Who are the Islamic State and the Taliban?

The so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda and now the Taliban are radical jihadist groups focused on ridding the world from the threat, as they perceive it, that Western culture poses to Islam.

When did the Taliban come to power in Afghanistan?

The group came to prominence in Afghanistan in the autumn of 1994, and governed in the country for 5 years, from 1996-2001. Taliban means ‘student’ in Arabic, and it is widely speculated that the group first emerged from religious seminaries which preached a strict variation of Sunni Islam.

Who is the leader of the Pakistani Taliban?

Surprisingly, Afghanistan and Pakistani Taliban are rivals as well as allies; they have slightly conflicting ideologies which have led to clashes in the past. The so-called Islamic State was firmly established in 2014, in the weeks after Mosul was captured when Taliban commanders defected and swore allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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#AlJazeeraEnglish, we focus on people and events that affect people’s lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a ‘voice to the voiceless.’

Who are the noblest creations of God according to Islam?

According to Islam, human beings are the noblest creations of God, endowed with consciousness and freedom of choice. The Qur’an states that God has made human beings His trustees or stewards on the earth.

How did Hazrat Ali get support for his caliphate?

Hazrat Ali sent emissary to Kufah to negotiate and convince the people to support his caliphate. The mission succeeded and Hazrat Ali was invited to come to Kufah. He left Madina and went to Kufah where the people provided him complete support. From there, he went to Basra.

Who was the first caliph of the Islamic State?

During the caliphate period of the first three caliphs – Hazrat Abu Bakr, Hazrat Umar and Hazrat Usman, he had devoted his energies to the development of the moral and intellectual life of Muslims besides being an advisor; he seldom took part in battles. He learned that Basra was in the hands of Hazrat Talha and Hazrat Zubair.


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