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    Islamic Ideology
    Is This the Islam of Prophet Mohammad, a Blessing to Mankind?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Is This the Islam of Prophet Mohammad, a Blessing to Mankind?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    So it is good that Sufi ulema, under attack from Wahhabi militants, are coming out to denounce the Salafi understanding of Islam. But is this enough? Do they not need to ask why it’s Salafis who are winning this ideological war? Have Sufi ulema been able to bring back to the Sufi fold even a single Islamist terrorist? After all, all the terrorists of today, at least from the South Asian and African Sahel region were part of a Sufism-oriented Islam until recently. Wahhabism existed mainly in the Arab regions. There were very few Salafis anywhere else. Easy availability of petrodollars for the propagation of Salafism has certainly played an important role. But can money alone bring about this kind of transformation? Why is the Sufi counter-narrative not effective enough to make a difference?

    Writing in this space, almost exactly a year ago, I had made an earnest appeal to the Sufi Ulema and Mashaikh gathering in Delhi for an international conference. I had asked them to go beyond the usual shibboleths and utilse this great opportunity to consider this most urgent question: why is the Sufi focus on positives of Islam not working? The more Sufis and other moderate Muslims denounce terrorism, the more followers this Satanic ideology finds. I had pointed out the basic reason behind this conundrum: the radical theology of violence and exclusion and the current theology of consensus of all ulema, including Sufi ulema, are by and large one and the same. Any differences are cosmetic...

     
    Islamic World News

    Pakistan University's Students Told To Apologise For Playing Holi

    Nearly 470 Terrorists Killed in Clashes in Eastern Damascus

    Only Targeting Muslims in Anti-Terror Schemes Is Wrong, Says Jeremy Corbyn

    Blasts Kill Six, Wound Dozens as Bangladesh Commandos Storm Islamist Hideout

    Pakistan

    Pakistan Agrees To Allow Raheel Sharif to Command Saudi-Led Alliance

    Arab World

    Syrian Army Scores more Victories against ISIL in Eastern Aleppo

    Europe

    Muslim-Born Restaurant Owner Feeds Cops and Medics For Free During UK Attack

    South Asia

    ISIS Execute 3 Civilians on Charges of Supporting Police in North of Afghanistan

    Mideast

    Erdoğan Slams Germany on Arms Sales Ban, Says Swastika Signs On Mosques 'Sign Of Fascism'

    Turkey Sends New Military Equipment to Euphrates Shield Operation Forces in Syria

    India

    Botched ISI Operation Led to Nizamuddin Dargah’s Clerics’ Detention In Pakistan

    Jammu Alert: Terrorists Snatch AK-47 from Muslim Clerics' PSO

    North America

    Mosques across America Continue to Receive Threatening Letters

    Two Attackers Open Fire Inside Crowded US Nightclub; 1 Dead, 15 Injured

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    Rise in Female Islamic Teaching Specialists, Mosques in Oman

    Four Killed In Three Separate Cases of 'Honour Killings' In Sindh

    Muslims in India Ask Top Court to Ban Instant Divorce

    In Times of 'Love Jihad', Inter-Faith Couple Found Dead In Jungle

    Women’s Groups Outraged by Statement on Muslim Marriage

    Muslim U.S. Scholar Focuses On Women Empowerment under Islamic Law

    New Film Spotlights Palestinian Women Navigating Life 'In Between' Cultures

    A Mother and Daughter Reflect On Life as American Muslim Women

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Islamic Ideology
    This Masjid is that of Ahl-e-Sunnat?
    Paighambar Naugawanvi, Tr. New Age Islam

    This Masjid is that of Ahl-e-Sunnat?
    Paighambar Naugawanvi

    When I finished praying, a person—possibly the imam of the mosque, who was engaged in conversation with some other people in the courtyard of the mosque—called and said to me, “Where have you come from?” I replied, “From Naugawan Sadat”. That person said, “This mosque belongs to Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at with Maslak-e-Ala Hazrat Barelvi. Muslims from other sects are not allowed to enter this mosque. I have informed you so that later you cannot blame me for insulting. Do not come to this mosque.” ...

