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Islam and Politics
Imran Khan's Momentous Political Gamble
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam

Imran Khan's Momentous Political Gamble
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam

Before psycho-analyzing Imran Khan’s colourful personality and determining where does PTI stand in the Pakistani political spectrum- whether it’s a centre-left (liberal) or a centre-right (conservative) party - let us first draw a distinction between politics and culture. A democratic system of governance falls in the category of politics while liberalism as a value-system falls in the category of culture......

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Jihadi Terrorist or Shaheed (Martyr)? Sunni Jihadis in Islamic State Want To Kill All 'Apostates,' Including Sunni Tribes Which Do Not Adhere To the Al-Qaeda Sectarian View
Lord Meghnad Desai

The first Jihadi from India has just reportedly died in the Iraq/Syria war. Do we know how many have gone to fight there? The British media are agog with dread. As many as a thousand or even more British Muslims may have gone to fight for the Iraqi al-Qaeda, which has now become the Islamic State. Reports are that around 200 may have re-entered the UK. No one knows for sure…..

Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
The ISIS Is Nothing to Do With Islam
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

The ISIS Is Nothing to Do With Islam
Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

There are so many intelligent people who have been fooled by the Islamic terminology and the name Caliph assumed by the leader of this group. The Holy Prophet has been invoked to justify their methods. How much of this is genuine? A  random group claims that they are the army of Islam, and that their leader is the Caliph of Islam. Learned articles appear in Islamic journals explaining that all Muslims everywhere have a desire for unity, and this is a step in that direction. How sensible is such a viewpoint?

Radical Islamism and Jihad

West Must Win Ideological Battle with Islamic State
Roger Cohen

Islamic State grew through U.S. weakness — the setting of objectives and red lines in Syria that proved vacuous. But the deepest U.S. and Western defeat has been ideological. As Hussain said, “If you don’t have a concerted strategy to undermine their narrative, their values, their worldview, you are not going to succeed. Everyone in society has to take on the challenge.”….

 
Islamic World News

Islamic State Trying To Develop Biological Weapons
Dr Nabil al-Awadi director of a Muslim school in B

Arab World

Gulf Monarchies Agree To Help Counter Islamic State Jihadists

Preacher sentenced to prison by a Saudi court for glorifying takfiri organizations

Europe

Islamic State's 'Banker' Was Director of a Private Muslim Primary School in Birmingham

UK Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwa Condemning Britons Who Join Jihadi Extremists

Cameron to Unveil Draconian Plans to Stop British Jihadis Returning To the UK

India

Sunni Jam-e-ul Ulema Cleric in Kerala Issues Fatwa against ISIS

Citing ‘Love Jihad’, Sangh Groups In UP Unite To ‘Fight’

Pakistan

Zarb-i-Azb: 32 suspected militants killed in Bangidar

12 suspected militants killed in Balochistan: FC

South Asia

53 Taliban militants killed during counter-terrorism operations

Policemen and civilians among 5 killed in Logar explosion

Mideast

Turkish army warns over 'red lines' in Kurdish peace talks

Yemen clash kills 4 troops, 13 ‘militants’

Africa

Airport hit, heavy fighting kills 10 in Libya’s Benghazi

Libyan Mufti investigated in UK over 'inciting Islamic insurgency' in Libya

North America

US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

Southeast Asia

PAS cleric wing condemns party lawmakers for backing PKR president

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Nepal's Muslim Women Forced Into Abortions and Contraceptives
Rona Fairhead will be the first female chairman of

Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Calls for Law to Veil Women

Jeddah: Marriages Don’t Have To Cost a Fortune

No Change in Indian Housemaids’ Recruitment Pact across the Saudi Kingdom

Turkey’s First Women-Only Beach Hit By ‘Topless’ Crisis

Egypt Fatwa: Men, Women Online Chats ‘Un-Islamic’

