Books and Documents
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The word "jihad" is widely used, though often inaccurately, by Western politicians and media. In Arabic, the word means "effort" or "struggle". In Islam, it could be an individual's internal struggle against baser instincts, the struggle to build a good Muslim society, or a war for the faith against unbelievers.....

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

State Of Siege: Australia’s Stepping In Where Angels Fear To Tread Is An Old Habit
Mahir Ali

Australia’s stepping in where angels fear to tread is an old habit. A few hours before his demise, the perpetrator was named as Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old deviant of Iranian origin who gained asylum in Australia back in 1996, based on complaints of persecution in his homeland that included his wife and children being taken into custody…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq say they have freed about 100 Yazidi women. In October, ISIS justified its enslavement of the women—and of any non-believing females captured in battle—in its English-language digital magazine Dabiq. Islamic theology, ISIS propagandists argued, gives the jihadis the right, much in the same way that the Bible’s Ephesians 6:5 tells “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling.”….

Islam and the West

This may not be a fair portrayal, but when ⅔ of broadcast media news coverage portrays Muslims as terrorists (another statistic provided to us during the presentation) it makes a lot of sense to simply adjust the terminology we use to describe ourselves to our non-Muslim friends. The terminology does not define our personal identities or how we relate to both our religion and American society, but it helps combat negative stereotypes perpetuated by the media with almost no effort on our part…..

Urdu Section

میٹرک کرنے والے یا مڈل سکول میں پڑھنے والے یا پرائمری جماعت کے طالب علم نے آخر کیا گناہ کیا ہوگا کہ اس کی کی بخشش کے لیے دعا مانگی جائے۔ ہو سکتا ہے کسی نے کینٹین والے کا بیس روپے ادھار دینا ہو، ہو سکتا ہے کسی نے اپنے کلاس فیلو کو امتحان میں چپکے سے نقل کرائی ہو۔ کسی نے ہو سکتا ہے کرکٹ کے میچ میں امپائر بن کر اپنے دوست کو آؤٹ نہ دیا ہو، کوئی کسی سے ایزی لوڈ لے کر مکر گیا ہو۔ ہو سکتا ہے کسی نے کلاس میں کھڑے ہوکر استاد کی نقل اتاری ہو، ہو سکتا ہے کسی شریر بچے نے سکول کے باتھ روم میں گھس کر اپنا پہلا سگریٹ پیا ہو۔

Current Affairs
Peshawar Sinks In Gloom
Waseem Ahmad Shah

December 16, which is the blackest day for the country due to its dismemberment in 1971, has added another black chapter to the national history. Now, the day will be remembered for the gloom and destruction descended on the provincial capital. There was no letup in the wailing of ambulance sirens. Dozens of ambulances, both of government as well as non-governmental organisations, seemed to be running short for ferrying bodies of students and teachers…

Interfaith Dialogue

The religion of Islam, therefore, seeks to preserve the fundamental and eternal messages brought by all those Prophets of the Almighty without exception. In fact, as far as Islam is concerned, one measure of the treasure of the religion is its refusal to seek to exclude or demean the personality or message of any of the Prophets of the Almighty. Islam is unique in affirming that all the Prophets of the Almighty were men of excellence; that they were all sent to show humanity how to rise above its infernal predilections to the ethereal, the seraphic, the spiritual and the beatific in which lies its eternal success…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

Teen Girls: the New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror
Nina Strochlic

Nigeria is facing a rise in female teenage suicide bombers at the service of terror group Boko Haram. Residents of northern Nigeria are more on edge than ever. On top of a year of unprecedented terror at the hands of Boko Haram, an increasing number of young girls are donning explosive devices and blowing themselves up in public places—all in the name of the terror group, known for its egregious crimes against Nigeria’s women…..

