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16. Freedom of religion is protected by Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Article18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Such freedom is not unlimited, however: a religion whose doctrine or practice ran counter to other fundamental rights would be unacceptable. In any case, therestrictions that can be placed on such freedom are those that “are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others” (Article 9.2 of the Convention).

17. Nor may states allow the dissemination of religious principles which, if put into practice, would violate human rights. If doubts exist in this respect, states must require religious leaders to take an unambiguous stand in favour of the precedence of human rights, as set forth in the European Convention on Human Rights,over any religious principle.

18. Freedom of expression is one of the most important human rights, as the Assembly has repeatedly affirmed. In Recommendation 1510 (2006) on freedom of expression and respect for religious beliefs it expresses the view that “freedom of expression as protected under Article 10 of the European Convention onHuman Rights should not be further restricted to meet increasing sensitivities of certain religious groups”.

19. While we have an acknowledged duty to respect others and must discourage gratuitous insults, freedom of expression cannot, needless to say, be restricted out of deference to certain dogmas or the beliefs of a particular religious community.

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France
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24/04/2020
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There remains a heightened threat of jihad activity in France and elsewhere, despite the coronavirus. Although the Islamic State warned its affiliates to avoid Europe during coronavirus, it also asked Allah to “increase coronavirus torment” of infidels.

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The Assembly considers that the various Islamic declarations on human rights, adopted since the 1980s, while being more religious than legal, fail to reconcile Islam with universal human rights, especially insofar as Sharia is their unique source of reference.”



“The Assembly recalls that the European Court of Human Rights has already stated in Refah Partisi (The Welfare Party) and others v. Turkey that the institution of Sharia law and a theocratic regime are incompatible with the requirements of a democratic society. The Assembly fully agrees that Sharia rules on, for example, divorce and inheritance proceedings are clearly incompatible with the Convention, in particular its Article 14, which prohibits discrimination on grounds such as sex or religion, and Article 5 of Protocol No. 7 to the Convention (ETS No. 117), which establishes equality between marital partners. Sharia law is also in contradiction with other provisions of the Convention and its additional protocols, including Article 2 (right to life), Article 3 (prohibition of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment), Article 6 (right to a fair trial), Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion), Article 10 (freedom of expression), Article 12 (right to marry), Article 1 of the Protocol to the Convention (ETS No. 9) (protection of property) and Protocols Nos. 6 (ETS No. 114) and 13 (ETS No. 187) abolishing the death penalty.”

 

In this context, the Assembly regrets that despite the recommendation it made in its Resolution 1704 (2010) on freedom of religion and other human rights for non-Muslim minorities in Turkey and for the Muslim minority in Thrace (eastern Greece), asking the Greek authorities to abolish the application of Sharia law in Thrace, this is still not the case. Muftis continue to act in a judicial capacity without proper procedural safeguards. The Assembly denounces in particular the fact that in divorce and inheritance proceedings – two key areas over which muftis have jurisdiction – women are at a distinct disadvantage.”

https://shariawatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloadFiles/pace-resolution-2253-2019.pdf

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Spain
Syrian Arab Republic
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
22/04/2020
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Before he was radicalised in London, Bary harboured ambitions of becoming a rapper, which included writing songs about his Egyptian father Adel Abdul Bary, an Islamic extremist thought to be one of Osama Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants.  His father was extradited to the US for his role in masterminding the 1998 terror attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that claimed the lives of 213 people and for which he was jailed for 25 years after pleading guilty.  After being radicalised in the UK, Bary was one of the first Britons to flee to Syria, from where he started

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The word Kafir is inducing many Muslims to not integrate themselves with other non-Muslims.

The word Kafir and justification for punishment for kafirs have been used extensively by various Islamic rulers against non-Muslims during last 1300 or so years of Islamic history. Non-Muslims were levied taxes known as Jizya to force them into submission to Islam, also indescribable violence towards Kafirs and many times justification of violence against non-Muslims or Kafirs were carried out by Islamic invaders. The word Jizya comes from Persia when Arabic Islam invaded the Sassanid empire. Arabic Muslim invaders adopted the Sassanid system of taxes and levied a special tax on those who didn’t accept their rule. The people on whom this tax was levied were called dhimmi. The word Kafir thus holds to be the most racist and derogatory term ever used in the history of the world.

