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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…..

Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

It's Time To Reclaim Islam From The Fanatics: Can My Religion Be Reconciled With Free Expression? The Answer Is Yes
Irshad Manji
While it is true that every religion has its extremists, in no other religion do mainstream believers routinely shrug off the murder of dissenters. This is a life-and-death difference. All the more reason for Ijtihad to be revived in the 21st century.....


Current Affairs

One of the good things that might come out of the communal polarisation in this year’s general elections is a serious examination of Indian secularism. When all parties target one man, and when communal rhetoric and innuendo – whether utilised by Amit Shah or Azam Khan – are par for the course, we have to see the Indian version of secularism for what it is: a sham.....

Islamic World News

Shariah Violators to Face Religious Jail in Aceh: Police Chief
Dr Abdul Malik, Baloch CM

Arab World

Saudi Failure in Syria Root Cause of Bandar's Downfall

Saudi citizen arrested for blasphemy

South Asia

2 Afghan soldiers, 18 militants killed in various incidents


Islamic Militants kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush


Drone strike in Yemen kills 5 'Qaeda' militants


Baloch CM not satisfied with anti-insurgency organisation

PM summons meeting after attack on Hamid Mir


School officials face removal over Islamism in Birmingham schools

North America

US envoy Shapiro tells young Israelis: You are welcome in America

Report: US lawmakers wary of Israeli spying hesitate on visa waiver

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

‘We Are Hostages’: A Saudi Princess Reveals Her Life of Hell
Malala Yousafzai

Campaigners Warn Of 'Breast Ironing' In the UK

Female Orphans Studying Abroad Not Exempt From ‘Mahram’ Rule

Qatif Woman Penalized for Driving Husband’s Car

In Pakistan, Feeling Free To Leave the Burqa Behind

Female Candidates Fight for Rights in Iraq Campaign

Many Qataris Frown on Marrying Foreigners

14 More Nigeria School Girls Escape Militants: Official

Turkish Women Form ‘Only A Quarter’ Of Work Force

Child Marriage and Domestic Violence A Curse For Afghan Society

Women Need To Be Aware Of Basic Laws

Rate of Christian Girls Abducted and Attacked By Extremists on the Rise in Egypt

President Hassan Rouhani: Women Are Not Second Class Citizens

KP still unwilling to allow launch of Malala’s book

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Islam and Human Rights

Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) has passed a resolution in a public gathering in Khwaja Khela against the construction of military cantonments in Swat. Earlier, Aza Khel Qaumi Jirga, Nikpa Khel and Swat Qaumi Jirga had also unanimously opposed this decision. Mehmood Khan Achakzai leader PMAP has reportedly conveyed the opposition of local population to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against this ill-advised plan which shall seriously impact the climate and productivity of the entire region....

Hindi Section

Why This National Silence? ये राष्ट्रीय मौन किस लिए?
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

सरकार का मानना ​​है कि वो अंततः अनियंत्रित तालिबान और अलकायदा के प्रभाव को पाकिस्तानी कबीलाई क्षेत्रों में सीमित कर देने में सफल हुई है और बातचीत का मौजूदा सिलिसला यूँ ही चलता रहा तो एक न एक दिन परस्पर हित की खातिर एकजुट हुए ये आतंकवादी गुट बिखर जाएंगे और एक ऐसा भी मौक़ा आयेगा जब उन्हें अलग और कमज़ोर करके निर्णायक हार से दो चार कर दिया जाएगा।

Islamic Society
Islam and Old Age Ethics
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

Islam and Old Age Ethics
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

There is only one thing that is common in here- wish for death. The old person thinks that he or she has become too much of a burden and since nobody seems to care, it is better to die; and his or her children too think and wish for the same, though they will never acknowledge. Abu Huraira reported Allah's Apostle (peace be upon him) as saying: Let him be humbled into dust; let him be humbled into dust. It was said: Allah's Messenger, who is he? He said: He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise.....

