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February 2020

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In the  of (supposedly an ‘excellent example’ to be followed by all Muslims) we looked at his . Treatment that essentially amounted to genocide. With this final article we’ll turn our focus to how he dealt with those who rejected his message. 

An important test of the character of a person is the way in which he or she responds to criticism. Upon examination of the evidence, it has to be said that Muhammad’s example in this area shows him to be someone for whom “live and let live” was a totally alien concept. He, instead, sought to silence criticism and dissent in as ruthless a manner as possible.

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Iraq
Syrian Arab Republic
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20/02/2020
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Slavery is acceptable in Islam. The Qur’an has Allah telling Muhammad that he has given him girls as sex slaves: “Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slave girls whom God has given you as booty.” (Qur’an 33:50)

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France
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19/02/2020
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“French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has announced that in 2019 the French government closed down two radical mosques and placed another 63 under surveillance.The two radical mosques closed last year were done so under the powers granted to the Interior Ministry by the SILT anti-terrorism laws that were enacted in October 2017 to replace the prior state of emergency.”

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Egypt
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19/02/2020
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Largely unknown to and unreported in the West, a large, two-day conference was recently hosted (Jan. 27–28) by Al Azhar University in Egypt and attended by the leading clerics and politicians from 46 nations.

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Burkina Faso
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18/02/2020
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There is an ongoing genocide of Christians in Africa. The world yawns.

“BREAKING: Church Attack Kills 24 In Burkina Faso,” by Stefan J. Bos, , February 18, 2020:

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Turkey
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17/02/2020
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The Turks continue to deny that they committed genocide of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Christians of the nation. Here, however, is more proof that the Ottoman government knew what was happening and approved.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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05/12/2016
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WHOLE areas have become ghettos due to successive administrations being unable to deal with the issues of mass immigration, a government commissioned report has exposed.

A year-long study ordered by the then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, and chaired by Dame Louise Casey, found the country was becoming more divided as it became more diverse.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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05/10/2019
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Robbed of her childhood, degraded by hundreds of abusers and betrayed by the authorities she ran to for help. The horrifying seven-year ordeal of sex trafficking victim Jennifer today marks a new low in the  .

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n the  in this  we looked at the fate of some of Muhammad’s female captives. It is now time to look at what happened to some men who had the misfortunes to fall into the clutches of the Muslim forces. One, quite horrific, example should suffice.

During his campaigns, Muhammad came across the Jewish tribe of the Banu Qurayza who surrendered to him. After being disarmed, it was judged that the men of the tribe had to be put to the sword. Muhammad declared that this was in line with Allah’s judgment (Sahih Bukhari Volume 5 Book 59 Hadith 447). 

He then proceeded to actively participate in the massacre of these unfortunate unarmed men. According to Ibn Ishaq: “The apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then, he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches.” At least 600 unarmed males were killed in this way.

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The civil-rights leaders of that time recognised how important free speech was to their cause. Glasser tells me about a time he was on TV, defending the ACLU’s defence of Ku Klux Klan members’ First Amendment rights. He was sat alongside Hosea Williams, a black civil-rights leader and lieutenant of Martin Luther King.

The moderator turned to Williams, expecting a counterpoint. ‘And Williams says, on national television, that actually he agrees with me’, recounts Glasser, ‘because if we allow the state of Georgia to interfere with the free-speech rights of the Klan in Atlanta on Monday, they will use that power to interfere with my organising blacks to vote in Fulton County, north of Atlanta, everyday thereafter’.

The only important question in free-speech cases is: who gets to decide? And the answer for oppressed people is: not you. Never you. Never me. Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, they’re the ones who most often have political power. Why would you want to give them the power to decide who should speak?’

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Palestine
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01/02/2020
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Four Muslim terrorists blew themselves up in a powerful jihadi workplace accident while making bombs in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza. Arabs report one terrorist killed and three others critically wounded in the ‘mysterious blast’.

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The purpose of information warfare is to use information as a weapon of war. The premise of this presentation is that in warfare and political conflict, to inform is to influence. Therefore, the purpose of information warfare is to influence thought processes, beliefs, emotions, and ultimately behavior. We integrate information warfare with psychological operations and raise both to the strategic level for military and other national planning purposes.


