Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
ISIS, a brutal group disavowed even by al Qaeda, says it’s the ruler of the world’s only true Islamic state. And in Raqqa, it’s creating God’s kingdom on earth by crucifying ‘infidels.’ Three years of civil war has created a catastrophe in Syria with few parallels in the 21st century. A tragedy for average Syrians, for others the carnage has been an opportunity. Amid the wreckage, jihadist groups fighting the regime and each other have planted their flags in the rubble and tested the limits of their power…..
Holding out the prospect of a nuclear cooperation deal akin to the one accorded India, albeit with stronger non-proliferation conditions, is the most powerful tool Western nations can use to positively shape Pakistan’s nuclear posture.....
Dozens of Indonesian jihadists are taking up arms in the current Syrian war after entering the battlefield through Turkey and Morocco. Indonesian diplomats in Turkey have in particular expressed concern over the fact that the Indonesian jihadists include two youths who go to religious schools in Kayseri, an industrialized city in Central Anatolia…..
Young people now see little difference between Erdoğan's rhetoric and the discourse employed by a radical Islamist urging them to join a radical Islamist organization, and they tend to nurture increased sympathy for radical Islamism…..
Some analysts speculate that the Taliban are biding their time until the runoff election in May or June, or are wary of a publicity backlash if they target civilians at all during the voting. Others wonder whether a leadership struggle and infighting have halted major operations. But there are more questions than answers on the issue, even for some commanders within the Taliban. ......
Salafism, a branch of Sunni Islam, was founded in Lebanon in the 1960s by Sheik Salem al-Shahhal, father of Sheik Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal, one of the current leaders of the religious movement. Salafism advocates a strict and literal application of the Qur’an and a return to the practice of al-Salaf, or “the predecessors,” referring to the Prophet Muhammad and his disciples. Salafism is based on three important principles: the belief in only one God; Da’wah, or missionary work; and jihad. Lebanese Salafi groups for the most part followed the quieter traditionalist branch of the movement and excluded the call for jihad from their practice until 2013.….
If you study empirical cases of insurgency and counterinsurgency, you’ll inevitably find that a combination of the insurgents’/terrorists’ ability to control their public image and the state’s lack of credibility as a trusted protector of its citizens tend to be present in every case where states can’t tame insurgencies for protracted periods — in fact, where they tend to end up on the losing side.....
He sees people pushing, shouting, laughing and jostling. The muezzin calls for the evening prayers. A soothing shadow slips down the minarets. The sun is plucked from the sky. The night drops from the clouds. But the streets are not deserted. They are now filled with the faithful smell of summer evenings. People still move around, laughing and shouting....
Women and men shared harrowing tales of sexual violence, kidnapping and constant threats on their lives. Now they are virtual prisoners desperate only for escape. They told me how schools, hospitals, even cemeteries are off-limits. As one person lamented, “We can’t even help our dead.” Now is the time to help the living.....
His Red Mosque and madrassa complex, a stone’s throw from government buildings in Islamabad, was stormed by security forces on the orders of then-president, Pervez Musharraf. Dozens of people died during the siege. Mr Aziz was caught trying to escape dressed in a Burqa.....
Zahid Hussain, a commentator, says the
government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lost its appetite for controlling
illegal madrasa construction in Islamabad. He says there are now thousands of
madrasa students in the city. No wonder Mr Aziz feels the tide of history is
flowing in his direction. In 2007, we were on the defensive, he says. “Now
things have turned 180 degrees and it is the secular forces who are hiding.”
Mehr F Husain
The trends and developments that define other nations do not always apply here; instead, it is a country of contradictions and clashes that eventually pave the way forwards......
Prominent Western Muslims who are not Brothers are often very wary of the movement, but they tend to express this sentiment in private more than in public. Indeed some Muslim activists in the West seem frightened of the Brotherhood…..
"We want to reiterate that we are warriors who are carrying out Jihad (religious war) in Nigeria and our struggle is based on the traditions of the holy prophet. We will never accept any system of government apart from the one stipulated by Islam because that is the only way that the Muslims can be liberated. We do not believe in any system of government, be it traditional or orthodox, except the Islamic system which is why we will keep on fighting against democracy, capitalism, socialism and whatever. ....
