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The War Within Islam

The Destruction of Mecca: the Saudis Have Bulldozed Centuries of Beauty and Diversity in Islam’s Holiest City
Ziauddin Sardar

The cultural devastation of Mecca has radically transformed the city. Unlike Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, Mecca was never a great intellectual and cultural centre of Islam. But it was always a pluralistic city where debate among different Muslim sects and schools of thought was not unusual. Now it has been reduced to a monolithic religious entity where only one, ahistoric, literal interpretation of Islam is permitted, and where all other sects, outside of the Salafist brand of Saudi Islam, are regarded as false…..

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Destruction Of Islamic Cultural Heritage: Muslims Must Reclaim The Spiritual Values Of Islam, Sultan Shahin Tells A Public Dialogue During UN Human Rights Council’s 22nd Session At Geneva

 
Interview

Interfaith dialogue should seek ways to reinforce the sense of universal humanity between believers in the different religions. Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu Alayhi Wa Sallam is said to have instructed the Muslim refugees who fled to Christian-ruled Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in the face of their oppression in Makkah to accept the laws and customs of the land to which they migrated, although remaining Muslims. This is supported by a Hadith narrated by Ibn Umar and recorded in Sahih Al-Bukhari (Volume 4, Book 52, Number 203): 'The Prophet said, "It is obligatory for one to listen to and obey (the ruler's orders) unless these orders involve disobedience (to Allah); but if an act of disobedience (to Allah) is imposed, he should not listen to or obey it"'…..

 
Islamic World News

Turkey Pushes for More than 'Dropping Tons of Bombs' On IS
PTI chairman Imran Khan

Mideast

Israel Main Base of Terrorists in Middle-East

Palestinians risking U.S. aid over U.N. bid: Abbas

South Asia

Taliban Chief Mullah Omar Claims Victory through His Eid Message

IS Un-Islamic and Anti-Islamic, Tells Dr Waheed at UN General Assembly

Arab World

IS Clashes in Iraq Leave 40 Jihadists, 17 Security Forces Dead

Syria Blasts at School Kill 32, Including 10 Kids

ISIS Takes Control of Western Iraqi Town of Hit

Egypt militant group threatens deadly attacks during Eid holiday

Pakistan

TV Show Host, Four Others Booked On Blasphemy Charge

Nation Decided To Make ‘Naya Pakistan’: Imran

Europe

Austrians from Different Faith Condemn Rising Attacks on Muslims

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Soars In London, According To New Police Figures

North America

U.S. plans Patriot missile sale to Saudi Arabia

India

Militants Say Won’t Strike In Kashmir till Relief, Rehab Reach Victims

Pakistan’s ISI Closely Connected with IM Operatives: NIA

Africa

More than 100 ex-rebels, family members die in Congo camp - HRW

Bombs, clashes kill seven Libya soldiers in Benghazi

Southeast Asia

When Allah CDs become a casualty in Umno’s politics

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Islam, Women and Feminism
ISIS Beheads Women in Northern Syria
New Age Islam News Bureau

ISIS Beheads Women in Northern Syria
Yusra Hussein, Suspected British ISIS Recruit

Hijab Debate Returns To France After Student Asked To Remove Her ‘Thing’

Contrary to Popular Belief, Islam Demands Respect for Women

Salesgirls Sell Cattle for Eid Al Adha in Malaysia

Female Imams, a Chinese Innovation

Parents of Suspected British ISIS Recruit, Yusra Hussein, Plead For Her Return

Uganda: Pregnant Student Cries Foul Over Suspension

Modern Slavery Rises In UK Led By Sex, Labour Trafficking: Study

Alleged Woman Attacked on Train Raises Questions of Anti-Muslim Views in Australia

UK Must Channel Aid to Fight FGM in Sierra Leone - Lawmakers

Australian PM Not In Favour Of “Burqa” In Parliament

'South Asian and Muslim Women Should Complain More about NHS Service'

700 Pakhtun female vaccinators to help make polio drive a ‘success’ in city

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Multimedia

When Camerota spoke of “Muslim countries,” Aslan jumped in again and told her again that’s completely unfair. Camerota challenged him on whether he seriously thinks there’s no common thread between Muslim nations. Aslan said there are certain horrible practices that all good people must condemn, “but to say Muslim countries, as though Pakistan and Turkey are the same… it’s frankly, and I use this word seriously, stupid!”.....

