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By the Grace of the Almighty and under the shade of the attention and guidance of the universal wisdom, the guide of the path, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.), we begin the book TASHREEH WA MUHAAKAMAH DAR TAAREEKH-EAALE MUHAMMAD [Analysis of the History of Aale Muhammad (s.a.w.s.)]. With all humility, the author hopes this book will be considered as the foremost among such works. It is well known that love and affection for the family of the infallibles and pure ones (Ahle Bayt (a.s.)) is incumbent on the Muslim Ummah. Hence, it is our most important duty to know the conditions and the history of events connected with this pious household (a.s.). ...

 

Everyone who has had the good fortune of travelling through India and Pakistan has been surprised by the abundance of saints’ tombs, which are powerful places of pilgrimage and objects of popular devotion. It sometimes seems that certain regions of the Indian subcontinent - Sind, Punjab, Gujarat, the Deccan - are nothing less than extraordinary sacred necropolises, where someone’s venerated tomb is located almost at each and every step of the way…..

 
Is Gaza Outside Israel?
Oded Na'aman
Is Gaza Outside Israel?
Oded Na'aman

And that was before the Israelis began raining down their most recent round of death and destruction on that tiny, densely populated area.  Other than the Palestinians themselves, no one has experienced this grim reality in a more up close and personal way than Israel’s soldiers, sent repeatedly into the Gaza Strip and into Palestinian towns and villages in the Occupied Territories, where a creeping program of land theft is still underway....

 

A. Barlas’ book under review is in many ways a fascinating and incisive scholarly writing which purports to restore what the author views as the Qur’anic basis of sexual equality in Islam by freeing the Qur’an from the patriarchal nature of its classical and some modern exegesis (or as Barlas would argue eisegesis). She does so systematically on both historical and hermeneutical grounds. Barlas argues that the strong association between patriarchy evident in the most classical commentaries of the Qur’anic exegesis and the Qur’an itself (in the eyes of those who find the Qur’an to be a patriarchal text) is a result of the manner in which Muslim history has unfolded....

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many Muslims are either ignorant about or have misconceptions about the ideology of indiscriminate killing that goes in the name of Jihad. Osama bin Laden, for instance, was not an Islamic scholar. Who was his ideological mentor and who and what ideology brainwashed this wealthy construction engineer to become what he eventually did. It is not possible for everyone to study the rulings of Ibn-e-Taimiyya or Mohammad ibn-e-Abdul Wahhab to understand its roots. Fortunately, there are enough people today who want to know. They can see radicalism seeping into their own backyards, people they always knew to be moderates being affected, especially and more alarmingly, youngsters going astray.

We present below the fatwa of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, the ideological mentor of Osama Bin Laden, so that readers can see what twisted logic and what kinds of ideological weapons were used to bring us where we are today. This should also give an opportunity to knowledgeable experts of Islamic scriptures to debate the deviousness with which the religion of peace and submission to God was turned into a religion of perpetual war and supremacism during the Afghan War.

This fatwa was duly approved by the best known Saudi Islamic scholar and the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Bazz. Other Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, its signatories and supporters were: Sheikh Abdullah al Waan, Saeed Hawa, Mohammed Najeeb al Mu'ti, Dr. Hassin Hamid Hissan, Umar Sayaf, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salah Bin Uthaimin and he too signed it. I also read it to Sheikh Abdur Razaq Affifi, Hasan Ayub, Dr. Ahmad al Assal, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salah Bin, Sheikh Abdur Razaq Affifi, Hasan Ayub and Dr. Ahmad al Assal, etc. To the author’s great satisfaction, his thesis was not only accepted but also put forward by Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Bazz. Saudi Grand Mufti declared in the mosque of Ibn Ladna in Jeddah in the large mosque of Riyadh that Jihad with your person today is Fard Ayn (global obligation)....

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many Muslims are either ignorant about or have misconceptions about the ideology of indiscriminate killing that goes in the name of Jihad. Osama bin Laden, for instance, was not an Islamic scholar. Who was his ideological mentor and who and what ideology brainwashed this wealthy construction engineer to become what he eventually did. It is not possible for everyone to study the rulings of Ibn-e-Taimiyya or Mohammad ibn-e-Abdul Wahhab to understand its roots. Fortunately, there are enough people today who want to know. They can see radicalism seeping into their own backyards, people they always knew to be moderates being affected, especially and more alarmingly, youngsters going astray.

