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The International Community Must Actively Address the Menace of Jihadism and Its Phony Interpretation of Islam, Urges Sultan Shahin in the UN Human Rights Council in Its 25th Session
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

South and Central Asian nations are deeply worried about the shape of things to come after the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return of Islamist terrorists from the Syrian theatre of Jihad back to North America, Europe and rest of the world. The upsurge of Taliban Jihadism in Afghanistan-Pakistan may also mean more terror in India and Bangladesh.

As experience has shown, Mr. President, the war on terror cannot be fought merely with military means. This war has an ideological dimension as much as military. The exclusivist, political, totalitarian, Jihadi narrative of Islam has to be contested and the mainstream narrative of Islam as an inclusive, spiritual path for salvation promoted vigorously. Among the Western governments, only Britain has shown an awareness of the ideological nature of this war and a resolve to help Muslims fight it ideologically. But the response of British Muslims has been disappointing.

Muslims across the world continue to be in denial. Not the slightest sign of introspection.

 British Muslims find the Report from the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism problematic. The subsequent actions too have caused consternation. But there is no indication that Muslims themselves plan to do something to fight this menace. We Muslims must understand and accept that this is primarily a war within Islam and it is for us to fight it.

Already, the Taliban have started flexing muscles. In Pakistan last month they forced the government to open talks. While demanding the implementation of Shariah they cut the throats of 23 captured soldiers of Pakistan Army. As Pakistan Information Minister pointed out, 90,000 Pak troops were taken prisoner in the 1971 war against India but not one of them lost their heads. He also wondered what sort of Shariah law Pakistan Taliban want imposed that allows cutting the throats of soldiers of their own country.

Clearly the international community must actively seek to address the menace of Jihadism and its phony interpretation of Islam…..

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Muslim Inventors inspired by Qur’an’s Exhortations: a Story of the Past and Present Achievements
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“Observe what is in the heavens and in the earth. Do you not see? Do you not think? Do you not contemplate? Will they not regard the camels, how they are created? And the heavens, how it is raised? And the hills, how they are set up? And the earth, how it is spread?” (The Holy Quran 88:17-20).

By giving paramount importance to all creations and inventions of the universe and exhorting people to reflect on their shapes and structures, this Qur’anic injunction clearly aims at imbibing a creative intellect and inventive scientific temperament in the human minds....While the early Muslims pioneered highly valuable scientific works and inventions, the modern Muslims have regrettably been declining in this field over the last 300 years. Today, news of scientific achievements from Muslim world is hard to come by. ... I am deeply inspired by the New Age Islam’s exclusive report from Geneva on the outstanding achievements of Muslim inventors in the recent International Exhibition of Inventions....

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Holy Quran is the Document of the Right and the Wrong

An erroneous statement cannot be taken to be true even if it is collectively made by all the intellectuals of the subcontinent. Similarly, a true word has to be accepted in any case, even if it is uttered by a single person. As for your saying that Maulana Maududi translated the “al-Nabi al-Ummi” as unlettered, it implies that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was educated, but not as much as Mr. Maududi himself was. One should keep in view that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a successful trader who travelled as far as Egypt, Iraq, and Yemen etc. to promote his trade works. Having noticed his honesty and trustworthiness in his trade affairs, Hazrat Khadija bint Khuwailid proposed to marry him. Success in trade affairs can only be hoped if it is entirely based on writing. And it can be expected from an unlettered man.....

 
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Muslim Student Association Hosts ‘Under the Hijab’ To Promote Islamic Culture

Iran’s Divorce Rate Rising

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Jewish scholar lectures on 'How Islam Saved the Jews,' at UAB on April 24

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Moroccan Jew asks to join ruling Islamist party

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European countries start to tackle ‘citizen jihadists’

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200 Palestinian Prisoners in Occupied Territories Go on Hunger Strike

Southeast Asia

Ahmadis Unequivocal in Response to Ban by MUI

Don’t forget Pakatan’s common agenda, DAP reminds PAS as Hudud row escalates

South Asia

Abdullah Abdullah leads Afghanistan poll count

Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack

India

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind issues list of preferred candidates to check 'communal forces'

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Urdu Section

A Disaster, We are Unable to See ایک ایسا عفریت جو ہمیں نظر نہیں آرہا
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

تحریک طالبان کے ترجمان یہ پیغام دینا چاہتے ہیں کہ جنگ بندی کا خاتمہ حکومتی عدم دلچسپی اور اُن کے پیش کردہ مطالبات کو مکمل طور پر تسلیم نہ کیے جانے کا منطقی نتیجہ ہے۔جواب میں وفاقی وزیرداخلہ بھی اپنے معروضات پیش کرنے میں مصروف ہیں اور بہت حد تک اس وقت وہ اپنے موقف میں درست ہیں۔دیگر سیاسی و مذہبی جماعتیں اس حوالے سے تقریباً خاموش ہیں کیوں کہ صورت حال نازک ہوتی جارہی ہے اورقومی سلامتی کونسل کے اجلاس نے جہاں طالبان اور دیگر جنگجو گروہوں کو ایک صاف پیغام دیا ہے وہاں حکومت اور فوج کے درمیان کشیدگی کے خواہش مندوں کو بھی اسی طرح کا پیغام ملا ہے۔

