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  • True mailk sir,the current pope as famously said,"one need not be religious to be.....
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  • Islam as a religion is all devine we muslims believe it. Islam has come from word which means peace, so ultimate aim of every muslim ...
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  • Dear Yunus, Thanks for writing this piece, please start a movement to build consensus among Muslims to remove this injustice to women. ...
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  • Assalam Alaikum, Great article! Thank you so much Nigar Ataulla for the beautiful article! Thank you New Age Islam for featuring this
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  • Comment-4 The meaning of the word daraba as used in the Qur'an. As you will surely appreciate each scholar/ mufassir of the Qur'an, no matter ...
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  • Comment-3 Dear Khalid Suhail Sahab, You command of Islam's secondary sources is admirable. You quote extensively
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  • Comment-2 Interpretation of the word 'nushuz' in the verse 4:34 based on Qur'an's internal diction.....
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  • Comment-1 You make grievous and unpardonable error in interpretation of the verses 4:34-35 when you say: "If We agree ...
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  • All laws passed by parliament have this clause. Hence when v drafted v followed the pattern But of course anybody who wants to use this ...
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  • Well said, Yunussaab!'
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  • please read Huruf-e-jaar instead of Huruf-e-atf in the following lines ….but its meanings change with the change of prepositions, called Huruf-e-atf like ba,ala,baina,an,fi, etc
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  • हिंदुस्तान में रहने वाले हिंदू, मुस्लिम, सीख और ईसाई हम सब हिंदुस्तानी हैं. हिंदुस्तान में रहने वाले मुस्लिम खुद ही इस्लाम प्रति वफादार हैं लेकिन ...
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  • मुसलमान पुरुषों को शादी के अलावा और कोई काम नहीं है. वहीँ अगर मुसलमान महिलाओं की शादी की बात आ जाये तो मुल्ला-मौलवी फतवे पे ...
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  • मुस्लिम पुरुषों को शादी के अलवा शायद और कोई काम नहीं है वहीँ आगर मुसलमान महिलाओं की दुबारा शादी की बात आ जाये तो मुल्ला ...
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  • इस्लाम का नाम सुनने के साथ ही लोगों के दिमाग में चार शादी, जरुरत से ज्यादा बच्चे और तलाक जैसे शब्द सबसे पहले आ जाता ...
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  • Actual meaning of Nushuz: When one of the spouses is refractory , it is called Nushuz on the part of that spous....
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  • अगर इस्लाम पढ़ नहीं सकते, उस पर अमल नहीं कर सकते हैं. इस्लाम को बदनाम न करे. इस्लाम में मुल्ला और मौलवी की गलत बयान ...
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  • Decades ago there was an ad in the community paper for an ……. type of imam for their mosque. Told them that I know ...
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  • dear muhammad yunus - 9/2/2015 1:02:28 AM why Allah remained happy (careless) with all lawlessness you mentioned in your comment for centuries between
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  • Miss soya, yes USA full developed country hai but Saudi Arabia bhi developed country me ata hai... But jha baat no.1 ki baat hai .. ...
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  • "No Scope of Change in Triple Talaq System, Says All India Muslim Personal Law Board" . . . . . . This is very disappointing and ...
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  • An interesting online debate: From: Taimur Tareen wish to give my views and do not claim these views are "the truth", these are only my views ...
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  • This is a step in the right direction. God wants nothing but justice for his creation, and the insecure men made up the codes that ...
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  • मुसलमान भारतीय हैं या हिंदू भारतीय ऐसा कहने से अच्छा है की ये कहें आप हम सब भारतीय है. हमें अपने भारत देश पे नाज ...
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  • Excellent article .Pity is that most Muslims are ignorant and illiterate of the main message of their religion: justice, mercy ...
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  • The Government should empower the andolan by allowing it to register marriages, grant divorces and arbitrate in issues involving Muslim Personal Law...
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  • The following is based on edited excerpts from the published research of Michael P. Johnson, Pennsylvania State University....
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  • Nida jee...sir shaheen ne likha.15 अगस्त 2015 मीडिया रिपोर्टों के अनुसार एक नए अध्ययन....
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  • Social and religious justice in the family fold is very well possible within the jurisprudenceof Quran and Hadith.' ....
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  • I wonder why God has created mentally ill people who can never find Sukh aur....
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  • I agree with Bushra. Muslims must not consider their daughters as a burden. This also applies to non-Muslims. There should be ...
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  • I wish that all Muslim men and women would support this draft act by Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan for development and progress of Indian Muslim.... ...
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  • Dear Khalid Sohail Sahab! Actually if you go by the internal vocabulary and illustrations of the Qur'an, you can, bearing in mind the holistic message of ...
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  • The Hindu view that every method of spiritual growth, every path to the Truth is worthy of reverence has much to commend itself.” . . ...
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  • This is clearly better than our present Muslim Laws. It deserves support.
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  • "जियो और जीने दो" ऐसे इस्लाम का क्या फायदा जिसमें महिलाओं की कोई ईज्ज्त नहीं होतीं हैं. सारे अधिकार मिलने के वाजुद समान अधिकार
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  • बेटी घर की रहमत है एक खूबसुरत अहसास है, बेटी मानो घर की परी जैसी है. लेकिन समाज उन्हें बोझ समझते हैं. खुदा लोगों को ...
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  • आज का मुसलमान वैज्ञानिक और तकनीकी के विभाग में काफी पीछे हैं. जबकी मुसलमानों की जनसंख्या सबसे ज्यादा हैं. मुसलमानों की जो हालत है वो ...
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    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Sultan Shahin's Hypothesis on Preventing Islamic Radicalization Comes At a Time When the Muslim Society Is Mentally Receptive and Responsive To the Reform Agenda
    Mon Qazi, New Age Islam

