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But it was Nehru’s egalitarian figure that towered over the Indian political scene so that people and princely kingdoms of all faiths and sensibilities felt they could bond together to create the India/Bharat we now see and believe in, and which the BJP proudly touts.  Were it not for that towering statesmanship and personality – how would Patel have done his job? It is like saying that Amit Shah could have won his victory in UP during the 2014 Parliamentary Elections without the face of Modi? BJP fans themselves would balk at the thought and call it sacrilegious……

 
Urdu Section

Will the State remain Safe in Case of Insurgency  کیا ریاست شورش سے محفوظ رہ پائے گی؟
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

ایسے محسوس ہونے لگا ہے کہ پاکستان کی ریاست تیزی کے ساتھ شورش زدہ ریاست کا روپ دھار رہی ہے۔سیاسی بے چینی اپنے عروج پر ہے اور مذہبی انتہا پسندی کا زور ٹوٹنے کا نام نہیں لے رہا۔مذکورہ شورشیں ایک طرح سے متوازی سفر طے کرنے میں مصروف ہیں۔وزیراعظم اور اُن کی جماعت کا کہنا ہے کہ رواں سیاسی شورش خاص اہمیت کی حامل نہیں اور اس کی طرف توجہ دینا وقت ضائع کرنے کے مترادف ہے جب کہ آرمی چیف جنرل راحیل شریف متعدد بار یہ اعلان کر چکے ہیں کہ مذہبی انتہا پسندی کی علامت طالبان اور اُن کے ساتھیوں کو وزیرستان سے کھدیڑ دیا گیا ہے اور فوج اِن کا پورے ملک میں پیچھا کرے گی۔

 
Urdu Section

راقم کا نئے چیف کے لیے اِس لیے صرف ایک مشورہ ہے کہ وہ کسی میرے جیسے صحافی بھائی، کسی پارٹ ٹائم دانشور اور کسی اُبھرتے ہوئے دفاعی تجزیہ نگار یا کسی بزرگ ستارہ شناس کا مشورہ نہ مانے۔ اس سے کہیں بہتر ہوگا کہ وہ کچھ وقت اپنے نئے دفتر میں تنہا گزاریں اور دیوار پہ لگی اپنے سے پہلے والے ساتھیوں کی تصویریں دیکھیں، پھر اُن کے کارہائے نمایاں پر نظر ڈالیں اور سوچیں کہ آپ اُن میں سے کس کے نقش قدم پر چلنا پسند کریں گے۔

 
Arabic Section

Is India Taking The ‘Right’ Direction?   هل الهند تتوجه إلى المسار ‘الصحيح’؟
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

ولا يزال يلقي الكثير من كبار الزعماء من حزب بهارتيا جانتا بعض التعليقات اليمينية المثيرة للصدمة  منذ أن فاز حزب بهارتيا جانتا بقيادة السيد نارندرا مودي فوزا هائلا في الانتخابات العامة عام 2014. إن قائمة الزعماء من حزب بهاراتيا جاناتا الذين جعلوا هذا النوع من التعليقات طويلة، ولكن على رأسهم: يوغي آدتينات و لكشميكانت باجبائي و كلراج مشرا وساكشي ماهاراج و سنغيت سينغ سوم وغيرهم.

 
Interfaith Dialogue

A Sincere Conversation Can Open Up New Possibilities
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam

It is also interesting to note that he attributed the goodness he found in Muslim faith to the activity of God. He has charted a new course in the Christian-Muslim relationship when he recognized the presence of God in the faith of Muslims. This openness he showed towards Muslims also led him to study the Qur’an. He also advised those who are in interested in approaching Muslims that they should give attention to the Sacred Scriptures of these two religions: the Qur’an and the Bible. He recognized that God works in the hearts of men and women through their scriptures. His attitude points to the importance of listening to the prompting of the God’s Spirit in the Scripture of the others in interfaith relations. …..

Hindi Section

Remember Me in Your Supplications  दुआओं में याद रखें!

