Books and Documents
Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Myth of Religious Violence
Karen Armstrong

As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) rampaging through the Middle East, tearing apart the modern nation-states of Syria and Iraq created by departing European colonialists, it may be difficult to believe we are living in the 21st century. The sight of throngs of terrified refugees and the savage and indiscriminate violence is all too reminiscent of barbarian tribes sweeping away the Roman Empire, or the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan cutting a swath through China, Anatolia, Russia and Eastern Europe, devastating entire cities and massacring their inhabitants. Only the wearily familiar pictures of bombs falling yet again on Middle Eastern cities and towns – this time dropped by the United States….

Books and Documents

Shaikh al Akbar Ibn al Arabi spent a couple of years in Egypt.  Fresh from studies and immature in worldly wisdom, he was brutally frank and reckless in his public announcements, which appeared heretical to orthodox Ulema like Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibrahim Al Biqai and others. The opposition was so stiff that there was, it is said, a concrete attempt to assassinate him.  The Shaikh, obviously, instigated by the Ulema, was arrested. On being released, he wisely preferred to leave Egypt in search of calmer atmosphere in a safer haven.....

Islam, Women and Feminism

New Law Fails To Curb Domestic Violence in Saudi Arabia
Pakistani actor Veena Malik

West Virginian Fights For Women’s Rights in Gambia

Australian Women’s Groups Welcome Call for Imams to Denounce Domestic Violence

Women's Group Riding Peace Train to Gaza Border

West Darfur State Protests Violence against Women

Why the Kurdish Fight for Women's Rights Is Revolutionary

Thousands of Women Gather at Kobane Border to Protest Violence

Hundreds of Fake Cases Have Been File against Us in Pak: Veena Malik

Muhammad Ali Daughters Promote 'I Am Ali' In UK

Int'l Day for Elimination of Violence against Women Observances Begin in Bangladesh

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Islamic World News

Fight With ISIS Needs ‘Arab Face’: U.S. Lawmaker
Rob Wittman, U.S. lawmaker

North America

ISIS Offers Help If Ferguson Protesters Accept Islam, Swear Loyalty to Caliph

Israel, U.S. Attempting To Prevent Geneva Convention Summit on Palestinians


Indian-Origin Islamic State Member Poses With AK-47, Newborn Baby on Twitter

Arab World

With Incentives and Brute Force, Isis Subdues Tribes

Dozens of Isil Terrorists Killed In Iraq's Kirkuk

Qaeda Branch Executes Syrian for 'Insulting Prophet'

South Asia

Two Islamists sentenced to death in Bangladesh

Afghan attack targets British embassy car, 6 dead

5 Taliban militants killed in Ghazni and Helmand provinces


Suspected IS pamphlet warns Pakistani tribesmen against spying for US

Drone strikes kill 28 unknown people for every intended target: report


Muslims Distance Boko Haram Activities from Islam

Israel defying world, says South Africa


Illicit money from Jews abroad threatens Israel, government warns


British Muslims raise concern over new anti-terror law

Southeast Asia

In Reminder to Stay United: Zahid to Screen IS Beheadings At Umno Assembly

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

ISIS Is a Victim of Its Own Narcissism
Diana Moukalled

This narcissistic infatuation which ISIS has with its own image is most clearly evident in the videos which the group produces. The locations where these videos are shot sometimes seem akin to movie sets, and the footage itself like a movie, one where unfortunate actors are forever coerced to play the victim, and where, of course, they always die at the end. We watch these deaths—with all the accompanying fear and pain and horror this entails—at the hands of killers who do their deeds while looking straight into the camera for that inevitable close-up: yes, these killers slaughter and stone and crucify . . . all for the camera, and for nothing else……

Islam and the West

Deobandis and Salafis in Britain: the Pakistan Connection
Tahir Kamran

The author considers Deobandis of whom a majority is Pakistani to be potentially most dangerous. The only other denomination with potential to compete with Deobandis is Salafis. It has drawn huge number of converts because, as the author states, Salafi doctrine “is simple, it’s pure and it’s monotheistic in that it calls them to the worship of Allah alone.” Salafis in Britain are of three categories: pietistic Salafis, political Salafis and jihadi Salafis.…

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The Myth of 'De-Radicalization' Of Islamic Radicals
Tarek Fatah

De-radicalization, I told the senators, was just an empty meaningless word. The real challenge was to prevent radicalization and this required confronting the rhetoric of political Islam rather than appeasing those who fanned religiosity and made Muslims believe their first loyalty was to Islam, not their community of fellow Canadians and Canada. “To ask ‘former radicals’ to de-radicalize radical Islamists is like asking Marxists to convert Communists into liberal democrats,”......

