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Radical Islamism and Jihad

The threat the Zionist state faces does not come from the ineffectual Qassam rockets fired from Gaza, but from the expectation that the occupied West Bank will declare itself an independent state at the opening session of the General Assembly in September. It is widely expected that the Palestinian state will be recognised by a large number of the international community. Although this largely symbolic act will do little to reduce the oppressive weight of the illegal occupation, it will place Israel in the embarrassing position of holding and colonising a member of the United Nations. There are voices in Israel warning of the danger from this move. While Prime Minister Netanyahu is aware of the implications of this Palestinian step, he is unwilling to move towards serious negotiations. The basic demand that Israel cease settlement-building on occupied territory remains unacceptable to Tel Aviv. And the Obama administration continues to be reluctant to use its leverage to persuade the Israeli government to enter meaningful talks. -- Irfan Husain

The faith of a shrine visitor is as strong as the conviction of a suicide bomber who blasts to teach ‘deviants’ a lesson for their ‘heretic’ activities. After all, conviction eliminates fear and makes one stronger. If you kill others to spread your dogma, many would be ready to die to practice their faith as well. So, what do the extremists gain by spilling blood of innocent people? They might be under the illusion that they are winning the war but in reality they are the losers in this world and hereafter. There is a need to understand that calling each other ‘kafir’ and punishing for heresy is not an Islamic concept which cannot be corroborated from Shariah and early Islamic history. Islam accords much importance to the virtue of tolerance. Regarding the issue of faith, Islam ordains ‘there is no compulsion in religion’ (2:256). And the best attitude in this regard should be of ‘for you your religion and for me mine’ (109:6). It also prescribes that ‘Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better’ (16:125). Obviously, it is education which stimulates our wisdom; therefore Islam ordains every man and woman to get education in any circumstances. But unfortunately, extremists are inclined to aggression than to education. They dislike the idea of toiling in the way of intellectual Jihad and find it convenient to kill those who disagree. Perhaps killing a soul who disagrees with you is much easier than to convince him to a specific point. -- Nazia Nazar

Islamic polity contextualises the leader to embody both political and moral authority, since the Muslim world needs guidance by capable leaders. The emphasis on the revival of the caliphate by Islamists is related to this discourse, as well as the explanation of the unflinching obedience to ‘amirs’ or ‘sheikhs’ such as Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden. F. Zakariyya, an Egyptian scholar, suggests that contemporary religious movements as a whole deviate from creating critical consciousness in their followers by a tunnel-vision obedience to a leader or doctrine, without giving critical attention to mundane socio-economic and political contexts. Since these doctrines offer sanctuary “from the anxieties, barrenness and meaninglessness of an individual existence”, they remove themselves simultaneously from the realities of these problems.”-- M. Zaidi

The ugly face of religious intolerance showed its true colours once again on Sunday in a small town near Dera Ghazi Khan. The shrine of the 13th century Sufi Saint Syed Ahmad Sakhi Sarwar was hosting its 942nd Urs-cum-spring festivities when two suicide bombers detonated themselves outside the shrine. Hundreds of devotees were gathered at the shrine to pay their respects when the first suicide blast took place outside the gate. Pandemonium ensued and some 20 minutes later another bomber ripped through the remaining human chaos to cause a maximum amount of damage. It is now being reported that two more bombers were set to explode themselves to cause even more havoc but they were arrested before a further bloodbath could ensue. The total death toll has reached a devastating 50 while more than 100 people have been injured, many of them critically. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility, which comes as no surprise as almost all the terror attacks carried out in Pakistan can be attributed to them.  Once again, our society has suffered a terror so deadly it does not recognise humanity nor does it refrain from targeting innocent men, women and children to spread mayhem and tragedy. This attack is the sixth major attack on shrines since 2007 in an attempt to frighten away the followers of the overriding faith that exists in the subcontinent — that of Sufi mysticism and participation in the culture of the shrine. It is this culture that is considered shirk by the fundamentalist militants who preach a radical and bloody streak of Wahabi Islam. Previously this was thought of as a battle between the Wahabi militants who have infiltrated the region with their imported brand of jihadi Islam and the Barelvi sect that goes to shrines and believes in saints. -- Daily Times, Editorial


