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…