Books and Documents
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Clearly it is not religious ideology that is attracting the youth but the idealism of the youth and their desire to fight the gross injustice and suffering inflicted on a people for the last 30 years or more in which more than a million have been killed and many more maimed and hundreds of thousands of children born disabled or seriously affected by nuclear radiation from the depleted uranium bombs fired by the US. …The perfect solution is to end all wars and to decide to resolve all disputes through negotiations, dialogue and arbitration…..



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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Fighting Terrorism sans Fighting Its Ideology
Babar Ayaz

We continue to dangerously mix religion with politics and our security policy. The Pakistani establishment also started using Jihadi organisations to destabilise India and Afghanistan; a major mistake because it was bound to boomerang sooner rather than later. It is bound to influence the handlers of the Jihadi organisations first because they are in touch with them. It is no wonder that Islamism has penetrated the forces. As our officers and Jawans are trained with the narrative that they are defenders of a country that is a fortress of Islam and is destined to lead the Islamic world, they are more susceptible to Jihadi ideologies……

Islamic World News

Taliban Execute School Students over Espionage Charges in Kunar
French Sen. Nathalie Goulet

South Asia

35 Taliban Militants Killed, 25 Others Injured In Clearing Operations

North America

New York City Buses To Carry Anti-Islam Posters

Senate Pledges $10m Bounty for ISIS Killers


Sangh Parivar Reaches Out To Muslims, Bats for Social Reform

No Discussion on ISIS, Al-Qaeda Threat at SAARC


Turkey’s 49 Hostages Freed In MİT Operation, Says President Erdoğan

Operation launched after ISIL broke promise: Turkish FM

Arab World

Syrian Army Advances in Hama, Kills Large Number of Militants

Eighteen ISIS militants killed fighting Syria Kurds

Hezbollah Ready to Hit Takfiri Terrorists at Khamenei's Order


Pakistan Not a Jungle; ‘Might Is Right’ Won’t Work: Nawaz

JI Threatens To Quit KPK Government If More Islamic Syllabus Not Implemented


Boko Haram Extremists Kill Scores at Borno Market


Sovereign Palestine a must for Mideast peace: French Senator

Three Germans charged over sending cameras, cash to IS

Southeast Asia

Religious Affairs Minister Gives Embattled Bogor Church New Hope

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Saudi Female TV Anchors Refuse To Take Heavy Makeup Criticism Lightly
Arafat Al-Majid, Saudi Female TV Anchor

France’s Femina Literary Prize Boycotts Hotel over Brunei Sharia Law

Saudi Women Forge Ahead In Workplace

Profile of a Saudi Woman Sentenced To Die

Suicide, Not Maternal Mortality, Now Leading Killer of Adolescent Girls

Combating Tanzania's High Child Marriage Rates

Meet Majida, Jordan’s Veiled Feminist Heroine

“Women Are Sisters, Women Are Mothers and Women Are Wives, Let’s Respect Them”

South Africa: Stark Differences in Cancer Screening for Young, Old Women

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Islam and Politics

The Dependency of an Islamic State on Sharia
Nurrohman Syarif

….the Prophet is basically a moral and spiritual leader. Although many experts acknowledge Muhammad as a prophet and statesman, such as evidenced by his effort to make common ground with a plural society in the “Medina constitution” issued in his lifetime, Muhammad’s involvement in state affairs was not his main mission. He admitted himself that he was sent to perfect morality. In the history of Islam, Islamic law is developed by experts or Islamic jurists privately and independently. Therefore it is not surprising that Islamic law is diverse, depending on the schools of law and their respective methodology…..

Books and Documents
Come All Ye Faithful
Seema Chishti

Come All Ye Faithful

From a book titled Mecca, by a formidable British writer born in Pakistan, you expect the world of Islam to unfold between the covers. Ziauddin Sardar does not disappoint. Through a biography of Mecca, the holiest of holy cities for Muslims and the centre of the Kaa’ba (the ‘Cube’ in Arabic), he takes you on a fascinating journey of Islam. Muslims are supposed to have two kinds of conversations while discussing their faith. One that they have with “others” and another they have amongst themselves, but Sardar’s book allows both to take place simultaneously…..