 
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A Bloody Misalliance: Radical Islam and Infantile Marxism
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Let us not exaggerate the problem. The majority of the world’s Muslims are similar to the majority of the world’s Marxists: tolerant, compassionate and sincere. But the alliance between the authoritarian deadbeats of the revolutionary left and the Islamofascist right is not to be taken lightly. It is not simply individuals who are judged by the company they keep. The more that Marxism and Islam allow their margins to be clogged up by bigots, the greater the likelihood that their virtues will be obscured. If the genuine members of both faiths wish to rescue themselves from obloquy, they have no choice but to police their borders more rigorously. Their only option is to put up some barbed wire, employ a few security guards and display a clearly marked sign: “No Fundamentalists Allowed”....

 
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The documentary is not even seven minutes long, the exhibit just a small part of the museum. But it has over the last few weeks suddenly become a flash point in what has long been one of the most highly charged issues at the museum: how it should talk about Islam and Muslims.....

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Clerics such as Abdul Aziz, who was briefly part of the TTP's negotiating team in talks with the government, continue to expand their networks. For him, the issue of madrassa reform comes down to a debate over whether armed jihad - a "religious obligation" that he defends - is taught in these seminaries…..

 
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Dr Mohammad Taqi

The consistent meddling in Afghanistan via jihadist proxies has earned Pakistan only the ire of the Afghans. The election ink-stained finger became a universal symbol of the Afghans voting not just for their presidential candidates but against any intruders and their backers....

 
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Urdu Section

Deviation of Thought An Important Reason of Terrorism فکری انحراف دہشت گردی کی ایک اہم وجہ ہے
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam
لہذا دہشت گردی کے اسباب کی تلاش کا دائرہ کار چاہے جس قدر بھی وسیع کر لیا جائے فکری انحراف ہمیشہ پہلے نمبر پر رہے گا اور اس کا اثر سب سے غالب پایا جائے گا۔۔ یہ فکری مرض کسی بھی ماحول میں کئی شکلوں میں پیدا ہوسکتا ہے اور ہر اس شخص کو لاحق ہوسکتا ہے جو نفسیاتی اور ذہنی طور پر اس کے لیے تیار ہو، بات بس ماحول کے سازگار ہونے کی ہے۔۔ کہنے کا مقصد یہ ہے کہ دہشت گردی کو محض اور فقط اسلام سے منسوب کر دینا انتہائی متعصبانہ سوچ ہے بلکہ میں تو اسے عالمی میڈیا کی بے راہ روی ہی قرار دوں گا۔

 

 
Urdu Section

علامہ اقبال نے اپنی کتاب "اسلام میں مذہبی نظریات کا احیائے نو" میں کہا کہ اسلام میں عقلی اور منطقی بنیادوں کی تلاش و جستجو کی ابتداء خود نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم سے سمجھا جا سکتا ہے۔ وہ مستقل طور پر یہ دعا فرمایا کرتے تھے: "ائےخدا! مجھے اشیاء کی حقیقت کا علم نافع عطا فرما!" ان تمام باتوں یہ امر بالکل واضح ہو گیا کہ ایمان کے گلیاروں میں علم کا کیا کردار ہے۔

 
Hindi Section

Deviation of Thought An Important Reason of Terrorism वैचारिक भटकाव आतंकवाद एक मुख्य कारण है
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

नफरत करने वाले विचार स्वतः मानव बम में तब्दील नहीं हो सकते जब तक कि उसे मानसिक रूप से बेचैन व्यक्ति न मिल जाए जो समाज और समय के साथ खुद को सुसंगत नहीं कर पा रहा हो। एक ऐसे माहौल में जो ऐसी सोच को परवान चढ़ाने के लिए अनुकूल हो। दुर्भाग्यवश कुछ देशों में ऐसा माहौल बड़ा ही अनुकूल है जिसमें पहले नंबर पर सऊदी अरब, पाकिस्तान, अफगानिस्तान, ईरान, सूडान, मिस्र और यमन तथा दूसरे शामिल हैं।

 
Hindi Section

Islam and Old Age Ethics इस्लाम और बुज़ुर्गों के साथ व्यवहार
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

