris Opera Expels Veiled Woman during Performance

Teenage FGM Campaigner Reveals the Moment That Changed Her Life

Terrorism-Themed Ads Aimed at Democratic Women Echo Bush

Kenyan Girls Trading Sex for Food - One Woman's Battle to Help

Female Kurdish Fighters Face down ISIL in Kobani

The West’s Female-Genital Mutilation Wake-Up Call

Condemned Christian Woman to Take Blasphemy Case to Top Pakistani Court

US Wife of Saudi Granted e-Mail Divorce

Australia’s Parliament House lifts face veil ban

Pakistani Women-Specific Transport Project ‘Tabeer’ Closed Permanently

ABVP: Live-in Relationships a Crime against Women; JNU Student Responds in Open Letter

Badge of Honour: KP's Female Cops Break New Ground

Sexual Violence ‘Rampant’ In South Sudan: U.N.

Acid Attacks in Isfahan Have Nothing to Do With the Hijab, Say Iranian Officials

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Ehsanullah Ehsan, as saying: “We respect them. If they ask us for help, we will look into it and decide.” The formation of ISIS with its transnational ambitions may have been the tipping point for the Pakistan army to initiate Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The Pakistan army appears to have acted wisely and tried to eliminate prospective ISIS allies before they made a move here. Zarb-e-Azb was imperative in destroying TTP bases and infrastructure here. This operation has, however, opened up the possibility that terrorists who flee to Afghanistan and further to Central Asia may tie up with ISIS and provide it inroads into Central Asia, India and even China if they support the Uighur living in Xinjiang. ISIS is a real threat to the entire region, not just Pakistan…….


Radical Islamism and Jihad
Facing massive appeal of Radical Islam, Moderate Muslims must refute Jihadist theology of violence with a coherent narrative of Islamic moderation, says Sultan Shahin at UNHRC in Geneva
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

We, the silent majority of moderate Muslims are disoriented. Can those Muslims who cherish democracy, peace, and pluralism still have a say in world affairs? Only a tiny fraction of one and a half billion Muslims see in the Quran and Hadees a permission to kill innocents from other sects and communities. But Islam or Islamism is being equated with terrorism because the vast majority of Muslims are still passive and silent.

Thirteen years after 9/11, the Islamist terrorist threat has become more diverse, more complex, and more dangerous. It seems that while the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, it has not faced the challenge of the ideological narrative that Jihadism offers. It is this Islamist extremist narrative that has gained momentum now, animating not only groups like al-Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, al Nusra, ISIS, etc but also independent actors who may prove even more dangerous. ...

What are we, the Muslim moderates, doing wrong? Why are our youth joining the radicals?

What has happened is that Jihadists have worked out a radical narrative of Islam, a complete theology of violence, xenophobia, hate and Islam-supremacism based on common Muslim beliefs which they are using to brainwash Muslim youth, while we moderates have no coherent narrative or theology of peace, pluralism, co-existence and gender justice to counter that.

So what is the way forward? In my view, this situation calls for a clear refutation of the Jihadist ideology and working out a coherent narrative and a consistent theology of Islamic moderation, peace and gender justice. If not now, when?.....

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