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    Islamic Society

    “The Barelvis and Deobandis have retained only 25 to 30 per cent of the original Dars-e-Nizami,” Dr Niaz Muhammad tells the Herald. However, “madrasas linked to the Shia and Ahl-e-Hadith sects as well as those linked to the Jamaat-e-Islami political party have almost entirely replaced Dars-e-Nizami with curricula of their own.”...

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Ummu Abiha, Mother of her father – a title given to her by her father, the Prophet (pbuh). She was gifted motherhood before she became a mother; heaven was under her feet before she even gave birth to Hassan and Husain. For motherhood is so treasured and divine in its qualities. Rub, the Arabic for Lord means to bring up. The word for mother in Arabic, Um, means the source, the nourisher and protector. Allah (swt) celebrates motherhood and gives women an enviable status – heaven is under the feet of the mother. ....

    Islamic World News

    Islamic State Could Influence Very Few Youths in India

    Is the UK Government's Anti-Terror Strategy Damaging School Kids?

    On The Purported Merger of Christian and Islamic Studies in Nigerian Schools

    Christian Groups Launch Online Petition to Stop Islamic Indoctrination in U.S. Schools

    Witnesses: ISIL Crucifies Two Young Men in Syrian Raqqa


    Nearly 60,000 Muslim Under-Trials in Jails across India, Says Government


    Islamic World Could Make Huge Contribution to Ending Hunger


    Curbing the Ballistic Missile Threat: How Africa Can Do Its Part

    North America

    'ISIS Days Are NUMBERED' Trump Declares WAR on Radical Islam As He Outlines Foreign Policy

    Arab World

    ISIS Heading For Financial RUIN: Jihadis See Privileges Cut In Austerity Drive

    ISIL Oil Trade in Syria Paralyzed, over 200 Oil Facilities Razed

    Fresh Syrian Forces Arrive in Aleppo for Decisive Battle


    Majority Pakistanis Want Legislation to Be Influenced By Islam, Survey Reveals

    Pakistan Court Orders Ruling on Muslim NGO's Illegal Sharia Courts

    South Asia

    Former Mujahideen Leader Urge Militants to End Slavery, Insisting Taliban Defeated In Operation Omari

    6 Militants Killed, 60 Arrested In Afghan Commandos Night Raid In Kunduz


    Turkey Planning New Aggression against Syrian Soil

    Palestinian Nazi Parallel Enrages Israel

    Southeast Asia

    After Hostage Beheading, Is Philippines Facing IS Threat?

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Bulgaria: Muslim Women Banned From Wearing Full-Face Veils in Pazardzhik

    Liberia Needs To Muster the Courage to Ban FGM

    Female Suicide Bomber Attacks near Turkeys’ Grand Mosque

    Muslim-American Women Model Identity, Self-Expression

    How Britain Fell For the First Muslim Woman to Win a TV Show

    N.J. Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Embraces A Bigger Olympic Platform As A Muslim Woman

    Naz Shah Suspended From Labour Party over Social Media Posts

    Amal Clooney Eloquently Undermines Donald Trump's Controversial Muslim Ban Speech

    Woman Who Fled to Syria to Join Isis Says It’s nothing Like They Promised

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Confronting Saudi Arabia's Sponsorship of Radical Islam
    Dan Liljenquist

    The Wahhabi tradition led directly to the radicalization of tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims, including Osama Bin Laden, which later led to the formation of al-Qaida and the Sept. 11 attacks. Wahhabism’s most recent warping has come at the hands of the Islamic State....

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    End Triple Talaq Divorce: Shayara Bano Case Will Be Critical For Gender Justice to Muslim Women
    Zeenat Shaukat Ali

    The arbitrary, undisputed, absolute power of divorce by the husband with triple Talaq in a single sitting was the common customary law practised in pre-Islamic Arabia in the days of Jahiliyya or ignorance.... This is a grave distortion of the law of divorce in Islam and was condemned by the Prophet as the following Tradition demonstrates: “The Messenger of Allah was informed of a man (Rukhana) who divorced his wife three times together, his face became red and he stood up in displeasure and said: ‘Is the Book of Allah being sported with while I am still in your midst?’” (NS 27:6)...

    Islam and the Media

    On Arab Press Freedom, Tunisia Shows the Way
    Diana Moukalled

    Tunisia has made a remarkable improvement in Reporters without Borders’ press-freedom index - the first Arab country to do so. This at a time when some Arab countries are imprisoning, murdering and torturing journalists. This progress is to be added to Tunisia’s record as the only success story of the Arab Spring, since its revolution did not result in civil war or bitter struggle, as happened in Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Libya....

