Radical Islamism and Jihad
Terrorists are streaming live video and pledging their allegiance to the
Islamic State group as their attacks are unfolding, “a new phenomenon that we
call ‘dying live,’”...
Believe me you are being led to a fool's paradise, you are being used to
fulfill the objects of a bloodthirsty group drunk for usurping power. They do
not care who they send on such missions of death and destruction. And who lives
and who dies. Wake up; don't be trapped into throwing away your lives at the
commands of these half baked so called Islamists. Go to real Ulema e Haqqani
and find out the true meaning of jihad and when and where it becomes
incumbent and upon whom...
Dr. Halla Diyab
Al-Qaeda was personified by its late leader Osama bin Laden, the
mysterious villain who we feared but did not expect to be our neighbour.
However, ISIS jihadists are independent and visible individuals who orchestrate
their own acts of terror and come up with unconventional methods, such as
Bouhlel’s use of a truck. ISIS has invaded every aspect of our lives...
Islam preaches good ethics, such as showing compassion toward the weak,
being kind to people, helping the needy, and forbidding injustice and
treachery. However, amid the rise of extremist religious ideology over the past
30 years, preachers of religious parties are promoting clashing with
non-Muslims and accusing moderate Muslims of infidelity.
Zeenat Shaukat Ali
Nor have they attempted to illuminate Muslims and non-Muslims on Islam’s
vision on the crucial subjects of democracy, (Q 3:159), secularism (Misaq-e-Madina
– the Covenant or the Constitution of Medina), religious freedom (Q 2:256),
gender equality both in the material and spiritual world (Q 33:35), human
rights – dignity and equality irrespective of religion, ethnicity, race, colour
or gender (Q 17:70), peace, reconciliation and non-violence (Q5:30-34)....
Dear Uncle, this is to inform you of a very important matter. Me,
Ashfaq, Shehaz and Hijaz have moved from Darul-Kufr to Darul-Islam. Our
families are also here. We are safe here with ISIS. ...
His brand of Quranic literalism, anti-pluralism, and puristic Wahhabism
has made him one of the most notorious radical preachers today. He refused to
condemn Osama bin Laden because he 'never met him', but he calls the Islamic
scholars opposed to Wahhabism terrorists although he lacks personal knowledge
Muslims condemning the attack have reiterated the need for a unanimous
fatwa (religious edict) excommunicating terrorists. Such calls have been
frequently made, and are being considered as an important prerequisite to
ending terror in the name of Islam. Such calls assume that Muslim clerics have
influence on would-be terrorists, and that a threat of excommunication would be
a deterrent. There are also stronger calls to punish clerics who issue Fatwas
John R. Bradley
At this stage, the only thing that seems certain is that ISIS has a
clear plan to instigate an Islamic insurgency in the heart of Europe, and the
steely determination to bring it to fruition. Their hope must be to sow intense
discord between the Muslim and Christian populations until we move towards a
kind of civil war that would sweep up ever-more people into its deadly
The commune is home to 16 Muslim families, all of the Salafi faith, who
say they are attempting to recreate the life the Prophet led about 1,400 years
ago. While there’s no goat farm yet and there are a few concessions to
modernity — a car parked in a shed, televisions in some homes — commune
members, who live in two-storey homes typical of any middle-class locality,
talk of a life “going back to the book of the Prophet”....
Aasha Mehreen Amin
It has rudely awakened people from the slumber of complacency.
Thirty-two eminent personalities including professors, economists, artists and
writers have called upon society to stand against militancy. They represent the
voices of sanity and peace. The government has also announced various
anti-militancy initiatives, including urging Imams to preach against terrorism
and emphasizing its contradiction to the principles of Islam.....
For a full understanding of the battle, though, one has to go back to
the battles inaugurated by the Turkish state’s birth in 1923. No
Muslim-majority society, arguably, has experienced reforms as radical: madrasas
were banned, along with religious orders; the Persian script replaced by the
Latin alphabet; the display of religious symbols in public spaces prohibited;
Western-style dress promoted by law; Islamic law replaced by European civil
codes; women granted suffrage....
