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  • "A poll conducted by Al-Jazeera’s Arabic News Desk revealed that a staggering 81% of Al Jazeera Arabic viewers support Islamic State victories in Syria ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Universl brotherhood based on a passion to do the right thing and to promote what is good and just is the true message of Islam.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Yes dear Listener you are very right. But unless the women realize that the Quran and Sunna is in their favour, they will ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Mohtrama, There is an article today in response to your statement: "The holy book also decrees that the testimony of a woman in a court of ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Gender issues are very real. It is really sad that Muslim males (not all for sure) generally don't think it is important. Ignoring the ...
    ( By Listener )
  • Gender issues are very real. It is really sad that Muslim males (not all for sure) generally don't think it is important. Ignoring the ...
    ( By Listener )
  • It's not about disagreeing with Noor Zaheer janab!It's about the categorical usage of the word 'heresy'. I do have problems with Zaheer's s book ...
    ( By Ayesha Hareem )
  • ما شا ء الله مقالة جيدة يستحق القراءة والنشر في الأوساط الإرهابية التي تنفذ الهجمات الانتحارية تحت شعار الدين
    ( By Abu Muhaiman )
  • This is the best chapter in the book.
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Ayesha Saheba, Heresy is not such a bad word nor even inappropriate for Noor Zaheer's book and why should I not criticise her if ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Waah Naseer sahab! If you agree that you acknowledge these problems are there so please let me know where lies the problem as well ...
    ( By Ayesha Hareem )
  • Ayesha Hareem says: “While Mr Naseer seems to be ignorant or don't want to acknowledge the inequalities present in the Muslim community.” And goes ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • We must listen to the views of women writers such as Noor Zaheer. We must take them seriously. Zia's criticism of her book is ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Giving up 'Ijtihad' is like giving up on Islam.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Mr Ghulam Rasool has made an important point. While Mr Naseer seems to be ignorant or don't want to acknowledge the inequalities present in ...
    ( By Ayesha Hareem )
  • Where Bush comes into the picture is in my comment. Since it is invisible to Mr Shahin, I repeat it:But let us not forget that ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Obviously not, Mr Shahin. It is just that Muslims only outrage when they are the targets, not the perpetrators. I would like this author ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Are you saying secularlogic that the genocide of the Yazidis in Sham, persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh, Christians in Egypt and Pakistan justifies the ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Would the author like to comment on the genocide of the Yazidis in Sham, Hindus in Bangladesh, persecution of Christians in Egypt and Pakistan.....
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Number of the Day: 82.3% of respondents to the Arabic language Al-Jazeera poll say they support the Caliphate known as The Islamic State. Over ...
    ( By secularlogic )
  • Mike is wrong on one count, though. He says Muslims challenge Baghdadi's lunatic message. We must be living on different planets. I haven't seen ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • I don't understand Naseer Saheb, where does Bush enter the picture in this discussion. George W. Bush maintained even on 9/11, the day Islamist ...
    ( By Sultan Shahin )
  • Perhaps the Rohingyas can be re-settled in islamic bangladesh , where a space has been created by ethnic cleansing the Hindu population, from 28% ...
    ( By barani )
  • Yes, we should capture and put Al Baghdadi on trial and execute him. But let us not forget that Bush is the greater villain ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The Urdu Daily editor's jibe at Mufti Ismail is for the wealth he made for himself when he was MLA from 2009 to 2014 ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • thanks for this article. it reflects a certain commitment as well as scholarship
    ( By yogi )
  • I'm happy to see someone stands up to these muftis and mullahs. No one would say that a PhD is necessarily also a moral ...
    ( By C M Naim )
  • It's not bad idea to openly discuss and debate these issues of paramount importance. But making mockery of the Qur'anic verses without even reading ...
    ( By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi )
  • Heresy based on Hearsay is a very accurate description of the book and Zia-us-Salam's criticism is both fair and accurate. Noor Zaheer is without a ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Waheeduddin Khan KI Gumrahiyan By Shaikh Muadh Omeri https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=CNI72 twdqy4
    ( By Iqbal )
  • Waheeduddin Khan KI Gumrahiyan By Shaikh Muadh Omeri https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=CNI72 twdqy4
    ( By Iqbal )
  • Mohammed Ismail is a politician today and like most politicians, corrupt. The Editor of Bedar has done the right thing by seeking his expulsion ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Please do not do the thing which defames Islam and Muslims.
    ( By Hammad Ansari )
  • In the name of Allah the most Gracious and most merciful May 25, 2015 Galib Ramathan 1626 Weston Road Unit B1 Toronto, Ontario, M9N 1T9, Canada Tel: (416) 901-1168 ...
    ( By Galib Ramathan )
  • Amazing report! Unbelievable. Can Muftis from Deoband behave in this fashion?
    ( By Azharuddin )
  • The author makes some basic and sensible points.
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Nice study of the situation in Bangladesh
    ( By Shadaab Saaquib )
  • Rational,What the ISIS is doing is not proof of contradictions in the Quran.You have lost your nerve on the strange case of Prophet Yunus ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "A Thousand Years of Persecution"at whose hands? believers in the Quran at the hands of believers of the Quran.if belief in the Quran could ...
    ( By rational mohammed yunus )
  • Christian believers quote these verses to refute the claim of the prophet15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly ...
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  • LATEST ARTICLES

