Radical Islamism and Jihad
watching videos of lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki, an American Yemani imam
described as the “Bin Laden of the internet.”
Awlaki, a high-level Al Qaeda operative, was killed in a U.S. drone
strike in Yemen, the first U.S. citizen to be so targeted. From a young man who
had spoken out against violence, Warsame became enthralled with beheading
videos. He came to conclude that as a devout Muslim, he must join the fight
against the infidels.....
Their beliefs are rooted in fascist philosophers such as Ahmad ibn
Taymiyyah and Sayyid Qutb. Ibn Taymiyyah asserted in the 1200-1300s that strict
Shariah law must rule all governments, globally. Otherwise, God’s will could
not be done. In the 1950s-‘60s, Muslim Brotherhood sage Qutb took Taymiyyah’s
philosophy to a new level. He argued in his book, “Milestones,” that Western
politics and lifestyles were literally attacking Islam, and that Islam had to
defend itself with political subterfuge and violence. Subsequent Islamists have
taken lines from the Koran, the Sunnah, and the Hadith to further justify their
Notably, before the court verdict, Hefazat-e-Islami, the radical
umbrella organisation, had threatened chaos in the country if Islam was removed
as the state religion....
As he walked through Lahore he got diverted by a rally. This was a fair
while ago now - in the months after 9/11 - and emotions were running high. It
turned out the rally was organised by one of Pakistan's most formidable
militant outfits, Jaish-e-Mohammad, and everyone was chanting anti-American
slogans. There were announcements saying: "We need people to go to
Afghanistan to fight the Americans!"....
Masood Azhar, a Pakistani cleric
Within a few hours of his arrival he was giving the Friday sermon at
Madina Mosque in Clapton, east London. His speech on the duty of jihad apparently
moved some of the congregation to tears. Next stop - according to a report of
the jihadist leader's own magazine - was a reception with a group of Islamic
scholars where there was a long discussion on "jihad, its need, training
and other related issues". The visiting preacher was Masood Azhar......
These should be underpinned effectively and neutralised without buckling
under any sort of pressure from the religious right wing. We must not only
protect the precincts of our educational institutions from terror attacks, it
is now also time to cleanse our syllabus and curricula of nefarious content,
which work as a powder keg, disseminating toxic vibes against ethnic and
religious minorities and the outside world....
Nadeem F. Paracha
One can snicker
at their foolhardy mutterings, but know this: The ogres can also be described
as alter-egos of the apologists. It can be a TV anchor, a confused middle-class
lad, a politician in the assembly, or even a rich aunt who has recently
rediscovered piety. Truth is, the ogres may as well be anarchic projections of
what lies inside the apologists; but is repressed. The enemy is quite literally
Countering Daesh Online
Colin P. Clarke and Isaac R. Porche III
Colin P. Clarke and Isaac R. Porche III
The group is also using the dark web to recruit and disseminate its
propaganda to aspiring jihadists. For sympathetic audiences, an online push can
sometimes be enough to spark violent action. This is especially true for individuals
who are already radicalized.....
Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran
The night before he was killed, Massoud had an appointment with Belgian
journalists. Prior to the meeting, his friend Massoud Khalili read out to him
as usual the poetry of Hafez Shirazi. They had a habit of randomly choosing a
page from a book of a collection of Shirazi’s poetry. Khalili read: “Enjoy this
night which we will spend together. Days pass by, months go by and years come to
an end, and you will never get to live this night again.”....
A former friend of Reda Nidalha who requested anonymity believes that
the religious aspect probably played a lesser role in Reda Nidalha's case. “He
never bothered about religion, and he had friends from many different cultures.
Even when he was already in Syria, he used to talk to me sometimes on social
media. I told him I did not agree with his decision. He told me he had a job
there and was married.”....
The Bride of the Desert has been fought over multiple times in her
remarkable historical journey. Queen Zenobia held off the Romans until the
latter sacked the city in 273. The remains of Diocletian’s Roman camp can still
be seen on the edge of Palmyra. The Timurids did likewise in 1400. Plundering
and looting are part of the story of this oasis, perhaps not a surprise given
that Palmyra has always been an oasis on a great trading nexus.....
What turns people toward violence — and whether they can be steered away
from it — are questions that have bedevilled governments around the world for
generations. Those questions have taken on fresh urgency with the rise of the
Islamic State and the string of attacks in Europe and the United States.
Despite millions of dollars of government-sponsored research, and a
much-publicized White House pledge to find answers, there is still nothing close
to a consensus on why someone becomes a terrorist.....
