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Captain Abbas Ali, You will be Remembered a Lot  کیپٹن عباس علی کی بہت یاد آئے گی
Sheesh Narayan Singh

کیپٹن عباس علی 94 سال کی عمر میں اس دنیا کو الوداع کہہ گئے ۔کپتان صاحب ایک بہترین انسان تھے ۔ آزاد ہند فوج کا یہ کپتان جب اپنی بلندی پر تھا تو اس نے کسی طرح کا سمجھوتہ نہیں کیا اور یہ بلندی ان کی زندگی میں ہمیشہ بنی رہی ۔ ان کی ایک ہی تمنا تھی کہ زندگی بھر کسی پر منحصر  نہ ہوں ۔ عمر کے نوے سال پورے ہونے پر ان کی سوانح عمری کودہلی میں شائع کیا گیا تھا ۔ شاید اس کتاب کا عنوان یہی  سوچ کر رکھا گیا ہوگا ‘ نہ رہوں کسی کادست نگر’ اور  11 اکتوبر کو کپتان صاحب نے آخری سانس لی  اس کےایک  دن پہلے تک چلتے پھرتے رہے اور شان سے چلے گئے ۔ ان کےبیٹے  قربان علی ہمیشہ انکو اپنے ساتھ دہلی میں رکھنا چاہتے تھے لیکن کپتان صاحب علی گڑھ او ربلند شہر کو کبھی نہیں بھولتےتھے ۔

 
Islamic Society

Indian Sufi-oriented Clerics Brainstorm Ways to Preserve the Cultural Heritage of Indian Muslims

Amidst the Wahhabi destruction of cultural and historical sites and spiritual heritage of Muslim countries, a number of Sufi-minded Indian Muslim clerics gathered at the Sufi shrine of Mehrauli Sharif, Delhi and held a meeting to discuss their concerns. They aim at preserving the Sufi heritage in India. Regrettably, the Wahhabi-controlled Waqf board in India is making every possible effort to strengthen the Wahhabi/Salafi grip over the Sufi shrines and heritage sites. Obviously, it is being done at the behest of influential Wahhabi/Salafi individuals and institutions in all the Waqf properties, mosques and monuments with the ulterior motive of destroying harmonious Sufi culture that has been the main source of composite culture for Indian Muslims…..

Interfaith Dialogue

Saif Ali Khan on Love Jihad: Intermarriage Is Not Jihad, It Is India
Saif Ali Khan

Ambedkar said the only way to annihilate caste is intermarriage. It is only through intermarriage that the real Indians of tomorrow can be truly equipped to take our nation forward with the right perspective. I am the product of such a mixed marriage and my life has been full of Eid and Holi and Diwali. We were taught to do Adaab and Namaste with equal reverence. It is sad that too much importance is given to religion, and not enough to humanity and love. My children were born Muslim but they live like Hindus (with a Pooja Ghar at home), and if they wanted to be Buddhist, they would have my blessing. That’s how we were brought up. We are a blend, this great country of ours…..

Spiritual Meditations

Blessing The Right To Love: Pope Francis’s Attempts To Bring The Church In Tune With The 21st Century Are Revolutionary
Derek O'Brien

What Pope Francis is attempting is revolutionary. It is also essential, i feel, for the Church’s renewal and continued relevance to the millions who cherish it, and cherish an association with it, but cannot get themselves to agree with all its doctrinal principles. Indeed, other Christian orders have been quicker to coordinate their faith with modern lives and mores and the Catholic Church is making up for lost time. There is a feeling that the Church is in a moment of dramatic transition, not unknown in its history but still worth taking note of…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

India Echoes Saif Ali Khan’s View on Inter-Religious Marriage
Tabassum takes care of 14 Hindu HIV positive girls

Heroine of Kobani: Kurdish Female Fighter Rehana 'Kills 100 Isis Jihadis' Single-Handedly

'Love Jihad' Case: In Latest Twist, Girl's Father Says She Can Marry Muslim

A Muslim, She Looks After 14 Hindu HIV Positive Kids

In Pakistan, Malala Is Seen As an Overexposed Poster Child of the West

Women Drivers in Afghanistan Must Brave the Traffic and the Stares

Sufi International Association: Continued Captivity of Nigerian Girls Is an Insult to Islam

Maldives- Women against Drugs to Provide Vocational Training for Recovering Addicts

Changing Our World of Conflicts; the Role of Muslim Women

Breaking Muslim Stereotypes through Education, Dialogue

Malaysian Singer Yuna Is Far More Than Just a 'Muslim Pop Star'

