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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Like America’s Iraq war, the present Western offensive against ISIS in Syria may well be creating a religious divide, driving more Muslim youths into jihadi terrorism. Religious television in Arab countries influence minds more powerfully than Russian missiles can influence events. The question arises whether ISIS is in a win-win situation. But the more important question is whether those opposing it are in a lose-lose situation and if so, why.

 

The Rise of Al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State

In the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, al-Baghdadi appears to have helped establish one of the first entirely indigenous militant groups motivated by extremist Islam. This drew recruits from tribal networks and neighbours in his home town and surrounding villages. Al-Baghdadi, now aged thirty-two, was picked up apparently by chance in a US sweep and interned in Camp Bucca, a vast prison built outside the southern port city of Basra. …

Muslims Need To Say ‘Enough’ To Islamic Terrorism?
Dina Zaman

Muslims were asked what kind of Muslims they were, and whether they were with them, or not. As a friend ruminated on her Facebook wall, “…It's as if we have to make clear where our alliances are- what kind of Muslim are we- here, proof we are this kind – and if our views are different, we fragment ourselves further (using words like true or real to distinguish or differentiate ourselves further).”

How Modi can destroy Wahabi extremists like ISIS
Uday Mahurkar

How prepared is the Narendra Modi government should India face a Paris-like attack? It might be prepared to tackle the immediate challenge, but it is yet to come out with a long-term strategy to promote Sufism and tackle the challenge of ultra-Wahabism.

No country for journalists: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pak Press, 26 November 2015

No country for journalists

By Editorial

Afghan refugees & the perception problem

By Madiha Tallat

Towards a world war?

Ali Malik

Don’t blame the people

I.A. Rehman

Turkish adventurism

By Daily times Editorial

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Reports Of Discrimination Against South Asians Show True Colours Of IS: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 25 November 2015

Reports of discrimination against South Asians show true colours of IS

By Hindustan Times

Intimidation, imitation, economics: Why youth are taking to terror

By Abhijit Banerjee

Two Executions

By Syed Badrul Ahsan

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

ISIS — A Growing Global Threat
Raulston Nembhard

The war against ISIS does not justify killing perhaps hundreds of thousands of civilians to root out a terror group like ISIS. President Barack Obama would be very naïve to think that bombing ISIS would degrade them and finally rid the world of them. But now that the rest of the world is waking up to the reality that this group presents a global threat and can strike at any time in any part of the world, there will be greater coordination from these countries to fight this growing threat.

 
The Joy of ISIS
Ross Douthat

The Joy of ISIS
Ross Douthat

Where the brighter joy of Mormons is invisible, in other words, the dark joy of ISIS will be entirely incomprehensible. That lack of comprehension isn’t Islamic radicalism’s only weapon. But it’s a useful one for the caliphate to have ready to its hand.

 

This has helped America satiate its thirst for oil and use Wahhabi doctrine for short term goals like defeating USSR in Afghanistan. In the 1970s, the US used the Saudi alliance to counter Egyptian pan-Arab socialist Gamal Abdel Nasser and post-revolution Iran. In the process it often patronised the nihilistic forces that have now turned their guns on the West.

 
Why the IS Survives
Frederic Grare

Why the IS Survives
Frederic Grare

The IS is not an existential threat for Western societies and the rhetoric of war can only be counterproductive, as it confers on IS a significance and an aura that, like in the case of al-Qaeda, is disproportionate with its actual importance. But this is precisely where the main risk lies. One may hope and believe that the IS will regress and disappear and that sanity will prevail, but when this will happen is an open question, and the societal cost of the journey may ultimately prove fairly high.

 

Rise of the European jihadi
Praveen Swami

In his book, jihadist ideologue Nasar wrote that “terrorism is like talent for poetry, music, painting and different aspects of the arts. The trainers and those supervising the foundation of Resistance cells must discover those talents and refine them with culture and training so that they find their place in leading terrorist operations in this type of blessed jihad”.

 
Taste of terror from inside
Jayprakash S. Naidu

The anti-terror experts from India like V. Balachandhran and D. Sivanandhan in Maharashtra had anticipated this possibility of 'self-indoctrination' years back and even spoke about it in seminars on anti-terror measures. Former ATS chief Rakesh Maria had even begun a de-radicalisation program and had some success. But, an absence of these efforts in other cities like Thane seems to have done the trick for the indoctrinators.

 

Out Of My Mind: The Big Muslim Tragedy: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press,23 November 2015

Out of my mind: The big Muslim tragedy

By Meghnad Desai

A caring reaction is the best one for Paris attacks

Renuka Narayanan

Jihadis with MBAs

By Age Correspondent

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

The Shamelessness of Ulema of Islam in Bearing with the Penultimate Blasphemy by ISIS Brutes without a Thunderous Global Protest Is Despicable
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

It is conceivable that the a terrorist who risks death any moment while spraying  shots and hurling grenades at a crowd or awaiting the moment of his explosive suicide, shouts out the Shahadah to earn divine forgiveness by dying with Allah’s name at his lips. The gravity of the crime apart, the conviction of the terrorist to indemnify himself against any divine punishment and to earn divine reward by doing something which is most vehemently forbidden by the Qur’an (which forbids killing of even one innocent person – 5:32) speaks of the distortion and dissonance of Islamic thoughts of the terror outfits of this era. ....