The War Within Islam

Doubts are also expressed over the Jamaat’s ability to influence and woo back more radicalised segments who now have multiple options to work with to bring about an Islamic revolution through jihad. Indeed, we’ve seen the JI cadre leave the ‘vanguard of Islamic revolution’ for extremist groups such as the Taliban and Al Qaeda in recent years, giving ‘ideological’ opponents like the MQM the opportunity to label it a ‘terrorist’ party.....

Books and Documents

'Islamic Humanism' By Lenn E. Goodman Is A Valuable Contribution To The Study Of Islamic Humanism, Offering Abundant Examples From Islamic Philosophy, Ethics, History, And Literature

Romantic love, too, constitutes a home for the secular par excellence. Islam has preserved some aspects of pre-Islamic poetry and has not erased the continuing fascination with the secular themes of love and conquest or fight and flight. Among the celebrants of secular love is Ibn Hazm of Córdoba (994–1064), whose “anticipations of Descartes’ and Kant’s criticisms of the faith of naïve rationalism rest on a limpid yet rambunctious religious faith” (p. 61). Ibn Hazm offers secular love in place of the sublimated and unsublimated eroticism of the mystics; to those who find a spiritual meaning in erotic longings, he offers a naturalistic alternative. The secularization of human love is prominent in the work of Ibn Taymiyya (1263–1328) as well, according to Goodman. And he sees Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya’s (1272–1350) Rawdat al-muhibbin (Lovers’ garden) as “a thoroughgoing exposition of secular love.”….

Islam and Tolerance

In Islam, tolerance is to respect the religious difference though not approving it. Concretely, for instance it is like this that although Islam prohibits drinking for Muslims, it allows its non-Muslims community to consume it if their religion does not forbid doing so. Islam’s attitude towards non-Muslim is, “for you is your faith, and for me my faith” (109:6). Islam is completely against forced conversion. The Holy Quran states, “There is no compulsion in faith. The correct way has become distinct from erroneous”… (2:256). Islam even proscribes reviling the deities of other religions…..

Muslims and Islamophobia

'Westophobia' Is Dangerous For Muslims
Waris Mazhari

The fact of the matter is that all civilizations-including both Muslim and Western civilizations-have their good and bad aspects and they should freely learn from and adapt and adopt good things from each other. However, both types of phobia-Islamophobia and Westophobia-insist that this is impossible and unwanted. A good number of Muslim preachers routinely rant and rave against the West….

Islam and the West

Who Discovered America? Turks or Muslims?
Mustafa Akyol

To explain what I mean, let me take you back to the 1930s, when a “New Turkey,” for its time, was being built under the auspices of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. His ideology, called Kemalism, aimed at not only establishing a new republic but also building a new national consciousness. At the core of this effort lay the veneration of the Turkish identity. Kemalists blamed the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire for overlooking and even suppressing ethnic Turks for centuries. Now, they claimed, was the time for a secular Turkish renaissance after a millennia-long Islamic “dark age.”….

Current Affairs

Six Years after 26/11: Broken Bomb Scanner, Rusting Bikes, No Firing Range
Praveen Swami

Five years since, the detritus of promises lie out in plain sight: long lines of speedboats moored idle, part of a Rs 150-crore fleet that rarely heads out to sea; a Rs 6-crore explosives scanner that’s never been fixed since it stopped functioning; all-terrain bikes, capable of carrying police at high speed across sand, covered in rust off Chowpatty; 107 anti-material rifles, capable of blowing holes through concrete and armour, haven’t been fired once for want of an appropriate practice range…..

Islam and Politics

India's 176 million Muslims represent about 15 percent of India's population. Most adhere to the moderate Barelvi form of Islam, but in recent times it's estimated that as many as 20 per cent have been lured to Wahhabi ideology. India is susceptible to the extremist snare. The Modi government must adopt a two-prong policy. One is to pre-empt and counter terrorists by profiling existing and potential militants, creating a dedicated national anti-terror workforce, integrating inputs from academic in policymaking and ensuring fair and fast judicial scrutiny. The other is to work on social sites by checking Wahhabi indoctrination, removing Muslim ghettoisation, modernising madrasa education, and supporting small-scale entrepreneurship initiated by semi-skilled illiterate Muslims along with other Indian citizens…..

