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Radical Islamism and Jihad

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Warned Us of the ISIS
Kashif Chaudhry

Reflect on this critical point. Whenever ISIS kills in the name of Islam, claims to follow the Holy Quran, or uses the Holy month of Ramazan to spread anarchy across the globe, know that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explicitly warned us of these imposters, and entrusted us to root them out. The only people who refuse to reflect on this point are ISIS, ISIS sympathisers and anti-Islam extremists who want the world to believe that ISIS is legitimate. Intelligent people, meanwhile, see Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) prophetic wisdom and thus remain united against both ignorance and extremism.....

 

Islamic State: Spreading Its Tentacles

Affiliates use varied tactics. In the Gulf, IS members have targeted Shia mosques to foment sectarian strife. In places such as Yemen and Afghanistan, IS seeks to undermine strong branches of al-Qaeda, its jihadist rival. Elsewhere spectacular attacks, such as the massacre in Sousse, have helped IS live up to its slogan of “remaining and expanding”; conveniently diverting attention from the group’s losses not only in Syria and Iraq but farther afield. ....

 

Retell the Narrative of Islam to Attack ISIL’s Core
Sholto Byrnes

But Rezgui had recently been radicalised and Salhi had been on a watch list in the past. That these massacres, as well as the suicide bombing of a mosque in Kuwait, were seemingly perpetrated in the name of religion, however, only underlines once again that it is more essential than ever that the true Islam – moderate, tolerant and peaceful – asserts itself and makes its presence in the world known more and more loudly…..

 

In The Name Of Religion, They Kill
Mohamed Chebarro

The struggle in Iraq is to redress balance between an oppressed Sunni population in post Saddam Iraq and the oppressing Shiites who were installed in power due to Western intervention and later Iranian clout and influence. But it is the Sunni Iraqis that are displaced and Sunni Iraqi cities and heritage that they continue to destroy after looting them. In Libyan town, Kuwaiti and Saudi mosques the victims are innocent civilians, in Somalia, Egypt and Yemen too.....

 

The Jihadist Trap of Here and Now
Scott Stewart

The Islamic State, consequently, will eventually follow the same strategy as the Taliban, al Shabaab, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The group will abandon its territorial gains to return to an amorphous, low-level insurgency and terrorism campaign. It is, of course, the same strategic shift the group made in 2010. If it had not done so, it would not be here today. If the Islamic State does not abandon its here and now attitude, deciding to stand its ground and defend its caliphate to the end, it will be destroyed.....

 

The Siren Call Of ‘Pure’ Islam, Not A Reaction To Racism, Alienation Or Islamophobia
Hasan Suroor

To still insist on the validity of old assumptions about Muslim radicalisation is to ignore the elephant in the room: the pull of religion. Radicals are responding to the IS call for Islamic revival. Nothing more, nothing less. Other factors — alienation, searching for a “meaning’’ in life, the lure of adventure — is secondary. The alienation theory was long busted after it turned out that many, if not all, of those attracted to extremism were actually well-adjusted and well-integrated into their communities. And the notion of testosterone-fuelled boys dying for a slice of Jihadi adventure has been disproved by schoolgirls and housewives heading for jihad. .... The process of radicalisation is a lot more complex than is assumed, but the ultimate pull factor is religion. Any de-radicalisation strategy, in order to be effective, will have to be anchored in a religious counter-narrative. And it will have to come from imams and Maulvis — not from counter-extremism think tanks and reformed radicals.

Unknown to the world is that Yemenis are being killed just because they don't share the ideology. For the past three months, Saudi Arabia has been using cluster bombs to kill Zaydi Muslims. Under international law any military aggression against another country and its people can never be justified. But of course the world's media and the private club of world leaders have kept silent on such tragedies. Is it because Saudi Arabia has the money, powerful friends and oil that it does not have to abide by international laws? The rulers of Saudi Arabia got away with 9/11 where seven hijackers were from Saudi Arabia….

 

Extremist Groups Transform Concept of Jihad
Ali Mamouri

Wahhabism, the major Salafi movement founded by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab in the Arabian Peninsula, employed the notion of jihad for the first time in the modern history of Islam to spread religious preaching and control among Muslim communities. From the second half of the 18th century to the late 19th century, the followers of Wahhabism spread their ideology among tribes in the peninsula and neighboring regions, in Iraq and the Gulf, imposing their ideology forcefully if necessary....

The radical newness of ISIS society forms a strange counterpoint to the self-conscious archaism of the culture—the obsession with purity, with the buried truths of religion, and with classical literary forms. The al-Khansa’ Brigades are a notable example. Al-Khansa’ was a female poet of the pre-Islamic era who converted to Islam and became a companion of the Prophet, and her elegies for her male relations are keystones of the genre. The name therefore suggests an institution with deep roots in the past, and yet there has never been anything like the Brigades in Islamic history, nor do they have an equivalent anywhere else in the Arab world. The militants, of course, see no contradiction. ....

 

Religious Extremism and Terrorism Have a Cause-Effect Relationship in Pakistan: Radical groups such as Hizb ut Tahrir and Al Huda are active in indoctrinating the population
Muhammad Amir Rana

Student wings of religious political parties as well as sectarian, charitable, radical and militant organisations remain active in colleges and universities. Other wings of such organisations seek to influence specific segments of society. Almost every religious organisation — whether its ambitions are political, sectarian or militant — maintains wings with a particular focus on women, traders, lawyers, doctors, and teachers, among others. These wings have a key role in promoting extremism among middle-income groups and have an array of tools at their disposal to increase their influence. ....

