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Salafist Crimes Against Islam in Syria

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Salafist Crimes Against Islam in Syria

 

Escalation as Sunnis Join Shia in Repudiation

… by  Franklin Lamb,   Damascus

 

VT board member  General Hamid Gul said 911 was an inside job

VT board member General Hamid Gul said 911 was an inside job

[ Editors Note:  We are experiencing a huge anomaly here where these Muslim extremists, even the ones with faces exposed, seem to be getting a free pass from world law enforcement. We hear not a peep out of the UN about sanctions upon those supporting them.

There is nothing about putting them on a no fly list, or having arrests warrants issued for them so they can be picked up when crossing a border.

Such things seem to be considered an infringement upon their right of free travel to their next killing field.

Mind you, we have had several VT board members and staff on the no fly list simple for saying something that someone high up did not like, and decided to show others what the penalty for not self censoring oneself correctly was.

The Free Syrian Army does not even appear to have any semblance of a military police or legal arm, or even a jail for that matter,  similar to most gangs in the world. Yet they were still invited to a Geneva conference and then flipped the bird at the invitation.

The Saudis are keeping the Syrian National Council living in grand style ($50 million a month) in their fancy hotel digs and restaurant food when they should be living in camps similar to those of their victims. The American government will be forever tainted with these crimes as aiders and abettors.

Our only payback will be starting a discussion about removing the power of government to ever do this again, limiting both presidential and Congressional power...and an easier system to remove rogue elements from government which have become a major national security threat from the inside. Their general immunity has them marketing themselves as 'fixers' to a wide array low lifes here and overseas... Jim W. Dean ]

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The special church service

The special church service

Reports from across Syria, and increasing coming in from many areas including Aleppo, Qalamoun and Reqaa lay bare massive crimes being perpetrated against the Syrian people in the name of Islam from areas under Salafist control.

A recent German domestic intelligence service annual report described Salafism as the fastest growing Islamic movement in Syria.  

Based on interviews conducted by this observer recently in Damascus, it is evident that mainstream Salafism, with its emphasis on adherence to the Korans principles and standards for correct behavior towards humanity, is being deeply subverted in the Syrian Arab Republic from forces organized from outside this country.

The Salafi methodology or Salafist movement, historically respected among  scholars of Islam, is a school of Islamic thought among Sunni Muslims named after the “Salaf” or “predecessors” among the earliest Muslims, who are widely considered examples of Islamic practice worthy of emulation.

The Salafist movement is often described as related to, or even synonymous with Saudi Wahhabism or at least a hybrid.  Salafism has become widely known among Muslims only since the 1960’s  with some attributing this phenomenon is partly  a result of the Zionist occupation of Palestine and other projects of Western hegemony which has led to revising some claimed interpretations of  Islam more common during periods of history when Islam was threatened.

Salafism presents to its followers a literalistic, strict, puritanical interpretation of the Koran. Particularly in the West, and increasingly in Syria, some Salsify Jihadis espouse violent jihad against the public, even Muslim civilians, as a legitimate expression of defending Islam.

Though Salafis  claim to be Sunni Muslims, some scholars this observer interviewed in Damascus’ Omayyad  Mosque and Sunni Sheiks based in Damascus are of the view that Salafis are a sui generis sect, and are thus apart from traditional  Sunni Muslim Koranic interpretations and practice. One professor of Islamic studies expressed, perhaps a minority view, that Salafis and Wahhabis are essentially the same.

"Teaching the children"

“Teaching the children”

The basis of this claim is that Salafis do not acknowledge or follow any of the four schools of thought to which other Sunni Muslims adhere.  Rather, they have their own beliefs and laws, their own leaders and social systems, and practicing religion with strict and widely rejected extremist practices as well as committing crimes targeting civilians, including fellow Muslims, for political and financial reasons.

One currently ascendant Salafist group in Syria, among more than 1000 others competing for weapons and fighters, is “Daash”. The word is an acronym with its letters standing for “the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.”

Daash appeared on the scene here recently, about a year ago and some local observers believe it arrived via Iraq with large amounts of funding from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, the latter of which also facilitates its weapons, supplies and access to the north of Syria via Turkish territory.

