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It has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt the a vast majority of terrorists acts in the world can be attributed to Wahhabi Salfists terrorists, in Pakistan they are called Takfiri Deobandis. Not all Wahhabis/Salafis are terrorists but the data shows that there is a high probability that a Wahhabi or Salafi would fall easy prey to a terrorist organisation simply because of their austere and hateful teachings in complete contradiction to orthodox Islam.
The Boston blasts should ring alarm bells in Washington.
An email from a friend sent exactly 10 years ago in the after math of 9/11:
I mantain that several mosques in North America and Europe are preaching extremism, bigotry and a very deluded version of international politics and the position of muslims within it. The modus operandi for converting a normal mosque into an extremist mosque is very simple; replace the imam. This is a tried and tested successful method and has been carried out extensively in Pakistan. Examples include the Binori town mosque, where Maulana Masood Azhar made his first speech after being released in the Air India hostage (Dec-Jan 2000) situation. While this mosque was under the Binori family, radicalism was never associated with it. However, since the last 2 decades, there has been a power struggle in this mosque and since the last decade, this has been won by the more extremist Deobandi camp. Since then it has featured prominently in inciting violence between Shias and wahabis/Deobandis and between Wahabis and Brehlvi Sunnis. Infact it has gained international prominence along with Jamia madrassa at Akora Khattak (under the tutelage of Samia-ul-Haq, JUI (S)) as being one of the chief suppliers of the Taliban leadership. And this information is not gleaned from leftist (=unpatriotic Pakistanis for many) newspapers and periodicals, but from Zarb-e-Momin, the newspaper of the Kashmiri Jihad, whose chief columnist contributers are Masood Azhar, Sheikh Umar (the LSE alum, arrested for the murder of Danial Pearl).Maulana Saleem Qadri, president of the Sunni Tehreek in Pakistan, was murdered by the Jaish Mohmammad because of his opposition to the takeover of moderate Sunni mosques, and their subsequent usage for spreading hatred between the various communities and sects in Pakistan.What I am telling you is common knowledge in Pakistan. Similarly, when individuals like myself inn North America critisize these mosques for their seemingly misogynistic and biased views, we are very much within our rights. In Pakistan, these people wield tremendous power and are obviously above the law. There we cannot critisize them even euphemistically. They can destroy property (cable operators, film shops and news paper offices like the Frontier Post), incite hatred against Shias and Christains (leading to subsequent murders in many instances), extort and send thousands of young men to fight a useless war and still roam about freely without even having formal charges brought against them. Can some one please answer the question as to why Fazlur Rehman, Qazi Ahmad, Sajid Naqvi, Azam Tariq, Sami-ul-Haq were allowed to run for the recent elections and were one of the few parties that were allowed full liberty to canvas support for the MMA while other party leaders were banned due to criminal charges. If Nawaz Sharif and BB were disallowed due to the formers anti-state and the latter’s corruption, why were Fazlur Rehman and Qazi Hussain Ahmad not banned when the were inciting people to support the Taliban when the State of Pakistan had broken off its ties with them. What about Fazlur Rehman’s illegal funds (he is referred to as Mualana diesel for his scams) or the billions of unaudited funds that these people possess? Was the Zakat fund meant solely for them. These are just some of the questions that come to mind. I don’t think its unpatriotic or a visceral reaction to ask them.Similarly, America and Canada have their problems. But just because racism is not being highlighted enough as a problem in America does not mean that we suppress and ignore the problems of the Muslim world. While there are many mosques in North America which are completely moderate, there are mosques which are not. I find it disgusting when exported preachers talk about enforcing Sharia to solve social problems in North America; the same version of Sharia where rape victims are stoned to death and where the onus of proving innocence lies on the victim, not the perpetrator. These mosques exist. Whether its the Khalid bin Walid mosque in Toronto which equates the Greeting of “Merry Christmas” with murder, unlawful sex and a host of other sins or other mosques which are awash with petro-dollars.An unfortunate culture of denial and suppression has developed between us Pakistanis , both here and back home. We are uncomfortable in exposing our faults in a uni-polar world, the chief reason being our massive insecurity. We collectively feel that countries and societies such as America and India can “get away” with their extremism and social evils, so why should we be exposing ours.We view protest as a strategic decision, and not something that has a moral and principled imperative. We use statistics to swipe our problems of honor killings and religious extremism under the carpet. How much more injustice can be piled under this carpet of convenience is not something that should weigh on our conscience easily. Its about time more Muslims came forward and undertook their Islamic responsibility of protesting against the bigotry and injustice that is undertaken under the guise of Islam. Silence is acquiescence and the rest of the world then assumes that extremists represent us and stereotypes are enforced further. Protesting in the relatively freer societies of North America is the least we can do.Khalid abul Fadl has experienced torture for his criticism of Wahabism and non-rational and non-progressive Islam. Maulana Saleem Qadri, Prof. Ghulam Murtaza Malik and Prof. Abdul Rehman, prominent Sunni intellectuals and leaders, were murdered in Pakistan for their exposition of a rational and moderate Islam. Whether it is extremist sunni, shia or wahabi Imams, we all risk being tarred with the same brush if we do not develop a culture of questioning them when they step out of line and go beyond their job description.I am sure you agree with I have said. Also, there is an interesting article below on “these mosques”. By the way, Tarek Fatah and other moderate muslims were in the forefront in promoting Khalid Abul Fadl when he came to Toronto recently.
