Radical Islamism and Jihad
For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish border and the deserts of Iraq, which hardly seemed likely to shape the fate of nations. A weathered sign at its entrance said 4,000 people lived there, most of whom appeared to have left by 2013, driven out over time by a lack of work – and lately by insurrection….
At present the impact of the IS group is minuscule in India, and according to official figures only 13 Indians have joined IS, and of them six are already killed. According to another report, 25 teenagers from India wanted to go to Syria to join IS but they were restrained from leaving the country.
It isn’t fair to blame Islam for the atrocities of violent radicals. But when terrorists claim the Muslim mantle, then they bear this identity, if only nominally. Thus members of the faith must do whatever possible to prevent this cancer from metastasizing in our communities. If we don’t, we’ll be partly responsible for the smeared image of our faith.....
We Cannot Be
Hard-Headed In Fighting Homegrown Extremism
By Yassin M.
Here We Go
Again: The Drumbeat For Sending Troops Back To Iraq Has Begun
Fate: Is A ‘Face-Saving’ Deal In Play?
New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Radicalization of Muslim Youths
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
It is said that the greatest menace of present times is the radicalization of Muslim youths. But the question is: What is the source of this radicalization? The Quran and the Sunnah are certainly not the ideological sources of this radicalization. The source of this culture is the use by Muslims of internet or social media as an extended form of Muslim media.
Suicide-Bombing is not Islamic
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Today, it has
become a duty binding on Muslims to develop positive thinking. They must
completely stop thinking of other communities as their enemies. They must be
reminded of the fact that their status is not that of a community, but, rather,
that of an ideological group, one that has just one mission—and that is,
peaceful Dawah, or inviting people towards God. .....
When you see
the black flags, remain where you are and do not move your hands or your feet.
Thereafter there shall appear a feeble insignificant folk. Their hearts will be
like fragments of iron. They will have the state. They will fulfil neither
covenant nor agreement. They will call to the truth, but they will not be
people of the truth. Their names will be parental attributions, and their
aliases will be derived from towns. Their hair will be free-flowing like that
of women. This situation will remain until they differ among themselves.
Thereafter, God will bring forth the Truth through whomever He wills65. People
are asking: does this narration by Ali bin Abi Talib (k.)—that is related by
Al-Bukhari’s teacher (Nu’aym bin Hamad) over one thousand two hundred years ago
in his book Al-Fitan—refer to the ‘Islamic State’?...
After a century
of Muslim consensus on the prohibition of slavery, you have violated this; you
have taken women as concubines and thus revived strife and sedition (ftnah),
and corruption and lewdness on the earth. You have resuscitated something that
the Shari’ah has worked tirelessly to undo and has been considered forbidden by
consensus for over a century. Indeed all the Muslim countries in the world are
signatories of anti-slavery conventions. ....
your sermon dated 6th of Ramadan 1435 AH (4th July 2014 CE), you said,
paraphrasing Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq W: ‘If you find what I say and do to be true,
then assist me, and if you find what I say and do to be false, then advise me
and set me straight.’ In what follows is a scholarly opinion via the media. The
Prophet U said: ‘Religion is [rectifying] advice1.’ Everything said here below
relies completely upon the statements and actions of followers of the ‘Islamic
State’ as they themselves have promulgated in social media—or upon Muslim
eyewitness accounts—and not upon other media. Every effort has been made to
avoid fabrications and misunderstandings. Moreover, everything said here
consists of synopses written in a simple style that reflect the opinions of the
overwhelming majority of Sunni scholars over the course of Islamic history....
A hundred or so
years ago, the destruction of the world by human hands was not a real
possibility. But today, in the nuclear age we live in, it isn’t any longer so.
What seemed impossible a century ago is quite possible today. There are enough
and more evil-minded men around who, claiming to champion this or that religion
(in most cases, Islam and Christianity), seem to be pining or even plotting for
the grand destruction of the world....
Reviving Islam's Enlightenment
Daniel Chirot and Scott L. Montgomery
terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia are only the latest reminders
of how important it is to understand that, behind these outrages, there are
serious ideas, not simply angry, frustrated criminals. Violent Islamic jihadist
movements do not pose an existential danger to Europe or North America. They
may occasionally be able to carry out deadly terrorist acts, but they have no
chance of destroying or taking over Western societies…
“I kept telling
him it hurts — please stop,” said the girl, whose body is so small an adult
could circle her waist with two hands. “He told me that according to Islam he
is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing
closer to God,”...
Muhammad Abu Talib
“We call upon
the people of this county to bring their unmarried girls so they can fulfil
their duty in sex jihad for their warrior brothers in the city and anyone who
will not appear will feel the full force of the Shariah law upon him.” These
men are not Norsemen raiding other lands, plundering and enslaving women.
They’re not even those savage tribes of Caucasian steppes invading peaceful
cities, and this is not even the fictitious story of the Game of Thrones,
famous for showing disturbing and explicit scenes and events, but the
similarity is striking. This is reminiscent of medieval men possessing the arms
of the 21st century....
have to wage this battle in every home, school and mosque. To win it, we need
to convey the unadulterated and pristine message of Islam to our youngsters who
have been fed with deviant ideas to kill people. We need plans to revamp our education, to
purify it from extremist views. We need to curb the influence of anyone who
uses his or her position to advocate hatred and discrimination. We need to show
resolve and determination in following and punishing those who joined,
recruited or preached these ideologies amongst our kids…..
