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Radical Islamism and Jihad

The war against the Islamic State is unwinnable without filling the political and security vacuum that now exists in too much of Iraq. The Islamic State’s eventual retreat from Mosul will be a much-needed victory for the country. ...

 

Is Kerala Fertile Ground For Terror Groups Like Islamic State?
Ashraf A Kadakkal

More than 50 journals published by such movements try to prove the genuineness of their view of Islam, while branding the other as “un-Islamic”. Organisations like IS and al-Qaeda are prone to ‘Takfir’ or keeping other groups out of the fold of Islam and wiping them out. In Kerala ‘Takfir’ or ‘Murtad’ are not unheard of, but attacking or wiping out “the other” is....

 

The decrees provide a unique glimpse into life under Daesh’s oppressive control. Some of the Fatwas are absolutely ridiculous; however, they should not be taken likely as people have been killed because of not following them....

 

How Sweden Became an Exporter of Jihad
Yalda Hakim

More than 300 people have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, making Sweden per capita one of the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe...

 
The Roots of Islamic Radicalisation in Kerala
Tufail Ahmad for New Age Islam

The Roots of Islamic Radicalisation in Kerala
Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam

Addressing the worshippers, he blamed some of the familiar villains like "imperialists, Zionists and fascists" of creating the Islamic State to malign Islam. Kangarappady stated, "One cannot even regard the ISIS as an Islamic terrorist outfit. The ideals they propagate have nothing to do with real Islam." At another Eid Al-Azha prayer in Kozhikode, Sharif Melethil, the imam, told the worshippers, "seeking a mysterious paradise is not jihad." In Islam, there are two spiritual quests for the paradise: one motivates a faithful to live for the life after death, while the other leads Muslims to migrate from non-Muslim lands to countries ruled by Islamic leaders, or Dar-ul-Islam....

Extremism is a Perversion and Islam Has No Place for It
Mohammad Azeemullah

Extremists often misuse religion to justify their ideological violence and in their anger, they often violate the Quran’s message and act contrary to Prophet Muhammad’s message. For instance, one of his sayings goes, “Beware of extremism in religion, for it destroyed those before you.” The Quran acknowledges diversity among people and sets the tone for social tolerance: ....

 

Daesh, Haqqanis and Their Sanctuaries
Imtiaz Gul

Nicholson complained that Pakistan needed to do more than it has done so far against the Haqqanis, implying that this group enjoys shelter and sanctuaries on the Pakistani territory. Such a postulation also evokes questions by Pakistan on the safe havens that the anti-Pakistan Daesh-turned-TTP enjoys in eastern Afghanistan....

 

Combat Terrorism: Safeguard Nation-State Sovereignty
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

Like most- vaunted Imperialist tools of ‘Democracy and Human Rights’ terrorism   adds another   powerful weapon of world domination in the arsenal of the Corporate Masters. They   already used these weapons in Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. And now they are going after Syria and Iraq for Balkanizing the Middle-East. Terrorist Organizations like Al-Qaeda, IS, Al-Nusra,  Boko Haram  etc. are their foster-children to be brought up as an instrument of disruption of the national unity and subverting  Nation State Sovereignty for creating  a favourable  environment for external intervention and  regime change....

 

Al-Qaeda: The Other Jihadist State

Its future emirate, should it come to it, may be more firmly supported by the local population, and therefore even harder to extirpate, than the barbarous IS caliphate....

 

Tackle Alienation of Muslim Youth to Deal with Daesh
Michael Jansen

There is a large pool of alienated angry young Muslims eager to join the fight against the Christian West which has colonised them, dominated the governments in their home countries which have failed to provide productive lives for them and discriminated against them. The only way to deal with Daesh is to tackle the roots of the alienation of Muslim youth....

 

Wahhabi doctrine holds that preservation of cultural heritage, whether Islamic or non-Islamic, is a form of idol worship or polytheism prohibited in Islam. The Saudi kingdom now faces the need to choose between its continued patronage of the Wahhabi clerics and the danger they pose, inside the Saudi state and abroad, to Muslims, non-Muslims, and global culture, in the form of death and mutilation, cultural desolation....

 

Behind Boko Haram's Split: A Leader Too Radical for Islamic State
Yaroslav Trofimov

“Shekau’s approval of attacking Muslims indiscriminately led to a situation of significant loss of support within the Muslim community. The fact that he could kill Muslims praying in a mosque convinced the locals that he is not really fighting for Islam,”...

 

Organise events that galvanise youngsters from across different faiths and backgrounds. Encourage interfaith dialogue as the weapon of choice to counter the destructive narrative ISIS promotes for recruitment. Using social media, advertising and faith groups across the country can be a simple but very effective measure to help tie the noose around ISIS and its rabble-rousers who spout their rubbish....

"We welcome the development and we pray they would continue fighting and fragmenting. However, what I want to tell you is that none of them is better; we are looking for all of them. "The only ones that we would spare are those who repent, and they were the ones that would be taken as prisoners of war by the Nigerian Army.”...

