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Where Are The Marches Against The Islamic State?
Yasmine Bahrani

Either we reject the Islamic State and groups like it in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Muslims. When we say “It’s not Islam,” we are dismissing the criminals as someone else’s problem. The truth is, nobody else is going to deal with them. It might seem easier to evade this responsibility, but the price of doing so will be heavy. Because, to the rest of the world, that horrific picture is what Muslims have become. If we don’t do something now, that image will be the world’s perception of us for years to come.....

 

Islamophobia and Terror in the Name of Islam Feed on Each Other
Maulana Dr. Waris Mazhari

Without the terror and turmoil unleashed in the name of jihad in Pakistan and some other countries being clearly condemned by the Ulema and other Muslim intellectuals, it is simply not possible for Islamophobia to be effectively countered.  After all, Islamophobia, based on hatred for Muslims, and the violent, terror-driven activities in the name of jihad in many countries, which are a complete violation of Islamic principles, feed on each other. The one cannot exist without the other….

The Islamic State has the potential to cause fundamental changes in the Middle East
Yasar Yakis

The proclamation of the Islamic State (IS) has the potential to cause fundamental changes in the Middle East, because the attempt to resuscitate the caliphate is so appealing to many fundamentalist Muslims that it may shake the foundations of stability in the region no matter how limited its success may be at present. This step has several aspects worth being examined very closely......

 

ISIL, Muslims; Good and Evil
Nuray Mert

ISIL poses more moral dilemmas concerning the question of who is to be held responsible for such horrendous religious ideology and politics. Is it Islam itself that contains the seeds of radicalism? Is it Western powers that have long encouraged radical Islam in the name of political/strategic interests? Is it the sociology of the alienated Muslim youth? Is it the travesty of Western nihilism in the post-liberal age? All of the questions on the relation between religious faith and political convictions are doomed to fail to find answers….

 

In that statement, the IS claims it attacked Kurdistan because the Kurds had extended their legs beyond their britches, after Erbil sent forces into Kurdish-populated territories beyond its official borders to fill the vacuum left by retreating Iraqi troops. IS sees it as its duty to push the Kurds back to the autonomous borders recognized under Saddam Hussein’s regime. What this illustrates is that the creators of the Islamic State are not a group of crazy armed men who have read too much into their religious texts. Their brief statement shows that nationalism is as deeply rooted in the Islamic State as religion…..

 

Also by using the adjective “Islamic” to label their cause, and the Islamic declaration of faith on their banner, ISIS and other such groups are recruiting frustrated and uneducated Muslims to join in their iniquity. This dark time requires the Sunni, Shia, Kurdish, and Christian communities in Iraq to unite under the banner of pluralism and make a courageous stand against these criminals who perfidiously clothe themselves with the vestments of Islam……

 

Turkey’s Overlooked Role in Rise of Latest ‘Islamic Caliphate’, And what’s Coming Next
Gregory R. Copley

In all of this, the “caliphate” is vicious, but ephemeral. But it may have forced a new set of regional expediencies. A new Middle East is emerging. Get your tickets early…..

 

West Must Win Ideological Battle with Islamic State
Roger Cohen

Islamic State grew through U.S. weakness — the setting of objectives and red lines in Syria that proved vacuous. But the deepest U.S. and Western defeat has been ideological. As Hussain said, “If you don’t have a concerted strategy to undermine their narrative, their values, their worldview, you are not going to succeed. Everyone in society has to take on the challenge.”….

 

Both militant groups carry the same flag and adopt the same strategy of kidnapping and killing their enemies, yet ISIS militant fighters are estimated to range between 6,000 and 7,000 fighters according to the Doha based Brookings Institute, but is estimated up to 15,000, while Boko Haram fighters range between 500 and 1,000 according to media sources….

 

How the Islamic State Is Faring Since It Declared a Caliphate

Syria’s war has no end in sight; Iraq remains in a mess. So even in the best-case scenario IS is likely to be active for generations to come. And the problem is not just for Syria, Iraq and its neighbours. With thousands of foreign fighters from across the world who may return home as radicalised rebels, many countries are at risk....