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Pakistan
News Date: 
19/04/2020
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Pakistan has bowed to calls from clerics to ease restrictions on congregational prayers in mosques, despite fears the gatherings could boost the spread of Covid-19. The move ahead of Ramadan to scrap rules limiting mosque attendances to no more than five people put the world's sixth-most-populous nation at odds with other major Muslim nations where they remain closed.

See also: Lockdown no longer applies to mosques, announce clerics

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
16/04/2020
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The model, which assumed median migration levels during this period (with migration continuing but the influx of refugees stopping), showed that the number of Muslims would increase from 4.1 million in 2016 to 13 million by 2050, as 

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Philippines (the)
News Date: 
19/04/2020
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Philippine troops have killed an Islamist militant bomb-maker as the military stepped up its offensive against the terrorist group that killed 11 soldiers in a recent clash.

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Turkey
News Date: 
17/04/2020
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  • If the reports about Erdogan's readiness to invite Hamas leaders to live in Turkey are true, that would also turn Erdogan into the spiritual father of a terrorist group that seeks to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamic state.

  • It now remains to be seen whether the international community, including some Arab countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, demand that Turkey distances itself from Hamas.

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Israel
Palestine
News Date: 
15/08/2014
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The current Palestinian narrative is that all Muslims in Palestine are natives and all Jews are settlers. This narrative is false. There has been a small but almost continuous Jewish presence in Palestine since the destruction of Jerusalem by Rome two thousand years ago, and, as we will see, most of the Muslims living in Palestine when the state of Israel was declared in 1948 were Muslim colonists from other parts of the Ottoman Empire who had been resettled and living in Palestine for fewer than 60 years.

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Mozambique
News Date: 
17/04/2020
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“We want everyone here to apply Islamic law. We don’t want a government from unbelievers, we want a government from Allah.” If our moral superiors weren’t around to assure us to the contrary, one might almost get the idea that this had something to do with Islam.

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Annex A - List of banned groups that explicitly want to impose sharia law:

  1. Al Ghurabaa (also known as Al Muhajiroun”, “Islam4UK”, “Call to Submission”, “Islamic Path”, “London School of Sharia” and“Muslims Against Crusades”, “Need4Khilafah”, “Shariah Project”, “Islamic Dawah Association” )

  2. Ansar al-Sharia-Benghazi

  3. Ansar al-Sharia-Tunisia

  4. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM)

  5. Ansaroul Islam (also known as Ansar ul Islam, Ansaroul Islam Lil Irchad Wal Jihad)

  6. Boko Haram (Jama’atu Ahli Sunna Lidda Awati Wal Jihad) (BH)

  7. Harakat-Ul-Mujahideen/Alami (HuM/A) and Jundallah

  8. Haqqani Network (HQN)

  9. Imarat Kavkaz (IK) (also known as the Caucasus Emirate)

  10. Indian Mujahideen (IM)

  11. Islamic Army of Aden (IAA)

  12. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) (also known as Dawlat al-'Iraq al-Islamiyya, Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Dawlat al Islamiya fi Iraq wa al Sham (DAISh), the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham)

  13. Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM) (also known as Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM), Nusrat al-Islam, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (NIM), including Ansar al-Dine (AAD), Macina Liberation Front (MLF), al-Murabitun, al-Qa’ida in the Maghreb, az-Zallaqa)

  14. Minbar Ansar Deen (also known as Ansar al-Sharia UK)

  15. Sipah-e Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) (Aka Millat-e Islami Pakistan (MIP) - SSP was renamed MIP in April 2003 but is still referred to as SSP) and splinter group Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ)

  16. Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP)

Other groups in list that are very likely to support introducing sharia based on their affiliations/aims:

  1. Abdallah Azzam Brigades, including the Ziyad al-Jarrah Battalions (AAB) - aligned with Al Qa’ida
  2. Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) - seeks introduction of an Islamic state
  3. Al-Gama'at al-Islamiya (GI) - seeks introduction of an Islamic state
  4. Al Ittihad Al Islamia (AIAI) - aims to establish a radical Sunni Islamic state in Somalia and aligns with Al Qa’ida
  5. Al Murabitun - aligned with Al Qa’ida
  6. Al Qa’ida (AQ) (also known as “al-Nusrah Front (ANF)”, “Jabhat al-Nusrah li-ahl al Sham”, “Jabhat Fatah alSham” and “Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham”) - ANF fought along side ISIS.
  7. Al Shabaab - seeks a fundamentalist Islamic state in Somalia
  8. Ansar Al Islam (AI) - a radical Sunni Salafi group
  9. Ansar Al Sunna (AS)  - aims for a fundamentalist Islamic state
  10. Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (Vanguard for the protection of Muslims in Black Africa) (Ansaru) - broadly aligned with Al Qa’ida
  11. Armed Islamic Group (Groupe Islamique Armée) (GIA) - aims to create an Islamic state
  12. Asbat Al-Ansar (League of Partisans or Band of Helpers)  - aims to enforce its extremist interpretation of Islamic law within Lebanon and, increasingly, further afield
  13. Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) - aims to create an Islamic state
  14. Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) including GIMF Banlga Team also known as Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and Ansar-al Islam - aligned with Al Qa’ida
  15. Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain (GICM)  - installation of a governing system of the caliphate and aligned with Al Qa’ida
  16. Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassem Brigades - aims for an Islamic state
  17. Harakat-Ul-Jihad-Ul-Islami (Bangladesh) (HUJI-B) - aims for creation of an Islamic regime in Bangladesh modelled on the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
  18. Harakat Mujahideen (HM) - signatory to Usama Bin Laden's 1998 fatwa, which called for worldwide attacks against US and Western interests.
  19. Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) - aims to establish an Islamic state in the model of the Taleban
  20. Jamaah Anshorut Daulah - has extensive links to Daesh and actively recruits fighters in Syria.
  21. Jamaat ul-Ahrar (JuA) - aims to establish an Islamic caliphate in Pakistan and aspires to extend global jihad into the Indian subcontinent.
  22. Jaysh al Khalifatu Islamiya (JKI) which translates as the Army of the Islamic Caliphate - ties to Al Nusrah Front
  23. Jeemah Islamiyah (JI) - aims for an Islamic state
  24. Jund al-Aqsa (JAA) which translates as Soldiers of al-Aqsa - a splinter group of Al Nusrah Front (ANF)
  25. Jund al Khalifa-Algeria (JaK-A) which translates as Soldiers of the Caliphate - announced its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in a communiqué released on 13 September 2014.
  26. Kateeba al-Kawthar (KaK) also known as Ajnad al-sham and Junud ar-Rahman al Muhajireen - seeking a ‘just’ Islamic nation. KaK is an armed terrorist group fighting to establish an Islamic state in Syria. The group is aligned to the most extreme groups operating in Syria and has links to Al Qa’ida.
  27. Lashkar e Tayyaba (LT) - seeks independence for Kashmir and the creation of an Islamic state using violent means.
  28. Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT) which translates as Mujahideen of Eastern Indonesia - MIT pledged its allegiance to Daesh in July 2014
  29. Palestinian Islamic Jihad - Shaqaqi (PIJ) - to create an Islamic state
  30. Salafist Group for Call and Combat (Groupe Salafiste pour la Predication et le Combat) (GSPC) - aim is to create an Islamic state in Algeria
  31. Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) also known as East Turkestan Islamic Party (ETIP), East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and Hizb al-Islami al-Turkistani (HAAT) - aims to establish an independent caliphate in the Uighur state of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of North-western China

 Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0. https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
16/04/2020
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“In its report, the government claimed that the increased number of terrorists on MI5’s watch list does not necessarily mean that there are 20,000 additional terrorists presently in the country. ‘A substantial element of the increase to over 40,000 is the inclusion of individuals who have never travelled to the UK but whose details have been passed to MI5 by foreign intelligence services, in order that MI5 be alerted should they enter the UK.'”

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United Kingdom (UK)
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03/02/2020
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Sharia Watch: "What, then, needs to change?" - The simplest changes are:
 

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Pakistan
News Date: 
15/04/2020
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Jihad Watch has previously reported on two other incidents of this, one on April 1 and 

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United Kingdom (UK)
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15/04/2020
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See also: https://focusingpolitics.com/2020/02/22/child-rape-grooming-gang-consisting-of-55-asylum-seekers-kept-secret-by-scottish-police-for-3-years/

Operation Cerrar - Victims

• Girl 1 – 28 suspects

• Girl 2 – 23 suspects

• Girl 3 – 9 suspects

• Girl 4 – 8 suspects

• Girl 5 – 4 suspects

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Mozambique
Nigeria
News Date: 
13/04/2020
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“Nigeria remains on high alert after security experts warned that terror groups could take advantage of the global focus on the pandemic and launch attacks, especially in the Lake Chad Basin.” What better time to strike to advance the jihad than when government troops are sheltering in place?

