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Islam and Politics

Muslim Separatists and the Idea of an ‘Islamic’ State
Amina Wadud

This is only to assert that the actions that they have been performing exceed even the recommendations about how to engage with an enemy in battle; where all the sources of Islam first demands that war itself has to be declared and respect for prisoners of war and non-combatants is paramount.  This sweep of ISIS across Iraq killing non-Muslims who never declared war, including journalists- to say nothing of killing other Muslims in mass genocide- cannot be connected to any evidentiary base within Islam……

Islam and the West

Confronting Islamic State: A War by Any Other Name
America’s plan for fighting IS has two parts. On September 17th the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government until mid-December. Tacked on to it was a provision to pay for training and equipment for rebels fighting against IS in Syria. The measure passed with support from 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats. The opponents of the measure were an eclectic coalition of 85 broadly anti-war Democrats and 71 hawkish Republicans who wanted more direct intervention in Syria……

 
Islamic World News

Arab World

Lebanese Army Kills 50 Terrorists, Including Commanders

Iraq's Attack Bombers Kill 45 ISIL Terrorists

Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children: Monitor

Europe

British IS Recruits Routinely Rape Hostages as Young as Nine, Says Whistleblower

Child Warriors, Leave Germany for Jihad

Mideast

Turkey’s PKK calls for mobilisation of fellow Kurds to fight IS jihadists

Iran's Zarif hails 'new chapter' in Saudi ties

India

Two Indian-Origin Recruiters Working For ISIS, Al-Qaeda: Officials

Shiv Sena to Muslims: Don't Let Down Narendra Modi

Indian Sufis Welcome Statement by PM Modi on Al-Zawahiri

Pakistan

Armed clash in Balochistan's Turbat leaves 11 dead

Air strikes kill 23 suspected terrorists in North Waziristan

JIT formed to probe terror charges against Imran, Qadri starts work

South Asia

Chinese Militants Fled China to Get ‘Terrorist Training’ From IS, Says Media

Taliban reject Afghan unity government pact as US 'sham'

Southeast Asia

Coming Soon in Aceh: Shariah Law for Non-Muslims

Malaysian militants for Isis recruited through social media, says source

Australia

Returning Aussie jihadists get jail, says PM Abbott

North America

Turkey must be partner in anti-ISIL coalition: Pentagon

Africa

Security Agencies Probing Whether Boko Haram's Shekau Killed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Teacher Rips out Girls’ Images from Textbooks
Squash Star Maria Toorpakay

Pakistani Squash Star Maria Toorpakay Raises Voice for Equality

Most Qataris Welcome Mandatory Pre-Marriage Counselling

Bahrain Support to Women’s Empowerment

Backlash over Britain First ‘Ban the Burqa’ Poster

Women can change the world, says US journalist Betsy West

Riyadh opens first female office for maid recruitment

Sharp Rise in Divorce Rates In Bahrain

New Afghan Leader to Name Woman to Supreme Court

France Charges 5 People Suspected Of Recruiting Women, Girls to Fight For IS

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Muslim Brotherhood and IS Are Not the Same Thing
Dr Walaa Ramadan

The IS stands apart from other "extremist" organisations, most notably in that they are not bound by the structures of traditional Islamic warfare. The IS are attempting to sell their battle for a traditional caliphate, but their deeply intolerant definition of a caliphate and desire to violently oppress those who do not share their beliefs is inconsistent with Islamic history and any Islamic teachings…..

 
Islamic Society
War and Peace in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

War and Peace in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

There are more than one billion people in the world who claim to be Muslims. To understand Islam, one needs to study the Quran and Sunnah, rather than the actual behaviour of these people who claim to be its followers. The right method of studying Islam is to differentiate between Islam, on the one hand, and Muslims, on the other. Muslims have to be judged in the light of Islamic teachings, and not vice versa. To properly understand and appreciate Islam, we also need to know what its principal objectives are. The Quran clearly tells us that the mission of the Prophet is peaceful dissemination of the Divine message. For example, it says: “[O Prophet] remind them: your task is only to remind, you are not a master over them.” (88:21).....

