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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Will Pakistan Unite Against The Ideology Behind The Peshawar Massacre?
Imtiaz Gul

Not only is the Peshawar Army Public School attack a typical target killing – the target being an installation associated with the Pakistan army – but also an attempt to strike fear into the minds of people at large, creating panic and uncertainty. That is a simple terror tactic that groups such as the TTP or its new branches like Jamaat ul Ahrar and Jundullah deploy as part of their destructive agendas. The tactic may be surprising, but the attack is not

 
The War Within Islam
The Mullah’s Utility
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

The Mullah’s Utility
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Junaid Jamshed, the poster boy of religious fundamentalism whose quest for women’s enchainment took him into the unchartered territory of being at the wrong end of blasphemy accusations, can redeem himself by becoming the face of a potential revamp of the blasphemy law. JJ has been selling religion in a fundamentalist package for a decade and a half. The establishment just needs to hand him, and his brethren, a new wrapping paper…

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Saudi Young Women Risk Diseases by Consuming Slimming Pills

Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kidnap 100 Women, Children in Nigeria

Yemeni Women Fear Houthis Are Restricting Freedoms

Scarves Will Fly in Show of Solidarity for Auckland’s Muslim Community

Afghans Debate Sexual Equality and Schooling

ISIS "Bedroom Jihad" Victims Find Assistance After Fasten Extremists

ISIS Document Authorising Rape of 'Non-Believers' Draws Revulsion

Non-Saudi Wives Issued Permanent Residence Permits

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Islamic World News

At Least Two Children Beheaded In Pakistan School Attack
Syed Akbaruddin, external affairs ministry spokesm

Pakistan

67 militants killed in Pakistan raids after Peshawar school massacre

8 militants, including TTP commander, killed in Ziarat

Rangers kill four militants in Karachi operation

Hang 3,000 terrorists in 48 hours: Pak army chief to Sharif

Africa

Cameroon Army Says Killed 116 Boko Haram Fighters

South Asia

Peshawar Terrorists Called Handlers in Afghanistan

5 Taliban Insurgents Blown Up By Own Explosives in Heart

India

Conversion to Islam Solely For Marriage Not Valid: Allahabad High Court

‘Islam Is Religion Which Came To Give Life, Not Take It Away’: Sufi Scholar

Don’t compromise with terrorists, India tells Pakistan

‘IS Sympathiser Planned To Attack Mumbai School’

Arab World

Iraqi Forces Kill 35 ISIL Terrorists in Salahuddin

U.S.-led air strikes kill several ISIS leaders

ISIL, Nusra Clash Fiercely on Qalmoun Barrens: 25 Terrorists Killed, Injured

Mideast

Dozens of People Dead and Wounded In Car Bomb Attacks On Yemen Shiite Militia

North America

Peshawar attack may not change Pak's ties with terror groups: Expert

US: We won't support Palestinian UNSC resolution on an Israeli withdrawal

Europe

U.N. Experts: Taliban Radicals Are Gaining Prominence

Lifting Moratorium ‘A Flawed Response to Peshawar School Attack’: HRW

Southeast Asia

Christians Out to Convert Muslims through Christmas: Hizbut Tahrir

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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The Lessons from Peshawar: How About Expelling All Those Targeting Innocents In The Name Of Faith from the Fold of Islam
Aijaz Zaka Syed

The Muslim world needs to evolve a more nuanced, thinking approach to this Fitna. And it starts with urgent recognition of the magnitude of the challenge we face in violent extremism. As Sharif pointed out, this is OUR own war and we must approach it as such. How about expelling all those targeting innocents in the name of faith from the fold of Islam? Extreme crises call for extreme measures.

Islam and the West
Going back to Bush and Saddam
Mohammad Badrul Ahsan

Going back to Bush and Saddam
Mohammad Badrul Ahsan

But George Bush has done more harm to the civilised world than Saddam could do even if the WMDs were real. The high priest of mischief blatantly lied, the CIA torture being merely a side-effect of its far-reaching fallout. Bush's weapon of mass delusion shattered the moral universe where criminals now feel encouraged to find a viable excuse so that they can commit their crimes and that without qualms….

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

A Blood Stained Jihad: Massacre of Children Result of Rampant Fanaticism in a Pakistan At War With Modernity
MJ Akbar

What kind of mind believes that it can ascend to paradise from the graves of 132 innocent schoolchildren? The same mindset that kills at least 150 women, many pregnant, because they refuse to become sexual slaves in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar. At around the same time that a suicide mission from Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shook the soul of Pakistan and the world, a barbarian named Abu Anas al Libi executed these women, according to a report by the Turkish Anadolu Agency, “because they refused to accept jihad marriage”. A similar mental aberration persuades Sunni fanatics to practise Takfir, which declares many fellow Muslims “unbelievers”, or Kafirs, and therefore worthy of death. ….