Arabic Section

In A Belated But Welcome Step, India Bans Islamic State  في خطوة متأخرة لكن مرحبة، الهند تحظر جماعة داعش: ولكن ماذا عن مخاطر الدولة الإسلامية في داخل البلاد؟

وأخيرا قد حظرت الهند جماعة داعش في الهند باعتبارها منظمة إرهابية تنشر بسرعة مخالبها بين شباب البلاد. طالب موقع نيو إيج إسلام بفرض الحظر على المنظمة ، وذالك لأن قسما كبيرا من وسائل الإعلام الأردية، وعددا من الصحفيين في اللغة الأردية وما يسمى المثقفين والأفراد الإسلاميين والمنظمات الإسلامية كانوا يمجدون المنظمة، وبالتالي، يؤثرون على عملية التفكير للشباب المسلمين في الهند.

Islam and Sectarianism

Shia-Sunni Clashes in Lucknow and Bhopal - a Fall out Of Islamic State vs. Iraq & Syria War?

Recent incidents of Shia-Sunni clashes in Lucknow and Bhopal cannot be seen as the result of traditional hostility between the two Muslim sects. ... In recent months, particularly after the rise of the ISIS in the Middle East, tensions between the two communities have witnessed a rise as a large section of the majority Sunni community lent a tacit or covert support to the ISIS while the minority Shia community expressed solidarity with the Shias of Iraq and Syria. This contributed to the bad blood between the two communities in UP, particularly Lucknow. The active participation of the religious leaders of the two communities in the sectarian war between the Al Qaida offshoot ISIS and the Iraq and Syrian governments has resulted in this hostility in the country……

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Urdu Section

Conspiracy of Driven People away from Islam  لوگوں کو اسلام سے بدظن کرنے کی سازش
Shakeel Shamsi

آسٹریلیا کے شہر سڈنی میں کل رات ایک مسلح شخص نے ایک ریسٹورینٹ میں گھس کر کئی لوگوں کو یرغمال  بنا لیا اور خود کو بم سےاڑادینے کی دھمکی دی۔ اس واقعہ کا سب سے افسوسناک پہلو یہ تھا کہ اس شخص نے بار بار کھڑکی سے ایک سیاہ کپڑا لہرایا جس پر سفید رنگ سے کلمۂ طیب تحریر تھا ۔ اس چھوٹے سےبینر کو دیکھ کر میرے دل کو بہت تکلیف ہورہی تھی ۔ میں سوچ رہا تھا کہ ایک زمانہ ایسا تھا کہ اللہ کی وحدانیت اور حضرت محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی رسالت کی گواہی دینے والے یہی متبرک الفاظ اگر کہیں لکھے ہوئے نظر آتے تھے تو مصیبتوں میں گھر ے ہوئے لوگوں کو آنکھوں میں یقین  او ر اطمینان کے  ہزاروں دیپک جل اٹھتے تھے ۔

Urdu Section

Pakistan: dipped in the blood of children  بچوں کے خون میں ڈوبا پاکستان
Shakeel Shamsi

اف میرے خدا ! کیا  یہ بھی ممکن ہے ؟ کیا ایسے بھی ہوسکتےہیں مسلمان؟ کیا ایسے بھی ظالم آج دنیا میں موجود  ہیں جو ننھے ننھے بچوں کو قتل کرنے کےبعد بڑے فخر سےاس کی ذمہ داری بھی قبول کرنے کو تیار ہیں؟ کیا ایسابھی ممکن ہے کہ اللہ کی کبریائی اور اللہ کی عظمت کےاظہار کے لئے بار بار ادا کیا جانے والا نعرۂ تکبیر لگا کر کوئی بچوں کے درمیان خود کش دھماکہ کرسکتاہے؟ کیا ایسے لوگوں کو بھی خود کو مسلمان کہنے کا حق ہے جو بے قصوروں کو قتل کر کےاپنے ناپاک مقاصد کو پورا کرناچاہتے ہیں؟ پیر کی صبح ہوئی تو سڈنی کے ایک کیفے میں ایک درندہ کچھ بے قصور شہریوں کو یرغمال بناکر اللہ اور رسول کے نام کا پرچم لہرا کر ان کی تعلیمات کا مذاق اڑا رہا تھا ۔ منگل کی صبح کو ٹی وی کھولا تو دیکھا کہ پاکستان میں افراتفری مچی ہوئی ہے۔