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The War Within Islam

It Is Difficult To Link Islamic State To Kharijites and Separate the Group from Wahhabism
Bader al-Rashed

Despite attempts by some prominent Saudis to do so, it is difficult to link IS to Kharijites and separate the group from Wahhabism, as the group has explicitly adopted the ideas of Abd al-Wahhab and is spreading and imposing them on the regions it controls. The current challenge is to prove that the ideas of Wahhabism are the primary reason for the creation and mobilization of jihadist organizations and is not a distraction from the political collapse of the region as the facilitator of the growth in extremism……

The War Within Islam

The Struggle within Islam Is Between Muslims Who Embrace Modernity, Consider Islam A Personal Belief, Not A Political System and Those Opposing These Values and Insisting On A Sharia-Based Legal System
Salim Mansur

Muslims opposing Islamism are in many, if not all, instances, anti-Sharia, and opposed to the political parties or movements associated with Maududi (the Jamaat-i-Islami in South Asia), with Hasan al-Banna and Sayyed Qutb (the Muslim Brotherhood in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa), with Khomeinism (the Shi'i version of Islamism in Iran and among Shi'i Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere), and with the Wahhabi-Salafi version of Islamism espoused and propagated by the Saudi and Gulf Arabs with their petrodollars......

Islam, Women and Feminism

Iran's ‘Hanging Machine’ to Execute Reyhaneh Jabbari
Reyhaneh Jabbari

Poster Girls for Jihad: Young Women Raised In West Joining Militants

Better To Be Prostitute, Says Blogger of Muslim Woman Joining DAP

Heroism of Indian Muslim Woman in World War II Inspires Today

Hijab Selfies Fad Takes Off As Australians Show Solidarity with Muslim Women

Pakistan: Police Foil Marriage of Two Underage Girls

Armed Woman Arrested Outside Lahore High Court

An Unfortunate Name: Family Concern over Daughter Named ‘Isis’

Muslim Women Break Their Silence on Life under Honour Culture

Pakistan Empowering Women: ‘Minimum Age for Marriage Should Be Fixed At 18’

Missing Bristol Girl Feared To Be Heading For Syria to Join ISIS - Police

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Islamic World News

Turkey’s Top Cleric Slams Saudi Arabia over Mecca Skyscrapers
Theresa May, UK Home Secretary

Mideast

Yemen Pupils Find Classes Turned Into Weapons Dump

Arab World

Wave of Attacks in Shi'ite Parts of Baghdad Kill 35

Blasts in Syria’s Homs kill 18, most children

Islamic State militants behead 9 Kurdish fighters

Pakistan

In Al Qaeda Attack Lines Blur between Pakistan’s Military, Militants

Six killed, 12 injured in Quetta blasts, firing

South Asia

Watchdog Says No to Reduce Girls’ Marriage Age in Bangladesh

Twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul kill 7

Europe

ISIS Could Become World's First Terrorist State, Warns UK

Dutch Teen Claiming To Be Part of ISIS Threatens To Behead Jews

Pope calls Mideast envoys to Vatican as Islamic State advances

North America

American football player Husain Abdullah gets penalty for praying

Obama hails signing of BSA with Afghanistan as ‘historic’

India

Saudi Minister of Haj Calls For Further Cementing Saudi-India Relations

‘Love Jihad’ a Social Problem, Not RSS Coinage: NCW Chief

Southeast Asia

Islamic banking hopes for account development incentives from Budget 2015

Africa

Libyan Islamists reject U.N.-led peace talks

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Islamic Society

Islamic priestly class is still living in the medieval era as far as their approach towards their women folk is concerned. The Mullah argues that his decision was based on Shariat (Islamic law) which is divine and immutable. A similar decision was given earlier by the Mufti of Darul Uloom Deoband in 2005 in a case of Imrana. There were no public protests from the community then and not now either…….