 

ISIS: Saudi-Qatari-Funded Wahhabi Terrorists Worldwide
Ramtanu Maitra

In 2011, in Syria, when President Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, and President François Hollande joined forces to remove Syria’s elected President Bashar al-Assad from power, and thus deal a body blow to the Russians and the Iranians, who acknowledge Assad’s legitimacy, not-so-militant groups within were bolstered by attaching them to well-trained Salafi-Wahhabi terrorists from a number of countries. While the Western countries were quite generous with arms, and worked with the neighbouring countries to facilitate entry of arms into Syria, the bulk of the money came from the Salafi-Wahhabi bastions of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait. Despite denials issued from Riyadh and Doha to quiet gullible Westerners, the funding of various Sunni groups seeking to establish Salafism and Wahhabism in a number of countries has long been well-documented......

 

The New Jihad: A New Generation of Islamist Extremists Battle-Hardened In Iraq and Syria Sees Al Qaeda as Too Passive
Margaret Coker

… a self-described heir to the Prophet Muhammad declared himself the supreme leader of a new Islamic state stretching from eastern Syria to northern Iraq. How did Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the nom de guerre of a mediocre Iraqi religious scholar in his mid-40s, outmanoeuvre al Qaeda as the new vanguard of jihadist ideology? How did he and his followers—armed with Kalashnikovs, smart phones and their ominous black banner—so suddenly take over the campaign to rid the Muslim world of Western and secular influence?...

 

'Supporting the ISIS Caliphate Is Binding On All Muslims, ISIS Fulfils Maulana Azad And Maududi's Aspirations For The Islamic Caliphate,' Says Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

Supporting The ISIS Caliphate Is Binding on All Muslims says Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in the various editorials appearing in its mouthpiece, the Dawat. It asks Indian Muslims to support and glorify ISIS and Boko Haram. In its view, ISIS fulfils Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Abul Ala Maududi's aspirations for the Islamic caliphate….'

ISIS: Having Spent Billions, the Wahhabists of Saudi Arabia and Qatar Find They Have Created a Monster
Paul Vallely

Saudi Arabia has been a major source of financing to rebel and terrorist organisations since the 1970s, thanks to the amount it has spent on spreading its puritan version of Islam, developed by Mohammed Abdul Wahhab in the 18th century. The US State Department has estimated that over the past four decades Riyadh has invested more than $10bn (£6bn) into charitable foundations in an attempt to replace mainstream Sunni Islam with the harsh intolerance of its Wahhabism....

The Difference between Children
Gideon Levy

After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares…… Something here has to rise up and scream: Enough. All the excuses and all the explanations will not help – there is no such thing as a child that is allowed to be killed and a child that is not. There are only children killed for nothing, hundreds of children whose fate touches no one in Israel, and one child, just one, around whose death the people unite in mourning…..

 

The Rise of Ideological Jihadists: And Why India Should Be Really Worried
Tufail Ahmad

The current waves of conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan-Pakistan region should also remind Indian Muslims that Islamic reform is urgent, and such a task must be accomplished by Islamic scholars from India. This is because India is the only country where Muslims have consistently experienced democratic values for more than half a century. There is absolutely no Muslim nation that can compare with this extraordinary experience of Indian Muslims on almost all conceivable parameters: political and religious freedom, educational and economic opportunities, freedom of thought and expression, individual liberty or right to form political association. The constitution of India contains hugely relevant ideas from the Enlightenment to address Muslim issues.....

Do Indian Muslim Religious Scholars Support Islamic State? Their Absence from Joint Statement of 'Indian Muslims' Condemning ISIS Atrocities in Iraq Raises Serious Questions

... What is perplexing is the name of Mujtaba Farooque among the signatories. He is the President of Welfare Party of India; the political wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. Jamaat-e-Islami has been openly and vociferously supporting not only the ISIS but also other terrorist organisations like Boko Haram which has been involved in abductions of Muslim girls and killings of innocent people in Nigeria. Recently Boko Haram abducted more than sixty schoolgirls from schools who have not been traced yet. Dawat, Jamat-e-Islami’s mouthpiece has been publishing articles and news expressing the organisation’s support to ISIS and Boko Haram. By joining the press conference and endorsing the statement he has either violated the party line or has tried to hoodwink the Indian society on behalf of the Jamaat. If the latter, it is Jamaat-e-Islami's hypocrisy of highest order....