    Spiritual Meditations
    Water from Stones
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

    Water from Stones
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

    This is a sign of God, providing us with valuable lessons about the amazing potentials and possibilities that God has kept for us in this world to access. A rock is a hard, dry object but water can start to drip from it when a certain action is performed on it!...

    Middle East Press

    When Schools and Students Become Spoils Of War: New Age Islam's Selection, 28 April 2016

    Shoura and Women Driving

    By Samar Mogren

    What US Elections Should Look Like In a Real Democracy?

    By Susan Abulhawa

    Green Card: A Ray of Hope for Expats

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Muslim Leaders Should Themselves Ban Triple Talaq, Polygamy, Introduce Other Gender-Friendly Reform And Bring the Practice of Islam Closer To Its Spirit
    Syeda S. Hameed

    For this middle path, the AIMPLB has a key role because it has many followers. They should step off the old track and project before the world the true spirit of Islam which is avowedly most gender-friendly and gender-sensitive regardless of its heinous distortion by groups like the Islamic State. They should say that we Muslims have never practised what the Quran and the Prophet taught us.....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Muhammad as Spirit of Truth: A Christian Testimony against Islamophobia
    Ian Mevorach

    Now, in the 21st century, it is high time for Christians to acknowledge how wrong we have been. Islam is the second-largest religion on the planet and is an integral part of human civilization as we know it. Islam is a beautiful, complex religion that supports human dignity, arts and sciences, spirituality, economic, environmental and racial justice, and so much more. As Christians today we are called to acknowledge the integrity of Islam and embrace Muslims as brothers and sisters in faith. And the key, I believe, to making this paradigm shift is choosing to see Muhammad differently, in light of our faith.....

    Islamic World News

    Indian Muslims' Experience Can Be Model for Others: Hamid Ansari
    Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari

    CII Chairman and Top Cleric Suggests Using Gold, Silver Currency

    1,000 Jihadists from Southeast Asia Travel to Join Islamic State

    Lack of Muslim Integration Is European Failure Not the Fault of Islam


    Angry Protesters Besiege Indian Filmmaker Kabir Khan at Karachi Airport


    Naib Khateeb of Lal Masjid Briefly Held With Three Guns

    Southeast Asia

    Indonesia Calls for Joint Maritime Patrols to Combat Islamic Militants


    Lack of Muslim Integration Is European Failure Not the Fault of Islam

    Austria's Chechens Fight Back Against Lure of ISIS Jihad

    Arab World

    Two ISIL Emirs Killed in Clashes with Rival Al-Nusra Terrorists in Homs

    Syrian Armed Forces Inflict Heavy Casualties on ISIL in Deir Ezzur


    13 ISIL Militants Killed In Turkish Shelling In Northern Syria

    Turkish PM Rules Out Removing Secularism from Constitution

    South Asia

    ANSF Still Waging Jihad, Defending Afghanistan, Region, World against Terror

    Supporters of Terrorism to Suffer More Than Afghanistan Is Suffering, Warns Abdullah

    North America

    US to Enhance Religious Training at Embassies to ‘Make America Safe

    Obama Administration Fails to Screen Syrian Refugees’ Social Media Accounts


    Traditional Quranic Schools Help Sudanese Learn Quran, Eradicate Illiteracy

    Mixed Messages Swirl around the Leader Boko Haram, As Contradictory Videos Emerge

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    ‘I Was Called a Filthy Arab - Then They Emptied Their Beer Cans on My Hijab’

    Kerala HC Allows Muslim Women to Wear Hijab for All India Pre-Medical Test

    Meet the Daredevil Activists Changing the Game for Women in Swat, Pakistan

    The British Muslim Women Who Have Been Seeking To Inspire Others

    These Millennial Muslim Women Are Clapping Back Against Stereotypes

    Women Attend Pakistan Jamaat-I-Islami Shoora for First Time

    Powerful Prince Says Saudi Arabia Is Still Not Ready For Women Drivers

    Iranians Worry As Morality Police Go Undercover

    Gulf Artists Stand Up For Women’s Rights

    Seminar on 'Women’s Rights in Islam' To Be Held in Pakistan's Quetta

    Compiled by New Age Islam Bureau

    Islam and Environment

    “And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: “Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).” There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.”..

    Islamic Society

    What Constitutes ‘Proper’ Quranic Education?
    Rabia Ahmed

    I’m curious to know; what constitutes ‘proper’ Quranic education?  Whose interpretation takes precedence when our religious ideals constantly conflict with one another? Why on earth should one officially go down that road, when you’re bound to be stuck at an intersection?....