Islam and the West

Canadian Muslim Youth Need Support
Shahina Siddiqui

The sense of betrayal felt by Canadian Muslim youth in general is receiving very little attention. This is one segment of the Canadian population that continues to find itself under suspicion and maligned through guilt by association in the wider society. Canadian Muslim youth who thought themselves like any other Canadian got a rude awakening post-9/11 -- a sort of cultural shock that they were not like any other Canadian. Overnight, they were the other, the enemy. This was traumatic in itself, but exposure to wholesale Islamophobia has added another layer of ongoing betrayal.……

Current Affairs

A group of 8 Arabic-speaking attackers, wearing paramilitary Frontier Corps uniforms, entered the Army Public School on Warsak Road around 10.30am (local time) and started the massacre of innocents, spraying bullets indiscriminately, going from classroom-to-classroom. They also took several hostages using them as human shield. The death toll in the attack has reached 160 with a majority of them being students, official sources told PTI. At least 122 others have been injured.  They said that so far six militants have died — four of them blew themselves up while two were shot dead by security forces……

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Islam and Politics

Generation of ‘Avengers’ With Babri ’92 as Motif: Words That Sparked the Ideas
Praveen Swami

Embed In the weeks before December 6 this year, the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, jihadist websites and Twitter accounts linked to a new generation of Indian radicals — of the Indian Mujahideen, now merged into al-Qaeda, of the Islamic State-linked Ansar al-Tauhid — invoked the memory of that event, and vowed vengeance. The Babri Masjid remains the central motif for this generation of jihadists, just as it was for “Tunda”. His is a story that’s just starting to emerge from interrogation records and court documents as he awaits trial…..

Islamic World News

Sydney Gunman A 'Lone Wolf': Who Was Self-Styled Cleric Man Haron Monis
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Arab World

Around 180 Syrian Soldiers, Jihadists Killed In Battle for Base

Isis in Iraq Release Pictures of Mass Execution


German Chancellor Calls for Unity against Anti-Islam Forces

Austria to Close Saudi School with Alleged Anti-Semitic Inclinations


Bihar Man Gets ISI Job Offer via E-Mail

After @Shamiwitness Discovery, India Bans Islamic State

South Asia

40 Insurgents Killed, Fighting Extended To 3rd Day in Kunar

Arakan Muslims' Two Years of Despair in Myanmar Camps

North America

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Southeast Asia

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Islam, Women and Feminism

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Current Affairs

Pakistan's Schools of Sorrow
Rafia Zakaria

In Pakistan’s surfeit of victims, young and old and all innocent, no such retrospection can be expected. In the escalating horror of each attack, there is no room to enshrine the particularity of each victim; one schoolboy’s face frozen in death mixes with another teacher’s gunned down corpse. We look away, we sigh, we shrug and we move on. In the meantime, the attacks continue, a panorama of pain for Pakistan, a country identified by its maimed and massacred schoolchildren……

Islam and the West
How the Islamic State Threatens Canada and the West
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

How the Islamic State Threatens Canada and the West
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

The cornerstone of the Islamic State's publicly reiterated strategic goal is to conquer Rome, the capital of Italy and home of the Vatican, in order to strike the symbol of Christianity. Spain is portrayed as a formerly Islamic occupied country, as are other parts of Europe, and all must be liberated, according to the Islamic State. This is not a far-fetched, harmless fantasy; it is an actual plan of action. The Islamic State sees itself as fully committed to bring about the fulfillment of this prophecy of Muhammad, in order to pave the way for the emergence of the Mahdi, the Muslim messiah…..

