Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Metamorphosis of Boko Haram, in today's This Day newspaper

Simon Kolawole writes:

In the beginning, they preached a form of Islam that described fellow Muslims who did not share their views as “infidels”. They were chased out of the mosque. Then, they set up their own kingdom and became activists, preaching against bad governance and immorality in high places. For effect, they said the Western way of life, including education, is sin. They started demanding the Islamisation of Nigeria.

They became outlaws, chased up and down by the police, who killed their leader, Mohammed Yusuf, in the process. In retaliation, they launched an all-out war on the police, bombing stations and murdering policemen. They went as far as attacking the police headquarters in Abuja—their most daring raid then. They killed politicians who were fellow Muslims, attacked churches for the fun of it, and were suspected to have robbed banks...

Whatever the case may be, I think Boko Haram has gone too far. Those who sympathise with them on the basis of police persecution must be reviewing their position by now. Some of those who sympathise with them out of ethno-religious sentiments must also be more circumspect now.
Read the rest here...

I ask:
Is Boko Haram?
Is Boko-Haram Haram?
Is the activity of Boko Haram permitted by Islamic Law?
Please those who know better should teach those who don't know. Post a comment.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Does the Quran call Muslims to kill unbelievers?

The speaker is Wafa Sultan. From her Wikipedia profile:

"They shot hundreds of bullets into [her professor], shouting, 'Allahu Akbar!' " she said. "At that point, I lost my trust in their god and began to question all our teachings.

On February 21, 2006, she took part in Al Jazeera's weekly 45-minute discussion program The Opposite Direction. She spoke from Los Angeles, arguing with host Faisal al-Qassem and with Ibrahim Al-Khouli, a professor at Al-Azhar University in Cairo (Egypt)

In this video she criticised Muslims for treating non-Muslims differently, and for not recognizing the accomplishments of Jewish and other members of non-Muslim society while using their wealth and technology.

Sultan describes her thesis as witnessing "a battle between modernity and barbarism which Islam will lose". Sultan believes that "The trouble with Islam is deeply rooted in its teachings. Islam is not only a religion. Islam [is] also a political ideology that preaches violence and applies its agenda by force."