Islamic History

One thousand years ago, Muslims, Christians and Jews sauntered down the same cobbled pathways in the sun-drenched cities of southern Spain, living, flourishing and contributing to Andalusia’s fashionable society and culture…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

Muslim Scholar Urges Women to Take Centre Stage in Islam
Sama al-Masri, Egyptian belly dancer

Nigeria Islamists Still Holding 85 Schoolgirls after Raid -State

Women Social Workers Can Be Mahrams for Orphans

Olympic Medallist Trains with Palestinian Women

Courts Tackle 576 ‘Khula’ Cases in 5 Months

Official Reiterates Rights of Expats with Saudi Mothers

No Passport for Saudi Women without IDs

Racy Egyptian Belly Dancer Slams Potential Presidential Candidate

Daughter of Jailed Academic Says China Deaf to Uyghur Grievances

Christian Girls Kidnapped and Islamised, Schools Targeted By Boko Haram

Jihad Poster Girls: Interpol Searches for Two Teens 'Who Went To Syria to Fight for Islamic Rebels'

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Islamic World News

Qaeda Chief, Ayman Al-Zawahiri Calls For Unity As Jihadist Schism Deepens
Hamid Mir, Pak Journalist

Arab World

Fresh Infighting Leaves 65 Militants Dead in Syria

Free Syrian Army kill 30 regime troops in Aleppo

Terrorist Attacks Claim Lives of Five Citizens in Homs, Hama


Journalist Hamid Mir injured in gun attack in Karachi

No harm in accepting Taliban demands: JI


Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen: Security

Turkey, US 'planning joint operation against ISIL'

North America

Left-Wing Muslim Group CAIR Says Sharia Law Is Compatible With Democracy

Obama signs law to block Iranian envoy to U.N.


Public invited to give evidence to UK review of Muslim Brotherhood

Birmingham State schools isolate non-Muslims


Gujarat HC bars 53rd Syedna from dealing with Waqfs, public trusts

India, Pakistan may resume dialogue after Lok Sabha polls

Southeast Asia

Islamic Parties Surprise in Indonesia’s Legislative Elections

South Asia

Maldives seeks Indian help to set up Islamic varsity

Directorate soon for madrasas in Bangladesh


Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in Central African Republic

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam and Politics

Voting against the Taliban: Free Elections in Afghanistan Mark the Beginning of an Arduous Road to Peace
Khaled Ahmed

I was wrong. The Afghans went and voted, not along ethnic lines, but as a nation opposed to the Taliban (read: Pakistan) and ready to make sacrifices for peace under a political order bequeathed to them by a UN-sanctioned international force....

Islam and Sectarianism

They Can Force Them To Convert To Islam But They Can’t Win Their Hearts!
Noman Ansari

As an expatriate boy growing up in Saudi Arabia, I dreaded attending my school’s mandatory afternoon prayer session. At the end of every long day in Manarat Al-Sharkia, all the Muslim students and teachers gathered before the final two classes to offer Zuhar (noon) prayers in the school’s stinking gym that carried a rancid air powerful enough to rival Hitler’s infamous gas chamber…..

Urdu Section

Pakistan: Why This National Silence? یہ قومی گونگا پن کس لیے؟
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

اگر طالبان ترجمان اور اُن کے دیگر ابلاغیاتی ذرائع کو بغور سنا جائے اور باریک بینی سے موجودہ حالات کا جائزہ لیا جائے تو یہ بات بالکل عیاں ہوتی ہے کہ حالیہ مذاکرات اور خاص طور پر طرز مذاکرات جنگجو گروہوں کے لیے ایک نئی زندگی لے کر آئی ہے جس میں نہ صرف اُن کے موقف کو ایک باقاعدہ تسلیم شدہ قوت کے موقف کا سا درجہ حاصل ہوا ہے بلکہ بعض اقدامات سے اُن کے حوصلے کئی منزلہ بلند ہوگئے ہیں اور وہ جس تیقن اور اعتماد کے ساتھ اپنے موقف کو پیش کرتے ہیں، اس سے پہلے وہ حوصلہ و طاقت اُنہیں میسر نہیں تھی ۔

Islam, Women and Feminism

Women Are Responsible For Domestic Abuse, Not Men
Inseya Ali

It’s an age old story that women are the main victims of abuse. Over the years, many NGOs, awareness projects and feminists have forced laws to be passed against female victimisation. We have all blamed men for abuse, who are seemingly the dominant sex and similarly, many steps have been taken to make women realise that it is the men who are at fault....

Muslims and Islamophobia

We Can End Honour Killings, But Not With Films by Anti-Muslim Zealots
Sheema Khan

“Honour killing” is a centuries-old practice affecting primarily Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh women. According to Human Rights Watch, it goes across cultures and religions, and its dynamics are comparable to those behind dowry deaths and crimes of passion. Now there is a gruesome twist: young men have been killed by their families after declaring their homosexuality. It is a complex issue, requiring a multifaceted approach…..

