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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Hypocrites Shine on Paris Catwalk
Pepe Escobar

The difference is that now the Masters of the Universe cannot so easily fool the overwhelming majority of the Global South, which understands   there is hardly any substantial difference between the House of Saud, the myriad declinations of al-Qaeda, and IS/ISIL/Daesh – the fake Caliphate now in possession of “Syraq”......


Malala Factor a Prelude to the Peshawar’s Tragedy and the Pakistani Public’s Role
Syed Rizvi

One cannot doubt that this hatred against Malala among the Pakistanis arose as a result of the solidarity with the Taliban the Pakistani people have harboured for quite some time.  Muslims saw the Taliban as the saviours of Islam in its purest form.  The word “Islam” is a magic wand that comes in handy to arouse emotions, especially in the Islam-obsessed society of Pakistan, and incite Muslims to do most dire deeds with neither shame nor remorse……

'Charlie Hebdo Cartoons Are Bigoted'
Vidya Venkat

That people “need to learn to laugh at themselves” is often a point made by publishers of provocative cartoons. You could place those same words in the mouth of the publishers of the Danish Cartoons or Charlie Hebdo, and it would reflect their views accurately, that the problem with Muslims is that they lack a sense of humour, and that the solution is for Muslims to learn to laugh at themselves. But laughing at oneself is not quite the same as being laughed at, especially as a group….


France Attack: Limits of Solidarité
Rakhshanda Jalil

While it is true that the newspaper has taken pot-shots at all religions, including Christianity and Judaism, it is also true that its staff dip their pens in a special vitriol when it came to Islam. It has always derived a perverse pleasure in displaying a gleeful irreverence for Islam and its Prophet. Given that Muslims constitute the single largest — and most visibly distinct — minority in France, its darts have found a perfect target among the immigrant populations crowded in the urban ghettos that skirt Paris. Given also that Muslim immigrants are the poorest and most disenfranchised of French citizens, the consistent attacks in print acquire a sinister xenophobic tinge…..


France after the Terror Attacks
Dileep Padgaonkar

The commitment to these values is deeply embedded in French culture and in France’s national life thanks to her thinkers ranging from Rabelais, Pascal, Voltaire and Molière in centuries past to Sartre, Camus, Malraux and André Breton in our own times, not to mention those that were in the forefront of the anti-clerical movement along the way.....


Hate Speech versus Satire
Sabria S. Jawhar

The media’s glib labelling of the murderers as “Islamic extremists” ignores the fact that Islam does not teach killing people who blaspheme. The Qur’an is explicit in its response to blasphemers: “Do not sit with them.” Since these individuals did not follow the holy book, how does that make them religious extremists when religion doesn’t enter the picture? Murder is murder and has no religion. While I shed no tears for these men, it doesn’t mean that I stand with Charlie Hebdo…


Paris Attack: The Terror Within
Ayesha Siddiqa

Muslims are generally sensitive about the depiction and discussion of Prophet Muhammad, who himself discouraged drawings, so that people wouldn’t start worshipping them. One of the stories from Muhammad’s life that most Muslims have grown up with speaks of a woman who would throw garbage at him every time he passed by her house in Mecca. Until one day, when she fell ill and couldn’t perform her favourite task. The Prophet of Islam was concerned and knocked at her door to inquire if she was all right. This is generally cited as an example of his forgiveness and an indication that death to the blasphemer is not the only way to deal with the issue of respect or disrespect to the Prophet.....


The Wars Against and From Within
Gwynne Dyer

The great Muslim civil war is about the political, social and cultural modernisation of the Muslim world. Should it continue down much the same track that other major global cultures have followed, or should those changes be stopped and indeed reversed? The Islamists take the latter position. Some aspects of modernisation are very attractive to many Muslims, so stopping the changes would require a lot of violence, including the overthrow of most existing Governments in Muslim countries. But that is the task that the Islamists in general, and the jihadi activists in particular, have undertaken....


