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While the Rohingyas have received strong public support from the international community and there has been virulent criticism of the actions of the Myanmar government in the press and the social media, the responses of the various governments have been much more measured. Some Organization for Islamic Cooperation countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey have reached out with humanitarian assistance and practical help to the Myanmar government,...

Caught within this brutal, baseless logic, some American Muslims no longer define themselves around their own political priorities, nor do they mobilize themselves alongside their natural allies – those who come from historically oppressed communities. Instead, they have taken to apologizing for their ‘Muslim-ness’, rather than demand an apology, justice and equality....

 

If this newspaper were published in Turkey the rest of this column might be entirely blank, except for an author photograph at the top and the words, printed in large type, “124 days deprived of freedom”. That’s what the country’s most important surviving oppositional newspaper, Cumhuriyet, regularly prints for its imprisoned columnists – with the tally of days in jail ticking up and up. One leading columnist, Kadri Gürsel, recently sent a moving letter that begins: “I salute you all with love from B block, ward number 25 of Silivri prison number 9.”...

 

Any expert will tell you that taking on a new faith is a serious commitment and a serious decision. Any woman who does so to find a husband should understand that the problem isn’t religious identity, but the customs and way of life of her new husband and of his family. She must learn her rights as well as her responsibilities — both the Islamic (Sharia) and those traditional to the North Caucasus (Adat).  If the former are violated, she mustn’t hesitate to seek help. It’s worth remembering that Islam doesn’t only concern itself with women’s duties — but their rights, too....

 
The Mystique of Mehrauli
The Hindu Daily

Semi-divine females or Yoginis have been an integral part of the Indian folklore. These women were naturally beautiful and had voices which could charm the listener by the emotional intensity of their songs, a sort of heavenly chant which was not of this world. Many a king and commoner was enchanted by Yoginis who appeared suddenly in wood, glen and dale or standing under a gnarled tree or beside a stream where the angler was taken by surprise….

 

When we make an ‘other’ out of people, and distance ourselves from them, we drive out empathy and respect, an act that then makes violence against others possible. To get rid of terrorism in Pakistan, we have to first realise that with our words, we are all parents in its conception and midwives present at its birth....

Thomas Aquinas regarded blasphemy a major unforgiveable sin, more grave than murder. Meanwhile, blasphemy against God and the Church was a crime punishable by death in much of the Christian world. The Quran and the authentic teachings of the Prophet Muhammad describe the practice of showing disrespect or mockery to God and His messenger as acts of ignorance, deliberate provocation or hatred….

The recently attacked Sufi shrine in Pakistan, Dargah Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is equally venerated and visited by Pakistan’s Sufi-oriented Muslim majority and the Hindu minority. Inevitably, not only Muslim devotees, but even a considerable number of non-Muslims were killed in the suicide blast. Regrettably, it is quite ironic to see the Prophetic ideals being brazenly violated by the puritanical Islamists in Pakistan, given the state was created in the name of Nizam-e-Mustafa (the Prophetic system of governance)with its constitution loudly being claimed to follow the model of Misaq-e-Madina….

Muslim Female Fighters Give Shout Out to Pakistanis

Rawalpindi Court Decides Case In Favour Of British Pakistani Woman

Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Vows To Facilitate Women Entrepreneurs

Use Women Cops at Polling Booths to Check Burqa-clad Voters: BJP to EC

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Kenya Forces Kill About 60 Shabab Militants in Somalia

Germany High School Bans Muslims Students from Praying

Oscars 2017: Pakistan UN representative criticised for withdrawing congratulations to

 North America

 ‘Each Mosque in U.S. Offers a Unique Experience’

Africa

3 Mali Islamic Extremist Groups Merge, Pledge to Al-Qaida

Europe

France’s Le Pen Loses EU Immunity over IS Tweets

Pakistan

Mahershala Ali over first Muslim win

Mideast

Yemen: 40 Houthi Militants Killed and Injured In Al Jouf Province

Turkey Stands Against Agreement between SDF Kurds, Syrian Gov't

India

Hafiz Saeed’s Son Hints at Dawood-Jihad Link

When Gandhi Supported an Islamic Caliphate

Arab World

Palmyra To-And-Fro Is Like Watching ‘Tom And Jerry’: Syrian Opposition

Syria’s White Helmets, Trump, Pope Francis in Running For 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

