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Current Affairs

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot
Praveen Swami

Modi has many coercive options: threatening full-blown war, as PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee did; engaging in limited skirmishes targeting the Pakistan army on the LoC, to punish it militarily; air-strikes against jihadi camps; even assassinating top jihadi leaders inside Pakistan, as Afghanistan and the US now do.  Each of these problems, though, comes with very substantial risks.….

Current Affairs

Decoding Modi’s Broom-Neeti
Kancha Ilaiah

India does not have a culture of cleanliness because it suffered from the notion of indignity of labour for millennia. Those who worked and produced goods and commodities, those who cleaned and created an environment of healthy living were treated as unclean and untouchables. Those who did not produce, those who did not clean their living environment were treated as clean and sacred people. The clean and unclean categories were constructed in the spiritual realm and later legitimised as sociological categories…..

Arabic Section

The Salafists emerged in Western European cities in a way that they were often mocked and laughed at even by their own brethren in faith. The reason was that most of the young Salafists wore so short pyjamas and trousers that their ankles were seen naked. They do it in a bid to resemble the apparels of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and his companions. Many other manners and behaviours of these strictly conservative religionists were also made the laughingstock. However, they stood out in society with their strict adherence to the Prophet’s lifestyle by eating with three fingers, taking three pauses while drinking water and brushing their teeth with a dry twig from a Miswak tree (salvadora persica) in place of a conventional toothbrush. And this is what the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) commanded his followers, as a saying attributed to the Prophet (pbuh) goes on: "Four things should be among the practices of the Muslims: Circumcision, perfume, Miswak, and marriage."

كل ما أضافته السنوات الألف والثلاثمائة إلى الإسلام من التأويلات والشعائر، هو خاطئ من وجهة نظر السلفيين، ومرفوض باعتباره "استحداث في الدين" أو (بدعة). يشمل هذا التفسيرات الحديثة للشريعة الإسلامية، والطرائق ذات التوجهات الصوفية، وتبجيل الأولياء وقبورهم لأن المؤمن لا يحتاج إلى وسيط بينه وبين الله، كما يشمل الاتجاه الشيعي في الإسلام.

Urdu Section

سر سید نے تعلیم پر  اس لیے زیادہ زور دیا کہ انہیں اندازہ ہوگیا تھا کہ انگریزوں کو ہتھیار او رمادّی  قوتوں سے شکست نہیں دی جاسکتی  کیونکہ پوری دنیا میں مسلمان دھیرے دھیرے زوال کی طرف جارہے تھے اور یورپ نے 16 ویں  اور 17 ویں صدی میں جو سائنسی بر تری حاصل کی تھی اس کی زد میں دھیرے دھیرے سارے مسلمان ملک آرہے تھے ۔ اسی لیے سر سید نے زیادہ زور جدید تعلیم  پر دیا اُن کو یہ بات سمجھ میں آگئی تھی کہ جدید تعلیم کے بغیر مسلمانوں کامستقبل بالکل تاریک ہے۔ سر سیّد کی دور بین نگاہوں نے دیکھ لیا تھا کہ زندگی نے جو رُخ اختیار کرلیا ہے اُس کو بدلانہیں جاسکتا اس میں رکاوٹ پیدا کرکے اس کی رفتار کو بھی روکا نہیں جاسکتا بلکہ ایسا کرنے والے خود تباہ ہوکر رہ جائیں گے۔ اس لیے انہوں نے تمام تر توجہ جدید تعلیم کے فروغ پر مرکوز کردی ۔

Urdu Section

Shankarayacharya Vs Sai Baba: Supreme Court's Meaningful Comments  شنکر آچاریہ بنام سائیں بابا معاملے میں سپریم کورٹ کامعنی خیز تبصرہ
Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani

