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Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Myth That Empowers Islamic Terrorism: Radicals Are Exploiting a Common Misunderstanding of Sharia
Moorthy S. Muthuswamy

The discovery of oil wealth not only helped Saudi Arabia forsake instituting political, economic and religious reforms, but also allowed it to export Wahhabism worldwide, by providing funds for constructing and operating mosques and religious schools, scholarships, education materials, religious leaders’ salaries and the employment of millions of guest workers from Muslim-majority nations.....

 

ISIS’ Millenarian Theory and its Refutation: ISIS has misinterpreted the Mahdaviat Doctrine to serve its ulterior motives and further its nefarious political ends – Part 3
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Note: A large part of the attraction of ISIS for Muslim youth is its millenarian thesis. It has convinced many that end of times is at hand, that they are engaged in the end-times battle, the Malhama. This has made the war they are engaged in imperative and urgent. Millenarianism or Islamic Eschatology, Ilm-e-Aakhiruzzaman, was an inspiration behind some ideologues of al-Qaeda as well. But Osama bin Laden himself and most of his ideologues did not emphasize it much. As for ISIS, even in its previous avatar as Jamāʻat al-Tawḥīdwa-al-Jihād (The Organisation of Monotheism and Jihad) founded in 1999 by Jordanian radical Abu Musab al-Zarqawi which later pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda,several ideologues strongly believed in the apocalyptic worldview, the theory of this war being the final great war, al-Malhama al-Kubra, in which Islam will conquer the world.

World domination has been a Muslim dream for ever. Books like Qeyamat ki Peshingoyian, or prophesies of the Prophet about the last days on earth have always been a bestseller in Muslim religious bookshops in every part of the world. No matter how irrational, Muslims of all denominations have for ever been waiting for a Mahdi or an Imam who will appear in the final days and set everything right. Indeed, this belief cuts across religious barriers. Believers in a number of religions are looking forward to the sudden appearance of a deliverer. This has made the task of ISIS easier. To help us understand this phenomenon better, New Age Islam is presenting a study by our regular columnist Mr. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, a classical Islamic scholar who specialises in comparative religion. --- Editor

The Sunni Arab states still do not seem to understand the extent to which extreme versions of Islam imperil them as well. Although the Saudi royal family relies on the Wahhabi clerics for their political legitimacy, the Islamic State accuses the monarchy of corrupting the faith to preserve its power....

 

As Al Qaeda Slips and ISIS Gains, Pakistan Will Be the Test-Tube For the Next Jihad
Khaled Ahmed

There is no doubt that Haqqanis getting on top of the Taliban in Afghanistan would find favour with some quarters in Pakistan unmindful of the way this would expose the country to global wrath. By creating chaos in which women and children suffer most, the jihad enthusiasts will take Pakistan from permanent instability to permanent conflict....

 

There are two competing traditions about Ramadan today: the one of ISIS, which recalls Islam’s ancient past and insists on applying it literally today, and that of other believers who long for piety, introspection, and restraint....

 

Taliban after Mullah Mansoor
Aasim Zafar Khan

“The choice of an Alim is clever, as it gives Haibatullah religious authority which the commanders will have to accept,” says Ruttig. The Taliban seem to be trying to stay away from the succession problems the movement saw in the aftermath of Mullah Omar’s death...

 

Taliban’s New Boss ISI’s Old Friend
M.K. Bhadrakumar

The Taliban have been on a winning streak and it’s not surprising they are totally disinterested in peace talks — at least for now....

 

How Saudi Influence Turned Kosovo into Fertile Ground for ISIS
Carlotta Gall

Mr. Bilalli trained at the University of Medina in Saudi Arabia in the late 1980s: “The first thing the Wahhabis do is to take members of our congregation, who understand Islam in the traditional Kosovo way that we had for generations, and try to draw them away from this understanding,” he said. “Once they get them away from the traditional congregation, then they start bombarding them with radical thoughts and ideas.”

