Media Discourse on Deobandi Terrorism: 5 – 25 December 2014


The tragedy of Junaid Jamshed

Syed Kamran Hashmi

Daily Times

December 05, 2014

Once a heartthrob with a western outlook and uncommon coloured eyes, he has grown a long Shenandoah beard (without a mustache) after being impressed by the teachings of the Deobandi school of thought (a Sunni subsect) promoted by the Tableeghi Jamaat. As he got more involved in the organisation over time, he transformed into a different person; he quit wearing western clothes altogether, preferring shalwar kameez as his attire, and covered his head with a Taqqiya cap or turban permanently, all in accordance with the interpretation of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi’s understanding of Islam and the Tableeghi Jamaat.

Joining the Tableegh has lately become a fashionable trend in Pakistan. An increasing number of former cricketers and movie stars, after retirement, have taken up the responsibility to encourage other Muslims to follow the ‘right path’. What they preach most of the time is not controversial and applies to every Muslim regardless of their sect but its details always remain Deobandi whether it is their pattern of offering prayers, the books they read, the size or shape of the beard, the length of the pajamas (pants), the size of the scarf, the attire of women or their independence as individuals. And the singer of Sanwali Saloni Si Mehbooba, until last week, was doing just that.


Analysis: Battle for ‘Ameer-ul-Momineen’

Myth or mystery

The News

December 7, 2014

Some experts believe that Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi is Salafist and a majority of militant organisations in Pakistan belong to the Deoband school of thought. Al-Baghdadi, they say, started his jihadi career under the command of Abu-Musab al-Zarqavi who was a Deobandi. They also say the IS is fighting with Jabhat-ul-Nusra, an al-Qaeda branch in Syria. But this claim seems absurd because the IS is basically an off-shoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq.


Hypocrisy or mental illness?

Marvi Sirmed

The Nation