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Recalling the day when Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide-bomber Adil Ahmad Dar rammed the car, owned by Aamir, into the CRPF convoy in Pulwama, Aamir’s uncle Tariq said his nephew sat with him all through the afternoon. “We both searched for the news on my mobile....

 
Pulwama, Before and After
Pulwama, Before and After
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

There is certainly some truth in the arguments that militant groups active in Pakistan are majorly responsible for turning this young person into a suicide bomber. However, there is a need to underscore that certain theological precepts may also be responsible for what ultimately became of him. And that’s why there is an urgent need to question such theological discourses which makes someone prone to violence. Without putting an end to such pernicious reading of Islamic theology, it will be difficult to stop another Pulwama....

 “The truth is that as long as there isn’t a political resolution to communal conflict in India, we’ll continue to face this problem,” an NIA official admits. “This is about what’s happening next door, not in Iraq."...

 

But the choices of a few cannot be allowed to bar generations of young Muslims from trying to change the world. Rather than view them with fear, a supposedly open society like the UK should ask how their dynamic potential can be allowed to flourish. The Ummah, or “community of believers”, wherever in the world they are, is a powerful idea among many young British Muslims...

 

But the binary way in which her story has been framed – she is either a dangerous public enemy and security risk covered from head to toe in her long black clothing, audaciously demanding to be taken back to Britain, or she is a helpless victim, tricked into marriage to a man twice her age, rape, three pregnancies, the loss of two babies, post-natal depression and war trauma – is unhelpful....

A close look at Maulvi Syed Ahmad 'Shaheed' Rai Barelvi’s movement of jihad originally known as the ‘Tahrik-e-Balakot’, as several historians and contemporary scholars have noted, Rai Barelvi was not a freedom fighter. He was actually the chief exponent of the imported Wahhabism in India, an avid adherent of combatant and physical jihadism in place of spiritual jihad which the Sufis called jihad al-nafs, the struggle against the baser instincts and carnal desires…..

 

Balakot, one of the three places in Pakistan that Indian fighter jets targeted on February 26 to destroy the terror bases of the Maulana Masood Azhar-led Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), has a historic connection with followers of ultra Wahhabi or the extremist brand of Islam in Pakistan and India....

 

The fact that India’s reprisal for the Pulwama terror attack took place at Balakot will resound with distressing historical echoes in the minds of many ideologues of ‘jihad’-oriented groups. Balakot was the site of a major battle in 1831, in which forces which then used the rubric of violent jihad against non-Muslim infidels were resoundingly defeated....

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished’ But what about the mentors  of theological terror who provide the doctrinal basis for the militants turning terrorists? What is the state administration planning to do about it? Should they not be taken into account periodically, to review the situation and make course corrections as required?....

The Muslim world was impressed and grateful for how Ardern handled the Christchurch massacre. But many didn’t know how to process the actions of this unorthodox prime minister. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s reaction was savage. He threatened to send Australian and New Zealand nationals home “in coffins” after hearing about the killings...

Shamima Begum was a schoolgirl at the Bethnal Green Academy when she fled England to join the militant Islamic State group. She wanted to work for their cause and saw the life of a militant’s wife in the service of the IS as superior to her ordinary life as the child of Bangladeshi immigrants to the United Kingdom....

 

One of the two preachers was Syed Ahmad from Rae Bareli, who made his way to Peshawar in 1826 with his followers. There he plotted to not only to found an Islamic state —with the help of modules across pre-1857 India— but also to attack the Sikh Empire of Maharaja Ranjit Singh....

In fact, the preaching of terrorists is at such great variance with the teachings of Islam that I am forced to say terrorists are not Muslims at all. They are simply terrorists, and terror has no religion. The word ‘jihad’, which, in fact, means ‘struggle’, has been misinterpreted as terrorism by non-Muslims all over the world...

JeM was also allowed to openly and brazenly continue with its anti-India tirade at the behest of its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) masters. While addressing a rally in Bahawalpur District of Punjab on March 1, 2018, a leader of JeM and brother of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Maulvi Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, threw a challenge at India, declaring that his cadres were heading towards Delhi and if India could stop them, let it do so...

 

By taking sex slaves, sponsoring terrorist attacks, videotaping the beheadings of hostages, and relentlessly pressing its case on social media, the Islamic State horrified and captivated the world. In the United States, fears of terrorism surged, helping propel the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. But that was then....

 

Under no circumstances are Muslims allowed to adopt violent methods to achieve their goals. According to a verse of the Quran, ‘God, calls to the Home of Peace’ (10:25). If paradise is the Abode of Peace, how can someone who commits violence be granted entry into it?...

 

It is the only group that has successfully brainwashed local boys into become suicide bombers. The LeT does not carry out suicide attacks, and especially not those involving explosive-laden vehicles. The LeT considers suicide attacks un-Islamic. But it carries out Fidayeen attacks, which are technically suicide missions, but with a chance of survival....

 

A sovereign state that cannot secure the territory within its boundaries, build ideological and physical resilience against the asymmetric threats of the Daesh and Al-Qaeda type, and maintain internal peace and order for its citizens should consider “closing shop”....

 

Sure, there will international support for India. But it will at best re-direct Pakistan’s efforts, not finish them off. Sure, India has more moral capital than Pakistan. But we have too many politicians willing to dissipate that capital. Sure, India has been far too patient with Pakistan. ...

We need strategic thinkers of peace which we seem to be shy of. It is only such an alternative narrative than can respect the sacrifice of the victims and the agony of their families. An idea of India must contain its sense of China and Pakistan. Only with such scenario can we survive in peace and confidence.....

 

A calibrated military response — whether in the form of escalated fire power at the Line of Control, covert action, or the use of air power — are all firmly on the table as options. An act of war by Pakistan’s Deep State, which Pulwama clearly is, certainly demands an appropriate hit back. This is not war-mongering; it is justice....

While moral and legal obligations may dictate that their country of citizenship should be responsible for bringing the likes of Begum to justice, the reality is that many of them pose a serious security threat to their home societies, and it remains difficult to prosecute and convict them in Western courts...

 

Islamic State's possession of land in Iraq and Syria set it apart from other like-minded groups such as al-Qaeda and became central to its mission when it declared a caliphate in 2014, claiming sovereignty over all Muslim lands and peoples....

 

No Western politician wants to be responsible for bringing potentially dangerous radicals back home. But leaving them in Syria or dumping them on developing countries does not make the problem go away....

The political response within India to the barbarous attack in Pulwama has played absolutely into the hands of the Lashkar, the Jaish, and the ISI. When we should have been proactive in shaming and stigmatising the Government of Pakistan for its sponsorship of terror, we have instead been proactive in shaming and stigmatising ourselves.....

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