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Islamic Ideology

Refutation Of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article Entitled ‘Islamic State Beheads, Mutilates, As The Quran Instructs’ - Part 1: Don't Ignore The Context Of Quran's Verses Or The Asbab Al-Nuzul
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

The significance of the context to understand the Qur’an and Hadith can and should be seen in the principles of Islamic jurisprudence and exegesis. In accordance with the methodology established by the Qur’an and Hadith, it is strictly prohibited to cherry-pick an extract from the Qur’an without understanding it within its full context. Allah Almighty says: “Do you believe in some parts of the Book and deny some others? So he who does so from amongst you, what can be his punishment but disgrace (and humiliation) in the worldly life? And (also) on the Day of Resurrection, (such people) will be returned to the most ruthless torment. And Allah is not unaware of your deeds” (2:85)....

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Today the Saudis find themselves in an extremely uncomfortable position. Their air force has joined the US-led coalition in conducting numerous air strikes against IS positions in Syria, yet this is deeply unpopular with many Saudis. A prince who has flown sorties against IS in an F15 jet has reportedly received death threats More than 2,000 Saudi nationals are estimated to have joined the ranks of IS, bringing with them an extreme brand of "Takfiri" ideology that views large portions of the population with suspicion and intolerance…..

 
Islamic World News

Islamic State Takes Libyan City; 100K under Terror Group’s Control as Chaos Spreads
Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Emir

Arab World

Al-Baqie Graveyard in Madinah to Undergo Expansion

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite To Condemn Jihadi Violence

Suicide car bombing kills four in Iraq Kurdish capital

Europe

French-speaking ISIS fighters ask Muslims to terrorise France

Jihad Lures Teens from Unsuspected Corners of France

Southeast Asia

300 Indonesians Now With ISIS, Counterterrorism Official Says

Jakarta Forces Aceh to Shelve Flag In Exchange for Concession Rights

South Asia

Taliban Supreme leader Mullah Omar has possibly died

Pakistan wants Afghanistan to halt ties with India: Karzai

India

Indian Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Emir Favours Dialogue on Kashmir

'Hindi and Urdu Are Two Eyes of India'

Pakistan

Pakistan to talk to Kashmiri leaders before dialogue with India: Nawaz

K-P Assembly condemns life and death sentences to Bangladesh JI leaders

North America

Canadian jets bomb Islamic State weapon facility, Ottawa says

My mission is ISIL, not al-Assad, says US army chief

Mideast

Ankara watches as al-Assad leaves exit path in Aleppo siege

Israeli president: We are not at war with Islam

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Austria Is Trying To Cut Down Its Increasing Number of 'Jihadi Brides'
Monique, Dutch teen’s mother

Dutch Teen Who Married IS Jihadist in Syria Returns Home

How Girls Are Barred From Nigerian Schools

Councils Leaving Children at Sex-Abuse Risk, Says Ofsted

Judge Bans Female Guards from Touching Muslim Men in Gitmo

Chechen Investigators Probe Suspected Honour Killing In Grozny

Resolving the Issues Arising From Interfaith, Interracial Marriages in Malaysia

ISIS Brutality toward Women A Shocking Symptom of A Larger Disease

U.S. Woman Charged Over ISIS Links Detained

HRW Urge Indonesia to Stop ‘Virginity Tests’ For Female Police Recruits

Crackdown on Single Men Paying Women to Access Malls in Saudi Arabia

‘Pakistan Has Failed To Protect Its Children’

FGM in the West: A Creeping Crime against Humanity

Debate Highlights Women’s Role as ‘Agents of Change’ In Pakistan

Muslim Women Forced To Pray On Dirty Street of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Global Summit in Morocco Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs

Hostility against Women: Stone Adulterous Women to Death

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic Society

To sharpen our perspective on love, Ibn Arabi, the Sufi mystic of Arabia, said that love needed to be tasted and experienced. Many people are familiar with dervish whirling dances, Dhikr, and other Sufi art forms. Candra explains that the essence of Allah can be witnessed with these four Arabic adjectives: Jamal, Kamal, Quhar and Jalal…..

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

From Teenage Colorado Girls to Islamic State Recruits: A Case Study in Radicalization via Social Media
Rita Katz

The abrupt journey of the three girls from American teenagers to jihadi recruits, as shocking as it may appear, is far from unique. The processes they underwent—from use of social media, radicalization, recruitment online, and even the actual travel route to join IS—all follow the exact same pattern shared by several hundreds of Westerners.

The process Grape underwent begins sometime over a year ago. In response to "What is the most important lesson you've learned in life?" Grape replied on Ask.fm, "To always do my homework" (ask.fm does not provide accurate dates beyond one year). Her responses to questions on ask.fm portray a typical girl next door….

