Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
people tell me I am brave to go to Lahore, I will feel sorry for their timid
banality. My session on elegy poetry became, for me, a metaphor for the times
we live in. But what has continued to stay with me is the short poem by Zehra
Apa, Suna Hai Jungalon Ka Bhi Koi Dastoor Hota Hai, about the law of the
jungle where small and big animals co-exist and get together to defend her if
the earth is at risk. It ends with invoking Allah to give humans Jungalon Ka
have long sought to inspire individuals or small groups of people to commit
acts of terrorism for their cause. Individual terrorists are often described as
“lone wolves,” but that term is misleading. If a person is acting in the name
of a global, ideological cause, then he or she cannot be considered a “lone
wolf,” even if the individual in question has zero contact with others. In
fact, single attackers often express their support for the jihadists’ cause in
ways that shows the clear influence of propaganda....
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
people expected that demonetization would be a strong move to crash down the
funding sources of terror emanating from the global fountainheads of Wahhabism
into various parts of this country. Most notably, the global Wahhabi networks,
in name of largesse, immensely funded petrodollars to the religious,
educational and other charitable institutions in India. In the year 2016, NDTV,
an Indian TV channel ran a two-part show on “Saudi Islam in India and Money
Trail”. The channel scrutinised the records of funds pouring in to promote
Saudi-style Salafist Islam in India and particularly its influence in
Saeed, the head of the Lashkar and its parent political arm, the
Jamaat-ud-Dawa, was placed under house arrest last month, though no criminal
charges have been brought against him. The Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s offices in several
areas now bear new billboards proclaiming them to belong to an organisation
called the Tehreek-e-Azaadi-e-Kashmir....
Abdus Sattar Ghazali
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Jamie
McGoldrick said last month that the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year
conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded. This announcement
marks the first time a U.N. official has confirmed such a high death toll in
Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation. Earlier, the U.N. reported 4,200
civilians were killed in the war. In addition, many more are indirect victims
of the conflict, including those who suffer from chronic diseases, including
high blood pressure and diabetes, and are unable to get treatment.....
Generally speaking, the adjective “Islamic” is used to define a faith,
culture and a way of life, whereas “Islamist” is used to define a political
line with the ultimate target of the domination of Islamic Sharia law as a
political system. Erdogan, like many other Muslims, has been opposing to the
use of the term because of his concern that ordinary men would not care too
much about the linguistic difference and develop Islamophobic feelings....
So even as the Islamic Military Alliance seeks to coordinate action
against terrorism within Islamic countries, it must also ensure that Islamic
countries like Pakistan which export and propagate terrorism against secular
neighbouring countries like India are brought under control. The two countries
with the largest Muslim populations in the world are not part of the Islamic
Schindler’s List drawn up by Saudi Arabia....
In Israel, a promoter for gay events that organizes parties around Tel
Aviv drew criticism after publicizing a party using pictures of handsome young
men in poses inspired by ISIS beheading videos. But others praised the ads for
turning the group’s violent homophobia on its head....
Aijaz Zaka Syed
be further from the truth. The Arabs and Muslims around the world are as
distressed and saddened by these senseless killings and attacks targeting
innocent bystanders. Indeed, their pain is even more acute considering these
cowardly acts are ostensibly carried out in their name and in the name of their
Dr Ramzy Baroud
reserve, I always find comparing massacres – to find out which is worse –
tasteless, if not inhumane. What is the point in this, aside from mitigating
the effect of a terrible tragedy, by comparing it to a hypothetically much
greater tragedy? Or, as the French have done, perhaps exaggerating the human
toll to create the type of fear that often leads to reckless political and
Bangladesh depends on migration of its workforce abroad for remittances, it has
also received Wahhabi and Salafi ideology along with these remittances. The
Gulf countries have also fuelled extremism through charities and donations for
mosques and Qaumi madrasas....
extremism has eroded the moral core of Judaism, Islamic extremism has led to
deep suspicion of Islam by others and Christians have abandoned the teaching of
Jesus to support persecution of others and the use of violence,”...
