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  • Hats Off is a mirror image of an ISIS fighter! He has swallowed wholesale the version of history propagated by the enemies of Islam.
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  • Yunus sahib, your point is well taken. Hats Off's antipathy to progressive Muslims is so bitter that it seems to have driven him bonkers.
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  • Naseer Saheb, I need help! “Islamic theology is mostly un-Islamic and needs extensive reform of a fundamental nature. It is full of utter nonsense.” If by ...
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    An Evil Attempt To Spread Hatred In The Name of Jihad and the Quran  جہاد اور قرآن کے نام پر نفرت پھیلانے کی مذموم کوشش
    Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani

    نفرت پھیلانے والوں کو اتنی چھوٹی سی بات معلوم نہیں ہے کہ جنگ ہو یا جہاد باالقتال سے متعلق جو آیات ہیں ، سب کامخاطب صاحب اقتدار با اختیار امیر او ر حکومت ہے، نہ کہ اجتماعی یا انفرادی کسی بھی لحاظ سے عام لوگ ۔ جنگ کا تعلق، جنگ میں شامل مقابل افراد سے ہوتا ہے نہ کہ تمام عام لوگوں سے ۔ شری کرشن، ارجن سے بار بار جنگ کے لیے ابھارتے ہوئے قتل کے لیے جو کہہ رہے ہیں، اس کا تعلق میدان جنگ کو کروکیشتر میں مقابل میں جنگ کے لیے کھڑے افراد سے ہے، نہ کہ اس سے باہر کے سارے لوگوں سے، جس طرح قرآن میں مد مقابل جنگ میں شامل افراد سے جہاد بالقتال کی بات کہی گئی ہے، اس طرح یہ وید اور گیتا میں بھی ہے۔

     
    Hindi Section

    The Victim: Muslims Or Islam?  पीड़ित कौन, मुसलमान या इस्लाम?
    Misbahul Huda, New Age Islam

    मैं इस आयत के संदर्भ में केवल एक बात निवेदन करना चाहूंगा कि समकालीन संदर्भ में यह आयत जिस तरह मुसलमानों की नैतिक और बौद्धिक पिछड़ेपन,बौद्धिक बदहाली और सैद्धांतिक रेखा के कारण निर्धारित करती है उसी तरह मुसलमानों को इस बात की दावते फ़िक्र भी देती है कि मुसलमान अभी भी अपनी खोई हुई इज्ज़त को प्राप्त कर सकता है, और अभी भी पूरा मुस्लिम राष्ट्र एक सभ्य, मुतमद्दन, सम्मानजनक और साहबे ईज्ज़त व सरवत कौम के रूप में अपनी प्रतिष्ठा फिर से बहाल कर सकती है बशर्ते वह इस्लाम की उन शांति प्रियता, विविधता, प्यार और हमदर्दी, भाईचारे और बंधुत्व और शांति का संदेश देने वाली उनकी शिक्षाओं को फिर अपना कर वास्तविक इस्लाम को गले लगा ले जिस पर ईमान की जड़ और पूरा आधार है। और सामूहिक रूप से पूरे मुसलमान इन चरमपंथियों और आतंकवादियों के खिलाफ और खुद उनके संरक्षक और प्रधान सऊदी अरब के खिलाफ भी एक सैद्धांतिक और वैचारिक युद्ध की घोषणा कर दे और हर मोर्चे पर उनसे प्रतिस्पर्धा के लिए अपनी पूरी ऊर्जा खर्च कर दे।

     
    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    Is Islamic Reform Possible? 'Should We Just Accept That Quran Is Not Perfect, Infallible Word of God, If Nearly All Muslims Misundetstand It?'
    Hassan Radwan, New Age Islam

    Yet it has to be asked if Islam is perfect and has absolutely nothing to do with the actions of extremists like ISIS or regimes like Saudi Arabia - then why is it that these Muslims have so grossly misunderstood their religion? When one points out actions such as execution of apostates and gays they tell us this is completely against Islam and Islam is very clear about it. But then why don’t these groups and regimes realise they are going completely against Islam. Don’t they realise the terrible mistake they are making when it is all so clear and obvious? The truth is that it is not as clear and obvious as they claim....

