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Islam and Spiritualism
The Meaning Of Zikr In The Holy Quran
Aftab Ahmad, New Age Islam

The traditions of Deen have been extended from the first prophet to the last. The Quran, the Psalms, the Torah and the Bible are all sacred scriptures of Deen and all the prophets are the foundation stones of Deen. The prophets have been assigned different status and ranks by God and the rank and position of the sacred scriptures are also different in the eyes of God but we have been ordained not to discriminate between prophets considering some as superior and some as inferior and respect all the books of Deen. Turning away from this point of view will be akin to turning away from Zikr and obviously the life of such people will be miserable in the world and a severe torment will await them in the Hereafter. They will be raised as blind persons on the Day of Judgment……..

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Mosque and Seminary: The Two Emblems of Islam Are No Longer the Centres of Thought and Reflection
Nikhat Sattar

It is the control that people with distorted ideas about religion have over these emblems that is the problem. Ordinary Muslims need to restore the sanctity and peace of mosques and madrasas, by calling upon the state to take them under its control, remove any sectarian claims, allow admission into a madrasa only after the child has completed his compulsory 12 years of general education, and establish a strict code of ethics for preachers that must be monitored by committees that include local communities. This is the only approach that would help reform these institutions in line with true Quranic guidance….

 
Islam and the West

Why We’re Stuck with Saudi Arabia
Michael Tomasky

So… talk about lesser-evilism. It’s not every day I find myself on the same page as Max Boot, but he made a decent analogy yesterday when he wrote that choosing between the Saudis and the Iranians is like choosing between Hitler and Stalin in the 1930s. Boot says Iran is still Hitler, and we need to choose Stalin. I agree…..

 
Islamic World News

IS Militants 'Indoctrinating Kids' By Reading Bedtime Stories of Jihad to Them
Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat leader

Arab World

After Charlie Hebdo, Arab World Institute Fights Terror with Culture

27 Killed In Attacks in Egypt's North Sinai, Suez

Pakistan

At Least 30 Killed In Blast At Shikarpur Imambargah

KP Govt Refers 423 Cases for Trial by Military Courts

Southeast Asia

Punish Muslim Youths for Hedonism And Not Jihad, Says Hizbut Tahrir

India

Geelani: Hard-Line Separatist Leader Stokes Controversy, Pays Tributes to Slain Militants

Thousands Attend Funeral of 'Martyr' Terrorists in Kashmir

Europe

British Jihadi Threatens MPs on Twitter Ahead Of General Election

New UK Rape Rules: Men Must Prove Women Said 'Yes' To Sex

North America

New York Imam Calls Hard-line Muslim Ideology a ‘Cancer’

Texas Rally by Muslims Seeking Tolerance Disrupted By Protesters

Mideast

Turkey Tells Kurdish Rebels to Lay Down Arms in March

Iranian Speaker: Military Action Only Way to Stop ISIL

Africa

Nigerian Military Arrests Generals, Senior Officers Over Boko Haram's Takeover of Baga

South Asia

China Vows No ‘Western Values’ in Universities

Taliban member swapped by Obama for Bergdahl tried to return to terror: report

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Terror Plans of Al-Qaeda Women’s Wing Exposed
Angelina Jolie

Rape Victims’ Protest Shows Pain of CAR War

Pak Punjab Plans to Raise Marriage Age for Girls To 18

IS Women 'May Carry Out UK Attacks'

Egypt Women Protest Killing Of Shaima Sabbagh

Angelina Jolie ‘Speechless’ On ISIS Victims, Syrian Refugees

Indonesia: Undo Legacy of Rights Abuse

65 Saudi Husbands Jailed For Contempt Of Court

Annual Abortion Rate in Pakistan Doubled In 10 Years

Entire Family Shot Dead In Afghanistan for Rejecting Marriage Proposal

Indian Father Tried To Bury Ten-Year-Old Daughter Alive As He Wanted a Son, Hated Girls

US Public High School Hosts ‘Hijab Day’: A ‘Classic Example of Religious Indoctrination’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Current Affairs

The Retrial of Godse: Forgetting the Facts

I imagine you believe that he was for the most part adored; in fact he was hated and he is still hated today. Hatred is still alive in India and he died of it… But the simple fact that he lived according to his own law — which was ascetic and demanding of himself was something people could not tolerate.” French writer Hélène Cixous turns to Gandhi to compare his life with the ways of writing that “may hurt, may dissatisfy and give the feeling that something is taken away.”….

