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Islamic Ideology

Refutation Of Taliban Magazine Nawa-E-Afghan Jihad’s Article Titled 'Kufr And Apostasy United Against Islamic Mujahedeen' - Part 3: Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri's Fatwa On Killing Of Innocent Muslims And Non-Muslims
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

Before coming to the point, it is also necessary to know why Taliban Wahhabi ideologues label Sufi-minded Muslims with Kufr. This is partly also because the latter refute the former’s terrorist activities and suicide bombings. Consequently, Salafi-Wahhabi Taliban terrorists target at killing the Sufi-minded Muslims like Shaikh ul Islam Dr. Tahir ul Qadri who wrote the book titled “Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings”, refuting every kind of injustice, violence, terrorism, radicalism, fanaticism of Taliban terrorist ideologues and their like-minded groups.....

Islamic History

History and Religious Sanctity of Architecture in Islam (Part 1)
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Cultural heritage, architectural monuments and ancient historic sites are of paramount significance among followers of all religions. Architecture is the mirror of cultural influences that creep into faith traditions. Besides common sense of preserving history and culture, Muslims were inspired by the Qur’anic exhortations to safeguard their monuments. The Quran called historical monuments as ‘symbols of Allah’ and enjoined their preservation as a means to achieve Taqwa al-Qulub (purity of hearts) (22:32). The ‘symbols of God’ or Sha’air-ul-Lah imply any place of spiritual, religious, cultural and historical importance that depicts the signs of God.....At a time when historical Islamic monuments and holy structures like the Prophet’s tomb are identified as an idol with the grave conviction of demolishing them, one can feel the urgency of awakening Muslims about the history and sanctity of their architectural sites and heritage. Driven by an ideology of universal hostility towards the cultural heritage of Muslims, the Islamist terror outfits have taken it upon themselves to demolish even the mosques built by earlier Muslims in an attempt to console their doctrine of “puritan Tawhid”......

 
Islamic World News

Message of the Mujahid: Australian Teen Is New Public Face of Islamic State
Marie Harf, US Department of State Dy Spokesperson

India

South Asia Al-Qaeda Head in Region Flags UP Riots, Shamli Relief Camp

Don’t Malign All Madrasas: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind

Inter-Faith ‘Love Interest’ In Gujrat Triggers Clashes, 30 Detained

Pakistan

Pak Taliban Fires Its Spokesman over Allegiance to Islamic State

Khyber Agency Militants Warn 'Human Shield' Tribesmen to Stay Put

South Asia

35 Taliban Militants Killed In Joint Clearing Operations

Taliban Blast In Kabul Kills Four Afghan Soldiers

Arab World

Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21

Iraqi Forces Kill Dozens of ISIL Terrorists in Diyala

Iraqi Soldiers Kill Several ISIL Terrorists in Baghdad

ISIL Terrorists Suffer Major Losses in Anbar Province

Mideast

Palestinian Official Urges Summit over Aqsa 'Division'

Turkey Appeases US in Token Gesture on Islamic State Battle

Africa

Tunisia Vote Offers Post-Arab Spring Hope

Gaddafi Cousin Keen to Attend Libyan Peace Talks

Southeast Asia

Putrajaya helping foment Islamic radicalism, opposition tells Canberra

Europe

#BBCTrending: The Mock Islamic State Slave Auction in London

Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria

North America

PYD not terrorist under US law, Turkey should provide them support: Washington

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Islam, Women and Feminism

French Veil Ban Is Turning Muslim Women Off, Away
Asia Bibi

Paris Opera Expels Veiled Woman during Performance

Teenage FGM Campaigner Reveals the Moment That Changed Her Life

Terrorism-Themed Ads Aimed at Democratic Women Echo Bush

Kenyan Girls Trading Sex for Food - One Woman's Battle to Help

Female Kurdish Fighters Face down ISIL in Kobani

The West’s Female-Genital Mutilation Wake-Up Call

Condemned Christian Woman to Take Blasphemy Case to Top Pakistani Court

US Wife of Saudi Granted e-Mail Divorce

Australia’s Parliament House lifts face veil ban

Pakistani Women-Specific Transport Project ‘Tabeer’ Closed Permanently

ABVP: Live-in Relationships a Crime against Women; JNU Student Responds in Open Letter

Badge of Honour: KP's Female Cops Break New Ground

Sexual Violence ‘Rampant’ In South Sudan: U.N.

