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The choice of the name Ansar is an allusion to the men who made possible Muhammad the Prophet’s flight from Mecca. So Muhammad al-Mahdi was putting himself in the position of the Prophet and his 30,000 to 40,000 followers in the center of the Muslim tradition. But, while he acted in the name of Islam he proclaimed himself to be virtually the equal of the Prophet Muhammad.   Despising his claim and underestimating his power, the Egyptian government allowed itself to be defeated in small encounters by the Mahdi’s followers. They, in turn, took their victories as proof of God’s favor. So, by the time the British, who were effectively running Egypt, decided to suppress the Mahdiyah, it had become a national movement......

 

Affirmative Action for Muslims is Key to Development
Vice President Hamid Ansari

The world of Islam extends beyond the borders of India and Muslims here, as in other lands, can benefit from the best that may be available in the realm of thought and practice. Some years back I had occasion to read the Algerian-French philosopher Mohammed Arkoun and was impressed by his view that our times compel us to rethink modernity so that, as he put it, "critical thought, anchored in modernity but criticising modernity itself and contributing to its enrichment through recourse to the Islamic example" could open up a new era in social movements.....

Salafiyah is the Arabic name given to Islamic revivalist movements. The word masks a complex concept. Even native Arabic speakers usually translate it as “reactionary.” But the word Salafi in classical Arabic means a person who stands both in the rearguard and in the vanguard — Arabic delights in such contrasts. Muslim thinkers meant by it the process of going back to the beginnings in order to find a firm or “pure” base upon which to build a theologically correct system of thought and action for the present and the future....

 

Like The Afghan Girl, Syrian Boy Means Little: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 5 September 2015

Like The Afghan Girl, Syrian Boy Means Little

By Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

Son Rise: Al-Qaeda Recharged?

By Makhan Saikia

Will India Ever Be Free Of Personal Laws?

By Kanchan Gupta

Will Kashmir See A New Wave Of Suicide Terror?

By Syed Ata Hasnain

Talks Come, Talks Fail, Plea Goes On Forever

By Hiranmay Karlekar 

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Invigorating Islam in India

A community of 180 million people amounting to 14 per cent of the population is not a demographic threat but a cultural possibility. The Indian Muslim contributes not just to India but to the culture of Islam across the world. Muslims were an integral part of the freedom struggle and an integral part of independent India. Yet, he remarks, injustice has been done to them......

The original "sick man of Europe", the Ottoman Empire was in a state of terminal decline long before the Great War. Relatively stagnant economically and scientifically, it was unable to keep pace with its European rivals.

 

I am a terrorist and a 'parallel'
Ertugrul Özkök

As a moderate person that thinks of the future of Turkey’s children and grandchildren, I believe it is the right thing to draw a line between the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Because I am a person who believes the Kurdish issue can be solved not in the street or on the mountain but in parliament.

 

What It Means To Be a Muslim in India

This isn’t so much a battle of what it means to be a Muslim in India. It’s a greater battle between broader India, of how tolerant and open-minded they will be about minorities, about Indian values of democracy and secularism., about recognizing how true they want to be to the Indian values of openness and freedom for all. ...

Myth of Muslim growth: Once again, the debate on census population data on religion misses the point: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 02 September 2015

No Monuments Men: Syria’s Ancient Monuments, Like Its People, Are Being Purged By Islamic State

Times Of India Editorial

Myth of Muslim Growth: Once Again, The Debate On Census Population Data On Religion Misses The Point

By Abusaleh Shariff

Jama’at-E-Islami: What Next?

By Iymon Majid

Go On, Break The Cycle: Things Can Change Between India And Pakistan If One Side Simply Refuses To Play The Well-Worn Game

By Husain Haqqani

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Europe’s Unseemly Haste to Embrace Tehran: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 01 September 2015

Europe’s Unseemly Haste To Embrace Tehran

By Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Peace Has No Chance In Climate Of Intolerance

By Asha Iyer Kumar

Malaysia's Democracy Is In Worse Shape Than We Thought

By Anneliese Mcauliffe

Child Soldiers Of Iraq, Yemen

By Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

Palestine’s Leadership Crisis

By Ramzy Baroud

Democracy And Secularism

By Ali Bulaç

Why Ankara Is Under Pressure Over Isil?

By Murat Yetkin

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

On the night of December 1, 1997, in Laxmanpur Bathe, a village in Bihar’s Arwal district 90 km from Patna, 58 Dalits were slaughtered by a gang of dominant caste men that went by the name of Ranvir Sena. One of the worst instances of caste violence in independent India, the then President K.R. Narayanan called it a “national shame”.

 
In Islam, Peace Is the Rule and War Is Only a Rare Exception
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

In Islam, Peace Is the Rule and War Is Only a Rare Exception
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The truth is that Islam in the full sense is a religion of peace. In no way is it a religion of war. In Islam, peace is the rule and war is only a rare exception. Moreover, this exception was applicable in previous ages when tribal culture prevailed in the world. Now this is a totally different age. Today we are living in the age of democracy and the United Nations. Therefore, the word ‘war’ has become an obsolete term in the international dictionary. If any war takes place in the present, it goes against the universal norm.

Living in a New Age: Reflections on the Muslim Predicament
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Living in a New Age: Reflections on the Muslim Predicament

Even today, innumerable Muslims are influenced by the kind of thinking which inspired the Libyan fighters. Indeed, Muslim violence in the present age stems from this turn of mind. The Muslim groups that perpetrate terror are very well aware that the other side is so strong that their violence cannot seriously affect it in any way. Yet, they continue to engage in acts of violence...

