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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…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

It’s quite understandable then that the Kingdom should have passed a new terrorism law recently, together with several related royal decrees. So which pressing, terrorism-related concern does the new law address first? Does it ban incitement to violent jihad from the pulpit or the dissemination of Jihadi propaganda online? Nope, the leading concern of Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism law is atheism. You read that right. The world’s number one exporter of poisonous Wahhabi doctrines and of the Jihadi rabble which is the inevitable result of such doctrines considers atheists its foremost terrorism concern.....

Islamic Society

Outstanding Achievements of Young Muslim Inventors Recognised In the International Exhibition of Inventions Held At Geneva

A number of Muslim inventors from around the Muslim nations turned up to showcase their creations in the International Exhibition of Inventions held at Geneva, Switzerland. This was one of the world's largest exhibitions devoted to innovation with some 60,000 visitors. It was gratifying to see so many Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iran participate and send their mostly young inventors, some of them women. The most notable in this grand event of scientific inventions was that even Saudi women scientists showcased their creativity. It was heartening to see a Saudi woman scientist Ghaida Al-Sulami win three gold medals at the Geneva International Exhibition for Inventors.

Talking to New Age Islam, she explained she had no problems living and working as a woman in Saudi Arabia. Asked if she felt women in Saudi Arabia lived under constraints, as they could not even drive cars, she said she did not want to talk politics. However, when explained by this correspondent that she was only being asked to share her thoughts about the Saudi society and not politics, she opened up. Even when she was studying in one of the topmost universities in the United States, she lived her life in an Islamic way, donning Hijab and having no boyfriend, etc. and she does the same in Saudi Arabia. So she has no reason to feel constrained. She had several offers to work in the US, she said, but her family wanted her to come back and so she chose to go back. She knew driving herself, which she learned as a student in the US and naturally misses not able to drive now but she said it did not matter. Small price to pay to live with her family and in her own country.....

Islamic World News

Al Qaeda Holds Largest 'Most Dangerous' Meeting in Years
Prince Charles

Arab World

Bombers kill five at Iraq provincial govt compound


Ulema and Mashaikh Convention Resolved To Give a Message of Peace and Harmony


Prince Charles turned his back on Sir Salman Rushdie over The Satanic Verses

David Cameron urged to raise blasphemy law concerns with Pakistan


Mystery Gaza Blast Kills Three, Wounds Five

Zionist Police Breaks into Al-Aqusa, Wounds 30 Palestinians


Some apprehension among Muslims vis-a-vis Modi: Prominent cleric Kalbe Jawwad

Southeast Asia

Indonesian governor orders prayers to stop adultery

North America

New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

Muslim American group urges engagement to head off extremism

South Asia

Shaheed Minar vandalised night before Pahela Baishakh in Bangladesh

Children among 8 killed or injured in Zabul blast


Nigeria: Christians and Muslims join hands in defiance of Boko Haram attacks

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Boko Haram Kidnaps 200 Girls from Borno State School
Maryam Koofi, lawmaker

Two Egyptian Female Teachers Suspended For Ordering 120 Female Students to Strip

Israeli Teenagers Risk Being Sent To Prison by Refusing To Join the Army

Women’s Abusers in Saudi Arabia to Pay up To SR50, 000 In Damages

After Prank by Dutch Girl on Twitter, Real Trouble

Women's Media Group Names Courage Award after AP Photographer Anja Niedringhaus

Veiled Muslim Dancers Spark Ire in Malawi

Female MP Injured Following an Attack By A Member Of Afghan Security Forces: Moi

Malaysia: Indira Can Turn To Shariah Court to Get Justice, Lawyer Tells High Court

Business World’s Help against Domestic Violence Sought

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Islam and Human Rights

Labour Enslavement and the Application of Law in Saudi Arabia
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

All we know so far is that the poor shepherd arrived in Saudi Arabia on a contract with the stockyard’s owner who only paid the former around $300 of his wages, prevented him from travelling to see his family and did not even allow him to call them. The Indian worker could not escape because the stockyard was in the middle of the an-Nafud desert and he was afraid he would get lost and die if he tried to escape....

Islam and Politics

Indonesian Political Islam Fails Again
Saidiman Ahmad

The discourse on an Islamic state has disappeared from all Islamic political parties’ campaigns, replaced by issues linked to economic and national independence, bureaucratic reform and the fight against corruption. Most Indonesians do not support issues on the Islamic political agenda….

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Brandeis Bows To Radical Islam
Gina Miller

For over a decade, Hirsi Ali has spoken out against such practices as female genital mutilation, “honor killings,” and applications of Sharia Law that justify beatings and rape. Her outspoken criticism of Islam was dubbed by CAIR as “anti-Muslim hate” and led Brandeis University President, Frederick Lawrence, to comment in an online statement that Ali’s criticisms were ‘inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.’ So, Ms. Hirsi Ali’s fight for freedom conflicts with Brandeis’ “core values?”.....

