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Islam and Islamism
Salim Mansur

Islamism is -- from the perspective of someone born and raised within the mainstream majority Sunni Islam -- an ideology fascistic and totalitarian in impulse and action, masquerading as religion. The proponents, advocates, activists and apologists of Islamism, irrespective of whatever guise these Islamists assume in public, are engaged in the sort of radical politics the West became acquainted with in the early decades of the twentieth century with the rise of Communism, Fascism and Nazism…..


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Arab World

Iraq: Army Kills over 60 ISIL Terrorists in Samarra

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North America

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Southeast Asia

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South Asia

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انفاق فی سبیل اللہ بہت عمدہ خلق ہے۔ خدا تعالیٰ کو یہ بہت محبوب ہے اس سے بھی قرب خداوندی نصیب ہوتا ہے اور جسے قرب خداوندی نصیب ہو جائے پھر اسے اور کیا چاہئیے۔ لیکن یہ بات یاد رکھنی چاہئے کہ اپنے مال کو خرچ کرنا آسان کام نہیں ہے۔ خرچ کرنے کے وقت شیطان کئی رنگوں میں حملہ آور ہوتا ہے کبھی کہے گا کہ تم اتنا کیوں خرچ کر رہے ہو، حالانکہ تمہیں تو اپنے گھر میں ضرورت ہے۔ تمہارا بچہ بیمار ہے ابھی تمہیں ڈاکٹر کو دینے کے لئے رقم چاہئے ۔ کبھی ہیلتھ انشورنس کے لئے تو کبھی کار خریدنے کے لئے۔ کبھی بچوں کی پڑہائی کے لئے اور کبھی قرضہ اتارنے کے لئے۔ غرض ہر قسم کے طور طریقوں کی طرف شیطان توجہ دلائے گا۔ مگر حقیقی مومن اور متقی وہ ہے جو ان سب باتوں کے باوجود خدا تعالیٰ کی محبت کی خاطر اس کی راہ میں خرچ کرتا ہے۔

Turkey loses Libya
Abdullah Bozkurt

With the cabinet decision by the Libyan government this week, all contracts with Turkish firms that have historically maintained a strong presence in the oil-rich Arab nation have been abruptly severed. Prime Minister al-Thinni placed the blame squarely on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the chief political Islamist who calls Iran his second home. Al-Thinni said in a recent interview with the Asharq al-Awsat daily, “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's stance is clear....


حضرت ابو ذر الغفاری روایت کرتےہیں کہ   نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم اپنے صحابہ کو اس وقت بھی علم فراہم کرتے تھے جب آسمان میں کسی پرندے کو  پنکھ پھیلائے ہوئے اڑتا ہوا دیکھتے تھے۔ (ابن سعد)کسی پرندے کا فضا میں پرواز کرنا یقیناً خدا کی طاقت کی ایک اہم علامت ہے۔ قدیم دور میں، خدا کی طاقت کی یہ علامت محض ایک پراسرار عقیدہ تھی ۔ لیکن آج اسے ایک سائنسی حقیقت کی شکل میں سمجھا جا سکتا ہے۔


Following the publication of his Atlantic cover story, “What ISIS Really Wants,” Graeme Wood has challenged critics who claim that he misrepresented Islamic belief, noting, “It’s instructive to see how responses to my piece reckon with or ignore this line: ‘Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do.’” But Wood’s entire essay implies that such a rejection of ISIS by other Muslims can only be hypocritical or naive, and that ISIS members and supporters follow the texts of Islam as faithfully and seriously as anyone. The main expert in Wood’s article is Princeton University professor Bernard Haykel, who “regards the claim that the Islamic State has distorted the texts of Islam as preposterous, sustainable only through Willful ignorance. … In Haykel’s estimation, the fighters of the Islamic State are authentic throwbacks to early Islam and are faithfully reproducing its norms of war....


ISIS and Taliban, the two extremist Islamist cults have substantial differences in terms of both ideology and political goals. Whereas ISIS is placed on the Salafi-Wahhabi spectrum, the Taliban regard themselves as followers of the Hanafi school of Islamic law. They also take different approaches to minorities and local customs. While IS murders Shia Muslims, persecutes Christians and blows up mosques and shrines, no such crimes have ever been pinned on the Taliban. Probably the key problem between the two terrorist factions is the fact that both sides – both the "Islamic State" and the "Islamic Emirate Afghanistan" – have a leader who claims the title "Amirul Mu’minin" (Commander of the Faithful) for himself. Yet both cults are convinced that there can only be one such leader. A confrontation was therefore inevitable.

