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Islam and the Media

It's the Ideology, Stupid
Mercedes Schlapp

Through the Islamic State group’s sophisticated social media outreach efforts, the militants are becoming the best global sales team, with the capability to recruit and radicalize men and women who are in search of purpose and absolute power in their lives. The group's propaganda videos have gone viral, and beheadings and crucifixions are becoming daily occurrences, all in the name of Allah and with the ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate....

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Unidentified assailants have hacked to death writer Avijit Roy and seriously injured his blogger wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya. Police said the couple came under assault near TSC intersection at Dhaka University around 9:30pm on Thursday. Witnesses said they were on a rickshaw returning from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair when two attackers stopped it, dragged them onto the footpath and started hacking them. They were rushed to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared Avijit dead during an emergency surgery, its police outpost Inspector Mozzamel Haque told bdnews24.com.

Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Jihadi Girls Who Went To Syria Weren't Just Radicalised By Isis — They Were Groomed
Sara Khan

Isis grooms these girls for sex, “legitimising” it as “marriage”. Take the case of 15-year-old Yusra Hussein. It is alleged that she was groomed through a Twitter account called Jihad Matchmaker, which promises to “link up those seeking marriage in Syria”.  Using religious language as a smokescreen, and with promises of strict religious ceremonies, it claims it will “keep it Halal”. Yusra is now in Syria, and two weeks ago it was reported she had “married” a jihadi….

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Muslim Women with Hijab Disadvantaged on Czech Job Market
Ann Osman, Female Mixed Martial Artist in Asia

Bethnal Green Girls Need To Know There Is A Way Out of Islamic State Cult

Islamic State Militants Met 3 British Schoolgirls at Border

Why This Christian Woman Is Wearing Hijab for Lent

Baptist Group Joins Cry For Muslim Women to Be Allowed To Wear Hijab at Work

National Roundtable on Missing, Murdered Aboriginal Women ‘A Beginning’

Respect Students’ Religious Rights or Face Sanctions - President John Mahama

Ann Osman Carries Women’s MMA in Asia on Her Shoulders

Female Genital Mutilation Persists In Rural Egypt

Palestinian Girl Recounts Imprisonment in Israel

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic World News

Pakistan Ulema want the whole world to become as murderous as their own country, call for anti-Blasphemy UN Legislation a la Pakistan
Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, PUC Chairman

Pakistan

Darul Uloom Haqqania Students Involved In Killing of Benazir

North America

Six Canadian Teens Suspected Of Joining ISIS

Internet Chats about Women, Not Qaeda Plot: Pakistani Suspect on US Terror Trial

India

Up to India to Join International Coalition Against IS: US

South Asia

Anti-Islamist Us Blogger Hacked To Death in Bangladesh

Elusive Peace: Dr Abdullah’s Disclosure Irks Afghan Taliban

Africa

Suicide Attack Claims 18 Lives in Nigeria

Mideast

Yemeni Gunmen Kill 4 Soldiers in Southern Province

Jerusalem Church Building Torched In Apparent Hate Crime

Europe

UKIP Leader: UK Mosques Have Been Infiltrated By Hate Preachers

BBC Exec: Charlie Hebdo Attackers Should Not Be Called ‘Terrorists’

Arab World

Bishop Slams Turkey for Abandoning Syrian Christians to ISIL

Saudi King Salman Calls for Repelling Religious Extremism, Intolerance

Southeast Asia

Extremist Threats Worrying, Must Be Curbed, Says Muhyiddin

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Current Affairs

Madrasas deem themselves to be the protectors of Islam, or at least their own brand of Islam. They disagree with the notion that they are encouraging extremism in any form. In a survey conducted by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies, 79pc of Madrasa teachers denied any link between Madrasas and extremism and emphasised the distinction between militant seminaries and ‘normal’ Madrasas. Of the respondents, 8pc believed that some Madrasas played a role in promoting extremism but also pointed out that such seminaries were close to the government and even received support from the West. Even those that identified extremism as a real problem refused to acknowledge that Madrasas play a role in promoting it....

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

An Ideological War America Must Watch, Not Fight
Fareed Zakaria

Radical Islam, by contrast, is severely limited in its global appeal. Almost by definition, it is deeply unattractive to all non-Muslims. What Christian would want the forced imposition of sharia law? Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate. In the half of that world that holds elections — including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, even Pakistan — such ideologies have not garnered many votes. The Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral success in Egypt is a partial exception to this rule, but it fared well for a variety of reasons unrelated to its Islamic ideology (which was also not nearly as radical as Egypt’s military dictatorship claims)....

