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    Islamic Ideology
    In Search Of the Pillars of Islam
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    In Search Of the Pillars of Islam
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    The Siddiqin are mentioned ahead of the Shuhuda and must therefore rank higher than the Shuhuda. Who are the Siddiqin? They are not simply people who speak the truth because the Shuhuda also speak only the truth. They are the sincere and active seekers of the truth. The prophets were sincere seekers of the truth and this word is used to describe several of the prophets including Ibrahim (AS), Yusuf (AS), Idris (AS) and Mariam. The Prophets are also Shuhuda. While all prophets are Siddiq as well as Shuhuda, obviously not all Siddiq can also be called Shuhuda and vice versa. All Shuhuda are Siddiq but not necessarily to the required extent to be called Siddiq and vice versa.

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    Islamic World News

    Pakistan Supreme Court Maintains Mumtaz Qadri's Death Penalty, Says He Is A Terrorist
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    Indian Actor Dilip Kumar Intervened To Defuse Kargil Crisis: Kasuri

    Arab World

    At Least 180 Terrorists Killed In the Airstrikes in Aleppo

    Syrian Army, Hezbollah Storm Militants in Quneitra, Kill Dozens, Retake Tal-Ahmar

    ISIS Slice 12-Year-Old Syrian's Fingertips after Failing To Convert Him to Islam


    11 Chadian Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Attack

    Muslims, Christians Give 'Message of Hope' During Sallah Festival

    Nigerian Muslim Leaders Urged People to Shun Violence


    Putin Tells Troops to Capture Al-Baghdadi Alive

    Russia Ready to Consider Anti-Daesh Operation in Iraq: Parliament Speaker

    South Asia

    NATO and US Forces Commander in Afghanistan Says Kundoz Airstrike Was a Mistake

    Leader of Muslim Extremist Group in Bangladesh Killed After Grenade Explodes


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    Yemen PM Survives Rocket Attack


    Memo For 12% Muslim Reservations Submitted To Chairman Public Service Commission

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

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    BMMA Founder Is Breaking Barriers to Educate Indian Muslim Women

    Young Saudi Women Becoming Involved In Blackmail

    Conservative Party’s Campaign Regarding Muslim Women Is Nauseating

    'Women Cops Should Join Hands to Fight Crime': Director, SVPNPA

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    Islam and the West

    Set A Thief To Catch A Thief: Ex-Islamists Are The New Ex-Commies
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    It has been reported that Britain’s domestic intelligence agency is paying “thousands” of pounds to ex-Islamists and Muslims with extremist links to keep a watch on mosques, Islamic centres and Muslim neighbourhoods for any suspicious radical activities. The Observer, which broke the story, described it as “a network of human resources across the country engaged to effectively spy on specific targets”....

    Islam and Politics

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    Hezbollah al-Hejaz is a name that surfaced again in August after the leader of its military wing, Ahmed al-Mughassil, was arrested in the Lebanese capital Beirut. Mughassil was handed over to Saudi authorities after some 19 years in hiding.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Creating Disorder In Bangladesh
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    Here in Bangladesh, some people seem to be above the law, while others are subject to its rigour, or even to the whims of law enforcers, and outlaws in league with those supposed to enforce the law. While order brings security, disorder promotes insecurity among people. Sections of insecure/aggrieved people resort to violent crimes and even terrorism....

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    Israel refers to the Haram as the Temple Mount, because the ruins of two ancient Jewish temples supposedly lie underneath. As Israel has swung to the right politically and religiously, government and settler circles have been swept by an aggressive Jewish messianism.

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    Two years ago, in my freshman year, I was walking with a friend to my favourite teacher’s office. When we entered, he told us he'd seen us through the window and recognised us from a distance just by the way we walked. "He [my male friend] has that amble and you have that brisk walk, like you’re really busy." I laughed at the comment, but it actually led to a realisation.

    Islam and the West

    For Muslim-Americans, Baby Aidan or Baby Muhammad?
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    I emerged as the accidental activist and cultural ambassador, a walking Wikipedia and defense counsel of 1,400 years of Islamic civilization and 1.5 billion people. Our patriotism and moderation were always indicted, tried and convicted by a nameless judge who thought Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden were the religion’s brand names.....

    Islam and the West

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    Are we on the brink of a religious war in Jerusalem?

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    Syria, Russia and the Arabs: Could it get any worse?

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    Beyond the fall of Kunduz

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    Christians in district Narowal

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    Pakistan’s Afghan predicament


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    The pope with the Midas touch

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    Afghanistan’s terrible war: money for nothing

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    Urdu Section

    Human Beings Are Equal, Have the Same Rights, the Human Race Is One  تمام انسان برابر ہیں، اور تمام انسانوں کو یکساں حقوق حاصل ہیں، اور نسل بنی آدم ایک ہی ہے
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    مندرجہ بالا آیات سے واضح طور پر رنگ، نسل اور قومیت اور نظریاتی اختلافات سے قطع نظر قیامت کے دن تمام انسانوں سے حساب و کتاب کی الہی کی منصوبہ بندی کی طرف اشارہ ملتا ہے۔ اسی طرح ، قرآن بار بار اس بات کی تاکید کرتا ہے کہ مذہب سے قطع نظر تمام لوگوں کا فیصلہ ان کے اعمال کی بنیاد پر کیا جائے گا.....

