Abdullah al-Faisal’s Global Jihad

By Raffaello Pantucci, lawfareblog.comDated: April 19, 2020 Editor’s Note: The history of the modern jihadist movement is often the tale of different charismatic preachers and fighters, whose inspiring words and deeds—and whose pettiness and divisions—shaped the movement. RUSI’s Raffaello Pantucci examines the life and times of Abdullah al-Faisal, the storied jihadist preacher whom the United States is trying to extradite. Faisal is a particularly militant jihadist, and his personal history captures the dangers of the movement and its many divisions. Daniel Byman When he was able to preach publicly, Abdullah…

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…

Jihad: A Misunderstood Concept of Islam

Preamble It cannot be over-emphasized that Islam upholds the values of reason, balance and responsibility in the conduct of its worldly affairs. There is nothing arbitrary about its legal provisions relating to matters of war, peace, international relationships and the rule of law. In this area there is considerable agreement between Islamic law and the legal systems currently practiced throughout the world. In addition to the real possibility that these legal systems were profoundly influenced by the legal heritage of Islam, this commonality can be explained by the fact that…

Concept of “Holy War” or “Jihad”

By Ahmed Motiar , September 28, 2001 The recent terrorist attack in America has brought the religion of Islam into the spotlight. It is unfortunate that Muslims have become the scapegoats for attacks of terrorism perpetrated locally or internationally. Furthermore, Afghanistan’s declaration of a “Holy War” conjures in the minds of non-Muslims, images of “mullahs in flowing robes’, hell bent on killing and destroying everything and everyone in their path ‘for the sake of Allah (SWT).” Reality is far removed from the erroneous illusion that is portrayed by un-informed people,…

Radicalised Jihadists Have Done Untold Damage to Islam’s Image

The Economist, February 14, 2019 No place in Europe has done more to nurture Europe’s jihadists than the quaint neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels. Some of its youth planned the Paris attacks in November 2015 and the suicide-bombings in Brussels five months later. Molenbeek is now quiet, but Johan Leman, a veteran social worker who knew one of the bombers, finds the lull almost more unnerving than the attacks. Since the jihadists first appeared in the 1990s, he twice thought they had gone, but they struck again years later and…

The Entry of Global Jihad through South India

By R S N Singh,Indian Defence ReviewDate : July 24 , 2018 In a statement in Rajya Sabha, the Minister for State for Home, Mr Hansraj Ahir said that the NIA and the state police of various states have so far arrested 75 people for links with the Islamic State. 50 of them belong to the southern states of India. Thus, they constitute more than 65 percent. The spread of these individuals allured by Islamic State brand of jihadism is given on the map. The radicalization of Muslim youth in…

Pathways to Jihad: A Thematic Analysis of 310 Cases

By Kacper Rekawek, Viktor Szucs,Martina Babikova and Katsiaryna Lozka Counter Extremist Project, GLOBSEC Policy InstituteFor the last year and a half, GLOBSEC has been studying the phenomenon of a crime-terror nexus in Europe.1 Its research team has built up a dataset of 348 individuals arrested for terrorism off ences, expelled for alleged terrorist connections, or who died while staging terrorist attacks in Europe in 2015, the peak year of European jihadism. The dataset covers the 11 European countries, all within the EU, who reported the highest number of terrorism arrestees to EUROPOL (European Police…

My Six-Point Fatwa Against Jihad

By Tufail Ahmad, Swarajya.com Dated: December 16, 2015 Islamic scholars must realise that issuing fatwas against terrorism will be inconsequential unless key areas in the Sharia which allow the jihadis to thrive are attacked.On 2 December, fourteen Americans were killed by self-motivated jihadis Tashfeen Malik and her husband Syed Rizwan Farook, at San Bernardino, California. The Pakistani couple carried out the attack in support of the Islamic State (ISIS). On 9 December, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that the duo discussed jihad and martyrdom a year ago.…

Why there can be no Islamic justification for Jihad in Kashmir

By Ghulam Rasool Dehalvi Dated: April 11, 2018 One of the intriguing questions that the modern jihadists have asked Ulema was posed by Eisa Fazili, the slain militant who was allegedly an ISIS sympathizer in Kashmir. In a video which he probably recorded just before his encounter, Fazili criticised the Indian Ulema for refusing to issue the Jihad decree to trigger the militants’ demand for ‘holy war’ on Kashmir. Fazili questioned the Indian Ulema: “Why don’t they issue a fatwa for jihad against ‘non-Muslim oppressors’? A young and gullible student…

It is Terrorism by Daish, Not Jihad by Islamic State

  By Reshmi Kazi, IDSA Dated: December 05, 2016   The November 2016 announcement by the Union Government to henceforth change the nomenclature of the “Islamic State” (IS) to “Daish” in all its official communications concerning the global terrorist organisation is an appropriate move. Banned in 2015 under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the terror outfit has until now been referred to in official records by its various existing nomenclatures including Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Caliphate and Daish. Reportedly, the Union Home…