Books and Documents
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Islamophobia and Terror in the Name of Islam Feed on Each Other
Maulana Dr. Waris Mazhari

Without the terror and turmoil unleashed in the name of jihad in Pakistan and some other countries being clearly condemned by the Ulema and other Muslim intellectuals, it is simply not possible for Islamophobia to be effectively countered.  After all, Islamophobia, based on hatred for Muslims, and the violent, terror-driven activities in the name of jihad in many countries, which are a complete violation of Islamic principles, feed on each other. The one cannot exist without the other….

Spiritual Meditations
Cooking His Way to Contentment
Das K, New Age Islam

It’s truly amazing, Raju Anna’s passion for his work. It’s made me unlearn some things that I thought were plainly obvious—for instance, that it’s only if you are paid a hefty salary that you can truly enjoy what you do for a living. Or that for all poor people, their work is necessarily, and in every case, an imposed drudgery, and that, therefore, they are doomed to always being agitated, unhappy and discontented with life….

Islamic World News

UK Terror Laws Leave Imams Afraid To Tackle ISIL
Dr Tahirul Qadri, Imran Khan


UK Militant ‘Would Be Honoured’ To Perform Execution

Austria Is 'Jihad Hub' Second Only To London


Boko Haram Declares Full Sharia; Beheads Christian Men, Forces Women To Marry


Pak Terror Groups Sent Recruits for ISIS ‘Jihad’: India Tells US

US Labels Pak Money Exchanger ‘Global Terrorist’ For Funding Let

Arab World

Iraqi Jet Fighters Kill Scores of ISIL Terrorists in Mosul

Iraqi Sunnis who fought al-Qaeda not keen to quell ISIS

Army Kills 12 ISIL Terrorists, Arrests Ringleader in Iraq's Babel


Imran, Qadri Agree to Army Chief’s Mediation

Reluctant Revolutionaries ‘Bound to Stay’ At Sit-Ins

North America

Man with ISIS Flag Threatens Chicago Cop with Bomb: Police

US identifies citizens joining rebels in Syria, including ISIS

Southeast Asia

Breakaway Moro group admits alliance with ISIS

Philippine Muslim rebels oppose Islamic State ‘virus’


Thousands Placed In Religious Schools ‘Against Their Will’ In Turkey

South Asia

Hefazat-e-Islam: Blaming Hefazat for Faruqi Murder a Media Plot

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Indian Women Activists Condemn Love Jihad ‘Myth’, Say Individuals Have Right to Choose
Vrinda Grover, women’s rights activist

Lebanon Plans Law to Stem Growing Child Marriage Trend

Final Piece of Texas Law Will Further Slash Access to Abortion

Australian Women too Performing Sexual Jihad for The Islamic State

Morocco-born women in French Cabinet

US Forces Afghanistan Honours Afghan Women on Women's Equality Day

Pakistan: Cell Launched to Address Women’s Complaints

Nigeria: Gender Issue Throws Up Fresh Challenges

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Also by using the adjective “Islamic” to label their cause, and the Islamic declaration of faith on their banner, ISIS and other such groups are recruiting frustrated and uneducated Muslims to join in their iniquity. This dark time requires the Sunni, Shia, Kurdish, and Christian communities in Iraq to unite under the banner of pluralism and make a courageous stand against these criminals who perfidiously clothe themselves with the vestments of Islam……

Radical Islamism and Jihad

In that statement, the IS claims it attacked Kurdistan because the Kurds had extended their legs beyond their britches, after Erbil sent forces into Kurdish-populated territories beyond its official borders to fill the vacuum left by retreating Iraqi troops. IS sees it as its duty to push the Kurds back to the autonomous borders recognized under Saddam Hussein’s regime. What this illustrates is that the creators of the Islamic State are not a group of crazy armed men who have read too much into their religious texts. Their brief statement shows that nationalism is as deeply rooted in the Islamic State as religion…..

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Both militant groups carry the same flag and adopt the same strategy of kidnapping and killing their enemies, yet ISIS militant fighters are estimated to range between 6,000 and 7,000 fighters according to the Doha based Brookings Institute, but is estimated up to 15,000, while Boko Haram fighters range between 500 and 1,000 according to media sources….