French Have My Condolences, Not My Apology
Rana Ayyub

I am tired and embarrassed at having to reassert that my faith has nothing to do with the lunacy of some misguided rascals who claim to be protectors of my faith. They are as misguided as the Buddhist monks in Myanmar who are targeting Muslims in riots, the very idea being contradictory to the Buddhist faith. Yes, I have stood against anti-Muslim bigotry and will continue to do so in the light of the events in present times and that does not translate into being a terrorist sympathizer. No, I am not a "moderate Muslim" because the term is insulting to my faith just as it would be to a Hindu or a Jew or a Sikh - any faith demands honesty and not a quantitative assessment or degree of your belief in it…

What about the Charlie Hebdos of Pakistan?
Sarah Munir

We wished the international community had created an equal uproar when we lost one of our own. Because wasn’t an attack on one journalist equivalent to an attack on journalists everywhere? Wasn’t killing even one person in cold blood synonymous to murdering humanity everywhere? But we had asked these questions for too long and too many times. When our men and women were blown to smithereens in crowded markets. When our children were slaughtered in cold blood in schools. When an attack on Muslims was brushed aside as a ‘consequence’ while an attack on anyone else became a call to action. When we are blamed for a war that has robbed us of the most…..

Over 2000 People Have Been Massacred In Nigeria, But Do You Care?
Leo Igwe

As world leaders gathered at the French capital to march in solidarity with France following a brutal attack on its citizens by terrorists, something far more atrocious and horrifying in scale and severity unfolded in north-east Nigeria. Boko Haram militants massacred over 2000 persons, mainly women, children and elderly people. While in France, the militants attacked to avenge the publication of the cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), in Nigeria, Boko Haram militants have a different agenda: to implement Sharia law and turn the country into an Islamic state. For the latter, the motive is much stronger and hence, much more vicious…..

Beyond Charlie
Mahir Ali

Beyond Charlie
Mahir Ali

Some of the predictable attacks on the obvious symbols and institutions have already occurred in France, and more are likely to follow. Most French politicians have been at pains to point out, though, that most Muslims in their country have little to do with the violent tendencies of Jihadism. By the same token, most French citizens are disinclined to opt for violence in retaliation….

What Can I Say?
Javed Anand

What Can I Say?
Javed Anand

Allah, I was taught, wants us to do good deeds and, therefore, all my endeavours, from prayers to playing, must always begin with Bismillah. Next I learnt that Allah is not just Rabbul Muslimeen (sustainer of Muslims) but Rabbul Alameen (sustainer of the entire universe). And that He had sent Prophet Muhammad to this world as a Rehmat ul lil Alameen (mercy upon all mankind). How then can the god of the merciless killers be my god, their prophet my prophet? Yet I am sorry and ashamed and I seek your forgiveness…..


Meet the Man Who Suffocates Journalists At Home but Marches for Them in France
Ahmet Davutoglu

In a march that was supposed to denounce the "enemies of freedom" there was a man whose country has been suffocating journalists at home and jailing them for criticizing his government. Ahmet Davutoğlu, an academic-turned-politician, linked arms with other leaders to condemn the Charlie Hebdo attackers. Reporters Without Border (RSF) has already condemned the participation of Davutoğlu, as well as other officials from countries such as Egypt and the UAE….

Not A Provocation, It Is the Islamic Middle Ages
Taha Akyol

Muslims do not have any issues with bigotry, violence and gender inequality. Massacre machines such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Taliban and Boko Haram do not belong to Muslims. They are all “provocations” of the West, the U.S., and Zionism…  “Some people” are using Muslims for a “perception operation” to create hostility against Islam. Do you want proof? Well look, Islamophobia is spreading!....


However, this solidarity will remain incomplete, and any hope that it has of combating Islamic fundamentalism will be thwarted, unless it incorporates those people who suffer by far the greatest threats to both life and liberty at the hands of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism, Muslims themselves…..

