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Syrian Army Kills over 220 Al-Nusra Terrorists in Daraa
President Barack Obama

Arab World

Iraqi Source: Over 20 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Baiji

Hezbollah: Israel Wants To Set "New Rules" With Syria Raid

Europe

Report: France Is the Most Dangerous Country for Jews

U.N. Team to Visit Pakistan to Assess JuD Funds Freeze

Germany Stops Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan

Govt Lawyers Not Ready To Prosecute Mumtaz Qadri. Salman Taseer Killer

Pakistan Air Strikes Kill 35 Militants in Northwest: Military

Obama Should Impress India Leaders about Resolution of Kashmir: Jamaat-e-Islami

India

Peace Lectures, Counselling, and Army Camp: IS Recruit’s College Sends a Message

Obama Promises To Back India for Permanent Seat in UNSC

Delhi Police Left Red-Faced, NIA Clears ‘Terrorist’

Delhi Police Warned Of Potential Threat to Obama from Maldivian Nationals

Africa

Boko Haram Gunmen Kill 15 in Nigeria's Northeast

Gunmen Kidnap Libya Deputy Foreign Minister

Mideast

Thousands Chant For Hizbullah In Charlie Hebdo Protest In Southeast Turkey

South Asia

Afghanistan Taking Steps for Repatriation of 1.6m Refugees

Good Sense to Prevail Upon Khaleda, Hopes Hasina

North America

Indo-Pak Tensions Cast Long Shadow over Obama’s Visit: WSJ

Group Says 'American Sniper' Film Spurs Threats against Muslims

Southeast Asia

With Pamphlets, Muslim Missionaries Reach Out To ‘Enemies of Islam’

At Least 27 Philippines Police Die In Clash with Rebels

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Muslims and Islamophobia

Exacerbation of Islamophobia
Syed Mohammad Ali

The argument that Western values of freedom of expression must not submit to Islamic censorship demands is not constructive. It is the imperative of preventing bigotry on the basis of which such caricatured portrayals of Muslims, especially the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), need to be discouraged in the West…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

Malays Bare Insecurities In The Face Of K-Pop ‘Threat’
Angelina Jolie, U.N. Refugee Envoy

In A First, Woman Officer Leads Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi

‘Women Can Seek More Maintenance under Domestic Violence Act’: Bombay HC

Female Protester Killed On Eve of Egypt Uprising Anniversary

In Egypt, Sowing Seeds of Gender Equality

Domestic Violence in Turkey Climbed 33 Percent In 2014

Syrian Women Fear Abuse during Marriage – But Divorce Frightens As Much

Wife, Children of Australian ISIS Fighter Long To Go Home To Australia

Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan

Ghana: Gender Ministry to Eliminate Violence against Women/Girls

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Islam and the West

Say It Like It Is: When You Don’t Call Things By Their Real Name, You Always Get In Trouble
Thomas L. Friedman

I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this? When you don’t call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. And this administration, so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia, is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions of violence against civilians (most of them Muslims) by Boko Haram in Nigeria, by the Taliban in Pakistan, by Al Qaeda in Paris and by jihadists in Yemen and Iraq. We’ve entered the theatre of the absurd…..

 
Current Affairs

Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Dies, New Ruler Is Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Late Saudi King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. "His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1am this morning," said the statement……

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Urdu Section

Am I Right,or Not?  عدل، یالا

اللہ کی کتاب قرآن کریم سے دو پارٹیوں کا وجود ثابت ہے۔ ایک جزب اللہ جس کے متعلق ارشاد ہے۔ إِنَّ حِزْبَ اللَّهِ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ (58:22) یہی گروہ اللہ کا حزب (پارٹی) ہے ۔ جو فلاح پائے گا۔ دوسری پارٹی ہے شیطان کی أُولَٰئِكَ حِزْبُ الشَّيْطَانِ (58:19) اور وہ شیطان کی پارٹی ہے۔ حزب پارٹی ہی کو کہتےہیں جمع احزاب ہے اب یہ کام پارٹی والوں کا ہے کہ وہ ایک جگہ بیٹھ کر یہ فیصلہ کرلیں کہ کون سی پارٹی حزب اللہ کی کسوٹی پر پوری اترتی ہے۔ او رکون سی نہیں ۔ جب  یہ پتہ چل جائے تو پھر بڑی آسانی ہوجائے گی، باقی رہ جائیں گی حزب شیاطین ( شیطان کی پارٹیاں) اس سےمغربی دنیا ناراض تو ہوگی کہ یہ ساراکام سارا ڈھانچہ ان ہی کا کھڑا کیا ہوا ہے۔ مگر رب راضی ہوگا۔عدل یالا ٹھیک کہہ رہا ہوں یا نہیں؟