जिस क़ौंम के मंत्री का यह हाल हो उस का दुनिया में क्या स्थान होगा? वही स्थान जो आज हमारा है या कोई और। हम ने हज़ार बार लिखा है के मंत्रालय क्या विधानसभा सदस्यता के लिए जो उम्मीदवार खड़ा हो उसे ज़रा सा मानवता के तराजू पर तौला जाए कि इस लायक़ है या दुआओं पर गाड़ीयाँ चलाया करेगा। सुना था कि आज कल विमान अपहरण होने से बचाने के लिए दो तीन कमांडो भी विमान में होते हैं। अब दो तीन मंलग,फक़ीर भी विमान में बिठाने चाहिए सुना है यह बहुत पहुँचे हुए बुजुर्ग होते है, इसी लिए यात्रीयों को भी बहुत जल्द मंजिल पर पहुँचा देते हैं।

 
Islamic World News

'ISIL Bombings Kill 700 Iraqi Soldiers'
Dalai Lama

Arab World

US led strikes kill 30 Al Qaeda fighters in Syria

Qatar grants terrorist al-Nusra Front 20 million dollars in financial aid

Southeast Asia

China's War on Terror Becomes All-Out Attack on Islam in Xinjiang

Indonesia Tells the US How To Defeat Jihadists with Soft Power

India

Dalai Lama Discusses Jihad, Islamic State at Meeting of India's Religious Leaders

62-Year-Old Muslim Has Navratri Prayers by Heart

Pakistan

Qadri Tells Overseas Supporters to Welcome PM with ‘Go Nawaz Go’ Chant

Peshawar suicide attack on FC kills five

Africa

Boko Haram Shootout in Nigerian Town Leaves at Least 36 People Dead

Photo Prompts Speculation Nigeria's Boko Haram Leader Killed In Battle

Mideast

Israel hosts Takfiri terrorists in occupied Golan Heights: Video

Turkey Takes in ‘Terrorists’ from the Muslim Brotherhood

North America

Politicians, Religious Leaders of All Faith Denounce Anti-Muslim Bus Ads

Chicago Muslim Outreach Groups Stifled by ISIS Threat

Europe

With their feet and a tweet, Europe's Muslims stand up to ISIS

South Asia

Bangladesh ex-premier on trial over corruption charges

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Pakistani Imams, Beauticians to Help Motivate Mothers to Breastfeed Infants
Saba Gul, Killed in Suicide Bombing

Saba Gul: A Family’s Knight in Shining Armour Killed in Suicide Bombing in Peshawar

Tribal Women Bear the Brunt of Military Operation in NW Pakistan

Women at Pakistan Awami Tehreek Sit-In Eager to Go Home

Turkey Lifts Ban on Headscarves at High Schools

Makkawi Women Set For Haram Visit on Arafat Day

Why Do Muslim Women Wear A Burqa, Niqab Or Hijab?

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Current Affairs

The Real ‘Love Jihad’
Kancha Ilaiah

We cannot achieve “Sabka Vikas” without giving equal rights to women of all castes and religions and transforming cultural codes. In some castes women’s oppression is in still in the primitive mode. In North India the condition of Jat and Yadav women is telling of their status in the family and society. North India is still an unreformed den and the Sangh Parivarwalas want to push North Indian women into worse conditions. They have no agenda for social reform. The more they want the Indian women to be oppressed “Hindu Naris” without rights, the more they will become “Muslim Begums” with rights…..

The War Within Islam

Whither the Mideast after ISIS Defeat?
Mohammed Fahad A-Harthi

Under these circumstances, it is important to consider how to deal with other radical groups in the region. In a move to undermine the credibility of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the so-called Ahl Al-Haq groups, Hezbollah and the Houthis, Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Scholars made it clear this week that these organizations are responsible for an assortment of terrorist acts and must be outlawed……

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Why Do Western Women Flock To ISIS?
Diana Moukalled

These women, then, despite not being included within the organization’s decision-making circles, have nonetheless become an important part of the group. Even if they do not participate on the ground in acts of violence, ISIS’s female members have added to the group’s roster of bizarre contradictions, and have, like Bint Osama, with their loud, raucous appearances on our screens, added to the group’s barbarity and its almost hallucinatory freakishness…..

