Books and Documents
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
How the Pakistani Taliban Became a Deadly Force
Declan Walsh and Douglas Schorzman

Through the years, the militants have also hit Pakistani military and intelligence targets, including a suicide bombing in the canteen of Pakistan’s elite special forces commandos, the Special Services Groups, and a hostage-taking inside the army’s General Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi. The Pakistani Taliban were also behind fatal bomb blasts on softer targets like the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad in September 2008 and the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar in 2009.....

Islamic World News

ISIS ‘Executes 100 Deserters’ In Syria’s Raqqa
Fethullah Gülen

Arab World

Bombings Kill 10 in Iraq

Saudi Security Forces Kill Four ‘Terrorists’


Row over Indologist’s Anti-Islam Remarks at a Goa Conclave


Extremists in Nigeria Lining up Elderly and Shooting Them

Algerian Army Kills 3 Islamist Gunmen


Al-Qaeda ‘Bursting With Pain’ Over Pakistan School Attack

Four convicts in Musharraf attack case executed in Faisalabad

South Asia

Taliban IED Kills 7, Including Children in Kunar Province

7 Police Martyred, 5 Taliban Killed In Jawzjan Attack


Police Kill Knife-Wielding Man Shouting Islamic Slogans


Quran Recitation and Candlelight Vigil in Ankara for Peshawar Victims

4 Houthis Killed In Clashes with Tribesmen in N. Yemen

Erdoğan ‘closely following’ judicial process against Gülen movement

North America

US Warns Its Citizens against Potential Threats in Pakistan

Southeast Asia

Police Source: Syria-Bound Indonesians Financed by Terror Convict

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Islam, Women and Feminism

New Face of Terrorism in Afghanistan-Women Bomb Makers
Yasmine Hamdan, Lebanese Singer

Austrian Teen ‘Poster Girl’ Who Joined Daesh Killed In Syria

Lawmakers Put Violence against Women on the Agenda For 2015

Police Release Nine Indonesian Women and Children Bound for Syria

ISIS Pamphlet Authorising Child Rape Disgusts Indian Muslims

Mozambique Legalises Abortion in Effort to Stem Maternal Deaths

Young Kenya Girls Deplore Female Genital Mutilation

Protect Our Girls, Urges AU Special Envoy during Her Nigeria Solidarity Mission

All the Prostitutes of Turkey, Unite

Lebanese Singer Yasmine Hamdan Enters Oscars Race

Bangladesh Govt committed to women empowerment

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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

It Wasn’t the Final Atrocity: From Time To Time, Pakistan Shall Continue To Witness More Such Catastrophes
Pervez Hoodbhoy

…if Pakistan is to be at peace with itself then it must seek peace with its neighbours and begin disassembling the apparatus of jihad. The bitter truth is that you reap what you sow Today, massive militant establishments hold the Pakistani state hostage. They run their own training centres, hospitals, and disaster relief programmes. When Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs, said that Pakistan was not going to target militant groups which “did not pose a threat to the state”, he accidentally spilled the beans. In fact he was merely restating Pakistan’s well-known zero-sum paradigm — we live to hurt others, not to better ourselves…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Time to Confront the Taliban Apologists in Our Midst
Maria Amir

The past two days have seen the country ‘congratulating’ itself for standing united in the face of this atrocity: Imran Khan has been revered for ‘calling off his Dharna’, our Prime Minister has been applauded for ‘acting quickly’ and demanding that the death penalty be enforced on prisoners on death row. We are all supposedly ‘united’. Really? Is the bar so low that we now congratulate ourselves for having had the decency to muster up a human response to an inhuman tragedy that goes beyond the power matrix? Apparently, it is…..

Islamic World News

Afghan Army Operations Kill 141 Militants, 5 Soldiers Die in Attacks
Sartaj Aziz, Pak National Security Advisor

South Asia

Terrorism, Religious Extremism Threat to Our Existence: SAFMA

Arab World

Saudi Rulers Reconsider Ties to Wahhabi School of Sunni Islam

How the Sunni-Shiite Conflict Frames the Current Crisis in Iraq

Prophet’s Name Misused on Date Packs


Clerics Campaign against Wahhabis, Taliban at Urs-e-Razwi

IndiaWithPakistan Hashtag Crosses 1 Million on Twitter


Taliban Threaten To Kill Politicians' Kids Next

Govt, Army Pledge ‘Zero Tolerance’ Against Terror

Peshawar School Attack is 'Pakistan's 9/11': National Security Advisor


Turkish Court Issues Arrest Warrant for US-Based Cleric Gülen

Three soldiers killed in Yemen ‘Al-Qaeda’ bomb attack

North America

‘US ready for increased cooperation with Pakistan on terrorism’


