November 20, 2004
AP ENTERPRISE: Terror probes turn up an even more zealous brand of Islamic militancyTopics: International News
Why aren't we hearing more about Takfir, and why aren't we on a nation-wide alert to identify, find, and rid ourselves of this terrible plaque, the most militant and deadly form of radical Islam?
The following information should be all over the media, but it isn't. This may be the most evil group of people ever to inhabit the planet. It is coming to America, no, it is here already. This is scary stuff folks. Not wanting to be an alarmist, but there is no other way to say it. Take the time to read all of this, then help get the word out. It may help to save the lives of your family and loved ones.
Reported in the Associated Press on Nov 19:
Alleged Takfir connections have popped up elsewhere over the past year, including France and Jordan. In Belgium, security forces are looking into possible links between the Nov. 2 slaying of Van Gogh and recent anonymous threats against politicians.
The uncompromising Takfir doctrine has been around for decades _ denouncing even moderate Muslims as "infidels." But global communications and louder militant voices could be offering fresh energy. It's part of larger worries about rising Islamic extremism in an Internet age when texts and sermons reach nearly everywhere and peripheral movements can quickly gather momentum.
"Authorities are looking in the wrong direction," said Azzaz Tamimi, head of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in London. "Many Muslims feel under pressure. This pressure and anger can make people radicalized. Extremism is not just with big terrorist groups. It's out on the streets and radical movements are easily tapping into it."
Freedom House, a New York-based human rights group, is preparing a report that it says examines documents distributed in some American mosques containing denunciations against non-Muslims and fellow Muslims who show religious tolerance.
Takfir, literally "excommunication," refers to scorning societies perceived as corrupt and deserving retribution. Hijra refers to withdrawing from anything considered against Islam.
The name was coined by Egypt's government-controlled press in the 1970s in an attempt to make it scary and alien to mainstream Muslims. Takfir is often described as part of the founding forces for today's major terrorist networks. But it's not easy to draw clear connections.
Islamic researchers and scholars say terror groups may draw general encouragement from Takfir's militant dogma. But Takfir's core followers _ an unknown number that could be in the thousands, experts say _ are too renegade and insular to offer practical support to networks such as al-Qaida.
Takfir denunciations, in fact, often cover anyone who is not a committed follower, including al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden _ although his chief lieutenant, the Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri, is reportedly a Takfir follower and has lectured on its tenets.
In 1995, an alleged Takfir gunman attacked bin Laden's compound in Sudan. Five years later, a suspected Takfir attacker killed 20 worshippers in a mosque as part of feuds with rival Islamic sects in the country.
"They consider themselves the only Muslim group," said Diaa Rashwan, a Cairo-based expert on Muslim militants.
And here lies a serious challenge for authorities.
The Takfir movement's limitless suspicion of outsiders and elusive tactics create huge complications for monitoring and infiltrating. Among Takfir precepts is "taqiyya," or use of deceptions that include blending into non-Muslims societies. This led some U.S. investigators to suspect Takfir links to some of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, though no clear evidence emerged.
There's also worry about a trend toward smaller, independent Takfir cells that follow their own random agendas.
"Now we have a new generation of fundamentalists," said Mohamed Salah, an expert on Islamic radicals and the Cairo bureau chief of the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat. "The atmosphere in the world now makes it easy for someone to get two or three people together and form a group."
Takfir has cropped up on the fringes of recent terrorist probes.
In Jordan, one of 13 suspects accused of plotting to bomb American targets earlier this year is an alleged Takfir adherent. Moroccan officials have targeted Takfir followers in raids. Last year, French anti-terrorist agents detained more than a dozen suspected Takfir members.
Also last year, Lebanese forces arrested dozens of suspects accused of planning to assassinate the U.S. ambassador and other plots. Some suspects were reportedly Takfir followers.
Belgian investigators, meanwhile, are looking for possible ties between the Van Gogh slaying and threats against political figures including the justice minister and a lawmaker with Moroccan parents, Mimount Bousakla, who has challenged conservative Muslim social codes. Bousakla went into hiding after receiving anonymous calls that included a threat "to ritually slaughter her," Belgian officials said Wednesday.
Van Gogh was shot and then his throat was slashed. He had recently collaborated with Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a parliament member, on a film criticizing Islam's treatment of women. She also has moved to a secret location.
"You can't dismiss the influence of Takfir on contemporary terrorism at some level," said Omid Safi, a religion professor at Colgate University. "It brands everyone it opposes as an infidel _ including Muslims _ and that makes it that much easier to inflict violence on them."
But he cautioned against making direct bonds between Takfir dogma and terrorist networks.
"It's there as part of the overall pathology of radical thinking. ... Takfir is just part of the destructive tendencies occurring now in Islam," Safi said.
There is no direct evidence showing how deeply Takfir ideology has infiltrated al-Qaida and other major Islamic radical factions, said Peter Wright, a lawyer and researcher at the University of North Carolina who has studied the movement's influence on terrorism.
But Takfir could be increasingly squeezed by authorities struggling to control radical Islam and wage "a pre-emptive war," said Wright.
"In the present political climate, guilt by ideological association appears to be the path of least resistance," he said. "If you express certain thoughts or maintain an association with individuals who do, you are a suspect." Source...