Islamic Personalities

Abul Qasim al Junayd of Baghdad
Sadia Dehlvi

Abul Qasim al Junayd of the ninth century is one of the most famous of early Muslim mystics. They called him “Peacock of the Poor”, “Lord of the Group” and “Master of Masters”. A central figure in many Sufi orders, Junayd is considered the greatest exponent of the sober school of Sufism. …..

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The incident of Al-Ahsa massacre did not happen accidentally, but it is a rude interpretation of a dangerous approach that is increasingly threatening the heart of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must admit that the problem, which the Kingdom has long been exporting, is now present inside its boundaries!....

 
Islam and Politics

Is Another War Coming To The Occupied West Bank?
Juan Cole

But there is one scenario in which “transfer” (i.e. ethnic cleansing) could occur. That would be a repeat of the 1947-48 civil war in British Mandate Palestine, which eventuated in the ethnic cleansing by Jewish militias of 720,000 Palestinians out of a pre-war total of 1.2 million. Jewish terrorist organizations such as the Stern Gang simply mowed down Palestinian villagers with machine guns to scare their neighbours into fleeing their homes, which the nascent Israelis then usurped…..

 
Muslims and Islamophobia

My problem with the Muslims in Nigeria and their response to Boko Haram is that they are not sufficiently angry. They have to do something beyond pious declarations in newspapers. There are some who believe that the whole Boko Haram imbroglio is financed and supported by so called respectable Northern Leaders.  Nobody in the 21st century captures schoolgirls, and forcefully turns them into Moslem so as to marry them off!!  Nothing is more self justifying than religion but even so, in 2014, all conflicts in the world except Ukraine is Muslim based, backed and perpetrated – unfortunately it is Moslem killing Moslems…

 
Current Affairs

Social harmony is in a shambles as trust between Hindus and Muslims has reached its lowest ebb. Most affected are youngsters as friendship between a girl and a boy of different religions is being seen with a sense of doubt, thanks to the “love jihad” activism of the saffron vigilante groups. Though marriage between Hindus and Muslim is not new in the region, “love jihad,” a term coined by the Sangh Parivar to paint courtship of Hindu girls by Muslim boys as a ploy for conversion, is vitiating the social environment and fuelling communal tensions……

 
Islam and Spiritualism

Help one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety) (Al-Ma’idah 5:2) Allah has created the human being as a weak being who needs to cooperate continuously with his fellow human beings throughout his life. This is clear in the worldly affairs; man needs someone to sow for him and harvest for him.....

 
Urdu Section

اپنوں کا ستم اور غیروں کا کرم اگر دیکھنا ہو تو اردو زبان کو دیکھ لیجئے کہ کس طرح محبت کی یہ زبان ہم ہندوستانیوں کے درمیان نظر انداز ہوتی چلی جارہی ہے اور اغیار کس طرح اس کی اہمیت اور ضر ورت کے قائل ہوتے جارہےہیں ۔ بہت  دنو ں کی بات نہیں بلکہ اسی ہفتہ منظر عام پر آنےوالی  اُن دو خبروں  کا سر سری  جائزہ لینا مقصود  ہے جو اردو کی بڑھتی مقبولیت کے حوالہ سے بھی قابل قدر کہلا سکتی ہیں اور اردو کی جڑیں  کاٹنے کے معاملہ میں غیر معمولی  اہمیت کی حامل سمجھ میں آتی ہیں ۔ چند دنوں کے درمیان اردو زبان کے تعلق سے اخبارات  میں شائع ہونے والی درجنوں خبروں کے درمیان دو خبروں  پرہماری توجہ ٹھہر گئی جس میں ایک طرف یہ بتایا گیا کہ ہندوستان کی واحد اردو یونیورسٹی جو مولانا آزاد کی شخصیت سے معنون ہے، اس کی ویب سائٹ  میں اردو کیلئے کوئی جگہ باقی  نہیں رکھی گئی ہے۔

 
Urdu Section

20 اکتوبر کو اس اسلامی مملکت میں ایک ایسے عوامی رہنما  نے حلف  صدارت اٹھایا جو صرف دکھی انسانیت کو سہارا دینے سیاست میں آئے ۔ وہ سیاسی رہنما بن کر دولت چاہتے تھے اور نہ عزت و شہرت جس کے پیچھے بیشتر لیڈر پاگلوں کی طرح بھاگتے ہیں ۔ جو کوویدودو  (Joko Widodo) کی بے مثال داستان  حیات  یہ سبق دیتی ہے کہ ایک سیاست داں کو کس انداز میں ملک و قوم کی خدمت کرنی چاہئے ۔ 53 سالہ جو کوویدودو 21 جون 1961 کو انڈونیشی شہر’ سوراکارتا (Surakarata) میں پیدا ہوئے ۔ والد نوتو مہر دیجو معمولی بڑھئی تھے ۔ انہیں فرنیچر بنا کر بہ مشکل اتنی آمدنی ہوتی کہ روز مرہ آخراجات پورے ہوسکیں ۔ خاندان کرائے کے گھر میں مقیم تھا ۔ جو کوکی پیدائش کے چند سال بعد نوتو مقروض  ہوگیا ۔ حتیٰ کہ کرایہ ادا کرنے کو رقم نہ رہی۔ جوکو کی والدہ سد جیا متی  نے شوہر کو وہ قیمتی  برتن دیئے جو انہیں اپنے باپ سے پہلے بیٹے کے پیدائش پر تحفتاً ملے تھے ۔ مدعایہ تھا کہ شوہر انہیں بیچ کر رقم حاصل کرلیں ۔ یہ ایک خاتون خانہ کی طرف سے بڑی قربانی تھی ۔

