Radical Islamism and Jihad
In the end, IS
went with barely a whimper. The jihadists folded before the advance of
Turkish-backed rivals after just a day’s battle. IS’s “caliph”, Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi, had foretold of the capitulation in a dream, explained apologists.
IS’s propagandists even pre-empted the fall with the launch of a new English
title, Rumiya, deferring the end-of-days battle until IS reaches Rome....
Just days ago
the Punjab counter-terrorism department had declared it had taken care of the
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. But what do we make of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi claiming
Monday’s attack on Quetta’s police training camp, killing 61 cadets?...
the idea of establishing a caliphate would have been almost universally written
off as the stuff of fantasy. Today, there are many places where Westerners dare
not tread. All over the world people are transfixed by the Jihadis’ capacity to
reach their cities. It’s not just New York, Paris and London. The Chechens
attack Moscow, the Uighurs bomb Beijing and the Pakistani Punjabis mount their
raids on Delhi and Mumbai...
The war against
the Islamic State is unwinnable without filling the political and security
vacuum that now exists in too much of Iraq. The Islamic State’s eventual
retreat from Mosul will be a much-needed victory for the country. ...
Ashraf A Kadakkal
More than 50
journals published by such movements try to prove the genuineness of their view
of Islam, while branding the other as “un-Islamic”. Organisations like IS and
al-Qaeda are prone to ‘Takfir’ or keeping other groups out of the fold of Islam
and wiping them out. In Kerala ‘Takfir’ or ‘Murtad’ are not unheard of, but
attacking or wiping out “the other” is....
provide a unique glimpse into life under Daesh’s oppressive control. Some of
the Fatwas are absolutely ridiculous; however, they should not be taken likely
as people have been killed because of not following them....
More than 300
people have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, making Sweden per capita one of
the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe...
Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam
Addressing the worshippers, he blamed some of the
familiar villains like "imperialists, Zionists and fascists" of
creating the Islamic State to malign Islam. Kangarappady stated, "One
cannot even regard the ISIS as an Islamic terrorist outfit. The ideals they
propagate have nothing to do with real Islam." At another Eid Al-Azha
prayer in Kozhikode, Sharif Melethil, the imam, told the worshippers,
"seeking a mysterious paradise is not jihad." In Islam, there are two
spiritual quests for the paradise: one motivates a faithful to live for the
life after death, while the other leads Muslims to migrate from non-Muslim
lands to countries ruled by Islamic leaders, or Dar-ul-Islam....
often misuse religion to justify their ideological violence and in their anger,
they often violate the Quran’s message and act contrary to Prophet Muhammad’s
message. For instance, one of his sayings goes, “Beware of extremism in
religion, for it destroyed those before you.” The Quran acknowledges diversity
among people and sets the tone for social tolerance: ....
complained that Pakistan needed to do more than it has done so far against the
Haqqanis, implying that this group enjoys shelter and sanctuaries on the
Pakistani territory. Such a postulation also evokes questions by Pakistan on
the safe havens that the anti-Pakistan Daesh-turned-TTP enjoys in eastern
Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam
vaunted Imperialist tools of ‘Democracy and Human Rights’ terrorism adds another powerful weapon of world domination in the
arsenal of the Corporate Masters. They
already used these weapons in Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. And
now they are going after Syria and Iraq for Balkanizing the Middle-East.
Terrorist Organizations like Al-Qaeda, IS, Al-Nusra, Boko Haram
etc. are their foster-children to be brought up as an instrument of
disruption of the national unity and subverting
Nation State Sovereignty for creating
a favourable environment for
external intervention and regime
emirate, should it come to it, may be more firmly supported by the local
population, and therefore even harder to extirpate, than the barbarous IS
There is a
large pool of alienated angry young Muslims eager to join the fight against the
Christian West which has colonised them, dominated the governments in their
home countries which have failed to provide productive lives for them and
discriminated against them. The only way to deal with Daesh is to tackle the
roots of the alienation of Muslim youth....
doctrine holds that preservation of cultural heritage, whether Islamic or
non-Islamic, is a form of idol worship or polytheism prohibited in Islam. The
Saudi kingdom now faces the need to choose between its continued patronage of
the Wahhabi clerics and the danger they pose, inside the Saudi state and
abroad, to Muslims, non-Muslims, and global culture, in the form of death and
mutilation, cultural desolation....
approval of attacking Muslims indiscriminately led to a situation of
significant loss of support within the Muslim community. The fact that he could
kill Muslims praying in a mosque convinced the locals that he is not really
fighting for Islam,”...
that galvanise youngsters from across different faiths and backgrounds.
