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The War Within Islam

Iran Sees Daesh as Its Ally
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Iran Sees Daesh as Its Ally
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

When it comes to Iraq, Iran is not concerned about the spread of Daesh in Sunni areas, because its aim is to tighten its grip on Shiite areas. Therefore, Iran sees Daesh as its ally, or at least not an enemy. What further complicates the war in Iraq is the region’s preoccupation with several other conflicts. Countries cannot fight on all fronts, and some do not want to aid governments with which they are at odds, despite terrorist groups being a mutual threat....

 

Instead of seeking people’s mandate, the military and mullah conspired to impose martial law. The 1973 unanimous document was a gift of the first freely elected assembly. In 1977 again the military and mullah got together and reversed all the democratic gains and disfigured the constitution....

 

Salafi movements are hardly a new phenomenon in Gaza, with nonviolent social and political groups – including Hizb al-Tahrir – operating in Gaza since at least the 1980s. Yet in the past decade, the territory has seen the rise of a small number of loosely organized self-proclaimed Salafi-jihadi organizations....

 

Saudi Arabia and Iran Heading To War?
Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia does not want an open confrontation with Iran, realizing the high cost of such a war. The same goes for Iran, which knows that the military budget, especially for the air force, is not in its favor. Moreover, Riyadh has alliances with a number of Arab and Islamic countries willing to defend the Land of the Two Holy Mosques. Both countries have enough arms to destroy each others’ capacities....

 

The New Mideast: Will Militias Replace The State?
Mohamed Chebarro

And it seems that in the foreseeable future the nation states of the post-colonial Middle East once again face challenges that could undermine certain states’ unity, identity and territorial integrity. Many consider the emergence of ISIS and its ability to blur the border between Iraq and Syria a precursor that will speed up the fragmentation process of the states....

 

"If someone leaves Islam and becomes an apostate, he is thrown out of his family; his family will be the first ones to abandon him," Imran explained. "His friends will reject him and he will be killed or he will be persecuted. A lot of my friends said, 'This is the last time I'm talking to you because you disrespected the prophet Mohammed, you disrespected Islam.'"....

 

The Rebranding of Nusra Front: 'The Enemy of My Enemy, Is My Friend'
Mehdi Hasan

The briefing continued: "Indeed, in mid-January [ISIL] produced a video of its members stoning a woman to death for the alleged crime of adultery; the same week JN released a video of its members shooting two women to death for the same alleged offence - stylistic differences applied to the same violent ideology and goals." This point about a common ideology, and goals, cannot be overstated. To be clear: Jabhat al-Nusra wants to set up a caliphate, too. Jabhat al-Nusra wants to impose a barbaric and brutal form of Islamic law, too....

 

Iran's Dirty Games: Daesh is Just a Tool!
Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

Al-Qaeda, too, has cozy relations with Iran. During the US bombardment of their bases in Afghanistan, they hid their families in Iran. They managed to escape to the Arab Gulf region and Iraq via Iran. In return, they never attacked the Farsi nation, even though they pretend to be archenemies. By attacking holy Shiite mosques, they used Al-Qaeda and Daesh to frighten the Arab Shiites in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon into Iran’s open arms....

 

Muslims are Pointing Their Guns at Other Muslims in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Other Regions of the Middle East
Harun Yahya

Muslims are pointing their guns at other Muslims in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and other regions of the Middle East. The only part of the plan that is not working for the US secret state apparatus, is the partially unexpected involvement or emergence of the IS. That is why Carter blames the Iraqi forces. Although there is fighting among Muslims in a fragmented Middle East, just as planned, it is neither the West nor its supporters who are winning it....

 

My Friend from IBA, An Extremist?
Shehzad Ghias

Sabeen was not targeted for her religious beliefs; she was targeted for her political beliefs; the only anomaly on the list of terror. A more thorough investigation is required, keeping in mind the inept history of our law agencies, therefore, at this point Saad Aziz has only ‘allegedly’ committed these terrorist activities....

 
Pakistan: Blasphemy Law Boomerang
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Pakistan: Blasphemy Law Boomerang
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

In a country where other religions are blatantly insulted in school curricula, defilers of other places of worship, like Mahmud Ghaznavi, are celebrated as national heroes and takfiri kings like Aurangzaib Alamgir (who co-authored the Fatwa-e-Alamgiri to excommunicate the Shia) are extolled as flag-bearers of Muslim rule, applying sections 295-B and 295-C to other religions would mean mass executions of authors, teachers, TV artists and almost every renowned member of the Muslim clergy.....

 

If ISIL is Defeated in Ramadi
Ibrahim Al-Marashi

ISIL scored a string of victories within the span of a few days, from Ramadi in Iraq to Palmyra, in Syria, demonstrating it can wage simultaneous offensives on two distant fronts. The fall of Ramadi in Anbar province this week will further increase the Iraqi state's dependency on the al-Hashd al-Shaabi, the Popular Mobilisation Forces, the formal term for the body that includes most of Iraq's Shia militias....

 

Why Saudi Arabia's Yemen War is Not Producing Victory
Bruce Riedel

The Saudis hope they can rally enough Yemenis against the Houthis to build an army to roll back Houthi gains. Special forces are training the Yemenis. Intense battles are destroying Yemeni cities. But even if this approach gains momentum, it will only lead to a brutal civil war in Yemen much like Libya, Syria and Iraq in which al-Qaeda and its offshoots will be the main beneficiaries. ...

