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When Syed Manzoor Alam brought out the urine-related hadees, to challenge Mr. Ghulam Ghouse's blind faith in hadees, he was, I think, not focusing on that particular hadees but the unreliability, absurdness of many so-called authentic (sahis) hadeeses. When some people arguing against blind belief in hadees quote pornographic material, their intention is not to either discuss that particular pornographic content, or even to disabuse us of the very institution of hadees but to attack the blind faith in hadees, putting it on a pedestal even above the holy Quran, as Tablighi Jamaat and ahl-e-hadees people and generally nearly all Muslims do. ... Let us keep putting before our public the most absurd of the thousands of such ahadees from the sahih-e-sitta and ask Muslims to apply their minds and think if the prophet could have said things like that. This is a minimum test that the great imams of hadees should have necessarily applied. Had they done so, we would not be in such a sorry mess today or indeed in our history.

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

World Media on ISIS and Iraq - Part 9

The detachment of ISIS from Al-Qaeda has enabled ISIS to act independently without caring al-Qaeda's reputation and baggage. The near future is expected to bring about an abrupt change in Al-Qaeda’s radical ideology towards more moderation due to ISIS’s brutality and intolerance. This resembles the decades-old ideological disagreements between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist movement: when one shows extremism, the other shows moderation.....

 

Articles:

ISIS: Rapid Transformation from Militia to State

By Raed Omari

Driven From Their Country, Syrian Refugees Consider Suicide

By Veronique Abu Ghazaleh

How Islamic Is The ISIS?

By Muhammad Abu Talib

Aleppo’s Rebels Struggle to Hold on as Regime, IS Advance

By Mohammed Al-Khatieb

Maliki Furious Over Jordan-Hosted Sunni Opposition Conference

By Omar Al-Jaffal

 
Islam and the West

World Media on Gaza and Israel - Part 9

Israel’s repeated military attacks on Gaza is explained by the offensive term “mowing the grass”, that is to insure deterrence; Israel is compelled to pay periodic military visits to Gaza to keep the “grass” under control. Israel, of course does not have a monopoly on offensive language, and Hamas while being subjected to overwhelming force was still able to reach thousands of Israelis through their cell phones to taunt them; “We forced you to hide in shelters like mice”; to which an Israeli video answered back saying “we are killing Gaza”.....

Articles:

Palestine and Israel – arsenals of swords and words

By Hisham Melhem

We must never celebrate death in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

By Yara al-Wazir

From Gaza to Mosul, the carnage lingers

By Bakir Oweida

Turkey can use its foreign policy charms to help Gaza

By Ceylan Ozbudak

A different Arab-Israeli war: will it have a different ending?

By Jamal Khashoggi

Palestine and the mummification of history

By Dr Haider Shah

What do Gaza and Eastern Ukraine share?

By Maria Dubovikova

The bloody tale of self-defence

By D Asghar

On arrogance and war

By Marwan Bishara

Israel: This is what national resistance looks like

By Rachel Shabi

Gaza: A turning point?

By Adam Sabra

 
Books and Documents

Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions - Part 3

In some cases we examined, a government agent appears to have taken on the role of a religious authority figure for a target who was searching for guidance about Islam because he was young, a recent convert, or socially outside the mainstream Muslim community due to race or ethnicity. These cases are particularly troubling to many in American Muslim communities, where members feel law enforcement is exploiting the very paranoia described in detail in section VII. In some cases, the FBI employed versions of Islam when interacting with the target that led targets towards specific mindsets and actions.....

 
Current Affairs

Stop the Jew-Hatred and Build Palestine
Tarek Fatah

Whichever side of the Arab-Israeli conflict one stands on, you cannot deny the courage and perseverance of the Palestinian people. For generations, they have lived as stateless citizens, on one hand standing up to Israel, which controls their day-to-day lives, and on the other enduring their own leadership, that has betrayed them at every opportunity. It is sad to see their century-long quest for statehood crippled by the evil of Hamas that has turned the legitimate Palestinian national struggle into an Islamic Jihad against Jews…..