 
Urdu Section

Defending the Prophet of Islam against Vulgar Charges  دفاع  شان رسول اللہ   صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم: اسلامو فوب اور نام نہاد مسلم دانشوروں کے فحش الزامات کی تردید میں
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

مغربی عیسائی گزشتہ ایک ہزار سال سے لیکر آج کے دن تک پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو بدنام کرنے میں لگے ہوئے ہیں۔ اس سے قرآن کی مندرجہ ذیل پیشن گوئی کی حقیقت اجاگر ہوتی ہے جو تقریبا پندرہ سو سال قبل قراں نے بیان کیا تھا (وحی قرآن کا دور 610 سے لیکر 632 تک ہے)۔ اور اس سے اس سچائی پر میرے یقین کو تقویت ملتی ہے جو قرآن نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے بارے میں ہمیں بتاتا ہے۔ "اور اسی طرح ہم نے ہر نبی کے دشمن بہت سے شیطان پیدا کئے تھے کچھ آدمی اور کچھ جن، جن میں سے بعض بعضوں کو چکنی چپڑی باتوں کا وسوسہ ڈالتے رہتے تھے تاکہ ان کو دھوکہ میں ڈال دیں اور اگر اللہ تعالیٰ چاہتا تو یہ ایسے کام نہ کرسکتے سو ان لوگوں کو اور جو کچھ یہ افترا پردازی کر رہے ہیں اس کو آپ رہنے دیجئے"۔ (6:112)

 
Arabic Section

An extremist Islamist preacher said to one of his followers, “Hate your Christian wife. Make her feel that you mistreat her on a daily basis.” To which the preacher was asked, "How can I sleep with my wife if I hate her?" "Act as if you are raping her," the preacher replied. It is not difficult for anyone to see that this radical preacher and thousands like him are far more dangerous than those violating authority and communities. Everyone, from men, women and children are victims to this radical preaching, to schizophrenia, to the lies and to the manipulation of religious concepts. The storm of hatred and extremism prevails over the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Paris is not immune and the condemnation of the brutality of IS and other similar groups in Germany’s streets has quickly turned into a condemnation of all Muslims and Islam. Violence leads to more violence, a state of security mobilization is everywhere, warning of a "hatred bomb."……

وحش «داعش» هل يمكن أن يكون أقوى من كل المجتمعات والدول العربية والأوروبية على ضفتي البحر الأبيض المتوسط، كما في سورية والعراق؟ الأمن أولاً أم الرغيف أم الحريات؟ بعيداً عن صخب شواطئ الإسكندرية، صاح أحدهم «نحن خط الدفاع الأخير عن الأمة العربية»، فاستفز السؤال «مَنْ نحن؟... أمة أم مجتمعات أم عشائر وقبائل»... كيف أصبح «داعش» وأمثاله أقوى؟

 
Islamic Society

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Needs No Avenger
Amal Al-Sibai

Islamic law does not allow Muslims to take up arms and go shoot people who have insulted their religion. Who has appointed these gunmen as the avengers of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)? And does Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) need anyone to avenge him? The Prophet (peace be upon him) explained that when the man was insulting Abu Bakr and he remained silent, the angels were defending and protecting him, but when Abu Bakr spoke to defend himself, the angels left…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Stil ISIS’ lack of strategic coherence hasn’t detracted from its success thanks to its media operatives’ good sense. As its hostage videos prove, images are just as important as reality in our world. Even a global jihadist organization doesn’t need a solid strategy if it has skilled copywriters….

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Growing Number of Saudi Single Women Challenge Tradition
Muneeza Sheikh

Female Genital Mutilation a Growing Problem in Iran

West African Examinations Council, Muslims in Standoff over Veil

Hindu Woman Saves Muslims from Rioters in Bihar Village

Jordan Woman Gives Birth over Atlantic on board Royal Jordanian

Australian Muslim Groups Condemn Islamic State's 'Barbaric' Use of Yazidi Slaves

Egypt’s ‘Oldest’ Woman, Fatema Qadib, Dies Aged 115

Token Legal Reforms Fail to End Violence against Women in Egypt - Report

Muneeza in the Middle Explores Muslim Woman’s Search for Identity

Muslim Mahila Foundation seeks Bharat Ratna for Subhash Chandra Bose

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic World News

Erdogan Urges Islamic Unity against ‘Modern Lawrences’
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President

