• Time For Jihad

    From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 02:54:42
    Good thing that Jihad is really some sort of benign inner struggle,
    and that Westerners have been misinformed by a tiny minority of
    extremists who give Islam and Jihad a bad name. Someone like me
    might think (wrongly) that "pick up a gun and fight against the
    Government" means to pick up a gun and fight against the Government.

    Good thing that Western leaders know better, and know that Islam is
    a noble religion of peace that has been hijacked by extremists and
    terrorists, whose followers don't really want Sharia law etc.


    Kabul clerics rally behind Taliban

    Urge worshippers to `pick up a gun' against government
    Death toll from surge in violence surpasses 190 over 5 days
    May 22, 2006. 01:04 AM


    KABUL - Clerics in Kabul mosques are urging worshippers to join
    the Taliban's fight against the Afghan government and international

    Insurgency has spread recently, with many provinces falling under
    control of Islamists intent on driving out foreign forces. Encouraged
    by this growing militancy, some imams here believe the time is right
    to call for holy war.


    The Taliban now control many rural areas south of the capital and
    their increasing success is finding favour with fundamentalists here.

    "It's a reality, the fighters are getting stronger and stronger
    because the government is alienating the community and the people,"
    Abdullah said.

    "Real mullahs, imams and anyone with a knowledge of Islam has to
    say it's time for jihad. Those people who are fighting against the
    Americans and the government are doing good, but the government and
    the Americans say they are terrorists just because they want to give
    them a bad name."


    Also his worshippers want Islamic law, sharia, restored.

    "Afghanistan is an Islamic country and it should be following the law
    of sharia," Abdullah said. "In previous regimes, there were no shops
    where they clearly sold alcohol. There were no houses or hotels where
    they had prostitutes. Now we do have those things."

    At another mosque, built with money donated by a Kuwaiti businessman,
    Mustafa said the "time is ready for jihad." He accused foreign troops
    of insulting Afghan culture when they raided homes looking for

    "I can't tell them directly to start jihad because then I will get
    into trouble," said Mustafa, 37. "But I will tell them to go away and
    do what they want, because it is forbidden in Islam for soldiers to
    search our houses."

    Mustafa preaches to about 8,000 Muslims every Friday. His mosque's
    exterior is decorated with posters of Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, an extremist
    MP and ex-warlord whose forces devastated Kabul in the 1990s civil

    Imam Mohammed Sadiq happily gave his surname. As the gap between
    rich and poor grows, he said a call to jihad "is getting nearer
    and nearer."


    Full article at "Toronto Star" ... http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/ Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1148248211722&call_pageid=968332188492

    Cheers, Steve..

    * Origin: Angoraphobia - morbid fear of goats (3:800/432)