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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Refusing to Fight in Yemen
Saeed Naqvi

Shia-Sunni, therefore, is a false divide. The basic divide in the Muslim world is between those opposed to Ali and those who are not. In this framework, the Saudis and Yemenis are on opposite sides; Yemenis and Iranians are not....

When al Qaeda’s ideology materialised in the form of the 9/11 attacks, grand muftis, imams and Ulema became vocal against al Qaeda, bin Laden and Dr Zawahiri. Many Fatwas were issued against terrorism and suicide bombing but al Qaeda rejected them adamantly....

 
The Extremist Mentality: Debunking the Ideological Flaws
Dr. Shawki Allam, The Grand Mufti of Egypt

The Extremist Mentality: Debunking the Ideological Flaws
Dr. Shawki Allam, The Grand Mufti of Egypt

The first ideological flaw is related to the terror groups’ abominable crimes against the Quran and prophetic report as they take the Quranic verses and the Prophet’ s words out of context and imbue them with the worst of meanings, violence, and savagery. They are totally ignorant of the tools of comprehending the Quran or Hadith, the rules of inference, the objectives of Islamic law and its principles....

And the Award for the Most Ridiculous Fatwa Goes To…
Sheikh Abdul Aziz al Sheikh, Saudi Grand Mufti

Girls of any age can be Married as long as, well, they are ‘Females’ of the Human Species. Basically, Girls are Eligible Bachelorettes the day they are born....

 

Boko Haram claimed the right to pronounce other Muslims to be unbelievers, a process known as Takfir. Al-walā’ wa-l-barā’ is not just a synonym for Takfir however. Takfīr is the endpoint, but for Boko Haram, al-walā’ wa-l-barā’ is the framework for evaluating people.....

 

Saudi Millions Of Dollars Poured Into Deobandi Madrasas Propagating Takfiri Ideology And Religious Extremism Have A Sectarian Fallout In Pakistan
Marvi Sirmed

What we have from them is millions of dollars poured into Deobandi Madrasas propagating Takfiri ideology and religious extremism, and refuge to our select leaders when they want to flee.

Renewal and reform—in Arabic, Tajdid and Islah—have an ambiguous and contested meaning in the Islamic world. They signify a stripping away of accumulated misreadings and wrong or lapsed practices, as in the Protestant Reformation, and a return to the founding texts of the Quran and the Sunna—guidelines based on the recorded words and deeds of the Prophet. But, beyond that, what is the nature of the reform? The father of one modern revelation story is Sayyid Qutb, the Egyptian religious thinker who, after advocating jihad and the overthrow of secular Arab regimes.....

Tackling the Onslaught of Radical Ideology in Bangladesh: Muslims of Bangladesh Must Reclaim the Spiritual Islam Threatened by the Extremists
Ghualm Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Freedom of conscience and expression is in jeopardy in Bangladesh. Radical Islamists do not recognise any basic human rights. Two bloggers, Avijit and Washiqur Rahman, have been killed in quick succession for demanding religious freedom and tolerance. It is a tragedy for the country that was established as a secular state and that has been recognised by the UN, as Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics claimed in 2008, as a moderate Muslim country. But this tall claim does not stand to scrutiny.

The killing has reminded us of a similarly brutal violence against a Bangladeshi woman journalist, Nadia Sharmeen, who was mistreated by the country’s largest radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh. The fanatic goons of this extremist outfit, who loudly claim to be ‘protectors of Islam’ manhandled the lady and beat her up badly merely for being a ‘woman field journalist’ and working outside her home. Actually, the Emir of the Hefazat warned the government with 13-point demands, which included banning the women’s right to work outside. They admonished their followers in their preachy speeches not to educate their girls in schools, colleges, and universities and to confine their early school education up to grade four or five. For, women, in the eyes of the Hefazat leaders, have been created to stay within the four walls of their homes, look after their husbands and their belongings and raise their children. That’s all they are meant for. Clearly, moderate, peaceful, tolerant and pluralistic narrative of Islam is no longer the reality of Bangladesh.

The Inconvenient Truth about ISIS
Qasim Rashid

The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which Nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State....

 

Defeating ISIS Ideology: To defeat ISIS it is necessary to defeat its ideology
Amaar Ahmad

Today's opportunistic extremists now pervert that example to justify an open-ended war against "infidels" that are mostly fellow Muslims. To justify this they commit another abomination: Takfir, or declaring fellow Muslims as apostates worthy of being killed. While there is no worldly punishment in Quran for either blasphemy or apostasy, ISIS punishments are quite ironically based on Biblical accounts....

 

End Game: Al-Shabab as a Model for the Islamic State’s Decline
Clint Watts

Al-Shabab and IS have each attracted significant contingents of foreign fighters. While both have been forerunners in the use of new media techniques to lure young men to the battlefield, al-Shabab in many ways pioneered the methods for online radicalisation and recruitment so effectively employed by IS today....

 

The Heinous Crimes That ISIS Is Perpetrating Totally Opposed To Islam And Those Killed Fighting For ISIS May Earn Divine Wrath Instead Of Paradise And ‘Hurs’ – An SOS To All Mosque Imams
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

While ISIS does not command any sympathy among the Ulama and Imams of the world – with the exception of its own ideologues, they all share the global disgrace ISIS evokes for its claim to representing true Islam. There is also a growing misconception among the non-Muslims of the world that the Muslims’ claim of Islam being a religion of peace is a mere propaganda and a bluff.  The sad reality is ISIS is continuing to attract recruits, especially from among the new converts or those having no knowledge of the message of Islam, and those opposed to Islam are producing pamphlets with false information and quotations to directly implicate the Qur’an as the ideological fount of ISIS…..