Published by Threat Knowledge Group for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, US Army Special Operations Command, 2014.


Reprinted in Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., ed., Terrorism: Commentary on Security Documents, Vol. 143, The Evolution of the Islamic State (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Location: Fort Bragg, NC
Organization: John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, US Army Special Operations Command
Publication Date: 2014
Publication Name: The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement

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Malaysia
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16/02/2020
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Would cops be hunting for him if he stepped on a Bible? What do you think? Would he be hunted by police for stepping on a Qur’an if he lived in Europe or the United States? Why, of course. This is the age of restrictions on free expression under the guise of “hate speech.”

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Indonesia
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16/02/2020
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“The police claimed that the suspect was aware of what he was doing. ‘He is mentally healthy,’ Jhonny said…’We have no room for terrorists in this country, we will take action against them,’ Jhonny said.” Meanwhile, all over Europe, actual jihad terrorists who brutalize and murder non-Muslims are dismissed as mentally ill, and no action is taken against them.

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Nigeria
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15/02/2020
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Are we to deny the evidence before us, of kidnappers separating Muslims from infidels or compelling Christians to convert or die?” Why, yes. Yes, we are. To do otherwise would be “Islamophobic.”

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Sharia Watch: We have several issues with their response and will be replying to them in due course.

Dear Sharia Watch UK



Thank you for your letter dated 12 October 2019, and for taking the time to read our report and share your concerns. We stand by the inclusion of Anne Marie Waters’ words in our report.

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Egypt
Ethiopia
France
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Syrian Arab Republic
Turkey
Uganda
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16/02/2020
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  • "He was a 15-year-old adolescent. He was so deeply asleep in his bed that he didn't hear any of the noise around him. They thrust the blade of the axe so deeply into his skull, to the point we had to use a hammer to get it out of his head." Many Christians have been displaced by these ongoing attacks and live in "extreme misery," added another local: "This is beyond persecution.

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Indonesia
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14/02/2020
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“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” — Ayatollah Khomeini

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Czech Republic (the)
European Union
Hungary
Poland
News Date: 
15/02/2020
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  • "Most migrant terrorists involved in thwarted or completed attacks were purposefully deployed to the migration flows by an organized terrorist group to conduct or support attacks in destination countries." — Todd Bensman, "What Terrorist Migration Over European Borders Can Teach About American Border Security", Center for Immigration Studies.

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
15/02/2020
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Islamic marriages are not legally binding, Court of Appeal judges have ruled, after  thousands of Muslim women in “legal

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United States of America (the)
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11/02/2020
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“Judge strips terrorist of U.S.

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Nigeria
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17/06/2018
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Across Africa’s most populous country, an undeclared war, triggered in part by climate change and fought over cattle, has turned Muslims and Christians against each other in a confrontation so bitter it threatens to tear Nigeria apart.

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Burkina Faso
Mali
Nigeria
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11/02/2020
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Both al-Qaeda and Islamic State encourage local Fulani herders to wage a campaign of ethnic cleansing against their Dogon neighbours.

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Palestine
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11/02/2020
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  • The only songs Hamas and its followers want are those that promote hate and violence.... "I will eat you alive, tastes best without salt, Zionist – Yes, yes, you."

  • The members of Sol Band did not call for "scattering the body parts" of Jews; that is probably why they are being targeted by Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip.

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Pakistan
United Kingdom (UK)
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23/03/2019
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  • Secret Home Office study says children are taught a 'glorified version of jihad'
  • Some Pakistani parents take their children to madrasas over the summer holiday
  • Officials fear that these madrasas will increase the risk of radicalisation
  • Two of the 7/7 bombers enrolled at madrasas before launching their attack

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In the  in this  we looked at the fact that he was perfectly willing to deceive people in order to gain political or strategic advantage. With this article we’ll begin to look at how he treated those who were unfortunate enough to come under his power. 

