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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Khurram Zaki: An Election In London, An Assassination In Karachi
Khurram Zaki

For the past few years, Khurram Zaki has been campaigning against extremist religious groups in Pakistan. Recently, he and his friend Jibran Nasir attempted to file a complaint against Maulana Abdul Aziz of the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) of Islamabad. They alleged that Aziz was inciting hatred against Shia Muslims. They cited a video message of the cleric. Local police declined to file an FIR.

 

With the way things are now, vast swathes of Pakistanis stand on the wrong side of history. Instead of challenging the extremism in their midst, they have enabled its rise by either by embracing it or by failing to act on the demands of their conscious. Such guilt cannot be easily shed especially until there is movement of reconciliation with the ugly truth that lies behind it.....

Confronting Saudi Arabia's Sponsorship of Radical Islam
Dan Liljenquist

The Wahhabi tradition led directly to the radicalization of tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims, including Osama Bin Laden, which later led to the formation of al-Qaida and the Sept. 11 attacks. Wahhabism’s most recent warping has come at the hands of the Islamic State....

 

Muslim Brotherhood Islamists 'denying the existence of a serious internal crisis'
Jamal Khashoggi

It is time to tell the Brotherhood that reform will only happen when it dismisses the first generation of its leaders living in denial, and replaces them with qualified politicians who are aware of reality....

Obama May Be Preaching 'Tough Love' To Saudi – But Arms Sales Tell Another Story
Mohamad Bazzi

Despite his rhetoric, and his administration’s perceived shift toward Iran, Obama has not fundamentally changed the US status quo toward Saudi Arabia. In fact, he’s sold more advanced weaponry to Saudi leaders than any of his predecessors. And that means one thing: an emboldened Saudi Arabia will contribute to more war and instability in the Middle East – and America will be drawn into more conflict.

 

Is Bangladesh Sliding Down the Path of Becoming a Safe Haven for Islamist Militants?
Ali Riaz

The simplistic narrative that a secularist regime is fighting back militant Islamists in a Muslim-majority country ignores the complexities of the political situation. What role the long-standing fissure of Bangladeshi politics plays and how religion is being used by politicians of all shades for expediency are ignored in this narrative....

 

Battle for Bangladesh’s Soul
K. Anis Ahmed

Bangladesh has sustained so far as a liberal society thanks to the strength and tenor of its ethno-linguistic culture. Examples of this are the millions of women who ignored the warning of Hefazat-e-Islam, a network of hard-line clerics allied with the BNP and Jamaat, to stay away from the festivities celebrating Pohela Boishakh (the secular Bengali New Year). Yet, heartening as such spirited displays are, culture alone cannot keep us progressive....

 

The role of Saudi Arabia, and its Arab allies like Qatar, as the master funders of terror began decades ago when the House of Saud began exporting Wahhabism, its medieval version of Islamic doctrine, to Europe and other parts of the world. Wahhabis preached hatred of non-Arabs, namely Shiites, as well as Christians and all other religions. Imams versed in this theology in Saudi religious institutions were taught to preach that the followers of all other religions were infidels not worthy of mercy....

 

Saudi Arabia Must Reverse the Foundation It Created For Radicalism
Rudroneel Ghosh

If we trace the origin of these issues, particularly the rise of Islamophobia, there’s no running away from the fact that Saudi Arabia’s export of Wahhabism over decades has contributed to the current state of affairs. In fact, this is what created the foundation for the global Jihadi movement. Today, IS has emerged as the most extreme form of this Wahhabi/Salafi creed....

 

ISIS and the Future of Islamic Extremism
Abhinav Pandya

In terms of its objectives, it is not just a reactionary organization fighting to avenge injustices done to Muslims or against foreign occupation armies; instead, it envisions bringing back the Islamic caliphate not just in the Middle East but throughout the world. It believes in the idea that no religion other than Islam should survive ...

 
Al Qaeda Emerges Stronger and Richer From Yemen War
Yara Bayoumy, Noah Browning and Mohammed Ghobari

A regional diplomat who follows Yemen says that if Al Qaeda manages to successfully root itself as a political and economic organization, it could become a more resilient threat, much like Al Shabaab in nearby Somalia. “We may be facing a more complicated Al Qaeda,” the diplomat said, “not just a terrorist organization but a movement controlling territory with happy people inside it.”....

 

To Fight Global Terror, Let’s First Get Our Terminology Right
Sameer Arshad

Across the border in Saudi Arabia, even ultra-puritanical grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al ash-Sheikh has denounced IS terrorists as neo-Kharijites. This cross-sectarian echoing is rare and has to be nurtured to rid the world of the menace of IS, a death cult that has no justification to exist at all. To begin with, let us call IS terrorists and those of their ilk what they are: Fasadi or Kharajites. This would isolate them and make the struggle against them more inclusive. Using their atrocities to corner and demonise Muslims, who are overwhelming victims of Fasadi terror, may help narrow political causes but not the sacred mission of defeating IS.....

 

Originating in India in the mid-1800s, Deobandism is the doctrine that inspired the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, whose imams trained at the school in Uttar Pradesh, northeast of Delhi. Deobandi clerics, operating out of an anti-imperialist rubric devised to rid India of the British following the suppression of the Indian Mutiny in 1857, have made a serious effort to seize control of British mosques.....

