Domination of Pakistan by Radical Islamists

By P.K. Upadhyay, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Dated: June 14, 2013 Pakistani Radical Islamists (RIs) seem to have been the actual winners in the recently concluded Pakistan elections. The RIs, comprising the Pashtuns belonging to the Tehriq-e-Taliban Pakistan, their Punjabi and Pakistan based Kashmiri cohorts belonging to a big chunk of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and the Jamaat-ud Daw’ah, almost the entire Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Jaish-e-Mohammad and a number of other radical Islamic militant groups, swear allegiance to Deobandi/Wahabi/Salafi schools of Islam. They also identify with Al-Qaida’s radical…

What ISIS Really Wants

www.theatlantic.com Dated: March 2015 what is the islamic state?Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past…

The Media needs to be more responsible for how it links Islam and Islamist Terrorism

By Audrey Courty Halim Rane,The Wire Dated: October 04, 2018 Since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, Islam has become central to debates about social cohesion and national security in Australia.Restrictions on Muslim immigration have been openly discussed – most recently by Senator Fraser Anning in his maiden speech to parliament – and many believe another terrorist attack in the name of “Islam” is inevitable.Confronted with this reality, the media are playing an essential role in informing us about Islam and influencing how we respond. But, perhaps due…

Speech of Maulana Abul Kalam for Muslims

By Pandit Asghar, www.thelallantop.com Dated: November 11, 2018 ये स्पीच है मौलाना अबुल कलाम आज़ाद की. जो 1947 में बकरीद के मौके पर दिल्ली की जामा मस्जिद में दी. उन्होंने आज़ादी मिलने पर मुसलमानों को उस वक़्त ख़िताब किया. लेकिन उनकी ये बातें पढ़कर ऐसा लगता है जैसे अभी के लिए कही हैं. अबुल कलाम 11 नवंबर 1888 को सऊदी अरब के मक्का में पैदा हुए थे. 22 फ़रवरी 1958 को इस दुनिया से रुखसत हो गए. इस स्पीच को अमेरिकन स्कॉलर चौधरी मोहम्मद नईम ने उर्दू में तहरीर किया…

Revival of ‘Traditional Islam’ Crucial to Counter Radicalisation and Terrorism

Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses Dated: November 23, 2016 Describing political motivation as a key to radicalisation and Islam as a vehicle to legitimise radical philosophies, Hon’ble Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Shri NN Vohra today called for a need for strong intra-regional, regional and global policies to counter the menace of terrorism.Shri Vohra was delivering the keynote address at the international seminar on ‘Addressing the Challenges of International Terrorism and Radicalisation’ at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) on November 23, 2016.Reflecting on how the true…

Darul Uloom Deoband issued a Fatwa against terrorism

The Economic Times Dated: June 01,2008 For the first time ever, Islamic seminary Darul-Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa against terrorism on Saturday, stating Islam had come to wipe out all kinds of terrorism and to spread the message of global peace. The Darul-Uloom had denounced terrorism for the first time in February, but had not issued a fatwa so far. Fatwa, signed by Darul-Uloom Deoband’s grand mufti Habibur Rehman, asserts that “Islam rejects all kinds of unjust violence, breach of peace, bloodshed, murder and plunder and does not allow it…

The Ankara Declaration

We, the participants gathered in Ankara for the fifth Glocalization Conference of the Glocal Forum, Mayors and representatives of 54 cities from all corners of the world, together with heads of international institutions, champions of the public and private sector, have held 3 days of deliberations against the backdrop of a growing danger of a rift between what is defined as the western world and large parts of the Islamic world. These notions are marred with misconceptions, misunderstandings, prejudice, even hostility and violence. This danger was emphasized, and the possibility…

How should we oppose extremism?

By Grason Slover, February 04, 2019 www. journal.quilliaminternational.com The term “Extremism” has always been somewhat vacuous. Its use is so widespread, and its deployment by some so dubious, that it often seems it has no serious substance at all. But while there are far too many instances in which ignorant or politically motivated individuals degrade the term’s integrity, there also have always been and always will be ideologies that remind us of why there is a need for such a category.The main difficulty is in deciding how to distinguish between views…

Radicalised Jihadists Have Done Untold Damage to Islam’s Image

The Economist, February 14, 2019 No place in Europe has done more to nurture Europe’s jihadists than the quaint neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels. Some of its youth planned the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the suicide-bombings in Brussels five months later. Molenbeek is now quiet, but Johan Leman, a veteran social worker who knew one of the bombers, finds the lull almost more unnerving than the attacks. Since the jihadists first appeared in the 1990s, he twice thought they had gone, but they struck again years later and…

Caught between two Extremisms

By Mohammed Ayoob, The Hindu Dated: February 10, 2019 News reports about occasional acts of terrorism outside of Jammu and Kashmir, which for historical reasons forms a special case, attributed to young Indian Muslims have appeared intermittently in the press. In addition, several recent reports suggest that global jihadi organisations such as the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) have recruited a few Indian Muslim youth primarily by exploiting the latter’s local grievances to serve their own global goals.Many analysts, Indian and foreign, had assumed until recently…