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