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.

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