Current Affairs

The Civilian Leadership Is Confused and Incompetent While the Military Leadership Is Unwilling To Break the Ice Unilaterally
Najam Sethi

The public’s anger against the Taliban may also not be sufficiently long-lived to provide a stable platform for policy overhaul. Already, a counter narrative about the “Indian hand” and “US responsibility” in the Peshawar massacre is beginning to take shape in the media and among radical Islamist groups. Indeed, in the backdrop of pervasive anti-West sentiment and politico-religious ideology, it will not be possible to exploit the current situation for long…..

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Terrorists Must Not Be Granted Martyrdom But Given Life in Jail
Reema Abbasi

The tragic-comedy does not cease here - a nation awoke to the announcement of bail for Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi - prime conspirator of the Mumbai terror attacks.  The news has not only stirred anger in the media, but is in conflict with Sharif’s stance on the death penalty.  Pakistan’s darkest day has left a message - terrorists must suffer a life sentence, and not be granted ‘martyrdom’ conferred on instant death…..

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

We are left with questions: Can this grief and outrage be channelled? Will Pakistan have a plan to deal with terror and finally crack down in a manner that leaves no room for more attacks?  The writing is on the wall, it is time for Pakistan to take a tough stand on terror. It is time to behead the beast that keeps raising its head, even if this means posting the army at schools, mosques and churches…..

 
Islam and the West

U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership: Who was Congress Serving?
Yossi Mekelberg

Almost unnoticed, the Unites States Congress finally approved the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership, concluding two years of political wrangling with the Obama administration and within both houses of Congress. The passing of the act can be regarded as an impressive achievement for Israel and its friends on Capitol Hill. It can only be regarded as an upgrade in cooperation on a range of security and civil issues. The legislation is not finalized until the American president signs it, which will create a real dilemma for him……

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Such a Long Nightmare: The Pakistan State Must Find the Will to Confront not Just Jihadist Fighters, but also their Project
Praveen Swami

For the most part, the language we have used to describe the massacre of 132 school children in Peshawar has consisted of cliché: the perpetrators were evil, cowardly, animals. This language of righteous rage tells us next to nothing about the perpetrators and why they acted as they did. The Taliban’s justification of the carnage may be self-serving, but it also tells us that their acts had context….

 
Current Affairs

Nationalism as Antonym of Communalism
Faisal Devji

Since Independence, secularism is increasingly opposed to communalism, with the nation no longer central to its definition. Does this indicate the failure of the nation to demonstrate its plurality, and therefore secularism?....

Current Affairs

So should India worry? Well, one cannot ignore that Ghani’s pitch is publicly to Rawalpindi, not Islamabad. Pakistan has quickly promised to raise, train and equip a brigade in the Afghan National Army. Ghani has relegated India to the role of a supporting actor, with the lead conceded to Pakistan. It would be no better for India if Ghani’s initiative failed to achieve a quiet border….

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Peshawar, My Ancestral City, Is Dying a Slow Death At The Hands Of Religious Fundamentalists, Mullahs, Madrasas, and Militants
Murtaza Haider

I wish I could say, “We didn’t see it coming.” But that would be a lie. We saw it coming, but chose to ignore all the warnings until it was too late to prevent our children from being murdered before our very eyes. Peshawar, my ancestral city, is dying a slow death at the hands of religious fundamentalists. Slowly, but surely, the City fell to mullahs, madrasas, and militants. It all started rather inconspicuously in December 1974, when a bomb explosion injured two at the American Centre in Peshawar. Many did not think much of it. However, dozens of bomb blasts and thousands of civilian deaths later, it became obvious who the enemy was…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

Fighting Gender Bias
Rabia Alavi

What men can contribute to the war against gender disparity is to change their attitudes. As active participants in the conversation on gender disparity, especially in education, but in other strata too, they will have to speak up. They will have to challenge the present gender order and lend their voices to protest against injustices that exist in this modern, liberal world rather than see it all as one conspiracy after the other — by the feminists, the West or Jews ….

