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Masjid-e-Aqusa: Historical Status and Its Importance in Sharia
Maulana Nadeem-ul-Wajidi, Tr. New Age Islam

The illegal possession of Bait-ul-Muquaddas by Jews had kept Muslims in shock and now their high handedness against Masjid-e-Aqusa is making them worried. The Jews want to demolish it and construct Haikal-e-Suleimani.

Israel had captured the eastern portion of Bait-ul-Muquaddas on June 7, 1967 where Masjid-e-Aqusa is situated. Now Israel wishes to construct a new township there getting the eastern and western portion together as a new capital of Israel. To make its dream come true Israel is establishing new colonies in Bait-ul-Muquaddas even when any new construction there has been internationally banned. They are bringing Jews from far flung areas and establishing them there so that there are more Jews than the Palestinians.

Jews plan to destroy Masjid-e-Aqusa, which is Quibla-e-Awwal of Muslims and where Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had visited on the night of Meraj and led a prayer (Namaz) with all other blessed prophets (Ambia-e-Keram) behind him. All the Ambia-e-keram were present there waiting for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to come. It is a centre of Love and faith for all Muslims. ...

… This is what most Muslims remember and follow. But the very next verse explained to them that Baitul Muqaddas was the Qibla for Jews and Christians, something Muslims have forgotten. Our self-righteous ulema are of course in the habit of ignoring inconvenient Qur’anic verses, verses that do not support their rapacious, self-righteous, male-chauvinist, Islam-supremacist attitudes. Let us read this verse and see what it says:

Sura Baqra: 2: 145: “Even if thou wert to bring to the people of the Book all the signs (together), they would not follow thy Qibla (Kaaba); nor art thou going to follow their Qibla (Baitul Muqaddas) nor indeed will they follow each other’s Qibla. If thou, after the knowledge hath reached thee, wert to follow their (vain) desires, then wert thou indeed (clearly) in the wrong.” …

Were we thus to read the entire Qur’anic exhortation on the issue of Qibla, we would not have fallen into the ever deepening morass of intra-Ahl-e-Kitab conflict. We can continue to revere the sacred places in Jerusalem according tour traditions while recognizing God-ordained rights of the Judaeo-Christian religious communities to their Qibla in Jerusalem as we have ours in Mecca. Exactly what shape our expression of reverence for our original Qibla takes and whether we are allowed to visit and when and how frequently, etc, can be peacefully and easily negotiated once we concede their God-given right to their Qibla. …

Anti-sexual harassment rally Attacked in Egypt

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Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla promises to get domestic violence bill approved 

Pakistan working for Women’s empowerment: Pak Ambassador to US

A Blackburn victim of forced marriage welcomes new legislation

Activists shocked at Delhi HC ruling that reduces marriageable age for Muslim girls to 15

Women in Special Forces in U S: the Debate on Combat Exclusion  

Welsh golfer Sahra Hassan honoured by Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation

Is there a fatwa for daring to compare burqa-wearing Muslims women to garbage bags?

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मस्जिदे अक्साः तारीख़ी हैसियत, शरई अहमियत
मौलाना नदीमुल वाजिदी (तर्जुमा- न्यु एज इस्लाम)

रवायात में है कि जिस वक़्त हज़रत सुलेमान अलैहि अस्सलाम मस्जिदे अक्सा की तामीर से फ़ारिग़ हुए तो उन्होंने अल्लाह रब्बुल इज़्ज़त से तीन चीज़ों की दुआ की एक तो ये कि उनके फ़ैसले अल्लाह के फ़ैसलों के ऐन मुताबिक़ हों, दूसरे ये कि उनको ऐसी बेमिसाल और वसी हुकूमत अता की जाय, जो उनके बाद किसी को ना मिले, तीसरे ये कि जो शख़्स सिर्फ़ नमाज़ के इरादे से मस्जिद में दाख़िल हो तो गुनाहों से पाक साफ़ होकर इस हाल में मस्जिद से बाहर निकले जैसे उस की माँ ने उसे आज ही जना हो, सरकारे दो आलम सल्लल्लाहू अलैहि वसल्लम ने इरशाद फ़रमाया इनमें से दो चीज़ें तो सुलेमान अलैहिस्सलाम को अता कर दी गई हैं, उम्मीद है तीसरी भी अता की जाएगी।

 

When Prophet Muhammad started to go through this process, to look for truth in fact, he got an answer once he reached 40 years of age which was the first revelation. The first revelation tells him: {Read in the name of God who created you…} (Al-Alaq 96:1) This is the very meaning of the whole mission, spirituality means to give meaning to life, in fact, to say “God” is to say “my life has a meaning;” that I belong to Him and will go back to Him. …

In fact it is the tip of the iceberg. There are many more Ahadith of this kind, reported by Bukhari, whom Maulana Meerithi vehemently rejected on viable reasoning and after a thorough study of their chains of narrators and inconsistency of various versions of their statements. He also closely checked whether they made any sense at all. He also verified whether they were in conformity with the general spirit of Islam. ..

