Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
The death toll from a horrific bombing that tore through a crowded vegetable market in a mostly Shiite Muslim neighbourhood of south-western Pakistan climbed to 81 with many of the severely wounded dying overnight, a Pakistani police official said Sunday. Police official Fayyaz Saumbal said 164 people also were wounded by the explosion Saturday in the city of Quetta....
Dr Haider Shah
Our religious teachings should not contain any traces of violence and instead should promote more mystical and humanitarian virtues. Then we must review our laws and bring them in conformity with the morality of the 21st century world today. We should also begin discouraging communal level atrocities against any smaller community....
A conflict between the Musharraf regime and the Lal Masjid administration provided a basis for the operation which started on July 3 and lasted till July 11, 2007. The clampdown claimed lives of 103 persons, including 10 army personnel and one Ranger. Maulana Aziz, the Khateeb of Lal Masjid, who was also the principal of Jamia Faridia was arrested by the law enforcement agencies on July 4, 2007....
Interestingly, it is an Indian who compiled the report. Amrit Singh, a fierce civil liberties lawyer based in New York who also happens to be Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s youngest daughter, has meticulously listed the painful history and geography of what can be called government kidnapping. This is her second major effort to bring accountability to the U.S. government by holding up a mirror....
Nawa e Afghan Jihad, January 2013
O people of Pakistan! The laws relating to what is lawful and what is unlawful revealed from the heavens was transformed into Parliament. Alas! You should have feared God and have faith on Day of Judgment. You should not have misused the name of the holy Prophet (pbuh) to deceive the Pakistani people. You should have followed the Shariah of God and the holy Prophet (pbuh) instead of following in the footsteps of the British....
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam
The Fatwa is built entirely around a Hadith that contains a cryptic response of the Prophet regarding the permissibility of launching an attack at night when children, women and the elderly could be killed. Though traditionally regarded as the second source of law after the Qur’an, the jurists including the pioneering compilers of the Hadith have expressed strong reservations about the technical authenticity of the Ahadith they recorded in their compilations…
As the foregoing enunciations of the Qur’an may appear a mere window dressing or conveniently claimed to have been abrogated, there are irrefutable historical records that demonstrate the application of the above noble principle even at times of war. Thus the eminent historian Thomas Arnold quotes a contemporaneous Church record on the compassionate treatment of the survivors of the 2nd crusade who were deceived by their Greek allies (who refused to ship them back home to Europe) and lay at the mercy of the Muslim warriors: “The situation of the survivors would have been utterly hopeless, had not the sight of their misery melted the hearts of the Muhammadans to pity.....
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam
Pakistan is facing an existential threat due to active militancy and insurgency. The scope of this threat extends to the constitutional polity, economy and cultural diversity of the state of Pakistan. Militancy through terrorism and insurgency through guerrilla warfare have started pushing Pakistan towards civil war, economic bankruptcy and a cultural black hole....
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam
Each three parts of the Fatwa (Part-1, 2, 3) is refuted, convincingly and objectively, on the strength of the Qur’an. The inverted interpretation of the theme of the Qur’anic verse 2:178 and lack of relevance of the theme of 59:6 has been demonstrated – though none of these verses are identified by Qur’anic chapter/ verse reference. The right of a Muslim to return violence with like violence on an individual capacity or as a splintered group except in an organized and politically matured and responsible manner has also been refuted….
The Tablighi Jamaat, which roughly translates to the “Society for Spreading Faith,” was founded in the late 1920s in India. It was originally intended as a vehicle for promoting a revival of Islamic piety,.... Regarding alleged extremist components of Tablighi Jamaat, Babadjanov mentioned that “so far I am not aware of political extremist slogans of Tablighi Jamaat. Perhaps, they are not well advertised…”.....
H.E. Ousmane Tandia
France’s military intervention was in response to a request by Mali and is fully supported by its government and people. As terrorism is a global threat, and India also a victim of terrorism, we wish to explain to our Indian friends the urgent challenges at stake in Mali and the international legal and political framework of this military operation......
The Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies at Teesside University will be formally launched later this month at an event marking National Holocaust Memorial Day. Beginning with two academics, Professor Nigel Copsey and Dr Matthew Feldman, the centre will specialise in both the history of far-right radicalism in this country, and current trends and dangers.
Alarm bells have sounded before. A spring 2012 report called "From Arbaki to Local Police," by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and based on extensive field research, lamented that even the government's local police program – meant to absorb some militias – was plagued with problems.
According to an informed source who spoke to the Jamestown Foundation on the basis of anonymity, the new generation of jihadists in Jordan is well-connected to global jihadists and are migrating to Syria to wage jihad against the Assad regime while Jordan’s traditional jihadists are more involved in political activism.
Murad Batal al-Shishani
Those killed by the holy warriors have become a thing of the past and the state cannot ask for compensation for them from the holy warriors. Notice is hereby given to all the educational institutions of the state that they should register the education imparted in them with the holy warriors. In the event of non-compliance, not only that your institutions will be bombed, you will also be suitably punished for imparting un-Islamic education....No sensible person will oppose any kind of dialogue but the irony is that those who are being invited to the dialogue do not believe in any kind of dialogue themselves in the first place. They have time and again asserted that there was no question of dialogue with kufr (infidelity). They have caused enormous damages to the second party, Pakistan, on all fronts that that they themselves cannot repair. ... And it is surprising that they do not agree to lay down arms. They will simply rest their arms for the time being.