Today Afghanistan provides 93 per cent of world poppy and its half of GDP is earned through drug trade. Drugs, militant tribal traditions, resentment against foreign occupations, poor governance and breakdown of traditional tribal system rugged terrain border sanctuaries - cumulatively provide an ideal incubation environment for these terrorist groups. These vulnerable youth are inspired by religious idealism, though they may belong to different groups or organisations, Taliban, al-Qaeda, various sectarian outfits, or religious groups. While they are used as vanguard for terrorist and suicidal attacks they are not only perpetrators of this crime but also in the end become its very victims. Most of the families lose their youth to the terrorist groups. They leave their parents in agony due to poverty and lack of educational prospects as means of livelihood are not available. Many of their parents languish for years pining for them and some never see them alive as they disappear never to return; those who do are physically disabled, emotionally traumatized and turn misfits in society. -- Dr. Maqsudul Hasan Nuri

The new Pakistani nationalist is an ever increasingly more complex and sophisticated creature. The sacrifices of brave Pakistanis like Bhatti are helping transform what it means to be a good, proud and patriotic Pakistani. The pile of bodies that is accumulating owing to lawlessness and hatred in Pakistan is rightly a source of anger and bitterness among Pakistanis who are tired of this parade of violence. Yet, because of the pressures that greater transparency, a wider dissemination of information and a smaller, more intimate world impose, that pile of bodies is changing Pakistan. Slowly, but surely, it is shifting power away from dark and invisible sources of defining what makes a good Pakistani. Instead, the power to define things is changing, opening up, and democratising. The days of a free ride for self-appointed guardians of the national interest being the sole definers of nationalist virtue are over. No better case can be made for this slow but unstoppable glacier of transparency and accountability than the Raymond Davis case. Davis was among hundreds of American soldiers and mercenaries deployed to Pakistan to conduct a covert war against violent extremists. These covert warriors are not in Pakistan without the consent of the highest powers in the country (primarily military, but also civilian). Not everybody in the ISI is necessarily proud of having to facilitate this covert war, but working with the US intel community is the official Pakistani policy. -- Mosharraf Zaidi


Talibanization was readily accepted in FATA, some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP) and Pashtun belt of Balochistan since Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar were seen as heroes. The people from northwestern tribal belt suffering from acute poverty and illiteracy, despised British-made Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) and political agent system; and pro-rich system of justice practiced in Pakistan. Having seen that Sharia in Afghanistan had helped in controlling most vices including drug culture and speedy justice, they started vying for similar Islamic laws in FATA. Other reason was anti-Americanism, which was duly cashed in by Mutahida Majlis Ammal (MMA), a conglomeration of six religious parties formed in 2001. Anti-American factor together with absence of leadership of two mainstream parties helped MMA in achieving impressive results in 2002 general elections held under the auspices of Gen Musharraf military regime. The MMA besides winning good number of seats in the centre managed to form coalition governments in KP and Balochistan. During its five year rule in the two provinces, the MMA looked the other way to surreptitious activities of militants and indirectly helped them in consolidating power in Malakand Division including Swat and all the seven agencies of FATA and neighbouring settled areas of KP. Weak central government remained more concerned with witch hunting of PML-N and PPP politicians to block return of exiled leaders. Moreover, MMA played a key role in allowing second term in office to Gen Musharraf through an act of parliament in 2004. -- Brig (R) Asif Haroon Raja


The quieter emotions were those attached to expressions of grief. Melvin Bledsoe faces life with the knowledge that after his son converted to Islam he became radicalised and travelled to Yemen. There is little doubt the young adult’s path toward radicalisation began on American soil. Returning to the US bent on committing an act of extreme violence, he now faces capital murder charges for allegedly killing one military recruiter and wounding another in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2009. Carlos Bledsoe is a threat to society not because he is a Muslim, but because he became a radicalised Muslim. Mr Bledsoe issues a warning: “Our children are in danger.” Abdirizak Bihi testified on behalf of the family of his nephew, a radicalised youth who took off for Somalia with a few friends to pick up the cause of jihad. Life played out on a glorious personal stage is fine. We just will not allow the stage to be set for sedition in the US — not for native born, not for immigrant.

