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Kashmiri Women Stitch Stories of Survival and Strength

Madarsa Making Muslim Women Self-Reliant

Women’s Rights Law No Match for Kurdistan Tradition

Other War on Women, Waged By Feminists

Sinhalese Carmelites Have Dedicated Their Missionary Lives to Educate Girls in Pakistan

Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Stresses Women’s Education, Empowerment

Working-Women and Young Girls Rally Against Load Shedding In Lahore

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Photo: Afghan Women in Shelters Are Prostitutes

 

Bakhsh (1830-1907) was a Sufi Pir and poet from Mirpur in modern-day Azad Kashmir, though his ancestors hailed from the Gujarat district in Pakistani Punjab. Known in Pakistan as Rumi-e-Kashmir, I learnt about Bakhsh from a friend who hails from Poonch on the Indian side of the Line of Control. My friend grew up literally on the border which is not a border, watching Doordarshan and PTV alike, making him a bit of an Indian and a bit of a Pakistani. .....

South Asia

The Book, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Was Never Allowed To Read By Her Father!

Standoff at Afghan hotel over; 17 dead

Pakistan

Pak-origin ringleader of ‘child sex grooming gang’ unmasked

LHC issues notice to Zardari over holding dual offices

PPP nominates Raja Pervez Ashraf as new Pakistan PM

It’s better to tolerate a colleague than an army general: JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman

India

Pakistan-Born Starlet’s Friend with ‘Militant Links’ Arrested

J-K police sanctions scholarships for 153 children

Indo-Pak flag meet to be held LoC tomorrow

NC again demands pre-1953 status for Kashmir

Arab World

As militants join Syria revolt, fears grow over arms flow

Egypt Military Blames Muslim Brotherhood for Woes

Africa

Snatched and detained: Libya’s ‘jungle law’

Burundi Sentences Journalist to Life in Prison for Terrorism

North America

US mull new covert raids in Pakistan

US adds first Boko Haram members to ‘terrorist’ list

Europe

Muslim pair accused of planning jihad bomb attack on Jews in Britain

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Photo: Pak-origin ringleader of ‘child sex grooming gang’

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New Khaki Tactic: Ousting PM Instead of Parliament
Ayesha Siddiqa in an interview with Adnan Farooq

This is an intense political battle in which the Supreme Court is not neutral but a party as well. Look at the Supreme Court's comparative behaviour. There are times when it bails out murderers and looters but does not spare the ruling party in particular. Its wrath is mainly for the PPP and the chief judge seems to be making sure that he can ensure the PPP government's ouster especially since he is now worried about his son being investigated....

O you who believe! Observing the fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious) (Al-Baqarah 2: 183) Fasting is an act of worship and obedience to God. It humbles the human heart and makes conscience of God’s presence. Fasting also helps us to control our basic human desires such as thirst and hunger. The fasting person feel pangs of hunger during the fasting day and can empathize with the less fortunate who feel similar pangs due to poverty as a part of daily life. Breaking of the fast each day is also a great joy and mercy from God....

پوری دنیا کے مسلمانوں کی اکثریت کے بارے میں تصور کیا جاتا ہے کہ وہ  بہت زیادہ مذہب کی طرف مائل ہوتے ہیں؛ انہیں مثبت کے ساتھ ساتھ منفی دونوں معنوں میں بنیاد پرست کہا جاتا ہے۔ مثبت معنی میں  ایک بنیاد پرست مسلمان وہ ہے جو ہر روز  پانچوں وقت کی نماز پڑھتا ہے، رمضان کے مہینے میں روزہ رکھتا ہے، زکوٰۃ دیتا ہے اور اگر ممکن ہو تو حج کے لئے بھی جاتا ہے، وغیرہ۔ منفی معنی میں ایک بنیاد پرست مسلمان وہ ہے جو کافروں کو مارنے اور مرنے کے لئے تیار ہے اور جو پوری دنیا کو دارالاسلام میں تبدیل کرنا چاہتا ہے۔

 

Some people are born rich, with a silver spoon in their mouths while others strive to become rich. Similarly, there are people who are weak financially and desperate to make ends meet. The Quran recognises such a nature of society and declares it as God’s will. The Holy Book says “…It is We who portion out between them their livelihood….” (43:32). Thus a society is like a human hand whose five fingers are not equal, but they are part of one hand and their strength lies in their unity....

