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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Turkey’s Reaction to Terrorism
Beril Dedeoglu

There are many illegal organizations in Turkey that use ethnic, religious or ideological references. But they lack any social base, and therefore public opinion is persuaded that foreign forces are behind them....


Bangladesh: And Then They Came For Oyasiqur Rahman Babu!
Subhash Gatade

Oasiqur Rahman Babu, who was otherwise a very shy, introvert type person, is dead. But his words would keep ringing in our ears for times to come ""The pen will remain active; will continue till the death of your belief,"….

More Room for Militants
Muhammad Amir Rana

More Room for Militants
Muhammad Amir Rana

The militant organisation calling itself the Islamic State (IS) had already registered its presence in the capital of Yemen by orchestrating large-scale suicide attacks on Shia mosques in Sana’a last month. Once regarded as a successful counterterrorism model, Yemen has been transformed into a crisis state in no time.........


Not all of the young men came from troubled families or were disadvantaged. Perhaps the most determining factor in their decisions to go to Syria was their influence on one another. The soccer player, Mr. Chaib, “was the central figure,” recalled Yousef Bartho Assidiq, a native Norwegian convert to Islam who visited Fredrikstad several times along with members of Prophet’s Umma, a radical group from Oslo that openly supports the Islamic State…..


It is Not Enough To Call Them Terrorists
Ahmet Hakan

We call “terrorists” those people who take up arms and commit acts of terror. If terrorists render it much more difficult to shout out loud for democratic rights with their actions....


GARISSA, Kenya: Al Shabaab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing 147 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk.
The masked attackers armed with AK-47s singled out non-Muslim students at Garissa University College and then gunned them down without mercy, survivors said. Others ran for their lives with bullets whistling through the air.
The men took dozens of hostages in a dormitory for several hours as they battled troops and police before the operation was ended after about 13 hours, witnesses said.
Al Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage said fighters from the Somalia-based extremist group were responsible for the bloodshed. The al-Qaida-linked group has been blamed for a series of attacks in Kenya, including the siege at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in 2013 that killed 67 people, as well as other violence in the north.

Islamic State has filled the vacuum of authority with policing, education, Sharia courts, humanitarian aid and the like. A favourite data point of terrorism experts is the consumer protection bureau that Islamic State has established in Raqqa, its Syrian capital. Islamic State promises slaughter to angry young men and a Salafism kibbutz to their sisters....


Fight the IS Threat, But Protect Free Speech
Endy M. Bayuni

You can stop the spread of the violent ideology espoused by the Islamic State (IS) movement and keep free speech. In fact, the best way of fighting IS is by strengthening democratic governance and not by turning to undemocratic and repressive measures….


Over the last few years, religious groups and sub sects have mushroomed in West Bengal that advocate a strict observance of Islamic practices. For example, the followers of groups that wear a green turban believe that a Muslim should not eat or drink in a house where the people do not grow beard. Similarly, other group suggests that the funeral prayer of someone who was not a namazi (saying prayers five-times-a-day) should not be attended and the person should not be allowed to be buried in a Muslim graveyard.  A senior journalist of Kolkata had said on this situation, “Now we feel scared with the growth of religious intolerance in the state.”

While militant groups and hot-button issues like Sharia law have understandably drawn significant attention, more fundamental questions about the causes of Islamic extremism in the region have not been adequately examined. Why is the culture of intolerance, hate and violence that permeates so much of the Middle East now being manifested in Southeast Asia….


Terms such as “Islamic,” “Islamism” or “Islamist” are offered to distinguish Islam -- the peaceful religion -- from Islamism, the extremist ideology. The problem, of course, is that all of these terms are derivatives, by way of suffixes, of the word “Islam.” If the term created to describe the ideology is a linguistic derivative of the word “Islam,” then the ideology concocted to inspire the act must also be a theological derivative of the religion Islam; such is the underlying messaging at play here, however inadvertent....


Tip-Toeing Around Islamic Extremism
Peter Singer

Finally, the repeated use of "Islamic" as part of the description of enemy groups may make it appear that the West is "at war with Islam." That could lead more moderate Muslims to fight alongside the extremists, thus broadening the conflict and making it more difficult to end....

