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The Salafi Wave in South Asia - Episode1
Khama Bagosh Madzallah, New Age Islam

The Salafi Wave in South Asia - Episode1
Khama Bagosh Madzallah, New Age Islam

….Lashkar-e-Taiba they openly declare that Hanafi- Barelvi Muslims are quite similar to Hindus in worshiping Idols. There is a complete unanimity between the Ahl-e-Hadees (Wahhabi) clerics nowadays that people with Barelvi beliefs are at deviance from the definition of Islam. They have discontinued matrimonial alliances with them, but even if it happens somewhere incidentally and either the bride or bridegroom is Barelvi they try to convert him/her to Ahl-e-Hadees immediately, and for this the Ahl-e-Hadees clerics are given responsibility for the reversion of the astray…….

An analysis of 900 biographies of Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives killed between 1989 and 2008 chips at the argument that youngsters in Pakistan take to terrorism out of poverty and deprivation alone....


This news has triggered a political debate in the Netherlands and resulted into calls for stripping youths of Moroccan origins who fought in Syria of Dutch citizenship. It is something that indicates re-exporting the threat to Morocco. The head of Moroccan mosques in the Netherlands Mohamed Cherouti says: “As custodians of mosques and associations, we try to sensitise the youth and warn their fathers and mothers about these ideas that are imported from foreign. We try to make them aware and ask them to be cautious about calls for jihad. We also explain to them the true meaning and conditions of jihad in Islam. For several years, we've been tackling these calls for jihad which target our uneducated youths and cunningly turn them into cannon fodder in wars...


The True Meaning Of Jihad: Refutation Of Extremist Islamist Ideology By Ulema And Sufis
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam

But the actions that are forbidden, unjust, unlawful and blasphemous cannot be made permissible, lawful, just and creditable by even extremely good intentions joined together. This is such an Islamic principle and legal formula as no one of the Companions, pious predecessors, Imams, and authorities of Hadith and exegeses has departed from to date. Some scholars have also interpreted this Hadith, ‘actions are judged according to intentions,’ as pointing to manifestation of deeds according to intentions. The actions take shape according to the intentions. So a terrorist’s actions speak of his intentions....

Islamists are like us, people of this world. The “sexual jihad” fatwa presages the era launched amid the changes witnessed by the Arab world. First there was a fatwa to breastfeed men, then there was a fatwa to engage in sexual intercourse with one’s wife after her death and later there was a fatwa to kill Mickey Mouse, and so on.....

Karachi: From Melting pot to Melt down
Gajendra Singh

Laiq Hussain, a member of the radical Sunni group Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, was riding his motorbike down a busy street in central Karachi, with a friend on the pillion, when they were ambushed. A bullet hit Hussain in the right temple: "I thought someone had thrown a sharp stone at me. My friend told me to start reciting verses from the Holy Qur'an; that's when I realised someone was shooting at us, probably using a silencer."...


Mullahs Spark Sectarian Conflict In Bareilly

Some villagers have contacted Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind to find a solution to this crisis. The pamphlet was titled ‘Tahaffuz-e-Iman’ (saving the faith) which said that marriages in families belonging to a particular sect were not permissible as they were Kafirs. 30 girls whose matches were found with great difficulty by their guardians now have to wait for some more years while these mullahs continue to fight to save the Iman of fellow Muslims....

Dar ul Uloom, Deoband: Putting Genies Back in the Bottle
Murtaza Haider
The Deoband-based seminary, Darul Uloom, is perhaps the most radical of all religious seminaries in South Asia. And whereas, religious leaders of all stripes in Pakistan, with the exception of the Taliban who are not necessarily religious but religiously motivated militants, have issued religious edicts against suicide bombings and targeting civilians, the India-based Darul Uloom has failed to do the same. Indian authorities will be well-served to recognise the challenges at home before they accuse others.....


Radicalisation is not a quick process; rather, it is the product of historical events, ideological conflict, and social and economic deprivation. The mistreatment of the masses by the mighty has been a reality throughout history; it is this injustice that propels people towards radicalisation and extreme actions. De-radicalisation is an endeavour directed at changing an individual’s value system...

July 1, 2012, will remain a sad day for Mali, the Islamic world and humanity as a whole. On this day, centuries-old Sufi shrines and mosques of the ancient city of Timbuktu, known as the "City of 333 Saints", began to be systematically demolished by Wahabi extremists who are wrongly portrayed as Muslims – or hard-line Sunnis - although their actions and beliefs have nothing to do with Islam….


Till now, more than 34 shrines have been attacked in eight months. It suggests out that these attacks are being launched with a deliberate intention and systematic plan by extremist religious movements. These radical groups want to provoke strife by desecrating the mosques, mausoleums and shrines of Auliya (Sufis) in the name of Islam. A 60 year old Tunisian woman, Zubaida Salihi says: “It's good to see the government pays heed to the preservation of the rich cultural and historical symbols of our country, and has decided to tackle those who want to impose their extremist ideas by force and violence. But we criticise the government for its delay. All that we demand from the government now is to hold to account those extremists and safeguard our religious heritage, without trying to sympathise with them for political interests and electoral gains".