    Islam and the West

    The West’s Fresh Chorus against the Hijab
    Moin Qazi, New Age Islam

    In fact modesty, of which Hijab is an outward expression, is the defining emblem of Islamic values. The Arabic word for modesty is Haya. The interesting thing about this word is that it is linguistically related to the Arabic word for life (Hayat). Modesty is the virtue that gives spiritual life to the soul. This connection between spiritual life and modesty exists because the virtue is not just about outward appearances; rather, it is tolerance first and foremost about the inward state of having modesty before God – meaning an awareness of divine presence everywhere ...

     
    Islamic World News

    Muslim Nations’ Envoy Discuss Online Blasphemy against Islam in Islamabad

    In Rural Canada, Churches That Once Shunned One another Open Their Hearts to Syrian Refugees

    United States Probes Nearly 300 Syrian And Iraqi Civilians Deaths Due To Airstrikes

    Iraqi Forces to Deploy New Tactics in Mosul, Civilians Flee City


    Pakistan

    Pakistan Observes 86th Death Anniversary of Bhagat Singh

    Europe

    Six Russian Troops Killed In IS-Claimed Attack on Chechen Base

    North America

    The Bible Tells Us So: Concern for Immigrants Is At the Heart of Faith

    Arab World

    Final Push on Syria’s Raqa to Begin ‘In Coming Days’: France

    South Asia

    Suppress All Militants Opposing Govt and Law, Ghani Tells ANP Special Forces

    Suicide Attacker Blows Himself Up Near Bangladesh International Airport, No Casualties

    India

    Modi Sends Chador to Ajmer Shrine

    Delhi Continues To Harp On Terror Mantra

    Mideast

    Hamas Blames Israel for Senior Member Assassination, Threatens ‘To Act’

    MHP Leader Seeks ‘Yes’ Vote to End ‘Global Plot against Turkey’

    Africa

    Cairo Suburb Explosion: One Killed, Three Injured, Say Security Sources

    Southeast Asia

    Malaysia PM to sign pacts worth $5bn during India visit in April

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    London Attack: Muslim Woman in Photo Speaks Out

    Uniform Code Won't Help, Says Tamil Nadu Women's Jamaat Founder

    In 1 Week, 2 Reports of Men Threatening To Shoot Muslim Women in San Francisco

    White Man Shouts 'Go Back To Lebanon' To Sikh-American Girl

    Third of Saudi Businesses Owned By Women: Report

    First Woman Arrested Under Pakistan's New Cyber-Crime Law

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    True Social Cohesion Lies In a Reformed Islam
    Michael Nazir-Ali

    One urgent necessity is for Muslim politicians, community and religious leaders to articulate a clear counter narrative, not only to Jihadism but also to the more widespread and strident calls for greater “Islamisation” of communities and societies. It is not for a non-Muslim to say how they should do this but it seems quite possible for them to read their wider tradition, and the work of eminent Muslim reformers, in a way very different from the dominant narrative....

    Islam and Spiritualism

    Spirit of Service: Actualising the Spirit of Service Is a Message Common to All World Religions
    Amin Valliani

    The Quran directs us to be helpful and do good as Allah has been good to you (28:77). Human life is prone to a variety of circumstances. Imagine the extent of a government’s responsibility in the light of Hazrat Umar’s reported saying that even if a dog dies hungry on the bank of the Euphrates, he (the caliph) will be responsible for dereliction of duty.

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Lone Wolves Will Survive Fall of ISIS
    Greg Sheridan

    Lone wolf is an imprecise term. It means generally the attack was carried out by a single person, but very few terrorists who later earn the lone wolf label have really been radicalised entirely on their own or undertaken their activities without any help. But they are the opposite end of the spectrum from al-Qaida’s epochal September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, which were preceded by elaborate planning and co-ordination. So they are very hard to stop....