شنکر آچاریہ بنام سائیں بابا جو تنازعہ شروع ہوا تھا وہ بڑھتے بڑھتے سپریم کورٹ  تک پہنچ گیا،لیکن ان کا فیصلہ سپریم کورٹ یا دیگر عدالتوں میں ہونے کاکوئی معنی مطلب نہیں ہے، اس لیے سپریم کورٹ نے مفاد عامہ کی ایک رٹ سماعت کرتے ہوئے جس طرح کابتصرہ کیا ہے ، وہ بالکل توقع کےمطابق ہے، جب ( ماہ جون 2014 میں) شنکر آچاریہ سوامی سرو پانند نے کچھ باتوں کو بنیاد بناکر سائیں بابا کے متعلق بیان دیا تھا تو راقم سطور کی بھی کئی ٹی وی چینلوں  نے مذاکرات میں حصہ لینے کی دعوت دی تھی، مذاکرات میں دونوں فریق کی باتیں اور دلائل سننے کے بعد دونوں کی نظریاتی و فکری کمزوریاں  صاف صاف نظر آئیں ، شنکر آچاریہ نے ہری دوار کے قیام کے دوران میں سنت سائیں بابا  کی پوجا سےر وکنے اور ان کے نام پر مندروں کی تعمیر او ران میں دیگر ہندودیوں دیوتاؤں  کی مورتیوں کےساتھ سائیں بابا کی مورتی رکھنے کی مخالفت کی تھی۔

Islam and the West

Obama Should Contain, Not Escalate Against ISIS
Fareed Zakaria

The only strategy against ISIS that has any chance of working is containment – bolstering the neighbours that are willing to fight militarily and politically. They include, most importantly, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Gulf states. The greatest challenge is to get the Iraqi government to make serious concessions to Sunnis so that they are recruited into the fight, something that has not happened so far. …….

Debating Islam

'Violent' Muslims? 'Amoral' Atheists? It's Time to Stop Shouting and Start Talking To Each Other
Reza Aslan and Chris Stedman

The media may be saturated with images of Islamic terrorists and suicide bombers, but a 2011 Gallup survey concluded that Muslims are actually more likely than any other religious or ethical group in America to reject violence against civilians. At the same time, the vocally “anti-theist” atheists who dominate the airwaves and the bestseller lists may get all the press, but a 2013 study from the University of Tennessee indicated that less than 15% of atheists fall into the “anti-theist” category. So why hasn’t there been more dialogue and solidarity between Muslims and atheists? Can’t we all just get along?.....

Islamic World News

How Are Saudi Arabia’s Beheadings Different from ISIL’s?
Jamaatud Dawa Emir Hafiz Saeed

Arab World

Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad

6 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Kirkuk


Shia Youth ‘Who Fought ISIS’ Gets Grand Welcome Home In Lucknow

‘Love Jihad’ Hurts Dignity of Women: RSS


UK Govt Set To Crack Down On Muslim Brotherhood

Moscow Hotel Goes 'Halal' In Bid to Woo Muslim Visitors

South Asia

Militant Funding Suspected As Tk20cr Wired From London

18 Taliban Militants Killed In Clearing Operations, MoI Says

5 Killed In Afghan Commandos Operation In Herat Province


India, US planning attacks on Islamists here: Hafiz Saeed

Qadri spells out ‘revolutionary agenda’ to pull Pakistan out of crises

North America

Obama and Erdogan promise to intensify ISIS fight in Syria

Imam Webb: It's 'code red' for American Muslims


Salafists under spotlight ahead of Tunisia poll


Twenty killed in Houthi, al-Qaeda clashes in Yemen

East Jerusalem construction to continue: Netanyahu

Southeast Asia

‘I want to touch a dog’ event an attempt to insult Malaysia’s clerics

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Image of Baby Girl Being 'Beheaded' Emerges Out of Phones Recovered from Dead Jihadists
Australia drops Niqab segregation plan

