Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Ajit Kumar Singh
While the rest of the world has focused its attention towards bloodbath in the Arab World, where the Islamic State of Syria and al Sham (ISIS), now rechristened as Islamic State, has created havoc, Afghanistan is plunging deeper into chaos. The political upheaval arising out of the power struggle following the disputed presidential elections has added to the people's misery, as the security scenario deteriorates rapidly....
The al-Maliki government cannot fight an insurgency with a fragmented army. Failure to install a broad-based government in Baghdad with the confidence of major sects and stakeholders will only promote the insurgency. The southern region has a religious affinity with Iran. The Kurdish region in the north enjoys relative peace and prosperity, and friendly relations with Turkey. The central region is volatile and ISIS’s presence has further exacerbated the situation. The stakeholders and their external allies are more prepared than before to support a proxy war in Iraq. This will lead to disintegration and ultimately the ‘Lebanonisation’ of Iraq, which is not desirable for the people of Iraq or the region. .....
Silent drama in Mosul
By Abdulhamit Bilici
‘Lebanonisation’ of Iraq
By Abdur Rahman Chowdhury
I find it strange that New Delhi is not seriously considering the pros and cons of what happens once the American and NATO forces reduce their presence in Afghanistan only by a few thousand troops. US Secretary of State Kerry has visited Kabul to devise the policy after the withdrawal. But New Delhi is not in the picture……
Zacky Khairul Umam
Our unfinished jihad in this nationhood context is therefore to eliminate ignorance. We have to reform our religious studies in public schools, universities, Islamic boarding schools and other informal institutes. We need to reform the mindset promoted in the Takfiri movement, which considers people with different opinions apostate. It is necessary to educate people about the diverse opinions that Islam has upheld since its origin in the late antique period. Instead of accusing other people of being kafir….
With financial support from both the US and Saudi Arabia, religious desperados of all hues were recruited to come to Pakistan from all over the world to take part in the Afghan jihad. The Arab and Islamic fighters brought their Wahabi and Takfiri ideologies with them, which are haunting Pakistan to this day. Many militant and sectarian organisations like the Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were created with the active support of our government and military intelligence agencies. All these measures led to the religious radicalisation of Pakistani society……
Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the United Jihad Council, a Pakistan-based amalgam of over a dozen terror groups. The Kashmir problem has been given a deadly new twist by Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the United Jihad Council, a Pakistan-based amalgam of over a dozen terror groups. Attempting to link the separatist violence in the Indian state with pan-Islamic jihad in Syria and Iraq, Salahuddin has declared that help from al-Qaeda, Taliban or any other like-minded group or country would be welcome. The United Jihad Council (UJC) includes outfits like Harkat-ul-Ansar, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Jamiat-ul- Mujahideen, Al-Jihad, Al-Barq, Al-Badr, Ikhwan-ul-Mussalmin, and Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen.
It is worth noting that while mounting the brutal air and naval attacks against the Palestinians in Gaza, the Israelis are citing the "Caliphate", as the menace they fear Palestinians will eventually gang up with. There is no mention of Hezbollah and Iran……
With manifestly unqualified state support in Pakistan, the LeT-JuD appears to have little to fear. Indeed, in one prominent example of this theatre of the absurd, when the US declared a bounty of USD 10 million in April 2012, for "information leading to the arrest and conviction" of Hafiz Saeed, Saeed openly mocked the Americans in mass public rallies and open Press Conferences, declaring, "I am here, I am visible... I will be in Lahore tomorrow. America can contact me whenever it wants to."…..
Well, their families once lived, didn’t they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out — or fled for their lives — when the Israeli state was created. And — a drawing in of breath is now perhaps required — the people who lived in Sederot in early 1948 were not Israelis, but Palestinian Arabs. Their village was called Huj. Nor were they enemies of Israel. Two years earlier, these same Arabs had actually hidden Jewish Haganah fighters from the British Army. But when the Israeli army turned up at Huj on May 31, 1948, they expelled all the Arab villagers — to the Gaza Strip! Refugees, they became. David Ben Gurion (Israel’s first prime minister) called it an “unjust and unjustified action”……
Shahid Javed Burki
Operating from sanctuaries established in the tribal agency, various terrorist groups, in association with organizations elsewhere in the country, have already attacked Pakistan’s four neighbours – Afghanistan, China, India, and Iran. Of the region’s foreign fighters, Uzbeks belonging to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan have recently become the most visible threat…..
Extremist clerics for a very long time were allowed – in the name of free speech – to incite violence by advocating that their ultimate aim is to get the black flag of Islam flutter atop 10 Downing Street. The likes of banned Al-Muhajiroun and their offshoots continue to preach that on the streets of London and elsewhere. Such language is dangerous because it has easy appeal to so many impressionable minds. This narrative needs to be countered. It is very simple that if 3 million of us wanted to live in a caliphate, we would not have chosen to live here. Even those calling for a Shariah state don’t believe in their hearts of hearts that such a utopian state will ever come into being......
The conflict in Iraq has brought to the limelight a major tussle between two schools of thought in Islam. The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been trying to impose the most extremist form of Islam known as Wahhabism, and the effects of this are being seen in several parts of the world. Indian Muslims who subscribe to the moderate Hanafi school of Islam are caught in the crossfire, as some who subscribe to Wahhabism are trying to impose this faith in a big way. According to a report by the Intelligence Bureau, the trend of Wahhabis trying to impose their faith started in 2010. Many Wahhabis from the Pathanwadi area in Mumbai laid siege to a Sunni mosque nearby and prevented many who visited that mosque from entering……
Yousef al-Qaradawi, a leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood residing in Qatar, has opposed the proclamation of an Islamic caliphate in areas of Iraq and Syria. He declared Al-Baghdadi’s declaration as void under the Shariah. According to him, the title of caliph can only be given by the entire Muslim nation, not by a single group. Stronger denunciations have been reported from Al-Azhar, a top authority of Sunni Islam as well as through the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh. Both accused Al-Baghdadi of heading a terrorist organisation......
