Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Russia can deal with Salafi terror through Sufism and traditional Islam. It should pay more attention to Islam. Departments of Middle Eastern affairs, Islamic studies and Arabic language and literature as well as translation services remain closed to Muslims in Russia. If measures are taken to deal with this problem and Muslims in Russia become more influential, a moderate climate could be created…..
The effects of advances by al-Qaeda linked groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are likely to pose a serious threat for the region as a whole. There is no regional power that can cope with the al-Qaeda alone. Potential regional powers are more interested in focusing on their rivalry with each other, rather than cooperating against the al-Qaeda. As long as this continues, the Middle East will provide a fertile ground for the al-Qaeda to be reborn with a vengeance….
Its slogan became “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our commander, Quran is our constitution, Jihad is our path, and Shahadat [martyrdom] is our desire.”As the 1990s progressed, SIMI leaders increasingly sought to link themselves—ideologically, rhetorically, and operationally -- with the burgeoning transnational jihadist movement. In addition to providing the mood music to which Indian jihadists began to dance, the organization connected with Pakistani and Kashmiri militant groups that could provide military training…..
Hafiz Saeed, the chief of banned outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah, also subscribes to the same venomous ideology. Despite being declared a terrorist by the India and the US, he is addressed by Pakistan’s TV channels as Aalim-e-din, Islamic scholar, religious leader and not as a terrorist mastermind. While Fazl ur Rehman, who subscribes to the same ideology, condemns terrorism in India, then what’s stopping another Islamic leader Hafiz Saeed to issue a similar fatwa against terrorism in Pakistan?...
The improper use of the IM label for all indigenous jihadist violence contributes to confusion about its composition and cohesion. Today, the decentralized IM network has a loose leadership currently based in Pakistan, but moving between there and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The IM connects to and sometimes attempts to absorb smaller cells and self-organizing clusters of would-be militants. Finally, this report illustrates that the Indian jihadist movement formed organically and as a result of endogenous factors, specifically communal grievances and a desire for revenge, but is more lethal and more resilient than it otherwise would have been, thanks to external support from the Pakistani state and Pakistan- and Bangladesh-based militant groups……
And excessive outrage occurs primarily at the killing of a loved one, the destruction of property, and/or the gravity of the devastation of an individual’s surrounding. Such situations naturally make an individual vulnerable, who could then be exploited by non-state entities. We must save people from this vulnerability and targeted kill/capture missions can reduce such instances. The aim must be to contain militant ideology and its territorial reach....
Nadeem F. Paracha
...Muslim states have decided to go all-out to now crush these outfits, but most Muslim nations facing the same violence have stuck to giving the extremists a chance to reintegrate into mainstream politics and society....
“Gen. Musharraf will be out of the country by Jan. 5 or 6. Bilawal Zardari may soon come to the United States for further studies. Imran Khan has annoyed two of the three As, America and the Army. And Allah may not want to get involved in our domestic politics.” This was a wild discussion at a diplomatic function in Washington hosted by a former diplomat....
Charles M. Blow
But some people see our extreme religiosity itself as a form of dysfunction. In a 2009 paper in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, Gregory Paul, an independent researcher, put it this way: “The level of relative and absolute societal pathology in the United States is often so severe that it is repeatedly an outlier that strongly reinforces the correlation between high levels of poor societal conditions and popular religiosity.”...
Muhammad Nurul Huda
It was explicitly stated that the subject of tackling political terrorism would assume major importance in the days to come. Emphasis was laid on rethinking and reorientation of policy then pursued. The grim reality, however, is that things have not altered positively. At present, statistics tell us that nearly 500 people died as a result of political violence in 2013...
Many Saudi Arabian humanitarian foundations were allowed to work in Russia at that time and propagate their form of Islam. During both wars in Chechnya, numerous mercenaries from Saudi Arabia fought alongside Chechen insurgents. One of them was Ibn al-Khattab, the field commander, who was killed by Russian agents in March 2002 and whose Wahabi faith is a synonym in Russia today for radical Islam….
The aforementioned apologies came in the context of a reconciliation process. That is they were not meant to denounce the actions that had been done, as much as give confidence about the future. The three apologies were another way of saying ‘we won’t do it again because we have reached a deal with the government.” They were not saying that ‘we should not have done what we did.’ Those three organizations were not concerned with their public image as long as they believed that their cause was justified. It was only when they were defeated or depleted or vindicated that they saw the need to apologize. And they only apologized after they had changed roles from combatants to politicians….
