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Radical Islamism and Jihad

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....

 

How Malaysia Became a Training Ground for Hamas
Jonathan Schanzer

The longer Hamas operatives like al-Batsh are welcome on Malaysian soil, the more likely it becomes that Israel moves against them. But for Kuala Lumpur, the concern should probably be the financial links that can be drawn between the terrorist group and Malaysian banks or financial institutions. With the Hamas-Malaysia connection increasingly exposed....

 
Did Bin Laden’s Death Help the Islamic State?
Tricia Bacon and Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

Seven years after the death of al-Qaeda’s founding leader, Osama bin Laden, the Sunni jihadist movement stands divided. Al-Qaeda remains a powerful player, primarily because of the strength of its affiliates, those groups that have sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda. But al-Qaeda also faces a major rival: its former affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State....

 

Financing Gives Terrorists the Means to Carry Out Their Attacks: Curbing Daesh and Extremist Groups
Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

Daesh has various means of raising funds including the trade of antiquities, taxes, looting and extortion, but its most prominent source of funding is the oil trade. Since its emergence in Iraq and Syria, Daesh has fought to seize control of oil sources. In “L’argent De La Terreur – Enquête sur les trafics qui financent le terrorisme,” Denis Boulard and Fabien Piliu claim that Daesh controlled 160 oil wells in Syria in 2015 which provided the hard-line organization with a daily income of €1.4 million....

 

Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad: A Faithful Follower Of al-Qaeda from Central Asia
Uran Botobekov

The continuation of jihad in Syria is important for the further mobilization of the Salafi-Jihadi groups around al-Qaida since its fundamental ideology is built on the concept of jihad against the “infidels”. The al Qaeda emir emphasized, that “Levant today is the hope of the Muslim Ummah,” and urged to continue the jihad to establish the “rightly guided caliphate.”

 

ISIS Spokesman Calls for Attacks on Arab Nations
Rukmini Callimachi

The spokesman said there were “no difference” between fighting the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran and the Palestinians “and their American Crusader allies, or the Russians or the Europeans.” He argued that they deserved to be treated even more harshly because “these are Arabs and are more fierce and vicious against Islam.”...

 

Islamic State Spokesman Says ‘New Phase’ of Jihad Has Begun
Thomas Joscelyn

Both the Islamic State and its predecessor, al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), denounced Iraqi elections. For al-Muhajir and his fellow ideologues, the candidates have claimed “divinity” for themselves merely by running for office and those who vote for them have elevated others to a status equal to Allah – an allegedly grievous sin.....

 
Mohammed bin Salman and Sururism
Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Mohammed bin Salman and Sururism
Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Sururism is a wide movement within what was known as the Islamic Awakening or ‘Sahwa’, and it is the most important ideological experiment that combines Salafism with the philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood. Sururism is attributed to Mohammed Surur Zine El Abidine, a Syrian national who became a dissident of the Muslim Brotherhood. Three others participated in this with him, Mohammed Qutb, Abdel Moneim Al-Azzi and Abdul Rahman Abdul Khaliq, but they failed, and he succeeded.....

 

Misinterpretation and Misuse of Term Jihad
Mohammad Jamil

Both Al-Qaeda and IS are misinterpreting Jihad and misusing it, which is common denominator for almost all extremist ideologies in the Muslim world. They mostly commit atrocities on Muslims and forcing them to accept their interpretation of Islam which is at variance with a great majority of Muslims and also against the basic essence of teachings of Qur’an-o-Sunnah. Propaganda wing of ISIS is also spreading disinformation that democracy is against the basic rules of Islam....

Islamist Parties Re-Create Coalition to ‘Establish Sharia’ In Pakistan
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

However, ideological fault lines remain visible in MMA, with sources confirming that they do not want any of the other Islamist parties on board. Insiders confirm that no further invitations have been sent to other parties, and the coalition isn’t likely to expand in the coming weeks. One notable omission in MMA is Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami (JUI-S), which is headed by Sami-ul-Haq, also known as the “father of the Taliban.”...

 

Does Economic Deprivation Create Terrorists?
Omar Al-Ubaydli

Too often, those unfamiliar with the regions’ nuances are charged with formulating solutions to terrorism. This is because those who suffer the most from violent conflict, and who see its genesis first hand, have the strongest incentive to find effective solutions. Once the under-contribution by Middle Eastern scholars is addressed, we can look forward to a definitive understanding of the role of economic deprivation to terrorism in the Middle East....

 

Declining Terror, Rising Instability
Ajit Kumar Singh

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of PML-N replaced Sharif as Prime Minister, but is widely viewed as a puppet of the Sharifs. With a General Election just around the corner (scheduled for July 2018), and patterns of political disruption escalating, the Army continues to push the boundaries of its authority, and particularly to dominate the export of terrorism into the neighbourhood. Inevitably, this creates some spaces for the continuation of domestic terrorism as well, including sectarian terrorism...

 

The Fate of Extremists: Too Stubborn To Recruit
Mansour Alnogaidan

He replied, “You have crossed the line. You surrounded the main government building and breached its gate. You damaged the state’s prestige.” One of the crowd shouted, “You are dishonourable cleric.” Another said, “You are a coward.” Another member of the crowd was A.Z. — the young man who two years later would be arrested for attempted murder. He told Athemein, “Let us be your guests. Open your door and allow us into your home.” The cleric replied, “Not under these circumstances,”...

 

It Is the Terrorists Who Are Responsible For Terrorism
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

We reject all such terms, which are likely to intensify hatred among nations and religions. The killing of innocent people in Central Africa is not Christian terrorism against Muslims, because the Christians’ central and spiritual leaders do not consider it legitimate. They strongly reject this terrorism, condemning the perpetrators of such crimes against Muslims. Similarly the oppression on Christians and Yazidis in Iraq is not Islamic terrorism against Christians, because the religious authority of Muslims, Jamia al-Azhar condemns all such crimes which harm any human being or humiliate any religion....

From macabre hide-and-seek exercises, in which children hunt and kill enemy prisoners in specially constructed mazes, to the mass execution and decapitation of adult soldiers, young people living under IS have been indoctrinated and encouraged to engage in violence. Meanwhile, IS’s quasi-government instituted an education system explicitly aimed at indoctrinating and weaponising the children living under it….

 

ISIS in Africa - A Threat to African Peace
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

Utilizing historical concepts like “Jihad al-Talab”, “Al-Wala Wal-Bara” and “caliphate”, ISIS tried to implement its plots. To an extent, ISIS succeeded in this process. Now the recruitment of practical workers in such organizations operating in Africa can easily be made. Those who can be affected to a greater extent by this recruitment are the Salafi-oriented individuals....

How Islamism Drives Muslims to Convert
Mustafa Akyol

Luckily, the Islamic tradition has means other than coercive power with which to present itself. The medieval Muslim theologians and philosophers employed reason to articulate the faith, and wrestled with foreign ideas like Greek philosophy, rather than banning them. Meanwhile, the mystical Sufi orders focused on developing virtue, which allowed them to spread the faith through inspiration and example....

Now, for a group which claims to be Sunni Muslims to openly deprecate education that comes from the West in this manner, it only smacks of hypocrisy or ignorance of Sunnis’ world-view. For instance, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Syria and in fact about 90 percent of Muslims in the world are Sunnis, many of whom have embraced Western civilization. Recent surveys of Muslims’ demographics show that out of the 1.8 billion Muslims, 1.6 billions are Sunnis. ....

 
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