Encourage interfaith dialogue as the weapon of choice to counter the
destructive narrative ISIS promotes for recruitment. Using social media,
advertising and faith groups across the country can be a simple but very
effective measure to help tie the noose around ISIS and its rabble-rousers who
spout their rubbish....
welcome the development and we pray they would continue fighting and
fragmenting. However, what I want to tell you is that none of them is better;
we are looking for all of them. "The only ones that we would spare are
those who repent, and they were the ones that would be taken as prisoners of
war by the Nigerian Army.”...
in defeating Daesh is not really about vanquishing it on the battlefield.
America has won battles like that for 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq only to
discover that once US forces leave, the Taleban or Daesh or some other radical
group returns. The way to have these groups stay defeated is to help countries
find some form of politics that addresses the basic aspirations of their
people- all their people...
Terrorism is a
multidimensional phenomenon, and until today the existence and latent threat of
Islamist terrorism confronts global society with formidable challenges. As a
global phenomenon, it is indeed easy to recognize the manifestation of
terrorism, but it is rather difficult to clearly define it.....
countries like Britain have for years been putting former extremists to work in
think tanks to provide authentic voices against radical ideology, Mr. Morton is
the first former jihadist to step into this public a role in the United
Daish (ISIS) is such an organization which has
come into existence to weaken the Islamic forces, spread confusion and chaos in
the lines of the Muslims, tarnishes the image of Islam in the eyes of the world
and distracts the world from the humanity-loving divine ideology. This is
surely a threat to humankind and leads to the decline of the Muslim Ummah.
Therefore, such organizations are terrorists and
condemnable and to support and co-operate (with) them is not allowed by
Shariah. It is the religious and moral duty of the conscious persons of the
Muslim Ummah that they should inform the world of its threats and strive to
prevent the Muslim youth, if any, from supporting Daish and those of its ilk,
in any form.-----
curriculum is little more than indoctrination, but it brings children closer to
each other to create a band-of-brothers effect, and brings the children to the
attention of IS personnel who talent-scout for children exhibiting early
potential for “Cub” status in IS’ dedicated training camps. Through a
socialization and selection process, IS implies that entry into the Cubs of the
Caliphate is a rare commodity and something desirable for each child. ...
It is, of
course, unlikely that al-Qaeda will voluntarily follow the example of the
Islamist Group and Zawahiri's own organisation, al-Jihad, and revise its
violent strategy. But it is clear radical Islam is confronting a rebellion
within its ranks, one to which Zawahiri and the leaders of al-Qaeda are poorly
equipped to respond. Radical Islam began as a spiritual call to the Muslim
world to unify and strengthen itself through holy warfare....
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
media wing al-Furqan has made public three audio recordings attributed to
al-Baghdadi since May last year, they all sound like Mullah Mohammad Omar
speaking from beyond the grave. I refer; of course, to last July when, amid
landmark talks in Islamabad between the Taliban and Kabul, the Afghan spy
agency NDS leaked news that Mullah Omar, despite his very recent pronouncements
through the group’s media cell, had been dead for years. It turned out his (now
deceased) deputy Mullah Akhtar Mansour was impersonating him to prevent the
movement from splintering. Is al-Baghdadi now too a sock puppet for some new IS
Arabia’s export of the rigid, bigoted, patriarchal, fundamentalist strain of
Islam known as Wahhabism has fuelled global extremism and contributed to
terrorism. As the Islamic State projects its menacing calls for violence into
the West, directing or inspiring terrorist attacks in country after country, an
old debate over Saudi influence on Islam has taken on new relevance....