Radical Islamism and Jihad
Announcing a caliphate has huge significance and resonance within Islam. While it remains the ideal, Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders had always shied away from it, for fear of failure. Now Baghdadi was trumping the parent organisation, setting IS up in direct competition with it for the leadership of global jihadism.
Terrorism Grips Bangladesh
S.Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
S.Mubashir Noor, New Age Islam
British newspaper the Daily Mail reported on March 2 that Bangladesh’s supreme court is reviewing a petition to remove Islam as the state religion. It will decide whether former President Muhammad Ershad’s 1988 decision to designate Islam as such was illegal. A hearing scheduled for late March takes place against the backdrop of rising extremism in Bangladesh and the emergence of a local Islamic State (IS) faction. Christians, Hindus and Shiite Muslims alike were targeted through 2015 by way of machete attacks and homemade bombs.
The Islamic State encourages its followers to swear allegiance to Baghdadi before dying, because his “caliphate” is supposedly the only legitimate Islamic authority in the world today. The jihadists argue that if a Muslim dies in a state of “disobedience,” then the fires of hell await. The Islamic State has made this argument repeatedly in its English-language Dabiq magazine, which is very similar to AQAP’s Inspire.
Inscription over the doorway to the monastery
For centuries, Christians and Muslims have visited the small Syrian town of al-Qaryatain to venerate a saint known as Mar Elian. But in August 2015, the shrine was bulldozed by the group that calls itself Islamic State and the multifaith community was torn apart. …
The minaret of
Aleppo's Great Mosque was unusual - unlike traditional cylindrical minarets, it
was square in cross-section. At 45m high, its pinkish-beige stone, wrapped in
intricate Arabic inscriptions, stood out on the city's skyline. It tells the
story of Aleppo - or Halab as it's called in Arabic - one of the oldest
continuously inhabited cities in the world.....
has abandoned the shortened term because it is too close to the Arabic words
that mean “one who crushes underfoot,” or “sowers of discord.” It’s also
similar to the word for bigot. Those are much closer to the truth, and have the
added benefit that “Daesh” also insults, rather than flatters, the group. ....
objects destroyed or badly damaged in Iraq and Syria since 2003 are things of
beauty - sculptures, tombs and temples, monasteries and minarets. Others may be
less dazzling but hugely important as a source of knowledge about the ancient
world. One of these is Tell Qarqur.....
“What is at
stake here is not just walls and stones. The destroyed mausoleums were
important from a religious point of view, from an historical point of view and
from an identity point of view. Such an attack against buildings dedicated to
religion and historic monuments falls into the category of crimes that destroy
the roots of an entire people and profoundly and irremediably affect its social
practices and structures.”...
concerns was whether Mujahideen could “bear the burden of running a country,”
the officials said, adding bin Laden had come to the conclusion that they could
not. And while bin Laden clearly foresaw a time when there would be an Islamic
caliphate, his letters and notes provide little to indicate he saw himself
playing a vital role.....
The Yazidi are
a religious minority in Iraq whose ancient religion is indigenous to this
area. Their holy shrines dot the
landscape. The Yazidi religion is complex and secretive. Due to centuries of
persecution by varying Islamic regimes, they are reticent to go into detail
about their religion or history. Yazidis live in a large area that stretches
from the Syrian border through the Nineveh plains, around Mosul to the foothills
of the mountains of Kurdistan. This is a diverse countryside, with many Kurds,
Turkmen, and Arabs. It is also a heartland of ancient civilizations......
Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran
not the weapon of the powerful as American philosopher Noam Chomsky puts it.
Terrorism is the weapon of criminals, and it's not the product of an empire or
an economic party but the product of the teachings available at hand. It has
been rearranged in a repugnant, bloody manner which has now backfired on
Muslims all over again....
its virgins are a pet topic of preachers, who present these otherworldly
delights as rewards to those who dwell in the lands of sexual misery. Dreaming
about such prospects, suicide bombers surrender to a terrifying, surrealistic
logic: The path to orgasm runs through death, not love.....
