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Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan, The Creator of Pure Music with Clear Intellect
Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan

On the occasion of Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan Saheb’s 43rd death anniversary, I pray to my father and guru, like every day. May his soul rest in peace. As I have written in my memoir about Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan (1877-December 28, 1972) that for me, the seven notes of music were him. He was the epitome of music. He was my inspiration, my reason of perspiration and he was my idea of representation.

Christmas in The Ummah
Tunku Varadarajan

Christmas in The Ummah
Tunku Varadarajan

The Saudis export their theo-imperialist brand of Islam to murderous effect — as Paris, London, New York, Madrid, Mumbai, Bali, Raqqa, Beirut, Timbuktu, Tunis, Nairobi, Garissa, Bangkok and San Bernardino can testify. And yet, they prohibit the public practice of any faith other than Islam on their own territory.

In The Line of Fire
Khaled Ahmed

A liberal has the fatal tendency to find his locus in the middle of things. When two extreme factions are drawn out against each other, he stands in the middle and gets thrashed from both sides. In times of high collective emotion, he runs the risk of losing his life. That’s why he is usually in retreat when faced with a conflictual situation. He rarely agrees with fellow liberals. There’s nothing new about him since John Stuart Mill made liberalism look like a creed.


Out of My Mind: Opportunity Not Crisis
Meghnad Desai

There will be a chance as and when the issue is no longer sub-judice to plan to turn Ayodhya into a multi-faith centre of a global scale. Jerusalem has a site where the three Abrahamic religions share the space despite their long and often murderous quarrels over the last several centuries. It is a global symbol of religious pluralism. There is no reason why, if India wills, Ayodhya cannot be made into a shining monument to the coming together of the Sanatan Dharma and Islam. There should also be facilities for a Buddhist shrine since the Tathagata preached in those parts.


We Are All Muslim Indeed, Michael Moore
Mariya Tayyab

So thank you Michael Moore for reminding me that as an American, it is my duty to defend anyone as long as they live in this country -- because they are American just like me. But most of all, thank you for defending another group of people that you may have no relation to other than the fact that both of you are American.


A changed international security environment, pressure on Pakistan and willingness to take risks on India’s part are driving a new round of diplomacy. What next…At the end of the day one cannot take away anything from the decisiveness and risk taking capability of Prime Minister Modi. Whether this entire exercise will finally result in something transformational, only time will tell. For now, at least the efforts have been in the right direction.

A wave of recent attacks by extremists acting in the name of Islam - including in San Bernardino, California, this month - has contributed to a rise in anti-Muslim speech in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. The New York Times asked its readers who are Muslim how they talk to their children about these difficult times. Close to 250 people responded. Many wrote about how they try to teach their children that terrorists do not reflect them or their faith.


Jobs and ‘jihad’: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 16 December 2015

Jobs and ‘jihad’

By Rafia Zakaria

APS tragedy: forever etched

By Zahid Hussain

Russia and its radicalising Muslims

By Jonathan Power

Bleak justice

By Sameer Khosa

The politics of peace talks

By Hussain Nadim

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


The undeclared partition of Afghanistan: This Is How To Welcome Refugees: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 15 December 2015

The undeclared partition of Afghanistan

By Musa Khan Jalalzai

Buying peace at the grocery

By Jawed Naqvi

Lessons to apply

By Moeed Yusuf

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


The Return of History
Aatish Taseer

...The eighth-century caliph being idolized by the Islamic State practiced a far more lenient rule than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi does. Harun was tolerant of Shiites and religious minorities. His court would engage in freewheeling debates over matters of faith. “You could play musical instruments,” Mr. McCants said. “He loved to drink wine, he loved men.”


Asia’s Bleeding Heart
Mohammad Taqi

The Heart of Asia Conference (HOAC) in Islamabad last week was bookended by two devastating attacks in Kandahar and Kabul. As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was being honoured with a 21-gun salute in Islamabad, the Taliban were in the midst of a 20-hour-long assault on Kandahar airport that killed at least 54.


Spectre ignores the greatest fear now: Terror in the name of Islam: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press, 7 December 2015

Spectre ignores the greatest fear now: Terror in the name of Islam

By Manu Joseph

Delink terrorism from religion. How?

