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When Syed Manzoor Alam brought out the urine-related hadees, to challenge Mr. Ghulam Ghouse's blind faith in hadees, he was, I think, not focusing on that particular hadees but the unreliability, absurdness of many so-called authentic (sahis) hadeeses. When some people arguing against blind belief in hadees quote pornographic material, their intention is not to either discuss that particular pornographic content, or even to disabuse us of the very institution of hadees but to attack the blind faith in hadees, putting it on a pedestal even above the holy Quran, as Tablighi Jamaat and ahl-e-hadees people and generally nearly all Muslims do. ... Let us keep putting before our public the most absurd of the thousands of such ahadees from the sahih-e-sitta and ask Muslims to apply their minds and think if the prophet could have said things like that. This is a minimum test that the great imams of hadees should have necessarily applied. Had they done so, we would not be in such a sorry mess today or indeed in our history.

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Today, Pakistanis are killing each other in the name of religion. Be it Ahmedis, Christians or Shias who are the victims of this never-ending violence, there is chaos everywhere despite the fact that Pakistan is a so-called ‘Muslim country’. Many Pakistanis, especially those who sit online, are feeling repugnant towards the Israelis. We are calling them cruel, insensitive, and soulless and every other bad name we can think of.....

 
Islam and Politics

Reviving the Arab World’s Anemic Political Systems
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

Many Arab countries have sickly, anemic political systems that are sorely in need of rehabilitation if not outright regeneration. The lackluster and often non-existent development on this front has resulted in revolutions in some countries and stifling crises in others. Leaders in these countries are simply too deluded to recognize the realities on the ground…

 
Islam and Politics

The Arab World Has Lost Its Soul
Khaled Almaeena

But let us not blame others for our plight. What were we doing for the past 40 years? Dictators held sway. They would use the security element as an excuse to increase their hold on a population that just wanted to live. The Arab people witnessed instability, suffering and oppression not only from external sources like the 2003 invasion and dismantling of Iraq but chaos and disorder was caused even from within. Added to this was a loss of dignity and morals of the Arab people. There were no role models and the absence of spiritual guidance hardened those that were once good people……

 
Interview

Vijay Prashad: ‘ISIS Won’t Impact India — But Funding Sheikhs Will Taste Blowback’
Vijay Prashad

But will IS make any moves on India? That’s unlikely. It’s absorbed in its strategy of expansion, moving from Ramadi-Fallujah to Mosul, Tikrit and so on. This is a largely parochial movement that masquerades as a planetary one. It is an Arab movement with ambitions only in West Asia — it is not a threat in any direct way.....

 
Interview

I believe, based on conversations with locals, such as the Kurdish leaders, that they have been warning for some months before about the rise of ISIS and the threats that they were going to present to Maliki’s government — they didn’t take it seriously — and to others, including ourselves. And I think we underestimated the rapidity with which the situation changed. …

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

World Media on ISIS, Iraq and Syria - Part 10

Most of today's Salafist jihadist movements have no interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for the time being regarding it as irrelevant. Instead, their call is to engage in intense, bloody confrontations involving bombings, executions, and suicide attacks against governments headed by Muslims and against Muslim civilians. Al-Qaeda has followed this course for decades, and now the Islamic State (IS) is following in al-Qaeda's footsteps, fighting a brutal war across swathes of Iraq and Syria and in an effort to “purify” these areas through killings and population displacement. .....

Articles:

 

The Iraq War’s Key Players: Where Are They Now?

By Priyanka Boghani

Why the Islamic State Has No Sympathy for Hamas

By Ali Mamouri

Islamic State Works to Win Hearts, Minds with Bread

José Ciro Martínez, Brent Eng

Defenceless Turkey in Syrian 'Local' War

By Cihan Çelik

 
Islam and the West

World Media on Israel and Gaza - Part 10

In recent weeks, Israel has unleashed what amounts to the worst one-sided barbarism against one of the world's most densely populated areas - Gaza. In the process, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pulled back the curtain to proudly show the world how, under his leadership, Israel has defeated North Korea for the rogue state par excellence award. How else could one describe a state that is officially sustained by a belligerent apartheid system; a state that occupies the land of another and systematically carries out ethnic-cleansing; and a state that relentlessly demonstrates a rejectionist attitude toward UN resolutions, international law and institutions?....

 

Articles:

On Gaza, Genocide, and Impunity

By Abukar Arman

Moral Responsibility towards Palestine

By Octavia Nasr

Gaza, Anti-Semitism and Erdogan's Discourse of Justice

By Markar Esayan

The Palestinian Predicament

By Zafar Aziz Chaudhry

Will A Ceasefire Take Hold In Gaza?

By Najmuddin A Shaikh

Gaza: No Innocent Victims?