Pakistan A Sinking State
Ajit Kumar Singh

Pakistan A Sinking State
Ajit Kumar Singh

Rampant corruption continues to afflict Pakistan, ranked 134th (out of 183 countries) on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index 2011 (CPI). In the 2012 Index, Pakistan's position dropped to 139th (out of 174 countries). A volatile political scenario, approaching elections, sharp sectarian and political polarization, growing institutional confrontation between various branches of Government...

“Killing Jews Is Worship That Draws Us Closer to Allah,” “That’s His Jihad. What’s Yours?”
Poh Si Teng

Supporters say jihad is a spiritual concept that has been misused by extremists and inaccurately linked to terrorism, and they are determined to reclaim that definition with the ad campaign, called My Jihad. “My jihad is to stay fit despite my busy schedule,” says a woman in a head scarf lifting weights in an ad that started running on buses in December. “What’s yours?”

The Taliban View of Islam and Governance: ‘We Do Not Accept This Anti-Islamic System Called Democracy’ – Concluding Part

The author of this article Asmatullah Muawiyah is the former head of the banned terrorist organisation Sipah-e-Sahaba (Militia of the Companions of the Prophet) and the emir of Punjabi Taliban, Pakistan. In this article, he reiterates the Taliban’s ideological stand echoing Maulana Maududi’s view on democracy that it is an un-Islamic form of government and a system based on Kufr (non-belief). Of late, he has been trying to have a ‘meaningful dialogue’ with the Pakistan government for reasons known to him since his organisation Taliban has declared the Pakistan government a government of Kafirs though the majority  of the ministers are Muslims and Islamic Shariah is the basis of the law of the land.

In this article the Maulana has tried his best to drive home the point that all the social, political and economic ills of Pakistan are the result of the 65 years of this democratic system based on non-belief (Kufr) and only a system governed by the Taliban will rid the country of the corruption the country is mired in.

It should be noted that in their writings, the Talibani scholars harp on common issues of the people of the Pakistan and shed crocodile tears for them by mentioning the poverty, corruption of their leaders, plundering the wealth of the country by the feudal lords and Nawabs who have captured power, and never ever say anything on the issues of killing of Shias, destroying the Sufi shrines and carrying out suicide attacks on civilians in the residential and commercial areas.  In the concluding part of this article the Maulana exhorts the youth and the common people of Pakistan to revolt against the government with the help of bullet not ballot and encourages them to cause bloodshed and anarchy in the name of implementing Shariah. He has tried to show the human face of Taliban (though it has none) by shedding tears on the plight of the common people. Like most Urdu writers, he has used rhetoric and emotional rants to arouse public sympathy in favour of the Taliban covering up their inhuman terrorist activities killing everyone who disagrees with them. They did not hesitate even to attack a 13 year old Muslim girl for peacefully opposing their policy. This article shows their duplicity in the worst form. We at New Age Islam will keep exposing this duplicity of these terror mongers and enemies of Islam. — New Age Islam Edit Desk

Jihadis Will Disappear the Day Their Creators Run Out Of Uses for Them
Ayesha Siddiqa

In any case, these are risky assets to maintain in a nuclear environment. Going by the splinter-group theory, what if they start an accidental war? Getting rid of them at this stage is not hugely difficult either. In Punjab and Sindh, where these are spreading rapidly, they could be removed through an intense intelligence and police operation. It is mainly the intent and planning that could get things going....

As in Pakistan, the party’s aim in Bangladesh is to create an Islamic state, where the party is the sole arbiter of what counts as Islamic. The essential question for the party leadership is how it will achieve power. After the Pakistan Army launched its murderous crackdown in East Pakistan on 25 March 1971, Jamaat threw in its lot behind the generals....

Vulnerable Pakistan on the Brink of Collapse
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

Vulnerable Pakistan on the Brink of Collapse
Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam

On June 13, 2009, the most circulated English daily of Pakistan The News published an advertisement  on behalf of one Muslim Khan warning the Shias of Pakistan of leaving their atheistic beliefs within one month failing which the Shia men would be killed, their women would be held concubines and their children enslaved. It can be guessed from the content of this abominable letter what kind of Muslims Taliban are and how superficial their knowledge about Islam is. .....

Al Qaida’s Roadmap to Self-Destruction
Md Badral Din, New Age Islam

Now the ‘holy warriors’ might be hiding in some caves or jungles of Timbuktu preparing another ‘vision statement and roadmap’ for their self-destruction and the enslavement of some other independent Muslim country. The Saudi cleric Abdulaziz al-Fouzan rightly criticized the Al Qaida for the problems of Muslim countries. He said that their (al-Qaeda’s) actions open the door to “the enemies of the Islamic nation” to intervene in their affairs....