    Islamic World News

    Mahathir: Saudis Not Suitable Partner to Fight Terrorism

    PM Modi Puts Onus on States, Says Check ‘Communal Violence In Name Of Cow’

    Jaysh Al-Islam Agrees To Dissolve Itself to Form National Syrian Rebel Army

    Rohingya Villagers Tell Media of Abuses during Army Crackdown

     

    Southeast Asia

    Telegram Blocks Terror Content after Indonesia Threatens Ban

    India

    Faridabad Lynching: Main Accused Sent To Judicial Custody, Cops Fail To Recover T-Shirt, Accused Says He Burnt It

    Arab World

    Syrian Opposition: We Haven’t Eased Conditions Regarding Assad’s Removal

    South Asia

    Nature of US Engagement in Afghanistan Likely To Be Changed

    Mideast

    Stand by Terrorists or Win Turkey’s Trust, Erdogan Tells West

    Erdogan Attacks EU, Promises To Bring Back Death Penalty

    Pakistan

    Army Launches Operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley

    Four Terrorists Killed In Balochistan as FC Foils Attack: ISPR

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam, Women and Feminism

    The Journey of the Hijab – From the Afghan Burqa to Fashion Magazines

    Maryam Mirzakhani: Iranian Newspapers Break Hijab Taboo in Tributes

    15 Women Kidnapped From Islamabad Limits in June

    Family Says No Communication with Dr Aafia Siddiqui

    Architect, 28, DENIES Trying To Pull Hijab Off Muslim Tube Passenger In Race Hate Attack Saying He Was Only Defending His Black Girlfriend

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

     
    Islam and Politics

    Ancient Civilisation or Primitive Society?
    Salil Desai

    For we never ask ourselves that if our 5,000-year-old civilisational values and culture were so formidable and fantastic, why have we still remained a poor, backward and primitive country in many ways? Right from millions of people who still defecate in the open to mob-lynching in the name of religion or caste or Gau-Raksha, why are primitive practices and impulses, rampant in our country even in 2017?....

    Islamic World News

    ‘Stop Killing Muslims’: Hackers Post on Jharkhand Rights Panel’s Site

    No Haj for Muslims If They Create Obstacles in Construction of Ram Temple: BJP MLA

    Fugitive Preacher Zakir Naik to Be Key Guest at Conference by Malaysia Opposition Party

    Jalaluddin Al-Tunisi Likely To Succeed Baghdadi as ISIS New Leader

    Muslim World Condemns Israel’s Closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque

    Muslim Leaders Make Formal Complaint Over 'Islamophobic' Banners At London Pride

     

    India

    Fear in Muslim Locality after Attack on BJP Muslim Leader by Cow Vigilantes

    Southeast Asia

    Minister: Public Caning Means More Than Two Observers in Islam

    Arab World

    How Four Brothers Triggered Terror across Saudi Arabia’s Al-Awamiyah District

    Mideast

    US Should Help Prove Gulen Coup Role: Turkey

    Europe

    Young British Muslims Are Launching Their Own Publications To Provide A Different Media Narrative

    North America

    Supreme Court Asked To Overturn Muslim Ban Ruling

    Trump Asks Supreme Court to Block Judge's Travel Ban Ruling

    Pakistan

    Christian Man Arrested On Blasphemy Charge in Gujrat, Pakistan

    ATC Orders Seizure of Imran, Qadri Properties

    South Asia

    Newly Appointed ISIS Chief for Afghanistan Abu Sayed Killed

    Africa

    Nigeria Again Claims to Have ‘Defeated’ Boko Haram After First Victory Cry in 2015

    Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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    Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

    Facing The Jihadist Challenge: Muslims Need To Refute Jihadis’ Xenophobic, Supremacist, Millenarian Thesis And Focus On Islamic Pluralism, Says Sultan Shahin At UNHRC In Geneva
    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.

    This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.

    One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.

    Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……

    Islam and Politics

    Right and the Not-So-Right of Lynchings and Hatred Wrecking India: Political Culture Defining Brand of Malice
    Tufail Ahmad

    Political cultures nourish hatred - which political culture you belong to defines your brand of hatred. Most Indians are peaceful, but peace doesn't matter. What is consequential is the lynch mob — and Indian State, ceding space to the lynch mobs.....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Cross-Border Philanthropy: An Indian Diplomat Who Offered To Fund His Alma Mater in Lahore
    Khaled Ahmed

    Aftab reached out to old Ravian Khushwant Singh in Delhi, actor Dev Anand when he visited Lahore with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and recalled Balraj Sahni who came from Rawalpindi in 1930 to Lahore to study for BA but ended up editing the college magazine Ravi, apart from doing theatre with the great principal, Guru Dutt Sondhi, and actor-teacher Patras Bokhari. Aftab crossed over into Indian Punjab to invite old Ravians to an increasingly inward-looking and conservative Lahore...