Muslim Women Say the ‘Ban the Burqa’ Debate Is Inspiring Positive Conversation in Adelaide

Floods, a Kashmiri Family, a 5-Year-Old Girl from Mumbai, And a Happy Ending

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Islamic World News

Now, Islamic State Spreads Tentacles In Pakistan? Walls Littered With ISIS Graffiti
Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu

Pakistan

21 Suspected Militants Killed As Jets Bomb Hideouts in Khyber

Africa

Moroccan Man with Young French Daughters Held For Trying To Join ISIS

Libyan Army, Residents Battle Islamist Militants in City Of Benghazi

Europe

Self-defence class 'mistaken' for jihad training in France

UN told 2,500 rockets containing deadly Sarin are in the hands of the jihadists

India

Jum-B: An Old Link with Bombmaker ‘Tunda’, a New Terror Threat to India

In Terror Chats, a New Leader of Indian Mujahideen Branch Called ‘Bengali’

7 Madrasas in 4 Districts of Bengal under Lens

Arab World

Iraq minorities face extinction from ISIL onslaught: report

Iraqi Troops Kill 4 ISIL Terrorists in Anbar Province

Mideast

Turkey will not allow citizens to fight in Kobane: PM Davutoğlu

Iran calls for ‘confidence’ over nukes, extremists Islamic State group

North America

Pentagon: 'Several hundred' IS fighters killed in Kobane

Anti-ISIL fight in Syria and Iraq gets a name: 'Inherent Resolve'

South Asia

High-ranking Taliban leader killed in Herat province

Southeast Asia

Malaysia: Ministry Senior Officer Involved In Isis Activities, Top Cop Reveals

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Girls Deserve the Chance to Reach Their Dreams
Salma Hayek Pinault

Girls whose dreams -- and determination to pursue them -- reveal tremendous courage and resolve, in a world where seeking something better for themselves can literally put their lives at risk. Just as Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has inspired us all with her fortitude, there are girls in cities, towns, and rural villages around the globe who are fighting for their own dangerous dreams. The dream of getting an education. The dream of marrying when they choose. The dream of controlling their bodies and their lives. The dream of becoming everything they know that they can be -- no matter the obstacles or risk……

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Recurring Terrorist Nightmares
Harlan Ullman

Could terrorists launch simultaneous massive attacks against public places such as stadiums, malls, railway stations and airports? The answer is yes. Should the government be doing more to warn the nation about such contingencies? Or, without good intelligence and reliable evidence of specific plans for attacks, would such warnings do more harm than good? These are profoundly perplexing questions. Any answer has benefits and downsides, most unpredictable. But this is the shape of things to come…..

 
Islam and the West

All efforts to stop this mad rush to declare a Palestinian state, without Israel's agreement as assured under international law, are dismissed as "Israeli government propaganda." The idea that sensible people can sensibly object is washed away. "This is the South Africa of our times, don't you know," they say. And indeed it is. But it is an apartheid, pre-Mandela South Africa that they are willing into existence. And one with a truly global agenda. Monday's vote will do nothing to advance peace in the Middle East. But it has shown hundreds of our legislators’ in Britain to be more interested in moral posturing than in either honouring the rule of law or preventing a future war.....

 
Islam and Politics

The Post-ISIS Crisis for Sunni Governments
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

There is hope that the danger will be curbed despite the differences and the difficulty of dealing with terrorist groups. The current anti-ISIS alliance is a political, legal and military framework that can be developed to find solutions for the root causes by ending regional political competition, curbing sectarian struggle and ending the likes of the Syrian regime. Without that, stances may change, the alliance may divide, the struggle may expand and different parties will engage in regional proxy wars in which everyone uses terrorist groups to serve their aims……

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

ISIL, the Khmer Rouge of Islamism
Mustafa Akyol

Today’s ISIL is the Khmer Rouge of Islamism. It is so violent that even almost all other Islamists condemn it. Meanwhile, non-Islamist Muslims, at least a billion people, can’t even understand how such a savage group might have anything to do with their faith. Lumping them all into the same basket would be one of the grossest mistakes that could ever be made.....