My own request to American Muslims in light of the hearing has been simple enough. This abbreviated hearing is an ember. Muslims harm themselves by adding the wood to create a bonfire. Month after month and year after year since 9/11 our Congressional leadership has considered a plethora of issues related to national security: training for first responders, port security, coordination of government and private sector industry against cyber attack, biological and chemical security, etc. This is government at work. This is work on behalf of the nation. It also includes work on behalf of American Muslims. -- Swofford



Radicalization and the sectarian divide in Pakistan and Afghanistan have become hot topics of debate in the intellectual circles of Europe and South Asia. Unfortunately, violent extremism and radicalization have taken deep roots in Pakistan due to a mistaken set of views about the true message of Islam. Poverty and lack of freedom of expression are the factors responsible for the growing number of radicals. Politicization of religion, the influence of Arab religious culture in society, and the institutionalization of sectarianism, which causes unrest, have developed into a new form of terrorism. Pakistan has entered the wrong process of socio-political transformation. -- Musa Khan Jalalzai

The question of religion in Pakistan is too important and too volatile to be left in the hands of semi-literate ‘clerics’ but it is too dangerous for individuals such as Ghamidi and the late Mr Muhammad Farooq Khan (the liberal Islamic intellectual brutally murdered last year) to work alone It has now become clear that what the Iranian intellectual Abdol Karim Soroush had remarked is becoming a reality. A society which lacks religious intellectuals who can freely and unashamedly be critical in the public sphere and call to task fundamentalists and conservatives will inevitably decline into a form of tribalism with a veneer of religious piety.  It has now become clear that what the Iranian intellectual Abdol Karim Soroush had remarked is becoming a reality. A society which lacks religious intellectuals who can freely and unashamedly be critical in the public sphere and call to task fundamentalists and conservatives will inevitably decline into a form of tribalism with a veneer of religious piety. What has come to be in Pakistan is the full evolution and logical conclusion of the new generation of fundamentalism. -- Ahmad Ali Khalid

During the last century, VVIPs in Pakistan were more interested in protocol than security. Over time, therefore, security managers developed a casual attitude and VVIP security assumed a ceremonial role, with the managers of security putting their energies either into the physical appearance of their personnel or into the show of weapons. In the rapidly changing scenario after 9/11, attempts were made in Pakistan on various VVIPs’ and VIPs’ lives. These incidents compelled the managers of security to update procedures regarding the formation of motorcades, expand the security network, recruit young blood, focus on training and revise procedures. As a result, a thin delineation can be seen between protocol and security. Tremendous improvement has been made in the areas of personnel and training in the past few years. -- Mohammad Ali Babakhel

...if it weren't for nuclear weapons, Pakistan would be the Congo...

US State Department note published by Wikileaks

For far too long, Western powers – vigorously led by the US – have been party to a comprehensive cover-up, a pretence that has sought to minimize Pakistan’s role in the active sponsorship and export of terrorism, and an effort to distract international attention from the country’s failing institutions, to emphasise, instead, its acts of purported ‘cooperation’ with global counter-terrorism efforts.

This farce, and elements of the international community’s real appraisal of Pakistan and the many players in the country, lay fully exposed with the Wikileaks disclosure of US diplomatic correspondence and confidential assessments in 2010. These have fully confirmed the continuing complicity of the Pakistani establishment in terrorism in the South Asian region and beyond; the corruption and mendacity of its various institutions of Government; the country’s hurtling trajectory towards state failure; and the inescapable truth of the realities SAIR has repeatedly emphasized in the past. -- Ajai Sahni and Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Tahira Abdullah, 57, Pakistan’s most vocal human rights activist, isn’t one to be silenced easily. Her fragile appearance packs in a lot of firepower. Abdullah’s was one of the most strident voices against the government at the just-concluded Karachi Literature Festival. And she was one of a handful of speakers to take an unequivocal stand against growing extremism in Pakistan. “The mullahs are on the rampage,” Abdullah said to this correspondent on the sidelines of the lit fest. “There are very few people who are speaking up against the blasphemy law in public,” “The mullahs are on the rampage,” Abdullah said to this correspondent on the sidelines of the lit fest. “There are very few people who are speaking up against the blasphemy law in public,”--- Neha Tara Mehta

Fury at law enforcement officers: thousands of Coptic Christians vented their anger on the streets of Omraniya after riot police used force to halt the construction of a building being constructed by the Coptic Church in their district

The cathedral in Cairo is full to bursting as the head of the Coptic Church, Pope Shenouda III, celebrates Christmas Mass. Some 3,000 invited guests are in attendance, including prominent Muslims such as Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, the sons of the Egyptian president, as well as ministers and actors. Even the controversial television preacher Amr Khaled is there. Tonight is supposed to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus, but this is not a happy time for members of the Coptic Church.

Since the New Year's Day attack in the al-Qiddisin (Two Saints) Church in Alexandria, in which 23 people died and more than 100 were injured, the Copts have been in no mood to celebrate. The bombing was not entirely unexpected: in October, al-Qaida in Iraq had announced that it was planning to attack Coptic churches in Egypt.

