Radical Islamism and Jihad
Syed Kamran Hashmi
Recall: just a few months ago, a crowd smaller than that at Sabri’s
funeral yet very large poured in to pray for Mumtaz Qadri, a fanatic and the
murderer of Salmaan Taseer. Qadri was declared a murderer by Pakistani courts,
... Arguably so, Qadri’s funeral, one of
the largest in the country’s history, was attended by more than 100,000 people
who wished to pay last “respects” to a killer-turned-hero...
When the bodies of Islamic State fighters are recovered on the Syrian
battlefield, the passports found on them have often been stamped in Turkey,
which thousands of recruits pass through on their way to join the terror group.
Fighters who call relatives abroad often do so using Turkish cellphone numbers,
and when they need cash, they head to Western Union offices in southern Turkey,
according to court and intelligence documents..
Terrorist groups would have you believe they are doing God’s work when
they attack parks filled with children or gun down Sufi artists, such as Amjad
Sabri. They’re not. Terrorism has no religion.....
There have been several attacks on Sufi shrines in Pakistan in recent
years. The reason is not hard to find – unlike the grey jihadists’ worldview,
the Sufi tradition is about divinity represented in music, poetry and dance,
and attained through the meditative creation of Sama. The Sufi’s world
is wrapped around metaphors – there are no straight answers to questions, no
one right path, and all are welcome to this all-encompassing madness....
Wahhabi/Salafi fundamentalism has advanced so quickly in Pakistan partly
because the Saudis have financed the building of so many madrasas which have
filled the vacuum left by the collapse of state education. These have taught an
entire generation of Pakistanis to abhor the gentle, syncretic Sufi Islam, and
the music that carries its message, and to embrace instead an imported form of
Maulana Sami ul Haq has been conferred with many affectionate titles.
The one relevant for present purposes is ‘father of the Taliban’. He supports a
Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as the elixir to our neighbour’s problems. He
mediated between rival Taliban factions after the death of Mullah Omar and
threw his weight behind Mullah Mansour....
The young men who had joined ISIS with the dream of establishing an
Islamic Caliphate find the dream a bit costly in terms of human lives. As dead
bodies continue to pile up on their side of the fence, and as uncertainty looms
larger than before...
Abigail R. Esman
Most terrorists display a degree of pathological narcissism, defined by
grandiosity; fantasies of power and superiority; and feelings of inadequacy,
humiliation and shame. Omar Mateen, for instance, phoned a local news channel
to be sure they knew about the Orlando shooting. Osama bin Laden considered
himself the new prophet. And Anders Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in
Norway in 2011, called himself the “Grand Commander of the Knights Templar.”...
Bangladesh has a number of things going for it: its economy is growing,
it's a democracy with a youthful population, and it's blessed with fertile
lands. It is also home to almost 150 million Muslims, and up until recently
steered clear of the kind of radicalism that has plagued other parts of the
world. But unfortunately there are ominous signs that this is changing....
It’s time Muslim clerics in India engaged the youth to give them valid
answers on why the IS ideology is not true Islam and why Indian Islam of mutual
accommodation or the so-called grey zone is the only way out in democratic
Therefore, one must only look at the words of ISIS to identify who their
intended targets are as they declare the creation of a caliphate and “cleansing
the world” of evil (whom they refer to as “the West,” Christians, apostate
Muslims, Jews, Yazidis, and all nations who seek to fight against them)....
Wahabis have infiltrated Chennai mosques The ISIS which adopts to the Wahabi style is no stranger to Tamil Nadu. Incidents of youth posing with ISIS t-shirts were reported from this state. Moreover, the first alleged ISIS recruit from India, Haja Fakkruddin was also from Tamil Nadu. The state has been a peaceful one where religious fundamentalism is concerned, but the letter indicates that this is a threat that should not be ignored.
Wahhabis are taking over Indian mosques, spending crores to grow: IB
God is the primary reality, and out of that flows a set of values and
experiences: prayer, praise, charity, contrition, grace and the desire to grow
closer toward holiness. Sincere faith begins with humility in relation to the
Almighty and a sense of being strengthened by his infinite love....
I found that the perpetrators were generally motivated by a mix of
factors, including militant Islamist ideology; dislike of American foreign
policy in the Muslim world; a need to attach themselves to an ideology or
organization .... For many, joining a jihadist group or carrying out an attack
allowed them to become heroes of their own story...
To weave a story of Orlando as only the latest in a series of terrorist
attacks linked by perpetrators eager to affiliate themselves with violent
extremists is to do IS propagandists’ work for them. We end up in the position
of telling the story that they – the terrorists — would like told....
IS and al-Qaeda differ in other important ways: the latter wants to
overthrow what it views as the corrupt and “apostate” regimes of West Asia —
the “near enemy”. But in order to do so, al-Qaeda’s leaders focussed on the
“far enemy:” the U.S. and the West....
True, Baghdadi’s demise might speed up the disintegration of the
so-called IS caliphate in Iraq and Syria. But this would see IS revert back to
its earlier avatar of a clandestine terror outfit. Plus, by all accounts
Baghdadi appears to have prepared the second-rung IS leadership to carry
forward the activities...
The Saudi royals seem to mistakenly believe that widening the sectarian
fault lines in the Islamic world will keep them in power. By drawing legitimacy
from jihadism and by being beholden to sectarianism, the royals could be
digging their own grave. After all, fuelling jihadism and sectarianism
threatens to empower extremists at home and devour the royalty....
The Orlando attack is already stirring debate on some of the most
visceral fault lines of American politics: terrorism and Islamophobia, security
and civil liberties, gun control and gay rights.....
Faisal J. Abbas
What this means is that the good news (in the worst sense of “good”) is
that no particular group is targeted individually; the bad news is that we are
ALL targets of the evil and absurdity of clans such as ISIS....
Mr. Mateen’s father said the killing had nothing to do with religion,
and he apologized for his son. “We weren’t aware of any action he is taking,”
he said. “We are in shock like the whole country.” Equally stunned by the day’s
events was Omar Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, who said that he quickly
became controlling, abusive and erratic after they were married...
The Islamic State’s prolific use of “martyrs” probably highlights both
its strength and weakness. On the one hand, there are likely more people,
predominately young men, willing to die for the jihadists’ cause today than
Pakistan views the Taliban as an effective proxy to ensure Pakistani
dominance over Afghanistan, and to limit Afghan relations with India. Islamabad
also doesn’t believe that the current pro-U.S. government in Kabul can survive
the continuing drawdown of American forces....
Urdu newspapers glorify militant groups as the agents of local and
global “Jihad” and are steeped in the Jihadist discourse that emanated from
Pakistan’s concerted alliance with the USA in the 1980s to nurture the
Mujahideen and later efforts to seek “strategic depth” in Afghanistan and “fix”
India via proactive Jihadism....
Islamic State has competition from other insurgent groups that are
looting artefacts. On the international level, uneven efforts to change
cultural policies or enforce existing ones reveal disagreements about how
archaeological materials should be regulated by the state and the private
market. These disputes have simmered for years, and the Islamic State crisis