Radical Islamism and Jihad
So where do the rockets fit in? Hamas is therefore playing a cynical game by firing completely useless and militarily insignificant rockets into Israel. The purpose of these wanton attacks, that cannot hope to penetrate Israel’s Iron Dome, cannot reasonably be other than to provoke Israeli retaliation. As we know from history, this will be overwhelming and disproportionate. And this could be just how Hamas wants it. Their hope is likely to be that this will lead to significant sympathy around the Muslim world, particularly in the month of Ramadan. This will see money pouring into the various global charities of Hamas, from a wide variety of sources. The idea seems to be that this might rescue Hamas financially, and save them from their ideological extinction too....
What is Hamas trying to achieve?
By Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
To Crush Hamas, Israel Must Give Gaza Hope
By Venetia Rainey
What next for Gaza?
By Robert Turner
See how Palestinians depict themselves
By Rami G. Khouri
Death in Gaza, ambivalence and anger in Cairo
By Abdallah Schleifer
How will Lebanon treat the man who fired on Israel?
By Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Even mighty, meddlesome Shiite Iran’s offer to help Iraq with “everything” will not decisively tip the balance of power, crush the Sunni insurgency, and keep Maliki permanently in power. If the Iraq of today falls to pieces, the US should have allies – Sunni allies, that is – that would be willing to talk with tomorrow. As one sheikh from the Albu Rahman tribe recently said, “There is no way back.” The brutal intra-Sunni civil war is rapidly approaching. We should get ready for the next bloodstained chapter of Iraqi history.......
Can ISIS maintain its self-declared caliphate?
By Paul Crompton
The Islamic State expands in Syria
By Hassan Hassan
Obama’s unconvincing aid to Syria’s rebels
By Joyce Karam
Three paths for the Middle East’s states
By Mohamed A. El-Erian
Iraq's Next War: Tribe vs. Terrorist
By Aki Peritz
Caliphate of Terrorists
New Age Islam Edit Desk
It is interesting to note that it is these terrorist and retrograde organisations that have accepted and recognised Abu Bakr Baghdadi’s caliphate and have sworn allegiance to him. No Islamic country has accepted it. By swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr Baghdadi the Boko Haram has proved him the Emir of the terrorists. Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Khilafat has dissociated from Al Qaida and has sworn allegiance to the ISIS caliphate. The terrorist group fighting Bashar Al Assad in Syria has also announced its allegiance to the ISIS and has accepted Abu Bakr as their caliphate. In short, Abu Bakr has been accepted as the caliph of terrorists and his caliphate has acquired the status of caliphate of terrorists. This caliphate of terrorists will get oxygen as long as it works for the interests of the US and Israel in the region. The day they cease to work for the US and Israel, they will meet the same fate as Osama bin Laden. Their caliphate will die a dog’s death…..
I received the following tweet: “I saw you yesterday in (...) the restaurant. The state supporters are everywhere. Be careful.” Is this a threat, or advice? Or does the person who tweeted this want to tell me “we’re here?” I checked out the account of Abu Abed al-Mowahad, the man who made this tweet, and realized he’s a committed supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and not just a passerby joking with me. He’s been professionally active at distributing the ISIS publications and news and at calling for supporting it. He does not engage in debates and conversations exchanging threats and insults like most of this extremist movement’s supporters do…..
One must, of course, be outraged by the modus operandi of Hamas: Not only does it aim its rockets at civilian population centres in Israel, not only does it position itself within population centres — it may not have an alternative, given the crowded conditions in the Strip — but it also leaves the Gazan civilian population vulnerable to Israel’s brutal attacks, without seeing to a single siren, shelter or protected space. That is criminal. But the barrages of the Israel Air Force are no less criminal, on account of both the result and the intent…..
ISIS Is Not Bad News!
The sweeping advance of ISIS fighters in Syria, Iraq and Yemen and the targeting of Turkish, Jordanian and Saudi borders sounded alarm bells across the world for the first time since the end of the 9/11 phase. Different civil and governmental powers woke up from their slumber to the news of consecutive victories of groups like ISIS, the al-Nusra Front and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A state of alert reigned supreme because everyone witnessed that nothing seemed impossible for these groups……
The problem, as per the Saudi view, originates from the fact that any effort to form an Iraqi government must be negotiated in Tehran, rather than Baghdad. For Iran to be able to maintain influence over Baghdad - and have all Iraqi politicians undertake a political pilgrimage to Tehran - it must continue to rely on theologically extremist recruitment techniques as well as some Shia actors and Shia militias…..
