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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Indeed, many secularists blame the previous Ennahda-dominated government for the upsurge in Islamist violence because it was seen as “soft” on radical Islamism. However, the fall of the coalition government would almost certainly contribute to an even greater polarisation of opinion in the country and increase the prospects of further militant violence....


US$3 Billion A Year to Produce Extremists
Adriana Carranca

When the Islamic empire began to crumble in the 18th century, revival flourished in the Muslim world and encouraged the spread of Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab's doctrine. He established an alliance with the House of Sa'ud, from which the Saudi royal family descends, and who have used religion as a cover to increase their political power......


An Anti-ISIS Ideological War Requires Sophistication
Fareed Zakaria

Radical Islam, by contrast, is severely limited in its global appeal. Almost by definition, it is deeply unattractive to all non-Muslims. What Christian would want the forced imposition of Shariah law? Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate. In the half of that world that holds elections – including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, even Pakistan – such ideologies have not tended to garner many votes. The Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral success in Egypt is a partial exception to this rule, but it fared well for a variety of reasons unrelated to its Islamic ideology (which was also not nearly as radical as Egypt’s military dictatorship claims)....

ISIL torches Iraqi history in Mosul
Marcia Lynx Qualey

The Mosul Central Library, founded in 1921, came to be known as one of the richest libraries in Iraq, second only to the central library in Baghdad. If it has been destroyed, Saeed said: "It will be a great loss to the people of Mosul, but also to the Iraqi people as a whole." The Mosul library, Saeed said, is what "made me a writer. It was located in the most beautiful place at that time, in the 40s and 50s, on the right bank of the Tigris, near the King Ghazi iron bridge. The building overlooked the river"....


Unidentified assailants have hacked to death writer Avijit Roy and seriously injured his blogger wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya. Police said the couple came under assault near TSC intersection at Dhaka University around 9:30pm on Thursday. Witnesses said they were on a rickshaw returning from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair when two attackers stopped it, dragged them onto the footpath and started hacking them. They were rushed to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared Avijit dead during an emergency surgery, its police outpost Inspector Mozzamel Haque told bdnews24.com.

An Ideological War America Must Watch, Not Fight
Fareed Zakaria

Radical Islam, by contrast, is severely limited in its global appeal. Almost by definition, it is deeply unattractive to all non-Muslims. What Christian would want the forced imposition of sharia law? Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate. In the half of that world that holds elections — including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, even Pakistan — such ideologies have not garnered many votes. The Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral success in Egypt is a partial exception to this rule, but it fared well for a variety of reasons unrelated to its Islamic ideology (which was also not nearly as radical as Egypt’s military dictatorship claims)....

The Jihadi Girls Who Went To Syria Weren't Just Radicalised By Isis — They Were Groomed
Sara Khan

Isis grooms these girls for sex, “legitimising” it as “marriage”. Take the case of 15-year-old Yusra Hussein. It is alleged that she was groomed through a Twitter account called Jihad Matchmaker, which promises to “link up those seeking marriage in Syria”.  Using religious language as a smokescreen, and with promises of strict religious ceremonies, it claims it will “keep it Halal”. Yusra is now in Syria, and two weeks ago it was reported she had “married” a jihadi….


The Case for Watching Our Language on Islamism: It's Important To Win the Cooperation of Muslims in Rooting Out the Few Radicals in Their Midst
Andrew Coyne

You can try to make a case that the particular origins of Islam, as a persecuted faith led by a warrior prophet, might predispose it to a certain militancy, or that certain passages of the Qur'an seem to endorse the use of violence against unbelievers and apostates, but you very soon run up against the reality that the practice of Islam, the tenets of the faith, its demands upon its followers and its place in society, differs markedly from country to country, if not from mosque to mosque....


