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#FreeAlanHenning Call by Prominent Scholars

Some Ulama have issued a nuanced statement for Alan Henning which is more likely to free him than the childish and provocatively worded, borderline takfiri “not in my name” campaign, which seems to be more like a campaign to gain acceptance from the neocon government than an actual attempt to free Alan and the ridiculous letter by Usama Hasan produced in the Sun, as if Baghdadi reads the Sun. In Iraq. If Usama Hasan is completely despised by the UK Muslim community, how does he think some gun-weilding loonies will listen to him? If anything it will fuel their rage against stooges like him.

Interestingly, the Ulama are of a Salafi/Hambali understanding, which places the counter-extremism specialists in a spot of dilemma, as the “Salafi ideology” is often blamed for motivating alleged acts of terrorism and then thoroughly smeared in the media as a proxy attack against Islam, yet here we have probably the best call to ISIS for them to release Alan Henning.  More evidence of the failed counter-extremism industry driving neocon bigotry.

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6 thoughts on “#FreeAlanHenning Call by Prominent Scholars

  1. I’m sorry, but I am not an apologist for the salafi brand. Why is it that this cult is used and bought out time and time again to destroy the Ummah. Even in egypt were they not the first to be bought out?? They are a scourge upon the Ummah. Nothing but misery has transcended from them. If Allah was pleased with this cult, then we would have seen masses who would have embraced it and enlightened their lives. Rather it only makes them think all the rest of the non-salafi Ummah are deviants and destined for the fire. Enough said about these people. They truly are a cancer within the Ummah, who are manipulated and moulded by the dark shadowy forces that we see engulfing the broken lands.

    • JazakAllah khayr for your comment.

      I can understand your sentiment however I cannot entirely agree with it. The comment treats the “Salafis” as a monolithic block, which is completely untrue. I have seen Salafi Ulama pray like Hanafis amongst Hanafis purely out of respect for them. It seems your experience has been unfortunately negative. This post was not an form of apologism, rather it was to highlight the abusive nature of the neocon policies and press, which attack Salafis but in fact end up maligning and demonising aspects of Islam which cut across all the four madhaahib. Comments like yours only fuel such efforts.

      • I’m grateful you mention you cannot ‘entirely’ agree with my comment. At least you agree in part then, so at least we are seeing the same picture somewhere. Why is the case that aspects of Islam end up being maligned and demonized using the Salafis as a sort of baseball bat? Are they so incendiary as a group, or madhab (or whatever one may want to call them), that the Muslims generally have to take the hit? If people built rather than destroy, if they united rather than divide, then it would be very difficult to be used by anybody for the enemies own evil propaganda purposes to paint all the Muslims with one brush. I agree, that there are some who are very honorable and do not act as if they are the ‘chosen ones’.

      • JazakAllah khayr for your comment once again,

        “I’m grateful you mention you cannot ‘entirely’ agree with my comment. At least you agree in part then, so at least we are seeing the same picture somewhere.”

        The part I agree with is that groups are, as you put, “brought out to destroy the ummah”. This however is not specific to Salafis. There is the abuse of Sufi Ulama, who have been used as tool against the the Muslim minority, to placate their activism and provide a stepping stone towards a reformation of Islam.

        “Why is the case that aspects of Islam end up being maligned and demonized using the Salafis as a sort of baseball bat?”

        Political expediency and history.

        “Are they so incendiary as a group, or madhab (or whatever one may want to call them), that the Muslims generally have to take the hit? If people built rather than destroy, if they united rather than divide, then it would be very difficult to be used by anybody for the enemies own evil propaganda purposes to paint all the Muslims with one brush.”

        As mentioned before, this is not specific to Salafis (and they are not a monothilic group). When “Sufis” step forward and say “he is extreme”, because a person or a group does not listen to music, or believes in the opinion of separating the sexes, and blames foreign policy issues on “Jihadi” ideology which is somehow automatically inextricably linked to Salafis, ignoring the history of great Sufi Ulama (Qadri, Naqshbandi, Imadadiyya and even more) who have been involved in Jihad against the French and British colonialist over the past few centuries, then they are destroying rather than building, dividing rather than uniting and providing artillery to be used against the Muslim minority. My point is, excesses amongst groups exist. Singling out one is not conducive if our aim is to unite.

        “I agree, that there are some who are very honorable and do not act as if they are the ‘chosen ones’.”

        This is true of all groups. We work with those who can break down boundaries which divide us using common grounds which unite us.

  2. A piece by the respected Patrick Cockburn. Let’s not feel it’s that the hounds are after the poor old fox. Rather look into the mirror, and with clarity and truthfulness realise what a crazy methodology we have where minds can be so symptomised that the Ummah is infected in such a way.

    Let this article be one of reflection, ringing the words of the respected Shaykh Kalbani….

    history is a witness that no other group has been so twisted by forces within or from outside, as has this…

    I expect the usual reply… A surprise may be nice for a change, amid the carnage…

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