Books and Documents
Radical Islamism and Jihad

Nothing Islamic About This Caliphate!
Linda S. Heard

The surprise is this. Those recruits and wannabes are not motivated by poverty or marginalization, as used to be the thinking; most are sons of the educated middle classes. That’s a shocker because it’s hard to understand why any educated person could imagine the so-called Islamic State headed by a Rolex-wearing former secular Baathist Caliph, who’s been photographed with his arm around a scantily-clad young female in a former life, is the real deal…..

Islamic Ideology

All Reformers, past and present are primarily concerned with bringing radical changes to existing malpractices in human societies. These changes are often strongly opposed when they erode the privileges of some sections of society. In particular, when changes impinge on the old social and religious sectors, the privileged class and clergy counters it with a campaign to malign the very character of the reformer. The tool used is the holy Apocryphal corpus. For Muslims it is called Hadith....

Current Affairs

Thankfully, the demonstrators were persuaded to withdraw without any bloodshed but the complete inability of a demoralised police force, though present in sizeable numbers, to tackle the law and order situation effectively, has again left the administration red-faced......

Islamic World News

Saudis Risk New Muslim Division with Proposal to Move Muhammad’s Tomb
PMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai

Arab World

Kurdish Activists ‘Convert’ to Yazidis in Act of Solidarity


31 killed in clashes between Islamists, rivals in Libya

Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town, sources say


Delhi’s Govt Schools Not Hiring Urdu Teachers, Muslim Students Forced to Study Sanskrit


Achakzai Urges Govt to Throw Out ‘Terrorists’ From Parliament’s Premises

Opposition supports democracy, constitution unconditionally: PPP Senator

South Asia

Suicide attack rocks Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan

North America

Obama urged to take decisive action against ISIS as security experts warn group will target U.S. and 'kill with abandon'


ISIS recruits planning 26/11-type attack in UK

Doubts raised over British PM's anti-jihadist plans

Southeast Asia

Indonesia has concerns over growing support for IS


Turkish president: Syria's Assad helped rise of IS

Al-Qaeda in Yemen executes three ‘spies’ for guiding drone strikes

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Islam, Women and Feminism

Female Fighters Making Life Hell for IS Terrorist Organisation in Iraq
Aqsa Mahmood, Scottish-born private schoolgirl

British Girl Who's Now a 'Celebrity Jihadi', Calls On Muslims to Join the Terror Group

UK-Born Private School Girl Joins Syria Militants

World Hijab Day: Kashmir Jama’at Says Women Must Adhere To Islamic Values

Saudi Arabia: Fine for Flying in Female Pilgrim with No Male Guardian

Ecuador Women Turn To Boxing to Fight Sexual Violence

Iranian Official: Employing Women 'Not a Priority'

44,000 Visas for Indian Domestic Helpers in One Month

Iranian Women's Monthly Under Pressure from Hard-Liners

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Radical Islamism and Jihad

ISIS Isn’t the First Group to Use the Butcher’s Knife as an Instrument of Policy nor Will It Be the Last
Robert Fisk

There’s no point in searching for the dark inspiration behind decapitation. Almost every ancient text can be used to justify judicial murder, ethnic cleansing or genocide. The Bible is packed with the stuff. But the unique element about ISIS – true to the bleak 18th-century philosophy of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab himself, so harsh and intolerant that the people of Basra threw him out of their city after his brief visit to what is now Iraq – is the idea of a return to the origins of Islam, to purity…..

Radical Islamism and Jihad

Scenes coming from Gaza are similar to 9/11 terrorist attacks on the innocent civilians working in New York's twin towers. Of course, Israel will claim that the buildings were used for terror activities, yet will provide no evidentiary proof. Instead, Israel characterizes nearly all Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as terrorists, making no exception for children and women…..

Radical Islamism and Jihad

What's The Difference Between ISIS And Asaib Ahl Al-Haq?
Raed Omari

We were all concerned after seeing what appeared to be the world returning to the Dark Ages. Mass killings, looting, forced migration, torture, crucifixion and beheadings have been just some examples of the inhumanities resurrected by ISIS. The word “beheading” has no place in the human dictionary anyway……


What you find in IS-controlled territories is brutal violence. Everyone who does not follow a very one-sided, al Qaeda-type style of Islam is regarded as an enemy and is persecuted and killed. But IS draws its strength in Iraq primarily from Sunni Arabs who were privileged under Saddam Hussein, and who became the losers in his overthrow in 2003. Contrary to promises, the Sunnis have not been represented in government. Many of these very frustrated Sunnis have seen an instrument in IS through which they can again be heard. They want to show Baghdad that their interests must be taken into account - and so long as there are no other means for them, they'll use IS…..

