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The War Within Islam

There were Islamic revolutions in a few countries after the Second World War where Islamic governments were established. But neither Pakistan In 1947 nor Iran, following Ayatollah Khomeini led Islamic revolution, advocate a Khilafat in Iran. Same is true of the Islamist Ikhwan ul Muslimeen recently in Egypt. This is because the Quran does not specify Khilafat as a form of government for Muslims. All it stresses is good governance, honouring human and religious rights to all the communities living under its rule. The form of government can be any based on Islamic and Qur'anic principles. ... It is a paradox then that though none of the political and ideological outfits of Muslims envisages the establishment of Khilafat as a part of Islamic political structure; they create hype over Khilafat and support Jihadi organisations in the name of Khilafat which does not exist in their book of ideology. Isn’t it bewildering?....

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
The ISIS Is Nothing to Do With Islam
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

The ISIS Is Nothing to Do With Islam
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

There are so many intelligent people who have been fooled by the Islamic terminology and the name Caliph assumed by the leader of this group. The Holy Prophet has been invoked to justify their methods. How much of this is genuine? A  random group claims that they are the army of Islam, and that their leader is the Caliph of Islam. Learned articles appear in Islamic journals explaining that all Muslims everywhere have a desire for unity, and this is a step in that direction. How sensible is such a viewpoint?

Islam and Politics
Imran Khan's Momentous Political Gamble
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam

Imran Khan's Momentous Political Gamble
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam

Before psycho-analyzing Imran Khan’s colourful personality and determining where does PTI stand in the Pakistani political spectrum- whether it’s a centre-left (liberal) or a centre-right (conservative) party - let us first draw a distinction between politics and culture. A democratic system of governance falls in the category of politics while liberalism as a value-system falls in the category of culture......

Islam, Women and Feminism

IS Sold Yazidi Women for $1,000, Hundreds Given to Fighters as War Trophy
Radical Rocker’ Brit Woman

Girl, 8, Married To 12-Year-Old Boy against $2000 in Balkh, Tajikistan

Pakistani Journalist, Reema Abbasi Wins Rajiv Gandhi Award

Islamic State Kidnaps Christian Toddler and Women

‘Radical Rocker’ Brit Woman Hits Headlines

Nigeria: Pastor Wife Accuses Him of Adultery, Sues for Divorce

Senior British Muslims Call for Women to Have More Say in Communities

Forced Marriages and Conversions in Pakistan Need To Be Discouraged

British Man and Saudi Wife Attacked By Religious Police in Riyadh

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic World News

Arab World

42 Children Dead In Syrian Air Strikes

Syrian Army Kills Foreign-Sponsored Militants in Fresh Clean-Up Operations

North America

As ISIS Fighters Begin To Blend In, Defeating Them No Easy Matter

'Hundreds' of Americans linked to IS

U.S. sanctions Gaza terror group that declared support for ISIL

Europe

Spies to Vet Flight Lists for Returning British Jihadis

ISIS sets sights on Denmark as EU nation wades into Iraq crisis

Britain, NATO ready to support Jordan against Islamic State

Pakistan

'Anonymous Op Pakistan' Takes Down Government Sites, Leak Bank Records

Islamabad stand-off: Imran, Qadri booked on terrorism charges

Marchers deserve no concession, says Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief

South Asia

Afghan Army Claims Lives of 41 Taliban Militants in Joint Operations

Africa

Libyan state 'loses control' of most ministries

Mideast

250 Palestinian Minors Locked up behind Israeli Bars

21 killed after Shiite rebels, pro-government tribesmen clash in Yemen

Southeast Asia

Jokowi Urges Clerics to Stand Up to Spectre of Islamic State

Indonesia offers to train Saudis in naval operations

India

ISIS May Free 40 Indian Workers Soon

No Reason for My Arrest, Says Released On Bail Cleric

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

A New Sunni Awakening Is Needed To Beat ISIS
Fareed Zakaria

The ISIS military strategy is brutal but also smart. The group’s annual reports – it has issued them since 2012 – detail its military methods and successes to impress its funders and backers. The videos posted online of executions are barbaric but also strategic. They are designed to sow terror in the minds of opponents, who, when facing ISIS fighters on the battlefield, now reportedly flee rather than fight…..

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

The pedigree of its leadership, outlined by an Iraqi who has seen documents seized by the Iraqi military, as well as by American intelligence officials, helps explain its battlefield successes: Its leaders augmented traditional military skill with terrorist techniques refined through years of fighting American troops, while also having deep local knowledge and contacts. ISIS is in effect a hybrid of terrorists and an army…..