     
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    BEST OF BEFORE ARTICLES

    Islamic Ideology

    If Not the UN Charter, Muslim Countries Should At Least Follow Their Own Primary Scripture, the Holy Quran, Sultan Shahin Tells UNHRC at Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Blasphemy laws continue to be on the statute books, for instance, in Pakistan. Salman Taseer, the liberal Governor of Punjab was murdered merely because he showed compassion for a Christian lady wrongly accused of blasphemy and asked for the repeal of the blasphemy law. On the basis of this law, religious minorities can be arbitrarily accused of blasphemy and killed, either by a lynch mob or by the judiciary. No evidence is required, as that would allegedly amount to accusers being asked to blaspheme the Prophet again. Similarly, attacks on minority Hindu, Christian, Shias and Ahmadis continue under different legislations. Pakistani laws prohibit the Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslims.

    It’s time the Council found some way to see that the countries that agree to its covenants also practice it.

    Such anti-minority legislations not only violate the UN Resolution, but also Islam’s primary scripture. The Holy Quran does not prescribe any punishment for blasphemy. Nor does it permit any one to declare others kafir. It clearly says: La Ikraha fid Deen, (There can be no compulsion in religion). (Chapter 2: verse 256).

    If not the UN Charter, Muslim countries should at least follow their own primary scripture, the Holy Quran.....

    Islamic Society

    From Mansur Hallaj to Sarmad Shaheed to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Much of Our History Witnessed Sufis’ Bloodshed: The Reason?
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    The recently attacked Sufi shrine in Pakistan, Dargah Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is equally venerated and visited by Pakistan’s Sufi-oriented Muslim majority and the Hindu minority. Inevitably, not only Muslim devotees, but even a considerable number of non-Muslims were killed in the suicide blast. Regrettably, it is quite ironic to see the Prophetic ideals being brazenly violated by the puritanical Islamists in Pakistan, given the state was created in the name of Nizam-e-Mustafa (the Prophetic system of governance)with its constitution loudly being claimed to follow the model of Misaq-e-Madina….

    Islamic Sharia Laws
    How Islamic Is Instant Triple Talaq?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    How Islamic Is Instant Triple Talaq?
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    As an average Muslim understands, in Islam intention is all-important. So much so, that when a Muslim stands up for prayer, it’s not considered enough that he is doing everything that is done in prayer. He has to specifically state that he intends to pray. Now read what AIMPLB’s law book says in the matter of triple talaq:

    “Talaq-e-Sareeh i.e. Talaq by using clear and plain words effect divorce whether one intends divorce by them or not.”

    It must have been based on this that the Deobandi fatwa told a young Muslim husband that even if you wrote the word talaq thrice in jest while chatting playfully with your newly wedded wife online, your divorce is final and you cannot remarry her unless your wife performs halala, that is, marries someone else, consummates her marriage, sleeps with the new spurious husband for a few nights, and gets a divorce from him later.  Halala is the most obscene social practice among Indian Muslims which has the blessings of all sections of ulema....

    Islam and Tolerance

    Tarek Fatah, Liberal Hypocrisy and the Limits of Muslim Tolerance
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    In absolute terms, the attack on Tarek Fatah must be condemned. There cannot be any context to what was pure and simple an act of heckling, intimidation and violence.  There is simply no excuse for this kind of behaviour. Certainly there are more civil ways to air one’s differences, but then who cares to keep a tab on their own instincts of hatred. I am appalled to hear excuses like Tarek Fatah shouldn’t have been there in the first place, that his mere presence ignited the mob because of his Islamophobic utterances. This is all nonsense...