Islam and Politics

Morocco and Jordan Are Successful Arab Spring Models
Jamal Khashoggi

Dear Arab pessimist, don’t limit your observations to Iraq and Syria where there are floods of blood and hatred fragmenting both countries. Don’t limit your observation to Libya, which replaced its freedom and salvation from the dictator with chaos, conflicts and fighting between its rebels. Don’t limit your observations to Yemen, which lost its government. Look at Jordan and Morocco where there is hope and where reforms are paving the way for a better future, despite all the mayhem in the region……

Islam and Politics

Has Turkey Helped ISIL?
Emre Uslu

Turkish authorities and pro-government academics have been busy in recent days, visiting world capitals in an effort to convince them that Turkey has not provided assistance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces. This has been a nice effort, but it is far from convincing major foreign powers. Such efforts are nothing but a reflection of a state that was caught helping a brutal terror organization……

Islam and the West

Israel and Unexpected Outcome of Gaza War
Ramzy Baroud

In the rush to analyze the outcome of Israel’s 51-day war in Gaza, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, some may have neglected an important factor: This was not a war by traditional definitions of warfare, thus the conventional analyses of victory and defeat is simply not applicable……

Islam and Politics

Iran and Its Sudden Defense of the Kurds
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

There has been news of Kurdish anger against Arabs and Arab governments, blaming them for the spread of ISIS. If this is true, it certainly expresses the Kurds’ ignorance of ISIS’ regional relations. Meanwhile, Iran’s rush to aid the Sunnis among Iraqi Kurds expresses Iran’s tripartite strategy towards Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Tehran wants to dominate the area to protect its influence in Baghdad…..

Current Affairs

Securing Pakistan's Democracy?
Peter Drysdale

Whether Prime Minister Sharif or Tahir-ul-Qadri and Khan initiated the move to military mediation and how the military has played into the development of the crisis itself are questions that are at this stage difficult to determine. But senior politicians and constitutional experts have denounced it as a national disgrace that reflects badly on the commitment to genuine democracy across the political spectrum…..

Radical Islamism and Jihad
ISIL's Soft Economic Underbelly
By Syed Mansur Hashim

The last national census in Iraq was conducted in 1987, i.e. nearly 20 years ago. However, it is estimated that anywhere up to 35% of Iraq's people now live under ISIL control which comes to around 10-13 million people. While ISIL controls up to 40% of Iraq's landmass, it control barely 11% of gas and oil reserves and since its takeover there have been no exports of oil. That is because these reserves are underexploited. It will require massive amounts of external investment and time to fully develop the potential oil fields. Given the current fluid situation on the ground, it is highly unlikely that such a situation will come to pass anytime soon…..

Arabic Section

Suicide Bombers of Taliban: The Role of Quran Illiteracy  مفجرون انتحاريون يرتبطون بحركة طالبان بسبب الجهل بتعليمات القرآن الكريم
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

هذه نتيجة مباشرة للتقنيات الإرهابية والهجمات والتفجيرات الانتحارية التي استخدمتها حركة طالبان بشكل ناجح. ومؤخرا، قد وضعت طالبان استراتيجية جديدة لتتخذ تكتيكات الإرهاب إلى مستوى جديد كليا في محاولة لكسب مزيد من النفوذ. لقد اكتشفوا أن استخدام جهاز النقل الجديد سيكون فعالا جدا ضد "الاحتلال". فهم يستخدمون الأطفال. وقال أحد الأسرى: "طلب الإمام معروف من الذهاب إلى مقاطعة لوجار للانفجار. وقال: "ضع القنابل على جسمك واضغط على زر. سيموتون أما أنت فتبقى على قيد الحياة ".

Hindi Section

Abandonment Of Hijab Will Make Me Lesser Muslim?  हिजाब छोड़ा तो कम मुसलमान होंगे?
Shaimaa Khalil
मुस्लिम महिलाएं हिजाब क्यों पहनती हैं और इसे पहनना छोड़ने पर उन्हें किस तरह के हालात का सामना करना होता है. बीबीसी की पत्रकार शाइमा ख़लील ने दस साल हिजाब पहनने के बाद इसे न पहनने का फ़ैसला लिया। लेकिन अब एक बार फिर उन्हें हिजाब पहनना होगा। मुस्लिम देशों में हिजाब महिलाओं का ऐसा पहनावा है जो प्रतीकात्मक ज़्यादा है. मैंने अपना हिजाब उतार दिया था लेकिन पाकिस्तान संवाददाता बनने के बाद एक बार फिर मुझे इसे पहनना होगा।

Urdu Section

The Rise of Ideological Jihadists  نظریاتی جہادیوں کا عروج اور ہندوستان کو فکر مند ہونے کے وجوہات
Tufail Ahmad

