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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Modern Mongols of Iraq
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Modern Mongols of Iraq
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Marx said history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce. In its long history, Iraq, the cradle of civilisation, has seen enough of both. It is said that when the Mongols ransacked Baghdad, the seat of Islamic caliphate and a great centre of learning and civilisation, the city’s fabled rivers turned dark......


The White House dissented against the Coptic identity of those killed by Islamic State, with a statement describing the victims as “Egyptian even in their deaths, their identity was to be buried. For unbeknown to the White House, they were merely echoing a deep Egyptian tradition that sought to bury any trace of the Coptic identity….


This ideology bears striking resemblances to some factions of Wahhabi and Salafi thoughts, which have been the main interpretations of Islam promoted both domestically and internationally by Saudi Arabia......

Sufis Don’t Have A Pope Or Ayatollahs, But They Have Poets: Speak!
Farrukh Dhondy

The deafening silence, which I personally regret comes from two sources. The first is a limited but necessary voice: that of the majority of immigrant Muslims who live and work and adapt to Europe. The second, much more universally significant, is the voice and opinion, for want of a better word, of Sufi Islam. Sufis don’t have a pope or ayatollahs, but they have poets. Speak!....


Root Cause Must Be Understood First To Counter Violent Extremism
Harun Yahya

In the fight against ideological groups, threatening their interests or their members with death has always had an opposite effect. The only way of eliminating a false ideology is by teaching a true one…..


Islamic State: The Pushback

The caliphate brings grandeur and a certain authority, even though the vast majority of Muslims repudiate it. Territory provides resources. But the needs of a statehood that has to be expansionist make continued success harder.....


Unfortunately the terrorists are still in our midst. They are posed to attack at any time. This requires us to be very alert; we need to understand that these terrorists are not alone. They have partners who are also determined to destroy our lands, through a plan drawn up to thwart Kurdish progress as much as possible…..


The War against Islamic State: The Caliphate Cracks

IS differs from jihadist groups that have gone before, including its parent, al-Qaeda. It is uniquely brutal in its treatment of foes and uniquely competent as a propagandist. But what most sets it apart is its claim to have restored the Islamic caliphate. ....


‘Islamic State’ as a Western Phenomenon
Ramzy Baroud

No matter how one attempts to wrangle with the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) rise in Iraq and Syria, desperately seeking any political or other context that would validate the movement as an explainable historical circumstance, things refuse to add up…..


Child Soldiers Of IS: Is IS Trying To Create A Society That Has A Distinct Taste For Conflict And Killing
Diana Moukalled

But I believe this satanic organization has sown the seeds of its own destruction; it will not last for long, and there will come a day when it will meet its sorry end. But what of the long-term repercussions of its actions, particularly when it comes to the children affected by them? What about the long-term effects of this psychology of violence which these children have inherited......


Islamist's View of Islam and State: A Counter Narrative Is a Must
Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef, New Age Islam

However, it is necessary to realize that the distorted interpretation of religion and not religion as such, is the cause of this situation. In fact, this situation is the outcome of so-called Islamism, being taught in our seminaries and propagated by so-called Islamic movements and political and religious parties……

Jihadists Cherry-Picking Qur’anic Verses to Defame Islam, Qur’an and Jihad, Says Sunni-Sufi Cleric Maulana Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi While Planning an Anti-Terrorism Conference

Maulana Yaseen Akhtar Misbahi said that “an obnoxious concept of Jihad is created by the mischievous elements through misinterpreting and cherry-picking Qur’anic verses and injunctions, with an aim to defame Islam, Qur’an and Jihad” Some misguided Muslim youths in different parts of the world wrongly but quite boldly attribute their militant goals and violent acts to Jihad”. He lamented that as a result, any act of terrorism perpetrated in India or any part of the world today is conflated with Islam and Muslims in common....

The liberal-Left’s response to a string of events across the world — the attack on a cultural centre in Copenhagen for hosting a debate on Islam and blasphemy, the attack on Charlie Hebdo cartoonists for ‘insulting the Prophet,’ the flogging of liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, and the anti-Islam protests in Germany — exposes the cracks in its discourse surrounding violence perpetrated by religious zealots.....