The announcement was made in response to reports that the Church had hidden two Coptic women in order to prevent them from converting to Islam. Islamist groups in Egypt organised demonstrations in response to the news, and al-Qaeda used the story to justify attacks on Christians in Iraq. -- Amira El Ahl

Photo: Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has repeatedly been accused by the Coptic minority of failing to do enough to protect them


When it comes to religion, there is confusion in people’s minds in Pakistan. This confusion has been building up over the years, particularly since America, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and their allies took up cudgels against the Communist threat in Afghanistan and injected religion into the Afghans’ war of liberation against the Soviet invasion. Calling it a ‘jihad’ or a holy war enabled them to draw in Muslim fighters from around the world. The late Eqbal Ahmad warned against this long before the horrific events of 9/11 and US President Bush’s immature response sent the world into a downward spiral of violence, especially Pakistan, the frontline state in America’s war first against the Communists and then against extremist Islam, 0f course, Pakistan's leadership is equally culpable not only for accepting this narrative that has been adopted by most Pakistani regimes – military, those propped up by the military, and those dependent on the military for their survival. Even before this narrative gained dominance, Pakistani rulers had developed their own security paradigm, based on a siege mentality seeing themselves encircled by hostile powers. This mentality is evident in the long-running anti-India narrative and the myth of ‘strategic depth’ that Afghanistan that Pakistan’s security establishment has propagated and clung to. --Beena Sarwar

We reject our own culture but adopt a half-baked understanding of Arabian culture as our own. No wonder a Pakistani continues to smile and keep quiet about the insults he constantly faces in various oil-rich countries, but he would make a huge hue and cry if and when he faces the same in a European or American city. After all, we are Arabs, and so what if our Arabic is not up to the mark, we’re getting there. But unfortunately, that’s all we’re getting at.

I pity myself and my nation. Each one is now a serious causality of all the brazen experiments that have taken place on us by those who wanted to impose their own concept of Islam in our Governments, schools, streets and homes. So the next time you meet a hip, young Pakistani dude quoting a religious text, or a Pakistani who stops you from jogging at a park because he wants you to join him for prayers (you can’t ask him to join you for jogging, though), or a burqa-clad woman claiming she is a better woman than the one who does not wear a burqa, or watch a cooking show host talking more about god than the biryani she is cooking, or a bearded barber advising you not to shave, just forgive them all.

Treat us as causalities of the faith which we ourselves have distorted beyond recognition. A faith that was supposed to make us a vibrant, progressive and tolerant set of people, has, instead, and due to our own warped understanding of it, turned us into a horde of very ripe looking vegetables. -- Nadeem F Paracha

I can't help but roll my eyes when I'm informed I must keep a guard with me at all times now. After my father, Salmaan Taseer, was assassinated by his own security guard on 4 January – my brother Shehryar's 25th birthday – does it even matter? If the governor of Pakistan's largest province can be shot dead by a policeman assigned to protect him in broad daylight in a market in the federal capital, Islamabad, is anyone really safe?

It was after lunch that I started receiving one message after another from friends inquiring about my father. I rang him. No answer. I called his chauffeur in Islamabad. He was wailing and incoherent. I told him to calm down and tell me everything. The governor had been about to step into the car after lunch at his favourite local cafe, he said. He had been shot in the back. There was a lot of blood, he said. I told him everything would be fine: my father was a fighter and he would make it.

According to the post-mortem report I read, they recovered 27 bullets from his body, which means the gunman actually reloaded his weapon so nothing would be left to chance. Each one of my father's vital organs was punctured by the hail of bullets, except his heart and larynx – his mighty, compassionate heart and his husky, sensible voice.

The assassin, Mumtaz Qadri, had reportedly asked others in the governor's temporary security detail to take him alive. Almost a dozen, including security personnel, are now under arrest. Speaking to camera crews the same day from jail, 26-year-old Qadri said he had killed my father because he had criticised the country's draconian and often misused blasphemy laws. It seems that Qadri was also inspired by the rally against my father on 31 December, at which rabid protesters demanded his blood. Yet no arrests were made over this brazen incitement to murder--- Shehrbano Taseer


I refuse to live in fear, says Salmaan Taseer's daughter

Published On: January 10, 2011 | Duration: 17 min, 36 sec



The processes of de-radicalization initiated by the Sheikh Hasina Government after it came to power on January 6, 2009, have been further and considerably consolidated through 2010, with Dhaka successfully reining in the Islamist extremist constituency in the country, even as it continued to ruthlessly target an incipient radical Left Wing movement.

