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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Wake Up Muslims! Muhammad Says ISIS Leaders Are Demons from Hell
Dr. David Liepert

There is no religion on earth that promotes rape, murder, torture, infanticide, oppression, tumult or war. But there is certainly a long history of politically motivated evil leaders who have abused faiths to that purpose, and today the Middle East has become that abomination’s “Ground Zero”. However, since religion’s abuse is the problem, religion remains the best answer, because Muhammad himself predicted ISIS, and said their leaders would be demons from hell…..

 
Islamic Society

Understanding the Attraction of Salafi and Wahhabi Movements
Saneya Arif

Reasons more or less similar led to the loss of traction in the Deobandi and Barelvi movements – both of which are different from each other for an array of reasons. The Sunni groups, the Deobandis and the Barelvis are the two major groups of Muslims in the Indian subcontinent apart from the Shia Muslims. Barelvis consider the Deobandis as Kafir (infidels). The latter accuse the Barelvis of being ignorant shrine and grave-worshippers. Both impart traditional education that is not much in fashion today due to the growing numbers of liberal and modern Muslims. Fatwas issued by madrasas affiliated to both movements, have little following. The world view of the expanding Muslim moderates are in complete contrast with those of these institutions……

 
Islam and Spiritualism

Repair and Regeneration in Our Bodies
Harun Yahya

How do cells know how much to multiply or when to stop? Where does the command to start or stop come from? If no order to stop is received, do they themselves decide not to grow such as to inconvenience other organs? There is no doubt that there can be no question of unconscious cells doing any of these. It is Allah Who creates this miraculous process from start to finish and Who issues the requisite commands. Intelligence is essential even to understand the miraculous functioning of the organs in the body, and it is of course irrational and, quite frankly, unscientific to claim that they came into being by chance. Such flawless systems could never come into being as a result of a series of coincidences. The presence of such systems in the human body is evidence that they were created by Allah……

 
Islam and Human Rights

Let Bill Maher Speak -- Islam Supports Free Speech
Mike Ghouse

Saudi Arabia or Iran may not support free speech that is their problem and not Islam's problem. Islam does not have a problem in case the right wing nuts want to make it. My strongest argument with Hannity and Geller was -- I do not want America to change for Ghannouchi, I do not want our constitution be compromised for Ghannouchi, and I do not want our character to change for Ghannouchi. We don't want to ban Maher because he says unpalatable things….

 
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Reviving the Caliphate?
Abdul Majeed Abid

Reviving the Caliphate?
Abdul Majeed Abid

The Islamic State presents an opportunity to the Islamists for experimenting their ideas about an ideal state. In reality though, none of the mainstream Islamist organizations have openly endorsed the actions of “Islamic State”. News emanating from the state till now have been bleak, including the desecration of historical monuments and massacre of minorities. Where does that leave the proponents of ‘Khilafah’? Denial-istan?....

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The Islamic Caliphate is no longer virtual reality; it’s a tangible experience. Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) has the basic essentials that make it a serious threat. It has territory, it has the military capability to hold on to its territory, and it has a system of governance, however demented it may be. Of course, its barely contested march has now been stalled by air strikes, the recapture of the Baiji refinery has been hailed by Iraqis as a changing of the tide, and the Peshmerga are gradually coming into their own at Kobani….

 
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The ‘Shahi Imams’ Of India
C.M. Naim

Saudi Arabia is a kingdom, and has had several Kings during the last 100 years, but it does not have a ‘Shahi Imam’, nor had one before. Even the men who lead the prayers at the Kaa’ba in Mecca are simply known as Imams. Pakistan has had no king so far, but it has the great Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. It too has only Imams, and they, regardless of any other delusion of grandeur that some could have entertained, have remained content with the simpler title. Compared to the Saudi Kingdom and the Islamic Republic, India stands tall—in fact taller than most of us think, for it has four ‘Shahi Imams’. And that’s the four I know of. Someone more diligent might yet find a few more……

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

A Million Mutinies among the Believers
Aijaz Zaka Syed

In the words of Naipaul, it is a million mutinies among the believers. And with so many wars to fight within and settle scores with your own brethren, who needs the services of external foes? No wonder, Netanyahu cannot stop grinning from ear to ear proudly unveiling one settlement after another and setting his sights on Al-Aqsa, the prized catch.  To an external observer, especially a non-Arab Muslim, all this is truly bewildering….