Interfaith Dialogue

In a world where religiously-defined communities often see themselves as God’s chosen people, laying claim to knowing the mind of God and even waging war against others on this count, such openness and humility, such eagerness to introspect, and such enthusiasm to invite constructive critique from others is, of course, rare. Yet, it is a pressing necessity in today’s world, characterized by increasing interaction as well as conflict between people who claim to follow different faith traditions....

 
Islamic Ideology
Role of the Prophet
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Role of the Prophet
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

This hadith does not apply just to the person of the Prophet alone. Rather, it has general applicability in terms of the role of a person who is engaged in inviting people to God. From this hadith we learn that such a person’s role is not a political one. Rather, it is a non-political role….

 
Islamic Ideology

Why the Survey of British Muslim Attitudes is so Profoundly Disconcerting
Maajid Nawaz

Moreover, there is a problem with viewing Muslim communities exclusively through a lens of their religious identity. It is entirely normal for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to have multiple facets to their identity, and an excessive focus on just one reinforces the Islamist paradigm that we should be trying to avoid. Promoting pluralism and understanding that gender, geography, economics, sexuality, hobbies and nationality are often as important to an individual as their religion, will allow for some fresh thinking. Supporting British values might seem like an overt focus on nationality, but really it fosters inclusivity and will help us tackle extremism, building a stronger Britain....

 
Islam and the West

When A Terrorist Not a Terrorist: Bush, Not Obama Responsible For the Downward Spiral of Politics in the Middle East
Richard Falk

What the Chapel Hill police in North Carolina initially pitched to the world as ‘a parking dispute’ was the deliberate killing of three young and devout Muslim American students by an ideologically driven ‘new atheist’ killer named Craig Stephen Hicks. What The Economist unhesitatingly calls ‘terrorism in Copenhagen’ involved the attempted shooting of a Danish cartoonist who repeatedly mocks the Prophet and Islamic beliefs as well as the lethal shooting of a Jewish security guard outside a synagogue....

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

China's Fertile Ground for Islamic State
Adam Minter

In July, during Ramadan, the state not only prohibited the religiously prescribed fast, but coerced many Muslims to eat. For example, some university students were forced to eat lunch with their professors. Beards and Mustaches have been banned. Women are barred from wearing veils and head coverings in public in much of Xinjiang -- including, as of Feb. 1, in the provincial capital, Urumqi....

 
Islamic History

There is a vehement debate going on in Indonesia on the role of Sharia in the state. Some argue secular politics are at the heart of the decline of the state, arguing for implementation of Sharia in all aspects of life as the solution. The recent debate is similar to that in the first years after independence since 1945, in the 1950s and in the 1970s. During the first years of independence, secular nationalists and Muslim nationalists were debating about the place of Islam in the state and particularly on the role of Sharia (Islamic law)....

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Jordan, Egypt, and the Response to ISIS: Beyond Air Strikes
Sultan Barakat

Even radical voices critical of the coalition have been forced to moderate their tone, likely fearful of public wrath or a spell in Jordanian prisons. Former al-Qaeda ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi was released from prison to condemn Kasasbeh’s burning as un-Islamic, while prominent Jihadi Salafi leader Abu Sayyaf said that the execution “had no connection to Islam,” blaming the burning on ex-Baathist officers among ISIS ranks....

 
Debating Islam

West’s Wilful Bias against Islam
Aijaz Zaka Syed

The Atlantic article is a good example of wilful ignorance, bias and Islamophobia masquerading these days as investigative journalism and scholarly inquiry. If this is what the finest minds in the West think about the faith of one fourth of humanity, then God help us. Quoting experts like himself and nuts like Anjem Choudary, Wood goes to elaborate lengths to claim there’s really no difference between the bloodthirsty ways of IS and the teachings of Islam and its Prophet....

 
Islam and the West

Islam in Britain: No Charlies Here

You'll remember that in the immediate aftermath of last month's terrorist outrages in Paris (the killing of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine, and then an attack on a kosher supermarket, where four people died) many different slogans popped up. "Je suis Ahmed" was a popular alternative (or complement) to the near-ubiquitous "Je suis Charlie".  Ahmed Merabet was a French Muslim police officer who was killed in the Charlie attack, and his cause was adopted in a popular tweet: "I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so....