Interestingly, the country’s extremist Islamist image has been turned around with relatively little bloodshed, even as Left Wing Extremists (LWE), whose activities are little in evidence, continue to be killed in much larger numbers. According to the partial data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), the country witnessed a total of 56 fatalities, including 48 militants, four civilians and three Security Force (SF) personnel in 2010, in 49 incidents of killing, as compared to 87 fatalities, including 81 militants and six civilians, in 68 incidents of killing in 2009. Also, while 2009 had witnessed two major incidents (involving three or more fatalities), the year 2010 witnessed a single major incident.-- Anshuman Behera, Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Recent killings and arrests of Jordanian jihadis highlight their active role in the Al Qaeda terror network, A prominent Jordanian-Palestinian militant recently killed in Afghanistan was a medical school dropout, who joined Al Qaeda after his heart was broken in an failed love affair, his friends and a counterterrorism official said on Wednesday. Haitham Mohammed al-Khayat, 26, better known in extremist circles as Abu Kandahar al-Zarqawi, was an administrator of the online jihadi forum, Al Hesbah, according to Islamist militant websites. The sites announced that he was killed by US forces on Friday. He was among eight Jordanians killed or arrested in the militant hotbeds of Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen over recent weeks...

Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, also known as Abu Dujana al-Khurasani, was a triple agent, recruited by Jordanian intelligence to provide information to the CIA on Al Qaeda’s number 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, who turned on his handlers. Al-Khayat knew al-Balawi from their hometown of Zarqa, the birthplace of slain Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the counterterrorism official said. -- Jamal Halaby


Words cannot describe the sadness and horror so many Muslims felt this weekend – a weekend when they, like other Americans, gathered with their families to give thanks – when they heard the news that a 19 year-old Muslim from Oregon tried to detonate a van filled with explosives among a crowd of innocent Americans celebrating the holidays. This event comes on the heels of another video recording by the extremist terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki encouraging the killing of Americans.

As an American Muslim educator, who has been actively working against violent extremism in the Muslim community for the past 7 years, I am thankful that it was someone from the Muslim community who initially alerted law enforcement to this individual when they saw signs of concern. This follows an excellent pattern of cooperation between Muslim congregations in the US and law enforcement officials wherein at least one-third of potential incidents were averted through active Muslim vigilance and self-patrol.

At the same time, this incident demonstrates that we have more work to do in the Muslim community to root out the attraction to the violent extremist ideology among some Muslims. Although, it would be impossible to root it out 100%, I believe we have to do more both locally and in the online world to destroy the roots of this disease of extremist radicalism. With this audio – and its written transcript – I hope to encourage other Muslim intellectuals, callers and scholars to take a stronger online presence to counteract those whom we have no access to in our local communities.

In this targeted audio, I wish to address those young Muslims out there who are either sympathizers or supporters of radical extremist Muslim figures. Of course, such individuals would disagree with this characterization and instead imagine these people to somehow be freedom fighters or courageous heroes who stand up to the oppressors of today. I fully intend to show you that you are wrong in this belief.

Firstly, Ibn Taymiyyah has correctly said, “One of the fundamental principles of Islam is to bring benefit (maslahah) to society, or at least to increase it if it cannot be complete – and to reduce harm to the greatest degree possible.”-- Ali Shehata

Photo: Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He is a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and a student at Oregon State University, according to the FBI

A long, persistent and obsessive involvement of the military in the civil affairs of the people creates resentment.  The soldiers on duty humiliate the people at each check post. Imagine how one might feel when he is checked forty times within 40 miles in your own country; and to add to it, deemed a terrorist. Furthermore, the people are forced to work on the roads and bridges for which the military and public administration gets plenty of money. I myself was rebuked by rude soldiers who do not belong to my valley. Swat was once a paradise; but now living in hell hardly equals living in Swat.

I discern a strong resentment in Swat. I fear a replica of East Pakistan here. I fear one day the people will rise against the corruption, mishandling, humiliation, forced labour and pressure for land acquisition in Swat. Consequently, many Swatis will be maimed and killed for reasons such as ‘treason’ and ‘treacheries’. There will be more militancy based on religion; and on liberation. -- Zubair Torwali


There is a misconception, say Karachi police officials, that Pakistan's Wahhabi revolution is being funded by Saudi Arabia and Arab countries. Pakistan's Deobandi seminaries are more or less financially dependent on local resources, much which come from private donors and businesses within the country, content intelligence officials.

