An attempt is made to share the truth regarding issues concerning Israel and her right to exist as a Jewish nation. This blog has expanded to present information about radical Islam and its potential impact upon Israel and the West. Yes, I do mix in a bit of opinion from time to time.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Emerging Power: Salafism
What is Salafism and should we be worried?
Briefing: Salafi violence is on the rise across the Arab world, but who are these fundamentalists?
The burning of two Coptic Christian churches in Cairo,
and recent events in Syria and Gaza, have drawn attention to Salafism –
a little known branch of Islam. Salafis appear to be both dangerous
and extremist. But what do they actually believe in, and should we be
worried? WHAT IS SALAFISM?Salafis are
fundamentalists who believe in a return to the original ways of Islam.
The word 'Salafi' comes from the Arabic phrase, 'as-salaf as-saliheen',
which refers to the first three generations of Muslims (starting with
the Companions of the Prophet), otherwise known as the Pious
Predecessors. WHAT DO SALAFIS BELIEVE?The
100-year-old Sunni-based Salafi school of thought aspires to emulate the
ways of the Prophet Mohammed. Recognisable from their distinctive long
white robes, long beards and flowing head scarf, Salafis are socially
and religiously conservative.
Although they believe in a unified Islamic state and Sharia law,
they are not always politically radical, because they regard political
involvement as un-Islamic.
That said, Salafism encompasses a huge range of beliefs - extending
from non-violent religious devotion at one extreme, to Salafi Jihadism
at the other. HOW POPULAR IS SALAFISM AROUND THE WORLD?Salafism
offers what many see as a purer form of Islam, stripped of cultural and
national associations. This, coupled with its traditional lack of
political involvement, makes it especially popular with new converts.
It is the predominant form of Sunni Islam in the Arabian Peninsula,
where most people are Wahabis, subscribing to a far-right
interpretation of Salafism. In Egypt, around 5-6 million of the 82
million population are believed to be Salafis. It can also be found in
Britain, where Salafism is apparently increasingly popular in
universities. WHY ARE WE SUDDENLY HEARING ABOUT SALAFISM NOW? In the last few months, Salafis have been receiving an unusual
amount of press due to their growing involvement in politics. Usually
opponents of the regimes they live under (but for different reasons
than those of the pro-democracy protesters), they are slowly beginning
to use the Arab Spring to their advantage.
Following the toppling of president Hosni Mubarak, Salafi groups in
Egypt have been responsible for a number of violent attacks on Coptic
Before the burning two churches at ther weekend, Salafis have been
responsible for a death during a clash with a Christian alcohol shop
owner, while another fight with a Coptic Christian led to his ear being
In Jordan, recent protests in Zarqa saw around 350 hardline Salafis
take to the streets to demand the imposition of Sharia law. Violent
clashes led to 83 police offers being injured.
In Gaza, a Salafi group called Tawheed and Jihad claimed
responsibility for the brutal kidnapping and murder of Italian activist
Vittorio Arrigoni, claiming he had spread "corruption". how organised are the salafis?They
have no coherent policy or ideology and there is no governing body to
control various Salafist elements either in Egypt or elsewhere. As a
result, there is a wide range of Salafist movements pursuing various
agendas, and they are accountable to no-one. It is this that makes them
A recent documentary on Muslims extremists in Britain, Muslim Resistance, looked at a Salafi group in Luton. The film-maker Masood Khan
insists that most Salafis have spent the last 20 years "trying to
persuade Muslims not to get involved with [extremist] groups".
But Dr Ghayas Saddiqui from the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain told The First Post
that there was "no moderation in [the Salafis'] approach". He added:
"It is a very strict interpretation of Islam, and their attitude to
both non-Muslims and Muslims who are not with them is very harsh." ·
Comment: Two plus years have passed since this article appeared-I sit in Israel today, watching Al Jizeera TV show on the emergence of Salafism across all of Africa, into the greater ME-yet you hear very little in Western media about this movement. They are about to establish sharia Law in the area of Sudan and it is rapidly, i mean rapidly expanding. Their leaders understand the importance of media, university students, and the concept of infiltration-sound familiar-wake up Westerners, your entire life beliefs are under attack and you are burying your heads in the sand. Trust me when I say our enemy has no difficulty brazenly moving into our area of life.