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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Saudi Arabia’s ultraconservative brand of Islam is again in the sights of critics who say it underpins the extremist ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis). But in the country itself, the open soul-searching about the role of Wahhabi Islam following the 9/11 attacks on the US is noticeably absent. Some of the features of Isis ideology, such as its hatred of Shia Muslims and application of strict punishments such as limb amputations, are shared with the purist Salafi thought that defines Saudi Wahhabism. Isis has explicitly referenced early Wahhabi teachers, such as Mohammed ibn Abdul Wahhab, to justify its destruction of Shia shrines and Christian churches….

How Belgium Became a Jihadist-Recruiting Hub
Matthew Dalton and Margaret Coker

The Sharia4Belgium returnees include some who purport to have reconsidered their radical views. Among them is Jejoen Bontinck, 19, who gained fame as a teenager in Belgium when he appeared on a dance-competition show named "Move Like Michael Jackson.” Fame turned to notoriety after the Belgian media reported he had converted to Islam, joined Sharia4Belgium and travelled to Syria……


Refutation of the Jihadist ideology: Muslim Scholars Release Open Letter to Islamic State Meticulously Blasting Its Ideology
Lauren Markoe

But the Muslim leaders who endorsed Wednesday’s letter called it an unprecedented refutation of the Islamic State ideology from a collaboration of religious scholars. It is addressed to the group’s self-anointed leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and “the fighters and followers of the self-declared ‘Islamic State.’” But the words “Islamic State” are in quotes, and the Muslim leaders who released the letter asked people to stop using the term, arguing that it plays into the group’s unfounded logic that it is protecting Muslim lands from non-Muslims and is resurrecting the caliphate — a state governed by a Muslim leader that once controlled vast swaths of the Middle East.......


Many Europeans who would laugh at the idea of negotiating with ISIS or al-Qaeda say that Israel should negotiate with Hamas. Almost nobody sees that the invention of the "Palestinian people" has transformed millions of Arabs into a genocidal weapon to be used against the Israelis, and even, as in Europe recently, the Jews. Transforming people into a genocidal weapon is a barbaric act……


Tackling Wahhabi Destruction of Islamic Heritage:  Mainstream Muslims Need To Struggle to Preserve the Historic Legacy of Islam
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

There has been stiff opposition to the violent display of cultural destruction by Salafi-Wahhabi extremists throughout the Muslim world, but sadly, though not unexpectedly; it has not been fully voiced in Muslim media, particularly in the Indian Urdu press which remained hostile towards any criticism of the Wahhabi misdeeds. Even an issue such as the destruction of Islamic heritage has taken a sectarian hue. Several eminent Sunni-Sufi Shaikhs, moderate Islamic scholars and Sufi-oriented Muslim leaders came out with vehement verbal and written opposition and stern condemnation of the recent destruction of the Islamic historic heritage, particularly the proposal to remove the Prophet’s tomb. But while a tiny number of very local and limited Urdu publications gave them space, not a single leading Urdu publication, newspaper, magazine or any other Indian Muslim media outlets considered them worthy of media coverage……

Forget Radicalisation in Mosques - 'Sheikh Google' Is the Real Threat to Young Muslims
Radhika Sanghani

“We are our children’s first teachers and we will always lead them on the right path and our voices need to be heard by them and by society at large.” The concerns of these mothers are particularly valid now, as a new study shows that young British Muslims whose families have lived in the UK for generations, and who are financially comfortable, have a high risk of radicalisation…….

The Intellectual Battle against the Islamic State
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

The Intellectual Battle against the Islamic State
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

The solution has three components. The first is to counter malignant ideas with enlightened thinking, open minds, and an attitude of tolerance and acceptance. This approach arises from our Islamic religion, which calls for peace, honours life, values dignity, promotes human development, and directs us to do good to others…..

