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Islam and Pluralism

Quran Is Not for Muslims
Mike Ghouse

First of all, God is not the God of Muslims and no where he claims that in Quran. He is creator of the universe(s), which is within and beyond our imagination. Quran is a book of guidance to preserve the cohesiveness within and what surrounds us; people and the environment. Darwin is right about survival of the fittest. Nothing in the universe will survive if it goes off balance and is not intact. Thank God everything is created in balance and harmony (55: 7-13) with billions of other elements interconnected and interdependent on each other to function cohesively…..

Islam and Politics

Sufis and the Muslim Brotherhood might share common ground in regard to the principle of absolute obedience to the commander; the Muslim Brotherhood strictly obeys the group’s general guide, and Sufis follow the command of the sheikh of the Sufi order. In this context, Ahmed Ban, a researcher in Islamic movements, told Al-Monitor, “There is a disparity in views between Sufis as to the ideas on obedience. While some believe that the sheikh of the order should be fully obeyed, others believe that their relationship with him is more spiritual, aiming at enhancing and improving their behaviours.”….

 
Islam, Women and Feminism

Saudi University Bans Coloured Abayas on Campus
Sania Mirza, UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador

Child Marriage Worldwide Ban Gets Unanimous ‘Yes’: UN

Sania Mirza Named UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

Tajik Islamic Party Focuses on Female Vote

Girl, 17, Who Ran Away To Fight ISIS Terrorists, Identified As Silhan Ozcelik

Police Recover 26 Minor Girls from Karachi Home

Veena Malik, Husband Sentenced To 26 Years in Jail for Blasphemy

Nigeria: Reporting Women's Issues Tops Training Agenda

Several Saudi Restaurants Slammed Over ‘No Single Women’ Signs

Pak Young Nurses Protest against Harassment

NGO: Tackle Bangladesh Women Trafficking’

Mali Sexual Abuse Survivors Seek Justice

CAFOD Warns Of 'Critical Time for Women in Afghanistan'

Can States Start Incentive Scheme To Protect Girl Child, Asks SC of India

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Islamic World News

Syrian Child Preacher: Stop Chasing Half-Naked Women, Look to Your 72 Virgins
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Arab World

Iraqi Air Strikes Kill Over 50 Isil Terrorists in Samarra

Syria-Led Airstrikes on Islamic State Stronghold Raises Death Toll To 95

ISIL Razes Shiite Shrines, Sunni Mosques in Iraq

Africa

Boko Haram Takfiri Militants Seize another Nigerian Town

Two Women Kill 45 In Nigeria Suicide Bombings

Mideast

Israeli Bill Pushes For Outlawing Muslim Guards in Al-Aqsa

5 Killed In Clashes between Houthis, Yemen Tribesman

South Asia

18 Taliban insurgents killed in joint military operations

Set aside differences, PM Sheikh Hasina urges Saarc leaders

Pakistan

Drone strike in North Waziristan kills six suspected militants

4 killed, 3 injured in attack on polio team near Quetta

Oman army to recruit 350 Baloch youths

India

Shia Clerics Oppose Demand to Declare Taj a Waqf Property

We Still Feel the Endless Pain of Lost Lives in 26/11: PM Tells SAARC Leaders

Southeast Asia

Time to Stop Criminalizing Beliefs in Indonesia

North America

'Precise' drone strikes: 874 killed in US hunt for 24 terrorists in Pakistan

Europe

Spain smashes human trafficking ring smuggling Syrians into Europe

Pope slams 'state terrorism' that kills 'innocents'

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Islam and Politics

The Rise of Religion in Politics
Murat Yetkin

Perhaps it sounds irrelevant to mention the Pope’s visit to the European Parliament and the Jewish State bill in Israel at a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been shocking the world with its violence in the name of religion. As part of that, people have been beheaded, enslaved, raped and displaced by ISIL militants, motivated by an endless hatred against not only non-Muslims but also against everyone other than believers of their radical version of Sunni Islam…..

 
Islam and Politics

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East
George Friedman

Ideologically, there is little difference between the Islamic State and other radical Islamic jihadist movements. But in terms of geographical presence, the Islamic State has set itself apart from the rest. While al Qaeda might have longed to take control of a significant nation-state, it primarily remained a sparse, if widespread, terrorist organization. It held no significant territory permanently; it was a movement, not a place. But the Islamic State, as its name suggests, is different. …..