    Books and Documents

    The Broader Notion of Taqwa (Heedfulness) and Universal Brotherhood of Humanity: Chapter 8 and 9, Essential Message of Islam

    Pieced together, the foregoing verses and those in the last two chapters bring across the Qur’anic vision of a universal brotherhood of humanity that will allow 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. Some Muslim scholars, however, advocate that the non-Muslims (in its present day sense), who do not believe in the Prophet Muhammad, will not qualify for God’s mercy.....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Is A Woman’s Testimony Worth Half That of A Man?
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Nowhere does the Quran say that a woman's testimony is worth half that of a man's. All that it says is that commercial deals be reduced to writing and duly witnessed. Even to this day, any document witnessed has two witnesses. The function of the witness is simply a safeguard against repudiation of the contract on the grounds that it was never executed and that it is a forgery. The witnesses then provide evidence that it was duly executed in their presence. The defendant and witnesses are cross examined to explore inconsistencies in their versions to try to prove that the event of execution of the document never took place. If the testimonies of the two witnesses differ, then the plaintiff has a good chance to repudiate the contract. …..

     
    Islam and the West

    Western Mainstream Media Must Stop Referring To Isis As ‘Sunni Muslim Militia’!
    Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam

    ISIS is US-made monster! ISIS Caliphate is never an Islamic Caliphate. It is “US-made Caliphate” that does not have any binding authority whatsoever over worldwide Muslims. It is known truth that CIA constantly backs-up and supports all known so-called jihadist groups from the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan, to even Jemaah Islamiyya and Al-Qaeda in the Middle East, and the Boko Haram of Nigeria. That is why US will never seriously fight these monsters it created. US is the invisible director of all international terrorism groups so that these monsters can commit crimes mercilessly and with impunity against humanity. These monsters are made alive and sustained by American dollars......

     
    Islamic World News

    New ISIS Atrocities in Syria and Iraq Reported, 81 Percent of Arabs Support Islamic State Victory
    Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli PM

    Arab World

    Syrian Airstrikes Kill over 140 ISIL Terrorists in Raqqa

    Multiple IS suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops

    India

    Madrasas Dens of Gays, Ban Them: AMU Professor

    Haryana: 500 People Flee Homes after Riots near Faridabad

    ‘I Eat Beef, Can Somebody Stop Me?’ MoS Home Hits Back At MoS Minority

    Pakistan

    Blasphemy Law: Penalties Proposed For False Accusers

    MYC to Monitor Friday Sermons in Mosques

    Mideast

    Turkey, Saudi Arabia Supply Terrorist Groups with Arms, Funds in Syria's Idlib

    9 Dead in Fresh Saudi Attacks in Hajjah

    Nuclear Iran 1,000 Times Worse Than ISIS: Netanyahu

    Africa

    Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill At Least 23 in Central Nigeria

