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No more speeches at the General Assembly boxing ring

Chris Doyle

The Russians are in Baghdad too!

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

What form will Russian involvement in Syria take?

Maria Dubovikova

Netanyahu in the ‘axis of resistance’

Diana Moukalled

Dhaka’s Much-Loved Monstrosity

Tahmima Anam

Kim Davis and Pope Francis’s Grand Strategy

By  Ross Douthat

Beyond the war in Yemen


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While many progressives are fond of extolling Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s lament on the unfulfilled promise of postcoloniality, his evocative poem Subh-i-Azadi (The Dawn of Freedom), in prose, it is actually Saadat Hasan Manto who captures the opportunism and political chicanery which characterised the newly-formed state of Pakistan.


Concomitantly, the world's interest in Turkey has been irreparably lost. Since 2004 or 2005, the country's EU bid and the AKP's reformist vein had globally contested the well-known assertion that Islam doesn't coexist peacefully with democracy. This had urged researchers to remove their Orientalist perspectives and view Turkey with empathy.

Syria, Obama and Putin
Thomas L. Friedman

The Sunni Muslims are the vast majority in Syria. They are the dominant sect in the Arab world. Putin and Russia would be seen as going all-in to protect Assad, a pro-Iranian, Alawite/Shiite genocidal war criminal. Putin would alienate the entire Sunni Muslim world, including Russian Muslims.


After the authority of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad collapsed at the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011, the Kurds took advantage of the vacuum to set up government without a state. There is no top-down authority, even within the military. One Y.P.G. commander gently corrected me when I addressed him as “general.”


Responsible schooling, governance, international diplomacy, accountability and conscientious citizens are the demands of modern society. However, popular media despite its presence in every home, remains the most ignorant, irresponsible and manipulative aspect of modern life.

ISIS in Afghanistan
Franz-Michael Mellibin

BE under no illusion: IS has arrived in Afghanistan. Just as the country is gripped by an economic exodus of people seeking better opportunities elsewhere, the self-styled Islamic State is spreading its tentacles into Afghanistan’s most lawless territories in an attempt to establish influence in a region seen as vital to the group’s endgame: a caliphate......


Muslim Woman in Ahmedabad Bridges Divide with Delicacies

Dstrkt nightclub denies ban on dark and overweight women

2 Delhi Hospitals Issued Notice for Refusing to Admit Acid Victim

First Lady Calls On Youths to Have Confidence In National Unity Government

Muslim Fashion Market Poised to Skyrocket as Retailers like Uniqlo Embrace ‘Modest’ Lines

Hijab-Wearing Muslim Model Stirs Debate

Israeli Statistics Bureau Reveals Muslim Population Decrease, Rise in Employment

Muslim Women Perpetrate Attacks in Jerusalem’s Old City

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South Asia

Taliban Defeated in Takhar’s Khwaja Ghar District

Security Forces in Full Control Of Imam Saheb District Of Kundoz


Full Text: India’s reply to Pakistan at the United Nation General Assembly

I Was Nationalist, Then Communist, but Babri and Riots Changed Me: IM Operative


Aussie Education Ambassador Defends Islam

Arab World

Iraqi Kurds Drive Islamic State Out Of Villages

Saudi Scholars Blast Israel's "Terrorism"


UK To Lift Curbs on Turbans at Work

After Minarets, Swiss Rightist Seeks Niqab Ban

Russia Deploys Five More Fighter Jets in Syria to Strengthen Airstrikes on ISIL


Pak PM Urges India to Pledge Not To Use Force under Any Circumstances

Mina Stampede: Officials Say 40 Pakistanis Dead, Over 60 Missing


Historic Moment as Palestinian Flag Raised Outside UN

Israeli Troops Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque

Southeast Asia

Indian Charged With Slapping Muslim Cleric during Prayers in Malaysia

North America

Trump Says Would Send Home Syrian Refugees If Elected Us Prez

Russia Carries out Airstrike near Homs in Syria: Us


Nigerian Finds Islam after Buhari's Win

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امن کی ہماری تلاش اور اسلامی دہشت گردوں کے خلاف ہماری جنگ میں تقدس مآب پوپ فرانسس نے ہماری رہنمائی کی ہے۔ میں اس بات کو تسلیم کرتے ہوئے اس عالمی مسلم کمیونٹی تک یہ بات پہنچانا چاہوں گا جس کی یہاں نمائندگی کی جارہی ہے کہ پوپ فرانسس کی نصیحت کو سنجیدگی سے لیا جانا چاہیے اور اس پر عمل در آمد کیا جانا چاہیے، اس لیے کہ یہ نہ صرف علم و حکمت پر مبنی ہے بلکہ قرآن مجید کی اس نصیحت کے مطابق بھی ہے جو قرآن میں بار بار وارد ہوئی ہے۔