 
The War Within Islam

The arrogance of believing in the superiority of one particular ideology (their own) over all others- the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran believes in the supremacy of the version of Islam practiced by the Iranian Mullahs as the best arrangement for the whole world. The regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the Western way of life is corrupt. The regime of Iran is seriously thinking that the Western democracies are going to fall, as the USSR fell, and one of these days the Islamic regime will get a chance to introduce its role in the global level. It does not believe in validity of any arrangement with the "Western" infidels and all of the agreements with the West are temporary and subject to abrogation as soon as the Islamic power gets the possibility to do so. A look at the regime of Iran reveals that all of these elements are clearly present in those government and politics of the present regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran and it very much deserves to be included under the title of Islamofacist regimes…..

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Why Australia Shouldn’t Ban Islamic Group Hizb - ut-Tahrir
Adrian Cherney

It must be kept in mind that banning Hizb ut-Tahrir would actually play into their hands, reinforcing the argument they mount that the “war on terror” is a war against Islam. Forcing them underground would make it far harder to argue that that is not the case. Sometimes in the field of counter-terrorism, pragmatism needs to prevail. In a strong democracy, arguments and positions the majority may find uncomfortable or objectionable need to be aired…..

 
Islam and Politics

The rise of IS in Iraq constitutes a challenge both to the current system of nation-states regionally and to Muslim identity and organisation globally.  In both cases the BRICS have shown a consensus with the US and the West, which is opposed to the rise of IS in Iraq and its global jihadist rhetoric.  Militarily the US remains the hegemonic power in the region and has reinforced this through its recent air strikes against IS.  The BRICS – and especially China – have either been willing to follow that course or have demurred.  Such sentiments strongly suggest that the BRICS do not want to see any significant change to the current international status quo….....

Islam and Politics

Support Allies, Not Terrorists
Shoshana Bryen

If Kobani is shamefully not on their minds, at least a few points might be considered before running billions of dollars more through the corrupt and kleptocratic Palestinian Authority.....

 
The War Within Islam

Malala, Salam, Faiz and Dr Khan
Harris Khalique

Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the arch poet whose poetry after his death is even read, sung and enjoyed by the next generations of those who hated him, was awarded the Lenin Prize. He was made to spend four years in prison and eight years in exile. He was called a communist who professed atheistic ideas. His books were removed from some government libraries…..

 
The War Within Islam

How Pakistan Fails Its Children
Mosharraf Zaidi

Pakistan’s fitful cycle of military and civilian rule has produced a national discourse in which there are disagreements about many things, but there has been one constant throughout. Pakistan’s government and society deny a decent education to millions of children.....

 
Interfaith Dialogue

The motto of Gordon United Church is "Love wastefully" -- a charge to promote inclusivity at all costs. Thus Barnes took the tools at his disposal -- in this case the sign outside his church -- to promote a different kind of attitude toward Muslims in the community. "I wanted the church to be seen to offer a different message, to be neighbourly and to offer welcome,"….

 
Interview

God says in the Quran that He guides whom He wills to Islam. As I mentioned, I’d been struggling lately because of things like Islamophobia. Instead of cherishing the fact that God called me to the religion, I’ve been focusing on superficial things that distract me from the real beauty of what it means to be Muslim. This experience showed me that I have been taking the great gift of this faith for granted……

 
Hindi Section

आजाद भारत में फिर शुरू हुआ अंगरेजियत और अंगरेजों से सहयोग। इस सहयोग ने देश में गुलामी की औपनिवेशिक दासता को दृढ़ किया और अंगरेजी को लाकर भारतीय भाषाओं का जीना दूभर कर दिया। अंगरेजी मोह ने राममनोहर लोहिया को विवश किया कि वे हिंदी लाओ-देश बचाओ आंदोलन शुरू करें। हमने पाया कि अंगरेजी के नाम पर अंगरेजियत को पाला-पोसा गया और भारतीय भाषाओं में संघर्ष शुरू करा दिया। आज हालत यह है कि देश में सबसे ज्यादा बोली-समझी जाने वाली हिंदी के नाम पर राजनीति का अखाड़ा सजाया जाता है।

 
Arabic Section

‘REFORMING’ ISLAM? A Rejoinder to Ali A. Rizvi's ‘Open Letter to Moderate Muslims’  ‘إصلاح’ الإسلام؟ تعلیق علی مقال السيد علي رضوي ‘رسالة مفتوحة إلى المسلمين المعتدلين’
Maryam Sakeenah

فالسياق القرآني أصل من أصول التفسير. ولهذا سيكون من الظلم استخدام الآيات القرآنية خارج السياق- الآيات التي يجب تطبيقها في تلك الظروف المحددة و الشروط المعينة التي نزلت فيها. وكذالك من الظلم استخدامها خارج السياق لتمثيل الروح الكامل للدين الإسلامي، والتجاهل عن الآيات التي تشجع على القيم الإنسانية والمساواة. إذا تم اتباع هذه القيم الإنسانية بكل بحماسة، فإن المجتمعات الإسلامية اليوم ستكون أعلى وأعظم في بناء الحضارة الإنسانية. مع الإشارة إلى مثل هذه المحتويات المتعددة من الإسلام، فإن اتباع التعليمات الحقيقية من القرآن والسنة لا يولد سوى العدالة العالمية والخير؟ ولذالك، كل ما افترضه السيد رضوي هو يبني على التعصب، فليس له علاقة مع الحقيقة.