Why did Allama Meeruthi criticise and reject so many Ahadith of Bukhari? Clearly because, after his vast research into it, he concluded that it contains concocted stories and they are aplenty. So he deemed the book fit to be re-examined. After a thorough reassessment, he criticized and eventually rejected many traditions of the same. And this because, in his opinion these false Ahadith, are either causing great damage to Islam or are creating a hindrance to a correct understanding of the holy Quran. ... It is imperative that this work is continued. For, the reform of the Muslim mind wedded to stereotypes, cannot be effected without this hammering job. ...

South Asia

Maldives leader 'will quit' if found to have coup role

7 dead in religious rioting between Buddhist residents and Muslims in Myanmar

India

Need to prevent reappearance of Taliban post 2014: India

Militant outfits to recruit leaders in J&K: Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain

Human Rights organisations seek impartial probe into Siddiqui murder in jail

Sikh pilgrims stranded at Attari as railway stops Pak train

Several new commodities from Pakistan find way to India

Pakistan

The alarming rise of teenage suicides in Pakistan

Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s president accused of turning a blind eye to violence by Muslims

Arab World

Monitors smell 'burnt flesh' in Syria massacre village: UN

Syria Rebels Say Will Free Lebanese Hostages in New State

Syrian army kills 17 civilians in Daraa: watchdog

North America

Quran-burning pastor puts Obama through a noose

Canadian public school uses Iranian texts that teach jihad, Jew-hatred, Islamic supremacism

Africa

Sharia guardians reviving Islamic revolution in Libya

Tunisia tells imams to stop pushing Syria jihad

ICC Lawyer Meeting Gaddafi Son Detained in Libya-Lawyer

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board, whose main concern is the conservation of Muslim personal law: not with a view to reforming it over time, but as a way of buttressing Muslim identity in India. In this view, Muslim personal law represents a residual link with the Sharia and gives legal substance to the idea of a Muslim community. Muslim conservatives are sometimes joined, in newspaper reports, by 'moderate Muslims', a peculiarly offensive category that seems to assume that being Muslim is a condition that needs moderation. …

Like today’s politicians and strategic experts do not know how Balochistan came to be a part of Pakistan, they similarly do not know how Gilgit-Baltistan came to be a part of Pakistan. For the sake of recall, Gilgit-Baltistan used to be a part of the Kashmir state that the people freed from Dogra raj. Post-independence, the people of GB voluntarily decided to join the federation of Pakistan and wanted to be given the status of a federating units like the others...

 

ایک علیحدہ قبلہ کے لیے نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی خواہش کو دیکھتے ہوئے، اس طرح خدا نے جواب دیا: سورۃ بکرہ 2: 144۔ " (اے حبیب!) ہم بار بار آپ کے رُخِ انور کا آسمان کی طرف پلٹنا دیکھ رہے ہیں، سو ہم ضرور بالضرور آپ کو اسی قبلہ کی طرف پھیر دیں گے جس پر آپ راضی ہیں، پس آپ اپنا رخ ابھی مسجدِ حرام کی طرف پھیر لیجئے، اور (اے مسلمانو!) تم جہاں کہیں بھی ہو پس اپنے چہرے اسی کی طرف پھیر لو، اور وہ لوگ جنہیں کتاب دی گئی ہے ضرور جانتے ہیں کہ یہ (تحویلِ قبلہ کا حکم) ان کے رب کی طرف سے حق ہے، اور اﷲ ان کاموں سے بے خبر نہیں جو وہ انجام دے رہے ہیں"۔ اسی آیت کو زیادہ تر مسلمان یاد رکھتے  ہیں  اور اسی پر عمل کرتے ہیں۔ لیکن اگلی ہی آیت میں  ان کے لئے وضاحت کی گئی ہے کہ بیت المقدس،  یہودیوں اور عیسائیوں کے لئے قبلہ تھا،  جسے مسلمان بھول گئے ہیں۔

 

