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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Muslim Denial Knows No Bounds: One Way Of Dealing With Self-Styled 'Khalifa' Baghdadi Is To Call Him A Jew And A Mossad Agent, As Does Maulana Abul Irfan Firangi Mahli, But Will It Work?
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

Is the self styled caliph of Muslims, Abu Bakr Baghdadi alias Ibrahim a Jew and a secret agent of Mossad?... Some conspiracy theorists also suggest that many ‘neo-Muslims’ coming from Jewish background have joined Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations with a motive....

However, while some find comfort in newer and newer conspiracy theories, many Muslims all over the world have responded to Baghdadi with support and acceptance, little realizing that he might be an enemy of Islam in the same way as the Saudi Wahhabi Kingdom that has by now destroyed almost all symbols of Islam's historicity....

Conspiracy theories have not worked in denying Muslim support to Saudi Kingdom; they are not likely to work in the case of this self-styled Khalifa Baghdadi. What could have worked then but was not tried with any degree of coherence and consistency and what could work now is a serious rebuttal of the extremist ideology of Kharjites and now neo-Kharjites by all sections of mainstream Islam.

There is a whole galaxy of extremist ideologues who have existed throughout the history of Islam. They cannot all be called MI6, CIA, KGB and Mossad agents. These ideologues have enjoyed varying degree of support among the masses. When the ideological mentor of Abdul Wahhab, Taqî ad-Dîn Aḥmad ibn Taymiyyah, for instance, died, while in prison for several years on charges of heresy, hundreds of thousands of Muslims turned up to pray for him, and, incidentally, he was buried in a Sufi cemetery and is still called Sheikh-ul-Islam by some.

We Muslims, at least those of us who want the community to come out of the mess in which we have put ourselves, have to recognise that we have a serious problem on the ideological plane and have to exert hard to sort it out, starting from the most basic question: who is a Muslim. A community that cannot sort out the question of who has the right to be considered its member obviously has a long way to go to join the modern world.

Please read below the Urdu translation of Maulana Abul Irfan Firangi Mahli's essay. When I read it first, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Please share your reactions with us on the New Age Islam forum.

Interfaith Dialogue

Towards Joint Victory: Sufis Are a Binding Factor between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India
Hamid Mir

Warriors are controversial in our history but Sufis are not. Sufis spread the message of peace in this region. Hazrat Ali Hajwairi (Data Ganj Bakhsh) came to Lahore from Ghazni (Afghanistan). His follower Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti (Khawaja Ghareeb Nawaz) came to Delhi from Herat (Afghanistan). These Sufis still enjoy respect in the whole region by the followers of different religions. While many of the warriors are not our mutual heroes, the Sufis are a binding factor between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.....

Islamic World News

ISIS ‘School Of Jihad’ Trains Small Children How to Behead, Torture and Use AK-47s
Rached Ghannouchi, Leader of Islamist Ennahda part

Arab World

Iraqi Forces Kill 19 ISIL Terrorists in Babil

Saudi Arabia's Shias Fear They Are At Mercy of Region's Tumult


Two Killed As JUI-F Chief Fazl Ur Rehman Escapes Suicide Attack in Quetta

MQM Lawmaker Says Time Has Come For a 'Mohajir' Province

Stop Bangladesh, urges Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami


Suicide Bombers May Board 2 AI Flights; Airports on High Alert

Pakistan’s Assembly Passes Resolution against ‘Indian Aggression’

South Asia

Maldives a “Land Of Sin”, Says Jihadist after Departing With Family for ISIS Territory

10 militants killed following an operation in Badakhshan province


East of Kobane, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

Free Syrian Army Sends 1,300 Fighters to Join Kurds in Kobane

North America

Canadian Attacks Show North America At War With Jihad

Canada Attacks Follow Al Qaeda, Islamic State Instructions to the Tee


Ghannouchi says 'Tunisia model' way to defeat IS

Southeast Asia

Liberal Thinking Is Deviant Teaching, Says Malaysia’s Islamic Authority


UK Muslims criticize PM's Charity Commission proposals

Russian Muslims slam ban on Islamic books

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Islam, Women and Feminism

3 Denver Girls Played Hooky from School and Tried To Join ISIS
Asma Shirazi, Pakistan's first female war correspo

In West, ISIS Finds Women Eager to Enlist

Saudi jails 4 women for preparing sons to "wage jihad, backing Qaeda"

Pakistan: For a Majority of Rape Victims, Justice Is Still Awaited

Saudi to Deal ‘Strictly’ With Female Drivers

Malawi Muslims Fight Sex Customs Fuelling AIDS

India: Chennai Public School Celebrates Malala Day

Award winner cites ‘unsung heroes’ in Pakistan press

Iran Acid Attacks: Authorities 'to Blame for Involving Islamic Law in Women's Lives'

