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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Bangladesh: the Fear and Shrinking Feeling
Aasha Mehreen Amin

It has rudely awakened people from the slumber of complacency. Thirty-two eminent personalities including professors, economists, artists and writers have called upon society to stand against militancy. They represent the voices of sanity and peace. The government has also announced various anti-militancy initiatives, including urging Imams to preach against terrorism and emphasizing its contradiction to the principles of Islam.....

 

The Failed Coup: Unravelling Of Turkey’s Islamist Ascendancy
Praveen Swami

For a full understanding of the battle, though, one has to go back to the battles inaugurated by the Turkish state’s birth in 1923. No Muslim-majority society, arguably, has experienced reforms as radical: madrasas were banned, along with religious orders; the Persian script replaced by the Latin alphabet; the display of religious symbols in public spaces prohibited; Western-style dress promoted by law; Islamic law replaced by European civil codes; women granted suffrage....

 

Senior Saudi Salafi Cleric, Sheikh ‘Aadel Al-Kalbani: ‘ISIS Is a True Product of Salafism’
Sheikh Aadel_Al_Kalbani

He stated that the call to blindly re-enact the path of the Prophet Muhammad and of the forefathers of Islam stems from a faulty grasp of the essence of this path, and that Muhammad himself had rejected blind adoption of the perceptions of the past and blind following of the path of his predecessors, choosing instead a rationalistic approach appropriate for a changing reality. Al-Kalbani stated that clerics must take their heads out of the sand and move with the spirit of the times instead of rejecting and condemning any new idea....

The Construct of Islamic Terror
Maidul Islam

Though we do not have firm evidence of the hand of Islamists in the July 14 attack in Nice in France, Islam might still be blamed for the carnage. There is an increasing trend to blame Islam for producing “Jihadi” terrorists. However, the Muslim Ulema’s critique of terrorism as antithetical to Islam is rarely highlighted by the media. Is this a new trend of Islamophobia in the media?...

 

Zigzagging so as to hit as many people as possible as the vehicle careered down the Promenade des Anglais, alongside the Mediterranean, Mr. Bouhlel transformed the celebrated French Riviera boulevard, crammed with people who had just watched a fireworks show celebrating Bastille Day, into a vast tableau of carnage and panic....

 

Attack in Nice, France, Represents Terrorism’s New Reality
Max Fisher

Such attacks predate the Islamic State, though the group emphasizes them, disseminating propaganda that provides tactical guidance and ideological justification available to anyone with an internet connection....

 

An Attack on All of Us: The France Horror Has Shaken the World — but Terrorists Will Not Destroy Our Humanity
Heather Digby Parton

France has a long colonial history in the Middle East, specifically in Syria and its experience in Algeria was particularly brutal. It has the largest Muslim population in Europe and French society has traditionally been somewhat culturally intolerant, insisting that newcomers strictly adapt to French mores rather than embracing diversity. All of this has unfortunately created a combustible mixture in a dangerous time....

Why France? Again?
Clarion Project Staff and Richard Winton

With at least 80 dead, many more wounded and a nation in mourning, it seems as though ISIS could well have been behind the Nice truck attack. Certainly Islamic State is very active on social media praising the attack and explaining how the French people "brought this to themselves."...

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 Terrorism By Truck Has Long Been Feared By Law Enforcement

Refusing Islam in Dhaka
Faisal Devji

Just as Gandhi rejected the idea of humanity as a project, so too might Muslims today refuse that of the Muslim Ummah, if they are to do anything more than squabble with militants about theological semantics. Just as humanity can only exist without possessing a political form, so, too, does the Ummah insofar as it allows for Muslim particularity...

 

Dr Abul Barkat, an economics professor at Dhaka University, said in an interview with a Bengali daily that this terrorism had been growing for the past four decades (long before Al Qaeda’s birth), and incurred Rs 40,000 crores in arms training and set up “Ijtema”...

 

Bangladesh has expected this for a long time. From the churches to the pagodas - the religious sanctuaries we have burned have left entire communities broken. They have suffered the brunt of nameless militancy and lost, but this is the first time that the terrorists have a face - they want to be known, to be shared, to inspire....

 

The Source of Muslim Extremism
Dr. Mike Ghouse

... they our own Muslim scholars like ibn-Taimiyah, ibn-Kathir, Maududi, Banna and others.  No doubt, they have written some good stuff, but all that so-called good gets wiped out with some of their poisonous write ups. If we want Islam to be Islam, a religion of peace, we need to muster the courage to stand up and reject those interpretations that are anathema to the pluralistic nature of Islam. Those secondary books are mistakenly elevated to be divine by a few Muslims.  Bold actions are required. ...

Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight against Terrorism?
Bill Roggio

Pakistan myopically supports a host of terrorist groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India to further its goals in the region. Pakistan backs these groups despite the fact that they are allied with and aid the very terrorist groups that fight the Pakistani state. In addition, many of the jihadist groups sponsored by Pakistan are allied with al Qaeda...

