Radical Islamism and Jihad
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....
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
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....
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....
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......
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)....
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.....
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.
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 sharia 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 garnered 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)....
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
Vice Chancellor of Jamia Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious seat of learning, Shaikh Ahmad Al-Tayeb’s urge for radical reform in madrasa education is an indication that the arguments accusing the madrasas of being breeding grounds for the jihadists cannot be rejected outright. It cannot be denied that misinterpretations of the Islamic beliefs and doctrines are going on in radicalized texts of the madrasas with a view to spreading extremist thoughts among Muslim youths. Most madrasas have planted in the minds of their students obnoxious notions of hatred against every kafir (disbeliever) and mushrik (polytheist), an exclusivistic term that includes many Muslims too....
Isis grooms these girls for sex, “legitimising” it as “marriage”. Take the case of 15-year-old Yusra Hussein. It is alleged that she was groomed through a Twitter account called Jihad Matchmaker, which promises to “link up those seeking marriage in Syria”. Using religious language as a smokescreen, and with promises of strict religious ceremonies, it claims it will “keep it Halal”. Yusra is now in Syria, and two weeks ago it was reported she had “married” a jihadi….
You can try to make a case that the particular origins of Islam, as a persecuted faith led by a warrior prophet, might predispose it to a certain militancy, or that certain passages of the Qur'an seem to endorse the use of violence against unbelievers and apostates, but you very soon run up against the reality that the practice of Islam, the tenets of the faith, its demands upon its followers and its place in society, differs markedly from country to country, if not from mosque to mosque....
ISIS – Daesh – won't be destroyed by force of arms. It will only be destroyed when it loses the power to draw young Muslims into the fold. ... It is the idea of ISIS that must be destroyed. That must happen from within the Muslim world. Force from outside will only increase their political draw. The idea of ISIS will die only when the Muslim world becomes self-confident and vibrant, when the gap between reality and aspiration has been reduced, when political and economic landscape have changed to become hostile to Islamist extremism. And given the political realities in the world today, that won’t happen in our lifetimes....
Extremism is a spiritual phenomenon, a desire for loftiness of spirit gone perverse. You can’t counter a heroic impulse with a mundane and bourgeois response. You can counter it only with a more compelling heroic vision. There will always be alienated young men fueled by spiritual ardor. Terrorism will be defeated only when they find a different fulfillment, even more bold and self-transcending....
said that Muslim scholars and clerics have a “responsibility to push back not
just on twisted interpretations of Islam, but also on the lie that we are
somehow engaged in a clash of civilizations; that America and the west are
somehow at war with Islam or seek to suppress Muslims, or that we are the cause
of every ill in the middle east.” There is no denying that the “west” bears
some responsibility for the sorry state of affairs in the Arab world (the
legacy of colonialism, military interventions, support for autocratic regimes,
and not enough opposition to Israel's denial of Palestinian rights) there is
also no denying that a “victimhood” narrative has been developed over the years
and it has been peddled by many Arab scholars, public figures and commentators,
be they Islamises or Arab nationalists, claiming that outsiders are in the
main, responsible for the miserable conditions in most Arab states and not the Arabs
Jihad is not confined to the battlefield. It has three dimensions. The first is a fight against one’s own evil desires. Secondly, jihad is a peaceful endeavour to establish a Muslim society and enforce the commands of Allah. This includes pursuing knowledge, strengthening the economy, eradicating poverty and affirming the unity of the Muslim community. The third is to fight the seen enemy (Surah al-Hajj: 78), but the only war allowed is a defensive war. “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors (Al-Baqarah: 190)....
The Holy Quran clearly sets certain
limits during the conduct of war: “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight
you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.” (2:190)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said: “A believer remains within the scope of his
religion as long as he doesn’t kill another person illegally… even in times of
war, Muslims are not allowed to kill anybody save the one who is indulged in
face-to-face confrontation with them. They are not allowed to kill women, old
persons, children, or even a monk in his religious seclusion….
ideological side of the campaign will begin with an effort to gather a core
group of Arab and Muslim countries that share opposition to ISIS. In addition
to Jordan, this nucleus would likely include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United
Arab Emirates, Morocco and Pakistan. This Muslim coalition plans to convene a
conference within the next month or so at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, which
for centuries has been the arbiter of mainstream Sunni doctrine....
Haram in Nigeria, the Islamic State in Syria and the Taliban in Pakistan have
not taken up arms to create a classless society. Their aim is not social
justice. They have taken to the paths of violence, employing terror as a weapon
of intimidation, in pursuit of an ideal shaped by a half-baked interpretation
There are at least four hostilities that are currently ongoing in
different parts of the globe, waged by militants in the name of Islam – in
Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Nigeria…..
Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam
Let this be an open call to the Ulema of the world to call a spade, a spade; and a heretic a heretic. One drop of deadly poison in a large ‘Deg’ (utensil) of food is enough to kill all those who eat of it. Radical Islamic ideology is like a deadly poison in the cauldron of Islamic message as enshrined in the Qur’an and those who knowingly subscribe to it and harbour a militant notion of the Qur’anic message are veritably intense in Kufr and hypocrisy, who deny the truth after pledging to it and stand as Kafirin (wilful denier of an incontrovertible truth) – let there be no benefit of doubt.....
All Islamic Fundamentals are Aimed at Military Preparation for Jihad, Said Maulana Maududi: What do the Mainstream Ulema Say?
The Quran is a potential minefield for a lay person with seemingly equivocal and often contradictory injunctions on the same subject appearing in different places. This allows people to cherry-pick what suits them in a particular situation. Thus jehad, one of the most contested terms, is mentioned both in the sense of a “holy war” or an armed struggle against infidels and wrongdoers, and as a peaceful inner spiritual struggle or resistance. So, jehadis are not literally wrong when they claim they are doing what Islam allows them to do. And those who insist on using it in its spiritual sense are also right......