 
Books and Documents
Ibn Al Arabi {r}: A Controversial Mystic - Chapter One
Syed Mohd Pasha, al-Hussainy, Khaderi, Bhakhtiari

Was Ibn al Arabi a “Zindiq (a hypocrite) or a “Siddique” (a man of truth)?  Scholars were and are divided in their opinions about this prolific writer, talented poet and erudite philosopher, to say the least.  The material for a detailed biographical sketch, a thorough enquiry into and dispassionate assessment of his doctrine are too inadequate, abstruse and unyielding to make any conclusive remarks about him.  I content myself with presenting – objectively, as far as possible, a brief account of his life along with , what may be taken to be an apology of an interpretation of his views and the views of others on his doctrine…..

 
Islam and Pluralism

Abdullah ibn Salam had a very high position among the Muslims. It is reported in a Hadith, that one day while the Prophet (peace be upon him) was sitting with his companions, he said, “Do you want to see a man walking on Earth and in Paradise?” Each one of the companions looked in silence toward the Prophet. The Prophet pointed toward Abdullah ibn Salam. It is also reported that the Qur’an mentions about him….

 
Islam and Politics

Sharia and English law: a Secularist Success

They are still concerned by the burgeoning of "Sharia councils" to which Muslims, in England and many other Western countries, turn for arbitration and advice in settling commercial disputes, family and marital matters, and inheritance. These bodies have no powers of coercion; in theory at least, they can only function by the free consent of all the interested parties but, secularists worry that vulnerable individuals who live "deep inside" an introspective Muslim community will come under strong pressure to abide by rulings of Sharia councils rather than regular courts……

 
Islam and Politics

It is easy to forget that political readings of Islam have not always sought to galvanise religious traditions from a perspective serving the interests of capital. Indeed, during the late nineteenth century and for the best part of the twentieth century a proliferation of Muslim intellectuals, political activists and movements were assiduously engaged with the burgeoning ideas of socialism. From the Tartar-led Waisi movement in Russia in the first decades of the twentieth century to the Pakistani People’s Party (PPP) formed by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1967—political articulations of Islam acknowledged the significance of class struggle in the lives of ordinary Muslims……

 
The War Within Islam

Darkness Ahead: The 21st Century Is the Worst Time for Muslims
Khaled Ahmed

I.A. Rehman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan — often accused of working for the rascally West — wrote this month: “Congratulations to the Muslim majority of the Islamic republic that their flock has been increased after the abduction of a 12-year-old Meghwar (an underprivileged Hindu caste) girl, her conversion to Islam and her marriage to a Muslim. Greetings may be addressed to the Dargah at Dharki, Sindh, where the girl saw the light, and the court in Sadiqabad, Punjab, where her statement was recorded.”…

 
The War Within Islam

Maldives: Gangsters, Islamists, Police, and the Rule of Law
Zaheena Rasheed

Yameen’s comments came in the same month that hundreds of protestors took to the streets of Malé carrying black ISIS flags, calling for the implementation of the Islamic Shari’ah and rejecting the laws of the 2008 Constitution. ‘We want the laws of the Quran, not the green book [Maldivian constitution]‘, ‘Islam will eradicate secularism’, ‘No democracy, we want just Islam’, ‘To hell with democracy’, ‘Democracy is a failed system’, read some of the placards, which were all written in English…..

 
The War Within Islam

Pakistan: Of Peace Talks and Peace Prizes
Afiya Shehrbano Zia

Ironically, international recognition seems to bring suspicion and dishonour rather than respect and pride for Pakistani achievers, regardless of their contribution to the fields of scientific progress or peaceful resistance. Meanwhile, the only ones seemingly commanding sympathy, recognition and respect for their cause and who are considered worthy of trust, are the ones who are anti-science and armed militants…..

Current Affairs

Six Years after 26/11, Pakistan Has Not Changed Its Ways
Tufail Ahmad

As India marks the sixth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the jihadist threat from Pakistan is becoming more menacing. Union home minister Rajnath Singh recently said, “Terrorism in India is fully Pakistan-sponsored. Pakistan says non-State actors are involved. But is the ISI a non-State actor?”….

