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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Mumbai-Based Raza Academy is a Soft Version of Jihadism
Tufail Ahmad for New Age Islam
Mumbai-Based Raza Academy is a Soft Version of Jihadism
Tufail Ahmad for New Age Islam

If modern civilisation is characterised by freedom of speech and individual liberty, Islamic theocrats are the modern-day barbarians threatening the modernity of our age. Among the numerous Islamic clerics who taunt the Indian republic and its rule of law is Saeed Noori, the chief of Mumbai-based Raza Academy – a Barelvi theocratic institution at the centre of a fatwa (Islamic decree) against the Oscar-winner Indian music director A. R. Rahman and Iranian filmmaker Majid  Majidi for their film, "Muhammad: Messenger of God."As per a media report, the fatwa declared Rahman and Majidi as "infidel" and their marriages "invalid" as per Islamic Shariah. It noted:"It is nothing short of a crime to make a film on the Prophet; dramatizing his life and using non-Muslim actors...Making such a film is making a mockery of religion."....

" Today, not only the Muslim world, not only Muslims; but the very entity of Islam is under threat. Today, the genes of Islam and the fault lines of the Islamic territory are being distorted. Today, Islam as a religion, a culture and a civilization, is forced to wage a struggle of existence.

Why Join Islamic State?
Patrick Cockburn

Despite the PYD’s denials, and probably their best intentions, the conflict in north-east Syria has many aspects of an ethnic war: the Kurds are driving out Sunni Arabs, whom they accuse of being Islamic State supporters. Those Arabs who flee are seen as demonstrably in league with the enemy: those who stay are suspected of belonging to ‘sleeper cells’, waiting their moment to strike. The Kurds say that they and their ancestors have lived in the area around Tal Abyad for twenty thousand years; the Arabs, they maintain, are recently arrived settlers

 

The point I am trying to make is that reading the IS phenomenon only through the prism of religion would be a mistake. Sure, religious extremism is a factor. But there are economic factors as well. It’s quite possible that many of the Indian IS recruits were as much motivated by the allure of wealth that they could grab in IS territories as they were by religion.

 

In Bed with the Reactionary Saudis

By Paul R. Pillar

Why Islamic State’s Gold CoinsWon’t Replace the Global Banking System

By The Economist

Covert Migration to the Islamic State

By Clive Williams

Terrorism or Islam phobia!

By Zaheer Bhatti

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

They see their truth as not only first in the world but as defining the world, determining right from wrong, good from bad, true from false. Any truth but theirs is blasphemy. In another instance, and as justification for attacking the 8th century BC citadel of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 10 miles northwest of Mosul, Iraq, the IS forces said, simply, “We’re ridding the world of polytheism and spreading monotheism across the planet.” This is how the ISIS views the world and why it murdered Khaled al-Asaad and displayed his bloodied, headless body in a public square: It is afraid of difference in the world. ….

 
No Such Thing As Islamic Terrorism
Sabria S. Jawhar
No Such Thing As Islamic Terrorism
Sabria S. Jawhar

It can’t be emphasized enough that early Islamic education in the Middle East must address religious terrorism and political Islam while western nations must find a balance to allow primary- and secondary-school-age Muslims to exercise their right to free speech to air their views on terrorism.

 

There are two theories. First, the lack of economic opportunity in a well-educated, predominantly youthful country, four years after the Jasmine Revolution that toppled the dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Secondly, southern Tunisia has been relegated to the sidelines of the more fashionable story — a mindset to match the Mediterranean influences on food and light on religion…

 

Both ISIS and AQIS threaten the security of Bangladesh. ISIS has the potential to empower existing Islamist militant movements with the ideology, network capabilities, financing and, most importantly, with its brand image. And despite ISIS’ growing influence, AQIS’s local focus means it will likely continue to have its own niche of support.

 

Pakistan’s Fight against Violent Extremism

By Senator Sehar Kamran

The Arab Reaction

By Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Appeasing the Baloch

By Syed Fazl-E-Haider

Counterterror In K-P And FATA: A Turnaround?

By Imtiaz Gul

Women after War

By Rafia Zakaria

Will Military Courts Help Pakistan Eliminate Terrorism?

By Sajjad Ashraf

Who Is Secular In Pakistan?

By Raza Habib Raja

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

ISIS and other Islamist groups -- such as the Taliban and al Qaeda -- collectively rain violence and misery upon the world but most directly upon imperiled Muslims who are subject to their rule. Muslims who are not Islamists, but followers of Islam.

Anti-Muslim Bigotry Has No Place in Politics

By Terri A. Johnson and J. Richard Cohen

Dangerous Redefinition of ‘Terrorism’

By Robert Parry

The Muslim World Is Broken, It Doesn't Have To Be

By Haroon Moghul

Our Radical Islamic Bff, Saudi Arabia

By Thomas L. Friedman

The Islamic State Conundrum

By Graham E. Fuller

Stop the Syrian War, Stop The Refugee Influx

By Murat Yetkin

Why Iraq Needs A United Sunni Authority To Face Extremism

By Hamdi Malik

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Tackling the Is Tentacles in India

By Sazzad Hussain

The Indian Paradigm For Religious Tolerance

By Balbir Punj

Poison of Demographic Prejudice

Editorial, Economic and Political Weekly

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 
When ISIS Rapists Win
David Brooks
When ISIS Rapists Win
David Brooks

It’s time to stop underestimating this force as some group of self-discrediting madmen. ISIS is a moral and political threat to the fragile and ugly stability that exists in what’s left in the Middle East. ISIS will thrive and spread its ideas for as long as it has its land.