We present below the fatwa of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, the ideological mentor of Osama Bin Laden, so that readers can see what twisted logic and what kinds of ideological weapons were used to bring us where we are today. This should also give an opportunity to knowledgeable experts of Islamic scriptures to debate the deviousness with which the religion of peace and submission to God was turned into a religion of perpetual war and supremacism during the Afghan War.

This fatwa was duly approved by the best known Saudi Islamic scholar and the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Bazz. Other Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, its signatories and supporters were: Sheikh Abdullah al Waan, Saeed Hawa, Mohammed Najeeb al Mu'ti, Dr. Hassin Hamid Hissan, Umar Sayaf, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salah Bin Uthaimin and he too signed it. I also read it to Sheikh Abdur Razaq Affifi, Hasan Ayub, Dr. Ahmad al Assal, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salah Bin, Sheikh Abdur Razaq Affifi, Hasan Ayub and Dr. Ahmad al Assal, etc. To the author’s great satisfaction, his thesis was not only accepted but also put forward by Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Bazz. Saudi Grand Mufti declared in the mosque of Ibn Ladna in Jeddah in the large mosque of Riyadh that Jihad with your person today is Fard Ayn (global obligation)…..

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many Muslims are either ignorant about or have misconceptions about the ideology of indiscriminate killing that goes in the name of Jihad. Osama bin Laden, for instance, was not an Islamic scholar. Who was his ideological mentor and who and what ideology brainwashed this wealthy construction engineer to become what he eventually did. It is not possible for everyone to study the rulings of Ibn-e-Taimiyya or Mohammad ibn-e-Abdul Wahhab to understand its roots. Fortunately, there are enough people today who want to know. They can see radicalism seeping into their own backyards, people they always knew to be moderates being affected, especially and more alarmingly, youngsters going astray.

We present below the fatwa of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, the ideological mentor of Osama Bin Laden, so that readers can see what twisted logic and what kinds of ideological weapons were used to bring us where we are today. This should also give an opportunity to knowledgeable experts of Islamic scriptures to debate the deviousness with which the religion of peace and submission to God was turned into a religion of perpetual war and supremacism during the Afghan War.

This fatwa was duly approved by the best known Saudi Islamic scholar and the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Bazz. Other Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, its signatories and supporters were: Sheikh Abdullah al Waan, Saeed Hawa, Mohammed Najeeb al Mu'ti, Dr. Hassin Hamid Hissan, Umar Sayaf, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salah Bin Uthaimin and he too signed it. I also read it to Sheikh Abdur Razaq Affifi, Hasan Ayub, Dr. Ahmad al Assal, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salah Bin, Sheikh Abdur Razaq Affifi, Hasan Ayub and Dr. Ahmad al Assal, etc. To the author’s great satisfaction, his thesis was not only accepted but also put forward by Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Bazz. Saudi Grand Mufti declared in the mosque of Ibn Ladna in Jeddah in the large mosque of Riyadh that Jihad with your person today is Fard Ayn (global obligation)…..

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many Muslims are either ignorant about or have misconceptions about the ideology of indiscriminate killing that goes in the name of Jihad. Osama bin Laden, for instance, was not an Islamic scholar. Who was his ideological mentor and who and what ideology brainwashed this wealthy construction engineer to become what he eventually did. It is not possible for everyone to study the rulings of Ibn-e-Taimiyya or Mohammad ibn-e-Abdul Wahhab to understand its roots. Fortunately, there are enough people today who want to know. They can see radicalism seeping into their own backyards, people they always knew to be moderates being affected, especially and more alarmingly, youngsters going astray.

 We present below the fatwa of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, the ideological mentor of Osama Bin Laden, so that readers can see what twisted logic and what kinds of ideological weapons were used to bring us where we are today. This should also give an opportunity to knowledgeable experts of Islamic scriptures to debate the deviousness with which the religion of peace and submission to God was turned into a religion of perpetual war and supremacism during the Afghan War.

