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…

United against Extremism

By Syed Hamid Mohsin Dated: February 20, 2016 ISLAM CONDEMNS EXTREMISMExtremism is problematic when opinions and principles go against the legal system, especially the laws that are created to protect society from harm and promote the overall well- being of the society.One of the manifestations of extremism is an obsessive pursuit of finding faults in others and making exacting demands on them. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has condemned this, when he urged the Muslims to:‘Avoid extremism for people before you were led to destruction because of their extremism…

Fatwa on Joining ISIS/ISIL by Islamic Supreme Council of Canada

Islamic Supreme Council of Canada Date: March 11, 2015 Overwhelming majority of worldwide Islamic scholars have already individually declared ISIS/ISIL un-Islamic “out-siders” (KHAWARIJ) group.  The attached Islamic edict (Fatwa) by the Canadian Muslim Imams and scholars is the first formal Fatwa in the world regarding ISIS/ISIL and its recruitment activities. Fatwa is the opinions of Muslim scholars based upon the jurisprudence of Islam.  There are several sources of Islamic jurisprudence but the Holy Qur’an and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are the main sources of Islamic Jurisprudence.…

A Comprehensive Fatwa against Terrorism and Militancy by One Lakh Muftis, Ulema and Imams of Bangladesh

Publication: May 31, 2016 ( 23 Shaban1437 Hijri) The respected one hundred thousand Ulama & Mashayekh Karam, Aimma (Imams) and Mufti Saheban of Bangladesh were asked the following questions: 1.       Does Islam, as a great religion of peace, support terrorism and extremist activities? 2.       Did our prophets, especially our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pubh), preach Islam by applying this type of brutal and ferocious method? 3.       Is Jihad and terrorism the same thing in Islam? 4.       Is terrorism a path to Heaven or Hell? 5.       Can suicidal deaths be termed…