Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
"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.'...
Life is speeded up. It used to be that when a hideous atrocity occurred
people waited a day or two, even a week, before co-opting it into their
political armoury. Now it happens while the smell of cordite is still in the
air and before the blood has dried. There is a breathtaking shamelessness....
National and regional Muslim groups in the US, such as the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Colorado Muslim Society, have strongly condemned Mateen's action and even apologized for it. But Muslim response to this tragedy should not stop there. There needs to be a deeper rethinking about what Islam means, and how it is discussed, understood and practised in our homes, and outside.
Four of the five convicted and executed in the latest round of trials
were leaders in the country’s largest Islamist political party,
Jamaat-e-Islami, outraging Muslim fundamentalists and others....
Controversial moves to prosecute and execute war criminals from the
country's bloody struggle for independence in 1971 pushed Islamist factions
deeper underground and have perhaps provoked a violent counter-response.....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
The new chief of Afghan Taliban Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a
product of Pakistani madrasas (religious seminaries) and still leads a string
of madrasas across Pakistan's south-western Balochistan.....
The Islamic State (ISIS)
has successfully managed to radicalise and attract to its ranks several
Indian-origin youth from the huge diaspora in West Asian countries, Indian
security agencies have found. Refusing to speculate on the exact number of
Indians who have joined the ISIS, a top intelligence official told this
newspaper: “How many of Indian-origin youth have left from West Asia to join
the ISIS we don’t know. We have some leads, but it is difficult to say anything
conclusively now.” Already the number of Indians who have joined the ISIS has
been revised from around 25 to about 40 now.
Muhammad Nurul Huda
The inescapable fact is that the ultimate responsibility of breeding a
violent culture and its multiple social ramifications shall fall on state
agencies that fail to see the ominous signals of religious extremism and
perhaps willy-nilly nurture and protect the so-called Jihadi groups....
“We want to give them that confidence, so that, in the event they are
approached, they know what to do,” he continued. Somalis, Somali-Kenyans,
Muslim Kenyans, and even Christian Kenyans were caught in a state of crisis, he
observed. “If we keep quiet and don’t talk about these issues, there is a
chance we will lose these young people.”....
The IS/AQIS is capable of providing additional resources and a global
stage for these menacing groups. It is a matter of time and opportunity before
such a tie can flourish. Therefore, it is imperative to acknowledge that denial
cannot be a strategy, and that it is necessary to act in earnest....
Robert F. Worth
The battle against the Islamic State had made the downtrodden Kurds into
heroes. In the weeks and months that followed, the Kurds watched in amazement
as fighters aligned with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or P.K.K. — long branded
a terrorist group by Turkey and the United States — became the central
protagonists in the defence of Kobani.....
“Do not listen to those who tell you that Islam is a religion of peace”,
one jihadist says, his face digitally masked over. “Islam was never a religion
of peace for even one day. Islam is a religion of war. The Prophet commanded us
to remain at war until the day the rule of Allah is established”. The video
mocks Muslims protesting against the Islamic State....
If extremist movements are not curbed, Bangladesh could well become an
epicentre for Islamic radicalism. Given its proximity to other substantial
Muslim populations in both south and Southeast Asia, the emergence of such
religious extremism could have profound destabilising consequences well beyond
the reaches of the country....
William B. Milam
Some of those are a legacy of the war in Afghanistan, in which some
Bangladeshis fought; others are by-products of the Wahhabi influence that
Bangladeshi workers in the Persian Gulf brought back when they returned
That doesn’t mean saying there is a problem with the Muslim community as
a whole. Let’s not forget, they are the prime targets and first victims of Isis
and their fellow Jihadis. The answer lies in combating the politicisation of
Islam. Only then can we distinguish religion from politics and faith from
I often thought of my father, who had suffered political persecution in
the 1980s under the dictatorship of Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq. He would say
physical pain touches only the surface; you must never let it break your
One of the first things that happened is that the sheikh married one of
the girls who was around 14 years old and he was probably in his 40s. The
marriage was supposed to combine our community with the sheikh’s community in
The phenomenon is complex and sometimes difficult to explain. But what
is clear today is that combating this phenomenon requires regional and
international effort, both on the military and ideological fronts. What is also
clear is that crushing Daesh will not necessarily defeat the reasons for its
S. Binodkumar Singh
However, the trend of targeting intellectuals/ activists/ secularists/
or alleged 'apostates'/ 'blasphemers', which commenced after the Shahbagh
Movement of February 2013 seeking the death penalty for War Criminals of the
1971 genocide, appears to be escalating. 12 persons were killed in 2013; four
persons in 2014; and nine in 2015. Disturbingly, since the beginning of the
The Haqqani Network is Pakistan's reliable card in the Afghan quagmire.
That is why Pakistan has always provided the organization with a critical
lifeline. Actually, Haqqanis are nothing but a sickening symptom of Pakistan's
preoccupation with India and the disproportionate role of its army in national
The evolving assessment about Al Qaeda and the Nusra Front in Syria
comes from interviews with nearly a dozen American and European intelligence
and counterterrorism officials and independent analysts, most of whom have been
briefed on confidential information gleaned from spies and electronic
The 9/11 commission did criticize Saudi Arabia for its sponsorship of a
fundamentalist branch of Islam embraced by terrorists and for the Saudi royal
family’s relationship with charity groups that bankrolled al-Qaida before
The proliferation of Shia militia groups since 2003, during the course
of the war on Isis in particular (with acquiescence from the US), has worsened
Iraq’s problems. They are heavily armed, challenge the state and have committed
sectarian atrocities against Iraq’s Sunnis. They create the space that allows
Isis to flourish....