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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Jordan, Egypt, and the Response to ISIS: Beyond Air Strikes
Sultan Barakat

Even radical voices critical of the coalition have been forced to moderate their tone, likely fearful of public wrath or a spell in Jordanian prisons. Former al-Qaeda ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi was released from prison to condemn Kasasbeh’s burning as un-Islamic, while prominent Jihadi Salafi leader Abu Sayyaf said that the execution “had no connection to Islam,” blaming the burning on ex-Baathist officers among ISIS ranks....

 

China's Fertile Ground for Islamic State
Adam Minter

In July, during Ramadan, the state not only prohibited the religiously prescribed fast, but coerced many Muslims to eat. For example, some university students were forced to eat lunch with their professors. Beards and Mustaches have been banned. Women are barred from wearing veils and head coverings in public in much of Xinjiang -- including, as of Feb. 1, in the provincial capital, Urumqi....

 

Hizb Ut-Tahrir: Is It Now An Offence To Oppose Government Policy? If So, Let It Be Said Plainly
Uthman Badar

Hizb ut-Tahrir nurtures extremism, justifies terrorism and inspires young people to join Isis. Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in many countries and Australia should follow suit. Hizb ut-Tahrir spreads “discord and division” with impunity. As for Hizb ut-Tahrir being banned in “many countries” – that media favourite line, attached as an essential descriptor to evoke fear and suspicion – it is half a story....

 

What ISIS Really Wants
Graeme Wood

Maqdisi taught Zarqawi, who went to war in Iraq with the older man’s advice in mind. In time, though, Zarqawi surpassed his mentor in fanaticism, and eventually earned his rebuke. At issue was Zarqawi’s penchant for bloody spectacle—and, as a matter of doctrine, his hatred of other Muslims, to the point of excommunicating and killing them. In Islam, the practice of Takfir, or excommunication, is theologically perilous. “If a man says to his brother, ‘You are an infidel,’ ” the Prophet said, “then one of them is right.” If the accuser is wrong, he himself has committed apostasy by making a false accusation. The punishment for apostasy is death. And yet Zarqawi heedlessly expanded the range of behavior that could make Muslims infidels....

The recent Islamist terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo cartoon journalists in Paris and army children in Peshawar school perhaps prompted Sultan Shahin, Indian Editor of New Age Islam to write an advisory paper entitled “Muslim must confront Islamist terror ideologically –An Islamic reformation required”. While it is conceded that reforms within Islam will have to come from within, this paper examines whether at all it is possible when indications are to the contrary....

Our Religion Problem
Babar Sattar

We know that in 2004 Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid had issued a fatwa declaring haram the namaz-i-janaza of Pakistani soldiers killed while fighting in Waziristan. We also know that his disciples have professed allegiance to IS. We now know that terrorists who attacked APS were provided board and lodging facilities by a Masjid imam. We know that mosques and their bully pulpits are abused to preach hate. We know that seminaries and mosques around Islamabad parade ground have had to be vacated to ensure safety for Pakistan Day....

 

Jordan, Egypt and ISIS: A Tale of Vengeance
Raed Omari

Only a few hours following ISIS’ release of a video showing its masked militants’ beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers, Egypt, in retaliation, sent its F-16 warplanes to Libya to hit the group’s hideouts there typically echoing Jordan’s vengeance following the burning alive of its pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh. Exactly as Jordan did, Egypt accompanied its military action on ISIS with diplomatic efforts seeking to build a world consensus on the importance of eradicating the radical organization which is undoubtedly now the embodiment of all terror. Like Jordan, Egypt seems to be determined to hurt ISIS and “healing the chests” of its citizens, yet complications persist….

 

Islamic State’s use of technology has become ubiquitous: there are tens of thousands of supportive Twitter accounts, while Facebook and video sharing sites are used to disseminate propaganda, recruit fighters and organise. A policing and military response to Islamic State is already well under way, but this won’t address the obvious reality that technology is being used to facilitate extremism and an enduring, networked threat across our region....

 

The Lebanonisation Of Libya: Is Partition Next?
Joyce Karam

The Lebanonisation of Libya is also evident in the outside meddling in the country. Today, many Arab countries are trading accusations of instilling chaos in Africa’s leading oil producer nation. The accusations include arming, funding militias and allowing foreign fighters into Libya. While this picture parallels with 1975 Lebanon, in the age of ISIS and proliferating terrorism, Libya cannot afford a repeat of Beirut’s long agony....

 

Non-Muslim commentators have said these historical events are ancient history and therefore not applicable to the conversation. Christianity isn’t considered a violent religion because those events occurred in a more barbaric time. One day the terrorist acts of ISIS will be ancient history. If history doesn’t matter when one is talking about Christianity, then it technically shouldn’t matter when one is talking about Islam....