Islam and Politics

For Meaningful Peace, We Must Build Civil Society, Establish Rule of Law, Separate Religion and Government, Secure Freedom of Thought and Belief, and Expose Human-Rights Violations

Peace is a state desired not only on a personal level but also on national level and in relationships between nations. Yet it continues to elude at all levels. On a very general level it may be defined as, 'freedom from disturbance; tranquility.' Yet, how many of us, at an individual level, have 'complete' peace? Not many, is my bet…..

Islam and the West

MI6, the CIA and Turkey's Rogue Game in Syria
Patrick Cockburn

The annex deals with an operation in which the CIA, in cooperation with MI6, arranged the dispatch of arms from Mu’ammar Gaddafi's arsenals to Turkey and then across the 500-mile long Turkish southern frontier with Syria. The annex refers to an agreement reached in early 2012 between Obama and Erdogan with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar supplying funding.


The Red Line and the Rat Line By Seymour M. Hersh....

Urdu Section

Is Ambiguity a Reward? ابہام ہی باعث ثواب ہے؟
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

طالبان کے درمیان پھوٹ پڑنے والی جنگ کے بارے میں جتنی معلومات پاکستانی ذرائع ابلاغ سے موصول ہورہی ہیں اُن سے اندازہ لگایا جاسکتا ہے کہ لڑائی کی شدت غیر معمولی ہے اور طالبان کے درمیان جھگڑے کی اصل وجوہات اپنے اپنے زیر قبضہ علاقوں میں بھتہ وصولی ، پنجابی و پشتون طالبان چپقلش اورتاوان کے لیے اغواء ہوئے لوگوں کی ملکیت جیسے اُمور ہیں۔دوسری طرف مذاکراتی ٹیم کے ارکان کا یہ دعویٰ ہے کہ یہ معمولی نوعیت کا جھگڑا تھا جس کو احسن انداز میں نبٹا دیا گیا ہے اور اب مزید کوئی جھگڑا نہیں ہوگا۔

Islam, Women and Feminism

Girls Are Being Forced To Convert To Islam in Pakistan, but Because They Are Christian Nobody Cares
Nasir Saeed

I have understood from several cases that the practice of forced conversion is well organised and well established, and to seek immunity from the crime, the culprits obtain conversion certificates from local mosques and change their names too…..

Islam and Human Rights

The Iranian regime's execution campaign demonstrates that any form of Arab civic organisation in Iran is portrayed as terrorism, enabling it to impose the death penalty. Ahwazi Arab activists maintain this is part of the regime's campaign of ethnic cleansing against indigenous ethnic Arabs. Unfortunately, endemic anti-Arab racism has meant that the Ahwazi cause has been alienated by some so-called "opposition" groups.....

Islamic Culture

Pahela Baishakh: Beyond Kurtas and Saris
Afsan Chowdhury

Baishakhi is a festival of harvesting and commercial year launching. It has been in Bengal and in many parts of India since the time of Akbar the Mughal during whose rule the revenue system was reorganised. It’s the time of renewal, promises and inclusion of all in a socio-economic system. It’s therefore a festival without religious overtones….

Books and Documents

As Mr. Allawi writes, a "form of realistic, purposeful and constructive patriotism also died with Faisal, to be replaced with the far more strident, volatile and angry Arab nationalism that swept the Arab world after the end of the Second World War." Today much of the Arab world remains in thrall to that negative nationalism—one opposed to Israel, America and a vaguely defined "imperialism" but unable to articulate what it supports....

Current Affairs

An Unholy Alliance of Buddhist Terrorists
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

….the Ahsin Wirathu Alliance, operating out of Burma or Myanmar, is made up of bloodthirsty Buddhists who have been terrorizing and slaughtering thousands of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims. Another equally vicious Buddhist group in Sri Lanka, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), has lately begun a fierce campaign against the Tamil, Muslim and Christian minorities on the island……

Urdu Section

حضور آپ بھی کیا سوچتے ہوں گے کہ ایسی بھی کیا قیامت ٹوٹ پڑی ہے جو مجھ بد بخت کو آپ کے دورە کے دوران اپنی یہ فضول کی راگنی لے کر کودنا پڑا۔ تو میں بس اتنا بتانا چاہتا ہوں ہوں کہ آپ بالکُل بھی فکرمند نہ ہوں یہاں سب امن سُکھ چین اور شانتی کا دور دورە ہے۔ بس جعفر آباد کے ریلوے اسٹیشن پر کچھ بے بس مرد عورتیں اور بچے ایک ٹرین میں بیٹھے بیٹھے اُس وقت اچانک مارے گئے جب ایک چھوٹا موٹا معمولی سا بم پتہ نہیں کیوں پھٹ گیا۔

Hindi Section

इस्लाम ने महिलाओं को बहुत से अधिकार दिए हैं। जिनमें प्रमुख हैं, जन्म से लेकर जवानी तक अच्छी परवरिश का हक़, शिक्षा और प्रशिक्षण का अधिकार, शादी ब्याह अपनी व्यक्तिगत सहमति से करने का अधिकार और पति के साथ साझेदारी में या निजी व्यवसाय करने का अधिकार, नौकरी करने का आधिकार, बच्चे जब तक जवान नहीं हो जाते (विशेषकर लड़कियां) और किसी वजह से पति और पुत्र की सम्पत्ति में वारिस होने का अधिकार। इसलिए वो खेती, व्यापार, उद्योग या नौकरी करके  आमदनी कर सकती हैं और इस तरह होने वाली आय पर सिर्फ और सिर्फ उस औरत का ही अधिकार होगा।