 
Hindi Section

Is This Islam? क्या यह इस्लाम है? पेशावर की एक बिलकती मां का सवाल। नहीं, यह इस्लाम नहीं है: भारतीय उलेमा का जवाब। लेकिन मौलाना इसलाही के बेरहमाना हिंसा को क्या कहें? क्या उन्हें मुस्लमान नहीं कहा जाए?
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

कल पेशावर में एक महिला ने पूछाः किया यह इस्लाम है? वह खून से लत पत अपने स्कूल जाने वाले बच्चों की लाशों के ऊपर रो रही थी। 132 मासूम बच्चों सहित कई महिला शिक्षा के फर्खमंद हत्यारों का संबंध पाकिस्तान के तालिबान से है। यह तालिबानी लोग दीनी मदारिस के छात्र हैं जो इस्लाम की शिक्षाओं से अच्छी तरह परिचित हैं। इसके बावजूद उन्होंने गर्व के साथ इस्लाम के नाम पर मासूम जानों की हत्या कर दी, इस्लाम की सरबुलन्दी और दुनिया में खुदा की खुदाई को स्थापित करने के अपने झूठे घमंड में हैं। इसलिए स्वाभाविक रूप से यह सवाल उठना था कि क्या वास्तव में यह इस्लाम है? हालांकि भारतीय मुस्लिम उलेमा ने इस सवाल का जवाब देने का संकल्प लिया। इसलिए अंग्रेजी दैनिक 'इंडियन एक्सप्रेस' में एक रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, मुस्लिम उलेमा ने पेशावर हमला को इस्लाम के बुनियादी सिद्धांतों के खिलाफ बताया। उन्होंने बयान दिया कि ऐसी हिंसा के अपराधियों का धर्म से कोई संबंध नहीं है और बच्चों की हत्या का बिल्कुल कोई कारण नहीं है।

 
Urdu Section

11 ستمبر کے بعد، مشرق وسطی کے کسی بھی مسافر کو جہاز میں شک کی نظروں سے دیکھا گیا،لفظ اللہ اکبر کہنے سے کئی کئی گھنٹے اور کئی کئی دن تفتیش میں گنوانے پڑ سکتے ہیں، مسلمانوں کو زبانی اور جسمانی زیادتیوں کا سامنا کرتے ہوئے بے شمار ڈرامائی حالات سے گزرنا پڑا، بعض ممالک میں خواتین حجاب یا برقعہ پہننے پر مجبور ہیں اور مسلمان مساجد اور دینی مراکز قائم کرنے کے حق سے محروم ہیں۔ مسلم مخالف جذبات اس حد تک بڑھ گئے ہیں کہ خود پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو یورپ اور امریکہ میں قدامت پسندوں کی توہینی مہمات کا نشانا بنایا گیا اور قرآن پاک کو عوام میں جلا دیے جانے کی دھمکی دی گئی۔

 
Urdu Section

Ideological Attack Also Necessary on the Terrorists  دہشت گردوں پر نظر یاتی حملے بھی ضروری
Asad Raza

طالبانی نظریے یا دیگر داعش  جیسی دہشت گرد تنظیموں کے نظریات بالخصوص اسلام کے بارے میں وہ ہیں جو انہیں  سی آئی اے، موساد اور دیگر یوروپی خفیہ ایجنسیوں نے دیے  ہیں ۔ ان نظریات کے مطابق خود کشی اسلام میں ناجائز نہیں ہے، بے قصور لوگوں کو ہلاک کرنا ، عورتوں کو ذلیل و رسوا کرنا جائز ہے، اپنے مقصد  کے لیے معصوم بچوں کو بھی جان سے مار دینے میں کوئی گناہ نہیں ہوتا۔ ظاہر ہے کہ یہ نظریات سراسر غیر اسلامی ہیں لیکن انہیں اسلامی نظریات قرار دے کر نہ صرف بھولے بھالے مسلم نوجوانوں کو گمراہ کیا جارہا ہے، بلکہ دنیا کے سامنے اسلام کی ایک مسخ شدہ تصویر بھی پیش کی جارہی ہے۔ بد قسمتی سے کچھ امریکہ نواز عرب ملک بھی بالواسطہ طورپر اس اسلام مخالف مہم میں امریکہ  و اسرائیل  کے ساتھ  ہی ہیں کیونکہ  ان عرب حکمرانوں  کو اسلام سے زیادہ اپنے تخت  و تاج عزیز  ہیں ۔

 
Arabic Section

Is This Islam? هل هذا إسلام: تقولھ أم باكية، لا، إنه ليس إسلاما: أجاب علماء الهند، ولكن ماذا عن تبریر الإصلاحي للعنف العشوائي؟
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

