Radical Islamism and Jihad
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
Malik M Ashraf
forbids armed groups and non-state entities to declare Jihad. According to
Islam it can only be declared by a legitimately chosen leader of the state.
Similarly rebellion against the state or taking up of arms against it is not
permitted by Islam. These Islamic injunctions and teachings must be relied upon
to develop a counter narrative against the ideology preached by the terrorists
and proponents of religious extremism. That job can best be done by the
religious scholars through the pulpit and the mosque.....
Iyad Ag Ghaly,
the long-time leader of Ansar Dine, heads the new joint venture. Ghaly, a
Malian Tuareg jihadist, explained why the merger was necessary in a video that
is more than seven minutes long. And he emphasized that his group is part of al
Qaeda’s international network. “On this blessed occasion, we renew our pledge
of allegiance [bayat] to our honourable emirs and sheikhs: Abu Musab Abdel
Wadoud, our beloved and wise sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri and…the emir of the
Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan Mullah Haibatullah, may Allah protect them and
support them,” ....
the US and its allies of eastern Syria in the post-Islamic State period is the
best way to prevent the possibility of the realization of Iran's aims, while
presenting Russia with a fait accompli. The indications are that the US
administration is thinking in these terms. If so, Iranian victory emerging from
the ruins of Syria and Iraq can be prevented. The post-Islamic State landscape
in Iraq and Syria is emerging. The contest for primacy within it is set to
bomber who failed to detonate himself at Sakhi Sarwar shrine in 2011, in an
interview, said that he had been originally recruited for jihad in Afghanistan
but diverted to South Punjab due to the shirk and Murda Parasti
(worshipping the dead) prevalent at the shrines. Intriguingly, he said that the
reason for this mission was the large number of Kafirs (infidels) that had to
be tackled. Such Pakistani Kafirs, he was told, were greater in number – even
more than America....
are missing is that the issue of the terrorist sanctuaries is not a new one and
has roots in the mistrust between the two countries. The Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan first shifted its sanctuaries to Afghan soil after the Swat operation
in 2011 and the second phase came after the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in
June 2014. The Afghan government acknowledges their presence, but clearly wants
to use the sanctuaries as a quid pro quo for an end to what it says is the
Taliban/Haqqani network presence in Pakistan....
stunning but terribly scarred and injured land has been suffering from a
concussion. It has been dizzy and disoriented. It can hardly walk. Still it
being Afghanistan, it has been walking anyway, against all odds!.....
ISIS in India?
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam
overreach which happened in this case actually helps no one. Going ballistic
over the ‘ISIS in India’ and coming to conclusions even before the
investigating agencies have started looking into the profile of alleged
terrorists only helps stoke negative fears about a section of Indian
population. More so when the same media houses have maintained a studied
silence on the alleged links of some members of Madhya Pradesh unit of BJP with
the ISI or the recent conviction of some members of the RSS in Ajmer blast
case. This hypocrisy only lends credence to the perception that the media is
biased and has an agenda which makes the Muslim community nervous.....
The main mosque
of the town was destroyed except for the battle-scarred minaret, still standing
and in possession of its crescent moon. Part of the pale green of the mosque’s
dome lay amid the grey rubble, loudspeakers still attached. “Isis do this –
destroy mosques and try to pretend it was us,” Mohammed said. Nearby, each
grave in a cemetery had been systematically destroyed for being too high, the
same reason Jihadi fighters in west Africa had used to justify the destruction
of the ancient tombs of Timbuktu....
militias have been kept out of the city to avoid sectarian killings, as have
the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. There is no curfew; policemen guard many street
corners, and the IS “sleeper cells” that some warn of seem to be soundly
asleep, if indeed they exist. ...
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
extremist movement in the Islamic history was laid down in the
Wahhabism-Salafism propounded by the Saudi scholar of the Najdi tribe, Ibn
Abdul Wahhab. Based on the puritanical Islamism, it emerged in the 18th century
Saudi Arabia and turned into the global jihadist movement inspiring the earlier
extremists of the Ikhwan al-Najdiyyun and the present-day jihadists of the ISIS
and the ilk….
The boys are
Yazidis from northern Iraq. In 2014, the world watched in horror as tens of
thousands of their people were trapped on Mount Sinjar in the searing heat
without food or water. At the same time, the teenagers Lovant and Sabbah were
being rounded up in their village by IS fighters. Most of the adult males were
taken away and murdered, while the boys were moved with their mothers to a
nearby city in northern Iraq, before being separated from their families
Sufis so far
have worked to peacefully introduce Sindh to the world. They have protected its
religious tolerance and interfaith harmony for centuries, but their own
shrines, places where Ayaz and Mehmood stand in the same row, are under attack
from terrorists. The suicide attack on
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine, which left 90 dead on February 16, and more than
250 people injured, is not the first incident that has left us aghast; the fact
is, Sindh has witnessed many big and small terrorist attacks in recent years.