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    Can Sufism Sanitize Our Planet
    Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

    Can Sufism Sanitize Our Planet
    Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

    The Sufi ideal is to combine the inner and outer life to be active in the world, for example, as an economist or a politician, and at the same time to be inspired by attuning to the divine ideal. The important thing is the balance between these two aspects of like so that the inner light can motivate and shine through worldly activities. Sufism is the message of digging out that water-like life which has been buried by the impressions of this material life. There is an English phrase: a lost soul. But the soul is not lost; it is only buried. When it is dug out divine life bursts forth like a spring. Where is God to be found? ....

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    Saudi Arabia has already executed over 100 people this year mostly by beheading, more than ISIS during the same period, and is reaching new heights of justice depravity with a recently released judgement to behead and then crucify the 21-year-old son of a prominent regime critic, Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was convicted at the age of 17 for participating in an ‘illegal’ anti-government demonstration and a range of other offencesincluding “explaining how to give first aid to protestors” and “inviting others to join him at the protest” in the wake of the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprising.

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Muslim Woman Delivered Her Baby in a Ganapati Temple & Named Him 'Ganesh'
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    Islamic Society

    Writing at the turn of the 13th century, Amir Khusro was just one of many Sufi saints to espouse the notion of love as the ultimate human emotion – the essence of one’s connection with Allah. From Al Ghazali to Rumi, Hafez to Bulleh Shah, sufism has had an impact on the practice of Islam across the Muslim world throughout the centuries.

    Islam and Politics

    Israel's Right Defies Rabbinate Over Al-Aqsa
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    The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is in full view from the Mount of Olives opposite, and throughout the morning I watched small Palestinian parties gathering away from the tourists, looking down as group after group was escorted through the compound and shaking their heads.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    The assassination of two foreigners in a week has highlighted the growing danger posed by militants in Bangladesh, with experts warning that a long-running political crisis has radicalized opponents of the government.

    Islamic Society

    Why Progressive Muslims And Atheists Should Work Together
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    Can progressive Muslims and atheists actually find ways to work together? Some of my atheist comrades may disagree with me, but I think so. Of course we may diverge on whether a God exists, or if there is an afterlife, but when it comes to this world and the problems humans face, our tribes have much we agree on.

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    The Importance of Rendering Justice in Islam   اسلام میں انصاف کرنے کی اہمیت
    Naseer Ahmad, New Age Islam

    توحید کی صفت اللہ کی نظر میں سب کو یکساں بناتی ہے ، جس کا مظاہرہ انصاف کرنے میں ضرور ہونا چاہیے۔ مطلق طاقت کی اللہ کی صفت کی یاددہانی سے ہر دوسرے بیرونی محرک کے خلاف مزاحمت کرنے میں مدد ملتی ہے۔ خارجی اثر و رسوخ سے متاثر ہو کر کیا گیا انصاف ظلم ہے۔ انصاف کے برعکس ظلم ہے اور ایک ظالم گواہ ہے یا برائی یا ابلیس/شیطان کی شہادت دیتا ہے۔ مکمل طریقے سے عدل کا انجام دیا جانا اللہ اور اس کی صفات کا ثبوت فراہم کرتا ہے، اور ساتھ ہی ساتھ اس سے خدا کی بارگاہ میں فیصل کے تسلیم و رضا کا بھی ثبوت ملتا ہے۔

    Current Affairs

    Why And How Media Should Promote Peace Between Religious Communities
    Endy M. Bayuni

    Indonesia’s 70th anniversary this year is a celebration not only of our independence, but also of our diversity. How more than 250 million people, made up of different races, ethnicities, cultures, traditions, languages and faiths, have survived as one nation for seven decades is a question historians will have to answer.

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Facing The Jihadist Challenge: Muslims Need To Refute Jihadis’ Xenophobic, Supremacist, Millenarian Thesis And Focus On Islamic Pluralism, Says Sultan Shahin At UNHRC In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.

    This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.

    One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.

    Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……

    Islamic Ideology
    Who Are The Witnesses Or The Shuhada?
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    Who Are The Witnesses Or The Shuhada?
    Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam

    After the age of the Prophet, the age of his companions and the generation after them are regarded as authentic periods of Islamic history. The very same manner of referring to people who had been slain in the path of God as Maqtul Fi Sabil Allah continued to be followed in this period, too. But after this period, a change gradually emerged in the use of the term Shahadah, in the same way as changes began being made in the understanding of several other Islamic teachings, so much so that Muslims almost forgot that the term Shahadah meant Dawah and instead began to use the word as synonymous with martyrdom......

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    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

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