Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
One, the rise of religious extremism and terrorism is not peculiar to
the followers of Islam; other major religions are also affected. The difference
is that there are no major terrorist movements in Christianity, Hinduism,
Brahmanism and Judaism. The critics may say that state terrorism on behalf of
these religions should not be ignored...
“Every attack is discussed endlessly on television and social media,
which heightens fear of future attacks, makes citizens scared of one another”
and puts pressure on governments to look tough...
Agencies Warned Dhaka of Terror Strikes
By Praveen Swami
That We Are Mourning
By Ibtisam Ahmed
Siege: Blame Deep Dysfunction In Politics And State Institutions
By Hindustan Times
Strikes Dhaka: Bangladeshi Government Needs A Broad-Spectrum Approach To Fight
By TOI Edit
Horror in Dhaka
By The Hindu
By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
“The message that there is only one form, a form alien to this land, of
belief and practice, that of the Wahhabi/Salafis who are not part of the four
Mazhabs of the Islamic Sunni belief is now being pushed with full force as the
current agenda. Many killed in brutal manner have been believers, Pirs, Shias,
Ahmedias, followers of the Sufi tradition, priests from other religions,
writers who were not necessarily atheists”....
Terrorism cannot be stopped by force. This is a fundamental truth that
needs to be acknowledged. It is a brilliant concept—it can only be countered
conceptually. We need radical ideas born out of a new imagination; force is on
the verge of exhausting itself...
And yet, it is sadly possible that those not paying attention to
circumstances inside the Islamic Republic might be lulled by the Orlando
statement into more wishful thinking that domestic reform is still just around
the corner. ...
The assailants in last week's assassination escaped but the murders seem
of a piece with a wave of extremist – and some claim Wahhabi – inspired
aggression against Sufi shrines in south Asia...
The militant outfit is not alone in considering the Qawwali, which has
long been part of the Sufi tradition in the subcontinent, as heretical. Many
Sufi practices are frowned upon as deviant within the more puritan religious
movements that have become increasingly popular in Pakistan during the last few
My response is that an ounce of optimism is preferable to a pound of
cynicism. Simultaneous to efforts aimed at deradicalisation will have to be the
strengthening of law enforcement and the rest of the criminal justice
system. Preventive detention at the
merest suspicion — as long as such action is provided for in law and is subject
to eventual oversight by the judiciary — of persons who share and
"What we call the cheerleaders and fanboys and wannabes — people
who aren't actually members of ISIL, who aren't actually in Syria, but are,
essentially, freelance supporters, often based in the West — they are the ones
who are giving the group its online oomph,"...
Syed Badrul Ahsan
An air of despondency hangs low over Bangladesh. And that is only
natural, given that as many as 49 citizens — Hindus, Christians, academics,
bloggers, publishers and foreigners — have lost their lives at the hands of Islamist
militants in the past two years....
...if we are serious about preventing the next Orlando, then we may have
to give equal and separate attention to risk factors that have nothing to do
with 'Islamic terrorism.'...
Life is speeded up. It used to be that when a hideous atrocity occurred
people waited a day or two, even a week, before co-opting it into their
political armoury. Now it happens while the smell of cordite is still in the
air and before the blood has dried. There is a breathtaking shamelessness....
Four of the five convicted and executed in the latest round of trials
were leaders in the country’s largest Islamist political party,
Jamaat-e-Islami, outraging Muslim fundamentalists and others....
Controversial moves to prosecute and execute war criminals from the
country's bloody struggle for independence in 1971 pushed Islamist factions
deeper underground and have perhaps provoked a violent counter-response.....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
The new chief of Afghan Taliban Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a
product of Pakistani madrasas (religious seminaries) and still leads a string
of madrasas across Pakistan's south-western Balochistan.....
The Islamic State (ISIS)
has successfully managed to radicalise and attract to its ranks several
Indian-origin youth from the huge diaspora in West Asian countries, Indian
security agencies have found. Refusing to speculate on the exact number of
Indians who have joined the ISIS, a top intelligence official told this
newspaper: “How many of Indian-origin youth have left from West Asia to join
the ISIS we don’t know. We have some leads, but it is difficult to say anything
conclusively now.” Already the number of Indians who have joined the ISIS has
been revised from around 25 to about 40 now.
Muhammad Nurul Huda
The inescapable fact is that the ultimate responsibility of breeding a
violent culture and its multiple social ramifications shall fall on state
agencies that fail to see the ominous signals of religious extremism and
perhaps willy-nilly nurture and protect the so-called Jihadi groups....
“We want to give them that confidence, so that, in the event they are
approached, they know what to do,” he continued. Somalis, Somali-Kenyans,
Muslim Kenyans, and even Christian Kenyans were caught in a state of crisis, he
observed. “If we keep quiet and don’t talk about these issues, there is a
chance we will lose these young people.”....
The IS/AQIS is capable of providing additional resources and a global
stage for these menacing groups. It is a matter of time and opportunity before
such a tie can flourish. Therefore, it is imperative to acknowledge that denial
cannot be a strategy, and that it is necessary to act in earnest....
Robert F. Worth
The battle against the Islamic State had made the downtrodden Kurds into
heroes. In the weeks and months that followed, the Kurds watched in amazement
as fighters aligned with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or P.K.K. — long branded
a terrorist group by Turkey and the United States — became the central
protagonists in the defence of Kobani.....
“Do not listen to those who tell you that Islam is a religion of peace”,
one jihadist says, his face digitally masked over. “Islam was never a religion
of peace for even one day. Islam is a religion of war. The Prophet commanded us
to remain at war until the day the rule of Allah is established”. The video
mocks Muslims protesting against the Islamic State....
If extremist movements are not curbed, Bangladesh could well become an
epicentre for Islamic radicalism. Given its proximity to other substantial
Muslim populations in both south and Southeast Asia, the emergence of such
religious extremism could have profound destabilising consequences well beyond
the reaches of the country....
William B. Milam
Some of those are a legacy of the war in Afghanistan, in which some
Bangladeshis fought; others are by-products of the Wahhabi influence that
Bangladeshi workers in the Persian Gulf brought back when they returned
That doesn’t mean saying there is a problem with the Muslim community as
a whole. Let’s not forget, they are the prime targets and first victims of Isis
and their fellow Jihadis. The answer lies in combating the politicisation of
Islam. Only then can we distinguish religion from politics and faith from