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Radical Islamism and Jihad

According to the teachings of the Noble Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him), the international relations is peace, War as an essential element is an exceptional situation. The author has analyzed in detail that terror has no place in the varying aspects of Jihad, and the Deen of Islam is the Deen of peace. Many people in the Muslim world have been affected by the behaviour and thoughts of the Orientalists. They have taught that Islam’s objective is to perpetuate world war. This concept is wrong. Islam is the first message that has made the use of power a fruitful outcome and effectively bound to an ethical code....

 

Religion-Based Education in Pakistan Has Made Universities a Fertile Ground for Extremists
Khaled Ahmed

Education has produced terrorism. It sounds shocking but it is true: The kind of religion-based education given in Pakistan. Such influence doesn’t end even after students join engineering and medical university. Universities turn out nuclear scientists who claim they can make electricity for the whole of Pakistan from a single Djinn. The textbooks don’t let go of nationalism which in Pakistan is India-centric and is useful among Pakistanis for judging each other too because judgemental is what you become instead of being inquisitive.....

 

Islamic State Rescinds One of Its Most Problematic Religious Rulings
Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has revoked one of its most problematic and extreme religious rulings. The one-page repeal was disseminated on social media sites associated with the so-called caliphate on Sept. 15. It was issued after months of controversy surrounding the group’s approach to declaring Takfir on other Muslims, a key ideological issue. On May 17, the Islamic State’s delegated committee, which answers to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, issued a finding titled, “That Those Who Perish Would Perish Upon Proof and Those Who Live Would Live Upon Proof.” The ruling quickly proved to be contentious because of its broad approach to Takfir...

 

Can Egypt’s Al-Azhar Fight Extremism through 'E-Fatwas'?
Ahmed Fouad

Although Al-Azhar’s centre is playing a key role in fighting extremist electronic platforms, luring in those lost between moderation and extremism and improving the image of Islam, we cannot ignore the presence of a similar platform for Dar al-Ifta, which undermines Al-Azhar’s. Dar al-Ifta’s efforts in this regard have been internationally recognized, and the European Parliament adopted them as a point of reference for Islamic Fatwas in 2015....

 

The Best Weapon to De-Radicalise ISIS Returnees: Our Own Humanity
Sanam Naraghi Anderlini

If we fall victim to this sort of thinking, we become that which we abhor and fear Instead our collective task as a nation is to find our own deep well of decency and humanity, to be fair and compassionate, just and kind, and perhaps above all to care: about the victims, the perpetrators, and those who are both victim and perpetrator....

Bangladesh: Unsettling Stability
S. Binodkumar Singh

We've been able to successfully destroy the operational capacity of the militants. The militants' operational capacity increased last year, but they don't have that capacity any more. We've destroyed it by carrying out anti-militancy drives across the country. The militants have no capacity to launch any more big attack right now....

 

The Terrorist Attack That Failed to Terrify
Ben Judah

The worst attacks are generally planned, coordinated, military-inspired operations by terrorist organizations that claim to represent Islam. These, and not something about London, are what inspire the copycats. The spike in attacks in recent years is a direct result of the Islamic State’s establishment of a military force in Syria and Iraq that has, by some estimates, been comparable in size to the British Army...

 

The Key to Defeating Islamic Extremism Is Tackling Its Ideology
Claire Meadows

It’s impossible to determine in advance who will respond to Isis’s propaganda but there does seem to be a bias towards young, vulnerable Muslims. This was recognised by former PM David Cameron in 2015, when at a speech in Birmingham he said that young Muslims are drawn to fundamentalist Islam in the same way that young Germans were attracted to fascism last century....

 
The Mind of an Extremist
Dr S Zulfiqar Gilani

The Mind of an Extremist
Dr S Zulfiqar Gilani

Like all of us, extremists are also social beings and the sustenance of their extremist psyche is linked with the social group/s to which they belong. As groups tend to arrive at more extreme positions than any individual members would on their own, the individual extremist’s position becomes stronger and more extreme due to membership of an extremist group or groups. Groups also tend to become less similar to other groups, which leads to dehumanising members of other groups leading to an us-and-them mentality...

 

A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
Farhad Manjoo

The term has often been used to describe a specific kind of radicalization — that of young Muslim men who are inspired to take violent action by the online messages of Islamist groups like the Islamic State. But as it turns out, it isn’t just violent jihadists who benefit from the internet’s power to radicalize young people from afar. White supremacists are just as adept at it....

 

At Guantánamo, Men Accused In 9/11 Attacks Faced Their 24th Round of Pre-trial Hearings
Margot Williams

Ellen Judd, a Canadian professor of anthropology at the University of Manitoba, spoke of the loss of her spouse, Christine Egan, and Christine’s brother, Michael Egan. On Sept. 11, Christine was visiting her brother, an AON insurance executive on the 105th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Centre. Then Judd addressed the death penalty issue. “I felt inexpressibly deeply how terrible it is to take a human life for the last 16 years....

 

Yes, Islamic State Is Dying, but Don’t Celebrate Just Yet
Ramzy Baroud

Those who blame Islam are not simply ignorant, but many are also guided by sinister agendas. Their mindless notion of blaming religion is as foolish as George W. Bush’s “war on terror.” Wholesale, uninformed judgments can only prolong conflict. They also prevent us from confronting specific and clearly obvious links, for example between Al-Qaeda’s rise in Iraq and the US invasion; between the rise of the sectarian brand of Al-Qaeda under Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi and ...