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When you examine Islamism and Islamic Revivalism (Ihya) as global cultural and political phenomena, just behind Salafism, the Deoband and its ‘non-political’ offshoot Tablighi Jamaat (Ahl-e-Sunnah Wal-Jamat) are the most influential Islamic religious organisation and ‘non-organisation’ in the world.

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Atheists and agnostics have no rights in Islam. They are Kafir guilty of Kufr, non-people deemed the enemies of God (Muslim state). Those ‘lucky enough’ to become slaves in ancient Arabia were forced to accept slavery was a good thing.  Allah gave slaves protection, they had rights and were on the path to embracing and/or fighting for Allah. Or, with female children and women, they would breed and work for ‘Allah’, and if lucky, their owners might force them into marriage.

It is this indoctrinated collective narcissism revived worldwide and hatred cultured by too many Muslim groups that worries me most in the current climate.  To suggest these teachings are not significant influencers on Jihadi mentality in Europe and the United Kingdom is foolish.  To conclude, with so many eyewitness accounts from Survivors, these teachings do not play a role in Muslim men’s decisions to groom and rape non-Muslim British children and women is delusional.

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
10/04/2020
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“Christians distinguish between religion and politics by their well-known dictum, ‘Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.’  That means religion has no relationship with politics and politics has no relationship with religion. This worthless ideology advances Western Civilisation to its ugliest in the name of “secularism” (al-‘almaniyah).”

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
10/04/2020
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Muslims in the UK can now listen to Friday prayers broadcast on BBC radio for the first time.

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United Arab Emirates (the)
News Date: 
10/04/2020
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Where is Stuart Harrison from? From his name, he doesn’t appear to be a UAE native. He may be a convert to Islam, but is unlikely to have been born into a Muslim family and named “Stuart.” But note how eagerly he is complying with Sharia blasphemy provisions: “Harrison said they are trying to find out if Kitturmath was still in the UAE. ‘We have over 8,500 employees so this may take a while. That said, we have fired him. If he’s still in the country, he will be handed over to Dubai Police,’ he said.”

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Australia
News Date: 
01/04/2020
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  • A wedding with more than 30 guests went ahead at the weekend despite strict social distancing rules
  • Victoria Police visited the Melbourne nuptials with the party told they could continue if they kept 1.5m away
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison ruled only five people can attend: bride, groom, celebrant and two witnesses 
  • Even stricter restrictions on gatherings of more than two people have kicked in since the nuptials

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New Zealand
News Date: 
05/07/2005
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Muslim MP Ashraf Choudhary will not condemn the traditional Koran punishment of stoning to death some homosexuals and people who have extra-marital affairs.

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Germany
News Date: 
06/04/2020
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For the first time ever in German history, the Muslim call to prayer was blasted on loudspeakers with the government’s approval on Saturday. The effort was initiated to show solidarity during the current time of crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore both church bells and the Muezzin sounded off simultaneously but as you can see in the video, the Muezzin drowned everything out.

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France
News Date: 
22/03/2020
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Police in Paris no-go zones are becoming overwhelmed trying to maintain the nationwide quarantine and have handed out record numbers of fines.

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France
News Date: 
07/04/2020
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  • The suspect knifed 'at least nine people' in Romans-sur-Isère, southern France
  • The attack comes on France's third week of lockdown due to the coronavirus
  • The suspect - a Sudanese national in his thirties - was arrested at the scene 

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Mali
News Date: 
07/04/2020
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Twenty-five Malian soldiers were killed and six injured in an apparent jihadist attack on Monday, the government said, in the latest bout of violence to hit the war-torn West African state.

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An eye-opening interviiew with Professor Richard Landes: 'In 2000, in siding with the Palestinians, Western progressives adopted the fatal principle: When Jihadis attack a democracy, blame the democracy. '

“Starting in 2000, many in the Western world systematically misunderstood the nature of the threat posed to the West by global jihad, a medieval millennial movement. Four early examples from 2000 until 2006 illustrate the major mistakes made by Western thought leaders and media professionals.

One might consider the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada and the alleged Muhammad al Durah killing in September 2000 as the first Jihadi assault on a Western democracy.

“Using suicide terror attacks as their main weapon, Palestinian jihadis began a war of extermination aimed at Israel civilians. Instead of identifying it as such, however, the Western media almost as a pack, presented the Palestinians as ‘freedom fighters’ resisting an unyielding imperial-colonial Israel that inexplicably -- or maliciously -- refused to grant this 'poor embattled people' their freedom.”

