Yet another Islamic cleric defends the jihadist perspective.
Yesterday I received an email from a student in England who wished to dispute what he characterized as my “claim that Islamist terrorism is justified in Islam and properly represents an element in the Islamic tradition of Jihad (whether expansionist or non-expansionist).” He referred to “the prohibition of terrorism as a tactic in Islam” and more.
Our discussions are continuing; but I do wish he would be able to convince his fellow Muslims, especially Misunderstanders of Islam such as this Islamic cleric who, after all, should know better, that their views on jihad violence and Islamic supremacism are all wrong.
Unfortunately, however, even if he were to demonstrate that what I am saying about jihad is wrong, wrong, wrong, and I don’t think he would ever be able to do that, there would still be imams all over the world like this one, believing in all this Wrong Islam. When Muslims such as the young man who wrote to me begin to direct their attention to them rather than to me, we might begin to get somewhere. But…I won’t be holding my breath.
“Terrorism: Algeria, Imam Imprisoned for Defending Terrorism,” from ANSAmed, April 30 (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – ALGIERS, APRIL 30 – An Algerian imam has been sentenced to two years in prison for defending terrorist practices. The sentence was handed down by the court in Boumerdes, in Cabilia (50km east of Algiers), which is one of the areas worst-hit by attacks from Islamist armed groups. The Algerian press reports that the imam was arrested in 2008 as he tried to make contact with a member of the terrorist group, who had in fact been killed a week earlier by security forces. Mosques in the country – which in the 1990s formed a favourite pulpit for fundamentalists to incite revolt and violence against the state – are now under heavy surveillance.
In Algeria they know that mosques need to be placed under surveillance. Very interesting. Has CAIR decried Algerian “Islamophobia”?