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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Britain’s multiculturalism was likely never understood by the Muslims succumbing to a transnational intensification of identity. It allowed communities to retain their identity without making them sensitive to the needs of “integration” with the host community. That it happened to the Muslims and not so much to the Hindus also points to the supra-state “feeling” that only the Muslims are gifted with a universal identity or “ummah”. ..

Knife attacks and the slaughter of passers-by in France or Britain were not treated by the mainstream media as more important than road accidents. Jihadist murderers were usually immediately defined by the authorities as mentally disturbed. In Europe, the names of the murderers were often hidden to avoid possibly firing up anti-Muslim "prejudices".

 

While one is glad that the Supreme Court set free a poor and helpless women who has already suffered a lot, it is also disturbing that she will not be able to live in this country even after proving her innocence in the highest court of this land. She will continue to fear for her life since we have failed to build a progressive, plural, tolerant, enlightened and rational society.

This is a brief account of how the studious Kashmiri youths abandoned their studies to join the militant ranks and got killed. But the crucial question is: Who are the ideologues who approach the university students and even research scholars and influence them to the extent that they agree to choose death over degrees? We must find concrete answers to these questions: how do the Kashmiri students and research scholars turn into militants? Do they make a sudden decision or does someone brainwash them slowly, steadily? And most importantly, what are the effective ways to weed out these underground brainwashers…

The middle ground between traditional and modern education is still being sought. Until such time that there is a clear separation of religious and secular educational content, and unless fear of being overwhelmed by secular ideas is consciously overcome, education outcomes in Pakistan will stay just as they are. More task forces won’t help unless they specifically address this issue.

 

No date has been set for the judgment to be announced. If her appeal is rejected, and if she does not get a Presidential pardon, it would make her the first person to be executed under the infamous blasphemy laws by court order. Already extremist clerics, the same groups against Atif Mian’s appointment to the EAC, have threatened action against any judge or official who pardons Asia Bibi. How will Pakistan continue to respond to these threats; by appeasing extremist elements or taking a stand?

Both the Deobandi and Barelvi have different ideological outlooks and they have countered each-others views. Historically, both are dichotomous, and have presented their approach extremely. The formation of Barelvi thought emerged out of Deobandi’s contradictions. In 1906, when Ahmad Raza went for performing Hajj, he asked Ulemas of Madina and Mecca to endorse his Fatwas against Deobandis and other sects....

“Those who have joined the Wilayat-e-Hind are well-educated and most of them are engineers, doctors and MBA degree holders. Indian citizens are mostly joining Khorasan chapter of Daesh than the core group in Syria or Iraq. However, the possible launching route of Indian ISIS members to Afghanistan is not clear yet,” the study reads. Criticizing the counter-militancy initiatives of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Abdullah Khan told Pakistan Today, “…… the WeH Bangladesh chapter was another surprise addition where the so-called secular regime of Prime Minister Hasina was targeting religious Muslim groups under a witch-hunt drive.”...

 

Choudary is and never has been an imam or cleric. He has no Islamic credentials – to be an imam one needs over a decade of formal study of the Qur’an, and be recognized as an authority by other scholars. He has never been taken seriously by the mainstream Muslim community in Britain and has been expelled out of virtually every mosque in the country. What Choudary did have, however, was a quick tongue and a fiery demeanour. And he loved wearing a traditional Islamic robes reserved for the scholarly class...

The issue of Islam in Bangladesh is complex, sensitive and fraught.  It has problematised the sense of national identity of Bangladeshis into a schizophrenic duality driven by the tension between the cultural and religious aspects of their collective personality. It has complicated Bangladeshis' understanding and writing of history...

 

Growing Muslim radicalization has also been reflected in the increasing number of incidents of violent anti-Semitism in France. The French authorities and media preferred, at first, to view the crimes as stemming from socioeconomic factors rather than from Islamic radicalization. They occasionally presented or even justified the increase in anti-Semitic violence as a product of the Muslims’ identification with the Palestinians. It seems that the Laïcité principle created a barrier that prevented an examination into the intensification of anti-Semitic violence as a result of radicalization and religious incitement.

 

Conditional love creates a behaviour expectation that primes the child, communicating that “you will only receive love if you behave this way.” Since love and acceptance are a survival need for the young, a child often accepts these conditions. In abusive cultures, this is especially expected of women from a young age. In hierarchical cultures, one of the driving factors is the need to feel significant and establish authority. Authority is often established by gaining respect or by intimidation and fear....

 

On the dark side, Shane was a gangster with a long career in crime and the prime suspect in the attempted murder of the prime minister in 2011. On the bright side, Tariq was a hero who won the silver medal in the super heavyweight boxing class at the Commonwealth Games. He was son of Yacoob Abdul Haqq, another boxing legend and nephew of one of the most important lawyers in the country. Despite these differences, both became poster boys for the terrorists of Islamic State (IS). Both may have been killed somewhere in Syria....

