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The Preamble Matters
Sudheendra Kulkarni

Secularism, understood as a non-theocratic state that shows equal respect for all faiths, is by no means an imported concept. If it is, isn’t parliamentary democracy also imported from the West? Its high time Modi stopped this needless debate and, instead, turned his government’s attention to putting the kernel of secularism and socialism into practice.....

Arab World

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Pakistan

Gloom, Sense of Insecurity Prevail In Sindh over Imambargah Tragedy

Tahir Ul Qadri Says Rulers Orchestrate Terrorist Attacks

Militants Blow Up Gas Pipeline in Balochistan

South Asia

Japan: 'We Will Never, Never Forgive' ISIS for Apparent Beheading

3 ANA Martyred, 30 Insurgents Killed In ANSF Operations

India

Following Obama's Advice Ahmadiyya's Married To Pakistan Brides Writes to Modi

North America

Taliban Fighters Divert To ISIS: NBC NEWS

U.S. General Says Syrian Town of Kobane Taken From ISIS

Africa

Nigeria: Maiduguri under Fresh Boko Haram Attack

Europe

Muslim Man Becomes Member of Synagogue Council in England

Revealed: How Scotland's Muslims Are Fighting the Rise of Radical Islam At Home

Mideast

Gülenists in Turkey cooperating with Israel’s Mossad, Erdoğan says

Southeast Asia

Extremists Stabbing Islam in the Back, Says Anwar

‘Mis-Encounter’ Kills 44 Cops but Peace Process Survives

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Feeling Unwelcome at Mosques, 2 Women Start Their Own in L.A.

Malala on Britain's Most Influential People's List 2015

World Woman Festival 2015: Women in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan 'worst hit' by fundamentalism

Bodies of Five Newborn Babies Recovered From Garbage Heap in Pakistan

Recruitment Ban on Shops Failing Feminisation: Saudi Arabia

Netanyahu’s Wife Makes Money from Empty Bottles

134 IISJ Girls Complete Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program

RI Urged To End Religious Intolerance, Back Women's Rights

Scourge of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict 'Far From Being Rooted Out,' UN Relief Official

Madinah Forum to Address Employment of Saudi Youth

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The rage was suicidal. The ruling party, instead of condemning the rioters, launched a tirade against Denmark and emphasised the importance of Islamic protest. After that, boys from Lahore’s schools and colleges entered the streets with clubs in their hands and set about breaking cars and setting them on fire. The police stood aside watching, probably longing to get into the act of destroying Pakistan. They saw boys get together in a phalanx, firing their guns in volleys.....

When God says that “you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with Allah much abuse” He hinted that He knew that at one point in future, people would use all media for insulting Him, prophet (saw), Quran and Muslims. Still God says that these will only be done to test the Muslims' moral character, their faith and their power of self restraint. And God who calls for physical punishments of the rioters and mischief makers does not prescribe any physical punishment for blasphemy, though He says that he hates those abusing Him and the prophet (saw) the most as any abuse against the prophet (saw) hurts Him the most and so he has prepared the severest punishment for them in the Hereafter and a condemned life in the world. He wants Muslims to show restraint, courage and piety in the face of such provocation. Since the prophet (saw) was a living exponent of the Quran, he showed the same restraint, courage and piety in face of insults and humiliation targeted against him and his noble family....

Today people are shocked by the manner in which the ISIS are administering their territories, but nearly all of their brutal methods find precedent in Saudi Arabia. Whipping, the amputations of hands and feet, beheadings and stoning are common, with perhaps an exception being that ISIS chooses to crucify people for banditry (which results in murder) and often also for being from a minority: be it a "heretical" Muslim sect or someone from a non-Muslim community. In order to see the kind of people who endorse this kind of behaviour, all you have to do is tune into one of the many satellite channels that beam videos of various clerics from Riyadh and Jeddah.....

 

The fact is that the only reason the Vice President has been targeted is because he is Muslim. Sushma Swaraj, minister of external affairs, and Rajnath Singh, the home minister, were both also present during the ceremony and neither saluted the flag. The openly bigoted and often abusive kind of language in much of the commentary is not an aberration. All one has to do is to read the comments on any article (perhaps even this one) that is about Muslims or Islam.....