    Sultan Shahin’s highly scholarly article:  Preventing Further Radicalization Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions  which was laden with wisdom and prudence was published in April. But it came to my notice just a few days back. The issues he addressed and the suggestions that he offered have continued relevance for us. His doctrine reminds us of earlier revolutionary thinkers like Muhammad Abduh and Fazl ur Rahman who also suggested radical reforms to purge Islam of the accretions had gathered around the Quran and restore its pristine philosophy. Fazl ur Rahman was far ahead of his times and espoused his doctrine in a highly conservative society. The result was a powerful retaliation by the clergy who labelled him an heretic compelled him to migrate from Pakistan. It is only now that we are realizing the depth and breadth of his vision. Sultan Shahin‘s theory comes at a time when the Muslim society is undergoing a new orientation and is mentally receptive to the reform agenda and responsive to the new paradigmatical approach of Sultan Shahin.

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    Preventing Further Radicalization Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions

    http://www.newageislam.com/radical-islamism-and-jihad/sultan-shahin,-editor,-new-age-islam/preventing-further-radicalisation-is-the-challenge-muslims-must-undertake--some-concrete-suggestions/d/102729

     
    Islam and Politics

    Affirmative Action for Muslims is Key to Development
    Vice President Hamid Ansari

    The world of Islam extends beyond the borders of India and Muslims here, as in other lands, can benefit from the best that may be available in the realm of thought and practice. Some years back I had occasion to read the Algerian-French philosopher Mohammed Arkoun and was impressed by his view that our times compel us to rethink modernity so that, as he put it, "critical thought, anchored in modernity but criticising modernity itself and contributing to its enrichment through recourse to the Islamic example" could open up a new era in social movements.....

