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Radical Islamism and Jihad

From bombed cars and houses to corpses scattered under the rubble as a result of the destruction witnessed by the city, revealing the viciousness of the fighting, the battles and the dire price paid by the city’s inhabitants to recover their city of Raqqa. Amid all of this lay papers with the stamp of the so-called “Islamic State”, scattered all over the organization’s strongholds, marking the end of the story the world has witnessed which was previously narrated through ISIS’ publications documenting the organization’s crimes...

 

Suicide Attacks Are Prohibited In Islam: Taliban Should Heed the Islamic Scholars
Maha Akeel

The Taliban and other like-minded groups feed on people’s ignorance of religious texts and understanding of their true interpretations, and use people’s piety and faith in God to misguide them. Hence, the role of the real scholars in enlightening people about their religion should not be underestimated. And it would be wise of the Taliban to heed the scholars’ call for national dialogue as the optimal way to end the conflict between them and the Afghan government....

Why Should an Academic Course on Islamist Terror Rile Muslims?
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

We need to differentiate between Islamic and Islamist: the latter only attests the political use of Islam to capture state power where violence is indeed one of the many options. Isn’t this the ultimate aim of Islamists the world over and isn’t it that they have used terror as a method to achieve that end? How do we understand the Taliban and more recently the ISIS except through the lens of Islamist terror? Worldwide, even amongst Muslim scholars, there is now a consensus that it is the ideology of Islamism which needs to be resisted....

The Voices of IS’s Victims Must Be Heard and Daesh Should Be Prosecuted
Ewelina Ochab

IS is a new kind of enemy, and the challenges it poses demand a tailor-made legal approach. Since the group’s thousands of fighters come from a number of different countries, a specially set up international or regional tribunal is the best way to prosecute them. But whatever is done in the end, it will have to be a comprehensive response that puts the group’s victims and survivors first....

 

Terrorism in Africa: Violent Islamist Groups Are Gaining Strength in the Sahel

In the potpourri of jihadist groups, many pledge their loyalties to al-Qaeda or IS. They include al-Shabab in Somalia, Boko Haram and its factions in Nigeria, and Jama’a Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin in Mali. In each country, conflict may be fuelled largely by local grievances. But the insurgents share some ideological traits....

 

Sectarianism, Political Violence and Human Rights Abuses Fed the Monster of Radicalisation
Tallha Abdulrazaq

“From here, from the heart of free and liberated Mosul, by the sacrifices of the Iraqis from all the governorates, we announce the awaited victory to all of Iraq, and the Iraqis,” Abadi said, as plumes of acrid black smoke and the smell of death arose from the smouldering ruins of Mosul into the skies above him....

 

UAE Fatwa Council to Fight against Rogue Fatwas That Promote Extremist and Terrorist Narratives

“The council will act against extremists who have defamed Islam”. For this purpose, the council would also train muftis, mentor their skills and promote related studies in coordination with the country’s General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments.  Ibn Bayyah said that we should immediately take step against extremists by using preventive measures to curb hatred and violence. ...

Reasons for the Cancerous Spread of Takfirist Ideology in Parts of the Muslim World
Habib Ali Al Jifri

The first one is the rejection of the diversity of opinions. This diversity is often a result of the application of scholars’ independent legal judgement (Ijtihad) to religious textual evidence that is non-definitive in its meaning. This leads to two things: an increased inability for the representatives of religion to embrace changes in the world from one perspective, and an expansion of the spheres of war in the Muslim world from another. The second reason is the association of “non-belief” with killing and deviancy. Such tendency fails to recognise the Sharia’s legal distinction between a combatant disbeliever and a civilian disbeliever....

Exploiting Religious Texts to Issue Fatwas Has Been Essential For Islamist Movements
Hassan Al Mustafa

This comes within the UAE’s work to restore the status of an Islam that is open to others, a humanistic Islam that does not distrust those with different doctrines but seeks to create common space for different religions and communities, to undermine the threat of conflict and wars in the world....