They are filled with so much hatred and rage that it is self-evident that they are not only homicidal in nature but also in word, manner and deed. They are simply incapable of indulging in any form of intelligent, civilized, refined and intellectual debate or discussion about the deep and genuine concerns that some of us have about the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in the north or the serious and weighty assertions and allegations that have been made in the document……
The failure of al-Qaeda to carry out any spectacular action against the “enemies of Islam” in recent years has caused disenchantment among potential recruits in the West. The Caliphate-Baghdadi is likely to rekindle their interest, and many of them could proceed to the conflict zone in the Middle East. Al-Baghdadi is also likely to call upon his followers to carry out attacks in the lands of “infidels”, specially the US, to prove his global reach and capability. Russia and China are also likely to be targeted....
As Zarb-e-Azb rages on, it must be realized that it is not just an operation. It is a war with multiple battles. And while the main front is North Waziristan, it has opened another front within the IDP camps as extremist and militant organizations capitalize on the crisis. It might be the case that Pakistan is supplanting one kind of extremism with another as the organizations assert themselves through practical measures....
The notorious ISIL, or “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” which has made a name for itself by chopping off heads and crucifying opponents, has recently made global news by declaring a “caliphate.” However, and naturally, hardly anybody among the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims recognizes this self-declared “leadership of all Muslims” by a group that is too fanatic even for al-Qaeda. Yet still, it is worth looking at what the actual caliphate, which was disestablished by Republican Turkey some 90 years ago, looked like…..
Islamic faith doesn't require an Islamic state. I have never needed to live in such a caliphate in order to pray, fast or give alms. And, as the great Muslim jurist of the 14th century Imam Shatibi argued, Sharia law can be boiled down to the preservation of five things: religion, life, reason, progeny and property. I'd argue that the UK, despite rising Islamophobia, does preserve these five things and therefore allows us, as Muslims, to live "Islamic" lives…..
The Army helps militant outfits set up their welfare infrastructure throughout the country, especially in natural disaster prone areas. This has strengthened Pakistan-based militant outfits which use such opportunities to enhance their support base and recruit people for various fronts. In any case, the Army seems to have kept its hands off what it considers as the “good Taliban.” The emphasis is on fighting “foreign terrorists,” mainly the Uzbeks, who conducted a major terrorist attack on Karachi airport in June this year. Furthermore, foreign terrorists are viewed as a new buzzword to get good ratings from the American government which naturally links it with al-Qaeda. However, North Waziristan is not the only place where Uzbeks are present…..
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
As with past military operations against terrorist formations in Pakistan, sufficient prior warning was available, and a mass exodus of foreign, especially Uzbek, terrorists began before the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, creating the danger of these terrorists simply shifting to other parts of the country. Balochistan, which shares a porous border with the region, is under imminent threat. Naveed Khalid, a senior intelligence official based in Islamabad, conceded, "Our internal security wing revealed that a large number of IMU terrorists have fled .....
It may be amusing to some, but there is nothing funny about the declaration of the “Caliphate” by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The rise of rejectionist groups is testimony to an older, deeper struggle that still haunts the region today. It would be folly to dismiss Islamist rejectionism as a fringe ideology. The new Caliphate may be “ahistorical,” but there is growing support for this much-indulging myth among some Muslim youth. After a century of poisonous politics in the Middle East, many prefer to escape to the past instead of facing the painful present. Rejectionist radicals are not new in the Arab world……..
While the Western media portray the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant as a group of jihadists reciting the Qur’an, the ISIS has started the oil war in Iraq. With the help of Israel, it has cut off Syria’s supply and guaranteed the theft of oil from Kirkuk by the local government of Kurdistan. The sale will be assured by Aramco who will camouflage this diversion as increased "Saudi" production.... So the losers are the British, the Turks, and especially the Chinese, who were by far Iraq’s largest customer. The winners are the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia. The stakes are thus unrelated to a fight for the "true Islam.".....
However, not all people consider ISIS a silly joke. Some people publicize the group and call for fighting in its ranks. Although most of the region’s countries ban travelling to Syria and Iraq due to the violence there and pursue anyone who dares to go to Iraq or Syria, some say the idea of sending over dozens of ISIS-supporting preachers and intellectuals is not bad. Most of those who defend ISIS’ ideology and its state project and encourage fighting among its ranks actually prefer the life which they enjoy in “infidel societies,” whether in the Gulf, or the Arab Maghreb or in Europe…..
Generations of the young and lovelorn of Mosul have gazed at the Tomb of the Girl in Ras al-Jada, reputed to honour a beautiful girl who died of a broken heart. Historians believe the tomb in fact belonged to the great historian of medieval Islam, Ali ’Izz al-Din Ibn al-Athir al-Jazari, who died in 1260. In his masterwork, the al-Kamil fil’Tarikh, the History of the World, al-Jazari chronicled the epic wars of his times, from the Crusades to the Mongol invasions. Now, the Tomb of the Girl is a gaping hole, bulldozed by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) insurgents who captured Mosul less than a fortnight ago. The statue of the poet Mullah Uthman Ali Mussili, a nineteenth century Mosul poet whose lyrics still run through modern Arab music, has been removed from the al-Mahata area. The statue to iconic poet Abu Tammam in the Bab al-Tourb area, residents say, is gone......
Two other reports by Praveen Swami from the war zone:
Mosul Refugees Live In Fear, Uncertainty
Iraq Launches Ramadan Counter-Offensive