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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Choose One: Sabri or Qadri?
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Choose One: Sabri or Qadri?
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Recall: just a few months ago, a crowd smaller than that at Sabri’s funeral yet very large poured in to pray for Mumtaz Qadri, a fanatic and the murderer of Salmaan Taseer. Qadri was declared a murderer by Pakistani courts, ...  Arguably so, Qadri’s funeral, one of the largest in the country’s history, was attended by more than 100,000 people who wished to pay last “respects” to a killer-turned-hero...

 

Turkey, a Conduit for Fighters Joining ISIS, Begins to Feel Its Wrath
Rukmini Callimachi

When the bodies of Islamic State fighters are recovered on the Syrian battlefield, the passports found on them have often been stamped in Turkey, which thousands of recruits pass through on their way to join the terror group. Fighters who call relatives abroad often do so using Turkish cellphone numbers, and when they need cash, they head to Western Union offices in southern Turkey, according to court and intelligence documents..

 

Terrorist groups would have you believe they are doing God’s work when they attack parks filled with children or gun down Sufi artists, such as Amjad Sabri. They’re not. Terrorism has no religion.....

There have been several attacks on Sufi shrines in Pakistan in recent years. The reason is not hard to find – unlike the grey jihadists’ worldview, the Sufi tradition is about divinity represented in music, poetry and dance, and attained through the meditative creation of Sama. The Sufi’s world is wrapped around metaphors – there are no straight answers to questions, no one right path, and all are welcome to this all-encompassing madness....

Amjad Farid Sabri's assassination: Why Talibs Are Gagging the Voice of Syncretism in Pakistan
William Dalrymple

Hardline Wahhabi/Salafi fundamentalism has advanced so quickly in Pakistan partly because the Saudis have financed the building of so many madrasas which have filled the vacuum left by the collapse of state education. These have taught an entire generation of Pakistanis to abhor the gentle, syncretic Sufi Islam, and the music that carries its message, and to embrace instead an imported form of Saudi Salafism....

Mainstreaming the Taliban?
Babar Sattar

Maulana Sami ul Haq has been conferred with many affectionate titles. The one relevant for present purposes is ‘father of the Taliban’. He supports a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as the elixir to our neighbour’s problems. He mediated between rival Taliban factions after the death of Mullah Omar and threw his weight behind Mullah Mansour....

 

Beginning Of the End of ISIS?
Shahnoor Wahid

The young men who had joined ISIS with the dream of establishing an Islamic Caliphate find the dream a bit costly in terms of human lives. As dead bodies continue to pile up on their side of the fence, and as uncertainty looms larger than before...

 

Radical Islam Tells a Story, We Must Tell a Better One
Abigail R. Esman

Most terrorists display a degree of pathological narcissism, defined by grandiosity; fantasies of power and superiority; and feelings of inadequacy, humiliation and shame. Omar Mateen, for instance, phoned a local news channel to be sure they knew about the Orlando shooting. Osama bin Laden considered himself the new prophet. And Anders Breivik, who slaughtered 77 people in Norway in 2011, called himself the “Grand Commander of the Knights Templar.”...

 

Is Bangladesh The Next ISIS Hotspot?
Ravi Agrawal

Bangladesh has a number of things going for it: its economy is growing, it's a democracy with a youthful population, and it's blessed with fertile lands. It is also home to almost 150 million Muslims, and up until recently steered clear of the kind of radicalism that has plagued other parts of the world. But unfortunately there are ominous signs that this is changing....

 

The State and Islamic Clergy Must Stop Radicalisation among the Muslim Youth
Shishir Gupta

It’s time Muslim clerics in India engaged the youth to give them valid answers on why the IS ideology is not true Islam and why Indian Islam of mutual accommodation or the so-called grey zone is the only way out in democratic societies...

 

How We Can Win the War against ISIS and Why We Are Failing
Jennifer Breedon

Therefore, one must only look at the words of ISIS to identify who their intended targets are as they declare the creation of a caliphate and “cleansing the world” of evil (whom they refer to as “the West,” Christians, apostate Muslims, Jews, Yazidis, and all nations who seek to fight against them)....

 

Wahhabis Have Infiltrated Chennai Mosques, Says Letter to TN Police, CM

Wahabis have infiltrated Chennai mosques The ISIS which adopts to the Wahabi style is no stranger to Tamil Nadu. Incidents of youth posing with ISIS t-shirts were reported from this state. Moreover, the first alleged ISIS recruit from India, Haja Fakkruddin was also from Tamil Nadu. The state has been a peaceful one where religious fundamentalism is concerned, but the letter indicates that this is a threat that should not be ignored.

