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Radical Islamism and Jihad

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”....

In Dhaka, Under The Surface: ISI At Work
Neena Gopal

The exodus of the young and impressionable to the Islamic State, the far deadlier strain of a terror state with no borders, is no longer limited to the Arab world. It is now knocking on our doors....

 

They have a head start on us, and they are turning us against each other at an alarming rate. So, we must come together now more than ever to push back on an individual level. The fate of Bangladesh’s very future hangs in the balance....

 

Zakir Naik Needs To Be Challenged, Fought and Defeated – But Not By Knee-Jerk Demands for Banning
Sualeh Keen

Naik justified the destruction of Bamiyan Buddha by Taliban by saying that it is the right thing to do and that Buddha, who was against idolatry, would have approved. Now, isn’t that like a pat on the backs of Islamists to destroy temples, bomb Masjids and shrines of "heretical sects"?...

Islamists and Their Refracted Anger: Terrorism Is an Act of Envy Where Terrorists Disapprove Of the Liberties Enjoyed By the Victims
Maidul Islam

Moreover, this attack seems to be a violent response to the recent government crackdown on Islamist extremists. It also comes in the wake of a public fatwa, signed by more than 1, 00,000 Bangladeshi Ulema, condemning terrorism as “un-Islamic” and “forbidden”. They were also clear to state that the suicide squad members of terrorist organisations “will certainly go to hell” and even attending the Janaza of terrorists is Haram....

 

Zawahiri Praises Uighur Jihadists
Thomas Joscelyn

The “battle” today is one in which the jihadists of East Turkistan must convince the “Muslim people…to return to rule” under Islam, Zawahiri argues, thereby thwarting the “calls of atheism” regularly “spouted” by the Chinese government. This “battle” also entails the proper education of children in “Islamic doctrine” and the “rules of Sharia.”...

 

The Preacher from Hell: Zakir Naik Negates Every Pluralist Cultural Component of Our Existence
Saba Naqvi

A preacher like Zakir Naik negates every pluralist cultural component of our existence and promotes a version of Islam that is an arid desert of dreary habit. It is an Islam that mocks other faiths even as it seeks to purge every local strand out of Islamic practice in India. It is nothing more than hard-line Wahhabism that the Saudis have promoted with missionary zeal across the world...

Aspiring and educated youth, hooked on to a make-believe virtual world, are extremely exposed and vulnerable to falling prey to pernicious religious doctrine. Unlike Naik, who finds stout resistance from within the Muslim community, these youths are quite susceptible to the monologue of criminals masquerading as preachers. Such a scenario would put enormous strain on the resilience of Indian Islam...

 

The roots of Islamist extremism in Bangladesh are very different. Extremist rhetoric in Bangladesh is nowhere as mainstream as it has become in Pakistan. A major reason for this difference is that the Islamist parties and groups in Bangladesh are tainted by their close association with the Pakistan army during the war of liberation. In fact, members of the radical Islamist groups, such as the Jamaat-i-Islami...

 

More gems: Americans swap wives at will because they eat pigs which also swap their wives (Naik, I presume, only eats animals who’ve been faithful to their partners). Islam allows a man to marry multiple women because "in the USA, there are more women than men". He was factually wrong here because the US has a sex ratio of more than 1...

Zakir Naik is not a terrorist. Not till the moment there is hard evidence to prove his direct involvement in any of the terrorist activities either in India or abroad. The preacher and televangelist from Dongri, who connects with his young followers in English unlike the Paan-chewing mullahs, can at best be booked for hate speech. But, here lies the danger Naik poses to India, including its 160 million-strong Muslim population. Naik thrives in the minds of thousands of young-terrorist aspirants, seeding the Taliban philosophy. That, certainly, is deadlier for a secular society than the threat a 'terrorist' poses....

 

For one thing, Islamism is derived from a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that is promulgated and propagated by the Middle East, chiefly Saudi Arabia. There are differences amongst the Islamists too – as evidenced by the ongoing turf war between ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Bangladesh –....

 

Peddling a Gateway Drug: Across the Muslim World, Zakir Naik Promotes Religious Prejudice
Javed Anand

...a traditionally clad Maulvi with a long beard, seemingly a relic of the past, speaking in the “native” language, fails to impress.  Enter the “suited-booted,” tie in place, Naik, holding forth from a lavishly constructed stage. His English is good enough. If his elephantine memory and his understanding of Islam appear impressive, his knowledge of the holy scriptures of other religions seems “awesome”. How can you not get hooked to his message: Islam is the only “true” religion....

How Extremism Overshadows Islam
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

According to Sheikh Qardawi, “Allah created the universe in stages. In the initial call to Islam, initially, Prophet (pbuh) gradually introduced the basic teachings of Islam. To achieve targeted goals, giving the allowance of due time is important. Extremists seem to ignore these two important ways.” They want change right away and in the manner they feel is right, brutal as it may be, and according to the interpretation they choose to adopt...

Zakir Naik’s conservative ideology, Salafism and anti-rationalist approach make him a difficult person to like for most liberals. Yet, even in these circumstances, the clamour to gag him or prevent him from speaking shows just how illiberal mainstream Indian discourse actually is....

 

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...

 


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