Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Dramatic acts of terrorism enable perpetrators to reach out far beyond the proximity of their original theatre. In this way, the media serves as a ‘terror magnifier’ by virtue of its intrinsic facilities. 9/11, which shaped the course of world politics, is a classic example of this phenomenon. To reiterate a popular argument, the Indonesian Tsunami caused 227,000 casualties, as opposed to 3,000 in 9/11, yet the latter took the world in a sweltering grip of panic, wielding a reaction of geopolitical proportions...
Saudi Arabia’s heavy-handed policy in Yemen has left visible trenches; moreover, its open support for the radical ultra-orthodox and its ever more disturbing apparent patronage of al-Qaeda has worked to establish a link in between radical factions and terror militants, thus putting Riyadh’s policy and real intentions in the region under a new troubling light. At a time when Yemen is preparing to draft its new constitution, as to assert its democratic future and seal its people’s call for change, Saudi Arabia races to eliminate contenders to its authority and control…..
It was a quick call from my editor's office in Karachi informing me not to bother writing anymore about the Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or any other militant outfit, religious party or even the cricketer-turned-politician's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). I was told I couldn't even mention TTP and its other sister organisations….
"Pakistan: the country where even the martyred dead protest, because the living have failed them". So tweeted Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, freshly-minted Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief. Young Bilawal's lament should put to shame most of his seniors in the business of politics including of his own party. Condemning the Taliban is a far cry for them. Out of fear or expediency (or both) even the "T" word is missing from their lexicon……
The Taliban have now started dictating us on TV and through TV anchors. Their strategy has changed. They are now targeting personalities, individuals and media people directly. This is to create fear and dread in order to achieve the desired results. The talks offer by the Taliban and a powerful bomb blast close to GHQ at the same time is the clear message that they are not serious, they are joking….
Nadeem F. Paracha
Their narrative in this respect went something like this: The war against extremism was imposed upon Pakistan by the Americans and (thus) it is not our war. Extremists are slaughtering Pakistanis because the Pakistani state is an ally of the US that breaches Pakistan’s sovereignty with drones and incites revenge attacks from the extremists....
Some observers and Afghan officials blame these killings on Pakistani officials, saying they feared losing influence over the commanders who had become part of peace talks. “A second possibility is that the Pakistani intelligence agency, unhappy about the Afghan Taliban pursuing peace, is behind the killings...
The aim is not to defame preachers but to put things in perspective. Are those who incited and sent a Kuwaiti or a Saudi youth to fight in Syria only to return in a coffin considered partners in crime? Or are they just preachers where incitement is an act of religious preaching and where the one committing it does not bear any responsibility?...
The term ‘Shia Genocide’ has been added to the lexicon to describe the mass murder of the minority Shias in Pakistan. But it is not only Shias who are suffering at the hands of the murderous and regressive ideology of the Taliban. Almost seven years to the day, the Taliban assassinated the fearless head of the Peshawar Police, Malik Muhammad Saad, in a suicide bomb attack in the same neighbourhood. For every Shia murdered in sectarian attacks, several Sunnis have also been killed in terrorist attacks by the same Taliban. ....
Dr Kevin Barrett
By claiming they are fighting for an “Islamic
state” while committing horrendous war crimes, the Takfiris are waging a public
relations jihad against Islam. No wonder the Zionists support them! ...
I tried to explain that the Takfiri extremists
in Syria do not represent the world's Muslims. But since the Takfiris use and
abuse the word “Islamic,” and draw support from Saudi Arabia – the custodian of
the Muslim holy cities – people like Michael Parenti use them as examples of
the alleged extremism of Islam. What kind of “Islam” advocates ripping out the
heart of a dead enemy and eating it for the camera? What kind of “Islam” allows
the procuring of women for illicit temporary relationships with soldiers? What
kind of “Islam” condones mass executions of people because they are Christians
or moderate Muslims?...
The Takfiris make a habit of executing people who
do not share their fanatical misinterpretation of Islam. This practice is
utterly un-Islamic. Throughout history, Muslims have been enjoined to protect
people of other religions. One noteworthy example: When the great Christian
Saint Francis – the current Pope’s namesake – decided he wanted to become a
martyr, he traveled into Islamic territory in order to preach Christianity and
argue strongly against Islam. Francis expected the Muslims would kill him, just
as the Christians would have killed a Muslim who entered Christian territory to
argue strongly against Christianity. It was, after all, the year 1219, and the
Fifth Crusade was raging. But no matter how hard he argued against Islam,
Francis could not provoke any Muslims to violence. Sultan al-Kamil, the nephew
of Salah ad-Din (Saladin), welcomed Francis to his camp and spent long nights
with him in religious discussions. Neither converted the other, but the outcome
was mutual respect.
The Indian jihadist movement constitutes an internal security issue with an external dimension. The two dimensions are historically intertwined and in the last few decades the boundaries between Jihadist Violence: The Indian Threat 75 them have become increasingly blurred. Pakistan-based groups, most notably LeT, have significantly greater capacity, more robust capabilities, and considerably more resiliency, thanks in no small part to a more hospitable environment....