Urdu Section

Violent Takfirism Greatly Violates Islam  (تکفیری گروپ  اسلامی تعلیمات کے خونخوار  دشمن  اور طالبانی میگزین ‘نوائے افغان جہاد’ کے  مضمون  ‘ کفر و ارتداد کا مجاہدین اسلام کے خلاف اتحاد’ کی سخت  تردید ۔ (حصہ۔ 2
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

طالبانی نظریہ ساز جناب کاشف علی الخیری کے بیانات سے مرکزی دھارے میں شامل صوفی مسلمانوں کو مستقبل میں حملوں کا خطرہ شدید ہو گیا ہے جن کے بارے میں ان کا ماننا ہے کہ یہ "مشرکوں کی جماعت" ہے۔ یہ بات قابل ذکر ہے کہ آئی ایس آئی ایل، تحریک طالبان، القاعدہ وغیرہ جیسی دہشت گرد تنظیموں کا نام نہاد جہاد صوفی مسلمانوں کو قتل کرنے اور اسلامی ثقافتی ورثے (مزاروں، قبروں اور مقدس مقامات) کو تباہ کرنے کے لیے ہے۔ اور وہ یہ کام تکفیرازم کے جھوٹے بہانے کے تحت کرتے ہیں جس کا نتیجہ تشدد اور قتل و غارت گری ہے۔

Urdu Section

وحی کی اقسام :۔سنیوں کے ہاں یہ عقیدہ رائج کیا گیا کہ وحی کی دو قسمیں ضرور ہیں لیکن یہ دونوں رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم پر ہی نازل ہوئی تھیں۔ ایک کو وحی جلی ( یا وحی متلو) کہا جاتاہے اور دوسری کو وحی خفی ( یا وحی غیر متلو) ۔ وحی جلی ( یا متلو) قرآن مجید کے اندر ہے اور وحی خفی احادیث کے اندر۔ وحی غیر متلو کے متعلق یہ عقیدہ وضع کیا گیا کہ یہ بھی ‘‘ مثلہ ’معہ’ ۔’’ قرآن کے ساتھ اس کی مثل ہے۔ چنانچہ حضرت مقداد بن معدی کرب کی روایت    یو ں بیان کی جاتی ہے کہ :۔

Hindi Section

दुनिया भर में लगभग हर जगह शादी को कहीं न कहीं धर्म से जोड़कर देखे जाने का रिवाज़ रहा है.

भारत में लव जिहाद को लेकर पिछले दिनों काफी कुछ कहा सुना गया. पश्चिमी उत्तर प्रदेश में खाप पंचायतें हुईं और सांप्रदायिक माहौल बिगड़ा.

ऐसा ही कुछ मिस्र में भी हो रहा है. परंपराओं की दीवार टूट रही है तो विरोध के स्वर भी उठ रहे हैं. विरोध में उठी आवाज़ें हिंसक भी हो रही हैं.

और इन्हीं सब चीजों के दरमियां नई पीढ़ी के लोगों में एक तरह का डर तो है, लेकिन उम्मीद की किरण भी दिखाई देती है.

Arabic Section

Role of Dawah in Islam  دور الدعوة الإسلامیة: على الدعاۃ المسلمین الآن التركيز على الأمور الداخلية دون الخارجية
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

لا يمكن أن ينجح المسلمون في دعوة الناس إلى سبيل ربهم طالما لا يكسبون الاحترام والإعجاب من الآخرين من أجل سلوكهم وتعاملهم وأدائهم ويخلصون مجتمعاتهم من السمات المميزة للجاهلية - الجهل وكره النساء، والقبلية / الطائفية والعنف والفوضى والإرهاب- و طالما لا يصلحون جميع النواحي الاجتماعية والجنسانية والتعليمية ويحسنون معايير حقوق الإنسان ويطورون المجتمعات المتماسكة والتعددية. لذلك، يجب أن ترتكز الدعوة الإسلامية في هذه المرحلة على الأمور الداخلية والسلوكية دون الأمور الخارجية.

Current Affairs

Six Years after 26/11, Pakistan Has Not Changed Its Ways
Tufail Ahmad

As India marks the sixth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the jihadist threat from Pakistan is becoming more menacing. Union home minister Rajnath Singh recently said, “Terrorism in India is fully Pakistan-sponsored. Pakistan says non-State actors are involved. But is the ISI a non-State actor?”….

