Takfir: The Act of accusing a Muslim of Apostasy, has become an Ideology, Embraced by Extremists

By Habib Ali Jafri New Age Islam Dated: February 26, 2014 Takfir, the act of accusing a Muslim of apostasy, has become an ideology embraced by extremist movements to justify the killing of anyone who does not fulfil their criteria of “true” belief. There are two main reasons for the cancerous spread of Takfirist ideology in parts of the Muslim world. The first one is the rejection of the diversity of opinions. This diversity is often a result of the application of scholars’ independent legal judgement (Ijtihad) to religious textual…

To What Extent Did Attacking the Sources of ISIL’s Funding Operations Contribute to the Weakening of The Islamic State?

By Daniel Porter,International Counter TerrorismYouth Network (ICTYN) Student Paper Series 2018 | Issue 02 AbstractThis article examines the impact attacking the sources of Islamic State’s funding operations had on weakening the Caliphate. Delineating between kinetic and nonkinetic operations to target Islamic State’s funding, this article highlights the inefficacy of national, regional and international attempts to weaken the group through targeting their relationship to the international financial system, as this relationship was largely non-existent. Rather, the targeting of oil infrastructure, cash depots, and population centres had a more significant effect due to the…

Global Islamism, Jihadism and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

By Tufail Ahmed, Firstpost, Dated: October   29, 2016 Recently, I have been ridiculed and dismissed as a ‘sanghi’, as a Zionist and as an Islamophobe for arguing in my writings that Islamic clerics and Urdu journalists engender Islamist ideas and trap innocent Muslim youths in the web of jihadism. So, to defend me in the court of public opinion, I hereby present my advocate Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (1888-1958), the 20th century’s foremost Islamic scholar who was born in Mecca as a citizen of the Ottoman Caliphate and went on…

The Global Movement of Moderates: An Effective Counter to ISIS?

By Kumar Ramakrishna Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore Dated: August 06, 2015 Synopsis: Amongst the various global initiatives debated to counter the violent extremist ideology of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), one example from Southeast Asia – the Global Movement of Moderates – is worth closer scrutiny. Moderation, however, is not just for Muslims.Commentary: INTERNATIONAL CONCERN at the rapidly metastasising global threat of the brutal Al Qaeda “mutation” known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has generated concerted discussions on effective strategies to…

The Hardline Stream of Global Jihad: Revisiting the Ideological origin of the Islamic State

By Tore Hamming, Combating Terrorism Centre January 2019, Volume-12, Issue-1 Abstract: The Islamic State has lost almost all its territorial control in Syria and Iraq and thus a central part of its claim to constitute a caliphate. As the international community takes stock, it is necessary to discard the myth of the group simply being a product of al-Qaida. Despite its history as a local al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State developed from an ideological and cultural trend born in late-1980s Afghanistan that was always in tension with the…

Religious education can counter terror: Asif Ibrahim, Former IB Chief

The Hindu News Paper, December 08, 2018 Strong religious education acts as a bulwark against radicalisation, and most of the Islamic State members had little knowledge of Islam, Asif Ibrahim, former envoy of the Prime Minister on countering terrorism and extremism, said on Friday.Mr. Ibrahim, former Director of the Intelligence Bureau, was appointed by Narendra Modi as a special envoy in 2015.At a conference organised by Policy Perspectives Foundation on India-UAE cooperation against radicalisation and terrorism, Mr. Ibrahim said 108 out of 180 million Indian Muslims joined the IS in…

“I want to be the last girl in the world with a story like mine”: Nadia Murad

By Muna Adil, Quilliam International Dated: October 09, 2018 On Friday 5th October, Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad became the joint winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize along with Congolese gynaecologist and activist Denis Mukwege. Nadia, 25, and Mukwege, 63, were presented the esteemed award “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.Nadia, now the second youngest Nobel winner after 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai was awarded the same prize in 2014, said:“I share this award with all Yazidis, with all the Iraqis,…

Don’t Shut Down the Internet’s Biggest Jihadist Archive

By Graeme Wood, www.theatlantic.com Dated: December 10, 2018 If you discover that your neighbor—a decent guy and a known history buff—maintains a small collection of Nazi memorabilia, you might not think less of him, especially if his record of tolerance and anti-fascism is beyond reproach. Now imagine that he maintains not a small collection but the largest in the world, in private or public hands. He lets anyone examine it, including actual Nazis, without asking for a name or a reason. How big does the collection have to get before…

Jordan King listening, PM Narendra Modi says fight is against terror, not any religion

By Shubhajit Roy, The Indian Express  Dated: March 02, 2018 Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein — who is the 41st generation descendant of Prophet Muhammad — said that “today’s global war against terror is a fight by moderates of all communities against extremists whose faith is hate and violence”.THE FIGHT against terrorism, extremism and radicalisation is not against any particular religion, but is against “the mindset which misleads our youth to inflict atrocities against the innocent”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.Addressing a conference on ‘Islamic Heritage: Promoting…

26/11 aftermath: ATS deradicalises 86 people

The Indian Express Dated: November 26, 2017 The deradicalisation is done to bring back to normal life persons who had strayed in the name of ‘jihad’, a senior official of the ATS said. He said all these people, including eight women, had come in contact with their handlers via social networking sites and were radicalised online.The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has deradicalised 86 people in the last two years as a part of its efforts to wean away misguided youth from the path of extremism in the aftermath of the…