Non-Muslims have “absolutely no right to seize the reins of power in any part of God’s earth nor to direct the collective affairs of human beings according to their own misconceived doctrines.” If they do, “the believers would be under an obligation to do their utmost to dislodge them from political power and to make them live in subservience to the Islamic way of life.” — Syed Abul Ala Maududi, founder of the Pakistani political party Jamaat-e-Islami
Maududi’s writings do indeed encourage “militancy and terrorism,” and it is important to note that they are completely mainstream in the Islamic world. It would be hard to find an Islamic bookstore in America or Europe that doesn’t carry his books — and that yet again raises questions about just how “moderate” Muslims in the West really are. I am not in favor of book banning, but this action by the Bangladeshi government is the first official recognition of any kind by anyone that Maududi is an Islamic supremacist whose works aid the jihad.
“Bangladesh bans books written by radical Islamic author,” by Anbarasan Ethirajan for BBC News, July 16:
The Bangladeshi government has ordered mosques and libraries across the country to remove all books written by a controversial Islamic scholar.
The chief of the government-funded Islamic Foundation told the BBC that the books by Syed Abul Ala Maududi encouraged “militancy and terrorism”.
Mr Maududi – who died in 1979 – is the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.
His works are essential reading for supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in the region.
Born in India, the Pakistani scholar is considered the most prominent theorist of radical Islam in modern South Asian history.
But Bangladeshi officials say Mr Maududi’s writings promote radicalism and his ideological goal was to capture power in the name of Islam.
“His writings are against the peaceful ideology of Islam. So, it is not correct to keep books of Mr Maududi in mosques,” Islamic Foundation Director-General Shamim Mohammad Afjal told the BBC.
The government has now ordered nearly 24,000 libraries attached to mosques to remove his books immediately. Some have already started to do so.
A senior official from Jamaat-e-Islami, ATM Azharul Islam, described the move as an attack on Islam.
“Mr Maududi’s books are being published in many countries and there have been no complaints against his writings so far,” he said….
Indeed not. But that was most likely due solely to ignorance about what those writings contained.