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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Experts have noted the calm and professional approach of the terrorists, their weapons skills, their “battle discipline”, and the considerable backup support available to them in different locales. Besides attacks organised by its own cadre, ISIS has also shown the capacity to inspire “lone wolf” attacks...

 

Whilst the despicable crimes of the IS-linked criminals is unequivocally against any Islamic principles of warfare, it is an undeniable fact that Sheikh Hasina's continuous oppression of non-violent Islamic groups has led to an ultra-fringe minority resorting to violence; and it is not a far-fetched possibility for this to snowball into a Syria-type civil war ....

 

Horror and Sorrow in Dhaka
Tahmima Anam

We did not believe Bangladesh could become one of those places where the wealthy barricade themselves behind high gates and private security, where embassies issue travel warnings and evacuate their staff, and where — God forbid — America sends its drones to target the militants...

 

Bangladesh: A Nation Searches for Its Soul
Syed Badrul Ahsan

But the search for Bangladesh’s soul is yet to end after the murder of 20 diners and two policemen at the Holey Artisan Restaurant in Dhaka’s elite Gulshan area on Friday at the hands of young Bengali men under the macabre influence of Islamic State....

 

Bangladesh: Radical Escalation
Ajai Sahni

Given the sheer ignorance of or disinformation implicit in, much of the discourse, it is necessary to reiterate, here, that those who participated in the atrocities during the Liberation War of 1971 were the very groups and individuals who came to dominate the processes of Islamist radicalization in the country once they were 'rehabilitated'...

 

This is a wake-up call for everyone that no country is immune to such terrorist attack. Terrorism has crossed borders, changed forms, intensified brutalities and abandoned religion. Unless the world finds an equally smart response against hate speech and propagation of extreme ideologies, the Dhaka tragedy is likely to recur from Istanbul to Paris to San Bernardino and elsewhere....

For the IS, everyone who doesn’t subscribe to its vision is an enemy and it divides these enemies into different sects — crusaders (largely Christians), apostates (mostly non-Sunni Muslims) and sinners (it could be anyone from gays to rebels)....

 

The Dhaka terrorists were products of Bangladesh’s elite, English-medium, private schools as well as universities abroad
Geeta Anand

“That these kids from very affluent families with no material want can still be turned to this kind of ideology, motivated not just to the point of killing but also want to be killed.” That children of the country’s upper classes appear to have joined militant Islamists in an act of such brutality...

 

Saudi Arabia — Framed For 9/11, Guilty Of Fuelling Hate
Eli Lake

The government in Riyadh represents a pact between the Saud royal family and a clerical establishment that promotes a corrosive and extreme version of Islam. And while the Saudis have improved dramatically in the last dozen years in regulating charities that were linked to Al Qaeda in the 1990s and terrorist financing in general, to this day Saudi Arabia promotes a kind of Supremacism that stokes an enmity of Jews, Christians, Shias and “apostates”. Evidence for this is ample.

India has the world's third largest Muslim population at nearly 175 million but only a handful of them have joined the West Asian group. Intelligence officials say the new trend of ISIS aspirants working as "freelance Jihadis" is alarming. "ISIS modules being set up in India is more dangerous than some youth wanting to travel to Syria," said a counter-terror official....

Speculation had immediately fallen on extremist groups believed to be operating in Bangladesh, including outfits affiliated both with al-Qaeda's South Asian wing and the Islamic State. In the past two years, horrific attacks by self-declared Islamists have targeted Hindus, intellectuals, secularist writers and bloggers....

 
Choose One: Sabri or Qadri?
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Choose One: Sabri or Qadri?
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Recall: just a few months ago, a crowd smaller than that at Sabri’s funeral yet very large poured in to pray for Mumtaz Qadri, a fanatic and the murderer of Salmaan Taseer. Qadri was declared a murderer by Pakistani courts, ...  Arguably so, Qadri’s funeral, one of the largest in the country’s history, was attended by more than 100,000 people who wished to pay last “respects” to a killer-turned-hero...

 

Turkey, a Conduit for Fighters Joining ISIS, Begins to Feel Its Wrath
Rukmini Callimachi

When the bodies of Islamic State fighters are recovered on the Syrian battlefield, the passports found on them have often been stamped in Turkey, which thousands of recruits pass through on their way to join the terror group. Fighters who call relatives abroad often do so using Turkish cellphone numbers, and when they need cash, they head to Western Union offices in southern Turkey, according to court and intelligence documents..