    Islamic Personalities

    Allama Iqbal: Poet of the East
    Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal

    While a child, Iqbal was reading the Holy Qur’an, and at that time his father asked him: What are you doing? His reply was that he was reading the Holy Qur’an. His father kept asking the same question on several similar occasions for about three years. Then, Iqbal asked his father what prompted him to ask the same question? The father replied. “I wanted to explain to you about this. You should read the Holy Qur’an as if you were listening to it from Almighty Allah.” From that time, Iqbal started learning the holy book with deep understanding and reflections of its meaning and implications....  

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Indian Women Storming the Bastion of Patriarchy
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    All her attempts till now were aimed at reforming Hindu society. But then gender oppression is present across all major religions in varying forms. It should therefore not come as a surprise that now, along with some reformists Muslims, she is part of the demand to throw open the inner sanctum of shrines for Muslim women. ...

    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Are Muslim Refugees Destined For A Life Of Sex Slavery?
    Shabana Syed

    “Listen lady, if you don’t want to be whisked away to a brothel in Brussels and your three girls trafficked into paedophile rings or have their organs removed, please go back to Pakistan. Stop trying to make your way into Europe.”...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Muslim Brotherhood Islamists 'denying the existence of a serious internal crisis'
    Jamal Khashoggi

    It is time to tell the Brotherhood that reform will only happen when it dismisses the first generation of its leaders living in denial, and replaces them with qualified politicians who are aware of reality....

    Islam and the West

    Senegalese Serenity Belies Western Islam Fears
    Jack Montgomerie

    German-born anthropologist Dr Tobias Kuhn says the presence of powerful Islamic brotherhoods in the country has had a moderating influence on the country's politics. During a 2013 visit, US President Barack Obama called the country of 12 million, more than 90 per cent of whom are Muslim, "one of the most stable democracies in Africa".....

    Middle East Press

    Yemenis Have Not Lost Hope: New Age Islam's Selection, 27 April 2016

    New Developments Offer Hope For Syria Diplomacy

    By Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

    The Egyptian State And Its Youth: Who Is Afraid Of Whom?

    By Mohammed Nosseir

    Undermining Syrian Opposition

    By Osama Al-Sharif

    Can Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Transform The Country?

    By Joyce Karam

    Analyzing Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

    By Patrick Ryan

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    Islam and Politics

    In Israel, an Ugly Tide Sweeps Over Palestinians
    Jonathan Cook

    The trigger-happy soldier Elor Azaria and the peace camp leader Isaac Herzog have more in common than either might wish to admit. In their different ways, both have helped to turn all Palestinians into outcasts – and crush any hope of concessions from Israel to peace...

    Islamic Ideology
    In Search Of Believers in the House of Islam
    Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

    Although there are reputedly some 1.7 billion people who claim to be Muslims (Who and how they were counted?) but are there any Believers-Momins in the House of Islam today? It is important therefore to establish how the Book Quran defines Momin and Muslim....

    Islamic Society

    And this brings us back to Deoband. Over the years it has become a sort of a franchise, with its graduates setting up their own madrasas based on its teachings and producing some of the most virulent extremists in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Most of these madrasas are funded by those Saudis intent on promoting their fundamentalist and ultra-conservative Wahhabi Islam – it draws its name from Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, an 18th century scholar who launched a movement to revive pure Islam...

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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    An Appeal to Sufi Divines: Please Go Beyond Clichés Like Islam Is a Religion of Peace, Refute the Generally Accepted Core Theology Which Is Helping Jihadis Lure Our Youths to Terrorism
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Respected Sufi divines, I would, therefore, earnestly appeal to you to use the opportunity provided by the Delhi conclave to go beyond the usual shibboleths. Sufi approach of focussing on the positive features of Islam worked well at one time. There was no internet then. In the internet age everyone is a scholar. In this age of instant scholarship, nothing can be hidden or bypassed.

    It must be understood, that the radical Islamist theology and the current Islamic theology of consensus are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic. ISIS may vanish tomorrow. But the problem of radicalisation will remain. Islam supremacism, xenophobia, intolerance and exclusivism are inherent in the current Islamic, and not just Islamist theology.

    Focusing on positive features of Islam is an essential part of De-radicalisation or, more realistically, Preventing Radicalisation. But it is not bearing fruit in full measure as the core theology agreed to by nearly all Muslims militates against these positives. As briefly outlined above, this core and consensual theology nullifies the impact of all arguments made against violent extremism. It is this core theology that needs to be refuted and changed.  Let us all try and bring the core Islamic theology in line with the actual teachings of Quran and Sunnah. Let us move away from the current theology of violence and xenophobia. Let us move towards a coherent, comprehensive theology of peace and pluralism, co-existence and gender justice.

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