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Afghanistan’s Quietly Forceful First Lady
Ruth Marcus

In a Western democracy, the job of first lady is at once anachronistic and fraught — its occupant caught between competing conceptions of women’s roles. Multiply those tensions a thousand-fold in a developing, Muslim country such as Afghanistan, which simultaneously has quotas designed to ensure women’s representation in government and appalling practical restrictions on the ability of women and girls to obtain educations and live freely....

 
Interview

I think clearly ISIS are trying to position themselves as something more than just a fighting force, that are trying to be seen to be controlling and delivering local services, children’s services, presumably also adult services. And this I suppose is a natural evolution for that organization to be trying to provide this kind of thing. They want social, ethical and moral credibility in the region, and ostensibly to keep attracting foreign fighters especially from the English-speaking world. This is why it is important that Islamic scholars, Muslim commentators, leading figures speak up and step up and say to people “Don’t go out to the region, don’t go to join them, don’t go to fight them, it’s not your warand this is a twisted ideological form of Islam we shouldn’t be getting engaged with….

 
Arabic Section

God-Realization and Modern Science  إدراك قدرة الله تعالى والعلم الحديث
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

وقال أبو ذر الغفاري: لقد تركنا رسول الله عليه الصلاة والسلام وما يحرك طائر جناحيه في السماء إلا ذكرنا منه علما. (ابن سعد) . يطير الطائر في الهواء، هذا بطبيعة الحال دليل كبير على قدرة الله تعالى. في العصور القديمة، كان هذا الدليل على قدرة الله مجرد الاعتقاد الغامض. ولكن اليوم يمكن أن نفهمه كظاهرة علمية.

 
Urdu Section
Exceptional World ایک غیر معمولی دنیا
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Exceptional World  ایک غیر معمولی دنیا
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

اس آیت میں  'انجیر'، 'زیتون'، 'کوہ سینا' اور 'یہ محفوظ زمین' تمام علامتی الفاظ ہیں۔ اس سلسلے میں اس آیت کا مطلب یہ ہے کہ زمین اپنی تمام تر سر سبز و شاداب پھلدار درختوں، سبز پہاڑوں اور شاندار بستیوں کے ساتھ ایک حقیقت کی گواہی دیتی ہے کہ یہ روئے زمین ایک غیر معمولی سیارہ ہے۔ اس پوری وسیع و عریض کائنات میں ایسے کسی اور سیارے کا وجود نہیں ہے۔ اور یہی وہ سیارہ ہے جس پر انسان بستے ہیں جو ایک ایسی مخلوق ہیں کہ جن کی طرح پوری کائنات میں ایسی کوئی مخلوق نہیں ہے۔

 
Urdu Section

قدرت نے یہی تدریجی نظام انسان کی زندگی میں بھی رکھا ہے، جب وہ ماں کے پیٹ سے اس لمبی چوڑی، ہنگامہ خیز اور پرُ شور کائنات میں آتا ہے تو نہایت کمزور اور طاقت و قوت سےمحروم بچہ کی صورت میں، نہ خود کھا سکتاہے ، نہ پی سکتا ہے، اگر خدانے ماں باپ کے دل میں اس کے تیئں اتھاہ محبت  نہ ڈال  دی ہوتی تو اس کی پر ورش شاید ممکن  نہ ہوتی، پھر بچے بڑھتے ہیں ، جسم میں نشو و نما کا عمل جاری رہتا ہے، عقل بیدار ہوتی ہے، شعور جاگتا ہے اور انسان جوانی کی منزل میں قدم رکھتا ہے، جو ایک لفظ بھی ادا نہیں کرسکتا تھا، آج اپنی تقریر وں سے دلوں کو گرماتا ہے اور شعر و سخن  کی بز میں آراستہ کرتاہے، جو اپنے پاؤں پر کھڑا بھی نہیں ہوسکتا تھا، آج کود تا اور دوڑ تا پھرتا ہے اور طوفان سے ٹکرانے کا حوصلہ رکھتا ہے، کل جو ایک لقمہ اٹھا کر اپنے منھ میں رکھنے کی طاقت سے بھی محروم تھا، آج اس کی تگ و دو اور دوڑ دھوپ سےایک پورے خاندان کا گذر بسر وابستہ ہے اور اللہ نے اس کو ان کے رزق  کاذریعہ بنایا ہے۔