This fatwa was duly approved by the best known Saudi Islamic scholar and the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Bazz. Other Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, its signatories and supporters were: Sheikh Abdullah al Waan, Saeed Hawa, Mohammed Najeeb al Mu'ti, Dr. Hassin Hamid Hissan, Umar Sayaf, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salah Bin Uthaimin and he too signed it. I also read it to Sheikh Abdur Razaq Affifi, Hasan Ayub, Dr. Ahmad al Assal, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salah Bin, Sheikh Abdur Razaq Affifi, Hasan Ayub and Dr. Ahmad al Assal, etc. To the author’s great satisfaction, his thesis was not only accepted but also put forward by Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Bazz. Saudi Grand Mufti declared in the mosque of Ibn Ladna in Jeddah in the large mosque of Riyadh that Jihad with your person today is Fard Ayn (global obligation).

 

Some American writers have published articles under the title 'On what basis are we fighting?' These articles have generated a number of responses, some of which adhered to the truth and were based on Islamic Law, and others which have not. Here we wanted to outline the truth - as an explanation and warning - hoping for Allah's reward, seeking success and support from Him. While seeking Allah's help, we form our reply based on two questions directed at the Americans: (Q1) Why are we fighting and opposing you?  Q2) What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?...

As Ziauddin Sardar explains in his preface, what the Qur'an actually says is shrouded in veils of assumptions and received opinions: among Muslims the text is invoked to support directly contradictory positions. A majority insists it is a book of peace, while extremists use it to legitimise mass murder...."ignorance of the Qur'an is foolish and increasingly dangerous". For people wise enough to heed Bloom's warning, Sardar's book – an extended meditation built around the Qur'an's first two chapters – is a good place to start....

The main tenet of Sufi thought as propounded by Ibn al-’Arabi is the concept of the oneness of existence (wahdat al-wujud). Through this belief, Sufis think they are able to effect a merging of their souls with God’s essence. That is, when God reveals his truth to an individual, that person realizes that there is no difference between God and the self. Ibn Taymiyyah saw a link between the Sufi belief of wahdat al-wujud and the philosophical concept of emanation....

 
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan His Life and Contribution
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan His Life and Contribution
Azhar Mohammed K

To the Muslim community Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was and is like the eye which weeps for the suffering of any and every part of the body. The sufferings of the community worried him. He took an oath to reform, educate and empower the Muslim community and was successful to a great extent in implementing it despite strong opposition from a section of the Muslim community which hated the British and their language....

But, the US is now “pitched against the first and second generation of jihadis that the Pakistani and American security establishments themselves had fostered”. Under their expert guidance, these Muslim volunteers learnt useful skills like “sniper shooting, sabotage, (and) car bombing”, and then became available to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda for utilisation elsewhere, including Pakistan....

 

This is an important book to read. It sets to rest many speculations: What happened on that fateful night of May 2, 2011, when the Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, about an hour’s drive from Islamabad? Did bin Laden, once cornered; fight back in his final moments? Or, was he coward enough to beg for his life? The emphasis of No Easy Day, written by Mark Owen — the pseudonym of a veteran SEAL member — however, is not on spilling dirty secrets, but to set the record straight....

Eternal Agnostic: The Freethinker's Prayer Book
Khushwant Singh
Eternal Agnostic: The Freethinker's Prayer Book
Khushwant Singh

Once you have decided not to bow to any gods, and if you have a good bullshit detector, it is possible to separate the sublime from the ridiculous and derive inspiration from the words of prophets and poets, gurus and rogues, grave men and clowns...  I have done that nearly all my life and put down in my notebooks hundreds of lines from different sources that appealed to me... The best of these have been collected in the pages that follow......

The debate in the West is marred by intellectual sloth, moral blindness, cultural perversity and political arrogance. Not a few in India share these traits as they enlist themselves in the contest. As Louis Michael Seidman of Georgetown University noted: “We have plenty of free speech in this country, but not nearly enough free speech about free speech itself.”...

 
Jihad, Fundamentalism, Western Muslims and Islamic Hermeneutics - II
Adis Duderija, New Age Islam
Jihad, Fundamentalism, Western Muslims and Islamic Hermeneutics - II
Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

In the very coherently written introduction we are offered an overview of the book’s major themes and the aims and purposes of the book. In the second chapter an impressively comprehensive and well informed engagement with and a critique of relevant existing literature on religious fundamentalism in general, including the problems of terminology, is developed ranging from that with the focus on scripturalism, to social determinism, cultural and political essentialism and to a lesser degree that of psychology ( or social psychology).....