Islamic Society

Twin Visions of Islamic Feminism Split Muslim Community
Shaheen Pasha

“In Western feminist thought, religion is generally a tool of patriarchy. But for many Muslim women, religion is seen as a source of liberation rather than a source of oppression. This (difference in thought) can create a lot of tension for Muslim women.”

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Aqsa Mahmood, the ISIS Bride
Farhad Hassan Hashmi

Aqsa Mahmood, the ISIS Bride
Farhad Hassan Hashmi

So before anything else, her radicalisation puts a question mark on the British society. In the larger context, it also puts a question mark on the actions of several governments, for example the USA, Saudi Arabia, Britain itself among others. But more than anything else, it puts a question mark on Muslims and their interpretation of Islam. I know the popular argument; the one presented by people of all religions whenever they tend to disagree with interpretations of religion: this isn’t what our religion really is, this isn’t real Islam…..

 
Interview

The Statement about No Strategy Was Wooden, and It Hurt Obama
Vijay Prashad

The US did not directly train the Islamic State. That is preposterous. IS emerged out of the al-Qaeda of Iraq. It is an Iraqi group that was started by a set of Jordanian militants in 2004. They have in the past few years drawn in a large number of fighters from all over the world. I know that they crossed over from Turkey. Many of them came with rudimentary training, but with a fierce commitment to the fighting……

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

'It Is Not Their Faces They're Hiding, It Is Their Fears'
Anwar Iqbal

This half-hidden and half-exposed woman gets neither the respect the Muslim culture claims to give her, nor the economic strength that the opportunity to come out and work for a living provides her. She is no longer a traditional Muslim, and therefore, does not enjoy the protection which her position behind the veil automatically provided her…..

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Jamila Bibi Affair: Of Sins and Stones in Pakistan
Aisha Sarwari

Civil society, whatever is left of it, must watch the case carefully and if Jamila Bibi does come to Pakistan, she must be protected under the law and not from the law. For this we will need to scoop out the anachronistic laws that block us from a future where we can connect to the modern world with some semblance of dignity……

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?.....

Islam, Women and Feminism

In terms of improving women' and girls' positions in the families, in all likelihood most of the girls, particularly from lower income families, will be married off at the age of sixteen. At this age girls are emotionally unprepared to get married and deal with the complexity of family-life in the context of Bangladesh's family structure. Therefore, in many cases there will be family feuds leading to violence against these young wives. Another contradiction with the government's other initiatives to reduce violence against women……  

Islam and Politics

The basic issue involved holistic education, as best expressed in Thomas Jefferson’s statement, “No nation can remain free unless its citizens are properly educated.  Proper education consists in teaching and learning virtue.  And no nation can remain virtuous unless both the personal and public lives of the individual are infused with awareness and love of Divine Providence”, which was a theist term (as contrasted with deism) back then for God as Muslims understand it. Unfortunately, even the best philosophers have a streak of hypocrisy. ……

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Why Did ISIL Agree To Give Up The Turkish Hostages?
Emre Uslu

Although ISIL had the Turkish diplomats in its hands, they were treated as if they were not hostages. For instance, the Turkish consul was allowed to use his cellphone during his captivity of more than 100 days. ISIL is not a stupid organization which does not know that an electronic signal could be used as intelligence to reveal where the hostages are. In order for ISIL to allow the Turkish diplomat to use his cellphone, it must have had a guarantee that Turkey would not conduct an operation to rescue the hostages. Like its beginning, the hostage-taking saga ended in a bizarre way. ISIL released the Turkish hostages, but left many unanswered questions behind it…..