ISIS – Daesh –Will Only Be Destroyed When It Loses The Power To Draw Young Muslims Into The Fold. It Is The Idea Of ISIS That Must Be Destroyed
Jim Picht

ISIS – Daesh – won't be destroyed by force of arms. It will only be destroyed when it loses the power to draw young Muslims into the fold. ... It is the idea of ISIS that must be destroyed. That must happen from within the Muslim world. Force from outside will only increase their political draw. The idea of ISIS will die only when the Muslim world becomes self-confident and vibrant, when the gap between reality and aspiration has been reduced, when political and economic landscape have changed to become hostile to Islamist extremism. And given the political realities in the world today, that won’t happen in our lifetimes....

The Sources of Religious Extremism
David Brooks

Extremism is a spiritual phenomenon, a desire for loftiness of spirit gone perverse. You can’t counter a heroic impulse with a mundane and bourgeois response. You can counter it only with a more compelling heroic vision. There will always be alienated young men fueled by spiritual ardor. Terrorism will be defeated only when they find a different fulfillment, even more bold and self-transcending....


Violent Extremism Vs Islamist Extremism
Hisham Melhem

The president said that Muslim scholars and clerics have a “responsibility to push back not just on twisted interpretations of Islam, but also on the lie that we are somehow engaged in a clash of civilizations; that America and the west are somehow at war with Islam or seek to suppress Muslims, or that we are the cause of every ill in the middle east.” There is no denying that the “west” bears some responsibility for the sorry state of affairs in the Arab world (the legacy of colonialism, military interventions, support for autocratic regimes, and not enough opposition to Israel's denial of Palestinian rights) there is also no denying that a “victimhood” narrative has been developed over the years and it has been peddled by many Arab scholars, public figures and commentators, be they Islamises or Arab nationalists, claiming that outsiders are in the main, responsible for the miserable conditions in most Arab states and not the Arabs themselves....


Jihad is not confined to the battlefield. It has three dimensions. The first is a fight against one’s own evil desires. Secondly, jihad is a peaceful endeavour to establish a Muslim society and enforce the commands of Allah. This includes pursuing knowledge, strengthening the economy, eradicating poverty and affirming the unity of the Muslim community. The third is to fight the seen enemy (Surah al-Hajj: 78), but the only war allowed is a defensive war. “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors (Al-Baqarah: 190)....


Islamist Extremists Now Linked With Nuclear Terrorism, Though, According To All Schools of Thought, Islam Forbids Use of Nuclear Weapons under Any Circumstances
Rizwan Asghar

The Holy Quran clearly sets certain limits during the conduct of war: “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.” (2:190) Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said: “A believer remains within the scope of his religion as long as he doesn’t kill another person illegally… even in times of war, Muslims are not allowed to kill anybody save the one who is indulged in face-to-face confrontation with them. They are not allowed to kill women, old persons, children, or even a monk in his religious seclusion….

Shiite Militias Undermine the Anti-ISIS Campaign
David Ignatius

The ideological side of the campaign will begin with an effort to gather a core group of Arab and Muslim countries that share opposition to ISIS. In addition to Jordan, this nucleus would likely include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Pakistan. This Muslim coalition plans to convene a conference within the next month or so at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, which for centuries has been the arbiter of mainstream Sunni doctrine....


Poverty Has Little to Do With Radical Islam
Ayaz Amir

Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Islamic State in Syria and the Taliban in Pakistan have not taken up arms to create a classless society. Their aim is not social justice. They have taken to the paths of violence, employing terror as a weapon of intimidation, in pursuit of an ideal shaped by a half-baked interpretation of Islam….

There are at least four hostilities that are currently ongoing in different parts of the globe, waged by militants in the name of Islam – in Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Nigeria…..


Interpreting Islam’s Pillars of Faith as Symbols of Militant Jihad Is Heresy - An Intense ‘Kufr’ And Its Wilful Muslim Followers Stand as Kafirin – Let There Be No Doubt About It
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

Let this be an open call to the Ulema of the world to call a spade, a spade; and a heretic a heretic. One drop of deadly poison in a large ‘Deg’ (utensil) of food is enough to kill all those who eat of it. Radical Islamic ideology is like a deadly poison in the cauldron of Islamic message as enshrined in the Qur’an and those who knowingly subscribe to it and harbour a militant notion of the Qur’anic message are veritably intense in Kufr and hypocrisy, who deny the truth after pledging to it and stand as Kafirin (wilful denier of an incontrovertible truth) – let there be no benefit of doubt.....