Terrorism Is the Greatest Challenge to World Peace
Terrorism Is the Greatest Challenge to World Peace
By Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II

It is an honor to be with you today while my country, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, assumes the UN Security Council’s presidency for the second time during its current membership in the council. I am particularly pleased to be attending this debate on youth in conflict zones and their role in peacemaking. The world is facing a formidable challenge, namely, terrorism and extremism, which may be the greatest challenge to world peace and security, with the youth being its prime victims.

 

Terrorism’s greatest effects are thus achieved indirectly, through the reaction it inspires, rather than the actual destruction of life and property. This is why, in that moment when, having read of an attack or the threat of an attack, you experience a sudden pang of fear, you become a victim yourself. The fact that the number of people to have been killed in Britain in terrorist attacks by Islamic militants – 53 (52 during the 7/7 attacks, plus Lee Rigby) – is statistically negligible is irrelevant. To be afraid of terrorism is normal; to be concerned is natural. But it is better to be so in measure and in reason, not in panicked ignorance, and thus win one immediate and important victory....

Afghanistan - Pakistan: Strategic Folly
Ajit Kumar Singh
Afghanistan - Pakistan: Strategic Folly
Ajit Kumar Singh

The rise in the numbers of women and children killed and maimed from conflict-related violence is particularly disturbing. This year, UNAMA recorded the highest number of children and women casualties compared to the same period in previous years. All parties to the conflict must undertake stronger measures to protect civilians from harm. When the conflict kills or maims a mother, child, sister or brother, the repercussions for families and communities are devastating and long-lasting....

 

Significantly, after assuming the post of Home Minister of the Province on October 13, 2014, Khanzada had reportedly been involved in major operations against domestically oriented terrorists in Punjab, though there was little evidence of any relative improvement of the security environment as a result.....

 

The death of Mullah Omar has minimised the challenge posed to the IS by the Afghan Taliban. Many factions’ of jihadists in the Afghan-Pakistan region have already announced their loyalty to the IS. Al Qaeda is also facing a severe financial as well as manpower crisis. The launch of the Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent with much fanfare has turned out to be a damp squib.....

 

If we have forgotten it, the almost ritualistic murder of another blogger has reminded us of it yet again. While the act of killing resonates with the nihilistic terror that religious extremism is inflicting upon in various parts the world (and no doubt it derives inspiration from those practices), it has a very specific local history. It lies in the nature of encounter that the Shahbag movement had with its opposition.....

 
Bangladesh: Islamist Backlash, Measured Justice
S. Binodkumar Singh
Bangladesh: Islamist Backlash, Measured Justice
S. Binodkumar Singh

These killings are, in some measure, a reaction to the assertiveness demonstrated by the Government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid, as a result of which the threat from Islamist terrorism in Bangladesh has been minimized. Significantly, various Islamist terrorist and extremist formations had been operating menacingly across the country before Wajid coming to power in 2009. The Government's sustained efforts, since, have led to widespread anxiety among the extremists, who now find their very existence under threat....

 

Despite the fact that up to 1000 British citizens have travelled to join Isis’ medieval theocratic nightmare, and in some cases entire families have up and left, it is true that only a tiny minority of Muslims worldwide support ISIS. But I fear that too many Muslims disagree with Isis’ caliphate, not because it is a caliphate, but because it is not their caliphate….

A Hindu and His Designer Mosques

By Shafeeq Hudavi

Khalid Sabir, the Paper Collector

By Gargi Gupta

Decoding the Message Sent From Pakistan

By Hiranmay Karlekar

Questions that will not die

By Krishnadas Rajagopal

Questions Arising Out Of the Supreme Court Judgment

By Krishnadas Rajagopal

Yakub Memon’s Hanging: Making a Villain a Hero

By Sambit Patra

Mumbai Still Has Its ‘Insaniyat’ Intact

Shobhaa De

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

The Question Whether IS Has Been More Brutal Than the US: The US Would Far Exceed Its Adversary by Sheer Number and Ruthlessness

By Mohammad Badrul Ahsan

How Do Political Islamists Legitimize Their Sins?

By Orhan Kemal Cengiz

Why Breastfeeding Should Be an Essential Parenting Choice

By Hiba Masood

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 
Calling a Terrorist a Terrorist
Burak Bekdil
Calling a Terrorist a Terrorist
Burak Bekdil

Is it that ISIL’s jihadists are Salafist jihadists and the moderates are just jihadists? What do the moderates think of the infidels, of Muslims drinking alcohol, of the other Muslims, like Shias? Or of gay people? Do the moderates respect other faiths and religious practices, including those Muslims who take the liberty to sin?....

 


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