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Everything about ISIL
Verda Özer

Following the cooperation between the U.S. and Iran over Iraq, Tehran is now helping northern Iraq in its struggle against ISIL. This has come as surprise to many, since Iran had been keeping its distance toward Arbil, fearing their independence bid would provoke the Kurds in Iran, too. Cooperation between Iran and Saudi Arabia is also highly likely soon…..

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Jihadi Terrorist or Shaheed (Martyr)? Sunni Jihadis in Islamic State Want To Kill All 'Apostates,' Including Sunni Tribes Which Do Not Adhere To the Al-Qaeda Sectarian View
Lord Meghnad Desai

The first Jihadi from India has just reportedly died in the Iraq/Syria war. Do we know how many have gone to fight there? The British media are agog with dread. As many as a thousand or even more British Muslims may have gone to fight for the Iraqi al-Qaeda, which has now become the Islamic State. Reports are that around 200 may have re-entered the UK. No one knows for sure…..

Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Saudis Will Be Vital In Helping to Fight ISIS
David Ignatius

The wild card in the Saudi deck is Bandar, the flamboyant former ambassador to Washington. When he was head of Saudi intelligence and paymaster to Saudi allies in Syria and Lebanon, he was an unpredictable – and in Washington’s eyes, sometimes untrustworthy – operator Some Americans feared Bandar’s covert efforts in the Syrian civil war were unintentionally spawning Al-Qaeda terrorists. U.S. officials were relieved when Bandar was removed….

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

ISIL, Muslims; Good and Evil
Nuray Mert

ISIL poses more moral dilemmas concerning the question of who is to be held responsible for such horrendous religious ideology and politics. Is it Islam itself that contains the seeds of radicalism? Is it Western powers that have long encouraged radical Islam in the name of political/strategic interests? Is it the sociology of the alienated Muslim youth? Is it the travesty of Western nihilism in the post-liberal age? All of the questions on the relation between religious faith and political convictions are doomed to fail to find answers….

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Where Are The Marches Against The Islamic State?
Yasmine Bahrani

Either we reject the Islamic State and groups like it in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Muslims. When we say “It’s not Islam,” we are dismissing the criminals as someone else’s problem. The truth is, nobody else is going to deal with them. It might seem easier to evade this responsibility, but the price of doing so will be heavy. Because, to the rest of the world, that horrific picture is what Muslims have become. If we don’t do something now, that image will be the world’s perception of us for years to come.....

 
Islam and Sectarianism

Principles of democracy cannot stand true in spirit unless much needed reforms in the electioneering process are made that can ensure representation of all segments of society. Without their voice, the election process remains dubious, despite the fact that it has been enshrined in the writ of the land and strategically designed ballot protocols are being followed.....

 
Islam and Politics

From Atatürk to Erdoğan
Mustafa Akyol

Why did Erdoğan draw this historical connection? One explanation is he had to give lip service to Atatürk, as every Turkish politician has to do, whatever his thoughts are. But still, this connection was something that went beyond lip service. Another explanation is Erdoğan turned into an “Atatürkist,” embracing all the policies and the ideological legacy of the Supreme Leader. But one must be quite naïve to think that way, because the ideological differences between Erdoğan and Atatürk are still all too obvious……

 
Islam and the West

John Kerry: To Defeat Terror, We Need the World’s Help
John Kerry

In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force. In addition to its beheadings, crucifixions and other acts of sheer evil, which have killed thousands of innocents in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, including Sunni Muslims whose faith it purports to represent, ISIS….

 
Arabic Section

The Salafist religious ideology takes precedence in the Saudi religious establishment's fatwas and opinions. The religious establishment’s main weakness is the intellectual stagnation which has plagued it amid the surrounding changes. Its methodological rigidity prevented it from properly interacting with the successive waves of change and precluded it from rising up to meet the challenges and necessities of the time. As a result, the religious scholars are silent concerning the present turmoil in the Muslim world, because they would rather adhere to the king’s opinions.​ I may further venture to say that the scholars completely agree with the state’s stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood, for example. For instance, they reject, from a purely unwavering Salafist viewpoint, the activism of this movement, as well as its politics and ambition to attain power. However, they do not see the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation. Characterizing it as such would require an ideological and doctrinal adaptation that, according to scholars, requires exonerating proof. In other words, the Saudi religious scholars lack the analytical reasons or the political jurisprudence needed to take such a stance. This in itself is another indication of the religious establishment’s weakness. This could be compared to the scholars’ position during the 19th-century civil war that ravaged the second Saudi state. One should not forget the words of Abdul Latif bin Abdul Rahman, the most prominent Wahhabi of the time.