Islam and the West

“For Western media, Islam is an office with fancy headquarters where bureaucrats issue fatwas around the clock.” It is no such thing, mind bending in its variability and disagreements, and whole heartedly at odds with notions of a supreme, illuminating truth.  That is not something the President wishes to engage in – after all, Washington is very much an item with those problematic Saudi Wahhabis.  They claim to know something we don’t….

Islam and the West

Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the Rise of ISIS
Patrick Cockburn

Despite the Saudi connections of the 9/11 conspirators, Saudi Arabia and its citizens were treated with extraordinary leniency in the wake of the attacks. Some 144 individuals, mostly from the Saudi aristocracy, were permitted to fly back to Saudi Arabia within days of the attacks without being questioned by the FBI. The influential Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan was pictured in cheerful conversation with President Bush on the White House balcony a few days after 9/11….

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Facing massive appeal of Radical Islam, Moderate Muslims must refute Jihadist theology of violence with a coherent narrative of Islamic moderation, says Sultan Shahin at UNHRC in Geneva
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

We, the silent majority of moderate Muslims are disoriented. Can those Muslims who cherish democracy, peace, and pluralism still have a say in world affairs? Only a tiny fraction of one and a half billion Muslims see in the Quran and Hadees a permission to kill innocents from other sects and communities. But Islam or Islamism is being equated with terrorism because the vast majority of Muslims are still passive and silent.

Thirteen years after 9/11, the Islamist terrorist threat has become more diverse, more complex, and more dangerous. It seems that while the world has focused on fighting the terrorists militarily, it has not faced the challenge of the ideological narrative that Jihadism offers. It is this Islamist extremist narrative that has gained momentum now, animating not only groups like al-Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, al Nusra, ISIS, etc but also independent actors who may prove even more dangerous.

Since the chief terrorist of the world declared himself a Khalifa and his group an Islamic State, Muslims have been bewildered. OIC and Jamia Azhar have condemned it, but many religious organisations and even governments are showing ambivalence.  Meanwhile thousands of Arab, European and American Muslims have joined this Jihadist group. This has made Islamism virtually a synonym for terrorism now. Moderate Muslims must know that this has to change.

What are we, the Muslim moderates, doing wrong? Why are our youth joining the radicals?

What has happened is that Jihadists have worked out a radical narrative of Islam, a complete theology of violence, xenophobia, hate and Islam-supremacism based on common Muslim beliefs which they are using to brainwash Muslim youth, while we moderates have no coherent narrative or theology of peace, pluralism, co-existence and gender justice to counter that.

So what is the way forward? In my view, this situation calls for a clear refutation of the Jihadist ideology and working out a coherent narrative and a consistent theology of Islamic moderation, peace and gender justice. If not now, when?.....

Islam and Politics

State and Utopia: Are Democracies Collapsing In Asia?
Khaled Ahmed

Goodness is defined on the basis of religious rituals. In the Khyber tribal agency, a warlord called Mangal Bagh coerces you into being good by burning your house if you don’t say Namaaz five times a day in a mosque. This is the “Amr” (enforce good) of Islamic law. The other tenet, called “Nahi” (forbid bad), is democratic and modern, but becomes discriminatory when the law of evidence is applied to women and non-Muslims. Pakistan has both “Amr” and “Nahi”. It can’t protest much about the democracy it can’t have….

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

ISIS Intends To Radicalize Us All: And If We Let Them They Win
Dr. David Liepert

The peace of Islam—Salaam—was shared by everyone willing to share peace together, because just like Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Siddhartha and Arjuna before him, Muhammad fought for a just, multicultural society.  He fought for Pearson’s Canada.  He fought for Marshall’s America. So what should we do about ISIS?....