The documentary, however, provides the only first-person accounts to have surfaced of the IM’s journey after 2008. “Following the Batla House encounter, the land of India became hostile to us. The intelligence agencies and the ATS (Maharashtra Police Anti-Terrorism Squad) pursued us. It became difficult for us to carry out armed actions,” Rashid says of his journey to the IS. Rashid claims the group made “Hijrat” — or exile — to Khorasan in the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands. There, he says, “we had many opportunities to participate in actions with the Mujahideen”. Following this, the group made a “second Hijrat”, to the IS, claims Rashid. However, the interview with Sajid suggests a broader discontent. “Hindustan is the citadel of shirk [polytheism]”, he says. “We see that, cows, trees, the sun, the moon, all these are worshipped. Even though Allah has us from these practices, we see that the Muslims of India maintain social relations and business with these unbelievers,” says Rashid...

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ISIS 'Promotes' Kalyan Youths as Deputy Khalifa, Governor of Indian Territories
S Hussain Zaidi

Fahad, who is now called Abu Bakr al-Hindi, has been named Naib Khalifa (deputy caliph) to lead Daesh's operations against India, while Aman, renamed Abu Umar al-Hindi, and is the governor of ‘Hind wal ‘Sindh’, a Daesh usage for India and Pakistan...

Khurram Zaki: An Election In London, An Assassination In Karachi
Khurram Zaki

For the past few years, Khurram Zaki has been campaigning against extremist religious groups in Pakistan. Recently, he and his friend Jibran Nasir attempted to file a complaint against Maulana Abdul Aziz of the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) of Islamabad. They alleged that Aziz was inciting hatred against Shia Muslims. They cited a video message of the cleric. Local police declined to file an FIR.

 

With the way things are now, vast swathes of Pakistanis stand on the wrong side of history. Instead of challenging the extremism in their midst, they have enabled its rise by either by embracing it or by failing to act on the demands of their conscious. Such guilt cannot be easily shed especially until there is movement of reconciliation with the ugly truth that lies behind it.....

Confronting Saudi Arabia's Sponsorship of Radical Islam
Dan Liljenquist

The Wahhabi tradition led directly to the radicalization of tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims, including Osama Bin Laden, which later led to the formation of al-Qaida and the Sept. 11 attacks. Wahhabism’s most recent warping has come at the hands of the Islamic State....

 

Muslim Brotherhood Islamists 'denying the existence of a serious internal crisis'
Jamal Khashoggi

It is time to tell the Brotherhood that reform will only happen when it dismisses the first generation of its leaders living in denial, and replaces them with qualified politicians who are aware of reality....

Obama May Be Preaching 'Tough Love' To Saudi – But Arms Sales Tell Another Story
Mohamad Bazzi

Despite his rhetoric, and his administration’s perceived shift toward Iran, Obama has not fundamentally changed the US status quo toward Saudi Arabia. In fact, he’s sold more advanced weaponry to Saudi leaders than any of his predecessors. And that means one thing: an emboldened Saudi Arabia will contribute to more war and instability in the Middle East – and America will be drawn into more conflict.

 

Is Bangladesh Sliding Down the Path of Becoming a Safe Haven for Islamist Militants?
Ali Riaz

The simplistic narrative that a secularist regime is fighting back militant Islamists in a Muslim-majority country ignores the complexities of the political situation. What role the long-standing fissure of Bangladeshi politics plays and how religion is being used by politicians of all shades for expediency are ignored in this narrative....

 

Battle for Bangladesh’s Soul
K. Anis Ahmed

Bangladesh has sustained so far as a liberal society thanks to the strength and tenor of its ethno-linguistic culture. Examples of this are the millions of women who ignored the warning of Hefazat-e-Islam, a network of hard-line clerics allied with the BNP and Jamaat, to stay away from the festivities celebrating Pohela Boishakh (the secular Bengali New Year). Yet, heartening as such spirited displays are, culture alone cannot keep us progressive....

