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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Let’s imagine a scene playing out in the rotten suburbs of Paris. A man takes a troubled youth by the arm as they walk through a blighted neighbourhood and the persuasion begins. “Listen kid, you think you’re worthless, but that’s only because people treat you that way. When has anybody given you a break?....


American Brilliance, Saudi Anguish
Ayaz Amir

There was no Al-Qaeda in Libya, Col Gaddafi not suffering even the shadow of its presence in his country. The west got rid of Gaddafi and earned payback in the form of Islamic extremism. Libya has known no peace ever since. Libya, however, is a backwater compared to that other battleground, Syria....


ISIL, Israel and Cultural Cleansing
Marwan Bishara

When discussing ISIL's cleansing of pre-Islamic history, we must also consider Israel's erasure of Palestinian culture.....


Apart from the attempted evisceration of the ancient regime in the Middle East, the rise of Daesh -- and the proliferation of other extremist groups such as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Boko Haram and Al Shabaab -- represents a world order in transition….


Attractions of the Islamic State
Ayaz Amir

Here is something for the Pakistani privilegentsia to consider. Something like the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham – Isis or Daish – would have catastrophic consequences for them, putting an end to their privileged lifestyles or forcing them to flee to the Gulf or western shores. But in the unlikely event of Daish becoming a force in Pakistan, how would this affect the poor and the down-and-out who have nothing to lose?....


Iconoclasm and Islamic State: Destroying History’s Treasures

The beheadings, this time, were performed with hammer and drill, not sword or knife—for the victims were made of stone, not flesh. The destruction of ancient statues (some replicas) at the Mosul museum in Iraq…


The Enemy Is Not In the Blanket: the Biggest Threat to Islam Is Coming From Outside
June H.L. Wong

There has been increasing suspicion about Christians wanting to convert the nation and take over power. That was the underlying subtext in the emotional controversy over the right of Christians to use Allah in their Bibles. Yet, no action was taken to stop the Sikhs from using the word when it was revealed that it was used in reference to God in their holy scriptures.…..


Killing Top Terrorists Is Not Enough
David Ignatius

“Decapitation is not an effective counter-terrorism strategy,” Jordan wrote bluntly. She said killing top leaders “does not increase the likelihood of organizational collapse,” and that “decapitation is more likely to have counterproductive effects in larger, older, religious and separatist organizations.”....


Boko Haram on the Back Foot

The army also cites better co-operation with neighbouring countries, which are gathering an 8,700-strong force to fight the rebels. Troops stationed along the borders with Cameroon and Niger are trying to block escape routes….


The country was thrown into the global spotlight thanks to its key role in the fight against Islamic radicalism and the spread of regressive Sharia law in Africa and beyond. While a transnational force made up of 7500 soldiers from neighbouring Chad, Cameroon, and Niger has already been set up to help Nigeria, the U.S. has so far hung its ally out to dry……


Who Are The Foreign Fighters Taking On The Islamic State?
Richard Spencer

He couldn’t understand why Britain and the West more generally had, in his view, encouraged the jihadists to get out of hand, and why they weren’t doing more now to stop them. The British Government, he said yesterday, was trying to stop people like him joining the Kurdish army, or Peshmerga. “Screw them,” was his response. “We are here for the Kurds, not our government.”...


The World Needs a Muslim Martin Luther
Dr. Mordechai Kedar

We need a Muslim Martin Luther, who will ask the right questions, start an Islamic reformation, one that will quarantine all the notions of subjugation, violence, hatred and repulsion, changing Allah's religion into something that will bring the cycle of violence and death to an end, giving life to Muslims and others. …


The Education of ‘Jihadi John’
Maajid Nawaz

Challenging the notion of statehood, democratic theory and Middle Eastern power politics certainly takes a degree of intellectual sophistication, but it does not make an idealistic young person less vulnerable to exploitation by skilled recruiters....

How Jihad Came to Brooklyn
Leonid Bershidsky

Uzbekistan is now one of the worst places in the world where a radical Muslim could live. "Everyone whom law enforcement organs have ever suspected of ties to a religious of political organization that is considered extremist here is being tracked….


Isis’s Promise of Certainty Is What Lures the Likes of Mohammed Emwazi
Mohammed Emwazi

In the process, we have to expose the violent jihadism of Isis for what it is: ugly, frightened and weak, terrified of modernity, terrified of the past, terrified of women, and terrified of difference. So that no one, given the choice, would ever choose it over us….


