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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Fazlullah Meets His Nemesis: Pakistan Rejoices
Arifa Noor

The real war is won through the consistent dismantling of the network, their sanctuaries, their training grounds and recruitment centres, and their financial systems. All of this, however, is a piecemeal effort and doesn’t make for sensational headlines as does the death of a notorious individual.....

 

Murder of Shahjahan Bachchhu Raises the Spectre of Islamist Fanaticism in Bangladesh
Syed Badrul Ahsan

The murder of Shahjahan Bachchu in his village in Bangladesh’s Munshiganj district, last week, raises the spectre of Islamist fanaticism after several months. Close to 50 bloggers, writers and publishers in Bangladesh had been assassinated till late 2016. The latest act of criminality driven by religious hate has rekindled fears of terrorism, which the government has been trying to root out over the past two years...

 

Meteoric Rise of Islamism Reflects Dynamics That Lie At the Heart of Modernity
Rafael Castro

Ironically, many of the most important Islamist leaders in the Muslim World, such as Sayyid Qutb (the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt), Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi (the National Islamic Front in Sudan), Dr. Abbassi Madani (the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria), and Dr. Mousa Abu Marzook (Hamas in the Palestinian territories) were trained in Western universities....

 

Kashmir Is Too Diverse, Too Multicultural A Land To Turn Into A Radical Islamist State
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Now that the long-cherished opportunity of peace and reconciliation in form of ceasefire has been opened up, something otherwise has to happen. It's about time the mainstream Kashmiri people focused on their lost heritage—Kashmiriyat—the greatest gift of Rishi-Sufi tradition in the mystics’ land. In fact, ultimately, Kashmir is too diverse, too multicultural a land to turn into a radical Islamist state. Thus, this visit of the Home Minister seems to go down well after a long and fierce political turmoil in the valley....

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Is Violence the Only Way Out?

 

The fatwa actually extended beyond suicide bombings to violent acts, considering them an offense toward Islam. They also plead for peace between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which they have not done in the past. Unfortunately, as the meeting was dismissed and people were on their way out, a suicide bomber detonated himself near the entrance, killing up to 14 people...

 

There will always be individuals in the West who are vulnerable to the siren song of jihadist groups that leverage the intersection of personal vulnerabilities, a binary vision of the West vs. Islam and the heroic ideal of the “just and holy warrior.” Social-media platforms enabled these groups to reach their target audience...

The War on Terror Evolved Into a War of Ideas and Propaganda
Haris Ahmed

After the initial ‘success’ of Operation Enduring Freedom, the US quickly lost interest in Afghanistan, partly because its head had been turned by Iraq and its oil. As a result, Al-Qaeda, more or less, fell off its radar. Their back broken, the Al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan fled across the border and dispersed into the urban and tribal parts of Pakistan. The US was lulled into a false sense of victory....

 

Integration of Moderate Islam in the European Social Fabric Is an Urgent Necessity to End Violent Islamism
Dr. Mohamed Chtatou

The Islamic State found in these young people the ideal cannon fodder for its religious war in Europe against the New Crusaders (Salibiyun al-judud) and means to carry out its violent agenda outside of the Muslim world. In many cases contact was established through the Internet and even the ideological training was undertaken through the very Internet and then they sent to die and cause mayhem. Of course the true sponsors always remain in the dark and unknown....

 

Salafism Served Its Purpose, and Now It’s Time to Use Sufism
John Andrew Morrow

So, Salafism, in its radical, violent, form has indeed been curtailed, but not by the bleeding-heart liberals who, in reality, are brain-eating zombies. Takfirism is being taken down by right-wing pseudo-conservatives and neo-fascist capitalist globalists who are aligned with profoundly anti-Islamic political and Islamic interests. While one enemy fades, another one rises. Muslims must always be vigilant lest they be doomed.....

 

How Islamism Was Devised by Western and Regional Islamic Countries To Accomplish their Political Ends: The Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism - Part 1
Noor Dahri

The Islamist ideology (Political Islam) was now at its peak; Islamist militants from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were granted multiple visas of the western countries including the UK and the USA. They were invited to not only give sermons on Jihad in local mosques but were allowed to build their mosques, seminaries and social or charitable organisations on the western soils. The official sermons from the western leaders were given in favour of the militants and meetings were arranged between the American President, the UK Prime Minister and the militant leaders....

 

Extremist Ideology Spreading among Families: a new wave of Female and Child Jihadists Emerges in Indonesia
Siktus Harson

The ability to carry out a series of attacks in a shorter period of time — with better explosives and a higher number of casualties — indicates that terrorist groups in Indonesia are becoming ruthlessly efficient and potentially more dangerous. They have changed their strategy of attack and, what is more frightening still, have shown how the so-called Islamic State (IS) group is flourishing and wielding its influence to make Indonesia its hotbed....

 

Refutation of Kashmiri Militant Zakir Musa’s Recent Statement Threatening To Hang Moderate Muslims Supporting Secularism - Part 2
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

The beauty of India’s secularism lies in its taking a completely different course from them. India’s secularism means equal treatment of all religions by the state. With the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution of India enacted in 1976, the Preamble to the Constitution asserted that India is a secular nation. Though neither the constitution of India nor its laws define the relationship between religion and state, India recognizes each and every religion and ensures to give them equal respect. The citizens of India are allowed to enjoy their respective religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism etc. with full freedom....