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We Don't Need the Revival of Islamist Terror; It Is Already In Full Flow
Hasan Suroor

The Quran is a potential minefield for a lay person with seemingly equivocal and often contradictory injunctions on the same subject appearing in different places. This allows people to cherry-pick what suits them in a particular situation. Thus jehad, one of the most contested terms, is mentioned both in the sense of a “holy war” or an armed struggle against infidels and wrongdoers, and as a peaceful inner spiritual struggle or resistance. So, jehadis are not literally wrong when they claim they are doing what Islam allows them to do. And those who insist on using it in its spiritual sense are also right......

Who Are The Kharijites And What Do They Have To Do With IS?
Ali Mamouri

The truth is, IS is nothing but the complete realization of Salafist jihad, which was born and raised under the auspices of Saudi Arabia decades ago, notably during Afghanistan’s wars against the Soviet Union from 1979 to 1989. IS also embodies the Islamic world's two major extremist movements: the Salafist Saudi movement and the International Brotherhood movement. ….

ISIS’ Savagery: The Beginning of the End
Joyce Karam

The collapse of ISIS will not come overnight and it might take years absent of a genuine political process in both Iraq and Syria. But in the Arab and Muslim streets, ISIS before February 3 is not the same after, and the ashes of a young Arab pilot are a turning point in how the region views the group. ...

Mosque and Seminary: The Two Emblems of Islam Are No Longer the Centres of Thought and Reflection
Nikhat Sattar

It is the control that people with distorted ideas about religion have over these emblems that is the problem. Ordinary Muslims need to restore the sanctity and peace of mosques and madrasas, by calling upon the state to take them under its control, remove any sectarian claims, allow admission into a madrasa only after the child has completed his compulsory 12 years of general education, and establish a strict code of ethics for preachers that must be monitored by committees that include local communities. This is the only approach that would help reform these institutions in line with true Quranic guidance….


Muslim Extremism Is the Legitimate Daughter of Arab Dictatorships
Khalid Amayreh

Today, tyrannical Arab regimes are effectively presenting two stark choices to tens of millions of disillusioned Arab youths from Bahrain to Casablanca: Either they come to terms with the repressive but triumphant police-state fascism, or join the ranks of IS, al-Qaeda or similar violent groups. This is precisely the dilemma behind the outbreak of Islamist violence in the Middle East in recent years….


Has the Third World War already begun?  The question may raise the hackles of security experts. That would be because our minds are tuned to the clash of organised armies on a massive scale in a global conflict. The world has since then changed. Even the most powerful countries realise that a full-scale war could be very expensive. A small country like North Korea is today able to threaten the US with a nuclear attack. The radical Islam is represented by the ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Tehreek-e-Taliban and their affiliates in different countries.  These are targeting Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus—in fact, all ‘non-believers’, including sections of Muslims considered apostates….

Who's Killing Muslims?
Dean Obeidallah

Who's Killing Muslims?
Dean Obeidallah

Al-Ansi then went on to state in much greater detail that the attack was in response to France and the West killing Muslims: "We will tell you once again ... stop spilling our blood." And then he urged Muslims across the world to "take vengeance for Muslim blood spilled." Well, if spilling Muslim blood is the deciding factor for us Muslims to decide who we should take vengeance against, then al-Ansi and others in al Qaeda should immediately go into hiding. Simply put, al Qaeda has been slaughtering Muslims for years. Islamic clerics, doctors, nurses, women, children, etc. -- you name any type of Muslim, and al Qaeda has butchered them…..


The civil-society response required to effectively challenge extremism is gaining momentum. The barbaric actions of the jihadist gunmen have prompted French citizens to take to the streets in solidarity with the victims and to defend free speech. This, and other positive responses, must continue beyond the immediate period of mourning. We must choose fight instead of flight, but we must fight smart, with improved integration, with messages of pluralism and the compatibility of Islam and human rights in our education programs, and with the promotion of positive role models….

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