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Radical Islamism and Jihad

A second contradiction is found in the divergent interests of those within the loose and shifting confederation of ISIS allies. In Iraq, this includes Douri's network (which, even if reports of Douri's death prove true, remains strong and widespread), along with tribal self-defence forces, a Sufi militia and former insurgent groups like Ansar al-Islam and Jaish al-Mujahideen....

 

Authorities estimate only half-a-dozen New Zealanders have traveled to Syria to fight with Islamic State. It's unclear how they've become radicalized, although Taylor's case might provide a clue: He's acknowledged listening to the sermons of the late U.S.-born al-Qaida preacher Anwar al-Awlaki....

Jihad: Fight against the Ideology
Kamran Bokhari

Today, in a world where people are often careful to separate the state from religious issues, most would agree that governments should stick to waging physical battles against Islamist militants rather than getting caught up in ideological wars. But the challenge insurrectionist Islamists pose is an ideological one, and it cannot be addressed without undertaking the perilous task of crafting counternarratives....

 

A Model for Moderate Muslims
Stephen Schwartz

Most significantly, the claim of "reforming Islam" is advanced by the terrorists themselves. They argue that by blowing up shrines, devastating other historical monuments, and massacring Shia Muslim and spiritual Sufis, they are restoring the faith of Muhammad to an imagined pristine condition at its origin. As Bosnians said during the atrocious Balkan Wars of the 1990s, by that logic they should have defended themselves with swords and bows and arrows, while riding on camels, although their enemies had modern weaponry….

 

The Generators of ISIS Still Remain
Rami G. Khouri

The United States seems not to have learned very much in the long stretch between fighting against Al-Qaeda from the late 1980s to dealing with ISIS today. The fact that so many different kinds of young men and women in their thousands join ISIS or affiliate with it in their home countries abroad should suggest to any serious political analyst that the way to defeat the groups is to address and remove the reasons that created it and continue to see it expand....

 

ISIL in Afghanistan? Not so fast
Olof Blomqvist

Afghanistan has a long tradition of various militant groups shifting allegiances, and most of the suspected ISIL groups appear to be former Taliban or local militias that have simply spontaneously decided to use the black flag to attract support or attention. There is little evidence of widespread funding or ISIL fighters travelling from the Middle East to Afghanistan....

 

Anti-Radicalisation Message Needs Follow-On
H A Hellyer

The fact is that a religious reformation has already taken place in Islam. The purist Salafi movement that came about in the Arabian Peninsula more than 200 years ago was precisely that – a reformation process – and it did not work out very well. Indeed, one could argue that an element within the neo-religious ideology of ISIL dates back to the rebellion against classical religious authority that Salafism promoted....

Balochistan: Shooting the Messenger
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Sabeen Mahmud lost her life as she hit too close to the state's vulnerabilities. Though there has been some hue and cry about her killing and a 'high level enquiry' has been ordered by the Government, it is unlikely to yield results any different from those of similar enquiries in the cases of the killing of journalist Saleem Shehzad and the assassination attempt on journalist Hamid Mir....

 

How Al-Qaeda and ISIS Want to Turn Heads in Yemen
Manuel Almeida

The fact is the Houthi offensive seems to be having the opposite effect. The Houthis tend to label most of the armed opposition they face, especially tribes, as al-Qaeda. Their over-ambition, expansion to predominantly Sunni areas and excessive violence, coupled with their Zaydi revivalist drive, is giving al-Qaeda an unprecedented local recruitment boost....

 

Meet the Next Generation of Terrorists Who Support ISIS
Marlow Stern

The Red Mosque also has named its central library after bin Laden and, on November 29, 2014, the extremist all-girl students of Jamia Hafsa, a Madrasa in the Red Mosque Network, released a video in support of ISIS, urging all Pakistani Jihadis to join forces with the terrorist organization. Maulana Aziz refused to condemn the video, instead remarking, “I don’t know why these boys are reluctant to say that we support the organization which wants to implement the Islamic system....

 

The growing pervasiveness of Islamophobia among Europeans, precipitated by the rise of violent extremists of all colorations and the seemingly endless bloodshed between Muslim communities and against Westerners, which has produced a conscious and unconscious repudiation of anything related to Muslims in general....

 

Bangladesh: Another Killer Dies
S. Binodkumar Singh

The significant support base of the radical Islamist formations in the country, as well as of the BNP which allies with them, retains the potential to cause extreme harm within the country, and it will require both an iron will and political sagacity to carry the War Crimes Trials process to its logical conclusion....

 

Hounded by Mullahs: A Muslim Woman Writer Forced to Leave Home, Why is The Community Silent?
Hasan Suroor

A Muslim woman journalist, writer and activist, Seyyid is being hounded by fundamentalist groups –not in one but two countries--because of her outspoken criticism of certain “Islamic” practices such as the Purdah system, and her warnings against creeping “Talibanisation” of the Muslim community….