 
Books and Documents

Debating the Thistle and the Drone: A Response to the Distortions of Christine Fair
Harrison Akins

After 9/11, the United States, backing the military and intelligence services of central governments, looked to these peripheral regions—which were already in a state of turmoil—in their hunt for terrorists. The involvement of the US has exacerbated and expanded the violence between centre and periphery but is not the cause of it. Unfortunately, the US has not demonstrated that it has any understanding of this history and dynamic between centre and periphery in the conduct of the war on terror over the past decade. Rather, the US continues to implement the same failed policies in new conflict areas. I would challenge anyone, including Professor Fair, to take one glance at the current state of Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, FATA, or other regions of the Muslim world where America is engaged and argue that its policies to halt the violence have been anything but a failure…..

 
Interview

Meeting Salma Bhatti, Wife of Slain Minister Shahbaz Bhatti
Raza Rumi

Three years after Shahbaz Bhatti’s death, though admittedly his brothers have tried hard to pursue justice, they have started getting death threats themselves, as if a hidden “third hand” were telling them, “You have received the blood money for your brother’s murder. Now hush up.”

 
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He said he was pained to see Islamophobia in America. I asked him whether he feels any obligation to stand up and defend ordinary, peaceful Muslims. He said he would but did not know how. Here is how: Write letters to newspapers, invite your Muslim neighbours for a cup of coffee or to break bread, and stop anyone who generalizes about and maligns a faith just as you would if someone were to say racist or anti-Semitic things. One person who has done this consistently is the Rev. Ed Heilman of Park United Church of Christ in Toledo. We could all learn from his example……

 
Islamic History

Morocco: Model for Islam
Mohamed Chtatou

Morocco is a land of tolerance, acceptance and coexistence. King Hassan II has described it as a tree whose roots are in Africa, its trunk in Morocco, the side branches in the Middle East and its top foliage in Europe. Sitting on the crossroads of so many cultures, religions and civilizations, Morocco has become through the centuries a haven for countless cultures, ethnicities and ways of life…..

 
Urdu Section

The Truth about Whether Islam Is a Religion of Violence or Peace  اسلام تشدد کا مذہب ہے یا امن کا: ایک تجزیاتی مطالعہ
Milad Milani

اسلامی تاریخ پر تشدد واقعات سے بھری ہوئی ہے۔ مسلمان تشدد پسند ہو سکتے ہیں۔ اس سے انکار کرنا اس بات سے انکار سے بالکل مختلف نہیں ہے کہ اسلام ایک پرامن مذہب ہے اور تمام مسلمان امن پسند ہوتے ہیں۔ یہ دونوں باتیں یکسر غلط ہیں۔

قرآن پر امن اور پر تشدد دونوں قسم کے احکام پر مشتمل ہے۔ مسئلہ یہ نہیں ہے کہ قرآن میں ایسی آیتیں ہیں؛ بلکہ مشکل یہ ہے کہ غیر متشدد اور عسکریت پسند مسلمان دونوں یکساں طور پر بر حق ظاہر ہوتے ہیں۔ کچھ لوگوں کے نزدیک امن و امان تلوار ے کے ذریعے ہی قائم کیا جا سکتا ہے؛ جبکہ دوسروں کے لئے امن و امان اللہ کی بے پناہ رحمت میں پایا جاتا ہے۔ مثال کے طور پر:

 
Urdu Section

Jawed Habeeb: A Person of All the Seasons  جاوید حبیب: ہجوم سے تنہائی تک
Dr. Khawar Hashmi

