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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Saudi Arabia: The Cradle of Terror
Catherine Shakdam

72 preachers across Saudi Arabia have, under strict orders from the royals, called on their congregations to join and support “Jihad” in Syria. Saudi Arabia’s clerics, the very men who should have been advocating peace and restraint, have called on Muslims to wage war on their Syrian brothers, thus directly interfering with a founding pillar of Islamic law. The very militants that claim to be carrying the flag of Islam are no more than abominations, Takfiris radicals, the hellhounds of Saudi Arabia…..

Eradicating a Distorted ‘Jihadi’ Ideology
Samar Fatany

The negative influence of some religious leaders and imams, the inadequate standard of education that fails to prepare them for the work force, the neglect of uneducated parents and the traditional upbringing of many families who dismiss dialogue and communication are some of the major factors that have denied proper guidance for the young. ....


The current Wahhabi movement is working to restore the glorious time of the Muslim Empire and its Jihad against the Christian powers. The leaders of Wahhabism are applying the fanatic Sunni Shariah as it is stated in the old teachings of the old scholars: Ibn Taimiya and Abdel Wahhab and others. .....

Though most of the people consider Wahabism as a branch of Sunni Islam especially in the West, the reality however is contrary. Wahabism is a hardcore Islamic ideology which claims to return to the earliest Islamic fundamentals of Islamic sources of Quran and Hadith. They get their ideologies directly from Quran and Hadith and reject the existence of any medium between the believer and the source….

Wahhabi scholars have from the start, advocated religiously motivated violence and took part in crucial moments within the rise of the Saudi government. The issue which makes them so relevant and dangerous today is the advancement in technology, information and the continuous support of the petro-dollars. It has made this ideology even more dangerous than it was, and there seems to be no reliable attempt to minimize or extinguish the existence of this movement…..

The juvenile reformatory in Kabul contains dozens of children, all of whom security forces detained before they could commit suicide bombings, Mahmoud Ahmadzai, an Afghan civilian, said, noting the Taliban's propensity to use children for such missions….

Talibanisation of Society and State Of Denial
Zubair Torwali

Since its very birth, Pakistan has favoured the Deobandi School. This favour touched new heights during the ‘darkest ages’: the years of General Ziaul Haq who was a puritan Muslim himself in addition to being a protégé of the Wahabi state of Saudi Arabia. Under Zia’s policies, the Deobandi (read Wahabi) version of Sunni Islam was inculcated in the youth and children through public schooling and a network of Deobandi madrasas. The textbooks for Pakistan Studies, Urdu and other subjects were filled with lessons on Deobandi scholars and there was no mention of the other schools. In these textbooks, scholars were painted as saints and sages. A religious scholar, Syed Ahmad Sarhindi, was made Mujaddid-e-Alf-e-Saani (Sage of the Second Millennium) and his achievements were exaggerated hyperbolically.

Similarly, Shah Waliullah, another great scholar, became the subject of many lessons in Pakistan Studies and Urdu textbooks. Both these scholars were great intellectuals in their particular spheres but their inspiration was mainly drawn from the urge to ‘purge Islam from the norms or influences of Hinduism’. In this way, it was an antithesis of Sufi Islam. Sufi saints were the real harbingers of Islam in the subcontinent. Syed Ahmad Barelvi, though an inhabitant of Rai Bareily, was a disciple of the school of Shah Waliullah. He waged a jihad against the Sikhs and ended up in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He has been made a hero in Pakistan Studies textbooks....

Are Wahhabis on Warpath against Moderate Muslim Sufis in Sri Lanka
Shenali D Waduge

Saudi embassies are said to be acting as centres to promote or outsource Wahhabism. Local Wahhabi institutes, publications and propagandists are funded through the embassies. If we were to designate extremist Islamists – they are the Wahhabi followers and not Sufis. Sufis are those who are religious inclusive and assimilate with local traditions and they do not shun other religions and certainly tolerant. Sufis do not shun music, poetry and other artistic forms; they inculcate intellectual exploration and open to modern knowledge and science. Wahhabis are against music, dance and social mixing of sexes....


…. jihadists in most places, including Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, are conducting most of their fighting against fellow Muslims. Indeed, over the past decade, jihadists have killed far more Muslims in terrorist and insurgent attacks than they have non-Muslims. This fact, along with the manner in which jihadists have governed areas under their control in places such as Yemen, Mali, Somalia and Syria, has been working to undermine the jihadist ideology and to show Muslims that jihadist rule will not produce paradise on earth…..


Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism
Ribal Al-Assad

Peace and prosperity will enhance our safety, wherever we are. They will annul the allure of extremism and as people cease to run from violence and poverty the emigration crisis will disappear. That's the potential of Western involvement and investment. The alternative is to allow Saudi and Qatar to continue to dominate the region through investment in and the aggressive promotion of Islamism is an appealing message for the many young, disenfranchised people in the region and beyond. Islamism simply fills a void that is so clearly avoidable.…..


One of the most influential groups in the jihadist movement is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Jihadist activity in Yemen has been cyclical. Yemen was the location of the first jihadist attacks against U.S. interests in December 1992, and it was the site of one of the first Predator strikes against jihadists in November 2002. The U.S. and Yemeni campaign against jihadists in Yemen was initially considered one of the successes in the "Global War on Terrorism," but a February 2006 jailbreak from a high-security prison outside Sanaa and political chaos in Yemen allowed the jihadist movement there to re-energize…..


Although badly damaged, al Qaeda has thus far managed to survive the focused and prolonged assault against it. The violent ideology it promotes has also survived. If pressure on the al Qaeda core were eased, it is possible that it could recover some of its pre-9/11 power, but there are now other challenges that it will have to deal with. First, through the Arab Spring, democratic forces in the Muslim world have shown that they can produce the mass uprisings necessary to overthrow oppressive regimes. Jihadism is no longer seen as the only response to oppression -- there are other, more effective solutions to create change….


9/11 Truth vs. Takfiri Terror
Kevin Barrett

The downfall of Saudi Arabia as a US ally is evidenced by the sudden re-opening of long-dormant 9/11 investigations and lawsuits focusing on – who else – Bandar Bin Sultan, sometimes known as “Bandar Bush” due to his position as an honorary member of the Bush (crime) family. In Washington, D.C., Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) are sending chills up Bandar's spine by calling for the declassification of the 2002 “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”….


Jihad is one of the pillars of Islam that elucidates Muslims’ obligation towards the religion whereas terrorism takes into account ferocious tactics employed by an individual or a group to impart feelings of scare and terror amongst wide-ranging audience. Nowadays, the notion of terrorism has been associated with Jihad by extremists, who attempt to corroborate their activities with Jihad. Abysmal acts orchestrated by terrorists and their misinterpretation of Islamic teachings have distorted the factual image of Islam, resultantly making it imperative to discuss the discrimination between Jihad and terrorism…..

One of these historical examples was the Prophet Mohammed, who is seen by the jihadists as a model for their military campaigns. After Mohammed left Mecca and established the first Islamic polity in Medina, his forces began to conduct asymmetrical military operations against their stronger Meccan foes, attacking their commercial caravans and conducting hit-and-run attacks until they were able to amass the power necessary to conquer Mecca and expand the Islamic state to include a large section of the Arabian Peninsula…..


The influence of Wahhabi Islam in the Indian Muslim community started growing around this period. Indian Muslims have a long tradition of Sufi Islam or what is called the Barelvi tradition. A milder form of Wahhabism exists in the subcontinent in the form of the Deoband theological school, which commands a large following but has always coexisted with other forms of Islamic traditions. This has made Islamic practices in India dynamic and syncretic. No wonder then that many sections of the Muslim community have resisted the strict code of conduct and practice of a “puritanical” religion advocated by the Wahhabis……

When gauging the current state of the jihadist movement, I believe it is useful to use two different standards. The first is to take jihadists' goals and objectives and measure their progress toward achieving them. The second is to take a look at insurgent theory and terrorism models to see what they can tell us about the state of jihadist militant networks and their efforts. This week we will discuss the first standard: the jihadists’ goals and objectives. Next week we will discuss insurgency and terrorism theories, and then once we have established these two benchmarks we can use them to see how the various elements of the jihadist movement measure up……

Do Not Entertain Any Defamation of Islam Resolution Until Islam Is Protected From Defamation by Jihadi Literature in the Islamic World First, Sultan Shahin Asks UN Human Rights Council
Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

We Muslims of the world, at least our governments, have been bludgeoning the United Nations since 1999 in our bid to protect Islam from defamation. But aren’t the states that claim to speak for Muslims the worst defamers of Islam themselves?

Linking Islam with terrorism is considered defaming Islam. One would assume that Muslim countries would first prohibit defamation of Islam by ideologies of terror in their own countries. However, the case is quite the opposite. It is media outlets refuting the Islamist terrorist ideologies that are banned, as was a website called New Age Islam a couple of months ago in Pakistan.

The terrorist mouthpiece Nawa-e-Afghan Jihad whose extremist ideas New Age Islam refuted continues to flourish. The Taliban fatwa that New Age Islam refuted was titled: ‘Circumstances in which the killing of innocent people among infidels is justified.’ Anyone would consider such an essay defamatory to Islam. But not the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It was the web-magazine that sought to refute this that was blocked.

