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Radical Islamism and Jihad

New Trend for Terrorists: ‘Dying Live’ as Attacks Unfold
Megan Jula

Terrorists are streaming live video and pledging their allegiance to the Islamic State group as their attacks are unfolding, “a new phenomenon that we call ‘dying live,’”...

 

Believe me you are being led to a fool's paradise, you are being used to fulfill the objects of a bloodthirsty group drunk for usurping power. They do not care who they send on such missions of death and destruction. And who lives and who dies. Wake up; don't be trapped into throwing away your lives at the commands of these half baked so called Islamists. Go to real Ulema e Haqqani and find out the true meaning of jihad and when and where it becomes incumbent and upon whom...

Loners, Weirdoes’, Misfits: The New Face Of Terrorism
Dr. Halla Diyab

Al-Qaeda was personified by its late leader Osama bin Laden, the mysterious villain who we feared but did not expect to be our neighbour. However, ISIS jihadists are independent and visible individuals who orchestrate their own acts of terror and come up with unconventional methods, such as Bouhlel’s use of a truck. ISIS has invaded every aspect of our lives...

The Dilemma of Eliminating Extremism: Religious Preachers Are Promoting Clashing With Non-Muslims and Accusing Moderate Muslims of Infidelity
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Islam preaches good ethics, such as showing compassion toward the weak, being kind to people, helping the needy, and forbidding injustice and treachery. However, amid the rise of extremist religious ideology over the past 30 years, preachers of religious parties are promoting clashing with non-Muslims and accusing moderate Muslims of infidelity.

Zakir Naik’s Puritanical and Intolerant Approach to Religion Is the Opposite of What Muslims Need Today
Zeenat Shaukat Ali

Nor have they attempted to illuminate Muslims and non-Muslims on Islam’s vision on the crucial subjects of democracy, (Q 3:159), secularism (Misaq-e-Madina – the Covenant or the Constitution of Medina), religious freedom (Q 2:256), gender equality both in the material and spiritual world (Q 33:35), human rights – dignity and equality irrespective of religion, ethnicity, race, colour or gender (Q 17:70), peace, reconciliation and non-violence (Q5:30-34)....

Dear Uncle, this is to inform you of a very important matter. Me, Ashfaq, Shehaz and Hijaz have moved from Darul-Kufr to Darul-Islam. Our families are also here. We are safe here with ISIS. ...

 

His brand of Quranic literalism, anti-pluralism, and puristic Wahhabism has made him one of the most notorious radical preachers today. He refused to condemn Osama bin Laden because he 'never met him', but he calls the Islamic scholars opposed to Wahhabism terrorists although he lacks personal knowledge of them....

 
Pokemon, Fatwas and Terrorism
Abdullah Hamidaddin

Pokemon, Fatwas and Terrorism
Abdullah Hamidaddin

Muslims condemning the attack have reiterated the need for a unanimous fatwa (religious edict) excommunicating terrorists. Such calls have been frequently made, and are being considered as an important prerequisite to ending terror in the name of Islam. Such calls assume that Muslim clerics have influence on would-be terrorists, and that a threat of excommunication would be a deterrent. There are also stronger calls to punish clerics who issue Fatwas encouraging terrorism....

 

Tunisia - From Arab Spring to the Cradle of Terror
John R. Bradley

At this stage, the only thing that seems certain is that ISIS has a clear plan to instigate an Islamic insurgency in the heart of Europe, and the steely determination to bring it to fruition. Their hope must be to sow intense discord between the Muslim and Christian populations until we move towards a kind of civil war that would sweep up ever-more people into its deadly embrace....

 

Looking for God’s Own Country: Many Worry If the Disappearance of the 21 is another Sign of Radicalisation
Arun Janardhanan

The commune is home to 16 Muslim families, all of the Salafi faith, who say they are attempting to recreate the life the Prophet led about 1,400 years ago. While there’s no goat farm yet and there are a few concessions to modernity — a car parked in a shed, televisions in some homes — commune members, who live in two-storey homes typical of any middle-class locality, talk of a life “going back to the book of the Prophet”....

Bangladesh: the Fear and Shrinking Feeling
Aasha Mehreen Amin

It has rudely awakened people from the slumber of complacency. Thirty-two eminent personalities including professors, economists, artists and writers have called upon society to stand against militancy. They represent the voices of sanity and peace. The government has also announced various anti-militancy initiatives, including urging Imams to preach against terrorism and emphasizing its contradiction to the principles of Islam.....

 

The Failed Coup: Unravelling Of Turkey’s Islamist Ascendancy
Praveen Swami

For a full understanding of the battle, though, one has to go back to the battles inaugurated by the Turkish state’s birth in 1923. No Muslim-majority society, arguably, has experienced reforms as radical: madrasas were banned, along with religious orders; the Persian script replaced by the Latin alphabet; the display of religious symbols in public spaces prohibited; Western-style dress promoted by law; Islamic law replaced by European civil codes; women granted suffrage....