يشير اسم خراسان إلى اسم المنطقة التاريخي ويشمل أجزاءً من المنطقة المعروفة في يومنا هذا باسم أفغانستان وإيران وطاجيكستان وأوزبكستان وتركمانستان. وكذلك ضُمَّت إلى ولاية خراسان من قبل "الدولة الإسلامية" مناطقُ البشتون القبلية الواقعة خلف خط دوراند، والتي تقول باكستان إنَّها جزء من أراضيها.


Hundreds of impressionable young Muslim girls from around the world have been enticed to join Isis. Some have taken up arms, others have handed themselves over to some of the most violent men in the world today. A study by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue found evidence that such groupies “revel in the gore and brutality of the organisation”. They seem willing to accept Isis’s hardline code of conduct and want to submit to brute male power....


"Al Qaeda and ISIL [Islamic State] and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy," Obama said. "They try to portray themselves as religious leaders - holy warriors in defense of Islam. [They] do draw, selectively, from the Islamic texts. They do depend upon the misperception around the world that they speak in some fashion for people of the Muslim faith....

Shrinking Space for Muslims
Usman Shaukat Eshai

Muslims have been coexisting with the believers of other faiths in the past as Islam believes in plurality. The political and intellectual leadership across the Muslim world has been unable to convey the point of view of the ordinary Muslim to the rest of the world. The leadership looks hapless in the wake of terrorism, slow to form a counter narrative that opposes these extremist ideologies. It is time we came up with a clear and unified narrative to counter these ideologies of hate, which subvert the fundamental teachings of Islam: compassion, justice and peace....


Reprisals against Muslims have risen dramatically across the US since the so-called Islamic State’s (IS’s) barbaric beheadings and burnings. A portion of the Quba Islamic Institute in Houston was burned to the ground allegedly by a homeless man who “hated Muslims”. While the Houston fire department was battling the flames, a retired fire fighter, Dustin Herron, posted on Facebook: “Let it burn....block the fire hydrant”. Muslims are harassed, threatened and attacked on a daily basis as though all of us identify with IS....


In an emotive speech caught on video, Mr Qureshi told a crowd gathered at rally organised by Hizb-ut Tahrir, an Islamist group: “When we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel, we know where the solution is and where the victory lies....


Meanwhile, Daesh, ISIS, ISIL, IS - or whatever its name - broke away from al-Qaeda to become the definitive regional, and even global threat. Its pornographic barbarity provided a new bloodier banner for al-Qaeda affiliates throughout the region, with a prime real estate location to erect a whole new caliphate on Syrian and Iraqi soil....


Most Indonesian fighters in Syria were facilitated by existing groups including Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the Ring Banten faction of Darul Islam, and Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT). Those who go through the JI channel join Al Nusra Front and other Jihadi groups that are affiliated with Al Qaeda. Fighters linked to MIT, Ring Banten, and Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) generally fight for the Islamic State as their leaders have pledged allegiance to the militant group’s leader, Mr Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi....


You continue to inspire with your humility and courage. You provide a voice for those who have been deemed voiceless. Most recently, you criticized the Nigerian government and world leaders for not doing enough to free hundreds of school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. In December, you and your family reached out with compassion to survivors of the horrific massacre of school children and teachers in Peshawar....

Fahrenheit 451
Irfan Husain

However, I doubt if the story inspired this generation of Jihadis to go on their book-burning spree as nobody has accused these semi-literate barbarians of being fans of modern fiction. Quite the contrary: to show their devotion to culture, the warriors of the Islamic State recently blew up the Mosul Public Library that contained, among other volumes, 8,000 old manuscripts. And lest anybody should think this act was an aberration, they also torched Mosul University’s main library, destroying thousands of books and precious manuscripts and documents. No wonder Unesco condemned these acts as “cultural cleansing”, and “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history”....