ولعلّي أجازف هنا بالقول إن العلماء يتفقون تماماً مع الدولة في موقفها السياسي من جماعة «الإخوان المسلمين»، مثلاً، إذ يرفض العلماء من منطلق سلفي راسخ، الجانب الحركي لهذه الجماعة، كما يرفضون رؤيتها السياسية وطموحها للوصول إلى السلطة. لكنهم لا يرون أن الجماعة إرهابية. إطلاق صفة الإرهاب على الجماعة يتطلب تكييفاً عقدياً وفقهياً يعوزه من وجهة نظر العلماء دليل واضح يبرئ الذمة. بعبارة أخرى، يفتقر العلماء كما يبدو إلى منهج التحليل

 
Hindi Section

धरती पर बसने वाले जानदारो में इंसान ही सब से श्रेष्ट है। उस की ताक़त और बड़ाई बुनियादी तौर से उसके विवेक और बुद्धि में निहित है। उसे ज्ञान और बुद्धि जैसी असीम चीज़ देकर प्रकृति ने इसकी श्रेष्टा का एलान खुद ही कर दिया है। अपनी तमाम श्रेष्टाताओं के बाद भी मनुष्य अपनी ज़रुरतों में मजबूर-सा रहता है और जब तक उसकी ज़रुरतें पूरी न हो जायें, वह चिन्तित और दुखी रहता है। ये ज़रुरतें जन्म से मौत तक फैली हुई हैं और कुछ तो मरने के बाद भी रहता हैं।

 
Urdu Section

حَضرت مَوت کے قبائل کِندہ کا وفد جب رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے پاس اپنی وفاداری اور قبول اسلام کا اعلان کرنے آیا تو انہوں نے صحابی زیاد بن لَبِید انصاری کو ان کے علاقہ میں اپنا نمائندہ اور محصل زکاۃ مقرر کیا اور ان کو حکم دیا کہ وفد کے ساتھ چلے جائیں، زیاد نے حکم کی تعمیل کی ، رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی وفات تک وہ حضرت موت میں کِندیوں سے زکاۃ وصول کرتے رہے ،زیادہ سخت گیر آدمی تھے، جب رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کا انتقال ہوا اور ابوبکر صدیق رضی اللہ عنہ نے خلافت کی ذمہ داری سنبھالی تو انہوں نے ابو ہند مولی بنی بَیاضہ کے ہاتھ زیاد بن لبید کو یہ مراسلہ بھیجا۔

 
Urdu Section

ایک مذہبی نقطہ نظر سے قرآن پاک نے بھی اس کی وضاحت کر دی ہے۔ ہر نبی نے اپنے زمانے کے لوگوں کی مخالفتوں اور مزاحمتوں کا سامنا کرتے وقت بھی انہیں اپنی قوم ہی کہہ کر پکارا ہے۔ اس کا مطلب یہ ہے کہ اگرکسی مذہب کو ماننا ہی قومیت کی بنیاد ہوتی تو انبیاء اس وقت تک ان لوگوں اپنی قوم نہ کہتے جب تک کہ وہ ان سچائیوں اور حقائق پر وہ ایمان نہ لے آتے جن کے ساتھ انبیاء مبعوث کیے گئے تھے۔ ہم مذہب ہونا صرف ایک مشترکہ شناخت کی ایک بنیاد ہو سکتی ہے۔ ہم مذہب ہونا ہی کسی قوم کی تشکیل کی بنیاد نہیں بن سکتی اس لیے کہ ثقافت، زبان، نسل، جغرافیائی محل وقوع اور دوسرے بہت سے مشترکات مل کر ایک قوم کے طور پر ہماری شناخت کی بنیاد بنتے ہیں۔ معاشرے کے ایک طبقے کو دوسرے پر فوقیت دینا ایک کثیرثقافتی، کثیر لسانی اور کثیر مذہبی معاشرے میں تباہی و بربادی کا عندیہ ہے۔

 
Islam and Pluralism

Islam and Hinduism: Spiritual Symbiosis - Part 2: Who is a Kafir in Islam; Are Hindus Kafir or Ahl-e-Kitab?
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

Like any other living Faith, controversies abound in Islam. One of the most controversial issues is the relationship of a Muslim with people belonging to other religions. Since in India Muslims have always lived next to a very large non-Muslim community, this issue has created even deeper controversies. While there are Muslims who would insist on treating Hindus as Kafir, there are others who would insist that they should actually be treated as Ahl-e-Kitab, people bearing revealed books, a people who have a special place in Islamic theology and practice.