We have just run an article in 3 parts titled “Jihad vs Terrorism” by Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan. When I submitted his article to New Age Islam for publication, I did not know that the good doctor was a martyr to the cause of the fight against terrorism. On further research, I found that his martyrdom was preceded by the martyrdom of two other clerics who were fearless opponents of terrorism. This is an attempt to pay a tribute to the three great souls of Islam. May Allah reward them for the best of their deeds. Amen…..

Related Articles:

Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan On Jihad VersusTerrorism - Part 1: The Four Principle Of ‘Jihad As War’

Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan on Jihad versus Terrorism - Part 2: Refutation of the Excuses or Justifications Offered By the Terrorist Groups

Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan on Jihad versus Terrorism - Part 3: The Purpose of Jihad 

 

Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism: ISIS Atrocities Started With Saudi Support for Salafi Hate
Ed Husain

Let’s be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Sunni Salafism across the globe. Most Sunni Muslims around the world, approximately 90 percent of the Muslim population, are not Salafis. Salafism is seen as too rigid, too literalist, too detached from mainstream Islam. While Shiite and other denominations account for 10 percent of the total, Salafi adherents and other fundamentalists represent 3 percent of the world’s Muslims......

What the Jihadists Who Bought 'Islam for Dummies' on Amazon Tell Us about Radicalisation
Mehdi Hasan

Sarwar and Ahmed, both of whom pleaded guilty to terrorism offences last month, purchased Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies. You could not ask for better evidence to bolster the argument that the 1,400-year-old Islamic faith has little to do with the modern jihadist movement. The swivel-eyed young men who take sadistic pleasure in bombings and beheadings may try to justify their violence with recourse to religious rhetoric ....

Aggressive Propaganda Helps Islamic State Lure Followers Away From Al-Qaida
John Rossomando

The Islamic State has tactical advantages over al-Qaeda, which formally renounced ISIS in February. These advantages over al-Qaeda also include at least $1 billion in precious metals, tanks, helicopters, heavy weapons, and control of an area the size of Indiana, Rogers said. Rogers also noted that the Islamic State earned an estimated $1 million per day from illicit oil sales. Islamic State terrorists have better training than their current al-Qaeda competitors….

 

There were efforts – sometimes individual and sometimes collective – to re- “Wahhabise” the Saudi state. But these efforts failed. Within the Wahhabi religious sphere, the guardians of the doctrine faced successive challenges to keep the Saudi state under the influence of the Wahhabi teachings developed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdel Wahhab through his letters, compilations and biography. There were efforts – sometimes individual and sometimes collective – to re- “Wahhabise” the Saudi state....

 

The Islamic State (IS) extremists are on a gruesome killing spree. The video of the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley, 40, disseminated worldwide, is only the latest reminder that, unless nipped in the bud, IS will kill and maim anyone crossing its path as it attempts to enforce its nihilistic ideology in large swaths of Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, and elsewhere.....

In fact, only a government can organize an army, support their families and run the institution of an army in a disciplined way subject to a command/control structure. On the contrary, if a few people declare Jihad by forming their own group it would lead to the formation of several more such organizations. All such groups, owing to no binding of any rule or law upon them would exercise absolute liberty of action. They may fight with each other or indulge in local politics and sectarianism. Every organization would come up with its own political agenda. They will unite to face a common enemy against which they can succeed but fight with each other when there is no common enemy or when the enemy is too strong to overcome. Such groups will always end up fighting with each other and this point requires no elaboration as we can see the proof of it in today’s World where every Islamic country that has private armies, is at war with itself......

 

Islam instructs us not to violate any treaty and any war initiated by a Muslim government disregarding an existing treaty would not be considered as “Jihad Fi-Sabilillah”. It is therefore necessary to urge upon the government that every step is taken by an army working under the same discipline and answerable to the government. The government must be reminded that this is nothing but deceit and lies which is a grave sin and a nation which indulges in the same loses its honor among the world community. Above all, if a government itself violates its own laws, there would be no one else to uphold the respect of law.

 The Quran clearly directs Muslims not to co-operate with anyone in any matter that is a sin or in lies or deceit or oppression. A Muslim is expected to stand up and boldly oppose anyone who does so, no matter whether he is his own kin……

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