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“Wahhabis should explain as to why almost all the terrorists are invariably their followers,” says Abdullah Patel, a Barelvi preacher from Bharuch. In Pakistan, another frontline state, where Deobandis have declared war on the moderates, the war is predictably a little more vicious. The non-Wahhabis still command nearly 80 per cent of the Muslim community, yet their moderate voice is well in danger of being swamped. A decapitation explosion at a religious congregation in Karachi on April 11, 2006, killed the entire senior leadership of the Sunni Tehrik, an anti-Deobandi-Salafi Sunni organisation of Pakistan. Article by Sandeep Unnithan and Uday Mahurkar

In an earlier article, used here as a backgrounder, Praveen Swami writes on “The war for power between Barelvi and Deobandi clerics: Serious threat to Pakistan's civil society”.

 

Confession: I'm a total sucker for the Olympic opening ceremonies. Not the pyrotechnics and razzle-dazzle but the athletes' procession. When the Egyptian team arrives, I choke up and wave at the screen as if they could hear my cheers.

 As an Egyptian, Muslim woman, I was proud last week to see 26 women on my country's Olympic team. I was delighted to see a woman carrying the flag for Bahrain's team and another doing so for the team from the United Arab Emirates -- the first woman to represent her country at the Olympics.

 But then the Saudi delegation marched into the "bird's nest" stadium. And I wanted to yell: "Yo, Saudi Arabia, how come there ain't no sisters on the team?"

 

Set up in May by former members of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Quilliam Foundation sees itself as an anti-Islamist think tank. Security services in Europe see people who have renounced radicalism as the new hope in the fight against extremist Islamism. Albrecht Metzger explains why.

 

In my initial days of interaction with the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), I ignored the clear indications of extremism, indulgently attributing them to the over-enthusiasm of youth, writes Jyoti Punwani.

 

THERE are, presently, a plethora of Islamist organisations and mass movements who have taken the notion of the global Caliphate as their goal, says FARISH A. NOOR (Asian Edge).

 

Today, few places on earth are as important to US national security as the tribal belt along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. The region serves as a safe haven for a core group of nationally and internationally networked terrorists, a training and recruiting ground for Afghan Taliban, and, increasingly, a hotbed of indigenous militancy that threatens the stability of Pakistan’s own state and society, writes Daniel Markey a senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, US in the fortnightly Covert magazine.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group appears to be benefiting the most from the tensions blighting the region. The organization has taken on the role of ‘savior’ and has proven to be extremely flexible about changing positions whilst alternating between smiley and stony faces without incurring the slightest accusation of being contradictory, writes Mshari Al-Zaydi, a Saudi journalist and expert on Islamic movements and Islamic fundamentalism as well as Saudi affairs.

 

AHMEDABAD: Post-Godhra, while the Gujarat government and its police may have lost contact with the Muslims, there is an intense power struggle going on between the moderate and hard-line groups for control of the sizeable Sunni sect which accounts for nearly 90 per cent of the five million Muslims in the state. Increasingly, after the 2002 riots, the more radical Deobandis, who are flushed with funds, are winning over turf from the moderate Barelvis. A report by Saeed Khan,TNN.

The Turkish drama series Nour, which has been dubbed into the Syrian Arabic dialect, has rapidly captured the attention of many Arab and Muslim viewers in Asia and the Middle East. The series reminds me a bit of the US soap Dynasty, that was a great hit back in the Eighties. Today, everyone in the region seems to be watching "Nour", reports NADWA ARAR, author and an Alumni of SOAS, London University.

 

Al-Qaeda and Taliban’s campaign of Terror is not being waged simply by bombs and other weapons of war. A massive disinformation campaign is also underway to justify terrorism to simple, uncomplicated Muslims living in Afghanistan and the Pakistani North-West Frontier’s semi-autonomous tribal areas in a variety of ways and on a variety of pretexts. NewAgeIslam.com samples a few to give readers an idea of what is going on in this all-out war for supremacy of an ideology of terror.

Pathans Are Children Of Israel !

 

Al-Qaeda and Taliban’s campaign of Terror is not being waged simply by bombs and other weapons of war. A massive disinformation campaign is also underway to justify terrorism to simple, uncomplicated Muslims living in Afghanistan and the Pakistani North-West Frontier’s semi-autonomous tribal areas in a variety of ways and on a variety of pretexts. NewAgeIslam.com samples a few to give readers an idea of what is going on in this all-out war for supremacy of an ideology of terror.

MUSLIM ARMY OF JESUS & MAHDI & THEIR 6 SIGNS

Al-Qaeda and Taliban’s campaign of Terror is not being waged simply by bombs and other weapons of war. A massive disinformation campaign is also underway to justify terrorism to simple, uncomplicated Muslims living in Afghanistan and the Pakistani North-West Frontier’s semi-autonomous tribal areas in a variety of ways and on a variety of pretexts. NewAgeIslam.com samples a few to give readers an idea of what is going on in this all-out war for supremacy of an ideology of terror.

