Islamic cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi says ‘jihadist caliphate’ violates Sharia

Al Arabiya News, July 05,2014 Qatar-based Egyptian Muslim cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi said on Saturday that the declaration of an Islamic caliphate by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) violates sharia law. Last Sunday, the jihadists declared an “Islamic caliphate” in areas they control in Iraq and Syria and ordered Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Sheikh Qaradawi, seen as a spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in his native Egypt, said in a statement that the declaration “is void under sharia.” ISIS…

An Open Letter to Baghdadi

Letter to Baghdadi is an open letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as a theological refutation of the practices of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It is signed by numerous Muslim theologians, lawmakers and community leaders.The letter includes a technical point-by-point refutation of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s actions and ideology based on the Qur’an and other classical texts, using a style that is unfamiliar to liberal or even uninformed Muslims. In September 2014, the letter, initially signed by…

Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), meaning “Party of Liberation,” is an international Islamist movement seeking to unite Muslims under one Islamic caliphate. Founded by Palestinian Taqiuddin al-Nabhani al-Filastyni in 1953, HT considers itself a non-violent political party. HT states that its goal is to peacefully convert Muslim nations to Islamist political systems.HT praises the concept of jihad but insists that it does not use “material power to defend itself or as a weapon….” The group publicly disavows efforts to achieve its goals of a caliphate through violent means. HT has been banned…

Egypt’s top religious authority condemns Islamic State

Reuterts, August 12,2014 Egypt’s top religious authority condemned the armed group Islamic State which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, describing it on Tuesday as a corrupt, extremist organisation that is damaging Islam. “An extremist and bloody group such as this poses a danger to Islam and Muslims, tarnishing its image as well as shedding blood and spreading corruption,” said Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt’s most influential Muslim cleric, the state news agency MENA reported. The comments came as the Vatican called on Muslim religious leaders to take…

Fighting terror is Islamic Duty: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh

Arab News, February 22,2015 Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has stressed the importance of rallying all efforts from media and educational institutions to combat terrorism. “The misuse of the religion by extremists is greatly damaging the image of Islam,” he said. Such actions severely distort the image of Islam abroad, he said. Those sinners attribute their inhuman actions to Islam when they claimed an Islamic State and Allah knows that the hypocrites are liars, said the grand mufti. Al-Asheikh made these remarks during his weekly talk show while highlighting…

Fatwa against the targeting of Civilians

By Shaykh Muhammad Afifi Al Akiti IntroductionIn the Name of God, the All-Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Gentle reader, Peace upon those who follow right guidance! I am honored to present the following fatwa or “response by a qualified Muslim Scholar” against the killing of civilians by the Oxford-based Malaysian jurist of the Shafii School and my inestimable teacher, Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti, titled Defending the Transgressed by Censuring the Reckless against the Killing of Civilians. The Shaykh authored it in a few days, after I asked him to offer some…

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah sees Islamic State as growing ‘monster’

By Reuters, August 15, 2014 The Hezbollah leader described the radical Islamist movement that has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria as a growing “monster” that could threaten Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf states, according to an interview. In a separate speech, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Islamic State also posed an existential threat to his own nation, Lebanon, the target of an incursion by Islamist insurgents from Syria this month. He said his heavily armed Shi’ite Muslim group was ready to fight the threat in Lebanon – if…

Radicalisation: A subtype of Religious Conversion?

By Julien van den Elzen Perspective on Terrorism, February 2018 Abstract This Research Note starts by evaluating Lofland and Stark’s conversion model. By comparing it with several radicalisation models, it was found that conversion and radicalisation processes have much in common. Based on this observation, the idea of a radical-conversion model is formulated. Subsequently, five hypotheses derived from the radical-conversion model are tested with a sample of foreign fighters database (n = 408). It was found that converts and non-converts can be seen as equals. The convert’s involvement in suicide…

The Evolution of the Salafi-Jihadist Threat: Current and Future Challenges from the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda

By Seth G. Jones Charles Vallee Danika Newlee Nicholas Harrington Clayton Sharb Hannah Byrne Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington With the collapse of the Islamic State’s socalled caliphate in Iraq and Syria, there is a critical need to assess the current state and future evolution of Salafi-jihadist groups. U.S. strategy documents like the National Security Strategy note that the United States has “crushed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, and will continue pursuing them until they are destroyed.”…

Radical Islamist English language online magazines: Research guide, Strategic insights and Policy response

By Robert J. Bunker and Pamela Ligouri Bunker Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press Radical Islamist online magazines first appeared in November 2003 with the publication of Sawt al-Jihad (Voice of Jihad) in Arabic. This magazine discontinued publication in April 2005 after 29 issues, having been shut down by the Saudi security services. The magazine was produced by the Saudi branch of al-Qaeda that later evolved into al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). It called upon other al-Qaeda groups todevelop and franchise their own magazines. Besidesthe plethora…