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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism
Ribal Al-Assad

Peace and prosperity will enhance our safety, wherever we are. They will annul the allure of extremism and as people cease to run from violence and poverty the emigration crisis will disappear. That's the potential of Western involvement and investment. The alternative is to allow Saudi and Qatar to continue to dominate the region through investment in and the aggressive promotion of Islamism is an appealing message for the many young, disenfranchised people in the region and beyond. Islamism simply fills a void that is so clearly avoidable.…..


One of the most influential groups in the jihadist movement is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Jihadist activity in Yemen has been cyclical. Yemen was the location of the first jihadist attacks against U.S. interests in December 1992, and it was the site of one of the first Predator strikes against jihadists in November 2002. The U.S. and Yemeni campaign against jihadists in Yemen was initially considered one of the successes in the "Global War on Terrorism," but a February 2006 jailbreak from a high-security prison outside Sanaa and political chaos in Yemen allowed the jihadist movement there to re-energize…..


Although badly damaged, al Qaeda has thus far managed to survive the focused and prolonged assault against it. The violent ideology it promotes has also survived. If pressure on the al Qaeda core were eased, it is possible that it could recover some of its pre-9/11 power, but there are now other challenges that it will have to deal with. First, through the Arab Spring, democratic forces in the Muslim world have shown that they can produce the mass uprisings necessary to overthrow oppressive regimes. Jihadism is no longer seen as the only response to oppression -- there are other, more effective solutions to create change….


9/11 Truth vs. Takfiri Terror
Kevin Barrett

The downfall of Saudi Arabia as a US ally is evidenced by the sudden re-opening of long-dormant 9/11 investigations and lawsuits focusing on – who else – Bandar Bin Sultan, sometimes known as “Bandar Bush” due to his position as an honorary member of the Bush (crime) family. In Washington, D.C., Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) are sending chills up Bandar's spine by calling for the declassification of the 2002 “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”….


Jihad is one of the pillars of Islam that elucidates Muslims’ obligation towards the religion whereas terrorism takes into account ferocious tactics employed by an individual or a group to impart feelings of scare and terror amongst wide-ranging audience. Nowadays, the notion of terrorism has been associated with Jihad by extremists, who attempt to corroborate their activities with Jihad. Abysmal acts orchestrated by terrorists and their misinterpretation of Islamic teachings have distorted the factual image of Islam, resultantly making it imperative to discuss the discrimination between Jihad and terrorism…..

One of these historical examples was the Prophet Mohammed, who is seen by the jihadists as a model for their military campaigns. After Mohammed left Mecca and established the first Islamic polity in Medina, his forces began to conduct asymmetrical military operations against their stronger Meccan foes, attacking their commercial caravans and conducting hit-and-run attacks until they were able to amass the power necessary to conquer Mecca and expand the Islamic state to include a large section of the Arabian Peninsula…..


The influence of Wahhabi Islam in the Indian Muslim community started growing around this period. Indian Muslims have a long tradition of Sufi Islam or what is called the Barelvi tradition. A milder form of Wahhabism exists in the subcontinent in the form of the Deoband theological school, which commands a large following but has always coexisted with other forms of Islamic traditions. This has made Islamic practices in India dynamic and syncretic. No wonder then that many sections of the Muslim community have resisted the strict code of conduct and practice of a “puritanical” religion advocated by the Wahhabis……

When gauging the current state of the jihadist movement, I believe it is useful to use two different standards. The first is to take jihadists' goals and objectives and measure their progress toward achieving them. The second is to take a look at insurgent theory and terrorism models to see what they can tell us about the state of jihadist militant networks and their efforts. This week we will discuss the first standard: the jihadists’ goals and objectives. Next week we will discuss insurgency and terrorism theories, and then once we have established these two benchmarks we can use them to see how the various elements of the jihadist movement measure up……

Do Not Entertain Any Defamation of Islam Resolution Until Islam Is Protected From Defamation by Jihadi Literature in the Islamic World First, Sultan Shahin Asks UN Human Rights Council
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

We Muslims of the world, at least our governments, have been bludgeoning the United Nations since 1999 in our bid to protect Islam from defamation. But aren’t the states that claim to speak for Muslims the worst defamers of Islam themselves?

Linking Islam with terrorism is considered defaming Islam. One would assume that Muslim countries would first prohibit defamation of Islam by ideologies of terror in their own countries. However, the case is quite the opposite. It is media outlets refuting the Islamist terrorist ideologies that are banned, as was a website called New Age Islam a couple of months ago in Pakistan.