Jihad, Fundamentalism, Western Muslims and Islamic Hermeneutics - I
Adis Duderija, New Age Islam
Jihad, Fundamentalism, Western Muslims and Islamic Hermeneutics - I
Adis Duderija, New Age Islam

Another important and useful distinction that Marranci advocates is that between the self and identity with which he attempts to find the solution to broader anthropological questions regarding issues pertaining to reflexivity, agency and the notion of multiple identities in individual selves. Since my critique will not concern itself with the broader anthropological questions of the relationship between the self, culture and identity, I shall leave them aside for those who are more familiar and better qualified than I am to deal with....

Signed, SEAL(ed) And Delivered
Afrah Jamal
Signed, SEAL(ed) And Delivered
Afrah Jamal

When they are not hunting down terrorists or doing rock-drills, the SEALS are knee-deep in red tape. Mark is frustrated with a changing system that works against them and for the enemy. He grumbles at the “pages of Power-point” that it now takes to get a mission approved. About enemy tactics and its evolving nature, he observes how their foe started hiding the weapons, “knowing we couldn’t shoot them if they weren’t armed”....

 
Joseph Anton: First-Name-Third-Person
Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Joseph Anton: First-Name-Third-Person
Rohit Chopra

No doubt the book carries its share of sadness; one can picture Joseph Anton, like Janis Joplin, thinking "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." Rushdie, however, is more than Joseph Anton, more than a man once condemned to death, more than a poster boy for defenders and detractors of free speech alike. Joseph Anton: A Memoir resoundingly announces that Rushdie, man and writer, survives, thrives, and continues to surprise....

 
Excerpt: The Myth of the Muslim Tide
Doug Saunders
Excerpt: The Myth of the Muslim Tide
Doug Saunders

About fifteen years ago, my London neighbourhood began to change. We noticed it first among the crowds on our rough-and-tumble shopping street, Holloway Road, where there were suddenly a lot more women with covered heads: some wore a colourful hijab, others the white veil popular among East Africans, still others the heavy black chador, and occasionally by the bus shelter a pair of eyes would peer from a narrow slit in the all-concealing black sack of a Saudi-style abaya and niqab....

The partition, without a doubt, was the worst disaster to ever hit India. Community and Consensus in Islam has just been re-published with an interesting foreword by the Director-General of National Archives of India, Mushirul Hasan. But it must be said that although her study is based on solid research it does suffer from the infirmity of drawing the wrong conclusions from an array of right facts....

No culture has ever been pure, no tradition self-enclosed, no identity monolithic." This is the argument of Ranjit Hoskote and Ilija Trojanow in Confluences: Forgotten Histories from East and West. Itself the product of a collaborative effort across continents (Hoskote is Indian, Trojanow German) the book traces a history of the world in which cultures reach out to, influence and bleed into (sometimes literally) one another. This constant merging of traditions, Hoskote and Trojanow suggest, is the "lifeblood" of culture.

 
THE ESSENCE OF THE QURAN by Sant Vinoba Bhave - Part-10
THE ESSENCE OF THE QURAN
THE ESSENCE OF THE QURAN by Sant Vinoba Bhave - Part-10
Sant Vinoba Bhave

He has attendant angels, before him and behind him, watching over him by God's command. God changes not what is in a people, until they change what is in themselves. Whensover God desires evil for a people, there is no turning it back; apart from Him, they have no protector.

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THE ESSENCE OF THE QURAN by Sant Vinoba Bhave - Part-9
THE ESSENCE OF THE QURAN
THE ESSENCE OF THE QURAN by Sant Vinoba Bhave - Part-9
Sant Vinoba Bhave

If you do not help him, yet God has helped him already, when the unbelievers drove him forth the second of two, when the two were in the Cave, when he said to his companion, 'Sorrow not; surely God is with us.' Then God sent down on him His Shechina, and confirmed him with legions you did not see; and He made the word of the unbelievers the lowest; and God's word is the uppermost; God is All-mighty, All-wise.

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