Islam and Human Rights

Freedom to Offend Everyone
Nesrine Malik

The defence of free speech often hides a multitude of sins. Since Brandeis University withdrew an honor it had intended to bestow on the author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, many have flocked to her defence in the name of free expression — no matter how offensive. But implicitly they are suggesting that Islam and Muslims are worthy targets of Ms. Hirsi Ali’s scorn. And their preciousness about the right to offend won’t be credible until they advocate extending it beyond Islamophobes — to racists, anti-Semites and homophobes, too....

Current Affairs

Being Muslim under Narendra Modi
Basharat Peer

Mr. Modi has not visited the camps of the Muslims displaced by the violence or apologized for his government’s failure to protect a minority. Instead, he has described the reprisal killings of Muslims that year as a simple “reaction” to an “action,” namely the deaths of the Hindu train passengers — and has said he felt as sad about them as would a passenger in a car that accidentally ran over a puppy….

Islam and the West

A Return to Londonistan?
Frank Gardner

The widely acknowledged failure of the Arab Spring uprisings to deliver democracy to the Middle East is reverberating here in Britain…..

Islam and Human Rights

Brandeis University Bows to Islamism
Farzana Hassan

It is time to protect the long-cherished ideal of free, critical thought, which the West has fought for through many of its own convulsions. It is time to formulate a cogent response to Islamist assaults on freedom of speech and to implement it in an unflinching manner…..

Islam and Politics

Democracy after America: War, Islamism and Elections in Iraq and Afghanistan
James Bradbury

The idea of terrorism always consists in a rejection of politics; in the Islamic context in particular, terrorism is conceived in opposition to political Islam. Concurrent with (infuriating) Western arguments over whether the Middle East is “not yet ready” or even “culturally incompatible” with democracy are lively debates between and among Islamist movements over the role that democracy can play in achieving Islamic government….

Islam and Politics

Why the Israeli-Palestinian Talks Fail
Rami G. Khouri

Patient, serious diplomacy appears to be bearing fruit in many places simultaneously this week, except in the Israel-Palestine talks that have gone on for two decades since the 1993 Oslo peace accords. It is worth exploring why this is so.....

Islam and Politics

Recent months have brought Islamabad a flurry of visits from leaders of Sunni gulf nations, prompting many observers to question just what Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif might be getting the already embattled country into....

Arabic Section

ويخلص أوسي موح إلى أن الجزائر تواجه خطرا داهما. وأشار إلى ارتفاع مخاطر الجماعات المسلحة في الساحل، والتي بدأت تعيد هيكلتها وتنظيمها وتهدد بالعودة بأشكال وأساليب مختلفة. إضافة إلى استقواء القاعدة بعد أن وجدت لها موطنا حاضنا في مناطق الجنوب والشرق الليبي. وقال المحلل محذرا "كل هذا مع صعوبة مراقبة الحدود الشاسعة للجزائر... يجعل الجزائر أمام تحديات كبيرة ومخاطرة مرتفعة".

Arabic Section

At a time of growing fundamentalism and radicalism, Sufi Islam can combat backward ideology. The Fes Festival of Sufi Culture, which runs through Saturday (April 19th) in Morocco's spiritual capital, is more than just entertainment. The annual celebration allows people to discover the spiritual heritage of Sufism in Morocco and the world in its various cultural, spiritual and social forms of expression. The goal of all participants is to encourage peace and tolerance, says Abdul Wahid Afilal, a member of the national Samaa ensemble. "Sufism is an experience that purifies the soul. Perfection comes with learning and perseverance," he says. Morocco has always paid particular attention to Sufism, through several Brotherhoods throughout the country, says sociologist Samira Kassimi. "These brotherhoods play a very important role in the spread of knowledge, best practice and the principles of tolerance and peace," she said.

يعتبر مهرجان فاس للثقافة الصوفية، الذي يتواصل حتى يوم السبت 19 أبريل في العاصمة الروحية المغربية، أكثر من مجرد ترفيه . ففي الوقت الذي تتصاعد فيه الأصولية والتطرف الديني، يمكن للإسلام الصوفي أن يحارب الفكر الرجعي، حسبما خلص عليه المشاركون والزوار.....

Hindi Section

उलमा पर इससे कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता कि उनके पागलपन भरे विचार मूल रूप से कुरान के संदेश, "धर्म में कोई बाध्यता नहीं है" (2: 256 ) के खिलाफ हैं। इसके अलावा भले ही ये सभी उलमा खुद कभी किसी हिंसक गतिविधी में लिप्त नहीं रहे हों लेकिन उनके विश्वास नफरत और बौद्धिक आतंकवाद हैं।

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