South Asia

23 ISIS Militants Killed In Zabul and Nangarhar Provinces

Southeast Asia

Islamists Bash Perlis Mufti for Demanding Shariah Bill Debate With Hadi

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ومع ذلك، فإن مسألة الحرب الأهلية بين السلفي والصوفي لا تخص باكستان وحدها. المسلمون هم مجتمع عالمي. يمكن للمرء أن يرى مظاهر الصراع نفسه في كل مكان. والهند هي أيضا ليست محصنة. نحن بحاجة إلى أن نبقى يقظة للغاية وهناك بالفعل دلائل على توسيع التطرف. حتى عدد قليل من الشبان المسلمين المثقفين الذين لهم وظائف جيدة، يتركون كل شيء للقتال من أجل ما يسمى الدولة الإسلامية، وينبغي أن تكون كافية للتسبب في القلق. لكن القلق الأكبر هو أن معظم المسلمين الهنود ليسوا قلقين. ونحن سعداء من خلال تمنية هذه الأفكار المقلقة بعيدا عن طريق وضع اللوم على الصهيونية، الإسلاموفوبية وما إلى ذلك، في كل شيء سلبي يحدث في المجتمع. إذا كنا نرغب حقا في العيش بسلام في هذا العالم المترابط، علينا تغيير المسار على وجه السرعة.

 

दुनिया भर में कुछ ऐसे भी लोग हैं जो सोशल मीडिया पर ज्ञान के नाम पर अज्ञानता, ना समझी और रूढ़िबद्धता के ऐसे सबक पढ़ते पढ़ाते दिखाई देते हैं कि इस प्रकाशित युग में उनके ज्ञान और कौशल पर अफसोस का हाथ मलना पड़ता है। और कुछ ऐसे भी हैं जो आईएसआईएस और इस जैसी अन्य संगठनों के बुरे कार्यों को आधार बनाकर दुनिया भर के मुसलामानों को पृष्ठ भुमि से मिटा देने के नापाक ईरादे की ओर बढ़ रहे हैं और केवल यही नहीं बल्कि इस्लाम और मुसलमानों के पारंपरिक दुश्मन से भी ज्यादा खतरनाक साबित हो रहे हैं। वह आईएसआईएस और इस जैसे संगठनों को तर्क और दलील बनाकर खुलेआम इस्लाम और खिलाफते राशदा का मजाक बना रहे हैं, महान इस्लामी हस्तियों को बदनाम कर रहे हैं और अपने तमाम उपायों के जरिए कमजोर ईमान वाले मुसलमानों को बिगाड़ने में सफल भी हो रहे हैं।

 

सऊदी अरब में वहाबी सल्फ़ी पंथ के संस्थापक मुहम्मद बिन अब्दुल वहाब (1792-1703) ने सभी बुद्धिजीवीयों और सूफी मुसलमानों को मुशरिक ठहराते हुए "वाजिबुल क़त्ल" करार दियाl  कशफुश शुबहात के अंदर एक लंबी बातचीत में उन्होंने इस बात का खुलासा किया है कि आखिर कियों सभी मुसलमान एक अल्लाह पर ईमान रखने के अपने दावे के बावजूद मुशरिक हैं और जिनका रक्त और संपत्ति वहाबी मुसलमानों के लिए हलाल (मुबाह) है। वह अपनी बातचीत के अंत पर लिखते हैं: "... आप अब इस बात को समझते हैं कि उन लोगों (गैर वहाबी मुसलमानों) के तौहीद (अल्लाह के एक होनें) को स्वीकार करना उन्हें मुसलमान नहीं बनाता तो, तथ्य यह है कि खुदा के अलावा किसी (नबी और सूफी बुजुर्गों) से उनका शफाअत की उम्मीद रखना उन्हें इस बात का हकदार बना देता है कि उन्हें मार डाला जाए और उनकी संपत्ति लूट ली जाए।"-----

 

Turkey’s Lifting of Military Headscarf Ban a Boost for Women

By Sinem Cengiz

Once A Progressive Society, Turkey Is At The Crossroads

By Çagla Aykaç

The Conflicting Discourse In Saudi Arabia

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Australia Encourages Israel's Occupation Of Palestine

By Rawan Arraf

A World Of Fear And Hatred

By Eyad Abu Shakra

A World without NGOs

By Yara Al-Wazir

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Anti-Dowry Act

By Aisha Sarwari

Musharraf’s Four-Point Formula: the Devil in the Details

By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Residual Democracies, Wages Of Hate

By Aijaz Zaka Syed

Fighting Daesh

By Adnan Adil

The Anticipated Benefits of FATA Reforms

By Muhammad Anwar

Towards Mutual Connectivity

By Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

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None of this is to say Muslims en masse are God's gift to humanity. Islamophilia is as deranged as Islamophobia. There are an estimated 1.5 billion Muslims around the globe. They have their share of criminal thugs, homicidal sociopaths, psychotic gangs, etc. But to address such pathologies you will need a minimum of sympathy for the common humanity of millions of other Muslims who have nothing to do with these criminals.....