Daash membership figures have recently inflated partly because it currently pays its recruits nearly four times the going gunman wage here or approximately $ 500 per month as it competes with Jabhat al Nusra and others to impose some of its frankly bizarre interpretations of Islam.

Damascus is awash in tales coming in from Daash controlled areas around Aleppo and elsewhere of a sheath full of recent Fatwa’s and orders posted on walls of what is expected of the local Salafist occupied areas.

It operates, as recent reports indicate and many of which have been verified by Sunni Islamic scholars and Sheiks from Damascene mosques with brutality to enforce its will on the civilian population.

A Sunni law student from Damascus University Faculty of Law compiled over the past few weeks some research on the subject and she reports example of spreading Salafist edits which she labels, “An insane frontal assault on Islam by criminal acts against Muslim and others of the Book.”

"One head a day keeps the devil away"

“One head a day keeps the devil away”

On 11/27/13 a young lady arriving at the Dama Rose hotel reported to this observer that currently in parts of Raqaa and Aleppo and other Daash  controlled areas, that if a man from Daash covets something such as someone’s new car or someone’s wife, he must now only say “Allah Akbar”  three times and the personal property or the targeted women belongs to him and the man can  beat the wife and rape her with impunity.

This latest Fatwa obviously causes serious problems within Daash and other affected militia especially in Raqqa and Allepo.

The young lady from a prominent Dasmascene Sunni family reported that Daash members are currently taking gas, oil and bread at will from non-Daash villages for distribution to members of their cult of approximately 5000 members and reportedly growing.

Some recently reported Salisfist practices spreading in Syria include, but are not limited to the following:

'Bagging' is a crime against the humanity of women

‘Bagging’ is a crime against the humanity of women

*Females in Daash controlled areas of Aleppo and elsewhere are being prevented from wearing jeans and sweaters and must wear only the Islamic dress Abaya and Barkaa while forbidden from putting on any make-up or now, as of two weeks ago, to even leave their homes without a male escort.

Some women in parts of Aleppo and Raqaa now refer to their neighborhoods as Tora Bora, Afghanistan, given the similarities of repression  between Taliban and Salafist treatment of women;

*As of November 15, 2913 force is used to prevent smoking and use of arguila (water pipes) by men and women in some villages;

*Some barber shops for men are being shuttered in order to prevent the shortening of hair and ‘modern’ haircuts. Barrettes for young people are also forbidden.

*It is now forbidden in Daash areas to display any sign or advertisements for cosmetics and skin care products in women’s hairdressing shops. Violators are subject to penalties of 70 lashes. Any business that employs women much have two work-day shifts, one for men and a separate one exclusively for female employees;

*No women’s clothing can be displayed in shop windows. Tailors shops must be shut to men in the event of the women’s presence in the shop until she leaves. The Daash militia has long prevented women from seeking medical attention from male Doctors. Recently Daash has put into place prohibitions against women visiting doctors of either sex and it is not permissible for a woman to wear orthodontic devices such as teeth braces because straight teeth might attract men and in any case their bodies are under the stewardship of their husbands or fathers only.

*Daash has proclaimed that women who swim in the sea are in fact committing “adultery” — even if they wear a hijab because as with many other languages, Arabic nouns are gender specific, and “sea” is masculine and when the water touches the woman’s vaginal area she becomes an ‘adulteress’ and must be punished.

Daash militias also forbid women from eating certain vegetables or even touching cucumbers, carrots or bananas, due to their phallic imagery, which may tempt women to deviate and it is also unacceptable for women to turn the air conditioning on at home during the absence of their husbands as this could be used as a sign to indicate to neighbors that the woman is at home alone and any of them could commit adultery with her.

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Women in a bag

Women in a bag

The Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm in its 11/15/13 edition reported that Daash variety Fatwas regard women as strange creatures created solely for sex.

Daash considers the voices of women, their looks and presence outside of their homes an ‘offense” with some Salafists regarding women in general ‘offensive.’”

Among the practices permitted by Daash is the widespread acceptance of wives lying to their husbands concerning politics. Daash believes that if the husband forbids her from being supportive of their agenda and control of Syrian villages in Aleppo and Raqaa for example, she may then, through dissimulation support them while pretending to be against them.