By Alia Brahimi

Israel Should Accept Hamas’ Demands

By Rasheed Abou-Alsamh

Gaza Oh Gaza! Why Do You Cry?

By Ashfaqur Rahman

Gaza Shows the Pitfalls of Objectivity

By Jessy El Murr

The Israel-Palestine War

By Abdur Rahman Chowdhury

Method to the Gaza Madness

By S M Hali

 
Islam and Politics
Iraq: How Did We Get Here?
Sarah Childress, Evan Wexler and Michelle Mizner

Disenfranchised Sunnis found an outlet in a militant group that had recently coalesced in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. ISIS, which had a reputation for ruthlessness, gained a rapid foothold in Iraq, capturing the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi in January, and Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, in June. The world was surprised by how quickly the Iraqi army fell to a small force of fighters. Shia militias have stepped in to fill the void, and sectarian killings are on the rise again.....

 
Books and Documents

Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions - Part 4

The law empowers prosecutors to prosecute conduct that might seem otherwise innocuous— translating books and publishing them online, or storing ponchos and socks, as described in two cases below—for the ostensible purpose of preventing terrorism. While US courts have interpreted this law as criminalizing conduct only—and not as infringing on freedom of association—many scholars disagree. David Cole, a law professor who also served as counsel for plaintiffs in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, has written, “what good is it to have a right to join or associate with a group if the government can make it a crime to do anything whatsoever on the group’s behalf?”[....

 
Books and Documents

South Asia’s Apostle of Secular Humanism – Josh Malihabadi (Part 1)
Josh Malihabadi

Those steeped in the high culture of Urdu poetry do not really care. They know well the power and exhilarating beauty of Josh’s literary creations. His dexterity and genius in transposing thoughts into words created new thoughts and expressions. Poetry flowed from his pen like water from a bubbling spring – he is said to have authored well over 100,000 A’shaar (couplets) and more than one thousand Rubaiyyats. Some among them represent the finest that Urdu poetry has to offer. This puts him into the pantheon of Urdu poets alongside giants like Ghalib and Iqbal......

 
Current Affairs
Eid Not-So-Mubarak
Mustafa Akyol

Eid Not-So-Mubarak
Mustafa Akyol

However, deep down in my heart, I know this Eid (or Bayram, as we say in Turkish) is not much of a blessed one for the global Muslim community. The reason is that, first, there horrible injustices done to our co-religionists. Secondly, there are horrible injustices done by our co-religionists…..

 
Islam and Human Rights

The jailed ayatollah appealed previously for the abolition in Iran of all restrictions on women's rights and of such punishments as stoning. He has released a concise statement of his views, which are summarized under the simple title, "Secularism." While in prison, he voluntarily abandoned his clerical turban as a protest against the state ideology of "Velayat-e Faqih," or rulership by religious jurists. He wrote, "the non-secular, so-called 'Islamic' religious government in Iran so disadvantages and damages the people, and its effects are so negative, widespread and profound, that they demolish the people's pride in and honor [toward] Islam's religious founders. . . . Secularism is the only way to save Iran from continued material and spiritual regression.".....

 
Current Affairs

Sultan Shahin sends Eid greetings to New Age Islam Readers from Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz’s Shrine in Ajmer
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

Muslims around the world are celebrating this Eid in the middle of a Takfiri war in different parts of the world. Iraqi and Syrian Muslims have suffered the most. With the Islamist terrorists establishing what they call a Khilafat under Al-Qaeda leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the situation has become even more grim. On the other hand Arab Muslims have left Palestinians to face Israeli bombings under an uncompromising Islamist Hamas leadership which will not listen to reason. I hope the month of Ramazan has been used by the global Muslim community for some serious reflection on how to come out of the crisis posed by the growing cancer of extremism among us. As we celebrate Eid, let us be mindful of those in the Middle East who are grieving and suffering.

May I leave you with a thought for the day of Eid. A Quranic verse encouraging, exhorting the much needed, most urgent, introspection, self-critism for the Muslim community.

O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnessed to God, even as against yourself, or your parents, or your kin. (Quran 4: 135)

Wishing a very happy, blessed Eid to all New Age Islam readers.

Sultan Shahin

Islamic Society

Why Eid-ul-Fitr Has Been Institutionalized in Islam?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

The origin of Eid-ul-Fitr marks the Prophet’s ambition of spreading social cohesiveness, cultural festivity and national unity and solidarity. According to a hadith tradition, when the Prophet Muhammad arrived at the city of Madinah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) strongly felt the need for a feast that could imbibe peace, unity, charity, brotherhood, equality and deep humane emotions for helping the poor. Therefore, having received the divine inspiration, the Prophet (pbuh) announced that "Almighty Allah has granted you two blessed Eids: Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha ..." (Abu Dawud, "Salat", 245; Nisai, "Idayn", 1).....