Young Minds Need Truth about Jihad to Prevent another Jake Bilardi
Angela Shanahan

There is a world of difference between someone caught up in fundamentalist Islam, after going through the mill of unemployment, drug use, crime, then choosing to join Islamic State, and someone who is a bright but lonely maths nerd with an interest in current affairs.....


That’s What Happens When Your Militancy Landscape Consists of Three Halves
Cyril Almedia

Just as Lakhvi is being ushered out of his pen, the Afghan Taliban, we are told, are being herded towards the negotiating table. And in the middle of all of that the anti-state/anti-Pakistan militants are being pounded away at.....


ISIS Beheading Islam through Its Actions!
Hatem Bazian

To claim this destruction is intended to protect Muslims from "shirk" - associating anything with God - implies that Muslims are so fickle in their theological understandings that they are unable to distinguish between history and human contributions that would cause them to easily fall into major sin by taking these statues as partners to God…..

Federally Administered Tribal Areas: Exercises in Futility
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Terrorism and the disproportionate use of force by the state have caused massive collateral damage to property (and to life) in other tribal agencies as well. In August 2014, a damage need assessment survey carried out under the supervision of the FATA FDMA revealed that over 60,000 houses had been damaged in Orakzai, Khyber, South Waziristan and Kurram agencies......


Muslim Critique of IS Ideology
Hazim Fouad

First of all, jihad as a term may not be used when fighting other Muslims. Second, it remains a communal obligation and not an individual one, despite claims made by Jihadi ideologues such as Abdallah Azzam. The letter also highlights the dual nature of jihad, referring to a well-known Hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad said after coming home from a battle: “We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.”…

Satirists, Led by Muslims, Find Much to Mock in ISIS
Assia Labbas

The parody is one in an expanding universe of sometimes funny, sometimes tasteless and almost always provocative send-up’s of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, that have proliferated across the Internet in recent months. At the risk of offending sensibilities by searching for humour in the horrific, many also aim to cut the extremists down to size......


ISIS, the Enemy of Civilization
Raed Omari

It is as if the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) hate life. Or as if the radical organization’s militias hate everyone, everything, every culture and every faith that does not adhere to their deviant ideology….

IS Follows Saudi Doctrines: Barbaric, Inhuman and Un-Islamic
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Just next door to the ‘brutal’ regime of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, there sits a similar administration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country in which a Pakistani is decapitated almost every week with the approval of the courts and authorisation from its rulers. Do we not know about this already? Is beheading in Saudi Arabia really news to us? What difference does it make if it is carried out by IS, the Taliban in Afghanistan or the Saudi royals? In the end, all of them claim to follow the same scripture…..

The truth is that the IS is less concerned with enacting and spreading what it perceives as Islamic practices than maintaining its own superiority (much as Saudi Arabia has done for about a century). The Saudi abhorrence of antiquities and conservation of culture is not grounded in Islam – it is highly unlikely that anyone should “worship” Abu Bakr’s house in Mecca any more than they would worship the Hilton that sits on the site today – nor is the IS’s demolition of thousand-year-old artefacts.....

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Medina: Saudis Take a Bulldozer to Islam's History

The Saudis Are Bulldozing Islam's Heritage. Why the Silence from the Muslim World?


America continues to support the Saudis in exporting their perverted religious dogma across the Muslim countries in order to breed religious intolerance, cruelty and terrorism. Some of the countries like Iraq, Libya, Syria and Palestine have been war victims, others like Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt have survived upon American and Saudi aids. Iran is the only Muslim country where America and the Saudi monarchy have failed for exporting terrorism and religious extremism and both fear it as a regional power.....


Moderate Muslims Must Denounce Armed Jihad
Farzana Hassan

Any narrative that claims to fight terrorism must address Islam’s concept of jihad, and how and why it has come to be used and applied by the terrorists….


Who Is To Blame For Jihadi John? Only Himself
H.A. Hellyer

Since the dawn of ISIS, numerous Muslim religious authorities have denounced the claim to authenticity by ISIS, on religious grounds -- none have given it that prize of legitimacy it so craves. That is, except for ISIS itself, and for some odd reason, some in the West who insist on taking ISIS at its word. Religious authorities at large and Muslims in general, may recognize ISIS members as Muslims, albeit gravely deviant ones who ought to be treated as criminals…..


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