BBC Announces Its First Ever Female Chairperson

Family of Aafia Siddiqi ISIS Denounces Violence

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

 
Books and Documents

In this regard, inter-religious dialogue has an important role to play, Gulen stresses. Given that ‘scientific materialism’ emanated from, and has almost wholly overwhelmed, the West, interfaith dialogue, especially between Muslims and Western Christians, can help highlight the necessity of religion for the very existence of humanity. Through such dialogue, Gulen seems to believe, the virtual hegemony of ‘scientific materialism’ and the destructive, dehumanizing materialist worldview might be effectively undermined. But this is not the only purpose of interfaith dialogue, Gulen explains. Such dialogue is also necessary because the very nature of religion—all religions, including Islam—demands it.....

Islamic Society

Thoughts on the ‘Conspiracy Theory’
Maulana Dr. Waris Mazhari

Thinking in terms of the ‘conspiracy theory’ is absolutely un-Islamic. If this theory were accepted as true, it would mean that the collective fate of Muslims is not in their hands, but, rather, in the hands of their supposed enemies. It would mean that their supposed opponents, rather than Muslims themselves, are writing their fate. If this is accepted, one would have to invent a new meaning of the following Quranic declaration (13:11):

God does not change the condition of a people’s lot, unless they change what is in their hearts.....

Islam, Women and Feminism

Husband Deserts Muslim Woman for Attending I-Day Function in Bihar, India
Angelina Jolie

Two Teenage Girls Arrested Over French Synagogue Suicide Bomb Plot

Afghan Women Drivers: A Rare, Cherished Scene

UN Concerned Over Discrimination against Iraqi Women from Minority Groups

Lady Al-Qaida: On the Trail of The World’s Most Wanted Prisoner

Angelina Jolie Makes Fresh Plea for Syrian Refugees

Divorce and Marital Conflict Affect Children Negatively In South Africa

Of Women, Mountains, Equality and Success in Pakistan

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Islamic World News

Islamic State Vows to Reach 'Palestine' And 'Kill the Barbaric Jews'
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Mideast

Islamic Jihad Fighters Parade after Gaza War

India

Afghanistan-Based Jihadi Group Posts Photo, Online Tribute to Mumbai Youth ‘Killed’ In Iraq

Two Booked For Forcing Wives to Embrace Islam in MP, India

Arab World

The ‘Bidoon’ Of Saudi Arabia: Generations of Discrimination

Syrian Troops Kill 15 Militants near Lebanon Border

Iraqi Airstrike Kills ISIL Military Official, 15 Aides in Eastern Tikrit

South Asia

Taliban Leaders among 67 Killed In Afghan Operations, MoI Says

Europe

Netherlands Intends to Withdraw Nationality from "Jihadists"

Al-Qaeda Publishes ‘Shopping List’ For Future Attacks

Pakistan

Pak Court Issues Arrest Warrant against Tahir-ul-Qadri

Nine including six Zikirs gunned down in Balochistan

North America

Kerry calls for global coalition to fight ISIS agenda

Africa

African Troops in Fresh Offensive against Islamists in Somalia: Army

Southeast Asia

Two Muslim nations, two different levels of Maturity

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Spiritual Meditations
A Long Chain of Goodness!
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

“Whatsoever one Sufi says will be said by all the Sufis Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Mohammed, Bahauddin, Bayazid…they are not saying different things…maybe in different ways, but not different things. They are witness to a single truth, and the truth is that the kingdom of God is within you.”....

 
Interview

Salman Rushdie: Inside the Mind of Jihadists
Nathan Gardels

It is very improbable that it would come from the Arab-speaking world. It is more likely to come from the diaspora where Muslims in the West or India have lived with secularism. Muslims are well integrated in India, having long known the secularism to which they adhere protects them and their faith from the dictatorship of the Hindu majority. In Europe, integration has been held up as a bad word by multiculturalists, but I don't see any necessary conflict. After all, we don't want to create countries of little apartheids. No enlightenment will come from multicultural appeasement….

