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The targeting of Christians may seem to some as a new front being opened by the militants, but in fact it is logical progression of the extremist ideology. Be it other sects within Islam or other religions, the violent extremist wants to eliminate all others and produce a homogenous society in which only a particular version of Islamic interpretation rules over the people. The hatred and bigotry embedded in the extremist ideology is not just about foreigners, but also about the majority of Pakistanis themselves. Be it Shias, Ismailis, Barelvis, non-Muslims or anyone else deemed to be outside the pale of radical Islam….

 

Fight Bigotry: Suicide Bombing Must be Outlawed by Islam
Brian Cloughley

Suicide bombing must be outlawed by Islam as represented by the most respected religious leaders in the country, speaking with one voice and conveying their deep understanding of the Holy Quran and the Hadith. The trouble is that this is unlikely to be wholly successful, given the blinkered fanaticism of the country’s enemies. They cannot be allowed to win....         

 

Evidence suggests that Prince Bandar has been the operations chief of al-Qaeda, the CIA data-base of its Arab legion of Mujahideen fighters, ever since the Afghan war of the 1980s. It is these CIA-supported, Mossad-supported al-Qaeda fighters that Bandar commands today in Syria. In short, it is Bandar Bush, Prince of Terrorists - not the well-meaning dupe Osama Bin Laden, or the shrill ideologue al-Zawahiri - who has always been the real commander of the Western intelligence operation known as “al-Qaeda.”...

 

These calls for resistance are counterproductive and are likely to hold back the prospects of madrasa students when it comes to the competitive job market. As things stand now, the Qaumi system grants certificates that are not recognised by any authority, cutting these students out of the mainstream workforce, and dooming them to a future of very limited options….

 

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Leader Quader Molla Sentenced To Death for Committing Crimes against Humanity during the 1971 Liberation War
Abdul Quader Mollah

The SC verdict reads: “Criminal Appeal No 24 of 2013 filed by the Government is found to be maintainable unanimously. This appeal is allowed by majority. The order of acquittal passed by the International Crimes Tribunal No 2 in respect of charge No 4 is set aside by majority and the respondent is found guilty of the said charge.” “He is sentenced to imprisonment for life of that charge. He is sentenced to death by the majority of 4:1 in respect of charge No 6. He will be hanged till death. Criminal Appeal No 25 of 2013 filed by the Abdul Quader Mollah is dismissed unanimously,” the verdict also said....

 

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Jamaat-e-Islami's Founder-Ideologue Maulana Maududi's Concept of Jihad Betrays his Political Ambitions and Lack of Understanding of The Meaning Of Quran
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

Jamaat-e-Islami founder-ideologue Mr. Abul A'la Maududi's essay on Jihad in Islam (as posted on this site - please see link below) presents Islam as the religion of sword, violence, extremism and Jihadism. Mr. Maududi quotes the totally unrelated verses of the holy Qu’ran out of context to provoke wars against non-Muslims and Muslims of other sects in the name of countering evil; these quotations, at the same time, contradict other verses of the Quran promoting universal peace. ......

Sufi-Minded Islamic Scholars Brainstorm New Ways To Further New Age Islam Foundation's Multi-Dimensional Campaign Against Islamic Radicalism

New Age Islam Foundation organised a brainstorming session with a number of Islamic scholars, Sufi ideologues, social activists and grassroots workers with an aim to finding newer ways of checking the growth of hard-line ideology in the country and spreading the Islamic message of peace and tolerance as a counterattack on the ideological extremism that seems to be fast overwhelming Indian Muslim mindset too. ...

Similarly Mr. Sultan Shahin cited the example of recent demonstrations in Kolkata organised by the Indian wing of the South Asian scourge called Jamaat-e-Islami in support of militant Islamic war criminals in Bangladesh who were being finally punished by the courts in Dhaka. In cahoots with Pakistan army, these anti-national war criminals were instrumental in the large-scale killings of their fellow Bengali Muslims who were demanding independence from Pakistan in 1970-71. Indian wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami clearly showed its anti-national character as Bangladesh's war of Independence had been supported by India. But no protest came from any quarter in the larger Muslim community. ... Not one person protested. No political leader, no intellectual, no journalist. The news was published by the Muslim press but no editorials denouncing the condemnable statements emerged.

Any Indian should be forgiven for believing that the entire Indian Muslim community supports Majlis-e-Ahrar and Jamaat-e-Islami. Mr Shahin said he knew that was not the case, but, he asked, "how can we convince the world that all of us have not gone crazy, if we maintain complete silence when such statements are being made in our name and in the name of our religion and being reported in our own press." ...

