Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
Sabria S. Jawhar
can be just as mystified as any other country why some of its bright young
citizens stray so far from the path of Islam to commit murder. But why put the
onus only on Muslim countries? Home-grown terrorists, often second-generation
French, British and American citizens, have engaged in terrorist acts. So it
must be asked whether those countries are doing enough to combat the disease
and not just its symptoms. Religious extremism is a global problem, often born
and nurtured in non-Muslim countries.....
regards Afghanistan as its backyard. Determined not to let its archrival,
India, gain influence there, and to ensure that Afghanistan remains in the
Sunni Islamist camp, Pakistan has used the Taliban selectively, promoting those
who further its agenda and cracking down on those who don’t. The same goes for
Al Qaeda and other foreign fighters. Even knowing this, it might come as a
surprise that the region’s triumvirate of violent jihad is living openly in
account of the exceptional circumstances the Islamic State is facing, it has
been decided to reduce the salaries that are paid to all mujahedeen by half,
and it is not allowed for anyone to be exempted from this decision, whatever
S. Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
question marks still dog the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) a
year later, crucial madrasa reforms are stuck in limbo and known rabble-rousers
like Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Abdul Aziz continue to roam free courtesy of legal
loopholes. The army added torque to Operation Zarb-e-Azb after the APS attack,
but scolds the Sharif government for not moving in lockstep. The ISIS analogy,
to me, is where Gall's narrative creeps into foggy, conspiratorial territory
because she offers no motive…..
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
There are still
plenty of failed states left in the Muslim world where ISIS could re-establish
their territorial “caliphate”. And it seems that the new designated location
might be Libya.....
concerns about IS in Libya have spurred diplomatic efforts to end the civil war
through the creation of a government of “national accord”. Hopes were raised by
a peace deal brokered by the UN that was signed in Morocco on December 17th by
delegates from the rival parliaments.....
the Global Terrorism Index 2015, India is the sixth-most affected nation in the
world by terrorism. India has been on the list of the 10 worst-affected nations
for the past 14 years. The NIA’s arrest of Abu Musab, along with a dozen other
people, last month is disturbing proof that India cannot ignore the IS, not
report last year warned that the Maulana’s links with militant groups involved
in terrorist activities presented a grave security threat. The report also
cited a video message recorded by students of the Madressahs Hafsa pledging
allegiance to the militant Islamic State group...
To try and sum
up extremism in one word or reason will ultimately lead to a vast
generalization. But the main reason behind the cause of extremism is the
educational curricula, because this lays the foundations that shape one’s
thoughts. So when these curricula teach extremism, extremists will be born.....
measures must reflect a nuanced understanding of the process in which an
individual turns from a "religious person" to a
"terrorist". Most followers fall in the second and third categories
i.e. "religious" and "religious fundamentalist" so the
right kind of policy intervention at these stages will be very helpful in
checking the growth of radicalisation. And, it might be very helpful to engage
liberal and spiritual religious scholars in such policy interventions as
followers will be able to repose their trust in them.....
“The Islam that
is spreading through society in Africa today is the new active Islam, not the
dormant, Sufi, private-life only [version]. It’s going into policy, into
economy, into culture, into education. It’s going into public life,” said
Hassan al-Turabi, the leading ideologue of political Islam in Africa, who
hosted Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders as Sudan’s de facto ruler in
officials say the Jakarta attack demonstrates the Islamic State's appeal in
normally quiescent Muslim populations, in such nations as Indonesia, Malaysia
and the Philippines. Indeed, the Indonesian affiliate was the first to swear
allegiance after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in late June
2014 and changed its official name to the Islamic State....
spreads to European capitals, such precautions are regarded as normal, and
nobody interprets them as an attack on freedom of ideas or the right to
liberty. When it comes to Turkey, however, double standards on the subject of
terror immediately go into operation, and measures taken by Turkey to protect
its own citizens in the fight against terror attract the most astonishing
Terrorism is a
form of theatre. Terrorists are more interested in capturing attention and
putting their issue at the forefront of the agenda than in the number of deaths
they cause per se. The Islamic State (ISIS) pays careful attention to
stagecraft. The barbaric beheadings that are broadcast and disseminated through
social media are designed to shock and outrage – and thereby capture attention.
By exaggerating their effect and making every terrorist act a lead story, we
play into their hands....
bloody hand of a terrorist group through peace talks while the other hand is
drenched in the blood of Afghan civilians does not mean that Afghanistan should
turn a blind eye to their atrocities - even if pushed by the West or by other
Muslim countries to do so.....
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi
Many scholars and other devout Muslims believe that only misled people and non-believers would carry out such bloody terrorist acts. The question, however, still remains: How can a man willingly blow himself up and kill others at the same time? What kind of brainwashing could lead anyone, young or old, to such depravity? If we are to blame depressing economic conditions, then history is full of those who suffered similar conditions without resorting to such acts. Thus, we need a psychological analysis of terrorism....
Dr. Theodore Karasik
Geneva 3 is an opportunity for ISIS to disrupt, degrade and destroy international resolve in finding a workable solution. From ISIS’s point of view, attacking Shiite targets is a notable step in its plans for 2016. This past weekend represents the group’s own next step as part of the Geneva 3 “anti-process”. ISIS is known for its anti-social and anti-civilization approach to its brand of global politics.....
Moreover it can
be argued that, in some senses, the military operations have strengthened the
region’s fractious jihadist organisations by forcing them to put aside their
differences and work together. For example the government’s commencement of the
Zarb-e-Azb Operation in North Waziristan district and supplementary operations
in other districts of the tribal areas, served to soften the TTP’s differences
over the leadership and to bind these groups together against a common enemy,
which is the Pakistani state....
Dr Ejaz Hussain
ideological and operational divide among militant organisations helped conceive
categories such as the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Taliban, and later good and bad
jihadists. Factually, however, the good and bad categories are so superfluous
that in the aftermath of a terror attack, the state, as well as citizens, keep
wondering who the culprit was and on whose behalf they attacked.....
In the dark
days of the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, visiting soccer players from Pakistan,
wearing shorts, had disturbed the religious sensibilities of the authorities.
As punishment, the Taliban shaved off the hair of their Pakistani guests.....
Libya has been a hotbed of recruiting dating back to the 1990s, and one of its
former leaders, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was a Libyan citizen. The eastern Libyan
cities of Derna and Benghazi have historically served as solid bases of support
for al-Qaeda, and remain so today....
to be intransigent on a number of fundamental issues that could come up as
serious difficulties on the negotiating table. The most important issue is that
the Taliban, who refer to themselves as the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”,
continue to be unwilling to submit themselves to the Afghan Constitution and
accept the term “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” written in its preamble.
Intent on creating an “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”...
Terrorism is a
“mediated threat”. It requires an interpretation and definition from its
audience for it to become terrorism. Certainly, the physical threat of
terrorism needs no interpretation, but the fear toward it requires
But the latest
revelation about cultural vandalism raises broader questions about the way
historical and spiritual monuments are treated in war zones. To make a
convincing case against IS, Western governments need to demonstrate their own
respect for vulnerable heritage. Of
course, IS makes a point of flouting all the accepted laws of war; that is one
of its selling points in the eyes of its fanatical supporters.....
offers no evidence of Indian involvement in attacks on its territory, whereas
Indian officials have offered “actionable intelligence” linking JeM to the
air-base attack, and invited Pakistan to send its own investigators. Indeed, on
January 13th Pakistan announced that it had rounded up members of JeM, closed
some of its offices and shut down its websites....