Radical Islamism and Jihad
Islamic State is indeed vast, it's also complex, and made up of a tightly
networked, experienced group of men. These men manage the structures that keep
the Islamic State running, overseeing hundreds of towns, thousands of fighters
and millions of dollars in finances….
Islamic Jihad does not believe in the idea that Gaza is an independent entity
from Palestine, and does not approve of the interim solutions. Despite this, it
did not have a problem with demanding the acquisition of the airport, seaport
and the opening of the border crossing, which give Gaza a political independent
dimension. The movement also failed to impose its conditions regarding linking
Gaza to the West Bank,……
guiding principles, the leaders of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or
ISIL, are open and clear about their almost exclusive commitment to the Wahhabi
movement of Sunni Islam. The group circulates images of Wahhabi religious
textbooks from Saudi Arabia in the schools it controls. Videos from the group's
territory have shown Wahhabi texts plastered on the sides of an official
S P Seth
espousal of the so-called caliphate would suggest a dominant political and
religious centre with Baghdadi as the new caliph and, two, if Saudi Arabia
were, for instance, to go on the offensive against ISIS in some form of
collaboration with the US, it might create a serious domestic/regional backlash
from the sort of extremist constituency that ISIS represents and Saudi Arabia
has been nurturing. Saudi Arabia has generally encouraged Sunni militant
simplistic to say that this is “nothing to do with Islam or any other faith”.
Young people are being recruited not through political speeches; they are being
recruited by religious leaders that use the Quran and the Hadith. We have to
acknowledge that Islamic extremism is not a true representation of Islam any
more than the Crusades are a true representation of Christianity; in both
cases, however, they are “to do with” Islam and Christianity.’.....
What does Islam
teach, what do Muslims want? That is the question the world seems to be asking.
You could of course take the view, as many do, that the question itself reeks
of prejudice against Muslims and their faith. So nothing further needs to be
said. Or, you could begin by acknowledging that, as lived faith, there are many
Islams. And that some of them present a very ugly picture of their faith. What
does the Gita teach? It depends on whether it is Mahatma Gandhi or Nathuram
Godse addressing the question. So is the case with the Quran. It depends on
whether you listen to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad or Osama bin Laden. So, do not
Dr Walaa Ramadan
The IS stands
apart from other "extremist" organisations, most notably in that they
are not bound by the structures of traditional Islamic warfare. The IS are
attempting to sell their battle for a traditional caliphate, but their deeply
intolerant definition of a caliphate and desire to violently oppress those who
do not share their beliefs is inconsistent with Islamic history and any Islamic
If we want a spirit based on love, compassion, pluralism, understanding and affection to prevail across the Islamic world, the way to bring this about is a return to the moral values of the Qur’an, which have been ignored for centuries. Through such concepts as, “You have your faith and I have my faith” and “There is no compulsion in the faith,” Islam laid the foundations of secularism, democracy and pluralism 1,400 years ago. Once people live by the Qur’an, nobody can be accused of heresy for belonging to a different sect, nobody will be killed for being a Christian or Jew, no criminals will be crucified and nobody will be enslaved because of a different ethnic origin. When people abide by the Qur’an, everyone, be they Christian, Jew, Muslim or atheist will live as first-class citizens, democracy will function properly and universal law will ensure the provision of justice……
The two leaders
told the news conference, called by the Vatican mission to the United Nations
in Geneva, that they were nervous about the U.S. bombing campaign against
Islamic State, saying it could boost Arab popular support for the
IS has achieved
something scarcely conceivable in the Middle East by uniting the bitterest of
foes in a common purpose. Such diverse actors as Europeans and Kurds, the
embattled Syrian regime along with many of the rebels opposing it, Turkey, a
slew of Arab states, as well as Israel and the Iraqi government itself have all
clamoured for American intervention. Even Iran, though unenthusiastic about the
Americans’ return to a theatre that it has worked hard to squeeze them out of,
has accepted a tacit, temporary alliance with the Great Satan…..
Aijaz Zaka Syed
But, over and
above, it is the international duplicity, colonial policies and unjust wars in
the region – the continuing Palestinian dispossession and persecution being the
most powerful example – that created and midwifed this monster…..
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam
advised his patron that invent enemies and then slay them in order to control
your subjects. The Arab autocrats are paying heed to this Machiavellian advice;
they have invented a Shia enemy to control their Sunni subjects. But why did
the West chose to become a part of this evil scheme? Last year the chiefs of
staff of the US, Britain, France, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey met in
Jordan; and a report by UAE’s newspaper  also mentions the existence of a
secret command centre in Jordan which is staffed by military officials from 14
Western and Arab countries including Israel.…..
media reports, police and intelligence officials foiled a plot to kidnap a
random member of the Australian public, drape them in the Islamic State flag
and behead them on YouTube. If true, it is indeed terrifying. Such criminal
intentions must be motivated primarily by the rise of the so-called Islamic
State and the much-publicised beheadings of three westerners, among other,
larger-scale atrocities against locals…..