Child soldiers in CAR more than doubled, says charity

Government claims 1 in 5 terrorists in Libya from outside


A Simple Gesture Makes a Bold Statement against Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Southeast Asia

Hudud for Kelantan means Hudud for all, DAP says

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Islam, Women and Feminism

ISIS Supporters 'Offering Cash to British Girls to Become Jihadi Brides’
Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi

Former Burlesque Dancer Ditches Booze and Converts to Islam

Muslim Women Sue in US Courts for Right to Wear Islamic Garb on the Job

Israel 'Targeting' Muslim Women Defending Al-Aqsa

Women Step Closer To Combat Role in UK Army

Youth Killed For ‘Honour’ In Pakistan

CEDAW and the Quest of Iranian Women for Gender Equality

India: Bihar Panchayat Bans Jeans and Mobiles for Girls

Pakistan Women's Team Win Bronze in Kabaddi World Cup

Half of Saudi Businesswomen Invest In Education

Saudi Women Investors Seek Support to Fight Red Tape

Malaysian Court Says Transgender People Aren’t Bad Muslims, They're Just Mentally Ill

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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

In This Country... We Were Supposed To......
Mosharraf Zaidi

In this country, we were supposed to be able to seek knowledge. To pray safely, to love safely, to worship safely, to learn. We go to China quite a lot, but it is only to ask for things. To ask for weapons systems to use against India. To ask for forgiveness for allowing terrorists from ETIM to operate in our country. We never went to China to seek knowledge, or to ask why Chinese Muslims aren’t allowed to fast. In this country, we were supposed to live without fear. But here we are. We are scared of Modi and his Hindutvadis. We were never scared before. Over 1,000 years we lived with them, never scared. Now, we’re scared? Nuclear weapons, F-16s, tanks, MRAPs, night vision goggles, training, surveillance equipment, guns, bullets, and bombs. Why do we exist in fear in a free country?....

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The Poison Within: If You Keep Vipers in Your Garden Don’t Be Surprised If You Get Bitten
Irfan Husain

“IF you keep vipers in your garden,” goes the old proverb. “Don’t be surprised if you get bitten.” After years of getting bitten regularly, we have developed an immunity to snake venom. But every once in a while, a particularly poisonous serpent can still inflict a lot of suffering. And then cries go up to clear the garden once and for all. But soon, the pain subsides, and the soothing refrain goes up: they are our snakes, after all, and we can train them to behave better; they are only reacting to drone attacks; once the nasty Americans leave the neighbourhood, they will calm down; and we should not kill the snakes that only bite our neighbours…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Extremism's Innocent Victims: Children and Islam
Queen Rania

Islam did not kill children yesterday. Evil, depraved monsters of men did. They did so to scare us, to separate us and to sow the seeds of hatred and mistrust. We must not let them. There are no words to comfort the distraught parents of those innocent children. It's too soon. But we can stand with them in solidarity, regardless of race or religion. And we can work harder as a global family to protect our children. So that when they skip out of our homes in the morning, we know and they know that they will return to our arms later that day……

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

These people have not committed this atrocity for only one reason. Not because they are Muslims, not because they are primitive, not because they are Pashtun, not because they have no sense of honour, not even because they are coldly advancing their interests. The generic version of this statement encompasses all these things: an ideological position, a strong sense of identity associated with righteousness and justice, an assessment of politics, and a large-scale strategic environment that permits, even encourages, this behaviour. This generic description applies to all of the multifarious sides in this mess.....

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Terrorism and Domestic Politics: Nawaz Sharif's Extremist, ISI Links
G Parthasarathy

In our public discourse on terrorism from territory under Pakistan's control, there has been a tendency to hold the military establishment as being solely responsible for the rise of terrorist outfits in Pakistan, as though the country's political parties are devoid of any responsibility for the burgeoning of radical Islamic groups in the country. The Deobandi-oriented Jamiat Ulema e Islam (JUI) headed by Maulana Fazl ur Rehman has backed the Taliban in Afghanistan, Harkat ul Mujahideen in J&K and Jaish e Mohammed, responsible for the hijacking of IC 814 and the December 2001 attack on our Parliament…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

From Peshawar, With Tears of Blood
Owais Tohid

“It seems that only yesterday, I took my son for his first day in school, and today I took my son to the graveyard to bury him with my own hands.” Aurangzeb’s 15-year-old son Hasan Zeb left his home for the Army Public School along with his younger brother Musa Zeb on Tuesday, but will never come back. “He made Qahva for me and hugged me, his mother kissed his forehead. I should have curled him in my lap and kept him there forever.”….