How Do We Stop These Dragon’s Teeth from Producing Deadly Jihadists?
Irfan Husain

To gain legitimacy and recruit foot-soldiers for their jihad, Islamists use religion as a rallying cry. But as their actions show, in reality they know very little about the faith they claim they are killing for……

While the Islamic State is indeed vast, it's also complex, and made up of a tightly networked, experienced group of men. These men manage the structures that keep the Islamic State running, overseeing hundreds of towns, thousands of fighters and millions of dollars in finances….


Islamic Jihad’s Popularity Grows after Gaza War
Asmaa Al-Ghoul

“The Islamic Jihad does not believe in the idea that Gaza is an independent entity from Palestine, and does not approve of the interim solutions. Despite this, it did not have a problem with demanding the acquisition of the airport, seaport and the opening of the border crossing, which give Gaza a political independent dimension. The movement also failed to impose its conditions regarding linking Gaza to the West Bank,……

For their guiding principles, the leaders of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, are open and clear about their almost exclusive commitment to the Wahhabi movement of Sunni Islam. The group circulates images of Wahhabi religious textbooks from Saudi Arabia in the schools it controls. Videos from the group's territory have shown Wahhabi texts plastered on the sides of an official missionary van……


Dealing with the Islamic State, a Living Nightmare for Much of the Muslim and Non-Muslim World
S P Seth

….their espousal of the so-called caliphate would suggest a dominant political and religious centre with Baghdadi as the new caliph and, two, if Saudi Arabia were, for instance, to go on the offensive against ISIS in some form of collaboration with the US, it might create a serious domestic/regional backlash from the sort of extremist constituency that ISIS represents and Saudi Arabia has been nurturing. Saudi Arabia has generally encouraged Sunni militant orthodoxy…..


Has Terrorism Nothing To Do With Islam? Young people are being recruited by religious leaders who use the Quran and Hadith, not political speeches
Chine Mbubaegbu

‘It is simplistic to say that this is “nothing to do with Islam or any other faith”. Young people are being recruited not through political speeches; they are being recruited by religious leaders that use the Quran and the Hadith. We have to acknowledge that Islamic extremism is not a true representation of Islam any more than the Crusades are a true representation of Christianity; in both cases, however, they are “to do with” Islam and Christianity.’.....

Listen, Muslim Parent
Javed Anand

What does Islam teach, what do Muslims want? That is the question the world seems to be asking. You could of course take the view, as many do, that the question itself reeks of prejudice against Muslims and their faith. So nothing further needs to be said. Or, you could begin by acknowledging that, as lived faith, there are many Islams. And that some of them present a very ugly picture of their faith. What does the Gita teach? It depends on whether it is Mahatma Gandhi or Nathuram Godse addressing the question. So is the case with the Quran. It depends on whether you listen to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad or Osama bin Laden. So, do not get defensive.....

The Muslim Brotherhood and IS Are Not the Same Thing
Dr Walaa Ramadan

The IS stands apart from other "extremist" organisations, most notably in that they are not bound by the structures of traditional Islamic warfare. The IS are attempting to sell their battle for a traditional caliphate, but their deeply intolerant definition of a caliphate and desire to violently oppress those who do not share their beliefs is inconsistent with Islamic history and any Islamic teachings…..


Clearly it is not religious ideology that is attracting the youth but the idealism of the youth and their desire to fight the gross injustice and suffering inflicted on a people for the last 30 years or more in which more than a million have been killed and many more maimed and hundreds of thousands of children born disabled or seriously affected by nuclear radiation from the depleted uranium bombs fired by the US. …The perfect solution is to end all wars and to decide to resolve all disputes through negotiations, dialogue and arbitration…..