Earlier Report

Wahhabis are taking over Indian mosques, spending crores to grow: IB

 

Terrorism Emerges From a Psychic State, Not a Spiritual One
David Brooks

God is the primary reality, and out of that flows a set of values and experiences: prayer, praise, charity, contrition, grace and the desire to grow closer toward holiness. Sincere faith begins with humility in relation to the Almighty and a sense of being strengthened by his infinite love....

 

Why Do Terrorists Commit Terrorism?
Peter Bergen

I found that the perpetrators were generally motivated by a mix of factors, including militant Islamist ideology; dislike of American foreign policy in the Muslim world; a need to attach themselves to an ideology or organization .... For many, joining a jihadist group or carrying out an attack allowed them to become heroes of their own story...

Calling the Orlando Attack “Islamist Terrorism” Is A Strategic Mistake
Amy Zalman

To weave a story of Orlando as only the latest in a series of terrorist attacks linked by perpetrators eager to affiliate themselves with violent extremists is to do IS propagandists’ work for them. We end up in the position of telling the story that they – the terrorists — would like told....

 

The ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Twin Towers of Terrorism
Mohamad Bazzi

IS and al-Qaeda differ in other important ways: the latter wants to overthrow what it views as the corrupt and “apostate” regimes of West Asia — the “near enemy”. But in order to do so, al-Qaeda’s leaders focussed on the “far enemy:” the U.S. and the West....

 

Al-Baghdadi Killed: More Efforts Needed To Erode Conditions That Created Islamic State

True, Baghdadi’s demise might speed up the disintegration of the so-called IS caliphate in Iraq and Syria. But this would see IS revert back to its earlier avatar of a clandestine terror outfit. Plus, by all accounts Baghdadi appears to have prepared the second-rung IS leadership to carry forward the activities...

 

Orlando Shootout: Wahhabi Fire Reaches Florida
Brahma Chellaney

The Saudi royals seem to mistakenly believe that widening the sectarian fault lines in the Islamic world will keep them in power. By drawing legitimacy from jihadism and by being beholden to sectarianism, the royals could be digging their own grave. After all, fuelling jihadism and sectarianism threatens to empower extremists at home and devour the royalty....

 

Globally, Orlando Attack Strikes Now-Familiar Fault Lines
Jim Yardley

The Orlando attack is already stirring debate on some of the most visceral fault lines of American politics: terrorism and Islamophobia, security and civil liberties, gun control and gay rights.....

 

Following LGBT Attack, Muslims Must Unite and Say: You Are Not Alone, Florida!
Faisal J. Abbas

What this means is that the good news (in the worst sense of “good”) is that no particular group is targeted individually; the bad news is that we are ALL targets of the evil and absurdity of clans such as ISIS....

 
Omar Mateen: From Early Promise to F.B.I. Surveillance
Alan Blinder, Jack Healy and Richard A. Oppel Jr.

Omar Mateen: From Early Promise to F.B.I. Surveillance
Omar Mateen

Mr. Mateen’s father said the killing had nothing to do with religion, and he apologized for his son. “We weren’t aware of any action he is taking,” he said. “We are in shock like the whole country.” Equally stunned by the day’s events was Omar Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, who said that he quickly became controlling, abusive and erratic after they were married...

 

The Islamic State’s Prolific ‘Martyrdom’ Machine
Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s prolific use of “martyrs” probably highlights both its strength and weakness. On the one hand, there are likely more people, predominately young men, willing to die for the jihadists’ cause today than ever....

 

Breaking the Pakistan-Taliban Alliance
Zalmay Khalilzad

Pakistan views the Taliban as an effective proxy to ensure Pakistani dominance over Afghanistan, and to limit Afghan relations with India. Islamabad also doesn’t believe that the current pro-U.S. government in Kabul can survive the continuing drawdown of American forces....

 

Legitimate Goals of Pakistan’s Jihad Industry
Raza Rumi

Urdu newspapers glorify militant groups as the agents of local and global “Jihad” and are steeped in the Jihadist discourse that emanated from Pakistan’s concerted alliance with the USA in the 1980s to nurture the Mujahideen and later efforts to seek “strategic depth” in Afghanistan and “fix” India via proactive Jihadism....

 

How Much Money Has ISIS Made Selling Antiquities: More than Enough to Fund Its Attacks
Fiona Rose-Greenland

Islamic State has competition from other insurgent groups that are looting artefacts. On the international level, uneven efforts to change cultural policies or enforce existing ones reveal disagreements about how archaeological materials should be regulated by the state and the private market. These disputes have simmered for years, and the Islamic State crisis intensifies them....

 


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