     
    Islamic World News

    Islamic State Blows Up Palmyra Funerary Towers
    Mullah Omar

    Arab World

    45 UAE Sons Martyred In Yemen

    58 ISIL Militants Killed in Iraqi Army Counter-Attacks in Samarra City

    Syria Car Bombs Kill 26, Including Anti-Regime Druze Cleric: Monitor

    The gold standard: Get ready for Islamic State currency

    Africa

    Angola Bans Islam, Shuts Down Mosques

    Libyan Soldiers in Deadly Clashes with ISIS

    Europe

    Scholars Split By Claim That Quran Scrap Rewrites Story of Islam

    At least 10 killed in armed attacks in Tajikistan, U.S. embassy shut

    The Demise of Tajikistan's Islamic Party

    India

    India Muslim Leaders Condemn ISIS: Religious Scholars Endorse Fatwa Lambasting Islamic State Ideology as Un-Islamic

    Muslim Dress Designer Exemplify Communal Harmony in Vrindavan

    Bodh Gaya May Become Spiritual Capital of Buddhism

    South Asia

    Mullah Omar Asked Musharraf to Bomb Kandahar: US Cable

    148 Insurgents Killed, Wounded In Past Two Days in Afghanistan

    Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s “Wait and See Policy” Belies Survival Preparations

    Pakistan

    Washington Takes Islamabad on Board Over Anti-IS Alliance

    Security Forces Foil Defence Day Terror Attack In Quetta: ISPR

    PPP Calls for Inquiry into Musharraf’s Kashmir Policy

    Mideast

    A Problem from Hell: The U.S.'s Genocide Complicity in Yemen

    Iran: We Will Not Stop Supporting Terror Groups

    North America

    Obama Is Right: 'Islam Has Always Been Part of America'

    Southeast Asia

    Joko to Discuss Religion, Trade with Egypt's El-Sisi

    “Indonesia Must Help Democratise Malaysia”

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Delhi HC Orders Permanent Commission To Women in Navy
    Salma Hayek

    Screening All Women for BRCA Gene Mutations 'Worthless'

    Mrs. Universe Calls out Canada's Neglect of Aboriginal Women

    British Mother-Of-Five Arrested After Attempting To Flee To Syria with Children

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    ‘Are Women’s Health Clubs Still Lacking in Saudi Arabia?’

    Prime Suspect In Parveen Rehman Murder Case Not Yet Traced, SC Told

    Divorced Non-Muslims Must Settle Prior Civil Issues before Marrying Muslims — Nancy

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
    Why Join Islamic State?
    Patrick Cockburn

    Despite the PYD’s denials, and probably their best intentions, the conflict in north-east Syria has many aspects of an ethnic war: the Kurds are driving out Sunni Arabs, whom they accuse of being Islamic State supporters. Those Arabs who flee are seen as demonstrably in league with the enemy: those who stay are suspected of belonging to ‘sleeper cells’, waiting their moment to strike. The Kurds say that they and their ancestors have lived in the area around Tal Abyad for twenty thousand years; the Arabs, they maintain, are recently arrived settlers

     
    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Religion and the Senses: Western ‘Illuminations’ and IS Tactics

    I was watching a televised discussion the other day about displaying movies and conducting plays in mosques, in a room extension adjacent to the mosque that is, and the subsequent conflagration that followed between the two clerical discussants. The objective behind this suggestion, typically enough, was modernising and moderating the Kitab Al-Dini (religious discourse or message). The key objection, though, was how such ‘naughty’ things as cinema and theatre would detract from the holiness of the mosque as a site of prayer….

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Allure of Islamic State: Tackling it requires a sophisticated strategy

    The point I am trying to make is that reading the IS phenomenon only through the prism of religion would be a mistake. Sure, religious extremism is a factor. But there are economic factors as well. It’s quite possible that many of the Indian IS recruits were as much motivated by the allure of wealth that they could grab in IS territories as they were by religion.

     
    Islam and Politics

    Salafiyah is the Arabic name given to Islamic revivalist movements. The word masks a complex concept. Even native Arabic speakers usually translate it as “reactionary.” But the word Salafi in classical Arabic means a person who stands both in the rearguard and in the vanguard — Arabic delights in such contrasts. Muslim thinkers meant by it the process of going back to the beginnings in order to find a firm or “pure” base upon which to build a theologically correct system of thought and action for the present and the future....