 

جہاد کےمعنی محنت و کوشش کرنے کے ہیں، چنانچہ رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے حج کو ‘‘افضل الجہاد ’’ قرار دیا ، ‘‘ لکن افضل الجہاد حج المبرود’’ (بخاری، حدیث نمبر: 2784) اسی طرح ایک حدیث میں آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے والد  کی خدمت کو جہاد سے تعبیر فرمایا، ( بخاری حدیث نمبر : 2004)  یہ محنت و کوشش شیطان اور نفسیانی خواہشات کے خلاف بھی ہوسکتی  ہے اور ظالموں کے خلاف بھی ، اسی لئے علامہ  ابن قیم رحمۃ اللہ علیہ  نے جہاد کی چار قسمیں  بیان کی ہے: نفس سے جہاد ، شیطان سے جہاد، دشمنان اسلام  سےجہاد اور منافقین  یعنی مسلمانوں کی صف میں چھپے ہوئے ان لوگوں سےجہاد جو اصل میں اسلام کے خلاف سازش کرتے رہتےہیں اور مسلمانوں کو دھوکہ دیتے ہیں، ( زاد المعاد: 3/ 10۔11) پھر ظالموں کے خلاف جہاد کے لئے بھی اللہ تعالیٰ  نے دو طرح کے وسائل کا ذکر فرمایاہے: ایک : مال ، دوسرے : جان ‘‘وَجَاهِدُوا بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ ’’ ( 9:41)۔

 

انہوں نے ہندو عورتوں کو زرّیں مشورہ دیا کہ اگر مودی کو دوبارہ وزیر اعظم  بنانا ہے تو وہ دس بچے پیدا کریں گویا عورت نہ ہوئی بچہ پیداکرنے والی مشین ہوگئی۔ان حالات میں وی ایچ پی انٹر نیشنل کے کار گزار صدر پروین توگڑیا کیسے چپ رہتے انہوں نے وی ایچ پی کے 50 ویں یوم تاسیس پر عجیب منطق پیش کی کہ بچوں کی تعداد دو تک محدود رکھنے کا قانون بنایا جائے  کیونکہ اقلیتوں ( مسلمانوں ) کی تعداد مسلسل بڑھ رہی ہے۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ اس قانون سے یہ فائدہ ہوگا کہ ہندوؤں کی آبادی میں اضافہ ہوگا اور ایک دن ترنگا لاہور، قندھار اور ڈھاکہ پر لہرائے گا۔ہم یہ سمجھنے سے قاصر ہیں کہ ساکشی  مہاراج ، سوامی و اسودیو انند اور توگڑیا  کی قبیل کے لوگ کس خیالی دنیا میں رہتے ہیں لیکن اتنا ضرور جانتے ہیں کہ یہ مسلمانوں کے لئے ہی نہیں خود ہندو سماج کےلئے  ایک بڑا خطرہ ہیں۔

 

An extremist Islamist preacher said to one of his followers, “Hate your Christian wife. Make her feel that you mistreat her on a daily basis.” To which the preacher was asked, "How can I sleep with my wife if I hate her?" "Act as if you are raping her," the preacher replied. It is not difficult for anyone to see that this radical preacher and thousands like him are far more dangerous than those violating authority and communities. Everyone, from men, women and children are victims to this radical preaching, to schizophrenia, to the lies and to the manipulation of religious concepts. The storm of hatred and extremism prevails over the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Paris is not immune and the condemnation of the brutality of IS and other similar groups in Germany’s streets has quickly turned into a condemnation of all Muslims and Islam. Violence leads to more violence, a state of security mobilization is everywhere, warning of a "hatred bomb."……

وحش «داعش» هل يمكن أن يكون أقوى من كل المجتمعات والدول العربية والأوروبية على ضفتي البحر الأبيض المتوسط، كما في سورية والعراق؟ الأمن أولاً أم الرغيف أم الحريات؟ بعيداً عن صخب شواطئ الإسكندرية، صاح أحدهم «نحن خط الدفاع الأخير عن الأمة العربية»، فاستفز السؤال «مَنْ نحن؟... أمة أم مجتمعات أم عشائر وقبائل»... كيف أصبح «داعش» وأمثاله أقوى؟

