Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
I often thought of my father, who had suffered political persecution in
the 1980s under the dictatorship of Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq. He would say
physical pain touches only the surface; you must never let it break your
One of the first things that happened is that the sheikh married one of
the girls who was around 14 years old and he was probably in his 40s. The
marriage was supposed to combine our community with the sheikh’s community in
The phenomenon is complex and sometimes difficult to explain. But what
is clear today is that combating this phenomenon requires regional and
international effort, both on the military and ideological fronts. What is also
clear is that crushing Daesh will not necessarily defeat the reasons for its
S. Binodkumar Singh
However, the trend of targeting intellectuals/ activists/ secularists/
or alleged 'apostates'/ 'blasphemers', which commenced after the Shahbagh
Movement of February 2013 seeking the death penalty for War Criminals of the
1971 genocide, appears to be escalating. 12 persons were killed in 2013; four
persons in 2014; and nine in 2015. Disturbingly, since the beginning of the
The Haqqani Network is Pakistan's reliable card in the Afghan quagmire.
That is why Pakistan has always provided the organization with a critical
lifeline. Actually, Haqqanis are nothing but a sickening symptom of Pakistan's
preoccupation with India and the disproportionate role of its army in national
The evolving assessment about Al Qaeda and the Nusra Front in Syria
comes from interviews with nearly a dozen American and European intelligence
and counterterrorism officials and independent analysts, most of whom have been
briefed on confidential information gleaned from spies and electronic
The 9/11 commission did criticize Saudi Arabia for its sponsorship of a
fundamentalist branch of Islam embraced by terrorists and for the Saudi royal
family’s relationship with charity groups that bankrolled al-Qaida before
The proliferation of Shia militia groups since 2003, during the course
of the war on Isis in particular (with acquiescence from the US), has worsened
Iraq’s problems. They are heavily armed, challenge the state and have committed
sectarian atrocities against Iraq’s Sunnis. They create the space that allows
Isis to flourish....
Policy circles pulsate with theories about what causes individuals and
communities to support groups like Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. And for
good reason: Premeditated mass murder of ordinary people in shopping malls,
subways and hotels has become tragically common...
... a new factor has entered the calculus: the potential appeal that
Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist forces might have to the Muslim citizens
of Central Asia. Harsh religious repression may exacerbate that problem,
because it lends credibility to the claim of IS that Muslims are not free to
practise their faith.....
Against this backdrop, the recent IS-inspired attacks in Jakarta and the
southern Philippines serve as a timely reminder of the threat terrorism
continues to pose to South-east Asian societies....
The Arabs, following Salafi doctrines, are offended by the following
quote from his book The Muqaddimah: “It is noteworthy how civilisation always
collapsed in places the Badu took over and conquered and how such settlements
were depopulated and laid in ruin.”...
New Delhi should deepen its ties with the government led by Ashraf Ghani
as he looks to distance himself from Pakistan. But with the Taliban resurgence,
India must hedge all bets...
The destruction of Aleppo is happening under the world’s watch. We pray
for it to stop. For Aleppo, for our patients and for ourselves...
There are additional interesting nuggets in Lubnani’s testimony. He
confirmed that al Qaeda’s senior leadership rejected the Islamic State’s Manhaj,
or methodology, for waging jihad...”....
In cases of people who have left to join Jihadis in Syria or elsewhere,
the chances of getting them back are slim, Köhler says. “Maybe 5%.” So the key
is to stop them going in the first place. He recalls “night-time conversations
with mothers and sisters calling to say a son is on Skype from Syria, his
father is talking to him in the next room, and our job is to try to keep him
chatting”. Köhler says the longer the dialogue can be kept up – talking about
the family pet, fond memories of family life – the higher the chance is to save
I watched the celebrations after Bin Laden was killed. I can only hope
that moment provided some amount of closure to the families of his victims. The
deeper he went into hiding, though, the more he lost his terror grip on me. My
favourite detail to come out of the compound raid — other than the stash of
S. Binodkumar Singh
Alhamdulillah, By the grace of Almighty Allah, the Mujahidin of Ansar
Al-Islam [AQIS, Bangladesh branch] were able to assassin Xulhaz Mannan and his
associate Samir Mahbub Tonoy. They were the pioneers of practicing and
promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh. They were working day and night to
promote homosexuality among the people of this land since 1998 with the help of
their masters, the US crusaders and its Indian allies..
Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
What kind of world is this that does nothing apart from holding
conferences when hospitals are being pounded; the bodies of small children are
being pulled from bombed-out buildings while wounded toddlers scream for their
dead mothers! The words of a small boy forced to bury his baby brother because
there is no one left still ring in my ears. “Why was I not taken instead?” he
said through his sobs....
Radicalisation is largely the consequence of a sudden deculturation of
Islam. This explains why we find very few first- and third-generation
individuals among the radicals: those in the first generation are still living
under the traditional Islam of their country of origin, while those in the
third generation have already experienced new ways to combine their own
religiosity with a Western environment....
Janine Di Giovanni
These are desperate places, where starvation is used as a tool of war,
where if you have a chronic disease, you suffer or die, because you can’t get
insulin for your diabetes, or chemotherapy, or even enough pain medication if
you were wounded in the attacks...
In the 1950s, Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi version of Islam, a product of
nomadic desert culture, was practiced by a tiny minority of Muslims — perhaps 1
to 2 percent. Then came the oil boom and Saudi Arabia — flush with cash —
spread these ideas throughout the Muslim world.....
“As has happened repeatedly since 9/11, the U.S. and countries like
Britain fail to combat terrorism because they give priority to retaining their
alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies, even when their policies —
as in Yemen — wreck a whole country and enable al-Qaeda and ISIS to use the
chaos to establish safe havens.” Ironically, military intervention under the
aegis of the U.S.’s so-called War on Terror has frequently led to the spread of
terror throughout not just the Middle East, but throughout the world as a
Ajit Kumar Singh
Pakistan continues to operate under the cover of global impunity, even
as terrorism emanating from its soil targets the world community, mainly
neighbouring Afghanistan and India. The blowback of this policy of export of
terror has brought untold misery upon the people of Pakistan, but the country's
establishment appears to continue to consider this an acceptable price to pay
for its myopic ambitions.....
Pakistan itself was going through: A transition from soft Barelvi Islam
of the mystical kind to the hard Deobandi Islam of jihad. Pakistan stopped
sending out its Barelvi preachers without London realising what was happening
till it became “Londonistan”. As Deobandi preachers from Pakistan took over
mosques in the UK, Arab money followed; and today, expat Pakistanis visiting
their home country shock their relatives with the hard isolationism of their