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The Global Struggle for the Soul of Islam

By: Thomas Quiggin, MA, CD
Twitter: @TomTSEC

Key Points

  • An intense and inherently brutal global struggle is ongoing for the soul of Islam.
  • Islam may emerge as a unified modern faith or it may fragment into an ever-increasing number of factions. Most probably, Islam may continue to digress to a Salafist past which enforces a supremacist theocratic political system. Those who advocate and fight for this are referred to as Islamists.
  • Two of the most important blocs of Islamistsare led by the Muslim Brotherhood (Sunni) and its spinoffs while the other bloc is led by the Iranian Khomeneists (Shia). They are growing rapidly.

The Islamists 

An Islamist is one who would impose any given interpretation of Islamic religious law (called Sharia) over society.  For current Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut-Tahrir, ISIS, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others, this means a politicized form of Islam.  In short, it is a theocracy that has a distinctive relationship with confrontation and, on occasions, violence.  The intent of the Islamists, as noted by major ideological writers such as Hassan al Banna, is to force all others, Muslims and non-Muslims, to submit to their will.

Islam can be translated as either submission or peace. In the Islamist context, the term very much means submission.  Either Canada and the West begin to resist the Islamists, or we continue to make acts of submission.   Hence the title of the book.

Islamist adherents can be described as:

  • Jihadists: They believe in the selective use of violence to achieve aims, including offensive jihad;
  • Takfirists: They believe it is acceptable to call a dissenting Muslim a non-believer or an apostate. By doing so, they are calling for the death of that individual;
  • Supremacists: To them, no other form of Islam or any other belief system is allowable; and
  • Misogynists: Despite claims to the contrary, violence against women is used to enforce Islamistconformity within their community.
  • Salafists: They increasingly advocate a return to the traditions of the “salaf” or “devout ancestors” who existed at the time of the Prophet Mohamed;

By contrast, reformist Muslims believe Islam must integrate science and democracy into Islamic life and drive the faith into the future.  They believe that without the opening of Islam, the Islamic world and the Middle East will continue to slide into the past.  A reasonable assessment would suggest the reformists are losing the struggle as they are under attack from the Islamists and most Western government are sidelining them in favour of Islamist front groups.

Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood said that “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”  Syed Abul A’la Maududi was the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami, the south Asian based sister organization of the Muslim Brotherhood.  His belief was that “Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it.”[1]

Those who follow a political form of Islam – the Islamists – believe in the views of al-Banna and Maududi.  They insist that it is their natural right to dominate all others.  As they gain strength in any given society, they will continue to come into conflict with those who believe in basic human rights, democratic systems and those who believe woman can play an equal or leading role in society.

Islamists wish to promote their version of Islam through dawah and ideology.[2]  To the Islamists, dawah is an aggressive process of proselytizing, along with the intent of forcing existing Muslims to remain in their fold, and silencing others (i.e. forcing others into submission).  Yusuf Qaradawi, the leading theocratic voice of the Muslim Brotherhood, stated:

“I expect that Islam will conquer Europe without resorting to the sword or fighting. It will do so by means of dawah and ideology.  Europe is miserable with materialism, with the philosophy of promiscuity, and with the immoral considerations that rule the world – considerations of self-interest and self-indulgence. It is high time Europe woke up and found a way out from this. Europe will find no life saver or life boat other than Islam. Islam will save Europe from the raging materialism from which it suffers.”[3](Emphasis added)

Dawa is also described as a process of the “re-Islamization of Muslim minorities in the West.[4]” The Islamists see Muslim minorities as being oppressed because they have been integrated into Western ways of thinking.

Confrontation and communal conflict are the natural consequences of a society that has a growing population of Islamists. When one group of people believes that their religiously inspired political system has the right to dominate all others, they will create the political and social space necessary for confrontation and violence to emerge. This is one desired outcome of their methodology, as they then can claim that they are the victims of oppression, even as they oppress others.

A society with a growing population of Islamists has limited choices.  It can resist the Islamists by using Western value systems, or commit an act of submission and accept the loss of freedom that comes with being dominated. Submission, or appeasement, has not worked out well historically for those who practice such schemes.  Britain’s Prime Minister Chamberlain tried appeasement with Nazi Germany in the 1930’s with disastrous results.  France and Belgium have tried submission to the Islamists, which may help explain why France currently has 10,000 troops on the streets on any given day (Operation Sentinelle[5]) trying to prevent further Islamist attacks.

M-103 – The Islamophobia Motion

The Parliamentary Motion 103 on Islamophobia, put forth by Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid, is very much following in the Islamist tradition described above, including their advocacy of Sharia.  Muslims are not the victims of regular violence or oppression in Canada.  The reality is that Blacks, Gays, and Jews are on the receiving end of most of the hate crimes in Canada.[6]  The artificial furor of Islamophobia, including repeated false claims about non-existent attacks[7], is nothing more than a smokescreen on the battlefield, used to confuse and distract attention away from the real intentions of the Islamists.

