The War Within Islam
The Looming Civil War within Islam
Waheeduddin Ahmed for New Age Islam
As if the danger to Muslims from external enemies was not serious enough, we are facing the prospects of a civil war between the Sunnis and the Shias on a global scale. Such a war could have all the characteristics of world war three. Sectarian passions seem to be brewing with sizzling effervescence in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Eastern Arabia. There are ominous signs of states such as Iran, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia getting involved in the conflict. … Are we now to rethink our loyalties and our associations? Is there a conscious attempt to divide the Muslim world on sectarian ground? Are the Saudis, their protégés among the Taleban and the Takfeer-mongers of Pakistan right? Have the enemies of Islam struck their final blow? There is still time to avert this impending Armageddon in the Muslim world. The ball is in the Iranian court....
Three-thousand-year-old terraces and olive groves provide a peaceful pathway near Bethlehem. The olive tree, a symbol of steadfastness and faith in the future, has great significance in Palestinian society. The tree of poor people, it gives without taking. You plant it for your children, knowing that they will plant it for their children, too....
If Maudoodi's exhortations are not enough to motivate Muslims to conduct acts of terror, we have the words of the late Hassan al-Banna being distributed in our schools and universities. Al-Banna makes it quite clear that the word "jihad" means armed conflict. He mocks those who claim jihad is merely an internal struggle. Al-Banna says this redefinition of the term "jihad" to depict it as a non-violent act of self-examination, is in fact a conspiracy so that "Muslims should become negligent."...
Ever since the London bombings of 7/7, the United Kingdom has sought to deal with emergence of the virtual Islamic homeland by reinventing multiculturalism—spending millions marketing purportedly moderate, anti-jihadist forms of Islam. This project, however, has simply perpetuated ghettoisation. In a 2006 survey, six of every 100 British Muslims were reported to support the 7/7 bombing; the following year, 25% said the terrorist attack was a government plot....
Importance of Friday Sermon
Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef, New Age Islam
Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef, New Age Islam
Moreover, we live in an information age. Information technology and fastest growing communication means are ruling the roost. The world media is being run most probably by some Jewish hands who rule the world by proxy. Muslims around the world, have no say in this sad state of affairs, except a few new initiatives as Al Jazeera and the likes. This situation is worse in India as a whole Muslim community has no role in national media....
War on Terror
Among senior Obama administration officials, there is a broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade. Given the way al-Qaida continues to metastasize, some officials said no clear end is in sight. . . . That timeline suggests that the United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism."...
Islam, Women and Feminism
Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre
Random Starts, First Emirate Women's Rock Band
Brave Woman Tried to Reason with London Attackers
TV Show Not Sorry For Prank 'Converting' Teen Girls to Islam for Bieber Tickets
Blasphemy: ‘Other Prisoners Say I Deserve To Die’
Accused of rape, Malaysian marries 13-year-old girl
Students Honoured for Heroism in Preventing Rape Attempt
Indonesian ‘Hijabers’ Buy Into an Islamic Economy
Indonesian Agency to Investigate Billions Transferred by Graft Suspect to 45 Women
Ethiopia's Bogaletch Gebre Wins King Baudouin Prize for Eradication of FGM
20,000 Foreigners Married Local Malaysian Women
Samina Baig: Top award for Everest climber proposed
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Islamic World News
Murdered Woolwich soldier Lee James Rigby
‘Barbaric Attack’ in London Prompts Meeting on Terror
Anti-Islamist protests flare following brutal London attack
London Attacker Was British-Born of Nigerian Descent: Source
Iraqi Fundamentalists’ War Against Vice Targets Alcohol and Prostitution
Facebook pages belonging to Syrian opposition deactivated
Kashmir's self-styled Godman arrested for rape of young girls
Indian Imams to visit Auschwitz for Holocaust awareness
Centre toughens stand on Kashmiri separatist leaders’ travels abroad
American who was killed by drone had been arrested by Pakistan
Will Pakistan continue to turn a blind eye to minorities?
Car bomb kills 12, wounded 23 in southwest Pakistan
‘Religious councils, association can be parties in Allah dispute’
Bank Indonesia Taps Religious Groups to Expand Banking Outreach
Maldives Chief of Defence Force warns of youth enrolling in terror training camps
Maldives UN team calls for abolition of death penalty, flogging
At least 18 soldiers killed in gun battle in Niger: Military sources
Clashes in Tripoli kills five, more than 50 wounded
FBI shoots, kills man linked to Boston bomb suspect
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
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Islam and Politics
It seems that the Liberal / Conservative tug of war is on the rise again over the disputable subject of Saudi liberalism, as a group of young Saudi liberals attempted for the second time to celebrate what they claim it to be a “Saudi Liberal Day.” The Saudi liberal movement has started once again promoting their principles and ideologies to the Saudi public with more determination to prove they are here to stay....
The Indian Muslim seminary of Deoband that has considerable influence on the Bangladeshi traditionalists must be asked to dissuade them from further confrontation. The mainstream liberals, atheists and Marxists in Bangladesh must rein in their militant wing from launching incendiary attacks on Islam. The window to act is small and getting smaller by the day. Time is of real essence....
Asghar Ali Engineer
“History is full of instances of people who challenged the mighty forces of evil and they were not only fighting a lonely battle but were left alone to die. If somebody asked me about achievement I would have to talk qualitatively because my forces have depleted. So what? People who were swearing by my values finally succumbed. I have been ex-communicated.”...
خواتین کے ساتھ جنسی زیادتی اور ان کی عصمت دری، دنیا بھر میں بڑے پیمانے پر ایک سماجی برائی ہے ۔ اطلاعات کے مطابق، تمام مہذب معاشرے، اس نفسیاتی بیماری میں مبتلا ہیں۔ لیکن ایسی آزادی جس کے ساتھ عصمت دری کرنے والے مصر میں آزاد گھوم رہے ہیں ، اسلامی جمہوریہ کے لئے خطرناک اور شرمناک ہے۔ مسلمانوں کے اخلاقی شعور کو کیا ہو گیا ہے، یہاں تک کہ، کوئی قانون یا پولیس بھی نہیں ہے؟ میڈیا کے ذریعہ پیش کی گئی تصاویر، مصر میں مسلم اخلاقیات کے افسوس ناک صورت حال کو ظاہر کرتی ہیں ۔
Muslims and Islamophobia
Jizya is a per capita tax levied on a section of an Islamic state's non-Muslim citizens, who meet certain criteria) that infidels must pay to Muslims, or the one who says that Islam will one day dominate the West, they all prove the folly of not facing the facts. As long as that folly is shared in a bipartisan fashion, the prospects for peace in the world will remain bleak. ....
The days that followed were terrible. The first thing that comes to a freshman’s mind when they set foot in their university is the horrid thought of being ragged. The British tradition of ragging new students is unfortunately prevalent in Pakistani universities. In certain universities, an official ‘Rag Day’ is observed where seniors ridicule newbies and ask them silly questions.....