Mideast

Dialogue Better Than War of Words, Turkish PM Suggests To Egypt

Europe

A Dozen French Soldiers Joined ISIS: Ministry

UN Holds First-Ever Meeting on Anti-Semitism

Arab World

Arab Lawmakers to Discuss Prophet Caricatures

ISIS ‘Police’ Lash Musicians for Playing Electronic Keyboards

Africa

Attack Me If You Dare, Boko Haram Chief Taunts 'African Kings'

North America

Hindutva Controversy: Fear Of Majoritarianism Not Unfounded, Says US Historian

India

Muslim Population Grows 24%, Slower Than Previous Decade

‘Silent Majority’ In Islam Must Speak Against Its Bad Elements: Union Minister

Pakistan

Pakistan Relents Under US Pressure, Bans JuD, Haqqani Network

Disenchanted Taliban Militants in South Asia Eye Islamic State with Envy

Islamic State Commander Held in Lahore

South Asia

No Place for ISIS Terrorist Group in Afghanistan: Karzai

Southeast Asia

Malaysian IS Detainees Isolated After Preaching To Prisoners

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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Who Is Really Guilty Of Defaming Islam?
Nawar Fakkhry Ezzi

Historically, this genre has been used in the West as a tool for political and social propaganda. Satire also seems like the perfect genre for racists because they can use stereotypes, political incorrectness, and offensive language and images freely. When it is used in this way, however, it spreads and entices hatred between different groups of people, especially because the ‘other’ is most of the time the target of the ridicule. On the other hand, the world becomes a better place when idealists express their thoughts through satire. For Muslims, in general, and Arabs, in particular, this method of expression has been used very prudently because it is too crude for people’s conservative taste and religious ideas are usually off-limits….

Islam and the West

The West Must Fight Extremism with the Peaceful Muslim Majority
Ian Buruma

If we conclude from the recent murders that Islam is at war with the West, the jihadis will have won a major victory. If we embrace the peaceful majority of Muslims as our allies against revolutionary violence, and treat them as fully equal fellow citizens, our democracies will emerge stronger…..

Islamic Society

Madrasa and Education Reform in Pakistan
I.A. Rehman

It is perhaps time to define the role of madrasas. During the colonial period the madrasa offered Muslim children the facility of instruction in religious matters that was not available at public schools. The madrasa thus supplemented the scheme of educating the young ones. For that purpose the madrasa is no longer needed, for study of religion is compulsory in all state and private institutions. If the madrasas constitute a parallel system of education then the rationale for their existence and unchecked proliferation needs to be scrutinised….

 
Islam and Politics

The bottom line is that whether or not Islam can really be divorced from Islamism, it is strategically important to target Islamism as the ideological driving force and justification for violent jihadists.  It is not just a drones-in-the-air and boots-on-the-ground war – it is also an ideological war…..

 
Islam and Politics

There Is No 'Muslim World'
Ahmed Benchemsi

Belligerent rightists demand that Muslims distance themselves from terrorists or be deemed their accomplices. Righteous leftists warn against bigotry and Islamophobia while affirming that Muslims, being overwhelmingly moderate people, have nothing to do with terrorism. And then you have the Bill Maher approach: urging Muslims to prove their overall moderation beyond simply condemning terrorism. It is a truly bizarre ritual, this rush to assess whether Muslims en masse are moderate or terror-friendly; and, in either case, to what extent…

 
Muslims and Islamophobia

Further, while Christianity stresses beliefs and creeds (personal belief), Islam has emphasised duties, embodied in Shariah Law (public actions). Therefore, to speak of “Islamism” as a militant political form of Islam makes no sense: all Islam, traditionally speaking, is political and legal. Indeed, when Tony Blair said that his Christian beliefs guided aspects of his governmental policy, including the war in Iraq, no one accused him of “Christianism”. “Islamism”, as a term, is therefore unhelpful to analyse contemporary militant/terrorist actions…..

 
Islam and Politics

A 100-Year War In and With Islam?
Harlan Ullman

The persistence of the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict, along with Saudi Arabia’s support and export of Wahhabism, have made the issue of violent extremism of vital importance. The attacks of September 11 and the US’s intervention first into Afghanistan and then Iraq conspired to accelerate the forces and influence of violent Islamist extremism. While the ghastly events in Paris earlier this month provoked oceans of condemnation, the long arm of this perversion of Islam shows that this struggle is far from over…..