Yazidi Female Fighter Recalls Horrifying ISIS Massacre

Egyptian Woman Arrested For 'Anti-Police' Facebook Page

Pak SC urges govt to protect lady health workers

As insurgency burns, revival of Thai south script points way to peace

1st “Muslim Women’s’ Viewpoints” Seminar to Be Held in London

Women, Children Caught in Deadly Firefight near Tunis

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Spiritual Meditations
The Second Pillar
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

The Second Pillar
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

When we look at the bulk of the verses of the Quran related to Prayers, almost all of them mentions Prayer in the form of plural- establishing Prayer in a group. Which means that while Prayers, in one sense, is an individual act of worship, in the Quran it is seen also as a collective act of worship? And this has a significant implication….

Islamic Society

For Sale in Dubai: There Are No International Conventions; No Means Exist To Protect the Humanity or the Personhood of a Poor Woman or a Poor Man
Rafia Zakaria

Beyond the day-long drudgery of cooking, cleaning, caring for children and other such chores are woeful tales of passports confiscated upon arrival, wages unpaid for months, sexual and physical abuse, confinement, and denial of adequate food and clothing.....

Islam and Politics

Political Islam: An Evolutionary History
Nadeem F. Paracha

The term ‘Political Islam’ is an academic concoction. It works as an analytical umbrella under which political analysts club together various political tendencies that claim to be using Muslim scriptures and historical traditions to achieve modern political goals…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Islamic State and Religious Extremism
Syed Kamran Hashmi

The real battlefield did not have to be the desert mountains of Kandahar; rather, they should have been the schools, the universities, the madrasas (seminaries) and the mosques. The fight, likewise, needed to be more ideological than physically focused on raising the collective conscience of pupils above the sectarian and religious divide, teaching them to challenge their own intolerant tendencies, encouraging them to question the rigid rules of their so-called faith and even daring to take on the clerics preaching violent messages. We did nothing of that sort and now have to deal with the mindset that only worries about guns, bullets, tanks, bombs and the 72 virgins in paradise…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Ottawa Shooting Magnifies Extremism’s Lone-Wolf Threat
Joyce Karam

The lone-wolf style of terrorism, whereby one individual plans and carries out the attack, is not by any means nascent or exclusive to extremist groups such as al-Qaeda or ISIS. It is as old as Ted Kaczynski, the “unabomber,” who carried series of bombings in the United States between 1978 and 1995. It is also versatile in its roots in that it also encompasses anti-Islamist terrorists such as the Norwegian Anders Breivik who killed 69 teenagers in 2011, or the neo-Nazi Neil Lewington who is serving a life sentence in Britain……

Islam and Politics

Success of the State Has More to Do with Justice than Religion
Azis Anwar Fachrudin

After a tense relationship, the revelation instructed them to break up the alliances. The contextual narrative of the revelation (Asbab An-Nuzul) can be read in Tafsir at-Tabari, the oldest interpretation of the Quran. By looking at the substance and the interlocutors of the verse, it is clear that the context in Medina with authority over the so-called Islamic Ummah was focused only on the Prophet and cannot simply be transplanted in this age, in the context of the nation-state in which all religions are equal before the law, let alone a democratic system in which the executive has only one-third of power. By applying past political systems built upon religious community, we are essentially going back to the medieval age….

Islam, Women and Feminism

The Ulema’s Marriage Preoccupation
Ayaz Amir

Child marriage too in the Maulana’s opinion is justified but only if solemnised by the father or the grandfather of the girl in good faith and not as part of any ritual. However, such a marriage could be consummated – that is, the girl could proceed to her in-laws – only on attaining puberty. On such finer points of principle modern Islamic theology, in the hands of such men of learning as the Maulana, seems to turn…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Al Qaeda has been critical of the violent means targeting other sects of Muslims by jihadi groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Takfiri ideology of ISIS appears to be closer to many such groups in this region, including the sectarian organisations of Pakistan, many in the TTP and even the Taliban of Afghanistan. The odds of most of these organisations, breakaway groups and individuals being attracted to the more violent ISIS are very strong. The increasing statelessness in Pakistan and continued challenge of state building in Afghanistan are creating a welcoming space for ISIS. ISIS is the new face of violent Islamists, targeting state structures in the whole of the Middle East for control…..

Islam and the West

Just as it failed to do with Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine earlier this year, it is quite clear that the international law against the use of armed force — embodied in Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter — has fallen short of constraining, or even as much as defining, the ongoing attacks by the U.S. in Syria. It is possible that most civilised nations consider the American attacks as legitimate and necessary, even if illegal. But, if that were the case, shouldn’t such illegality matter more when it assaults the very foundation of our international legal order? And do not these attacks further negate any semblance of legitimacy that international law still enjoys? Sovereignty, once upon a time, used to be inviolable….

