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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Radicalism as a Challenge to Ethiopia
Aman Sethi

Sheikh Abdalla is in hiding, as are three other senior clerics from Kofele: Mohammed Gamadi, Haji Qasim Mereso, and Tabesso Gamachu. Residents say little of their absence, except that their sheikhs have been persecuted for resisting the government’s attempt to alter the beliefs of Ethiopia’s approximately 30 million Muslims. Government officials maintain that the men are wanted for calling for a violent jihad against the Ethiopian state....


Jati president, Datuk Dr Hasan Ali said that their attempts, among others, were to turn Malaysia into a “heaven” for apostasy, unnatural sex and deviant teachings. “And their most rude demand is to call for the repeal of the Shariah law, which will eventually see the demise of Islamic laws that are a core foundation in Islam,” he told the press here….

Without firing a shot, 1,000 French soldiers backed by 200 Malian troops descended on the ancient desert trading post, as they tried to cut off the escape of al Qaeda-linked fighters. But, before they could be rounded up, the rebels scattered into the desert, torching homes, mosques and libraries, including parts of the city's £16-million Ahmed Baba Institute, home to some 20,000 ancient documents on culture, science and geography, as they left.....


Abul Ala Maududi was also charged with writing his famous (yet provocative) “Qadyani Mas’ala,” a propaganda pamphlet. Martial law authorities passed death sentence on Maulana Abdus Sattar Niazi on May 7, 1953 and on Abul Ala Maududi on May 11. However, a day before martial law was lifted on May 14, 1953; the death sentences of both were commuted to life terms due to strong public pressure from within and outside Pakistan……

Islamism Rises In An Idyllic Valley Where Mosques Took Architectural Inspiration From Buddhist Pagodas, Not From Forcibly Converted Orthodox Christian Churches
Tarek Fatah

Home to a people of amazing beauty, culture and cuisine, where an Islam once flourished that was bereft of the harshness of the desert. Where, mosques took architectural inspiration from Buddhist pagodas, not from forcibly converted Orthodox Christian churches. Though the Pakistan-backed insurgency that broke out in 1989-90 has been largely decimated by the Indian Army and the Kashmir government, consequences of the decade-long strife remain……


Key Jihadi Ideologue: Jihad against Egyptian Army Is 'Religious Duty'
David Barnett

"[B]elonging to this army is apostasy from Islam and a pledge of allegiance to the enemies of Allah. Belonging to this army is belonging to a sect that is at war with Allah," Shinqiti wrote. He further argued that "Muslim women married to a member of the army should know that their marriage is nullified because [their husbands] are apostates."….


Jihadi Mural in Toronto Is Ground-Zero Mosque Redux
Tarek Fatah

In two Islamic countries where I spent my youth -- Pakistan and Saudi Arabia -- the only use of this verse was in context of war, battle or victory over infidels, never as a symbol of welcome, happiness, family, spirituality or piety. War, battle and victory over the enemy was the only context in which the Battle Array verse Nasrum Min'Allah wa Fathun Qareeb has been used…..

Hefazat-e-Islam, Bangladesh: Its Doctrines Are Brazenly Un-Islamic
Hifazat-e Islam chief Allama Ahmad Shafi

The most disturbing aspect for us Muslims is that despite brazenly violating the core Islamic principles, Hefazat enjoys the support of large number of Bengalis professing faith in Islam, a religion of peace and women rights. That is perhaps why it exerts control over the vast majority of Islamic schools and seminaries in Bangladesh. The time is not far when we will see more extremist imams and mullahs in Bangladesh graduating from their seminaries and adopting the path of extremism and radicalism paved by the Hefazat’s chief and the ilk. The gravest threat that those future imams would pose to the country’s traditions of religious pluralism and social integrity will be seen when they would misuse the unrelated Qur'anic verses and Prophetic sayings to achieve their fanatic goals.

Rebutting the Taliban: Polytheism, Disbelief and Apostasy Are Indeed Grave Crimes; However, No Human Can Punish another Human Being for These Crimes
Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

 Those having insight know that Muslims are not given this directive of jihad in their individual capacity; they are addressed in their collective capacity regarding this directive. They are not individually addressed in the verses of jihad, which occur in the Qur’an. Thus in this matter only the collectivity has the right to launch any such armed offensive. No individual or group of Muslims has the right to take this decision on their behalf. It is for this reason that the Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said: “A Muslim ruler is a shield; war can only be waged under him.” Even a little deliberation is enough for a person to conclude whether the Taliban are following this principle or blatantly violating it……

Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood: Islamic Comrades No More
Vali R. Nasr

For six decades, Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood were comrades in arms. Theirs was an Islamic alliance, formed in the 1950s to defend against the secular Arab nationalism that Egypt’s leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser, had unleashed. The alliance survived the end of that ideology, and since the 1980s it had defended the Sunni claim to Islamic leadership against the Shiite challenge from Iran……

Conditions at the shrine have produced calls on the Deobandi clerics to clarify their views: Do they, for example, accept the Sufi practices carried out in the same premises where they operate their madrassa, or not? Are the shrine's Sufis, and the structural complex itself, at risk?......


The magazine carries several articles, among which the notable ones are: 'Hellfire& Paradise' by Imam Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi; 'The Last Night' by Muhammad 'Atta; 'Let's Understand Suicide Bombing' by Maulana Muawiya Hussaini and Ikrimah Anwar; 'The American Gorbachev' by Jaffer Hussein; 'Disavowal of the Kuffar: A Quranic Perspective' by Maulana Qari Tayyab; and 'Fatwa: The Islamic Ruling on Media' by the Scholars of the Taliban Mujahiseen Shoura Council Pakistan, among others. Some of these articles were previously published, such as 'The Last Night' by Muhammad 'Atta, the ringleader of the 9/11 attackers. There are also articles critical of secular education, a first-person account of the life of a Mujahis by Brother Dawood, an article on the current conflict in Syria, and reports from around the world regarding jihad….