Is Isis The Ultimate Evil? They Would Love You to Think So
Owen Jones

We must simply say that Isis is evil in its rawest form, apparently more evil than anything that has gone before, and leave it at that. Bombs and prisons: that’s the only legitimate response, and anyone who says otherwise is an apologist, a traitor or both. And so the symbiotic relationship between western power and jihadism persists.....

ISIS Heads to Rome
Thomas L. Friedman

ISIS Heads to Rome
Thomas L. Friedman

They were just two “losers,” he said, who resented those who did better than them and dressed it up in ideology. “Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam, is a fraud, is a fake.”….


How to Minimize Islamic State Lure for Canadian Youth
Haroon Siddiqui

Canada has joined the war on Islamic State and is also seeing palpable hostility to Muslims and Islam. The xenophobic Charter of Quebec Values was at its core Islamophobic…..


Much More Is Needed To Overwhelm ISIS
Rami G. Khouri

The birth, incubation and growth of ISIS reveals the multiple reasons for how it has been able to reach its current condition of controlling territory and waging mini-wars on several fronts….


…. terrorism cannot be eliminated from the country until and unless every citizen considers it his responsibility and every section of society plays a positive role. The current pace of combating terrorism clearly shows the efforts are not serious and it would take a long time to end terrorism and such militant Takfiri groups including Taliban, Jundullah, LeJ, and Sipah-e-Sahaba are issuing decrees against other sects openly…..


“There’s a feeling of joy,’’ Mr Haddad said in June, when he condemned Australia’s involvement in Iraq. “Anyone getting involved in killing any Muslims anywhere is going to be a potential enemy or is an enemy of Islam itself and every single Muslim,’’ he told the ABC…..


Most Indonesian fighters in Syria were facilitated by existing groups including Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the Ring Banten faction of Darul Islam, and Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT). Those who go through the JI channel join Al Nusra Front and other Jihadi groups that are affiliated with Al Qaeda. Fighters linked to MIT, Ring Banten, and Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) generally fight for the Islamic State as their leaders have pledged allegiance to the militant group’s leader, Mr Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi....


Jihadi John: Activist Who Praised Mohammed Emwazi as 'Beautiful' Caught On Video Backing Jihad
Robert Mendick

In an emotive speech caught on video, Mr Qureshi told a crowd gathered at rally organised by Hizb-ut Tahrir, an Islamist group: “When we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel, we know where the solution is and where the victory lies....


IS in London: The unmasking of “Jihadi John”

The images last year of James Foley, an American hostage, apparently being beheaded by a masked fighter for Islamic State (IS) who spoke with a British accent, horrified the world. Since then the same man, dubbed “Jihadi John”, is thought to have appeared in a number of videos, committing similar atrocities. On February 26th the BBC, the Washington Post and others identified him as Muhammad Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s....


Islam and extremism: Looking within

The doctrines of Jihad and Takfir are central to the debate. Extremists interpret jihad as mandating offensive holy war, though they may disagree about when and against whom it should be waged. The evidence from the Hadith (the Prophet’s sayings) and renowned scholars that Islam is a religion of the sword is “so profuse that only a heretic would argue otherwise”, claims the most recent issue of Dabiq, the magazine of Islamic State (IS). Extremists differ, too, about Takfir, the process whereby Muslims declare other Muslims to be apostates or unbelievers, for which the penalty is death. Al-Qaeda applies the doctrine with some limits to avoid alienating Muslims from its cause; IS invokes takfir wholesale, especially against Shias, perhaps in the belief that cinematic gore is the stronger lure....


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    ( By rational )
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    ( By Johan )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • For a moment, forgetting that Salman Taseer stood for justice and raised his voice for a noble cause, even if the murdered was a despicable human ...
    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    ( By Pankaj Verma )
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    ( By Pankaj Verma )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    ( By Pankaj Verma )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
  • Dear Naseer! My question is "whom" not "what".
    ( By Pankaj Verma )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    ( By Naseer Ahmed )
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    ( By rational )
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    ( By rational )
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    ( By rational )
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    ( By mohammad imran )
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    ( By rational the islamophobe )
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    ( By pankaj verma )
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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    ( By Ghulam Mohiyuddin )
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  • Dear Naseer!Save myself! From whom. Your God?
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    ( By afaqsiddiqi )
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    ( By Nader Ahmed )
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    ( By muhammad yunus )
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    ( By rational )
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    ( By pankaj verma )
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    ( By rational )
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    ( By Mubashir )
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