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ISIS Cannot Be Destroyed Through Military Operations, Terror Will Only Cease With the Collapse of Its Ideology
Harun Yahya

If we want a spirit based on love, compassion, pluralism, understanding and affection to prevail across the Islamic world, the way to bring this about is a return to the moral values of the Qur’an, which have been ignored for centuries. Through such concepts as, “You have your faith and I have my faith” and “There is no compulsion in the faith,” Islam laid the foundations of secularism, democracy and pluralism 1,400 years ago. Once people live by the Qur’an, nobody can be accused of heresy for belonging to a different sect, nobody will be killed for being a Christian or Jew, no criminals will be crucified and nobody will be enslaved because of a different ethnic origin. When people abide by the Qur’an, everyone, be they Christian, Jew, Muslim or atheist will live as first-class citizens, democracy will function properly and universal law will ensure the provision of justice……

The two leaders told the news conference, called by the Vatican mission to the United Nations in Geneva, that they were nervous about the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State, saying it could boost Arab popular support for the militants......

Confronting Islamic State: The Next War against Global Jihadism

IS has achieved something scarcely conceivable in the Middle East by uniting the bitterest of foes in a common purpose. Such diverse actors as Europeans and Kurds, the embattled Syrian regime along with many of the rebels opposing it, Turkey, a slew of Arab states, as well as Israel and the Iraqi government itself have all clamoured for American intervention. Even Iran, though unenthusiastic about the Americans’ return to a theatre that it has worked hard to squeeze them out of, has accepted a tacit, temporary alliance with the Great Satan…..

How Not To Fight ISIS
Aijaz Zaka Syed

How Not To Fight ISIS
Aijaz Zaka Syed

But, over and above, it is the international duplicity, colonial policies and unjust wars in the region – the continuing Palestinian dispossession and persecution being the most powerful example – that created and midwifed this monster…..

Syrian Jihad Spawned the Islamic State
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam

Syrian Jihad Spawned the Islamic State
Nauman Sadiq, New Age Islam

Machiavelli advised his patron that invent enemies and then slay them in order to control your subjects. The Arab autocrats are paying heed to this Machiavellian advice; they have invented a Shia enemy to control their Sunni subjects. But why did the West chose to become a part of this evil scheme? Last year the chiefs of staff of the US, Britain, France, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey met in Jordan; and a report by UAE’s newspaper [1] also mentions the existence of a secret command centre in Jordan which is staffed by military officials from 14 Western and Arab countries including Israel.…..


According to media reports, police and intelligence officials foiled a plot to kidnap a random member of the Australian public, drape them in the Islamic State flag and behead them on YouTube. If true, it is indeed terrifying. Such criminal intentions must be motivated primarily by the rise of the so-called Islamic State and the much-publicised beheadings of three westerners, among other, larger-scale atrocities against locals…..

How Will The Islamic State Be Designed?
Hasan Kanbolat

The IS has made it clear that its next target is Riyadh. IS activists in Saudi Arabia protest the current administration in Riyadh, writing "The Islamic State is eternal and spreading" on walls around the country. That the IS has made the Saudi administration a direct target is a source of uneasiness both for international oil corporations and the US. The third reason is that by acquiring the surface and underground economic resources of Iraq, the IS is disrupting the regional balance of power. For this reason, the US hit various IS targets in Baghdad and Arbil…..


ISIS Is Not Just Un-Islamic, It Is Anti-Islamic
Nihad Awad

If we want to stop ISIS, we must deny it any claim to represent Islam and starve it of the fuel of injustice. It is up to our political leaders to take the lead through a comprehensive international strategy, not in the number of bombs that can be dropped, but in the establishment of the freedom and justice that will spell the end for ISIS and its ilk......

Why Did ISIL Agree To Give Up The Turkish Hostages?
Emre Uslu

Although ISIL had the Turkish diplomats in its hands, they were treated as if they were not hostages. For instance, the Turkish consul was allowed to use his cellphone during his captivity of more than 100 days. ISIL is not a stupid organization which does not know that an electronic signal could be used as intelligence to reveal where the hostages are. In order for ISIL to allow the Turkish diplomat to use his cellphone, it must have had a guarantee that Turkey would not conduct an operation to rescue the hostages. Like its beginning, the hostage-taking saga ended in a bizarre way. ISIL released the Turkish hostages, but left many unanswered questions behind it…..

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