“Celebrated as a kind of noble savage by slack-bellied preachers in Saudi Arabia’s wealthy urban mosques, Haqqani became a militant folk hero to Wahhabi activists. He operated fundraising offices in the Persian Gulf and hosted young Arab jihad volunteers in his tribal territory. In part because of Haqqani’s patronage, the border regions nearest Pakistan became increasingly the province of interlocking networks of Pakistani intelligence officers, Arab volunteers, and Wahhabi madrasas.”...
The loudest protests emerged from Pakistan where the National Assembly passed a resolution introduced by the Jamaat-e-Islami condemning the hanging. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan described the execution as a “judicial murder”. In Peshawar, Imran Khan, cricketer-turned-leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, issued a statement claiming that Mollah was innocent and that the charges levelled against him were false....
Egyptian Imam Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa (religious decree) in June telling Sunni Muslims everywhere to fight against the Syrian government and Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia militia that supports Assad. "Every Muslim trained to fight and capable of doing that [must] make himself available," he said at a rally in Qatar where he lives. Qaradawi, an influential cleric, has an estimated 60 million viewers for his Al Jazeera TV show…
I know he is a true believer, and that is why he said: “A true believer can never remain silent in the face of injustice and persecution.” As a member of the brotherhood, Harun Yahya thought Molla was “persecuted”, vehemently opposing Molla’s execution. He also thought that the general sentiments of Muslims across the globe were against Molla’s execution….
Fearing radicalisation of society, governments are sometimes compelled to resort to force. The execution of Mollah, a top leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami, instead of life imprisonment, somehow points toward the same apprehensions....
Mullah Maulana Fazlullah, the new head of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), is commonly referred to as "Radio Mullah" for the fiery broadcasts that played a significant role in his rise to power in the Swat region. While his appointment to replace the recently deceased Hakimullah Mehsud may have come as a surprise to some, Fazlullah's tactical victories in Swat between 2006 and 2009 should not be forgotten. His reign of terror in the area, which prompted a Pakistani military operation….
Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury
Most of the Qaumi madrasas follow a syllabus and text books prescribed by Darul Uloom, Deoband, a madrassa in UP, India, set up in 1866. These madrasas are also called Deobandi Madrasa. The madrasas generally follow a 17th century syllabus known as Dars e Nizami that emphasizes on Islamic Sharia of Sunni tradition. When these students graduate from Qaumi madrasas, they are not only unprepared to face the challenges of the modern world, but have a very narrow view of Islam as a religion….
The Mujahedeen Shura Council also announced, following the assassination of the three young men in Hebron, that it had commenced its military operations in the West Bank. It confirmed in a communique that the eliminated cell was but the tip of the iceberg. A person knowledgeable in Salafist affairs who requested anonymity told Al-Monitor that the statement made use of non-jihadist expressions, such as “fearless” and “lionhearted,” which prove that it is a “fabrication.”…
Eccentricity marks the path to heaven or hell. Take the Takfiri rebels trying to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. They have chopped off the heads of their enemies, eaten a few human entrails, massacred Christians and Alawites – the Damascus government, of course, has done its share of civilian bloodletting and war crimes – and even gone to war on the Kurds. But of all the activities of the al-Qa’ida/al-Nusra/Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria insurgents in Syria, surely the weirdest has been an iconoclasm worthy of both Henry VIII and the Taliban: the destruction of shrines, tombs and the statues of poets and caliphs…..
The Sinai has turned from a tourist destination to a Jihadi playground with at least 15 groups operating in the area, including Ansar Al-Jihad, Jund Al-Islam, Jaish al Islam and al Takfir Wal Hijra. The Egyptian authorities are still having problems in controlling the area and they have repeatedly come under attack, with hundreds of casualties since early 2011. Some analysts also believe that Mohamed Morsi did look at Iran as an example of an “Islamic state"….
….the jihadists are closer than the Islamic Front readily acknowledges, and that the al-Qaeda affiliates are now inseparable from the rebellion. One of the key figures in the Syrian Rebel Front, Jamal Maarouf, who commands the Syria Martyrs Brigade, has agreed to al-Nusra acting as a go-between in a dispute between his militia and the Islamic Front…..
Two high-profile killings within a 10-day span in Pakistan in November, followed by a U.S. drone strike at a Haqqani-run seminary (interestingly another 10 days later), have exposed the cracks and suspicions running between militant networks with strongholds in the Pakistani tribal areas…….
“They understand that they are the future and, therefore, need to be exposed and indoctrinated to the cause,” he said. It explains why some groups operate age-based training camps that start with “cubs” and progress to “lion scouts” for older teens and adults……