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Bukhari, Owaisi and Indian Muslims
Yousuf Kirmani, Tr. New Age Islam

Indian Muslims have never been communal but the BJP that represents a particular section has labelled them as communal. The Muslims of the country never stood behind the Muslim League. Those who might have demanded Pakistan went to Pakistan but those who did not demand did not go and the number of such people was and is high. Sometimes they held onto the Congress and sometimes onto the Samajwadi Party and were cheated by the two.  Now BJP and its leaders want Muslims to come into their fold. Sometimes a Muslim is called a patriot and sometimes he is called a puppy who comes under the wheel and is run over. Sometimes his skullcap is put on and sometimes his skullcap is rejected.....

 
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'A Civil State Is the Only Solution to Combat ISIS, Islamic Law (Fiqh) Will Only Lead To Partitioning Of Iraq Into Sunni, Shia, Kurdish Lands': Former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din
Ayad Jamal Al-Din

In a recent TV interview with Al-Iraqiya TV, Baghdad, former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din called for the establishment of a civil state in Iraq based on man-made law and equality, rather than on Islamic jurisprudence, as the only way to combat ISIS. He further said that there were thousands of mosques in the U.S. and worldwide that incited and prepared people to join ISIS. "Islam has been politicized and is used as a sword," he said in the Al-Iraqiya TV interview, which was aired on October 17.

Former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-din: "ISIS is just the tip of the iceberg. ISIS has support. It is one of many groups. ISIS is based upon a certain ideology, upon which a certain interpretation of religion and upon a certain Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). Unfortunately, what happened to the Yazidis and others in northern Iraq is to be found in the Fiqh of Shiites and Sunnis alike. Unless we are careful in the use of the Fiqh….In my opinion, the Fiqh is more dangerous than nuclear technology. Therefore, we in Iraq are facing two choices: Either we establish a civil state which relies on man-made law, based on equality between citizens, or else we establish a state based on Fiqh on religious law. If we establish a state based on Fiqh, partitioning into a Shiite state, a Sunni state, and a Kurdish state is inevitable. Alternatively, we could establish a civil state, in which all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law."....

 

 

Interview

‘Europe Faces a Huge Challenge in Dealing with Its Muslim Citizens,’ says Akbar S. Ahmed
Raza Rumi

No Muslim is immune to Islamophobia in the West. Even I in spite of my very public interfaith efforts have been attacked on the basis of the most absurd arguments: in one case because the Islamophobe attacking me mentioned that I held the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, DC and wrote that Ibn Khaldun was a terrorist militant. Another accusation was that I admired Maulana Rumi who was, according to the Islamophobe, a terrorist poet. It is the height of absurdity...

Islam, Women and Feminism

Malala Donates Prize Money of $50,000 to Gaza Schools
Suaad Allami award-winning activist

Child Sex Abuse Rate Is Alarmingly High In Saudi Arabia

British Muslims Urged To Wear Headscarf

Minor Married Off For Rs 12 Lakh Property in Tamil Nadu, India

Instagram: Big business for women in the Kingdom

Muslim women’s group to challenge fatwa against liberalism, pluralism

Where's The Outrage Over Saudi Treatment Of Women?

Women on Front Lines in Syria, Iraq against IS

In the Words of Suaad Allama: The Plight of Iraqi Women Refugees

Indonesian Judges Deny Woman’s Lawsuit against Mother

Bangladesh: Women's Reserved Seats Elections in December

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Islamic World News

Hundreds of Tribesmen Opposed To Islamic State Found In Iraqi Mass Graves
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

Arab World

Saudi Arabia, Turkey Bound by History, Common Values

Pakistan

Security Forces Kill 14 Militants in Khyber Agency

US Drone Strike Kills Five in S Waziristan

India

‘Intelligence Report’ On Lok Sabha Member Ajmal’s Jihadi ‘Links’ Rock Assam

Eyebrows Raised As Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi, Invites Sharif, Snubs Modi