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Humanity Dies as Peshawar Bleeds
Zara Hafeez

With an exceedingly heavy heart and a throat choked up on tears, I extend my condolences to all those people who lost their loved ones, their children in this incident today. And for all those who support the Taliban and are their apologists, God damn you to the deepest pits of hell. Leave us alone! Leave our children alone! Don’t for a moment think that only Peshawar bleeds today, because on this atrocious day, Pakistan bleeds. On this day, humanity bleeds….

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

A Conditional Caliphate
M.J. Akbar

The tragic irony is that Islam historically flourished precisely because it left space for pluralism in faith and politics. Verse 2:256 of the Koran unambiguously states that "There shall be no coercion in matters of religion." The Prophet Muhammad banned female infanticide, a common practice at that time, and Quranic law gave women inheritance rights. As for the concept of jihad, only a state can declare a holy war; the maverick Jihadism that we see today is evidence of chaos rather than the realization of Islamic doctrine. If Islam is in any danger today, it is from rogue Islamists who fail to recognize that the former glory of the Ottoman caliphate grew out of its policy of tolerance, such as providing refuge for Jews fleeing the inquisition in Spain and Portugal. Long before the closed-minded caliphate of ISIS and its allies can hurt their declared enemies, they will devastate the faith of the faithful…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Pakistan: A Country in Mourning
Mehr F. Husain

Divisions and cracks had started appearing and critics of the Taliban waited to see how the umbrella organisation imploded. This horrific attack on the schoolchildren in Peshawar was not driven by religion, ethnicity, class or creed. It was the result of an organisation blinded by its lust for blood……

Current Affairs

Politics of Conversion: Right-Wing Hindu Organisations Unsuccessfully Imitate Christian Missionaries
Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr

There are loopholes in the argument of the liberals, though their rage has a charmingly righteous ring to it. The first loophole: The RSS and the BJP cannot be expected to play by liberal rules. The RSS’ hostility towards the religious minorities is barely concealed. The BJP maintains an ambivalent attitude towards them. They are right-wing and they will do right-wing politics — that is majoritarian politics…..

Books and Documents

Hinduism in America, a Brief History
Mike Ghouse

2003- For the first time, a program was organized by the Foundation for Pluralism to bring all the Hindus communities of Dallas together. Shanti-Shanti is an American girls duos chanting songs in Sanskrit, and they were introduced to the Hindu Audience for the first time. Indeed, that is the first time; Dr. Mihir Meghani of Hindu America Foundation was invited to be a part of the event, as he was set to bring all the Hindu Sampadrayas together. ....

Urdu Section

Religious Extremism  (مذہبی شدت پسندی  (1
Attaul Haq Qasmi

تبلیغی اجتماعات کے علاوہ ہر جمعہ کو مسجدوں میں ہونےوالے خطبات میں جہاں کچھ فسادی قسم کے ’’علما‘‘ فسادی قسم کی تقریریں کرتے ہیں وہاں دل میں حسرت ِ گناہ لئے کچھ واعظ ایسے بھی ہوتے ہیں جو چسکے لے لے کر حوروں کا لذت آمیز بیان طویل سے طویل تر کرتے چلے جاتے ہیں۔ وہ ان حوروں کے سر سے لے کر پائوں تک کے سراپے اور ایک ایک عضو کا بیان کچھ ایسے انداز میں کرتے ہیں کہ جی چاہتا ہے انہیں ابھی جنت میں بھیج دیا جائے۔ صرف یہی نہیں اردو بازار کی دکانیں ان لغویات سے بھری پڑی ہیں جنہیں اسلام کے غلاف پوش میں پیش کیا گیا ہے۔ یہ کتابیں پڑھ کر ایک صحیح الفکر مسلمان کے دل میں کراہت پیدا ہوتی ہے اور دوسری طرف یہ کتابیں دہشت گرد تیار کرنے والوں کےبہت کام آتی ہیں۔

Urdu Section

Martyred Kids, Try to Understand our Compulsions  شہید بچو! ہماری مجبوریاں سمجھنے کی کوشش کرو
Muhammad Izharul Haq