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam
In the past few years, the Taliban killed thousands of people across Pakistan through suicide attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killings, beheadings, assaults on military troops, police stations, sectarian violence etc., and destroyed hundreds of girls’ schools including those of boys. In the Khyber agency, they are also indulged in murdering and torturing Shias in their majority areas, forcing them to flee. ...
In fact, tough terms of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan for reconciliation indicate double game. In this context, in a letter, Pakistani Taliban demanded that Pakistan should pull out of the Afghan war, abandon its pro-American and pro-western policies and change its constitution and foreign policy in conformity with Islamic Shariah. The militants also demanded from Pakistan to refocus on a war of “revenge” against India. The TTP dubbed the ANP and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) as agents of the US and warned that Taliban would target both the parties. The militants said they would not target the JUI-F, Jamaat-i-Islami, the PML-N and Imran Khan’s Tehrik-i-Insaaf because they had no problem with them.
Mohammad Yunus, New Age Islam
SUMMING UP: Each of the nine listed components of the Part-1 of the Fatwa has been refuted convincingly one by one. Hence the Part-1 of the Fatwa stands refuted As a Muslim, a witness to humanity who is commanded to bid to the good and restrain the evil, it is the duty of this writer to raise a loud voice of alarm. Alternate reference to the Qur'anic verses on restraint and defensive warfare with verbal reports by different theological leaders (Imams) and ulama about mutilation of Muslim martyrs and graphic details of the latter is conceivably tailored to indoctrinate the target reader with a sadistic, barbaric and ferocious mindset that will readily accept an exhaustive fatwa on the justification of mass killing of innocent men, women and children including the 9/11 attacks on its face value. A deadly spiritual potion is thus being brewed under the cloak of a fatwa which contradicts the Qur'an on many counts, is self contradictory, bizarre and untenable on others, suicidal for Islam and the broader Muslim community and a grave threat to human civilization.
A national consensus against terrorism is lacking because there is no clear demarcation of civil-military rights, responsibilities and power on the one hand and the place of religion in Pakistani nationalism on the other. Unfortunately, there is no party or leader on the Pakistani horizon who is ready to shake us out of this hopeless situation.
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam
“Jihad is a term that has unfortunately been widely misrepresented by the actions of Muslim extremists first and foremost, and by attempts at public indoctrination coming from Islamophobes who claim that the minority extremists are right and the majority of Muslims are wrong,” said Rehab, who is the executive director of the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Mohammad Yunus, New Age Islam
Summary: Having largely devoted Part-1 to the theme of mutilation of corpses in the battlefield that some women from the Quraish (the Prophet’s enemy) had taken recourse to against Muslim martyrs, Part-2 continues to dwell on this theme conceivably to bring the barbaric imagery of mutilation into the reader’s mind side by side with the enunciation of unrelated Qur’anic verses and the Prophet’s forbiddance of this pre-Islamic custom thereby creating an inter-association that repetition creates. That is, a casual, fanatic or not-too critical reader may incorporate or appropriate sadism in his religious thoughts as a prelude to committing acts of wanton terror.
Ideology that fuels violent acts in the name of Islam remains potent in Indonesia despite government efforts to “deradicalise” militants and prevent the spread of religious extremism.
In the decade since the 2002 bombings on Bali when members of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI - a Southeast Asian Islamic militant group with ties to Al Qaeda) killed more than 200 and injured hundreds more, some 60 people have been killed and another 500 injured in “terrorist” attacks.
Although the number and scale of attacks have diminished due to police efforts to capture and - in some cases kill - those responsible, attacks by smaller, unknown groups have increased.
According to a recent US State Department “report on terrorism” in Indonesia, militants are increasingly using the Internet to spread messages of religious extremism through the country’s universities and prisons.
Even after almost a decade of fighting extremism, officials are still divided on approaches in a country which is home to some 13 percent of the world’s Muslims.
No program—other than that of Saudi Arabia, to some extent—addresses the affiliative factors to which the relevant literature consistently attributes great importance in motivating entry and exit. The Saudi program seeks the involvement of participants’ family members in the deradicalization process and, reportedly, in some cases also provides assistance in finding a wife (Barrett & Bokhari, 2009; Boucek, 2008, 2009; Stern, 2010).
A key question is whether the objective of counter-radicalization programs should be disengagement (a change in behaviour) or deradicalisation (a change in beliefs) of militants. A unique challenge posed by militant Islamist groups is that their ideology is rooted in a major world religion, Islam.
Women felt safer in Pakhtunkhwa than anywhere else in Pakistan. Our people lived by the Pakhtunwali, a moral code that came into existence before Islam and that articulated the protection and honour of women and children. My family would travel to the Swat Valley, where we and many others kept summer homes to escape the heat. Swat was then a peaceful area, and women were well-respected....
So, as per the charges levied on Malala by alleged attackers and these radicalist thinkers, she is being charged with idealising Obama, not wearing Hijab and declaring herself pro-secular. Such hatred and cowardice can never be the voice of my religion. Our beliefs about Islam as the most tolerant and advanced religion of human history are based on the teachings of Islam. The ones targeting these teaching are not Muslims but the real enemies of Islam....