Africa

Tunisia secularists win landmark vote in Arab Spring birthplace

Burkina Faso declares state of emergency

North America

Foreign militants joining ISIL on unprecedented level: UN

Harassing Muslims on rise in Canada: Organization

Southeast Asia

Growing Islamic fundamentalism seen pushing Malays to quit country

Europe

Europeans Protest Muslim Supremacy

South Asia

Afghan President Ghani invites Taliban to join peace process

Mideast

Muslim men over 50 return to Al Aqsa mosque

Cutting aid to terrorists 1st step to restore peace: Iran official

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Islamic Society

Open Letter To The Imam Of Jama Masjid: Big Mouth Strikes Again!
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

(This open letter to the so-called Shahi (Royal) Imam (prayer-leader) of Jama Masjid, Delhi, Syed Ahmad Bukhari, first appeared in The Hindustan Times on March 12, 2001. I was reminded of this today with the Imam deliberately creating a controversy by inviting the Prime Minister of Pakistan but not the Prime Minster of India for the ceremony to anoint his son as the Deputy Imam and his successor. He apparently did this to remind the country of his existence.

The real tragedy, however, is that this comical imam is taken so seriously by politicians as well as media. It is this that has made the man delusional. He can't even get a family member elected as a municipal corporater from the Muslim-dominated Jama Masjid area. But he is treated by political parties as royalty, as if he were the leader of the entire 150 million Muslims of the country.

 It's time the government of India realised that the Mughal rule is over and there is no role for hereditary transfer of imamship agreed to by Mughal kings for their own funny reasons. We are supposed to be ruled by the constitution of India which has no place for hereditary succession to any post. Islam, of course, has very clear rule for the appointment of imams and from all accounts, members of Bukhari's family do not qualify in the presence of reputed scholars living in the area from where namazis to that mosque come.)

Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Mesopotamia Mess: Unfortunately, we are no longer able to claim, as we could a few years ago, that no Indian Muslim has fought in foreign jihads
Chinmaya R Gharekhan

A caliphate as well as a caliph has been proclaimed, with territory, finances and an administration able to raise taxes. But it is also a ruthless state determined to establish Sharia rule and eliminate all opposition, Muslim and non-Muslim that stands in its way. The IS has the capability to fight conventional battles. Its military commander is reported to be a former vice president of Saddam…

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India has done well to refuse to be dragged into this messy situation. But we should not shy away from lending political support. It would be most unwise for us to continue to pretend that the rise of the IS holds no negative consequences for us. The IS may not conduct operations on Indian soil but its ideology will certainly attract many a Muslim youth in India. We are no longer able to claim, as we could a few years ago, that no Indian Muslim has fought in foreign jihads. Already, dozens, if not hundreds, are fighting in Syria alongside al-Nusra and the IS. The unfurling of IS flags is a portent not to be taken lightly. More than ever, it is essential to maintain communal harmony in our country.

 
Islamic Society

Alcohol Consumption in Pakistan: Don't Mix Sin with Crime
Murtaza Haider

Consuming pork is sinful and forbidden in Islam. However, Islamic law does not prescribe whipping or incarceration to those who consume pork. The religious doctrine may prohibit certain behaviours and consider them sins. This does not make those acts a crime......

 
Islam and Politics

Erdogan’s Last Act
Saeed Naqvi

Remember how tersely Valery Giscar d’Estaing dismissed Turkey’s application for membership of Europe: European civilization is Christian civilization. For a leader like Erdogan there was sympathy and admiration. He looked like a transformed leader who had come out of his narrow, provincial Islamism, outgrown his Madrasa roots. But alas it turns out that he had only disguised his strong Ikhwan ul Muslimeen, Muslim Brotherhood, background…..

 
Current Affairs

…the third failed attempt of its kind to assassinate prominent political figure Maulana Fazl ur Rehman – indicates a growing ideological divide between religious parties and Taliban militant groups…

 
Islamic Culture

Pakistani Novelist Intizar Husain: An Escape from Ideology
Intizar Husain

Intizar’s characters reply: “But haven’t you read the history of the Muslims?” In Panchatantra, Geedars (jackals) dunked themselves in false colours to appear as lions and presumed to produce a regimented society with stiff laws, but are discovered as Geedars and not the kings of the jungle they pretended to be. He applies the Geedar simile to the progressives who wanted to usher in revolutions and to the fundamentalists who wanted to induct literature into jihad….