Sheikh Musa Furber
Most people – indeed most Muslims – are not aware that Islam banned the use of child combatants since the time of the prophet, and that these age limits have remained a part of Islamic law ever since. The evidence for age limits includes rigorously authenticated reports that the prophet did not allow children to participate in armed conflicts (jihad)…..
Dr Mohammad Taqi
The Mehsud faction apparently is refusing to share the kitty left behind by Hakeemullah. This is when the state has its chance to assert its power instead of the interior minister’s wishy-washy statements about how difficult it is to fight terrorism….
In reality, Bandar bin Sultan is the protégé and successor of Bin Laden; he has deepened and systematized global terrorism. Bandar’s terror network has murdered far more innocent victims than Bin Laden. That, of course, is to be expected; after all he has billions of dollars from the Saudi treasury, training from the CIA and the handshake of Netanyahu!...
The Indian Mujahideen is part of a larger universe of jihadist entities operating in India. Many are connected to one another and to external jihadist entities like LeT or HuJI-B, each of which recruits and runs its own Indian operatives in addition to supporting independent networks. The IB estimates the entire number of people who are part of the IM network—including foot soldiers within modules, but excluding individual cells tangentially connected to it—to be in the hundreds. Outside Kashmir, Indian militants independent of the IM and connected to LeT, HuJI-B...
“We will bomb them in their houses, and we will bomb them in their mosques,” he warned. “We will bomb them in their hospitals and we will bomb them in their schools. We will bomb them at their weddings, and we will bomb them at their funerals. We will bomb them in their offices and we will bomb them in their shops. We will bomb their children, and we will bomb their elders. And we will continue to bomb them until they stop accusing us falsely of being violent terrorists.”...
Dr Haider Shah
‘They are not true Muslims’ is what many say when the extremist activities of the Taliban are discussed. This line of argument betrays our lack of comprehension of the role religious faith plays in our social life. People use faith in different ways, depending on their psychological needs....
Kashmiri sent an e-mail to a Pakistani journalist in which he did not directly claim credit for the attack, but implied the 313 Brigade’s involvement. Al-Qaeda’s number three at the time, Sheikh Sai’d al-Masri, went further and claimed credit in an audio statement for the bombing on Kashmiri’s behalf. According to a U.S. indictment, the Federal Bureau of Investigation asserted that Kashmiri “was in regular contact with al-Qaeda and in particular with Mustafa Abu al Yazid, a.k.a. ‘Sheik Said al Masri’.”...
Jihadist Violence: The Indian Threat 37The use of RDX, and historic hands-on involvement of foreign militant groups, helps explain the authorities’ initial confusion. However, additional IM attacks followed during the next three years and, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, the authorities continued to blame foreign militants. Privately, intelligence officials admit that they wrongly attributed the increased number of attacks almost exclusively to HuJI-B or LeT, explaining that they often chalked this up to compensation for reduced violence in Indian-administered Kashmir.....
Today, Islamists are laughing at us. While our politicians and corporate heads “accommodate” their medieval, supremacist agenda to tap vote banks or market shares, the Islamists are nibbling away at our foundational values. Speak up now or the explosions in Volgograd may turn into the death-fields of Stalingrad….
Many of the Muslims living in the city were already suffering from real and relative deprivation, and had experienced or at least lived in the shadow of communal violence that plagued the city on multiple occasions. Because of the sheer size of the population, the pool of possible would-be militants was larger than in many other areas. Moreover, the city’s status as a magnet for migrants ultimately enabled it to become a melting pot for those who did become involved in Islamist militancy. It also enabled foreign operatives from Pakistan or Bangladesh to blend in easily. .....
Russia can deal with Salafi terror through Sufism and traditional Islam. It should pay more attention to Islam. Departments of Middle Eastern affairs, Islamic studies and Arabic language and literature as well as translation services remain closed to Muslims in Russia. If measures are taken to deal with this problem and Muslims in Russia become more influential, a moderate climate could be created…..
The effects of advances by al-Qaeda linked groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are likely to pose a serious threat for the region as a whole. There is no regional power that can cope with the al-Qaeda alone. Potential regional powers are more interested in focusing on their rivalry with each other, rather than cooperating against the al-Qaeda. As long as this continues, the Middle East will provide a fertile ground for the al-Qaeda to be reborn with a vengeance….
Its slogan became “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our commander, Quran is our constitution, Jihad is our path, and Shahadat [martyrdom] is our desire.”As the 1990s progressed, SIMI leaders increasingly sought to link themselves—ideologically, rhetorically, and operationally -- with the burgeoning transnational jihadist movement. In addition to providing the mood music to which Indian jihadists began to dance, the organization connected with Pakistani and Kashmiri militant groups that could provide military training…..
Hafiz Saeed, the chief of banned outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah, also subscribes to the same venomous ideology. Despite being declared a terrorist by the India and the US, he is addressed by Pakistan’s TV channels as Aalim-e-din, Islamic scholar, religious leader and not as a terrorist mastermind. While Fazl ur Rehman, who subscribes to the same ideology, condemns terrorism in India, then what’s stopping another Islamic leader Hafiz Saeed to issue a similar fatwa against terrorism in Pakistan?...