The Prophet Muhammad’s Shura (council) - exercises that were a kind of collective decision making process in which the Prophet consulted with his companions before making important decisions - should be a model for the Democratic Islam Congress….
It’s quite understandable then that the Kingdom should have passed a new terrorism law recently, together with several related royal decrees. So which pressing, terrorism-related concern does the new law address first? Does it ban incitement to violent jihad from the pulpit or the dissemination of Jihadi propaganda online? Nope, the leading concern of Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism law is atheism. You read that right. The world’s number one exporter of poisonous Wahhabi doctrines and of the Jihadi rabble which is the inevitable result of such doctrines considers atheists its foremost terrorism concern.....
Ali K Chishti
Al Qaeda has been shifting its base from North Waziristan to the urban areas of Pakistan, and especially to Karachi, to avoid US drone attacks. In Karachi, it is in a better position to disrupt NATO supplies to Afghanistan, and plans to exploit sectarian and ethnic conflicts in the city to create a trap for Pakistan Army in Karachi –Pakistan’s commercial capital and among the most dangerous cities in the world……
“This is state sponsorship of terrorism. It’s covert. It’s been denied. Not even Western analysts agree that it’s happening on the scale we know it to be happening,”…..
On his return to London after signing the Munich agreement in September 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said to a cheering crowd: “I believe it is peace for our time.” The ‘peace’ that Chamberlain claimed to have won entailed serving Czechoslovakia on a plate to Adolf Hitler. Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement did not bring peace, but plunged the world into a catastrophic war. We have had our own Munich-like moments.....
The NIA, India’s premier terror investigating agency, declared Salahuddin, his deputy Gulam Nabi Khan and eight others militants proclaimed offenders (i.e. fugitives sought in connection with a major crime of violence) and charged them with channelling huge sums of money into J&K for subversive activities. Among those charged, Dr. Dawood….
The extraordinary and gratuitous brutality of Islamist terrorists in Syria, the progressive destabilization of West Asia, as well as the cumulative disengagement of the West - led by USA - from Afghanistan, have pushed South Asian conflicts out of the focus of international attention. The process has been enormously enabled by broadly, often dramatically, declining trends in violence and fatalities in this region, suggesting a generally positive direction of change. In many theatres, virulent and enduring movements of terrorism and widespread armed violence have receded, though much remains unresolved...South Asia has tremendous potential, for development and for extreme violence. Which propensity will be realized will depend largely on the sagacity of national leaderships in each of the constituent countries. Regrettably, the evidence of the past years and decades has given little evidence of any surfeit of this attribute in the region.
With more people going to Saudi Arabia, they believe that whatever they see there is Islam, which is not so. We have to put a stop to these converted Islamic preachers coming into this country. I see a foul play in that as they are funded by the Israelis. When we have proper Maulavis and Ulema within the country, why do we need to bring in these converts in order to teach us Islam?”….
.... goes on to indict Pakistan further as an abettor of terrorism through proxy warriors it pretends not to know and claims to be helpless to curb. It pretends to “apparently” cooperate with America but covertly trains militants through its dreaded ISI to go to Afghanistan and kill Americans. She says Americans knew what its great ally was doing but refused to face up to it “for fear of setting off a greater confrontation with a powerful Muslim nation”…..
A more decisive statement of support for Jabhat al-Nusra from Bashir could have a significant influence on the Indonesian foreign fighters in Syria as well as MIT in Sulawesi. However, it could also lead to a split between Bashir’s loyalists and Santoso’s loyalists if Santoso rejects Bashir’s advice, continues to issue pro-ISIS statements and revives the vision for a pan-regional Islamic caliphate in Southeast Asia like the caliphate ISIS is fighting for in Iraq and Syria.....
It is true that the presence of al-Qaeda and its brutal attacks plays into the hands of the al-Assad regime which is eager to define all those in opposition as “terrorists” and is trying to legitimize the brutality of the regime forces as “war on terror.” …
What frightens me the most – much more than living in a country where these threats exist– is living in a country where we think that by negotiating with our attackers, the threats will cease. They won’t cease. Negotiating with these terrorists is like being in a therapy group run by your rapist, or trying to talk to a cancer that has overrun your body. You don’t talk to cancer. When its cells divide and multiply and kill off your brave and innocent, you do not talk as if to a misunderstood child. You act or you cease to exist…..