Acid Attacks in Isfahan Have Nothing to Do With the Hijab, Say Iranian Officials

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Ehsanullah Ehsan, as saying: “We respect them. If they ask us for help, we will look into it and decide.” The formation of ISIS with its transnational ambitions may have been the tipping point for the Pakistan army to initiate Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The Pakistan army appears to have acted wisely and tried to eliminate prospective ISIS allies before they made a move here. Zarb-e-Azb was imperative in destroying TTP bases and infrastructure here. This operation has, however, opened up the possibility that terrorists who flee to Afghanistan and further to Central Asia may tie up with ISIS and provide it inroads into Central Asia, India and even China if they support the Uighur living in Xinjiang. ISIS is a real threat to the entire region, not just Pakistan…….

 
Islam and Politics

Growing Radicalisation of the Indian Youth
Sandhya Jain

Maulana Salman al-Husaini Nadwi of the Lucknow-based Nadwatul Ulema wrote an enthusiastic letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after he overran Iraqi cities, massacring hundreds, razing shrines of Shias and Sunnis (for idolatry), and forcing Christians out of Mosul. This provoked the Delhi-based Anjuman-e-Haideri (a Shia body) to advertise in Urdu dailies for volunteers to visit Iraq, ostensibly as nurses, doctors and engineers to help Iraqi Shias, but in reality to defend shrines such as Karbala. Around one Lakh registered, and 6000 applied for Iraq visas. A startling 25 per cent of the volunteers were women…..

Debating Islam

Basically, the argument is this: all the violence actions carried out by Muslims in the Muslim world and in Europe have absolutely nothing to do with Islam. It's all really to do with economics, colonialism, ethnic conflict, the malign influence of the West... anything as long as it isn't Islam. So why a Muslim would be saying that Islam is a mere epiphenomenon of material conditions? The answer to that is simple. A Muslim would need to say such a thing in order to excuse Islam of all the negative and violent actions done in its name…

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Realignment of Militants
Muhammad Amir Rana

Realignment of Militants
Muhammad Amir Rana

As far as the security implications of the IS are concerned, it has created a major survival challenge for the main militant actors who could now act to prove their operational credentials. Specifically Al Qaeda and TTP led by Fazlullah are facing immense pressure. They can launch attacks to prove that they are still strong and relevant, and have the ability to lead entire militant movements in the region. At the same time, IS-inspired groups can launch movements in the IS style and try to capture towns and cities in the border regions of Afghanistan……

 
Books and Documents
Notes of a Jihadi
Praveen Swami

Notes of a Jihadi
Praveen Swami

Coca-Cola’s bright red logo, splashed across half a page. That’s the image that screams out from the dense exegesis on global jihad that is Maulana Asim Umar’s book Blackwater: The Army of Antichrist. Just below is the logo again, this time as its mirror image. “Look,” writes the cleric who heads al-Qaeda’s branch in the Indian subcontinent, “it reads, ‘Without Muhammad’, and ‘Without Mecca’.” Maulana Umar’s writing, arguably the largest body of intellectual work by a South Asian jihadist, does not contain exhortations to become suicide bombers, or to behead unbelievers. Instead, it calls for the dismemberment of the modern world itself…..

 
Current Affairs

Love Jihad: A Hindu-Muslim Couple Walks Into A Bar…
Altaf Tyrewala

It’s possible that there isn’t much to laugh about in these early days. The war-cry against “love jihad”, the banning of Muslims from Garba celebrations, the under-reported communal riots that continue to break out in pockets of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, the sabre-rattling against Pakistan and the inevitable questioning of the loyalty of India’s Muslims that follows… None of this is remotely funny, at least not to India’s minorities, inter-communal couples, sickularists, libtards and the 69 per cent of voters who did not elect the BJP……

Islam and the West

Obama Should Contain, Not Escalate Against ISIS
Fareed Zakaria

The only strategy against ISIS that has any chance of working is containment – bolstering the neighbours that are willing to fight militarily and politically. They include, most importantly, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Gulf states. The greatest challenge is to get the Iraqi government to make serious concessions to Sunnis so that they are recruited into the fight, something that has not happened so far. …….