     
    Urdu Section

    Sexual Norms of Pre-Islamic Arabia: Essential Message of Islam: Chapter: 36  اسلام سے پہلے عرب کا جنسی معمول: اسلام کا اصل پیغام

    روایتی طور پر لفظ زنا کا معنیٰ ایک عورت کا ناجائز جنسی تعلق ہے خواہ وہ شادی شدہ ہو یا غیر شادی شدہ ۔ تاہم، ایک زنا کے الزام میں دیگر گواہوں کی غیر موجودگی میں ایک اہم گواہ کے طور پر ایک شوہر کا واضح حوالہ (24:6 / 36.6) بظاہر اس لفظ کا تعین موجودہ دور کے تناظر میں زنا کے ساتھ کرتا ہے۔ تاہم قرآن زنا اور بدکاری سمیت ہر طرح کی بدکاریوں کے لیے ایک عام اصطلاح ‘فاحشہ’ کا استعمال کرتا ہے۔

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    In Bed with the Reactionary Saudis: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 5 September 2015

    In Bed with the Reactionary Saudis

    By Paul R. Pillar

    Why Islamic State’s Gold CoinsWon’t Replace the Global Banking System

    By The Economist

    Covert Migration to the Islamic State

    By Clive Williams

    Terrorism or Islam phobia!

    By Zaheer Bhatti

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

     
    Islam and Politics

    Like The Afghan Girl, Syrian Boy Means Little: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 5 September 2015

    Like The Afghan Girl, Syrian Boy Means Little

    By Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

    Son Rise: Al-Qaeda Recharged?

    By Makhan Saikia

    Will India Ever Be Free Of Personal Laws?

    By Kanchan Gupta

    Will Kashmir See A New Wave Of Suicide Terror?

    By Syed Ata Hasnain

    Talks Come, Talks Fail, Plea Goes On Forever

    By Hiranmay Karlekar 

    Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

     
    Urdu Section

    حدیث وہ کلام ہے جس میں نبی اکرم صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے قول یا عمل یا کسی صحابی رضی اللہ عنہ کے عمل پر آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی سکوت یا آپ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی صفات میں کسی صفت کا ذکر کیا گیا ہو۔ صحابۂ کرام رضی اللہ عنہ و تابعین رحمۃ اللہ علیہ و تبع تابعین رحمۃ اللہ علیہ و محدثین و مفسرین و فقہاء و علماء و مؤرخین غرض یہ کہ ابتداء اسلام سےعصر حاضر تک امت مسلمہ کے تمام مکاتب فکر نے تسلیم کیا ہے کہ قرآن کے بعد ‘حدیث’ اسلامی قانون کا دوسرا اہم و بنیادی ماخذ ہے اور حدیث نبوی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم بھی قرآن کریم کی طرح شریعت اسلامیہ میں قطعی دلیل اور حجت ہے جیساکہ اللہ تعالیٰ نے قرآن میں متعدد مرتبہ ذکر فرمایا ہے۔

     
    Arabic Section

    Allurements of Worldly life: Chapter 41, Essential Message of Islam   مغريات الحياة الدنيا: الفصل الواحد والأربعون من كتاب الرسالة الأساسية للإسلام

    يجب أن ننظر إلى العلاج القرآني من مغريات الحياة الدنيا في سياق الموعظة الشاملة لمتابعة فضل الله سبحانه وتعالى (62:10 / الفصل 45.1)، والاستفادة من جميع الأشياء الجيدة في الحياة (2:168، 2:172 / الفصل 23.4) - سواء كغذاء ، أو غير ذلك. وهكذا، فإن الله يحذر المسلمين على وجه الخصوص، والإنسانية بشكل عام، أن يتجنبوا من الطمع للعقارات، وشغف المجد والسلطة، وإغراءات اللذة الحسية، خلال الاستفادة من جميع الخيرات المسموحة من الحياة حسب ما ذكرت في القرآن.

