By Dr. John Andrew Morrow for New Age Islam
25 May 2017
Preventing, combating, and countering
radicalization is a complex matter without simple solutions. Consequently, a
multi-pronged approach must be employed. The information war against Takfirism
represents but a single piece of the puzzle. Extremism, fanaticism, and
terrorism are simply symptoms of a broader problem. Unless all the causes are
addressed simultaneously, subject to certain parameters, the war against
Takfirism is ultimately bound to fail.
Whether it is ISIS, Boko Haram, al-Shabab
or other similar groups, terroristic nihilism feeds on ignorance, poverty, as
well as socio-economic and political injustice. There is no band-aid solution
to these problems. There are no short-term solutions. They require long-term strategies.
Ignorance needs to be addressed through
education. While some Muslim countries have excellent secular education, their
religious education is lacking or indoctrinates students into intolerant,
radical, and violent interpretations of Islam. If Islamic education is to be
provided in the Muslim and non-Muslim world, it is traditional, civilisational,
and classical Islam that is to be taught, not
Salafism/Wahhabism/Takfirism/Jihadism/Islamism or Political Islam.
In the struggle and information war
against extremism and terrorism, we propose that the following strategies be
1) All efforts should be rooted in
traditional, civilisational, and classical Islam. The content should promote an
Islam without extremes. It should present the full spectrum of Islamic opinion.
It should encourage Muslims to move from the fringes, restore the balance, and
stick to the center.
2) The message should promote Islamic
unity, oppose sectarianism, and encourage Taqrib or rapprochement between the
various schools of thought. This is not to suggest that all schools of thought
should merge; however, it should be stressed that diversity and difference is a
blessing. There can be unity without uniformity. There can be unity within
3) Since the focus is on presenting
Universal Islam, an Islam that embraces a full range of positions, the Muslim
faith should not be promoted as a foreign faith, but the last chapter of a
Divine Message that started eons ago. It may be time to look at Faith and
Religion, not from a religious perspective, but from God’s viewpoint.
4) Promote The Study Qur’an, edited by
Sayyid Hossein Nasr, as it provides a full spectrum of interpretations of the
Qur’an. This can counter the one-sided, absolutist, approach taken by religious
5) Spread the traditional teachings of
Islam to counter so-called Political Islam.
6) Disseminate the Constitution of Medina.
Islamists claim that they wish to create an Islamic State; however, they ignore
the fact that the Prophet Muhammad produce the first political constitution in
the history of humanity, an inclusive and pluralistic Political Charter that
granted equality to all citizens regardless of religion, race, or gender.
7) Disseminate the covenants and treaties
that the Prophet Muhammad concluded with Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian
communities. These include the Treaty of Maqnah, the Treaty of Najran, the
Covenant with Monks from Mount Sinai, the Covenant with the Christians of
Persia, the Covenant with the Assyrian Christians, the Covenant with the
Armenian Christians, the Covenant with the Coptic Christians, the Covenant with
the Syriac Orthodox Christians, and the Covenant with the Parsis, among others.
8) Disseminate the covenants that the
Caliphs and Sultans concluded with non-Muslim communities. These include the
Covenant of Abu Bakr with the Christians, the Covenant of ‘Umar with the
Christians of Jerusalem, the Covenant of ‘Ali with the Christians, the Covenant
of Salah al-Din with the Christians, the Covenant of Sultan Mehmet with the
Franciscan Catholics of Bosnia…
9) Familiarize Muslims, and non-Muslims,
with the over three hundred initiatives against extremism and radicalization,
ISNA’s Muslim Code of Honor?
A Common Word between Us and You
Shoulder to Shoulder
Dr. Qadri’s Fatwa against Terrorism and Suicide
Dr. Qadri’s Fatwa against ISIS
The Covenants Initiative
The Genocide Initiative
Shaykh Bin Bayyah’s Fatwa against ISIS
The Letter to Baghdadi
The Amman Message
The Statement by the Organization of Islamic
The Fatwa from Al-Azhar
The Statement from the Arab League
The Fatwa of Mufti Mehmet Gormez
The Statement of CAIR
The Statement of the Muslim Council of Great
The Fatwa of the Fiqh Council of ISNA
The Joint Sunni-Shiite Fatwa by 100 UK Imams
The Statement from the Muslim Public Affairs
The Statements from Nahdlatul Ulema from
Shaykh Yaqubi’s Refuting ISIS
The Muslim Youth Group’s Jihad Against Extremism
The Statement by Dr. John Andrew Morrow
The Mass Fatwa by 100,000 Muslim Clerics from
India, Bangladesh, and beyond
The Marrakesh Declaration
The Grozny Declaration
10) Expose the historical and current ties
between “radical jihadis” and Western imperialists; namely, the use of the
Wahhabis by the British Empire in order to undermine the Ottoman Empire; the
use of “Jihadists” by all parties in the First and Second World Wars;
particularly, the ties of so-called “Islamists” with the Third Reich during the
Second World War; the CIA-support of the “Mujahidin” and al-Qaedah in
Afghanistan; the CIA-support of “Jihadists” in Bosnia and Kosovo; and the
continued support of the United States for “radical Islamists” who serve their
geo-political interests. Show to Muslims that the “radical Jihadi” approaches
benefit the enemies of Islam, so much so that those enemies facilitate or
fabricate Jihadi groups and attacks.
11) Teach critical thinking to Muslims.
Provide them with the tools to distinguish between Traditional Islam and
so-called “Radical Political Islam,” better known as
12) Educate Muslims on the true meaning of
Jihad and the rules of just war to which all combatants are bound. Disseminate
the commands that Abu Bakr and ‘Ali used to give to their fighters, prohibiting
them from killing non-combatants, abusing women, destroying property, etc.
