Serbia, 06.08.2017: There is a strong mental link between a famous Indian Islamic preacher who reached 100 million listeners and the most heinous radical terrorist group like ISIS. In the latest issue, on the pages of its magazine Rumiyah, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has just issued a graphic and extremely hateful threat to revisit the Balkans. The threat is explicit about murdering people in the Balkans whom they divide into two groups, the murtaddin (those Muslims who abandoned or deviated from Islam) and the mushrikin (the idolaters, infidels, non-Muslims – chief among them – the Serbs). The threatening language of the address delivered in Serbian by ISIS to the citizens of Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, etc. was written for the Rumiyah magazine by some ignorant ISIS volunteer from the Balkans. The dreadfully worded statement is drawing upon a sanction in Islam whereby those who have been once deemed Muslims but no longer are – deserve capital punishment for their falling out. The most prominent modern defender of that sanction has been Dr. Zakir Naik of India, the world’s greatest apologist for hardcore Sunni Muslim religious ideologies of Salafism and Wahabism. He runs his own TV channel (Peace TV) and show (which is banned in some countries, including India, England and Canada), he goes on active international speaking tours, he used to confront America’s Dr. William Campbell in public debates about Science and Islam where Dr. Naik revealed his talent for showmanship, grandstanding and mere rhetorical toying with like-minded audiences. He has 14 Million Followers on Facebook. Dr. Naik is the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). Saudi Arabia’s government awarded him with “King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam”, in 2015. This year he received Saudi citizenship just in time to prevent him from being extradited back to India, which just issued an Interpol arrest warrant for him.
The Salafism of Dr. Naik is described as “the fastest-growing Islamic movement in Europe” by Soren Kern of the New York Daily News. A relatively moderate Muslim spokesman from England, Dr. Ghayas Saddiqui, a member of the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain, told The First Post newspaper that “Salafism is a very strict interpretation of Islam, and their attitude to both non-Muslims and Muslims who are not with them is very harsh.” Germany’s intelligence chief, Hans-George Maassen, says the number of active Salafists in Germany has grown from 3,800 to 6,300 in three years, (according to Deutsche Welle news). And in Bosnia there are at least twice as many Salafists as that confirmed by intelligence estimates (anywhere from 11,000 to 20,000). Ominously, Salafism can also be found in England, where it is increasingly popular in universities! The most extreme Salafi variant is the famous Wahabi branch so dear to the royal house of Saudi Arabia. In the oil-rich Saudi Arabia, Salafism (and Wahabism) is the dominant Islamic ideology. Salafism offers a simpler, more fundamental structure for Islam, literal interpretations of the Quran (opposing an intellectual approach to Islam) stripped of cultural and national associations. Let’s remember that all the ISIS people are Salafis of one kind or another. The word “salafi” comes from Arabic – “as-salaf as-saliheen” – which refers to the first three generations of Muslims who were supposedly “purest Muslims”. All Salafi Muslims believe in a unified Islamic state (the renewed Caliphate) and Sharia law. We shall see that there is a strong ideological connection between Dr. Naik and ISIS, as well as with ISIS-type Islamic movements.
Naik believes that the Islamic injunction prescribing death for apostasy – those who leave the faith – is justified. He compares it to death penalties meted out to national traitors (army generals who defect being the example cited) and proclaims that apostates fall into the same category. For those who have never heard of the world famous Dr. Zakir Naik of India, it is important to learn the quotes for which there is an audio recording of this man pontificating, making statements such as these: “People who change their religion [of Islam] should face the death penalty.” / “If bin Laden is fighting enemies of Islam, I am for him. If he is terrorizing the terrorist, if he is terrorizing America – the terrorist, biggest terrorist – I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist. The thing is that if he is terrorizing the terrorist, he is following Islam. Whether he is or not, I don’t know, but you as Muslims know that without checking up – laying allegations is also wrong.” In the translation of the article below about the public threat from ISIS it will become clear that these quotes of Dr. Naik directly sit at the root of the logic at work in the heads of ISIS people. You be the judge.