मुसलमानों को मज़हबी जुनून से बचना चाहिए। अव़्वल, तो वो लोग माली, इक़्तेसादी और तालीमी ऐतबार से पसमांदा हैं (मैं सिर्फ ख़लीज के ममालिक के बारे में बात नहीं कर रहा हूँ, जहां कुछ हुक्मरान अशराफ़िया तब्क़े के पास पैसा है, मेरी तवज्जो आम मुसलमानों पर है जो सिर्फ जानवरों के एक झुंड के तौर पर पैरवी करते हैं)। अपनी अलैहदगी और मजमूई तौर पर पसमांदगी के लिए ख़ुद को क़ुसूरवार बताने के बजाय वो दीगर तब्क़ात को ज़िम्मेदार ठहराते हैं। वो 7वीं सदी की ज़िंदगी भी जीना चाहते हैं और साथ ही हर मैदान में पेशक़दमी भी करना चाहते हैं। ये मुम्किन नहीं है।

 

ہندوستان میں محبت کی شادیاں ہوتی رہتی ہیں ۔ الگ الگ برادریوں کے لڑکے لڑکیوں میں بھی شادیاں ہوتی ہیں لیکن زیادہ تروالدین ایسی شادیوں کو اپنی ناک کٹ جانے سے تعبیر کرتے ہیں۔ پنچایتیں یہاں تک کرتی ہیں کہ ایسی شادی کرنے والوں کو جدا ہونے پر مجبور کرتی ہیں۔  ایک پنچایت ایسے لڑکےلڑکی کو بھائی بہن قرار دے چکی ہے جو 5,،  6سال تک میاں بیوی کے طور پر گزار چکے تھے ۔ اس پنچایت میں لڑکے لڑکی کے والدین بھی بلائے گئے تھے اور فیصلہ یہ دیا گیا تھا کہ وہ اپنے بیٹے بیٹی کی نئی شادی کروائیں اور ایک نئی زندگی شروع کرنے میں ان کی مدد کریں ۔

 
शादी और एलाहदगी में जब्र
शमीम तारिक़ (तर्जुमा- न्यु एज इस्लाम)

हुकूमत और सियासी पार्टियां पंचायत के चौधरियों को अपनी ताक़त का मंबा समझती हैं इसलिए रिवायत और परंपरा के अलावा इन चौधरियों की अना और मफ़ाद का भी लिहाज़ रखती हैं इसलिए ना सिर्फ शादी ब्याह के मुआमले में बल्कि कई दूसरे उमूर में भी चौधरियों की चौधराहट ही को रिवायत और परम्परा का नाम दे दिया जाता है। नतीजतन ना सिर्फ आशिकों के ख़ुशनुमा ख़्वाबों का बल्कि इंसानी आज़ादी और बुनियादी इंसानी हुक़ूक़ का भी ख़ून होता है।

 

The perpetrators of the Bengali genocide never learnt anything from history. This time the playing field is Balochistan and the targets are Baloch intellectuals. There has always been a cleansing by occupiers and dictators of the intelligentsia who stand out from the masses. The occupiers have reasons to do this as intellectuals and artists, based on their popularity and position in society, are the kind of people who would be most able to influence the masses....

 

حضرت امام ابوحنیفہ رحمۃ اللہ علیہ کوفہ میں کپڑے کے بڑے تاجر تھے اور آپ کا  کاروبار نہایت ہی وسیع پیمانے پر تھا ۔  آپ کا مال تجارت دور دراز علاقوں میں بھی بھیجا کرتے تھے نیز ضروری اشیا ء باہر سے منگواتے بھی تھے۔ تجارت و کاروبار میں سچائی اور دیانتداری کا ایسا خیال رکھتے تھے کہ اس کی مثال کم ہی اس روئے زمین پر مل سکتی ہے۔ ایک مرتبہ کا واقعہ ہے کہ آپ نے دکان سے کہیں جاتے وقت کپڑوں کی تھان نوکر کے سپرد کیا اور فرمایا اگر کوئی اسے لے تو اسے کپڑوں کاعیب دار ہونا بتا دینا۔  پھر جب آپ دکان واپس آئے تو دیکھا کہ کپڑے بک چکے ہیں ۔ آپ نے ملازم سے دریافت فرمایا کہ تم نے ان کپڑوں کا عیب دار ہونا خرید نے والے کو بتادیا تھا اس پر خادم نے ندامت کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے کہا  کہ میں بھول گیا تھا مجھے یاد ہی نہ تھا۔ اس پر امام صاحب نے کپڑوں کی پوری قیمت جس کی مالیت تیس ہزار درہم تھی صدقہ فرمادی ۔ اللہ اکبر کیا اس سے بڑھ کر بھی کوئی دیانتداری کاثبوت پیش کرسکتا ہے۔

 