     
    Islamic Sharia Laws

    Indian Muslim Ulema Who Insist On Retaining the Anti-Qur’anic Triple Talaq (Instant Divorce) In Muslim Personal Law Are Sinners, Haters of Their Women-Folk and Criminals and Must Be Resisted
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    The truth is, the institution of triple talaq (instant divorce) deprives a married Muslim woman of her Qur’an rights of counseling, arbitration and negotiation with her husband prior to the termination of her conjugal rights that is binding on a man as her awliya (9:71) and qawwam (4:34). Furthermore, it gives a Muslim husband infinite power to blackmail his wife into doing anything, however immoral, or to abuse her in any way he wishes, or curtailing all her civil rights, and even forcing her to break her parental filial ties by dangling the dagger of triple talaq over her head. It is a far greater weapon of extortion and black-mail than a loaded revolver that can kill a woman’s body once and for all rather than turn her into a living dead – killing her soul leaving the body alive to bear the agony of moral death, having been reduced to virtually a slave of her husband who could shout at her at whim, beat her up, torture her and throw her out of his life by uttering once terse sentence. It is by far the most heinous legalized extortion of the defenseless married Muslim women in India that forces this Muslim writer to exercise utmost restraint in castigating its advocates lest he may be charged of using unscholarly diction and reduce this most serious essay into polemical narrative.

    Islam and Politics

    Invigorating Islam in India

    A community of 180 million people amounting to 14 per cent of the population is not a demographic threat but a cultural possibility. The Indian Muslim contributes not just to India but to the culture of Islam across the world. Muslims were an integral part of the freedom struggle and an integral part of independent India. Yet, he remarks, injustice has been done to them......

    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    The IS’s Destruction of Ancient Sites Is Barbaric and the World Should Rise up To Condemn It

    They see their truth as not only first in the world but as defining the world, determining right from wrong, good from bad, true from false. Any truth but theirs is blasphemy. In another instance, and as justification for attacking the 8th century BC citadel of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 10 miles northwest of Mosul, Iraq, the IS forces said, simply, “We’re ridding the world of polytheism and spreading monotheism across the planet.” This is how the ISIS views the world and why it murdered Khaled al-Asaad and displayed his bloodied, headless body in a public square: It is afraid of difference in the world. ….

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Uncovered Women to Blame for Crimes against Other Women: Jawi
    Yazidi teenager Jinan

    Cars of ‘Poorly Veiled’ Iranian Women to Be Seized

    ‘I Want a Blue-Eyed Yazidi’: Teen Details Daesh Slave Market

    Family Jokes and School Struggles, Film Shows Private Side of Malala

    Israel Blocks Muslim Women from Entering Al-Aqsa

    Female Islamist Extremists Banned from Temple Mount

    Forty-Six Saudi Women Have Joined ISIS since 2011, MOI Says

    French Soldier Sexually Abused Girl in C Africa: UN

    Hyderabad: Karvy Staff Force Muslim Women to Remove Head Scarf For Aadhar Biometrics

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Islamic World News

    Muslim Scholar Forced To Stop Writing On Ramayana after Bigoted Protests
    Jeremy Bernard Corbyn, British politician

    India

    Hindu Hardliner Urges 2-Child Policy for Indian Muslims

    Islamic Group, Kerala Nadwatul Mujahideen, In Kerala Campaigns against IS

    Europe

    ‘West Creates Refugees by Destroying Islamic Nations’ – Chechen Leader

    Corbyn Caught On Camera Calling Islamic Fanatic a 'Very Good Friend'

