Saturday, 6 February 2016

Once again, Who's Banning Who?










Jan 2016 


The Saudi Ministry of Education has ordered the ban of all scholastic books written by the Salafist cleric Salman Al-Awda and his Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, including the infamous Egyptian Salafi cleric Yousif Al-Qaradawi. According to Saudi publication “Al-Hayat”, the Ministry of Education has banned books that the regime deems to be promoting “terrorism” and misrepresenting Islamic Shari’ah Law. So far, 80 books issued by the Muslim Brotherhood have been banned by the Saudi Ministry of Education across the country; this number is likely to increase in the coming days, as the regime cracks down on the Salafi movement inside of Saudi Arabia. The Muslim Brotherhood is primarily backed by the Al-Thani regime of Qatar – they are considered a terrorist group inside of Saudi Arabia, despite the warm relations the Al-Thani and Al-Saud families share. 
[| Al-Masdar NewsHere

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The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments have launched a campaign to remove the books of scholars that belong to the Salafi movement from all mosques in Egypt.
June 2015
EGYPT TO REMOVE BOOKS OF IBN TAYMIYYAH, IBN BAZ AND IBN UTHAYMEEN FROM ALL MOSQUES

Names of scholars whose books are to be removed or confiscated:-
– Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab
– Imam Ibn Taymiyyah
– Sheikh Ibn Baz
– Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen
– Sheikh Abu Ishaq al-Huweini
– Sheikh Mohamed Hussein Yacoub
– Sheikh Mohammed Hassan
They have already confiscated 7000 books and CDs from mosque libraries in Cairo, Alexandria and Giza. The authors of these materials include:
– Sheikh Wagdi al-Ghoneim
– Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
– Sheikh Muhammad al-Maqsood
– Yasser al-Burhami
– Sheikh Abu Ishaq al-Huweini
– Sheikh Mohamed Hussein Yacoub
– Sheikh Mohammed Hassan

The ministry’s department is currently launching an inspection campaign on mosques and libraries in all provinces, to make sure they are free of any books and media calling for “militancy and extremism”.
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Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan banned 500 books by 10 Muslim religious scholars deemed to promote extremism and violence, Al-Jazeera reported. Among the books are the works of the13th century Islamic scholar Ibn Taymiyyah, whose work had considerable influence in contemporary Islamic fundamentalism and Jihadism
AlJazeera's report on the ban.
The ban also includes works of contemporary Islamic scholars like Saudi Arabia’s late Sheikh Abd-al-Aziz Bin Baz whose religious rulings and views reflected the strict Wahhabi doctrine.
As Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti and head of its council of Islamic scholars, Bin Baz had the last say on religious issues and his rulings on every aspect of daily life carried the weight of the law.
On the list of banned books are also works of the late Saudi religious scholar Muhammed Ibn al-Uthaymeen, whose views are considered definitive for many ultra-conservative Salafi Muslims.
Also banned are works of the late Sheikh Muhammad Nasreddine al-Albani, an Albanian religious scholar, considered one of the main figureheads of Salafism.
The instigator of the ban, Marivan Nakhshbandi, is an official at the Ministry of Islamic Endowments of Kurdistan.The ban, a joint decision of the ministries of culture and endowments, was enforced at the annual book fair of the regional capital, Erbil.
The fact that there was hardly any official publicity about the ban at the book fair reveals the highly sensitive nature of banning religious books in Kurdistan.
Salafis in Kurdistan object to the move to consign these religious books to the banned list.
Kamran Abd-al-Karim, a Salafi bookshop owner, sees the ban as a “negative decision that will affect Kurdistan and its people”.
The banned authors had a positive influence on youth, he said. “They stopped them joining terrorist groups like ISIS.” These authors, he added, wrote “moderate books” to fight takfir—Muslims accusing other Muslims of apostasy—a main mantra of militant groups. An example of “moderate books”, he said, is Al-Albani’s book “the sedition of takfir”..Here
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Wahhabism out of place in Malaysia, says fatwa council Chief
March 1, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Fatwa Council has described Wahhabism as “out of place” in Malaysia, a week after Negeri Sembilan religious authorities prohibited the puritan Saudi Arabian-based sect of Islam.
Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, chairman of the National Fatwa Council, said Wahhabi followers were fond of declaring Muslims of other schools as apostates merely on the grounds that they did not conform to Wahhabi teachings.
Islam in Malaysia follows the Sunni tradition of the Shafi’i school and is the only form of Islam declared legal. The Shiah, Islam’s second-largest branch largely followed in Iran and Iraq, has been declared as a “deviant” form.

