Under the tendentious headline “Drug dealers ‘distort’ Islam to justify trade” a brief item appeared in the British newspaper The Express:
DRUGS bosses are “manipulating and distorting” Islamic texts to recruit new dealers, persuading teenagers they are being real-life “Robin Hoods” by peddling their lethal wares to non-Muslims, a top Bradford imam has warned.
Alyas Karmani, who works with communities battling drug and gang crime, is concerned that Pakistani teenagers are being “groomed into criminal lifestyles.”
He believes dealers justify their crimes by selling to people outside their own communities. He said: “They’ll say things such as, ‘Yes, we are not selling to Muslims, we are selling to non-Muslims.’’
Another weird justification is that, “We give a percentage of this to good causes. It’s almost like we are Robin Hood characters, yeah?”
It is true that reports from the U.K., France, and Spain suggest that Muslims have entered the drug trade in a big way. And while all the main Islamic terrorist groups have sold drugs, the group that has been most heavily involved, for the longest time, and has received the greatest revenues, is Hezbollah; it is now the largest supplier of cocaine between South America and Europe. Despite Alyas Karmani’s claim that Islam has to be “distorted’ to justify Muslim participation in the drug trade, no ayatollah has yet issued a fatwa against involvement in the drug trade by Muslims. Hamas members have also been involved in the drug trade in Europe, though not to the extent of Hezbollah. In Gaza itself, Hamas prosecutes drug traffickers. It does this for two reasons: first, because those they pursue are not Hamas members; second, and most importantly, because in Gaza the addicts are Muslims, which Hamas does not allow. Hamas will, on the other hand, happily sell drugs to Unbelievers, for these people are decadent anyway, and deserve no better. As for Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, their members know that Muslims must not take drugs, but selling them to the kuffar is not merely allowed, but should be considered an effective act of Jihad, weakening the enemy.
In the U.K., Alyas Karmani, an imam in Bradford, claims that drug traffickers are “manipulating and distorting” Islamic texts to recruit new dealers, persuading teenagers they are being real-life “Robin Hoods” by peddling their lethal wares to non-Muslims. But while Islamic texts have for long been held to forbid drugs to Muslims, there is no need either to manipulate or distort Islamic texts to conclude that non-Muslims are fair game for Muslim drug traffickers. Unbelievers are already “the most vile of created beings” (98:6). In the same way, Muslim grooming gangs in the U.K. chose as their victims white English girls, who were already considered by Muslims to be “easy meat” (in Peter Loughlin’s phrase), while Muslim girls were to be protected from drugs, alcohol, and sexual predators. Alyas Karmani may believe that Muslim drug traffickers needed to “distort” Islamic texts in order “to recruit new dealers,” but the many Muslim drug dealers throughout Europe and South America suggest that no distortion was necessary.
The drug trade can be considered to be one more weapon in the jihad, a way of weakening, and hollowing out, Western societies, and a quick way, too, to raise large amounts of money for Islamic groups. Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, Hamas, and Hezbollah have all participated in the drug trade, including the production, distribution, and sale of cocaine, heroin, and hashish. The “Robin Hood” aspect, as Alyas Karmani claimed, is another way to appeal to potential drug dealers among Muslims: let them know that in selling to the rich and decadent Westerners the drugs the despised kuffar demand, they are helping the umma in three ways. First, these drugs are weakening the moral and social fabric of Western societies, which, it is felt, makes them easier to conquer. Second, some of the money Muslims make from the drug trade goes to support the worldwide Jihad; many Jihadis, especially in Hezbollah, have already been relying on the drug trade for many years for much of their income. Third, some of the money received by the Muslim drug traffickers is given as zakat to help poorer members of the umma.
Given those three results of the Muslim drug trade among the Infidels: weakening kuffar societies from within; obtaining money for jihadi terrorists, to help them pay their fighters and to buy weapons; raising money that can be given as zakat to poor Muslims, it is unlikely that large numbers of Muslims will abandon the tremendously profitable drug trade in Europe. Publicizing the prominent Muslim role in drug trafficking, however, is nonetheless worth doing, in order to sully the image of Islam any way that we Infidels — now under permanent siege from an enemy our leaders foolishly allowed in by the millions — can come up with and which, as it happens, is the ghastly truth.
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