 
Islamic Society

The Sheepification of Bakistan
Mina Malik-Hussain

….waking up to have Sehri or Sehr or Sargi (in Punjabi) is all the same; the long and short of it is that you are awake and eating because you’re fasting, and will be for the next twelve to twenty hours. Calling it Suhoor won’t earn you any brownie points with God, but it will make you sound pretentious. Lacking a centrally defining Pakistani culture doesn’t mean that we have to go looking to others for one…..

 
Islam and Politics

Friend, Foe, Brother, Enemy
Nadeem F. Paracha

Terrorism in Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria grew manifold and in the next two decades the state in these countries was at war with those elements that they had first fattened with American dollars and Saudi riyals to fight the ‘undemocratic, atheistic and imperialistic Soviet empire.’….

 
Islam and Spiritualism

Thank Allah for Every Blessing
Harun Yahya

Being grateful is also a sign of one’s closeness to and love of Allah. People who give thanks have the insight and capability to perceive the beauties and blessings that Allah creates. Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, also referred to this when he said, “When Allah gives you property, the bliss of Allah’s blessing and offering must be reflected on you.”….

 
Books and Documents

We have been asked by our academic colleagues in Gaza – whose universities have been destroyed a number of times in the last six years, who are unable to teach or study, and who are also in growing need of food and medicines, like the rest of the almost two million Palestinians living in Gaza – to urge you to act urgently, to make your voice heard in Israel and abroad against what the Israeli government is inflicting on the Gaza population. More than 650 people have been killed already in Gaza by the IDF since the start of the Israeli operation on July 8th, 2014, and the number will be bigger by the time you read this message......

 
Islam and the West
An Open Letter for the People in Gaza
Paola Manduca, Iain Chalmers and others

We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years. On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel. We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression. We challenge the perversity of a propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre, a so-called “defensive aggression”. In reality it is a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity. We wish to report the facts as we see them and their implications on the lives of the people.....

 
Urdu Section

قرآن کریم کی یہ تفسیر علامہ قلمونی رحمۃ اللہ علیہ  کی تالیف ہے۔ مؤلف کا پورا نام حجۃ الاسلام محمد رشید  بن علی رضا محمد شمس الدین البغدادی القلمونی الحسینی ہے۔ آپ 23 ستمبر 1885 کو لیبیا کے شہر طرابلس  سے 3 میل کے فاصلے علاقے قلمون  میں پیدا ہوئے ۔ اسی مناسبت  سے قلمونی کہلاتے ہیں ۔ اسی علاقے  میں  پرورش  پائی اور اپنے وقت کے بڑے بڑے  علماء سے علم حاصل کیا ۔ علم  حدیث،  علم فقہ  سمیت تمام  مروجہ علوم  کے ساتھ آپ نے عصری علوم سےبھی خود کو مزین کیا ۔ زمانے  کے تقاضوں کومد نظر رکھ  کر درس قرآن  دیا کرتے ۔ رفتہ رفتہ وہ اپنے درس  قرآن کی وجہ سے پورے علاقے  میں مشہور ہوگئے  او رلوگ دور دوراز سے آپ کے پاس آنے لگے ۔

 
Urdu Section

Eleven Days in the Spiritual City of Istanbul-Part- 10  (روحانیوں کے عالمی پایئہ  تخت استنبول میں گیا رہ دن  حصہ (10

عزیزان من! اگر کسی کی انگلی پکڑے بغیر راہ  سلوک پر چلنا ممکن ہوتا تو معین الدین  چشتی  جیسےشخص  کو علی ہجویری  کے مزار پر چلہ کشی کی ضرورت کیوں پیش آتی ۔ آپ  جسے بھی  شیخ  بنائیں  اس کے غیر  مشروط  اتباع  کو اپنا فریضہ  جانیں ۔ فنافی  الشیخ  کا مطلب یہی  ہے کہ  سالک اپنے  آپ کو شیخ کی ذات میں محو کردے۔ اس کا اپنا علیحدہ  کوئی وجود باقی نہ رہے۔ جس طرح آفتاب  کے سامنے کسی چیز  کا سایہ گم  ہوجاتاہے اور جب وہ اوٹ  میں چلا جائے  تو اس  کا سایہ قائم  ہوجاتا ہے ۔رسول صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم چونکہ  فنافی اللہ  تھے اس  لیے راویوں  نے لکھا ہے کہ ان کا سایہ نہیں بنتا تھا ۔ مرید  کو بھی اسی  طرح فنافی الشیخ ہونا چاہئے  ۔ جب  آپ اس مقام  پہ آجاتے  ہیں تو آپ  دیکھیں  گے کہ بیٹھے  بٹھائے کسی مجاہدے  کے بغیر  اپنے شیخ سے اور شیخ کے شیخ سےبلکہ سلسلہ ذہب  کی تمام  ارواح  سے بیک وقت  لامتناہی  فیض  حاصل کررہے ہیں۔