मुझे लगता है कि बुढ़ापा निजात पाने का शानदार तरीका है। एक मरते हुए व्यक्ति की मदद कर हम अल्लाह को खुश कर सकते हैं क्योंकि वो हमारे सभी गुनाहों को जानता है, जब हम किसी बुजुर्ग व्यक्ति के शौचालय को साफ करें तो हो सकता है कि खुदा हमारे गुनाहों को माफ कर दे। लेकिन अगर आप उन्हें पूरी तरह नज़रअंदाज करते हैं तो फिर आप अपनी बारी का इंतजार करें।

 
Hindi Section

True Concept of Kufr, Kafir, Shhirk and Jihad कुफ्र, काफिर, शिर्क और जेहाद की वास्तविक अवधारणा
Abhijeet, New Age Islam

काफिर और कुफ्र को लेकर अलकायदा और तालिबान की परिभाषा अगर मानी जाये तो फिर काफिर का मतलब हर उस इंसान से है जो इस्लाम को नहीं मानता। इनकी स्वधोषित परिभाषा मे ऐसे काफिरों को दीने-इस्लाम की तरफ बुलाना हर मुसलमान पर फर्ज हैं और वो इस्लाम को बतौर दीन स्वीकार करने को तैयार न हो तो उनका कत्ल कर देना जायज है। इसी सोच ने 9/11 की धटना को अंजाम दिया। दुनिया में इनके द्वारा कुफ्र और काफिर की जो अवधारणा फैलाई गई है उसने गैर-मुस्लिमों के मन में यह बात डाल दी है कि इन शब्दों का इस्तेमाल मुसलमान हमें अपमानित करने के लिये करतें हैं।

 
Urdu Section

Suicide Bombings, Beheadings Savagery وحشیانہ خود کش بم حملے اور قتل و غارت گری
Khaled Aljenfawi, Tr. New Age Islam

مثال کے طور پر چند اسلامی ثقافتوں میں ظلم و تشدد کی بنیادوں کو دوبارہ دریافت کرنا انتہائی ناگزیر ہوتا جا رہا ہے۔ سچا مسلم کبھی بھی نہ تو معصوم جانوں کی تباہی کو معاف کرتا ہے اور نہ ہی اس کی تائید کرتا ہے۔ لیکن اب ظلم و ستم کے فروغ کی وجہ قرآن کی غلط ترجمانی کو بتانا بہت آسان ہو چکا ہے۔ جب کہ قتل و غارت گری کے معاملے میں قرآن کا موقف انتہائی واضح ہے اور وہ یہ ہے ‘‘جس نے کسی شخص کو بغیر قصاص کے یا زمین میں فساد (پھیلانے یعنی خونریزی اور ڈاکہ زنی وغیرہ کی سزا) کے (بغیر ناحق) قتل کر دیا تو گویا اس نے (معاشرے کے) تمام لوگوں کو قتل کر ڈالا اور جس نے اسے (ناحق مرنے سے بچا کر) زندہ رکھا تو گویا اس نے (معاشرے کے) تمام لوگوں کو زندہ رکھا’’۔ (المائدہ 32)

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

The International Community Must Actively Address the Menace of Jihadism and Its Phony Interpretation of Islam, Urges Sultan Shahin in the UN Human Rights Council in Its 25th Session
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

South and Central Asian nations are deeply worried about the shape of things to come after the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return of Islamist terrorists from the Syrian theatre of Jihad back to North America, Europe and rest of the world. The upsurge of Taliban Jihadism in Afghanistan-Pakistan may also mean more terror in India and Bangladesh.

As experience has shown, Mr. President, the war on terror cannot be fought merely with military means. This war has an ideological dimension as much as military. The exclusivist, political, totalitarian, Jihadi narrative of Islam has to be contested and the mainstream narrative of Islam as an inclusive, spiritual path for salvation promoted vigorously. Among the Western governments, only Britain has shown an awareness of the ideological nature of this war and a resolve to help Muslims fight it ideologically. But the response of British Muslims has been disappointing.

Muslims across the world continue to be in denial. Not the slightest sign of introspection.

 British Muslims find the Report from the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism problematic. The subsequent actions too have caused consternation. But there is no indication that Muslims themselves plan to do something to fight this menace. We Muslims must understand and accept that this is primarily a war within Islam and it is for us to fight it.

Already, the Taliban have started flexing muscles. In Pakistan last month they forced the government to open talks. While demanding the implementation of Shariah they cut the throats of 23 captured soldiers of Pakistan Army. As Pakistan Information Minister pointed out, 90,000 Pak troops were taken prisoner in the 1971 war against India but not one of them lost their heads. He also wondered what sort of Shariah law Pakistan Taliban want imposed that allows cutting the throats of soldiers of their own country.

Clearly the international community must actively seek to address the menace of Jihadism and its phony interpretation of Islam…..

Muslims and Islamophobia

A well designed and colour co-ordinated Hijab, the scarf that frames the face of a woman, makes even an average woman look attractive. However for full face covering–… ignominy will cover their faces--refer to 10-27 of Quran.....

 
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