Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Shah Husain Imam
THE antennae of some Western diplomatic missions in Dhaka had received a signal that 'Western interests' might be targeted in a terrorist attack. But why didn't we have a clue of it? This brings to the fore an information sharing gap, a matter that comes along downstream along the article.
Nearly a year after the official end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan, this military failure confirms the worst fears about the weaknesses of the Afghan forces. Some 7,000 government forces and militiamen were overcome by far fewer Taliban in Kunduz.....
ISIS in Afghanistan
BE under no illusion: IS has arrived in Afghanistan. Just as the country is gripped by an economic exodus of people seeking better opportunities elsewhere, the self-styled Islamic State is spreading its tentacles into Afghanistan’s most lawless territories in an attempt to establish influence in a region seen as vital to the group’s endgame: a caliphate......
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam
Facing the brutalities of Islamist terror, while President Obama will not go beyond calling it violent extremism, the head of Sunni Islam's oldest seat of learning, Jamia al-Azhar admitted in a counter-terrorism conference in Mecca that extremism was caused by “corrupt interpretations of Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad”, and Islamic curriculums needed to change.
This call for reform, coming from Jamia Al-Azhar, is gratifying. But a half-hearted approach to reform will not work. The problems Muslims face are very basic and cannot be solved with mere tinkering with text-books. The global Muslim community will have to introspect. One question repeatedly asked, for instance, is about the contextual verses of the holy Quran that are utilised by Jihadists to brainwash our youth. Jihadists present these contextual verses as an eternal guide for Muslims.
One would imagine that the followers of Islam who believe, and many certainly do, that Islam is a religion of spirituality, peace, coexistence and tolerance, would be up in arms against the Islamic State. But while routine denunciations from some sections do come occasionally, there is no outrage visible in the Muslim society. The world cannot help noticing that while tens of thousands of Muslims come out on streets to demonstrate the moment there is an allegation of so-called blasphemy against any one, hardly any Muslim would protest at the myriad brutalities perpetrated by Islamist terrorists.
Clearly there is something wrong, some disconnect, some deeper and more complex phenomenon at work than what can be understood from a superficial look at the issue. Instead of expressing outrage, we find thousands of Muslim young men and women running from their comfortable homes, private schools and cushy jobs to fight and join in the brutalities of the so-called Islamic State. Some 12,000 Muslim young men and women are said to have joined so far from 80 countries……
‘Write until the end of my life'–Ananya Azad
Bangladesh is an officially secular country, but more than 90% of its 160 million people are Muslim. It gained its independence from Pakistan after a brutal civil war in 1971, which left deep scars. In recent years a new surge of extremism has exacerbated long standing tensions between conservatives and secular liberals.
Muhammad Amir Rana
COUNTERING extremism is a missing link in the National Action Plan (NAP). Apparently, the plan was conceived from a counterterrorism and security perspective to address the immediate need of connecting different responses and putting these in a functional policy framework.
TTP: Enduring Shadows
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
The Badaber PAF base attack has several major precedents. Just a year earlier, on August 14, 2015, at least 12 terrorists wearing suicide vests and armed with RPGs and automatic weapons were killed, and 11 Security Force (SF) personnel were injured in an 11-hour gun battle near Khalid Aviation Airbase and Samungli Airbase in Quetta, The provincial capital of Balochistan….
The dilemma of how to react to IS atrocities has created a dreadfully confusing situation. The marauding armies of this group have taken over large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, overseen mass executions of men from the conquered areas, abducted large groups of women and children and then enslaved and sexually assaulted them; …
Syria is an immense collective failure. What has changed for the West in the past several weeks is that it has become more difficult to live in denial of this fact. Western responsibility is engaged by the unfathomable irresponsibility that has turned Syria into a slaughterhouse. President Obama has offered to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees; that is a pittance. A Europe of half a billion people must reject pampered smallness and open its eyes. Desperation cannot be met by penny-counting calculation, or doors slamming shut.....
How Islamic State Recruits Women To Its Cause
By Rudroneel Ghosh
UN Must Revamp Itself If It Wishes To Remain Relevant
By Sreeram Chaulia
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Here is a brief account of how Pakistan, the world’s frontline sponsor of terrorism, religious extremism and radicalism, has escaped being declared a rogue state or a terrorist state. ...