Islamophobia is not defined in the M-103 Motion and with good reason.  The Islamists, however, absolutely need to advance the concept of Islamophobia and the M-103 Parliamentary Motion.  Their belief systems and practices are so alien to Western civilization that they could never defend them in public debates.  Is a beating a form of education for women? Should we kill all the non-believers?  Is death required for someone who leaves a religion?  Is the way a woman is dressed a justification for rape?  Should we kill all the Jews and the polytheists?

Islamist ideology also lies at the roots of the recent radicalization, terrorism, and the recruiting of youth to die here in Canada and overseas.  Canada has produced a series of suicide bombers, jihadi fighters and propagandists who have died in ISIS, Algeria, Somalia, and other areas of Islamist conflict.  Among those were suicide bomber Salman Ashrafi from the University of Calgary and ISIS propagandist John Maguire from the University of Ottawa.  Also from the University of Ottawa was Ahmed Said Khadr, the infamous al Qaeda funder, embassy bomber and “martyr” as described by al Qaeda itself.  These individuals are the products of a series of deep networks which have the structure and resources to create the social and political spaces where Islamist ideologies can flourish.

This book will expose these Islamist networks, including the most effective ones: the Muslim Brotherhood front groups. Beginning in Canada in 1958, the Muslim Brotherhood (the Ikhwan) have created a series of fronts[8]designed to advance their globalist cause of “settlement” and “civilization jihad” (See Annex D).  This includes a policy of Entryism into the political and social structures of Canada.  It will also briefly examine others such as Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Iranian sponsored Khomeneists.

The information provided to the reader will raise questions as to the most basic direction of Canada.   This refers to Canadian values as expressed through the Constitution of Canada and the Charter of Rights: pluralism, freedom of speech, freedom of thought and the rights of women.

The Ideology

Ideas change the world.  The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna.  Its ultimate impact is still unknown, but its Islamist ideology has sparked both an intellectual and physical struggle which is potentially as important the Reformation.  The most basic Western concepts such as the Westphalian state, freedom of speech, pluralism and individual freedoms are at the centre of the conflict. They are being lost now and this trend may be terminal.  Alternatively, Hassan al-Banna’s founding of the Muslim Brotherhood may either destroy Islam or a new modernist and humanist Islam may arise from the death, fire, and ashes.

Perhaps the greatest difference between the Islamist view and that of Western intellectual traditions is how the individual is placed at the centre of the ideology. In Western belief systems, individual rights and freedoms are considered paramount and sovereignty lies within the individual, not the sovereign.  In the Islamists view, this is inverted, and the collective is all consuming.  The individual is left with no concept of agency.

While the future is grim, the outcome is not predetermined. Violent conflict at the personal, organizational, sub-state and state level will continue to occur.  Large portions of the Middle East and North Africa as well as South Asia are falling into conflict while hopes for a “future spring” appear to have died. Europe is suffering from an ever-increasing wave of Islamist inspired attacks and there does not appear to be the will to challenge this ideology, at least not in the corridors of government power.  Canada and the USA are following Europe down a rather dark path.

Already, our courts in Canada are ruling in favour of individuals who work for and represent Muslim Brotherhood front groups such as the ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America).  Tens of millions of “charity” dollars have been misappropriated to fund terrorist groups.  It was Canadian taxpayer’s money that funded al Qaeda when it was desperately seeking funding after its return to Afghanistan, much of it through the hands of Ahmed Said Khadr.  IRFAN raised tens of millions of dollars in cash and services for Hamas before being shut down,[9]although the extensive RCMP criminal investigation into this fraud was quietly dropped by the current government.[10]

Many in Canada have tried to deny an Islamist ideology issue exists, or they have sought to conceal the problems through fuzzy language.  By refusing to name Islamism or to use clear language to describe it, they pretend the problem does not exist.

Another “intelligence failure in the making” is developing.  The intelligence community, captured by process rather than outcomes and using a collectivist mindset, remains resistant to a changing threat environment.  They continue to focus on terrorism rather than extremism. They serve short term perceptions rather than long term realities.  Information sharing silos and analytical mindsets, as always, remaining the crippling underpinnings.  Much as Pearl Harbour, the collapse of the Soviet Union and 911 were all missed, Entryism and the spread of the Islamist ideology is being missed or willfully ignored.

Implications

It remains unclear if Canada (and the USA) can learn the lessons of the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany before the costs become unbearable.  Our personal freedom may already be damaged beyond recovery.  The next few years will be critical as the future course of the country and its social fabric are charted.

Western governments (Europe and North America) have been captured by their own complexity and pursue endless debates driven by identity politics, political correctness, progressivism (i.e. cultural Marxism) and the meaningless concept of “social justice.”  Currently, Islamists (not reformist or secular Muslims) outrank all others, including women, on the scale of social justice warriors and “progressive” politicians.  Western politicians in general have no discernable values, no definable goals and no sense of the citizens and the civilization they are alleged to serve.  Many, if not most of the current leadership class, are little more than experts in getting elected.  Few have any real-world experience or meaningful education. Beyond words and virtue signaling, they have little to nothing on offer.