The Sufi Shaikhs, who represent five countries in the Sahel, have strongly condemned the armed groups for complying with the Fatwas issued by “non-specialist clerics” regarding the issues that have created havoc in the region. The efforts of these sheikhs are focused on “tackling the Fatwas that incite violence, killing and bloodshed”. They hold that al-Qaeda-linked groups’ activities in the Sahel are an outcome of sheer ignorance of the Quran and its rulings on Takfir and jihad…..

The Truth behind Taliban’s Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians - Concluding Part-11
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

In their articles, the Taliban leaders and ideologues have never mentioned how many enemies they have by now killed by unleashing snakes and scorpions on them. It is ridiculous that these so-called holy warriors who live in this nuclear age do the foolish talk of using the strategy of unleashing snakes and scorpions on the powerful countries like the US, France, Britain, Pakistan and Germany. In fact, they live in a fools’ paradise....


Taliban Fatwa on Terrorism That Needs To Be Refuted: Attacking American Civilians in New York and Washington Lawful – Concluding Part 8
Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad

Editor’s Note: Some Muslims just love being in denial.They read newspapers, watch television, see the Taliban and other Jihadists perpetrating unspeakable horrors in the name of Islam, quoting verses from Quran all the time. But they refuse to see, even if pointed out, any connection between a certain intolerant interpretation of Islam and their dastardly conduct. This intolerant interpretation of Islam has been with us all through last 14 centuries of history, in one form or another, under one name or another. They were called khwarij orkharjis (seceders from Islam) then, and are called Wahhabis today, though themselves prefer to be called Salafis (believers in fundamentalist Islam as it was practiced by first few generations of Muslims) and muwahhids (strict believers in oneness of God). Their apologists in the media want them to be simply known as Muslims, so as to implicate all Muslims in their nefarious activities.

Muslims, aware of this game, however, want to disassociate themselves with Jihadi ideology and practice. Thankfully, Wahhabis are still a small minority sect, though they are gaining in influence with the massive injection of petrodollars in the propagation of their ideology in the last four decades. It is important that we mainstream Muslims keep exposing their ideology, highlighting and countering it so that the propagators and apologists of Wahhabism, Salafism and related ideologies like Ahl-e-Hadeesism, Qutubism, Maudoodism, Deobandism, etc, are not allowed to pose as mainstream Islam.

In view of this urgent need New Age Islam is reproducing an article from the Taliban mouthpiece Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad (July 2012). This is the 8th and the concluding part of this article in this monthly magazine explaining why Wahhabis believe that killing innocent civilians – men, women and children - among infidels (all non-Wahhabi Muslims, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims including ahl-e-Kitab) is permitted in their version of Islam. It is imperative for all mainstream Muslims to realize the real, murderous nature of Talibanism, and unequivocally denounce this ideology on the basis of Quran and Sunnah for the sake of world peace as much as for preserving the good name of Islam. Those Wahhabis who do not subscribe to these extremist ideas generated by the founder of this sect, Mohammad ibn-Abdul Wahhab and his ideological mentor Ibn-e-Taimiyya should disassociate themselves with the sect completely. If you are Wahhabi not because you appreciate the intolerance and extremism of this ideology but simply because you abhor visiting Sufi shrines and showing respect to the Sufi saints, you must understand that you don’t have to be a Wahhabi to abstain from vesting shrines. There are many non-sectarian Muslims or even Muslims belonging to other sects who do not visit shrines but are also not Wahhabis. You don’t have to be a Wahhabi or Salafi to be a muwahhid. – Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

Islam’s Path to Africa
Michael Widlanski

Islam’s Path to Africa
Michael Widlanski

Muslims often say “sabeel Allah fi-al-sayf,” “the path of God is by the sword,” and this path, which once led to the gates of Vienna, or to Spain, or to France, or Asia, now seems to be leading to Africa. Mali, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan, Libya, Nigeria and Egypt are all experiencing terrific violence at the hands of forces claiming to be carrying the banner of Islam…..

Radical Muslim Preacher Urges Muslims to Claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'
Anjem Choudary

The radical British Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary was secretly filmed poking fun at fellow Muslims who work in 9-to-5 jobs by pointing out that several revered Islamic figures hardly work one or two days a year. According to “The Sun”, Choudary urged his followers to learn from the example of Muslim leaders like himself, saying: "Claim your Jihad Seeker's Allowance," a reference to the fact that he lives on generous state benefits.....

Pakistanis Sully the Idea of the Almighty by Committing Unabashed Acts of Terror in His Name
Nadeem F. Paracha

Many of us have wondered what makes a perfectly normal looking person take a life (or lives) and sometimes his own. Secure in a rather convoluted and perverse knowledge that his act is sure to place him in the good books of the Almighty or find him pleasurably loitering in the gardens of paradise. Sociologists, psychologists and political scientists have often come up with various explanations.....

Extremist Who Defies the World
Declan Walsh

Ten million dollars does not seem to buy much in this bustling Pakistani city. That is the sum the US is offering for help in convicting Hafiz Saeed, perhaps the country’s best-known extremist leader. Yet Saeed lives an open, and apparently fearless, life in a middle-class neighbourhood here....


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