Books and Documents
Current Affairs

Uniform Civil Code: In a Plural Society like India Only Plural Laws Can Give A Strong Feeling Of Nationality
V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

In a plural society like India only plural laws can give a strong feeling of nationality. Ours is a country of people belonging to different faiths and cultures and of course they must have the laws of their respective choice. The different personal laws in vogue now should continue to exist for the purpose of unity and solidarity of the country. If a uniform civil code is imposed on the unwilling minorities, it will not only be of no use, but also weaken our country. The best way is to make the different personal laws uniform as much as possible. There is no attempt in this respect by any quarter just because the uncalled for obiter dicta of the Supreme Court is being exploited by communal parties to their selfish political ends....

Current Affairs

I Wish For A Pakistan That Is For Pakistan! Right, Mr Khan?
Mehr Tarar

I wish for a new Pakistan. But I wish for a new Pakistan through a democratic process, not anarchy. I wish for transparent accountability into all that has been siphoned from Pakistan’s treasury. I wish for all who harmed Pakistan’s sovereignty and writ of state brought to justice. I wish for nepotism to make way for merit. I wish for clean elections. I wish to see new faces in parliament working to legislate a new government order. I wish the musical chairs of power in the same hands to end. I wish for all black money to be accounted for. I wish for a Pakistan that is for Pakistan…..

Books and Documents

The Prophet said, ‘The Hour will come when leaders are oppressors, when people believe in the stars and reject al-Qadar (the Divine Decree of destiny) when a trust becomes a way of making a profit, when people give to charity (Sadaqah) reluctantly, when adultery becomes widespread – when this happens, then your people will perish.’ ”….

Islam and Politics
How Tunisia Will Succeed
Rachid Ghannouchi

How Tunisia Will Succeed
Rachid Ghannouchi

Nearly four years have passed since a man named Mohamed Bouazizi so despaired of the system that he set himself on fire in protest. With every decision we make, politicians in Tunisia must never forget what he died for. We need to protect freedom and dignity, and provide hope and opportunity. This was the dream of the Tunisian Awakening, and it is how Tunisia will succeed today.....

Books and Documents

Karachi has been a city of migrants. It was developed in the early 18th century by Hindu merchants (Baniya) from the Sindhi hinterland, before attracting large numbers of traders, entrepreneurs and workers from Kutch, Gujarat, Bombay and Balochistan, so much so that by 1921, the number of residents born outside of Karachi amounted to almost half of the total population of the city.” The city had self-destruct genes at its birth: it grew 369 per cent between 1941 and 1961, the “fastest rate of growth ever registered for a city of that size in world history”.....

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Do Nigeria's Female Suicide Attackers Point to Desperation or High Ambition for Boko Haram?
Elizabeth Pearson

In contrast, attacks by women distance Boko Haram from Al Qaeda ideology. Few Al Qaeda clerics advocate the use of women in violent jihad, either on front-lines or as suicide bombers. A campaign of female suicide bombers suggests Boko Haram is ready, when necessary, to subvert Al Qaeda ideology for tactical advantage. Security officials have been less likely to regard women as potential activists, and women are less likely to be searched. Boko Haram has already exploited this to use women to smuggle weapons, and suicide attacks….

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Pakistan's Jihadis Rally around ISIS Banner
Declan Walsh

From urban slums to Taliban strongholds, the militant group's logo and name have appeared in graffiti, posters and pamphlets. Last month, a cluster of militant commanders declared their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State. Such is the influence of the Islamic State's steamroller success in Iraq and Syria that, even thousands of miles away, security officials and militant networks are having to reckon with the group……

Interfaith Dialogue

Gülen life was shaped by his family, Sufism and Sufi leaders and writings of Said Nursi. He shed some light on Gülen’s understanding of Islam and the solutions that he identifies for the societal problems.  Kaparov indicated that the major problems which world faces today are illiteracy, poverty and polarization and described that Hizmet Movement is putting its full efforts in tackling these problems by establishing educational institutions, business houses and dialogue organizations world over in more than 150 countries…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

World Media on Iraq, Syria and ISIS, 24 November, 2014

To claim today that ISIL and al-Qaeda have resolved their problems is to exaggerate. Since the beginning, there have been two standard dynamics required for unification that work. The first is to do with other groups, like Khorasan or Jabhat al-Nusra, that aim to reconcile al-Qaeda and ISIL. In fact, it was al-Nusra that first tried for reconciliation when the rift between al-Qaeda and ISIL opened. The second dynamic is the various fighters in both groups….