By Aakar Patel

The Fanatic Mainstream

By Abdul Khaliq

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Their relationship had virtually shaken entire western Uttar Pradesh last year. Kaleem and Shalu Tyagi who gained national spotlight in August last year when their love affair was turned into a case of “Love Jihad” by Hindutva groups became husband and wife on Friday night.

The myth of Intolerant India: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 5 December 2015

The myth of Intolerant India


The curse of the law

By Khaled Ahmed

Fighting IS with air strikes alone

By The Hindu

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Britain rightly follows France into Syria conflict: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 4 December 2015

Britain rightly follows France into Syria conflict

By Manuel Almeida

Can Saudi and Iran play ball in Lebanon?

By Joyce Karam

Has there been a soft coup in Pakistan?

By Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Putin v Erdogan: May the best man win

By Lamis Andoni

Daesh should not be allowed to get dirty bomb

By Christian Science Monitor

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


The arrival of Russia has changed the complexion of the Syrian conflict completely, to the detriment of Erdogan. Erdogan wants to destroy Assad and the Kurds and help IS, whereas Russia (and Iran) wants exactly the opposite. America and European Union want to demolish IS, but do not want to be seen in the company of Russia!


‘India first’ only religion of government, Constitution its only scripture: Modi: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 28 November 2015

‘India first’ only religion of government, Constitution its only scripture: Modi

By The Hindu

The why of ISIS

By Gautam Adhikari

Fifty shades of intolerance

By Chetan Bhagat

A Little Bit Of Magic

By Khaled Ahmed

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Straws in the Paris wind: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 27 November 2015

Straws in the Paris wind

By Happymon Jacob

Terror versus what?

By Vappala Balachandran

Cults and conscience

ByVamsee Juluri

A reminder from god’s own country

By Oommen Chandy

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


The West must learn from failed attempts: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pak Press, 27 November 2015

The West must learn from failed attempts

By Muhammad Ali Ehsan

Why do people hate Altaf Hussain?

By Syed Kamran Hashmi

Being labelled anti-Pakistan

By Zeeba T Hashmi

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


How Tolerant Minds and Calm Politics Can Stop ISIS' War of Terror from Spreading
Gopalkrishna Gandhi

ISIS' manslaughter in Paris has placed on Muslims across the world the agonizing task of self-definition and self-explanation. It has placed Muslims in India in the doubly agonizing predicament of fearing a local backlash for what ISIS does as part of its global agenda.


An Open Letter To Aamir Khan: Is Leaving India A Way To Fight Intolerance?
Sandip Roy

As a Muslim man, even if you claim to “represent everyone”, you do realize that even in the First World, Muslims are hardly the most welcome? In 31 states and counting in the US, refugees from Syria are no longer welcome. CAGE, an advocacy group, has warned that British Muslims are being subjected to “cradle-to-grave” levels of surveillance that go beyond America’s McCarthy witch-hunts during the Cold War. …

Paris attack intensifies Europe refugee debate: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press,21 November 2015

Paris attack intensifies Europe refugee debate

By Ashok Malik

The national interest trap

By Khaled Ahmed

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Afghan Refugees: The Humiliated And Insulted: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 20 November 2015

Afghan refugees: the humiliated and insulted

By Dr Mohammad Taqi

Who runs Pakistan?

By Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

Rejuvenate NATO now

By Harlan Ullman

The Paris attack raises questions

By Ali Malik

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


An explosion near the sports stadium, the Stade de France, which French news services said was apparently a suicide bombing, occurred as Germany and France were playing a soccer match, forcing a hasty evacuation of Mr. Hollande. As the scope of the assaults quickly became clear, he convened an emergency cabinet meeting and announced that France was placing severe restrictions on its border crossings. “As I speak, terrorist attacks of an unprecedented scale are taking place in the Paris region,” he said in a nationally televised address. “There are several dozen dead, lots more wounded. It’s horrific.”.....


Full Text Of French President Francois Hollande's Statement

Paris Terror Attacks Kill Over 100; France Declares Emergency State

Secularism Is India’s Need, Not a Luxury
Babar Ayaz

I had three opportunities to speak at various forums in India in the last 12 months, where I had to emphasise that in all post-1970 elections no major leader in Pakistan tried to create hatred against India. I also stressed that Pakistan blundered by mixing religion with politics from the very beginning and is now paying a heavy price in blood for making this lethal political formulation. India, I observed, should learn from our mistakes as bringing religion into politics will breed intolerance in society....

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