Landes answers: “The legacy media bears a very heavy burden of blame in this. Journalists and editors should have reported what the Palestinians said in Arabic, especially their genocidal jihadi rants about ruling the world. They should also have stressed the extensive threats and intimidation Palestinians directed at them to stop them from reporting the dark side of Palestinian culture and deeds. They should have upheld a bare minimum of professional scruples. The media pack failed in the most spectacular way.

 

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Strikingly, the very ideas most abhorrent to Westerners are enthusiastically embraced by IS and others who subscribe to a similar ideology. It seems our titles of derision are received as proof of legitimacy. Why is this? How can IS and its sympathizers officially endorse a policy of hatred? This article provides answers to these questions by exploring a particular interpretation of the Islamic theological concept of al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ and concludes with recommendations for how to undermine the concept’s ability to further root and spread.

Although little understood by Western thinkers, the idea of al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ animates jihadist ideology. Al-wala’ is translated as “alliance, friendship, or loyalty” and means “to help, to love, to honour, to respect something”; while wa-l-bara’ is Arabic for disassociate, despise, revile, or struggle against.2 However, this phrase is more commonly rendered “to love and hate for the sake of Allah.”3 As Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, the longtime Saudi grand mufti, once said:

Loving for Allah is when you love (someone) for Allah’s sake … Because of these things you love such a person for the sake of Allah. You also hate for the sake of Allah when you see a disobedient disbeliever. You hate such a person for the sake of Allah. This is how a believer is–He allows his heart to react to both types of people, loving some of them for the sake of Allah. He loves the people of eemaan  and taqwaa  for the sake of Allah, while he hates the people of disbelief, evil, and disobedience for Allah’s sake, allowing his heart to interact with both kinds.4

According to this line of thinking, the only relationship between Muslims and disbelievers is that of active enmity or passive hatred.5 The idea is that it is logically impossible to love Allah without hating what stands against it—the disbelievers. There is no concept of natural unbelief in Islamic theology. All humanity is born with a revelation of God and some choose to reject it—to disbelieve. In the mind of modern jihadists, loving Allah and hating these disbelievers (al-wala’ wa-l-bara’) is critical–“No Imaan (faith) is complete without it.”6 It is part of the basis of Islam as they understand it.7 Muslim must hate and disassociate with disbelievers or become apostate themselves.8

 

