Indian Scholars refute obscurantist Pakistani Mufti Muneeb’s Fatwa declaring Land Transactions and Muamalat with Hindus to be forbidden in Kashmir

By New Age Islam Group of Scholars Dated: May 04, 2020 An obscurantist, fundamentalist Mullah from Pakistan, Mufti Muneebur Rahman, of Darul Ifta Jamia Nayimia Karachi has issued a fatwa, clearly under the influence of Pakistan’s Deep State, that makes every Muslim hang his head in shame. Is this Islam, one feels like asking, in the way a grief-stricken Muslim mother asked on 16 December 2014 in Peshawar, after the Taliban massacred 149 small children and teachers in a Pakistani Army school. This despicable cleric, speaking in the manner of many…

How “Allah Wale” in Kashmir were established to sustain anti-India campaign?

Dated: August 29,2019 Ahl-e-Hadith (Salafists) are active in Kashmir for more than a century and have always worked to purge the Persianite Kashmiri Islam of indigenous elements. It meant freeing popular Islam in the valley of its pre-Islamic roots. Bakhshi Ghulam Muhammad, Kashmir Chief Minister believed in the Rishi mystic tradition, the indigenous tradition of Kashmir. However, as the concept of Greater Muslim Kashmir developed, the resultant social-religious schism posed a big challenge. Ahl-e-Hadith allied in Kashmir with the “Allah Wale” and began to be counter the mainstream Kashmiri Muslims…

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…

Salafi-Jihad in Kashmir: New Cat among the Pigeons

  By Dr. Adil Rasheed, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Dated: May 15, 2017      For a long time Indian strategists have sought to devise a credible strategic communications programme against the devious indoctrination of the vulnerable sections in Kashmir society by Pakistan and Pakistan-controlled terror groups, which has increasingly taken on a religious colour, but is mainly directed at weaning the state of Jammu and Kashmir away from India. However, in the absence of any effective public relations or ideological counter-narratives campaign, it is ironic that the act…

Are we witnessing the last gasp of terrorism in Kashmir?

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By Col Vivek Chadha (Retd) Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)  Dated:July 11, 2017   The increase in violence levels on the streets of Kashmir and participation of the local population became a cause for worry in 2016. The peace dividend achieved at great ost only a couple of years earlier seemed to be losing out to the mindlessness of violent mobs. This was accompanied by enhanced local recruitment, especially within the ranks of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM). A larger proportion of the new recruits came from South Kashmir, unlike…

Belying police claims, IS shadow lengthens over Valley

       By Vijaita Singh and Peerzada Ashiq       The Hindu, Dated: September 16, 2018     Asif Nazir Dar, an engineering dropout, is remembered by locals and friends in Pulwama’s Panzgam area as a “polite and religious person who never participated in street protests”. Dar was found dead on September 8 outside Srinagar’s Kashmir University campus. Social media tussle Soon messages on social media platforms affiliated to the Islamic State said he had been killed on the orders of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo. However, a…

Why Has the Islamic State Failed to Grow in Kashmir?

By Mohammed Sinan Siyech RSIS  Counter Terrorist  Trends and Analyses Volume 10, Issue 5 | May 2018 Global jihadist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) have failed to exploit the Kashmir conflict, unlike conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, given that it is framed as a territorial issue and political dispute as opposed to an Islamist conflict. This article maps out the nature and magnitude of the IS footprint in the Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir (IAJK) by examining the local dynamics of the insurgency. In doing so,…

Kin, neighbours spur youth to join militancy

The Hindu Dated: June 02, 2018 By Suhasini Haider Reports point to crucial role of friends and social media rather than IS or religious ideology When Hizbul Mujahideen militant Rauf Khanday, 21, from a village in Anantnag was killed in March 2018, thousands attended his funeral, and the footage was streamed across social media in Kashmir. Amongst those watching was Zubair Ahmad Wani, who lived just a kilometre away from Khanday’s home, and had known him well. Wani, an M.Phil student in political science at a university in Madhya Pradesh,…

Militants & Truce: Established Islamic principle is that Islam condoned only fight for “justice”:

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi WordForPeace.com The well-established ulema and classical Islamic scholars counter this false paradigm for martyrdom. An eminent Islamic scholar well-versed in the Islamic theology, Prof Ebrahim Moosa, counters this view. He says: “The whole idea of a martyr or shahid is that you fight until death and you give your life for Allah and community. But you don’t go into battle saying ‘I will die,’” he said. As proof, he recounts one of the hadiths (Prophet Muhammad’s sayings) about a martyr, who is rejected by Allah when he…

Army to prioritise de-radicalisation of Kashmir youth along with counter-terror operations

By Wordforpeace.com With the Kashmir Valley enveloped by rising violence, the Indian Army on Friday said it would prioritise bringing radicalised youth into the mainstream through a “collective approach” and convince militants to “shun violence and gun culture”. The issue of conducting de-radicalising exercises along with counter-terror operations in the Kashmir Valley was discussed during the ongoing biannual Army Commanders’ Conference that began on Monday amid reports that Islamic State ideology was moulding new-age militants in the state. “It was felt that priority must be accorded towards ushering peace by…