Current Affairs

The Retrial of Godse: Assassin’s Political Audience

The anniversary of the murder of Mahatma Gandhi has a different flavour this year. Of late, the man who killed him, Nathuram Godse, has been glorified publicly, and not only by BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj, who hailed him as a “patriot”. (Maharaj has since apologised for this.) But also by Hindu Mahasabha general secretary Acharya Madan, who argued on TV that while Gandhi was responsible for the death of 10 Lakh Hindus — the victims of Partition, a catastrophe he attributed to the Mahatma — Godse had killed “for a cause”….

 
Current Affairs
Gita, Gandhi and Godse
Verghese K. George

Gita, Gandhi and Godse

To say that religion and politics should not be mixed has not only become a cliché, but may be missing the point altogether. Many tall leaders found the reason for their political action in their religious faith. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr are examples…..

 
Islamic Society

Does condemning the attack on Charlie Hebdo make me less Muslim? No, supporting the freedom of speech of the dead cartoonists, or the Saudi blogger being flogged for “insulting Islam” doesn't make me a westernized secular who doesn’t care about Islam, my religion or the Prophet Muhammad. Instead it is those so-called Muslims hostile to critical thinking that lack basic understanding of what Islam is all about…..

Islam and the West

Europe Must Look At Itself As It Fights the Threat of Jihadism
Javier Solana

A religion is not only a belief system; it is also an institution, a language, and even a kind of market actor, competing for supporters. Radical terrorist groups attempt to consolidate their distorted version of “true” Islam as the only institution, imposing their language to win the entire Muslim market. Today, groups like ISIS and Nigeria’s Boko Haram have joined Al-Qaeda in a struggle to attract Muslims from all over the world…..

 
Islamic Society

Charlie Hebdo Protests Reveal the Damaged Culture in Pakistan
Mehr F. Husain

Broadly speaking, there are the Islamists who are pro-religion and anti-West with regards to a secular system and liberals in general. There is also the anti-West, anti-religion/pro-secular mindset perfectly captured by those who protest against Western intervention but campaign for a secular, democratic Pakistan.  The pro-religion and pro-West tend to be those who supported the war on terror but also defended religion as the factor behind terrorism.  And finally the pro-West, anti-religion/ pro-secular, who are mostly among the urban residents……

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The typical trajectory of most French Islamist terrorists follows four steps: alienation from the dominant culture, thanks partly to joblessness and discrimination in blighted neighbourhoods; a turn to petty crime, which leads to prison, and then more crime and more prison; religious awakening and radicalization; and an initiatory journey to a Muslim country like Syria, Afghanistan or Yemen to train for jihad. Stints in prison were seminal for Chérif Kouachi, Amedy Coulibaly and other major figures of French Jihadism in recent years — Mohammed Merah, Mehdi Nemmouche, Khaled Kelkal — as both a rite of passage and a gateway to radicalism…..

 
Islam and the West

While I am not about to deny the importance of religion and culture as drivers of geopolitical dynamics, I will argue that, more important than the clashes among the great civilizations, there is a clash within each of the great civilizations. This is the clash between those who have "made it" (in a sense yet to be defined) and those who have been "left behind" — a phrase that is rich with ironic resonance…..

