Radical Islamism and Jihad
The former tend to discuss the concept in a fleeting manner - usually
by not much more than identifying Salafism's theoreticians, such as Abdul
Wahhab and Ibn Taimiyah - and focus instead on the political, economic and the
social dimensions behind the rise of Salafi movements. There is, accordingly,
little interest in the conceptual genealogy but also the contested meanings of
the concept of Salafism in the Islamic tradition....
His death is “an irreparable loss for the entire Muslim world and
specifically for the followers of knowledge, Dawah [preaching] and Jihad.” The
Taliban thanked him for providing “Jihadi services.”Salimullah was one of the
founders of Jamia Farooqia, an Islamic university in Karachi, Pakistan known to
have “strong connections to the Taliban movement in Afghanistan...
The incident has revealed something supremely rotten in Pakistan’s
state and society. Instead of provoking unequivocal condemnation, the abduction
of several activists has spawned mass indifference, or much worse,
victim-blaming. Some days ago, I was informed by a gentleman in Lahore that
those missing were prominent ‘anti-state’ and ‘anti-Islam’ agents thus implying
they deserved their fate....
The attack in Kandahar this week seemed expressly aimed at breaking
down the cause that Mr. Shamsi and his colleagues were dedicated to: trying to
restore faith in government after years of devastating war and disappointing
When five armed Islamist militants stormed a restaurant in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, on 1 July 2016, 29 people lost their lives. Emerging from the
appalling, bloody debris are stories of immense courage. There are also
unanswered questions about what happened to some of those who died....
General Zia and President Erdogan both came to power after a coup
against the establishment. “Both strengthened their control over the government
by employing similar tactics: oppressing freedom of expression, arresting and
torturing political opponents, controlling educational and religious institutes
and harnessing the tides of global politics for their own benefit....
When the Islamic State (IS) group declared itself a caliphate, some
Indonesian students in Pakistan, especially those in the JI network (due to
their parents being members of JI), departed for Syria and became members of
the Katibah Nusantara (KN) meaning Katibah Archipelago. Who are they? None less
than the Southeast Asian military unit within IS. They are composed mainly of
Malay-speaking individuals and received notoriety as the perpetrators of the
2016 Jakarta attacks. Scary or what?....
He said he believed the presence of IS could pose a more dangerous
threat to Pakistan than the Taliban and other militants, because “it has
penetrated in urban educated youth through social media and has enough
resources too to lure them to Syria and Afghanistan in the name of jihad”....
“The staggering numbers also confirm a worrying trend: Afghanistan is
experiencing significant, year-on-year increases in the number of families
driven from their homes,” said Danielle Moylan, a spokeswoman from OCHA. “The
numbers of IDPs in 2016 are three-fold that recorded in 2014, and six times
more than recorded in 2012.” ...
The debate on what drives men, women and children to let someone strap
on a bomb has largely focused on poverty and misinterpretation of religion. The
indiscriminate use of suicide bombing continues to test the ability of states
and law enforcement agencies to come up with ways to prevent it. The academic
and lay public are still largely bewildered with how a person can choose to
“use their bones as bullets, their flesh as gunpowder and their blood as fuel”....
James M. Dorsey
So did many young women, bent on defending Ms. Nasser’s and their right
to enjoy life in the face of criticism that she had violated Islamic mores by
visiting a nightclub and celebrating New Year, a secular feast of the infidels.
Their struggle often marks a rejection of the more traditional social mores of
This is a worrying development. In the past two years most of the
so-called Islamic State’s planned or inspired terror attacks ended with the
attackers taking their own lives on purpose, by blowing themselves up or
fighting until they were killed. There is still no shortage of individuals
seeking martyrdom and the Islamic State leadership continues to use foreign
fighters in that role. But after years of conflict there is now a cohort of
savvy, battle-hardened fighters more interested in killing than being
Most of the militants of this generation are between 18 and 30 years
old and they have gone through a relatively shorter period of radicalisation.
While the motivational factors may vary from individual-to-individual and
area-to-area, they all seem to be obsessed with ideas of the so-called
caliphate, Hijrah and the end-time narratives. It is extreme in its methods,
unapologetically brutal and morally consequentialist. For them, the ends justify
There are at least some indications that ethnic Bangladeshi networks in
the UK, key to financing jihadist operations in their country of origin, might
have some role in Myanmar, too. In December, two AQIS-linked message boards
reposted messages “from a brother”, saying he was “personally travelling on the
20th of December to Burma with a few brothers to help” displaced Rohingya....
