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It is, consequently, not surprising that Islamabad is targeting Southern Balochistan. On the other hand, despite clear signs of a deteriorating situation in North Balochistan, Islamabad has demonstrated very little urgency in addressing the problem. North Balochistan is dominated by Islamist terrorist groups and Sunni sectarian formations such as the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which have flourished under the aegis of the military mullah combine, though the latter has now gone renegade and directs much of its terrorist activity against the Army and political establishment in Islamabad.....

 

The Arab Spring Didn’t Happen For the Reasons You Think It Did
Mohamed Zaied

It is perhaps true that Bedouins may have changed their shelters, clothes, and might even have diversified their way of life, but make no mistake, the Arabian camels still sail all the way from the Atlantic to the Gulf; the Arabian horse still skims above the rocky lands of the Arab homeland under the Arabian hawk which has always scanned the Arabian skies. And the Bedouin has not at all disappeared; they may have just taken another name: the Arabs……

 

The Destruction of Mecca: the Saudis Have Bulldozed Centuries of Beauty and Diversity in Islam’s Holiest City
Ziauddin Sardar

The cultural devastation of Mecca has radically transformed the city. Unlike Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, Mecca was never a great intellectual and cultural centre of Islam. But it was always a pluralistic city where debate among different Muslim sects and schools of thought was not unusual. Now it has been reduced to a monolithic religious entity where only one, ahistoric, literal interpretation of Islam is permitted, and where all other sects, outside of the Salafist brand of Saudi Islam, are regarded as false…..

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It Is Difficult To Link Islamic State To Kharijites and Separate the Group from Wahhabism
Bader al-Rashed

Despite attempts by some prominent Saudis to do so, it is difficult to link IS to Kharijites and separate the group from Wahhabism, as the group has explicitly adopted the ideas of Abd al-Wahhab and is spreading and imposing them on the regions it controls. The current challenge is to prove that the ideas of Wahhabism are the primary reason for the creation and mobilization of jihadist organizations and is not a distraction from the political collapse of the region as the facilitator of the growth in extremism……

The Struggle within Islam Is Between Muslims Who Embrace Modernity, Consider Islam A Personal Belief, Not A Political System and Those Opposing These Values and Insisting On A Sharia-Based Legal System
Salim Mansur

Muslims opposing Islamism are in many, if not all, instances, anti-Sharia, and opposed to the political parties or movements associated with Maududi (the Jamaat-i-Islami in South Asia), with Hasan al-Banna and Sayyed Qutb (the Muslim Brotherhood in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa), with Khomeinism (the Shi'i version of Islamism in Iran and among Shi'i Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere), and with the Wahhabi-Salafi version of Islamism espoused and propagated by the Saudi and Gulf Arabs with their petrodollars......

Pakistan's Worst Nightmare: A Jew, An Indian And An American Walk Into A Bar...
Badar Iqbal Chaudhary

It is said the recognition of the problem is the first step towards recovery. Pakistan is yet to take the first step. The symptoms are not expected to subside as long as the cancer continues to be misdiagnosed as pneumonia. We cannot, and should not expect ourselves to get away with treating an internally present disease like a viral infection……

The Reluctant Interventionalists
Nuray Mert

The so-called Sunni powers have not been able to adapt to the changing political atmosphere in the Middle East, and Qatar and Turkey have resisted to the end. Finally, they are all “reluctant interventionalists”…..

 

Sympathy for the Devil with ISIL
Ahu Özyurt

Sympathy for the devil comes at a high price. It may help you win elections, but this time it looks like forces inside and outside Turkey will result in us losing both territory and human lives…..

 

The 8 Proxy Wars Going On in Syria Right Now
As'ad AbuKhalil

The Syrian war is not only a proxy war. There is a strong internal dimension to the war in Syria but it has been obscured by various layers and dimensions of outside intervention and agendas. The Syrian regime wants to stay in power at any cost while there was certainly a civil popular opposition in Syria when the uprising first began. There are thousands of reasons for the Syrian people to protest against a family.....

