Radical Islamism and Jihad
Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran
not the weapon of the powerful as American philosopher Noam Chomsky puts it.
Terrorism is the weapon of criminals, and it's not the product of an empire or
an economic party but the product of the teachings available at hand. It has
been rearranged in a repugnant, bloody manner which has now backfired on
Muslims all over again....
its virgins are a pet topic of preachers, who present these otherworldly
delights as rewards to those who dwell in the lands of sexual misery. Dreaming
about such prospects, suicide bombers surrender to a terrifying, surrealistic
logic: The path to orgasm runs through death, not love.....
Salman Tarik Kureshi
cold-blooded crime of an especially despicable kind has long been a hallmark of
these violent savages and their fellow travellers. The APS massacre, the
Safoora bus atrocity, the murder of Sabeen Mahmud, the attempted murder of
Malala Yousafzai, the unending toll of foul atrocities during the Taliban
occupation of Swat and the Mumbai massacres, these are only a few examples of
how low these violent primitives are prepared to go...
denies the growing footprint of the Islamic State (IS) on its soil, its
radicalised citizens keep killing “liberals” and members of Muslim sects they
don’t like. There’s evidence that Pakistanis are going to Syria “for
Finally, it is
necessary to understand just what the idea of the “global war on terror” means
for India. If India were to believe that the war against the ISIS is part of
the global fight against terror, is the reverse true? Are countries such as
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — which have included Pakistan in
their coalition against the IS but also profess cooperation with India on
Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi
Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi a Deobandi cleric was recently arrested presumably for backing ISIS and instigating Muslim youth in his various speeches. After his arrest, his supporters have claimed that he has not supported ISIS. It is important for the Muslim community and the nation at large to settle the question if he really supported ISIS and provoked Muslims in his speeches, or is it just a police conspiracy, as claimed by his supporters. To settle the issue, NewAgeIslam.com is producing some of his statements taken from the speeches available at youtube.com with their English translation.
Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh
according to Mudabbir for establishing IS in India was to fight in India like
ISIS is fighting in Syria and Iraq. While describing the structure of
Janood-ul-Khalifa- al-Hind, Mudabbir said that there were three senior
positions where he was the 'Emir', Rizwan alias Khalid as 'Naib Emir' and
Najmal Huda from Bengaluru as 'Emir Askary' (battalion commander). The group
also had plans to set up a media wing with units in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat,
Bihar, West Bengal, Allahabad, Uttarakhand and Azamgarh. ....
From the Middle East to Southeast Asia to North America and Europe, Islamic State militants have shown there is no place safe in the world from their terror. Unlike other terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, attackers have shown a much more advanced network without sacrificing on a single unified command structure. However, unlike all the other terrorist groups in the past, the most dangerous ability that Islamic State has demonstrated is its capability to lure Western educated individuals. ...
Wal-Baraa”, Arabic for “loyalty and disavowal", refers to the Islamic
concept of friendship toward fellow Muslims – and compares it to racism in
America. Come live with us in the Caliphate, they say, and you will experience
Utopia on earth. Second, Dabiq, through its pictures, is more than a
recruitment tool. It is making the world aware of this aspiring “new
nation-state”: strong and confident, based on a foundation of strict Muslim
societal norms – and giving readers the impression that the Caliphate is ready
to join the world as a rule-based, righteous and responsible nation.....
antiquities like other resources, ISIS inserts itself into countless holes in
the ground. The real goal is not simply cash profit but rather it is
psychological control over new ranges of behaviour and thought of its subjects
which is part of its totalitarian vision of absolute control. ISIS has
transformed the pre-Islamic past of Syria into a forbidden zone...
origins of terrorism indicates that there were objective circumstances that
drove some groups of youth into searching for an ideology that stimulates
rebellion against despotic regimes, after the glow of leftist Marxist
“ideologies” waned. They found their long lost authority in extremist Fiqh
(Islamic jurisprudence) notions. This terrorism came out from the darkness of
government prisons that carried despotism to an extreme. Then the extremist
Fiqh interpretations were extracted from obscurantist books .....
people are silent on the role of government schools in this regard. The
government is in a state of denial about the subjectivities and cultural
identities produced by the textbooks of Pakistan. This is the reason why it has
not made any firm resolve to reform public sector education. A critical
analysis of the discourse narrated in the Pakistan Studies textbook makes one
realise that such books create subjectivities and ideologies that are aligned
with the narrative peddled by the TTP. We will have to come out of this state
of denial and bring reforms to the education system in addition to focusing on
Imams in the
West may not be preaching violence to the faithful or urging them to engage in
terrorism, but they are teaching orthodox Islam and Islamic etiquette of living
a Muslim life in the West. Al-Huda, where Tashfeen studied, is one of hundreds
of such organisations, whose message can easily escape scrutiny — yet Al-Huda
is a nursery for promoting the ‘Otherness’. Young Muslims are told that they
may be living in the West but that they are different; their identity is the
only Muslim identity, and nothing else matters.