Much has been written about the nexus between Saudi Islam and terrorism.
The solutions lie in:
1) Creating awareness among Muslims that Orthodox Islam is fine they do not need to go to new innovative political movements and seek Islam.
2) The West must stop supporting and using these movements, short term goals maybe accomplished but longer term ramifications are expensive.
3) Mecca and Medina together with Jerusalem should be made international cities of peace. So these cities cannot be used to further the agenda of one religious movement or another.
Unfortunately no one in Washington has adhered to the truth. Their war drum beaters (the vested interest driven press) took America to baseless conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and bankrupted the Western Economies with war bills. All this when the source of the problem lies in Saudi Arabia. 9/11 links to Saudi Arabia were pushed under the rug. Once again the Western Alliance seems to be supporting Al Qaeda in Syria
and their Saudi/Qatri benefactors while Muslims and Christians continue to be attacked by the Wahhabi Salafis
While moderate anti- Wahhabi revolutionary movements are allowed to be suppressed by illegitimate monarchies:
THE FOLLOWING are excerpts from an article entitled, Al Qaeda, Other Terror Groups Swim in Global Sea of Saudi-Funded Wahhabi Institutions:
Today, it has been estimated that 80 percent of American mosques are under Wahhabi influence, described by both scholars and U.S. officials as a radical, violent philosophical platform used by terrorists and their supporters to justify violence against Christians, Jews and other “non-believers.”
American officials have described as a Wahhabism, known as an intolerant, ascetic movement, was developed by theologian Mohammed ibn Abd Wahhab in the 18th century to purge what he saw as corrupting influences and return Islam to its original orthodoxy.
In 2006, Bernard Lewis, arguably the leading western scholar on Islam, called Wahhabism “the most radical, the most violent, the most extreme and fanatical version of Islam.”
As to how much money Saudi officials have spent since the early 1970s to promote Wahhabism worldwide, David D. Aufhauser, a former Treasury Department general counsel, told a Senate committee in June 2004 that estimates went “north of $75 billion.” The money financed the construction of thousands of mosques, schools and Islamic centers, the employment of at least 9,000 proselytizers and the printing of millions of books of religious instruction.
According to a major investigation by Washington Post reporter David B. Ottaway published on August 19, 2004, the Saudi government’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance pays the salaries of 3,884 Wahhabi missionaries and preachers, who are six times as numerous as the 650 diplomats in Saudi Arabia’s 77 embassies.
Saleh Sheik, a direct descendant of Ibn Abdul Wahab, leads the ministry – the most important Saudi institution for exporting Wahhabism.
Sheik estimated the Islamic affairs ministry’s budget at $530 million annually and said it goes almost entirely to pay the salaries of the more than 50,000 people on the ministry payroll, Ottaway reported. That figure does not include the hundreds of millions of dollars in personal contributions made by King Fahd and other senior Saudi princes to the cause of propagating Islam at home and abroad, according to a Saudi analyst who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. The real total spent annually spreading Islam is between $2 billion and $2.5 billion, he said.
Eighty percent of major mosques in America are under Saudi-Wahhabi influence, according to Stephen Schwartz, Director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, an organization that “challenges the dominance of American Muslim life by militant Islamist groups” including control of property, buildings, training and appointment of imams, content of preaching, literature distributed in mosques and charitable solicitation.
Most of the Wahhabi mosques work closely with Saudi state funded organizations such as the Muslim World League (MWL) and the World Association for Muslim Youth (WAMY), institutions identified as participants in the funding of al Qaeda. The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a main Wahhabi ideological institution in America with a well-documented network of support for radical Islam, has received at least $750,000 from the Saudi government and its officials, including a donation by the Islamic Development Bank, a Saudi government-controlled financial institution, to purchase their headquarters in Washington D.C.
According to Schwartz’s testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security on Thursday, June 26, 2003, the official Saudi government website stated in 2000, “In the United States, the Kingdom has contributed to the establishment of the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C.; the Omer Bin Al-Khattab Mosque in western Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Islamic Center, and the Fresno Mosque in California; the Islamic Center in Denver, Colorado; the Islamic center in Harrison, New York; and the Islamic Center in Northern Virginia.”