 

Whither the Mideast after ISIS Defeat?
Mohammed Fahad A-Harthi

Under these circumstances, it is important to consider how to deal with other radical groups in the region. In a move to undermine the credibility of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the so-called Ahl Al-Haq groups, Hezbollah and the Houthis, Saudi Arabia's Council of Senior Scholars made it clear this week that these organizations are responsible for an assortment of terrorist acts and must be outlawed……

 

Hezbollah’s Unruly Bekaa Brethren
Mona Alami

The Bekaa Valley is known for its crime families, who abide by their own code of conduct. There, the state has very little power and rivalries and problems are generally solved by tribal elders. Bekaa clans have long maintained an ambiguous relationship with Hezbollah. In turn, the party has been wary of cornering the powerful families with its policies – when necessary leaving this task to the government or the Army to avoid alienating the families and risk losing their support……

 

D-Chowk: Pakistan’s Domestic Kargil
Dr Mohammad Taqi

The drama at D-Chowk is but a political equivalent of the Kargil infiltration. Just as the Kargil misadventure was the military’s desperate and reckless attempt to ostensibly break the status quo with India with utter disregard for the consequences, the Khan-Qadri assault on parliament has been designed to reverse the small gains the democratic dispensation has made vis-à-vis the praetorian guard since 2008. Months into his third stint, Mr Sharif was perceived by the establishment to be getting too big for his boots already…..

 

Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain, as well as the Emirates of the UAE and Qatar, are rivals to the Caliphate, having been founded after the demise of the Caliphate, as substitutes which took them into the Western state system, and led the first three to use a title for the head of state abhorrent to Islam theologically. Thus the IS does not ask the Kings and Emirs to give its Caliph baia, or allegiance, but deposes them….

 

By Denouncing ISIS as ‘Not Muslims’, Moderate Muslims Risk Making Things Worse
James Brandon

Rather than seeking to effectively re-contextualise and de-fang this verse for the modern era, a blunt rejection of those who cite it as non-Muslims removes all scope for critically engaging – and dismantling – their arguments. This ostrich approach that extremists’ actions ‘have nothing to do with Islam’ not only fails to recognise how deep-rooted some hard-line jihadist interpretations are, but…..

Are these IS terrorists aware of the offense and damage they are causing to Islam and Muslims? They are inflicting harm not only on themselves and their countries but also on the moderate religion of Islam, which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who was the embodiment of the perfection of all noble qualities. Islam is a code of life based on peace and justice. Even the enemies of Islam have certified that this is the true nature of the religion…..

This is not necessarily because all the Sunni-led countries of the Middle East are ambivalent about the group that claims to have created a Muslim caliphate across wide swaths of Syria and Iraq, and which beheaded a British aid worker this weekend. But intersecting allegiances and strategic aims mean some Arab countries feel they must tread cautiously……

 

Radical Clerics Misusing Islamic Literature, Particularly Hadith Traditions, to Further Nefarious Ends: Time for Mainstream Ulema to Wake Up and Refute!
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam

The extremist scholars are constantly on the lookout for all such Islamic texts that can be misused to serve their abhorrent designs. Al-Jazouli’s quoting the above-mentioned Hadith justifying wanton killing of civilians is not an isolated instance. Many more Takfiri-Wahhabi ideologues and militants have long been quoting and misinterpreting them. One such obnoxious instance was recently seen in a heated debate between a Pakistani army official and a Taliban scholar. Obviously, the Pakistan army official was not so well-versed in the Islamic sciences that he could theologically refute the TTP scholar’s filthy and nasty argument declaring all Pakistanis as Kafir (infidel) and thus justifying the murder of their women and children…. But the question remains: what responsibility does this disturbing phenomenon place on the mainstream moderate Ulema and Islamic scholars? Will they continue to remain silent onlookers at the brazen distortion of Islamic literature or take a courageous stance of refuting and rebutting it? Regrettably, while the extremists’ distortion and misrepresentation of the Qur’an and Sunnah are on the rise, we hardly find creditable and hard-hitting efforts to retort them on the sound and tenable theological grounds......

