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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Has Terrorism Nothing To Do With Islam? Young people are being recruited by religious leaders who use the Quran and Hadith, not political speeches
Chine Mbubaegbu

‘It is simplistic to say that this is “nothing to do with Islam or any other faith”. Young people are being recruited not through political speeches; they are being recruited by religious leaders that use the Quran and the Hadith. We have to acknowledge that Islamic extremism is not a true representation of Islam any more than the Crusades are a true representation of Christianity; in both cases, however, they are “to do with” Islam and Christianity.’.....

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Listen, Muslim Parent
Javed Anand

What does Islam teach, what do Muslims want? That is the question the world seems to be asking. You could of course take the view, as many do, that the question itself reeks of prejudice against Muslims and their faith. So nothing further needs to be said. Or, you could begin by acknowledging that, as lived faith, there are many Islams. And that some of them present a very ugly picture of their faith. What does the Gita teach? It depends on whether it is Mahatma Gandhi or Nathuram Godse addressing the question. So is the case with the Quran. It depends on whether you listen to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad or Osama bin Laden. So, do not get defensive.....

Islam, Women and Feminism

ISIS Has Recently Become a Popular Girls' Name
Dr Hartini Zainuddin, Child Rights Activist

Child Rights Activist Says Enough Proof of Underage Prostitution in Malaysia

Plight of Married Muslim Women Shook Delhi Commission for Women Chief

Despite Religious Ire, Egypt TV Resumes Belly-Dance Show

Turkey Lifts Ban on Headscarves at High Schools

PPP MPA Claims Husband Forced Her Resignation at Gunpoint

Queensland’s Muslim Women Targeted amid Terrorism Hysteria

Muslim Women in Conference First, In Derbyshire

First World Assembly for Women held in Tokyo

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic World News

US Jury Convicts Arab Bank of Financing Hamas Terrorism
Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

North America

US Attack On IS Targets in Syria 'Will Be Answered': IS Fighter

Arab World

Tales of How Jihadists Use Offer of 'Virgins' as Recruiting Norm

US strikes kill 50 Qaeda fighters in Syria: Monitor

Jihadists kill 40 Iraqi soldiers, capture at least 70

Army Kills Tens of Saudi Terrorists in Aleppo Countryside

South Asia

38 Taliban militants killed in clearing operations: MoI

China jails Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti for life for 'separatism'

India

NIA Seeks Home Ministry’s Nod to File Case against ISIS

‘No Clash between Judiciary and Darul Quaza'

Pakistan

Pakistan developing sea-based nuclear-arms

19 terrorists killed in North Waziristan

3 killed in a suicide blast targeting senior army officer

Mideast

Yemeni Shia rebels sweep into Sanaa, 340 dead in a week

Iran, OIC Discuss Spread of New Spate of Extremism in Region

Europe

British PM to meet Iran's Rouhani to ask for help against IS

Putin says IS strikes require Syria's consent

Africa

Algerian Terrorists Kidnap Frenchman Following ISIL Calls to Attack Westerners

Southeast Asia

Indonesia militants claim slaying of ‘police informant’

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islamic Society

The Rise and Fall of A Spiritual Rebel, Ghulam Ahmed Parvez
Ghulam Ahmed Parvez

….in the mid-1970s his books were banned in various Arab states — especially the UAE and Saudi Arabia, countries that were (and still are) ruled by monarchies belonging to the more rigid strands of the faith. Parvez responded to the bans by accusing the Arab monarchies of behaving like ancient Muslim kings who had used ‘fabricated religious traditions’ to justify their rule, subjugate the people and demonise their opponents……

 
Books and Documents

The Sufi Message Excerpts from Hazrat Inayat Khan s Discourses on the Unity of Religious Ideals: 71- On Attitudes
Hazrat Inayat Khan

There are three gifts of God given to some in this world, and these gifts are greater than jewels, gems, wealth, or anything else in the world, and nothing can buy them. One may be born with them, yet not know it. One gift is the influence to progress, another gift is the influence to attract, and the third gift is the influence to make difficult situations easy…..

 
Muslims and Islamophobia

Jacqui Lambie Says Sharia Supporters Are 'Maniacs' Who Will Rape and Murder 'Until Every Woman in Australia Wears a Burqa'
Jacqui Lambie

"I've never come across a situation where a woman was wearing a face veil because her husband or some other male relative forced her. "It's their choice. They want to do it because they feel it makes them more pious, or because it is a symbol of identity or because it's something that all the women in their family do. "It ought to be a matter of a woman's choice what she wears. Jacqui Lambie really needs to understand that."……

 
Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

IS Goes on the Back Foot
Linda S. Heard

“I don’t recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call them ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them ‘the Daesh cutthroats’,” he recently announced. Monsieur Laurent should surely be congratulated for his sensitivity and common sense approach and one can only hope that other nations will follow suit. Every civilized country should eschew those killers’ self-ascribed designation, which denigrates a faith and, in essence, is nothing short of blasphemy. Islam does not bless the decapitation of innocents or the burying of children alive or the slavery of women and girls....