The Articles:

Early On, ISIS Targeted Sunni Tribal Leaders

By David Ignatius

Can Tech Companies Stop ISIL?

By Alastair Sloan

Al-Qaeda And ISIL: Is An Agreement Possible?

By Gökhan Bacik

ISIS: No Threat to Pakistan

By Mohammad Jamil

Boko Haram Is Acting Increasingly Like The Islamic State. Why Don’t We Treat It That Way?

By Jacob Zenn

Theological Explanations Are a Diversion When Looking At the Rise Of Islamic State

By Myriam Francois-Cerra

Spiritual Meditations

I visited a friend and poured out my heart to her, and as I was leaving she told me, “Don’t worry Maria, think of where you’ve been and where you’re going, and God will lead you through some kind of light.” As this woman finished her words, I opened the door to leave and was confronted by such strong sunlight. I took that as my answer. I decided to embrace Islam, right then and there…..

Hindi Section

What will be the End of this Radicalisation?  कहां ले जाएगी यह कट्टरता
Taslima Nasreen

बांग्लादेश के पूर्व डाक और दूरसंचार मंत्री अब्दुल लतीफ सिद्दीकी ने पिछले दिनों कहा कि वह हज और तबलीगी जमात के विरोधी हैं। इस तरह की टिप्पणी के बाद स्वाभाविक ही उनका मंत्री पद चला गया है। उनके खिलाफ बांग्लादेश की सड़कों पर कट्टरवादियों के जुलूस निकले हैं। उनकी फांसी की मांग की गई है, और उनका सिर कलम करने की कीमत पांच लाख टाका रखी गई है। सिद्दीकी की लानत-मलामत करने में बांग्लादेश की राजनीतिक पार्टियां भी पीछे नहीं हैं। वे कह रही हैं कि लतीफ सिद्दीकी को बांग्लादेश में घुसने नहीं दिया जाएगा। वहां का मीडिया भी उन्हें निशाना बना रहा है।

Urdu Section

Quran's Superiority and its Holders Deterioration  قرآن کی برتری اور حاملین قرآن کی ابتری

بلاشبہ اس خبر میں ایک پہلو مسرت کا تھا مگر کئی پہلو حیرت اور حسرت کے بھی ہیں، مسرت خوش فہم لوگوں کے لئے اور حیرت و حسرت ان افراد کے لئے جو ظالم اس آپا دھاپی اور گروہ بندی کے دور میں بھی دل درد مند اور ضمیر زندہ رکھتے ہیں فرق صرف زاویہ نظر کا ہے کچھ لوگوں کے نزدیک چودھویں  کا چاند نقطہ کمال ہوتا ہے او رکچھ  کے نزدیک آغاز زوال بعض لوگ کلی چٹکنے پر خوش ہوتے ہیں اور بعض  رو دیتے ہیں کہ بیچاری کا شاخ سے ٹوٹنے کا وقت آپہنچا  ہے راقم الحروف ان ‘‘ شوریدہ سروں’’ میں شامل ہے جو بغلیں کم بجاتے اور گریباں میں زیادہ جھانکتے ہیں  ، یہ مناظر وں کانہیں خبر پڑھ کر بھی کچھ ایسی ہی کیفیت طاری ہوئی ۔

Current Affairs

Indian Muslims Held Firm against Islamic State, As They Had Against Al-Qaeda: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval

The bigger thing is from the entire ulema of India, not even one Muslim religious leader has supported ISIS. All of them have issued fatwas against it saying it is unIslamic.” Mr. Doval added, “There have been at least five or six cases where some youth showed some inclination to join the ISIS. It was their parents who approached the police and intelligence agencies and sought their help in preventing their wards from joining. Now this is where India is different…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

Whatever the forces of orthodoxy think about this kind of female participation, we cannot neglect the fact that these political events are an important agent of change and have reshaped the traditional political role of women, beginning with their active mobilisation. This kind of female participation could be considered the first step towards their political empowerment, enhancing their capability to grasp knowledge and enabling them to register their protest in a more effective and vocal way....