Mahdi, Jesus and three Nations of Khorasan

 

Al-Qaeda and Taliban’s campaign of Terror is not being waged simply by bombs and other weapons of war. A massive disinformation campaign is also underway to justify terrorism to simple, uncomplicated Muslims living in Afghanistan and the Pakistani North-West Frontier’s semi-autonomous tribal areas in a variety of ways and on a variety of pretexts. NewAgeIslam.com samples a few to give readers an idea of what is going on in this all-out war for supremacy of an ideology of terror.

Arabs, Jesus and Mahdi: The Role of Arabs

The Taliban have scored a significant victory in their war against the forces of moderation. ...The Taliban of Pakistan today believe, think and act as did the Taliban who ruled Afghanistan until late in 2001. There, they obliterated female education. They did not just slow it down or put it on hold; they finished it at every level from primary to university. ...some elements of the administration share the same goals and aspirations as the Taliban, are their tacit supporters and are unlikely to get in the way if the Men in Black torch whatever education facility for girls they may choose, laments an editorial in The News, Islamabad.

BERLIN, August 4: Osama bin Laden is no longer personally planning attacks, but remains significant as a “Che Guevara of al-Qaeda” who helps hold together the terror network, Germany’s intelligence chief said in an interview published on Monday.

 

“ LACK OF Muslim unity has been a major reason why the concept of jihad could never stabilise as a spiritual struggle — rather than a physical one,” Pakistani- American historian Ayesha Jalal said during a lecture at Delhi University on Monday. Jalal, 54, was speaking on ‘ Jihad as Ethics, Jihad as War’.

 

Indian security policymakers have for decades been apathetic to the notion that Islamic terrorism can spring from the ideological radicalisation happening in our own cities and towns. Groups preaching this variant were left to operate freely. That has to stop. Fighting the war against ISI alone won't help. The local crucibles where minds are being reshaped have to be crushed as well, says Ranjan Roy in The Times of India.

 

CAIRO — A monastery was ransacked in January. In May, monks there were kidnapped, whipped and beaten and ordered to spit on the cross. Christian-owned jewelry stores were robbed over the summer. The rash of violence was so bad that one prominent Egyptian writer worried it had become “open season” on the nation’s Christians.

 Does Egypt face a sectarian problem? A report in The New York Times by MICHAEL SLACKMAN.

 

ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid deputy chief cleric on Friday threatened that they would take up the task of reconstruction of Jamia Hafsa if the government did not do it.

 

PESHAWAR: Ittehad Ulema-e-Afghanistan, an organisation of Afghan refugee religious scholars, has urged the US to declare its failure in Afghanistan and immediately withdraw NATO forces from the country, saying that the people of Afghanistan are able to reconstruct their homeland.

Unlike Indonesia and Brunei, Malaysia seems to be making tentative steps towards raising the stakes in the Islamisation race further, writes Malaysian academic FARISH A. NOOR .

 

Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan (BKA) yesterday called upon the interim government to make women ineligible for becoming head of the government or the state.

 "We have told the government to take measures so that men hold the top executive positions and no woman assumes the responsibility of head of state or government," said BKA Secretary General Muhammad Zafrullah Khan in a joint press briefing following the party's dialogue with the panel of advisers led by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed.

 

In Riyadh last March, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia decorated American vice president Dick Cheney with the Kingdom's order of merit (the King Abdul Aziz medallion). At the same time, Osama bin Laden released two audio statements condemning western and Israeli attacks on Muslims and reiterating the need for violent warfare to liberate occupied Muslim territories from the infidels. In terms of media strategy, the contrast between the leaders of the Arab countries and bin Laden could not be starker. On the one hand, Arab kings and presidents lack charisma, seem politically impotent and are rarely, if ever, on message with respect to the "big issue" concerns of the peoples of the Middle East. Princeton academic Bernard Haykel comments.

 

Northern Waziristan, where Islamic militants recently signed a peace deal with the government, has virtually become a “Taliban mini-state”, a 2,500-word report in the New York Times said on Monday. The newspaper quoted a recently arrested suicide bomber in Afghanistan as saying that the former head of Pakistani intelligence, Gen Hamid Gul, “was financing and supporting the project (of producing suicide bombers)”. Though, it said, the claim is impossible to verify. Pakistan intelligence agencies have long nurtured militants in the tribal areas to pressure the rival government in Afghanistan, though the government claims to have ceased its support, reported New York Times on December 12, 2006. It should serve as an essential backgrounder today.

 

“Until some weeks back, the Taliban used to enter Peshawar through Hayatabad and tried to impose their ideology on the people of the city,” said the Landi Kotal local. Referring to the reports some weeks earlier about the growing threat to Peshawar, he added: “They abducted some people, blew up a few CD shops and also entered the homes of some locals and destroyed their TV sets. Since then, security on Peshawar’s border area has been beefed up and no more incidents of this nature have been reported in recent days,” he claimed. M Waqar Bhatti reports.

 
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