 

Win Hearts and Minds to Prevail Against Terror
Fareed Zakaria

The challenge in defeating Daesh is not really about vanquishing it on the battlefield. America has won battles like that for 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq only to discover that once US forces leave, the Taleban or Daesh or some other radical group returns. The way to have these groups stay defeated is to help countries find some form of politics that addresses the basic aspirations of their people- all their people...

Terrorism is a multidimensional phenomenon, and until today the existence and latent threat of Islamist terrorism confronts global society with formidable challenges. As a global phenomenon, it is indeed easy to recognize the manifestation of terrorism, but it is rather difficult to clearly define it.....

 

Once a Qaeda Recruiter, Now a Voice against Jihad
Rukmini Callimachi

Although countries like Britain have for years been putting former extremists to work in think tanks to provide authentic voices against radical ideology, Mr. Morton is the first former jihadist to step into this public a role in the United States....

 

Daish (ISIS) is such an organization which has come into existence to weaken the Islamic forces, spread confusion and chaos in the lines of the Muslims, tarnishes the image of Islam in the eyes of the world and distracts the world from the humanity-loving divine ideology. This is surely a threat to humankind and leads to the decline of the Muslim Ummah.

Therefore, such organizations are terrorists and condemnable and to support and co-operate (with) them is not allowed by Shariah. It is the religious and moral duty of the conscious persons of the Muslim Ummah that they should inform the world of its threats and strive to prevent the Muslim youth, if any, from supporting Daish and those of its ilk, in any form.-----

How the Islamic State Recruits and Coerces Children
Mia Bloom

The school curriculum is little more than indoctrination, but it brings children closer to each other to create a band-of-brothers effect, and brings the children to the attention of IS personnel who talent-scout for children exhibiting early potential for “Cub” status in IS’ dedicated training camps. Through a socialization and selection process, IS implies that entry into the Cubs of the Caliphate is a rare commodity and something desirable for each child. ...

 

It is, of course, unlikely that al-Qaeda will voluntarily follow the example of the Islamist Group and Zawahiri's own organisation, al-Jihad, and revise its violent strategy. But it is clear radical Islam is confronting a rebellion within its ranks, one to which Zawahiri and the leaders of al-Qaeda are poorly equipped to respond. Radical Islam began as a spiritual call to the Muslim world to unify and strengthen itself through holy warfare....

 

Does ‘Islamic State’ Leader Al-Baghdadi Exist?
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam

Though IS’s media wing al-Furqan has made public three audio recordings attributed to al-Baghdadi since May last year, they all sound like Mullah Mohammad Omar speaking from beyond the grave. I refer; of course, to last July when, amid landmark talks in Islamabad between the Taliban and Kabul, the Afghan spy agency NDS leaked news that Mullah Omar, despite his very recent pronouncements through the group’s media cell, had been dead for years. It turned out his (now deceased) deputy Mullah Akhtar Mansour was impersonating him to prevent the movement from splintering. Is al-Baghdadi now too a sock puppet for some new IS lynchpin?...

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Fire-fighters’
Scott Shane

..that Saudi Arabia’s export of the rigid, bigoted, patriarchal, fundamentalist strain of Islam known as Wahhabism has fuelled global extremism and contributed to terrorism. As the Islamic State projects its menacing calls for violence into the West, directing or inspiring terrorist attacks in country after country, an old debate over Saudi influence on Islam has taken on new relevance....

The Heretic: The Fascinating Story of How Al-Qaeda's Mastermind Dr Fadl Turned His Back on Terror - Part Two
Lawrence Wright

'People hate America, and the Islamist movements feel their hatred and their impotence. Ramming America has become the shortest road to fame and leadership among the Arabs and Muslims. But what good is it if you destroy one of your enemy's buildings, and he destroys one of your countries? What good is it if you kill one of his people, and he kills 1,000 of yours? That, in short, is my evaluation of 9/11.'...

 

The Heretic: The Fascinating Story of How Al-Qaeda's Mastermind Dr Fadl Turned His Back on Terror - Part One
Lawrence Wright

The roots of this ideological war within al-Qaeda go back 40 years, to 1968, when two precocious teenagers met at Cairo University's medical school. Zawahiri, a student there, was then 17, but he was already involved in clandestine Islamist activity. ... Now his (Zawahiri's) former emir (Dr. Fadl) refused to see him. 'I do not know anyone in the history of Islam prior to Ayman al-Zawahiri who engaged in such lying, cheating, forgery and betrayal of trust by transgressing against someone else's book,' the inflamed author told al-Hayat . Zawahiri and Fadl have not spoken since, but their war of words was only beginning.

 

Child’s Play: A Syrian Story
Omar Daqneesh

With a nation of children scarred by death and destruction, what hope can there be for a productive and prosperous Syrian nation? The children who could leave, have left, and the children who can’t leave are uneducated and resentful. However the future plays out, Omran Daqneesh was not the first and he certainly will not be the last....

 


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