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

ISIS’s Foreign Legionnaires: Cutthroats and Delusional Idealists
Hisham Melhem

Indeed ISIS is a terrorist nihilistic cult, but much more can be said about it. For the first time we see a non-state actor born out of the bloody U.S. occupation of Iraq, the long harsh decades of repression visited upon the Iraqi and Syrian peoples by the Baath party, the Arab state system that emerged after WWII which failed in protecting the state, or in establishing good governance and achieving economic prosperity. Add to that a new cruel strain of sectarianism resulting from decades of crude puritan Sunni interpretation of Islam,….

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Without an infrastructure of political and social institutions, it will be impossible to counter the threat posed by modern terrorism. It is no use to fight a war against radicalism without first allowing enough room for non-radical action to take place. If we keep doing what we always did, we will keep getting what we always got…..

 
Debating Islam

Ben Affleck Explains Islam
Bill Kassel

While I readily agree with Affleck that most Muslims don’t share the violent obsessions of the Islamic State, I do share Harris’ opinion that there’s a certain perception deficiency on the Left, as regards the subject of comparative religion… “The Islamic State kidnaps innocent people, then beheads its hostages, and distributes videos of these hideous acts online.” “Yeah, well, what about the Spanish Inquisition?”……

Spiritual Meditations

Meditation and My New Normal
Paige Davis

I used visualization as a key component leading into every single surgery and treatment. I chose to see the chemo as any other medicine filled with love and light. I chose to stay away from terms like fight or battle. Naive -- perhaps, but what was happening through those visualizations is that my mind and body were working together -- and I was craving that connection…..

 
Current Affairs

‘Secular’ Faces Exposed Again: Muslims Need To Develop Own Leadership
Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani

In this situation only those whose minds have become totally slavish will be misleading the community in the name of ‘fascism’ and ‘secularism’. ‘Fascism’, no doubt, is a glaring truth, ‘but ‘secularism’ has proved a total ‘lie, fraud and myth’. To come out of its trap and to develop our own leadership within the democratic framework of the country must be our first priority without caring who wins and who loses. Now enough is enough…..

Islam and the West

Pakistan, USA: Death from the Skies
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Meanwhile, experts see an 'understanding' between the two 'allies' in the so-called 'war on terror' with Pakistan tacitly approving the strikes, particularly where they target TTP elements. Rahimullah Yusufzai, a Peshawar-based expert on Afghan and tribal affairs, observes, "Drones strikes are being carried out in those areas (Shawwal and Datta Khel) where ground operations for the Pakistan Army are very difficult if not impossible. Although the foreign office has issued a customary statement of protest over the drone strikes, which it always does, Pakistan seems to be comfortable with the situation, as it also does not want the terrorists to regroup."….

 
Current Affairs

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot
Praveen Swami

Modi has many coercive options: threatening full-blown war, as PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee did; engaging in limited skirmishes targeting the Pakistan army on the LoC, to punish it militarily; air-strikes against jihadi camps; even assassinating top jihadi leaders inside Pakistan, as Afghanistan and the US now do.  Each of these problems, though, comes with very substantial risks.….

 
Current Affairs

Decoding Modi’s Broom-Neeti
Kancha Ilaiah

India does not have a culture of cleanliness because it suffered from the notion of indignity of labour for millennia. Those who worked and produced goods and commodities, those who cleaned and created an environment of healthy living were treated as unclean and untouchables. Those who did not produce, those who did not clean their living environment were treated as clean and sacred people. The clean and unclean categories were constructed in the spiritual realm and later legitimised as sociological categories…..