    Pakistan

    Karachi Seminaries' Swoop: Jihadi Literature Seized From Madrasa

    Musharraf Agreed In 2000 to Low-Key UN Resolutions on Kashmir: US Cable

    South Asia

    Taliban and ISIS Affiliates Clash In Nangarhar, Leaving At Least 23 Dead

    Authorities to Remove 'Martyr' Title from Mollah's Tombstone

    Africa

    Military Sources: Al-Shabaab Attack in Somalia Kills Dozens of AU Troops

    Boko Haram Crosses Border Kills About 30 In Northern Cameroon

    Arab World

    Al Arabiya Show Reveals How Abu Nidal Tried To Kill Al-Zawahiri

    Scores of Militants Killed in Syria's Quneitra

    Strong Nations Stem Extremism, Egypt Scholar Says

    Mideast

    Four Turkish Police Killed In PKK Bombing

    Iranian Deputy FM: Theatrical Acts in Fight against ISIL Not Effective

    Southeast Asia

    PAS’ Divorce Oath Un-Islamic, Says Penang Mufti

    North America

    'Islam Teaches Love and Peace, Not Hate and Violence,' Muslim Americans Declare in 100 Billboards across the US

    Australia

    Australia Mulls Stripping Citizenship for Past Terror Links

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islamic Culture

    Sarfarosh to Phantom – Educating Indians About Pakistani Jihad

    On 28 August, Bollywood released Phantom, a reality check on this hopeful human emotion,in which an Indian Muslim goes underground to avenge the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai. Acted by Saif Ali Khan, the daredevil blows up a Pakistani terrorist’s house in London, gets himself arrested to get into Chicago’s jail where he poisons David Headley for his involvement in the 26/11 attack.....

     
    Islam, Women and Feminism
    How to Buy a Slave Girl from ISIS
    Mat Wolf and Shira Rubin

    How to Buy a Slave Girl from ISIS

    The Yazidis, an ethno-religious group that mostly speaks Kurdish but observes a distinct faith that is neither Christian nor Muslim, are viewed as devil worshippers by ISIS, and therefore singled out by the jihadis in a campaign many say is genocide. Thousands of Yazidi women and children were sold as slaves and subject to rape....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

    Spiritual Meditations
    The power of Buddha
    Swapan Dasgupta

    Yet, while the Prime Minister is constrained by what he can and cannot say in a public forum, his remarks on the need to shift from ideology to philosophy in negotiating differences are significant. They suggest the importance being attached to managing a broad civilisational convergence between countries wedded to non-exclusivist philosophical traditions, countries that simultaneously recognise the ground rules of dialogue....

     
    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Facing The Jihadist Challenge: Muslims Need To Refute Jihadis’ Xenophobic, Supremacist, Millenarian Thesis And Focus On Islamic Pluralism, Says Sultan Shahin At UNHRC In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.

    This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.

    One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.

    Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……

    Urdu Section

    Similarities and Differences Between the Qur’an and Jewish and Christian Scriptures   قرآن اور یہودی اور عیسائی صحیفوں کے درمیان فرق اور مماثلت: اس کے مضمرات در حقیقت کیا ہیں؟
    Louay Fatoohi

    قرآن اور یہودی اور عیسائی صحیفوں کے درمیان ایک اور قسم کا فرق پایا جاتا ہے، جس کے تحت قرآن میں کسی کردار، واقعہ، یا ذکر ایک الگ تناظر میں اور دوسرے صحیفوں میں اسی کا ذکر مختلف اور غلط سیاق و سباق میں وارد ہوا ہے۔ مثال کے طور پر، عہد نامہ قدیم کی کتاب آستر میں ہامان نامی ایک کردار کا ذکر جس کے بارے میں یہ مانا گیا ہےکہ حضرت موسیٰ علیہ اسلام اور ان کے حواریوں کے خروج کے صدیوں بعد فارس کا ایک وزیر اعظم تھا۔ علماء اور اسکالرز نے اس کہانی کو غیر تاریخی بتایا ہے۔

     
    Urdu Section

    The Prophet Muhammad (saw)'s Teachings about Slavery  مسئلہ غلامی کے متعلق آنحضرت صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی تعلیم
    Syed Shamshad Ahmad Nasir, New Age Islam

