Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
of this and of the fact that Islam does not focus on ethnicity is that ethnic
Russian Muslims become part of the Umma as a whole rather than forming “any
separate Russian diaspora inside it,” but because they lack an Islamic
tradition, they are an easy catch for “radical ideological” groups....
component ISIS uses to control its roadside bombs is made in America, a new
report reveals. The 'microcontrollers' are manufactured by an innocent Arizona
firm but their normal use is subverted by the terror group's armourers and they
are turned into deadly improvised explosive devices. The hi-tech components are
among hundreds of items produced around the world which are sourced by ISIS and
trafficked into their terror heartland in Iraq and Syria. These include hair
bleach and even Nokia mobile phones.....
Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari
from its strategic strongholds, in addition to depriving it of its various
sources of income (e.g. sale of oil and antiquities, 'taxation', extortion) as
well as recruitment of foreign fighters is an urgent mission that can be
completed in 2016....
As a matter of
fact, Islam is a peaceful religion, and never ever allows its followers to
carry out destruction on earth. The
concept of holy war in Islam arises only in self-defence, which is everyone’s
right. Throughout the Muslim history, and during the time of Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him), Muslims fought when attacked by the opponents of Islam.
which has killed 20,000, and displaced 2.5 million, people since 2009,
continues to suffer reverses at the hands of troops from Nigeria, Niger,
Cameroon, Chad and Benin acting in concert....
In order to
tackle the menace of terrorism, the culture of extremist ideologies and
intolerance must be defeated. This can be achieved through teaching our
students critical thinking, flexibility and respect for human difference. We
must learn to become more open, flexible and tolerant to diverse ideas and
terminology winds up affecting the millions of Muslim citizens who are just as
horrified by these terrorists as anyone. “Terms like ‘Islamic terrorism,’
‘Islamist terrorism,’ ‘Jihadism’ and ‘Islamofascism’ succeed only in conflating
terrorism with mainstream Islam, thereby casting all Muslims as terrorists or
Today Rafi is a
voice against the Taliban, against conspiracy theories and against blind
anti-Americanism, in part because the United States did not take Donald Trump’s
advice to ban Muslims. Extremist American voices like Trump’s, Rafi says,
empower extremist voices throughout the Islamic world. “It’s people like Donald
Trump who are put forward by the extremists back home,” Rafi told me. “It pours
cold water on us.”.....
fact that the majority of Syrian Kurds do not support the PKK, the terrorist
organization focused its forces in the north of Syria between 2013 and 2015,
setting up a de facto, forced structure there and thus surrounding Turkey from
the south. .....
follows the Wahhabi understanding of “Tawhid” meaning “the oneness of God or
monotheism”. The larger rhetoric of the group says that a secular polity, which
is based on western precepts, preaches idolatry i.e. state worship and it is
punishable by death....
that the Sufis always presented themselves as the loyal heirs of the Prophet
Mohammad, it’s even harder to understand why Muslims should despise them. And
yet over the past century, wave after wave of Muslim reform and renewal
movements have rejected almost every aspect of Sufi Islam. The Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – whose franchises have sentenced Sufis to death in Syria
and bulldozed their shrines in Libya – is only the latest of these anti-Sufis.
Issandr El Amrani
are left to check the Islamic State’s progress in Libya? Since the prospect of
large-scale intervention has always been fanciful, the remaining options
include covert operations of the kind that have taken place in Libya since
2011, and coordinating a military operation with militias closest to IS’s
stronghold in Sirte. ....
Sabria S. Jawhar
can be just as mystified as any other country why some of its bright young
citizens stray so far from the path of Islam to commit murder. But why put the
onus only on Muslim countries? Home-grown terrorists, often second-generation
French, British and American citizens, have engaged in terrorist acts. So it
must be asked whether those countries are doing enough to combat the disease
and not just its symptoms. Religious extremism is a global problem, often born
and nurtured in non-Muslim countries.....
regards Afghanistan as its backyard. Determined not to let its archrival,
India, gain influence there, and to ensure that Afghanistan remains in the
Sunni Islamist camp, Pakistan has used the Taliban selectively, promoting those
who further its agenda and cracking down on those who don’t. The same goes for
Al Qaeda and other foreign fighters. Even knowing this, it might come as a
surprise that the region’s triumvirate of violent jihad is living openly in
account of the exceptional circumstances the Islamic State is facing, it has
been decided to reduce the salaries that are paid to all mujahedeen by half,
and it is not allowed for anyone to be exempted from this decision, whatever
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
question marks still dog the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) a
year later, crucial madrasa reforms are stuck in limbo and known rabble-rousers
like Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Abdul Aziz continue to roam free courtesy of legal
loopholes. The army added torque to Operation Zarb-e-Azb after the APS attack,
but scolds the Sharif government for not moving in lockstep. The ISIS analogy,
to me, is where Gall's narrative creeps into foggy, conspiratorial territory
because she offers no motive…..
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
There are still
plenty of failed states left in the Muslim world where ISIS could re-establish
their territorial “caliphate”. And it seems that the new designated location
might be Libya.....
concerns about IS in Libya have spurred diplomatic efforts to end the civil war
through the creation of a government of “national accord”. Hopes were raised by
a peace deal brokered by the UN that was signed in Morocco on December 17th by
delegates from the rival parliaments.....
the Global Terrorism Index 2015, India is the sixth-most affected nation in the
world by terrorism. India has been on the list of the 10 worst-affected nations
for the past 14 years. The NIA’s arrest of Abu Musab, along with a dozen other
people, last month is disturbing proof that India cannot ignore the IS, not
report last year warned that the Maulana’s links with militant groups involved
in terrorist activities presented a grave security threat. The report also
cited a video message recorded by students of the Madressahs Hafsa pledging
allegiance to the militant Islamic State group...
To try and sum
up extremism in one word or reason will ultimately lead to a vast
generalization. But the main reason behind the cause of extremism is the
educational curricula, because this lays the foundations that shape one’s
thoughts. So when these curricula teach extremism, extremists will be born.....
measures must reflect a nuanced understanding of the process in which an
individual turns from a "religious person" to a
"terrorist". Most followers fall in the second and third categories
i.e. "religious" and "religious fundamentalist" so the
right kind of policy intervention at these stages will be very helpful in
checking the growth of radicalisation. And, it might be very helpful to engage
liberal and spiritual religious scholars in such policy interventions as
followers will be able to repose their trust in them.....
“The Islam that
is spreading through society in Africa today is the new active Islam, not the
dormant, Sufi, private-life only [version]. It’s going into policy, into
economy, into culture, into education. It’s going into public life,” said
Hassan al-Turabi, the leading ideologue of political Islam in Africa, who
hosted Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders as Sudan’s de facto ruler in
officials say the Jakarta attack demonstrates the Islamic State's appeal in
normally quiescent Muslim populations, in such nations as Indonesia, Malaysia
and the Philippines. Indeed, the Indonesian affiliate was the first to swear
allegiance after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in late June
2014 and changed its official name to the Islamic State....
spreads to European capitals, such precautions are regarded as normal, and
nobody interprets them as an attack on freedom of ideas or the right to
liberty. When it comes to Turkey, however, double standards on the subject of
terror immediately go into operation, and measures taken by Turkey to protect
its own citizens in the fight against terror attract the most astonishing