Urdu Section

Muslims and Christians Can Learn From One Another  مسلمان اور عیسائی ایک دوسرے سے بہت کچھ سیکھ سکتے ہیں
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam

ودیا جیوتی کالج سے دینیات میں تعلیم حاصل کر رہے سال اول کے طلبہ و طالبات کی ایک جماعت اسلام، مسلم اور خواتین کے بارے اپنی بصیرت افزائی کے لیے محترمہ شیبا اسلم فہمی کےپاس پہنچی۔ محترمہ فہمی اسلامی حقوق نسواں کی علمبردار ایک مصنف اور صحافی ہیں۔ وہ سیاسی ماہانہ ہیڈ لائن پلس اور مشن کی ایڈیٹڑ رہ چکی ہیں اور ایک روزانہ اخبار اور ایک میگزین کی منیجنگ ایڈیٹر ہیں۔ ان کی تحریریں بڑے بڑے اخبارات اور میگزین میں بھی شائع ہوتی رہتی ہیں۔ وہ اسلام میں صنفی مساوات پر مسلسل لکھتی ہیں۔

Islamic World News

Egypt Could Send Forces to Stabilise Future Palestinian State: El-Sisi
Sirajul Haq, Pak Jamaat-e-Islami chief

Arab World

Rift Widens among ISIL Leaders, Al-Baghdadi

Dozens of ISIL Terrorists Killed in Iraq's Anbar


Jama Masjid Warns Against ‘Plot’, Anoints Shahi Imam Bukhari’s Son

5 Kashmiri Boys Held For Poll Boycott Call on Social Media

South Asia

30 Taliban insurgents killed in counter-terrorism operations

Drone strike leaves 6 militants dead in Nuristan province


Boko Haram kills 48 fish vendors in northeast Nigeria


Iranian Speaker: Takfiri Terrorists Trying to Create Rift among Muslims

Turkey trains Kurdish Peshmerga forces in fight against ISIS


Handful of Corrupt Rulers Have Held Whole Country Hostage: Jamaat-e-Islami

Three Lashkar-I-Islam (LI) Militants Killed In Clash with Khyber Agency Peace Legion


Up To 300 Swedes Fighting With ISIS: Official

More British ‘Mercenaries’ Join Fight against ISIS

North America

U.S. plans to arm Iraq’s Anbar tribesmen

Southeast Asia

Muslims, Buddhists team up to bring about peace for Rohingya

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Islamic History

Historicity and Religious Sanctity of Architecture in Islam - Part 3: Muslim Extremists’ Cultural War is against the Legacy of Muslim Predecessors
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Central Asia, Iran and Spain have been truly magnificent citadels of Islamic culture, art and architecture. Muslim predecessors, both rulers and religious scholars, endorsed and encouraged building of architectural structures, monumental mosques and madrasas and even Sufi shrines and mausoleums with big tombs and domes. When our Muslim predecessors or the Salaf in those parts of the Islamic world did not oppose the architectural advancement, why the present-day Salafis, who loudly claim to follow the Salaf, are vehemently opposed to it?...

Books and Documents

Aisha bint Abu Bakr:  the Fascinating Woman
Amanda Quraishi

Her place in the history of Islam is vital particularly with regard to the way Islam addressed the issue of women in the society. The Prophet showed through Aisha how Islam raised woman and made her equal partner to the message of God. During her life with the Prophet, Aisha was like the representative, or the deputy, of women before the Prophet. In other words, she was directly instrumental to the embodiment of the message of the Qur’an the Prophet in the real life.” Indeed, Aisha is often held up as evidence of Islam’s progressive stance on women’s rights by today’s Muslim feminists. …

Islam, Women and Feminism

Female Imams Strive To Act as Mentors for Muslim Women in Western China
Fatma of Tunisia, Winner World Muslimah Awards, 20