Islamists, on the other hand, have clear messages which they pursue at all costs.  Their message of domination is clear.  Islamists have distinct goals as defined by their ideology and from this they are building up a series of strategies, tactics, and organizational methods.[11]  Their simplicity and clarity allows them to drive ahead and succeed in the face of Western politicians who confuse themselves with their lack of values.  It is little wonder than voters in the West appear to be driven by anger towards government in general.

The value systems of the Islamists are barbaric, and their leadership is often unpolished, but they can advance their cause because they understand the inherent weakness of their opposition. Western values are clearly superior, but losing is a real option for societies broken down by their own lack of will, moral authority, and courage. Western politicians have, in general, become confused by delusions of their own adequacy. This is not a new problem.  As Thucydides noted some 2400 years ago in his classic work The Peloponnesian War, those who consider themselves as educated or among the “intelligentsia” often lose in such conflicts. He stated:  Generally, those of weaker intelligence prevailed, boldly resorting to action, not wanting to fall prey to fine words and ingenious plots. On the other hand, their more intelligent opponents fell prey to the delusion that they had plenty of time, so they perished in disproportionate numbers.

Thucydides is also noteworthy for his statement Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.  Given the anger being expressed on the streets of France, Belgium, the UK, Germany, and Canada (etc.), perhaps now is the time to return Canada to the values of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights.  Otherwise, globalist policies and progressivism will lead us to wars between neighbourhoods as well as war between nations.

 

[u]References:[/u]

[1]Jihad in Islamby Maulana Abul A’la Maududi. The full book can be seen online at:  http://www.muhammadanism.org/Terrorism/jihah_in_islam/jihad_in_islam.pdf.  See pages 6 and 22. Viewed 7 April 2017.  Rated A1.
[2]See, among many others, From Dawa to Jihad: The various threats from radical Islam to the democratic legal order. This paper by the Dutch AIVD can be seen online at https://fas.org/irp/world/netherlands/dawa.pdf.  Viewed 19 October 2017.  Rated B3.  See also Ayaan Hirsi Ali, The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Counter It,21 March 2017.  An executive summary can be seen at https://www.hoover.org/research/challenge-dawa-political-islam-ideology-and-movement-and-how-counter-itand the full document can be seen at https://www.hoover.org/sites/default/files/research/docs/ali_challengeofdawa_final_web.pdf. Viewed 19 October 2017. Not rated.
[3]Yusuf Qaradawi Profile.  The profile can be seen online at http://www.investigativeproject.org/profile/167/yusuf-al-qaradawi.  Viewed 9 April 2017.  Rated B2.
[4]From Dawa to Jihad: The various threats from radical Islam to the democratic legal order, December 2004, The AIVD, The Hague, Netherlands.  This intelligence agency document can be seen online at file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/fromdawatojihad.pdf. Viewed 23 October 2017.  Not rated.
[5]An explanation of Operation Sentinelle can be seen on the French government’s defence website at http://www.defense.gouv.fr/operations/operations/france/operation-sentinelle. Viewed 19 October 2017.  Not rated.
[6]Police-reported hate crime in Canada, 2015, Statistics Canada, 13 June 2017.  This government report is available online athttp://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2017001/article/14832-eng.htm.  Viewed 26 July 2017.  Rated B2.
[7]See chapters eight and nine in this book for more information about false claims of Islamophobia.
[8]Muslim Brotherhood groups can be defined as Pure Brothers, Brotherhood Spawns or organizations influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood.  For more on this see Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, The Muslim Brotherhood in Austria, Program on Extremism at George Washington University and the University of Vienna, August 2017.  The article can be seen online at https://extremism.gwu.edu/sites/extremism.gwu.edu/files/MB%20in%20Austria-%20Print.pdf.  Viewed 3 October 2017.  Rated B2.
[9]For more on the role of IRFAN, see Chapter 15 of this book.
[10]The RCMP operation was known as Project Sapphire. Its status is unclear, but the page on the RCMP website has disappeared.
[11]For an earlier example of this sort of development see: Thomas Quiggin, Understanding al-Qaeda’s Ideology for Counter-Narrative Work, Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol 3, No 2 (2009). The article is available online at http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php/pot/article/view/67/html. Viewed 16 August 2017.  Not rated.

 

Thomas Quiggin, MA, CD is a court-qualified expert on terrorism (criminal court and federal court) and has had his expertise on the “the reliability of intelligence as evidence” recognized by the Federal Court of Canada.  He has also testified as a court expert to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. He has also provided three training sessions to the Canadian Department of Justice as part of the special advocates program with the focus being on intelligence and evidence.  Thomas also has been a guest lecturer at the Canadian Police College with the lectures on terrorism and intelligence. He has previously published a book on national security titled Seeing the Invisible: National Security Intelligence in an Uncertain Age, (2007, World Scientific). You’re able to follow Thomas on Twitter, and obtain a copy of his very valuable book ‘The Danger of Political Islam to Canadahere