An important test of a man’s character is his conduct towards those who are weak or in a vulnerable position. In Muhammad’s case, the group to which this description could be most readily applied was the captives who came under his control when their tribes were defeated by the Muslims. Muhammad may have been teaching his followers to call upon Allah as “Merciful and Compassionate”, but his treatment of those whom his forces captured was often exactly the opposite of these values. In this article, it will be shown how Muslim forces engaged torture and human trafficking with his full approval and, sometimes, active participation. It should be stressed, once again, that what is related here comes from impeccable Islamic sources.

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Germany
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10/02/2020
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German leaders seem to think that the effects of years of religious and cultural indoctrination magically disappear once migrants arrive at a Western border. What’s happening in Germany is happening (in various degrees) in every Western country that supports mass migration.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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10/02/2020
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“We will strike terror into the hearts of the kuffar.” That’s Qur’an 3:151, and see also 8:12 and 8:60.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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09/02/2020
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A British MP called for the Muslim Brotherhood to be proscribed as a terrorist group as politicians criticised its intolerance towards other faiths, during a parliamentary debate on the persecution of Christians. Ian Paisley of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party said he would raise the matter with Britain’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, within days.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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10/02/2020
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Frustrated home secretary "being given the run around by officials" on long-awaited probe into gang ethnicity.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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09/02/2020
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Hundreds of sermons preached by the Islamist cleric who inspired the men who 

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United Kingdom (UK)
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
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04/02/2020
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  • Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 28, also singled out Madam Tussauds as a target 
  • Was part of his plan to 'unleash death and suffering on non-Muslims, court heard 
  • He is now standing trial for engaging in the preparation of acts of terrorism 

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Norway
Pakistan
United Kingdom (UK)
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09/02/2020
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When he published The Satanic Verses in 1988, at the age of 41, he regarded it as among the least political of his works. Though he was a lauded figure in literary circles, he was not a celebrity. But in the weeks following the book’s publication, Muslim protests and threats swelled in Britain (Rushie’s home country) and abroad.

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India
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09/02/2020
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Why didn’t they recall what non-Muslim political (Barack Obama, John Kerry) and religious (Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama) leaders constantly remind us: that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance that upholds human rights and the equality of rights of all people? Why didn’t Mohammed Adil, Mohammed Abid and Mohammed Nazim remember that Islam teaches respect and regard for women, including infidel women?

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United Kingdom (UK)
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08/02/2020
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And the Sun Online can today reveal how the firebrand preacher - better known online as Abu Haleema - has been uploading new sermons to his YouTube channel.

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United Kingdom (UK)
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05/02/2020
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  • Met Asst Commissioner Neil Basu says it's not possible to watch every extremist
  • He called for the public's help to stop future terror attacks and urged 'be vigilant'
  • Mr Basu also hailed courage of police for stopping terrorist Sudesh Amman 
  • Convicted terrorist stabbed two people in Streatham, south London on Sunday 

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France
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09/02/2020
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  • Today, in France, using freedom of expression to criticize Islam is clearly an extremely dangerous act, even if you, like Mila, are a child.

  • France is rapidly going from laïcité (secularism) to lâcheté (cowardice); from freedom of expression to unconditional surrender. France keeps trying to procrastinate while Islamism thrives on the elites' rapidly abandoning their Judeo-Christian values.

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In the  in t we had a look at how Muhammad treated the property of vanquished enemies. The time has now come to focus on his relationship with the truth.

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Malaysia
Palestine
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09/02/2020
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In Islam, zakat — the alms required of every Muslim — can and should be given to further the jihad. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there are so many jihad-linked charities.

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Qatar
Saudi Arabia
United Kingdom (UK)
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09/02/2020
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An American journalist blew Dean’s cover in 2006. But after initial anger, he was relieved; MI6 smuggled him to a safe house, and as time wore on, he could start to live a normal life. When an outgoing MI6 boss offered him a job in counter-terrorism and money laundering at a global bank, he jokes, “I exchanged one form of terrorism for another: al-Qaeda to banking.” Now, he advises governments, as well as banks, on terrorism, in addition to his podcasting duties.

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Netherlands (the)
News Date: 
08/02/2020
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  • The emails indicate that Prime Minister Mark Rutte himself was involved in the decision to prosecute Wilders.

