What makes Boko Haram an “Islamist sect,” rather than an “Islamic” one? The fact that they murder people in the name of Islam. They don’t read a different Qur’an from that of other Muslims. They don’t say a different shahada. They don’t have different beliefs. They just act upon the teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad exhorting warfare against unbelievers, and that earns them the artificial Western designation of being “Islamist” rather than “Islamic.” Otherwise Muslims in Nigeria and elsewhere have made no effort to separate people who believe the way Boko Haram does from their communities.
“6 killed in volatile northeast Nigeria,” from News24, December 4 (thanks to Kenneth):
Bauchi – Gunmen killed three people on Sunday, including a policemen and a soldier, when they bombed police buildings and a bank in northeast Nigeria, a region beset by attacks by Islamist sects.
The attackers fired assault rifles and threw explosives in the attack early on Sunday on two police stations in Azare, a town in northeast Bauchi state, where the Islamist sect Boko Haram has been blamed for an assault earlier this year.
“One policeman, one soldier, one civilian and three suspected attackers were killed,” Ikechukwu Aduba, Bauchi police commissioner, told Reuters.
Witnesses said a bank was looted and the two police buildings were set ablaze.
Boko Haram, whose name translates at “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, has been blamed for dozens of attacks in northeastern states this year, most of which are aimed at figures in authority….