جموں کشمیر اور ہندوستان میں دوسری مقامات پر تقریبا تمام دہشت گردانہ حملوں کو پاکستانی فوج کی آئی ایس آئی اور ساتھ ہی ساتھ لشکر طیبہ اور جیش محمد جیسی پاکستان کی بڑی دہشت گرد تنظیموں سے جوڑا جا سکتا ہے۔غور کرنے کی بات ہے کہ معاملہ اب ایسا نہیں رہا۔ ہندوستان میں اب جہادیوں کی ایک نئی نسل تیار ہو رہی ہے جو کہ خود کو مشرق وسطی کی جماعتوں کے ساتھ جوڑتی ہے۔ انہیں اس کی ترغیب و تحریک سوشل میڈیا نیٹ ورک اور جہادی جماعتوں میں بھرتی کرنے والے مقامی لوگ جہادی نظریات کے ذریعہ دیتے ہیں اور انہیں پاکستان کا تعاون بھی حاصل نہیں ہے۔

Urdu Section

Join Khilafat Movement (not ISIS)  خلافت مومنٹ میں شمولیت اختیار کریں اور دارالکفر کو دارالاسلام بنادیں: بنیاد پرست اسلامی جماعت حزب التحریر کی ہندوستانی مسلمانوں سے اپیل

حزب التحریر نظریہ خلافت کی بہت بڑی حامی ہے جس کا یہ اعلان ہے کہ اسلامی خلافت کے قیام کی حتیٰ المقدور کوشش کرنا تمام مسلمان پر فرض۔ لیکن وہ اس عمل یا طریقہ کار کی وضاحت نہیں کرتے کہ جس سے خلافت قائم کی جا سکے۔ لہٰذا نظریاتی پروپیگنڈے کا شکار حزب التحریر ارکان اکثر اس تنظیم میں نظریاتی خلا محسوس کرتے ہیں اور اپنے عزائم کو پورا کرنے کے لئے اور بھی زیادہ طاقتور اور متشدد گروہوں میں شامل ہو جاتے ہیں۔ اس طرح حزب التحریر دہشت گردوں کے لئے ایک اہم معاون کے طور پر سر گرم عمل ہے۔

The War Within Islam

There were Islamic revolutions in a few countries after the Second World War where Islamic governments were established. But neither Pakistan In 1947 nor Iran, following Ayatollah Khomeini led Islamic revolution, advocate a Khilafat in Iran. Same is true of the Islamist Ikhwan ul Muslimeen recently in Egypt. This is because the Quran does not specify Khilafat as a form of government for Muslims. All it stresses is good governance, honouring human and religious rights to all the communities living under its rule. The form of government can be any based on Islamic and Qur'anic principles. ... It is a paradox then that though none of the political and ideological outfits of Muslims envisages the establishment of Khilafat as a part of Islamic political structure; they create hype over Khilafat and support Jihadi organisations in the name of Khilafat which does not exist in their book of ideology. Isn’t it bewildering?....

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?

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......

Islam, Women and Feminism

IS Sold Yazidi Women for $1,000, Hundreds Given to Fighters as War Trophy
Radical Rocker’ Brit Woman

Girl, 8, Married To 12-Year-Old Boy against $2000 in Balkh, Tajikistan

Pakistani Journalist, Reema Abbasi Wins Rajiv Gandhi Award

Islamic State Kidnaps Christian Toddler and Women

‘Radical Rocker’ Brit Woman Hits Headlines

Nigeria: Pastor Wife Accuses Him of Adultery, Sues for Divorce

Senior British Muslims Call for Women to Have More Say in Communities

Forced Marriages and Conversions in Pakistan Need To Be Discouraged

British Man and Saudi Wife Attacked By Religious Police in Riyadh

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Islamic World News

Arab World

42 Children Dead In Syrian Air Strikes

Syrian Army Kills Foreign-Sponsored Militants in Fresh Clean-Up Operations

North America

As ISIS Fighters Begin To Blend In, Defeating Them No Easy Matter

'Hundreds' of Americans linked to IS

U.S. sanctions Gaza terror group that declared support for ISIL


Spies to Vet Flight Lists for Returning British Jihadis

ISIS sets sights on Denmark as EU nation wades into Iraq crisis

Britain, NATO ready to support Jordan against Islamic State


'Anonymous Op Pakistan' Takes Down Government Sites, Leak Bank Records

Islamabad stand-off: Imran, Qadri booked on terrorism charges

Marchers deserve no concession, says Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief

South Asia

Afghan Army Claims Lives of 41 Taliban Militants in Joint Operations


Libyan state 'loses control' of most ministries


250 Palestinian Minors Locked up behind Israeli Bars

21 killed after Shiite rebels, pro-government tribesmen clash in Yemen

Southeast Asia

Jokowi Urges Clerics to Stand Up to Spectre of Islamic State

Indonesia offers to train Saudis in naval operations


ISIS May Free 40 Indian Workers Soon

No Reason for My Arrest, Says Released On Bail Cleric

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Radical Islamism and Jihad

A New Sunni Awakening Is Needed To Beat ISIS
Fareed Zakaria

The ISIS military strategy is brutal but also smart. The group’s annual reports – it has issued them since 2012 – detail its military methods and successes to impress its funders and backers. The videos posted online of executions are barbaric but also strategic. They are designed to sow terror in the minds of opponents, who, when facing ISIS fighters on the battlefield, now reportedly flee rather than fight…..


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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