Books and Documents
Radical Islamism and Jihad
The International Community Must Actively Address the Menace of Jihadism and Its Phony Interpretation of Islam, Urges Sultan Shahin in the UN Human Rights Council in Its 25th Session
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

South and Central Asian nations are deeply worried about the shape of things to come after the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return of Islamist terrorists from the Syrian theatre of Jihad back to North America, Europe and rest of the world. The upsurge of Taliban Jihadism in Afghanistan-Pakistan may also mean more terror in India and Bangladesh.

As experience has shown, Mr. President, the war on terror cannot be fought merely with military means. This war has an ideological dimension as much as military. The exclusivist, political, totalitarian, Jihadi narrative of Islam has to be contested and the mainstream narrative of Islam as an inclusive, spiritual path for salvation promoted vigorously. Among the Western governments, only Britain has shown an awareness of the ideological nature of this war and a resolve to help Muslims fight it ideologically. But the response of British Muslims has been disappointing.

Muslims across the world continue to be in denial. Not the slightest sign of introspection.

 British Muslims find the Report from the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Tackling Radicalisation and Extremism problematic. The subsequent actions too have caused consternation. But there is no indication that Muslims themselves plan to do something to fight this menace. We Muslims must understand and accept that this is primarily a war within Islam and it is for us to fight it.

Already, the Taliban have started flexing muscles. In Pakistan last month they forced the government to open talks. While demanding the implementation of Shariah they cut the throats of 23 captured soldiers of Pakistan Army. As Pakistan Information Minister pointed out, 90,000 Pak troops were taken prisoner in the 1971 war against India but not one of them lost their heads. He also wondered what sort of Shariah law Pakistan Taliban want imposed that allows cutting the throats of soldiers of their own country.

Clearly the international community must actively seek to address the menace of Jihadism and its phony interpretation of Islam…..

Muslims and Islamophobia

A well designed and colour co-ordinated Hijab, the scarf that frames the face of a woman, makes even an average woman look attractive. However for full face covering–… ignominy will cover their faces--refer to 10-27 of Quran.....

Islamic Society
Faith, Fanaticism and Jihad
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

Allama Iqbal in his book “Reconstruction of Religious Thoughts in Islam” said that, the search for rational foundation in Islam may be regarded to have begun with the Prophet himself. His constant prayer was: “God! Grant me knowledge of the ultimate nature of things!” All these clearly manifest the role of knowledge in the domain of faith.

God’s infinite attributes are manifested in diversity of nature that includes our complex intertwined life. The sense of awe, and helplessness of human mind in the face of complexities of life and its interrelation with the nature and universe, inspires emotion and introspection — essential components of Faith of a believer.....

Urdu Section

War on Terror is getting Unsuccessful دہشت گردی کے خلاف جنگ نا کام ہو رہی ہے
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

ہم اس وقت ایک جدید دور میں جی رہے ہیں، آج کے حالات زمانہ قدیم کے حالات سے یکسر مختلف ہیں، جو اُس زمانے میں “حجۃ الاسلام”یا “خلیفہ”تھا اسے آج یہ سہولت میسر نہیں، خلفاء کے دور میں خلیفہ رعیت کی خبر لینے اور ان کا حال جاننے کے لیے ان کے درمیان گھومتا پھرتا تھا۔۔ یہ سادگی آج میسر نہیں، اور نا ہی دستیاب ہوسکتی ہے، شہروں کا پھیلاؤ جناتی ہوگیا ہے اور گھر کروڑوں میں، رابطوں کے ذرائع بھی بدل گئے ہیں تاہم لگتا ہے کہ نئے دور کے مفتیان کو یہ بات سمجھ نہیں آتی۔۔ یا وہ اسے ہضم نہیں کر پا رہے۔

Islam and Politics

Lebanon’s Sufi Orders Threatened by Rise in Salafism
Haytham Mouzahem

Were it not for some news reports on Sufi ceremonies and video clips on YouTube depicting remembrance sessions and spiritual dances, one would almost think that Sufi orders are completely absent in Lebanon. This comes in light of the media, political and military dominance of fundamentalist Salafist currents on the religious scene in Lebanon……

Islamic World News

Afghan Couple Find Idyllic Hideout in Mountains, But Not For Long
Iraqi Premier Nouri al-Maliki