Kabul Process: Pakistan Deceived and Taliban Remained a Resurgent Force
Ajit Kumar Singh

The Kabul Process was initiated to confer a pivotal role in the peace talks on Afghanistan. Almost all the earlier initiatives, including the Qatar Process and the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) process had given centrality to Pakistan, largely because Pakistan had deceived a wilfully gullible international community into believing that peace could only be achieved by making the Taliban the ‘principal stakeholder’ in the talks process....

 

JNU Proposes ‘Islamic Terror’ Course: Why This Exclusivist Reference In The Proposed National Security Studies? Is Islam Really A ‘Securitisation Issue’ Today?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

But whether it is dubbed as 'religious terrorism', 'Islamic' or 'Islamist’, or even couched in neutral terms—such as Counter-Radicalization or Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), the question is: why most academic exercises on this subject have eroded other faith-based acts of violence or religious persecutions? Why they are focused exclusively on the study of violence in Islam? ....

 

Refutation Of Kashmiri Militant Zakir Musa’s Recent Statement Threatening To Chop Off The Heads Of Hurriyat Leaders From An Islamic Standpoint - Part 1
Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam

It is an open sin to hurt the believers who have not done anything wrong, according to the holy Quran. Zakir Musa must introspect himself and correct his line of thinking in the light of the above mentioned verses of the Quran. Let him see some Ahadith also which show that his path is against the tenets of Islam.....

Pakistan Has Lost the Brief Momentum It Had To Fight Radical Islamists
Umair Jamal

Over the past year alone, Islamist groups armed with a radical narrative of Islam being under threat due to the government’s pro-West policies have managed to force the state into taking back some of the legislation that does not serve their militaristic causes. On the other hand, Islamist groups have forced the government into passing legislation solely relying on the power of their vicious narrative, which draws thousands of people into the streets at a moment’s notice....

 

ISIS in Indonesia: Now Women and Children Participating In Suicide Attacks
Sidney Jones

The damage caused by ISIS was expected to last longer than its caliphate proper, and in Indonesia the group’s impact already seems to have been to expand and transform local extremist movements. Local Islamist extremists still go after the same targets: religious minorities and law enforcement. But their tactics have shifted: Now women and children are participating in suicide attacks....

 

Identities Based On Ethnicity, Clan, Sub-Clan and Sect Act as Binding Forces for Terrorist Organisations
Khurram Minhas

Terrorist organisations often portray their struggle as effort that protect and promote their particular strand and interpretation of Islam. They often propagate their mission and its universality. Contrary to their claims, these groups are highly conservative in nature when it comes to local identities within themselves....

 

Bangladesh’s Multitude of Issues Makes It Highly Attractive to Al-Qaeda and Daesh
Isaac Kfir

For anyone concerned with the rise of Islamic extremism in the Asia-Pacific, Bangladesh is a country that can’t be overlooked. In particular, there are several issues that could encourage Bangladeshis to support Salafi Jihadism. The first is the claim by groups such as Jamaat-e-Islami and more militant entities such as al-Qaeda that because Bangladesh allows bloggers and secularists to disseminate their non-Islamic ideas, the country has abandoned Islam....

 

Let the youth decide whether they want to be pious or disbelieve in heaven. Law enforcers should act against hate speech and step up efforts to prevent terrorism.  Freedom will provide suicide bomber candidates other alternatives than dying for questionable causes while murdering others. Freedom will make them learn how to love life and humanity....

Since its emergence the Islamic State has been trying to establish a global “Islamist caliphate” in the world. Against this backdrop, all the four main South Asian countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, are of crucial significance for the Islamic State. Firstly, because of the predominantly Sunni Muslim population of these countries...

 

The toxic allure of the call to terror by the so-called Islamic State was on tragic display over three days in two countries. As the terrorist group suffers persistent and crushing losses, its narrative of an ‘us versus them’ ideology continues to radiate outwards across the globe. Attacks done in the name of the Islamic State represent an enormous threat to local and national security services....

 

Maldives: An Extremist State within the State
Nijeesh N.

The Maldives is threatened by a religious extremist take over. It is not an exaggeration to say that there is now a parallel state in the Maldives. A state within the state. A network of religious radicals that have infiltrated strategic institutions, the government, and the street gangs. They are ready to overrun the country and impose a radical version of religion upon the Maldivians and tourists alike...

 

Nigeria's Difficult Path to Long Lasting Peace with Boko Haram
Lai Mohammed

However, nowhere in the world can these types of attacks be indefinitely prevented, unless the group in question surrender. Terror can strike anywhere. Sadly, the streets of London, Paris and New York, nations whose security capacities outstrip that of my nation, bear testimony to this truth. In Nigeria, we remain vigilant to intercept and prevent these assaults. But a final guarantor of peace will be Boko Haram's formal renunciation of violence in both speech and deed....

 

Hundreds of Bin Ladens in Islamic World are Still Guiding the Youth to Sphere of Terror
Shantanu Mukharji

Now, where does Osama bin Laden figure here? Yes, he does, and in great measure. Boko Haram, like other terror bodies, drew huge inspiration from Osama and was greatly linked to Al Qaeda Arab Peninsula (AQAP). People thought that after Laden was killed, Boko Haram would fade into oblivion. But no, it kept on adding muscle and, defying all government measures, has grown from strength to strength.  Similarly, we see the trend of happenings in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is consistent and looks never ending....

 
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