 

Even before the rise of ISIS, analysts say, some Arab states in the region were beginning to -- quietly -- work with Israel on various challenges including Iran. Now with ISIS the singular force uniting a region notoriously riven by tribal, religious and territorial differences, Israel is on the sidelines....

What Makes These 17-Year-Old Kids Pick Up An AK-47 Instead Of Trying To Start A Business?
Eli Lake

One recent study found that family money and education could be social indicators of inclinations toward terrorism. Released last year by Queen Mary University in London, it found that "youth, wealth, and being in full-time education were risk factors associated with radicalization." Maher said in his four years inside Hizb ut-Tahrir, he found many of the most active members were students or college graduates....

 

Madrasas and Militancy: The Tragedy of Peshawar Has Once Again Brought the Issue of Madrasa Reforms into Sharp Focus
Mumtaz Ahmad

The core curriculum taught in Madrasas of the South Asian subcontinent, known as Dars-e-Nizami, consists of about 80 books in 20 subject areas, broadly divided into: 1) “received” or revealed knowledge (the Quranic exegesis, Hadith, and Fiqh); and 2) rational sciences (Arabic language and literature, grammar, prosody, rhetoric logic, philosophy, dialectical theology, mathematics and medicine). It is important to note that out of the 20 subject areas of the Dars-e-Nizami curriculum, only eight can be considered as solely ‘religious’. The remaining subjects are otherwise ‘secular’ subjects intended as aids to the understanding of religious texts….

 
Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State
Jörg Diehl, Hubert Gude, Barbara Schmid and Fideli

Often enough, female jihadists have little idea what they are getting themselves into in Syria. In the northern city of Bremen, sociologist Berna Kurnaz provides counselling to the relatives of female Islamists who have returned to Germany. She's familiar with their family problems and their sometimes precarious circumstances. "The girls are often revolting against a home in which they are misunderstood or a society in which they don't feel appreciated." She says that Salafist preachers offer simple solutions to myriad problems, basically sending out the message that all that matters is being a "good Muslim woman." But once they arrive in the war zone, the girls are sealed off from what's going on around them. "They don't even understand just how dangerous the situation they have placed themselves in really is," Kurnaz says....

 

During the recent past and this week there has been a notable rise in the number of explosive devices planted across Egypt, most of which were home made and had limited impact, if real at all. Many of these bombs, reported on a daily basis, were apparently aimed at civilians, and not security personnel who have borne the brunt of bombings that have grown rife since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013....

 

ISIS’s Dark Theatre
Praveen Swami

The world has become familiar, these past three months, with this aesthetic, which has flowered in the Islamic State’s execution videos, culminating with the macabre immolation of the Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh. But the slaughter recorded in the seven-minute video took place in Mexico, half a world away from the IS.....

From the 1970s, as France pedal-pushed capitalism, Wolinski's left-wing commentaries took flight to publications like Le Journal du Dimanche, L'umanite, Paris Match and Charlie Hebdo among others."I could draw anything I wanted. Before this thin-skinned age, you could joke about religion and paedophilia," he said. With freedom came threats, but mild ones….

Saudis Struggle To Reconcile IS Fight, Wahhabism
Madawi Al-Rasheed

Instrumentalising Islam, and especially sponsoring and propagating radical interpretations of its sacred texts, in an international conflict with wealthy powers, like the United States, proved to be disastrous. Both the United States and its Saudi partner have paid a high price for the unintended consequences of this misguided foreign policy. ...

 

How to Reverse Surge in Religious Hate Crime?
Dominic Casciani

Decades ago, the British extreme far right and fascism were the forces behind anti-Semitism. But on the face of it, the figures are now pointing to widespread anti-Jewish feelings among some Muslims in Britain. This analysis is shared by many leading progressive Muslim thinkers….

 

North Carolina Killings Not an Act of Terror?
Aijaz Zaka Syed

            

Comparisons are odious. But if all lives are equal in the eyes of the world, why do we not see the same global outrage and outpouring of grief and solidarity with the victims that one witnessed following the Charlie Hebdo carnage? Where are the righteous statements from London, Washington and Paris, condemning the act of terror in this case?....

 

Muslims and Extremism: A Difficult Dialogue
Jawad Iqbal

The bigger school of Islamic thought is believed to be that of the Deobandis, a conservative interpretation of Islamic law that governs teaching in almost half of Britain's mosques…..

 

Sources said the number of active supporters in this network could be higher. The group is working on the ground and not in cyber space as its members fear they could be easily tracked, the gathered inputs reveal….