हज़रत इमाम ज़हबी रहमतुल्लाह अलैहि फ़रमाते हैं कि हज़रत इमामे आज़म रहमतुल्लाह अलैह ने चालीस साल तक इशा के वुज़ू से फ़ज्र की नमाज़ पढ़ी। रात भर आप क़ुरान शरीफ़ पढ़ा करते थे और ख़ौफ़े ख़ुदा से इस क़दर रोते थे कि आप के हमसायों को आप पर रहम आता था। हज़रत इमाम के शागिर्द हज़रत क़ाज़ी इमाम अबु यूसुफ़ फ़रमाते हैं कि हज़रत इमामे आज़म हर रात और दिन में एक ख़त्म क़ुरान पढ़ा करते थे और रमज़ान शरीफ़ में (दिन और रात मिला कर) बासठ क़ुरान ख़त्म फ़रमाया करते थे।

 

Germany's new president stated earlier this year that Muslims are part of Germany, but that he would not say Islam was. But with more than 4 million German Muslims, and the principle of religious freedom enshrined in the country's constitution, how could Islam possibly not be part of Germany? Behind the scenes, decisive steps are being taken institutionally to make Islam a more integrated part of Germany. Two years ago, the German Council for Science and Humanities recommended that Islamic theology be taught at German universities, along with training for imams and religious teachers. ...

9/11 Was a Turning Point for the American Muslim Community
Zahra Billoo in an interview with Angelo Lopez

9/11 was a turning point for the American Muslim community, one that really shook many into civic engagement. People started to realize that they needed to do education around who they were and what they believed, very quickly. Many began to host open house events both in their own homes and mosques, to open their doors and answer any questions their fellow Americans may have. Additionally, American Muslims are looking inward to ensure there are no violent elements within the community and that people are not misinterpreting the faith....

Muslim Fashion Going Global and Bleeding Into Western Culture

Terrorists Blew Up A Girls’ School In Kohat

Two Moroccan Women Jailed For Prostitution in Dubai for Six Months

Pakistan: Women Legislators Fear ‘Mistreatment’ Outside Assembly Also

Social Customs Keep Saudi Women Jobless

Procedures to Employ 11,000 Saudi Women in Administrative Posts Begins

Emirati Woman Bags Top Award At Arab Film Studio

Debate on Women Dress Code in UAE Reaches to the Echelons of the Government

Lesbians In Morocco: Should We Stay Or Should We Go?

Pakistani Teen Delighted To Participate In Olympic Torch Relay

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Photo: Muslim Fashion Going Global and Bleeding Into Western Culture

 

A lot of debate has taken place on whether Prophet (SAW) travelled to the Heavens spiritually or physically. And in this context the great Islamic Scholar, Maulana Maududi (RA) in his Tafheem-ul-Quran explains in simple terms that the journey was not spiritual (or a dream) but a physical one. He explains on the basis of the reference of the following verses of the Holy Quran that the journey was not spiritual but of physical nature.  Allah says in the Holy Quran,  “Glorified be He Who Carried His servant by night from the Inviolable Place of Worship to the Far Distant Place of Worship the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, that We might show him of Our tokens! Only He is the Hearer, the Seer.”   (Bani Israel, V, 1)...

South Asia

NATO commander blames Kabul attack on Haqqani network

Arab World

Iraq Military Beard Edict Stirs Religious Debate

Syria Army Shells City Near Iraq, Kills 28: Activists

Saudi Arabia and Qatar Funding Syrian Rebels

Mideast Asia

Jihadists' Twitter Presence Becomes More Sophisticated

Palestinians Push Nativity Church in Bethlehem as Heritage Site

Pakistan

Forced Conversion against the Spirit of Islam: All Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman

Swat Buddha destroyed by Taliban gets facelift

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gears up for education reforms

India

No action against Ishrat SIT cop: HC

Tulsiram was witness to the abduction of Sohrabuddin and Kausar Bi: SIT

Southeast Asia

Philippines Arrests Militant in American Beheading

Terror financing cell busted in Medan

Africa

Kenya maids barred from Mid-East

North America

A Top Conservative Think Tank Embraces Islamophobia

Muslims Hold Law Enforcement Training Conference

Europe

No racial hatred charges for British Sharia law expert

Over 100 killed in Nigerian church attacks: UN

Germany lauds India's Afghanistan role pushes UN reforms

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Photo: Iraq Military Beard Edict Stirs Religious Debate

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A few Muslim scholars from our past have duped us in believe that God is hateful to others... God ain't. God is neither a villain nor a bad guy. God is kind, merciful and just and wants his creation to get along and live in harmony. There are many verses that guide one to be righteous. We should not accept any translation of Quran that makes God a villain of his own creation. Those translations reduce him to Rabbul Muslimeen from Aalameen....