13) Enlist Muslim athletes and celebrities
to promote traditional, civilisational, and classical Islam. Getting these
artists/celebrities involved is another way of cracking the media.
14) Educate Muslims about the history of
Islam in the Western world, from Muslims who accompanied European explorers to
African Muslim slaves to the large waves of Muslim pioneers from Syria and
Lebanon who settled the American Mid-West.
15) Showcase examples of coexistence
between Muslims and the People of the Book throughout Islamic history, focusing
on the Golden Age of al-Andalus, Sicily, and the Ottoman Empire.
16) Present positive quotes about the
Prophet and Islam made by non-Muslims. This helps boost Muslim pride and
illustrates that not all non-Muslims are enemies of Islam and Muslims.
17) Spread Qur’anic verses and prophetic
traditions, particularly hadith qudsi, that focus on values, ethics, morals,
compassion, mercy, and love. However, balance the focus on Mercy with the same
focus on Justice.
18) Highlight contemporary cases of
Muslims helping non-Muslims along with non-Muslims helping Muslims. This might
include Muslim efforts to rebuild churches that were burned to the ground,
cases of Muslims surrounding synagogues to protect them; instances in which
Jews and Christians surrounded mosques to defend them from armed racists and
19) Tell the full truth about the evils of
imperialism and Zionism, that the USA and other Western governments are the
world’s biggest terrorists, etc. so that (justifiably) angry individuals find
mainstream Muslims to be legitimate. If orthodox Muslims stood up for justice
as they are Qur’anically-commanded, fewer “idealistic” young people would be
drawn into the ranks of Islamist terrorists. When Muslims listen to Uncle Tom
Muslims on NPR, etc. it makes some of them want to join the global “jihad.”
Many “moderate” voices contribute to the radicalization of young Muslims who
have legitimate grievances against capitalism, secularism, and imperialism.
20) Allow Muslims to express their
legitimate grievances against their governments peacefully and constructively
and pressure such Muslim-majority States to abide by the traditional principles
21) Expose the injustice, discrimination,
racism, political and economic violence that is directed toward Muslim
minorities in certain parts of the Western world. Support the struggle of such
Muslims and provide them with the means to pressure their governments and
improve their well-being by grass-roots, community, economic, and political
22) Support the legitimate aspirations of
2/3rds of the world’s Muslims for the re-establishment of the Muslim Ummah, a
sane one, not the lunatic anti-Islamic ISIS version, which was created
precisely to cast aspersions on the whole notion of a Caliphate. Although it
can take many forms, an Islamic State must be based on the foundations of
traditional, mainstream, classical Islam, and should be modeled on the
Constitution of the Medina and the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad. It must
be a tolerant, inclusive, and pluralistic state based on the spirit of Islamic
values and ethics; and not on fossilized medieval interpretations of Islam.
23) Muslims must attain and maintain
independence, namely, they must not depend on the support, financial or
ideological, of foreign or domestic regimes. Otherwise, they lose all
credibility in the eyes of disaffected and disenfranchised youth.
24) Chanel the legitimate frustration and
grievances of Muslims constructively instead of destructively. Get them engaged
in political and social activism, locally, regionally, nationally, and
internationally. Organize Muslim missionary work. Create a Muslim Peace Corp.
Many methods can be employed to exact desired change.
25) Provide educational opportunities to
Muslim youth at home and abroad. Provide them with job opportunities. Encourage
entrepreneurship. Help them build up businesses. Help them form families.
People who have hope do not kill themselves and others. Extremism and violence
feed on chaos and despair. Proper social, psychological, and spiritual services
can prevent young people from descending into the darkness of extremism,
fanaticism, and nihilism.
26) Remember that as terrible as Takfiri terrorism
may be, it forms part of an even more horrific plan; a genocidal agenda on the
part of Western imperialists. The essence of this plan is to exterminate 80% of
the world population, the “human surplus” which is increasingly being replaced
by technology. If these elitist globalists, who wish to turn the planet into
their own personal resort, have spread terrorism in the Muslim world to help
cull its population, they have spread drugs, along with material and moral
corruption, in the Western world to destroy it from within.
The Muslim Ummah is currently in conflict.
A battle is being waged for the heart and soul of Islam. In some cases, the
forces of True Islam and Fake Islam are facing off in full-fledged civil wars.
In most instances, the overwhelming majority of orthodox Muslims are being
assailed by a fringe minority of violent heretics. If anything prevents
mainstream Muslims from cleaning up camp, it is the fact that they are
powerless and at the mercy of oppressive leaders who have traditionally
supported Takfiri terrorists to do their dirty geo-political work covertly
while simultaneously condemning them overtly. It is shameful that a
billion-strong majority of Muslim tigers are being pestered by one hundred
thousand rats. It is time for them to act like big cats, as opposed to kittens,
and to consume the rodents before they reproduce more and spread the bubonic
plague. And when the tigers terminate the rats, they will need to turn their
claws and jaws on those who released the rats in the first place. Then, and
only then, will balance return to the ecosystem of Islam.
Dr. John Andrew Morrow is Native North American a proud member of the
Métis Nation. After taking his Shahadah at the age of 16, he became both an
academic and a Muslim ‘Alim. He has authored over thirty peer-reviewed books
and over one hundred scholarly articles. His most influential work to date is
The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. His
websites include www.covenantsoftheprophet.com and www.johnandrewmorrow.com.
His videos and lectures can be found on The Covenants of the Prophet Channel on
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqM3-puvWuKuCEJsDQDZFrA . His Facebook
accounts include @johnandrewmorrow and @covenantsoftheprophet. He can be
followed on Twitter @drjamorrow.
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