South Asia

12 Taliban militants killed, 9 others injured in Afghan operations


Tunisians say 'no' to Sharia and set an example for the region

French troops in Central African Republic escort Muslims to safety

Arab World

Iraqi Premier Accuses Saudi Arabia of Supporting Terrorism in the Region

Syria: Heavy Weaponry Destroyed, Militants Killed in Idlib

Southeast Asia

PKS: Show of Piety a Must for Islamic Presidential Candidate

Dr Mahathir should keep views on Hudud to himself, says Muslim youth group


Yemen Launches "Massive, Unprecedented" Military Operation against Al-Qaeda

Netanyahu to Palestinians: When you want peace, let us know

North America

Pakistan, Afghanistan to resume proxy war: US paper


British rebel fighter offers rare insight into daily life of foreign jihadists

Mock executions, beatings: Journalists describe Syria ordeal


Teachers Force Muslim, Lower Caste Students to Clean Toilets in India: Report

No Muslims in BJP, AAP Gujarat list


Gen Beg warns of Egypt-like change in Pakistan

Militant attacks in north-western Pakistan kill 8

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Turkish Women Use Twitter to Fight Sexual Harassment
Samra and Sabina, ‘Jihad Girls’

Allowing Women to Drive Less Evil Than Depending On Foreign Drivers

Saudi Woman Continues Fight to Wed British Beau

Senior UN Official Urges Women to Remain Engaged In Afghan Political Life

Turkish Intel Detects Possible Signal from Austrian ‘Jihad Girls’

Women Take To the Pitch as Female Footballers Wow Jordan

Further Negligence Will Foster Sexual Abuse against the Young

Parents Search for Abducted Nigeria Girls, Say 234 Missing

Father Kills Divorced Daughter over Suspicion of Illicit Relations in Pakistan

Mother’s Role Is Crucial Making a Peaceful Society, Scholar Says

Egypt Arrests Controversial Belly Dancer

Goodwill Forum Aims To Educate Children on Islam

Women Prominent In Coming Iraqi Elections

Aleppo's Children Struggle To Stay In School

More Than 14,000 Children Missing In 5 Years in Turkey: Report

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Urdu Section

Folly of God's Defence اللہ کے دفاع کی حماقت
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam
میں یقین کے ساتھ کہہ سکتا ہوں کہ ان بے وقوف مذہب پرستوں خاص کر اسلام کے وڈے وڈے ٹھیکہ داروں کے مقابلے میں یہ ملحدین اللہ اور اس کی رحمت سے کہیں زیادہ قریب ہیں کہ بے وقوف دوست سے عقل مند دشمن کہیں زیادہ بہتر ہوتا ہے، اس قول کی سچائی اب حقیقی زندگی میں بھی نظر آنے لگی ہے، مؤمنین کے عمل اور مفتیانِ اسلام کے مضحکہ خیز فتاوی کی وجہ سے لاکھوں لوگ اللہ سے نفرت کرنے لگے ہیں اور ایمان کی راہ سے بھٹک رہے ہیں، وہ سیکولروں اور ہر اس شخص پر کفر کے فتوے لگا رہے ہیں جو ان کا مضحکہ خیز عقیدہ نہ رکھتا ہو حالانکہ سیکولر یا ملحد کو اس بات سے کوئی غرض نہیں ہوتی کہ آپ کا عقیدہ کیا ہے، وہ تو بس آپ سے یہ چاہتا ہے کہ آپ اس پر اور لوگوں پر اپنی رائے نہ تھوپیں تاکہ ان کی آزادی فکر کی حفاظت کی جاسکے جو اللہ بھی چاہتا ہے


Radical Islamism and Jihad

Charity Work in Britain: A Cover for Extremists?
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Charity itself is a core value of faith in Islam and it’s a tax paid to a deprived category of people, like the poor, orphans and the needy. Extremist groups exploited alms-giving and charity to gain prominence and they have managed to collect hundreds of millions throughout the years. Money and preaching are a dangerous mixture which enabled an organization like al-Qaeda to spread and engage in acts of sabotage. Al-Qaeda used this mixture to buy explosives and suicide bombers…..

Islamic Personalities

Allama Iqbal encouraged the younger generation for fresh interpretation of Quran and the Sunnah and discovers mutual harmonies that would enable Muslims to learn modern science and use science and technology to improve their material existence…..

