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The Taliban View Of Islam And Governance: ‘We Do Not Accept This Anti-Islamic System Called Democracy’ – Part 1

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 this article the Maulana 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 spiced by Urdu couplets 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.—Edit Desk, New Age Islam

The attack on the gas plant in Algeria took place in the middle of a complex, sprawling desert region the size of the continental United States. As violence surges in both Algeria and Mali, where France is leading an intervention against Islamists in the north, leaders are vowing to clean up North Africa. That’s easier said than done, say analysts, and would require far more than just hunting down fighters….


Mali Myopia Blinds Us to Falling Dominoes of Jihad
Gerald Warner

A NEW planet has orbited into the consciousness of Western sky-gazers, reminding them how little they know about the geopolitical solar system on which they are supposed to be experts: its name is Mali. The Algerian hostage crisis which has affected lives and families as far away as Scotland is part of a politico-religious mosaic extending across four continents; unfortunately, for many analysts it more closely resembles a jigsaw with half of the pieces missing....


According to al-Turabi, the Sudanese opposition has “agreed that this regime is hopeless, and we have to work to remove it completely. Now, our priority is to overthrow the regime, and our methods are peaceful. We have learned a lesson from the military coups d’état, as whoever stages a coup d’état [finds] it is turned against him.


Just as the days of cooperation between the three Islamist groups that seized control of northern Mali last year seemed to be over, the three groups appear to have mounted a joint push southwards towards Malian Army lines near Mopti and Sévaré. The move may be intended to present a united front before peace talks resume in Ouagadougou on January 19, though the exact composition of the force remains uncertain.


The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians - Part-10: Islamic armies in the past only fought combatants
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam
In Islamic history, whenever Islamic army has gone on a war, they have fought only the combatants, though the majority of the community they represented might have morally supported them but only those who took up arms against them were targeted or killed. But Al Abeeri says that those supporting the enemy included those innocent people who are called civilians in modern lexicon.

There are several factions in northern Nigeria that have taken up arms against the Nigerian government since the death of Mohammed Yusuf in 2009. Most of these factions are likely connected through the relationships that Shekau, al-Barnawi, Nur and other militants had before Boko Haram went underground. Shekau has been the main face of the insurgency in northern Nigeria, but his record as a divisive, albeit effective and fearsome leader and Boko Haram’s killing of innocents has bred dissent. Now Ansaru is gaining prominence due to its kidnapping of foreigners in northern Nigeria, prison break operation in Abuja and a media strategy that challenges Shekau.

Taliban Fatwa on Terrorism That Needs To Be Refuted: Circumstances In Which The Slaughter Of Common People Among Infidels Is Justified-Part 7

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 or kharjis (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 7th part of a continuing 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


Extremists Are Extremists –They Do Not Understand Language Of Reason And Peace
Asghar Ali Engineer

Normally weapons should be used for protecting and not taking life. And which rule of Shari’ah has prescribed that administering polio should be punished with death. That cure did not exist in those days. The orthodox people greatly resist any change in shari’ah law even with proper justification but do not hesitate to change shari’ah law or innovate one through false reasoning when it suits their interests. This is what killing women administering polio amounts to. It is pure innovation with false justification.

Hardcore Wahhabis like Akbaruddin Owaisi should find a new home, perhaps in some corner of Somalia or Sudan
Madhav Nalapat
Owaisi's speech is a cry of pain, of agony, at being forced to live in a secular, multi-religious society rather than in the more pristine environs of a state that cleanses itself of any human beings not subscribing to the dominant faith. Rather than undergo the torture of coming into daily contact with those including, thankfully, the overwhelming majority of India's Muslims who do not subscribe to his hardcore Wahhabi tenets, perhaps it is time that Owaisi began to shop around for an alternative country of residence. This cannot be in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), as all the countries in this group host millions of varied faiths, including that particular faith which our long-suffering legislator seems to loathe the most. Perhaps some corner of Somalia or Sudan will serve the purpose of giving the refreshingly frank legislator a place of residence where there are only hardcore Wahhabis such as the man himself.

Nepali Madrasa and the mosques established across the Indo-Nepal border has long been the victim of misconception and false media reports. A section of the Indian media has been describing Nepali madrasas and mosques as a platform for terrorist education and that they pose a threat to India´s security.

Are Saudis funding Mali Wahabis? Following The Money Trail
Thomas C. Mountain

A well armed and supplied Wahabi movement in the African country of Mali, funded by the Saudis, has taken over most of northern Mali and has begun to, amongst other Wahabi practices, destroy tombs of Islamic African kings, the world famous Mansas of Mali that are world heritage sites.

Pakistani Punjab: Down, not out
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Pakistani Punjab: Down, not out
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
The decline in terrorist fatalities and incidents of violence in Pakistan's Punjab Province gives limited cause for satisfaction. The infrastructure of terrorism not only survives, but continues to thrive, and has periodically demonstrated its capacities to attack some of the most sensitive and well defended of security installations in the Province.


The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians Part-9
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

In the 6th part of his article, Talibani ideologue Al Abeeri has tried to establish that any one (woman, child or man) who takes part in a war either physically or virtually should be killed. The killing of Darida as Sammah whose age was 100 years on the order of the holy Prophet (pbuh) has been presented as an example. He had been called by the Howzan tribe to act as an advisor in the war against the Muslims.

