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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Islamic State militants have released a graphic video allegedly depicting the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley, who has been missing since 2012 after being kidnapped in Syria. Foley went missing almost two years ago while covering the conflict in Syria as a freelance photographer. The 39-year-old reporter was working for Agence France-Presse when he disappeared, and his whereabouts were essentially unknown until this recording surfaced. His November 22nd disappearance was classified as a kidnapping by the FBI, which stated he “was taken by an organized gang after departing from an internet café in Binesh, Syria.” The Islamist group also threatened to kill another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff of World Affairs and Time, stating his fate is in the hands of President Barack Obama.

Islam and Sectarianism

The seat of this great sectarian battle was Rana Public School, owned and run by the MLA of the area Mr.  Noor Salim Rana. A small quarrel over a petty issue during the 15 August celebrations in the school turned into a Shia-Sunni clash in which dozens of holy fighters from both the ‘armies’ were injured. Some of them are cooling their heels in the local police station. The saddest part of this story is that a number of persons involved in this clash are students from Kashmir, majority of whom are from Shia community. They stay at a hostel near the school and study in colleges in the area. They are absconding after the incident.

Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not a ruler during the earlier Makkan period and therefore he never took up arms despite oppression and even the killing of his followers. He directed his companions during the Makkan period to show tolerance. For example when Sumayya and her husband, Yasir were martyred, he told their relatives not to take revenge rather said, “I assure you of paradise in return to this oppression”. The Prophet explained the concept of ruler and Jihad through one of his orders:…..

Islamic Society

You should remember that the holy Prophet pbuh had not come to the world to impart sexual education. Every one acquires it naturally in the same way a duckling after breaking out from the egg heads towards water and the chicken heads towards the dry land. God says:

“Just as We have sent among you a messenger from yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know.  “(2:151)

The duty of the prophet was to guide people from darkness towards light.

“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into the light. And those who disbelieve - their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darkness. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein. “(2:257)....

Islam and Politics

Can Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE Form Arab Security Alliance?
Wael Nawara

This is a historic moment of evolution for Saudi Arabia, to discard the Sunni-Shiite division as a basis for its national identity and alliances and adopt a “citizenship” approach, more or less similar to what binds Egyptians. It was this national feeling of citizenship, rather than sectarian identification, which provided Egyptians with a sense of comradeship allowing Muslims to denounce Muslim Brotherhood attacks on Christian churches after former President Mohammed Morsi’s removal and Christians to withstand the assaults as they felt they were political in nature rather than an assault on the faith. This was the bond that, perhaps once, unified Syria, Libya, Iraq and Sudan before the sectarian division broke those countries into pieces. If Saudi Arabia can now make that paradigm shift, everything could be possible, including cooperation with Hezbollah, even Iran.……

Islam, Women and Feminism

Tanzania: New Era As Girls Are Rescued From FGM

Hanifa's Story: Her Five Sisters Taken by ISIS to Be Sold or Worse

Girls School Tries To Heal the Divide in Northern Nigeria

Big Media Aids Vital Girls' Schooling in South Sudan

Saudi Women’s Expat Husbands, Sons Granted Driving Exemptions

Harassment Obstacle to Saudi Women Driving

South Africa: Need for Bigger Role for Women in Media

Helping Uganda's HIV Positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

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Islamic World News

850 Atheist Websites Closed Down In Saudi Arabia
Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh

Arab World

‘ISIS Is Enemy No. 1 of Islam,’ Says Saudi Grand Mufti

Egypt Role in Lebanese Mufti's Election Signals New Strategy


ISIS Ads Targets Indian Youths

Indian Mujahideen Planned To Send Poisoned Letters to Kill Targets: Delhi Police


No Resignation or Re-Election, but Ready for Dialogue: Nawaz

Tahir ul Qadri's Supporters Besiege Pakistan Parliament


Hamas: We know how to make Netanyahu accept our demands


French Politician Angered By Veiled Muslim Woman at Beach

European Islamist fighters go online to spread their message

British national may have beheaded US journalist James Foley

South Asia

Militants suffer heavy casualties during Afghan army operations

North America

Gaza-based Islamist group put on US terrorist list


Nigeria: Boko Haram Forces Victims to Fight, Kill

Southeast Asia

For Reformist Jokowi, Finding Top Law Enforcement Officials to Match

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Islam and Politics

Islam’s Dilemma over the Islamic State
Clare M. Lopez

The chaos in the Middle East plays out on several levels. At one level, the most easily seen, it is an intra-Islamic sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. Such Fitna dates to the death of Muhammad in 632, when his followers couldn’t agree on who should succeed him. However, as the obvious reluctance of the broader Muslim world to forge that pan-Islamic coalition allows Islamic State to advance and consolidate….

Islam and Politics

Why I Will not Attend 2014 ISNA, RIS Conferences
Tariq Ramadan

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. It is imperative that we educate ourselves, and that we display good judgment and fortitude. If those around us are silent in the face of the unacceptable, the conscience of Muslims must not remain silent, neither in the name of wisdom betrayed, nor of Sufism perverted…..