During interviews in Syria, one religious advisor to Daash opined to this observer that marriage to ten-year-old girls should be allowed in order to prevent girls from deviating from the correct path, while another prohibited girls from going to schools, even those located close to their homes and another Fatwa states that a marriage is annulled if the husband and wife make love with no clothes on.

Some Daash fatwas also sanction the use of women and children as human shields in violent demonstrations and protests, as these are by them as jihads to empower Islam.

Yet other fatwas accepted by Daash forbid Muslims from greeting Christians and even forbidding Muslim cab drivers from transporting Christian priests while criticizing Egypt’s Al Azhar, considered by many to be one of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic universities in the world for withdrawing its Fatwa that instructed women to “breastfeed” male acquaintances, thereby making them relatives and justifying their mixed company.

Men are now being physically assaulted by Daash milita on the street if they are clean shaven or wear tight trousers. Men who suffer from Erectile Dysfunction can however watch pornographic movies provided that the participants in the porno flicks are Islamists.

It is being reported currently that in some Daash areas it is now permissible to rape any woman who is not Muslim as well as Muslim women who support the Assad government.

Among the practices permitted by Daash is the widespread acceptance of wives lying to their husbands concerning politics. Daash believes that if the husband forbids her from being supportive of their agenda and control of Syrian villages in Aleppo and Raqaa for example, she may then, through dissimulation support them while pretending to be against them.

Destroying God's creation - Religion being used for exploitation

Destroying God’s creation – Religion being used for exploitation

During interviews in Syria, one religious adviser to Daash opined that marriage to ten-year-old girls should be allowed in order to prevent girls “from deviating from the right path,” while another prohibited girls from going to schools located  just 25 kilometers away from their homes and another Fatwa states that a marriage is annulled if the husband and wife make love with no clothes on.

Some Daash fatwas also sanction the use of women and children as human shields in violent demonstrations and protests, as these are by them as jihads to empower Islam.

Other fatwas accepted by Daash forbid Muslims from greeting Christians and even forbidding Muslim cab drivers from transporting Christian priests while critiquing Egypt’s Al Azhar, considered by many to be one of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic universities in the world for withdrawing its Fatwa that instructed women to “breastfeed” male acquaintances, thereby making them relatives and justifying their mixed company.

Education is focused on boys and in Daash area schools in Syria, a country long acknowledged to have among the highest quality of education, both and elementary and secondary levels, are being  run like the Pakistani Madras and education is limited to memorizing every word of the Koran while severely limiting any education in the sciences or secular subjects

Last month, Daash issued another anti-Islamic “Fatwa” that says that “all those who support Bashar al-Assad , even the word , or who are in favor of the National Coalition or agree to a dialogue with him  must have his head separated from his body  including  the beheading of all members of the coalition favoring Geneva II or dialogue.”

These are dangerous boys when they get bored.

These are dangerous boys when they get bored.

One much respected Sunni Sheik from Tripoli Lebanon currently residing in Damascus and with whom this observer has become friends over the course of many visits to Syria, is Sheikh Abdul Salam El Harrach, Symposium Coordinator of Muslim Scholars in Akkar, north Lebanon.

Sheik Harrach has run afoul of Daash and  is a strong supporter of the Hezbollah led Resistance to the Zionist occupation of Palestine and an advocate for the Syrian people.

He favors dialogue and is hopeful about Geneva II while hoping that recent encouraging Iran-US efforts to settle some regional problems will bear fruit for Syria.

Sheikh Harrach argues that the Syrian people must decide in the coming Presidential election who will be their leaders and not other countries who are sending militia to create chaos while too often turning a blind eye to current Salafist un-Islamic criminal campaigns which include widespread thefts of Muslim property in areas they currently occupy in Syria.

As a result of his political stances, the Sheikh  has been targeted for assassination more than once by Daash/al Qaeda types and in rumored to have a large bounty on his head from  Jabat al Nursa, Daash and others in Tripoli who oppose Sunni-Shia rapprochement in the Levant and globally.

Brother Lamb - with Sheik

Brother Lamb – with Sheikh Harrach

One assassination attempt, which wounded his son Wael, took place in the north Lebanon town of Aaat during a Ramadan Iftar event held in tents outside his home. Some  blamed  the March 14th coalition and extreme Islamic elements.