Interfaith Dialogue

Some Muslims came to Sachal, one day, and said, “A Hindu in a village is become a Muslim. Why won’t you rejoice?” Sachal smiled and said, “Ah! my friends, if, indeed, a mullah had become a true Muslim, by being transformed in the fire of devotion, it would have been a matter of joy!”....

Islam, Women and Feminism

The Politics of Acid Attacks against Iranian Women
Majid Rafizadeh

“I was never more scared than I am now. I am scared of going to class, doing normal chores, driving a car, and even walking in the street. I am really afraid of motorcycles. Do you know what will happen to my life if one of these people throws acid in my face?”…

Urdu Section

Muslim Denial   مسلمانوں کی منفی ذہنیت: خود ساختہ خلیفہ بغدادی سے نمٹنے کےلئے اسے ایک یہودی اور موساد کا ایجنٹ سمجھا جائے، بقول مولانا ابو العرفان فرنگی محلی، لیکن کیا یہ طرز فکر کارگر ہے؟
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

کیا مسلمانوں کا خود ساختہ خلیفہ ابوبکر البغدادی عرف ابراہیم ایک یہودی اور موساد کا ایک خفیہ ایجنٹ ہے؟  کیا وہ مسلمانوں میں انتشار، خون ریزی اور انتشار پیدا کرنے والی یورپی طاقتوں کے ہاتھوں میں ایک کٹھ پتلی ہے؟ کیا وہ مسلمانوں کو تشدد اور غارت گری میں یقین رکھنے والی قوم کے طور پر دنیا بھر میں پیش کرنے کی  منصوبہ بندی کا ایک حصہ ہے؟.....   ہم مسلمان، یا کم ازکم ہم میں سے وہ افراد جو اپنی کمیونیٹی کو تباہی کے اس دلدل سے باہر لانا چاہتے ہیں جس میں ہم خودبہ خود گر چکے ہیں، اب اس حقیقت کا ادراک کر ہی لیں کہ ہم نظریاتی سطح پر ایک گمبھیر مسئلہ سے جوجھ رہے ہیں اور ہمیں خود اس کے حل کے لئے بھرپور جاں فشانی کرنی ہوگی۔ ہمارے مسائل کا حل اس بنیادی سوال کے جواب سے شروع ہوتا ہے کہ: آخر مسلمان کون ہے اور اس کی تعریف کیا ہے؟ ظاہر ہے جس قوم کے پاس اس سوال کا بھی جواب نہ ہو کہ اس کا حقیقی فرد کون ہے اور اس کی رکنیت حاصل کرنے کے لئے کیا صلاحیت درکار ہے، اسے عہد حاضر کے تقاضوں سے نبرد آزما ہونے کے لئے ایک طویل مسافت طے کرنے کی ضرورت ہے-

Islam and the West

Britain’s Real Promise to Israel: ‘Symbolic’ Vote On Palestine
Ramzy Baroud

The text of the letter was short and precise, leaving no room for any misinterpretation in the “promise” made by Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour to a powerful representative of the Jewish community in Britain, Lord Rothschild on a fateful day of November 2, 1917. “I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet: His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”….

Current Affairs
Less LoC, More FTA
Khaled Ahmed

Less LoC, More FTA
Khaled Ahmed

Nawaz Sharif won the 2013 election riding a national consensus in favour of free trade with India. In 2012, “a nationally representative poll among a cross-section of more than 2,600 men and women showed that 67 per cent Pakistanis thought the country should trade with India”. This was found by Gallup Pakistan, which also estimated that “only 29 per cent of people were opposed to the idea of trade with India”......

Urdu Section

بالغ لڑکی کسی  کو بھی  اپنے  نکاح کا وکیل  بنا سکتی ہے اور آپ تو ا س کے ماموں اور سر پرست ہیں، اس لئے آپ بہ درجہ اولیٰ اس کے وکیل بن سکتے ہیں،  البتہ ایجاب و قبول کے وقت لڑکی کے والد کی حیثیت  اس کے والد ہی کا نام دیا جائے گا۔