جاوید حبیب صاحب  کو اپنی صلاحیتوں  کے اظہار کے لئے مشکل ترین زمانہ ملا۔ یہ دور ایمان اور یقین کے بحران کا دور تھا۔ اخبار اور روایات کے انتشار اور بکھراؤ کا دور تھا ۔ اس کے علاوہ جاوید حبیب صاحب کو اس ملت کی قیادت کا فرض اور منصب ملا جو بے سمتی، بے یقینی ، کسمپرسی اور ناکردہ گناہوں کے عذاب میں مبتلا تھی ۔ جاوید حبیب صاحب نے پوری استقامت کے ساتھ اس حرماں نصیب امت  کی دستگیری کی۔ ان کےحوصلے بلند کئے اور انہیں  خود شناسی  کا اپنے عمل سے درس دیا۔ جاوید حبیب  مرحوم عصر حاضر کے ایک ایسے  مزاج شناس سیاست داں تھے جنہوں نے کسی مرحلہ پر بھی شکست  نہیں کھائی۔ آزادی  کے فوراً بعد مولانا ابوالکلام آزاد نے لکھنؤ کانفرنس میں ہندوستانی مسلمانوں  کو یہ مشورہ دیا تھا کہ وہ اپنی علیحدہ  سیاسی  جماعت  بنانے سے پرہیز  کریں۔

 
Hindi Section

To What Direction Pakistan is Going?  किस ओर जा रहा है पाकिस्तान
Kuldeep Talwar

मुंबई हमले में अपनी सीधी भूमिका साबित होने और भारत समेत अंतरराष्ट्रीय समुदायों की नाराजगी के बावजूद पाकिस्तान थोड़ा भी नहीं बदला है। हमारी सरकार द्वारा सुबूत देने के बावजूद मुंबई हमले का मास्टरमाइंड हाफिज सईद छुट्टा घूम रहा है। हमारे गृह मंत्री बता रहे हैं कि दाऊद इब्राहिम अफगानिस्तान सीमा पर है। सबसे चौंकाने वाला पाक प्रधानमंत्री नवाज शरीफ का रवैया है। वह दोबारा सत्ता में आए, तो लगा कि भारत के साथ रिश्ते बेहतर करने में वह संजीदा भूमिका निभाएंगे। लेकिन आगामी गणतंत्र दिवस के अवसर पर ओबामा की भारत यात्रा को देखते हुए शरीफ की प्रतिक्रिया और दक्षेस बैठक में उनके रुख से साफ है कि वह कट्टरवादी राजनीति के बंधक बन चुके हैं। जम्मू-कश्मीर में विधानसभा चुनाव के प्रति मतदाताओं का सकारात्मक रवैया भी पाकिस्तान के कट्टरवादी लोगों को परेशान करने वाला है।

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Myth of Religious Violence
Karen Armstrong

As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) rampaging through the Middle East, tearing apart the modern nation-states of Syria and Iraq created by departing European colonialists, it may be difficult to believe we are living in the 21st century. The sight of throngs of terrified refugees and the savage and indiscriminate violence is all too reminiscent of barbarian tribes sweeping away the Roman Empire, or the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan cutting a swath through China, Anatolia, Russia and Eastern Europe, devastating entire cities and massacring their inhabitants. Only the wearily familiar pictures of bombs falling yet again on Middle Eastern cities and towns – this time dropped by the United States….

Books and Documents

Shaikh al Akbar Ibn al Arabi spent a couple of years in Egypt.  Fresh from studies and immature in worldly wisdom, he was brutally frank and reckless in his public announcements, which appeared heretical to orthodox Ulema like Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibrahim Al Biqai and others. The opposition was so stiff that there was, it is said, a concrete attempt to assassinate him.  The Shaikh, obviously, instigated by the Ulema, was arrested. On being released, he wisely preferred to leave Egypt in search of calmer atmosphere in a safer haven.....

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

New Law Fails To Curb Domestic Violence in Saudi Arabia
Pakistani actor Veena Malik

West Virginian Fights For Women’s Rights in Gambia

Australian Women’s Groups Welcome Call for Imams to Denounce Domestic Violence

Women's Group Riding Peace Train to Gaza Border

West Darfur State Protests Violence against Women

Why the Kurdish Fight for Women's Rights Is Revolutionary

Thousands of Women Gather at Kobane Border to Protest Violence

Hundreds of Fake Cases Have Been File against Us in Pak: Veena Malik

Muhammad Ali Daughters Promote 'I Am Ali' In UK

Int'l Day for Elimination of Violence against Women Observances Begin in Bangladesh

