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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Meanwhile, different parameters show that the general law and order situation in Sindh remained far from satisfactory. According to the Sindh Police, as many as 1,520 people were murdered across the Sindh Province...

 

Terrorism above all is a murder and Quran 6:151 says” do not kill a soul that God has made sacrosanct, save lawfully (the death penalty imposed by the state for a crime)....

Jihadists interpret a famous verse from Surah al-Baqrah, like many other verses, as applicable to Muslims even today. This makes the Quranic verse appear self-contradictory. Jihadist ideologues have taken the word “Fitnah” to mean “kufr” (infidelity) and “shirk” (associating someone with God) with an aim to kill all non-Muslims and even Muslims who indulge in shirk (in their eyes by venerating idols or visiting shrines etc). This requires a fresh reading of this Qur'anic verse with a deeper insight into its linguistic implications and Qur'anic exegeses. The anti-terror Barelwi fatwa does quote the same verse in its refutation to the terrorist views, but it doesn’t discuss it in detail…….

If Afghans keep fighting amongst each other, they will be handing over space to external powers to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal matters. But if the Afghans come together and stand united, Afghanistan has a chance at one day being free of all kinds of external interference....

 

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik need to sit, and discuss seriously, how to deal with ISIS. ...

 

It will take a great deal of creative thinking and imaginative refashioning of New Delhi’s policy towards Afghanistan for India to recover lost ground vis-à-vis the Pashtuns. ....

 

Interestingly, emergence of Taliban is not a result of class struggle or fits into the chemistry of religious war within the society. It is not a Catholic vs Protestant struggle of renaissance period ....

 

Those who call for Malaysia to be declared an Islamic state need to tell us the definition of Islam this state is to be built upon, and if this move will isolate our country even further from the modern Islam embraced by the rest of the world....

Iran declared its revolution an Islamic revolution, not just a Shiite one; it hoped to inspire Sunni Muslims as well. Although many Sunni militants saw Iran’s Shiite theology as anathema....

 

I felt oppressed. I knew for sure that, if I was to die right then, I was going to heaven." He added: "I feel, you know, you know what I'm saying, if I was to die in five or 10 minutes, I'm going to heaven. That's all that matters to me."...

In one sense, it will never really make sense to speak of ISIS as defeated. There will always exist some forgotten corner of the globe or a dark crevice of the Internet in which recruits and recruiters will gather....

 

Africa’s religious landscape is changing very rapidly, in various ways. These changes include the introduction of new religions and adjustments in the modes of worship as well as the personalities that are revered. ....

 

Like many Pakistani Muslims, the women refused to drink water from a utensil touched by a choorhi, a derogatory word for a Christian. Apparently incensed that a lowly Christian woman had argued with them, two of the women who later appeared as witnesses in the case said Asia had insulted Muhammad and the Quran....

 

With polls slated for December 30, the first two weeks of canvassing have already seen eight deaths and dozens injured.....

 

A permanent refugee population in Bangladesh, and possible alliances between various groups of militants, could also have grave implications for the domestic security situation in that country, similar to the volatility seen in Lebanon and...

 

For its part, Tunisia oscillates between traditionalism and the fragility of democracy, with the impulse for change measured by innovation and closures....

 

Note: As articles on NewAgeIslam.com have pointed out again and again, instructions given in any war lapse with the end of the war. The war-time verses in the holy Quran not only instruct Muslims to kill, but also motivate them, announcing rewards for fighting and punishment for not fighting, i.e., sitting at home, without any valid excuse. All this is quire natural. But at the same time Muslims must also understand that these verses were meant for those wars in the7th century CE and cannot be applicable to us today in the 21st century, 14 centuries after the wars that gave the Prophet and his companions’ victory, establishing Islam on the face of earth. Now our job is simply to see that God’s universal and eternal messages in Quran are available to all the people in their own languages, so they can comprehend it and learn from it. The contextual verses are a part of our glorious history and should be left there, so that we learn from them how near-insurmountable obstacles the Prophet (saw) faced in establishing Islam and leaving us his magnificent legacy. Violent extremists among us have and will continue to use and misuse these contextual verses for their own ends. Let us Muslims not fall in the trap. – Editor

When you consider how, after the Arabs’ humiliating defeat in the June war of 1967, all the secular ideologies that had then animated the public debate — such as pan-Arabism, Nasserism, Baathism, socialism — proved to be hollow and worthless, you begin to see a vacuum there....

 

Since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009, more than 27,000 people, mostly in the remote northeast, have been killed. Nearly 2 million others have been displaced....

 

All of which suggests that triumphalism over the end of ISIS, although tempting, is extremely premature. The original threat posed by the Islamic State’s physical “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria may indeed be gone, but the group’s activities and ideology remain a real challenge...

 

Official Iraqi statistics actually indicate that the number of its members killed in the war to restore areas they occupied since June 2014 exceeded 20,000. This is in addition to hundreds of prisoners held by Iraqi forces. Meanwhile, the international coalition sources estimate 80,000 members of ISIS were killed in Iraq and Syria....

 

What did the US planners get out of the war in Afghanistan? ....

 
Should Bangladesh Become Another Jihadist Launch Pad?
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Should Bangladesh Become Another Jihadist Launch Pad?
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Armed jihadists belonging to Jamaat e Islami Bangladesh (JIB) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have started attacking the leaders and activists of Awami League and its other front organizations. Agenda of JIB-BNP nexus is to push Bangladesh towards a civil war. According to numerous reports, Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) is actively helping the JIB-BNP nexus in returning to power thus re-establishing Pakistan’s influence on Bangladesh....

 

But what has come more bluntly in the analysis of the Pakistani media reports, which are based less on proper journalistic investigation than on vociferous emotionalism and a feeling of revenge, is the deep-rooted doctrine of ‘Ghazwat-ul-Hind’, an Islamic expedition against India which is reported in one of the six most authentic collections of Hadith compilations (Sunan al-Nasa’i). Orya Maqbool Jaan, an ultra-puritanical Islamist writer who is a regular columnist with the leading Urdu daily Jang, looks at the Indian surgical strike as the beginning of the battle that the Prophet (pbuh) predicted to his companion, Hazrat Abu Huraira (r.a) i.e. Ghazwat-ul-Hind…

Beyond spurring Jihadism, the 9/11 attacks seem to have polarized the religious scene in Iraq. Anbari and like-minded jihadists began to see rival Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, as enemies—a position that would become a notable aspect of the Islamic State’s ideology. Anbari viewed the Muslim Brotherhood’s embrace of political norms and its rejection of al-Qaeda as a betrayal....

 


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