Islam and Politics

In fact, Islamic thought is going through an exciting phase of development. Not all of this is immediately positive, but a lot of it is, and perhaps much of it is essential as a phase of maturation. Moreover, one of the most interesting intellectual developments in this context is absolutely the discovery of politics as a new field of theory and practice. In contrast to what is assumed, this is quite a recent development. Nevertheless, while in theory Islamism promises a perfect society and is able to mobilize people on the basis of its slogan "al-Islam Huwa al-hall" or Islam is the solution….

Islam and the Media

Summer of Muslim Journalists’ Discontent
Rabia Chaudry

Not that in any circumstance is Muslims obligated to specifically and individually condemn terrorism or atrocities committed by Muslims, let’s be clear about that.  I reject completely the call by other Patheos writers that I or anyone should write about ISIS (frankly I can write about whatever I feel like, and so can everyone else), but it’s important to note that the silence of the Muslim writers here was not only on the issue of ISIS. It was a general silence…..

Books and Documents

The Sufi Message: Excerpts from Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Discourses on the Unity of Religious Ideals: 66 - The Aim of Life
Hazrat Inayat Khan

The main object of life can only be one object, though there may be as many external objects as there are things and beings. There is one object of life for the reason that there is only one life and this in spite of the fact that it appears outwardly to be many lives. It is in this thought that we can unite and it is from this thought that true wisdom is learned. No doubt that main object of life cannot be understood at once, and therefore the best thing for every person is first to pursue his object in life. For in the accomplishment of his personal object he will arrive some day at the accomplishment of that inner object…..

Radical Islamism and Jihad

ISIS T-Shirts, Gear Help Terror Group Spread Murderous Message

“What is relevant is that ISIS is mobilizing Islamic youth through commercial products that support their brand of radical Islam by using a solid story and the free market,” he said. In the months since the Islamic State launched their offensive, the shirts and other items like hoodies and even bobble head dolls, were already being sold on websites and on the Facebook pages of manufacturers based in Indonesia…..

Islam and Politics

Top 10 Mistakes of Former Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (That Ruined His Country)
Juan Cole

Al-Maliki’s successor needs to make the al-Da’wah Party a party of pan-Islam and try to attract Sunnis into it (this happened in the 1960s) – or better yet needs to found a Labour Party that could unite Iraqis across ethnicity and sect.  This Shiite rule business can’t hope to put Iraq back together…..

Books and Documents

Illusion of Justice: Human Rights Abuses in US Terrorism Prosecutions - Part 10

Unlike other similarly situated Bureau of Prisons inmates,[700] prisoners are designated for a CMU and transferred there without prior notice or pre-transfer opportunity to contest their placement. Instead, within five days of transfer to a CMU, an inmate receives a “Notice of Transfer to Communications Management Unit.” Our review of these notices from several cases suggests they do not describe specific acts or evidence underlying a designation that would permit a prisoner to challenge them....

Islam and the West

World Media on Gaza and Israel (20 August 2014)

One of the fascinating dimensions of the battle between Israel and Palestine is how Israeli leaders and their American apologists keep changing their propaganda message aimed at generally ignorant Western audiences. The core, but always evolving, message that Zionists keep sending out is that Palestinians who challenge Israel are part and parcel of a larger universe of frightening figures that espouse criminal values, and represent a direct, mortal threat to Israel and all Western civilization.....


Israeli Propaganda Starts To Wear Thin

By Rami G. Khouri

Will Gaza Ever Know Peace?

By Syed Mansur Hashim

Benjamin Netanyahu: Signs of a Defeated Leader

By Octavia Nasr

How Sisi Won the Gaza-Israel Conflict

By Mahmoud Salem

Israel Lost On All Fronts of the Gaza War

By Ben Caspit

The New Gaza State

By Shlomi Eldar

Israelis Lied To Justify Massacre In Gaza

By Chris Ryecart

Radical Islamism and Jihad

World Media on ISIS and Iraq (20 August 2014)

There are many theories regarding the identity of ISIS and of those behind it. One theory considers it an infernal combination of a group of intelligence services from multiple countries, from the Middle East and Western and Eastern powers. Another theory holds that it is an Iranian instrument to spread chaos as part of reinforcing the need for Iranian control over Iraq to control the situation and deter extremist terrorism there. And of course, there is the theory that considers ISIS to be the making of Sunni Salafism and Wahhabism with support from Qatari and Saudi families and parties, with a view to confront Iran and its allies using the language of “fire for fire” in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.....


ISIS Becomes a Catalyst for Reviving Sunni Moderation

By Raghida Dergham

Actions, Not Words, Needed To Counter Bloodshed

By Khaled Almaeena

Anti-Arab Feelings on the Rise in Kurdistan As Islamic State Spreads Fear

By Cathrin Schaer

ISIS on Film: Swords, Deaths and Clichés

By Diana Moukalled

Who Are Iraqi Kurdistan’s ’Peshmergettes?’