Similarly, he has presented the example of a woman who was killed on the order of the holy Prophet (pbuh) during the siege of Taif. She had provoked Muslims with vulgar gestures from the top of the fort. Therefore she was killed with arrows. In both the cases, the 100 year old man and the woman had directly taken part in the war and so they were killed.

So, these two hadiths cannot be used to justify the killings of innocent and non-combatant women and children. The Quran and hadiths prohibit Muslims to kill non-combatant men, women and children and allow Muslims to fight only those who take up arms against Muslims.


The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians Part-8
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

When we were with the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) on an expedition, he saw some people collected together over something and sent a man and said: See, what are these people collected around? He then came and said: They are round a woman who has been killed. He said: This is not one with whom fighting should have taken place. Khalid ibn al-Walid was in charge of the vanguard; so he sent a man and said: Tell Khalid not to kill a woman or a hired servant.


The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians Part-7
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

If America or any other power punishes innocent people for the crime of individuals, Islam does not permit adopting the same satanic and inhuman practice of punishing innocent people for the crime of individuals in retaliation. The rules regarding punishment and revenge have been laid down by the Quran and sunnah, and jurists and the rightly guided caliphs have prohibited the killing of innocent people both in times of war and peace.


The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians – Part 4
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

Apart from this, on the day of victory of Makkah when the Muslims had entered Makkah and their emotions had been charged with the feeling of revenge for the torture they had gone through at the hands of the people of Makkah and they were very  eager to avenge the death of their kin and the Prophet (PBUH) ‘s heart itself was heavy at the grief of the brutal murder of his uncle Hadhrat Hamza and the disfiguring of his body, the Prophet (PBUH) inspite of all this, announced general amnesty and forbade to practice masalah saying, “Except four people, abstain from killing the whole community.”

The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians Part-5
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

All the ulema Al Abeeri has quoted unanimously say that those who fight will be fought and avenged appropriately. But Al Abeeri has very cunningly tried to cull this interpretation from their quotes that the uninvolved and innocent relatives and community members including women and children should also be avenged, a point which does not exist in the actual text.


The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians Part-6
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

In short Islam’s message does not allow Muslims to deviate from justice due to the hatred of a particular community either in times of war or peace. It rejects the modern day war practice of Scorched Earth policy which causes unaccountable losses and sufferings to the common people.

Religious Fanaticism At Its Worst
Hussain Amir Farhad, Editor, Sawt-al-Haq, Karachi

The research work that is done in our mosques is, was the prophet (PBUH) a human or Nur; is the son of Mary dead or alive? What happened to the meat of the animal Hadhrat Abraham had slaughtered; what was Hadhrat Ayesha’s age at the time of marriage? If God asks us these questions and if we are not able to answer them, will He say, woe to your faces, you lived on earth for so long and still you could not find out if the prophet was a human or nur or the age of Aisha? No, we will not be asked these questions. He will ask us, “Did you lead your life according to the book I revealed to my prophets?” So, if this is the question, why should we waste our time on irrelevant issues? But believe me, in many mosques, this is exactly what is discussed. If you oppose or protest, you are killed with bullets or bombs.


The Truth Behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings Of Innocent Civilians Part-3
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam
In  2010, they conducted suicide attacks in Quetta killing  people who were taking part in a Shia procession protesting the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem on the Quds Day.(Were the Taliban expressing solidarity with Israel by doing so?).  They also carried suicide blast outside a mosque in Mardan where dozens of people coming out of the mosque were killed and about 200 were injured.


The Truth behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings of Innocent Civilians – Part 2
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

The Pakistani Taliban, who are no different from the Afghan Taliban in terms of their ideology and practice, also constantly carry out violent terrorist activities against the Pakistani government, striking at the defence installations, minority institutions and killing innocent civilians despite the fact the majority of the population in both the countries is Muslim and they have elected government of the Muslims. Thus such warring groups who do not accept the authority of their legal governments are declared rebels by the Quran and the Islamic jurisprudence and there are strict provisions against them in the Sharia.

The Truth Behind Taliban's Fatwa Justifying Killings Of Innocent Civilians – Part 1
Sohail Arshad, New Age Islam

In Swat region, the Taliban have destroyed girls’ schools, prohibiting girls from receiving education. An 11 year old girl named Malala from Swat opposed the Taliban fatwa against girls’ education, holding press conferences and running campaigns on the internet. The Taliban tried to punish her by attacking her and have declared her an apostate and issued a fatwa of death against her. They have declared Malala a US spy to justify their death sentence against her.

Jihad Revisited
Hakim Bey

In the mid-'90s I was invited to a big philosophy conference in Libya. I wrote a little paper on the influence of "Neo-Sufism" on Col. Qaddafi and his Green Book. I wondered if the Libyans would even allow me to read it. After all, Qaddafi came to power in 1969 by overthrowing a king who was also a Sufi master. Perhaps he had repudiated the influence of Sufism on his own life and thought? Turned out the Libyans loved the paper and told me I was correct: in a sense the Libyan Revolution had been directed against corrupt Sufism on behalf of reformed Sufism....

Pakistan a Fertile Ground For Grassroots Islamist Causes – And Conflicts
Stephenie Nolen

There is an angry silent protest under way at the International Islamic University in the Pakistani capital these days, and it takes the form of hair: shiny, long, black hair, defiantly visible, as female students refuse to hide it under voluminous Burqas. The new president of the university recently ordered the nearly 9,000 students in its female college to cover up, and male students to grow out their beards and wear their trousers at ankle-bone level, a practice believed to be “more Islamic” by some conservative theologians....

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