پوپ فرانسس نے قرآن مجید کو "امن کی تعلیم دینے والی آسمانی کتاب" قرار دیا ہے اور انہوں نے مسلمانوں کو اس کی "ایک مناسب تشریح" پیش کرنے کی نصیحت کی ہے۔

قرآن مجید مسلمانوں کو بار بار اس کی آیات پر غور کرنے اور اس کے بہترین معانی تلاش کرنے کا حکم دیتا ہےمثلاً؛ 39:55, 39:18; 39:55; 38:29; 2:121; 47:24، وغیرہ۔

لہٰذا، قرآن اور پوپ فرانسس دونوں مسلمانوں سے اس بات کا مطالبہ کر رہے ہیں کہ مسلمانوں کو لفظی طور پر قرآنی آیات کی پیروی نہیں کرنی چاہیے بلکہ انہیں سب سے بہتر یا سب سے زیادہ مناسب طریقے سے اس کی ترجمانی کرنے کی کوشش کرنی چاہئے۔

نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم پر مسلط جنگوں کے دوران نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی رہنمائی کرنے کےلیے نازل ہونے والی قرآن کی سیاق و سباق والی آیات لفظی تعبیر و تشریح اور نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی وفات کی کئی دہائیوں بلکہ صدیوں کے بعد جمع کی گئی احادیث کے بارے میں وحی الٰہی ہونے کے مسلمانوں کے ایک عام عقیدے کی وجہ سے ہم آج دہشت گردی، اجانب بیزری، عدم برداشت، تفوق پرستی اور زن بیزاری کی موجودہ بحران کا سامنا کر رہے ہیں۔

بات یہ نہیں ہے کہ مسلمانوں نے قرآن کی ان آیات اور احادیث پر غور و فکر نہیں کیا ہے۔ بلکہ امام غزالی، ابن تیمیہ، عبد الوہاب، شاہ ولی اللہ اور شیخ سرہندی، جیسے بڑے مذہبی رہنماؤں کے کا مطالعہ کرنے پر ہم تفوق پرستی اور جہاد کے معاملے میں ان کی اندھی تقلید کا شکار ہو جاتے ہیں۔ اس سے واضح ہے کہ ان کی یہ تشریحات موجودہ دور کی ضروریات کو پوری کرنے کے لئے کافی نہیں ہیں۔

جب ہم قرآن آیتوں کے سب سے بہترین معانی اور مناسب تشریح تلاش کر لیں گے تبھی مسلمان اسلامی تعلیمات کے مطابق امن اور تکثیریت، تنوعات، صنفی مساوات، مذہبی آزادی اور سب کے لئے انسانی حقوق پر مبنی کی ایک نئی فقہ تیار کرنے کے قابل ہوں گے، جو عصر حاضر اور مستقبل کے معاشروں کے لئے موزوں گی۔…


At a time when Islamic postulates are conflated in global media with violent extremism, radicalism, religio-fascism, xenophobia, intolerance and exclusivism, a coherent narrative of peace within an Islamic framework is indispensable......

A vital characteristic of modern civilisation is the growing presence of women in public domain. Every day, more and more women enter our streets, offices and shops. It is becoming easier for a girl to enter a restaurant alone, have a cup of tea and exercise her liberty to walk. But, Islamists like AIMPLB are working to undermine this civilisational trend. By advocating Burqa and triple Talaq, anti-equality Islamist groups threaten the story of our civilisation. If Prophet Muhammad advocated a new civilisation for the Meccans in the 7th century CE, the AIMPLB and its brother organisations are the heretics of modern civilisation, the Kuffar of modern times.....

Essential Message of Islam (Full Text)
By Muhammad Yunus & Ashfaque Ullah Syed

Barren sandy desert, extremely hot climate, and scarcity of water resources made the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula an inhospitable abode for man since ancient times. Its original people were pagans, except for some Unitarians (ahnaf) who contemplated on the Oneness of God. In the post Judeo-Christian era, pockets of wet fertile land attracted Jewish and Christian settlers from the adjoining regions, and became isolated centres of trade and commerce. However, the vast stretches of the desert heartland that only sustained a nomadic life, remained in a primitive state until the advent of Islam. The nomadic tribes had preserved their ancestral paganism, with each tribe having its own idol; and the Ka‘ba, a cubical shrine at the heart of an ancient sanctuary (Haram) in Mecca, was the centre of idol worship. The nomadic Arabs were largely unlettered, had no notion of central state or kingdom, and their social and moral norms were based on traditions (Sunnah) and dictated by the struggle for survival. .....