Just as there has been an explosion of parental resources on Internet
safety for children, so too should there be development of parental workshops
on prevention of radicalization, for parents are often the first to notice
subtle changes in their children. What should parents be aware of? How do they
speak to their children? What signs should they look for? And what resources
are available in case one’s child seems to have fallen prey?...
Weeks before New Year’s Eve, banners were hung by pro-government
Islamist organisations in Turkey’s cities, telling people that “Muslims don’t
celebrate Christmas”, followed by photos depicting groups of young men in local
dress, chasing Santa Claus with guns and knives...
For them, leftists are not Muslims, neither are right wing supporters.
The conservatives are not Muslim, so are the secular ones... The Alevis are no
good, neither are the Sunnis ... The Turks are a target, so are the Kurds.
Mehmet Görmez, the head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), is
an apostate, and, for instance, I am as well. Since ISIL is not differentiating
between us, then why should we divide and fragmentize ourselves against ISIL?....
Tariq A. Al-Maeena
Today, we cannot forgive ourselves for keeping quiet. And we cannot be
selective. Who can forget the tragic image of a father shielding his
eight-year-old son, as Israeli forces callously shot him dead while the cameras
were running? Or the image of Rachel Corrie, an American from Seattle who
defiantly stood in the face of Israeli bulldozers, only to be violently crushed
to death by the Caterpillar’s blades?...
As a nation we now spend more time talking about death than about the
joys of life. “Will it be after a football match? Or maybe when I am returning
home from work? When will I become a number?” wrote one person on Twitter,
reflecting the sentiments of millions of citizens. “Don’t be sad that you
couldn’t win the lottery,” said another on social media. “If you are alive, it
means you’ve won the biggest lottery in Turkey.”....
It was there, at the Reina nightclub on the Bosporus — a hot spot for
soap opera stars and professional athletes, Turks and well-heeled tourists —
that those hoping to move past a particularly troubled year died together....
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
From 1745 to 1818, the Wahhabi movement waged the global jihad going
berserk more than even the Kharijites in their atrocities, as the 18th century
Arab scholar Shaykh Zaini Dahlan Makki, writes in his Arabic book “Al-Balad
Al-Haram” (the sacred city). The aggression of the Wahhabi jihadists spread
rapidly throughout the Muslim world, causing great distress among the common
people. Given this, the governor of Egypt, Muhammad Ali Pasha sent his army to
Saudi Arabia on the behest of the Ottoman Caliphate. After a long battle, the
Egyptian forces defeated the Najdis and completely destroyed the capital of the
first Saudi dynasty, Diriyah where the Wahhabi movement spearheaded. Thus, the
Wahhabi jihadsim was militarily defeated to an extent, but it remained active
on an ideological level to this day and age…..
"We will take revenge from everyone who kept silent and everyone
who applauded the death of all innocent immaculate souls in Aleppo," Hosam
Al-Bakri, a teary-eyed youth refugee told me, referring to the recent recapture
of Aleppo, considered as a fateful victory for the Syrian regime over the armed
opposition. "Assad is worse than ISIL, believe me," he continued.
This judgement may raise a few eyebrows, but it shouldn't, as this is an inevitable
sentiment of young people watching their fellow countrymen killed in cold blood
and evacuated from their homes....
Muhammad Amir Rana
When state institutions fail to understand the nature of a challenge,
they tend to propose old, traditional solutions. The same is happening in the
case of madressahs. Introduce English language, mathematics and computers in
madressah curriculums and that will transform the institutions. This is what
the interior and religious affairs ministries recently proposed....
S. Binodkumar Singh
The Awami League (AL)-led Government, which came to power on January 6,
2009, has consolidated its secular commitments through 2016, reining in
Islamist extremist groups and targeting the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) movement
in the country. According to partial data collected by the South Asia Terrorism
Portal (SATP), 74 Islamist terrorists were killed and another 1,227 arrested
across Bangladesh in different raids in 2016....
history of Tunisia – is a tragedy of secularism being induced from the top, and
the poisonous Islamism, sprouting from the bottom. Religious education in
Tunisia is compulsory, but there’s little depth to it. In the absence of true
understanding of Islam, young people are quickly being tricked by Islamists in
following their evil ways. Most Tunisians don’t know any other thing about
Islam, other than washing their hands before praying….