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Who Does Turkey Support?
Burak Bekdil

In short, to finish off the jihadists who have captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, Washington will now work with the man who until recently funded and reinforced these same jihadists (and their various offspring) and is proud of his love affairs with Hamas and the Brotherhood. More ironically, a U.S.-led coalition of nations including Arab states recently killed one of Erdogan's heroes when the coalition forces struck an ISIS camp in Syria......

 

Excluding Palestinians from Their Own Story
Ramzy Baroud

I learned that most consequential decisions in the United States Congress regarding Palestine and Israel are taken after protracted investigations that rarely involve Palestinians. Those who often testify before Congressional committee hearings are mostly Israelis, US foreign policy experts and pro-Israeli lobbyists, more or less, all advocating the interests of Israel; that the permissible space in mainstream media is so incredibly limited, especially for genuine Palestinian voices; that even solidarity conferences and meetings pertaining to Palestine rarely represent….

 

The other force is a strict interpretation of Islam. One tenet of this is that Muslim tombs or sites connected to revered figures — even the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), his family and companions — should be destroyed to avoid veneration of anything other than Allah. It's the same iconoclastic zeal that has prompted militants from Daesh [Arabic for the so-called "Islamic State"/ISIS/ISIL] to blow up Muslim shrines in Iraq and Syria. In Makkah, hardly any site associated with Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) remains. Many were destroyed in previous expansions of the Grand Mosque in the 1980s and 1990s, and the new development is finishing off much of what remains. In 2008, for example, the house of Abu Bakr, Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) successor as leader of the Muslim community, was razed to make way for a Hilton hotel......

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Destruction Of Islamic Cultural Heritage: Muslims Must Reclaim The Spiritual Values Of Islam, Sultan Shahin Tells A Public Dialogue During UN Human Rights Council’s 22nd Session At Geneva

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Back To Square One
Uri Anvery

IS is Islamist. IS strives for a worldwide caliphate. Hamas is Islamist. So Hamas wants a worldwide caliphate. They all want to dominate the world. Like the “Elders of Zion.” Netanyahu counts on the fact that most people do not know what he is talking about. By the same logic, France belongs to IS. Fact: The French revolution chopped off heads. IS chops off heads. Some time ago, the British chopped off the head of their king. All IS……

Buffer Zone in Middle East Can Help Save Lives
Harun Yahya

The establishment of a secure zone, Turkey’s essential demand, may not meet with the approval of all the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, despite the urgent need for it. The failure of the Security Council members in reaching a consensus on this important issue obviously due to conflicting interests has only aggravated the situation in the region. Turkish president is justified in his criticism of these members. “The world is bigger than those five,” aptly said the president…..

 

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…..

 
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