One of the first clues that the Islamic State was getting into the
business of international terrorism came at 12:10 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2014, when
the Greek police pulled over a taxi in the town of Orestiada, less than four
miles from the Turkish border. Inside was a 23-year-old French citizen named
Ibrahim Boudina, who was returning from Syria. In his luggage, the officers
found 1,500 Euros, or almost $1,700, and a French document titled “How to Make
Artisanal Bombs in the Name of Allah.” But there was no warrant for his arrest
in Europe, so the Greeks let him go....
But images taken in the aftermath of Syrian troops' regaining of the
city show many of the structures -- which date from the first and second
centuries and marry Greco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian
influences -- remain in place, bolstering hopes that ISIS didn't completely
raze the ancient site....
the students protests in Delhi and India, remember the strategy, the Mujahideen-guide
shared earlier says that turmoil is an important factor (to spread jihad) and
it should be used beneficially by the Mujahideens. The riots of Delhi students
are now getting national attention. So here’s an apparent opportunity. O
Grandsons of Khalid bin Waleed, Remember what happened in Gujarat, Assam and
Kashmir... Don’t let the blood of Martyrs of Ghazwa Hind go waste.”.....
past year has brought rising fears about Sunni Muslim extremism in Bangladesh,
as domestic militant networks appeared to regroup after a period of inactivity.
Six writers and intellectuals who campaigned against Islam were killed in 2015,
most of them hacked to death with machetes......
The state news agency said army units and allied fighters had retaken
the ancient citadel, a 13th century castle perched atop a city whose
2,000-year-old antiquities have become some of the most devastating casualties
of the occupation. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Palmyra was one of the most
important cultural centres of the ancient world; its storied ruins include more
than 1,000 columns, a Roman aqueduct and a necropolis of more than 500
cast the problem of Jihadism as one emerging from the wider Muslim community
has three damaging consequences: First, it compels many ordinary Muslims,
fearful of consequences for the community, to defend jihadists, breeding
conspiratorialism and paranoia. It also allows Islamists to cast themselves as
defenders of a vulnerable, besieged community. And it compromises anti-Islamist
secularists, since critiques of a politics are read as attacks on a people......
new Jund-ul-Khalifa al-Hind, or the Army of the Caliph in India, followed a
template unknown in India. Indian Mujahideen operations had relied on men
trained at the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s camps in Pakistan, first using plastic
explosive brought in from Bangladesh and then black-market ammonium nitrate
slurry. It drew its cadre from the Students Islamic Movement of India, and from
In the summer of 2006, a young web-designer, who his friends called
Muddy, entered the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s office in Mumbai’s Byculla area. He
walked up to a greying man sitting alone near the entrance with a request for
information: How might one sign up for the jihad in Afghanistan? “I heard him
patiently,” the Jamaat office worker recalls, “and then suggested that perhaps
his energy and enthusiasm could be put to better use serving the poor in our
community. I never saw him again.”.....
Islamic Republic of Pakistan versus Islamic State
A Hussain, U. Farooq, G. Dastageer and S. A. Khan
Bushra Cheema started a madrasa named Noor ul Huda, a couple of years
ago, on the premises of Masjid al-Aqsa even though construction had just
started on the mosque itself. The madrasa aimed at providing free religious
education to girls and women in the neighbourhood. “We called her Halima Apa
even though she was younger than many of us,” says an elderly housewife, living
near the mosque, who has attended many religious lectures delivered by Bushra
Cheema at Noor ul Huda.....
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
The fact that Afghan insurgents of late have begun moving in
contradiction to Islamabad's geopolitical interests suggests the latter either
oversells its influence over the current Taliban leadership, or that shifting
power dynamics within the group have marginalized its pro-Pakistan elements…..
Western Muslims should be aware of such plans, lest we are deceived into
traps of sectarianism which compromise the foundations of our religion. We need
to increase our efforts against such extremists who are directly and indirectly
responsible for the spilling of blood of our brothers and sisters in our
Motherlands. This same sectarian violence can easily spread here if we are not
vigilant and assertive of our ideological stand.....
Announcing a caliphate has huge significance and resonance within Islam. While it remains the ideal, Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders had always shied away from it, for fear of failure. Now Baghdadi was trumping the parent organisation, setting IS up in direct competition with it for the leadership of global jihadism.
Terrorism Grips Bangladesh
S.Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
S.Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
British newspaper the Daily Mail reported on March 2 that Bangladesh’s supreme court is reviewing a petition to remove Islam as the state religion. It will decide whether former President Muhammad Ershad’s 1988 decision to designate Islam as such was illegal. A hearing scheduled for late March takes place against the backdrop of rising extremism in Bangladesh and the emergence of a local Islamic State (IS) faction. Christians, Hindus and Shiite Muslims alike were targeted through 2015 by way of machete attacks and homemade bombs.