The historic Sharia was not punitive. It is important to appreciate the history of sharia because the efforts of modern groups at establishing an Islamic state revolve around the desire to implement Sharia. Hence, much of their violence may be traced back to their understanding of what Sharia entails, both now and under the aegis of a dream Islamic state. The purpose of pre-modern Sharia was to bring about communal cohesion, through local Quadis or judges - who were not affiliated with the state in any way - and their mediation between and for aggrieved parties. In pre-modern times, the punishments we are now conditioned to instantly associate with Sharia were rarely, if ever, carried out.....
When Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, all with American and European help, provided men, money and arms for the civil war in Syria, Sunnis began to sense power. Now external support is drying up. The moment has produced the man. In the persona of Abu Bakr Baghdadi of the ISIS, has emerged a latter day Otaybi, independent of all past sponsors, turning viciously to bite the very hand that feeds. Americans are beginning to learn yet again an old lesson: in the ultimate analysis, there are limits to power…..
development requires analysis of the concept “caliphate.” It is a term that
emerged after the death of Prophet Muhammad and as a noun “caliph” means
successor. The person who holds the post of caliph has the authority to preside
over and manage the affairs of the Islamic community. The first caliphs that
followed Prophet Muhammad were called “Rashid,” meaning the rightful, wise and
mature and showing the right way…..
ISIL is unequivocal concerning its ultimate goals: It aims at creating a state where Shariah law will be strictly observed. Women will have to “dress decently” and only go outside “if needed.” Muslims must go to prayers on time and thieves would have their hands cut off. It is not easy to sustain such a strict implementation of Shariah in the 21st century. However, the longer it takes to mobilize the international community to counter ISIL, the more difficult it will be to fight it……
The emerging anachronistic take on Salafism, which can be defined as a “return to Islam's origins,” is boosting the global perception of Islam as being synonymous with terror and depravity. And so it is that humanism-focused Islam is being dragged into a potentially endless ideological crisis.....
“We hereby clarify to the Muslims that with this declaration of Khilafah (caliphate), it is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to the Khalifah Ibrahim and support him.” They are not going to do that, and the sheer radicalism and intolerance of ISIS’s members make it unlikely that their project will survive unaltered for more than a year or so even in the territory that now makes up the “Islamic State”. Nevertheless, it is extraordinary that the 7th-century caliphate has reappeared even fleetingly in the modern world. Bush and Blair have a lot to answer for…..
"What do Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Central African Republic, Mali, Pakistan, India, Russia, China, Bahrain, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Myanmar, Lebanon, the Philippines, Malaysia, Turkestan, Chechnya, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and many more countries all have in common? The answer is that they are all fighting against Jihadists that are determined to overthrow their secular constitutions and replace it with a fundamentalist Islamic Caliphate in either the whole or part of their countries!"…..
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
This is an instance of how the self-styled Jihadist scholars and radical zealots have started denying the established Islamic doctrine of greater Jihad blaming the Sufis for preaching it as a campaign against the rampant murderous Jihadism. They have now started to totally deny it to the extent of declaring all the Prophetic traditions (Hadees) in its favour as Maudu (fabricated) or Daeef (technically weak). Not only this, they are also rejecting or misinterpreting the Qur’anic texts establishing the beautiful concept of jihad al-Nafs, while the holy Qur’an has exhorted this spiritual Islamic Jihad against one's negative ego in various places .........
In Pakistan, many of the madrasas established by Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam, the Pakistani faction of Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind preach violent interpretations of Quran and Hadiths leading to Takfiri ideology that has turned Pakistan into a religious inferno. The same Qutbism is at work there as Taliban are an ideological offshoot of Al Qaeda. Islamic caliphate, opposition to democracy, beheading of non-Muslims and some Muslim sects and sub-sects are some points of reference of Qutbism. This Qutbism has been a driving force for the violent terrorist organisations, militia or political or semi political organisations in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, African countries and Bangladesh. We should call it Qutbism rather than Wahhabism and Salafism.....