 
Islam and Politics

Hezbollah’s Response Will Reveal Much about Its Multiple Roles
Rami G. Khouri

Today, Hezbollah is a different and more complex actor. This reflects new, or merely more explicit, elements of the party’s basic dimensions: its active warfare and military deterrence against Israel; its fighting in Syria to maintain the Assad regime; its fighting against Takfiri militants such as Nusra Front inside Lebanon; its continued structural and strategic links with Iran; and its dialogue with the Future Movement in Lebanon to reduce domestic polarization and reconstitute a legitimate governance system with a functioning parliament and presidency……

 
Current Affairs

Pakistan’s Paradigm Shift: Too Good To Be True?
Dr Mohammad Taqi

Pakistan’s national security paradigm has changed, or so they say. Perhaps my Afghan readers, who would be the major beneficiaries of such a tectonic shift, may be able to appreciate the above quoted Persian verse, in which the classic poet Anvari says: “O my Lord, am I seeing this all while I am awake or is it a dream? Such bounties for this poor soul after such prolonged misery!” After the decades of the death and destruction it unleashed, the Jalaluddin Haqqani terrorist network, run currently by his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, has reportedly been banned by Pakistan. Additionally, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed’s Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which effectively is the political front for the proscribed terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), has ostensibly been banned too. Amen to that!....

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Rally against Domestic Violence in Saudi Arabia
Sabria S. Jawhar

The problem is — as always — the Saudi judicial system is ill equipped to deal with domestic violence. In some cases, judges side with the abuser, tacitly endorsing violence against women and children.

 
Arabic Section

Defending the Prophet of Islam against Vulgar Charges  الدفاع عن الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم ضد الاتهمات المبتذلة للإسلاموفوبيين والمسلمين المتطرفين وممن يسمون أنفسهم العقلانيين
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

قد ذكر القرآن صفات جميلة للنبي عليه السلام، "إِنَّهُ لَقَوْلُ رَسُولٍ كَرِيمٍ" (81:19) "وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ" (68:4). وهذا يكفي للمسلمين وليس لهم أي شك في القرآن الكريم فيجب أن تكون صفة النبي عليه السلام حقيقة ولا ذرة من الشك فيها. والدليل الواضح من كون القرآن الكريم حقا وخالصا وسالما من التحريف يظهر أيضا من عظمة عيسى ومريم عليهما السلام المذكورة في القرآن الكريم. وهكذا، فإن القرآن يميز عيسى عليه السلام بألقاب جميلة بين الأنبياء عليهم السلام، ويشير إليه عليه السلام كآية  (19:21، 21:91، 23:50)، والرحمة (19:21)، والكلمة (3:45 ، 4:171) والروح (4:171)، وروح القدس (2:87، 2:253،  5:110)

 
Urdu Section

Shariah Bill  شریعت بل

ارشاد باری تعالیٰ ہے کہ ‘‘ جو لوگ اللہ کی نازل کردہ کتاب یعنی قوانین واحکام کےمطابق حکومت قائم نہیں کرتے ( فیصلے نہیں کرتے)انہی کو کافر کہا جاتاہے ’’۔(5:44) ۔ اور صاف اور صریح طور پر ارشاد فرمایا  ‘‘ لا یشرک فی حکمہ احدا’’۔ (18:36) ۔ ‘‘ اللہ اپنے حق حکومت میں کسی کو شریک نہیں کرتا’’۔یعنی قوانین الہٰی کے ساتھ انسانی ساختہ قوانین کو نہیں ملایا جاسکتا  اور ایسا عمل سراسر توحید کے  خلاف ہے۔ اللہ تعالیٰ نے خود ہی اس امر کو واضح فرما دیا جب کہا ‘‘ قل ھواللہ احد ’’ ( 112:1) ۔ اس امرمیں کسی کی بھی استثناء اس طرح نہیں کہ اللہ کے سوا کسی اور کو حق حکومت ہو۔

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

How Saudi Wahhabism Is the Fountainhead of Islamist Terrorism
Yousaf Butt

The House of Saud works against the best interests of the West and the Muslim world. Muslim communities worldwide certainly need to eradicate fanatical Wahhabism from their midst, but this will be difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish if the West continues its support of the House of Saud. The monarchy must be modernized and modified -- or simply uprooted and replaced. The House of Saud needs a thorough house cleaning….



TOP ARTICLE
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Muslims Must Confront Islamist Terror Ideologically: An Islamic Reformation Required
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

 1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

 What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

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