 

Zakir Naik’s Peace TV: An Ideological Nexus Between The Extremist Islamist Tele-Evangelism And The Violent Acts Of The Self-Styled Jihadists
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

… it has been preached on the radical Islamist and Salafist channels and websites that Ramadan is an occasion to create fear in the hearts of disbelievers, a month of mayhem and calamity for the infidels (Mulhideen), non-believers (Kuffar) and polytheists (Mushrikin), the exclusivist Islamist terms that include both non-Muslims and liberal and moderate Muslims or sects like Shia and Ahmadi. This is what the self-styled jihadists learn from the radical Islamist preachers and tele-evangelists.…

The Deoband School said that religion should be learned through authorised Ulema and books, and added that Naik was a self-styled preacher unaffiliated to any of the four schools of Sunni Islamic thought. One of the Fatwas issued by the Darul Uloom against Naik states that “Zakir Naik is an agent of Ghair Muqallideen, away from knowledge and wisdom from the four schools of thought, spreading mischievous things and misguiding simple Muslims to wrong path”....

In Dhaka, Under The Surface: ISI At Work
Neena Gopal

The exodus of the young and impressionable to the Islamic State, the far deadlier strain of a terror state with no borders, is no longer limited to the Arab world. It is now knocking on our doors....

 

They have a head start on us, and they are turning us against each other at an alarming rate. So, we must come together now more than ever to push back on an individual level. The fate of Bangladesh’s very future hangs in the balance....

 

Zakir Naik Needs To Be Challenged, Fought and Defeated – But Not By Knee-Jerk Demands for Banning
Sualeh Keen

Naik justified the destruction of Bamiyan Buddha by Taliban by saying that it is the right thing to do and that Buddha, who was against idolatry, would have approved. Now, isn’t that like a pat on the backs of Islamists to destroy temples, bomb Masjids and shrines of "heretical sects"?...

Islamists and Their Refracted Anger: Terrorism Is an Act of Envy Where Terrorists Disapprove Of the Liberties Enjoyed By the Victims
Maidul Islam

Moreover, this attack seems to be a violent response to the recent government crackdown on Islamist extremists. It also comes in the wake of a public fatwa, signed by more than 1, 00,000 Bangladeshi Ulema, condemning terrorism as “un-Islamic” and “forbidden”. They were also clear to state that the suicide squad members of terrorist organisations “will certainly go to hell” and even attending the Janaza of terrorists is Haram....

 

Zawahiri Praises Uighur Jihadists
Thomas Joscelyn

The “battle” today is one in which the jihadists of East Turkistan must convince the “Muslim people…to return to rule” under Islam, Zawahiri argues, thereby thwarting the “calls of atheism” regularly “spouted” by the Chinese government. This “battle” also entails the proper education of children in “Islamic doctrine” and the “rules of Sharia.”...

 

The Preacher from Hell: Zakir Naik Negates Every Pluralist Cultural Component of Our Existence
Saba Naqvi

A preacher like Zakir Naik negates every pluralist cultural component of our existence and promotes a version of Islam that is an arid desert of dreary habit. It is an Islam that mocks other faiths even as it seeks to purge every local strand out of Islamic practice in India. It is nothing more than hard-line Wahhabism that the Saudis have promoted with missionary zeal across the world...

Aspiring and educated youth, hooked on to a make-believe virtual world, are extremely exposed and vulnerable to falling prey to pernicious religious doctrine. Unlike Naik, who finds stout resistance from within the Muslim community, these youths are quite susceptible to the monologue of criminals masquerading as preachers. Such a scenario would put enormous strain on the resilience of Indian Islam...

 

The roots of Islamist extremism in Bangladesh are very different. Extremist rhetoric in Bangladesh is nowhere as mainstream as it has become in Pakistan. A major reason for this difference is that the Islamist parties and groups in Bangladesh are tainted by their close association with the Pakistan army during the war of liberation. In fact, members of the radical Islamist groups, such as the Jamaat-i-Islami...

 

More gems: Americans swap wives at will because they eat pigs which also swap their wives (Naik, I presume, only eats animals who’ve been faithful to their partners). Islam allows a man to marry multiple women because "in the USA, there are more women than men". He was factually wrong here because the US has a sex ratio of more than 1...

Zakir Naik is not a terrorist. Not till the moment there is hard evidence to prove his direct involvement in any of the terrorist activities either in India or abroad. The preacher and televangelist from Dongri, who connects with his young followers in English unlike the Paan-chewing mullahs, can at best be booked for hate speech. But, here lies the danger Naik poses to India, including its 160 million-strong Muslim population. Naik thrives in the minds of thousands of young-terrorist aspirants, seeding the Taliban philosophy. That, certainly, is deadlier for a secular society than the threat a 'terrorist' poses....

 
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