 

सबसे पहली चीज जो इस मामले में हमे इस्लाम के अन्दर मिलती हैं, वह यह हैं कि इस्लाम बजाये खुद इन्सान की हैसियत से इन्सान के कुछ हक और अधिकार मुकर्रर करता हैं। दूसरे शब्दों में इसका मतलब यह हैं कि हर इन्सान चाहे, वाहे हमारे अपने देश और वतन का हो या किसी दूसरे देश और वतन का, हमारी कौम का हो या किसी दूसरी कौम का, मुसलमान हो या गैरमुस्लिम, किसी जंगल का रहने वाला हो या किसी रेगिस्तान मे पाया जाता हो, बहरहाल सिर्फ इन्सान होने की हैसियत से उसके कुछ हक और अधिकार हैं जिन को एक मुसलमान लाजिमी तौर पर अदा करेगा और उसका फर्ज हैं कि वह उन्हे अदा करे।

 
Wrong Criterion
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Muslims today are, generally speaking, victims of precisely this wrong sense of deprivation. This is despite the fact that today they can easily access and enjoy many facilities and opportunities, for which they should have been grateful to God. The only cause of the condition in which they find themselves is that they have formed, on their own, a wrong standard of Islam.....

 

The ISI routinely murders journalists who come in its way and there are some brave ones out there as they work with the knowledge that they can be taken out. Saleem Shahzad is one of the standout cases since he reported on the links between the Navy and the al Qaeda and was picked up by the ISI for it and later found dead. Sections of the press are completely-irresponsible as you can see the cartoon Zaid Hamid presented as a security expert and Hafiz Saeed, the man who carries a US $10 million bounty on his head as an international terrorist, using the media to get his message across whenever he wishes to….

 

آل انڈیا علماء و مشائخ بورڈ کے جنرل سیکرٹری، مولانا سید محمد اشرف نے کہا کہ " مسلمانوں کو اسلام اور حضرت محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو بدنام کرنے والے کارٹون اور ڈرائنگ سے کبیدہ خاطر نہیں ہونا چاہیےاس لیے کہ نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی حقیقی تصویر نہیں پیش کی جا سکتی"۔ موصوف نے میڈیا میں اسلام کے انتہا پسندی کے ساتھ جوڑے جانے کی وجوہات پر بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ: "ہمیں سیاست سے متاثر 'اسلام پسندوں' سے مسلم نوجوانوں کو دور رکھنا ہو گا اور اسلام کے ان اصل مجرموں کو پہچاننا ہو گا جو اسلاموفوب سے کہیں زیادہ اسلام اور رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی بدنامی کا سبب بن رہے ہیں۔"

 

Sexism is nowhere clearer than in the citizenship law, which comes under civil law. A Lebanese woman cannot pass her nationality to her husband or children if she marries a foreigner. And without citizenship, they do not have rights that come with citizenship, such as access to education, health services and employment, and they are subject to restrictions when it comes to ownership and inheritance of property…..

 

What’s worse ­— Qadris and Mirzas who claim human lives out of misplaced loyalty to faith or ethnicity, or their defenders who project vile criminals as patron saints? Legislators who don’t have the sense to understand whether the 21st Amendment is a good or bad law, or legislators who know full well what a stain it is on our fundamental law and sense of propriety and are still willing to sign on the dotted line? Perpetuating injustice through unjust laws or by deliberately enhancing the gap between law and its implementation?....

 

The other extreme reaction we often take, especially as Christians, is passivity.  We become like doormats and we allow difficult people to walk all over us.  This is how we interpret Jesus' words in Matthew 5.  We think the best response is no response.  We think difficult people will repent when they see our inaction, hear our silence, taste our saltiness, or feel our love.....