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic World News

Fight With ISIS Needs ‘Arab Face’: U.S. Lawmaker
Rob Wittman, U.S. lawmaker

North America

ISIS Offers Help If Ferguson Protesters Accept Islam, Swear Loyalty to Caliph

Israel, U.S. Attempting To Prevent Geneva Convention Summit on Palestinians

India

Indian-Origin Islamic State Member Poses With AK-47, Newborn Baby on Twitter

Arab World

With Incentives and Brute Force, Isis Subdues Tribes

Dozens of Isil Terrorists Killed In Iraq's Kirkuk

Qaeda Branch Executes Syrian for 'Insulting Prophet'

South Asia

Two Islamists sentenced to death in Bangladesh

Afghan attack targets British embassy car, 6 dead

5 Taliban militants killed in Ghazni and Helmand provinces

Pakistan

Suspected IS pamphlet warns Pakistani tribesmen against spying for US

Drone strikes kill 28 unknown people for every intended target: report

Africa

Muslims Distance Boko Haram Activities from Islam

Israel defying world, says South Africa

Mideast

Illicit money from Jews abroad threatens Israel, government warns

Europe

British Muslims raise concern over new anti-terror law

Southeast Asia

In Reminder to Stay United: Zahid to Screen IS Beheadings At Umno Assembly

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

ISIS Is a Victim of Its Own Narcissism
Diana Moukalled

This narcissistic infatuation which ISIS has with its own image is most clearly evident in the videos which the group produces. The locations where these videos are shot sometimes seem akin to movie sets, and the footage itself like a movie, one where unfortunate actors are forever coerced to play the victim, and where, of course, they always die at the end. We watch these deaths—with all the accompanying fear and pain and horror this entails—at the hands of killers who do their deeds while looking straight into the camera for that inevitable close-up: yes, these killers slaughter and stone and crucify . . . all for the camera, and for nothing else……

 
Islam and the West

Deobandis and Salafis in Britain: the Pakistan Connection
Tahir Kamran

The author considers Deobandis of whom a majority is Pakistani to be potentially most dangerous. The only other denomination with potential to compete with Deobandis is Salafis. It has drawn huge number of converts because, as the author states, Salafi doctrine “is simple, it’s pure and it’s monotheistic in that it calls them to the worship of Allah alone.” Salafis in Britain are of three categories: pietistic Salafis, political Salafis and jihadi Salafis.…

 
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?.....

The War Within Islam

Doubts are also expressed over the Jamaat’s ability to influence and woo back more radicalised segments who now have multiple options to work with to bring about an Islamic revolution through jihad. Indeed, we’ve seen the JI cadre leave the ‘vanguard of Islamic revolution’ for extremist groups such as the Taliban and Al Qaeda in recent years, giving ‘ideological’ opponents like the MQM the opportunity to label it a ‘terrorist’ party.....

 
Books and Documents

'Islamic Humanism' By Lenn E. Goodman Is A Valuable Contribution To The Study Of Islamic Humanism, Offering Abundant Examples From Islamic Philosophy, Ethics, History, And Literature

Romantic love, too, constitutes a home for the secular par excellence. Islam has preserved some aspects of pre-Islamic poetry and has not erased the continuing fascination with the secular themes of love and conquest or fight and flight. Among the celebrants of secular love is Ibn Hazm of Córdoba (994–1064), whose “anticipations of Descartes’ and Kant’s criticisms of the faith of naïve rationalism rest on a limpid yet rambunctious religious faith” (p. 61). Ibn Hazm offers secular love in place of the sublimated and unsublimated eroticism of the mystics; to those who find a spiritual meaning in erotic longings, he offers a naturalistic alternative. The secularization of human love is prominent in the work of Ibn Taymiyya (1263–1328) as well, according to Goodman. And he sees Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya’s (1272–1350) Rawdat al-muhibbin (Lovers’ garden) as “a thoroughgoing exposition of secular love.”….

 
Islam and Tolerance

In Islam, tolerance is to respect the religious difference though not approving it. Concretely, for instance it is like this that although Islam prohibits drinking for Muslims, it allows its non-Muslims community to consume it if their religion does not forbid doing so. Islam’s attitude towards non-Muslim is, “for you is your faith, and for me my faith” (109:6). Islam is completely against forced conversion. The Holy Quran states, “There is no compulsion in faith. The correct way has become distinct from erroneous”… (2:256). Islam even proscribes reviling the deities of other religions…..

 


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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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