The terrorist mouthpiece Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad whose extremist ideas New Age Islam refuted continues to flourish. The Taliban fatwa that New Age Islam refuted was titled: ‘Circumstances in which the killing of innocent people among infidels is justified.’ Anyone would consider such an essay defamatory to Islam. But not the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It was the web-magazine that sought to refute this that was blocked.

 It's time we Muslims made up our minds, Mr. President. What is Islam: a totalitarian, fascist, supremacist and exclusivist political ideology out to conquer the world or a spiritual path to salvation?

The international community is supposed to protect Islam from Islamophobes. But the Islamophobes portray Islam exactly in the way the Jihadists do. Jihadists do it approvingly and Islamophobes disapprove and condemn. If Islamophobes’ narratives of Islam are defamatory, as they indeed are, then so are the narratives of Jihadi groups whose ideology thrives in the Muslim world. Both are violent, patriarchal, regressive, misogynist and based on sexual fantasies of sick men. It is this narrative that is taught in most of our madrasas, in schools and colleges.

I hope the UN Human Rights Council will not entertain any defamation of Islam resolution until Islam is protected from defamation by Jihadi literature in the Islamic world first.



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‘Bidding the Good and Forbidding the Evil’ (Amr Bil Ma‘Ruf Wa Nahi ‘Anil Munkar) By The Traditional Institution Of Religious Police Stands Un-Islamic Today

The Beautiful Islamic Doctrine of Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil: How Wahhabi Ideologues Misused It to Turn Islam from a Spiritual Path to a Supremacist Political Ideology


Jihad Bil Atfaal (Jihad By Children): Would Indian Muslim Ulema At Least Stand Up To Refute This Abomination Called Islamic Jihad By Their Pakistani Counterparts
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

“And since the region has become a perpetual war zone, any endeavour to curtail the production of the Mujahideen or any drop in Jihad bil Atfaal (Jihad by the babies) would be fatal in Pakistan’s quest of taking over New Delhi, Tashkent, Washington, and Jupiter.”... “Another fact worth considering is that, as we all know, one Muslim is equal to at least 10 non-Muslims. Therefore, killing one potential Mujahid through contraception would give the enemies of Islam a boost of doing away with 10 soldiers. Yes, that’s the number of Mujahideen you kill every time you use a contraceptive.”...

The Saudi state's spirit is [represented by] Sheikh Muhammad Ibn 'Abd Al-Wahhab's Da’wah [hereafter Wahhabism [2]], and its body by the state and government institutions. When it comes to the body, reform programs act to remedy the ravages of time. As for the spirit – namely Wahhabi doctrine – the severity of the disease [afflicting it] has brought it to [such] a level of backwardness that it is akin to an untreated intensive care patient [waiting] for Allah to decree [his passing]...

"Wahhabism is a tree with robust roots and branches reaching heavenward, but its adherents wronged it by failing to nurture it, renew it or preserve it, until rot seized it, root and branch, leaving [only] leafless, fruitless branches that wait for someone to come and pitch them into oblivion – unless Allah entrusts one of the adherents [of Wahhabism] to treat it and firmly withstand the difficulty of eliminating the damage caused to it....


How Zawahiri Lost al Qaeda: Global Jihad Turns on Itself
William McCants

Zawahiri’s knack for creating factions and his unwillingness to part with them when they misbehave could help al Qaeda’s opponents blame the entire organization for the atrocities committed in its name. Over time, perhaps the bloody collage will dampen enthusiasm for joining al Qaeda and even horrify its members. But in the near term, Zawahiri’s poor management is not necessarily a boon to the United States and its allies......


Tableeghi Jamaat: Reason for the Rise of Religious Intolerance
Syed Kamran Hashmi

You know exactly who he is when you see him. A man with a long scruffy beard, a trimmed down moustache, a long shirt and a short Shalwar, a Taqiyah cap on his head, a prayer rug in one hand and a Lota in the other is easy to recognise as a member of the Tableeghi Jamaat in Pakistan......

Islamist Terrorism: An Oxymoron
Monaem Sarker

The perpetrators of 9/11 were once the blue eyed boys of the US. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan focused several discrete strategic agenda. The US saw it as a way of bleeding the Russians by using Afghan proxies. Afghanistan is estimated to have cost the Soviet Union some $45 billion by the time the Russians retreated, leaving a million Afghans dead at the expense of fifteen thousand Red Army casualties. ……


The Merger of Jihad Franchises in Syria: A War of Islamisms
Hayat Alvi

The announcement of the new Islamic Front “may also challenge the growing influence of the two Al-Qaida-affiliated jihadist rebel groups, the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), although they have cooperated with some of its component groups in the past.”…..


