Islamic forum condemns Sri Lanka terror attacks

The Hindu,April 23, 2019 The Islamic Forum for the Promotion of Moderate Thought has condemned the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday that targeted churches and hotels and left over 290 people dead and 500 wounded.In a statement, A. Faizur Rahman, the secretary-general of the forum, said, “The brutal blasts have all the hallmarks of a fiendish plot to divide society on communal lines and destabilise the region. A thorough investigation must be conducted not just to identify and legally punish the terrorists who masterminded this heinous crime but…

The difficult diplomacy involved in returning former ISIS fighters and their families

By Michael Birnbaum,The Washington Post Dated: February 23, 2019Brussels — Western countries are scrambling to figure out what to do with the thousands of their citizens who joined the Islamic State, as the militant group loses the last of its territory in Syria and a U.S. military pullout puts pressure on the camps where many have been living.In public, many countries appear to be doing their best to avoid taking back former fighters and their families. Although President Trump has insisted that Europe repatriate its fighters, the United States is…

More questions than answers about Islamic radicalisation

By Breda O’Brien, The Irish Times Dated: March 16, 2019 Lisa Smith, the 37-year-old Irish woman and former soldier who married an Isis fighter and now wants to return to Ireland, is emblematic of a problem facing the West. What caused people to choose such a vicious ideology?And what is now to be done, particularly with the women and minors who embraced the Caliphate and are now left destitute in various camps?Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been adamant that Smith will not be left stateless but that she will face investigation and…

Islamophobia: Causes and cures

By Muhammad Asif Pakistan Observer Dated: March 30,2019 ISLAMOPHOBIA is defined as; “the fear, hatred of, or prejudice against, Islam or Muslims”. The word, ‘Islamophobia’ has been relatively recent added to the vocabulary of English language. Linguists and social scientists have not yet reached a consensus regarding the universally agreed upon literal or connotative meanings of Islamophobia as a word, or a concept. Though the use of Islamophobia as a contrived expression dates back to the early 20th century, it surfaced as a neologism in the 1970s. However, it nearly completely…

Pathways to Jihad: A Thematic Analysis of 310 Cases

By Kacper Rekawek, Viktor Szucs,Martina Babikova and Katsiaryna Lozka Counter Extremist Project, GLOBSEC Policy InstituteFor the last year and a half, GLOBSEC has been studying the phenomenon of a crime-terror nexus in Europe.1 Its research team has built up a dataset of 348 individuals arrested for terrorism off ences, expelled for alleged terrorist connections, or who died while staging terrorist attacks in Europe in 2015, the peak year of European jihadism. The dataset covers the 11 European countries, all within the EU, who reported the highest number of terrorism arrestees to EUROPOL (European Police…

Why ISIS Propaganda Works

By Charlie Winterwww.theatlantic.comFebruary 13, 2016As it stands, the international coalition is far from winning the information war against the Islamic State. Its air strikes may be squeezing the group in Iraq and Syria and killing many of its leaders, but that has not halted the self-proclaimed caliphate’s ideological momentum. Indeed, at the end of 2015, it was estimated that the number of foreigners travelling to join militant groups in Iraq and Syria—predominantly the Islamic State—had more than doubled in the course of just 18 months. What’s more, while these figures…

The Myth of Muslim Condemnation of Terror

 By Ali Eteraz, www.huffingtonpost.com Dated: October 10, 2007 The amount of disinformation about Muslims is disconcerting. One popular smear is that Muslims are in an alliance with the left to take over the West; it is an allegation that far right loves to use. The other, equally popular and equally absurd, idea is that Muslims do not condemn terrorism. This too makes its way into culture from the right (though judging by comments to my last post, its diffused to some members of the left). Though it is subtler, and…

My Six-Point Fatwa Against Jihad

By Tufail Ahmad, Swarajya.com Dated: December 16, 2015 Islamic scholars must realise that issuing fatwas against terrorism will be inconsequential unless key areas in the Sharia which allow the jihadis to thrive are attacked.On 2 December, fourteen Americans were killed by self-motivated jihadis Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Rizwan Farook, at San Bernardino, California. The Pakistani couple carried out the attack in support of the Islamic State (ISIS). On 9 December, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that the duo discussed jihad and martyrdom a year ago.…

‘You are truly the enemies of Islam’: Indian Army Ex Officer’s open letter to Jaish-e-Mohammad

By Mohammad Ali Shah, Scroll.in Dated: February 20, 2019 How dare you bunch of cowards think of calling yourselves believers of Islam?My name is Major Mohommed Ali Shah (veteran). My family has had a tradition of soldiering for 200 years. My father retired as the deputy chief of Army Staff and was vice chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University thereafter. Because of his and his brilliant team’s back-breaking efforts, Aligarh Muslim University was ranked as India’s best university by the Times Higher Education Ranking, London, the most reliable ranking of universities in…

Religious Fatwa against Terrorism

Fatwa issued by Jamiat e Ahle Hadith on March 18, 2006 QUESTION: In modern times terrorism has made its presence felt in global circles. People find a camouflage of horrific incidents of militancy, violence, brutality, viciousness, discord and tyranny taking place every where. The act of bombing, hijacking of aircrafts and vehicles, suicidal attacks, kidnapping, targetting and killing of innocent people with the intention to cause death and injuries to people or damage or destruction to Government and private properties or disruption of supplies or services essential to the life of community and society as well as creating instability and insecurity in the society have become common.Would you, religious clerics, please shade light on these subversive activities and its perpetrators? Is terrorism allowed in Islam or do the subversive activities have religious sanctions in a way on another?ANSWER: Terrorism means the illegal transgression against the lives and property of people, creating instability and insecurity in the society and spreading violence, mischief and extremism in the land. Terrorism is characterised by invoking terror in the hearts of people and intimidating people restoring to illegal, immoral and inhuman activities.Terrorism is carried out to accomplish certain objectivities and sometime to uphold some idealogies and principles through aggressive and cruel means against the opponents in the name of religion, race, colour or culture etc.As a matter of fact, Islam is totally against Terrorism, terrorists and terrorising acts. Islamic Shariah does not approve it whether the perpetrators are Muslims or non-Muslims.Islam is the fountainhead of peace and security. It is religion which ensures and promotes love, brotherhood and harmony among peoples whereas violence springs up from beastliness, barbarism and intimidation causing mass massacres and bloodshed. Islam attaches primary importance to the sanctity of human life, and the right to lead one’s life in peace and tranquillity with a sense of security and fearlessness.Islam has given immense respect to human life. It has clarified that people who are engaged in instigating terror and bloodshed should not be spared. Islam has condemned mischief and deviltry as a more heinous crime than homicide.Terrorism is undoubtedly unacceptable to any sensible…