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Welcome Introspection: Head of Jamia al-Azhar, links extremism with bad interpretations of Quran and Hadith, urges radical madrasa education reform at counter-terrorism meet in Mecca
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Vice Chancellor of Jamia Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious seat of learning, Shaikh Ahmad Al-Tayeb’s urge for radical reform in madrasa education is an indication that the arguments accusing the madrasas of being breeding grounds for the jihadists cannot be rejected outright. It cannot be denied that misinterpretations of the Islamic beliefs and doctrines are going on in radicalized texts of the madrasas with a view to spreading extremist thoughts among Muslim youths. Most madrasas have planted in the minds of their students obnoxious notions of hatred against every kafir (disbeliever) and mushrik (polytheist), an exclusivistic term that includes many Muslims too....

Islamic Ideology

Forbiddance of Suicide Attacks and Forbiddance of Paradise for Suicide Attackers in Islam
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

Suicide terrorism has acquired great popularity in Islamist terrorist circles during the last quarter century. Islam never justified suicide for any reason. However, several contemporary Islamist terror outfits are practicing it indiscriminately. Though they justify it under some pretext, it is a tool for an odious form of defamation of Islam. This act is strictly and repeatedly forbidden in Islam. Its perpetrators are the openly disobedient of Allah Almighty. According to numerous Hadith, they will remain in the Hell forever….

Islam and Science
God-Realization and Modern Science
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

God-Realization and Modern Science
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Modern science has provided us with a new framework to understand the reality of things. This framework has made it possible for us to understand things on a rationally-accepted basis, things that people earlier thought of as mysteries. This change of age has opened up new, unending expanses of knowledge for the realization of God and increasing one’s faith....

Interfaith Dialogue

Interpreting Islam to Muslims
Graham E. Fuller

Bush never did very well as Mufassir-in-Chief (an expert in interpretation of the Qur’an) in trying to convince Muslims that GWOT was really in the best interests of the Muslim world. Indeed, the Iranians first coined a phrase for Washington’s vision of Islam: “American Islam.” In American eyes that means “good Islam”, an Islam that encourages Muslims to be pious, righteous and pray but who would never think about any of Islam’s political or social ideals or about social justice—implications that could lead to political action, rebellion, resistance to autocracy, or opposition to western intervention....



TOP ARTICLE
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Muslims Must Confront Islamist Terror Ideologically: An Islamic Reformation Required
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

We seem to be living in an era of Islamist terror. Massacre of journalists in Paris has followed the massacre of children in Peshawar. Thirteen years after 9/11, the world is facing a more complex, more diverse and more dangerous threat.  While the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, the challenge of their ideological narrative has gone essentially unchallenged. ...

The malaise of Islam is clearly far deeper. The problems are basic, fundamental to Islam. But ulema, the supposed custodians of faith, continue to be in denial.

What does the larger society do? I think the world needs to first inform itself of what is going on within the Muslim community. We should have credible surveys to find out the extent of radicalisation, monitor Friday sermons, study text books of different madrasas, and  confront the ulema with the fundamental questions raised here. If the ulema really want to save Islam from being considered synonymous with terrorism, they should at least make the following commonsensical declarations, which are also consistent with the faith:

 1. Quran is a created book of God, not divine as God Himself;

2. contextual, particularly militant verses, in Quran are no longer applicable to Muslims;

3. Hadees is not an Islamic scripture a la Quran.

4. Shariah cannot be considered divine.

 What the ulema, intellectuals and politicians have done so far amounts to nothing more than a cosmetic endeavour; they have been hoping and perhaps praying that the issues will go away. But radicalism is deepening and intensifying. It is attracting more and more converts. 

So clearly Muslim theologians will need to go beyond superficial statements, walk further in the direction of rationality, prepare a coherent theology of peace and moderation and propagate it among masses, if they want Islam to survive as a moderate religion, a moral standard, and a spiritual path to salvation rather than allow Islamic scriptures to degenerate into terrorist manuals.

If the ulema do not agree to walk their peaceful talk, the larger society should encourage and support those few moderate, progressive Muslims who are willing to go out on a limb, perhaps  putting their heads on the chopping block in this process. This section should be able to go to the community directly, bypassing the ulema and campaign for sanity. 

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