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When Syed Manzoor Alam brought out the urine-related hadees, to challenge Mr. Ghulam Ghouse's blind faith in hadees, he was, I think, not focusing on that particular hadees but the unreliability, absurdness of many so-called authentic (sahis) hadeeses. When some people arguing against blind belief in hadees quote pornographic material, their intention is not to either discuss that particular pornographic content, or even to disabuse us of the very institution of hadees but to attack the blind faith in hadees, putting it on a pedestal even above the holy Quran, as Tablighi Jamaat and ahl-e-hadees people and generally nearly all Muslims do. ... Let us keep putting before our public the most absurd of the thousands of such ahadees from the sahih-e-sitta and ask Muslims to apply their minds and think if the prophet could have said things like that. This is a minimum test that the great imams of hadees should have necessarily applied. Had they done so, we would not be in such a sorry mess today or indeed in our history.

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

In the nutshell, Islam is only a religion, just like any other religion, no need to elevate it to an ‘exceptional’ status; but it’s the petro-Islamic extremism and the consequent Takfirism and Jihadism phenomena which is like a collision of the continental tectonic plates which has engulfed the whole of Islamic world from the Middle East and North Africa to Bangladesh and Indonesia and even the Muslim minorities in China, Thailand and Philippines….

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

European Parliament Identifies Wahabi and Salafi Roots of Global Terrorism
Murtaza Haider

The nexus between Arab charities promoting Wahabi and Salafi traditions and the extremist Islamic movements has emerged as one of the major threats to people and governments across the globe. From Syria, Mali, Afghanistan and Pakistan to Indonesia in the East, a network of charities is funding militancy and mayhem to coerce Muslims of diverse traditions to conform to the Salafi and Wahabi traditions.....

 
Islamic World News

Libya: Al-Qaeda-linked Militants Declare Benghazi an 'Islamic Emirate'
Malaysian Dy HM Datuk Tuanku Jaafar

India

Why A Photo Showing Tamil Muslims In Support Of ISIS Is More Troubling Than Any IB Report

ISIS Flag in Kashmir Puts Cops on Alert

Arab World

Extremists Ruling Mosul Destroyed the Shrine of Jonah (Hazrat Yunus (as) Who Feature In the Traditions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism

Syria Kurdish-jihadist battle kills 49: NGO

Scores of Key ISIL Leaders Killed in Shurqat

Iraqi militias execute, hang 15 people

Europe

London Tunnel Blockaded By Isis Flag-Waving Jihadi Protesters

Bolivia Declares Israel a Terrorist State, 42 Years of Visa Free Travel Called Off

Mideast

Extremist Israelis chant: ‘There are no children left in Gaza! Oleh!’

Turkish deputy PM slams women ‘having vacation without husbands’

North America

Religious intolerance rising in M'sia - US report

US Teen Petitions Obama for Kurdish Independence

Southeast Asia

Deputy home minister says ‘impossible’ Hamas fighters trained in Malaysia

Malaysian Muslims facing fascist indoctrination, former minister says

South Asia

China’s Uighur Muslims Are Trapped in a Cycle of Violence

Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif sceptical of Imran’s long march agenda 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Female Bomber Kills 6 in Nigeria, 10-Year-Old Girl with Explosives Strapped To Her Chest Held
Guess What @Farah_Gazan

Wife of Party Official Killed in Xinjiang ‘Revenge Attack’

Palestinian Girl Tweets about Her Trauma under Israeli Shelling

Acid Attack Injures Three Women in Southwest Pakistan

Turkish Minister Turns Ire on ‘Pole-Dancing Women’

New Wonder Woman Stirs Controversy with Hamas-Bashing Post

Kurdish Singer Advocates for Women

Labour Ministry Opposes Tehran's Proposal for Gender Segregation

Just 322 Firms Endorse New Regulations for Women’s Workplace

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Islam and Politics

It is also worrying that India’s Shia Muslim leadership, under Iran-backed cleric Maulana Kalb-e-Jawwad, is unable to grasp the threat to Indian Muslims from global Jihadism originating from Iraq and Syria. Until now, terror attacks in Jammu & Kashmir and elsewhere in India could be traced to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and other terror groups backed by it, but an era of global Jihad has stamped its footprint in India…..