 

Terrorist groups would have you believe they are doing God’s work when they attack parks filled with children or gun down Sufi artists, such as Amjad Sabri. They’re not. Terrorism has no religion.....

There have been several attacks on Sufi shrines in Pakistan in recent years. The reason is not hard to find – unlike the grey jihadists’ worldview, the Sufi tradition is about divinity represented in music, poetry and dance, and attained through the meditative creation of Sama. The Sufi’s world is wrapped around metaphors – there are no straight answers to questions, no one right path, and all are welcome to this all-encompassing madness....

Amjad Farid Sabri's assassination: Why Talibs Are Gagging the Voice of Syncretism in Pakistan
William Dalrymple

Hardline Wahhabi/Salafi fundamentalism has advanced so quickly in Pakistan partly because the Saudis have financed the building of so many madrasas which have filled the vacuum left by the collapse of state education. These have taught an entire generation of Pakistanis to abhor the gentle, syncretic Sufi Islam, and the music that carries its message, and to embrace instead an imported form of Saudi Salafism....

Mainstreaming the Taliban?
Babar Sattar

Maulana Sami ul Haq has been conferred with many affectionate titles. The one relevant for present purposes is ‘father of the Taliban’. He supports a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as the elixir to our neighbour’s problems. He mediated between rival Taliban factions after the death of Mullah Omar and threw his weight behind Mullah Mansour....

 

Beginning Of the End of ISIS?
Shahnoor Wahid

The young men who had joined ISIS with the dream of establishing an Islamic Caliphate find the dream a bit costly in terms of human lives. As dead bodies continue to pile up on their side of the fence, and as uncertainty looms larger than before...

 

Radical Islam Tells a Story, We Must Tell a Better One
Abigail R. Esman

Most terrorists display a degree of pathological narcissism, defined by grandiosity; fantasies of power and superiority; and feelings of inadequacy, humiliation and shame. Omar Mateen, for instance, phoned a local news channel to be sure they knew about the Orlando shooting. Osama bin Laden considered himself the new prophet. And Anders Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in Norway in 2011, called himself the “Grand Commander of the Knights Templar.”...

 

Is Bangladesh The Next ISIS Hotspot?
Ravi Agrawal

Bangladesh has a number of things going for it: its economy is growing, it's a democracy with a youthful population, and it's blessed with fertile lands. It is also home to almost 150 million Muslims, and up until recently steered clear of the kind of radicalism that has plagued other parts of the world. But unfortunately there are ominous signs that this is changing....

 

The State and Islamic Clergy Must Stop Radicalisation among the Muslim Youth
Shishir Gupta

It’s time Muslim clerics in India engaged the youth to give them valid answers on why the IS ideology is not true Islam and why Indian Islam of mutual accommodation or the so-called grey zone is the only way out in democratic societies...

 

How We Can Win the War against ISIS and Why We Are Failing
Jennifer Breedon

Therefore, one must only look at the words of ISIS to identify who their intended targets are as they declare the creation of a caliphate and “cleansing the world” of evil (whom they refer to as “the West,” Christians, apostate Muslims, Jews, Yazidis, and all nations who seek to fight against them)....

 

Wahhabis Have Infiltrated Chennai Mosques, Says Letter to TN Police, CM

Wahabis have infiltrated Chennai mosques The ISIS which adopts to the Wahabi style is no stranger to Tamil Nadu. Incidents of youth posing with ISIS t-shirts were reported from this state. Moreover, the first alleged ISIS recruit from India, Haja Fakkruddin was also from Tamil Nadu. The state has been a peaceful one where religious fundamentalism is concerned, but the letter indicates that this is a threat that should not be ignored.

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Terrorism Emerges From a Psychic State, Not a Spiritual One
David Brooks

God is the primary reality, and out of that flows a set of values and experiences: prayer, praise, charity, contrition, grace and the desire to grow closer toward holiness. Sincere faith begins with humility in relation to the Almighty and a sense of being strengthened by his infinite love....

 

Why Do Terrorists Commit Terrorism?
Peter Bergen

I found that the perpetrators were generally motivated by a mix of factors, including militant Islamist ideology; dislike of American foreign policy in the Muslim world; a need to attach themselves to an ideology or organization .... For many, joining a jihadist group or carrying out an attack allowed them to become heroes of their own story...



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