Despite several efforts to trace the funding of Deobandi seminaries in Pakistan, the government has been unsuccessful. For one, many of the Sunni extremist parties were initially funded by the country's own intelligence agencies. “That is where the seed money came from,“ comments Amir Mir, in his book The True face of Jihadis. -- Imtiaz Ahmad

Assessments about the extent of Islamisation within the army vary. Conservative estimates indicate sympathy for Islamic radicals among 15-20 per cent of Army Other Ranks and officers who have come up from junior commissioned ranks. Islamisation of officers, JCOs during the Zia years (1977-88) did adversely affect professionalism in the army but a screening or weeding out of such indoctrinated elements has been discreetly and progressively undertaken by all subsequent army chiefs as a necessary self-preservation corrective, to maintain and improve the army’s professionalism. -- R Banerji

Hizbut Tehrir is an organisation that believes in the implementation of the caliphate all over the world. About its interest in working in Pakistan, HT declares on its website, “We do not plan on establishing the khilafat [caliphate] in a weak or small country. We believe the starting point should be in a country that should have certain prerequisites and that includes the ability to sustain itself militarily, based on Ghalaba-tuz-Zan (most probably). One should also understand that for any country to exist, it is not necessary that it should be stronger than all the countries; rather it should be sufficiently strong so that the superpower cannot immediately annihilate it. Pakistan, with its missile capability and strong professional army, is not a soft target. The US knows that Pakistan is capable of retaliating and hurting it more than it is willing to sacrifice. CENTCOM in Doha is within the reach of Pakistani missiles and the Pakistan Air Force. Similarly, the US Army in Afghanistan is virtually surviving on the supplies of petrol and food coming from Pakistan. One should also remember that it took the US a full year of military build up before they could go into Iraq. The Pakistani army is capable of sending more body bags to the US than they could ever imagine. Also, currently, the US army is stretched thin and they cannot recruit people to fight insurgencies let alone a full-fledged war with a nuclear state.” -- Gulmina Bilal Ahmad


For researchers interested in keeping track of the trends and patterns pertaining to radicalisation, Talibanisation and the concomitant problems of violence and terrorism in Pakistan, the reports published by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), Islamabad, are invaluable source material. The September 2010 issue of its quarterly journal, Conflict and Peace Studies, includes among other items a sophisticated survey of the perceptions of educated youth towards radicalisation....

It is heartening to note that nearly 80 percent of respondents were opposed to the Taliban, and an even greater majority considered suicide bombing prohibited in Islam. Processes of higher education generally do produce enough good sense and awareness not to succumb to extremist ideas, but exceptions are always there. On the whole, higher education means that the chances of having a good life and a good income improve and thus also the value of life. -- Ishtiaq Ahmed

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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • A correction. I am not a hypocrite who can respect anything that is the anti-thesis of Islam.  However, when it comes to people, i ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • A correction. I am not a hypocrite who can respect anything that is the anti-thesis of Islam.  However, when it comes to people, i ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • GM sb,You can quadruple your efforts. Do you find me saying anything different?I disagree on your last two paras. The less you talk about ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • "Forced belief is not sincere belief. As we have already seen in the above passages that Islamic faith is not related to outward physical ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • Good. So, you also reject Ibn-Arabi, Shah Wali ullah and all other scholars who either take a differnt view or equivocate? And you also ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Ms Kaniz Fatima,You have quoted Yunus now and Saeed earlier. What Yunus says is the opposite of what Saeed says and i agree with ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • The likes of Professor Moosa, Abdullah Saeed and other reformists scholars have never attempted what they prescribe. Is there any example of Professor Moosa ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Mr Muhammd Yunus writes it well, “The Qur’anic paradigms are eternal, free from any addition or alteration since the revelation that was preserved orally as well ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • @Ghulam Ghaus Sahab, I am unable to understand one hadith " I have been commanded to fight until they say THERE IS NO GOD BUT ...
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )
  • By the way, I am not saying that the traditionalists are right and Naseer sb. is wrong. I am saying that neither of them ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • "The Qur’an was given in a specific context, within the framework of a worldview that was appropriate to first/seventh-century Arabia, and in a language and symbolism that ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Naseer sb.,You have not yet replied to my following post""Let me put it this way: let us redouble our efforts to respect the dignity ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • " It was the Babylonians who first conceived of a mark to signify that a number was absent from a column."Whether the decimal system is ...
    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
  • Knowledge and worship are precious gems which enlighten mankind and by which man can be closer to God
    ( By Kaniz Fatma )