Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Meanwhile, in response to Hangings and Executions of terrorists in Pakistan, domestically oriented terrorist groups, primarily the TTP and its splinters, such as Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, have intensified their operations....
The class IX Islamic studies textbook tells students “performing jihad against people that obstruct the religion” is an obligation. It promises that “Islam ruling over the world is very near”. Promising a caliphate, the textbook says “this is something that the Jews and Christians do not want. It is why they collaborate against Islam even now”....
Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom
Women who join Islamic State (IS) are often lonely and fragile “Lonely women who can’t sleep at night will stay awake and be online on their Facebook. A total of 173 Malaysians have been arrested for joining IS and the youngest recruit (to date) was a 14-year-old girl. IS has gained quite a reputation for being internet savvy and skilled for spreading its radicalised version of religion through social media...
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
The few isolated cases of raising of IS flags by small groups of youth in parts of the Kashmir Valley should not lead us to believe that there is mass support for such an ideology. The romance of doing something different and something silly always appeals to youth. However, it does call for sending messages across all forms of media and through Friday sermons, counseling of parents and identification of vulnerable youth…..
The fight against ISIS is therefore one that Muslims, Christians and good people of all persuasions have a stake in. But this is perhaps most of all the Islamic world's fight for their future, their faith, and the right to determine identity and freedom on their terms-as much for the housewives and the traders, the fishermen and the farmers and the factory workers and the entrepreneurs-as for the conservative clergy....
Bin Laden formed al-Qaeda in 1988 and Zarqawi who formed his own Jihadist group in 1999 pledged allegiance to the al-Qaeda network in October 2004. But differences, tactical and ideological, emerged between the two. Bin Laden, a Saudi Arabian citizen, believing that the Islamic world was in crisis, called for the restoration of Sharia law, and the use of violent jihad (holy war) to do this....
Christians are hardly the only religious targets of jihadists; the Islamic State and other radical Islamists also massacre moderate and secular Muslims. Sunni radicals target Shiites; Shiite radicals target Sunnis....
Naseer Ahmed, New Age Islam
The extremist ideology is not very much different from the current state of the defective Islamic theology of all sects. The extremists are only extreme in their actions and it is not without justification that the Islamophobes call them more Muslim than the “moderates”. It is therefore impossible for the moderates to defeat the extremists ideologically, without accepting and correcting their defective theology…..
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....
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,"….
Muhammad Amir Rana
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
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…..
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....
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....
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
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....
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....
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....
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…..