Radical Islamism and Jihad
M D Nalapat
these “moderate freedom fighters” of Libya gave for their antipathy to Qaddafi
was the latter’s refusal to convert Libya into a Wahhabised State by blocking
the education of women and making what they defined as religious law the basis
of the jurisprudence of the State, stoning and amputation included. ...
It is unclear
whether the new ties with IS bring local militants more resources and manpower,
or simply more publicity and ambition. But unless Pakistan cracks down on
home-grown terror, it will remain fertile ground for IS to launch more
But to ask them
to take responsibility as if ISIL or al-Qaeda somehow morphed out of their
belief system is the pinnacle of ignorant folly that stokes the fires of
Islamophobia, creating further divisions and playing the game that the
extremists want open societies to play....
He actually has
a base of supporters. It is important to realize the extent of challenge posed
by disastrous fundamental ideas at an early stage before we wake up one day and
discover they have destroyed everything....
ISKP in the
Afghanistan-Pakistan region is not cut of the same cloth as the Islamic State
we have witnessed in Syria and Iraq; therefore it is a mistake to think of them
as the same. The regional brand of ISKP in the making is more a consortium of
several TTP fragmented groups combined with the already existing LeJ, JuD, Jem,
Jundullah, IMU, disgruntled Taliban groups, and a dozen other groups nurtured
through the decades in Afghanistan and Pakistan.…..
A mosque has
been constructed next to his shrine whose minaret vies to be one of the tallest
structures in the city. We visited the shrine a couple of years before Sufi
shrines across the country started coming under attack, so there was minimum
security. As has been the tradition for centuries, the shrine remains open all
night, giving refuge to anyone in need of it. At the courtyard, facing the room
housing the grave of Bulleh Shah, devotees sang Bulleh Shah’s poetry…
His legacy is
so controversial that his name is often used by both jihadists and
anti-jihadists as a slur against each other. The reason is that he was a
pioneer of the bridging between revolutionary ideas derived from political
Islam and traditional religious concepts taken from Salafism. The mixture
helped produce what is known today as Salafi-jihadism – of which ISIL and Al
Qaeda are products….
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
On the ideological front Islamic
State’s quest for “Islamic purification” through Shia-killing makes it a more
natural ally for the Pakistani Taliban, with al-Qaeda not as passionate about
killing “apostates” and the Afghan Taliban even condemning attacks on the Shia
community. While both TTP and LeJ offer anti-Shia outlets for ISIS…
Qutb and the Islamic State, two changes have had to take place within the
tradition of Salafi jihadism. A new jurisprudence and ethic of jihad had to be
developed and a new hardened and brutalised psychological type had to be born....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
It is unlikely
that Daesh can extend its direct operational outreach into the AfPak region at
a time when it is under increasing pressure in its Syrian and Iraqi heartlands,
but the audacity of the attacks executed by its regional affiliates suggests a
rising danger and an infusion of a greater lethality into the enduring trends
in terrorism and sectarian strife afflicting both Afghanistan and Pakistan.....
Ajit Kumar Singh
mounting losses, the Taliban remains unrelenting. Following Donald Trump's
victory in the US Presidential Elections, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid,
stated, on November 9, 2016, "Most importantly, he (Trump) should withdraw
all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and unlike other former US rulers, he should
neither seek any more titles of ignominy for his self and American generals,
nor worsen the American prestige, economy and military by engaging in this
In this way the
idea of Jahiliyya is linked in Qutb's thought to Hakimiyah. Hakimiyah has a
straightforward meaning - namely, sovereignty. It is used by Qutb to suggest
that in the world there are only two possibilities: either God's sovereignty or
Man's. In those times or places where God's sovereignty is denied, the
condition of spiritual darkness, Jahiliyah, reigns....
Sabria S. Jawhar
The election of
Donald Trump as the president of the United States is the result of 9/11, the
Iraq war, racism and closed borders. The
signs have always been there that has led the American public to elect Trump
and marginalize religious and ethnic minorities....