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Dealing with the Islamic State, a Living Nightmare for Much of the Muslim and Non-Muslim World
S P Seth

….their espousal of the so-called caliphate would suggest a dominant political and religious centre with Baghdadi as the new caliph and, two, if Saudi Arabia were, for instance, to go on the offensive against ISIS in some form of collaboration with the US, it might create a serious domestic/regional backlash from the sort of extremist constituency that ISIS represents and Saudi Arabia has been nurturing. Saudi Arabia has generally encouraged Sunni militant orthodoxy…..

 
Islam and the West

America's Never-Ending War
Brahma Chellaney

Making matters worse, Obama plans to use the same tactics to fight the Islamic State that led to its emergence: authorising the CIA, aided by some of the region's oil sheikhdoms, to train and arm thousands of Syrian rebels. It is not difficult to see the risks inherent in flooding the Syrian killing fields with even more and better-armed fighters…..

Islam and the West

A War Strategy Takes Shape
David Ignatius

President Obama’s message was dry as bone: The United States has gone into battle again, in yet another Muslim country, to attack the menace of violent extremism. This time, at least, the president could announce that U.S. military action against Muslim targets was joined by a coalition of leading Arab nations: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar……

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Are They Allowing The Headscarf Or Imposing Their Beliefs On Everyone?
Orhan Kemal Cengiz

It is clear that this last step of allowing female students to cover their heads is just part of this whole new “religification” of the education system. But it is also problematic from other points of view. Can you, as a secular state, take steps to only allow students of one faith, one sect, etc. to use religious symbols? Will they also allow Christian students to enter into buildings wearing a cross around their neck?....

 
Current Affairs

Rule of Charisma: Its Worst Trait Is the Way It Shapes the Party That Follows It
Khaled Ahmed
The schools that Boko Haram destroys in Nigeria were first smashed in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda loved and spread this globally: now al-Shabaab in Somalia is the best exemplar of this “revolution”. Those of us who embraced “revolution” as utopia — I used to watch old Indian movies propagating “Kranti” for social change — are cowering before religion-driven “Inquilab”. It is not difficult to see how Pakistan has identified with its killer under a kind of Stockholm syndrome. We have become violent. The best lab demonstration is in Karachi, where the Taliban slaughters people from its “no-go” areas at the rate of 10 per day…..

Islam and Sectarianism

According to a parable, when Prophet Abraham was cast into a fire by the tyrant king Nimrod, the spectacle was met with horror by a small bird. It spread its wings and soared to a nearby river, where it filled its beak with water. The bird carried these meagre drops to where the fire was lit before going back for more. The water it fetched was of course, not enough to quell the raging flames. An arrogant crow mocked the bird's scurrying efforts and haughtily told him: ‘How can you hope to douse the fire with such little water? Surely you realise that there is nothing you can do?’ The bird remained unperturbed and calmly replied: ‘When I meet with God, He will not ask me whether I was able to put out the fire, He will only inquire whether I did my part to see that it was extinguished.’…..

 
Islam and the West

Under Australia's proposed counterterrorism laws a person visiting an area designated by the foreign minister as an area of terrorist activity must demonstrate a legitimate reason. Publicly stated reasons are visiting relatives or humanitarian work. The defendant's actual wrongdoing or right-doing has no bearing. Being there is the crime…..

 
Current Affairs

The lesson of democracy can be learned from the way politicians responded to the outcome of the referendum. Although believing wholeheartedly that the Scots would choose independence, Salmond was humble enough to say that democracy was to be admired, which means the people’s voices have to be accepted……

 
Islam and Sectarianism

Crimean Tatars: Persecuted and Harassed
Amanda Paul

They are harassed by secret services and "self-defence forces" who search homes, offices and mosques. Tatar university students are being forced to apply for Russian citizenship and passports with the threat of not receiving their diplomas, if they refuse. Certain Islamic books, including school educational books, previously considered legal under the Ukrainian law, have been banned…..