The Kingdom is also affiliated with the Bilal Islamic Primary and Secondary School and the King Fahd mosque, both in California, according to Nina Shea in her 2005 Freedom House Report “Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques”. Shea, an international human-rights lawyer, is the director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute. Additionally, the previously-mentioned official website of the Saudi Arabian government reported a donation of $4 million for the construction of a mosque complex in Los Angeles named for Ibn Taymiyyah, a historic Islamic figure whose works influenced Mohammed ibn Abd Wahhab. In his testimony, Schwartz estimated that the Saudis have spent a minimum of $324 million on Islamic institutions in America by 2003.
The Saudi influence in America is far from benign. “From Islamic centers to student associations, from relief organizations to bookstores, an ideology committed to the destruction of Western civilization is being offered as the only solution to the plight of the ummah [Islamic nation],” Epstein testified. The materials that the Kingdom has distributed to American schools and mosques in particular, have been proven to be pro-jihad, anti-Semitic, and anti-American. “In thousands of public school districts across the United States, without ever knowing it, taxpayers pay to disseminate pro-Islamic materials that are anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Jewish… teaching programs funded by Saudi Arabia make their way into elementary and secondary school classrooms,” a 2005 Jewish Telegraphic Agency staff report “What Your Kids are Learning about Israel, America and Islam,” noted.
Saudi-Provided Texts Full of Hate
In the Freedom House report, materials found in mosques across America have been shown to be virulent and hate-filled. A book found in the King Fahd mosque, distributed by the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C., and published by the Saudi government, read: “Be dissociated from the infidels, hate them for their religion, leave them, never rely on them for support, do not admire them, and always oppose them in every way according to Islamic law.” A recurring theme is the idea that a peaceful coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims is impossible. A Saudi-government text for tenth-grade students entitled “Science of Tawheed”, copies of which were obtained at the Al-Farouq Mosque in Houston, teaches that if a Muslim “thinks it is permissible to be under their [infidels] control, and he is pleased with the way they are, then there is no doubt that he is no longer a Muslim.”
Democracy in particular is demonized in Wahhabi ideology. In one book published in Riyadh by the Al-Nahawi Printing House, collected by Freedom House from the Abu Bakr Mosque in San Diego, it is written, “Satan and his soldiers have found a home for themselves there… Democracy is in need of someone to save it from itself.” In order to rectify the evils of democracy, the Wahhabi American mosques advocate for jihad and terror, teaching that, “[we] will pursue this evil force [modernist civilization] to its own lands, invade its Western heartland, and struggle to overcome it until all the world shouts by the name of the Prophet and the teachings of Islam spread throughout the world. Only then will Muslims achieve their fundamental goal, and there will be no more ‘persecution’ and all religion will be exclusively for Allah…” That quote comes from “To Be a Muslim”, published by Saudi Arabia’s International Islamic Publishing House and collected from the Al-Farouq Mosque in Houston.
The hate-filled materials distributed by “American mosques and…spread, sponsored or otherwise generated by Saudi Arabia…demonstrates the ongoing indoctrination of Muslims in the United States in the hostility and belligerence of Saudi Arabia’s hard-line Wahhabi sect of Islam” Shea noted.
“The vision of Islam defeating and subjugating the west is a major element in the appeal of the jihadists, supported by the Wahhabi clerics in Saudi Arabia, to their mostly-young followers around the world,” Schwartz said in an interview.
The cases of American Islamist terrorists are “incidents that reflect the general tone in the Muslim community, and they have been here, and dominant, through the 1980s and 1990s,” stated Schwartz. John Walker Lindh (a California native convicted of aiding the Taliban in Afghanistan), the Lackawanna Six (a group of six American citizens convicted of materially supporting al Qaeda), Iyman Faris (an American citizen born in Kashmir, discovered to be plotting an attack on the Brooklyn Bridge), Jose Padilla (a Brooklyn native known as the “dirty bomber” designated an “enemy combatant” by the Justice Department), Hassan Akbar (a Los Angeles native convicted of killing two fellow U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2003), and Adam Yahiye Gadahn (the American-born English-language spokesman for al-Qaeda), have revealed an unpleasant truth. As Schwartz said, “Jihadist ideology in American Islam was financed by Saudi Arabia…Wahhabi and related Pakistani and Muslim Brotherhood propaganda is the basis of it… The money comes from Saudi, the preachers from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and various Arab states, and the donations go to Hamas. That is life in institutional American Islam today,” declared Schwartz.
In a speech by Mark Steyn, he said (when answering a question) Canadian Mounties did a survey of Canadian imams. It found 85 percent of the imams in Canadian mosques were “hardcore radical jihadists.”
We urge the US Lawmakers to take a serious look at the spread of Saudi version of Islam in the United States. The United States currently enjoys good relations with indigenous US Muslim population (including many African American Muslims). If this population continues to be radicalized and indoctrinated in the Wahhabi Salafi thought process there could be serious problems down the road.