    Libya Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni Survives Assassination Attempt

    North America

    Obama Says Working with NATO Allies On Islamic State, Libya

    Montreal Father Says Daughter Arrested At Airport an ‘Innocent Victim’

    Europe

    Isis Expected To Carry Out 'More Violence as One Year Anniversary of IS Declaration Approaches

    UN: 25,000 Fighters from 100 Countries Fighting for Terrorist Groups in Mideast

    South Asia

    China Touts 'Success' Of Crackdown in Muslim Region

    Five Soldiers Martyred, 63 Militants Killed In Military Operations

    Southeast Asia

    Mass Graves in Perlis: Villagers Say Putrajaya Missed Clues On Human Trafficking

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    French Muslims Say Veil Bans Give Cover to Bias
    Rula Ghani, Afghan first lady

    Muslims 'Dehumanised' Warns Member of the Qatar Royal Family

    Mumbai Muslim Woman Alleges She Was Asked To Vacate Flat Because Of Her Religion

    Afghanistan's First Lady Breaks Taboos But Insists She 'Doesn't Do Politics'

    Last Message of Girl Who Joined ISIS: "Do Not Look For Me"

    UN Official Reports on Islamic State's "War on Women"

    Islamic State’s Atrocities against Women: It’s Getting Worse

    Underprivileged Women Helped By Muslim Centre

    'Grateful To Be Alive' - Says Young Woman Attacked With Brick by Man Disguised In Burqa in Mitcham

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Islamic History

    The big question, of course, is why the antipathy between Sufis and Salafis is becoming a civil war in Islam. Indeed, the war itself is fairly one-sided, as the other side is the victim of the attack and has no strategy for a concerted counter-attack. But without romanticising either Sufism — any ‘ism’ is problematic — or the “good Muslim”, we only have to peruse early Sufi medieval texts to see how Sufi philosophies provide major sources of resistance to Salafist and other exclusionary ideologies....

     
    Islam and Pluralism

    The Arab World Is a Pluralistic Region That Lacks Pluralism
    Thomas L. Friedman

    It is a measure of how far things have unraveled that many Iraqi Sunnis prefer the lunatic Islamic State, or ISIS, than to fight and die for a pro-Iranian Shiite-led government in Baghdad. I have never seen it this bad. The Middle East analyst Simon Henderson captured the disintegration well in an essay in The Wall Street Journal in March, writing, “The violent chaos in Yemen isn’t orderly enough to merit being called a civil war....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    The wholesale destruction of buildings and properties, the bombing and maiming of innocent men, women, and children are all forbidden and detestable acts according to Islam and the Muslims. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some have associated with Muslims….

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Qatif is the Pride of Saudi Arabia
    Abdulateef Al-Mulhim

    The people of Qatif enjoy the love and respect of all the people in the Kingdom. Thus, it would be impossible for the IS or any other terrorist outfit or country to drive a wedge between Saudis. Sunnis or Shiites in the Kingdom are citizens enjoying equal rights and opportunities....

     
    Books and Documents

    He also wanted to talk to her on Skype but Erelle put him off until the next day. The next evening she was ready for him, her hair covered by a Hijab, the traditional headcovering - and with a photographer positioned out of sight to take pictures of the terrorist on the computer screen....

     
    Interview
    Q&A with Maulana Wahiduddin Khan at Bangalore Dawah Meet
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    Q&A with Maulana Wahiduddin Khan at Bangalore Dawah Meet
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

    The Quran clearly says: “We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives and crops.” (2:155) This is part of God’s Creation Plan—that you will suffer loss, that people will say things against you. How can you hope that everything will be smooth, that everything will go your way....

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    ISIS is Not Misleading Us through Media Disinformation
    Diana Moukalled

    ISIS is exactly as it presents itself: a blind killing machine whose violence and love for control has no limits. Yes, ISIS is launching a psychological and propaganda war and it’s succeeding at that. However this organization, which the entire world is supposed to be fighting, is still capable of expanding and achieving gains on ground....