When the IS calls upon Muslim men and women to
commit jihad in the West, one should not be surprised if average Muslims
respond to these calls. Outfits like Al-Huda as nurseries for self-seclusion
have done the groundwork already....
...Many opinion polls have shown the increasingly fundamentalist mindset of young Pakistanis. As teaching standards continue to fall, and TV channels go on churning out programmes based on irrational nonsense, we can expect society to be defined more by religiosity than reason.
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
But for these
groups this isn’t just some ideological dogma but an obvious tactical
requirement. The biggest threat to the propagation of ideas that these
militants are trying to push – and to their survival in the long run – are
educated young Muslims who can recognize the viciousness and perversity of
their ideology. There is no greater threat to them than people who can read
Islamic history and who know how much a betrayal of Islam this latter-day
not produced groups such as ISIS even though it has become a major tool in
spreading their ideologies In effect, Cohen said we must push ISIS off the
internet and social networking websites and force it into mysterious domain
described as the dark web. But what do digital experts mean when they say “we
have to force” ISIS and its supporters into unknown spaces?....
What was begun
as jihad in Pakistan, with help from Saudi Arabia and America, led to dreams of
conquest and Khilafat; and when the warriors ran out of innocent people of
other faiths to kill, they started killing fellow Muslims...
Any attempt to
purge the textbooks is opposed by political parties. The brainwash is
everywhere, as writer Mohammed Hanif complains: “We are often told that only a
few Muslims are bringing a bad name to all of us. I feel that those few also
include our representatives in the media who pretend they can save Islam’s
reputation by going on TV and writing op-eds to reassure the world that we come
in peace. They tell the world that though the mass murderer was quoting from
the Quran, he got the Quran wrong.”....
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
One would agree to the emerging view that merely Barelvi or Shiite Ulama issuing fatwas against the Tahrik-e-Taliban will not suffice until the Pakistan’s Deobandi clerics whose school of thought the TTP adheres to, speak in the same tongue. … But sadly, a large number of Deobandi Ulama in Pakistan remain silent and unmoved by the heart-wrenching events that shook even the world fraternity, Muslims and non-Muslims alike…
now a worldwide phenomenon. From the Middle East to South Asia and Africa it is
brutally ravaging societies. Imperialist military interventions and economic
plunder have perpetrated this process. In the last analysis these Frankenstein
monsters are the products of the manoeuvres of the states that substituted them
for operations they conducted covertly for the lust of their bosses and ruling
classes. Now they have to face the retribution of history....
Kristin Christman, New Age Islam
If we honestly address legitimate concerns motivating ISIS violence, can we attract away from ISIS those followers who do not admire brutality and intolerance? Can we prove to ISIS followers they can achieve just goals without violence? Will our unilateral actions serve as a powerful role model and ease the tension that breeds violence and extremism?..
actually use modern Salafi Wahhabi Islamic texts to justify their actions.
Salafis reject centuries of Islamic philosophy and teachings, which approaches
the Quran as a spiritual treatise and not a political document. Dry, rigid Wahhabi
narratives do not leave room even for creative expressions of devotion,
destroying the rich and textured legacy of indigenous Muslim communities and
their local traditions.....
unchallenged by Muslim scholars, Western officials, media and intelligentsia
also coined phrases such as ‘countering violent extremism (CVE)’ — denoting
terrorism being perpetrated by Muslim attackers. To the misfortune of the
majority, the intelligentsia in Muslim societies kept parroting this
terminology. It failed even in drawing a distinction between
counter-radicalisation and deradicalisation.....
If and when the
Caliphate collapses, expect a wave of these people to spread all across the
region and beyond. But in the meantime, local self-starter cells are preparing
the way with attacks such as those in Indonesia, Paris, and the U.S. They seem
to be aware of the fact that this will be the most effective way to continue
their influence on the global state. So ISIS seems to be smelling its own
impending doom: we need to brace ourselves for what comes next.....
His sister and
parents, financially struggling refugees in a neighboring country, refuse to
talk about him. “What do you want to write, to give advice to others not to be
like him?” his sister said bitterly over the phone. “My brother was martyred,
and he was still normal,” she said. “May God accept him.”.....
There is no doubt that the fight against religious extremism in all its forms is a complex one with no single solution. While history has clearly shown that religions other than Islam, such as Christianity, can be weaponized in much the same way, radical Islam is a dangerous meme that is currently undergoing exponential growth. ...