 

The Problem Is Al-Qaeda Not ISIS
Mohammed Al Shaikh

Sururism is the major concept on which al-Qaeda built its cultural ideas. Al-Qaeda has books and recorded speeches. Therefore, one can say that al-Qaeda is a politicized Salafist product. It was the first base which produced the modern violent thought which experts call militant ideology. ISIS does not have a written theoretical legacy and it lacks preaching scholars and influential preachers....

 

Absence of an Anti-Terrorism Narrative
Mawish Moulvi

Terrorism is not simply an act. Behind a willingness to embrace and offer death is the psychological clockwork of martyrdom in motion, one which is confined neither to the body nor the mind. Terrorism is an ideology that unifies and thus it cannot be defeated with a bullet to the bomber; for every one terrorist killed 10 others arise. ...

 

An Islamic State Safe Haven in the Making
Ahmet S. Yayla

Under the ever-growing cloud of radical Islamist propaganda emanating from the Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Turkish authorities continue to see ISIS terrorists as a minor threat. While the U.S. military is distracted by the conventional hot war against ISIS in Syria and the ISIS-controlled cities of Iraq, Turkey is becoming a command centre and logistical hub for ISIS next door....

 

This makes it more complicated for intelligence services and law enforcement agencies to detect and prevent potential terrorist attacks as it will be more difficult to identify threats posed by lone individuals with limited resources rather than more established groups and networks. ISIS has truly become ‘Al Qaeda on steroids’. Although it lacks sophistication and organisation, it has proven that it can commit acts of terror with frequency and unpredictability that Al Qaeda never possessed....

 

ISIS Using Front Companies to Support Terrorism
Alex Entz

As the Islamic State (IS) has been beaten back in Iraq and Syria, the group has continued to attack civilian targets in countries in the anti-IS coalition. Just last week, the group’s operatives attacked Barcelona, and IS may also be responsible for attacks in Russia and Finland. A recent affidavit, brought to light by the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, showcases the challenges of interdicting the funding and networks behind such attacks....

 

Defining Terrorism: Pakistan Courts Have Failed To Interpret the Anti-Terrorism Act In A Consistent Manner
Reema Omer

These acts would be considered ‘terrorism’ if either they are ‘designed’ to intimidate the government, the public or a section of the public or create a sense of fear in society, or, alternatively, if they are committed “for the purpose of advancing a religious, sectarian or ethnic cause … or intimidating and terrorising the public … or attacking civilians….”...

 
The Politics of Textbook Jihad
Abdus Sattar Ghazali

The Politics of Textbook Jihad
Abdus Sattar Ghazali

The Turkish inclusion of Jihad in school textbooks is juxtaposition to the Saudi Arabia’s move in recent years to eliminate from the ‘controversial’ definitions of Jihad in kingdom’s school text books. After the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks Saudi Arabia, accused of fostering the intolerance and animosity through its educational system, was under pressure to revise school text books which allegedly teach hate and extremism.....

Leaders and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir are allegedly using a “get expelled strategy” to join the New JMB, a new faction of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, to carry out terror attacks across Bangladesh.....

 

What Is The Fate Of Foreign ISIS Fighters In Iraq?
Sara al-Qaher

The Iraqi parliamentary Security and Defence Committee last month estimated the total number of foreign fighters who entered Iraq and joined IS ranks to be 30,000, of which 28,000 were killed. However, other studies show far lower numbers. Hakim Zamili, a member of the committee, said that of those 30,000 fighters, 9,000 came from East Asia, 8,000 from Europe, 6,000 from Tunisia and 3,000 from Saudi Arabia....

 

What has been happening for many years now, however, is that a set of beliefs has been advanced from Saudi Arabia that is, by any standard, extremist. The Wahhabi-Salafi belief system is one of religious supremacism, in which the very notion of man-made law, let alone democratic government, is derided....

 

Only in Pakistan can the front group of a nationally and internationally banned terrorist outfit, a group whose Amir is a globally recognized terrorist kept under house arrest by the state itself, be audacious enough to announce the formation – and induction – of a brand new, perfectly legal political party. Just another political party birthed by a militant organization widely believed to be linked to global jihadist organizations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS...

 

Untold ‘Stories’ Of ‘Islamisation’ Of Nigeria
Afis A. Oladosu

I sang: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise. At home, I was taught to open my eyes in the Sujud while observing my prayers; at school I was told to never open my eyes while the morning assembly which was always conducted in Jesus name was going on. “Is it because we should not see the Almighty that is the reason we had to close our eyes?” I craved to know; is it because the Almighty is so visible that His visibility produces invisibility that is the reason we do not close our eyes while observing the Salat?” I became confused.....

 

New Dangers Stalk Syrian Children Still Haunted by Horrors under ISIS
Somini Sengupta

The boy did not want to see a beheading, so he held his mother’s hand tight and tried to close his eyes. But seeing it was mandatory when the Islamic State ruled his hometown in northern Syria: If you were out on the street, you had to watch. The boy, now 11 and a refugee in Beirut, reckons he saw 10 beheadings, and once he saw a man accused of a crime being thrown off the top of a building. Videos of executions were shown after the executions — and children were invited to watch inside mosques....

 
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