 
Islam and Politics

The war, and our pro-Israeli stance, has cut the ground from beneath those Arabs who were our advocates. If they are to take a public position favourable to us again, we must give them something to rally around. It is equally true that the Arabs will have to respond positively. Our commitment to Israel’s existence is not negotiable. From our own point of view, the beginning of wisdom is to understand that we are in serious trouble in the Arab lands, and that we cannot just wait patiently for them to get over their anger....l

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad
World Media on ISIS, Iraq and Syria Part - 10
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

The fact remains, however, that the US, the major European powers, and their regional allies all previously lent financial, military and political support to ISIS and similar groups, which have “Made in the USA” stamped all over them. They have, until now, played a significant part in Washington’s efforts to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, as part of a broader effort to gain control of the region’s vast energy resources and transit routes.....

 

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ISIS: The Jihadist Movement Stamped “Made In America”

By Jean Shaoul

Why ISIS Makes ‘Al-Qaeda Look Like The Boy Scouts’

By Tim Molloy

ISIS Violations Are an Islamic Responsibility

By Eyad Abu Shakra

In Mosul, Resistance against ISIS Rises from City’s Rubble

By Jean Marc Mojon and Ammar Karim

Intervention, Evasion, Destabilisation

By Brahma Chellaney

 
Islam and the West
World Media on Israel and Gaza Part - 10
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

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Recruiting To Kill: It Is Not Just an Israeli War on Gaza

By Ramzy Baroud

Eight Hundred Dead Palestinians: But Israel Has Impunity

By Robert Fisk

Gaza: A Little Context

By Gwynne Dyer

Israeli Crimes - Getting Away With It for Over 60 Years

By Chris Doyle

Egypt And Palestine: Who Is Defending Who?

By Dr. Fahmy Howeidy

Method to the Gaza Madness

By S M Hali

Will 'Lawfare' Define The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?

By Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.

A War To Market The Iron Dome

By Samer Jaber

Israeli Lies Exposed

By Bikram Vohra

Sinister Israeli Rabbis and Blind Western Eyes

By Neil Berry

The Israel-Palestine War

By Abdur Rahman Chowdhury

A Purely "Palestinian' State Beforehand

By Emre Gönen-------

 
Islam and Sectarianism

 “We have learned in the Madrasas that if you kill any Hindu on a Friday, you will reach heaven.”  The parents of Sajid gave Rs. 2000 to Neto’s family members and Sajid’s relatives took Neto to the Bone Care hospital in Hyderabad for necessary medical treatment and checkups. There it was identified that Neto had a fracture in his arm and injuries on his head. After some treatment the Qazi family took Neto back to his home where he is still bed-ridden.....

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Terror Connection
Khaled Ahmed

Terror Connection
Khaled Ahmed

Al-Qaeda papers found in Jalalabad after 2001 refer to him. Later letters sent by al-Qaeda to Abu Qatada, the radical cleric in the United Kingdom, speak well of Zarqawi as a leader in charge of the camps in Herat. Then Zarqawi returned to the battlefield in Kandahar, where he was wounded, and was treated in Karachi — by two Pakistani al-Qaeda doctors who later fled to North Waziristan. After this he decided to fight the Americans in Iraq and made his way to Kurdistan in northern Iraq through the tribal areas of Pakistan….