 
Interfaith Dialogue

After prayers and a kosher-Halal lunch at a Washington synagogue, the clergy resolved to limit the feel-good dialogue and spent the afternoon trading ideas both tried and novel. Among them: joint projects to feed the homeless, basketball games between Muslim and Jewish teens, Judaism 101 courses for Muslims and Islam 101 for Jews.....

 
Urdu Section
To Reproduce نسخ
Loghaat Al-Quran

نسخ کے  معنی ہیں ایک چیز کو مٹادینا  اور اس جگہ دوسری چیز کو لے آنا۔ دوسری چیز کو اس کے قائم مقام کردینا ( ابن فارس)۔  نسخت الشمس الظل ۔ آفتاب نے سایہ کو ہٹا دیا اور اس کی جگہ روشنی لے آیا۔ یا کسی چیز میں تبدیلی کردینا ۔ نسخت الریح آثار الدیار ۔ ہوانے آبادی کے لحاظ آثار ( نشانات و علامات) کو تبدیل کردیا ( یعنی وہ کھنڈرات وغیرہ جن سے آبادی کاپتہ نشان ملتا تھا انہیں ریت سے ڈھانک کرد گر گوں کو کردیا)۔ نسخ الکتاب۔ ایک کتاب کو نقل کر کے اس جیسی دوسری کتاب مرتب کرلینا ۔ اسی سے النسخۃ منقول ( Copied) کتاب کو کہتے ہیں ( تاج ۔ محیط و راغب) ۔ قرآن کریم میں ہے ۔ إِنَّا كُنَّا نَسْتَنسِخُ ( 45:29) ‘‘ ہم لکھوالیتے تھے’’ ۔ مٹا دینے یا زائل کردینے کے معنوں میں  یہ لفظ (22:52) میں آیا ہے ۔ فَيَنسَخُ اللَّهُ ‘‘ اللہ مٹا دیتا ہے’’۔

 
Urdu Section

Tackling Wahhabi Destruction of Islamic Heritage  مسلم ورثہ کی تباہی: اسلام کے تاریخی آثار کی حفاظت کے لیے عام مسلمانوں کی جدوجہد ضروری
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

اجمیر میں درگاہ خواجہ غریب نواز کے گدی نشیں صاحب زادہ سید محمد فضل متین چشتی نے کہا کہ جب انہیں عراق میں (آئی ایس آئی ایس) نامی  ایک مسلم تنظیم کا علم ہوا جو اسلامی ریاست قائم کرنے کا دعوی کرتی ہے تو انہیں زبردست صدمہ ہوا اس لیے کہ یہ تنظیم جس زمین پر قابض ہوتی ہے وہاں اسلامی ورثے کو تباہ وہ برباد کر دیتی ہے۔ نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی قبر انور کو ہٹانے کی سعودی تجویز کی طرف اشارہ کرتے ہوئے، انہوں نے واضح طور پر کہا کہ: "جو لوگ اسلامی وراثت "نبی  صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کی قبرانور  کو محفوظ نہیں رکھ سکتے وہ اپنے مذموم اور تباہ کن سرگرمیوں میں کسی بھی حد تک جا سکتے ہیں"۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ "نام نہاد "اسلامی خلافت" کے نام پر اٹھنے والے کسی بھی ادارے یا تحریک کو ہندوستان کے صوفی مسلمانوں کی اکثریت قبول نہیں کر سکتی"۔

 
Islam and Politics

The fact of the matter is that Muslims have always spoken out against groups like ISIS. Yet it is worth noting that after these extremist groups act, Muslims across the globe (and in particular the Western world) are left stranded in the centre of an imperial dichotomy which labels them according to “fundamentalist” and “moderate” Muslims. Should Muslims really be compelled to apologise for and defend their faith day in and day out? The rise of ISIS in the Middle East and the spread of extremism around the world has unusually led even more liberal figures to condemn Islam as violent and intolerant…..

Islamic History

Historicity and Religious Sanctity of Architecture in Islam - Part 4: Islamist Extremists Should Learn From the Most Preserved Islamic Heritage in India
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Majority of the Islamic architectural sites in India are mausoleums, tombs, mosques or palaces, some kept up in sound condition, others requiring great and urgent attention. ... At a time when many Islamic buildings have not been protected, rather purposefully destroyed and vandalised, in Muslim countries, age-old mosques like the Quila-e-Kuhna mosque are the best preserved monuments in the oldest fort of Delhi, the capital of India...... 