Sheik Harrach explained that the assault on his son, and other armed attacks are perpetrated against the background of incitement against Sunni Muslim from extremist elements who have the support of some of the security services.

He is targeted because of his  support for the reform and development in Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad and because of the standing and support for the resistance and his outright rejection of the U.S. and Zionist project for Lebanon and the region.

To his credit and in solidarity with the people of Syria, Sheik Harrash vows to continue working with the growing Sunni and Shia joint resistance to Daash and like-minded Salafist militia until they are expelled from Syria.

He insists that if someone wants to learn about Islam they need only come to Syria to study and not fall victim to “ Islamic instruction” from foreign Islamists seeking establishment of a Levant or global Caliphate.

Franklin Lamb volunteers with the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (SSSP) in Shatila Camp (www.sssp-lb.com).

Editing:  Jim W. Dean

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6 Comments for “Salafist Crimes Against Islam in Syria”

  1. I don’t have much interests in this area of the world. Weird people do weird things. Although the women must wear a bag, isn’t it surprising that they are permitted to wear perfect make up? These three women are beauties, as many women are out of this region. Too bad these ugly men don’t appreciate them more than they do. Look at the pics. Many females are simply gorgeous..but look beyond the bag covering their head and faces. There is a big reason why these homely males want to conceal and contain these women. Insecure religious fanatics and lunatics own everything even the women. Hygiene is obviously not a concern to the males, so not much the women have to pick from. This is one culture that can stay isolated in that region. America may have had multi-culturalism forced on it, but this is one culture that can remain isolated elsewhere. Thanks. Interesting read.

  2. Charlotte NC Bill

    Good comments as well…If the “Free Syrian Army” thinks they have ANY chance of controlling the Al-Nusra Wahabi types should they ever prevail they’re out of their minds…They need to stand with the Syrian Army and Pres Assad and rid their country of the terrorist friends of John McCain and Mitt Romney!

  3. I hope the people of the UN are reading this article since they just proclaimed that Assad had committed war crimes.
    What a joke this organization has become, they pick and choice who are in their eyes are war criminals.
    They better look at the western world with their war crimes.
    And with these type of people John McCain and Graham want to business.
    If these monsters have the financial support from Saudi Arabia, I hope Obama cut off all relations with them.

  4. “… if a man from Daash covets something such as someone’s new car or someone’s wife, he must now only say “Allah Akbar” three times and the personal property or the targeted women belongs to him and the man can beat the wife and rape her with impunity.”

    This sounds a little bit over the top, like an article at Frontpagemag or Worldnetdaily.

  5. While I agree with Dr. Lamb, and in no way support religious extremism, I have always been (blessed or cursed?) to be a free thinker. I had the (advantage or disadvantage?) to grow up immersed in organized religion. Having a front row seat I got to view how people acted when in church and how they acted when they thought no one was watching. I despise a hypocrite and never have been enclined to accept double standards. I fail to see the difference between some fanatic chopping some innocent persons head off with a sword because they are not doing what the religious fanatic wants and the US blowing an innocent family away with a hellfire missile while they sit in their home eating, then blowing away the first responders who come running to help any that may have survived. And forget the BS about collateral damage because a enemy combatant was eating with them. The obamister designated ever male from, (this is from memory but I believe it was 14 years old and above) in the whole country as enemy combatants. About a year ago, where I grew up, a nut case went off the deep end, killed the guy that lived next to him, then killed a woman he did not even know driving by his place. The whole area was shocked and devastated. But these same good church going Christian folks do not give a second thought to blowing an entire family away who has never done us harm. We have a problem with our values and reasoning processes in our society. The term “physician heal thy self” seems to apply.

  6. Thanks for blocking out the worst of the images, Mr.Dean. I am always afraid to click on these sorts of articles wile you are in charge of editing, in case there are children who come up behind me to see what I am reading and ask me questions about what is going on in the world.
    I agree with your intro, and it is these sorts of things that is turning the entire (alternative at least ) world into a bunch of unsatisfied skeptics, who no longer believe the UN, our political leaders, the FDA, the EPA, Supreme Court, the FBI and a whole host of other organizations, especially the ones with “humanitarian” attached to them. It’s downright depressing. I know the even when things are dark it can change in an instant and even though we know not where it will come from, it will come. I got faith, and I hope the Syrians can save their country.

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