Were You Inspired by ISIL?
Mehmet Y. Yilmaz

The “Muslim Youth” in Sakarya University have opposed this festival. Sure, not everyone has to like this kind of entertainment. It could be personal reasons or ideological reasons. If you don’t like it, you would not participate in it....

 

The ISIS And Its Likes– The Muslim Violent Extremists Must Be Outlawed To Save The Middle East From A Tsunami Of Bloodshed And The World From A Clash Of Civilizations
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

“Finally, as a word of reassurance, the violent extremists – the modern Kharijites and Qaramites, of Islam are no more than poisonous sediments of history, and like their counterparts of almost a millennium ago, they are bound to be increasingly marginalized, and eventually jettisoned from the world of Islam.”….

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Zakir Naik, Radical Islamist Video Evangelist
Stephen Schwartz

Naik is considered by moderate Indian Muslims to embody the core ideology of Wahhabism, which underpins the Saudi kingdom and supports the terrorism of groups like Al-Qaida. The brutality of the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq represents a metastasized version of Wahhabism, unrestrained by the economic and regional politics of the Saudi rulers. The "Islamic State" targets Shia Muslims as well as moderate Sunnis, spiritual Sufis, Christians, and ancient sects that have survived in Syria and Iraq for millennia. But in India, Sunnis and Shias have joined together against the destructive efforts of Zakir Naik....

Battling Islamic State Influence
Marina Mahathir

Jakim may think that issuing a Fatwa against IS is the right move. In fact, it makes hardly a dent. For one thing, most people are not aware of any such fatwa. Secondly, such a fatwa is going to be ignored by IS recruiters because they obviously do not respect Jakim’s authority anyway. And their own Fatwas, or opinions, on why it is a good thing to join IS are far more seductive to certain impressionable people, male or female....

 

North African States Work to Undermine Islamic State Ideology
Bill Gertz

Egypt and Tunisia are working to discredit the Islamist ideology of the Islamic State terrorist group through promoting moderate Islam, according to two counterterrorism experts from the region. Ideologically, the Egyptian government is seeking to counter the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) ideology through Al Azhar, the major Islamic university in Cairo....

 

How Did The Extremist, Supremacist, Xenophobic And Violent Theology Of Ibn Taymiyya And Mohammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Spread In India
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Mohammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s campaign to "purify" Islam from subsequent accretions was not confined to Saudi Arabia alone. The influence of his violent, intolerant, supremacist, xenophobic theology started spreading in other parts of the Muslim world too. ... In India, the Ahl-e-Hadisi/ Salafi/Deobandi/Jamaat-e-Islami movements can be traced back to the very supremacist ideology propounded by Mohammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab in the eighteenth century. All these revivalist Islamic movements appeared on the scene to further the ends of Wahhabi movement. Worryingly, they have made far-reaching impact on the Indian Muslim community which had originally been introduced to Islam by inclusivist Sufi saints. ...

Sufism Won't Solve Pakistan's Problems
Bina Shah

In Pakistan, even Barelvis, a moderate sect influenced by Sufism and opposed to Deobandism, have enacted or supported violence. The murder of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was committed by Mumtaz Qadri, a Barelvi, in 2011; Barelvi clerics have rallied for his cause ever since....

India Can’t Remain Blind to Shia Radicalism
Sadanand Dhume

India’s foe is neither Sunni nor Shia Islam as practiced by the average believer but the radicalism spawned by power-hungry ideologues in each sect. For the average Indian, the case against Sunni radical Islam is much easier to make....

 

Muslim Men and Their Beards!
Ahmed Tharwat

Facial hair in Islam is complicated and the politics of wearing a beard brings lots of heated debate and political wrangling. Besides the religious and Sharia one the beard-wearing debate also has important cultural components to it, which it may entangle in and complicate the religious one....

 

Refusing to Fight in Yemen
Saeed Naqvi

Shia-Sunni, therefore, is a false divide. The basic divide in the Muslim world is between those opposed to Ali and those who are not. In this framework, the Saudis and Yemenis are on opposite sides; Yemenis and Iranians are not....

When al Qaeda’s ideology materialised in the form of the 9/11 attacks, grand muftis, imams and Ulema became vocal against al Qaeda, bin Laden and Dr Zawahiri. Many Fatwas were issued against terrorism and suicide bombing but al Qaeda rejected them adamantly....

 
The Extremist Mentality: Debunking the Ideological Flaws
Dr. Shawki Allam, The Grand Mufti of Egypt

The Extremist Mentality: Debunking the Ideological Flaws
Dr. Shawki Allam, The Grand Mufti of Egypt

The first ideological flaw is related to the terror groups’ abominable crimes against the Quran and prophetic report as they take the Quranic verses and the Prophet’ s words out of context and imbue them with the worst of meanings, violence, and savagery. They are totally ignorant of the tools of comprehending the Quran or Hadith, the rules of inference, the objectives of Islamic law and its principles....



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