 
Islam and the West

"[Mr Howard] should be deeply ashamed that he lied to the Australian public 11-and-a-half years ago and took us into an unnecessary war ... [that] and created the conditions for the rise of not just the Islamic State but [also] other groups”.......

 
Islamic Ideology
Faith, Heredity and Conversion
Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam

Faith, Heredity and Conversion
Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam

All that one needs to be a good Muslim in India is a king-sized ego.  A very negative ego. An ego that tells you that you belong to a chosen community, the Ummat-e-Muhammadi. While the rest of humanity will go to Hell, literally, no matter how many good deeds the non-Muslims do, you will go to Heaven eventually, no matter how many evil deeds you do. If you are evil and a Muslim all that you need fear is a brief stint in Hell. The  fact  that you  belong  to the community of God's beloved  Prophet  Muhammad will  ensure that you eventually reach Heaven where you  will  be allowed  to  indulge in all the pleasures that are  forbidden  on earth. You can drink as much wine as you want. You can fornicate with as many women as you want. Indeed God is reduced to a supplier of wine and women for the Muslim residents of Heaven.  Such a view has nothing to do with Islam. But it has  not  been difficult  to  spread  this outlook among  the  ignoramuses  that constitute  the  overwhelming majority of Muslims.....

Urdu Section

South Asian al-Qaeda, Pakistan and Muslims  جنوبی ایشیائی القاعدہ۔پاکستان اور مسلمان
Nusrat Mirza

بھارت کے ایک سابق سفیر اور لکھاری بہادر کمار نے جنوب ایشیائی القاعدہ کے وجود کے اعلان کے بعد لکھا ہے کہ ’’ہماری ایجنسیاں کتنی ہی مستعد اور کتنی ہی بہادری کے دعوے کیوں نہ کرتی ہوں۔ بھارت کی ریاست ٹوٹ جائے گی اگر مسلم آبادی کا ایک فیصد بھی جہاد میں شامل ہوجائے گا۔ اُن کا کہنا ہے کہ یہ سچائی پر مبنی حقیقت ہے۔ جس کو ہماری سیاسی برادری کو اپنے ذہن نشین رکھنا چاہئے۔‘‘ڈان مرفی CSM عالمی دہشت گردی پر ایک اتھارٹی کی سی حیثیت رکھتے ہیں۔ اُن کا کہنا ہے کہ ’’مسلمان دُنیا میں سلفیوں کو روکنے کا نظام دبائو کا شکار ہے۔ یہ درست ہے کہ بھارتی ایجنسی ان لوگوں کو روکنے کی کوشش کرے گی مگر بھارت خطرہ سے دوچار رہے گا کیونکہ آسام، گجرات اور جموں و کشمیر میں بھارت کے ہندوئوں نے مسلمانوں کو جو زخم لگائے ہیں وہ ناقابلِ علاج ہیں۔ مندمل نہیں کئے جاسکتے اُن زخموں کو بھرا نہیں جاسکتا۔‘‘

 
Interfaith Dialogue

Muslims and Christians Can Learn From One Another
Victor Edwin SJ, New Age Islam

.... Muslims should learn from Christians that art of selfless service. The service institution in education, health and social sectors rendered great service to nation building, she said, “personally I feel indebted to the Christian ethos for establishing the institutions of Hospital, Nursing, Caring. This is one of the biggest contribution of Christianity to the world and I bow my head in gratitude for this”.  However, as a feminist thinker, she found it strange that the Catholic Church do not allow ‘divorce’ of estranged couples.....

