Radical Islamism and Jihad
It is difficult
to determine how many child soldiers Islamic State is training. Experts
estimate that about 1,500 boys are serving the terrorist group in Iraq and
Syria. Some are born to the militants. In fact, more than 31,000 women are
currently pregnant in IS-held territory. Other children arrive with their
parents from abroad when the parents join the jihadist movement.....
G Pramod Kumar
Naik knew that his victim-card would work because India is secular and it
wouldn't tolerate victimising him without reason. And it did work, which is
both reassuring and troubling at the same time.
What's reassuring is the continued reception and tolerance to multiple
faiths in a Hindu-majority country; but what's troubling is the misuse of our
idea of secularism.....
author reasons that the masses are too scared to call the group Islamic because
its 'politically incorrect'. He notes there are 'exceptions among the
disbelievers... who will unabashedly declare that jihad and the laws of the
Shari’ah – as well as everything else deemed taboo by the
Islam-is-a-peaceful-religion crowd – are in fact completely Islamic'...
A network of
mosques and madrasas have been built with Saudi funds in India too, and also,
disturbingly, in the Terai belt on the sensitive India-Nepal border, where
semi-literate religious clerics, “barefoot teachers,” impart Islamic diktats.
These may also be bases for infiltration and espionage from Nepal into the
In this global
society, the operations of groups like al-Qaeda, Taliban and now the Islamic
State, have all already created an aura of defiance and chivalry, fighting the
formidable powers in the world that victimised the Muslim world by their
colonial rule and unjust policies.....
terrorist formations were using printed Jihadi literature, propaganda videos
and face to face interactions with religious motivators to entice people to
their cause. With the Internet boom and proliferation of online web-based
communications, as well as the dramatic example of Daesh's...
greatest contribution to the world has been its tolerant pluralistic
civilisational ethos that has, over centuries, nurtured inclusiveness, treating
people of different faiths, customs, ethnicities, languages and traditions
equally and with respect....
S. Binodkumar Singh
Jamiyatul Ulama (BJU), a national body of Islamic scholars, issued an
anti-militancy fatwa (religious edict) on June 18, 2016, through a press
conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity, declaring that those killing people in the
name of religion were heading for hell. Signatures of 101,850 Islamic clerics,
including 9,320 women, have been collected in support of the fatwa, prepared in
light of the Quran and Hadith.....
of extremism probably do not understand what they have done to their countries,
people or the world. They are planting exaggeration and extremism into young
people’s minds. Typically, people who carry out operations join terrorist
organizations only after becoming groomed intellectually....
Mohammad Ali Babakhel
primarily remained focused on militaristic objectives while the IS seems keen
on the promulgation of Islamic laws and implementation of its own
interpretation of the Islamic way of life. The ISIS is a reality and a threat —
the denial of its far-reaching influence can be tantamount to suicide....
Not only is the
understanding of political Islam, with all its parts and pieces, pedestrian at
best, there is also a sense that the people in the Middle East have made their
own mess, never mind that many prevailing problems are rooted in colonialism.
There is scarcely any recognition in Western and even Indian discourse that
Muslims are the greatest victims of radical Islam. ...
al-Andalusi Zahiri (who died in 456 Hijri) has said: "And it is allowed to
kill anyone aside from those we have mentioned, among the combatant idolators
or the non combatants, such as the trader, the servant, the old man who gives
his advice or not, the farmer, the bishop, the priest, the monk, the blind, the
cripple. Spare no-one."'
Of the two
outfits active in the country, Ansar-al-Islam — as Ansarullah Bangla Team has
been reincarnated — recruits from organisations like Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen
Bangladesh, Ahle Hadith Bangladesh, Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh and madrasas....
There are also reasonable grounds, meanwhile, for questioning the
dichotomy between extremism and psychological dysfunction. The latter can,
obviously, operate independently of the former, and the vast majority of people
who diverge from what is assumed to be the norm in that sphere are obviously
harmless, in the same way as are most Muslims. But can murderous fanaticism be
distinguished from a psychotic disorder?...
It’s important to realise that the overall propaganda of the Islamic
State includes a strong call for standing up for Muslim rights against
perceived discrimination by non-Muslims. Now all three of these terms, Muslim
rights, perceived discrimination and even non-Muslims – are subject to
interpretation. The Islamic State has its own radical definition of what these
And the wolf is finally here. My Hindu friend says that for the first
time in his life, he is afraid of going to the temple. By blogger friend now is
afraid of blogging. My atheist friend no longer publicly expresses his views on
religion. He is scared to death. Rural people, who loved to congregate on
fields to celebrate Eid, are afraid to do so....
The fact that the ISIS elements claimed responsibility for the Karachi
bus shooting in May 2015, in which 45 Ismailis were killed, has reinforced Pakistan’s
will to eradicate an organisation that had already become a target after it
attracted TTP commanders from the FATA. But it doesn’t mean the attitude of
Islamabad (and Rawalpindi) will change regarding groups that are still
considered potentially “useful” vis-à-vis Afghanistan and India....
The World of Zakir Naik
Kavitha Iyer, Rashmi Rajput
In the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, where 40 kg of RDX, 17 AK-47
assault rifles and 50 hand grenades were seized, the arrests made by the
Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad led them to Zakir Naik. Rahil Ahmed Sheikh, an
alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative and one of the main conspirators in the
case, had worked as a volunteer with the IRF. Feroz Deshmukh, another person
the ATS held in the case, was allegedly a librarian with Naik’s IRF. ...
The ISIS terrorists and their cohorts are working with active
cooperation and guidance from international organizations, financed by the
Wahhabis and Salafists of Saudi Arabia and other oil rich countries. The
narrow, sectarian and anti-human philosophy of Wahhabism does not permit
co-existence with non-believers anywhere in the world....
While a number of top leaders of the Jamaat have been executed,
sentenced to death or imprisoned on charges of war crimes, the educational and
financial infrastructure created by the Jamaat remains largely intact.
Fundamentalist Islamist terrorism will continue to dog Bangladesh as long as
they continue to flourish...
Just as Naik is “protected” as an Indian citizen — according to his
definition he is not Indian but a “Muslim first” — Anjem Choudary and his
“untaxed” welfare payments in the UK — equivalent to a £32,500 ($50,000) salary
— are protected. The average annual earnings of a full-time worker in the UK
was £26,936 ($41,000) in 2014. There is no doubt that there is big money
trailing Naik too without being accounted for....
Salafism urges its followers to go back to the text. It has different
manifestations, one of them being a puritanical form of Islam inspired by the
teachings of the 18th century Arabian scholar Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab....
In a recently released IS propaganda video in May this year, Zainuri,
49, was seen to say that he and his men were part of a “righteous army,” and
that the Malay archipelago would someday be swarming with an army of IS fighters
who would bring the fight home, particularly to Malaysia and Indonesia...
The Gulshan tragedy no-doubt has offered the vested interests
abroad their long coveted opportunity
for fishing in the troubled water and increased the danger for external
intervention. So from Geo-political point of view Bangladesh Government’s “Strategy of Denial”
is quite logical and justified as an effort to avoid external intervention. ...
The concept of Allah in Islam is then ultimate compassion. Although
Buddhism, as explained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, believes in no God, the
fountainhead of the faith is comprised in the Four Noble Truths, which begin
with Dukkha or suffering, its cessation and the Ashtangika (eightfold) Marg or
path to liberation, Dukkha being a concept springing from the Sanskrit concept
of Karuna. ...