Radical Islamism and Jihad
The Saudi royals seem to mistakenly believe that widening the sectarian
fault lines in the Islamic world will keep them in power. By drawing legitimacy
from jihadism and by being beholden to sectarianism, the royals could be
digging their own grave. After all, fuelling jihadism and sectarianism
threatens to empower extremists at home and devour the royalty....
The Orlando attack is already stirring debate on some of the most
visceral fault lines of American politics: terrorism and Islamophobia, security
and civil liberties, gun control and gay rights.....
Faisal J. Abbas
What this means is that the good news (in the worst sense of “good”) is
that no particular group is targeted individually; the bad news is that we are
ALL targets of the evil and absurdity of clans such as ISIS....
Mr. Mateen’s father said the killing had nothing to do with religion,
and he apologized for his son. “We weren’t aware of any action he is taking,”
he said. “We are in shock like the whole country.” Equally stunned by the day’s
events was Omar Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, who said that he quickly
became controlling, abusive and erratic after they were married...
The Islamic State’s prolific use of “martyrs” probably highlights both
its strength and weakness. On the one hand, there are likely more people,
predominately young men, willing to die for the jihadists’ cause today than
Pakistan views the Taliban as an effective proxy to ensure Pakistani
dominance over Afghanistan, and to limit Afghan relations with India. Islamabad
also doesn’t believe that the current pro-U.S. government in Kabul can survive
the continuing drawdown of American forces....
Urdu newspapers glorify militant groups as the agents of local and
global “Jihad” and are steeped in the Jihadist discourse that emanated from
Pakistan’s concerted alliance with the USA in the 1980s to nurture the
Mujahideen and later efforts to seek “strategic depth” in Afghanistan and “fix”
India via proactive Jihadism....
Islamic State has competition from other insurgent groups that are
looting artefacts. On the international level, uneven efforts to change
cultural policies or enforce existing ones reveal disagreements about how
archaeological materials should be regulated by the state and the private
market. These disputes have simmered for years, and the Islamic State crisis
Moorthy S. Muthuswamy
The discovery of oil wealth not only helped Saudi Arabia forsake
instituting political, economic and religious reforms, but also allowed it to export
Wahhabism worldwide, by providing funds for constructing and operating mosques
and religious schools, scholarships, education materials, religious leaders’
salaries and the employment of millions of guest workers from Muslim-majority
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
Note: A large part of the attraction of ISIS for Muslim
youth is its millenarian thesis. It has convinced many that end of times is at
hand, that they are engaged in the end-times battle, the Malhama. This has made
the war they are engaged in imperative and urgent. Millenarianism or Islamic
Eschatology, Ilm-e-Aakhiruzzaman, was
an inspiration behind some ideologues of al-Qaeda as well. But Osama bin Laden
himself and most of his ideologues did not emphasize it much. As for ISIS, even
in its previous avatar as Jamāʻat al-Tawḥīdwa-al-Jihād (The Organisation of Monotheism and
Jihad) founded in 1999 by Jordanian radical Abu Musab al-Zarqawi which later
pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda,several ideologues strongly believed in the
apocalyptic worldview, the theory of this war being the final great war, al-Malhama al-Kubra, in which Islam will
conquer the world.
World domination has been
a Muslim dream for ever. Books like Qeyamat
ki Peshingoyian, or prophesies of the Prophet about the last days on earth
have always been a bestseller in Muslim religious bookshops in every part of
the world. No matter how irrational, Muslims of all denominations have for ever
been waiting for a Mahdi or an Imam who will appear in the final days and set
everything right. Indeed, this belief cuts across religious barriers. Believers
in a number of religions are looking forward to the sudden appearance of a
deliverer. This has made the task of ISIS easier. To help us understand this
phenomenon better, New Age Islam is presenting a study by our regular columnist
Mr. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, a classical Islamic scholar who specialises in
comparative religion. --- Editor
The Sunni Arab states still do not seem to understand the extent to
which extreme versions of Islam imperil them as well. Although the Saudi royal
family relies on the Wahhabi clerics for their political legitimacy, the
Islamic State accuses the monarchy of corrupting the faith to preserve its
There is no doubt that Haqqanis getting on top of the Taliban in
Afghanistan would find favour with some quarters in Pakistan unmindful of the
way this would expose the country to global wrath. By creating chaos in which
women and children suffer most, the jihad enthusiasts will take Pakistan from
permanent instability to permanent conflict....
There are two competing traditions about Ramadan today: the one of ISIS,
which recalls Islam’s ancient past and insists on applying it literally today,
and that of other believers who long for piety, introspection, and
Aasim Zafar Khan
“The choice of an Alim is clever, as it gives Haibatullah religious
authority which the commanders will have to accept,” says Ruttig. The Taliban
seem to be trying to stay away from the succession problems the movement saw in
the aftermath of Mullah Omar’s death...
The Taliban have been on a winning streak and it’s not surprising they
are totally disinterested in peace talks — at least for now....
Mr. Bilalli trained at the University of Medina in Saudi Arabia in the late 1980s: “The first thing the Wahhabis do is to take members of our congregation, who understand Islam in the traditional Kosovo way that we had for generations, and try to draw them away from this understanding,” he said. “Once they get them away from the traditional congregation, then they start bombarding them with radical thoughts and ideas.”
The documentary, however, provides the only first-person accounts to
have surfaced of the IM’s journey after 2008. “Following the Batla House
encounter, the land of India became hostile to us. The intelligence agencies
and the ATS (Maharashtra Police Anti-Terrorism Squad) pursued us. It became
difficult for us to carry out armed actions,” Rashid says of his journey to the
IS. Rashid claims the group made “Hijrat” — or exile — to Khorasan in the
Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands. There, he says, “we had many opportunities to
participate in actions with the Mujahideen”. Following this, the group made a
“second Hijrat”, to the IS, claims Rashid. However, the interview with Sajid
suggests a broader discontent. “Hindustan is the citadel of shirk
[polytheism]”, he says. “We see that, cows, trees, the sun, the moon, all these
are worshipped. Even though Allah has us from these practices, we see that the
Muslims of India maintain social relations and business with these
unbelievers,” says Rashid...
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Fahad, who is
now called Abu Bakr al-Hindi, has been named Naib Khalifa (deputy
caliph) to lead Daesh's operations against India, while Aman, renamed Abu Umar
al-Hindi, and is the governor of ‘Hind wal ‘Sindh’, a Daesh usage for India and
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
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....
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....
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.
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....
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