Last week, the mufti of Negri Sembilan had declared that the movement is haram for being against Sunni teachings. Wahhabism, the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia, has been blamed for the rise of extremist Islamist groups around the world.
Dr Abdul Shukor was quoted as saying that the Wahhabi “view every practice that was not performed by Prophet Muhammad as bid’ah, a departure from Islam, not in accordance with the sunnah.”

He said it was up to each state to restrict the teachings of the Wahhabi through decrees, or fatwa.

Negeri Sembilan’s decision has been criticised by the permanent chairman of the ulama wing of PAS, Dr Hamdan Muhammad, who was quoted as saying that the state authority was hasty in issuing its decree. “We are preachers and not judges to say this is allowed and that is not. We have to be careful in deciding because it is the right of Allah,”

Sinar Harian quoted him as saying.
Wahhabi followers, also called salafis, have spread the movement’s teachings across the world since the 1970s with Saudi Arabia funding missionary efforts through books, scholarships, and building Islamic education institutions.
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13 Salafi books banned in Tajikistan
July 2015

Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry uploaded Wednesday on its website the list of literature propagating ideas of the Salafi religious movement -- a banned extremist sect.

On Jan. 8, 2009, Tajikistan's Supreme Court added the movement to its list of extremist religious groups prohibited from operating in the country.
On Dec. 8, 2014, the Supreme Court formally labeled the banned Salafi group as an extremist organization. The group’s website and printed materials are also banned in the country.

The Salafi movement, which takes its name from the term salaf, "ancestors" or "early generations" in English, advocates a pure form of Islam that is said to be similar to that practiced by the earliest generations of Muslims starting with the Prophet Muhammad.
Salafis do not recognize other branches of the religion, particularly Shi'ism and Sufism.

The following is the list of banned Salafi literature:

1 Sharhu Fazli-l-Islam li Shaikhi-l-Islam Mohammad bin Abdulvahhab at-Tamin by Saleh bin Abdul-Aziz bin Mohammad Al ash-Sheikh,
2 Sharhu Lam’atu-l-Etiqadal-Hadi ila Sabili-r-Rashad li-l-Imam Muvaffaqaddin ibn Qaddoma al-Maqdisi by Muhammad bin Shalih bin Muhammad bin Utsaimin,
3 Favaqiru-l-Izab fi Mu’taqad ash-Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdulvahhab by Mohammad bin Nasir bin Osman Mumir
4 Al Juhudu-l-Hadisiya by Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz,
5 Al-Ilokatu Baina-t-Tashayuu va Tasavvuf by Falah ibn Ismail al Mandakar,
6 Sharhu Muqaddima fi Usuli-t-Tafsir li Ibn Taymiya by Musaid bin Sulayman ibn Nasir at-Tayar,
7 Al Aliu-l-Bahiyati fi Sharhi-l-Aqidati-l-Vasitaya li Ibn Taymiya by Saleh bin Abdul-Azizi bin Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al ash-Sheikh,
8 Al-Majmuatu-l-Oliya by Ibn Taymiya,
9 Kitabu-l-Iman by Abu Ubaid al-Qasim ibn Salam,
10 Fazlu Ilmi-s-Salaf ala Ilmi-Khalaf by Abdul Qasim Abdul Azim,
11 Favaidu mina-t-Tafsir by Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz,
12 Taysiru-l-Ilah by Ubaid bin Abdullah bin Suleyman al-Jabiri,
13 Al-Usulu min Ilmi-l-Usul Risala Mukhtasara fi Usuli-lFiqh by Muhammad bin Shalih bin Muhammad bin Utsaimin. Here
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Tunisia to close down Salafist-run mosques
July 2014
‘Tunisia has launched a crackdown on mosques and radio stations associated with conservative groups following a deadly attack on its soldiers near the Algeria border.
‘The prime minister has decided to close immediately all the mosques that are not under the control of the authorities, and those mosques where there were reported celebrations over the deaths of the soldiers," the office of Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said in a statement on Sunday.

‘It said the government would also order the closure of radio stations, websites or television stations that publish messages from armed groups.
‘It did not give any figures for mosques included in the crackdown or name any websites or media, Reuters news agency reported.
‘The government is concerned conservative elements have been spreading a violent message at mosques not controlled by the state.
‘The government has been slowly taking back control of mosques taken over by ultra-conservative Salafist groups since the 2011 uprising.’
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(Edited by ADHM)