A specialization course titled ‘Islam
and Terrorism’ is being introduced by Jamia Razvaiya Manzar-e-Islam Madrasa of
Bareily, UP for classical Islamic scholars. ...The madrasa has not given any
details of its curriculum. Until that comes out, it is difficult to judge, how
effective this course will turn out to be. Its efficacy will also depend on the
orientation of teachers and their ability and indeed courage to go against
established Islamic theology which generally favours political Islam and
violence inherent in takfeerism and anti-apostasy laws of the so-called Islamic
considered Sufi-oriented, even Bareilvi Islamic theological literature is known
to promote takfeerism, the practice of calling Muslims of other sects kafir,
and violence against so-called apostates. Wahhabi-Salafi Takfeerism is one of
the reasons behind terror against non-Salafi-Wahhabi sects like Sufi minded
Sunni Muslims, Shias, Ahmadis, etc. The killer of Governor Salman Taseer of
Pakistani Punjab, who killed him on the pretext of the latter having called
Pakistan's Blasphemy laws black, belonged to and was influenced by a preacher
of Bareilvi sect.
Mentality in Politics
Munni, Geeta, Still Awaits Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Karachi
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
to India Is Next Door, Not In Arabia
By Ashok Mallik
Testing India’s Response to Terror, First in Gurdaspur and Now Udhampur. Why Is
That ‘Befitting Reply’ So Long In Coming?
By Ashok K
Reminds Us the Home Truths about Justice
Deal: The Reckoning
By Talmiz Ahmad
to South Asia
By Khaled Ahmed
How to Deal
with Pakistan: New Delhi Must Pursue a Flexible Strategy with Elements of
Containment and Engagement
By Manoj Joshi
After Mullah Omar
By C. Raja
Project at Work
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
So the Exalted declared takfīr upon the person due to him taking a
rival which are partners in worship. And there are many similar verses.
So a person cannot be a muwahhid (Islāmic monotheist) except if he
negates shirk, frees himself from it and declares takfīr upon whoever commits
Then he said – rahimahullāhu ta'ālā: The second: Warning against shirk in the worship of Allāh, being harsh
in this, having enmity based on this and declaring takfīr on whoever commits
The uneasy fact
is that Islam is in desperate need of internal reforms that have been delayed
to this point where the religion is being damaged from within causing serious
identity crisis amongst the Muslim youth. And it is this very identity crisis
that is at the core of radicalisation problem leading young Muslims to fall
prey to terrorist propaganda joining Islamic State and other militant groups.
As long as those at the helms of power in the Muslim community remain in
constant denial blaming the government, the "environment"......
In the end, the
biggest threat of the IS isn’t its pursuit of statehood but its cultivation of
a global constituency of alienated and intolerant Muslims, mostly young, who
assure the IS of an inexhaustible supply of fighters and operatives. Spread out
in 80 countries, these have been seduced by the viral promise of a paradisal
caliphate. If they can’t go to the Middle East to fight, they can wreak havoc
on their own societies.....
ISIS has suddenly got this momentum because it is supported by Sunni tribes and groups. The latter did not ally themselves with ISIS because they shared its inhumane dogma but because they sought liberation from the sectarian persecution and policy of exclusion that the Iraqi government has been exercising for years. This sectarianism got worse when the Americans left Iraq and the Iraqi fanatical politicians got a free hand to carry out their oppressive and exclusive agenda. Nouri al-Maliki and his governments have played a major role in the creation of the current sectarian Iraq. They might be Shia fanatics, but they are also responsible for the creation of Sunni fanaticism....
What is the root cause of terrorist violence? What makes someone disturbingly eager to orchestrate merciless rampages? Both Abdulazeez and Saad had been described as ‘normal’ kids before they plummeted into a wave of darkness. Saad reportedly received special training for the style of executions he carried out in Safoora Goth. In his case, it appears as if a pervading extremist ideology somehow managed to infiltrate his conscience. This comes as no surprise when men like Maulana Abdul Aziz, the hate-spewing Lal Masjid cleric, are allowed to roam free regardless of the numerous arrest warrants that have been issued against them.....
Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a remarkable speech in Birmingham
outlining a stepped up government campaign against Islamist extremism. India
could learn a thing or two from him on how to address a sensitive subject
without either flinching from the truth or carelessly tarring an entire
blunders notwithstanding, the media can do a lot more to even the playing field
between extremist and moderate voices. Thanks in part to television; the likes
of the rabble-rousing Akbaruddin Owaisi and the fundamentalist preacher Zakir
Naik wield a megaphone in India’s public square. Few people have even heard of
the insightful anti-extremist scholar Sultan
Shahin, or of Tufail Ahmad, who doggedly tracks contemporary Islamist
thinking in the Indian subcontinent.
In sum, what
Cameron calls “the struggle of our generation” isn’t confined to a Britain
roiled by home-grown Islamist extremism. It’s a global phenomenon whose lessons
apply as much to India as to any other democracy.....
Even Afghan Taliban insurgents led by Mullah Omar is facing a fundamental problem of how to react to a fast growing ISIS influence in the Middle east, Africa and now in the territories where Taliban traditionally are in power. Although Taliban initially welcomed the formation of ISIS and its objectives,...