 
Arabic Section

Eid ul- Fitr A Festival of Brotherhood, Unity and Charity  عيد الفطر مهرجان الأخوة والوحدة والصدقة
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

والعيد في معناه الاجتماعي يوم الفقراء والمحتاجين والأيتام يحولهم من العسر إلى اليسر، ويوم المسلمين يجمعهم على الأخوة والمحبة والتسامح والتزاور وحسن الخلق، ويوم الأصدقاء يجدد بينهم دواعي الحب والقرب ويوم الأطفال يجعلهم مسرورين ويوم يحسن العلاقات الودية، و يوم يجدد الرابطة الاجتماعية على أقوى ما تكون من الحب والوفاء والإخاء. ومن المغزى الاجتماعي أن العيد يذكر المسلمين بحق العاجزين والمستضعفين، ويوم لا تشرق فيه شمس العيد إلا والبسمة تعلو كل الشفاه والبهجة تغمر كل قلب.

 
Arabic Section

From the Shia point of view, Nikah al-Muta’h (temporary marriage) was already practised before the advent of Islam, and then also during the Prophet's lifetime. The Sunni orthodoxy, however, quickly abolished the temporary marriage. It was the third caliph, Hazrat Umar (r.a), who regarded temporary marriage as condoning fornication and hence severely banned it. In the view of the Shia scholars, this was an intentional intervention in a tradition endorsed by the Prophet (pbuh). Therefore, the Sunnis accuse the Shia of encouraging prostitution under the pretext of Nikah al-Muta’h, which is practised today only in Shia communities, mainly in Iran and occasionally also in Iraq. Although frowned upon by society, it today constitutes a loophole in the often rigid law, which young people often take advantage of. Theoretically, a young couple with a sighe can pursue their love life even without conventional marriage vows.

يُقال (من وجهة النظر الشيعية) إنَّ النبي محمدًا قد أوصى أتباعه بالزواج المؤقَّت حين يكونون على سفر، وبحسب الرواية فقد وافق النبي على زواج المتعة في ظروف معيَّنة، على سبيل المثال في أوقات الحرب أو في الحج. وتسمى هذه الممارسة في اللغة العربية بزواج المتعة وتعرف في اللغة الفارسية باسم "زيجة".

 
Arabic Section

It is very disturbing to find that in order to back its religious ambitions, ISIS is now conducting its own Qur’anic exegesis. They are also publishing treatises and manifestos for this purpose. They've distributed religious sermons by their own leaders and scholars rather than a normal political manifesto. This holds true for nearly all jihadist groups, since they think that the Qur’an is the monopoly of their own extremist and Jihadist scholars. According to the Jihadist scholars, the exemplary Muslims are those who are walking the path of the Prophet (pbuh) by leaving their homes to contribute to the establishment of the Islamic State....ISIS seems to represent the type of ultra-violent jihadism that grew out of the Iraq war and jihadist propaganda on the Internet. It is seeking the support of not only the traditional clans but of the whole Sunni Muslim population, or at least the conservative religious groups within Sunni Muslims. To some extent it is succeeding. It's the same phenomenon as with the Taliban: extremist Islam is brought into a society in which it has no strong roots. It gets a certain degree of acceptance because it implants sharia courts, which provide basic law and order amid the chaos of war.

وسّع تنظيم "الدولة الإسلامية" (المسمى داعش) نشاطاته من العراق لتشمل سوريا، التي بلغ عدد مقاتليه المتزايد فيها نحو 5000 رجل. الخبير والكاتب السويدي آرون لوند ألّف عدة دراسات حول مشهد المقاتلين في سوريا، ويسلط الضوء على استراتيجيات هذا التنظيم المتطرف في حواره التالي مع منى سركيس لموقع قنطرة.

Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

Why Qital (Warfare) In The Name Of Jihad Will Never Stop? Even Sufi Scholars Call Quran Uncreated, Eternal Like God, Hence Even Its Contextual Verses Are Of Universal Significance and Applicable To Muslims For Ever
Misbahul Huda

Editorial Note:  The following is an article by a Sufi scholar, a product of Indian Sufi madrasas who seeks to prove using age-old arguments that Quran is uncreated, divine like God, eternal, and so all its verses, including the contextual and militant, are of universal significance.

Why do we need to discuss and even take a stand on this hoary controversy today while many wise men of the past have tried to brush these under the carpet? Let me explain this as I have done before in different threads.

Why is Quran being created or uncreated relevant for us today? If Quran is created, that is, if it  is a compilation of verses that came from time to time to guide the prophet as the need arose, the context of the verses become important. In this situation only verses that do not require a context assume universal significance. This is as it should be. This is the commonsensical position.  If it is uncreated, however, as all the madrasas apparently teach, just a copy of the eternal book lying safe in "lauh-e-mahfooz" in the divine vaults, from eternity, then each and every verse assumes eternal significance and has to be followed without reference to the context.

That is why all our madrasas that teach this are creating radical literalists who see no reason why they should apply their mind. If Quran says somewhere, “kill the kafir," they can go out and kill the kafir. No reference to context is needed. Every word is of eternal significance. It is just a copy of the  book safe in lauh-e-mahfooz in heaven. ---- Sultan Shahin

Islamic World News

Sunnis Demand Action against Maulana Who Wrote To Saudi Govt
Lt. General Michael Flynn, U.S. Army

India

Female Genital Mutilation against Islam Sanctity: Indian Clerics

Ancient Pakistan Temples Draw Devotees From Across Faiths

Mideast

Over 100 more Palestinians killed in Gaza

2 Yemen soldiers, 10 'Qaeda' dead in car bomb attacks

Israeli diplomats taunt Europe with ‘terror tweets’

Israel ‘bans’ ad listing names of children killed in Gaza

North America

Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow: Pentagon Intelligence chief

Arab World

Kingdom: Reports on Israeli Ties ‘Baseless Lies’

Egypt forces kill 14 suspected militants in Sinai

Africa

38 killed as Libya army, Islamists clash in Benghazi

23 Egyptians killed in Tripoli rocket attack

Boko Haram execute 12 in northeast town: Residents

Pakistan

Sectarian targeted killings grip Rawalpindi, Islamabad

Govt invoked article 245 after launching Zarb-e-Azb

South Asia

No Eid for Muslim Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

District police chief killed in Taliban attack in Kandahar

Southeast Asia

Selangor royalty victims of attacks for defending Islam, says Utusan

Europe

UN Myanmar envoy worried over displaced Muslims

Chechnya leader puts 'sanctions' on Obama, EU officials

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

‘Hug A Terrorist?’ Arab Girls Act to Save Gaza Victims
Samina Baig conquers seven highest peaks

Delhi Government School Denies Admission to Two Muslim Girls

Colorado Woman's Quest for Jihad Baffles Neighbours

ISIS Female Members Are Terrorizing Women Who Won't Follow the Caliphate's Rules

NIA Begins Probe in Bengal on Child Trafficking to Kerala

Ethiopian Girls Forced Into Marriage and Divorce to Get Into the Maid Trade

Two Expat Arab Women Caught Driving Stolen Car

Samina Baig becomes first Pakistani woman to conquer seven highest peaks

Thousands of pregnant women in Gaza needs maternity care

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islam and the Media

ISIS 'Khilafat' Divides Indian and Pakistani Urdu Media: While Sections of Indian Urdu Press Romanticise, All Pakistanis, Including Ulema, Ignore or Portray them as un-Islamic Terrorists

Some sections of Indian Urdu media have presented the victories of the ISIS, particularly its announcement of the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate with great fervour and excitement and have tried to prove that it is a true Islamic organisation. But the Pakistani media did not give much importance and space to ISIS adventures and the so-called Caliphate of Abu Bakr Baghdadi. The Indian Urdu media published the news concerning announcement of Baghdadi’s Caliphate on the front pages. Not only that, one Urdu newspaper devoted its entire Sunday supplement to the Caliphate whereas Pakistani newspapers did not give much importance to the news on July 1.....