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    I wanted to understand how European children were falling for this propaganda, and to grasp the mindset of soldiers who spent their days torturing, stealing, raping, killing, and their nights staring into their computers and bragging. Perhaps this man would give me an insight. For now, however, it was getting late, and my boyfriend, Milan, was due to come round....

     
    Islam and Sectarianism

    The Sectarian Divide Threatens Saudi National Unity
    Khaled Almaeena

    We cannot allow this hatred to spread anymore. We must not stand idly by while evil men who are bent on rending our social fabric continue with their destructive deeds. Many of us had hoped that the Center for National Dialogue would play a bigger role in addressing the sectarian divide and in uniting our nation….

     
    Debating Islam

    Salam! Maulana Ziya Us Salam: Noor Zaheer's Book Linking Halala, Triple Talaq and Gender Injustice in Muslim Societies to Islamic Theology Creates Controversy

    Our beloved film critic advises Noor to read Surah Baqarah for getting herself enlightened on the particular issue of Adam and Eve. Agreed! A simple question: Do Muslims look up for everything in the Quran? What about the Islamic canon?  The story of Eve seducing Adam is not in the holy book but still one finds such stuffs in the exegeses of the Quran. Do not the explanations of the book and a good number of apocryphal stories that make rounds in the Muslim households have an umbilical relationship with the Bible. There is nothing much in the Quran on Prophets—Joseph, Noah, Moses and others, however, still we know a good deal about them from books like Qasas-un-Nabeeyeen...

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    Heresy Based On Hearsay

    Islam and the West

    Our Government Must Talk To Muslim Teens – And Be Honest About Its Mistakes
    Deborah Orr

    God knows Ed Miliband was no titan among statesmen. But at least he saw that Iraq was something that politics should be addressing. It’s the British government that needs to start talking to Muslim teens and addressing matters that even the least likely to be radicalised can see as folly. That would help Muslim parents more than anything else possibly could....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Facing The Jihadist Challenge: Muslims Need To Refute Jihadis’ Xenophobic, Supremacist, Millenarian Thesis And Focus On Islamic Pluralism, Says Sultan Shahin At UNHRC In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.

    This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.

    One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.

    Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Muslims Must Confront Islamist Terror Ideologically: An Islamic Reformation Required
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

    The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

    What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

     1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

    2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

    3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

    4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

     What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

    So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

    If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

    Arabic Section

    Deobandi Mufti’s Sword Wielding Goons Attack Urdu Daily’s Editor in Malegaon  الحمقى الحاملون للسيوف للمفتي الديوبندي هاجموا المحرر للصحيفة الأردية في ماليجاون

    ويدين موقع نيو إيج إسلام هذا العمل الشنيع المعادي للشريعة الذي قام به المفتي إسماعيل من خلال الهجمات المنظمة على بيت ومكتب "أردو ديلي" وبمساعدة الحمقى في حالة السكر لهذا الغرض. هذا مثال آخر على عدم التسامح لقسم من رجال الدين الهنود والملالي الذين يحاولون قمع أي انتقاد من أخطائهم مع استخدام القوة. ويعبر نيو إيج إسلام عن التضامن مع "أردو ديلي" ورئيس تحريرها ويطالب بالإزالة الفورية للمفتي من عضوية الشورى لدار العلوم ديوبند واتخاذ الإجراءات القانونية المناسبة ضده والحمقى له.

     
    Hindi Section

    इस्लामिक अतिवाद की इस दूसरी संकल्पना ने ही उस रूप को जन्म दिया है, जिसे आधुनिक समय में इस्लामिक आतंकवाद कहा जाता है. लेकिन सच्चाई यह है कि इस्लामिक आतंकवाद जैसी शब्दों की जुगलबंदी परस्पर विरोधी हैं. इस्लाम सहिष्णुता और शांति का धर्म है. इस्लाम के पैगंबर ने एक बार कहा था- ‘मेरे हिसाब से जो मजहब है वह है दयालुता और सहिष्णुता का मजहब.’ (मुसनाद अहमद) इस्लाम आध्यात्मिक विकास की तरकीब है. इसका मकसद है इंसान के भीतर खुदा. (3:79)