 
Arabic Section

The Salafists emerged in Western European cities in a way that they were often mocked and laughed at even by their own brethren in faith. The reason was that most of the young Salafists wore so short pyjamas and trousers that their ankles were seen naked. They do it in a bid to resemble the apparels of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and his companions. Many other manners and behaviours of these strictly conservative religionists were also made the laughingstock. However, they stood out in society with their strict adherence to the Prophet’s lifestyle by eating with three fingers, taking three pauses while drinking water and brushing their teeth with a dry twig from a Miswak tree (salvadora persica) in place of a conventional toothbrush. And this is what the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) commanded his followers, as a saying attributed to the Prophet (pbuh) goes on: "Four things should be among the practices of the Muslims: Circumcision, perfume, Miswak, and marriage."

كل ما أضافته السنوات الألف والثلاثمائة إلى الإسلام من التأويلات والشعائر، هو خاطئ من وجهة نظر السلفيين، ومرفوض باعتباره "استحداث في الدين" أو (بدعة). يشمل هذا التفسيرات الحديثة للشريعة الإسلامية، والطرائق ذات التوجهات الصوفية، وتبجيل الأولياء وقبورهم لأن المؤمن لا يحتاج إلى وسيط بينه وبين الله، كما يشمل الاتجاه الشيعي في الإسلام.

 
Urdu Section

سر سید نے تعلیم پر  اس لیے زیادہ زور دیا کہ انہیں اندازہ ہوگیا تھا کہ انگریزوں کو ہتھیار او رمادّی  قوتوں سے شکست نہیں دی جاسکتی  کیونکہ پوری دنیا میں مسلمان دھیرے دھیرے زوال کی طرف جارہے تھے اور یورپ نے 16 ویں  اور 17 ویں صدی میں جو سائنسی بر تری حاصل کی تھی اس کی زد میں دھیرے دھیرے سارے مسلمان ملک آرہے تھے ۔ اسی لیے سر سید نے زیادہ زور جدید تعلیم  پر دیا اُن کو یہ بات سمجھ میں آگئی تھی کہ جدید تعلیم کے بغیر مسلمانوں کامستقبل بالکل تاریک ہے۔ سر سیّد کی دور بین نگاہوں نے دیکھ لیا تھا کہ زندگی نے جو رُخ اختیار کرلیا ہے اُس کو بدلانہیں جاسکتا اس میں رکاوٹ پیدا کرکے اس کی رفتار کو بھی روکا نہیں جاسکتا بلکہ ایسا کرنے والے خود تباہ ہوکر رہ جائیں گے۔ اس لیے انہوں نے تمام تر توجہ جدید تعلیم کے فروغ پر مرکوز کردی ۔

 
Urdu Section

Shankarayacharya Vs Sai Baba: Supreme Courts' Meaningful Comments  شنکر آچاریہ بنام سائیں بابا معاملے میں سپریم کورٹ کامعنی خیز تبصرہ
Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani

شنکر آچاریہ بنام سائیں بابا جو تنازعہ شروع ہوا تھا وہ بڑھتے بڑھتے سپریم کورٹ  تک پہنچ گیا،لیکن ان کا فیصلہ سپریم کورٹ یا دیگر عدالتوں میں ہونے کاکوئی معنی مطلب نہیں ہے، اس لیے سپریم کورٹ نے مفاد عامہ کی ایک رٹ سماعت کرتے ہوئے جس طرح کابتصرہ کیا ہے ، وہ بالکل توقع کےمطابق ہے، جب ( ماہ جون 2014 میں) شنکر آچاریہ سوامی سرو پانند نے کچھ باتوں کو بنیاد بناکر سائیں بابا کے متعلق بیان دیا تھا تو راقم سطور کی بھی کئی ٹی وی چینلوں  نے مذاکرات میں حصہ لینے کی دعوت دی تھی، مذاکرات میں دونوں فریق کی باتیں اور دلائل سننے کے بعد دونوں کی نظریاتی و فکری کمزوریاں  صاف صاف نظر آئیں ، شنکر آچاریہ نے ہری دوار کے قیام کے دوران میں سنت سائیں بابا  کی پوجا سےر وکنے اور ان کے نام پر مندروں کی تعمیر او ران میں دیگر ہندودیوں دیوتاؤں  کی مورتیوں کےساتھ سائیں بابا کی مورتی رکھنے کی مخالفت کی تھی۔