Preacher for Martyrdom Caught Hiding under Woman’s Niqab
Dr. Ashraf Ramelah

The cosiness of the West with MB terrorists is Egypt’s nightmare – much resignation, hopelessness and fear for Egypt now stems from it. Outsiders consider naïve the goal to obliterate the Egyptian MB terror organization in Egypt, not because it’s a losing battle for the military (the opposite appears to be true), but because foreign connections to the politically motivated MB run deep with relationships and investmentsin networks impossible to reverse, even if desired……

 

Exposing the Fountainhead of Terrorism

While this appears to be the officially sanctioned sequence of events, there are some indications that Bhatkal may, in fact, have been handed over to Indian agencies by authorities in the United Arab Emirates, and was then brought to India through Nepal, essentially to cover up the UAE's increasing cooperation with Indian authorities on issues of terrorism….

 

Jamaat-e-Islami's Founder-Ideologue Maulana Maududi’s Perspective on Jihad in Islam Contradicts the Basic Message of Qur'an: Jihad Is Only Permitted in Defence, Not to Establish Mullah Rule
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Despite Maulana Maududi's view on offensive Jihad, the reality is that, the mainstream Islamic scholars, including those from the early Islamic period, have been of the opinion that Islam permits only defensive jihad. A number of moderate Islamic scholars, in recent past, have seconded the same view. The most noted among them were Shaikh Muhammad al-Ghazali, the renowned Egyptian scholar, Mufti Muhammad Abduh and his disciple Shaikh Rashid Rida, Abdur Rahman Azam, Allama Mustafa Sibai, Ahmad Amin, Mahmud Aqqad and the famous Indian scholar Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan, Shibli Numani etc. Even the Egyptian Islamic scholar Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is known for his Salafist influence and attachment with the Muslim Brotherhood, also shares the same view, as is outlined in his book “Fiqh al-Jihad”.....

Summing Up: Refutation of Sheikh Yousuf Al-Abeeri's Fatwa Supporting Wanton Killing of Innocent Civilians under Special Circumstances and Thus Justifying the 9/11 Attacks – Part 8
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

Part-8. This concluding part singularly focuses on brutal and mass killing of the enemy.  It begins with the lawfulness of burning the enemy as it established earlier, and symbiotically appropriates  “opening the dams of rivers and lakes” to drown the inmates of a fort or besieged town, launching mortar attack  and “releasing snakes and scorpions on the enemy even if the women and children are also mixed with the men”. It then lays down a few tiers of argument on the strength of several jurists on the lawfulness of these measures to which It adds ‘demolishing their buildings, spreading poison and smoke” if it is not possible to capture or dominate them without resorting to these practices”. Having thus imperceptibly established the justification of a terror attack through a succession of arguments the Fatwa leapfrogs from medieval battlefield to the American cities and questions the sanity of any Muslim who declares “killing the Americans even in New York and Washington is unlawful.”

The concluding claim of the Fatwa of being authenticated by the Qur’an and the Hadith is a blatant lie, as each of its proposition is refuted on the strength of the Qur’an and this concluding part of the Fatwa and the eight parts cumulatively do not table a single Qur’anic verse or authenticated (Sahih) Hadith narration (such as from Imam Bukhari or Muslim) to support its theme - though any Hadith narration would not have lent it any credence as the Qur’an refutes each part of the Fatwa and all the eight parts cumulatively.....

Sharia’s Rise in Nigeria Incited Stoning Sentences
Karima Bennoune

With her colleagues, she tried to "deconstruct what is Sharia (Muslim laws). How does it get to be Sharia? Is it divine or is it merely religious?" In the '80s and early '90s, some of the Sharia courts in Nigeria had come up with "what we may call progressive" interpretations, "as opposed to following somebody's idea of how it should have worked in 13th-century Arabia."…

 

Such madrasas where Ibn Taymiyya is revered and the students are brainwashed to use violence against unjust rulers are the political backers of the forces of terror. Students and the alumni of these schools are perhaps never told that Ibn Taymiyya went against the teachings of his own school as enunciated by Imam Hanbal, who prohibits rebellion against unjust authority, as it would result in anarchy and more bloodshed...

No End in Sight to Al-Qaeda
Bruce Riedel

In Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, al-Qaeda has made unprecedented gains this year due to growing Sunni anger at Shia-dominated regimes. The growth in these al-Qaeda franchises has been encouraged by Zawahiri in covert and overt messages for two years. Hundreds have “martyred” themselves fighting Bashar al-Assad. Jail breaks in Iraq, Niger, Libya and Pakistan have freed over a thousand al-Qaeda prisoners in the last month, a move Zawahiri has also lauded....