  1. “Why We Hate You,” Dabiq 15 Shawwal 1437 (July 2016), 30, accessed 2 February 2018, http://clarionproject.org/factsheets-files/islamic-state-magazine-dabiq-fifteen-breaking-the-cross.pdf.
  2. Muhammad Saeed al-Qahtani, Al-Wala’ Wa’l-Bara’ According to the ‘Aqeedah of the Salaf, Part 2 (London: Al-Firdous, 1999), 11–14 and 73–74, accessed 2 February 2018, https://islamfuture.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/al-wala-wal-bara-according-to-the-aqeedah-of-the-salaf-parts-123/. Al-Qahtani originally stated this definition in his master thesis written while studies at Umm al-Qura University in Mecca.
  3. Ibid., 14.
  4. Moosaa Richardson, “Shaykh Ibn Baz on Love and Hatred for the Sake of Allaah,” from the radio program on Noor, bakkah.net, 19 November 2012, accessed 2 February 2018, http://www.bakkah.net/en/shaykh-ibn-baaz-on-love-and-hatred-for-the-sake-of-allaah.htm.
  5. A hadith by Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (4/286) expresses this most clearly: “The most powerful knot of Iman (faith) is to love for the sake of Allah and to hate for the sake of Allah.” The idea finds support in the Quran at several places, such as 9:144, “O you who believe, do not take the unbelievers as friends rather than the believers.”
  6. Stephen Ulph, “Countering the Mental Universe of AQ and IS: The Role of Progressive Muslim Reformers,” in The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement (paper presented at the Information Warfare in the New Threat Environment meeting, held by the Threat Knowledge Group at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC, January 2015), 46, https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/54546522/the-islamic-state-and-in....
  7. Joas Wagemakers, “Transformation of a Radical Concept: al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ in the Ideology of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi,” in Global Salafism: Islam’s New Religious Movement, ed. Roel Meijer (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), 82. Many of the primary sources for this paper do not exist in English, and the author of this article is not fluent in Arabic. Wagemakers has translated some of these works for his articles. Therefore, the author has relied on his translations in several places as an authoritative secondary source.
  8. Al-Qahtani, Al-Wala’ Wa’l-Bara’ According to the ‘Aqeedah of the Salaf, 73–74. Al-Qahtani lists twenty forms of contact with disbelievers that can make one apostate.
  9. Global Muslim Women, “Al-Walaa Wal-Baraa, Loving and Hating for the sake of Allah explained, Part 1: The Character of the Believer,” Facebook, 13 April 2014, accessed 2 February 2018, https://www.facebook.com/GlobalMuslimWomen/photos/pcb.667334849969422/667330786636495/?type=3.
  10. Wagemakers, “Transformation of a Radical Concept,” 83. For a more detailed description of the meanings of bara, see Encyclopaedia of Islam, vol. I, new edition (1960), s.v. “bar’a,” 1026–27; Shorter Encyclopedia of Islam (1961), s.v. “kasam,” 224–25.
  11. Patricia Crone, God’s Rule—Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), 54.
  12. Quran 49.9.
  13. Elie Abib Salem, Political Theory, and Institutions of the Khawarij (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1956), 17.
  14. Sajid Farid Shapoo, “Salafi Jihadism–An Ideological Misnomer,” Small Wars Journal (website), 19 July 2017, accessed 2 February 2018, http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/salafi-jihadism-an-ideological-misnomer.
  15. Robert G. Rabil, Salafism in Lebanon: From Apoliticism to Transnational Jihadism (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014), 45.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Seth George, “Commanding the Right: Islamic Morality and Why it Matters,” Military Review 96, no. 6 (September-October 2016): 60–67, accessed 2 February 2018, http://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/military-review/Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20161031_art011.pdf.
  18. Joas Wagemakers, “The Enduring Legacy of the Second Saudi State: Quietist and Radical Wahhabi Contestations of al-wala’ wa-l-bara’,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 44 (2012): 94.
  19. Ibid., 88.
  20. According to a discussion with an interagency agent working counterterrorism, “The Nobel Quran” is a favorite of English speaking Salafi. It can be found at https://quran.com/60.
  21. Wagemakers, “Transformation of a Radical Concept,” 90.
  22. Ibid.
  23. Rabil, Salafism in Lebanon, 46.
  24. Joby Warrick, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (New York: Anchor Books, 2016), 44; Abu Muhammad ‘Asim Al-Maqdisi, Millat Ibrahim (The Religion of Ibrahim) and the Calling of the Prophets and Messengers, trans. At-Tibyan Publications, 2nd ed. (At-Tibyan Publications), accessed 2 February 2018, https://ia800309.us.archive.org/17/items/MillatIbraheem.pdf/MillatIbraheem.pdf.
  25. Wagemakers, “Transformation of a Radical Concept,” 91–94. Another key ideologue who helped connect al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ to the shahada is Mohammed Mana Ahmed al-Qahtani (currently in Guantanamo). His book, Al-Wala Wal-Bara: According to the Aqeedah of the Salaf (Parts 1/2/3) is available at https://islamfuture.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/al-wala-wal-bara-according-to-the-aqeedah-of-the-salaf-parts-123/.
  26. Wagemakers, “Transformation of a Radical Concept,” 94.
  27. Ibid., 95.
  28. Email from an Arabic-speaking interagency counterterrorism expert (requested to remain anonymous), 13 September 2017.
  29. Wagemakers, “The Enduring Legacy of the South Saudi State,” 101.
  30. Osama bin Laden, “Open Letter to Shaykh Bin Baz on the Invalidity of his Fatwa on Peace with the Jews,” trans. West Point Center for Combating Terrorism, available at Wikisource, last modified 29 Marth 2015, accessed 2 February 2018, https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_Shaykh_Bin_Baz_on_the_Invalidity_of_his_Fatwa_on_Peace_with_the_Jews.
  31. Osama bin Laden, “Moderate Islam Is a Prostration to the West,” in The Al Qaeda Reader, trans. Raymond Ibrahim (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 43.
  32. Ayman al-Zawahiri, “Loyalty and Enmity,” in Ibrahim, The Al Qaeda Reader, 63–115.
  33. “What is Al-Wala’ wa’l-Bara’?,” YouTube video, 5:30–5:50, posted by “trytoknowIslam,” 29 September 2013, accessed 2 February 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv6tyBEqjI0.
  34. Jack Moore, “London Attacker Followed ISIS Recruiter and Radical U.S. Preaching Ahmad Musa Jibril,” Newsweek (website), 5 June 2017, accessed 2 February 2018, http://www.newsweek.com/london-bridge-attacker-followed-radical-preacher-isis-recruiter-online-youtube-620682.
  35. Joseph A. Carter, Shiraz Maher, and Peter R. Neumann, “#Greenbirds: Measuring Importance and Influence in Syrian Foreign Fighter Networks” (report, London: The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, Kings College, 2014), 20, accessed http://icsr.info/2014/04/icsr-report-inspires-syrian-foreign-fighters/.
  36. Ibid., 19.
  37. Al-Faisal was arrested in Jamaica on 25 August 2017 and extradited to the United States on five counts of terrorism-related charges. See “Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal Arrested in Kingston,” RJR News (website), 25 August 2017, accessed 2 February 2018, http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/sheikh-abdullah-al-faisal-arrested-in-kingston.
  38. “al wala wal bara by sheik faisal5,” 5:00–5:47, YouTube video, posted by “TheSheikhfaisal,” 22 November 2009, accessed 2 February 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae8FHBDBpsE&list=PL34CD627AC5BE54C1&index=5.
  39. CBS News, “Transcript: Defense Secretary James Mattis on ‘Face the Nation,’ May 28, 2017,” CBS News, last updated 28 May 2017, accessed 2 February 2018, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-defense-secretary-james-mattis-on-face-the-nation-may-28-2017/.
  40. To illustrate to the difficulty of countermessaging, consider what it would take for you to switch religions. An argument from someone you believe is in error will not likely be convincing.
  41. Scott Shane, “These Are the Ads Russia Bought on Facebook in 2016,” New York Times (website), 1 November 2017, accessed 2 February 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/us/politics/russia-2016-election-facebook.html.
  42. “Open Letter to Al-Bagdhadi,” lettertobaghdadi.com, accessed 2 February 2018, http://www.lettertobaghdadi.com/.
  43. Scott Kleinman and Scott Flower, “From Convert to Extremist: New Muslims and Terrorism,” The Conversation (website), 24 May 2013, accessed 2 February 2018, https://theconversation.com/from-convert-to-extremist-new-muslims-and-terrorism-14643.
  44. Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, “Fighting the Islamic State on Social Media,” The Rand Blog, 11 October 2016, accessed 2 February 2018, https://www.rand.org/blog/2016/10/fighting-the-islamic-state-on-social-media.html.
  45. There are plenty of quietist Salafis who do not accept the form al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ has taken. Even the leader of the Hanbali School, from which Salafism grew, rejected the principal as religious innovation (bid’a). Content for messaging—and messengers—certainly exists.