Urdu Section

مسلمان نہ کبھی  دہشت گرد تھا او رنہ ہی ہوگا کیونکہ جو سچا مسلمان ہوگاوہ کبھی دہشت گرد ہوہی نہیں سکتا ۔ انہیں اپنی امن پسند ی کے لئے  کسی مودی ست سرٹیفکٹ کی ضرورت نہیں ہے مگر  سچ کا جادو سر چڑھ کر بولتاہے اور وہ مودی کےبھی سر چڑھ کر بول رہا ہے۔ جب وہ وزیر اعلیٰ  گجرات تھے تو ان کی ریاست  میں کئی بے گناہوں  کا فرضی انکاؤنٹر  کیا گیا تھا مگر آج وہ تسلیم کرنے لگے ہیں  کہ ہندوستانی مسلمان دہشت گرد نہیں ہیں  اور وہ امن  و سلامتی میں یقین رکھتے ہیں ۔ وہ دہشت گردی اور بد امنی میں بھروسہ نہیں رکھتے ۔  وہ صدیوں سے امن و امان اوربھائی چارہ  کے ساتھ رہ رہے ہیں ۔ بھارت اس لئے متحد ہے اور امن و شانتی کا گہوارہ  کہ مسلمان میل محبت کے ساتھ یہاں رہنا  چاہتاہے ۔ اسے بار بار اکسایا جاتاہے، اسے دہشت زدہ  کیا جاتاہے اور اس کی دیش بھکتی  پر سوال اٹھایا جاتاہے لیکن باوجود  اس کے وہ مظالم  سہہ کر بھی  اس ملک کا بھلا ہی چاہتا ہے ۔

Interfaith Dialogue

The Nath Pantha rejected communal or sectarian hierarchy or untouchability that marked the Indian or the Hindu society. In the Guru-Shishya Parampara that the Naths believed in did not bar Muslims from initiation into the sect.  Among the disciples of Gorakhnath, there were both Hindus and Muslims. Later, Baul sect which was influenced by Natha Pantha also adopted this philosophy. A Hindu Baul can have a Muslim disciple and a Muslim Baul can have a Hindu disciple or Guru. Peer Haji Ratan or Ratannath was one of the Muslim disciples of Gorakhnath who is said to have performed pilgrimage at Makkah. In the folk culture of Mewat in India, Muslim Mirasis sing praise of Gorakhnath as a Muslim peer. One of the followers of Nath Pantha, Karim Shah spread the message of Nath Pantha in the eastern districts of Bengal (now in Bangladesh)……

Islam, Women and Feminism
Boko Haram Abducts 60 Women in Adamawa
New Age Islam News Bureau

Boko Haram Abducts 60 Women in Adamawa
Malala Yousafzai

Four Saudi Women among 5 Jailed For Terror Links

Woman Arrested In UK on Terrorism Charges

High in Pakistan's Mountains, Women Break Taboos

In Iran, Lavish Divorce Parties on the Rise

Man in Pakistan Guns down Wife, Infant for ‘Honour’

Sindh Govt Endorses Mol’s Proposals for Women Empowerment Package

More Women Cops Need of the Hour: Pak Ex-Secy

Buses Featuring Women of the Wall Posters Vandalised By Haredi Extremists

No Celebrations for Malala’s Nobel in Pakistan For fear Of Taliban

All Female e-Mail at BHP Shows Mine Shift from Boys’ Club

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Islamic World News

Canada Blames 'Terrorist Ideology' For Attack
Canadian PM

North America

Canada’s Pm Vows to 'Fight Terror' After Ottawa Attack

Us, Canada Air Defences On High Alert after Ottawa Shooting


Muslim-Based Parties May Change Basics of Indian Politics

Arab World

Saudi King’s Nephew Admits to Riyadh Support for ISIL

ISIL launches chemical attack in eastern Kobani: Kurds

Iraqi Kurds approve deployment of fighters to Kobani


Pakistan for Collective Action to Defeat Islamic State

Pakistan Gunmen Attack Bus, Kill 8 Shias

Six militants killed as Pak forces continue operation


Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shiite rebels in Yemen

Yemeni Ansarullah forces flush out terrorists from Yarim


Somalia's al Shabaab says stones man to death for rape


British militant fighting for ISIL killed in Syria

South Asia

In Afghan north, Taliban gain ground and court local support

Southeast Asia

Indonesian fighter jets intercept Australian plane

Indonesian Hindus pray for nation during Deepawali

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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

An Open Letter To All Canadians – Canada Is Under Attack!
Raheel Raza

Today we have two clear options. We can either continue to believe in the handbook titled “Radicalization for Dummies” or act vague and politically correct on clear indications of where the problem originates from, or we can take immediate action as Canadians. Otherwise rest assured the rabid ideology behind acts of blatant terrorism will only grow. And when that happens, please don’t come looking for ‘moderate Muslims’ as we have been saying this since a decade and continue to stand on guard for Canada but is anyone listening?....

Islamic History

Mullahs and Heretics: A Secular History of Islam (Concluding Part)
Tariq Ali

How dare you slumber in the shade of complacent safety, leading lives as frivolous as garden flowers, while your brothers in Syria have no dwelling place save the saddles of camels and the bellies of vultures? Blood has been spilled! Beautiful young girls have been shamed . . . Shall the valorous Arabs resign themselves to insult and the valiant Persians accept dishonour . . . Never have the Muslims been so humiliated. Never have their lands been so savagely devastated…..

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. ...

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?.....

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