इसी आयत को ज़्यादा तर मुसलमान याद रखते हैं और इसी पर अमल करते हैं। लेकिन अगली ही आयत में उनके लिए वज़ाहत की गई है कि बैतुल मोक़द्दस, यहूदियों और ईसाईयों के लिए क़िब्ला था, जिसे मुसलमान भूल गए हैं। और अपनी नज़र में ख़ुद परहेज़गार हमारे उल्मा को बेशक इन कुरानी आयात को नज़रअंदाज करने की आदत पड़ गई है जो उनके लिए ग़ैर मुनासिब हैं जो उनके क़ज़्ज़ाक़, अपनी रास्त मंदी, मर्दों को अफ़ज़ल बताने और इस्लाम फ़ौक़ियत वाले रवैय्ये की हिमायत नहीं करती हैं।

Now the question is why the civil courts are using personal laws in their jurisdiction when their duty is to interpret the constitutional laws. If we accept the supremacy of our constitutional provisions then all other laws of the country including personal laws, must be subordinate to our civil laws. And this must come strongly in the judgments. Unfortunately, the Judges have been using these religious moralities to explain or strengthen their arguments which seem to be quite dangerous….

Pakistan

Pakistan to follow its own timeline to eradicate extremism and terrorism: FO

Southeast Asia

Malaysian Moms top list as child abusers

Arab World

Egypt Islamist MP caught in ‘indecent’ act with woman

Saudi folk dancers perform in British Consulate event

83 more civilians killed in Syria: watchdog

India

Thousands of crores belonging to Muslims lying unaccounted because of Islamic tenet

Day later, Sikh pilgrims cross over to Pakistan on foot

South Asia

Dhaka protests Economist reports

Bangladeshi scribes' dam mission fails to take off, TOI report

North America

Suicides outpace war deaths for US troops: Pentagon

Obama, Clinton worth only chickens, camels: Al Qaeda group

US fighting its own war in tribal areas of the Pak-Afghan border region: Panetta

Arica

ICC lawyer arrested after meeting Qaddafi's son

Libya tribe clashes with armed forces in south

 

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Co-education among Muslims would result in greater progress and help

Acid attack Survivor determined to rebuild life

Paving a political path to Bradford's Muslim women

British legislation: A welcome proposal on forced marriages

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Photo: Acid attack Survivor determined to rebuild life

“I want to return with a message of love, I want to return to pour light into your veins. And cry out: ‘O those whose baskets are full of sleep, I brought you an apple, red like the sun,” wrote poet Sohrab Sepehri. “I want to bring flowers for the beggar, gift earrings to the pretty leper woman of my old neighbourhood. I want to share the beauty of the garden with the blind.” “I want to be a peddler, peddling through streets, shouting: ‘Dew, I brought dew for you.”...

The origins of Pakistan's doom and gloom have been traced by many, to many. One other major loss to Pakistan was that of human capital - the exodus of Hindus and Sikhs from the urban centres of Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore and even Quetta. Many Muslims of the Jinnah generation, whose intimate circle of friends included Hindus and Sikhs, despised Jinnah for causing the exodus of all their good friends to India. Indeed, the most targeted of the accused in Pakistan is Jinnah, whom I personally prefer to think of as misunderstood……

 

South Asia

45 militants killed in Afghanistan

Afghan arsonists seek to enforce truancy from school

Pakistan

Almost entire Tirah valley of Pakistan fall to militants

No great breakthrough expected as India, Pak talk Siachen

US, Pakistan beginning to look more like enemies

Pakistani community leader faces wrath of Right-wing Islamophobic media in Britain

Southeast Asia

Indonesian city seeks gay ban in local Sharia laws

It's not about unity, but Malay-Muslim integrity

Mideast Asia

Iran publicly hangs five drug smugglers

Turkish Islamist zeal worries Europe

Turkey Continues Its Irrevocable Slide to Becoming an Islamic Theocracy

Syria Chemical Stocks Threaten Israel

Arab World

Syrian troops attack Homs, 38 killed

Presidential elections in Egypt and human rights of Coptic Christians

Syria opposition elects Kurd activist as leader

Africa

Qaeda chief urges Tunisians to rise up for Sharia

Nigeria violence: Seven dead after Boko Haram attacks Churches

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If God is understood as supreme, infinitesimal, all-pervading spiritual substance, his power over matter and soul becomes clear. Then, we would not need to regard God as an object of obeisance through blind faith; rather we would understand God scientifically. Superstition would yield place to scientific enquiry and curiosity, which would be satisfied rationally. This would make way for true communion with God…..

