Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
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....
One, the rise of religious extremism and terrorism is not peculiar to
the followers of Islam; other major religions are also affected. The difference
is that there are no major terrorist movements in Christianity, Hinduism,
Brahmanism and Judaism. The critics may say that state terrorism on behalf of
these religions should not be ignored...
“Every attack is discussed endlessly on television and social media,
which heightens fear of future attacks, makes citizens scared of one another”
and puts pressure on governments to look tough...
Agencies Warned Dhaka of Terror Strikes
By Praveen Swami
That We Are Mourning
By Ibtisam Ahmed
Siege: Blame Deep Dysfunction In Politics And State Institutions
By Hindustan Times
Strikes Dhaka: Bangladeshi Government Needs A Broad-Spectrum Approach To Fight
By TOI Edit
Horror in Dhaka
By The Hindu
By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
“The message that there is only one form, a form alien to this land, of
belief and practice, that of the Wahhabi/Salafis who are not part of the four
Mazhabs of the Islamic Sunni belief is now being pushed with full force as the
current agenda. Many killed in brutal manner have been believers, Pirs, Shias,
Ahmedias, followers of the Sufi tradition, priests from other religions,
writers who were not necessarily atheists”....
Terrorism cannot be stopped by force. This is a fundamental truth that
needs to be acknowledged. It is a brilliant concept—it can only be countered
conceptually. We need radical ideas born out of a new imagination; force is on
the verge of exhausting itself...
And yet, it is sadly possible that those not paying attention to
circumstances inside the Islamic Republic might be lulled by the Orlando
statement into more wishful thinking that domestic reform is still just around
the corner. ...
The assailants in last week's assassination escaped but the murders seem
of a piece with a wave of extremist – and some claim Wahhabi – inspired
aggression against Sufi shrines in south Asia...
The militant outfit is not alone in considering the Qawwali, which has
long been part of the Sufi tradition in the subcontinent, as heretical. Many
Sufi practices are frowned upon as deviant within the more puritan religious
movements that have become increasingly popular in Pakistan during the last few
My response is that an ounce of optimism is preferable to a pound of
cynicism. Simultaneous to efforts aimed at deradicalisation will have to be the
strengthening of law enforcement and the rest of the criminal justice
system. Preventive detention at the
merest suspicion — as long as such action is provided for in law and is subject
to eventual oversight by the judiciary — of persons who share and
"What we call the cheerleaders and fanboys and wannabes — people
who aren't actually members of ISIL, who aren't actually in Syria, but are,
essentially, freelance supporters, often based in the West — they are the ones
who are giving the group its online oomph,"...
Syed Badrul Ahsan
An air of despondency hangs low over Bangladesh. And that is only
natural, given that as many as 49 citizens — Hindus, Christians, academics,
bloggers, publishers and foreigners — have lost their lives at the hands of Islamist
militants in the past two years....
...if we are serious about preventing the next Orlando, then we may have
to give equal and separate attention to risk factors that have nothing to do
with 'Islamic terrorism.'...