Tunisian Wins Muslim Beauty Pageant, Calls For Free Palestine

Saddam’s Granddaughter’s Pre-Wedding Snaps Flood Social Media

Saudi Female Employees Prefer Male Bosses

FOMWAN Condemns Restrictions on Use of Hijab

Egyptian Actress Ridiculed For Speaking Broken English at Cairo Festival

G. Bissau Launches First FGM Prosecutions

Crimes against Women: NHRC Issues Notice to Tripura, India, Government

Princess Hussa Bint Salman: Saudi Women Making Valuable Contributions to Society

Jihadi Bride from Glasgow Complains New Home in the Islamic State Is 'Too COLD'

Wichita State to Host Reception for Muslim Women's Rights Activist Raheel Raza

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Islamic World News

Egypt's Al-Azhar Condemns Carrying Of the Quran in Protests
Rajnath Singh, Indian HM

Arab World

Iraq's Attack Claims Lives of 26 ISIL Terrorists in Tikrit

ISIS kills 25 Anbar tribesmen in Iraq


Al-Qaeda in Yemen Denounces ‘Expansionist’ ISIS

Turkey, US Play down Differences on Fight against Islamic State


Up To 80 People Killed By Suspected Ugandan Rebels in Congo –Group

Gunmen execute 28 on Kenya bus near Somalia border: police

South Asia

19 Taliban Militants Killed, 4 Wounded In Counter-Terrorism Operations

Taliban Launch Complex Attack on Army Base in Nuristan


Pakistan's Jihadis Rally around ISIS Banner

Nawaz Sharif Asks Obama to Raise Kashmir during India Visit


Terrorism in India Is Pakistan Sponsored: Rajnath Singh

8 Yrs after Sachar, Muslims Still Out Of Govt Jobs and Schools: Panel


UN: Myanmar Must Give Citizenship to Rohingya Muslims

Berlin Says 550 Germans Joined Jihadist Cause in Syria And Iraq

‘Jihad’ at French summer camp: leaders mimic executions

North America

Former Canadian Soldiers to Join Kurds to Fight IS

Southeast Asia

Indonesia to Stop Sending Women Workers Abroad

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Marriage and Martyrdom: How ISIS is Winning Women
Vivienne Walt

In al-Qaeda’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, young armed men holed up on the battlefield far from their families. But in Syria ISIS aims to install a purist Islamic state—an entire new country—as its name denotes. And so ISIS fighters are looking to build lives that are far broader than fighting the war, ones in which they can come home after a day’s battle to a loving wife and children, and home-cooked meals. As such, recruiting women into ISIS is not simply about expanding the organization. It is the essential building block of a future society…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The Islamic State's Terrifying Strategy
David Ignatius

U.S. strategists want to create a “national guard” version of the tribal militia known as the Awakening, which in 2007 and 2008 crushed al-Qaeda in Iraq, the predecessor of the Islamic State. But overlooked evidence shows that the jihadists have worked systematically to destroy the Awakening and assassinate tribal leaders who might challenge their rule.....

Islam and Politics

The World Must Prevent ISIS from Obtaining Pakistani Nukes
Ahmad Hasib Farhan

Among all the nuclear states Pakistan is the only country that leaked and transferred nuclear technology to the countries that are still under UN and US sanctions. It is also the only nuclear state that shelters and protects terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Haqqani Network and many others. The Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, leaked nuclear secrets to North Korea, Libya and Iran…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
The Boko Haram ‘War’
The Editor, Nigerian Guardian

A fact remains that the bulk of the people in the northeast do not support Boko Haram. But they need to be liberated from the group’s clutches. Politicians should realise that unless and until the Boko Haram is effectively checked, there may be no country to govern by 2015. ….

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

“These places should be for prayer and not for giving extremist speeches, talks that incite people to violence and terrorism,” Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa told Reuters. But ultra-conservative Islamists complain the government crackdown impinges on their freedoms.“What we are living now is a repression of mosques,” said Abd Arrahem Kamoun, a conservative preacher who was dismissed in the government crackdown. “Today it is harder to control the younger Salafists after all the repression.”.....


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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