ہمیں معلوم ہے تمہارے قاتل کون ہیں! ہمارا المیہ یہ ہے کہ ہماری آبادی کا ایک اچھا خاصا حصہ ان قاتلوں سے ہمدردی رکھتا ہے، ہمیں ان کے با رے میں سب کچھ معلوم ہے! ہم جانتے ہیں کن تعلیمی اداروں میں کس کو امیر المومنین کہا اور سمجھا جاتا ہے! ہمیں ان کمیں گاہوں کا پتہ ہے جہاں عسکریت پسند پناہ لیتے ہیں۔ ابھی چند دن پہلے ہی واہگہ میں قیامت صغریٰ برپا ہوئی، ایک ایک خاندان سے دس دس جنازے اٹھے۔ میڈیا نے بتایا کہ دہشت گردوں نے کہاں پناہ لے رکھی تھی، مگر ہم ان پناہ گاہوں کے خلاف کچھ نہیں کرسکتے۔ ابھی ایک ہفتہ پیشتر ملک کے دارالحکومت سے داعش کی حمایت کا اعلان کیا گیا ہے اور ابوبکر بغدادی سے ا پیل کی گئی ہے کہ آکر بدلہ لے۔ ہمیں معلوم ہے یہ حمایت کس نے کی ہے اور یہ اپیل کس کی ہے۔

Hindi Section

यह पाकिस्तान में हुए सबसे बड़े चरमपंथी हमलों में से एक था. हमले के बाद तहरीक-ए-तालिबान, पाकिस्तान ने बीबीसी को फ़ोन करके इस हमले की ज़िम्मेदारी ली. हमले में 120 से ज़्यादा लोग घायल हुए हैं. घायलों को पेशावर के स्थानीय अस्पतालों में भर्ती कराया गया है. मंगलवार को तालिबानी हमलावर ख़ैबर पख़्तुनख़्वा प्रांत में स्थित सैनिक स्कूल में घुस गए और गोलीबारी करने लगे.तालिबान ने स्कूल तक जाने वाले रास्ते को बंद करने के लिए एक कार को जला दिया था.

Arabic Section

Refutation Of Raymond Ibrahim’s Article  إبطال مقالة ريموند إبراهيم (الجزء الثاني): قهر وقتل ‘أبي جهل’ المسلمين الأوائل
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

كما ذكرنا في الجزء الأول من هذه المقالة أن ريموند إبراهيم أدلى برأي لا مبرر ولا حقيقة له. في مقالته بعنوان "تقطع وتسلخ جماعة داعش الأجساد لأن القرآن يرشد"، حاول ريموند إثبات فكرته الزائفة غير الحقيقية فذكر حادثة قتل عمرو بن هشام المخزومي الذي كان من زعماء الكفار في مكة والملقب ب"أبو جهل"، ولكنه نسي أن أبا جهل كان يظلم المسلمين بمن فيهم النساء والمسنين والأيتام والعبود والشباب للفترة الأولى للإسلام بانتظام، ويعاملهم معاملة وحشية جدا في كل وسيلة ممكنة. قبل التعبير عن التعاطف لأبي جهل، رئيس الإرهابيين، كان يجب أن يتأمل ريموند في مبادرات عنيفة بدأها أبو جهل خلال الأيام الأولى للإسلام.

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Will Pakistan Unite Against The Ideology Behind The Peshawar Massacre?
Imtiaz Gul

Not only is the Peshawar Army Public School attack a typical target killing – the target being an installation associated with the Pakistan army – but also an attempt to strike fear into the minds of people at large, creating panic and uncertainty. That is a simple terror tactic that groups such as the TTP or its new branches like Jamaat ul Ahrar and Jundullah deploy as part of their destructive agendas. The tactic may be surprising, but the attack is not

The War Within Islam
The Mullah’s Utility
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

The Mullah’s Utility
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Junaid Jamshed, the poster boy of religious fundamentalism whose quest for women’s enchainment took him into the unchartered territory of being at the wrong end of blasphemy accusations, can redeem himself by becoming the face of a potential revamp of the blasphemy law. JJ has been selling religion in a fundamentalist package for a decade and a half. The establishment just needs to hand him, and his brethren, a new wrapping paper…

Islam, Women and Feminism

Saudi Young Women Risk Diseases by Consuming Slimming Pills

Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kidnap 100 Women, Children in Nigeria

Yemeni Women Fear Houthis Are Restricting Freedoms

Scarves Will Fly in Show of Solidarity for Auckland’s Muslim Community

Afghans Debate Sexual Equality and Schooling

ISIS "Bedroom Jihad" Victims Find Assistance After Fasten Extremists

ISIS Document Authorising Rape of 'Non-Believers' Draws Revulsion

Non-Saudi Wives Issued Permanent Residence Permits

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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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