  • "Minister Van der Steur has deliberately withheld those documents, as is apparent from these documents. Moreover, it appears that another Justice Minister, Minister Opstelten, lied..." — Geert Wilders, February 5, 2020

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Maldives
News Date: 
08/02/2020
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Islamic jihadis in Muslim countries hate tourists, who are often visiting sites of jahiliyya, the pre-Islamic society of unbelievers. And if they’re visiting Muslim sites, they’re trampling them down under their Infidel feet.

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A very interesting and thoughtful paper that makes some key points regarding terms such as 'Islamist' and 'radical Islam'. Worth reading.

In the following paper, I will attempt to give a brief overview of the development and content of radical Islamic thought and describe the different forms in which this type of thought is expressed. In order for any long term counter-terrorism strategy to be effective, it would be self-defeating to focus mainly on the terroristic and violent aspects which are but the symptoms of an underlying movement. Acts of terror constitute one outlet of radical Islamic thought, but what is often overlooked is the propagation (da’wa ) and preparatory activities for jihad of such groups within Islamic and non-Islamic societies. Whilst not of an immediate threat, I aim to show how da’wa activities can function as the front organization of jihadist movements and that this activity poses challenges to the legal infrastructure and the very ethical fabric of democratic societies.

Within the ideological framework of those dubbed ‘radical’ , and I will return to this typology shortly, the choice for terrorist acts is mainly a strategic choice, that has more to do with timing and opportunity than with ideological constraints on the use of violence. With the same ease as some parties choose to impose their agenda through violent means, others choose to give expression to their radical thoughts by undermining society from within the legal structure of that society. Both views however, emanate in principal from the same conceptual framework in which violence is by no means prohibited. Furthermore, the division between ‘moderate’ and ‘radical’ is not clear cut either in theory or in practice, and this can be reflected in covert moral, financial or other support given to radical jihadist organizations by organizations that are commonly seen as moderate. No legal or political long term counterterrorism strategy can therefore do without an understanding of the ideas that give rise to these phenomena.

 

1.1 Islam, Muslims and Shari’ah law .

There is, as with every religion, a great divide between the religious-political-legal implications of the canonical texts, and the religious, if not spiritual experience of the everyday person. When it comes to Islam I always call this the “Catholicization of Islam” by which I mean the following. As someone who has grown up in an almost exclusively Catholic part of the Netherlands and who has attended exclusively Catholic schools, I was always struck by the nature of the religious experience of the self professed Catholics. As I saw it, a Catholic is someone who is in church during Christmas, a birth, a death and perhaps during a baptism, but for the rest has no or very limited knowledge of Catholic liturgy, bible exegesis or even the rudimentary principles of faith, and depends for his understanding of right and wrong on principles common to all cultures. His association with Catholicism as a creed is mainly symbolic and quite often, rather obscure to himself as well.

When I began debates about Islam and Shari’ah with my Muslims students I found the same pattern; a general and severe lack of knowledge, but unlike Catholics, a deep identification with Islam as the founding principle of their identity and the object of their loyalty. Perhaps this is due to their experience as a migrant, but research indicates this is a universal element in Muslims attitude towards religion. I have no doubt that the majority of people who identify themselves as Muslim do not wish to change every society into an Islamic society ruled by Shari’ah law. To many it seems ‘being a Muslim’ has more to do with their family, their traditions and customs of their country of origin than with Islam as a belief system. The question however, is whether or not these people are truly aware of the requirements posed on them and their societies by Shari’ah law. As the writer Sam Harris stated:

“Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance."

Whilst this paper will not be able to answer this question, it will show that there is a large section of Islamic thinkers who would agree with this statement and which hold that the majority of the Islamic world is essentially in a state of unbelief, thereby pointing to the divide between the experience of religion and the actual principals and requirements of that religion.

What constitutes a Muslim? Is the Catholic who performs the minimal level of religious duties but goes about his daily business without bothering with religious dogma truly a Catholic? I would say no. More importantly, the Islamic writers, jurists and ideologues we will be discussing disagree as well.