Tufail Ahmad for New Age Islam
civilisation is characterised by freedom of speech and individual liberty,
Islamic theocrats are the modern-day barbarians threatening the modernity of
our age. Among the numerous Islamic clerics who taunt the Indian republic and
its rule of law is Saeed Noori, the chief of Mumbai-based Raza Academy – a
Barelvi theocratic institution at the centre of a fatwa (Islamic decree)
against the Oscar-winner Indian music director A. R. Rahman and Iranian
filmmaker Majid Majidi for their film,
"Muhammad: Messenger of God."As per a media report, the fatwa
declared Rahman and Majidi as "infidel" and their marriages
"invalid" as per Islamic Shariah. It noted:"It is nothing short
of a crime to make a film on the Prophet; dramatizing his life and using
non-Muslim actors...Making such a film is making a mockery of
" Today, not only the Muslim world, not only Muslims; but the very entity of Islam is under threat. Today, the genes of Islam and the fault lines of the Islamic territory are being distorted. Today, Islam as a religion, a culture and a civilization, is forced to wage a struggle of existence.
Despite the PYD’s denials, and probably their best intentions, the conflict in north-east Syria has many aspects of an ethnic war: the Kurds are driving out Sunni Arabs, whom they accuse of being Islamic State supporters. Those Arabs who flee are seen as demonstrably in league with the enemy: those who stay are suspected of belonging to ‘sleeper cells’, waiting their moment to strike. The Kurds say that they and their ancestors have lived in the area around Tal Abyad for twenty thousand years; the Arabs, they maintain, are recently arrived settlers
The point I am trying to make is that reading the IS phenomenon only through the prism of religion would be a mistake. Sure, religious extremism is a factor. But there are economic factors as well. It’s quite possible that many of the Indian IS recruits were as much motivated by the allure of wealth that they could grab in IS territories as they were by religion.
In Bed with the Reactionary Saudis
By Paul R. Pillar
Why Islamic State’s Gold CoinsWon’t Replace the Global Banking System
By The Economist
Covert Migration to the Islamic State
By Clive Williams
Terrorism or Islam phobia!
By Zaheer Bhatti
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
They see their truth as not only first in the world but as defining the world, determining right from wrong, good from bad, true from false. Any truth but theirs is blasphemy. In another instance, and as justification for attacking the 8th century BC citadel of Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, 10 miles northwest of Mosul, Iraq, the IS forces said, simply, “We’re ridding the world of polytheism and spreading monotheism across the planet.” This is how the ISIS views the world and why it murdered Khaled al-Asaad and displayed his bloodied, headless body in a public square: It is afraid of difference in the world. ….
Sabria S. Jawhar
It can’t be emphasized enough that early Islamic education in the Middle East must address religious terrorism and political Islam while western nations must find a balance to allow primary- and secondary-school-age Muslims to exercise their right to free speech to air their views on terrorism.
There are two theories. First, the lack of economic opportunity in a well-educated, predominantly youthful country, four years after the Jasmine Revolution that toppled the dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Secondly, southern Tunisia has been relegated to the sidelines of the more fashionable story — a mindset to match the Mediterranean influences on food and light on religion…
Both ISIS and AQIS threaten the security of Bangladesh. ISIS has the potential to empower existing Islamist militant movements with the ideology, network capabilities, financing and, most importantly, with its brand image. And despite ISIS’ growing influence, AQIS’s local focus means it will likely continue to have its own niche of support.
Pakistan’s Fight against Violent Extremism
By Senator Sehar Kamran
The Arab Reaction
By Rasul Bakhsh Rais
Appeasing the Baloch
By Syed Fazl-E-Haider
Counterterror In K-P And FATA: A Turnaround?
By Imtiaz Gul
Women after War
By Rafia Zakaria
Will Military Courts Help Pakistan Eliminate Terrorism?
By Sajjad Ashraf
Who Is Secular In Pakistan?
By Raza Habib Raja
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
ISIS and other Islamist groups -- such as the Taliban and al Qaeda -- collectively rain violence and misery upon the world but most directly upon imperiled Muslims who are subject to their rule. Muslims who are not Islamists, but followers of Islam.
Anti-Muslim Bigotry Has No Place in Politics
By Terri A. Johnson and J. Richard Cohen
Dangerous Redefinition of ‘Terrorism’
By Robert Parry
The Muslim World Is Broken, It Doesn't Have To Be
By Haroon Moghul
Our Radical Islamic Bff, Saudi Arabia
By Thomas L. Friedman
The Islamic State Conundrum
By Graham E. Fuller
Stop the Syrian War, Stop The Refugee Influx
By Murat Yetkin
Why Iraq Needs A United Sunni Authority To Face Extremism
By Hamdi Malik
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Is Tentacles in India
Paradigm For Religious Tolerance
Economic and Political Weekly
New Age Islam Edit Bureau
It’s time to stop underestimating this force as some group of self-discrediting madmen. ISIS is a moral and political threat to the fragile and ugly stability that exists in what’s left in the Middle East. ISIS will thrive and spread its ideas for as long as it has its land.