Islam, Women and Feminism

Women Not Equal To Men: Turkish President
Turkish President

Afghan woman kills 25 Taliban rebels to avenge her son’s murder

Indian Muslim Girls Decorate Earthen Lamps for Hindu Devotees

Kurdish Women Join YPG in Syria to Fight Islamic State

Why a Muslim woman is BJP's face in Kashmir

Yorkshire Muslim Girl Speaks Of Grooming Ordeal

Muslim Girl Beaten By Male Relatives for Being ‘Too Western’ In Italy

Saudi Women Fight to Save Mangrove Forests

Saudi Arabia: ‘End Excessive Dowry Demands To Encourage Marriages’

Indonesian Women’s Rights under Siege

United Nations Members Resolve to End Child Marriage

Pakistani Christian Woman Sentenced To Death for Blasphemy Files Appeal

Diary of an Islamic State Wife: British Woman in Syria Tells Of Husband's Death in Kobani

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Islamic World News

Why Some Arabs Are Rejecting Strict Interpretations of Sharia
Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Pak Senior PML (N) Leader

Arab World

Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Kill 33 Islamic State Militants

Army Kills 30 ISIL Takfiri Militants in Iraq's Tikrit

Europe

'ISIS Have Sleeper Cells in the UK and Will Unleash War on Europe': Jihadi Hunter

'Complex Factors' Pushing Kazakh Men, Women to Join IS

UN marks ‘International Day of Solidarity’ with Palestinians

Pakistan

Leader of House for Interfaith Bodies to Deal with Blasphemy Issue

19 Militants Killed During Airstrikes in North Waziristan

Mideast

Yemeni Forces Free Eight Hostages, Kill Seven Al Qaeda Kidnappers-Agencies

Turkey sends arms to Iraqi Kurds: Arbil official

Africa

Dozens Feared Killed In Twin Attacks in Nigeria

Nigerian Muslim Leader Slams ‘Cowardly’ Army on Boko Haram

North America

US Def Secy resigns amid mounting pressure on dealing with Islamic State

Can Jews and Muslims get along? 60 imams and rabbis meet in Washington to try

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Religious Leaders Present Conflicting Views on Interfaith Marriage

India

Youth from Mumbai Who Joined ISIS Alive, Wants To Return Home

Nod to Rehabilitate PoK Displaced Soon

South Asia

Bangladesh: War criminals allowed to file review petition

Women among 6 killed following an explosion in Kunduz

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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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. ...

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 and Politics

Asia's Long Islamic History Offers Strategy for Fighting Intolerance Today
Nirupama Rao

The largest Muslim communities in the world live in Indonesia and India and these communities are known for their syncretic traditions, the manner in which they have assimilated local tradition and cultural influences. The words of India’s nationalist leader, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, spoken in 1940, about Islam in India, are particularly revealing and meaningful: "I am a Muslim and proud of this fact. Islam’s splendid traditions of thirteen hundred years are my inheritance… In addition, I am proud of being an Indian; I am part of the indivisible unity that is Indian nationality… Islam has now as great a claim on the soil of India as Hinduism….

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Pakistan: Jama'at-ul-Ahrar: Obsessive Pursuits
Ambreen Agha

Significantly, the announcement of the formation of JuA was made on August 26, 2014. Maulana Qasim Khorasani, the former head of the TTP-Swat Chapter, was appointed emir (chief) of TTP-JuA and Ehsanullah Ehsan its 'spokesman'. Declaring the formation, Ehsan stated, from an undisclosed location, "the new group only wanted the Sharia'h system to prevail in the country."....

 
Islam and Politics

What Should Bangladesh Do With Jamaat?
Taj Hashmi

…there is no reason to believe that the Jamaat or its sister-organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, is just an Islamic party or like the Christian Democrats in Europe. Maududi and Jamaat have profoundly influenced Islamist politics and its derivative, Islamist terrorism, throughout the world. As Maududi's writings influenced Sayyid Qutb and Mohamed Morsi of the Brotherhood, and Ayatollah Khomeini, so did they influence Abdullah Azzam, the mentor of Osama bin Laden. Before assuming the office of the President of Egypt, Morsi stated he would “make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizyah”….

 


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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. ...

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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