وقالت امرأة باكية في بيشاور أمس: هل هذا إسلام؟ كانت تبكي على الجثث الميتة من أطفالها الذاهبين إلى المدرسة. إن القتلة الفخور لأكثر من 132 طفلا بريئا وعشرات المدرسات هم كانوا طالبان باكستان. طالبان هم طلاب المدرسة و يتعلمون تعاليم الإسلام. إنهم يقتلون الأبرياء بفخر و بإسم الإسلام، كما يزعمون أنهم يفعلون ذالك لتمجيد الإسلام ولإنشاء هيمنة الإسلام في العالم، ولإثبات حكم الله على هذا الكوكب، كما يقولون. لذلك كان السؤال طبيعيا. هل هذا اسلام، في الواقع؟ وقد قرر العلماء المسلمون في الهند على الإجابة على السؤال. ووفقا لتقرير في جريدة إنديان اكسبريس، قالوا إن مهاجمة بيشاور فعل معادي للمبادئ من الإسلام. ومرتكبو هذا العنف، حسب قولهم، لا علاقة لهم بالدين وليس هناك أي مبرر لقتل الأطفال.

 
Hindi Section

तहरीक-ए-तालिबान पाकिस्तान के हमले में मारे गए लोगों में स्कूल स्टाफ़ के भी 9 लोग थे. पाकिस्तानी सेना के अनुसार सभी सात हमलावर भी मारे गए. दुनिया भर में इस घटना की निंदा हो रही है, यहां तक कि अफ़ग़ानिस्तान में मौजूद तालिबान ने भी इसकी निंदा की है. इस्लामी रीति रिवाज के अनुसार मंगलवार शाम से ही कुछ लोगों का अंतिम संस्कार किया जाने लगा.

 
Spiritual Meditations
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Sanity
InasYounis, New Age Islam

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Sanity
InasYounis, New Age Islam

Sometimes the only thing standing between man and total despair, when everything in life takes on an intoxicating and futile picture flow, is a need for a meaningful exchange to counteract the psychic deafness of a world consumed by information overload.  ... Sometimes the only thing standing between man and total despair is a humble prayer for life, liberty and  the kind of sanity which comes with the understanding,  that life and liberty can never last until they command -  JUSTICE FOR ALL!!

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

ISIS Sharia Punishment Guide Calls for 'Stoning' Women for Even 'Beautifying' Eyelashes
Malala Yousafzai

Saudi Cleric’s Wife Shows Face on TV, Sparks Uproar

Peshawar School Attack: Taliban's 'Revenge' For Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize

Woman in Spain Arrested For Allegedly Procuring Wives for ISIS

Girl on Heathrow Plane 'Stopped From Flying to Syria Conflict'

Oakland Women's Colleges Lead Push to Redefine Gender Rules

Girl-Hating Taliban Attack 1,000 'Un-Islamic' Pakistan Schools in Last Five Years

Strangers Hug Muslim Women Laying Tributes to Victims of Siege at Martin Place

Men at Work, Women At Home Is Best Recipe for High-Income Nation: Isma

Child Abuse Training for School Personnel in Abu Dhabi

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Interfaith Dialogue

If the why of religious diversity is a divine mystery that we are unable to fully comprehend, the how of our approach to religious diversity is something that we can definitely do something about. We can, my friend and I agreed, choose to manage our responses to religious diversity in a skilful way in order to help shape a better world for ourselves, and for everyone else, irrespective of faith….

Islamic World News

No Info Madrasas Involved In Training of Terrorists: Govt
PPP leader Sherry Rehman

India

Muslims Slam Taliban, Warn Against Extremism

Pakistan

Fresh Air Strikes Kill 57 Terrorists in Tirah: ISPR

Apologists Will Be Regarded As Terrorists, Allies of Terrorists: Sherry Rehman

Arab World

ISIL Kills 7 Defectors in Nineveh

Islamic State Penal Code Promises Crucifixion, Lashing for Unbelievers

Iraq Kurds Launch Sinjar Offensive, Control 2 Villages near Mosul

Africa

Islamists Kill 32, Kidnap Scores in Nigeria: Officials, Witness

South Asia

8 Afghan Army Soldiers Martyred In the Past 24 Hours: MoD

Europe

Derby Imam: 'Anyone with True Understanding of Islam Will Never Turn To Extremism'

Russian Patriarch: Islamic State ‘Demonizes’ Islam

Mideast

Islamophobia A Product of Taliban, ISIL: Erdoğan

North America

EU should keep sanctions against Hamas: U.S.

Australia

Australian PM Says Cafe Siege 'Horrific Wake-Up Call'

Southeast Asia

New Approach Needed for Indonesia to End Extremism

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TOP ARTICLE
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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