 
Urdu Section

Miracles of the Quran Part- 18  اعجاز القرآن ۔ اٹھارہ

آپ غور  فرمائیں کہ کس طرح صفات  الہٰی کا ظہور  ہوتاہے اور  متضاد صفات  کے موجود ہونے کاکیامطلب  ہوتاہے۔ جب کوئی قوم ہدایت  کے بعد کفر اختیار  کرتی ہے تو اللہ تعالیٰ  کی صفت  لعنت کا ظہور ہوتا ہے اور  وہ قوم نظام  الہٰی  کے ثمرات  سے محروم ہوجاتی ہے۔ اگر وہ قوم  توبہ کرے یعنی اپنا  طاغوتی  نظام ترک  کرکے، نظام الہٰی  کے قیام کی کوشش کرے اور اس کے رواں دواں  رکھنے کے  اعمال کریں تو انہیں سامان پروش  اور سامان حفاظت مل جاتا ہے۔آپ غور فرمائیں  کہ کس طرح غفور و رحیم کی صفات  نے آیت کے سارے مفہوم  کو  Sum up کردیا اور کس طرح  آیت کے مقصود کی وضاحت  کردی  اور کس طرح یہ صفات آیت  کا جزو بن گئی ہیں۔

 
Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

Why Qital (Warfare) In The Name Of Jihad Will Never Stop? Even Sufi Scholars Call Quran Uncreated, Eternal Like God, Hence Even Its Contextual Verses Are Of Universal Significance and Applicable To Muslims For Ever
Misbahul Huda

Editorial Note:  The following is an article by a Sufi scholar, a product of Indian Sufi madrasas who seeks to prove using age-old arguments that Quran is uncreated, divine like God, eternal, and so all its verses, including the contextual and militant, are of universal significance.

Why do we need to discuss and even take a stand on this hoary controversy today while many wise men of the past have tried to brush these under the carpet? Let me explain this as I have done before in different threads.

Why is Quran being created or uncreated relevant for us today? If Quran is created, that is, if it  is a compilation of verses that came from time to time to guide the prophet as the need arose, the context of the verses become important. In this situation only verses that do not require a context assume universal significance. This is as it should be. This is the commonsensical position.  If it is uncreated, however, as all the madrasas apparently teach, just a copy of the eternal book lying safe in "lauh-e-mahfooz" in the divine vaults, from eternity, then each and every verse assumes eternal significance and has to be followed without reference to the context.

That is why all our madrasas that teach this are creating radical literalists who see no reason why they should apply their mind. If Quran says somewhere, “kill the kafir," they can go out and kill the kafir. No reference to context is needed. Every word is of eternal significance. It is just a copy of the  book safe in lauh-e-mahfooz in heaven. ---- Sultan Shahin

Islam and the Media
Publicising Sufism and Pakistani Media
Hussain Ameer Firhad, Tr. New Age Islam Edit Burea

Publicising Sufism and Pakistani Media

Dear readers! Tears have welled into my eyes when I am writing these lines. We are obeying the orders of our spiritual guide, Iblees like disciplined disciples.  Today is 19th April, 2014. Sama TV is telecasting the programme Qutb Online. The camera and mike takes the viewers to the Mazar of Bahauddin Zakaria and Ruknuddin Shah Alam in Multan. The statements of men and women are being recorded. “From where have you come and why?” Almost every one said, “We have come to supplicate. We have come to seek intervention and God’s benevolence. He is Waliuallah (Friend of God).” The mike asked, “You have come from such a great distance while Hadhrat Data Ganj Bakhsh is closer to you.” One female pilgrim said, “Whatever we have is his (Data Ganj Bakhsh) gift only. So we have come to seek here too.....