 
Urdu Section

افریقہ سے سریب بارہ میل کا سمندر بحر ظلمات کو بحر متوسط سے ملا تا ہے اسی جزیرہ نما ملک کو اندلس ، ہسپانہ (Spain) کہتے ہیں اس کے شمال میں جبل امرتات جو فرانس کو سرحد اندلس سے جدا کرتا ہے او ربے آف بکسے واقع ہے مغرب  کے جانب پرتگال اور بحر ظلمات  جنوب کی طرف آبنائے طارق اور ملک افریقہ اس کی حدود سےملتے ہیں ، یہاں  کے قدیم باشندے سلیٹ کہلاتے تھے یہ فرانس سے اس ملک میں وارد ہوئے تھے، اس کے بعد دیگر اقوام آئی بیری ، فینقی اور قرطاجنی اس پر مسلط ہوتی رہیں۔

 
Urdu Section

Nobel Peace Prize under the Shadow of Hatred  نفرت کےسائے میں امن کا نو بل
Tariq Anwar

پاکستان نے کشمیر کے مسئلے کو اقوام متحدہ میں اٹھا کر اس بات کا ثبوت دے دیا کہ باہمی مصالحت کے ذریعے سے کسی بھی مسئلے کو آپسی  طور پر حل کرنے میں نا اہل ہے۔ پہلے کشمیر کے تعلق سے پاکستانی وزیر اعظم کا بیان آیا،  اس کے بعد ایک بڑی پارٹی کے نوجوان لیڈر بلاول بھٹو نے یہاں تک کہہ دیا کہ ہم کشمیر کی ایک ایک انچ زمین ہندوستان سے واپس لے لیں گے۔پاکستان نےاس مسئلے کو اقوام متحدہ کے سلامتی کونسل  کے اجلاس میں اٹھایا ، پھر ہندوستان نے پاکستانی وزیر اعظم کو انہی کی زبان میں اقوام متحدہ میں جواب بھی دے دیا، لیکن پاکستان اپنی ہٹ دھرمی سےکہاں باز آنے والا تھا، اس نے ہندوستان کے اس مشورے کو ماننے سے انکار کر دیا کہ کشمیر کا مسئلہ ہندوستان اور پاکستان کا  باہمی مسئلہ ہے اور دونوں ممالک اس کو آپسی طور پر بیٹھ کر حل کرسکتے ہیں ۔ ابھی کل ہی پاکستان کے سابق صدر آصف علی زرداری  نے یہ بیان دیا کہ کشمیر پاکستان کی گلے کی نس ہے۔

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

The ISIS Is Not A Foreign Object That Can Be Purged Through A Simple Surgery; It’s a Cancerous Growth within the Theo-Genetic Make-Up of Wahhabi Doctrine
Javed Anand

In due course, with the discovery of oil, the Saudi rulers switched to the use of soft power in a bid to “Wahhabise” Islam. In recent decades, it has poured billions of petro-dollars into Muslim quarters across the globe (India included), seeking to destroy the reality of a diverse faith and replacing it with a single intolerant, supremacist creed. For millions of Muslims across the world, the seemingly benign Saudi Wahhabism is bad enough. But for those who still remember and revere its theological founder, Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab, it is not good enough. Among the latter is the ISIS and its numerous followers….

Current Affairs

Hindu Muslim Incorporated: A New Inter-Community Contract Can Emerge Through an Open Economy
Sagarika Ghose

Electoral politics in many ways prevents the emergence of a liberal Muslim or a liberal Hindu leadership both animated by the desire to challenge extremism and further the cause of modernity. As the Muzaffarnagar riots proved, religious conflict brings big electoral dividends. While Hindu and Muslim politicians privately may speak a surprisingly rational language, when rallying rival constituencies for votes, they invariably fall back on communally charged fire and brimstone religious rhetoric.....



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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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