I am an American citizen born in Kuwait of Egyptian parents. I grew up in Great Britain, Malaysia, and Egypt and have lived in the United States since 1965, when I was seventeen. When I arrived in America, I experienced serious culture shock. This was the heyday of the “God is dead” movement. Islam was almost always portrayed negatively in the media and larger culture. Arabs were then considered uncouth, dirty, and uncivilized. ...

Islam, Slavery and Saudi Arabia
Ghulam Rasool, New Age Islam

Being the birthplace of Islam Saudi Arabia should have come to the fore to condemn and uproot slavery from world to fulfil the clearly expressed desire of the Prophet of Islam. But on the contrary, Saudi Arabia has been a hub for both female and male slaves trafficked for the purposes of involuntary servitude and commercial sexual exploitation. Men and women from a large number of countries including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sudan, Ethiopia are hired in Saudi Arabia as domestic servants or other low-skilled labourers, but many of them subsequently face inhumane restrictions and torments, withholding of passports, threats, physical and sexual abuse and non-payment of wages. ...

NATO has consistently blocked any attempt to scrutinise the war crimes it committed during the ‘humanitarian intervention' in Libya. ....the proposition that Muammar Qadhafi's forces were conducting genocide was grossly exaggerated, and both called for an open investigation of NATO's aerial bombardment. The U.N. report found that crimes against humanity and war crimes had been committed by the Qadhafi regime and by the rebels. It also found evidence of potential war crimes by NATO....

اب سوال یہ ہے کہ سول عدالتیں اپنے دائرہ اختیار میں پرسنل لاء کا  استعمال کر رہی ہیں جبکہ ان کی ذمہ داری آئینی قوانین کی تشریح کرنے کی ہے۔ اگر ہم اپنے آئینی شقوں کی بالادستی کو قبول کرتے ہیں تو پرسنل لاء سمیت ملک کے دیگر تمام قوانین، ہمارے سول قوانین کے ماتحت ہونے چاہئے۔ اور فیصلوں میں اسے واضح طور پر سامنے آنا  چاہیئے۔ بدقسمتی سے، ججز حضرات  ان مذہبی اخلاقیات کا استعمال  ان کے دلائل کو  واضح کرنے  یا تقویت پہنچانے کے لئے کر رہے ہیں، جو  کافی خطرناک لگتے ہیں۔

 

2003 में आला सतह के सऊदी अरब के एक क़ानूनदां, शेख़ सालेह इमाम अलफ़ौज़ान ने एक फतवा जारी किया जिसमें उन्होंने दावा किया कि "गु़लामी इस्लाम का एक हिस्सा है। गु़लामी जिहाद का हिस्सा है, और जिहाद तब तक बाक़ी रहेगा जब तक कि इस्लाम है।" उन्होंने अलग राय रखने वाले मुस्लिम उल्मा की तन्क़ीद की और अपनी बात पर क़ायम रहे कि," वो जाहिल हैं, उल्मा नहीं हैं... वो महेज़ लिखने वालों में से हैं। लिहाज़ा जो भी इस तरह की बातें कहता है वो काफ़िर है।"

 
Muslims Must Reclaim the Spirit of Islam
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

The Delhi High Court judgment did provide the opportunity for the Muslims to do some serious introspection, but as always, the Muslim leadership, both religious and political has sought to legitimize and welcome a judgment which would be anathema in any modern country.

In what can be termed nothing but shameful, the AIMPLB has welcomed the judgment, taking refuge in the Muslim personal law and the Constitution of India. It merits only some common sense to realize that even Muslim countries like Turkey, Tunisia and Syria have changed their laws to suit the emerging norm of modern living. Indonesia and Pakistan, both Muslim countries, perhaps have more gender just laws as compared to Indian Muslims.

What stops the AIMPLB to even start thinking along these lines is unfathomable, to say the least. Sticking to fundamentalism, they are potentially jeopardizing the health and life of many Muslim girls whose custodians they claim themselves to be….

Among the great philosophers and thinkers that India gifted to the world are two men who tower above the rest- Buddha and Guru Nanak, the founders of Buddhism and Sikhism. While Buddha is well known in the West as a result of his creed and followers, Guru Nanak, whose birthday we celebrate today is yet to be discovered.

Let this Muslim introduce you to the man who founded the world's youngest religion, Sikhism and who had a profound role in shaping my Punjabi heritage, alas, one that was torn to shreds by the bloody partition of India in August 1947....

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