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What Is Jihad in Islam? The most authoritative answer from the Islamic theology of Consensus of all Four Sunni Schools of Islamic Jurisprudence– Part 1

New Age Islam, April 15,2021 Translated by New Age Islam group of scholars from the original Arabic Chapter on Jihad in “Al-Mausu’ah Al-Fiqhiyah” i.e., Encyclopaedia of Islamic Jurisprudence (45 volumes). This is also known as “Kuwaiti Encyclopaedia for Islamic jurisprudence,” as it is the fruit of a 50-year effort of the Ministry of Awqaf (religious matters) of Kuwait to build up an encyclopaedia of jurisprudence reconciling all four Sunni madhabs (schools of thought). Main aspects covered in Part 1: 1.    A comprehensive introduction 2.    Definition of Jihad related words; Siyar,…

Extremism and Terrorism Trends in Pakistan: Changing Dynamics and New Challenges

By Hassan AbbasCombating Terrorism Centre Volume-14, Issue-2, February 2021 Abstract: Even as Pakistan has made progress in reducing the threat from terrorist sanctuaries in the Pakistan-Afghanistan tribal areas, an increased crime-terror nexus in urban centers and a new terrorist recruitment drive by Islamic State Khorasan province, or ISK, in Baluchistan has raised alarms. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is trying to stage a comeback, and sectarianism is also rising, creating a congenial environment for terrorist and extremist organizations, including some Kashmir-focused groups that have evaded counterterrorism scrutiny. Pakistan’s poor investment in developing…

Religious and Theological Underpinning of Global Islamist Terror

By Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam Dated: February 03, 2016 Full Text of Speech at International Counter Terrorism Conference 2016 in Jaipur: The ease and swiftness with which the so-called Islamic State and the self-declared khilafat of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has attracted over 30,000 Muslims from 100 countries around the globe in just one year has surprised many.  But this should not have come as a surprise to us in India. Muslim love for the idea of global Khilafat is well-known. From Indian subcontinent alone, less than a…

ISIS eyeing India in comeback plan

Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) Dated: May 06,2019 Barely a month after losing all its territory in Syria to US-led forces, ISIS seems to be fast regaining its international notoriety as a major threat to global peace and security. After carrying out the horrific Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019 — which claimed 253 lives and left over 500 people injured — ISIS supremo Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi made a video appearance last week to assert that the “fight is not over”.…

The Hadith that Prevented Muslims From Joining ISIS must be an Eye-Opener for the sympathizers of Jihadism

New Age islam, November 30,2020 Previously we argued that The Jihadists’ Use of the Black Flag Narrative Is Not Reliable In the Eye of Hadith-Scholars and Hence Should Not be Acceptable. This time we have brought the reliable Hadith of Hazrat Ali (the Fourth caliph of Islam and the son in-law of the Prophet) which the readers must be shocked to see in the context of the present-day Jihadists in common and the ISIS in particular. The text of the Hadith is as clear as required to substantiate that the…

Bangladesh Deradicalisation Programme: 9 militants surrender to return to normal life

The Daily Star, January 15, 2021 Nine militants, who had previously severed ties with their families and the society, have decided to return to normal lives, thanks to counselling they received under Rab supervision for between two and six months. They surrendered to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed yesterday. As part of a new initiative, Rab deradicalised them and reintegrated them into the society.The nine people include engineer Shawon Muntaha Ibne Shawkat, 34, a young man from Sylhet, and his wife Nusrat Ali…

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…