Radical Islamism and Jihad
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.....
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....
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....
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
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....
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....
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
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."...
Terrorism By Truck Has Long Been Feared By Law
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....
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 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...
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”....
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
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"?...
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....
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.”...
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
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....