     
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    Islamic Ideology

    On the Self Acquired Importance of the Ulema
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The ‘golden age’ of Islam tells us that there was always a tension between the Ulema and the philosophers. The latter did not take them seriously and at times publicly lambasted them for their limited understanding of how the world works. To make matters worse, there were poets whose favourite pastime was ridiculing the Ulema for the incoherence of their thoughts. Moreover, philosophers were Aalims in their own right: no one could accuse IbnSina or IbnRushd for not knowing religion. Indeed, in their own worlds there was hardly a distinction between the pursuit of religious and material knowledge....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad

    Radicalism Under The Banner Of Islam Is Mutation Of Islam Into A Cult Of Satan – So Muslims Must Create An Anti-Radicalization Narrative To Defeat And Disown It – Part 1
    Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

    This article is in response to a recent press report according to which the President Elect of America, Donald Trump in his first telephonic conversation with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin identified Radical Islam as the no.1 threat to peace and security of the world in this era. Conceivably, by Radical Islam they meant the ideology of murderous takfirism - declaring an innocent person or group of people ‘Kafir’ and killing them individually, in small or large groups or en-masse in terror attacks. The vast majority of Muslims, the world over, may have been offended or even shocked by this remark as this amounts to putting a tag of terror on their faith for the heinous crimes committed by an infinitesimally small minority of its followers. But they must not take the words of these great leaders as anti-Islamic rhetoric and search their souls.....

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    A Comprehensive And Conclusive Refutation Of “Azan: A Call To Jihad - On The Road To Khilafah”

     

    Call For International Fatwas To Declare The Terrorists Who Advocate Wanton Killing Of Innocent People In The Name Of Islam As ‘Terrorist Apostates’, Like The Kharijites Of Early Islam

     

    Declare The ISIS As The Kharijites (Those Who Seceded From Islam) As This Article Demonstrates And Declares: Global SOS To The Ulama, Muftis, Intellectuals And Scholars Of Islam

     

    The ISIS And Its Likes – The Muslim Violent Extremists Of This Era Must Be Outlawed On Historical Precedent To Save The Middle East From A Tsunami Of Bloodshed And The World From A Clash Of Civilizations

     

    Countering Violent Terrorism – Muslim Community Leaders Must Warn Youngsters against the Dangers of Radicalization

     

    Countering Violent Extremism – Muslim Ulama And Custodians Of Faith Must Avert A Potential Holocaust

     

    The Heinous Crimes That ISIS Is Perpetrating Totally Opposed To Islam And Those Killed Fighting For ISIS May Earn Divine Wrath Instead Of Paradise And ‘Hurs’ – An SOS To All Mosque Imams

     

          The Shamelessness of Ulema of Islam in Bearing with the  Penultimate Blasphemy by ISIS Brutes without a Thunderous Global Protest Is Despicable


    Open Letter to Maulana Firangimahali: Why Do Moderate Ulema Stay Silent When Terrorists Claim - 'Islam Has Never Been A Religion Of Peace, Not Even For A Day'?

    Islam and Politics

    The parental instinct of ensuring security and nurture of one’s offspring, even if illegitimate, is a strong urge that overcomes and lulls any pangs of conscience. Hence it is not easy to admit to follies standing on false high moral grounds and when also possessing super military might. Although the incumbent US Secretary of State did say “Friends need to tell each other the hard truth”. The New Year does not auger well, never the less it is customary to wish HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL at this time!...

    Ijtihad, Rethinking Islam

    The Muslim Reform Movement: Even More Necessary A Year In
    M. Zuhdi Jasser

    Islamism both violent and non-violent – has continued to advance across the globe. Islamist terror in Florida and Ohio, attacks in France, Iraq, Pakistan, India and beyond continue to take innocent lives and create an understandable culture of fear. Meanwhile, many Muslims still find themselves marginalized within their own community spaces: women, Black Muslims, sexual minorities and scores of other vulnerable communities continue to feel ostracized and even persecuted for who they are and what they believe....

    Islamic Ideology
    Can A Muslim Ever Be Anti-Semitic?
    Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

    For the Muslim nation as a whole, which considers Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam and the birth place of Messenger Muhammad, a samite, cannot by any stretch of imagination be branded as anti-Semitic. That would be thoroughly blasphemous. Therefore to say that Muslims, as followers of the faith Islam are anti-Semitic is compounding the felony since they, just as the Jews claim to be of the “nation of Ibrahim” because they follow the faith established by Aba Abraham, long before Moses and Muhammad were born....

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Comparative Religion Scholars Examine ‘End-Time’ Prophecies in World Religious Scriptures

    “In most scriptures, the prophecies about the end of the age are well-written. If you’ve studied different scriptures, you would have found many common teachings in the prophecy”. For example, Prophets in many religions taught people that the law of the truth will be powerless and wickedness will increase at the end of the age. It also includes the corruption of the religious world. When this will happen, heaven will send a person to save the righteous, for example: Maitreya in Buddhism, Kalkin in Hinduism and Jesus in Christianity”. …

    Islam and Politics

    Exceptional Sanction of Polygamy in Quran Is a Concept of Islamic Law Most Abused By Muslim Men over the Centuries
    A. Faizur Rahman

    Polygyny, which finds mention just once (4:3) in the Quran, is one of the most misunderstood concepts of Islamic law. It has been abused over the centuries by Muslim men without appreciating the spirit behind its exceptional sanction, which is clearly contextualised in the historical conditions of the time when a large number of women were widowed and children orphaned as Muslims suffered heavy casualties in defending the nascent Islamic community in Medina.....