 It's time we Muslims made up our minds, Mr. President. What is Islam: a totalitarian, fascist, supremacist and exclusivist political ideology out to conquer the world or a spiritual path to salvation?

The international community is supposed to protect Islam from Islamophobes. But the Islamophobes portray Islam exactly in the way the Jihadists do. Jihadists do it approvingly and Islamophobes disapprove and condemn. If Islamophobes’ narratives of Islam are defamatory, as they indeed are, then so are the narratives of Jihadi groups whose ideology thrives in the Muslim world. Both are violent, patriarchal, regressive, misogynist and based on sexual fantasies of sick men. It is this narrative that is taught in most of our madrasas, in schools and colleges.

I hope the UN Human Rights Council will not entertain any defamation of Islam resolution until Islam is protected from defamation by Jihadi literature in the Islamic world first.



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Jihad Bil Atfaal (Jihad By Children): Would Indian Muslim Ulema At Least Stand Up To Refute This Abomination Called Islamic Jihad By Their Pakistani Counterparts
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

“And since the region has become a perpetual war zone, any endeavour to curtail the production of the Mujahideen or any drop in Jihad bil Atfaal (Jihad by the babies) would be fatal in Pakistan’s quest of taking over New Delhi, Tashkent, Washington, and Jupiter.”... “Another fact worth considering is that, as we all know, one Muslim is equal to at least 10 non-Muslims. Therefore, killing one potential Mujahid through contraception would give the enemies of Islam a boost of doing away with 10 soldiers. Yes, that’s the number of Mujahideen you kill every time you use a contraceptive.”...

The Saudi state's spirit is [represented by] Sheikh Muhammad Ibn 'Abd Al-Wahhab's Da’wah [hereafter Wahhabism [2]], and its body by the state and government institutions. When it comes to the body, reform programs act to remedy the ravages of time. As for the spirit – namely Wahhabi doctrine – the severity of the disease [afflicting it] has brought it to [such] a level of backwardness that it is akin to an untreated intensive care patient [waiting] for Allah to decree [his passing]...

"Wahhabism is a tree with robust roots and branches reaching heavenward, but its adherents wronged it by failing to nurture it, renew it or preserve it, until rot seized it, root and branch, leaving [only] leafless, fruitless branches that wait for someone to come and pitch them into oblivion – unless Allah entrusts one of the adherents [of Wahhabism] to treat it and firmly withstand the difficulty of eliminating the damage caused to it....


How Zawahiri Lost al Qaeda: Global Jihad Turns on Itself
William McCants

Zawahiri’s knack for creating factions and his unwillingness to part with them when they misbehave could help al Qaeda’s opponents blame the entire organization for the atrocities committed in its name. Over time, perhaps the bloody collage will dampen enthusiasm for joining al Qaeda and even horrify its members. But in the near term, Zawahiri’s poor management is not necessarily a boon to the United States and its allies......


Tableeghi Jamaat: Reason for the Rise of Religious Intolerance
Syed Kamran Hashmi

You know exactly who he is when you see him. A man with a long scruffy beard, a trimmed down moustache, a long shirt and a short Shalwar, a Taqiyah cap on his head, a prayer rug in one hand and a Lota in the other is easy to recognise as a member of the Tableeghi Jamaat in Pakistan......

Islamist Terrorism: An Oxymoron
Monaem Sarker

The perpetrators of 9/11 were once the blue eyed boys of the US. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan focused several discrete strategic agenda. The US saw it as a way of bleeding the Russians by using Afghan proxies. Afghanistan is estimated to have cost the Soviet Union some $45 billion by the time the Russians retreated, leaving a million Afghans dead at the expense of fifteen thousand Red Army casualties. ……


The Merger of Jihad Franchises in Syria: A War of Islamisms
Hayat Alvi

The announcement of the new Islamic Front “may also challenge the growing influence of the two Al-Qaida-affiliated jihadist rebel groups, the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), although they have cooperated with some of its component groups in the past.”…..


Tablighi Jamaat: Jihad's Stealthy Legions
Alex Alexiev

The Tablighi Jamaat has made inroads among two very different segments of the American Muslim population. Because many American Muslims are immigrants, and a large subsection of these are from South Asia, Deobandi influences have been able to penetrate deeply. Many Tablighi Jamaat missionaries speak Urdu as a first language and so can communicate easily with American Muslims of South Asian origin. The Tablighi headquarters in the United States for the past decade appears to be in the Al-Falah mosque in Queens, New York. Its missionaries—predominantly from South Asia—regularly visit Sunni mosques and Islamic centres across the country.....

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