Marketing The Islamic State or Daesh
Rafia Zakaria

The theatre of brutality and barbarity enacted by Daesh — the Arabic acronym for the self-styled Islamic State — is not new to Pakistanis. For a country long embroiled in the seemingly endless fight against the Taliban, nearly all of Daesh’s acts are a repeat telecast. When the Taliban march into a town, Swat or Miramshah or even the outskirts of Karachi, they ban women from public spaces, mete out their own brand of justice in town squares, unleash a barrage of floggings, beatings and beheadings. All of it is carefully documented in videos and pictures….

 

Beware of Militant Islam
Zaid Ibrahim

Political Islam is the term normally used to describe Islamist ideology or the manifestos of political organisations that use the Islamic agenda in their attempt to gain power in a country which practises democracy....

 

Ahmad’s disturbing conclusion was that “there is no difference between their viewpoint and those of the jihadists of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) when it comes to blasphemy and Sharia” and while it was unlikely that all or even a majority of them would become terrorists, it certainly suggested that “there is a fertile field of jihadist ideas being cultivated by Islamic scholars in India, notions of which young Muslims are fed regularly”….

 

Mentioning Islam in connection with terrorism "plays into the enemy's hands" and "really does give them [terrorists] the type of Islamic legitimacy that they are so desperately seeking, but which they don't deserve at all," he added....

 
New Saudi King Displays Candor on Radical Islam
Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz

Radical Islamist terrorism reflects a feature of Islam that has erupted and then subsided repeatedly over the centuries of Muslim history. It has its own specific content and dynamics. But the merest recognition of this reality was absent from a fact sheet on the “White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” issued by the presidential press office. In nearly 1,700 words of bureaucratic boilerplate, references to “Muslims,” “Islam,” “Wahhabism,” “Taliban,” or “Iran,” did not appear even once....

Tunisia and the Challenge of Security and Freedom
Diana Moukalled

Violent Islamic extremism which we are suffering from today has developed in the shadow of collusion of some regimes and religious institutions. Confronting this threat via suppression and counter violence is not a successful means to eliminate it. Confronting extremism is a battle where security and freedom are parallel. Mechanisms containing violence have a security and military dimension, yes, but they also need intellect, art and culture as well as freedom of expression....

 

France Declares War on Radical Islam
Soeren Kern

The moves are part of a raft of new anti-terrorism measures aimed at preventing French citizens or residents from joining jihadist groups abroad, and at slowing the spread of radical Islam at home. Muslim groups are criticizing the flurry of activity as "Islamophobia....

 

Indeed, many secularists blame the previous Ennahda-dominated government for the upsurge in Islamist violence because it was seen as “soft” on radical Islamism. However, the fall of the coalition government would almost certainly contribute to an even greater polarisation of opinion in the country and increase the prospects of further militant violence....

 

US$3 Billion A Year to Produce Extremists
Adriana Carranca

When the Islamic empire began to crumble in the 18th century, revival flourished in the Muslim world and encouraged the spread of Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab's doctrine. He established an alliance with the House of Sa'ud, from which the Saudi royal family descends, and who have used religion as a cover to increase their political power......

 

An Anti-ISIS Ideological War Requires Sophistication
Fareed Zakaria

Radical Islam, by contrast, is severely limited in its global appeal. Almost by definition, it is deeply unattractive to all non-Muslims. What Christian would want the forced imposition of Shariah law? Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate. In the half of that world that holds elections – including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, even Pakistan – such ideologies have not tended to garner many votes. The Muslim Brotherhood’s electoral success in Egypt is a partial exception to this rule, but it fared well for a variety of reasons unrelated to its Islamic ideology (which was also not nearly as radical as Egypt’s military dictatorship claims)....

How Madrasas Can Reform their Curriculums to Promote a Broad Worldview in Place of Extremist Thoughts?
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

Recent urging of Shaikh of Al-Azhar for reform in the Islamic education to contain the spread of religious extremism came as a welcome sign of introspection. Significantly this admission of a link between Islamic education and terrorism and the suggestion for change in madrasa curriculum was made in Saudi Arabia, a country that is the main source for Muslim world of madrasa text books inspired by its Wahhabi-Salafi ideology that indoctrinate pupils into hate, intolerance and xenophobia. More significantly, it was made at a counter-terrorism conference at Mecca. This should have stimulated a critical, candid and healthy debate on the curriculums of madrasas. But it seems we Muslims will continue to live in denial.....

ISIL torches Iraqi history in Mosul
Marcia Lynx Qualey

The Mosul Central Library, founded in 1921, came to be known as one of the richest libraries in Iraq, second only to the central library in Baghdad. If it has been destroyed, Saeed said: "It will be a great loss to the people of Mosul, but also to the Iraqi people as a whole." The Mosul library, Saeed said, is what "made me a writer. It was located in the most beautiful place at that time, in the 40s and 50s, on the right bank of the Tigris, near the King Ghazi iron bridge. The building overlooked the river"....

 

Unidentified assailants have hacked to death writer Avijit Roy and seriously injured his blogger wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya. Police said the couple came under assault near TSC intersection at Dhaka University around 9:30pm on Thursday. Witnesses said they were on a rickshaw returning from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair when two attackers stopped it, dragged them onto the footpath and started hacking them. They were rushed to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared Avijit dead during an emergency surgery, its police outpost Inspector Mozzamel Haque told bdnews24.com.



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