Muslim Women's Centre in Scotland Reports Rise in Number of Possessed Patients

Cooking and Killing: Islamic State Opens Finishing School for Girls

Catherine Larouche, From Canada to a Madrasa in India

Australia Abandons Controversial Muslim Veil Segregation Plan

‘Bad Hijab’ Link To Acid Attacks on Iranian Women

Measures Under Way to Help Saudi Women Work from Home

Moreland Women Gather to Show Their Support for Muslim Community

Malala Praised Abroad, Viewed With Scepticism At Home

‘Easy Taxi’ Backs Safe Commute of Saudi Women

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Islam and Politics

Islam for Peace, or Violence?
Javed Anand

One, do not “essentialise” religion. Remember that Gandhi’s Gita and Azad’s Quran do not say the same thing as the Gita of Nathuram Godse and the Quran of Osama bin Laden or “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Like other religions, there is no one Islam; there are many Islams.  Two, look at the history of a religion. Islam is over 1,400 years old. Remember that the Yazidis and Christians being butchered by the barbaric IS used to be free, relatively at least, to practise their faith in that very region for centuries under Muslim rulers. Jews hounded out of Christian Europe found refuge in the Ottoman Empire.  Three, beware of “catastrophic” over-generalisations. Yes, al-Baghdadi and Ayman al-Zawahiri are Muslims, but so are Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Malala Yousafzai, and our very own Aamir Khan……

Spiritual Meditations

Meditation and My New Normal
Paige Davis

I used visualization as a key component leading into every single surgery and treatment. I chose to see the chemo as any other medicine filled with love and light. I chose to stay away from terms like fight or battle. Naive -- perhaps, but what was happening through those visualizations is that my mind and body were working together -- and I was craving that connection…..

Current Affairs

Love Jihad: A Used-Up Slogan, a Persisting Rumour
Zafaryab Jilani

So my first objection to the term “love jihad” is that it has nothing to do with any religious movement. This term has been coined, perhaps, only to malign Muslims and create an emotional atmosphere against Muslims in pursuit of political results; the term re-emerged into prominence recently, when by-elections were to be held. The circumstances were such that the RSS had perhaps realised that the “Modi wave” is in decline and that people will now not be attracted to the BJP and its slogans of removal of poverty, unemployment and corruption, because in three months, no such thing had happened.....

Current Affairs

Love Jihad: A Real Threat, a Phobic Fantasy
Madhu Purnima Kishwar

“Love jihad” has come to be one of the latest additions to a meaninglessly polarised debate on a sensitive issue. On the one hand, “love jihad” has been portrayed by Hindutva groups as a sinister and well-planned conspiracy to seduce, abduct, blackmail or coerce young Hindu women to convert to Islam under the guise of love affairs with Muslim men. On the other hand, “secular” opponents of Hindutva are projecting it as a case of “freedom of choice” in marriage. They castigate the campaign against “love jihad” as a conspiracy of obscurantist Hindu groups to keep the sexuality of Hindu women under the control of Hindu patriarchs….



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Islam and the Media

... dozens of European countries have now agreed to devise sophisticated measures to control the border with an aim to create obstacles for the ISIS recruits in travelling freely. Most importantly, these countries have tied up with the internet providers and social media networks to hunt the jihadist outfit where it hurts. And that is being done by working together to prevent jihadist ideology from reaching the targeted youth in their impressionable ages. Representatives of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter were invited to Luxembourg on the 8th October to meet with 28 European interior ministers and discuss ways to counteract the intensive use of social networks by ISIS. ...

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Banned religious-militant outfits are operating freely; they have established thousands of religious seminaries that inject ideological Jihadism into the minds of the children enrolled. Shockingly, there are no checks and balances on what they are teaching in these seminaries and who is funding them. According to official data on registered seminaries, out of 20,000 seminaries in Pakistan, 5,500 are operating in Sindh. However, senior local journalists and intellectuals think that the number of unregistered seminaries is around 30,000, run by Barelvi, Deobandi, Shia, Ahle Sunnat, Ahle Hadith and other sects. These religious schools and thousands of students being trained will produce Taliban-like jihadists….