 
Islam and Politics

High Price of Cheap Oil
Praveen Swami

Nearly 50 years from that day in Caracas, it is hard not to hail Perez Alfonso as a prophet. The devil’s excrement brought untold wealth to West Asia-North Africa, but it also throttled education and industry, leaving the world’s largest oil exporters poorer, relative to the world’s great economies, than they had been. It sustained despotisms, paving the way for civil war and terrorism. Indeed, it opened the door to endless war….

 
Islam and Politics

Turkey: The Great Muslim Democracy
Burak Bekdil

It is not a coincidence that Turkey, where, in the Prime Minister's words, the pious Muslims are the main actor of the political system, ranks 154th in the prestigious Reporters Without Borders global press freedoms index. And it was not a coincidence that, despite too much political euphemism…..

 
Current Affairs
For 30 Pieces of Silver
Swapan Dasgupta

For 30 Pieces of Silver
Swapan Dasgupta

Even a perfunctory understanding of Islamist radicalism should have persuaded the “ultra-secular” chief minister that the political theology of groups that have grown out of Maulana Maududi’s teachings don’t recognise the sanctity of national boundaries. These groups make no distinction between Indian Muslims and Bangladeshi Muslims: to them, both are part of the same community of true believers. Indeed, more and more evidence is now emerging that the network of radical Islamism is not confined to Bangladeshi émigrés. …

 
Current Affairs

What Is Pakistan’s Fundamental Interest?
Imtiaz Gul

What is Pakistan’s fundamental interest? This question has been making rounds in Islamabad’s diplomatic circles, with even countries considered very close to Pakistan wondering if the leadership realizes the futility of its obsolete rhetoric and the gravity of its imminent consequences…..

 
Current Affairs

Strategic Failure of MQM and PTI
Najam Sethi

This time, however, the pretext is unprecedentedly “ideological”.  The MQM has taken umbrage over a statement by the PPP Leader of the House in the Senate, Khurshid Shah that it is an “insult” today to refer to the migrants from India into Pakistan at the time of partition as “Muhajirs”. His argument is that the term “Muhajir” connotes a temporary or transitional arrangement for foreigners whereas the “Muhajirs” of 1947….

 
Urdu Section

حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم تمام کائنات کے لئے رحمت بن کر آئے ۔ آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کا وجود سراپا رحمت ہے۔ حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی شان رحمت کا فیضان اس کائنات میں ہر سو پھیلا ہوا ہے۔ مخلوقات  کی کوئی نوع اور نسل آدم کاکوئی طبقہ  ایسا نہیں جو رسول اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے رحمتوں  کے ٹھاٹھیں  مارتے سمندر سےفیضیاب نہ ہوا ہو۔ حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی رحمتوں کی فراوانیاں بے کراں ہیں۔ کائنات کا ہر گوشہ اس سراج منیر کی ضوفشانی  سے منور ہے۔ آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی بعثت  کے وقت نسل انسانیت کے تمام کمزور طبقات ظلم کی چکی میں پس  رہے تھے،  آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم   کی بعثت کی بدولت  ان تمام طبقات کو نہ صرف عزت ملی بلکہ  ان کو حقوق  بھی عطا ہوئے ۔ بچے نہایت  معصوم اور سادگی کا موقع ہوتے ہیں، بچوں کی زندگی  ہر گھر اور ہر قوم کے مستقبل کی تابناکیوں کا سر چشمہ ہے۔

 
Hindi Section

In Whose Clutches are Indian Muslims  किनके चंगुल में है भारतीय मुसलमान
Yusuf Kirmani

भारत का मुसलमान कभी सांप्रदायिक नहीं रहा लेकिन एक समुदाय विशेष का प्रतिनिधित्व करने वाली बीजेपी नामक धार्मिक पार्टी ने उसे सांप्रदायिक बना दिया। देश के मुसलमान किसी मुस्लिम लीग के पीछे जाकर नहीं खड़े हुए। ...जिन्होंने पाकिस्तान मांगा होगा, वे चले गए लेकिन जिन्होंने नहीं मांगा वो नहीं गए और ऐसे लोगों की तादाद ज्यादा थी औऱ है।