The Resurgence of Daesh Should Be Of Concern to All
Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

There is a need to provide a way out for foreign fighters, to encourage them to surrender and provide them with personal safety while awaiting trial. Their families, especially young children, should be extricated and taken home to protect them from abuse and exploitation, lest they become the next generation of terrorist fighters. In most areas it is feasible and certainly necessary to expedite stabilization and development programs to create jobs and provide livelihoods for young people to prevent them from falling prey to recruitment by Daesh....

 

TLP, MML and ASWJ, Three Ultra Right Groups Are Participating In Pakistan Elections, And All Three Are Problematic
Raza Rumi

In the elections, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a motley group of religious parties is also contesting elections. The key players of this alliance — the Jamaat e Islami (JI) and Jamiat e Ulema Islam-Fazl — now appear to be moderate democrats compared to the dangerous rhetoric that the ultra right groups employ. For decades, the JI was seen as a villain by Pakistan’s liber-Left for the kind of politics it introduced and especially the role it played under Zia regime. We certainly have graduated by allowing more insidious players becoming mainstream.....

 

Abuse by Government Authorities, Real or Perceived, Lead to Frustrations That Terrorists, Jihadist and Extremists Take Advantage Of
Azad Essa

As per the script since 9/11, the rise of violent extremism in the Sahel has been linked to the rise of “Islamic fundamentalism”, or groups that have pledged support to a “global jihad”. While many of the groups are made up of Muslims the reasons have little to do with Islam or calls for “global jihad” or anything religious, for that matter....

 

Sufi West Africa Has Stayed Immune To The Terror That Has Gripped The Sahel But Can It Stay That Way?
Anna Pujol Mazzini

The attempt at online recruitment and Ali’s indignation highlight a sharpening tussle over the future of Islam and radicalism in parts of West Africa that have so far largely escaped the spectre of terrorism. Across Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Guinea, the Gambia and Mauritania, the spiritual practice of Sufism and Malakite Islam — a Sunni strain influenced by Sufism — have dominated for centuries, shielding these countries from the Salafist influences of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf.....

 

The Whole Idea of ISIS Jammu and Kashmir Is a Misnomer
Kabir Taneja

The differentiation between committing an act of terror in the name of ISIS and for ISIS is important to understand, as this definition stands at the cusp of knowing how to not fall into ISIS’s narrative trap. Even though Fazili’s act was broadcasted by ISIS’s official media outlet Amaq, technically legitimising the act, it is important to note that it was Fazili himself who alerted ISIS’s online apparatus to what he had done, asking them to stake claim and not the other way around. ...

 

Isis repeatedly focuses on misinterpreting Islam for justifying suicide bombing but we Muslims do not concentrate on rebutting their falsehood or misrepresentation of Islam. Except for NewAgeIslam.com, such an attempt is not being made anywhere else in a systematic and organised manner. Suicide bombing is extremely forbidden in Islam in all cases, even in wartime. The Quran and Sunnah have asked the people not to go for suicide attacks. Now we will have to tell the gullible Muslims who are trapped or brainwashed for suicide bombing that this act is absolutely forbidden....

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Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and ISIS Also Having Come out Of Brotherhood’s Stable, the Question Has To Be Asked: What Future Monsters Will It Spawn?
Tony Duheaume

Such was al-Banna’s hero worship of the Nazi leader, he had Hitler’s autobiography and political anthology, Mein Kampf (My Struggle), translated into Arabic, changing the title to My Jihad. Al-Banna was so obsessed with the Nazis; he also had copies of their anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer, a tabloid published by the infamous Jew hating Julius Streicher, adapted to suit the Arab world, with its despicable anti-Semitic cartoons....

FATF’s Grey Listing of Pakistan: like China, Saudi Arabia Has Adopted Contradictory Attitudes towards Pakistani Militants
Dr. James M. Dorsey

China’s focus on India does not threaten Saudi interests but Saudi support of anti-Shiite militants in a region that is key to China’s US$50 billion Belt and Road-relative investment in Pakistan could put Balochistan’s already fragile security at risk. The question is whether Saudi and Chinese acquiescence in FATF’s grey listing of Pakistan signals that the two countries may have second thoughts about their ambiguous approaches to Pakistani militants. If so, that may be the key to untying Pakistan’s knots in its struggle with militancy....