There is no
question that Saudi Arabia had significant influence over the development of
Salafism in northern Nigeria. One of the key movers in early, proto-Salafist
activism in northern Nigeria was Abubakar Gumi, a senior judge and skilled
preacher who supervised the creation of the mass-based, Salafist-leaning Izala
movement in 1978. ...
The Uri attack
came in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan and yet the
thrice-elected prime minister was not able to utter a word about the
shenanigans of his generals. This begs the question of whether the world has a
credible civilian partner in Pakistan? Modi and Ghani seem to have concluded
that the answer is no....
Faced with the
fall of the so-called caliphate in ongoing offensives targeting its twin bases
in Raqqa and Mosul, intelligence officials say, the Islamic State has been
telling Indian volunteers keen for military training to make their way to
Afghanistan instead. It has also been pushing them to stage attacks at home,
providing detailed do-it-yourself instructions on manufacturing explosive
governed by a right wing party with Hindu nationalist associations. In the past
two years, fringe elements have been drumming up religious tensions, although
there has not been a major incident of communal violence. It is a situation
however, that could lead to insecurity among Muslims who feel victimised or
marginalised. Islamic State does seem to be aiming at them. In May it released
a rare video promising to avenge Indian Muslims who were killed during the 2002
Gujarat riots and in Kashmir...
Once they are
used for extreme extremist views, these symbols are effectively ‘ruined’. The
popular negative associations become powerful through media and all rational efforts
to explain these are unfortunately, often destined to fail, intensifying the
rifts and tensions....
wave, from 1980 to the present, emerged from the Iranian Revolution and the
invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union and grew as a movement of
resistance against Western influences. This modern wave of terrorism is not
limited to jihadists. It also includes violence perpetrated by Christian
extremists like the Lord’s Resistance Army....
talks about its fight against the Taliban, it fails to clarify which category
of the Taliban it is referring to; ‘the good’ ones or ‘the bad’ ones. It is no longer a hidden truth that Pakistan
does fight the insurgents that targets it, which it terms as the ‘bad Taliban’.
On the other hand, it provides sanctuaries to those conducting militant
operations in Afghanistan calling them as the ‘good Taliban’....
practice their faith calmly and respectfully are “victims of a semantic
problem” when “terrorists” are described as “Islamic terrorists.” “I think we
should call a spade a spade,” Bouchamaoui told the UN General Assembly’s
high-level forum on The Culture of Peace. “A terrorist is a killer, a murderer,
a criminal and I would even say an imposter who is manipulating Islam.”...
little, thus, whether the Jama’at-ul-Ahrar flies the flag of al-Qaeda or the
Islamic State or indeed, what its own name might be: the problem lies not in a
few men of evil, but a polity fragmented by a century of war, and a failed
project of statehood...
attention when broadcasting sensitive news does not mean the media should
present the audience with what it wants to hear - by doing so; we would end up
with an incomplete, inaccurate and misleading story.....
was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city
of Bremen last year and drove for four straight days to reach the territory
controlled by the Islamic State in Syria. He barely had time to settle in
before members of the Islamic State’s secret service, wearing masks over their
faces, came to inform him and his German friend that they no longer wanted
Europeans to come to Syria. Where they were really needed was back home, to
help carry out the group’s plan of waging terrorism across the globe....
exercise political rights; many now shun older politicians, whom they associate
with tanks and guns. And for all its violence Afghanistan has managed to avoid
the kind of sectarian bloodletting that afflicts neighbours such as Iraq.
Afghans of all ethnicities are loudly decrying the attacks. That is some small
solace, at least...
Nawar Fakhry Ezzi
Perceiving Heaven the way God truly described it can only bring to our
hearts peace and love and cannot possibly motivate terrorists to kill others
assuming that they will go there when all that they have done was to instil
fear in the hearts of people and bring grievance into this world....