 
Islamic Society

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

Critical-progressive Muslim thought places a strong emphasis on this ‘secularisation” of sacred text, the Qur’an (and the traditional canon)   without questioning its ontologically divine status. One of the fundamental premises of the critical-progressive approach to the interpretation of the Islamic tradition is the idea that normative textual sources operate at human epistemological level, hence, are by default subject to humanly constructed interpretational processes. In other words, critical-progressive Muslim thought emphasizes the role of human agency in the essentially humanly constructed and mediated processes of reading/ understanding history and sacred texts....

Books and Documents

The Sufi Message: Excerpts from Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Discourses on the Unity of Religious Ideals: 69 - The Art of Personality
Hazrat Inayat Khan

Some believe that art is inferior to nature. But that is not so. Art completes nature. In art there is something divine, for it is God Himself who through man completes the beauty of nature, and this is called art. In other words, art is not only an imitation of nature, art is an improvement upon nature, be it painting, drawing, poetry, or music. But the best of all arts is the art of personality. This must be learned, in order to use it in every walk of life……

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Islamic State has the potential to cause fundamental changes in the Middle East
Yasar Yakis

The proclamation of the Islamic State (IS) has the potential to cause fundamental changes in the Middle East, because the attempt to resuscitate the caliphate is so appealing to many fundamentalist Muslims that it may shake the foundations of stability in the region no matter how limited its success may be at present. This step has several aspects worth being examined very closely......

 
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Turkey’s Overlooked Role in Rise of Latest ‘Islamic Caliphate’, And what’s Coming Next
Gregory R. Copley

In all of this, the “caliphate” is vicious, but ephemeral. But it may have forced a new set of regional expediencies. A new Middle East is emerging. Get your tickets early…..

 
French Section

Avec L’aide De Dieu, Une Solution (A Nos Douleurs) Est A Portée De Main (Nasrum Min Allah Wa Fathun Qarib)
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

Les clarifications qu’apportent ces deux érudits distingués révèlent le fait historiquement incontesté que le terme « Fatha » vers la fin du verset 48:1 ne signifie que l’ouverture d’un nouveau chapitre ou d’une nouvelle phase de la mission du Prophète, qui avait jusqu’alors fait peu de progrès et risquait une imminente à tout moment, et pas une conquête militaire….

 
Islam and Spiritualism

Every human being comes into this world by decree of Allah, and with him or her, carries a life journey that has been pre-ordained, written and endorsed by Allah Himself, a unique path, a journey throughout a temporary abode, one that is full of obstacles, challenges, punishments and plenty of rewards…..

Islamic Society

Woven With Devotion: The Sacred Islamic Textiles of the Kaaba
Rym Ghazal

Weighing more than 670 kilograms, Quranic verses are beautifully and skilfully embroidered in different calligraphic forms by more than 200 talented artisans onto the Kiswah, in threads of pure gold and silver…..

Current Affairs

The August Tragedies of Bangladesh
Muhammad Nurul Huda

In August 1975, the architect of Bangladesh's freedom and most of his family members were violently and shamefully murdered by some disgruntled army officers. The tragic ramifications of that dastardly incident are still being felt by a shocked polity. The trial and conviction of some of the perpetrators of that gory incident have brought some solace and the nation waits for the punishment of the remainder.....

 
Current Affairs

Passing The Buck: If My Son Dies Because I Couldn’t Get Him To The Hospital, I Will Accuse Nawaz Sharif Of Killing Him On Judgement Day
Irfan Husain

This refusal to face failure and learn from it has ensured that we remain locked in a perpetual cycle of denial. Others, too, try and blame others for their mistakes, but by invoking God, we leave no room for discussion and analysis. After all, how can mere men question His will? This assumes, of course, that God has not given us the gift of free will and the power to shape our own future. And if this life is only a brief transition to eternity, then it’s pointless doing anything to improve the world.....