The Economics of Radical Religious Terrorism
Emre Deliveli

Contrary to popular belief, radical Islamist terrorists are not motivated by the promise of rewards in the afterlife or even by religious ideals. They are best understood as “rational altruists seeking to help their own communities.” When looked through this lens, you immediately notice that terrorist organizations have millions of potential recruits – young altruists who feel that their communities are repressed or endangered. Then, you begin to wonder not why there are so many terrorist organizations associated with radical Islam, but why there are so few. In fact, less than a dozen such organizations are active today. …


So far, Saudi efforts to confront Isis ideologically have mainly taken the form of denunciations from tame clerics – figures who have no prospect of influencing Isis supporters and sympathisers – but it is difficult to see what else they might do without calling their own state system into question. The king and his princes have dug a hole for themselves by harnessing religion in the pursuit of power. Religious credentials bolstered their claim to legitimacy and helped them assert their authority….


Identifying the REAL Enemy: The Problem Is Not Islam, But a Civil War within the Faith That Has Become a Battle for the Religion's Very Soul
Manoj Joshi

But where Christianity itself evolved and modernised, within the citadel of Islam emerged a powerful school led by Muhammad Abdl ibn al-Wahhab, born in 1703, who wanted to return Islam to its original “pure” form, and for whom ‘Bida’ or religious innovation was as big an enemy as shirk or polytheism. Modern Islamism and the direct challenge to western modernism has come from Egypt and the writings of Hassan al Banna and Sayyid Qutub. Their progeny exist in the subcontinent as the Jamaat-e-Islami…..


Eliminate Daesh: They Are Not Warriors for Islam, But Hooligans against Humanity
Philip Parham

These crimes are motivated not by religious faith, but by greed, lust and hatred. Their perpetrators are criminal thugs. Like bullies in a school playground, they resort to violence because they think it will gain them the respect, which they cannot command through merit. And, also like child bullies, they pick on those who are weak and defenceless. They have targeted people of all faiths and ethnic groups: Muslims, Christians, Yezidis, Arabs and Kurds. The majority of their victims are Muslim. They are not warriors for Islam, but hooligans against humanity…..

The Paris Massacres: Sad, Sad, Sad!
Nuray Mert

In the “modern Muslim mind,” evil has turned out to be the “outside” forces that can be referred to for the wrongs of Muslims. In this mindset, it is Western imperialism, historical injustices, Muslims’ enemies, and finally Islamophobia, that lead Muslims to turn hostile, revengeful and even violent. As Islamophobia has become the “new anti-Semitism,” Muslims resemble the apologists of Israel’s terrible politics, who define any criticism as “anti-Semitic.”….

Charlie Hebdo and Western Liberalism: Islam Has Been Unfairly Criticised and Ridiculed In the West for Centuries
Abdullah Al-Arian

One cannot attempt to comprehend the actions of mass murderer Anders Breivik or the recent report on the US government's torture of Muslim prisoners solely against the backdrop of western liberal ideals. However, when one considers the rise of a pervasive Islamophobic atmosphere as seen in prominent discourses across the US and Europe, one can understand the reason such violence becomes possible and, indeed, normalised…..

France’s Sept 11 Is Different
Ertugrul Özkök

Nearly all Muslim associations are strongly condemning the massacre. On Jan. 9, the number of people participating in Friday prayers in Paris mosques doubled. The president of the Council of French Muslims called on all Muslims to participate in the Republican rally, and indeed many Muslims attended. However, Muslims in France certainly believe that their lives will become more difficult from now on…..


Charlie Hebdo made fun of Islam. It poked fun at all religions, and it loved to ridicule extremists, but it didn’t shrink from antagonizing Muslims. In 2006, it reprinted Danish cartoons that mocked the prophet Mohammed. In 2011, it published a “Sharia” edition in which “guest editor” Mohammed promised “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.” A year later, the magazine depicted the prophet naked. On Wednesday morning, its Twitter account wished a happy, healthy new year to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi…..


Barbarians of the Faith: They Are At the Gates of both Peshawar and Paris
MJ Akbar

In a marvellous message, Gandhi urged that the Gita should be read with the eye of a Hindu and the Quran with the eye of a Muslim: with sympathy, not invective. Swami Vivekananda, who sought India’s resurgence through India’s unique philosophy, was equally forth-right: if you were born a Hindu, he said, be a good Hindu; if born a Muslim, be a good Muslim, and that would make both good Indians…..

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