Islam and Pluralism

Islam, Pluralism and Good-Neighbourliness: Do Muslims Follow Islamic Teachings?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Ramazan is more opportune time for Muslims to realise and demonstrate good-neighbourliness, which is an integral part of Ramazan and essential message of Islam. The holy Quran clearly says: “And treat the parents with moral excellence and (do good to) relatives, orphans, the needy, the close as well as unacquainted neighbours.” (Surah an-Nisa: 4:36).....

Islamic World News

Nadwa Cleric Asks Saudi Govt to Prepare an Army of Sunni Youth for Iraq
Joko Widodo, Indonesian President

India

Indian Educationist Calls For More Efforts to Uplift Muslim Community

Mideast

Muslims pray in Gaza church as bombs fall ahead of Eid

Al-Qaeda militants kill four Yemeni soldiers

Israeli shells kill 18 Gazans of a single family

Arab World

85 Syria troops killed in jihadist advance

Iraqi Air Force kills 17 ISIL terrorists in Tikrit

ISIL Blow Up More Holy Shrines in Nineveh

South Asia

24 militants killed during Afghan army operations

Pakistan

Ahrar ul Hind claims support of senior TTP commanders

US, Afghanistan failed to stop militants: Pakistan

Europe

‘Islamists Planning Attack in West Have Left Syria’

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor to evacuate victims of Zionist barbarity

Africa

Libya seeks cease-fire as south Tripoli a militia “war zone“

Violence in Nigeria has ‘no boundaries’ now, archbishop says

North America

Thousands take to NY streets to protest Israeli offensive in Gaza

U.S. Congress prohibits Obama from sending troops to Iraq

Southeast Asia

President-Elect Jokowi Calls on Public to Pick Cabinet

Perkasa demands Penang to reveal funds for non-Muslims

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

ISIS Diktat for Women: Full Veil, Shapeless Clothes, No Perfume
Sabina Altynbekova, Kazakh Volleyball Player

Acid Attacks Cast Shadow of Fear over Women in Balochistan

Girl’s Nose Chopped off for Refusing Proposal in Pakistan

Chibok Girls - We Are Trying to Avoid the Chechnya

Kazakh Volleyball Player Sabina’s Mesmerising Good Looks Distracting Fans from the Game

70 Saudi Women Employed In Production Line

"Indecent Dressing" Debate Flares Again In Iran

Girls’ Right to Education Threatened in Balochistan

Islamic State order in Mosul for FGM probably a hoax

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Spiritual Meditations

Muslims everywhere will celebrate the coming of Eid ul-Fitr with happiness, special prayers, and food to commemorate the end of the fasting month. As during the month of Ramadan itself, Muslims should commit themselves to good deeds -- for the benefit of all humanity -- at Eid al-Fitr. Moderate, traditional, spiritual and conventional Muslims may be expected to join in the mourning of the people of the Netherlands and Australia as well as Malaysia. Prayers for all the dead of MH17 should be delivered in mosques and elsewhere Muslims gather. Muslims should contribute to relief for the families of the dead, whatever their faith or belief......

 
Islam and Politics

Indonesia’s Democracy in Peril, but Prevailing
Tobias Basuki

This election has proven that the organic voluntary movements of Indonesians won the day over political machinery. I am proud to say to outside observers that Indonesians have chosen to move ahead with our democratic consolidation and not let polarizing issues bind and tie us down……

Current Affairs

If The EU Could Do It
Khaled Ahmed

“Pakistanis, by and large, have developed a highly cynical and negative psyche. Insecurity of the state, that is, the fear of re-absorption by India, the experience of [the] separation of East Pakistan, the poor track record of the credibility of our successive leaders have all contributed to this psyche. But this is harmful in the long run, as lack of national self-esteem becomes a barrier to national development.”.....

 
The War Within Islam

Islamism, as a distinctive construct, only made sense in opposition to something else—and that something else was secularism, which grew in influence during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Islam was no longer just a way of being; in the face of Western dominance, it became a political theology of authenticity and resistance and a spiritual alternative to liberal-secular democracy. Islamism needed Habib Bourguiba and Gamal Abdel Nasser just as much as it needed Hassan al-Banna or Sayyid Qutb……

 


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