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Many Europeans who would laugh at the idea of negotiating with ISIS or al-Qaeda say that Israel should negotiate with Hamas. Almost nobody sees that the invention of the "Palestinian people" has transformed millions of Arabs into a genocidal weapon to be used against the Israelis, and even, as in Europe recently, the Jews. Transforming people into a genocidal weapon is a barbaric act……

 
Islam and the West

Western Survival Requires the End of Islamist Jihadism
Michael Curtis

It needs to be repeated that IS, a Caliphate with enormous wealth, large quantities of weapons, and an appetite for power, has ambitions to expand its territorial control in the Middle East. Under its ruthless leader the Caliph and Commander in Chief, formerly known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claims to be descended from the Prophet, the IS is first consolidating its rule, then plans to conquer the bordering Muslim states, and then to “battle against the Crusaders” (the West)…….

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

The Most Common Myths about Muslim Women and Why They’re Wrong
Ruby Hamad

It should go without saying that any woman who is forced, whether by the state or her own family, to wear the Burqa or headscarf is indeed oppressed. Nonetheless, many Muslim women do choose to veil of their own volition. That this choice is required only of women does lead to legitimate questions of whether such a choice can actually be free…..

Islamic Society

The Problems of Polygamy
Rafia Zakaria

Based on nearly 1,500 quantitative and qualitative questionnaires that were distributed in 12 Malaysian states, the Sisters in Islam study is one of the largest ever conducted on the issue. Its findings were alarming. Results showed that not only did polygamy negatively affect the wives; it also had extremely harmful effects on children who were the product of such unions….

 
Islam and the West
As The US Retreats
Praveen Swami

As The US Retreats
Praveen Swami

Historians warn us that contra factual speculation is a useless activity: the world is simply too complex and unpredictable to make meaningful guesses about what might have happened if Nicias had won the debate against Athens’s party of war. Yet, it is hard not to see that the world looks a lot as it likely would have if the wars of 9/11 had never happened. In the great arc from Mali to Pakistan, the jihadist movement is in the ascendant as never before. Efforts to construct stable polities and state structures have failed, from Somalia to Afghanistan…..

 
Islam, Women and Feminism
My Day Wearing a Niqab
Radhika Sanghani

My Day Wearing a Niqab
Radhika Sanghani

There is always a real, breathing woman beneath the veil and she doesn’t deserve to be ignored. I will never look at a veiled woman and just see a Niqab again. I’ll try and see the person beneath it and if she drops her phone, I’ll hand it back with a smile……

Islam and Politics

Afghanistan: Qualified Optimism
S. Binodkumar Singh

The challenges that confront Afghanistan, nevertheless, remain gargantuan. Chief among these is, of course, the Taliban backed by Pakistan's relentlessly malefic state; the problem is infinitely compounded by a glut of arms in the hands of local and irresponsible non-state actors, corruption, the interference of regional extremist groups in Afghan affairs, and serious economic vulnerabilities that can only grow with diminishing international support......

 
Islam and Spiritualism

Haj is a trip of lifetime; it is only required once from a Muslim and it is only the first one that counts as the fulfilment of the obligation. All other performances of Haj are voluntary and cannot replace the compulsory Haj. Therefore, it is imperative that it is performed sincerely and correctly for the first time.  Though Haj can be quiet a journey, a little preparation and planning will, Insha’Allah make your journey much easier. This planning should not be limited to the logistics, but should also include spiritual, financial, physical and mental preparations….