 

Afghanistan Demands Peace:  Peace in My Country Has Remained a Dream, a Prayer on Our Lips
Ashraf Ghani

The Afghan people demand peace. During the cease-fire, I met with a group of peace activists from Helmand who had walked more than 400 miles to Kabul. I met them on a street with no other officials accompanying me, as they had requested. Among their demands was the extension of the cease-fire with the Taliban, establishing an address for peace negotiations that is representative of all Afghan ethnic groups and providing security guarantees for Taliban after reconciliation....

 

Creeping Radical Wahhabi-Salafi Culture Overtaking the Sufi Culture and Kashmiriyat
Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

The killing of Dawood Ahmad Salafi and another seven ISJK terrorists signifies the rise of Islamic State in J&K – a fact that was either being denied altogether or talked in hushed tones despite proliferation of ISIS flags. Considering the ISIS ideology, this should shame the politicians who profess “talk to boys with guns”. As for Musharraf, he is a fugitive in his own country, Pakistan, today. He should have been court-marshalled for the Kargil misadventure. And considering publicly said “Osama-bin-Laden, Ayman-al-Zawahiri, Haqqanis are our heroes ….

Deprive the Extremists of the Fuel They Need To Spread Their Hateful Ideologies
Antonio Guterres

Terrorism is a transnational threat that cannot be defeated by any single government or organisation. It needs a concerted multilateral response at global, regional and national levels. It is essential to strengthen counter-terrorism structures and institutions. But we must also address root causes by promoting education, tackling youth unemployment and addressing marginalisation....

 

Pakistan Was Hijacked By Islamists Whose Core Ideology Was To Promote and Propagate Jihad: The Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism - Part 2
Noor Dahri

Many new Arab and non-Arab jihadist organisations were immediately formed and maintained offices all around Pakistan. School syllabi were changed and Jihadi verses and religious texts were added to them. This was the foundation of all subsequent generations of jihadists and extremists, as the country went through a transformation. Pakistan’s president and dictator, General Muhammad Ziaul Haq enforced strict Sharia laws in the country. TV programs were changed, modernisation was banned, clubs were shut, prayers were made compulsory for all governmental employees and Friday sermons started discussing topics like jihad....

A Conglomerate of Six Islamic Parties, MMA, Regaining Some Lost Political Space for the Religious Elements in Pakistan
Zahid Hussain

The Islamic parties successfully exploited the religious sentiments calling people to vote for the Holy Book. The symbol of the book allotted to the alliance candidate came in handy in mobilising religious support. The field was also left open for them because of the military government’s action against the PPP and PML-N....

 

Afghan Taliban’s Classic Guerrilla War Strategy at Work
Ahmad Faruqui

Even though a new leader has been appointed already, some are saying that the Pakistani Taliban are in retreat. But across the border, the opposite is true. We are witnessing the second coming of the (Afghan) Taliban. According to US sources, the Taliban now hold sway over a third of Afghanistan. Several provincial capitals remain in government hands only due to US air support. When US forces are visible, the Taliban disappear. When the US forces are not visible, the Taliban reappear. That is classic guerrilla war strategy at work....

 

Aurangzeb Was Killed Because He Did Not Believe In the Imaginary Ummah, Caliphate and Ghazwa-e-Hind
R.S.N. Singh

The killing of the journalist Shujaat Bukhari and Indian Army soldier Aurangzeb is actually a murder of freedom of expression and freedom of religion. The freedom of religion in the valley has been gasping for breath ever since the exodus of Hindus two and a half decades ago. Since that exodus, Kashmiri Muslims have turned against Kashmiri Muslims in the valley. Any Muslim, who does not subscribe to the Wahhabi brand of Islam or is not pro-Pakistan, is the enemy of the Jihadis....

Saudi Arabia Tries To Reform Wahhabism and Isolate the Muslim Brotherhood

In Saudi Arabia, protests broke out in the Qatif region. Repression set off a spiral of bloodshed, and armed clashes in Awamiyah, home to a radical preacher, Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed in 2016. The unrest has been quelled and the town centre bulldozed. Prince Muhammad now seeks to distinguish between Shias and Iran. But resentment runs deep....

 
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