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…