 
Urdu Section

Islam and Hinduism: Spiritual Symbiosis – Part - 1  اسلام اور ہندو مت: دو عظیم روحانی مذاہب- حصہ اول
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

تقریبا 14 صدیوں سے اسلام اور ہندو مت جیسے دو عظیم پر امن اور روحانی مذاہب ہندوستان میں زندہ و تابندہ مذاہب کی شکل میں موجود ہیں۔ پہلی 13 صدیوں تک یہ دونوں مذاہب اچھے پڑوسیوں کی طرح قائم رہے اور ان کے درمیان باہمی اختلاف و انتشار کی کوئی علامت ظاہر نہیں ہوئی۔ اس لیے کہ ویدوں کی تعلیمات یہ تھیں: "اپنے پڑوسی سے محبت کرو اس لیے کہ وہ تم ہو"۔ جس کی تائید و توثیق قرآن نے اس انداز میں کی:"اور ماں باپ کے ساتھ سلوک واحسان کرو اور رشتہ داروں سے اور یتیموں سے اور مسکینوں سے اور قرابت دار ہمسایہ سے اور اجنبی ہمسایہ سے اور پہلو کے ساتھی سے اور راه کے مسافر سے" (النساء 4:36)۔

 
Arabic Section

وفي ضوء النقاط المذكورة أعلاه، يمكننا النظر في ما يسمى خلافة أبي بكر البغدادي ومعرفة ما إذا كان مؤهلا ليكون مقبولا كخليفة شرعية أمام المسلمين. أبو بكر البغدادي قد ارتبط مع تنظيم القاعدة، وهي منظمة إرهابية وشاركت أو دعمت الهجمات الانتحارية والتفجيرات العشوائية في الأسواق والمناطق السكنية ، وهي تقتل الناس الأبرياء غير المقاتلين بمن فيهم الأطفال والنساء.

 
Urdu Section

رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم کے عہد میں اَسود بن کعب عَنسی نے یمن میں نبوت کا دعویٰ کیا اور بہت سے لوگ اس کے پیرو ہوگئے، اس نے کسریٰ کے گورنر باذان فارسی  کی بیوی مَرُزُبانہ سے شادی کرلی، یہ مُرُزُبانہ ایک بڑے فارسی گھرانے کی خاتون تھی، اَسود نے اس کے خاوند کو مار کر زبردستی اس سے نکاح کرلیا تھا،  اس لئے وہ اس سے سخت نفرت کرتی تھی ، نجران کے مسلمان  عربوں کو جن کا تعلق حارث بن کَعب کے قبیلہ سے تھا، اسود کی نبوت کا حال معلوم ہوا تو انہوں نے اسے اپنے علاقہ  میں آنے کی دعوت دی ، اس نے دعوت قبول کرلی اور جب وہ آیا تو بنو حارث نے اس کو نبی مان لیا اور اسلام کے باغی ہوگئے ، ایک قول یہ ہے کہ اسود جب بنو حارث کےعلاقہ میں داخل ہوا تو تین ہزار آدمی  جو اس کو نبی  مانتے تھے۔

 
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….



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Islam and Pluralism
Islam and Hinduism: Spiritual Symbiosis - Part 2: Who is a Kafir in Islam; Are Hindus Kafir or Ahl-e-Kitab?
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

Like any other living Faith, controversies abound in Islam. One of the most controversial issues is the relationship of a Muslim with people belonging to other religions. Since in India Muslims have always lived next to a very large non-Muslim community, this issue has created even deeper controversies. While there are Muslims who would insist on treating Hindus as Kafir, there are others who would insist that they should actually be treated as Ahl-e-Kitab, people bearing revealed books, a people who have a special place in Islamic theology and practice.

Disregarding the advice of some ulema of his time, the first Arab to conquer parts of India, Sind and Multan, had made a good beginning, giving the Hindus the same status as Ahl-e-Kitab, people with whom Muslims are supposed to have good social relations including marital relations. Since then, the Hindu-Muslim interaction has taken place constantly in a variety of ways. This is not the place to go into history, but we are all aware of the differences of approach between say an Akbar or Dara Shikoh and an Aurangzeb
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