Islam and Politics

Is It Saudi Arabia Or Egypt That Lies In The Crosshairs Of The IS?
Hasan Kanbolat

As it is, the IS is already talking of conquering Saudi Arabia. It has declared the Saud family itself infidels. It has already openly said that one of its goals is to “use the stones in Mecca to kill those praying there, and to destroy the Kaa’ba, which is being prayed to instead of God.” And so it is that the real target in front of the IS is not Baghdad but rather Riyadh. The West does not wish to see the IS spread from Iraq (and Yemen) towards Saudi Arabia…..

 
The War Within Islam

Hezbollah’s Unruly Bekaa Brethren
Mona Alami

The Bekaa Valley is known for its crime families, who abide by their own code of conduct. There, the state has very little power and rivalries and problems are generally solved by tribal elders. Bekaa clans have long maintained an ambiguous relationship with Hezbollah. In turn, the party has been wary of cornering the powerful families with its policies – when necessary leaving this task to the government or the Army to avoid alienating the families and risk losing their support……

 
Interfaith Dialogue
Reflections on Interfaith Dialogue
Aoren Longchar, New Age Islam

Reflections on Interfaith Dialogue
Aoren Longchar, New Age Islam

We all gather together in the same prayer hall and worship together in the name of God who created us all. In our community worship, we learn together more about God. Although we are different in terms of our cultural and religious backgrounds, we all have the same desire to be in relationship with God. This helps me to appreciate the honouring of God in the midst of diversity. I am also enriched by insights from other religions that I am gaining here, which helps me be less complacent as a Christian. It enables me to reflect on and develop new understandings of my own faith, and, ultimately, to enhance my faith in God......

 
Islamic Society
War and Peace in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

War and Peace in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

There are more than one billion people in the world who claim to be Muslims. To understand Islam, one needs to study the Quran and Sunnah, rather than the actual behaviour of these people who claim to be its followers. The right method of studying Islam is to differentiate between Islam, on the one hand, and Muslims, on the other. Muslims have to be judged in the light of Islamic teachings, and not vice versa. To properly understand and appreciate Islam, we also need to know what its principal objectives are. The Quran clearly tells us that the mission of the Prophet is peaceful dissemination of the Divine message. For example, it says: “[O Prophet] remind them: your task is only to remind, you are not a master over them.” (88:21).....

Islam and Politics

ISIL Release Does Not Seem To Be an ‘Operation’
Günay Hilal Aygün

“There is no operation.” After expressing his satisfaction with the return of the Turkish hostages and the fact that their captivity is finally over, Avcı asked, “What about the other side of the coin?” According to Avcı, we should question what exactly is behind the release of the hostages. Pointing out that a rescue operation -- which is how Erdoğan labelled the event -- is pretty different than what Prime Minister Davutoğlu described as a result of "contacts,”……

 
Current Affairs

Is India Taking The ‘Right’ Direction?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

School text books have been altered to create a new system of discourse which shows that Hindus were always united, Muslims created the caste system and divided the Hindus so that they can “rule” and it is their ideology which the British acquired. Only the “Ancient” history of India is truly the “Indian” History, while the “Medieval” history of India is, what the RSS says, “Muslim” history of India and the pre-Independence age is the “Christian” history of India.....

Arabic Section

Muslims and Christians Can Learn From One Another   يمكن أن يتعلم المسلمون والمسيحيون بعضهم من البعض
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam

والتقت مجموعة من طلبة قسم اللاهوت من كلية ودياجوتي اللاهوتية بالسيدة شيبة أسلم فهمي ليتطلعوا على وجهات نظرها حول الإسلام والمسلمين ومكانة المرأة في الإسلام. السيدة فهمي من الكاتبات والصحافيات النسائيات. قد عملت محررة في صحيفة "هيدلائن" الشهرية السياسية ثم في صحيفة "بلس" الشهرية كماعملت كمديرة التحرير في جريدة يومية و صحيفة. وقد كتبت أيضا في الصحف والمجلات الكبرى. وتكتب بانتظام على قضية تفاهمات العدل بين الجنسين في الإسلام.  

 
Spiritual Meditations
You Can Become a Super Achiever
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

You Can Become a Super Achiever
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The building of a personality depends on your own efforts. If you are an easygoing person then you are bound to receive less energy from your mind and the result will be that your personality will become weak. If you are ambitious and choose to embark on a great task, then certainly your mind will release a greater amount of energy, the result of which will be that you will develop a strong personality. Everyone is born with the same mind that is full of energy.....

 
Islam and Politics

Counterterrorism Fatigue in Indonesia
Noor Huda Ismail

The BNPT understands the need to prevent the spread of radical ideas among young people, particularly at risk groups, which is why the agency has launched a massive campaign to fight radical narrative in which it will host a series of talk shows featuring repented jihadists such as Nasir Abbas….