Islamic World News

ICC Bans England Cricketer from Wearing 'Save Gaza' Wristbands
Moeen Ali, England cricketer

Europe

U.N. warns against oil trading with ISIS

Arab World

Air Force Kills 150 ISIL Terrorists in Mosul

Air Strike Kills 16 ISIL Terrorists in Salahuddin

6 children among 15 dead in Aleppo bombing

Army kills 7 militants in North Sinai

Mideast

At least 100 killed in Gaza offensive on Tuesday

Palestinian commando kills five Israeli soldiers

South Asia

Buddhist in Myanmar Are Sparking Riots with Rumours of Muslim Sex Predators

President Yameen’s Independence Day address “cartoonish,” says Nasheed

Pakistan

Attack on ex-KP minister's guesthouse leaves 6 dead

Four TTP suspects killed in ‘encounter’

India

Deoband, Jamiat Leaders Keep off Saharanpur Peace Talks, Punjab Imam to Step In

North America

Pakistan restricts religious freedom, practice: US

US weapons for Afghans may end up with Taliban: audit

Africa

Libya’s capital on the brink of environmental disaster

Southeast Asia

Muslims mark gloomy Eid amid MH17 crash, Gaza conflict

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

India’s Progressive Muslim Women’s Organisations Help Women Solve Problems within the Code of Islamic Law
Malala Yousafzai

3 Female Suicide Bombers Kill Several in Nigeria

Islamic State Opens ‘Marriage Bureau’ For Its Jihadist Fighters

Women should not laugh in public, Turkish deputy PM says

Taliban and ISIS: Passing the Baton of Women’s Oppression

Trinidad and Tobago: Welcome, Malala; Eid Mubarak to All

Kering Foundation Supports “Bring Back Our Girls” Campaign

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

Why Qital (Warfare) In The Name Of Jihad Will Never Stop? Even Sufi Scholars Call Quran Uncreated, Eternal Like God, Hence Even Its Contextual Verses Are Of Universal Significance and Applicable To Muslims For Ever
Misbahul Huda

Editorial Note:  The following is an article by a Sufi scholar, a product of Indian Sufi madrasas who seeks to prove using age-old arguments that Quran is uncreated, divine like God, eternal, and so all its verses, including the contextual and militant, are of universal significance.

Why do we need to discuss and even take a stand on this hoary controversy today while many wise men of the past have tried to brush these under the carpet? Let me explain this as I have done before in different threads.

Why is Quran being created or uncreated relevant for us today? If Quran is created, that is, if it  is a compilation of verses that came from time to time to guide the prophet as the need arose, the context of the verses become important. In this situation only verses that do not require a context assume universal significance. This is as it should be. This is the commonsensical position.  If it is uncreated, however, as all the madrasas apparently teach, just a copy of the eternal book lying safe in "lauh-e-mahfooz" in the divine vaults, from eternity, then each and every verse assumes eternal significance and has to be followed without reference to the context.

That is why all our madrasas that teach this are creating radical literalists who see no reason why they should apply their mind. If Quran says somewhere, “kill the kafir," they can go out and kill the kafir. No reference to context is needed. Every word is of eternal significance. It is just a copy of the  book safe in lauh-e-mahfooz in heaven. ---- Sultan Shahin

Islamic World News

ISIS Video Shows 50 Beheaded Syrian Soldiers Impaled On Poles in Raqqa City
Mohammad Rashid Qabbani, Grand Mufti of Lebanon

Arab World

Shiite Militia Display Jihadist Bodies in Iraq City

Grand Mufti Calls for Jihad to Liberate Palestine

Iraq: 50 Terrorists Killed in Diyala

Pakistan

Pakistan Mob Kills Woman, Girls, Over 'Blasphemous' Facebook Post

4 TTP men killed in shootouts with LEAs

Africa

More than 50 killed in Libya clashes

Europe

ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

Bradford Schools Facing Claims Of Islamist Takeover

India

English, Urdu Words in NCERT’s Hindi Books Irk RSS

Mideast

Iran Deputy FM in Beirut: Zionists Crimes in Gaza Same as ISIL’s

85 bodies recovered from Gaza rubble; baby saved from dead mother’s womb

Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House

South Asia

China says it may have citizens fighting in Iraq

North America

Behind the Beard - A New Generation of Muslim American Leaders

US, Israeli tensions rise as hostilities in Gaza subside

Southeast Asia

Sixteen dead in Philippine Islamic militant ambush

President-Elect Jokowi Hopes Eid ul Fitr Will Unite Nation

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Tamil Nadu Government Delays Aid to Society for Destitute Muslim Women

Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon's Vice PM, Kills At Least Three

