Radical Islamism and Jihad
counter-terrorism policy pays little notice to converts and focuses on
preventing extremism among immigrants—such as Donald Trump’s travel ban—or
within established Muslim communities, like parts of Britain’s “Prevent”
strategy. That may be short-sighted, and even counterproductive, argues Mr
Neumann. Links to mainstream Islamic institutions could dissuade converts from
falling into radicalism—and prevent its deadly consequences....
On one hand,
it’s a distillation of his larger rhetorical project, capturing the confused
and painful textures of contemporary Muslim experience that can lead to the
embrace of Islamism: an initial lack of familiarity with religion; local
grievance spun into a narrative of global victimization; a tribal relation to
other Muslims beyond racial and ethnic categorization; the illusion of
empowerment through threat of violence. ...
It is brutal
and indiscriminate in its violence, and its position on women’s rights has
rightly been condemned by the international community. But these are not good
arguments for perpetuating conflict in one of the world’s poorest countries.
That would not only be a disservice to the Afghan people, but would also
probably be unsupportable among the American people. We have a president who
believes in the art of a deal. We should negotiate a hard bargain with the Taliban.....
Prof D Suba Chandran
From Sehwan in
Sindh to Baba Ghulam Shah in Rajouri to Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan, our strength
remains in the Sufi nature of our society. Perhaps, the IS and other militants
understand the strength of Sufism, hence they are targeting it in the recent
years. From Data Darbar to Lal Shabaz Qalandar, our enemy seems to be aware of
our strength. Do we?....
S. Mubashir Noor
in their blinkered zeal to distort Islamic history to one of pacifism, have
been grossly negligent in not calling out ISIS and Al-Qaeda for breaching the
faith's strict code of warfare which is writ large in both the Quran and the
Sunnah. The treatment of prisoners of war, non-Muslim civilians and women and
children is elaborately codified in Islamic doctrines, and transgressing them
is tantamount to reneging one's faith in the Holy Book and Prophet.....
fortunes decline, some militants may try to switch allegiance to other groups.
In Syria, these include the former al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh al Sham. But
there's a long history of bad blood between the two groups, which had a bitter
and public falling out three years ago. Few in the ISIS hierarchy would
contemplate such a move. In Iraq, there are precious few alternatives for ISIS
militants because the group has systematically attacked rivals in the region.
Even so, ISIS' decline is an opportunity for al Qaeda in Iraq, Syria and
for a moment, then, that Islam is especially predisposed towards violence. If
that’s your view, then you’ll need to show why the history of Jihadi terrorism
is so very short: this is emphatically a late 20th and early 21st century
phenomenon, yet Islam has been around since the seventh century. What about its
wars of conquest? Well they definitely happened, but not in a way that marks
Islam out from other cultures. The subsequent wave of imperial expansionism
came via the sky-worshipping Mongols, before they settled down to become
Muslims. Not only that, the dominant (often genocidal) military powers since
the 17th century have been Christian – and they frequently regarded themselves
as having a religious mission....
remains that it is all being done in the name of Islam, with Allah u Akbar now
being widely known as a war cry before a heinous act rather than a simple
statement praising the Almighty. Every single day there are gory details about
crimes committed in the name of Islam. Women and young girls of other faiths
are abducted, raped, converted, married off to multiple men. Where does the
Quran preach all this? Why have we allowed certain elements to bring down our
beautiful religion to such a horrid state?.....
There is enough
evidence to conclude that the JMB is in league with the so-called Islamic
State, which is a transnational terrorist group, mainly based in war-torn Syria
and Iraq. By now the ISIS has spread its tentacles in all the continents.
Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British terrorist who on March 22 killed several
people in London and was killed by police, is widely believed to be an ISIS
recruit. Unlike Bangladeshi politicians and law-enforcers, their British
counterparts didn't challenge the ISIS claim.....
Lone wolf is an
imprecise term. It means generally the attack was carried out by a single
person, but very few terrorists who later earn the lone wolf label have really
been radicalised entirely on their own or undertaken their activities without
any help. But they are the opposite end of the spectrum from al-Qaida’s epochal
September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, which were preceded by elaborate planning
and co-ordination. So they are very hard to stop....
told the car hire firm something else — he called the company to say he was
likely to cancel the hire. Perhaps one day we will know whether this was just
another deceit, or whether, at the back of his mind, a middle-aged father was
having second thoughts. But for now, we have only the knowledge that on a fine
spring day, a quiet neighbour with a petty criminal past and some previous
involvement in violent extremism, decided to drive to Britain's capital and
that involve detailed planning, numerous accomplices and the acquisition of
guns or explosives offer plenty of opportunities for intelligence agencies to
thwart them. But the kind of attack that Islamic State (IS) has become known
for in the West is much cruder. Even if an individual is known to the
authorities as an extremist who might one day pose a threat, he may slip off
Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi
presence of other political Islam groups such as Sururism and Qutbism is on the
rise. These groups reflect an integration between Salafism and the Brotherhood
in some Arab, Islamic and even western countries. After ISIS’ gradual
weakening, other organizations with different names will emerge to play the
same hideous terrorist role. This is what will happen unless the causes of
religious extremism are uprooted.....