intellectual and ideological training of Ikhwan Al-Najdiyyun was based on the
fanatic teachings of Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Abdul Wahhab al-Najdi. It is important
to study and analyze their ideas and practices in order to understand the
contemporary terrorism. The primary factor in the teachings of Ibn Abdul Wahab
was repugnance and exclusivity. His teachings encouraged religious intolerance
and peddled hatred against all those who did not follow the Najdi ideology. The
main violent teachings of Ibn Abdul Wahab and his radical thoughts and
reflections can be found in details in these books in Arabic: Tafseer Kalimah
Tauheed (التوحید کلمہ تفسیر), Risalah
Salaas Masail (مسائل رسالہ
ثلاث), Kashf Ash-Shubhaat (الشبہات کشف), Risalah
Talqeen Usool Al-Aqeedah Lil-Aammah (للعامہ العقیدہ اصول تلقین رسالہ),
Risalah Ma’na At-Taghut (الطاغوت اومعنی رسالہ),
Risalah Arb'a Qawaid Li Ad-Deen (للدین اربع
stands in marked contrast with the fanaticism, intolerance, bigotry and
militarism of the Taliban, their mentors and like-minded individuals – who, on
their part, look upon it as heretical. According to the Taliban ideology, ‘the
heretics’ deserve only one type of treatment: death. The militants regard
bombing the shrines and killing the pilgrims who visit these places as a religious
duty. Not surprisingly, several shrines in Pakistan have been soaked in blood
by the militants.
has survived through the ages, is it possible that it is part of human nature?
As children we were afraid of the ‘bully on the block’. When the local Badmash
terrified the neighbourhood, we wanted someone to do the same to him. We
relished the thought that others would live in fear of us. Maybe terrorism is
merely a more radical version of scaring, intimidating, petrifying or
frightening others. But then that is a subject for social scientists and psychologists....
Pakistani killers of the Islamic State (IS) slew 88 devotees and wounded
hundreds at the “Shia” mausoleum of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar at Sehwan Sharif in
Sindh recently, people thought it was an act of satanic cruelty. But IS knew
Sehwan as “Shia” and that the saint buried there was renamed Usman to avoid
being found out. The saint is revered by Muslims, Hindus, Ismailis and other
branches of Islam; all dance together to the Qalandar’s mesmerising songs. Did
the IS take itself out of the pale of Islam with this act?....
of Daesh’s footprint in the country began to appear in 2014, top officials of
the federal and Punjab governments dismissed the organisation’s presence in
Pakistan until recently. Daesh had established its bases in eastern
Afghanistan’s bordering areas with Pakistan in 2014 and, soon afterwards, had
penetrated into South Waziristan. Daesh’s sanctuaries, training camps and
financial resources in Afghanistan have infused a new life into Pakistan’s
outlawed militant sectarian groups....
The question is
whether history will repeat itself. Given past experience, it is very likely
that it will. Hence, another question: Why this flurry of action now? One
reason can be fear of the Trump Administration which is determined to stamp out
the Islamic State and Islamist terrorism, and may not have much patience with
Pakistan’s patronage of the JeM and JuD. This pressure from FATF, and genuine
alarm at the recent surge of terrorism inside Pakistan, may well have led to
these measures and the launch of Radd-ul-Fasaad...
Now, Saeed is
back in detention again — because no less than Khawaja Asif, Pakistan’s Defence
Minister, said at a conference in Germany last month, that he could “pose a
serious threat to society”. No one knows what that threat is, though, because
no criminal charges have been brought. There has been no explanation, either,
of why Pakistan is holding Saeed, other than that it is in national
Paul R. Pillar
Of course ISIS
is a horrible group, and everyone not in it agrees that the world will be
better off without it. But before U.S. forces take up any larger share of the
burden of fighting it, three realities ought to be carefully considered....
Z Fareen Parvez
Wahhabis follow one of the main Sunni orthodox schools of law, Salafis tend to
think through legal questions independently. So equating the two is a mistake.
For some Salafists, labeling them as Wahhabi is a way to dismiss their faith or
even insult them. Identifying with Salafism does not mean one supports the
politics of the Saudi state....
puritanical, one-size-fits-all brand of Islam hasn’t found much resonance in
India. Given the syncretic nature of Indian Islam, it is extremely difficult
for groups such as the IS to become popular among Muslims, as it did in parts
of Iraq and Syria. But lone- wolf attacks, inspired by the IS world view and
tactics, could pose security risks. The IS is not recruiting people through
local communities as in the case of other terror organisations or, as in
Pakistan and Afghanistan, through madrasas....
traditions reflect a vastly underreported quality about Islamic traditions in
general. While some revivalist Muslim movements such as the Wahhabis and other
Salafis see only one way of observing Islam, there are others who embrace its
diversity. Many Muslims proudly defend Sufi customs such as shrine devotions
because they are so integral to Muslim and non-Muslim communities....
Mumtaz Qadri feted him as a hero at his tomb on Monday, the start of a
three-day festival marking the anniversary of his hanging+ on February 29,
2016. Qadri assassinated liberal Punjab governor Salman Taseer in 2011, angered
by the politician's reformist stance on Pakistan's controversial blasphemy
laws. The state's decision to execute him provoked uproar among Islamists....