 
14 August: A Sombre Reflection
Adil Zareef, New Age Islam

Perhaps we are condemned by history or by geopolitics, or both, keeping us embroiled in a state of perpetual confrontation as other regions have prospered and progressed and long buried the hatchet of hate. Meanwhile, both India and Pakistan are competing in exclusion and exploitation of their respective population, as their state policy inch towards nihilism.....

 

Stop Projecting Muslims In India As A Minority! We Can Do Better Than That!!
M Rafiqul Awal, New Age Islam

It's time we replace the mediocre "leaders" who have been projecting Muslims of India as "Minority" and subjecting them to begging for a few crumbs in a system of democracy, based on a powerful foundation of Secularism. Powerful, because the Constitution of Secular India does NOT provide any avenue for progress on the basis of Religion, as is warranted by the very definition of Secularism. If Religion had been the qualification for Rights to Progress, then India would be reduced to a Failed State, like Pakistan has turned into one.....

Revisiting Religious Discourse, Remembering Shuja Khanzada: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 18 August 2015

Living In a Shell of Patriotism

By Rai Ghulam Mustafa

Revisiting Religious Discourse

By Farman Kakar

Parenting Terror

By Owen Bennett-Jones

Afghanistan after Mullah Omar

By Javid Husain

Pakistan’s Big Question

By Ayaz Amir

Remembering Shuja Khanzada, the True Patriot of Pakistan

By Zafar Zulqurnain Sahi

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Rampant Taliban, Cowering Kabul: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 17 August 2015

The Seven Long Years When Pakistan Did Not Sing Its National Anthem

By Akhtar Balouch

When Was Pakistan Founded?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Rampant Taliban, Cowering Kabul

By S Mubashir Noor

Exploiting Tragedy

By Juggun Kazim

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani: The Watan and the Indian-Muslim Identity
Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani (1879-1957)

Madani in many ways was an exception to the norm. As an Alim he was motivated more by the concerns of territorial nationalism as opposed to establishing a nation based on religious considerations. The support a section of the Deobandi Ulema gave to the Muslim League’s idea of two-nation theory was because they read into it a means to establish the supremacy of Muslims, both religious and numerical….

 

Some Issues of Muslim Religious Schools in India
Shirin Dalvi

We cannot ignore the fact that about 95% of Muslim children go to formal (non-Madrasa) schools. However, the opportunities and conveniences that should come as a result of such formal education are not available to them the way they should be. Talking about the progress of Madrasas is a convenient way for the government to put a veil on the discriminations faced by them in formal schools and the shortcomings of its own policies. There is also a feeling among Muslims that one of the reasons the government focuses so much on Madrasas is because it remains unaware of the needs and objectives of educational institutions where Muslim students go….

In Malaysia and Turkey, Are We Witnessing The End Of Moderate Islam?
Daniel Woker

However, one cannot avoid noting the slow but steady Islamisation of both the private lives of Malaysia's people and their state. Authoritarian leaders in the Islamic world, as they become increasingly isolated and out of touch with the aspirations of their younger citizenry, tend to turn to religion to find allies and new credentials. Wahhabism is alive and kicking, and not only on the Gulf….

Erdogan’s Duplicity, ISIS, Kurds, and America
Taj Hashmi

One may justify Erdogan’s decision to bomb ISIS positions seemingly in retaliation against the apparently confirmed, recent “ISIS attacks” in Turkey. However, it is difficult to rule out the purported “ISIS attacks” as a false flag operation by the Turkish government. ISIS seems to have no compelling reasons to attack Turkey, which was a safe haven for foreign Islamist fighters....

 

The Muslim Brotherhood between the Manshiya Incident and Al-Sisi's Delegation
Ehsan Faqih

The date was 24 March, 1954; the place, the Presidential Palace in Cairo. General Mohamed Naguib, President of the Republic of Egypt, was trying to disperse angry crowds which had gathered because the Revolutionary Command Council had dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Naguib himself. The masses achieved their goals; the Muslim Brotherhood was saved and Naguib was back, but the angry crowds refused to leave. In the face of the crowds' refusal, Naguib asked a particular man to speak to the people. He did so; the crowds listened to him and then left. The man was martyr Abdel Qader Awda….

 

The Parochialisation of Turkish Islam
Mustafa Akyol

What I mean is Islamic thought. There was an era that this thought was promisingly becoming open-minded, globalist, and sophisticated. But we ended up, at least at this point, with an Islamic thought that is as parochial, insular and shallow as anything can be. The bright era I am talking about was the late 1990s and early 2000s…..

 

For every non-Muslim shooting suspect, the media never mentioned their religion. Moreover, in nearly every case, it was claimed that the mass shooters were suffering from some sort of mental instability. These suspects were often ostracized from both society and family, deeply depressed and suicidal. People thusly afflicted, given easy access to guns, sometimes kill people, lots of them. Then they either turn the gun on themselves or perish in a hail of anticipated bullets. Crazy, right?....

 

Why Israel Is Suddenly Owning Up To Its Terrorism
Daoud Kuttab

The horrible death of the child and his family seems to have rattled Netanyahu who responded by calling the killing a "terrorist" act which supposedly set it apart from the what the UN has documented as 2,100 acts of violence against Palestinians, their religious institutions, their homes, and other Palestinian-owned properties, committed by Jewish settlers since 2006.....

 


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