Islam and the West

Austria: Springboard for Global Jihad
Soeren Kern

“When fighters return from the warzone, their newly acquired combat skills, traumatic experiences and changes in behavior, plus the possibility that they have become highly radicalized, represent a considerable security risk for Austria. Those who return could become involved in proselytizing activities as well as in establishing new radical centers in which they could serve as instructors. Potential terrorist attacks could be perpetrated by so-called lone wolves but also by organized terrorist groups.”….

Books and Documents

Tariq Ramadan’s ‘Quest for Meaning’
Tariq Ramadan

This is a prophetic, passionate and insightful book. Ramadan’s message is urgent: our very survival depends upon our ability to build a harmonious, respectful global community. We have now entered the realm of emotional politics dominated by instantaneous public reactions. In this age of global communications, we are possessed by tidal waves of global emotions that inspired the mindless violence in the Muslim world....

Current Affairs

Norway’s Muslims Rally against ISIS
Tarek Fatah

“We cannot fight ISIS without fighting the doctrine of jihad and without exposing the bankruptcy of Islamic states such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran,” he said. “Too many leaders in the West are reluctant to identify the elephant in the room, which is Islamism. If they cannot fight the ideological foundation of ISIS, then we will see the ISIS cancer spread.”....

Islamic Society

The Poiesis Imperative: Ebrahim Moosa and the Contemporary Critical-Progressive Muslim Thought – Part 2
Adis Duderija

The classical Islamic tradition, and the pre-modern religious thought in general, conceives of time as uniform and monolith without making a distinction between natural and cultural or historical time.  It considers the past to be finalized, fixed, and “eternally present” in the present.  In relation to the classical Islamic tradition I argued that its retrogressive worldview that both ontologically and epistemologically privileges the past and is constantly imposing it over the present….

Radical Islamism and Jihad

ISIS: Saudi-Qatari-Funded Wahhabi Terrorists Worldwide
Ramtanu Maitra

In 2011, in Syria, when President Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and President François Hollande joined forces to remove Syria’s elected President Bashar al-Assad from power, and thus deal a body blow to the Russians and the Iranians, who acknowledge Assad’s legitimacy, not-so-militant groups within were bolstered by attaching them to well-trained Salafi-Wahhabi terrorists from a number of countries. While the Western countries were quite generous with arms, and worked with the neighbouring countries to facilitate entry of arms into Syria, the bulk of the money came from the Salafi-Wahhabi bastions of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait. Despite denials issued from Riyadh and Doha to quiet gullible Westerners, the funding of various Sunni groups seeking to establish Salafism and Wahhabism in a number of countries has long been well-documented......

Current Affairs

After Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri Protests, Secularism Has Lost Its Force in Pakistan
Mehr F Husain

What is interesting is how people have steadily responded positively to religious-affiliated actors participating in a political battle for power. With the ASWJ entering the arena and supposedly showing its support for the PML N, it is likely to put off those who were rooting for the PML N causing them to flock to Qadri who is known for his anti-violence stand.  On one hand, putting the political opportunitism aside, the ASWJ is capitalising on a situation where religion and politics have merged by campaigning for democracy and they have supporters. ….

Current Affairs
Woe is Pakistan
Najam Sethi

Woe is Pakistan
Najam Sethi

The conclusion is inescapable: If Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri are resorting to unconstitutional means to force out a prime minister; the same prime minister hasn’t mounted a true constitutional defence against their charges. The tragedy is compounded by the reluctance of the “miltablishment” to uphold the same constitutional imperative in such murky circumstances. Woe is Pakistan…..

