Why even Indian origin strains of Islam are likely to give way to Radicalism in Bangladesh?

New Age Islam November 06, 2020 Since its inception, Bangladesh has got a great adherence to the syncretic Indian-origin Islamic heritage with its inherent inclusivism as an integral part of identity for the Bengali Muslims. Most Muslim denominations in Bangladesh—Deobandis, Barelwis & Sunni-Sufis who are around 96%—have their centrality in India. But what has happened recently that even these Indian-origin strains are likely to give way to radical Islamist streams? In the case of the Vienna terror incident, the Austrian police has detained 14 youths including the two young Bangladeshi…

Fatwa issued despite scorn from Muslim leaders

By Shaikh Azizur Rahman, thenationalnews.com Dated: March 06,2009 Although Islamic leaders across the country last month dismissed the World Hindu Council’s demand that Muslims declare India Dar al Aman, or land of peace, this week the country’s leading Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband, issued a fatwa declaring just that. The Hindu council – the Viswa Hindu Parishad, or VHP – in letters sent to the country’s top 13 Muslim organisations last month, including the seminary, sought a fatwa from Muslim clerics that would state clearly that India is a Dar…

IS in direct violation of Islamic principles: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz

Arab News, March 2015 The Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh stressed that IS does not represent Sunni beliefs and values due to its corrupt practices in direct violation of the principles of Islam. He said Sunnis cannot be associated with the harsh behavior and killing of people, especially as IS’ interpretation of holy jihad and means to claim the caliphate are religiously unacceptable and promote bloodshed.He warned young people against joining the group in name of religion, as the organization explicitly takes advantage of young people merely to kill…

Undying spirit of Indian Muslims is best weapon against terrorists

By Dinesh Unnikrishnan, Firstpost.com Dated: August 19, 2016 Why does India produce so few Islamic terrorists despite having a bigger Muslim population than most Muslim countries in the world, including our warmonger neighbour Pakistan? That’s a question often asked whenever terrorists claim innocent lives in the name of religion. The answer lies in the undying inner spirit of the majority of Indian Muslims and in the larger ideals of religious pluralism and their unflinching faith in the country’s secular fabric — something which isn’t easy to destruct by the self-proclaimed…

The rise of radical Barelvi Islam in Pakistan

By Kriti M. Shah, Observer Research Foundation Dated: November 13, 2018 In November 2018, the Pakistan government agreed to a deal with violent Islamist protestors, who had brought the country to a standstill for three days. The protestors were members of hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or TLP, who were against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in 2010. Her crime was that she took a sip of water from a well that was not meant for her and then she allegedly insulted Prophet Mohammad. In the…

Muslim cleric issues fatwa against ISIS

Times of India, Dated: August 30,2014 A noted Muslim cleric in Kerala issued a fatwa asking his community members to boycott the Islamic Sate also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations. In his religious decree, general secretary of All India Sunni Jam-e-yyathul Ulema, Shaikh Abu Bakr Ahmad said favouring the extremist organizations is antithetical to the Islamic sharia. The Muslim world is in dire need to take cognizance of the threats posed by the anti-Islamic outfits. The militant groups among Muslims are causing…

Islamic State Returnees: India’s Counter radicalization vs Deradicalization Approach

By Bibhu Prasad Routray Dated: June 2019 Abstract Punitive measures have been integral to the Indian approach towards people who have joined the Islamic State. The security establishment, however, adopts a much softer approach towards potential sympathizers and even towards those who have been prevented from leaving for Iraq and Syria. Counter-radicalization dominates government action. In view of the recent developments including the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, should this policy be broadened in scope to embrace the benefits of de-radicalization? Should there be a scope for the de-radicalized…

The Islamic State in Kerala: A primer

By Kabir Taneja and Mohammed Sinan Siyech ORF Occasional Paper, October 2019 With a Muslim population of over 200 million, the third largest in the world next only to Indonesia and Pakistan, India was thought of by analysts to be fertile ground for the recruitment of foreign fighters for the Islamic State (IS). The country, however, has proven such analysts wrong by having only a handful of pro-IS cases so far. Of these cases, the majority have come from the southern state of Kerala. This paper offers an explanation for…

Who are the new jihadis?

By Olivier Roy, theguardian.com April 13, 2017 There is something new about the jihadi terrorist violence of the past two decades. Both terrorism and jihad have existed for many years, and forms of “globalised” terror – in which highly symbolic locations or innocent civilians are targeted, with no regard for national borders – go back at least as far as the anarchist movement of the late 19th century. What is unprecedented is the way that terrorists now deliberately pursue their own deaths. Over the past 20 years – from Khaled…

Understanding the Indian foreign fighter lacuna

By Mohammed Sinan Siyech Observer Research foundation (ORF) Dated: January 31,2020 In the aftermath of the Islamic State declaring itself in July 2014, it managed to mobilize more than 30,000 people who travelled to its strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Yet, apart from approximately 100 people (divided into a few batches), scarcely any people travelled to join the Islamic State abroad too. Most of the people who did travel to the conflict zones were from the southern state of Kerala with a few more from states like Maharashtra. Motivations for these…