 
Fighting Extremist Ideology
Abdulreham Al-Rashed

Fighting Extremist Ideology
Abdulreham Al-Rashed

Nazism is banned because it is an extremist, fascist, nationalist ideology that represents a direct threat to the nation. It has a bloody history, and its fire still burns under the ashes. Extremist ideas are present everywhere, but since Nazi extremism is very dangerous, liberal countries that believe in freedom have decided not to tolerate it....

 

What Does the Face of Radical Jihadism Look Like? No 'Magic Profile' Exists, Experts Say

Groups like al-Qaeda and Somalia’s al-Shabaab pitched their message to would-be foreign fighters to come and defend fellow Muslims who were being killed. But ISIS tells Muslims they can only live in a society made up of the faithful – their caliphate. “So their emphasis is to get them looking around and seeing the corruption around them, seeing the decadence around them, feeling the moral repugnance to the world around them….

 

The wholesale destruction of buildings and properties, the bombing and maiming of innocent men, women, and children are all forbidden and detestable acts according to Islam and the Muslims. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some have associated with Muslims….

 

A second contradiction is found in the divergent interests of those within the loose and shifting confederation of ISIS allies. In Iraq, this includes Douri's network (which, even if reports of Douri's death prove true, remains strong and widespread), along with tribal self-defence forces, a Sufi militia and former insurgent groups like Ansar al-Islam and Jaish al-Mujahideen....

 

Authorities estimate only half-a-dozen New Zealanders have traveled to Syria to fight with Islamic State. It's unclear how they've become radicalized, although Taylor's case might provide a clue: He's acknowledged listening to the sermons of the late U.S.-born al-Qaida preacher Anwar al-Awlaki....

Jihad: Fight against the Ideology
Kamran Bokhari

Today, in a world where people are often careful to separate the state from religious issues, most would agree that governments should stick to waging physical battles against Islamist militants rather than getting caught up in ideological wars. But the challenge insurrectionist Islamists pose is an ideological one, and it cannot be addressed without undertaking the perilous task of crafting counternarratives....

 

A Model for Moderate Muslims
Stephen Schwartz

Most significantly, the claim of "reforming Islam" is advanced by the terrorists themselves. They argue that by blowing up shrines, devastating other historical monuments, and massacring Shia Muslim and spiritual Sufis, they are restoring the faith of Muhammad to an imagined pristine condition at its origin. As Bosnians said during the atrocious Balkan Wars of the 1990s, by that logic they should have defended themselves with swords and bows and arrows, while riding on camels, although their enemies had modern weaponry….

 

The Generators of ISIS Still Remain
Rami G. Khouri

The United States seems not to have learned very much in the long stretch between fighting against Al-Qaeda from the late 1980s to dealing with ISIS today. The fact that so many different kinds of young men and women in their thousands join ISIS or affiliate with it in their home countries abroad should suggest to any serious political analyst that the way to defeat the groups is to address and remove the reasons that created it and continue to see it expand....

 

ISIL in Afghanistan? Not so fast
Olof Blomqvist

Afghanistan has a long tradition of various militant groups shifting allegiances, and most of the suspected ISIL groups appear to be former Taliban or local militias that have simply spontaneously decided to use the black flag to attract support or attention. There is little evidence of widespread funding or ISIL fighters travelling from the Middle East to Afghanistan....

 

Anti-Radicalisation Message Needs Follow-On
H A Hellyer

The fact is that a religious reformation has already taken place in Islam. The purist Salafi movement that came about in the Arabian Peninsula more than 200 years ago was precisely that – a reformation process – and it did not work out very well. Indeed, one could argue that an element within the neo-religious ideology of ISIL dates back to the rebellion against classical religious authority that Salafism promoted....

Balochistan: Shooting the Messenger
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Sabeen Mahmud lost her life as she hit too close to the state's vulnerabilities. Though there has been some hue and cry about her killing and a 'high level enquiry' has been ordered by the Government, it is unlikely to yield results any different from those of similar enquiries in the cases of the killing of journalist Saleem Shehzad and the assassination attempt on journalist Hamid Mir....

 

How Al-Qaeda and ISIS Want to Turn Heads in Yemen
Manuel Almeida

The fact is the Houthi offensive seems to be having the opposite effect. The Houthis tend to label most of the armed opposition they face, especially tribes, as al-Qaeda. Their over-ambition, expansion to predominantly Sunni areas and excessive violence, coupled with their Zaydi revivalist drive, is giving al-Qaeda an unprecedented local recruitment boost....

 

Meet the Next Generation of Terrorists Who Support ISIS
Marlow Stern

The Red Mosque also has named its central library after bin Laden and, on November 29, 2014, the extremist all-girl students of Jamia Hafsa, a Madrasa in the Red Mosque Network, released a video in support of ISIS, urging all Pakistani Jihadis to join forces with the terrorist organization. Maulana Aziz refused to condemn the video, instead remarking, “I don’t know why these boys are reluctant to say that we support the organization which wants to implement the Islamic system....

 

The growing pervasiveness of Islamophobia among Europeans, precipitated by the rise of violent extremists of all colorations and the seemingly endless bloodshed between Muslim communities and against Westerners, which has produced a conscious and unconscious repudiation of anything related to Muslims in general....

 

Bangladesh: Another Killer Dies
S. Binodkumar Singh

The significant support base of the radical Islamist formations in the country, as well as of the BNP which allies with them, retains the potential to cause extreme harm within the country, and it will require both an iron will and political sagacity to carry the War Crimes Trials process to its logical conclusion....

 


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