Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Well, their families once lived, didn’t they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out — or fled for their lives — when the Israeli state was created. And — a drawing in of breath is now perhaps required — the people who lived in Sederot in early 1948 were not Israelis, but Palestinian Arabs. Their village was called Huj. Nor were they enemies of Israel. Two years earlier, these same Arabs had actually hidden Jewish Haganah fighters from the British Army. But when the Israeli army turned up at Huj on May 31, 1948, they expelled all the Arab villagers — to the Gaza Strip! Refugees, they became. David Ben Gurion (Israel’s first prime minister) called it an “unjust and unjustified action”……
Shahid Javed Burki
Operating from sanctuaries established in the tribal agency, various terrorist groups, in association with organizations elsewhere in the country, have already attacked Pakistan’s four neighbours – Afghanistan, China, India, and Iran. Of the region’s foreign fighters, Uzbeks belonging to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan have recently become the most visible threat…..
Extremist clerics for a very long time were allowed – in the name of free speech – to incite violence by advocating that their ultimate aim is to get the black flag of Islam flutter atop 10 Downing Street. The likes of banned Al-Muhajiroun and their offshoots continue to preach that on the streets of London and elsewhere. Such language is dangerous because it has easy appeal to so many impressionable minds. This narrative needs to be countered. It is very simple that if 3 million of us wanted to live in a caliphate, we would not have chosen to live here. Even those calling for a Shariah state don’t believe in their hearts of hearts that such a utopian state will ever come into being......
The conflict in Iraq has brought to the limelight a major tussle between two schools of thought in Islam. The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been trying to impose the most extremist form of Islam known as Wahhabism, and the effects of this are being seen in several parts of the world. Indian Muslims who subscribe to the moderate Hanafi school of Islam are caught in the crossfire, as some who subscribe to Wahhabism are trying to impose this faith in a big way. According to a report by the Intelligence Bureau, the trend of Wahhabis trying to impose their faith started in 2010. Many Wahhabis from the Pathanwadi area in Mumbai laid siege to a Sunni mosque nearby and prevented many who visited that mosque from entering……
Yousef al-Qaradawi, a leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood residing in Qatar, has opposed the proclamation of an Islamic caliphate in areas of Iraq and Syria. He declared Al-Baghdadi’s declaration as void under the Shariah. According to him, the title of caliph can only be given by the entire Muslim nation, not by a single group. Stronger denunciations have been reported from Al-Azhar, a top authority of Sunni Islam as well as through the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh. Both accused Al-Baghdadi of heading a terrorist organisation......
They are filled with so much hatred and rage that it is self-evident that they are not only homicidal in nature but also in word, manner and deed. They are simply incapable of indulging in any form of intelligent, civilized, refined and intellectual debate or discussion about the deep and genuine concerns that some of us have about the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in the north or the serious and weighty assertions and allegations that have been made in the document……
The failure of al-Qaeda to carry out any spectacular action against the “enemies of Islam” in recent years has caused disenchantment among potential recruits in the West. The Caliphate-Baghdadi is likely to rekindle their interest, and many of them could proceed to the conflict zone in the Middle East. Al-Baghdadi is also likely to call upon his followers to carry out attacks in the lands of “infidels”, specially the US, to prove his global reach and capability. Russia and China are also likely to be targeted....
As Zarb-e-Azb rages on, it must be realized that it is not just an operation. It is a war with multiple battles. And while the main front is North Waziristan, it has opened another front within the IDP camps as extremist and militant organizations capitalize on the crisis. It might be the case that Pakistan is supplanting one kind of extremism with another as the organizations assert themselves through practical measures....
The notorious ISIL, or “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” which has made a name for itself by chopping off heads and crucifying opponents, has recently made global news by declaring a “caliphate.” However, and naturally, hardly anybody among the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims recognizes this self-declared “leadership of all Muslims” by a group that is too fanatic even for al-Qaeda. Yet still, it is worth looking at what the actual caliphate, which was disestablished by Republican Turkey some 90 years ago, looked like…..
Islamic faith doesn't require an Islamic state. I have never needed to live in such a caliphate in order to pray, fast or give alms. And, as the great Muslim jurist of the 14th century Imam Shatibi argued, Sharia law can be boiled down to the preservation of five things: religion, life, reason, progeny and property. I'd argue that the UK, despite rising Islamophobia, does preserve these five things and therefore allows us, as Muslims, to live "Islamic" lives…..
The Army helps militant outfits set up their welfare infrastructure throughout the country, especially in natural disaster prone areas. This has strengthened Pakistan-based militant outfits which use such opportunities to enhance their support base and recruit people for various fronts. In any case, the Army seems to have kept its hands off what it considers as the “good Taliban.” The emphasis is on fighting “foreign terrorists,” mainly the Uzbeks, who conducted a major terrorist attack on Karachi airport in June this year. Furthermore, foreign terrorists are viewed as a new buzzword to get good ratings from the American government which naturally links it with al-Qaeda. However, North Waziristan is not the only place where Uzbeks are present…..
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
As with past military operations against terrorist formations in Pakistan, sufficient prior warning was available, and a mass exodus of foreign, especially Uzbek, terrorists began before the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, creating the danger of these terrorists simply shifting to other parts of the country. Balochistan, which shares a porous border with the region, is under imminent threat. Naveed Khalid, a senior intelligence official based in Islamabad, conceded, "Our internal security wing revealed that a large number of IMU terrorists have fled .....