Books and Documents

Was Ibn al Arabi a “Zindiq (a hypocrite) or a “Siddique” (a man of truth)?  Scholars were and are divided in their opinions about this prolific writer, talented poet and erudite philosopher, to say the least.  The material for a detailed biographical sketch, a thorough enquiry into and dispassionate assessment of his doctrine are too inadequate, abstruse and unyielding to make any conclusive remarks about him.  I content myself with presenting – objectively, as far as possible, a brief account of his life along with , what may be taken to be an apology of an interpretation of his views and the views of others on his doctrine…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

Saudi University Bans Coloured Abayas on Campus
Sania Mirza, UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador

Child Marriage Worldwide Ban Gets Unanimous ‘Yes’: UN

Sania Mirza Named UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

Tajik Islamic Party Focuses on Female Vote

Girl, 17, Who Ran Away To Fight ISIS Terrorists, Identified As Silhan Ozcelik

Police Recover 26 Minor Girls from Karachi Home

Veena Malik, Husband Sentenced To 26 Years in Jail for Blasphemy

Nigeria: Reporting Women's Issues Tops Training Agenda

Several Saudi Restaurants Slammed Over ‘No Single Women’ Signs

Pak Young Nurses Protest against Harassment

NGO: Tackle Bangladesh Women Trafficking’

Mali Sexual Abuse Survivors Seek Justice

CAFOD Warns Of 'Critical Time for Women in Afghanistan'

Can States Start Incentive Scheme To Protect Girl Child, Asks SC of India

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Islamic World News

Syrian Child Preacher: Stop Chasing Half-Naked Women, Look to Your 72 Virgins
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Arab World

Iraqi Air Strikes Kill Over 50 Isil Terrorists in Samarra

Syria-Led Airstrikes on Islamic State Stronghold Raises Death Toll To 95

ISIL Razes Shiite Shrines, Sunni Mosques in Iraq


Boko Haram Takfiri Militants Seize another Nigerian Town

Two Women Kill 45 In Nigeria Suicide Bombings


Israeli Bill Pushes For Outlawing Muslim Guards in Al-Aqsa

5 Killed In Clashes between Houthis, Yemen Tribesman

South Asia

18 Taliban insurgents killed in joint military operations

Set aside differences, PM Sheikh Hasina urges Saarc leaders


Drone strike in North Waziristan kills six suspected militants

4 killed, 3 injured in attack on polio team near Quetta

Oman army to recruit 350 Baloch youths


Shia Clerics Oppose Demand to Declare Taj a Waqf Property

We Still Feel the Endless Pain of Lost Lives in 26/11: PM Tells SAARC Leaders

Southeast Asia

Time to Stop Criminalizing Beliefs in Indonesia

North America

'Precise' drone strikes: 874 killed in US hunt for 24 terrorists in Pakistan


Spain smashes human trafficking ring smuggling Syrians into Europe

Pope slams 'state terrorism' that kills 'innocents'

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Islam and Politics

The Rise of Religion in Politics
Murat Yetkin

Perhaps it sounds irrelevant to mention the Pope’s visit to the European Parliament and the Jewish State bill in Israel at a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been shocking the world with its violence in the name of religion. As part of that, people have been beheaded, enslaved, raped and displaced by ISIL militants, motivated by an endless hatred against not only non-Muslims but also against everyone other than believers of their radical version of Sunni Islam…..

Islam and Politics

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East
George Friedman

Ideologically, there is little difference between the Islamic State and other radical Islamic jihadist movements. But in terms of geographical presence, the Islamic State has set itself apart from the rest. While al Qaeda might have longed to take control of a significant nation-state, it primarily remained a sparse, if widespread, terrorist organization. It held no significant territory permanently; it was a movement, not a place. But the Islamic State, as its name suggests, is different. …..

Islam and Pluralism

Quran Is Not for Muslims
Mike Ghouse

First of all, God is not the God of Muslims and no where he claims that in Quran. He is creator of the universe(s), which is within and beyond our imagination. Quran is a book of guidance to preserve the cohesiveness within and what surrounds us; people and the environment. Darwin is right about survival of the fittest. Nothing in the universe will survive if it goes off balance and is not intact. Thank God everything is created in balance and harmony (55: 7-13) with billions of other elements interconnected and interdependent on each other to function cohesively…..

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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