Deradicalization programs, upon which the West has placed so much hope, have long been an obvious failure. Such programs are based on the premise that the true teachings of Islam are peaceful, and so all that needs to be done is show the jihadis how they’re misunderstanding the Qur’an and overlooking its teachings of peace, and all will be well. But since the Qur’an and Sunnah are full of commands to make war against and subjugate unbelievers, the idea that jihadis can be “deradicalized” by reference to them is just a myth told to Infidel authorities to lull them into complacency.
Well, let’s see. De-radicalization programs have been implemented elsewhere, notably in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. Let’s look at how they fared. From the Jihad Watch archives:
Former Guantanamo detainee now top al-Qaeda ideologue — “He was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2006 where he was placed in a national rehabilitation project.”
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia will re-examine an Islamic preacher’s role in its deradicalisation programmes following his arrest for sedition for allegedly criticising the Johor Sultan’s ban on a Muslim-only laundromat in the state.
An Islamic researcher with a local university has expressed concerns over Mr Zamihan Mat Zin’s role in the programmes, noting that the preacher has shown signs of promoting intolerance and hatred among Muslims and non-Muslims.
The cleric is part of a team assisting the Prisons Department and the police in their deradicalisation programmes. He is on secondment from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to the department.
Mr Zamihan, in some of his lectures available on YouTube and media interviews, had also admitted that he was involved in rehabilitation programmes for drug addicts and Shia followers.
Deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said his ministry is “studying his (Mr Zamihan’s) role in the programmes.”
International Islamic University (IIU) lecturer Maszlee Malik has urged the Home Ministry to prepare a detailed report on its terrorism rehabilitation programmes as Mr Zamihan’s thinking presents a risk to the harmony of a multiracial Malaysia.
“How can he de-radicalise others if his preaching contains elements of racial radicalism? We don’t want those turning away from (terror group) Islamic State (IS) becoming racists instead,” Dr Maszlee told The Malaysian Insight….
Mr Zamihan was arrested on Wednesday after a video surfaced on social media depicting him as saying it was not right of Johor Ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, to ban Muslim-only laundromats in his state.
He also made what was seen as racist remarks against the Chinese whom he claimed were unclean as they allegedly did not wash themselves after urinating and defecating….