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Deepening Signs of a Civil War in Islam: Massacres of Sufis in Pakistan In The Name Of Pure Islam Reveals a Worsening Global Crisis
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    Today the question is: Is this pure Islam or true Islam, as Salafis claim? Not for the first, nor for the last time, to be sure, over hundred devotees of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh have been killed in the name of what Salafi-Wahhabis consider true, pure Islam. Salafi-Wahhabis abhor Sufism because they believe that Sufi practices resemble pre-Islamic polytheistic Hindu traditions. Any Muslim who strays from the path of what Salafis consider true Islam is an apostate and deserves to be killed. The murderer has been brainwashed by ulema of his sect into believing that he can be assured of a place in heaven if he kills apostates and kuffars....

    Books and Documents

    The Role of Religious Education in Shaping Muslim Self-Identities

    “Such institutions appear to be no longer capable of producing creative minds” or “nurturing the skills” necessary to solve the complex problems of Muslims today. Moreover, he says, the majority of the Muslim educational institutions failed to help students gain proper knowledge and understanding of Islam and did not facilitate the development of “mature faith”. ...

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Murderous Sectarianism in Islam: Salafi Ulema Should Not Only Condemn the Massacre at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine but Also the Ideology behind It
    Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

    We also need to expose the hypocrites within Islam. There are people who denounce terrorism in public and teach in their madrasas that early peaceful and pluralistic verses of Quran have been abrogated by the later war-time verses asking us to kill the kafir and mushrik. Of course, war-time verses had come in a certain context which no longer exists and so these instructions can no longer apply to us. The first task before us is to come out of denial, accept that our theology and jurisprudence have been corrupted and then start thinking of changing our mindset, so that we can live as peaceful citizens of this inter-connected twenty-first century world....

    Islam and the West

    Religious Authorities of Islam Must Delimitate Peaceful Islam from Terrorism Committed In The Name Of Islam – German Chancellor, Angela Merkel
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    The problem is, the orthodox Islam takes the Prophet’s early biographical reports (Sira) as authentic historical document, regards the Hadith corpus as some form of revelation (Wahi) and venerates the Shariah Law of Islam as its divine Shariah. As these domains - all historically derived and product of human agency contain ample of materials to dismiss the claim to Islam being a religion of peace, Islamic clergy and authorities – barring exceptions, are tight-lipped against passing any legal opinion (fatwa) charging ISIS of crossing the limits of faith. A fanatically brutal terror outfit had emerged soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad that was otherwise obsessively dedicated to religious rites (prayer, Qur’anic recitation etc,) like ISIS /the radicalized Muslim terror outfits of this era. Caliph Umar outlawed it as ‘Kharijites’....

    Islam and Politics
    Who Speaks for Islam in India
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Who Speaks for Islam in India
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The absence of a clear cut hierarchy and an apex body of decision makers has not only produced a crisis of legitimacy but has also made the process of religious reform difficult. It is argued that it would have been much better for the state to deal with a body of Muslims rather than different maslaks and faith orientations within Muslims who have never ending arguments with each other. The problem is that if such an arrangement of power is made within Muslim society, then only the orthodox Ulema will find space within it....

    Islam and the West
    The Donald Trump Phenomenon
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

    The Donald Trump Phenomenon
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

    Muslims believe that the Prophet of Islam is a complete model for them. This complete model, however, is not in terms of superiority of the Prophet, but rather in terms of his offering a guiding example in every matter. Whenever Muslims face a situation, it is their responsibility to search for a corresponding example from the life of the Prophet and then act upon it. If the Prophet is a complete model, then his life must provide a model for Muslims in every circumstance they face. There is indeed a model present in Prophet’s life with regard to the current situation as well....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    ISIS Hates Our Saint Because He Belongs to Everyone
    Fatima Bhutto

    Before Qalandar arrived here, before Islam came to the subcontinent, Sehwan was known as Shivistan after the Hindu god Shiva. In time, the town’s name was changed, but Sindh has long remained a home to all faiths. At the annual festival of Qalandar, a Hindu and a Muslim family together drape a ceremonial cloth over Qalandar’s grave. A lamp-lighting ceremony reminiscent of Hindu rites is also performed. The shrine in Sehwan was attacked because it belongs to an open, inclusive tradition that some in Pakistan would rather forget than honour....