    Islam and Sectarianism
    An Attempt to Understand Ahmadiyyas
    Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

    An Attempt to Understand Ahmadiyyas
    Asif Merchant, New Age Islam

    It is true that in many ways, Muslims are being led astray by those who should be guiding them on the right path. New Age Islam also has the same mission in its own way. Surely this cannot disqualify Ahmadiyyas from being accepted as Muslims. Most of the opponents of Ahmadiyyas are those who seem to have gone astray. Even someone like Abubakar Baghdadi is accepted as a Muslim, though what he stands for is the complete opposite of what the Holy Prophet taught. Mainstream Muslims should rethink the whole issue and try to form an independent judgement about Ahmedis....

    Islam and Sectarianism

    Sectarian War in Pakistan and Urdu Media's Narrative of Denial
    Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

    Some of them even make a mockery of the Sufi denomination, blatantly emboldening the sectarian war-mongers in the country. A fatwa-factory declaring the Sufi practices as 'Haram' (forbidden in Islam), 'Bid’at' (un-Islamic innovation) and 'Mushrikana Rasm' (heretical practice) can be seen in the mainstream Urdu media in Pakistan, let alone the social networking sites. This is how the country's Urdu media is radicalising the common Muslim viewers and readers who are already influenced by the sectarian tendencies....

    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Will Turkey Become another Pakistan?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Will Turkey Become another Pakistan?
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The regularity with which terrorists are able to attack key cities in Turkey is alarming. The previous year saw more than 25 terror attacks in different parts of the country including Ankara and Istanbul. Most of these attacks have been attributed to Islamist terrorism but then even the erstwhile secular formation like the Kurdistan Workers’ Party is not unknown to have used terror tactics. The latest attack yesterday on a nightclub in Istanbul is just one more in a series of such attacks. It is not clear whether there were multiple attackers involved but surely the analysis is veering around the consensus that it seems to be the handiwork of the ISIS. ...

    Interfaith Dialogue

    Why It’s Not Wrong to Wish Muslims Merry Christmas
    Mustafa Akyol

    Nonetheless, Islam and Christianity share a lot in their adoration for Isa and Maryam, Jesus and Mary. Muslims are in fact the only non-Christians on earth who believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. For centuries, Muslims have taken this as a literal truth. Medieval exegetes of the Quran debated details like how God’s spirit was “breathed” into Mary, taking as truth that the virgin birth was an act of God.....

    Islamic Society

    How to Construct a Liberal Islam - Concluding Part
    Akbar Ganji

    The Prophet is a model for the Muslims by ratifying the reasonable customs of his own era. He is not a model for terrifying people and spreading Islamophobia, which brings nothing for Muslims but losses and harms. As discussed, there are many verses in the Quran that, subject to new and modern interpretations, are completely compatible with John Rawls’ liberalism. This means that there are secular and liberal interpretations of the Islamic teachings that are more compatible with the true spirit of the, as compared to the Islam of fundamentalists....

    Islam and Politics
    Who Speaks for Islam in India
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Who Speaks for Islam in India
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The absence of a clear cut hierarchy and an apex body of decision makers has not only produced a crisis of legitimacy but has also made the process of religious reform difficult. It is argued that it would have been much better for the state to deal with a body of Muslims rather than different maslaks and faith orientations within Muslims who have never ending arguments with each other. The problem is that if such an arrangement of power is made within Muslim society, then only the orthodox Ulema will find space within it....

    Islam and the West
    The Donald Trump Phenomenon
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

    The Donald Trump Phenomenon
    Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

    Muslims believe that the Prophet of Islam is a complete model for them. This complete model, however, is not in terms of superiority of the Prophet, but rather in terms of his offering a guiding example in every matter. Whenever Muslims face a situation, it is their responsibility to search for a corresponding example from the life of the Prophet and then act upon it. If the Prophet is a complete model, then his life must provide a model for Muslims in every circumstance they face. There is indeed a model present in Prophet’s life with regard to the current situation as well....

     
    Radical Islamism and Jihad
    Madrasas, Islamism and Terrorism
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    Madrasas, Islamism and Terrorism
    Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

    The sophistication that is required for arms training and the knowledge that accompanies such training simply eludes a madrasa graduate. Within their madrasas they are too engrossed in literal textual hair splitting and in repeating a knowledge system which has absolutely no relationship with the present world. When an average madrasa graduate in India cannot locate USA on the world map, then it is too much to expect from him to be involved in the obliteration of America. When average madrasa graduate is taught that it is the Shia and the Ahmadias who are the enemies of Islam, then it is natural that their energy will be channelized in countering them rather than thinking about waging jihad against the Hindus....

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