Mosul will pose a potential threat to the survival of the jihadists’ capital in
Raqqa. The opponents of the ISIS will find it much easier to capture the city.
As the major supply routes to Raqqa come from Iraq, recapturing of Mosul will
finally help the Government forces cut the vital links to the city....
The clergy who
run these seminaries are presented with unprecedented influence and luxury in
the Pakistani society, with the promise of promoting the Saudi or, in case of
the Shia seminaries, the Iranian ideology. Millions and millions of the pupils
of these seminaries are then trained to serve as God’s army, and a moral
brigade in the society, while the military establishment of Pakistan controls a
precious chunk of these Mujahideen to set their scores with enemy states like
Mohammad Jibran Nasir
As per a study
by Never Forget Pakistan, at least 4,707 Pakistanis have been killed in
sectarian violence between January 2001 and August 2016. The killing of Shias
has been systematic in terms of targeting places of worship, religious
gatherings and community leaders such as doctors, lawyers and clerics. A case
for Shia genocide in Pakistan is indeed undeniable....
nothing to do with Islam and if we want to stop dividing our country and
igniting more hate, the media, and our politicians need to stop using the words
‘radical Islam’ when referring to ISIS or any acts of terror caused by an
“Islamic” group. These groups are filled with blood-thirsty individuals who
have absolutely no morals, feelings, nor any sort of remorse and could not
possibly quote you one verse from the Quran if you asked them to....
In the end, IS
went with barely a whimper. The jihadists folded before the advance of
Turkish-backed rivals after just a day’s battle. IS’s “caliph”, Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi, had foretold of the capitulation in a dream, explained apologists.
IS’s propagandists even pre-empted the fall with the launch of a new English
title, Rumiya, deferring the end-of-days battle until IS reaches Rome....
Just days ago
the Punjab counter-terrorism department had declared it had taken care of the
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. But what do we make of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi claiming
Monday’s attack on Quetta’s police training camp, killing 61 cadets?...
the idea of establishing a caliphate would have been almost universally written
off as the stuff of fantasy. Today, there are many places where Westerners dare
not tread. All over the world people are transfixed by the Jihadis’ capacity to
reach their cities. It’s not just New York, Paris and London. The Chechens
attack Moscow, the Uighurs bomb Beijing and the Pakistani Punjabis mount their
raids on Delhi and Mumbai...
The war against
the Islamic State is unwinnable without filling the political and security
vacuum that now exists in too much of Iraq. The Islamic State’s eventual
retreat from Mosul will be a much-needed victory for the country. ...
Ashraf A Kadakkal
More than 50
journals published by such movements try to prove the genuineness of their view
of Islam, while branding the other as “un-Islamic”. Organisations like IS and
al-Qaeda are prone to ‘Takfir’ or keeping other groups out of the fold of Islam
and wiping them out. In Kerala ‘Takfir’ or ‘Murtad’ are not unheard of, but
attacking or wiping out “the other” is....
provide a unique glimpse into life under Daesh’s oppressive control. Some of
the Fatwas are absolutely ridiculous; however, they should not be taken likely
as people have been killed because of not following them....
More than 300
people have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, making Sweden per capita one of
the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe...
Tufail Ahmad, New Age Islam
Addressing the worshippers, he blamed some of the
familiar villains like "imperialists, Zionists and fascists" of
creating the Islamic State to malign Islam. Kangarappady stated, "One
cannot even regard the ISIS as an Islamic terrorist outfit. The ideals they
propagate have nothing to do with real Islam." At another Eid Al-Azha
prayer in Kozhikode, Sharif Melethil, the imam, told the worshippers,
"seeking a mysterious paradise is not jihad." In Islam, there are two
spiritual quests for the paradise: one motivates a faithful to live for the
life after death, while the other leads Muslims to migrate from non-Muslim
lands to countries ruled by Islamic leaders, or Dar-ul-Islam....