Bangladeshi militants have had longstanding relations with Al-Qaeda and its leaders, including Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri. According to reports, Bangladesh's first openly-formed Islamist militant outfit, Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji), is closely linked with Al-Qaeda. Huji emerged from a group of Bangladeshi Afghan war veterans, who had gone to Afghanistan and joined with Mujaheedin ["jihad warriors"], addressed the press conference....


How Can European Muslims Protect Their Children Against ISIL?
Harun Yahya

Western governments should initiate mandatory education based solely on the Qur’an and divorced from the superstitions in Islamic institutions. It should also be made clear to the rest of the community that the Qur’an has nothing whatsoever to do with radicalism....

Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State
Ida Lichter, M.D

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias such as Islamic State can be found in historic and contemporary jihads....


Are Syrian Islamists Moving To Counterbalance Al-Qaeda? Will It Last?
Charles Lister

This latter alliance with Jabhat al-Nusra has been a consistent facet of insurgent dynamics in Syria, but not only in terms of conservative Salafist groups like Ahrar al-Sham. In fact, while rarely acknowledged explicitly in public, the vast majority of the Syrian insurgency has coordinated closely with Al-Qaeda since mid-2012 – and to great effect on the battlefield. But while this pragmatic management of relationships may have secured opposition military victories against the regime, it has also come at an extraordinary cost. The assimilation of Al-Qaeda into the broader insurgency has discouraged the U.S. and its European allies from more definitively backing the ‘moderate’ opposition. That, by extension, has encouraged the intractability of the conflict we see today and the rise of jihadist factions like Jabhat al-Nusra, IS, and many others....


Combat Radical Ideologies by Mobilising the Muslim World
Samar Fatany

Religious extremism and militant ideology are the two greatest challenges that the nation of Islam faces today. Researchers believe that Muslim scholars with hard-line views still play a pivotal role in misguiding our youth and allowing them to be easily recruited by militants and terrorist organizations…..

So, by assembling and defeating ISIS decisively at Dabiq, we would defeat them not only in actuality, but in appearance; we would be crushing their very Souls, because if it has been preordained by Allah that they are to be victorious against the 'armies of Rome' in this location, but instead are defeated….

Modern Mongols of Iraq
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Modern Mongols of Iraq
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Marx said history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce. In its long history, Iraq, the cradle of civilisation, has seen enough of both. It is said that when the Mongols ransacked Baghdad, the seat of Islamic caliphate and a great centre of learning and civilisation, the city’s fabled rivers turned dark......


The White House dissented against the Coptic identity of those killed by Islamic State, with a statement describing the victims as “Egyptian even in their deaths, their identity was to be buried. For unbeknown to the White House, they were merely echoing a deep Egyptian tradition that sought to bury any trace of the Coptic identity….


This ideology bears striking resemblances to some factions of Wahhabi and Salafi thoughts, which have been the main interpretations of Islam promoted both domestically and internationally by Saudi Arabia......

Sufis Don’t Have A Pope Or Ayatollahs, But They Have Poets: Speak!
Farrukh Dhondy

The deafening silence, which I personally regret comes from two sources. The first is a limited but necessary voice: that of the majority of immigrant Muslims who live and work and adapt to Europe. The second, much more universally significant, is the voice and opinion, for want of a better word, of Sufi Islam. Sufis don’t have a pope or ayatollahs, but they have poets. Speak!....


Root Cause Must Be Understood First To Counter Violent Extremism
Harun Yahya

In the fight against ideological groups, threatening their interests or their members with death has always had an opposite effect. The only way of eliminating a false ideology is by teaching a true one…..


Islamic State: The Pushback

The caliphate brings grandeur and a certain authority, even though the vast majority of Muslims repudiate it. Territory provides resources. But the needs of a statehood that has to be expansionist make continued success harder.....


Unfortunately the terrorists are still in our midst. They are posed to attack at any time. This requires us to be very alert; we need to understand that these terrorists are not alone. They have partners who are also determined to destroy our lands, through a plan drawn up to thwart Kurdish progress as much as possible…..


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