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The World's ISIS Problem and How It Was Created!
Prem Anand Mishra

Islamic State seeks its idea from Abbasids. The black flag is a signature to that, but unlike the Abbasids period which was a period of many contributions from philosophy to music and art, Baghdadi’s caliphate seeks refuge in the idea of Ibn Taymiyyah and Abdul Wahhab, the reformers who called for puritanical Islam. The Salafist/Wahhabist ideologies are ultraconservative revivalist ideas that believe even Shias are heretics like polytheists or pagans. Sign and symbols provide the idea of the importance of their legitimacy. The selection of an orange suit before beheading and burning people alive is a strategic act to remind the Muslim world how Americans carried their rendition mission against Muslims at Guantanamo Bay.....

 

Maldives Jumps into Saudi Lap to Embrace Radical Islam: India Has Reason to Be Concerned
Sunil Raman

However, Saudi financing of radicalism in India was and remains a major problem that needs to be tackled through identification and control of money flows and check on its end use. While India gears up to sign an agreement on counter-terrorism with the Maldives, it would be pertinent to start discussions on the threat posed to India by radical Saudi ideas, and initiate steps to break the Kerala link with Saudi-Maldives radicalism.....

From Poet to Jihadi: The Story of a Somali American in Minnesota
Meira Svirsky

Warsame began watching videos of lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki, an American Yemani imam described as the “Bin Laden of the internet.”  Awlaki, a high-level Al Qaeda operative, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the first U.S. citizen to be so targeted. From a young man who had spoken out against violence, Warsame became enthralled with beheading videos. He came to conclude that as a devout Muslim, he must join the fight against the infidels.....

 

Their beliefs are rooted in fascist philosophers such as Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah and Sayyid Qutb. Ibn Taymiyyah asserted in the 1200-1300s that strict Shariah law must rule all governments, globally. Otherwise, God’s will could not be done. In the 1950s-‘60s, Muslim Brotherhood sage Qutb took Taymiyyah’s philosophy to a new level. He argued in his book, “Milestones,” that Western politics and lifestyles were literally attacking Islam, and that Islam had to defend itself with political subterfuge and violence. Subsequent Islamists have taken lines from the Koran, the Sunnah, and the Hadith to further justify their twisted goals...

In Dhaka, Islamists Are a Rising Force
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

Notably, before the court verdict, Hefazat-e-Islami, the radical umbrella organisation, had threatened chaos in the country if Islam was removed as the state religion....

Khalid Mehmood: The Accidental Jihadist
Owen Bennett-Jones

As he walked through Lahore he got diverted by a rally. This was a fair while ago now - in the months after 9/11 - and emotions were running high. It turned out the rally was organised by one of Pakistan's most formidable militant outfits, Jaish-e-Mohammad, and everyone was chanting anti-American slogans. There were announcements saying: "We need people to go to Afghanistan to fight the Americans!"....

 

Masood Azhar: The Man Who Brought Jihad to Britain
Masood Azhar, a Pakistani cleric

Within a few hours of his arrival he was giving the Friday sermon at Madina Mosque in Clapton, east London. His speech on the duty of jihad apparently moved some of the congregation to tears. Next stop - according to a report of the jihadist leader's own magazine - was a reception with a group of Islamic scholars where there was a long discussion on "jihad, its need, training and other related issues". The visiting preacher was Masood Azhar......

Radicalisation — the Mother of Militancy
Tariq Mahmud

These should be underpinned effectively and neutralised without buckling under any sort of pressure from the religious right wing. We must not only protect the precincts of our educational institutions from terror attacks, it is now also time to cleanse our syllabus and curricula of nefarious content, which work as a powder keg, disseminating toxic vibes against ethnic and religious minorities and the outside world....

 

The Ogres May As Well Be Anarchic Projections of What Lies Inside the Apologists: The Enemy Is Quite Literally Within
Nadeem F. Paracha

One can snicker at their foolhardy mutterings, but know this: The ogres can also be described as alter-egos of the apologists. It can be a TV anchor, a confused middle-class lad, a politician in the assembly, or even a rich aunt who has recently rediscovered piety. Truth is, the ogres may as well be anarchic projections of what lies inside the apologists; but is repressed. The enemy is quite literally within. ....

Countering Daesh Online
Colin P. Clarke and Isaac R. Porche III

Countering Daesh Online
Colin P. Clarke and Isaac R. Porche III

The group is also using the dark web to recruit and disseminate its propaganda to aspiring jihadists. For sympathetic audiences, an online push can sometimes be enough to spark violent action. This is especially true for individuals who are already radicalized.....

 
Death from Kabul to Brussels
Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Death from Kabul to Brussels
Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

The night before he was killed, Massoud had an appointment with Belgian journalists. Prior to the meeting, his friend Massoud Khalili read out to him as usual the poetry of Hafez Shirazi. They had a habit of randomly choosing a page from a book of a collection of Shirazi’s poetry. Khalili read: “Enjoy this night which we will spend together. Days pass by, months go by and years come to an end, and you will never get to live this night again.”....

 

A former friend of Reda Nidalha who requested anonymity believes that the religious aspect probably played a lesser role in Reda Nidalha's case. “He never bothered about religion, and he had friends from many different cultures. Even when he was already in Syria, he used to talk to me sometimes on social media. I told him I did not agree with his decision. He told me he had a job there and was married.”....

 


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