Arabic Section

Quaid-e-Azam Was an Ismaili Shia, a Kafir; Taliban Scholar Tells Pakistan Army Official - 3  إن القائد الأعظم كان كافرا لم یستحق قیادۃ باكستان، هذا وطننا ونريد تنفيذ شريعة الله فيه: يقولھ العالم الطالباني

الضابط في الجيش الباكستاني: لا أعرف عما إذا كنت قد قرأت أي تاريخ ولكن دعني أفترض أنك قد قرأته. يبين التاريخ أنه في عام 1947، كان القائد الأعظم (محمد علي جناح المرتد الذي أسس باكستان) الشخص الوحيد في صالح خلق باكستان. ولكن العلماء والناس مثلك وصفوا بأنه كان كافرا، وبأنه كان يرتكب الكفر عن طريق إنشاء دولة منفصلة. ولكن عندما أنشأت البلاد، أنتم بدأتم تدعون ملكيتها. أولا، عارضت إنشاء باكستان ولكن عندما تم إنشاء الدولة، بدأتم الناس تطالبون بها. ما ذا عن هذه القصة؟

Hindi Section

अबू हुरैरह रज़ियल्लाहु अन्हु से वर्णित है, वह कहते हैं कि नबी सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि व सल्लम ने हसन बिन अली रज़ियलल्लाहु अन्हुमा को चूमा और आप के पास आक़रा बिन हाबिस बैठे हुये थे, तो अक़रा ने कहा कि मेरे दस बच्चे हैं, परन्तु मैं ने उन में से किसी को नहीं  चूमा, तो आप सल्लल्लाहु अलैहि व सल्लम ने उन की ओर देखा और फरमाया किः

Urdu Section

عُمان کے بڑے شہر دَبا کے اَزدی باشندوں کا ایک وفد اپنے اسلام کا اقرار کرنے رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے پا س آیا تھا، انہوں نے ایک معزز آدمی کو جس کا نام حُذیفہ بن یَما ن تھا، محصلِ زکاۃ  کردیا، اس کو زکاۃ کی شرح لکھ دی اور ہدایت کی کہ زکاۃ امیروں سے لےکر غریبوں میں تقسیم کردیں، حُذیفہ نے ہدایت کے مطابق عمل کیا، غریبوں اور ناداروں کو دینے کے بعد جو زکاۃ بچی  وہ  انہوں نے رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کو بھیج دی، رسول اللہ کی وفات پر اہل دَبانے زکاۃ روک لی اور باغی ہوگئے ، حُذیفہ نے ان کو ترغیب دی کہ تو بہ کریں اور پھر اسلام کے وفادار بن جائیں لیکن وہ نہ مانے،  انہوں نے رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی شان میں ناشائستہ الفاظ استعمال کئے ، حُذیفہ نے کہا : ‘‘ صاحبو! آپ میرے ماں باپ کو بُرا کہہ لیجئے لیکن رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی مذمت نہ کیجئے ’’۔

Urdu Section

Suicide Bombers of Taliban  طالبان کے خودکش بمبار
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

ایک طالب علم جس نے قرآن مجید کا مطالعہ کیا ہو وہ خود کو قتل کرنے کے لئے کبھی تیار نہیں ہو گا۔ وہ سامنے آکر لڑے گا اور ہو سکتا ہے کہ وہ لڑائی میں مارا جائے لیکن اپنے جسم پر کبھی بھی دھماکہ خیز مواد سے بھری ایک جیکٹ نہیں باندھے گا۔ چونکہ وہ بچے ہیں اور انہیں اس بارے میں کافی علم نہیں ہے لہٰذا وہ جھوٹ کا شکار ہو جاتے ہیں۔ وہ کوٹ میں ملبوس ہوتے ہیں اور انہیں یہ نہیں بتایا جاتا کہ وہ دھماکہ خیز مواد سے بھرا ہوا ہے۔ ائمہ انہیں بتاتے ہیں کہ یہ "خفیہ دستاویزات" ہیں اور ان سے کسی ایک خاص ہوٹل کے سامنے جا کر بیٹھنے کے لئے کہا جاتا ہے۔ وہ وہاں بیٹھ کر انتظار کرتے ہیں اور اچانک جب کوئی امریکی یا آئی ایس اے ایف یا نیٹو کا کوئی قافلہ ان کے قریب سے گزرتا ہے تو طالبان اپنے ہاتھ میں موجود ریموٹ کا صرف بٹن دباتے ہیں اور وہ نادان بچہ بہت سے دوسرے لوگوں سمیت ٹکڑے ٹکڑے ہو کر بکھر جاتا ہے۔

Islamic Ideology

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia
Alastair Crooke

Abd al-Wahhab demanded conformity -- a conformity that was to be demonstrated in physical and tangible ways. He argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. The list of apostates meriting death included the Shiite, Sufis and other Muslim denominations, whom Abd al-Wahhab did not consider to be Muslim at all…..