Islamic Ideology

How Did the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Treat non-Muslims in His State?  An Analysis to Clear the Prevailing Misconceptions (Part 2)
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was very much concerned about the protection of the rights of Jews and Christians, as well as other Ahl al-Zimmah (non-Muslim citizens of Islamic state) and religious minorities of the state that he established. A substantial and irrefutable proof of this is that during his lifetime in Arabia, Christians were protected even against foreign invading enemies. The Prophet (pbuh) particularly stressed that religious institutions of other communities should not be harmed. Monasteries, churches and synagogues must be respected, because the Quran itself respects them as the places of worship for the People of the Book, protected by God (Al-Hajj 22: 40). In accordance with this divine commandment, the Prophet (pbuh) concerned himself with the protection of the holy places of the Ahl-e-Kitab (People of the Book)......

Islam and Sectarianism

Pakistan's Hazara: 'It's Like Living in Jail'
Purvi Thacker

The Hazaras, a Persian-speaking Shia minority, immigrated to Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan from Afghanistan more than a century ago. Descendants of the Kushans, whose lineage also has Mongol influence, their communities are today found in parts of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and central Asian countries like Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Easily discernible due to their Central Asian features, the Hazaras have experienced increasing persecution, during the current wave of sectarian violence, spreading across Pakistan….

Current Affairs
Fight Poverty, Not Conversion
The Hindu Editorial

Is the practice of religion a deeply private affair, confined to values and belief systems at the level of the individual, or is it an open community activity, carried out in the public domain with social participation? Does one person’s right to practise his or her religion come in conflict with another person’s right to propagate his or her religion?....

Islam, Women and Feminism
Nobel Laureate Malala
Rohana R. Wasala

Nobel Laureate Malala
Malala Yousafzai

Young Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafzai (17) and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi (60) received their shared Nobel PRIZE for their activism from the King of Sweden in Oslo last Wednesday (10 December). Malala was quoted as saying: I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not”. Her Pakistani critics maintain that she is being manipulated by the West, and that she is breaching Islamic tenets….

Books and Documents

Ibn al Arabi asserted that the identity of “Huq” {the Creator} and the “Khalqh” {the created} is One.  According to him, ‘God is the Unity behind all Plurality and the Reality behind all phenomenal existence. In his ‘Futhhath’ he says: “there is nothing but Allah; nothing in existence other than He; there is not even “there” where the essence of all things is one.” The Shaikh ul Akbar’s “Wahdat ul Wujud” {“The Unity of Being” or “Ostological” or “Pantheistic “Monoism” is but an extension of the Doctrine of Tauheed {“Unity of God”} The Shaikh professed that “there is nothing in existence except Allah”   and that “to realize this, what is required is Not “Reason” but “Zauqh” {institutive experience of an individual}……

Urdu Section

چند دنوں پہلے  کلیان ( ممبئی) کے رہنے والے نوجوان اریب مجید کا بڑا چرچا تھا جو اپنے دوسرے تین ساتھیوں کےساتھ بغداد پہنچ گیا تھا اور داعش (اسلامی ریاست برائے شام و عراق) کے شانہ بشانہ اسلامی جنگ میں شریک ہونا چاہتا تھا ۔ بہر حال عراق میں اس کے ساتھ جو سلوک کیا گیا اس سے دلبراشتہ ہوکر وہ ترکی چلا گیا او ر وہاں سے اپنے والدین کو فون کیا کہ وہ واپس ہندوستان آنا چاہتا ہے ۔ والد کے کہنے پر وزارت داخلہ نے اس کی واپسی کا انتظام کیا ۔ اس وقت مجید پولس کی تحویل میں ہے اور اس سے اسکے سفر عراق  اور ‘‘ تجربات و حوارث’’ کی بابت پوچھ گچھ  کی جارہی ہے۔اس دوران مجید نے انٹلی جنس ایجنسیوں کو جو اطلاعات بہم پہنچائی  ہیں ان سے ظاہر ہے کہ ٹوئیٹر پر وہ داعش کی سرگرمیوں کو دیکھ کر بے حد متاثر ہوا تھا اور اس کاحصہ  بننے کی غرض سے وہ عازم عراق ہوا تھا ۔


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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