First, they target a Muslim: not due to any evidence of intent or capability to engage in terrorism, but rather for the “radical” political views he expresses. In most cases, the Muslim targeted by the FBI is a very young (late teens, early 20s), adrift, unemployed loner who has shown no signs of mastering basic life functions, let alone carrying out a serious terror attack, and has no known involvement with actual terrorist groups….


The question of phraseology is easily dealt with. The word “Islamic” in Arabic, and in English as well, has to do with the ideals of the Muslim religion. It is thus analogous to the word “Judaic.” We speak of “Islamic ethics” as a field of study, just as we do “Judaic ethics.” Not all Muslims or Jews conform to the ethics preached in their religious traditions. Some are even criminals. But then they are Muslim criminals and Jewish criminals. They are not Islamic criminals and Judaic criminals. Likewise in Catholicism, one speaks of Patristic theology, referring to the religious ideas of the Church fathers, but wouldn’t talk of bad priests steeped in that theology as Patristic criminals. It is because both in Arabic and in other languages “Islamic” refers to the ideals of the Muslim religion that both Muslims and people with good English diction object strenuously to a phrase such as “Islamic terrorism” or “Islamic fascism” (fascism was an invention of Christian Europe, in any case)....


Disbelief swept social media when the scion of an influential Pakistani Hindu family, Karni Singh, married an Indian woman with much Rajput pomp in Jaipur last week. It was understandable as any mention of Pakistani Hindus conjures up images of a necessarily persecuted minority. Expressions like influential Pakistani Hindu groom as such naturally sound oxymoronic. How has been it possible for Karni’s family to maintain its status and influence? This was the question that baffled many. The likes of Karni do not fit into how Pakistani Hindus are perceived in India. It has a lot to do with the idea of India seen as an ideal one in contrast with flawed Pakistan and prompts a broad-brushed portrayal of Pakistani Hindus as essentially hounded. The depiction cloaks complicated issues of class and caste besides admirable resilience of many Hindus, who have excelled in varied fields despite odds....


Radical Islam, by contrast, is severely limited in its global appeal. Almost by definition, it is deeply unattractive to all non-Muslims. What Christian would want the forced imposition of Shariah law? Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate. In the half of that world that holds elections – including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, even Pakistan – such ideologies have not tended to garner many votes. The Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral success in Egypt is a partial exception to this rule, but it fared well for a variety of reasons unrelated to its Islamic ideology (which was also not nearly as radical as Egypt’s military dictatorship claims)....


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Pak Teenage Girl Killed For ‘Honour ‘By Her Cousin

IS Backer Caught Smuggling Saudi Woman

Arrested Female Fighters Exchanged for Abducted Female Aid Workers kidnapped by Taliban

Up To $1, 000 Wage For Female Teachers in Paktika

Dream Interpretation Turns Into a Nightmare for Some Saudi Women

Many Girls in Africa and the Middle East Are Under Pressure to Leave School

Being Young and Muslim In Scotland

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Review of 'Confessions of a Terrorist – A Novel'
By Anita McKone for New Age Islam

Reliable factual information gathered by terrorism expert and author Professor Richard Jackson is set within a simple but compelling fiction: Michael, a British intelligence officer, and Professor Youssef Said, a Middle Eastern terrorist organiser, face each other across a table in a rundown building in Leeds, UK....


Arab World

Iraq: Over 59 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Anbar

Islamic State Rise May Quell Saudi Shi’ite Fear

South Asia

2 ANA Martyred, 32 Insurgents Killed In Security Forces Operations

2 School Kids Killed, 2 Injured In Jalalabad Explosion


Turkish President Erdoğan Slams Austria's Controversial Islam Law

Drone Strike Kills Three Al-Qaeda Suspects In Yemen


Two People Killed, Seven Injured in Rocket Fire in Benghazi

North America

Canadian Muslim Families Are In the Front Lines

Hawaii Dem Faces Backlash for Taking on Obama over 'Islamist' Extremism

Southeast Asia

Accused Of Covert Conversions, Muslim Group Attacks Non-Muslim Holy Texts in Hotels


Historic Moment as Parties Divided By Geography & Ideology Come Together in Kashmir


Moscow denounces ‘abominable’ Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Jihadi John Dressed Like a Gangster Rapper, Smoked Cannabis, Friends Have Revealed

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