 
Arabic Section

“God has commanded all people without exception to be jihadists. He ordered us to fight until the last man. Our soldiers will never leave the fight and they are “divinely aided,” said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. His recent speech was divided into two main parts. The first one took around two-thirds of the time of the recording and lasted 17 minutes. Baghdadi tackled the failure of the international alliance’s operations, which he called “Crusade campaign,” and he mocked the Arab participation in them. In the second part, which was the most dangerous, he announced that IS is expanding and new provinces are rising in several Arab countries. Both parts were under Baghdadi’s main headline, which stated that jihad would persist and would target all people and lands at all times. He believed that the United States and Western states were afraid, and the first indicator was that they “did not dare start their campaign before gathering their slaves and dogs of Muslim rulers.” He mocked the participation of Arab states in this alliance, which he described as a “media act.” Another indicator of their fear is “the participation of the Jews (Zionist entity) in this campaign, secretly and stealthily.”

وجاء كلام البغدادي، في تسجيل صوتي حمل عنوان «ولو كره الكافرون» نشرته مساء أمس «مؤسسة الفرقان»، الذراع الإعلامية المركزية للتنظيم، وذلك بعد أيام فقط من تداول بعض الوسائل الإعلامية خبر مقتله جراء غارة أميركية، وهو ما ينفي صحة هذه الأنباء، لاسيما أن البغدادي تطرق لذكر وقائع حدثت بعد انتشار خبر مقتله مثل «البيعات» الجماعية التي حصل عليها من مصر وليبيا واليمن والسعودية، ومثل إرسال واشنطن دفعة جديدة من جنودها إلى العراق.

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Radical Face of Saudi Wahhabism
S. Irfan Habib

However, the stark parallels between IS and its ilk and the Saudi-Wahhabi travesty are telling. If IS is detonating shrines, it is following the precedent set in the 1920s by the House of Saud with the Wahhabi-inspired demolition of 1,400-year-old tombs in the Jannat ul Baqi cemetery in Medina. Again, the hatred for the Shia Muslims is one of the core beliefs of the Wahhabis. The earliest destructions and killings they carried out were in Karbala in the early 19th century, which was followed by the looting and wrecking of the tomb of Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet. Whatever be the face, bile against the Shias has remained a constant throughout Wahhabi-Saudi history, which is being carried forward by its latest flag bearers, the IS and Al Qaeda…..

Islam and Politics

Arab World: Let Citizens Be the Arbiters of States
Rami G. Khouri

Groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS, the Houthis in Yemen, Muqtada al-Sadr’s followers in Iraq, the Muslim Brotherhood and tribes across the region all reflect the brittle nature of statehood and national identity in many Arab countries, forcing citizens to seek their critical needs in arenas beyond the control of the state. Many, perhaps most, Arab citizens have a utilitarian, mercantile and pragmatic relationship with their states and governments, rather than a deeply emotional and organic one as people tend to have with their family, clan, tribe, religion or ethnic group……

 
Islamic World News

Historical Landmarks Threatened by Prophet’s Mosque Expansion
Shaykh al-Yaqoubi, Syrian Sunni cleric

Arab World

Riyadh Fears Islamic State Wants Sectarian War in Saudi Arabia

23 Al-Nusra Terrorists Killed in Syria's Daraa

Dozens of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraq's Babil

10 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Salahuddin

Syrian Sunni Cleric: ISIS Chief Al-Baghdadi ‘Is Going To Hell’

North America

Haqqani network as much a threat as any other terrorist group: US

White House reviewing policy toward US hostages held by militants

South Asia

Taliban suffer heavy casualties in clearing operations

Europe

British Families in Shock as Islamic State Lures Sons into 'Barbaric Madness'

Spanish lawmakers pass symbolic motion on eventual recognition of Palestine

India

Israel echoes Modi, calls for no distinction between terror groups

2002 riots: Nanavati report gives clean chit to Narendra Modi

Pakistan

Pak takes issue of border spat with India to US

ATC sentences four to death in Farzana murder case

Mideast

Government preparing to grant ‘political amnesty’ to Kurdistan Workers' Party militants

Turkey’s top religious body says exposing privacy with online photos ‘improper’ in Islam

Africa

Kenya police carry out fresh raid on Mombasa mosque

Southeast Asia

Islamic scholars need input from science and societal behaviour experts: Tun Mahathir

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

111Muslim, Jain and Hindu, Fatherless Girls, to Be Married In Surat, Gujarat
Malala YOusufzai

Young Indian Muslim Women as Rights-Champions

Street Harassment of Saudi Women on the Rise

26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage

Syria Kurds Give Women Equality, Take That, ISIS!