By Salma El-Shahed

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

From anti-Islamist letter to jihad camp in Syria, a Srinagar youth’s journey
Praveen Swami

“I disagree,” wrote Adel Fayyaz Waida in an angry letter to a Srinagar newspaper in the summer of 2010, in the midst of a communally charged mass movement spearheaded by Islamist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. “I am so fed up of this thing,” he continued, “do I have an option to confront him, so I can ask him, what are we going to get with these useless strikes?” The letter ended, “Nobody cares, nobody listens, it starts in Kashmir and ends up there, no where in the world cares.”

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Join Khilafat Movement (not ISIS), Turn Darul Kufr Into Darul Islam, Unite The Ummah (Global Muslim Community), Radical Islamist Hizbut Tahrir Tells Indian Muslims

Hizb-ut-Tahrir, the radical Islamic political organisation originated and based in Jerusalem having a worldwide network and proscribed in many western as well as Islamic countries seems to have established its base in the Indian subcontinent, in order to further radicalise Hindi speaking Indian Muslims. The content and messages posted in its Hindi language website, Khilafat Hindi, are clearly meant to inject the Jihadi venom into the Indian society. Since Hindi is the language spoken and understood by Muslims of a large part of India, the website seems to be targeting Muslims of the northern, central and eastern India. The articles posted in the website exhort the Muslims to join the movement for the establishment of caliphate that will unite the entire Muslim world. After the caliphate is established, the non-Muslim countries that are called Darul Kufr will also be turned into Darul Islam, according to their plan…..

The War Within Islam

What is particularly disturbing if it is true, as Shahin points out, that Nadvi's view is widely shared by mainstream Muslims? My own sense is that moderate opinion is far more widespread than there is public evidence for it. But moderate Muslims are reluctant to speak up for a variety of reasons.……

Urdu Section

صوفی الطاف نےلکھا ہے کہ اسلام سے پہلے  مشرق کےبہت سے شہر ان یونانی علوم  و فنون کے مراکز بن چکے تھے ۔ اس میں اسکندر یہ شاپورا اور حران کو خاص طور پراہمیت حاصل ہے۔ اسکندریہ کےاسکول کو طب، کیمیاء، طبیعات وغیرہ میں شہرت  حاصل تھی، البتہ  ان کے ہاں تمام مباحث میں سحر، دیومالا اور علم نجوم  کی آمیز ش پائی جاتی تھی۔ یہاں پر عیسائیت  کے غلبے  کے تحت افلاطونیت  اور نطوریت کے اثرات بھی غالب تھے ۔ حران علوم و فنون کا ایک بڑا مرکز تھا ۔ جہاں ریاضی اور فلکیات کوبہت  فروغ حاصل ہوا اور شاپور میں طب و فلسفہ نے بہت ترقی  کی۔

Islamic World News

Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri to Convene ‘Awami Parliament’
Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri


48 suspected militants killed in fresh NWA, Khyber airstrikes

Arab World

Islamic State Establishes Jihadist Hub in the Heart of Middle East

‘Men Can Peep At Future Wives While She Is Showering,’ Egypt Fatwa Claims

17 ISIL terrorists killed in Mosul by US airstrike


Maghreb al-Qaeda torn apart by ISIS

Boko Haram gunmen kill 10 in Nigeria

South Asia

Some 700 Taliban fighters begin offensive near Kabul: officials

Maldivians not allowed expressing or assembling freely: Democracy Network


Jerusalem warns West on Iran: Don’t partner with one devil to fight another

North America

US Muslim Convention Welcomes All Faiths

American airlines barred from flying over Syria


Young Australian Muslims ‘Sick To the Stomach’ Over Home-Grown Jihadists


Day after India cancelled talks, Hurriyat leader Geelani meets Pak envoy

Southeast Asia

Restoring public’s faith in Pakatan a priority, says Kit Siang


UN announces emergency aid for 500,000 northern Iraqis

Uzbeks in Russia are tracked kidnapped and extradited back to Uzbekistan

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Crack Unit of Female Soldiers Hunting Islamic State Kidnappers
Malala Yousafzai

Tunisia Islamist Chief Urges Men to Wed Divorcees and Women Over 30

Malala Urges Young People to Campaign for Change

Senegal Tech Hub Teaches, Encourages and Inspires Women

Expatriate Women Prefer Dad’s Sponsorship to Job

Bangladesh Summit Calls For Concerted Efforts For Gender Equality

Nigeria: Stakeholders Request Better Coverage of Women, Girls Issues

Nigeria: Increasing Awareness on Girls, Women Issues

New Law Pushes Tunisia to Protect Women

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Islamic Society

Why Are Matters Of Faith Beyond Discussion?
Badar Iqbal Chaudhary

In the same vein, one of the fundamental lessons debaters are taught is that there are two ways of polishing an argument: looking at it from eleven different angles, or holding the same discussion at eleven different instances. By the end of it, one is left with the bare truth which can be discussed, argued or defended at any platform. Conviction of one's arguments comes as an accompanying advantage.....

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.

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.

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