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Isis Hostage Crisis: The Prisoner Swap Has Only One Purpose for the Militants - Recognition Its Islamic State Exists and That Foreign Nations Acknowledge Its Power
Robert Fisk

You only had to listen to the reporters talking in the last few hours about “the Islamic State” – without the usual “so-called” in front of it – to realise that we are already, with scarcely a thought for the consequences, accepting the caliphate as a viable, if illegitimate, nation. Forget the original demand for cash, because a Jordanian king and a Japanese deputy foreign minister are more valuable than $1bn. By agreeing to negotiate over hostages, they have given the Islamic State its own imprimatur…..

 
Islam and Spiritualism

However, the truth of Islam can be found in the Qur’an. The Qur’an is like a text book guide to life. In it you will find answers to all questions. For me, everything I had learned about all the different religions, everything that I knew to be true, fitted together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. I had all the pieces all along but I just did not know how to fix them together….

 
Islam and Spiritualism

Friday Prayer is an occasion for the assembly of the Muslims of a whole city or a town. It gives them an opportunity to meet together to discuss and solve their individual as well as community problems. Getting together once a week develops unity, co-operation and cohesiveness among Muslims. The logic that Friday Prayer is a demonstration of equality is also reasonable….

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Why I Thought Sex Was Haram as a Teen and What I Think Now
Khadra Said

From female genital mutilation to honour killings, countless societies often take extreme measures to control women's sexuality and knowledge about sex, disguising the extremity of it with the defence of 'preserving her chastity' and simply following the guidelines of Islam. News flash: Islam is in fact very open about sex, and in no way condones the gruesome lifestyle and lack of sexual education found in many Muslim communities, set by insecure, patriarchal leaders…..

 
Current Affairs

Ultimately, Mr. Hadi’s government collapsed through a series of grievous omissions: inaction in the face of powerful militias, unwillingness to impose law and security all over the country, and a failure to improve the lives of ordinary Yemenis. Mr. Hadi and the United Nations were not able to create the change that Yemenis took to the streets for in 2011. The Yemen model has been replaced by the Houthi model, with its simple adage: Violence pays…..

 
Urdu Section

Muslims Can Eradicate their Poverty By Their Own Struggle  مسلمانوں کی غربت کا حل خود مسلمانوں کے پاس موجود ہے
Abdul Moid Azhari, New Age Islam

اللہ تعالیٰ نے اپنے سارے بندوں کا رزق معین کر رکھا ہے اور سب کے رزق کے الگ الگ اسباب وذرائع وضع کئے ہیں ۔ اور اس کے لئے مختلف مقامات بھی منتخب کئے ہیں ۔ ایک ضرورت مند کا رزق کسی کی دولت میں زکوٰۃ کی صورت میں اللہ نے معین کر رکھا ہے تو اس ضرورت مند کو اس کے رزق سے محروم کرنا گناہ اور خود کی محرومی ہے ۔ کیونکہ یہ تو صاحب مال کی خوش نصیبی ہے کہ وہ کچھ لوگوں کے رزق کا ذریعہ بن رہا ہے اور یہ انتخاب خود رب کریم نے فرمایا ہے ۔

 
Urdu Section

Yemen: From Past to Future  یمن ماضی سے مستقبل تک
Shakeel Shamsi

یمن گزشتہ کئی برسوں سے خانہ جنگی میں مبتلا ہے، پہلے وہاں القاعدہ جیسی دہشت گرد تنظیموں نے عوام کی زندگی دشوار کر رکھی تھی، وہیں اب قبیلوں اور مسلکوں کی دشمنی نے خون خرابے کی شکل اختیار کر لی ہے۔ یمن کی موجودہ حالت دیکھ کر وہاں کا تابناک ماضی ضرور یاد آتا ہے۔یمن کا مسلمانوں کی زریں تاریخ سے ایسا شاندار رشتہ ہے، جس پر مسلمان جتنا بھی فخر کریں وہ کم ہے۔ جیسا کہ ہر مسلمان جانتا ہے کہ پیغمبر اسلام حضرت محمدصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی ولادت سے ایک سال قبل یمن کے طاقتور بادشاہ ابرہہ نے ہاتھیوں کا عظیم لشکر لے کر کعبہ کو برباد کرنے کے ارادے سے کوچ کیا تھا ،لیکن مکہ سے کچھ دور مزدلفہ کے مقام پر اللہ کے بھیجے ہوئے چھوٹے چھوٹے پرندوں نے اپنے پنجوں میں دبائے ہوئے کچھ پتھر اس لشکر فیل پر اس طرح برسائے کہ ابرہہ کے ہاتھی چبائے ہوئے بھونسے کی طرح ریزہ ریزہ ہو گئے۔