Islam and Pluralism

This came as a huge respite to the Hindus in the area who were worried how they would go about with their daily chores without water. Carrying buckets in hand, the sari-clad women entered the Masjid’s compound for the first time with prayers of gratitude on their lips. By the time the Namaz began at 5.30 pm, more than 2,000 women had carried home several thousand gallons of water in their buckets.....

Islamic World News

Islamic State Jihadists Execute 200 Syrian Soldiers
Ahle Sunnat leader Farooqi

Arab World

Iraqi Planes Target IS; Citizens of Besieged Town Face ‘Massacre’

Military Skill and Terrorist Technique Fuel Success of ISIS


93 Years On, Kerala Muslims Say Caliphate Impractical

Muzaffarnagar Muslims in classrooms of contrast


Talks Fail; ‘Yaum-e-Inquilab’ Today

New Taleban group vows more attacks in Pakistan

North America

Obama to Convene UNSC Meeting On Foreign Fighters: White House

US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

Calls for Aafia’s release puzzle Obama govt

South Asia

Bangladesh Ahle Sunnat Leader Killing: Wahabi, Maududi Followers Blamed

Southeast Asia

Explain Real Meaning of Jihad, Umno Urges National Fatwa Council


From Sex Abuse Gangs to Jihadis, the State's Fear of Seeming 'Racist' Is Letting Evil Thrive

Scotland Yard chief calls for Brit extremists fighting for ISIS to lose their UK citizenship


Palestinians to tell UN: Force Israel out of W. Bank, or we'll try Netanyahu for war crimes

Report: Netanyahu and Abbas met secretly in Jordan prior to Gaza cease-fire


Cameroon says kills 27 Boko Haram militants in border clashes

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Ethiopian Girls as Young as Five Married Off
Sashida Sadiq a police commander from Dohuk

Saudi Guardians Prevent Marriage of 622 Women in Two Years

Kurdish Minorities and Women Volunteer to Fight IS

Mother Pleads For Life of IS Group Hostage

Syrian Women Help Traumatized Children Smile Again

South Africa: Gauteng Women Unite for Empowerment

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Islamic Society

The Poiesis Imperative: Ebrahim Moosa and the Contemporary Critical-Progressive Muslim Thought – Part 1
Adis Duderija

Attempting to do justice to the thoughts and ideas of another human being is always a tall order.  Doing the same with reference to even some aspects of Ebrahim Moosa thought is even more so for he is undoubtedly one of the most erudite and profound contemporary Muslim thinkers and academics. For contemporary critical-progressive Muslims who are trying to find viable ways to reconcile the inherited  Islamic tradition (Turah)  with their own contemporary subjectivities and imperatives in a meaningful, holistic and non-reductionist manner  Moosa has, over the last couple of decades at least, offered us a plethora of  original and crucial  insights on many aspects of Muslim ethical, legal, theological, philosophical   and political tradition without which contemporary Muslim thought in general and critical-progressive Muslim thought in particular would be greatly impoverished.....

Islam and the West

What Makes Some British Muslims Become Jihadis?
Daniel Hannan

I'm not saying that patriotism alone will finish the jihadis. Like the urban guerrillas in the 1970s, they must be treated primarily as a security problem rather than a political one. But what ultimately did for the Red Army Faction and all the rest was the fall of the Berlin Wall and the almost universal realisation that revolutionary socialism was no alternative to Western democracy. It comes down, in the end, to self-belief. Not theirs; ours…..

Islam and Politics

Difference between Enemy and Combatant
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

.... the Quran distinguishes between an enemy, on the one hand, and a combatant, on the other. The Quran commands us that even if an individual or a group appears to be one’s enemy, one should still maintain good relations with them. In this way, Dawah efforts can continue in a balanced and proper manner. Obviously, then, apparent enmity must not be allowed to become a barrier in the way of interaction, because it is through interaction that Dawah efforts can continue to be made—and Dawah efforts have the power to turn even enemies into friends.....


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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