The Balkans: Blood For Enemies – Honey For Friends
The Islamic State, in its latest edition of the Rumiya magazine for the Balkans, published an article titled “Balkan: Blood for Enemies, Honey For Friends” sent an open threat to the countries of the region. The Islamic State says that it has not forgotten the Balkans, but only got preoccupied with other areas.
“All thanks be to Allah, the Great, the Exalted, and may all the blessings be upon our Messenger who was sent with a saber in hand like a mercy to the worlds, his families, and his martyrs including the Mujahedeen who will be following them all the way to the Judgment Day. And then:
No, by the name of Allah, we have not forgotten the Balkans, no in the name of Allah, we have not forgotten it and we won’t, Allah permitting, ever forget it. Only, we were proccupied a little and here we come now, returning again. In the name of our Allah, we have not forgotten the Serbs, those kuffar [infidels]! No, oh you Serbs the kuffar, we have not forgotten you! We have not forgotten your killings of Muslims in Bosnia and in Kosovo! No, in the name of Allah, we have not forgotten the molestation of our brothers and the raping of our sisters. No, by Allah, we have not forgotten your destructions of our mosques and homes. No, by Allah, we have not forgotten what you have done in Srebrenica and in other places. No, by Allah, we haven’t forgotten it, never. We have a very long unpaid bill with you, which you will pay in blood to us, Allah permitting. Don’t you recall your dogs slaughtered in Libya?”
“And as for you Croatians, you also remain in our memory, your blood is also filthy and a game for us. Did you think that we have neglected you? No, by Allah, we have not neglected you nor forgotten you. We have not forgotten your killings, molestations, rapes, bloodspilling and burning down of Bosnian homes. Did you think all that is water under the bridge? Did you think that with your return to your homes and with your arms stained with Moslem blood – all is forgotten and things are finished? No, by Allah, it is not finished! What’s more, that was only the beginning of the end. Did you forget how we ripped the throat of your pig in Sinai, Egypt?”
“As for the murtaddin [traitors to Islam], wherever they might be and wherever they live, for all the murtaddin of the Balkans we say, to those in Bosnia, Sandzak, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, in which ever hole you hide out and to which ever nest you ran, – we shall, Allah permitting, find you and get to you. Your blood is sweeter to us than the blood of Serbs and Croatians, the kuffar. The killings of the murtaddin are stronger and better with us. We are coming to you, coming with sabers and daggers. We shall not stop until you either return to Islam or until, with Allah’s permission, we exterminate you down to the last one. So, start preparing coffins and digging burial holes.”
“Oh you enemies of the Millet [the Turkish and Arab governmental system of religious control under the Caliphate] and of the faith in the Balkan lands, don’t think that you are safe from us and that you are far away from our sabers, don’t get high on your injustices or get haughty and brag – but instead cry, sob and scream because we have recalled you and gotten prepared for you. And don’t ever think yourself safe and far from us. Have you not seen America, yes, America?! The one who says ‘Is there anyone stronger than us?’ It is us, the ISIS, we have delivered her a blow and made her bleed… We have spilled the blood of her inhabitants. And do you know France and Germany? Yes, those countries we have engulfed in flames of our wars and fires of our battles. And Britain, the one who thought to live in security and protection, we have pushed her face into the ground and stomped on her neck. Just like many other countries.”
They state an open threat to the countries of the Balkans, saying they are “returning”, and that they have been preoccupied so far in some other areas, including France, Germany and Britain. Let’s remind ourselves that two years ago, Serbia, and other Balkan countries, were often referred to as a possible targets of jihadists. In July 2015, in the video clip “We Are Islamic Hilafet – Kasida”, the initial target of Islamic terrorists was marked as Serbia, followed by other Balkan countries.
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