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Monday, December 5, 2022

Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) of Islamabad; “Jihadisation of politics” as well as “politicisation of Jihad”

Last year, there was this viral video of Lal Masjid, Islamabad wherein a large group of Talibat (female students) of Islam were being taught and demonstrated with utter barbarity and fanaticism as to how to behead anyone who in any terms ‘insults’ the prophet of Islam.

A lot of what is happening in contemporary Bharat especially, in the light of the recent events which have not just nefariously popularised but also, normalised the Islamic terror slogan of “Gustakh e Nabi ki ek hi saza , sar tan se juda, sar tan se juda” ( blasphemers against prophet deserve only one punishment and that is beheading ) due to sheer absence of any fortitude in central government; certain complex aspects of Islamism needs to be understood and the case of the Lal Masjid from the ‘tumour’ lingering at our western and northwest border is an important case study for that . Now, before anything else our readers who might not be that aware of mechanisms of Jihad in the Islamic state of Pakistan need to know a few things about this mosque:

  • Built in the year 1966 in the then newly constructed capital city of the Islamic state of Pakistan; Islamabad ( literally meaning the abode of Islam ) this mosque has been a breeding and nurturing ground for Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists since it’s very inception. As a matter of fact the group of Talibat seen in the video were from the adjacent Islamic Madarsa of Jamia Hafsa. It’s first Imam; Maulana Muhammad Abdullah Ghazi had a close relationship with the former President and dictator of Pakistan; Muhammad Zia Ul Haq. He was the one who pumped another boosting dose of Islamic radicalism into the very thought process of Pakistan’s society, polity and thus, into the very edifice of the state apparatus where already the very establishing principle as well as modus operandi of Pakistan was same as that of today’s ISIS.
  • The mosque is of Sunni Hanafi Maturidi sect and of Deobandi rite based upon the Darul Uloom Deoband, located in Deoband town of Bharat’s Uttar Pradesh.
  • In the year 2007, the mosque’s anarchist activities sporadically grew to such an extent that the disturbance and chaos grew to the other quarters and sections of the city and eventually the security forces of the state’s established had to intervene resulting in the siege of the mosque. The aggressor’s side from the mosque had foreign mujahideens as well who were specifically present there for this planned confrontation as all this was supported and encouraged by Al Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman Al Zawahiri. In the subsequent year, on anniversary of this confrontation a bomb attack occurred targeting the local police in order to take ‘revenge’.
  • The mosque was one of the foremost centres for recruitment and training of mujahideens during the Soviet-Afghan war.

Jihadisation of politics

This phrase is directed towards muslim majority countries like Pakistan or muslim dominated countries like Bharat wherein the narrative of political discourse is either monopolised or heavily influenced by the Jihadi ecosystem. The narrative which is same across Pakistan’s establishment elites as well as common masses could be perfectly understood by one phrase which they often say and that is “Juda ho Siyasat se deen toh reh jaati changezi”( when religion is separated from politics then what remains is barbarity ).

Pakistan was brought into existence by the disenfranchised class of muslim feudal lords in the British Colony of India in order to retain their feudal power status and elite echelons of a state structure but the tool they used for it was one of the horrific most in the world ; the mainstreaming and normalisation of Islamic populism the ‘ Medina project ‘. It was very similar to what the left is doing in America today with wokeness for obtaining illegitimate power and control.

But make no mistake, the fundamentalist ideologues of Jihad knew this from the very beginning in the entire chain of events comprising the genesis of Pakistan that the feudal lust for Pakistan will soon enough be outweighed by the inherent societal and structural fanaticism of Islamism and the mere tool will gain a heart and mind of it’s own. Today, the very holding fabric of Islamic state of Pakistan is such that the systematic takeover and absolutist Islamic fundamentalism has become inevitable.

Politicisation of Jihad

Reading this phrase many might say that “Well, isn’t Jihad the very outcome of indispensable and quintessential political aspect of Islam so, why say politicisation of Jihad”. Well, that’s because my context of saying politicisation here is that no politics shall be played over recognition, unequivocal denunciation and action against Jihad, it should be a first principle based policy but that’s something what seems to be missing and in even west where there is requisite enforcement capability, institutional credibility as well as anthropological conceptuality but even then the present scenario is terribly worrying especially in countries like America where we are witnessing cheap, third rated, self defeating and inhumane sort of politics being played by incumbent establishment and it’s allied forces that presentation of Jihad is ranging from denial to normalisation to celebration and it’s questioning has been made so penalizing that it has become like calling out the nudity of the naked emperor !

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  1. What is the ultimate objective these radicals?
    Do they want to eliminate people of other religions?
    Will they not fall victim to their own ploy, just as what happened to ISIS in Syria & Iraq?


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