Radical Islamism and Jihad
distorted the image of Islam,” Rahim said, using an Arabic term for the Islamic
State. “Everything it’s done—its videos of beheadings, burning prisoners alive,
drowning them, the destruction of churches and places of worship—all of this
has nothing to do with Islam. But I don’t see any country or leading figure
coming in and offering new breath for the Sunni world....
Late in the
11th century, the mystic Hassan Ibn al-Sabbah set up the first Fidayeen order,
to wage war on the Seljuk Empire. The historian Amin Maalouf has perceptively
noted that their killings were “intended primarily as a twofold lesson for the
public: First, the punishment of the victim and, second, the heroic sacrifice
of the executioner.”...
The IS is using
its propaganda tool to convince its targets that it is the sole successor of
the original seventh-century Islamic State. By that “virtue”, it seeks to bring
back a version of the Sharia law (far more radical than the prevalent Islamic
legal code) and calls upon Muslims around the world to swear their loyalty to
militias are not directly involved in the fight to recapture Mosul, their role
being confined to taking up blocking positions to the west of the city. Shia
iconography is on ready display in the city though, flying from the back of
Iraqi trucks and on top of their outposts. The flags jar among some members of
the city’s Sunni population, who believe they frame the war in sectarian, not
Sune Engel Rasmussen
have already shown such an inclination, for example by teaming up with Iran, a
Shia state and a historical foe, to fight the Islamic State in Afghanistan.
Now, thanks partly to the popular reaction to the Islamic State, the Taliban
may have come to realize that, to be a legitimate part of modern Afghanistan,
they must make space for the country’s Shias, too....
As a political
system, Islamists insist that Islam is meant to dominate the environment in
which it is practised. In a sharply divergent society like Nigeria, any attempt
to implement the principles of Islamism portends great danger for the nation.
The various military government of Nigeria, starting from the regime of Murtala
Muhammad in 1975, did not hide their preferences for the imposition of Islamism
The abuse, no
doubt, would be even more extreme if anyone knew they were converts to
Salafism, now thought to be the fastest growing Islamic faction in the UK.
Salafism, often referred to as Wahhabism, is an ideology commonly associated
with Isis and often features in the news, usually as a label applied to Jihadis
who’ve committed atrocities abroad....
mean that not only do Sunnis comprise a majority of the victims of the war with
the Islamic State, but also that a majority of the Sunni community has been
afflicted. Sunnis represent about 20 percent of Iraq’s population of 32.5
million, according to CIA figures for 2014 — or about 7 million people — and
U.N. figures suggest that as many as 6 million of them either have been
displaced or their villages and towns occupied by the Islamic State....
M D Nalapat
these “moderate freedom fighters” of Libya gave for their antipathy to Qaddafi
was the latter’s refusal to convert Libya into a Wahhabised State by blocking
the education of women and making what they defined as religious law the basis
of the jurisprudence of the State, stoning and amputation included. ...
It is unclear
whether the new ties with IS bring local militants more resources and manpower,
or simply more publicity and ambition. But unless Pakistan cracks down on
home-grown terror, it will remain fertile ground for IS to launch more
But to ask them
to take responsibility as if ISIL or al-Qaeda somehow morphed out of their
belief system is the pinnacle of ignorant folly that stokes the fires of
Islamophobia, creating further divisions and playing the game that the
extremists want open societies to play....
He actually has
a base of supporters. It is important to realize the extent of challenge posed
by disastrous fundamental ideas at an early stage before we wake up one day and
discover they have destroyed everything....
ISKP in the
Afghanistan-Pakistan region is not cut of the same cloth as the Islamic State
we have witnessed in Syria and Iraq; therefore it is a mistake to think of them
as the same. The regional brand of ISKP in the making is more a consortium of
several TTP fragmented groups combined with the already existing LeJ, JuD, Jem,
Jundullah, IMU, disgruntled Taliban groups, and a dozen other groups nurtured
through the decades in Afghanistan and Pakistan.…..