 

The three gray-bearded men, clad in traditional Afghan garb, were photographed attending a dance performance at the Chinese Embassy, where Chinese women performed acrobatic dances in skin-tight clothing. The act was part of a September 29 ceremony marking the anniversary of the formation of Communist China in 1949. As the photos of the event were revealed on September 30, the irony was not lost on many Afghan social-media users....

 

The court heard that he was an intelligent young man from Melbourne’s middle-class whose fast descent into extremism saw him seek out YouTube videos to inspire his beliefs. He told police that when he began studying at Swinburne University in 2011 his faith had been attacked as he was surrounded by drugs and alcohol. It was that and the subsequent death of a family member that drew him back to Islam....

An extreme Islamist group banned in more than a dozen countries is using children as young as 13 to peddle books supporting suicide bombing and jihad in Britain. Last night the Government’s new anti-extremism tsar Sara Khan told of her fears that the ‘Islamist extremists’ were recruiting children and students to help spread ‘supremacist ideology’. Terrorism experts also called on the Government to ban the group for ‘radicalising children’ and spreading the ideology of Islamic State ‘into the heart of England’...

 

In America, JI operatives have their own prominent institutions, which pose as representative bodies of American Muslims. These institutions and their officials have served as vocal supporters of JI in Pakistan and Bangladesh, helped coordinate protests against the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh, and organized lobbying and PR efforts in D.C. In fact, one of the JI war criminals tried in absentia in Bangladesh, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, fled to the U.S. and helped establish and lead one of these American JI organizations...

 

First, the palm trees that lined Malé’s streets disappeared, cut down to exorcise the evil spells that swelled their trunks and spilled into the island’s thick, tropical air. Then, the giant crocodile caged in the children’s park was dragged away for slaughter. The two-century-old coral mosque in the city was moved to make way for an ice-skating rink. Eggs and coconuts were found buried in cemeteries; chickens were decapitated....

 
Afghan Taliban Remain Tremendously Disruptive
S. Binodkumar Singh
Afghan Taliban Remain Tremendously Disruptive
S. Binodkumar Singh

On the other hand, expressing grave concern at the increasing activities of the Islamic State (IS, formerly, Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, also Daesh) militants in Afghanistan, on September 17, 2018, Vassily Nebenzia, Russian Ambassador to the UN observed during a meeting of the UN Security Council, "According to our information, the number of ISIL adherents may reach 10,000 individuals."...

 

The storming of the Grand Mosque in Makkah in 1979 and the Iranian Revolution which followed immediately are considered a coup against the cultural, social and political concepts of the region.  The two incidents were conducted by two poles, each of which represents an important party in the sectarian equation. After the storming of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, a glimpse of the Islamic uprising (Sahwah) started to appear in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and then in other Gulf countries....

 

A close and impartial reading shows that even when it is used in the context of war, which is often the case in the Medina era; it means nothing other than "virtuous conduct", precisely of the kind Ibn Khaldun speaks of as presiding over the type of war taking the same name.  The Prophet Mohammed never actually uses the word jihad to talk of military action led by Muslims, but instead uses "Ghazwa", meaning "expedition or campaign", and the conquests led for a good century after him are unanimously named "Maghazi", another word with the same root and the same meaning....

Jihad is the form of war that Muslims use to strive or struggle against bad habits. However, the Quran, just as the Bible, contains the clause “thou shall not kill” and expressly forbids the spilling of innocent blood. Terrorists commit acts of terror in the name of Jihad (Holy War) but this is contrary to the teachings of the Quran....

 

Indonesia’s pluralism has come under increasing threat. Local authorities, under pressure from Islamic extremists, forced hundreds of churches to close. While there have been few closures since Mr. Widodo took office, the Rev. Gomar Gultom, general secretary of Indonesia’s Communion of Churches, says “there has been no justice for old cases.” Authorities continue to misuse blasphemy laws....

'Groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, for example - who traditionally rally against what they perceive to be western human rights - increasingly and cynically use human rights to promote Islamist ideology,' Ms Khan said. 'They and their sympathisers weaponise Islamophobia in an attempt to shut down legitimate debate about Islamic extremism while undermining the general struggle against anti-Muslim hatred.'...

 

According to noted expert on Islamist terrorism Olivier Roy, “In the 1960s, in Western Europe we had a tradition of youth radicalization from the Marxist revolution. Suddenly around the 1990s, the dream of the Marxist revolution disappeared and al-Qaeda and ISIS filled the vacuum”. Similarly Ofri Ilani writes: “Individualism, hatred of the establishment and a cult of emotion activate the jihadists, just as they activated the anarchist assassins in the 19th century or the Red Brigades in the 1970s”....



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