     
    Urdu Section

    Deobandi Mufti’s Sword Wielding Goons Attack Urdu Daily’s Editor in Malegaon  مالیگاؤں میں دیوبندی مفتی کے تلوار باز غنڈوں نے اردو روزنامہ کے ایڈیٹر پر جان لیوا حملہ کیا

    مالیگاؤں: جمعہ کی رات کو دارالعلوم دیوبند کے مجلس شوری کے ایک رکن مفتی اسماعیل کے تلوار باز غنڈوں نے مالیگاؤں، مہاراشٹر میں اردو روزنامہ بیداری کے ایڈیٹر کے گھر اور دفتر پر حملہ کیا۔ 22۔23 مئی کی درمیانی رات کو مالیگاؤں کی سڑکوں پر مفتی اسماعیل کے تقریباً ایک سو حامی اور مسلح غنڈے سینئر صحافی عبدالحلیم صدیقی پر جارحانہ انداز میں قاتلانا حملہ کرنے کے لیے ان کے پیچھے دوڑے۔

     
    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Islamic law is supposed to be dynamic, so as to retain its relevance to the needs of changing circumstances. In this regard, Ijtihad (independent reasoning) assumes primary significance, absent when traditional views hold sway. For the exercise of Ijtihad, it is imperative to face issues head-on by initiating the process of wider debate by scholars. To sweep them under the carpet with an ostrich-like attitude will get us nowhere....

    Islamic World News

    Bangladesh Bans Islamist Group Linked To ‘Secular Bloggers’ Killings
    Mehdi Biswas

    South Asia

    Facebook Group Publishes Maldivian Jihadi Azlif’s Obituary

    58 Rebels Killed In Military Operations across Afghanistan

    Arab World

    Saudi Shiites Resolved to Form Popular Defense Force in Qatif

    Iraqi Forces Kill 13 ISIL Terrorists in Anbar

    Africa

    Around 25 Kenyan Police Killed In Al Shabaab Attacks

    Boko Haram Hacks to Death 10 in NE Nigeria: Local Official

    Pakistan

    Jamaat-e-Islami Fields Most Minority Candidates from Peshawar

    Seven Militants Killed In Orangi Town Search Operation

    Mideast

    10 Saudi Soldiers Killed in Retaliatory Attack

    9 Dead in Saudi Attacks in Yemen's Ta'izz

    India

    IS Twitter Handle: Mehdi Biswas to Be Charged With International Terrorism

    Southeast Asia

    Churches Won’t Convert Muslims, Says Qatar-Based Scholar

    North America

    Obama Touts End of Middle East Ground Wars

    Europe

    Austria Tries 15-Year-Old 'Terror' Suspect of Turkish Origin

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Urdu Section

    Responsibilities of the New Generation in the Present Age  دور حاضر میں نئی نسل کی ذمہ داری
    Abdul Moid Azhari, New Age Islam

    سناتن دھرم کے سب سے بڑے نمائندے سوامی وویکا نند نے کہا تھا کہ اگر مجھے سو نوجوان مل جا ئیں تو پوری دنیا میں انقلاب برپا کر سکتا ہوں ۔ گاندھی جی کے بارے میں مشہور ہے کہ انہوں نے اپنے ایک بیان میں کہا کہ اگر مجھے امام حسین رضی اللہ عنہ کے ساتھ کربلا میں بہتّر ساتھیوں کا ساتھ مل جا تا تو ہندوستان کو ایک سال میں آزاد کرا دیتا ۔ نئی نسل کے بارے میں پیغمبر اعظم ﷺ کے کئی ارشادات موجودہیں۔آپ نے بتایا کہ قوم کا نوجوان قوم کا مستقبل اور قوم کا قیمتی اثاثہ ہوتا ہے ۔دہلی میں واقع ہونے والا ہیبت ناک واقعہ دور حاضر میں نوجوانوں کے کردار کی مثال ہے ۔

     


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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

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