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Summary: 

After launching a successful terror attack to free a fellow jihadi that left several slain policemen in its wake last month, the militant commander of Kashmir’s Hizb al-Mujahidin—“the Party of Jihadis”—justified the murders by saying,  “We love and hate for the sake of Allah.”

In this otherwise cryptic assertion lies the root of Islam’s conflict with the rest of the world.  “Loving and hating for the sake of Allah” is one of several translations of the Islamic doctrine of al-wala’ wa al-bara’ (which since 2006 I have generally translated as “Loyalty and Enmity”).

 

The wala’ portion—“love,” “loyalty,” etc.—requires Muslims always to aid and support fellow Muslims (including jihadis, for example through funds or zakat).  As one medieval Muslim authority explained, the believer “is obligated to befriend a believer—even if he is oppressive and violent toward you — while he must be hostile to the infidel—even if he is liberal and kind to you” (The Al Qaeda Reader, p. 64 ).   This is a clear reflection of Koran 48:29: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves.”

But it is the bara’—the “hate”—that so regularly manifests itself that even those in the West who are not necessarily acquainted with the particulars of Muslim doctrine sense it.  For instance, in November 2015, after a series of deadly terror strikes in the West, then presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “I think Islam hates us.  There’s something there that — there’s a tremendous hatred there. There’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.”

This “tremendous” and “unbelievable hatred” is not a product of grievances, political factors, or even an “extremist” interpretation of Islam; rather, it is a direct byproduct of mainstream Islamic teaching.  Koran 60:4 is the cornerstone verse of this doctrine and speaks for itself. 

See also:

https://jonsnewplace.wordpress.com/2020/04/04/al-wala-wa-al-bara-islams-doctrine-of-contempt-for-the-other/

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Journals/Military-Review/Online-Exclusive/2018-OLE/Feb/They-Hate/

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United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
04/04/2020
Summary: 

Ministers have assured Jewish and Muslim communities that their religious burial rights will be respected during the coronavirus outbreak, after concerns were raised over forced cremations. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, confirmed that the Government’s emergency legislation had been amended to ensure that the beliefs of faith communities were respected.

