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Radical Islamism and Jihad

President Abdullah Gül has issued a stark warning over the turmoil across the Middle East, saying ethnic and sectarian identity politics could presage an era of medieval darkness across the Muslim world similar to Europe’s Middle Ages....

Jihadi Battle Cry On Toronto Mural
Tarek Fatah

In the ongoing argument in Quebec about the proposal by the Parti Quebecois to outlaw all displays of religious symbols by public servants, there is general consensus the real issue is not the cross or the Kippa, but the Hijab and Niqab…

Taliban: FAQs
Hasnain Iqbal

Taliban grew up munching on a diet of Wahhabism.  Armed with dollars, American weapons and of course the Jihadi fervour, Russians were given a serious beating and forced to withdraw from Afghanistan. During the Russian episode, Taliban were given sanctuaries in our tribal belt to plan and train. A countrywide network of madrasas was also set up to ensure a never ending supply of ideologically driven Jihadis to the Afghan war….


Terror, from Mumbai to Nairobi
Shaul Shay

Since 2008, al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-affiliated terror organisations have adopted a modus operandi that can be described as “self-sacrifice mega terror abduction”, first introduced by Chechen rebels against Russian civilian targets. The Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi late last month is itself a variation of previous attacks in Mumbai in 2008 and Algeria in January this year....


Contemporary So-Called Jihadi Movements
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

In present times, in many countries some Muslims are engaged in armed conflicts in the name of ‘Islamic jihad’. The fact of the matter is that no movement can become a genuine jihad simply because its flag-bearers give it that label. An action can be considered an authentic Islamic jihad only if and when it is fully based on the conditions that Islam has laid down in this regard. If a movement does not fully meet the conditions laid down in Islam for a jihad, it will not be a jihad…


Al-Qaeda killing Muslims: Kenya and Beyond
Joyce Karam

... they are innocent Muslim victims who happened to be at a shopping mall in downtown Nairobi on Saturday. The al-Qaeda horror machine did not spare them, nor did it spare those Iraqi Muslims who were killed during a funeral procession this week, or their fellow Syrians. The al-Qaeda horror machine feeds off chaos and sectarian divisions. From Nairobi to Mogadishu to Najaf and Idlib, al-Qaeda continues its hallmark of indiscriminate killing that is now taking more Muslim lives than ever before….


The Medium Is the Message
Aijaz Zaka Syed

These days as the world increasingly debates Islam and its followers, I often find myself revisiting this piece of wisdom. On the one hand, we have these spectacular acts of extremist violence around the world – the most recent ones being the Nairobi mall siege, the despicable strike on a church in Pakistan and the latest outrage targeting college students in Nigeria – all ostensibly orchestrated by people seen as Muslims....


Jihad Is the War That Won't End; Jihadism Is, Indeed, a Religiously Motivated Ideology
Ted R. Bromund

In the Middle East, strong governments, like Iran's, are often bad. But an absence of government is no better: Islamist radicals happily fill the vacuum. With a weak regime in Egypt, a weaker one in Libya, and the near-collapse of Syria, these vacuums are multiplying. The radicals have one weakness: They try to control territory. They tried earlier this year in Mali. Now they are trying in Syria….

'If You Convert Just One Woman, You Convert an Entire Family'
Joe Shute

THE woman in a full-length Burqa walked calmly into the drab government office. She moved close to the desk behind which an administrator was shuffling his papers. Others queued around her. Suddenly, without warning, she detonated the suicide vest she was wearing. The explosion flashed a brilliant white on the grainy CCTV before the cameras cut out, obliterating everything – and everyone – in the room…..


Kenya Terror Strike Was Part of Al-Qaeda’s Latest Global Jihad
Bruce Riedel

Al-Qaeda has achieved a long-sought goal of Islamist politics: the creation of a pan-Islamist militancy that operates across national borders and national politics. This transnational quality is one of the keys to al-Qaeda’s remarkable regenerative capacity, its ability to survive massive counterterrorism campaigns and rebuild operational capability quickly….


“The purpose behind sending these "professional fighters" is to ensure better success rates of infiltration attempts and use them to trigger a direct confrontation with the Indian security forces deployed in Jammu & Kashmir”. With pro-active operations lately on the slow-burner, the civilian casualties have been minimal and “by engaging the forces, these war-ready Taliban elements aim to provoke the security forces into intensifying active operations…


Let's start with the word "terrorists."  Members of al Shabaab are not terrorists; they are Jihadists, or Mujahedeen.  That is what they call themselves. So what difference does it make which words we use?  It makes all the difference in the world.  You cannot think precisely with imprecise words, and a Kafir is much more than non-Muslim. The word "non-Muslim" does not imply anything, except not being a believer in Islam….

Tableeghi Jamaat: Candy Floss and Cyanide
Nadeem F. Paracha

Ever been approached by a member of the Tableeghi Jamaat(TJ)? How soft-spoken and friendly they sound. So much so, that even if you disagree with their overly ritualistic interpretation of the faith, you can’t help but listen to them before (politely) excusing yourself….. Crude, crass, abusive and entirely reactionary. One was surprised at how easily the veneer of gentility that usually defines the personalities of Tableeghi Jamat members and of their supporters rubs off at the first sign of criticism….

Skewed Logic of Al-Qaeda
Tufail Ahmad

Islamic scholars have evolved a moderate interpretation of Islam by transcending the classification of Dar-ul-Harb (the land of war) versus Dar-ul-Islam (the land of Islam), the latter denoting Muslim countries and the former referring to non-Muslim countries. They have, notably, evolved the concept of Dar-ul-Aman, the land of peace, to describe countries like India where Muslims co-exist with non-Muslims….


The criminal insanity of your al-Shabaab youth that stormed the mall in Kenya and killed 64 innocent people and counting, represents the height of moral depravity. It is ironic that you were asking people if they were Muslim or not and then letting the Muslims go, while killing the non-Muslims, when in reality, you are the ones whose religion and adherence to Islam needs to be questioned….


The Fanatics of Islam
Mustafa Akyol

We Muslims should thus be clearer about what the problem is: It is fanaticism. And it will not go away unless we show a concerted effort to heal its religious, cultural and political roots.....

Al-Shabab has warned for two years that it will attack Kenya in retaliation for the country’s leading role in sending troops to Somalia in 2011 and effectively reducing the extremist group’s power in Somalia. Al-Shabab also claimed responsibility for the July 2010 suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, that killed more than 70 people watching a World Cup final soccer match at two different restaurants popular among foreigners. Ugandan troops also are fighting in the African force in Somalia….

Suicide Terrorism In Pakistan: Howcan An Ideology Justify For A Person To Enter A Church And Blow Himself Up In The Midst Of Innocent Men, Women And Children?
Kamal Siddiqi

Have you ever wondered what conviction is needed for a person to enter a church and blow himself up in the midst of innocent men, women and children? How can an ideology justify this and where do we come across such people? It boggles the mind to understand the psychology of suicide bombings and the ease with which one takes the life of the other in the name of faith....

“It might like sound like something out of the Al-Qaeda handbook or perhaps a more hard line wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, it is from an Islamist poem read aloud by the then-mayor of Istanbul in 1997.” She noted how Erdogan was released after only spending four months in prison for reciting this poem yet now radical Islam is on the rise throughout the world. Nevertheless, she proclaimed, “I refuse to give up Islam to the Islamists.”…



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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 ‘No Scope to Review Quader Molla Verdict’


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. ......

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