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Number of Muslim Marriages in Singapore Falls despite Incentives
Mariam Ibrahim

Somali Woman Killed By Al-Shabab for Not Wearing Veil

Riyadh: 36 Teams to Secure Women-Only Venues

Posers over Emergence of Female Suicide Bombers

Women Lawyers Decry Increasing Widowhood in Nigeria

Hijab: More than Just a Fashion Statement

Turkish Women Are Laughing In Public Because a Politician Told Them Not To

The Woman Who Faced Death for Being a Christian Has Escaped the Sudan

Trinidad Muslim League President: Women Have a Right to Education

Abha Couple Makes SR3, 500 A Day Selling ‘Prophetic Food’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic World News

Mosul Residents to Islamic Radicals: Stop Destroying Our Heritage
Malaysian mufti, Shukri Mohamad

Arab World

40 ISIL Terrorists Killed, 10 Vehicles Destroyed Southern Samara

Sukhoi Fighters Kill 35 ISIL Terrorists Northern Hilla

Europe

Russian Muftis: Moscow Needs More Mosques

Europe is Breeding Jihadists, Warns Syrian Kurdish Leader

Germany's Biggest Paper under Fire for Attacking Islam

Mideast

At least 43 Palestinians killed as Israel maintains pressure on Gaza

Hamas invites Hezbollah to join in fighting against Israel

Africa

New Benghazi clashes kill 30; Tripoli’s fuel depot fire rages

South Asia

Senior Taliban leaders among 20 killed in Helmand operations

Clashes end in Nangarhar, nearly 60 Taliban militants killed

Pakistan

7 militants killed as Pak army check post targeted in Lower Dir

Four killed in Karachi violence; seven arrested in operation

North America

U.S. plans largest ever sale of hellfire missiles to Iraq

India

Muslims Cash In On Quota, Politically

Southeast Asia

"Syria is not a final battle": Malaysian mufti

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Today, Pakistanis are killing each other in the name of religion. Be it Ahmedis, Christians or Shias who are the victims of this never-ending violence, there is chaos everywhere despite the fact that Pakistan is a so-called ‘Muslim country’. Many Pakistanis, especially those who sit online, are feeling repugnant towards the Israelis. We are calling them cruel, insensitive, and soulless and every other bad name we can think of.....

Islam and Politics

Reviving the Arab World’s Anemic Political Systems
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi

Many Arab countries have sickly, anemic political systems that are sorely in need of rehabilitation if not outright regeneration. The lackluster and often non-existent development on this front has resulted in revolutions in some countries and stifling crises in others. Leaders in these countries are simply too deluded to recognize the realities on the ground…

Islam and Politics

The Arab World Has Lost Its Soul
Khaled Almaeena

But let us not blame others for our plight. What were we doing for the past 40 years? Dictators held sway. They would use the security element as an excuse to increase their hold on a population that just wanted to live. The Arab people witnessed instability, suffering and oppression not only from external sources like the 2003 invasion and dismantling of Iraq but chaos and disorder was caused even from within. Added to this was a loss of dignity and morals of the Arab people. There were no role models and the absence of spiritual guidance hardened those that were once good people……

Interview

Vijay Prashad: ‘ISIS Won’t Impact India — But Funding Sheikhs Will Taste Blowback’
Vijay Prashad

But will IS make any moves on India? That’s unlikely. It’s absorbed in its strategy of expansion, moving from Ramadi-Fallujah to Mosul, Tikrit and so on. This is a largely parochial movement that masquerades as a planetary one. It is an Arab movement with ambitions only in West Asia — it is not a threat in any direct way.....

 
Interview

I believe, based on conversations with locals, such as the Kurdish leaders, that they have been warning for some months before about the rise of ISIS and the threats that they were going to present to Maliki’s government — they didn’t take it seriously — and to others, including ourselves. And I think we underestimated the rapidity with which the situation changed. …

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

World Media on ISIS, Iraq and Syria - Part 10

Most of today's Salafist jihadist movements have no interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for the time being regarding it as irrelevant. Instead, their call is to engage in intense, bloody confrontations involving bombings, executions, and suicide attacks against governments headed by Muslims and against Muslim civilians. Al-Qaeda has followed this course for decades, and now the Islamic State (IS) is following in al-Qaeda's footsteps, fighting a brutal war across swathes of Iraq and Syria and in an effort to “purify” these areas through killings and population displacement. .....