The IS has made
it clear that its next target is Riyadh. IS activists in Saudi Arabia protest
the current administration in Riyadh, writing "The Islamic State is
eternal and spreading" on walls around the country. That the IS has made
the Saudi administration a direct target is a source of uneasiness both for
international oil corporations and the US. The third reason is that by
acquiring the surface and underground economic resources of Iraq, the IS is disrupting
the regional balance of power. For this reason, the US hit various IS targets
in Baghdad and Arbil…..
If we want to stop ISIS, we must deny it any claim to represent Islam and starve it of the fuel of injustice. It is up to our political leaders to take the lead through a comprehensive international strategy, not in the number of bombs that can be dropped, but in the establishment of the freedom and justice that will spell the end for ISIS and its ilk......
had the Turkish diplomats in its hands, they were treated as if they were not
hostages. For instance, the Turkish consul was allowed to use his cellphone
during his captivity of more than 100 days. ISIL is not a stupid organization
which does not know that an electronic signal could be used as intelligence to
reveal where the hostages are. In order for ISIL to allow the Turkish diplomat
to use his cellphone, it must have had a guarantee that Turkey would not
conduct an operation to rescue the hostages. Like its beginning, the
hostage-taking saga ended in a bizarre way. ISIL released the Turkish hostages,
but left many unanswered questions behind it…..
Security analysts from Spain, however, are warning the Portuguese government against complacency. They argue that although the number of Portuguese jihadists may be small compared to other European countries, radical Muslims are becoming increasingly strident in their vows to re-conquer Al-Andalus—of which Portugal is a key component—for Islam. Al-Andalus is the Arabic name given to those parts of Spain, Portugal and France occupied by Muslim conquerors (also known as the Moors) from 711 to 1492, when both the Moors and the Jews were expelled by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella……
As a devout Muslim, the tragedies of recent days have packed an added blow for me. Along with the senseless loss of two promising young lives, I have been forced to confront the fact that the beautiful religion that continues to sustain me – that supports me in my life-giving work as a physician – is increasingly the domain of those who would use it to destroy everything I hold dear…..
Ban ISIS in India
New Age Islam Edit Desk
The security agencies, particularly the NIA have been reportedly monitoring the social media. But why only the social media? A section of the Urdu media has been publishing material that projects the ISIS as the fulfilment of the aspirations of the Muslims by establishing the so called caliphate. It has been ignoring its brutalities and atrocities against Muslims and non-Muslims alike. ISIS has been perpetrating these atrocities in total violation of Islamic precepts of peace and compassion for humanity, but doing it in the name of enhancing the glory of Islam which in their view calls for dominating the whole world……
It sounds like we are all “reluctant fundamentalists” now - this is what the debate over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has turned into in Turkey. It feels like if we condemn ISIL without finding excuses we will betray our religious identity, legitimize Western interventionism, or even whitewash Western imperialism. That is why it is not only the Turkish hostages in the hands of ISIL that prevent us from discussing the issue. In fact, the best way to challenge all sorts of interventionism - or any kind of Western meddling in regional politics - is to have an honest debate on radicalism and fundamentalism in the name of Islam……
As for its not being Islamic, that’s at best unclear, if not just clearly wrong. And the fact that the majority of its victims are Muslim is irrelevant. Lenin and Stalin killed thousands of Communists and socialists; that doesn’t mean Lenin and Stalin weren’t Communists and socialists. If such terrorists who kill Muslims aren’t Muslims, why do we give them Qurans when we imprison them?.....
That’s all there is to it, and the sooner Muslims realize the origin of the ideology, its moral bankruptcy and its potential for devastation, the better it will be for them and the rest of the world.. ….
Gauging those characteristics without exposing the individuals concerned to operational information will be very difficult. The Islamic State group is unlikely to take a risk in most cases and will probably only attempt to release a few trusted individuals for uncomplicated suicide missions. The challenges of making and deploying suitable bombs without detection back in their home countries will probably be beyond most of these few. So, while the threat is real and must be taken seriously it must also be seen in context; one that is not as numerically great as the assessments of officials and experts have so far indicated……
Daash, or Isis, and the ‘caliphate’ it has founded very much resemble Tashbash’s character. Mullahs have been telling us: a caliphate is the solution to all our ills. Ironically, in the Middle East what unites Washington and Moscow or Iran and Saudi Arabia is a pathological opposition to the ‘Islamic State’. The absurdity of puritan utopia is evident from the fact that every time a Tashbash of an ‘Islamic State’ arrives on the scene, fellow Muslims want to lynch it in horror. In my view, the ‘Islamic State’ is an ephemeral phenomenon. Before it is consolidated, it will be eliminated……