Islam and Politics

No Honour for a Career of Hate, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Amina Wadud

Most of the resistance to her, as a public figure, comes because of her own categorical statements against Islam. Not only does she choose to be an atheist, but she lambasts those who do not make her same choice. Her sweeping statements are meant to galvanize support against the Islam she has suffered from both as a child in a conservative family and as colleague of a brutally murdered film maker…..

Islam and the Media

Pakistan: Trying to Dam a Digital Sea
Bina Shah

In any event, young Pakistanis, having been raised on satellite television, the Internet and smartphones, already have an insatiable thirst for information and the public space in which to think freely. So their appetite has been whetted, and many of them now are challenging the establishment’s societal mores…..

War on Terror

How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops: Up Close, Personal, and Bloody
Ann Jones

Some veterans have gone on to become domestic terrorists, like Desert Storm veteran Timothy McVeigh, who killed 168 people in the Oklahoma federal building in 1995, or mass murderers like Wade Michael Page, the Army veteran and uber-racist who killed six worshippers at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in August 2012….

Islam, Women and Feminism

I may not be wrong in assuming that the main reason behind divorce and suicide amongst women and girls is increasingly that parents never see eye-to-eye with their daughters regarding their marriage…..

Islam and the Media

May You Live Long, Hamid Mir!
Marvi Sirmed

Hamid’s crimes have been many. His penchant to speak his mind and standing up for whatever he believes in was his biggest crime, like that of my friend Raza Rumi who was attacked less than a month ago. Hamid’s interpretation of ‘truth’ and ‘right’ might be subjective as the case is with any of us. Our causes are defined by the ideology we believe in....

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

A Hole in the Heart of Africa
Ban Ki-moon

Women and men shared harrowing tales of sexual violence, kidnapping and constant threats on their lives. Now they are virtual prisoners desperate only for escape. They told me how schools, hospitals, even cemeteries are off-limits. As one person lamented, “We can’t even help our dead.” Now is the time to help the living.....

Islam and Politics

Another ‘Sham’ Election Is Over, So What Now For Algeria?
Robert Fisk

In Algeria, politics is theatre, blood is real. You may joke about Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election for a fourth-term presidency – sick, wheel-chaired, 77 years old – with 81.5 per cent of the vote, but you cannot doubt the ambush and killing of 14 Algerian soldiers at Iboudarene….

Current Affairs

The American elites believed that Mr. Reagan was an unsophisticated simpleton who was too extreme to be President. Prior to his election, they issued dire warnings about the calamities that would ensue if Mr. Reagan came to power. The rest, as they say, is history, and the collapse of the Soviet empire left Mr. Reagan’s critics on the wrong side of it....

Books and Documents

The Wars That Pakistan Began and Lost
Syed Badrul Ahsan

From Kutch to Tashkent promises to be a source of delight for researchers of sub continental and especially Pakistani history. In broad measure, it is mirror into the negative psychological make-up that has consistently defined Pakistan's political and military leaders since the country was created in 1947. One wonders if any lessons have been learned.……

Islam and the West

A Brotherhood Inquiry in Bad Faith
Kenan Malik

Imagine that an elected president is ousted by the military. That the president’s party is declared a “terrorist” organization. That dozens of protesters are shot in the streets, thousands of people imprisoned and hundreds sentenced to death. How should a liberal democracy respond? Presumably, by condemning the coup, denouncing the violence and defending the rights of the political opposition. But not, it seems, if you are the British government.....

Hindi Section

Folly of God's Defence अल्लाह की रक्षा करने की नादानी
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

मैं विश्वास के साथ कह सकता हूँ कि मूर्ख धार्मिक लोगों खासकर इस्लाम के बड़े बड़े ठेकेदारों के मुक़ाबले में ये नास्तिक लोग अल्लाह और उसकी दया से कहीं ज्यादा करीब हैं कि मूर्ख दोस्त से बुद्धिमान दुश्मन कहीं ज़्यादा बेहतर होता है। इस कथन की सच्चाई अब वास्तविक जीवन में भी दिखने लगी है। मोमिनों के अमल और इस्लाम के मुफ़्तियों (फतवा जारी करने वाले) ने हास्यास्पद फतवों की वजह से लाखों लोग अल्लाह से नफरत करने लगे हैं और ईमान की राह से भटक रहे हैं।

Urdu Section
Controversial Martyrdom شہادت متنازعہ
An Editorial of Monthly Sautul Haq