Islamic World News

Saudi University Removes Books with ‘Deviant’ Ideologies
President Barack Obama

Arab World

Kurdish Fighters Head to Syria to Face ISIS Militants

Syria blasts coalition against Islamic State

Pakistan

‘London Plan’, Hatched By Imran-Qadri Duo, a Conspiracy against the Country

Imran-Qadri Hatched Conspiracy in Collusion with US: Former Army Chief Gen

Soldier, 15 terrorists killed in NWA

India

Muslim Body Welcomes PM Narendra Modi’s Statement on Community

Top Cops Divided On ‘Love Jihad’

South Asia

Afghanistan says 51 militants killed in fresh operations

Africa

Nigerian Islamists kill 36 in attacks on northeast town

Mideast

Israel Bans Muslims from Ibrahimi Mosque

Europe

Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

Poll: Most who voted Likud want Netanyahu to launch diplomatic drive for Palestinian state

North America

Obama ‘ready for Syria ground war’ as Kurds flee

Southeast Asia

Islamic State, MH17 to figure prominently at 69th UN General Assembly

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Divorce Celebrations a New Phenomenon in Saudi Society
Angelina Jolie

Female Guards at Saudi Girl’s Schools Spark Intense Debate

Bangladesh Child Rights Bodies Urge Govt to Keep Girls Marriage Age At 18

Checking Underage Marriages: The Long Road Ahead

London Council Removes Haredi Sign Segregating Women from Men

Malaysian Women Making Gains at Workplace

White House Launches 'It's On Us' Campaign to Fight College Sexual Assault

Angelina Jolie Surgery Sparks Surge in Female Cancer Tests-Study

Some 60% of Israelis Fear They Won’t Be Able To Support Their Children

‘Exercise for All’ Walking Initiative Launched In Al-Ahsa by a Woman

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islam and Politics

Unrest in Yemen: Houthis Get Huffy

Yemeni officials are suspicious that the Houthis have bigger goals in mind. The government has been negotiating with the Houthis since August, but every time the group is offered a deal, their leaders increased their demands, says a senior official close to Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the president. When talks failed earlier this year, Houthi fighters arrived in the capital. “They don’t want a political solution,” says the official. “They want a state within a state, like Hizbullah,” he says, referring to the powerful Shia movement in Lebanon……

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Clearly it is not religious ideology that is attracting the youth but the idealism of the youth and their desire to fight the gross injustice and suffering inflicted on a people for the last 30 years or more in which more than a million have been killed and many more maimed and hundreds of thousands of children born disabled or seriously affected by nuclear radiation from the depleted uranium bombs fired by the US. …The perfect solution is to end all wars and to decide to resolve all disputes through negotiations, dialogue and arbitration…..

 

 

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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Fighting Terrorism sans Fighting Its Ideology
Babar Ayaz

We continue to dangerously mix religion with politics and our security policy. The Pakistani establishment also started using Jihadi organisations to destabilise India and Afghanistan; a major mistake because it was bound to boomerang sooner rather than later. It is bound to influence the handlers of the Jihadi organisations first because they are in touch with them. It is no wonder that Islamism has penetrated the forces. As our officers and Jawans are trained with the narrative that they are defenders of a country that is a fortress of Islam and is destined to lead the Islamic world, they are more susceptible to Jihadi ideologies……

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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Islamic Ideology
Faith, Heredity and Conversion
Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam
Faith, Heredity and Conversion
Sultan Shahin, Editor New Age Islam

All that one needs to be a good Muslim in India is a king-sized ego.  A very negative ego. An ego that tells you that you belong to a chosen community, the Ummat-e-Muhammadi. While the rest of humanity will go to Hell, literally, no matter how many good deeds the non-Muslims do, you will go to Heaven eventually, no matter how many evil deeds you do. If you are evil and a Muslim all that you need fear is a brief stint in Hell. The  fact  that you  belong  to the community of God's beloved  Prophet  Muhammad will  ensure that you eventually reach Heaven where you  will  be allowed  to  indulge in all the pleasures that are  forbidden  on earth. You can drink as much wine as you want. You can fornicate with as many women as you want. Indeed God is reduced to a supplier of wine and women for the Muslim residents of Heaven.  Such a view has nothing to do with Islam. But it has  not  been difficult  to  spread  this outlook among  the  ignoramuses  that constitute  the  overwhelming majority of Muslims.....

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