 
Urdu Section

آخری نبی حضرت سیدنا محمد صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم نے اپنے اصحاب کو ایسی تلقین کی اور ان کی ایسی تربیت کی کہ اس امتحان میں انہوں نے کامیابی  کی مثال قائم  کردی اور یہ سب اللہ تعالیٰ کے حکم و ارادہ سے ہوا، اور حضور صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کےخاتم الرسل اور تمام اہل ایمان کے لئے اسوہ حسنہ بنائے جانے کا نتیجہ  اور علامت بنا ۔ اگر  آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم  کی اس سلسلہ میں محنت  کامیاب اور وسیع اثر رکھنے والی نہ ہوتی تو آپ خاتم الرسل  اور اسوہ حسنہ کیسے قرار دیئے جاتے۔

 
Islamic Society

The Pakistan Council of Islamic Ideology’s Dubious Mandate
I.A. Rehman

The council persistently avoids looking into the essence of the Muslim concept of marriage. All that is required is a declaration by each partner of his or her decision to accept the other as the legally adopted spouse and some witnesses to vouch for the event. That the parties to this contract should be mature enough to decide about their lives is a principle embedded in the concept. The question of anyone giving away anyone in marriage is at best of tertiary relevance.....

 
Islamic Society

Many are of the opinion that this absolute devotion to the Sufi saint is not entirely unfounded. As per stories passed down by generations of his disciples, soon after the shrine was built, there was only brackish water found in the area. Ghazi’s followers were concerned about not having access to clean drinking water, when out of nowhere, a spring of fresh drinking water started trickling behind the shrine. His devotees claim the water, which flows to this day, to have healing properties.....

 
Islamic World News

Islamic State Militants Kill 40 Tribesmen in Iraq
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas

Arab World

Islamic State militants execute 30 Iraqi tribal fighters, soldiers

IS kills 30 Assad men; Homs blast injures 37

Calls to Restore Palestine’s Stolen History

Southeast Asia

China Bans Religion in Xinjiang Schools

India

RSS Body Seeks To Prove Indian Muslims Are Hindus

Hyderabad techie, who ‘planned’ to join, IS, let off after counselling

Europe

Sweden Recognises Palestinian State: Foreign Minister

Spain’s Palestine State Vote Gains Support

Hooligans Anti-Salafists Rally Turns Violent

Pakistan

Eight soldiers, 21 suspected militants killed in Khyber operation

Drone strike kills four suspected militants in North Waziristan

Mideast

Israeli closure of al-Aqsa declaration of war: Abbas

Turkish-Indonesian partnership sees brighter future

South Asia

Eight soldiers, 21 militants killed in Bara fighting

Bangladesh, US to work for stopping terror financing

Africa

Boko Haram seizes Mubi town in Adamawa

North America

Canada Muslims Concerned About Safety

Australia

Australia passes laws cracking down on foreign fighters

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Prefers Aafia to Malala
Dr Aafia Siddiqui

Malaysia's Women-Only Games Spark Ire

Racist Attacks...Aussie Woman Suffers Broken Arm

Malaysia Muslims Warned Against Halloween

Saudi Women Staff ‘Disastrous’ For Gold Shops

Female Power Dressing On Show in London

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Current Affairs

The Love Jihad Campaign Exposes How Hindu Women Are Central Symbols of the Hindutva
Charu Gupta

The love jihad campaign exposes how Hindu women are central symbols of the Hindutva body politic. Hindutva’s cry for segregation denies free movement to Hindu women, using the threat of physical, emotional and religious harm to women’s bodies as weapons of social control. Women are thus told that inter-religious marriages are undesirable for their own good. Hindu women who indulge in inter-religious romances or marriages are depicted as dangerous to the construct of the Hindu nation.......

Books and Documents

Saints and Shrines in Pakistan
Hartmut Elsenhans

By their virtuous behaviour and meditating reflection on the Holy Qur’an, the saints liberated believers from a mechanistic interpretation of Islamic faith reduced to formal rules of behaviour which the believer had to mindlessly follow. The saint draws his understanding from a meditative vision of God; he experiences a deep mysticism and follows the path of understanding until he experiences the unity of the created world as an emanation of the unique and single God.....

 


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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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