The question is whether history will repeat itself. Given past experience, it is very likely that it will. Hence, another question: Why this flurry of action now? One reason can be fear of the Trump Administration which is determined to stamp out the Islamic State and Islamist terrorism, and may not have much patience with Pakistan’s patronage of the JeM and JuD. This pressure from FATF, and genuine alarm at the recent surge of terrorism inside Pakistan, may well have led to these measures and the launch of Radd-ul-Fasaad...

 

Although signs of Daesh’s footprint in the country began to appear in 2014, top officials of the federal and Punjab governments dismissed the organisation’s presence in Pakistan until recently. Daesh had established its bases in eastern Afghanistan’s bordering areas with Pakistan in 2014 and, soon afterwards, had penetrated into South Waziristan. Daesh’s sanctuaries, training camps and financial resources in Afghanistan have infused a new life into Pakistan’s outlawed militant sectarian groups....

 

Is that too big a leap in both time and theology? Maybe not. Akyol frames it this way: “The three great Abrahamic religions of our battered world, despite all the past and present tensions between them, come together” in the story of Jesus. “Whether we are Jews, Christians or Muslims, we share either a faith followed by him, or a faith built on him, or a faith that venerates him.”....

After the Pakistani killers of the Islamic State (IS) slew 88 devotees and wounded hundreds at the “Shia” mausoleum of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar at Sehwan Sharif in Sindh recently, people thought it was an act of satanic cruelty. But IS knew Sehwan as “Shia” and that the saint buried there was renamed Usman to avoid being found out. The saint is revered by Muslims, Hindus, Ismailis and other branches of Islam; all dance together to the Qalandar’s mesmerising songs. Did the IS take itself out of the pale of Islam with this act?....

Palestinians should not forget the exp­erience of Israeli Arabs when they think about a one-state solution, he adds. “We are 1.5 million Arabs inside Israel. We have just five cities and more than 470 villages. Arabs live divided into small tribes rather than together. It undermines our Palestinian identity. This is how they are going to treat Palestinians if we go towards a one-state solution.”....

Imam Ali in the first sermon of Nahjul Balagha says “The foremost (first) in religion is the acknowledgement (knowledge) of Him.” In the part of the speech, the Imam clearly defines the most important and fundamental step that one must begin with. This is the knowledge of God. Interestingly, the Imam says the first (أَوَّلُ) but does not mention a second or third later in his sermon. This demonstrates that this opening step is of huge importance, such that no second or third can rival its importance....

Resisting Donald Trump's Violence Strategically
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

It is already clearly apparent, as many predicted that Donald Trump's election as president of the United States would signal the start of what might be the final monumental assault on much of what is good in our world. Whatever our collective gains to date to create a world in which peace, social justice and environmental sustainability ultimately prevail for all of Earth's inhabitants, we stand to lose it all in the catastrophic sequence of events that Trump is now initiating with those who share his delusional worldview.....

Instagram Account Acknowledges Muslim Female Fighters

Muslim Women Win Right To Wear Full Body Suits in Amateur Swimming Competitions

From Rags to Riches: How One Bangladeshi Woman Defied the Odds and Made It

Dubai Girl Goes Bald To Support Cancer-Struck Mother

Vogue Celebrates Muslims in Special Feature on American Women

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14 Madrasa Teachers Rescued From ISIS Captivity in East of Afghanistan

German School Bans Muslim Pupils from ‘Provocative’ Praying

Castro Valley: Challenging Views on Muslims, Islam One Meeting at A Time

Money Trail to Zakir Naik’s Schools Focus of ED Probe

 Pakistan

Pakistani-American Republican Defends Trump’s Immigration Policies

South Asia

Madrasa Students Get Roped into Islamic Andolon’s Greek Statue Protest

Europe

Marine Le Pen Redefining Populist Politics in France

North America

US Hate Crime: Threatening Note Signed ‘Muslim Slayer’ Sent To New York City Mosque

India

1 Killed, 3 Injured In Jammu & Kashmir after Militants Attack Police Party

Arab World

Saudi Arabia: Houthis Using Children in Armed Conflict

Clashes Intensified amongst Rival Terrorists in Syria's Idlib

Southeast Asia

Why China Staged a Fresh Display of Military Might in Xinjiang

Standardization of ' Islamic Boarding Schools ' Aimed At Mainstreaming Moderate Islam: Indonesian Ministry

Mideast

Turkey’s Erdogan Accuses Germany of ‘Aiding and Harbouring Terror’

US Hits Qaeda in Yemen with new wave Of Strikes

Africa

Tunisia, Germany Announce New Immigration Agreement

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