 
Hindi Section

Reciting the Holy Qur’an in a Singing Manner  कुरआन को गा गा कर पढ़ना

मेरी ड्यूटी ऐसी थी कि घर देर से पहुंचता था घर वाले आराम कर रहे होते। फिर सुबह बेगम ज़ोर ज़ोर से तिलावत (कुरआन पढ़ती) करतीं जिस से मेरी नींद पूरी नहीं होती थी। दिल चाहता था कि मैं उन्हें तिलावत का मतलब समझाऊँ मगर यह भी डर था कि कहीं यह बद दिल होकर कुरान को हाथ लगाना ही न छोड़ दे। अंततः एक बार मैंने हिम्मत से काम लिया और उनके पास जा कर बैठा। मैंने कहा बेगम आज तो इसका अनुवाद सुनाईए जो आप ने पढ़ा है। उन्होंने कहा कि यह तो बिना अनुवाद का है। शादी के समय आप के घर से यही दिया गया था।

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Has Terrorism Nothing To Do With Islam? Young people are being recruited by religious leaders who use the Quran and Hadith, not political speeches
Chine Mbubaegbu

‘It is simplistic to say that this is “nothing to do with Islam or any other faith”. Young people are being recruited not through political speeches; they are being recruited by religious leaders that use the Quran and the Hadith. We have to acknowledge that Islamic extremism is not a true representation of Islam any more than the Crusades are a true representation of Christianity; in both cases, however, they are “to do with” Islam and Christianity.’.....

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Listen, Muslim Parent
Javed Anand

What does Islam teach, what do Muslims want? That is the question the world seems to be asking. You could of course take the view, as many do, that the question itself reeks of prejudice against Muslims and their faith. So nothing further needs to be said. Or, you could begin by acknowledging that, as lived faith, there are many Islams. And that some of them present a very ugly picture of their faith. What does the Gita teach? It depends on whether it is Mahatma Gandhi or Nathuram Godse addressing the question. So is the case with the Quran. It depends on whether you listen to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad or Osama bin Laden. So, do not get defensive.....

Islam, Women and Feminism

ISIS Has Recently Become a Popular Girls' Name
Dr Hartini Zainuddin, Child Rights Activist

Child Rights Activist Says Enough Proof of Underage Prostitution in Malaysia

Plight of Married Muslim Women Shook Delhi Commission for Women Chief

Despite Religious Ire, Egypt TV Resumes Belly-Dance Show

Turkey Lifts Ban on Headscarves at High Schools

PPP MPA Claims Husband Forced Her Resignation at Gunpoint

Queensland’s Muslim Women Targeted amid Terrorism Hysteria

Muslim Women in Conference First, In Derbyshire

First World Assembly for Women held in Tokyo

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic World News

US Jury Convicts Arab Bank of Financing Hamas Terrorism
Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

North America

US Attack On IS Targets in Syria 'Will Be Answered': IS Fighter

Arab World

Tales of How Jihadists Use Offer of 'Virgins' as Recruiting Norm

US strikes kill 50 Qaeda fighters in Syria: Monitor

Jihadists kill 40 Iraqi soldiers, capture at least 70

Army Kills Tens of Saudi Terrorists in Aleppo Countryside

South Asia

38 Taliban militants killed in clearing operations: MoI

China jails Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti for life for 'separatism'

India

NIA Seeks Home Ministry’s Nod to File Case against ISIS

‘No Clash between Judiciary and Darul Quaza'

Pakistan

Pakistan developing sea-based nuclear-arms

19 terrorists killed in North Waziristan

3 killed in a suicide blast targeting senior army officer

Mideast

Yemeni Shia rebels sweep into Sanaa, 340 dead in a week

Iran, OIC Discuss Spread of New Spate of Extremism in Region

Europe

British PM to meet Iran's Rouhani to ask for help against IS

Putin says IS strikes require Syria's consent

Africa

Algerian Terrorists Kidnap Frenchman Following ISIL Calls to Attack Westerners

Southeast Asia

Indonesia militants claim slaying of ‘police informant’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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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.

Since the chief terrorist of the world declared himself a Khalifa and his group an Islamic State, Muslims have been bewildered. OIC and Jamia Azhar have condemned it, but many religious organisations and even governments are showing ambivalence.  Meanwhile thousands of Arab, European and American Muslims have joined this Jihadist group. This has made Islamism virtually a synonym for terrorism now. Moderate Muslims must know that this has to change.

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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