 

For example, 94 per cent of India’s children between five and 15 complete primary school compared with 54 per cent in Pakistan. Every year, 8,900 Indians get a PhD in the sciences compared with the 8,142 doctorates awarded by Pakistan’s universities since Independence. The total number of books published in any language on any subject in Pakistan in 2013, including religious titles and children’s books, stood at 2,581, against 90,000 in India. The parity doctrine also requires Pakistanis to see India as an existential enemy. Textbooks still tell Pakistani children that Hindu India threatens Islamic Pakistan and seeks to terminate its existence. Hardly anyone outside of Pakistan believes that to be true….

 

The imagined gatekeepers of the Ummah and the country in possession of an ‘Islamic bomb’ must protest against the ‘degradation’ and ‘defamation’ of the ‘faith’. Nowhere in that discourse is mentioned how brutal murders by gunmen could be justified, let alone explained. European societies must not be bailed out for their growing Islamophobia and the uneven integration of the ‘Muslim’ into secular societies. Nor can the double standards on free speech be condoned….

 

I hope I have been able to instil the right values in my sons, not only for their own sake but for the sake of the precious daughters of our society. And yes, I know my husband is doing a huge bit by respecting me because sons have, and will always, emulate their father—he will always be the best school for them…..

 

Islam introduces us to its concept of nature: they are not foreign, alien objects. The trees are not gods, and the mountains aren’t animistic deities; they are creatures just like we are. The quest to understand the stars and the hills implies that there is a relation between us and other creatures, a relation of understanding and respect. Nature around us is also Aayat, proof, as mentioned in the Quran. Creatures around us are the second Kitab after the Quran and Sunnah, and we read them like an open book….

 

US President Barack Obama missed a visit to the Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love, to affirm a more valuable love affair, one that the United States has had for 70 years with a most unlikely partner, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since 1945, successive US Presidents and Saudi rulers have pledged their support to a strategic partnership in terms of which the Kingdom would promote Western political and energy interests in West Asia, while the US would guarantee the security of Saudi Arabia…

 

The newest king in the world, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, was the man the House of Saud had put in charge of raising money for the Afghan war against the Soviet Union. According to Bruce Reidel, an analyst writing in The Daily Beast, then Prince Salman was at one point instrumental in funnelling almost 25 million dollars a month to the Afghan Mujahideen….

 

Arab World

Serve Your Religion, Country, People Well King Salman Tells Emirs and Ministers

Hezbollah: Damascus Attack Proof of Terrorists’ Barbarism Who Serve Zionist Entity

Pakistan

Four Prayer Leaders of Different Mosques Booked For Violating the Use of Loudspeakers

Three Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat Workers Killed In Two ‘Sectarian’ Attacks

Africa

Suicide Bomber Kills 10 People in Northeast Nigeria's Potiskum

South Sudan Foes Agree to End Conflict

India

Reference to Religious Divide "Unfortunate", But I Endorse Obama's Statement: HM

Indians with ISIS Leanings Freed In Bengaluru

South Asia

4 Policemen Killed in Chasht, Herat, in Taliban Attack

Japanese PM: Working With Global Community Only Way to Fight Terrorism

Europe

Muslims and the Left Wing in Europe

"Visit My Mosque day" in UK

Mideast

Yemen Risks Disintegration As South Rejects Shia Group’s Takeover

‘Risk Desks’ Set Up To Stanch Jihadist Flow: Turkey

North America

US not at war with radical Islam: Obama

Meet the Muslim superhero fighting bigotry on San Francisco buses

Southeast Asia

Islamic authority’s appeal against bookstore manager is persecution, says DAP

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Save-Your-Virginity Campaign Gets Nailed On Twitter in Malaysia

Jolie Beats Malala in World’s ‘Most Admirable’ Title

Syrian Fashion Designer Revives Ancient Mesopotamian Wardrobe

Woman Sentenced To 1,000 Lashes for Insulting Islam Is Freed From Prison In Saudi Arabia

Hindu Mahasabha to Organise Inter-Religious Weddings on Valentine's Day

Veiled Muslim Teens Reflect on World Hijab Day

Western Cape High Court Landmark Judgment Grants Rights to Wife

Muslim Women Bring Story of Faith through Fashion to Galleria Event

Malaysia Welcomes Next K-Pop Act Taeyang But No Hugs for Fans

Aussie Muslim Women Speak to End Violence

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