 

The role of Saudi Arabia, and its Arab allies like Qatar, as the master funders of terror began decades ago when the House of Saud began exporting Wahhabism, its medieval version of Islamic doctrine, to Europe and other parts of the world. Wahhabis preached hatred of non-Arabs, namely Shiites, as well as Christians and all other religions. Imams versed in this theology in Saudi religious institutions were taught to preach that the followers of all other religions were infidels not worthy of mercy....

 

Saudi Arabia Must Reverse the Foundation It Created For Radicalism
Rudroneel Ghosh

If we trace the origin of these issues, particularly the rise of Islamophobia, there’s no running away from the fact that Saudi Arabia’s export of Wahhabism over decades has contributed to the current state of affairs. In fact, this is what created the foundation for the global Jihadi movement. Today, IS has emerged as the most extreme form of this Wahhabi/Salafi creed....

 

ISIS and the Future of Islamic Extremism
Abhinav Pandya

In terms of its objectives, it is not just a reactionary organization fighting to avenge injustices done to Muslims or against foreign occupation armies; instead, it envisions bringing back the Islamic caliphate not just in the Middle East but throughout the world. It believes in the idea that no religion other than Islam should survive ...

 
Al Qaeda Emerges Stronger and Richer From Yemen War
Yara Bayoumy, Noah Browning and Mohammed Ghobari

A regional diplomat who follows Yemen says that if Al Qaeda manages to successfully root itself as a political and economic organization, it could become a more resilient threat, much like Al Shabaab in nearby Somalia. “We may be facing a more complicated Al Qaeda,” the diplomat said, “not just a terrorist organization but a movement controlling territory with happy people inside it.”....

 

To Fight Global Terror, Let’s First Get Our Terminology Right
Sameer Arshad

Across the border in Saudi Arabia, even ultra-puritanical grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al ash-Sheikh has denounced IS terrorists as neo-Kharijites. This cross-sectarian echoing is rare and has to be nurtured to rid the world of the menace of IS, a death cult that has no justification to exist at all. To begin with, let us call IS terrorists and those of their ilk what they are: Fasadi or Kharajites. This would isolate them and make the struggle against them more inclusive. Using their atrocities to corner and demonise Muslims, who are overwhelming victims of Fasadi terror, may help narrow political causes but not the sacred mission of defeating IS.....

 

Originating in India in the mid-1800s, Deobandism is the doctrine that inspired the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, whose imams trained at the school in Uttar Pradesh, northeast of Delhi. Deobandi clerics, operating out of an anti-imperialist rubric devised to rid India of the British following the suppression of the Indian Mutiny in 1857, have made a serious effort to seize control of British mosques.....

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The World's ISIS Problem and How It Was Created!
Prem Anand Mishra

Islamic State seeks its idea from Abbasids. The black flag is a signature to that, but unlike the Abbasids period which was a period of many contributions from philosophy to music and art, Baghdadi’s caliphate seeks refuge in the idea of Ibn Taymiyyah and Abdul Wahhab, the reformers who called for puritanical Islam. The Salafist/Wahhabist ideologies are ultraconservative revivalist ideas that believe even Shias are heretics like polytheists or pagans. Sign and symbols provide the idea of the importance of their legitimacy. The selection of an orange suit before beheading and burning people alive is a strategic act to remind the Muslim world how Americans carried their rendition mission against Muslims at Guantanamo Bay.....

 

Maldives Jumps into Saudi Lap to Embrace Radical Islam: India Has Reason to Be Concerned
Sunil Raman

However, Saudi financing of radicalism in India was and remains a major problem that needs to be tackled through identification and control of money flows and check on its end use. While India gears up to sign an agreement on counter-terrorism with the Maldives, it would be pertinent to start discussions on the threat posed to India by radical Saudi ideas, and initiate steps to break the Kerala link with Saudi-Maldives radicalism.....



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