امیر جماعت اسلامی منور حسن صاحب کا انٹرویو آج کل موضوع بحث بنا ہوا ہے ۔ کیونکہ  انہوں نے فرمایا کہ امریکی مفادات کےلئے  ہمارا فوجی طالبان کے  ہاتھوں مارا جائے تو وہ شہید  نہیں ہے ۔  ان کے جواب سے ہلچل مچ گئی فوج بھی حرکت میں آگئی اور سیاست  دانوں  کو بھی موقع ہاتھ آیا کسی کا خیال  ہے ان پر مقدمہ چلایا جائے کوئی کہہ رہا ہے انہیں غدار قرار دیا جائے ۔ یہ کوئی بتا نہیں رہا ہے کہ شہادت ہے کیا؟  شہادت کا تاج منور حسن صاحب پہناتے ہیں یا یہ ڈیوٹی مولانا فضل الرحمان صاحب کی ہے کہ چاہے انسانوں کو پہنائیں یا کتے کو ۔

Hindi Section

The Forgotten Inheritance of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad मौलाना अबुल कलाम आज़ाद की भूली बिसरी विरासत
S. Irfan Habib

उन्होंने अलअज़हर युनिवर्सिटी की भी आलोचना की और इसके पाठ्यक्रम को घटिया बताया। अपनी प्रारम्भिक शिक्षा के लिए उन्हें इन मदरसों पर निर्भर नहीं होना पड़ा, इस पर संतोष व्यक्त करते हुए वो लिखते हैं: "ज़रा सोचें कि अगर मैं वहीं रुक जाता और नई जिज्ञासा के साथ नए ज्ञान की खोज में नहीं निकलता तो मेरी क्या दुर्दशा होती! जाहिर है मेरी प्रारंभिक शिक्षा से मुझे निष्क्रिय दिमाग और वास्तविकता से बिल्कुल अंजान होने के सिवा और कुछ भी नहीं दिया होता।"

Urdu Section

Misconceptions Associate Secularism with Atheism غلط فہمیوں کی وجہ سے سیکولرازم کو لادینیت سے موسوم کر دیا گیا
Khaled Aljenfawi

اسلامی اصول فقہ میں چند اصول ایسے بھی ہیں جن کی بنیاد پر سیکولر ازم کو بے حرمتی یا جو اسلام میں ‘‘ مقدس و معظم ہیں ان کی خلاف ورزی یا ان کا غلط استعمال’’ سمجھا جاتا ہے۔ در اصل لفظ سیکولر لاطینی زبان کے لفظ "saeculum" سے ماخوذ ہے جس کا مطلب ایک دور یا ایک نسل ہے۔ "سیکولر" ہونے کا مطلب "عام(civil)" ہونا ہے جس کا تعلق کسی مذہبی ادارے سے نہ ہو۔ اس کے علاوہ، سیکولر ازم سے مراد ‘‘اس دنیا سے متعلق یا موجودہ زندگی’’ بھی ہو سکتا ہے (ویبسٹر 1138)۔ بلا شبہ کوئی بھی یہ نہیں کہہ سکتا کہ سیکولر ازم دنیاوی اور دینی امور کے درمیان ایک راستہ ہے۔

Arabic Section

Islam and Old Age Ethics بر المسنين وحقوقهم في الإسلام
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
وقال الله تعالى: "وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا " (24-17:23) خدمة الوالدين هي من أهم واجبات الإسلام. وقال النبي عليه السلام : ( ليس منا من لم يرحم صغيرنا ويوقر كبيرنا ) رواه الترمذي. وغالبا ما نعطي المزيد من الاهتمام بما تقول زوجتنا أو ما يقول أطفالنا ولكن هذا ليس صحيحا. ولا بد من تقديم الأولوية الأولى للأجداد الذين يحاولون أن يقولوا لك شيئا. كما يجب علينا أن نخدم المسنين قبل كل شيء وذالك عندما نقدم الطعام أو الماء على سبيل المثال.

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

His Red Mosque and madrassa complex, a stone’s throw from government buildings in Islamabad, was stormed by security forces on the orders of then-president, Pervez Musharraf. Dozens of people died during the siege. Mr Aziz was caught trying to escape dressed in a Burqa.....

Zahid Hussain, a commentator, says the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lost its appetite for controlling illegal madrasa construction in Islamabad. He says there are now thousands of madrasa students in the city. No wonder Mr Aziz feels the tide of history is flowing in his direction. In 2007, we were on the defensive, he says. “Now things have turned 180 degrees and it is the secular forces who are hiding.”

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