Hindi Section

अल्लाह का फरमान है- हल यसतविल्लज़ीना यालमूना वल्लज़ीना लायालमून (39: 9) क्या ज्ञानी और अज्ञानी समान होते हैं? हल यसतविल आमा वलबसीरो अफला तफकोरून (6: 50) क्या अंधा और देखने वाले एक समान होते हैं, तुम इतना भी नहीं सोचते। साबित हुआ कि अल्लाह न जानने वाले पर जानने वाले आलिम को महत्व देता है। तो क्या नबी को अज्ञानियों में से चयन करता?

Islamic Society

Chaos and violence in the name of Islam across the Muslim world should make us pause and evaluate the root cause of the problems. Is it not true that some Muslims (i) believe in violent Jihad against non-Muslims, (ii) believe in applying Takfir against fellow Muslims who disagree in interpretation of religion, and (iii) believe that punishment for apostasy or blasphemy is death? We must admit that these very beliefs are the root cause of so many conflicts. We must not deny that these so-called “Islamic” beliefs…..

Islamic Society

Imagine Telling the Taliban A Woman Could Lead You to God
Anwar Iqbal

“Send a bouquet of your face with the morning breeze,” wrote Persian poet Hafez (1320-1389), who caught the fleeting glimpse of a beautiful girl on a terrace when he was 21. That one glimpse captured his heart, and he fell madly in love. This love ultimately led him to God…..

Islam, Women and Feminism

Emirati Women Embrace Abandoned Children
Mossarat Qadeem

Fast-Paced Parkour an Outlet for Constrained Iranian Girls

World Cup Is Next Goal for Soccer Teens in Hijab

Austrian Girls Leave Home to ‘Fight for Islam’ In Syria

Alleged Saudi 'No Male-Guardian, No Shisha' Cafe Rule Sparks Controversy

Afghan 6-Year-Old Saved From Child Marriage After Dad Used Her To Pay Medical Debt

Physical Education for Saudi Girls Stirs Debate

Pakistan’s Women Are Helping Identify and Counter Extremism

Hundreds of Moroccan Women Take To the Streets to Demand Gender Equality

Darfur HR Activist Details the Ongoing Suffering of Her People

Newham College Student Organises Seminar on FGM and Forced Marriage

SAARC Women Entrepreneurs’ Core Committee Meets

Saudi Religious Police Urges Crackdown on Blackmailers of Women

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Islamic World News

Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation Charity Advisors 'Linked To Muslim Brotherhood'
Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, PTI leader


25 Birmingham schools inspected over jihadist ‘takeover plot’

Arab World

Syrian Army Units Killed a Big Number of Militants in Homs

Syria: US, Israel, Turkey to blame for past, future chemical attacks

Al-Qaeda Militants Close All Water Supply Gates in Fallujah


‘Israel’: Hezbollah Ready to Launch Commandos Attacks, Other Military Tactics

Turkey 'aided Islamist fighters' in attack on Syrian town: report


Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar for seeking guidance from Quran

Modi won't get tougher on Pakistan: PTI leader

South Asia

7 Taliban militants killed, 6 others arrested in Afghan operations

Southeast Asia

The Philippines to create autonomous area for Muslims

17 Filipino students in Riyadh win scholarship

North America

Local Muslim Community Bleeds with Boston

US citizens return over 9,100 antiques to Saudi Kingdom


No real proof of linkage between Al Qaeda, Maghreb and Boko


We are scared of Narendra Modi, but Rajnath Singh is like Vajpayee, senior Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad says

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Current Affairs
The Echoing Silence of Caste
Nissim Mannathukkaren

The Echoing Silence of Caste
Nissim Mannathukkaren

How is it a “Hindu problem” when Islam, Christianity and Sikhism in India are equally bedevilled by the monster of caste? What makes an “upper caste” Kerala Syrian Christian or a Goan Catholic revel in their supposed Brahmin origins, the Ashraf Muslims to refuse to interact with, or marry a Pasmanda Muslim, and caste divisions within Sikhs erupt in violence even outside the shores of India?....

Islam and Science

Is Muslim Religious Discourse On Scientific Matters Killing The Scientific Aspirations Of The Religious?

The universe is truly magnificent, and for a religious person to appreciate it as a Creation in the broad sense of the word, they have to negate their presumptions. If there is an Islamic position on science, it is that when you do not invoke God as an explanation that His magnificence unfolds in your quest to understanding His Creation……


People who say they can reduce terrorism to any one or handful of factors are wrong. What I do at the Centre is one component of a multidisciplinary approach that we call “bio-psycho-social-spiritual.” And while Islamic legal counselling is another crucial component, we believe that terrorism at heart has no religion....

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