Syed Ata Hasnain
large minority Muslim community may appear to be cannon fodder for Daesh’s
ambitions, but some deft intelligence work by our agencies has largely
prevented this. The storm, however, has not yet passed and there is every
feasibility of more attempts. The events at the Kabul hospital and Lal Shahbaz
Qalandar shrine claimed by Daesh were in all probability diversions, and yet an
indication of its global reach....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
bodies of political activists and suspected separatists have been found in the
restive Balochistan province over the past six years, according to the Pakistan
Government's official figures. A media report noted, "According to the
Federal Ministry of Human Rights, at least 936 dead bodies have been found in
Balochistan since 2011." Most of the bodies were dumped in the regions of
Quetta, Kalat, Khuzdar and Mekran - areas where Balochistan's separatist
insurgency has its roots. ...
Adnan Abu Amer
The release of
the policy document after various capitals, among them Cairo and Amman, slammed
the door in the movement’s face is perhaps not coincidental. It would also not
be unreasonable to suggest that 30 years after the movement's inception, Hamas
simply recognizes that new positions and policies are required to address
political and economic developments and current regional tensions and ties.....
Raashid Wali Janjua
like Somalia and Pakistan, the impoverished segment of the population depends
upon religious seminaries or madrasas for the education of their children. In
these seminaries, the children are educated in theological subjects and are
heavily indoctrinated in the extremist version of religion. According to Karin
von Hippel, an amount of $1 billion has annually been spent on such madrasas,
out of which 75 percent of the contribution comes from abroad, mostly from
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
It is obvious
that Islam is in ferment, uneasy with itself.
The discomfort comes from its spread beyond the shores of the original
land where it took birth and shape. Faiths adapt to situations and to people,
settling into comfort positions, especially if there is no ecclesiastical
authority to force issues as per a single order. Islam’s spread was rapid and
its adaptation to regional and local environment gave it acceptance. There was
also confrontation, as there inevitably is when a faith attempts to expand its
scope and ambit of reach....
the impending combat threatens to be circuitous and uncertain - involving, as
it will, fighting among civilians in the narrow streets and alleyways of the
Old City - Abadi's confidence about the final outcome appears to be warranted.
But what will be the broader repercussions of Mosul's liberation for the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS)?...
Six years to
the day since protesters poured into the streets of Daraa, Damascus and Aleppo
in a "day of rage" against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad,
Syria's uprising turned global war is far from over. Six years of violence have
killed close to half a million people, according to the Syrian Centre for
Policy Research, displaced half of the country's pre-war population, allowed
the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) to seize
huge swaths of territory, and created the worst humanitarian crisis in recent
India has been
more or less lucky to be safe in the last few years despite being high on the
hate list of terror groups. These outfits have their focus elsewhere at the
moment. Syria, the US and Europe are their priority. No doubt, our security
agencies have put in a lot of visible and invisible effort in neutralising
their local variants like Indian Mujahedeen and Al Qaeda in Indian
The Ulema need
to stand united in dealing with extremism; they must forget their differences
and fight for the Muslims who are suffering at the hands of these few thousand
miscreants who are misusing Islam for their own misdeeds. They can build an
alternative, the narrative of peace and love; and when the people will no
longer be misguided they will not fall in the hands of terrorists nor pay heed
to their words....
one to have their own unique spiritual experience, in its true essence it never
judges; I’ve experienced chants by Hindus at Ajmer Sharif who cried ‘Gharib
Nawaz Ki Jai Ho’ in ecstasy and it was as powerful as any other statement
of allegiance. One doesn’t become a Sufi just by listening to Coke Studio; it
is rather a way of life and a submission to divine power that brings peace to
terrorism began in the 1980s under conditions where the coercer was the weaker
actor and the target the stronger. From Hezbollah, Hamas, the Tamil Tigers and
Chechnyan rebel groups to Al Qaeda and the militant Islamic State group, the
rhetoric of major suicide terrorist groups reflects the logic of coercive
punishment. This technique’s purpose is to inflict punishment and provoke
forces fear Isis will revert to Al-Qaeda's strategy of guerrilla or
"asymmetric" warfare, including bomb attacks. Clever for the fact
that attacks can occur anywhere at any time. "Islamic State is a global
insurgency. It may well be they will never be as powerful or enjoy the presence
they currently have, but it will be a very long time before this group is