Islam, Women and Feminism

We All Need To Embrace Our Own Heroes: Aap Ko Malala Mubarak Ho…
Maria Amir

It is an interesting corollary to observe the rise of both Malala and Fazlullah in and outside of Pakistan. One was shot and became the ‘West’s darling’ still stubbornly advocating her and every child’s right to education touting, ‘one child, one teacher, one book and one person can change the world’ and many would say she is living proof of each one of those claims. The other, the infamous ‘Mullah Radio’, who created both the space and the campaign that led to Malala getting shot, is currently the leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. One might say that his rise has also been equally meteoric.

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

What the ‘Two State Solution’ Has to Do with the Rise of Islamic Extremism: Zero
Khaled Abu Toameh

What Kerry perhaps does not know is that the Islamic State is not interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at all. Unlike Kerry, Sunni scholars fully understand that the Islamic State has more to do with Islam and terrorism than with any other conflict......

Islam, Women and Feminism
Feminism and Sharia Law
Vincent Ryan Ruggiero

As is well known, Feminism opposes male domination and the political and social systems that perpetuate it and discriminate against women. In contrast, Sharia law prescribes and celebrates male domination and consigns women to subordinate status…..

Current Affairs

Joining Global War against ISIS: Two Scenarios That India Needs To Consider
Rajeev Sharma

It may still take the Modi government some more time to take a final decision on the American requests with regard to the Islamic State conveyed to him at the highest levels in Washington late last month.....

Spiritual Meditations

The Case for Low Ideals
David Brooks

“The happiness of society depends on virtue” — not primarily material conditions. But, and this is what makes her an idealist, she believes that better laws can nurture virtue. Statecraft is soul craft. Good tax policies can arouse energy and enterprise. Good social programs can encourage compassion and community service......

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

“The Quran is a miraculous book. In no sense you can touch it. In no sense can you touch any of its periods, any of its commas. Any intervention would damage the meaning, would destroy the meaning. It is very sensitive. In Arabic there are ‘hı’ and ‘ha’ letters. You can read a sentence which means ‘God created the world’ with ‘hı’ and a dot on top of it. When you omit the dot on the letter ‘hı’ the sentence would mean, ‘God destroyed the world….

Current Affairs

Tunisia has not yet seen the end of the ongoing conflict between those who believe that freedom of creative expression should be boundless and those who see such freedom concerning religious imagery as blasphemous. Most Tunisians believe this issue is a struggle that will end only when one of the two parties prevails over the other, framing it as a zero sum game between religion and art. The reality, however, is much more complex….

Islam, Women and Feminism

A Generation of Children Held Hostage
Gordon Brown

But there is a war of liberation that remains to be won worldwide – against child labour, child marriage, child trafficking and discrimination against girls. None of these evils will end until basic education is made compulsory for all – just as was done in the West more than a century ago. The campaign for the 219 Nigerian girls – kidnapped simply because they wanted to go to school – is an iconic battle of this freedom struggle. That struggle will be won some day. No injustice can last forever. But for the missing girls and their loved ones, it is a struggle that cannot be won soon enough…..

The War Within Islam

For Clarity in Syria’s Muddy Politics
Vijay Prashad

Such a manoeuvre would remove the illusion that persists in Washington, Paris and London for a moderate armed force to take on both Mr. Assad and IS. That illusion keeps the door open for Saudi and Qatari funds to jihadi groups that are replicas of IS, although they have shut off the cameras to document their own barbarity…..

The War Within Islam
The End of a Unified Yemen
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

The End of a Unified Yemen
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

In the case of announcing the death of the current Yemeni government, or if it dies within the next few months but no announcement is made, we would witness the inevitable end of a unified Yemen as well as the South’s declaration of a separate state. Yemen would thus begin a new chapter in its history. Its first chapter will most probably be full of further domestic disputes and foreign interferences and the victims will be the Yemenis who have not been asked to express their opinions yet.…..


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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