 
Iraq's Kakais: 'We Want To Protect Our Culture'
Mohammed A Salih and Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Iraq's Kakais: 'We Want To Protect Our Culture'
Wladimir van Wilgenburg

The Kakai faith, also known as Yarsanism, is a syncretistic mystical faith that is believed to have originated in Kurdish dominated parts of western Iran in the 14th century. Its followers speak a dialect of Kurdish known as Gorani and are scattered across northern Iraq, Iran and many live in exile in Europe and North America....

 

How the Muslim Brotherhood Fits Into a Network of Extremism
Andrew Gilligan

It is expected to say that the Brotherhood, a multifaceted organisation, is not itself a terrorist group and should not be banned, a verdict most analysts agree with. However, the report will dismiss claims by the Brotherhood that there is “no evidence” of links between it and terrorism….

The War against Islamic State: It Will Be a Long Haul
The Economist

These setbacks may help explain the group’s turn to ever more ghoulish acts to bolster morale and keep up the flow of new recruits. That suggests an opportunity, says Mr Levitt. Stories are emerging of IS fighters who are killed or jailed by the group when they try to leave it, but they are not widely circulated. “We need [videos of] foreign fighters who have returned saying: ‘I went but was cleaning toilets;’......

 


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  • Mr Naseer Ahmad having known you through you write ups and comments I am sure you will not believe what I am telling you ...
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  • Dear Naseer!AS for as the worst creature is considered, it is already in your own article and you could read it again. For your ...
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  • Very true. Actually, most of us are Shia or Sunni by birth. There is no informed choice. Whatever reasons we give for who should ...
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  • Mr Afaqsiddiqi,  Your understanding of the Prophetic mission of Muhammad (pbuh) appears to draw heavily on the works of the Orientalists. You may read the following articles ...
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  • Dear Rational. I am grateful to you for you comment on my response to Ghulam Rasool Dehlavi. I have expressed my gratitude to Sultan Shahin ...
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  • Dear SultanShahin,My regards to you for showing affection to my appearance on your site.I am ,as I think,old enough to abstain from gibberish talks.You ...
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  • Mr Ahmad's observation on the disrespect shown by believers and followers of the prophet his highly painful. But it definitely portends the pathetic  condition ...
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  • Shahin Sb quoted what I had said which was "the Quran does not say that the text of the earlier scriptures is corrupted". It does not ...
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  • Pankaj Verma,Can you quote my exact words to prove that you are not lying? 
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  • Sultan Sahin Ji. You want to tackle radicals in islam by keeping them on your side. In the very same website and as Naseer ...
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  • Sultan Shahin sahebwell, keep saying whatever you like to call. can you tell me which verse i distorted? if there was any distyrotion it ...
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  • Sultan Shahin sahebwell, keep saying whatever you like to call. can you tell me which verse i distorted? if there was any distyrotion it ...
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  • Rational, even after reading and seemingly agreeing with Naseer Saheb and now knowing very well that the word kafir does not mean unbeliever, but ...
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  • GMtell some reason why Islam must be cared?should it be cared because it call unbelievers "worst creatures".Is Islam ugly so you want to paint ...
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  • GMif my quotation from your holy books(?), your statements(wisdom?) irritate you, it is your problem not mine.have you monopolized prof. Naim?Is he like you ...
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  • Very well written and pointed letter. Hope there are many more like Ms. Iqbal to voice their views in England.
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  • Thanks for putting the issue in its proper perspective, Arshad sahab.
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  • Until and unless the Muslim world loudly and categorically condemns the radicalization of its youths by the fanatic goons, Islamophobia will remain a problem. ...
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  • Good Article. I wish every Muslim stand up like Seima Iqbal to counter counter the Media and the Islamophobia
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  • Dear Afaaq Siddiqui sb, I am glad to see you on this forum after a long time. Better late than never! However, what should disappoint you ...
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  • Give us new, fresh ideas, afaqsiddiqi sahib. How do we tackle the growing violence all around, perpetrated by people who claim to be Muslim, ...
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  • Dears Sultan Shahin sb.After a long time I glossed over to the NAI to see what is keeping Muslims busy  on this site. I ...
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  • Rational, these prickly men in "moderate" clothing are running about on different threads in different directions like chickens with their heads off.On one, he ...
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  • Rational, your trying to seek support for your smearing activity from Prof. Naim's valid comment is farfetched and naïve.  
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  • Rational, the simple fact is that in order to be an Islamic reformist one has to truly care for Islam. By the way, CAIR is not ...
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  • GM is another moderate Muslim carrying handy bogies like "hostiles to Islam", "Apostates", "enemies of islam", "Zionists" etc.
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