 
Islamic Ideology

Refutation of Taliban Magazine Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad’s Article Titled 'Kufr And Apostasy United Against Islamic Mujahedeen' Part 2: Muslims Killing Innocent Muslims
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

Taliban ideologue Kaashif Ali Alkheri labelled majority Muslims of Pakistan with Kufr and apostasy. Posing a severe threat to do more future attacks on mainstream/Sufi-minded Muslims of Pakistan whom the Taliban ideologue thinks are a “group of polytheists” and thus Taliban so-called “Jihad” is to kill these Sufi-minded Muslims.....

Debating Islam

'Violent' Muslims? 'Amoral' Atheists? It's Time to Stop Shouting and Start Talking To Each Other
Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman

The media may be saturated with images of Islamic terrorists and suicide bombers, but a 2011 Gallup survey concluded that Muslims are actually more likely than any other religious or ethical group in America to reject violence against civilians. At the same time, the vocally “anti-theist” atheists who dominate the airwaves and the bestseller lists may get all the press, but a 2013 study from the University of Tennessee indicated that less than 15% of atheists fall into the “anti-theist” category. So why hasn’t there been more dialogue and solidarity between Muslims and atheists? Can’t we all just get along?.....

Islamic World News

How Are Saudi Arabia’s Beheadings Different from ISIL’s?
Jamaatud Dawa Emir Hafiz Saeed

Arab World

Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad

6 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Kirkuk

India

Shia Youth ‘Who Fought ISIS’ Gets Grand Welcome Home In Lucknow

‘Love Jihad’ Hurts Dignity of Women: RSS

Europe

UK Govt Set To Crack Down On Muslim Brotherhood

Moscow Hotel Goes 'Halal' In Bid to Woo Muslim Visitors

South Asia

Militant Funding Suspected As Tk20cr Wired From London

18 Taliban Militants Killed In Clearing Operations, MoI Says

5 Killed In Afghan Commandos Operation In Herat Province

Pakistan

India, US planning attacks on Islamists here: Hafiz Saeed

Qadri spells out ‘revolutionary agenda’ to pull Pakistan out of crises

North America

Obama and Erdogan promise to intensify ISIS fight in Syria

Imam Webb: It's 'code red' for American Muslims

Africa

Salafists under spotlight ahead of Tunisia poll

Mideast

Twenty killed in Houthi, al-Qaeda clashes in Yemen

East Jerusalem construction to continue: Netanyahu

Southeast Asia

‘I want to touch a dog’ event an attempt to insult Malaysia’s clerics

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Radical Islamism and Jihad
Facing massive appeal of Radical Islam, Moderate Muslims must refute Jihadist theology of violence with a coherent narrative of Islamic moderation, says Sultan Shahin at UNHRC in Geneva
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

We, the silent majority of moderate Muslims are disoriented. Can those Muslims who cherish democracy, peace, and pluralism still have a say in world affairs? Only a tiny fraction of one and a half billion Muslims see in the Quran and Hadees a permission to kill innocents from other sects and communities. But Islam or Islamism is being equated with terrorism because the vast majority of Muslims are still passive and silent.

Thirteen years after 9/11, the Islamist terrorist threat has become more diverse, more complex, and more dangerous. It seems that while the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, it has not faced the challenge of the ideological narrative that Jihadism offers. It is this Islamist extremist narrative that has gained momentum now, animating not only groups like al-Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, al Nusra, ISIS, etc but also independent actors who may prove even more dangerous. ...

What are we, the Muslim moderates, doing wrong? Why are our youth joining the radicals?

What has happened is that Jihadists have worked out a radical narrative of Islam, a complete theology of violence, xenophobia, hate and Islam-supremacism based on common Muslim beliefs which they are using to brainwash Muslim youth, while we moderates have no coherent narrative or theology of peace, pluralism, co-existence and gender justice to counter that.

So what is the way forward? In my view, this situation calls for a clear refutation of the Jihadist ideology and working out a coherent narrative and a consistent theology of Islamic moderation, peace and gender justice. If not now, when?.....

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