47% Rise in Women in KSA Seeking Divorce

Kenya Protesters Call for an End to Violence against Women

Malala Urges Pakistani Children to Fight for Education

Sindh, Pakistan, MPAs Take Up the Women and Minorities' Cause

Controversy Flares at Guantanamo over Female Guards

Saudi Arabia to Appoint Women as Board Members of Tawafa Organizations

‘Earning Isn’t As Big a Problem As Acceptance Is For Us’: A Pakistani Transgender

Egypt making slow progress on genital mutilation

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
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?.....

Islam and Politics

The Hot Winds of Indo-Pak Partition Left Salim Mirza Stranded
Jawed Naqvi

The atheist Hindu migrant from Rawalpindi plays Salim Mirza in the movie, the stoically unflappable head of a Muslim joint family in Agra caught in the throes of India-Pakistan Partition. Though the unspeakable violence and communal strife of Partition has been recorded in detail in novels, films, short stories, documentaries, Garam Hawa, roughly translated as ‘the hot winds’, gives a palpably searing view of how a reasonably happy Muslim family is slowly and inevitably torn asunder by the sheer winds of Partition. The Garam Hawa had uprooted a prosperous orchard, Mirza Sahib mumbles to the Tonga driver on their way from the train station. The two had driven there several times in recent days to see someone off to Pakistan…..

Islamic Society

Open Letter To The Imam Of Jama Masjid: Big Mouth Strikes Again!
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

(This open letter to the so-called Shahi (Royal) Imam (prayer-leader) of Jama Masjid, Delhi, Syed Ahmad Bukhari, first appeared in The Hindustan Times on March 12, 2001. I was reminded of this today with the Imam deliberately creating a controversy by inviting the Prime Minister of Pakistan but not the Prime Minster of India for the ceremony to anoint his son as the Deputy Imam and his successor. He apparently did this to remind the country of his existence.

The real tragedy, however, is that this comical imam is taken so seriously by politicians as well as media. It is this that has made the man delusional. He can't even get a family member elected as a municipal corporater from the Muslim-dominated Jama Masjid area. But he is treated by political parties as royalty, as if he were the leader of the entire 150 million Muslims of the country.

 It's time the government of India realised that the Mughal rule is over and there is no role for hereditary transfer of imamship agreed to by Mughal kings for their own funny reasons. We are supposed to be ruled by the constitution of India which has no place for hereditary succession to any post. Islam, of course, has very clear rule for the appointment of imams and from all accounts, members of Bukhari's family do not qualify in the presence of reputed scholars living in the area from where namazis to that mosque come.)

Islam and Politics

The continued polarization between Israelis and Palestinians reflects growing hatred within both societies. On the one hand, Palestinian terrorists spew anti-Semitic rhetoric in an effort to stir their people to violence; while on the other hand, the Israeli government feeds into existing Islamophobia and deploys it when annexing new Palestinian territory. ... European elites need to start blaming the Palestinians, and Americans need to start blaming Israel—not in order to shame either side, but to acknowledge that peace is the only answer to a conflict. And without it, even worse consequences are in store for Israel and Palestine in the years ahead.....

 
Islamic History

When Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received the command from God to lead the Muslim community in five daily prayers, their prayers were directed towards the holy city of Jerusalem. For Muslims, the city of Jerusalem is an important site. As the home of numerous prophets of Islam such as Dawud (David), Sulayman (Solomon), and ‘Isa (Jesus), the city was a symbol of Islam’s past prophets. When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made the miraculous Night Journey from Makkah to Jerusalem and the Ascent into Heaven that night (known as the Isra’ wal-Mi’raj), it acquired an added importance as the place where the Prophet  led all the earlier prophets in prayer and then ascended to Heaven…..

 
The War Within Islam

Beheadings and Suicide Bombings: The New Rage in Libya
Abdallah Schleifer

How many more beheadings have to take place in Benghazi and Derna before U.N. representatives or Western statesmen stop talking about the need for all parties in the Libyan civil war to sit down and negotiate away their differences? Those same statesmen and representatives should instead put their own heads together to work out a plan to rescue the Libyans from a terrorist take-over…..

 


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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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