 

Time to Back the Anti-Wahhabi Tide
M.D. Nalapat

Since 1992, I have argued that the alliance between the West and Wahhabism posed a severe security risk to not just the West but to the Muslim world – in that it enabled Wahhabism to replace more tolerant strains of the Sunni branch of Islam. Across the globe, the awesome money power of what may be called ‘Wahhabi International’ has resulted in the capture or building of innumerable houses of worship across the secular world. More ominously, it has resulted in a hardening of sermons in such places of worship and other institutions, and to Wahhabism replacing the tolerant strains of the faith as the primary motif in religious literature and teaching.....

Islamism And The Arab Spring: What Went Wrong?
Mhamed Biygautane

Anti-P The advent of the Arab Spring in late 2010 was accompanied by cries of hope and joy. However, the sense of optimism and expectation that the entire world had would be disappointed, as the outcome of the Spring turned into a grey winter…..

 

Bangladesh Will Look like Pakistan, If Taliban-Like Demands Implemented
Tufail Ahmad

These Taliban-like demands militate against the principles of democracy. If these were to be implemented, Bangladesh will look like Pakistan. Liberty is in peril, threatened by these heretics of modern civilisation. Let’s look at ideas being propagated by Hefazat-e-Islam leader Shah Ahmad Shafi, who graduated from the Darul Uloom Deoband in India. In a video, he tells a religious congregation in Chittagong: educate girls only till 4-5 grade so that they can do bookkeeping for their husbands…

 
Bangladesh: Resisting Justice
S. Binodkumar Singh

Bangladesh: Resisting Justice
S. Binodkumar Singh

As the radical combine comes under increasing pressure, now virtually fighting for survival, it is likely to unleash even more violence. With a General Election due in early 2014, and a slew of WCT judgments hitting powerful extremist political formations in the country, political turbulence in Bangladesh can only escalate over the coming months, creating a grave challenge for the regime at Dhaka....

 

“What I have learnt in all these years is that these politicians have little to do with Islam and everything to do with political power. Just before each and every election they use Islam; they abuse Islam and all of a sudden every politician has become a pious man only to get the throne. I saw a group of Jamaat e-e-Islam men with Hefazat leaders campaigning on the road for Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) supported aspirant MA Mannan....

 

A Quest for a Taliban State in Bangladesh
Taj Hashmi

Finally, it is time to call a spade a spade. The menace of political Islam in Bangladesh is not dead; it is only dormant. It must be addressed not exploited politically. Bangladeshi leaders and people must realize that the Hefazat and Jamaat are the two sides of the same coin. Despite their mutual differences, these undemocratic, fascistic, pre-modern forces can unite to the detriment of freedom, democracy, and rights of women, minorities and liberal Muslims......

Ex-Chief of Bangladesh Islamic Party Jailed For War Crimes
Ben Doherty

Government estimates say three million people were killed, while thousands of villages were razed and hundreds of thousands of women raped or kept as sex slaves by West Pakistani forces and their local agents. Thirty million people were displaced and the atrocities committed remain an open sore for many Bengalis....

 

Bangladesh in Grip of Radical Ideology
Tariq A. Al Maeena

While Shaikha Hasina’s government has been credited with pushing ahead reforms, there are roadblocks set by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — the main opposition. This political party has been accused of encouraging radical and fundamental groups to exploit the religion card to oppose some of the government’s decrees....

Ghulam Azam and the Politics of Verdict
Afsan Chowdhury

Both the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Shahbagh group will react but the influence of Shahbagh is limited and the government has enough people inside it to ensure no overdoing is done. Shahbagh not only brought the urban middle class youth together but also resulted in reaction by the impoverished and madrasa educated networks symbolised by the Hifazat which has been at the least a political embarrassment for the AL. Shahbagh has little impact outside the main metropolitan centres but the mosques and madrasas are spread all over....

 

This is Indonesia, where home-grown and imported variants of Islam jostle with a new democracy and rapid economic development. Also in play are other great faiths, Christianity and Hinduism included, and less well-known traditions, such as Javanese spiritualism. The results are by turns paradoxical, reassuring and worrying....

The Rise Of Islamic Hard-Liners: Is Indonesia Turning Into Pakistan?
Palash Ghosh

“On a recent evening in Jakarta, this reporter spent several hours talking with victims of religious violence and discrimination from across the country. Their complaints ranged from administrative inconveniences, to intimidation, violence and even murder at the hand of hard-line Sunni Muslims. The vast majority of Indonesia’s Muslims are Sunni.”…

 


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