This has to do with the nature of Islam itself. Oftentimes it is wrongly assumed that Islamic law (Shari’ah) is a part of Islam but not the same as Islam; that one could even have an Islam without the Shari’ah. In the words of the eminent scholar Joseph Schacht however Shari’ah is:

“[..] the epitome of Islamic thought, the most typical manifestation of the Islamic way of life, the core and kernel of Islam itself. [..] Theology has never been able to achieve a comparable importance in Islam [..]it is impossible to understand Islam without understanding Islamic law.”

Of course, one can argue that Islam is what a Muslim says it is, and that therefore any definition of Islam should be left to Muslims themselves. But this is too simple and it negates the attraction that the clearly defined dogma of Islam and indeed radical Islam has on believers. Generally speaking, of the three major monotheistic religions, Islam is perhaps the most legalistic and at the same time the most static. It “represents an extreme case of ‘jurists law’.“ While Judaism certainly is equally rich in terms of the volumes of legal discussion dedicated to the contents of its scriptures, Judaism, through the Talmudic tradition has institutionalized the concept of debate and doubt, whereas Islam, especially in its Sunni variety, has for the largest part of its history been marked by the denial of the ability of independent reasoning (itjihad) and replaced it with an emphasis on imitation (taqlid).  This reluctance for transformation and adaptation notwithstanding, “ the Shari’ah is a product of articulations of legal discourses and institutions to varying patterns of society and politics [..] Contrary to the insistence on unity and perpetuity, the Shari’ah has in fact displayed considerable variation over time and place.”

Of course the question of application of those laws is a different question. Since Shari’ah is the ‘core and kernel of Islam itself’, however, I find it difficult to believe that Islam is what a Muslim says it is. And it is for this reasons that terms such as ‘jihadists’, ‘Islamists’, ‘political Islamists’ or ‘radical Muslims’ are deceiving. For jihad, politics and the implementation of Islamic edicts and requirements in society are part and parcel of Shari’ah law and thus of Islam itself.

When one studies the works of jurisprudence (fiqh) on which the Shari’ah is built, one can see that the Shari’ah incorporates all major fields of law: public, private, criminal, commercial, family law, the law of war and peace treaties, laws pertaining to rituals and religion and laws designed to constitute a political framework for the application of Shari’ah itself. It is “an all-embracing body of religious duties, the totality of Allah’s commands that regulate the life of every Muslim in all its aspects” Rather than being an optional part of the religion of Islam, the Shari’ah is the core of Islam and its principles, norms, values and regulations have been laid down for all interested persons to read. The idea then that Islam is what a Muslim says it is, is therefore in my view, and more importantly, in the view of those ‘radicals’ we are about to analyze, simply not true. The degree to which a modern day Muslim can deviate from established legal tradition, adapt his own jurisprudence to the requirements of modern times is the subject of ongoing debate.

To make an analogy; if one looks at the constitution of say the United States, one would find that its laws have been steeped in tradition, are accompanied by centuries of more or less uniform jurisprudence and legal practice. To make a radically new interpretation of its laws is always possible, jurisprudence is after all a human endeavour. The legitimacy and authority of such a new interpretation, however, are challenged by the established tradition and practice and thus have to overcome formidable obstacles if they want to become the new standard of interpretation. The ongoing debate about the right to bear arms being a point in case. If this is true for manmade laws, it is all the more true for divine law, and this is exactly the point brought forth by the radical Islamic jurists.

 

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Kenya
Somalia
United States of America (the)
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07/02/2020
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Al-Shabab’s hostility toward its neighbour stems from Kenya’s contribution of troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), 

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United Kingdom (UK)
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05/02/2020
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Are we seeing a crack developing in the hitherto impregnable “human rights” dogma which has helped emasculate Britain’s defences against terrorism?  In the wake of the latest Islamic terror attack last Sunday in London, in which two people were stabbed by a terrorist who had recently been released from jail and was actually considered so dangerou

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Tajikistan
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05/02/2020
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The great irony is that Muslim countries, whether it’s Egypt, the UAE or, 

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
06/02/2020
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  • "We cannot have the situation...where an offender — a known risk to innocent members of the public — is released early by automatic process of law without any oversight by the Parole Board. — UK Secretary of State for Justice.

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India
Pakistan
News Date: 
05/02/2020
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“Doing Jihad is mandatory in Islam. If a Muslim does not do Jihad, he is no longer a Muslim.”

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