It may be amusing to some, but there is nothing funny about the declaration of the “Caliphate” by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The rise of rejectionist groups is testimony to an older, deeper struggle that still haunts the region today. It would be folly to dismiss Islamist rejectionism as a fringe ideology. The new Caliphate may be “ahistorical,” but there is growing support for this much-indulging myth among some Muslim youth. After a century of poisonous politics in the Middle East, many prefer to escape to the past instead of facing the painful present. Rejectionist radicals are not new in the Arab world……..
While the Western media portray the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant as a group of jihadists reciting the Qur’an, the ISIS has started the oil war in Iraq. With the help of Israel, it has cut off Syria’s supply and guaranteed the theft of oil from Kirkuk by the local government of Kurdistan. The sale will be assured by Aramco who will camouflage this diversion as increased "Saudi" production.... So the losers are the British, the Turks, and especially the Chinese, who were by far Iraq’s largest customer. The winners are the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia. The stakes are thus unrelated to a fight for the "true Islam.".....
However, not all people consider ISIS a silly joke. Some people publicize the group and call for fighting in its ranks. Although most of the region’s countries ban travelling to Syria and Iraq due to the violence there and pursue anyone who dares to go to Iraq or Syria, some say the idea of sending over dozens of ISIS-supporting preachers and intellectuals is not bad. Most of those who defend ISIS’ ideology and its state project and encourage fighting among its ranks actually prefer the life which they enjoy in “infidel societies,” whether in the Gulf, or the Arab Maghreb or in Europe…..
Generations of the young and lovelorn of Mosul have gazed at the Tomb of the Girl in Ras al-Jada, reputed to honour a beautiful girl who died of a broken heart. Historians believe the tomb in fact belonged to the great historian of medieval Islam, Ali ’Izz al-Din Ibn al-Athir al-Jazari, who died in 1260. In his masterwork, the al-Kamil fil’Tarikh, the History of the World, al-Jazari chronicled the epic wars of his times, from the Crusades to the Mongol invasions. Now, the Tomb of the Girl is a gaping hole, bulldozed by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) insurgents who captured Mosul less than a fortnight ago. The statue of the poet Mullah Uthman Ali Mussili, a nineteenth century Mosul poet whose lyrics still run through modern Arab music, has been removed from the al-Mahata area. The statue to iconic poet Abu Tammam in the Bab al-Tourb area, residents say, is gone......
Two other reports by Praveen Swami from the war zone:
Mosul Refugees Live In Fear, Uncertainty
Iraq Launches Ramadan Counter-Offensive
Dr. Nafeez Ahmed
I wrote critically about the rise of ISIS, a phenomenon which I anticipated in Zero Point. The story in my novel fasts-forward to a future in which Maliki’s Iraq is collapsing under the weight of its own lack of legitimacy, along with the rise of an al-Qaeda affiliated insurgency; post-NATO Libya has collapsed into full-scale civil war; U.S.-backed military expeditions to shore-up the falling dominoes of favored regional regimes ramp up to maintain a semblance of stability; and the threat of terrorism in Britain and elsewhere in the west….
Abdel Latif el-Menawy
Five years ago and particularly in June of 2009, American forces released Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the future leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria- from Camp Bucca, south of Iraq. The reasons he was released remain unknown until this very day, but while leaving prison, Baghdadi turned to the American general accompanying him to the exit door and to the American soldiers standing close together and said: "I'll see you in New York."….
Günay Hilal Aygün
“Certainly Turkey is not facing a threat of permanent occupation as in Syria and Iraq, but it is not a far-fetched possibility for Turkey to become a target of assaults that will cause headaches.” He recalled that Turkey has been targeted by similar organizations before, noting that the November 2003 attacks by l-Qaeda in İstanbul are the bloodiest and most shocking acts of terror the country….
Extremism and Its Remedies
Dr Mohd Farid Mohd Shahran
In relation to man, extremism can be seen from a number of manifestations such as bigotry and intolerance, continuous commitment to excessiveness and applying pressure on others to do likewise, harshness in the treatment of others, occupation with side issues and excessive extension of prohibition. At the most extreme level, it will lead to aggression and terror. Yet, what is in man that causes him to be extreme.....
Let me end on a philosophic note, literally. The word "philosopher" is derived from two Greek words: Philo, which means Love, and Sophia, which means wisdom. The Prophet Mohammed was a philosopher, not a fanatic. He would have been ashamed of the Taliban and others like them, who are committing the worst crimes against humanity in his name.….
Since the insurgents arrived, even if their forces of occupation are largely local Baathist remnants, they have posted rules for the implementation of their strict Sharia. These demand that women should be covered and only go outside “if necessary”. Drugs, alcohol and cigarettes are banned, and all shrines, monuments and graveyards - seen as idolatrous in Salafi forms of Sunni Islam - will be destroyed......
There are two kinds of Taliban in this country. One who say that they are Taliban; the other who says any operation against them is wrong. I am eligible to be killed by the first. The second stays silent at the thought of speaking against military operation. We are combating the first one in North Waziristan today. The second one resides in our mind, in our history books, gradually imparting ideological hegemony of their beliefs on me…..
S Iftikhar Murshed
This is the connotation of the term Zarb-e-Azb which has appropriately been adopted as the code name for the military operation in North Waziristan. The battle of Badr transformed the early Muslims into a dynamic force determined to take on the formidable challenges that threatened the survival of their small community. This is the spirit that is sadly missing in Pakistan despite the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb.......
The Iraqi army and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are battling for control of Iraq’s largest refinery outside Baiji north of Baghdad, with each side holding part of the complex. But in the town of Baiji itself, a few miles away, which is completely under the control of ISIS, residents say they are most frightened by ISIS militants going door to door asking about the numbers of married and unmarried women in the house….......