    ہمارے پیارے نبی اکرم ﷺکو آخری وقت میں کوئی فکر تھی تو یہ تھی کہ نماز اور غلاموں سے حسن سلوک کیا جائے۔ تو یہ کیسے کہا جا سکتا ہے کہ نعوذ باللہ ، نعوذ باللہ غلاموں پر ظلم کرنا اور ان کو قتل کرنا آنحضرت ﷺسے ثابت ہے۔ نعوذ باللہ۔ جبکہ آنحضرت ﷺکی ساری زندگی کے واقعات اور قرآنی تعلیم کو دیکھیں تو ہمیں یہی نظر آئے گا کہ اسلام نے غلامی کو رواج نہیں بلکہ غلامی کو ختم کیا ہے۔ بلکہ یہ کہیں کہ اسلام نے بہانے تلاش کر کر کے غلاموں کو آزاد کیا ہے۔ جیسا کہ پہلے ذکر ہوا ہے کہ غلاموں کو آزاد کرنا ان سے حسن سلوک کرنا بہت بڑی نیکی ہے۔

     


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    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Preventing Further Radicalisation Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Now the question is, how do we go forward? If we really want to make a difference, we will have to start a substantive dialogue with the ulema and make sure that they agree to:

    1) open the gates of ijtihad, rethinking all tenets of Islam in the light of the situation prevailing today. As we have not done our homework for over a millennium, this will have to be pretty revolutionary.

    2) declare that only constitutive and essential, not the contextual and allegorical verses of Quran, are meant to guide us today.

    3) compile Qur'anic verses in the order in which they were revealed, thus restoring primacy to Meccan verses that mostly constitute the essential and universal teachings of Quran, as they can be understood without any need for knowing the context in which they were revealed.

    4) declare that Ahadees cannot be considered any form of revelation from God. Islamic State’s millenarian thesis is almost entirely based on ahadees, though they use some allegorical verses of Quran as well. The claim of al-Baghdadi leading an end-time war, al-Malhama, just before the final Armageddon, has been a big draw. Some Muslims have come to think life on earth has no meaning left in the times of al-Malhama and so are rushing to join the war.

    5) declare that Sharia (fiqh) is not divine. It was created over a century after the demise of the Prophet by ulema who tried to codify laws on the basis of Qur'anic postulates and Arab cultural practices.

    6) declare clearly that Islam believes in co-existence with other religions, not dominion over the world.

    7) re-define commonly used Islamic terms like Muslim, kafir, mushrik, ahl-e-kitab, jihad, qital, farz, sunnat, etc.

    In a word, we must evolve a truly Islamic and a coherent theology of peace and co-existence, moderation and modernity, to counter the very coherent theology of violence and xenophobia, intolerance and supremacism that Jihadi ulema have created over centuries. All ulema say Islam is a religion of peace and co-existence. It's time for them to walk their talk. But if they refuse to consider change, we will need to directly reach the Muslim masses. ...

    Finally, the larger Indian community too should introspect. As Daniel Pipes said in an international counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur recently, in this war of ideas, the world should not only encourage and support progressive, modern Muslims but also oppose and refrain from supporting the fundamentalists and extremists.

    1) Our national leadership supported Khilafat in 1920s, considering it an essential part of Islamic theology. That was wrong. Now we must repudiate that stance and acknowledge our mistake.

    2) Muslim Personal Law in India has not been reformed even to the extent it has been in Pakistan and Bangladesh. This must change. At least General Ayyub Khan’s reforms in Pakistan must be introduced and Ulema should be told to accept what their Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts did decades earlier. This is not a satisfactory solution but at least it will be a start and it is doable.

    3) Madrasa education is a serious violation of the human rights of Muslim children. It destroys their lives and fills their minds with xenophobia and intolerance. Our government not only allows this but partly funds some madrasas. This must stop, unless, of course, madrasas actually change to become modern versions of what madrasas used to be like, in the Golden Age of Islam, and produce scientists and philosophers. A secular, democratic government should not be in the business of funding xenophobia and intolerance.

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