 
Hindi Section

इस्लाम के अनुसार यह मुसलमानों पर अनिवार्य है गैर मुस्लिम पार्टी के साथ किया करार या संधियों का सम्मान करें. एक मुसलमान अगर किसी देश में जाने की अनुमति चाहने के लिए नियमों का पालन करने पर सहमत है (जैसा कि वीसा इत्यादि के समय) और उसने पालन करने का वादा कर लिया है, तब उसके लिए यह अनुमति नहीं है कि उक्त देश में शरारत करे, किसी को धोखा दे, चोरी करे, किसी को जान से मार दे अथवा किसी भी तरह की विनाशकारी कार्रवाई करे. इस तरह के किसी भी कृत्य की अनुमति इस्लाम में बिलकुल नहीं है.

 
Urdu Section

A Journey to the Eternal Life  ابدی زندگی کی طرف ایک سفر
Harun Yahya

ذرا تصور کریں کہ آپ ایک بہت بڑے ریلوے اسٹیشن کے بیچ میں کھڑے ہیں۔ نوجوان، بوڑھے اور بچے تمام کے تمام جلدی میں ہیں۔ وہ تمام کے تمام ایک ہی ٹرین پر سوار ہونے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں اس لیے کہ ان تمام کو ایک ہی سفر پر جانا ہے۔ کچھ لوگوں نے اپنے تمام سامان سفر کو احتیاط کے ساتھ باندھ لیا ہے۔ وہ  اس بات سے بے خبر ہیں کہ انہیں سفر کے اختتام تک ان میں سے کسی بھی چیز کی ضرورت نہیں پڑے گی۔ کچھ لوگ اپنے خاندان والوں کو الوداع کہہ رہے ہیں۔ انہیں یہ معلوم ہی نہیں ہے کہ وہ اس سفر سے واپس ہی نہیں ہو پائیں گے۔ لیکن ہم ان لاکھوں مسافروں میں سے کچھ ہیں جو وقت آنے پر اسی ٹرین پر سوار ہوں گے۔ ہم وہاں کھڑے رہتے ہیں اور اس ٹرین کے منتظر ہوتے ہیں جو ہمیں آخرت میں ہماری ابدی زندگی کی طرف لے جائے گی، وہ ٹرین جس پر ہمیں  ایک دن سوار ہونا ہے۔

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Radicalism Is More Dangerous Than Even Terrorism
Ayesha Siddiqa

We have to be very clear on one thing: radicalism is more dangerous than even terrorism because it can survive longer and remain undetected due to the fact that it does not necessarily result in any immediate act of violence. Similarly, it is also a fallacy that these groups can ever get mainstreamed. Allowing groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and others to expand their welfare infrastructure does not help. Such activities assist the groups to hide their real intent and not change….

Islamic Society

Call Them ‘Dictators’, Not ‘Kings’
Faraz Talat

An unelected ruler of a country that publicly decapitates and lashes its citizens – often hastily and for archaic, moralistic reasons – and exports fanatical ideas to many politically volatile corners of the world, may be safely described with a word less lenient than “King”.

 
Islam and Spiritualism

There is an unending debate in Islamic theological literature on whether or not the Quran supports mysticism/Sufism. Several Islamic scholars, particularly Wahhabi hardliners, say that the Quran does not support Sufism. In fact, they believe that the Sufism is anathema to Quran. ...  However, without discussing the two philosophies, we find some simple and easy to understand verses in the Quran which clearly support Sufism or at least practices that come under the category of Sufism.

 


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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