Disregarding the advice of some ulema of his time, the first Arab to conquer parts of India, Sind and Multan, had made a good beginning, giving the Hindus the same status as Ahl-e-Kitab, people with whom Muslims are supposed to have good social relations including marital relations. Since then, the Hindu-Muslim interaction has taken place constantly in a variety of ways. This is not the place to go into history, but we are all aware of the differences of approach between say an Akbar or Dara Shikoh and an Aurangzeb

Islamic World News

Islamic State Trying To Develop Biological Weapons
Dr Nabil al-Awadi director of a Muslim school in B

Arab World

Gulf Monarchies Agree To Help Counter Islamic State Jihadists

Preacher sentenced to prison by a Saudi court for glorifying takfiri organizations

Europe

Islamic State's 'Banker' Was Director of a Private Muslim Primary School in Birmingham

UK Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwa Condemning Britons Who Join Jihadi Extremists

Cameron to Unveil Draconian Plans to Stop British Jihadis Returning To the UK

India

Sunni Jam-e-ul Ulema Cleric in Kerala Issues Fatwa against ISIS

Citing ‘Love Jihad’, Sangh Groups In UP Unite To ‘Fight’

Pakistan

Zarb-i-Azb: 32 suspected militants killed in Bangidar

12 suspected militants killed in Balochistan: FC

South Asia

53 Taliban militants killed during counter-terrorism operations

Policemen and civilians among 5 killed in Logar explosion

Mideast

Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks

Yemen clash kills 4 troops, 13 ‘militants’

Africa

Airport hit, heavy fighting kills 10 in Libya’s Benghazi

Libyan Mufti investigated in UK over 'inciting Islamic insurgency' in Libya

North America

US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

Southeast Asia

PAS cleric wing condemns party lawmakers for backing PKR president

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Nepal's Muslim Women Forced Into Abortions and Contraceptives
Rona Fairhead will be the first female chairman of

Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Calls for Law to Veil Women

Jeddah: Marriages Don’t Have To Cost a Fortune

No Change in Indian Housemaids’ Recruitment Pact across the Saudi Kingdom

Turkey’s First Women-Only Beach Hit By ‘Topless’ Crisis

Egypt Fatwa: Men, Women Online Chats ‘Un-Islamic’

BBC Announces Its First Ever Female Chairperson

Family of Aafia Siddiqi ISIS Denounces Violence

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Books and Documents

In this regard, inter-religious dialogue has an important role to play, Gulen stresses. Given that ‘scientific materialism’ emanated from, and has almost wholly overwhelmed, the West, interfaith dialogue, especially between Muslims and Western Christians, can help highlight the necessity of religion for the very existence of humanity. Through such dialogue, Gulen seems to believe, the virtual hegemony of ‘scientific materialism’ and the destructive, dehumanizing materialist worldview might be effectively undermined. But this is not the only purpose of interfaith dialogue, Gulen explains. Such dialogue is also necessary because the very nature of religion—all religions, including Islam—demands it.....

Islamic Society

Thoughts on the ‘Conspiracy Theory’
Maulana Dr. Waris Mazhari

Thinking in terms of the ‘conspiracy theory’ is absolutely un-Islamic. If this theory were accepted as true, it would mean that the collective fate of Muslims is not in their hands, but, rather, in the hands of their supposed enemies. It would mean that their supposed opponents, rather than Muslims themselves, are writing their fate. If this is accepted, one would have to invent a new meaning of the following Quranic declaration (13:11):

God does not change the condition of a people’s lot, unless they change what is in their hearts.....

Islam, Women and Feminism

Husband Deserts Muslim Woman for Attending I-Day Function in Bihar, India
Angelina Jolie

Two Teenage Girls Arrested Over French Synagogue Suicide Bomb Plot

Afghan Women Drivers: A Rare, Cherished Scene

UN Concerned Over Discrimination against Iraqi Women from Minority Groups

Lady Al-Qaida: On the Trail of The World’s Most Wanted Prisoner

Angelina Jolie Makes Fresh Plea for Syrian Refugees

Divorce and Marital Conflict Affect Children Negatively In South Africa

Of Women, Mountains, Equality and Success in Pakistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 


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Islam and Pluralism
Islam and Hinduism: Spiritual Symbiosis - Part 2: Who is a Kafir in Islam; Are Hindus Kafir or Ahl-e-Kitab?
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

Like any other living Faith, controversies abound in Islam. One of the most controversial issues is the relationship of a Muslim with people belonging to other religions. Since in India Muslims have always lived next to a very large non-Muslim community, this issue has created even deeper controversies. While there are Muslims who would insist on treating Hindus as Kafir, there are others who would insist that they should actually be treated as Ahl-e-Kitab, people bearing revealed books, a people who have a special place in Islamic theology and practice.

Disregarding the advice of some ulema of his time, the first Arab to conquer parts of India, Sind and Multan, had made a good beginning, giving the Hindus the same status as Ahl-e-Kitab, people with whom Muslims are supposed to have good social relations including marital relations. Since then, the Hindu-Muslim interaction has taken place constantly in a variety of ways. This is not the place to go into history, but we are all aware of the differences of approach between say an Akbar or Dara Shikoh and an Aurangzeb
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