When Civilisation Clashes With Terror
Ram Jethmalani

According to information available in the public domain, most funding for radicalisation of Muslim society, funding of madrasas, indoctrination, terrorist training camps, and arms to Jihadi groups comes from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Gulf countries. The US has an amicable and strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia for obvious oil reasons. The radicalised and terrorism trained jihadis, armed by the Saudis, and funded by Saudi money then target the US and the West. And yet, the US continues its strategic partnership with the Saudis, its lust for oil overriding its security interests.....

More than exploring the ancient city of Peshawar, I think all of us had wanted to prove to ourselves that we had not bought into the stereotype of Peshawar being a dangerous city. Other tourists might have stopped coming here but we weren’t like other tourists. We believed superficially that nothing would happen but the truth was that when we were on the road and everyone around us stared at us, we wondered if our bravado might have been a little foolish….


Human Sacrifice and the Taliban
Senge H. Sering

Besides, there is no such proof that killing a human or attempting to kill a human by slitting their throat is prescribed in Islam as a way to please Allah. May be it is Satan and not Allah that commands the Taliban and their fellows to do so. Or maybe, it is Talib’s schizophrenia or dementia that is making him slit the throat of his fellow beings. His obsession to kill others is a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder or clinical depression but not the display of pure faith. Well, enough about the dreadful, psychopathic, delusional, schizophrenic Taliban, especially when a billion and a half Muslims around the world are in festive Eid mood and they have no time to think or talk about humans slitting throats of other humans….

Compulsions and Obsessions of Jihad Adventure Tourism: Jihad Is Personal Duty (Fard-e-Ain), Martyrdom (Shahadat) Will Bypass Tortures of the Grave and Lead Directly To Heaven
Anat Berko

I would like to propose calling murder for the sake of Allah “Shahadah-mania,” which might make it easier for the West to understand and fight the syndrome. It refers to the obsession for Istishhad [martyrdom for the sake of Allah] and includes feelings of transcendence and euphoria after killing the infidel, the capitulation to instinct, the inability to function in daily life, and jihad as a good and even altruistic deed in this world to qualify for a hedonistic afterlife.....

The Jihadis Are Back

It is these militants who, feeling empowered by the imminent US exit from Afghanistan — which they are inclined to see as Uncle Sam’s defeat — may be heading back to Kashmir to pick up the threads of an unfinished jihad. And as Ahmad would like to believe, they are capable of doing this “with or without Pakistan’s help”….


President Abdullah Gül has issued a stark warning over the turmoil across the Middle East, saying ethnic and sectarian identity politics could presage an era of medieval darkness across the Muslim world similar to Europe’s Middle Ages....

Jihadi Battle Cry On Toronto Mural
Tarek Fatah

In the ongoing argument in Quebec about the proposal by the Parti Quebecois to outlaw all displays of religious symbols by public servants, there is general consensus the real issue is not the cross or the Kippa, but the Hijab and Niqab…

Taliban: FAQs
Hasnain Iqbal

Taliban grew up munching on a diet of Wahhabism.  Armed with dollars, American weapons and of course the Jihadi fervour, Russians were given a serious beating and forced to withdraw from Afghanistan. During the Russian episode, Taliban were given sanctuaries in our tribal belt to plan and train. A countrywide network of madrasas was also set up to ensure a never ending supply of ideologically driven Jihadis to the Afghan war….


Terror, from Mumbai to Nairobi
Shaul Shay

Since 2008, al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-affiliated terror organisations have adopted a modus operandi that can be described as “self-sacrifice mega terror abduction”, first introduced by Chechen rebels against Russian civilian targets. The Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi late last month is itself a variation of previous attacks in Mumbai in 2008 and Algeria in January this year....


Contemporary So-Called Jihadi Movements
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

In present times, in many countries some Muslims are engaged in armed conflicts in the name of ‘Islamic jihad’. The fact of the matter is that no movement can become a genuine jihad simply because its flag-bearers give it that label. An action can be considered an authentic Islamic jihad only if and when it is fully based on the conditions that Islam has laid down in this regard. If a movement does not fully meet the conditions laid down in Islam for a jihad, it will not be a jihad…


Al-Qaeda killing Muslims: Kenya and Beyond
Joyce Karam

... they are innocent Muslim victims who happened to be at a shopping mall in downtown Nairobi on Saturday. The al-Qaeda horror machine did not spare them, nor did it spare those Iraqi Muslims who were killed during a funeral procession this week, or their fellow Syrians. The al-Qaeda horror machine feeds off chaos and sectarian divisions. From Nairobi to Mogadishu to Najaf and Idlib, al-Qaeda continues its hallmark of indiscriminate killing that is now taking more Muslim lives than ever before….


The Medium Is the Message
Aijaz Zaka Syed

These days as the world increasingly debates Islam and its followers, I often find myself revisiting this piece of wisdom. On the one hand, we have these spectacular acts of extremist violence around the world – the most recent ones being the Nairobi mall siege, the despicable strike on a church in Pakistan and the latest outrage targeting college students in Nigeria – all ostensibly orchestrated by people seen as Muslims....


Jihad Is the War That Won't End; Jihadism Is, Indeed, a Religiously Motivated Ideology
Ted R. Bromund

In the Middle East, strong governments, like Iran's, are often bad. But an absence of government is no better: Islamist radicals happily fill the vacuum. With a weak regime in Egypt, a weaker one in Libya, and the near-collapse of Syria, these vacuums are multiplying. The radicals have one weakness: They try to control territory. They tried earlier this year in Mali. Now they are trying in Syria….

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