Umrah Female Pilgrims Exploited By Gold Smugglers

Britain Arrests Two in Suspected Female Genital Mutilation Case

More Training Needed For Ireland Teachers on FGM to Identify Children at Risk

WFP's Cash-For-Training Project in Jordan Boosts Opportunities for Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Current Affairs

Stop the Jew-Hatred and Build Palestine
Tarek Fatah

Whichever side of the Arab-Israeli conflict one stands on, you cannot deny the courage and perseverance of the Palestinian people. For generations, they have lived as stateless citizens, on one hand standing up to Israel, which controls their day-to-day lives, and on the other enduring their own leadership, that has betrayed them at every opportunity. It is sad to see their century-long quest for statehood crippled by the evil of Hamas that has turned the legitimate Palestinian national struggle into an Islamic Jihad against Jews…..

Books and Documents

Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions - Part 3

In some cases we examined, a government agent appears to have taken on the role of a religious authority figure for a target who was searching for guidance about Islam because he was young, a recent convert, or socially outside the mainstream Muslim community due to race or ethnicity. These cases are particularly troubling to many in American Muslim communities, where members feel law enforcement is exploiting the very paranoia described in detail in section VII. In some cases, the FBI employed versions of Islam when interacting with the target that led targets towards specific mindsets and actions.....

 
Islam and the West

World Media on Gaza and Israel - Part 9

Israel’s repeated military attacks on Gaza is explained by the offensive term “mowing the grass”, that is to insure deterrence; Israel is compelled to pay periodic military visits to Gaza to keep the “grass” under control. Israel, of course does not have a monopoly on offensive language, and Hamas while being subjected to overwhelming force was still able to reach thousands of Israelis through their cell phones to taunt them; “We forced you to hide in shelters like mice”; to which an Israeli video answered back saying “we are killing Gaza”.....

Articles:

Palestine and Israel – arsenals of swords and words

By Hisham Melhem

We must never celebrate death in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

By Yara al-Wazir

From Gaza to Mosul, the carnage lingers

By Bakir Oweida

Turkey can use its foreign policy charms to help Gaza

By Ceylan Ozbudak

A different Arab-Israeli war: will it have a different ending?

By Jamal Khashoggi

Palestine and the mummification of history

By Dr Haider Shah

What do Gaza and Eastern Ukraine share?

By Maria Dubovikova

The bloody tale of self-defence

By D Asghar

On arrogance and war

By Marwan Bishara

Israel: This is what national resistance looks like

By Rachel Shabi

Gaza: A turning point?

By Adam Sabra

 
Islamic Society

The Sheepification of Bakistan
Mina Malik-Hussain

….waking up to have Sehri or Sehr or Sargi (in Punjabi) is all the same; the long and short of it is that you are awake and eating because you’re fasting, and will be for the next twelve to twenty hours. Calling it Suhoor won’t earn you any brownie points with God, but it will make you sound pretentious. Lacking a centrally defining Pakistani culture doesn’t mean that we have to go looking to others for one…..

 
Debating Islam

When Syed Manzoor Alam brought out the urine-related hadees, to challenge Mr. Ghulam Ghouse's blind faith in hadees, he was, I think, not focusing on that particular hadees but the unreliability, absurdness of many so-called authentic (sahis) hadeeses. When some people arguing against blind belief in hadees quote pornographic material, their intention is not to either discuss that particular pornographic content, or even to disabuse us of the very institution of hadees but to attack the blind faith in hadees, putting it on a pedestal even above the holy Quran, as Tablighi Jamaat and ahl-e-hadees people and generally nearly all Muslims do. ... Let us keep putting before our public the most absurd of the thousands of such ahadees from the sahih-e-sitta and ask Muslims to apply their minds and think if the prophet could have said things like that. This is a minimum test that the great imams of hadees should have necessarily applied. Had they done so, we would not be in such a sorry mess today or indeed in our history.

Radical Islamism and Jihad

World Media on ISIS and Iraq - Part 9

The detachment of ISIS from Al-Qaeda has enabled ISIS to act independently without caring al-Qaeda's reputation and baggage. The near future is expected to bring about an abrupt change in Al-Qaeda’s radical ideology towards more moderation due to ISIS’s brutality and intolerance. This resembles the decades-old ideological disagreements between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist movement: when one shows extremism, the other shows moderation.....

 

Articles:

ISIS: Rapid Transformation from Militia to State

By Raed Omari

Driven From Their Country, Syrian Refugees Consider Suicide

By Veronique Abu Ghazaleh

How Islamic Is The ISIS?

By Muhammad Abu Talib

Aleppo’s Rebels Struggle to Hold on as Regime, IS Advance

By Mohammed Al-Khatieb

Maliki Furious Over Jordan-Hosted Sunni Opposition Conference

By Omar Al-Jaffal

 


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