Now for some serious background from 'rotten dot com':
Al Takfir Wal Hijra means "anathema and exile" or possibly "excommunication and emigration." A theologically extreme extension of the Saudi Arabia's Wahabbi doctrines, Takfir is dedicated to restoring the Caliphate, the Islamic political empire that once spanned the Near and Middle East.
Ayman Al-Zawahiri is a member of the Takfir sect. While Osama bin Laden is usually called the leader of al Qaeda, Zawahri runs the terrorist network in most meaningful respects, including ordering attacks and concocting theological justifications for killing.
The founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad organization and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Zawahiri is one of several international terror masterminds linked to Takfir Wal Hijra.
Takfir is as fundamentalist a sect as you can imagine. Its major tenet holds that all the world's non-Muslim leaders should be overthrown by any means including (and especially) violence. Not only are infidels subject to sanctions up to and including death, but even other Muslims who don't fit the Takfir ideal.
It isn't just the bloodthirstiness that makes Takfir Wal Hijra dangerous, however. It's the techniques. A major element of Takfir religious practice is subterfuge. The threat of Takfir is that its cold, heartless killers could easily be the boy or girl next door. Takfir Wal Hijra members are permitted to disregard the injunctions of Islamic law in order to blend into infidel societies.
In other words, Takfirs can have sex with loose women, drink alcohol, eat pork and do whatever else they feel is appropriate to advance their mission.
In the wake of September 11, and even before, the U.S. and media pundits have frequently engaged in head-scratching over the fact that terrorist operatives often don't appear to be especially Islamic. It seems paradoxical that the 9/11 hijackers could be so dedicated that they would die for the cause, but not so dedicated that they avoided picking up girls at nightclubs.
"(They seem like) regular, fun-loving guys -- but they'd slit your throat or bomb your building in a second," a French official told Time Magazine.
Mohammed Atta, although puritanical in his behavior, was believed to be Takfiri. He's not the only al Qaeda operative you could point the finger at. Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed went to discos, drank alcohol and dated call girls. Yousef in particular is renowned for being generally unIslamic and non-observant of prayers and fasting. Although no one has suggested openly that Yousef and KSM were Takfiri, it's hardly a stretch.
Other al Qaeda operatives in the U.S. might be Takfiri, including Ali Mohammed, a senior al Qaeda operative who served with the U.S. Special Forces in the late 1980s, or Mahmud Abouhalima, who joined the NRA before getting mixed up in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
In addition to its unparalleled ability to infiltrate Western societies, Takfir also distinguishes itself for its sheer violence and cheerful lack of discrimination among its targets. Even bin Laden has been a target of Takfir killers, supposedly, during a 1996 assassination attempt in the Sudan. This rumor persists despite the fact that Takfirs fought alongside bin Laden's mujahideen in Afghanistan, which tells you something cautionary about being on the wrong side of a Takfir.
The U.S. government is deeply concerned about the Takfiri movement, although you wouldn't be able to tell from the way they never talk much about it.
In 2002, the Justice Department charged four men with running a Takfiri terrorist sleeper cell in Michigan. Members were charged with planning shoe bombings, airline attacks and casing the U.S. embassy in Jordan, Disneyland and a Las Vegas casino for potential attacks. The case began to disintegrate after a series of missteps and illegal acts by the Justice Department. Only two of the four were convicted, and even those convictions may not stand up to review.
After those named above, the next most famous Takfir may be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian-born Palestinian who is currently making life miserable for the U.S. in Iraq. Although little credible information is known about Zarqawi, his M.O. and stated beliefs are generally consistent with the Takfir cult. It's also worth noting that he recently attempted to stage a chemical attack on the same Jordanian embassy allegedly targeted by the Michigan cell.
Strangely, there's some conventional wisdom circulating which holds that Takfir Wal Hijra was founded by Lebanese immigrant and Boston taxi cab driver Bassam Ahmed Kanj. However, there's some room for debate. It's likely that the sect (in some form) predates Kanj's involvement beginning in 1996. (He was killed in an uprising in Lebanon in 2000.)
According to the Justice Department, Takfiris are guided by fatwas issued by influential radicals, like the following, issued in 1998 by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, an exiled Egyptian cleric now imprisoned in the U.S.:
Cut all links with the [United States]. Destroy them thoroughly and erase them from the face of the earth. Ruin their economies, set their companies on fire, turn their conspiracies to powder and dust. Sink their ships, bring their planes down. Slay them in the air, on land, on water. And [with the Command of Allah] kill them wherever you find them. Catch them and put them in prison. Lie in wait for them and kill these infidels. They will surely get great oppression from you. God will make you the means of wreaking a terrible revenge upon them, of degrading them. He will support you against them. He will cure the afflicted hearts of the faithful and take all anger out of their hearts.
Clearly, God will have his hands full with some of these hearts. In the meantime, you can only hope that the boy or girl next door isn't planning to slit your throat any time soon. SOURCE...
September 11 may have been only the warm-up, there is much more scary stuff to come. Are we ready for it? You already know the answer. It's time for real grass-roots movement which will never be instigated by the liberal media. The tolerant politically correct Dutch have already begun to learn the lessons of unrestricted non-Western immigration and tolerance of radical clerics. When will we begin to learn the same?
Posted by Hyscience at November 20, 2004 8:10 PM
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