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam
The ongoing war in Iraq should not be called Sunni vs. Shiites. Almost all the terrorists are fond of attaching their names with Islamic terms like Islam, Jihad, Sharia, Sunni, while they have nothing to do with Islamic teachings like peace, harmony, co-existence, brotherhood, integrity, unity and love. Why is it that they want such titles? Some say they are doing so to disrepute Islam, others say they are being brought up by extremist westerners who have hate and prejudice against Islam so as to degrade the value of Islam, while others say they want to seize Iraq and establish their self-styled caliphate system. Whatever the reason may be, I will say they have no relation with the Qur’an, Ahadith, and rightly guided caliphs.....
It is time for a Grand Alliance against Wahhabi terror, and what this means is that the Wahhabi International has to be confronted in every theatre, confronted and eliminated, so that the great religion of Islam can get freed of its distorting influence and once again shine as a moderate force for good in the world.....
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
The new speech is most notable for being forthright about Baghdadi's message on the global nature of the Islamic State's struggle. Baghdadi touched on issues regarding the persecution of Muslims in Burma and the Philippines as well as the French restrictions on the wearing of the veil, and he responded to accusations that the Islamic State engages in 'Irhab [terrorism]. Ominously, Baghdadi concluded his speech with aspirations for the Islamic State's conquest of "Rome" and the whole world. Such emphasis on the transnational nature of the Islamic State's project corroborates Baghdadi's projection of himself as the caliph and sole representative of Islamic rule on earth to whom all Muslims must pledge allegiance....
We are interested in Taliban and Boko Haram because they are no ordinary criminals. They are committing suicide to kill other Muslims, hoping to go to heaven. Which ordinary criminal does that? These are Islamist terrorists. They consider themselves followers of what they call "pure" Islam and a large number of Muslims consider them the best of Muslims. Pakistan government is not able to act against them in Punjab because, though they have killed thousands of Pakistanis, almost all of Punjabi Muslims love them. They have admirers among Muslims all over the world. Their Salafi-Wahhabi ideology is being spread with the help of billions of dollars of petrol money.
These terrorists are out to create a Khalifatul Muslemeen to rule the world. They mince no words when they talk about killing all those Muslims (first) and then non-Muslims who do not believe in ahl-e-hadeesi ideology, which they consider purest version of Salafism. They have been destroying for years Sufi shrines and killing visitors to those shrines. They have been kidnapping and killing Muslim girls who would dare go to schools. They go to mosques with suicide vests and kill themselves during prayer in order to kill fellow Muslims so that they reach heaven instantaneously and take ownership of their 72 wives waiting for them there.
Which gang of ordinary criminals - mere law and order problem - does these things?
--- Sultan Shahin
Observer sb., We must be
concerned why so many extremely violent and perverse groups such as Boko Haram,
Al Shabab, Al Qaeda, the Talibans and others derive support from the Quran. We
keep saying that the Quran does not allow such extremist beliefs and behaviour,
but the Islamophobes keep quoting from the Quran to contradict us. This
back-and-forth has been going on for several years, but it is not getting us
anywhere. Even if what we are saying is correct and what the Islamophobes are
saying is false, we do need to find NEW ways to make such gross
misinterpretations impossible. Einstein defined insanity as: "Doing
the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 5/30/2014 1:54:34 AM
The declaration of the new Islamic State and Caliphate by the militant Sunnis of ISIS is a bold grab for the leadership of the global jihadist movement and brand. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the new self-proclaimed Caliph Ibrahim, is seeking to take over where Osama bin Laden left off…..
Malaysian youths are taking part in jihad in Syria, even becoming suicide bombers, while the police have arrested 19 armed terrorists in the country. This is without a question a huge irony to the country's advocacy for a "global moderation movement." …..
Silverman believes that events in Northern Iraq relate to “wanting to have a Kurdish Republic separate from the Central government and this is all part of the New Great Game. It will serve US interests in both Turkey and Iraq, not to mention Syria.”.....
Until those that are behind these barbarous killings and evil and that secretly fund, encourage and instigate it are made to face justice and answer for their crimes and until such barbaric killings, abductions and forced conversions and marriages are brought to an end, Nigeria and the Nigerian people will not know peace and they will continue to suffer God’s judgement……
What we all need to do is talk with each other, lay things out as bluntly as we can and then examine how we can build cohesive societies, where no one has to live in apprehension or fear of the other. We need to highlight the dimension of pluralism, and we want the world to respect us for our justice, honesty and fairness. .....