نوجوان جرمن مسلمانوں کے لئے ماضی میں مذہبی رہنما بننے کی تربیت میں حائل تعلیمی رکاوٹوں کے باوجود اب ملک میں اپنے آپ پر اعتماد رکھنے والی، تربیت یافتہ مسلمان طلبا کی نئی نسل موجود ہے جو  روادار  اور تکثیری تعلیمات اور سوچ کی دریافت نو اور اس کے نتیجے میں اس بات کی وضاحت نو کے لئے مشتاق ہے کہ اکیسویں صدی کے یورپ میں مسلمان ہونے کا کیا مطلب ہے۔

 

Along with the establishment of a unified cultural and ideological model, tailored to the Western neoliberal standards, globalization, however strange it may seem, stimulates the emergence of a new format of the Islamic world and gives an additional impulse to its awakening process. The latter has serious perspectives of becoming not only a crucially important process for the Islamic world itself in the 21st century, but it will also influence the development of the whole humanity....

इमामों की नई तर्बियत- जर्मनी और इस्लाम के लिए मुफ़ीद
लेविस ग्रोप (तर्जुमा, न्यु एज इस्लाम)

शरीयत पर जर्मनी के सबसे मारूफ़ तालीमी माहिर प्रोफ़ेसर मीथियास रूहे जिन्होंने जामिआ में इस्लामी दीनियात के प्रोग्राम शुरू करने में मदद फ़राहम की, कहते हैं, "मैं यक़ीन से नहीं कह सकता कि हमें इस काम पर आफ़ाक़ी दाद व तहसीन मिलेगी लेकिन ये यक़ीनन एक बहस को शुरू करने का बाइस बनेगा"। इस्लामी सोच और दीनियात की तरक़्क़ी के लिए पेशावराना तदरीसी माहौल की फ़राहमी जर्मन मुसलमानों को इस्लाम के माज़ी, हाल और मुस्तक़बिल पर आलमी मुबाहिसे में हिस्सा लेने का नया रास्ता फ़राहम करेगी।

 
دینی مدارس : چند تلخ حقائق و تجربات
غلام رسول دہلوی، نیو ایج اسلام

راقم السطور کو کئی مدارس کے بھرپور جائزے  کا موقع ملا۔ تقریباً اکثر جگہوں پر اپنی آنکھوں سے یہ دلخراش منظر دیکھا کہ وہاں کے منتظمین حضرات طلبہ کی تعلیمی  و ثقافتی سرگرمیوں میں کوئی دلچسپی نہیں لیتے۔ حدتو یہ ہے کہ وہ اپنے ادارہ کے ممتاز اور قابل فخر طلبہ سے بھی آشنا نہیں ہوتے ۔  نتیجتاً  کچھ کر گذرنے کاجذبہ رکھنے والے شاھین صفت طلبہ  بھی نا امیدی کے گھیرے میں آجاتے ہیں اور حوصلہ افزائی کیلئے ترس  رہے  یہ بچے اپنے آفاقی عزائم سے دستبردار ہو جاتے ہیں ۔ اس طرح کتنے  تخلیقی   ذہن کے حامل طلبہ انفس و آفاق سے رشتہ توڑ کر جمود وتعطل کے خول میں ہمیشہ کے لئے بند ہوجاتے ہیں ، اس کا اندازہ نہیں لگایا جاسکتا ۔

A person’s mettle is, however, tested by how he deals with the surfeit of energy that considerable wealth represents and the lack of it as well. As some philosopher has put it: Money doesn’t change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out. That is all.” There are well-known examples of people acquiring great wealth and in the process, heading towards self-destruction. But can wealth lead to good and the betterment of society? Of course, it can. We find some brilliant examples in our own history. It is quite instructive to see how some of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) coped with the enormous energy that wealth brings with it.....

Executive Summary: The paper begins with an introduction to the Qur’anic warnings against the Christians and the Jews (1) but without going into details, comes straight to its concluding exhortations on religious tolerance (2) and to its concluding message on religious pluralism (3). Sub-heading (4) captures the Qur’an’s approval of some of the People of the Book (Christians and Jews). The discourse then jumps to the Qur’an’s common criteria of divine Judgment for all believing communities, (5) and complements this with arguments that refute any Qur’anic basis for inter-faith enmity or hatred (6). Its concluding sub-heading (7) demonstrates that there is no Qur’anic basis to prohibit the construction of churches, synagogues or any houses of pure worship in Muslim countries – an issue that concerns all minorities in the Muslim countries today and conceivably results from a deep fear of the Muslim theologians and leadership of their youth abandoning an exclusive, atavistic and globally trivialized faith to live more comfortably in the pluralistic and progressive society of the secular world without the tag of Islam branding them as anything but noble. The sub-headings speak for themselves and conclusively establish the theme of this article.

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