He stated that the call to blindly re-enact the path of the Prophet
Muhammad and of the forefathers of Islam stems from a faulty grasp of the
essence of this path, and that Muhammad himself had rejected blind adoption of
the perceptions of the past and blind following of the path of his
predecessors, choosing instead a rationalistic approach appropriate for a
changing reality. Al-Kalbani stated that clerics must take their heads out of
the sand and move with the spirit of the times instead of rejecting and
condemning any new idea....
Though we do not have firm evidence of the hand of Islamists in the July
14 attack in Nice in France, Islam might still be blamed for the carnage. There
is an increasing trend to blame Islam for producing “Jihadi” terrorists.
However, the Muslim Ulema’s critique of terrorism as antithetical to Islam is
rarely highlighted by the media. Is this a new trend of Islamophobia in the
Zigzagging so as to hit as many people as possible as the vehicle
careered down the Promenade des Anglais, alongside the Mediterranean, Mr.
Bouhlel transformed the celebrated French Riviera boulevard, crammed with
people who had just watched a fireworks show celebrating Bastille Day, into a
vast tableau of carnage and panic....
Such attacks predate the Islamic State, though the group emphasizes
them, disseminating propaganda that provides tactical guidance and ideological
justification available to anyone with an internet connection....
Heather Digby Parton
France has a long colonial history in the Middle East, specifically in
Syria and its experience in Algeria was particularly brutal. It has the largest
Muslim population in Europe and French society has traditionally been somewhat
culturally intolerant, insisting that newcomers strictly adapt to French mores
rather than embracing diversity. All of this has unfortunately created a
combustible mixture in a dangerous time....
Why France? Again?
Clarion Project Staff and Richard Winton
least 80 dead, many more wounded and a nation in mourning, it seems as though
ISIS could well have been behind the Nice truck attack. Certainly Islamic State
is very active on social media praising the attack and explaining how the
French people "brought this to themselves."...
Terrorism By Truck Has Long Been Feared By Law
Just as Gandhi rejected the idea of humanity as a project, so too might
Muslims today refuse that of the Muslim Ummah, if they are to do anything more
than squabble with militants about theological semantics. Just as humanity can
only exist without possessing a political form, so, too, does the Ummah insofar
as it allows for Muslim particularity...
Dr Abul Barkat, an economics professor at Dhaka University, said in an
interview with a Bengali daily that this terrorism had been growing for the
past four decades (long before Al Qaeda’s birth), and incurred Rs 40,000 crores
in arms training and set up “Ijtema”...
Bangladesh has expected this for a long time. From the churches to the
pagodas - the religious sanctuaries we have burned have left entire communities
broken. They have suffered the brunt of nameless militancy and lost, but this
is the first time that the terrorists have a face - they want to be known, to
be shared, to inspire....
Dr. Mike Ghouse
... they our own Muslim scholars like ibn-Taimiyah, ibn-Kathir, Maududi,
Banna and others. No doubt, they have
written some good stuff, but all that so-called good gets wiped out with some
of their poisonous write ups. If we want Islam to be Islam, a religion of peace,
we need to muster the courage to stand up and reject those interpretations that
are anathema to the pluralistic nature of Islam. Those secondary books are
mistakenly elevated to be divine by a few Muslims. Bold actions are required. ...
Pakistan myopically supports a host of terrorist groups in Pakistan,
Afghanistan, and India to further its goals in the region. Pakistan backs these
groups despite the fact that they are allied with and aid the very terrorist
groups that fight the Pakistani state. In addition, many of the jihadist groups
sponsored by Pakistan are allied with al Qaeda...
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
… it has been preached on the radical
Islamist and Salafist channels and websites that Ramadan is an occasion to
create fear in the hearts of disbelievers, a month of mayhem and calamity for
the infidels (Mulhideen), non-believers (Kuffar) and polytheists (Mushrikin),
the exclusivist Islamist terms that include both non-Muslims and liberal and
moderate Muslims or sects like Shia and Ahmadi. This is what the self-styled
jihadists learn from the radical Islamist preachers and tele-evangelists.…
The Deoband School said that religion should be learned through
authorised Ulema and books, and added that Naik was a self-styled preacher
unaffiliated to any of the four schools of Sunni Islamic thought. One of the
Fatwas issued by the Darul Uloom against Naik states that “Zakir Naik is an
agent of Ghair Muqallideen, away from knowledge and wisdom from the four
schools of thought, spreading mischievous things and misguiding simple Muslims
to wrong path”....