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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Why Isis fights
Martin Chulov

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….


Sultan Shahin's Hypothesis on Preventing Islamic Radicalization Comes At a Time When the Muslim Society Is Mentally Receptive and Responsive To the Reform Agenda
Mon Qazi, New Age Islam

Sultan Shahin’s highly scholarly article:  Preventing Further Radicalization Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions  which was laden with wisdom and prudence was published in April. But it came to my notice just a few days back. The issues he addressed and the suggestions that he offered have continued relevance for us. His doctrine reminds us of earlier revolutionary thinkers like Muhammad Abduh and Fazl ur Rahman who also suggested radical reforms to purge Islam of the accretions had gathered around the Quran and restore its pristine philosophy. Fazl ur Rahman was far ahead of his times and espoused his doctrine in a highly conservative society. The result was a powerful retaliation by the clergy who labelled him an heretic compelled him to migrate from Pakistan. It is only now that we are realizing the depth and breadth of his vision. Sultan Shahin‘s theory comes at a time when the Muslim society is undergoing a new orientation and is mentally receptive to the reform agenda and responsive to the new paradigmatical approach of Sultan Shahin.

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Preventing Further Radicalization Is the Challenge Muslims Must Undertake: Some Concrete Suggestions


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 Home-Grown Extremism: New Age Islam’s Selection from World Press, 31 August 2015

We Cannot Be Hard-Headed In Fighting Homegrown Extremism

By Yassin M. Yassin

Here We Go Again: The Drumbeat For Sending Troops Back To Iraq Has Begun

By Simon Jenkins

Bashar Al-Assad’s Fate: Is A ‘Face-Saving’ Deal In Play?

By Raed Omari

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau

Radicalization of Muslim Youths
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Radicalization of Muslim Youths

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

Suicide-Bombing is not Islamic
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. ....


During 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....

Talk of the ‘End Times:' Millenarian Vision, Frightening Reality

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

The recent 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…

Theology of Rape: Claiming the Quran’s Support, the Islamic State Codifies Sex Slavery in Conquered Regions of Iraq and Syria and Uses the Practice as a Recruiting Tool
Rukmini Callimachi

“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,”...

ISIS Are Cold-Blooded, Sectarian, Patriarchal, And Mass Murdering Paedophiles Who Know Nothing of the Religious Scripture
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....

We 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…..

Counter-Terrorism Course Started in Indian Bareilvi Madrasa: Genuine Counter-terror Theology or just a Sectarian Slugfest?

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 Sharia.

 Though 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.

No More Martyrs, Please: New Age Islam’s Selection from Pakistan Press, 8 August 2015

Herd Mentality in Politics

By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Glass Half Full

By Irfan Husain

No More Martyrs, Please

By Abbas Nasir

The Real Munni, Geeta, Still Awaits Bajrangi Bhaijaan in Karachi

By Akhtar Balouch

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Jihadi Threat to India: Jihadist-Military Project: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press, 7 August, 2015

Jihadi Threat to India Is Next Door, Not In Arabia

By Ashok Mallik

Pakistan Is Testing India’s Response to Terror, First in Gurdaspur and Now Udhampur. Why Is That ‘Befitting Reply’ So Long In Coming?

By Ashok K Mehta

Yakub Case Reminds Us the Home Truths about Justice

By Rajdeep Sardesai

Iran Nuclear Deal: The Reckoning

By Talmiz Ahmad

Welcoming Iran 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

Raja-Mandala: After Mullah Omar

By C. Raja Mohan

Jihadist-Military Project at Work

The Hindu Editorial

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 shirk.

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 this.

Islamic Identity Crisis at the Core of Radicalisation
Hussain Nadim

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.....


The Meaning of ‘Being News’: The Persecution of Religious Minorities by ISIS
Louay Fatoohi

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....

The Driving Force behind Terrorism Is Not a Lack of Education — It Is Something Far Broader and More Difficult To Constrain
Anam Khan

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.....

How to Tackle Radical Islam: India Can Learn From the Frankness of Political Discourse in the West
Sadanand Dhume

On Monday, 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 community.....

Historical 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,...


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