    Islamic Personalities
    The Prophet Muhammad as Mercy Personified
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    The Prophet Muhammad as Mercy Personified
    Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

    Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be their model to emulate. The Prophet’s model behaviour included model justice and forgiveness, which is demonstrated in the fact that he never took revenge on anyone on his own behalf but forgave even his staunch enemies. Consequently, this ideal attribute of the Prophet softened many hard-hearted men, playing a pivotal role in attracting the pagans towards willingly embracing Islam and Muslims....

    Islamic Society

    Challenging Male Authority In Muslim Contexts: What Can We Learn From The Recent Report By Musawah?
    Dr. Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

    Briefly and generally speaking, in neo-classical articulations of Islamic law men as husbands and/or fathers as a category are given authority, asymmetrical and privileged  rights over many aspects of their female folk ( e.g. wives and daughters) including unilateral right to divorce ( Talaq) , custody over children , unilateral right to polygamy, right to marry off minors ( usually girls-marriage to girl minors as young as  nine in places such as Saudi Arabia and Iran is still legal), nearly absolute sexual rights and various forms of disciplining...

    Islam and the Media
    Why Muslims Need Their Own Media House
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Why Muslims Need Their Own Media House
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Muslims are also reported in the mainstream media through their ‘peculiarities’, particularly in terms of their religion. Thus stories on triple Talaq, polygamy and such issues gain wide prominence within the mainstream media. A bit of research would tell us that polygamy is more among Hindu castes than Muslims, but when there is a discourse of relating a community to the practice of its religion, and then all facts and figures are given a go by. The problem is compounded by the well-entrenched belief among the media establishment that Muslims are best represented by the Ulema. And thus we have in television studios Muslim religious clerics who through their ignorance and trying to reduce everything to religion, end up giving a bad name to Muslims.....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Usman bin Bashar, the historian of the Wahhabi movement, calls the Wahhabi army’s attacks on the Arab tribes as ‘holy wars’. This explicitly means that they considered the whole of the world except themselves ‘disbelievers’ and ‘idolaters’. In fact, they suspected Muslims so much that they considered the era between Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Abdul Wahhab as ‘the age of darkness’. When this belief of exclusivism got synchronized with the hardcore Najdi nature, there emerged a sculpture of terrorism…

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    TOP ARTICLE

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam
    If Islam Means Peace, Why Is Much Of Its Theology Soaked In Hatred, Humiliation, Offensive War?
    Sultan Shahin, New Age Islam

    Among many factors, social, economic, political, psychological, the one common feature is a brainwashing of vulnerable people on the basis of a supremacist, xenophobic, intolerant, exclusivist and totalitarian Jihadi theology. This is a blatant misuse of Islam, a spiritual path to salvation, that 1.6 billion Muslims believe, teaches peace, pluralism, co-existence and good neighbourliness.

     But there has to be a reason why jihadi ideology has gained acceptance so quickly; why fatwas issued by reputed moderate scholars prove so ineffective? How are Jihadis able to create a 100 percent certainty in the minds of some Muslims that violence against innocent people, including Muslims, whom they consider infidel, will please God and lead them to heaven?

     Clearly we Muslims need to rethink some basic features of our theology. Success of jihadism lies in the fact that, at its core, the jihadi theology is not very different from the consensus theology of all other schools of Islamic thought. For instance, jihadists are able to misuse the intolerant, xenophobic, war-time verses of the holy Quran, as Muslims believe that all verses, regardless of the context, are of universal applicability. Indeed, the Islamic theology of consensus, taught in all madrasas, says that Quran is uncreated, meaning that it is just an aspect of God; and so, divine like God Himself.....

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