Salman Tarik Kureshi
cold-blooded crime of an especially despicable kind has long been a hallmark of
these violent savages and their fellow travellers. The APS massacre, the
Safoora bus atrocity, the murder of Sabeen Mahmud, the attempted murder of
Malala Yousafzai, the unending toll of foul atrocities during the Taliban
occupation of Swat and the Mumbai massacres, these are only a few examples of
how low these violent primitives are prepared to go...
denies the growing footprint of the Islamic State (IS) on its soil, its
radicalised citizens keep killing “liberals” and members of Muslim sects they
don’t like. There’s evidence that Pakistanis are going to Syria “for
Finally, it is
necessary to understand just what the idea of the “global war on terror” means
for India. If India were to believe that the war against the ISIS is part of
the global fight against terror, is the reverse true? Are countries such as
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — which have included Pakistan in
their coalition against the IS but also profess cooperation with India on
Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi
Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi a Deobandi cleric was recently arrested presumably for backing ISIS and instigating Muslim youth in his various speeches. After his arrest, his supporters have claimed that he has not supported ISIS. It is important for the Muslim community and the nation at large to settle the question if he really supported ISIS and provoked Muslims in his speeches, or is it just a police conspiracy, as claimed by his supporters. To settle the issue, NewAgeIslam.com is producing some of his statements taken from the speeches available at youtube.com with their English translation.
Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh
according to Mudabbir for establishing IS in India was to fight in India like
ISIS is fighting in Syria and Iraq. While describing the structure of
Janood-ul-Khalifa- al-Hind, Mudabbir said that there were three senior
positions where he was the 'Emir', Rizwan alias Khalid as 'Naib Emir' and
Najmal Huda from Bengaluru as 'Emir Askary' (battalion commander). The group
also had plans to set up a media wing with units in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat,
Bihar, West Bengal, Allahabad, Uttarakhand and Azamgarh. ....
From the Middle East to Southeast Asia to North America and Europe, Islamic State militants have shown there is no place safe in the world from their terror. Unlike other terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, attackers have shown a much more advanced network without sacrificing on a single unified command structure. However, unlike all the other terrorist groups in the past, the most dangerous ability that Islamic State has demonstrated is its capability to lure Western educated individuals. ...
Wal-Baraa”, Arabic for “loyalty and disavowal", refers to the Islamic
concept of friendship toward fellow Muslims – and compares it to racism in
America. Come live with us in the Caliphate, they say, and you will experience
Utopia on earth. Second, Dabiq, through its pictures, is more than a
recruitment tool. It is making the world aware of this aspiring “new
nation-state”: strong and confident, based on a foundation of strict Muslim
societal norms – and giving readers the impression that the Caliphate is ready
to join the world as a rule-based, righteous and responsible nation.....
antiquities like other resources, ISIS inserts itself into countless holes in
the ground. The real goal is not simply cash profit but rather it is
psychological control over new ranges of behaviour and thought of its subjects
which is part of its totalitarian vision of absolute control. ISIS has
transformed the pre-Islamic past of Syria into a forbidden zone...
origins of terrorism indicates that there were objective circumstances that
drove some groups of youth into searching for an ideology that stimulates
rebellion against despotic regimes, after the glow of leftist Marxist
“ideologies” waned. They found their long lost authority in extremist Fiqh
(Islamic jurisprudence) notions. This terrorism came out from the darkness of
government prisons that carried despotism to an extreme. Then the extremist
Fiqh interpretations were extracted from obscurantist books .....
people are silent on the role of government schools in this regard. The
government is in a state of denial about the subjectivities and cultural
identities produced by the textbooks of Pakistan. This is the reason why it has
not made any firm resolve to reform public sector education. A critical
analysis of the discourse narrated in the Pakistan Studies textbook makes one
realise that such books create subjectivities and ideologies that are aligned
with the narrative peddled by the TTP. We will have to come out of this state
of denial and bring reforms to the education system in addition to focusing on
Imams in the
West may not be preaching violence to the faithful or urging them to engage in
terrorism, but they are teaching orthodox Islam and Islamic etiquette of living
a Muslim life in the West. Al-Huda, where Tashfeen studied, is one of hundreds
of such organisations, whose message can easily escape scrutiny — yet Al-Huda
is a nursery for promoting the ‘Otherness’. Young Muslims are told that they
may be living in the West but that they are different; their identity is the
only Muslim identity, and nothing else matters.
When the IS calls upon Muslim men and women to
commit jihad in the West, one should not be surprised if average Muslims
respond to these calls. Outfits like Al-Huda as nurseries for self-seclusion
have done the groundwork already....
...Many opinion polls have shown the increasingly fundamentalist mindset of young Pakistanis. As teaching standards continue to fall, and TV channels go on churning out programmes based on irrational nonsense, we can expect society to be defined more by religiosity than reason.
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
But for these
groups this isn’t just some ideological dogma but an obvious tactical
requirement. The biggest threat to the propagation of ideas that these
militants are trying to push – and to their survival in the long run – are
educated young Muslims who can recognize the viciousness and perversity of
their ideology. There is no greater threat to them than people who can read
Islamic history and who know how much a betrayal of Islam this latter-day