Tablighi Jamaat: Jihad's Stealthy Legions
Alex Alexiev

The Tablighi Jamaat has made inroads among two very different segments of the American Muslim population. Because many American Muslims are immigrants, and a large subsection of these are from South Asia, Deobandi influences have been able to penetrate deeply. Many Tablighi Jamaat missionaries speak Urdu as a first language and so can communicate easily with American Muslims of South Asian origin. The Tablighi headquarters in the United States for the past decade appears to be in the Al-Falah mosque in Queens, New York. Its missionaries—predominantly from South Asia—regularly visit Sunni mosques and Islamic centres across the country.....

Radical Islam, which today is growing in numbers all over the world, could ruin traditional Islam. The “Jihad for the purity of faith” proclaimed by the fanatics is trying to destroy not only the non-Muslim population of the planet, but even Muslims themselves. Radicalism has nothing in common with the Prophet Muhammad's religion and is founded on political ideology of people far from faith, experts are convinced…..

It is beneficial for the radical fanatics to get rid of their brothers in faith, who are strong in traditional canonical theology. Because the less their followers know about the basics of their own faith, the easier it would be to manipulate them. Today in modern Islam there is not only a war between the confessions, but also a war between the civilizations, thinks Mufti Farid Salman, chairman of the Ulema Council of the Russian Association of Islamic Consent (RAIS).

“There are many nations which follow Islam, but are not completely in the same era that we are in today. For example, the Pashtun tribes in Afghanistan or the tribes that populate the pre-desert Africa. The same can be said of the current situation in Syria. It is a clash between civilization and non-civilization, a fight of different ideologies. Unfortunately, ordinary people cannot always differentiate between traditional Islam and those movements which call themselves Islamist, but which in fact are far from Islam”.

This is how Salafists Transform the Gullible Muslim Youth into Dangerous Jihadis
Hazem al-Ameen

Syrian Jihad represents one of the most important forms of political divide in Tunisia. The state known as “the fount of Arab Spring” is the nation that dispatches today the largest number of jihadist fighters to Syria. There are not only hundreds but thousands of families in the capital and in remote southern and central villages, whose young men have left for Jihad in Syria.....


In dealing with each others, Muslim in the Quran is any peaceful one regardless of his faith, and Mushrik [idol worshipper] or Kafir [infidel] is anyone who attacks the peaceful people and commits crime threatening the human life, or persecutes the others in the field of religion. For the Salafi Wahhabi, they are only the real Muslims while others are not…..

Islamic Martyrdom and Talibani ‘Martyrs’
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Islamic Martyrdom and Talibani ‘Martyrs’
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

The ongoing Islamic month of Muharram marks a turning point in the history of Islam. It is the auspicious month when the saviour of Islam from the clutches of evil, Imam Hussain ibn Ali (r.a) attained martyrdom in its truest and fullest sense. But today, with the Islamist terrorists rearing their ugly head in the disguise of Mujahideen (jihadists), randomly killing and beheading innocent civilians, launching suicide attacks on both Muslims and non-Muslims, and yet loudly claiming to be “martyrs”, the very noble Islamic doctrine of martyrdom faces a plethora of questions. One is aghast at the wanton killing of innocent children, women and old citizens, most of them being Muslims, in almost all the Muslim countries in a crazy bid to earn martyrdom and get free entry to paradise.

We moderate Muslims have been strongly condemning these mindless acts of terror and violence perpetrated in the name of jihad and martyrdom, but there seems to be no halt to the series of indiscriminate killing and unabated bloodshed. The more strongly we condemn them, the more deadly attacks the Jihadist terrorists launch. The reason why the jihadists and Talibanis turn deaf and dumb to the mainstream Muslims of the world and are getting more dangerous than ever before is that their theological ideologues keep them going. These fanatic theological goons, rather, provide them with more provoking doctrinal basis and religious stimuli and, thus, keep boosting them up to go berserk.....

Bangladesh is on the road to becoming another Afghanistan, fulfilling the clearly stated desires of jihadists and fundamentalists, according to Bangladeshis who have fled their homeland. Imams describe women as filth and demand that they cover themselves.  They accuse exploited female garment workers of prostitution….


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……

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