إذا كنت تعتقد أن حرب الدولة الإسلامية على الآثار هي مرعبة، كنت على الحق. ولكنها ليست استثنائية. لها جذورها في المروق الضار والمفرط الذي شهد ولاة الوهابية السعودية يسحقون ويهدمون ويمحون ويدمرون المواقع ذاتها والمناظر الطبيعية التي يعرفها المسلمون في جميع أنحاء العالم معرفة كاملة. إذا كنت تعتقد أنني أبالغ، فلا تفعل هكذا. قبل عدة سنوات، ذهبت مع مجموعة صغيرة من المسلمين الأميركيين على الحج إلى مكة المكرمة والمدينة المنورة. كان دليل سعودي معنا من خلال جولة حافلة لنا في جميع أنحاء مكة المكرمة والمدينة المنورة، فرفض السماح بتوقف سائقنا في المساجد ذات الأهمية التاريخية، لأنه كان يعتقد أننا قد نعبر الخط ونعبد بطريقة غير لائقة وغير وهابية. وكان يعاملنا مثل الأطفال.


So shouldn’t rendering justice be called the central pillar or pole of Islam and the remaining five pillars, the outer pillars or the outer poles of the tent? Remove the central pole and the tent collapses taking down the remaining five poles also. The five pillars of Islam are no less important because the central pole cannot stand by itself either. The five pillars however only provide the necessary hygiene factors and what is central to Islam that defines a true Muslim who is both a witness to Allah and witness to the people of the divine attributes of Allah to whom he submits, is the quality of justice he renders and upholds. An oppressor is simply a contumacious rejecter of Allah and His attributes and a representative of Iblis…..

The Much Discussed and Debated Medinian Verses Relating To Fighting


Continued and enhanced economic and political support to Afghanistan is crucial for the viability of the government. Afghanistan is faring better than Syria and Iraq in many ways, but it appears to have exhausted its stay on top of the American and international community agendas. If Afghanistan is to have the chance to become a success story because of the United States and NATO intervention, it cannot be abandoned halfway.


The main essence is freedom for woman to choose for herself without any compulsion by religion, adverse circumstances or male authoritarianism. If a woman wants to work freely as a prostitute, she should not be criminalised for it and if she wants to exit this profession, then she should be facilitated to find other means to support herself. This can only be ensured if prostitution is recognised as a legal entity. There is no other way.


THE antennae of some Western diplomatic missions in Dhaka had received a signal that 'Western interests' might be targeted in a terrorist attack. But why didn't we have a clue of it? This brings to the fore an information sharing gap, a matter that comes along downstream along the article.


Next week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will visit Brussels and tell his European Union counterparts that Europe must act decisively if it wants to stop the massive flow of refugees leaving his country and entering the European Union by land and sea. Turkey is willing to help halt the exodus, but the union cannot expect it to do so if European governments offer Turkey little in return.


The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change, endorsed in August by Islamic scholars from around the world, calls on countries to phase out greenhouse-gas emissions and switch to 100% renewable energy. With 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, the collective statement sends a strong signal ahead of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit later this month, and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.


Saadat Hasan Manto’s final days open a vista onto the creative struggle and state of chaos that plagued the short story writer. However, a touching tribute can do little to make a martyr of a man who is termed an anti-hero, even decades after his demise.


Nearly a year after the official end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan, this military failure confirms the worst fears about the weaknesses of the Afghan forces. Some 7,000 government forces and militiamen were overcome by far fewer Taliban in Kunduz.....


Hillary Clinton Worried She Could Hurt the Fight to Lift Saudi Ban on Female Drivers

Saudi Women Welcome Mall Searches

Saudi Woman Divorces Husband for Being Short

Egypt’s Lost Queen Nefertiti May Lie Concealed in King Tut’s Tomb

Angela Merkel has ‘Good Chance’ Of Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Report

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


In a week in which two of the holiest dates in the Muslim and Jewish calendars coincided (Eid al-Adha and Yom Kippur, respectively), the city of Jerusalem, which should bring all people together, is more divided than ever, ridden by hatred and violence. The recent flare-up in violence is a reflection of the unsustainable pretence of a united Jerusalem under Israeli ‘sovereignty.’


The ‘crown jewels’ have been handed to a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world. Saudi Arabia will head a Consultative Group of five Ambassadors empowered to select applicants globally for more than seventy-seven positions to deal with human rights violations and mandates.

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