Summary: 

Have you ever read about, or personally experienced, the strange disturbing change of a seemingly well-adjusted, normal Muslim — someone who is a good neighbor, workmate and citizen — who becomes either radicalized or worse, violent? Major Nidal Hasan is one of the saddest examples. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 people and injuring more than 30 others in the Fort Hood mass shooting on November 5, 2009.

Often, when this happens, so-called experts rush to explain that this is the sad example of a very personal emotional disturbance, or a psychic break, that could happen to any person of any religious or ideological affiliation. Such so-called experts might say that the event should be entirely separated from the individual’s adherence to Islam.

I believe this is an effort to whitewash a dangerous Islamic doctrine that is seldom discussed, but is a significant belief in Islam. In Arabic, it is called al-Wala’ Wal-Bara’.

This phrase is difficult to translate, but in practice it represents alliance with or support for fellow Muslims, on one hand, and disavowal, enmity, and contempt for non-Muslims, on the other. This doctrine inculcates the sense that Muslims are to firmly support their Muslim brothers, but be antagonistic to non-Muslims. Thus, if there is conflict between non-Muslims and Muslims, every Muslim must support his Muslim brothers against the non-Muslim infidels.

 

See also:

https://jonsnewplace.wordpress.com/2020/04/04/al-wala-wa-al-bara-islams-doctrine-of-contempt-for-the-other/

https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Journals/Military-Review/Online-Exclusive/2018-OLE/Feb/They-Hate/

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
03/04/2020
Summary: 

West Midlands Police commissioner David Jamieson has reacted furiously after Birmingham MP Tahir Ali joined a huge funeral prayer gathering - in defiance of lockdown restrictions. Jamieson, who oversees the region's police force, said the actions of the MP were "totally irresponsible" and said he was "letting his constituents down". He went further: "Mr Ali is not serving his constituents by endangering their lives. He is also undermining the work of the police."

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
11/02/2020
Summary: 

Jeremy Corbyn once called him an “honoured citizen” and invited him for tea in the Houses of Parliament “because he deserves it”. Corbyn also said that he was a “voice of Palestinian people that needs to be heard” and railed against the “Zionist lobby” for, what Corbyn says was their attempts to “conflate Criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism”.

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India
Pakistan
News Date: 
31/03/2020
Summary: 

 India and Pakistan sealed off centres belonging to a Muslim missionary group on Tuesday and began investigating how many coronavirus cases were linked to its activities.

See also: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/04/india-amid-lockdown-tablighi-jamaat-muslims-of-nizamuddin-markaz-mosque-act-as-super-spreaders-of-coronavirus

Country: 
India
News Date: 
01/04/2020
Summary: 

India has been brought to a standstill by a threatening Islamist movement that has aborted all government efforts to contain the contagion, and has taken the deadly virus to masses. An unnerving 3400-strong Muslim congregation at the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in Delhi defied the lockdown and embarked on an unprecedented bio-war, which you may refer to as Corona Jihad, from India’s capital city.

Country: 
Somalia
News Date: 
01/04/2020
Summary: 

Al-Shabaab executed six men it said were spying for Somali intelligence agencies, the U.S. and Kenya, according to a broadcast on Radio Andalus, which supports the Islamist group that’s linked to al-Qaeda. The executions took place Tuesday in the town of Buale, an al-Shabaab stronghold in the semi-autonomous region of Jubaland.

Country: 
Pakistan
News Date: 
01/04/2020
Summary: 

“The reason for this is that Zakat, Islamic alms giving (one of Islam’s five pillars), is reserved for Muslims.” Islamic apologists in the West routinely deny that this is the case, but here it is in action. Anyway, if the reverse were true, this story would receive massive international media coverage. But no one will take any particular notice of this.

Country: 
Nigeria
News Date: 
01/04/2020
Summary: 

Militia member Ibrahim Liman said: “We don’t have the kind of weapons they have to give them a good fight” — “they” being the Islamic State West Africa Province. Where does the Islamic State get these weapons? Who is funding them? The free world should be making a concerted effort to identify and cut off this jihad group’s source of funding. Why isn’t this being done?

Country: 
Pakistan
News Date: 
01/04/2020
Summary: 

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Pakistan currently sits at 2,042 alongside 26 deaths.