 

Senior Saudi Salafi Cleric, Sheikh ‘Aadel Al-Kalbani: ‘ISIS Is a True Product of Salafism’
Sheikh Aadel_Al_Kalbani

He stated that the call to blindly re-enact the path of the Prophet Muhammad and of the forefathers of Islam stems from a faulty grasp of the essence of this path, and that Muhammad himself had rejected blind adoption of the perceptions of the past and blind following of the path of his predecessors, choosing instead a rationalistic approach appropriate for a changing reality. Al-Kalbani stated that clerics must take their heads out of the sand and move with the spirit of the times instead of rejecting and condemning any new idea....

The Construct of Islamic Terror
Maidul Islam

Though we do not have firm evidence of the hand of Islamists in the July 14 attack in Nice in France, Islam might still be blamed for the carnage. There is an increasing trend to blame Islam for producing “Jihadi” terrorists. However, the Muslim Ulema’s critique of terrorism as antithetical to Islam is rarely highlighted by the media. Is this a new trend of Islamophobia in the media?...

 

Zigzagging so as to hit as many people as possible as the vehicle careered down the Promenade des Anglais, alongside the Mediterranean, Mr. Bouhlel transformed the celebrated French Riviera boulevard, crammed with people who had just watched a fireworks show celebrating Bastille Day, into a vast tableau of carnage and panic....

 

Attack in Nice, France, Represents Terrorism’s New Reality
Max Fisher

Such attacks predate the Islamic State, though the group emphasizes them, disseminating propaganda that provides tactical guidance and ideological justification available to anyone with an internet connection....

 

An Attack on All of Us: The France Horror Has Shaken the World — but Terrorists Will Not Destroy Our Humanity
Heather Digby Parton

France has a long colonial history in the Middle East, specifically in Syria and its experience in Algeria was particularly brutal. It has the largest Muslim population in Europe and French society has traditionally been somewhat culturally intolerant, insisting that newcomers strictly adapt to French mores rather than embracing diversity. All of this has unfortunately created a combustible mixture in a dangerous time....

Why France? Again?
Clarion Project Staff and Richard Winton

With at least 80 dead, many more wounded and a nation in mourning, it seems as though ISIS could well have been behind the Nice truck attack. Certainly Islamic State is very active on social media praising the attack and explaining how the French people "brought this to themselves."...

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 Terrorism By Truck Has Long Been Feared By Law Enforcement

Refusing Islam in Dhaka
Faisal Devji

Just as Gandhi rejected the idea of humanity as a project, so too might Muslims today refuse that of the Muslim Ummah, if they are to do anything more than squabble with militants about theological semantics. Just as humanity can only exist without possessing a political form, so, too, does the Ummah insofar as it allows for Muslim particularity...

 

Dr Abul Barkat, an economics professor at Dhaka University, said in an interview with a Bengali daily that this terrorism had been growing for the past four decades (long before Al Qaeda’s birth), and incurred Rs 40,000 crores in arms training and set up “Ijtema”...

 

Bangladesh has expected this for a long time. From the churches to the pagodas - the religious sanctuaries we have burned have left entire communities broken. They have suffered the brunt of nameless militancy and lost, but this is the first time that the terrorists have a face - they want to be known, to be shared, to inspire....

 

The Source of Muslim Extremism
Dr. Mike Ghouse

... they our own Muslim scholars like ibn-Taimiyah, ibn-Kathir, Maududi, Banna and others.  No doubt, they have written some good stuff, but all that so-called good gets wiped out with some of their poisonous write ups. If we want Islam to be Islam, a religion of peace, we need to muster the courage to stand up and reject those interpretations that are anathema to the pluralistic nature of Islam. Those secondary books are mistakenly elevated to be divine by a few Muslims.  Bold actions are required. ...

Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight against Terrorism?
Bill Roggio

Pakistan myopically supports a host of terrorist groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India to further its goals in the region. Pakistan backs these groups despite the fact that they are allied with and aid the very terrorist groups that fight the Pakistani state. In addition, many of the jihadist groups sponsored by Pakistan are allied with al Qaeda...

 

Zakir Naik’s Peace TV: An Ideological Nexus Between The Extremist Islamist Tele-Evangelism And The Violent Acts Of The Self-Styled Jihadists
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

… it has been preached on the radical Islamist and Salafist channels and websites that Ramadan is an occasion to create fear in the hearts of disbelievers, a month of mayhem and calamity for the infidels (Mulhideen), non-believers (Kuffar) and polytheists (Mushrikin), the exclusivist Islamist terms that include both non-Muslims and liberal and moderate Muslims or sects like Shia and Ahmadi. This is what the self-styled jihadists learn from the radical Islamist preachers and tele-evangelists.…

The Deoband School said that religion should be learned through authorised Ulema and books, and added that Naik was a self-styled preacher unaffiliated to any of the four schools of Sunni Islamic thought. One of the Fatwas issued by the Darul Uloom against Naik states that “Zakir Naik is an agent of Ghair Muqallideen, away from knowledge and wisdom from the four schools of thought, spreading mischievous things and misguiding simple Muslims to wrong path”....



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