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The War Within Islam

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….

 

Why the Muslim Brotherhood Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon
Daoud Kuttab

It is argued that supporters of the Brotherhood will hijack the government once they gain power through democratic elections, as they did in Gaza, Egypt and Libya.Governments though will need to have thick skin and learn to absorb this relatively moderate branch of political Islam, otherwise they will push more people towards extremely radical organizations such as Al Qaeda and Daesh....

 

Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen
Ranjit Gupta

The intense fighting that resulted in the virtual takeover of Yemen by the Shia Houthis earlier this year sent foreign nationals fleeing the chaos, resulting in the recent, splendidly executed, and deservedly, well-publicised rescue of more than 5,000 Indian and foreign nationals by the Indian government. It also sent shock waves through neighbouring Saudi Arabia which chose to react robustly though there was no attack on Saudi Arabia by Yemenis....

 

ISI Killed Sabeen Mahmud
Sabeen Mahmud

The brutal murder of Sabeen Mahmud has prompted even the most apolitical person to comment on the prevailing political scenario. What outrages me the most are the baseless allegations leveled against the ISI by people who are remotely cognizant of those political circumstances....

 
A War to End Jihad
Eugene Rogan

Ironically, the threat of jihad played more powerfully on the anxieties of British war planners than the call to jihad aroused colonial Muslims. Fearful that Ottoman battlefield victories might inspire colonial Islamic uprisings, the British and French were drawn ever deeper into Middle East battles....

 

Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam
Parvez Ahmed

Boko Haram, ISIS, al-Qaeda and Taliban have killed more Muslims than others. Thus, their claims that they are using "prophetic methodology" is absurd. The idea of killing Muslims to "save" Islam is not only irrational, but indeed poses an existential threat to Muslims, not only where these groups holds sway, but also where Muslims live as minorities, such as the United States. Each beheading spectacle overseas triggers a backlash. In addition, children, radicalized over the social media, are fleeing their homes to join up such groups overseas....

'Islam at War' Vs 'War within Islam'
Marwan Bishara

Islamism is an ideology that preaches extremism and terrorism and must be confronted and eradicated by force. Some go as far as to claim that Islam as a religion spouts hate and breeds violence and therefore must be radically reformed and/or confronted head on....

 

The US, in aiding the extremist Wahhabi-Sunni, Sharia-law regime of Saudi Arabia in its aggression against Yemen, has helped open the door for Saudi-supported al Qaeda to make tremendous gains there....

 

‘Still Here, Still Bleeding’
Nuray Mert

Many Christians and Muslims recognize the Armenian Genocide, so the commemoration march was very crowded this year, which is the centenary of that terrible event. Moreover, the minister of education declared April 24 a national holiday for schools. I was told there would be some pro-Turkey protests in Tripoli against this decision and a denunciation of the genocide commemoration....

 

Yemen’s Long Shadow
Khaled Ahmed

Now that the Yemen war has gone from combat to consultative negotiation under the UN, Pakistan will feel less divided at home, between the Saudi-assisted Wahhabi and Deobandi clerics and the hunted Shia community, which fears another bout of “relocated” sectarian war. The state in Pakistan can disarm Arab suspicion of its loyalty but far more difficult will be the task of “delinking” from the Wahhabi and Deobandi non-state actors, now allied with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, who have caused disturbance in Pakistan’s neighbouring states....

 

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Jihadist Rivalry
The Economist

Today’s war in Yemen between the Houthi rebels and the government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, is helping AQAP. It expanded after the ousting of Ali Abdullah Saleh from the presidency in 2012, only to be pushed back by an army offensive. But the government’s gains have now been reversed....

 

Saudi Arabia and Yemen: Stop-Start

Saudi aircraft are said to have killed 1,000 civilians and bombed scores of buildings. So most Yemenis—and Arabs across the region— heaved a sigh of relief when the Saudis declared on April 21st they would end their air strikes. Yet they reserved the right to start again, albeit on a more limited scale....

 
Arab World: Reality Check?
Dr Mahboob A Khwaja

Arab-Muslim body appears to be on a death bed and the life-supporting oxygen is fast running out of stock. Undeniably, Western colonial nations have used millions and millions of Arab-Muslim people as readily available species to support their war agendas during the First and 2nd World Wars and resources free of charge to propel their nationalistic aims and to commit heinous crimes against the mankind....

 

Secular newspapers in Turkey showed great solidarity and went dark after the Paris attacks, even going so far as defiantly publishing the offending images of Prophet Mohammed in solidarity with the satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, despite the fact that the people of their country were offended by the images....

 

While the ‘Islamic State’ combatants in Iraq are Sunnis, the Houthis belong to the Shia branch of Islam. In contrast to IS, which is made up of a number of various groups, the Houthis are an established part of Yemeni society....

 
The Truth about Religion
Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Tr. New Age Islam

The Truth about Religion

Today every sect of Muslims is a separate religion in terms of its belief system. The follower of any sect is in fact a follower of a sectarian religion. In modern times when a man calls himself a Muslim, he means that he is the follower of one of the four or five sects. But instead of calling himself a follower of any sect, he calls himself a follower of Islam for his own convenience. That’s why Islam was also called a religion. The person who calls himself a follower of Islam is in fact the follower of Hanfi or Shafi’i, Jafri, Hanbali religions. These sectarian groups are being called Islam for the last one thousand years and the followers of jurisprudential religions are being called Muslims……

The Interconnected Regional Conflicts
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

It is difficult for Iran to win the Syrian war, but Saudi Arabia is more capable of winning in Yemen. Most Syrians oppose the Assad regime, and revolted against it and its ally Iran four years ago. Most Yemenis have had a strong relation with Saudi Arabia for many decades now....

 

As the shelling of infrastructure and the killing of civilians continues, Yemen is coming apart. Hunger is pervasive; major cities have become ghost towns. The bombing campaign will not resolve our four-year-old political crisis; it will only erode any modicum of national cohesion left....

 

Quite apart from his own special ties with the House of Saud and the money and oil at concessional rates that Saudi Arabia pumps into Pakistan, thousands of Pakistanis work in the kingdom, as they do in the other Gulf countries, and send home billions of dollars in remittances....

Sunni v Shia: Why the Conflict is More Political Than Religious
Ian Black

Extremist Sunni preachers based in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait abuse Shia as “idol-worshippers” – the intolerant language of Wahhabi exclusivity. Iranians are scorned as “Safawis”, a pejorative reference to the 16th-century Safavid dynasty. Fanatical Jihadis such as the Islamic State justify the killing of “apostates” under the doctrine of “Takfir”....

 


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