Islamic Society

Throughout the Haj, the largest annual gathering of people on earth, pilgrims must avoid getting involved in any disagreements or squabbles. Courtesy and helping others are the norm. Peace, serenity and piety pervade the entire Haj experience…..

Spiritual Meditations
Mending My Manners
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

There’s one thing that I really can’t stand—and that’s bad manners. I’m not bragging, but I do think I’m polite. That’s something that I love about myself. Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you very much’, ‘if you don’t mind’ and so on comes naturally to me, and I really mean it when I use those words. And so, when I see people behaving absolutely manner-less, it really disgusts me….

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

How Will The Anti-ISIL Fight Impact The Kurdish Peace Bid?
Serkan Demirtas

The government’s idleness against ISIL, due to its 49 hostages in the hands of jihadist militants, will likely make its position inside and outside Turkey more difficult, and will strain Ankara's ties with its Western and regional allies.….

Islamic Society

Since times immemorial it has been human nature to reverentially elevate a human being to a level of supremacy well beyond the normal standard of the society. Superstitions and ignorance had played an important role in it.  Taking advantage of these conditions, the people with higher intelligence procured and sometimes demanded such status for themselves. Often their attendants and hangers-on; the people with vested interests voluntarily accorded them even higher positions and sometimes made them gods and sons of gods. Pharaohs, Caesars, Emperors, Conquerors and Holy men fall into the above category......

Islam, Women and Feminism

Canadian Lana Slezic is outraged to learn her photograph of Afghanistan's Lieutenant Colonel Malalai Kakar, is being promoted by Senator Lambie and the UK's Britain First party as an image of a terrorist. The photographer says Lt Col Kakar fought against extremism and terrorism and for women's rights before she was assassinated by the Taliban in 2008…..

Current Affairs

Is India’s Bold Prime Minister Bold Enough?
Fareed Zakaria

Already, Modi’s honeymoon is coming to an end at home. In a series of by-elections, his party has done surprisingly poorly. It would be a strange irony if the problem with Narendra Modi turns out to be not that he is too bold but rather that he is not bold enough…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Internees Must Be Prosecuted
Ahmer Bilal Soofi

It is imperative, therefore, that Pakistan does not allow its border areas along the Durand Line to descend into the same kind of anarchy that the onset of IS has left Iraq in. For this, both the provincial and federal governments need to sit together and develop a comprehensive strategy for the effective de-radicalisation and prosecution of internees….

Islamic World News

Indian Muslims Will Live and Die for India, PM Narendra Modi Says
Indian PM Narendra Modi


Barrister Aisha Wakil Takes Mahatma Gandhi’s Message of Peace Back to Boko Haram

Arab World

Lights, Camera, Action: Saudi Kingdom Opens Up To Cinema Industry

Mega TV campaign kicks off to highlight evils of Islamic State

‘100 Saudi Imams with Extremist Thoughts’


AJK Shariat Court Act declared ultra vires of constitution

Zarb-i-Azb: Army airstrikes kill 23 suspected militants in NWA

Pakistan's minorities live in fear as terrorists turn their guns on Sikhs


Nearly 40 Yemeni People Killed as Army Beefs Up Violence against Protesters

Turkey ‘resolved’ to stop flow of ISIL militants

North America

‘Deeper Saudi-US ties can counter Mideast volatility’

US: Iran is welcome to participate in UN meeting on Iraq


Cameroonian Entire Football Team Accepts Islam in UAE

Boko Haram 'in charge of 25 towns' in NE Nigeria: bishop


ISIS-related arrests in US, Europe, Australia as intel warns of ‘gruesome’ attacks

Prince William's Friend Becomes Third Briton to Appear In ISIS Propaganda Video

The Islamic State Are Monsters, Say UK Muslims

South Asia

Taliban assassinate tribal elder in Jawzjan province

Southeast Asia

Catholic Church renews ‘Allah’ fight, seeks review of apex court decision


'Kill Christians, slaughter their children': Thugs waving IS flags threaten church-goers in Sydney