 
Islam and Politics

Muslim Separatists and the Idea of an ‘Islamic’ State
Amina Wadud

This is only to assert that the actions that they have been performing exceed even the recommendations about how to engage with an enemy in battle; where all the sources of Islam first demands that war itself has to be declared and respect for prisoners of war and non-combatants is paramount.  This sweep of ISIS across Iraq killing non-Muslims who never declared war, including journalists- to say nothing of killing other Muslims in mass genocide- cannot be connected to any evidentiary base within Islam……

Islam and the West

Confronting Islamic State: A War by Any Other Name
America’s plan for fighting IS has two parts. On September 17th the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government until mid-December. Tacked on to it was a provision to pay for training and equipment for rebels fighting against IS in Syria. The measure passed with support from 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats. The opponents of the measure were an eclectic coalition of 85 broadly anti-war Democrats and 71 hawkish Republicans who wanted more direct intervention in Syria……

 
Islam and Politics

Palestine Is More Than a Wailing Nightingale
Ramzy Baroud

As a Palestinian Gaza refugee from a simple peasantry background, I was raised to believe that Al-Nakhwa was an essential component of one’s Arab identity. Together with Al-Rojoula — “manhood/fortitude/heroism” — Al-Karm — “generosity” — Al-Karama — “dignity” — and Al-Sharaf — “honour” — were all indispensable tenants in the character of any upright person. The alternative is unthinkably shameful……

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Teacher Rips out Girls’ Images from Textbooks
Squash Star Maria Toorpakay

Pakistani Squash Star Maria Toorpakay Raises Voice for Equality

Most Qataris Welcome Mandatory Pre-Marriage Counselling

Bahrain Support to Women’s Empowerment

Backlash over Britain First ‘Ban the Burqa’ Poster

Women can change the world, says US journalist Betsy West

Riyadh opens first female office for maid recruitment

Sharp Rise in Divorce Rates In Bahrain

New Afghan Leader to Name Woman to Supreme Court

France Charges 5 People Suspected Of Recruiting Women, Girls to Fight For IS

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Muslim Brotherhood and IS Are Not the Same Thing
Dr Walaa Ramadan

The IS stands apart from other "extremist" organisations, most notably in that they are not bound by the structures of traditional Islamic warfare. The IS are attempting to sell their battle for a traditional caliphate, but their deeply intolerant definition of a caliphate and desire to violently oppress those who do not share their beliefs is inconsistent with Islamic history and any Islamic teachings…..

 
Islamic World News

Arab World

Lebanese Army Kills 50 Terrorists, Including Commanders

Iraq's Attack Bombers Kill 45 ISIL Terrorists

Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children: Monitor

Europe

British IS Recruits Routinely Rape Hostages as Young as Nine, Says Whistleblower

Child Warriors, Leave Germany for Jihad

Mideast

Turkey’s PKK calls for mobilisation of fellow Kurds to fight IS jihadists

Iran's Zarif hails 'new chapter' in Saudi ties

India

Two Indian-Origin Recruiters Working For ISIS, Al-Qaeda: Officials

Shiv Sena to Muslims: Don't Let Down Narendra Modi

Indian Sufis Welcome Statement by PM Modi on Al-Zawahiri

Pakistan

Armed clash in Balochistan's Turbat leaves 11 dead

Air strikes kill 23 suspected terrorists in North Waziristan

JIT formed to probe terror charges against Imran, Qadri starts work

South Asia

Chinese Militants Fled China to Get ‘Terrorist Training’ From IS, Says Media

Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as US 'sham'

Southeast Asia

Coming Soon in Aceh: Shariah Law for Non-Muslims

Malaysian militants for Isis recruited through social media, says source

Australia

Returning Aussie jihadists get jail, says PM Abbott

North America

Turkey must be partner in anti-ISIL coalition: Pentagon

Africa

Security Agencies Probing Whether Boko Haram's Shekau Killed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islamic Society

Twin Visions of Islamic Feminism Split Muslim Community
Shaheen Pasha

“In Western feminist thought, religion is generally a tool of patriarchy. But for many Muslim women, religion is seen as a source of liberation rather than a source of oppression. This (difference in thought) can create a lot of tension for Muslim women.”

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Aqsa Mahmood, the ISIS Bride
Farhad Hassan Hashmi

Aqsa Mahmood, the ISIS Bride
Farhad Hassan Hashmi

So before anything else, her radicalisation puts a question mark on the British society. In the larger context, it also puts a question mark on the actions of several governments, for example the USA, Saudi Arabia, Britain itself among others. But more than anything else, it puts a question mark on Muslims and their interpretation of Islam. I know the popular argument; the one presented by people of all religions whenever they tend to disagree with interpretations of religion: this isn’t what our religion really is, this isn’t real Islam…..

 


TOP ARTICLE
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?.....

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