That One Long, Horrible Night of Ramzan 2014
Vikram Sood

It was in the month of Ramzan 2014 that there was an announcement about the establishment of the Caliphate. The new Islamic State of Iraq and Syira followed this by uploading a video from the Chilean jihadi, Abu Safiyya, captioned “The End of Sykes-Picot”. The sleek video wanted to project a contemporary, cosmopolitan picture of Islam with a global reach. …

 

Cultivating Curiosity, Countering extremism: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press,21 November 2015

Cultivating Curiosity, Countering extremism

By Hamdan Hamedan

Strategic patience will pay in Syria

By Fareed Zakaria

Iran hardliners: ISIS bit the leg of its owners

By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Flawed plan for Syria

By HARUN YAHYA

Time for Turks to take ISIS threat seriously

By Mahir Zeynalov

Paris attacks: moving beyond the clash of civilizations

By Mohamed Chebarro

Let’s Deny Isis Its Binary Struggle – And Celebrate the Grey Zone

By Jonathan Freedland

Don’t Let the Terrorists Win Telly – We Need to Make Dad’s Isis

By Marina Hyde

The Defiance of the Paris Attacks Survivors Is an Inspiration

By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

What Could Be Gained By War On Islamic State?

By Greg Dobbs

A Strategy to Defeat ISIS

By Edward P. Djerejian

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Are We Really Winning The War On Terror?: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 21  November 2015

Are We Really Winning The War On Terror?

By Uzair M Younus

Another Palestinian uprising

By Sajid Aziz

Terrorism and globalisation

By Dr Haider Shah

Enough PhD’s, thank you

By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Orange juggernaut

By Irfan Husain

Karachi: City of lights that was

By Abbas Nasir

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 
Fatwa Response to ISIS
Abdallah bin Bayyah

No Muslim is to be excommunicated unless he or she says or does something that is absolutely unambiguous and not open to alternative interpretations. The Prophet, God’s peace and blessings upon him, declared that simply cursing a Muslim is deviance and killing him is disbelief.

 

Wanted To Join Islamic State, Return To Wage War Against India: Hyderabad Engineer Salman Mohiuddin

In a note to the wife, Ahad had detailed every aspect of the family’s expense, how to save money, important numbers and reliable people, how to get the daughter married, and who to turn to for further financial assistance.

The most important part of his note, which raised doubts about Ahad’s intentions, was the instruction to his wife: “Never contact any police and other law enforcement to try to locate me; never contact any Attorney/Lawyer to release me from jail if I am there, or do anything on this matter, only if I instruct to do something over phone, then do it, don’t do anything on your own.”

Other Articles:

Jr. Owaisi, E-Books Had Impact on Indian ISIS Recruit Areeb Majeed, Files Show

By Sagnik Chowdhury

Wanted To Join IS, Return To Wage War Against India: Hyderabad Engineer Salman Mohiuddin

By Sagnik Chowdhury

Was Influenced By Youtube, There Will Be A Caliphate: ISIS Sympathiser Afsha Jabeen

By Sagnik Chowdhury

Mehdi Masroor Biswas: Terror’s propaganda tweets via Gulf, India

By Sagnik Chowdhury

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

Stop Asking All Muslims to Condemn Terror
Davide Mastracci

As such, laying collective blame on white people would be wrong, but in reality, it would be relatively harmless. The same is not true for Muslims. The collective blame laid upon Muslims legitimizes the idea that all Muslims should be punished for the acts of a tiny minority of Muslims. Once this idea is legitimized, spates of hate crimes are committed and some Muslims end up feeling unsafe in their own communities. This is not an unwarranted fear, as hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise, according to Statistics Canada.....

Islamic State Can Find No Ground in India
Ajai Sahni

From an Indian perspective, it is useful to note that a minuscule number of individuals from this country have been sufficiently inspired by these diverse antics to join, or attempt to join, Daesh, and most of these were in the first few months after the fall of Mosul. Such things now appear to be on their way out, though the occasional Daesh flag, poster or scrawl on the wall can be found in fairly dispersed locations across India. ...

 
Cabs, Camels or ISIS
Thomas L. Friedman

Cabs, Camels or ISIS
Thomas L. Friedman

The message? The context within which Arabs and Muslims live their lives really matters. And in too many places they’ve had only two choices — SISI or ISIS — the iron fist of generals, like Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who is trying to stifle all dissent, or the ISIS madness that says the only way forward is to take the Arab-Muslim world backward.

Double Standards on Terror: American or French Lives Are Not More Valuable Than Indian Lives

By MJ Akbar

Terror Tactics: The International Terrorism Industry Is Booming Thanks To Its Sponsor

By Jug Suraiya

IS and the Dawn of A 'Long War'

By Josy Joseph

One World, One Battlefield

By Raghu Raman

Europe’s Challenge

By Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Let’s Pray That Liberalism Wins

Sujata Anandan

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

The completion of a terrorist act does not depend on the perpetrator, it depends on the victim. The success of 9/11 was not the collapse of the Twin Towers, but the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. And surprisingly, Iraq then became the birthplace of the Isis. If we want to fight terrorism efficiently we need to put aside our emotions. We need to look at its socio-cultural backgrounds and at history. We need to recall that the Isis is a product of wrong Western policies, starting with the invasion of Iraq....

 

But ISIS’ reach is bounded; there are no more areas in which it can extend by claiming to be a defender of Sunni Arab populations. To the north, there are Kurds; to the east, Iraqi Shiites; to the west, Alawites, now protected by the Russians. And all are resisting it. To the south, neither the Lebanese, who worry about the influx of Syrian refugees, nor the Jordanians, who are still reeling from the horrid execution of one of their pilots, nor the Palestinians have succumbed to any fascination for ISIS. Stalled in the Middle East, ISIS is rushing headlong into globalized terrorism.....

 


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