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Islam, Women and Feminism

‘Malaysian Comfort Women’ Joining Islamic State to Serve in Jihad al-Nikah
Activist Datin Paduka Marina

Kyrgyzstan Struggles with Rise of Female Islamists

Paramilitary Group Trains 'Chastity Patrols' To Ensure Iranian Women Are Well Covered

Counter-Terrorism Efforts Must Focus On Roles of Women

Women's Groups Slam 'Discriminatory' UK Advice on Sharia Wills

Proposal to Curb Practice of Stopping Women from Voting In Pakistan

'It's Now Time to Ban the Burqa', Following Terror Raids, Says Australian Senator

Muslim Women Challenged On Social Rejuvenation

Methodist Church wants Hijab banned in its school

Apply ‘30% Club’ For Women in Politics, Social Activist Marina Tells Putrajaya

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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

The Bush Cover-Up Begins to Unravel 9/11: the Saudi Connection
James Ridgeway

.... how the Bush administration deleted 28 pages in the 2002 report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on 911 probably because they describe in detail the Saudi connection to the Al Qaeda attack and Saudi financing of its operatives in the United States—people who knew two of the hijackers, and may well have been used as conduits for Saudi cash. Some of the money may have come from the royal family through a charity…..

Radical Islamism and Jihad

The two leaders told the news conference, called by the Vatican mission to the United Nations in Geneva, that they were nervous about the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State, saying it could boost Arab popular support for the militants......

Debating Islam

When Syed Manzoor Alam brought out the urine-related hadees, to challenge Mr. Ghulam Ghouse's blind faith in hadees, he was, I think, not focusing on that particular hadees but the unreliability, absurdness of many so-called authentic (sahis) hadeeses. .... to attack the blind faith in hadees, putting it on a pedestal even above the holy Quran, as Tablighi Jamaat and ahl-e-hadees people and generally nearly all Muslims do.

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Confronting Islamic State: The Next War against Global Jihadism

IS has achieved something scarcely conceivable in the Middle East by uniting the bitterest of foes in a common purpose. Such diverse actors as Europeans and Kurds, the embattled Syrian regime along with many of the rebels opposing it, Turkey, a slew of Arab states, as well as Israel and the Iraqi government itself have all clamoured for American intervention. Even Iran, though unenthusiastic about the Americans’ return to a theatre that it has worked hard to squeeze them out of, has accepted a tacit, temporary alliance with the Great Satan…..

Islam and the West

Willing To Wound, Scared To Strike
Saeed Naqvi

This powerful machine on the move is giving Saudis nightmares. ISIS is a hotchpotch of Wahhabis, Salafis, Muslim Brotherhood wedded to an Islamized Baathist structure. This Caliphate has become a rallying force for rampaging anti Americanism in the Muslim world. Worry of worries, inside European countries too. For the Saudis the omens are worse. A Caliphate is not a Caliphate without Mecca. Is the ISIS headed for Mecca?...

Islamic Ideology
Faith, Heredity and Conversion
Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam
Faith, Heredity and Conversion
Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam

All that one needs to be a good Muslim in India is a king-sized ego.  A very negative ego. An ego that tells you that you belong to a chosen community, the Ummat-e-Muhammadi. While the rest of humanity will go to Hell, literally, no matter how many good deeds the non-Muslims do, you will go to Heaven eventually, no matter how many evil deeds you do. If you are evil and a Muslim all that you need fear is a brief stint in Hell. The  fact  that you  belong  to the community of God's beloved  Prophet  Muhammad will  ensure that you eventually reach Heaven where you  will  be allowed  to  indulge in all the pleasures that are  forbidden  on earth. You can drink as much wine as you want. You can fornicate with as many women as you want. Indeed God is reduced to a supplier of wine and women for the Muslim residents of Heaven.  Such a view has nothing to do with Islam. But it has  not  been difficult  to  spread  this outlook among  the  ignoramuses  that constitute  the  overwhelming majority of Muslims.....

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