Al-Qaida’s Tape Announcing Formation of Qaiadat ul Jihad in South Asia is An Attempt to Divert Attention from Saudi Proposal to Demolish Prophet’s Tomb, Says Sufi leader Ashraf Kichhowchhawi

Aiman Al Zawahiri of Al Qaeda announcing formation of Qaiadat ul Jihad (Jihad leadership) in South Asia with a Pakistani terrorist being its leader is a dangerous culmination of terror activities perpetrated at the behest of Saudi Arabia as well as Qatar. With their massive oil and gas money in India, they seek to create an infrastructure to support their future destructive agenda in this secular, pluralistic and purely democratic country. Going by an in-depth analysis, the recent al-Qaida tape is aimed at diverting attention of the Indian Muslims from the media reports that have exposed a Saudi monarchy conspiracy to remove or demolish the tomb of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) from its present place in Masjid al-Nabwi, situated in Madina, one of the two holy cities of Islam.  The report about the impending tomb demolition was contradicted in feeble voice from an unnamed Saudi Officer through a news portal Al Arabia. Net, while the Saudi monarchy maintained a stony silence. Clearly, the Saudi regime contradicted it because it is a matter of grave concerns for anyone who professes Islam and takes pride in its cultural heritage......

The Islamic State Has Supporters in Paradise, Maldives
Ishaan Tharoor

When the medieval Arab traveler Ibn Battuta gazed upon the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago of more than a thousand coral atolls and turquoise-blue lagoons, he thought it "one of the wonders of the world." He didn't need much persuading to halt his voyage, and assumed the role of "Quazi"--or chief religious judge--for the entire archipelago, deliberating on matters of state while enjoying the delights of the islands' beaches and, as local lore goes, its women……

The Middle East in Purgatory
Yasar Yakis

….the most important leader on the Sunni side is King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He seems to be aware of the risks that the Islamic State (IS) is posing in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is more vulnerable to the IS threat, because what is preached by the IS has many similarities to what the Saudis have been taught at schools for centuries. Therefore, Saudi Arabia is fertile ground for the propagation of IS ideas and methods…..

 

Siege of Islamabad: What Next?
Pervez Hoodbhoy

But with the dangerous precedent they have established, hard-line clerics disaffected with the army’s betrayal, and operations such as Zarb-i-Azb, may give the call to occupy. The marching orders could also come from Caliph Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi of ISIS or some other radical leader; their literature is already being circulated around. Thereafter, from the hundreds of madrasas in and around the city, charged mobs armed to the teeth will pour out to fulfil their holy duty. Nuclear Pakistan would have the world sitting on edge.....

 

The Fight against Islamic State Belongs To the Sunni Arab States
Paul McGeough
It's entirely sensible, but is it too much to ask for the Arab and Muslim worlds to speak loudly and clearly, and to act, as they should against the obscene acts of violence being perpetrated in the names of 75 per cent or more of the world's Muslims?....

 

 

Turkey: A Nation of Spies and Traitors
Mustafa Akyol

I was more optimistic about the future Turkey. Here was a country that was finally able to break the decades-old military dominance and began to question taboos on history or minorities. A peace process with Kurdish separatists was promising a bright future, free from the concept of the “enemy within” that has poisoned Turkish politics since the beginning of the Republic. Things went down in terrible downward spiral, though, in the past two years….

 

There were Islamic revolutions in a few countries after the Second World War where Islamic governments were established. But neither Pakistan In 1947 nor Iran, following Ayatollah Khomeini led Islamic revolution, advocate a Khilafat in Iran. Same is true of the Islamist Ikhwan ul Muslimeen recently in Egypt. This is because the Quran does not specify Khilafat as a form of government for Muslims. All it stresses is good governance, honouring human and religious rights to all the communities living under its rule. The form of government can be any based on Islamic and Qur'anic principles. ... It is a paradox then that though none of the political and ideological outfits of Muslims envisages the establishment of Khilafat as a part of Islamic political structure; they create hype over Khilafat and support Jihadi organisations in the name of Khilafat which does not exist in their book of ideology. Isn’t it bewildering?....

Realising the inability of the Arab armies to liberate Palestine --- after all it was the Arab governments which had exhorted the Palestinians to leave their homeland before quixotically attempting to march into it --- the Palestinians took their destiny into their own hands. The PLO was born. Although the Fatah, led by Yasser Arafat was the main constituent in it, it was a secular organization with Christians like George Habash and Leila Khalid playing significant roles in successful anti-Israel operations.....

 




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