 
Now Direct Attack on Islam
Shakeel Shamsi, Tr. New Age Islam

Now Direct Attack on Islam
Shakeel Shamsi

We are all aware of the fact that Al Baghdadi first killed Muslims on sectarian lines, then slaughtered the Christians of Iraq and then killed the Yazidis and Sunnis of Kurdistan. His actions had proved that he was an enemy of Muslims. Now he has also proved that he is also an enemy of Islam. By declaring Islam to be a religion of war and bloodshed, he is attacking the mission of the holy prophet pbuh and inviting Muslim youth towards Hell in the name of jihad. The brutality and ruthlessness his group has demonstrated in slaughtering human beings makes one feel that to him bloodshed and slaughtering of human beings is real Islam. Therefore, the time has come for all the Muslims irrespective of caste and sect to stand up against these marauders and thwart their propaganda of those attacking Islam otherwise we would not be able to show our face to our posterity. They will ask, “Why did you remain silent when the beautiful religion of the holy prophet pbuh was distorted by the terrorists?’....

 

Turkey Continues Complicating Anti-ISIL War Efforts
Lale Kemal

The US has reportedly turned down about 20 percent of the people that the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) assembled to train as fighters due to suspicions that they belong to the al-Nusra Front. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), in the meantime, is also understood not to have been involved in selecting fighters and will only train them together with the US....

 

Muslims Challenge Al-Baghdadi’s outrageous Message: Islam is indeed a religion of peace, those who don't believe it are beyond the pale of Islam
Mike Ghouse
Al-Baghdadi, the self proclaimed Caliph of ISIL released an audio message on May 14, misrepresenting the values dearly held by millions of Muslims for fourteen centuries.  He said, "Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting” and added, “It is the war of Muslims against infidels."  Mike Ghouse, President of America Together Foundation said, “Al-Baghdadi has angered the entire Muslim world, no one thought he would stoop that low to flip the entire religion to suit crimes against Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  My concern is not only his lunatic statement, as many such men have come and gone, but it is the joy expressed by the war mongers that concerns me. It is, as if Baghdadi has reaffirmed their (false) belief about Islam, and now they can continue to malign Islam.”

Why the War against Jihadism Will Be Fought From Within
Kamran Bokhari

It has long been apparent that Islamist militants cannot be defeated without intellectually confronting the ideology of Jihadism. And yet, 14 years after the 9/11 attacks, experts have made little progress toward achieving this goal. Despite a rich body of work on the subject of militant Islam, there is a distinct lack of discussion aimed at deconstructing what Jihadism actually is. ….

 

This Angry Arab Moment
Roger Cohen

The Arab sense of humiliation is at least as much internally generated as externally. Like any other power, Arabs control their own destiny. Millions of young Arabs rose up a few years ago to demand empowerment and opportunity. These hopes are on hold, at least outside Tunisia and booming Dubai. No bombing of Yemen, damning of Iran or ritual tirade against Israel will offset the disappointment....

 

Battleground Middle East: The Shia, the Sunni and the Kurd
Mohsin Raza Malik

This is the region which has also become an active theatre of many complex Fourth Generation wars, participated by violent non-state actors like Al-Qaida, ISIS and PKK etc. This is the region which has experienced many instant political revolutions in the name of the ‘Arab Spring’. Now, it is being feared that the proxy war between two arch rival countries in this region will turn into a full-fledged armed conflict on the issue of Yemen….

 

Al Qaeda in Bangladesh: The Mythology and Pathology of Terror
Taj Hashmi

Al Qaeda has recently claimed it was behind the killing of Avijit Roy – the freethinking author and founder of the Mukto Mona blog – who was killed on 26th February near Dhaka University. A couple of unknown assailants killed him and severely wounded his wife with meat cleavers in front of hundreds of onlookers, and in close proximity to police, who failed to catch the killers for some mysterious reasons. Purportedly, the India-based Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has circulated a video in the social media, claiming their role in the killing of the blogger....

 

The Premeditated Assassination of Sabeen Mahmud
Najam Sethi

Sabeen was a gentle, caring and concerned citizen-representative of Pakistan’s civil society. Her NGO T2F was a home for struggling artists, musicians, political outcasts, rights activists, feminists, liberals, minorities and other disadvantaged, marginalized or voiceless sections of society. She had received threats from extremists for providing a platform against hate speech, sectarianism and religious fundamentalism....

The Arab Spring Revisited
Ayesha Siddiqa

There were references to the West demonising Islam or the Arab world without participants recalling that their states had willingly partnered with the West to support and partly bankroll the American project to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The encouragement of Jihadi ideology that was spoken of with reference to reinterpretation of religious text and state support to individuals to fight in other lands eventually did bring the conflict back home....

If You’re Sabeen, But Not Charlie, For All Practical Purposes You’re Neither
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Sabeen Mahmud was murdered for hosting a talk that she was threatened against hosting as well. Just like Charlie Hebdo is lazily and conveniently dubbed ‘Islamophobic’ without anyone bothering to dig up facts, the talk was deemed to be ‘anti-Pakistan’, without anyone willing to look at facts emanating from Balochistan. Charlie Hebdo’s satire manifests uncomfortable truths about French politics and religion....

 

Which Muslims Do We Claim Descent From?
Ayaz Amir

Muslim rule in Hindustan was mainly Turkish rule – from Mahmud to Babur all Turkish conquerors or rulers – interspersed with episodes of Afghan rule as under the Lodhis and Sher Shah Suri. But we the denizens of the Fortress of Islam – the confused begetters of holy enterprises like Jehad-e-Afghanistan – what have we in common with those warriors....

ISIS and Maliki’s alliance against Haidar al-Abadi
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Rejecting to arm the Sunni tribes who are fighting ISIS and objecting to America supplying them with arms will only help the militants spread and will drive thousands of the Anbar’s sons to join the organization as long as they have no other choice….

 


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