Articles:

 

The Iraq War’s Key Players: Where Are They Now?

By Priyanka Boghani

Why the Islamic State Has No Sympathy for Hamas

By Ali Mamouri

Islamic State Works to Win Hearts, Minds with Bread

José Ciro Martínez, Brent Eng

Defenceless Turkey in Syrian 'Local' War

By Cihan Çelik

The Chaos that has Erupted in Iraq is part of a Grander Western Strategy of a Fractured and Divided Middle East

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Islam and the West

World Media on Israel and Gaza - Part 10

In recent weeks, Israel has unleashed what amounts to the worst one-sided barbarism against one of the world's most densely populated areas - Gaza. In the process, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pulled back the curtain to proudly show the world how, under his leadership, Israel has defeated North Korea for the rogue state par excellence award. How else could one describe a state that is officially sustained by a belligerent apartheid system; a state that occupies the land of another and systematically carries out ethnic-cleansing; and a state that relentlessly demonstrates a rejectionist attitude toward UN resolutions, international law and institutions?....

 

Articles:

On Gaza, Genocide, and Impunity

By Abukar Arman

Moral Responsibility towards Palestine

By Octavia Nasr

Gaza, Anti-Semitism and Erdogan's Discourse of Justice

By Markar Esayan

The Palestinian Predicament

By Zafar Aziz Chaudhry

Will A Ceasefire Take Hold In Gaza?

By Najmuddin A Shaikh

Gaza: No Innocent Victims?

By Alia Brahimi

Israel Should Accept Hamas’ Demands

By Rasheed Abou-Alsamh

Gaza Oh Gaza! Why Do You Cry?

By Ashfaqur Rahman

Gaza Shows the Pitfalls of Objectivity

By Jessy El Murr

The Israel-Palestine War

By Abdur Rahman Chowdhury

Method to the Gaza Madness

By S M Hali

 
Debating Islam

When Syed Manzoor Alam brought out the urine-related hadees, to challenge Mr. Ghulam Ghouse's blind faith in hadees, he was, I think, not focusing on that particular hadees but the unreliability, absurdness of many so-called authentic (sahis) hadeeses. When some people arguing against blind belief in hadees quote pornographic material, their intention is not to either discuss that particular pornographic content, or even to disabuse us of the very institution of hadees but to attack the blind faith in hadees, putting it on a pedestal even above the holy Quran, as Tablighi Jamaat and ahl-e-hadees people and generally nearly all Muslims do. ... Let us keep putting before our public the most absurd of the thousands of such ahadees from the sahih-e-sitta and ask Muslims to apply their minds and think if the prophet could have said things like that. This is a minimum test that the great imams of hadees should have necessarily applied. Had they done so, we would not be in such a sorry mess today or indeed in our history.

Books and Documents

Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions - Part 4

The law empowers prosecutors to prosecute conduct that might seem otherwise innocuous— translating books and publishing them online, or storing ponchos and socks, as described in two cases below—for the ostensible purpose of preventing terrorism. While US courts have interpreted this law as criminalizing conduct only—and not as infringing on freedom of association—many scholars disagree. David Cole, a law professor who also served as counsel for plaintiffs in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, has written, “what good is it to have a right to join or associate with a group if the government can make it a crime to do anything whatsoever on the group’s behalf?”[....

 
Books and Documents

South Asia’s Apostle of Secular Humanism – Josh Malihabadi (Part 1)
Josh Malihabadi

Those steeped in the high culture of Urdu poetry do not really care. They know well the power and exhilarating beauty of Josh’s literary creations. His dexterity and genius in transposing thoughts into words created new thoughts and expressions. Poetry flowed from his pen like water from a bubbling spring – he is said to have authored well over 100,000 A’shaar (couplets) and more than one thousand Rubaiyyats. Some among them represent the finest that Urdu poetry has to offer. This puts him into the pantheon of Urdu poets alongside giants like Ghalib and Iqbal......



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