A mosque has
been constructed next to his shrine whose minaret vies to be one of the tallest
structures in the city. We visited the shrine a couple of years before Sufi
shrines across the country started coming under attack, so there was minimum
security. As has been the tradition for centuries, the shrine remains open all
night, giving refuge to anyone in need of it. At the courtyard, facing the room
housing the grave of Bulleh Shah, devotees sang Bulleh Shah’s poetry…
His legacy is
so controversial that his name is often used by both jihadists and
anti-jihadists as a slur against each other. The reason is that he was a
pioneer of the bridging between revolutionary ideas derived from political
Islam and traditional religious concepts taken from Salafism. The mixture
helped produce what is known today as Salafi-jihadism – of which ISIL and Al
Qaeda are products….
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
On the ideological front Islamic
State’s quest for “Islamic purification” through Shia-killing makes it a more
natural ally for the Pakistani Taliban, with al-Qaeda not as passionate about
killing “apostates” and the Afghan Taliban even condemning attacks on the Shia
community. While both TTP and LeJ offer anti-Shia outlets for ISIS…
Qutb and the Islamic State, two changes have had to take place within the
tradition of Salafi jihadism. A new jurisprudence and ethic of jihad had to be
developed and a new hardened and brutalised psychological type had to be born....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
It is unlikely
that Daesh can extend its direct operational outreach into the AfPak region at
a time when it is under increasing pressure in its Syrian and Iraqi heartlands,
but the audacity of the attacks executed by its regional affiliates suggests a
rising danger and an infusion of a greater lethality into the enduring trends
in terrorism and sectarian strife afflicting both Afghanistan and Pakistan.....
Ajit Kumar Singh
mounting losses, the Taliban remains unrelenting. Following Donald Trump's
victory in the US Presidential Elections, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid,
stated, on November 9, 2016, "Most importantly, he (Trump) should withdraw
all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and unlike other former US rulers, he should
neither seek any more titles of ignominy for his self and American generals,
nor worsen the American prestige, economy and military by engaging in this
In this way the
idea of Jahiliyya is linked in Qutb's thought to Hakimiyah. Hakimiyah has a
straightforward meaning - namely, sovereignty. It is used by Qutb to suggest
that in the world there are only two possibilities: either God's sovereignty or
Man's. In those times or places where God's sovereignty is denied, the
condition of spiritual darkness, Jahiliyah, reigns....
Sabria S. Jawhar
The election of
Donald Trump as the president of the United States is the result of 9/11, the
Iraq war, racism and closed borders. The
signs have always been there that has led the American public to elect Trump
and marginalize religious and ethnic minorities....
Mosul will pose a potential threat to the survival of the jihadists’ capital in
Raqqa. The opponents of the ISIS will find it much easier to capture the city.
As the major supply routes to Raqqa come from Iraq, recapturing of Mosul will
finally help the Government forces cut the vital links to the city....
The clergy who
run these seminaries are presented with unprecedented influence and luxury in
the Pakistani society, with the promise of promoting the Saudi or, in case of
the Shia seminaries, the Iranian ideology. Millions and millions of the pupils
of these seminaries are then trained to serve as God’s army, and a moral
brigade in the society, while the military establishment of Pakistan controls a
precious chunk of these Mujahideen to set their scores with enemy states like
Mohammad Jibran Nasir
As per a study
by Never Forget Pakistan, at least 4,707 Pakistanis have been killed in
sectarian violence between January 2001 and August 2016. The killing of Shias
has been systematic in terms of targeting places of worship, religious
gatherings and community leaders such as doctors, lawyers and clerics. A case
for Shia genocide in Pakistan is indeed undeniable....
nothing to do with Islam and if we want to stop dividing our country and
igniting more hate, the media, and our politicians need to stop using the words
‘radical Islam’ when referring to ISIS or any acts of terror caused by an
“Islamic” group. These groups are filled with blood-thirsty individuals who
have absolutely no morals, feelings, nor any sort of remorse and could not
possibly quote you one verse from the Quran if you asked them to....