 
The War Within Islam

Pakistan's Worst Nightmare: A Jew, An Indian And An American Walk Into A Bar...
Badar Iqbal Chaudhary

It is said the recognition of the problem is the first step towards recovery. Pakistan is yet to take the first step. The symptoms are not expected to subside as long as the cancer continues to be misdiagnosed as pneumonia. We cannot, and should not expect ourselves to get away with treating an internally present disease like a viral infection……

Books and Documents

Noam Chomsky-Infuriating and Necessary
David Masciotra

The immensity of Chomsky’s mind is matched only by its dexterity. In his first triumph as a public intellectual, he reinvented the field of linguistics by developing the now widely accepted theory that the ability to learn language is an innate capacity common to all humans……

 
Islamic Society

I’ve Found a Treasure in My New Faith, Islam

I had a strange dream that changed me completely. Was it an Islam calling to study deeper to understand about the truth? The vision was so clear and it was not blurred as most dreams used to be. I was in a green place, splendid in its beauty, the earth was totally green, beauty that I did not see anything like it before, then I saw in the sky, the sun, the moon and a star between them. The dream ended when someone gave me a piece of paper on which was written: “5 times a day.”…..

Urdu Section

The wave of ethnic hatred in Germany  جرمنی میں نسلی منافرت کی لہر
Asad Mufti

گزشتہ دنوں انٹرنیشنل یونین آف جرنلٹس کے حوالے سے منعقد ہونے والی ایک کانفرنس میں شرکت کیلئے جب میں برلن میں تھا تو جرمن اخبارات و رسائل کے مطالعہ سے پتہ چلا کہ نسلی تشدد کی ایک شدید لہر نے ان دنوں جرمنی کو اپنی لپیٹ میں لے رکھا ہے ۔وہاںنسلی منافرت تیزی سے پھیل رہی ہے اور اقلیتوں کو نسلی طور پر ہراساں کیا جارہا ہےاور حملوں میں اضافہ ہوتا جارہا ہے جس کا نشانہ وہاں کی سب سے بڑی(مسلم ) اقلیت بن رہی ہے۔

 
Urdu Section

Defamation of Islam! (Part - 1)  (اسلام کی بدنامی! ( حصہ اوّل
Zafar Agha

اسلام ہی ایک ایسا مذہب ہے ، جس نے اللہ اور بندوں کے درمیان سے ہر قسم کے راہب،  پنڈت اور درمیانی لوگوں کو خاتمہ کیا ۔ یہ ہے نچوڑ اسلام کا، جس کا رب رحیم اور جس کے رسول کریم  ہیں، جنہوں نے دنیا میں ہر انسان ( بشمول خواتین) کو برابری کا درجہ دیا ۔ یعنی اسلام نے انسانیت کو آزادی اور اخوت  کی ایسی منزل تک پہنچایا، جس کا تصور اسلام سے قبل نہیں پایا جاتا تھا ۔ تب ہی تو پورے قرون وسطیٰ میں مسلمان سُپر پاور بنے رہے اور اسلام کا ڈنکا ہر سو بجتا رہا ۔ آج اسی اسلام اور مسلمانوں کو دہشت سے جوڑا جارہا ہے ۔ آج محسن انسانیت  صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی شان میں گستاخی کی ناپاک جسارت کی جارہی ہے۔

 
Current Affairs

Earlier this month (19th Sep), senior journalist Farid Zakaria of CNN had asked PM Modi in New Delhi about Ayman-al- Zawahiri’s video and appeal to create an Al Qaida in India and if worried that something like this could succeed. 

Modi had responded: “My understanding is that they are doing injustice towards the Muslims of our country. If anyone thinks Indian Muslims will dance to their tune, they are delusional. Indian Muslims will live for India. They will die for India. They will not want anything bad for India.”

 
Current Affairs

As widely covered in the media and as shown in the video and photographs and as learned from the victims, the violent crowd threw stones at the women, threatened them with being stripped and raped, molested them, hit them including with shoes, beat and slapped them, pushed them, and called for their murder. The pre-planning of this attack was evident as members of the mob were organised, carried printed placards with threatening language against PETA as evidenced in the enclosed photographs which of course cannot be spontaneously developed, and awaited the women’s arrival along with members of the media.

The women were attacked before their awareness program could even begin and were rescued by the police who warned them that their staying in or ever returning to Bhopal could lead to their being murdered. We commend the police for rescuing the women but are obviously horrified that no action has been taken against the offenders, but instead against the victims, under the pressure from the criminal mob……



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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