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Saudi Cleric: ISIS and Saudi Arabia, cut from the same cloth

A Saudi Cleric and a former Imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque said that there is “no doubt” that Daesh (an Arabic acronym equivalent to ISIS) is a result of Islamic revivalism in the Middle East.

In an interview on MBC channel featured on 22 January 2016, also translated by British think tank Integrity UK on 27 January, the Saudi leading cleric, Aadel Al-Kalbani, said that Daesh is an offshoot of Salifism.

“The thought of Daesh is Salafist. It is neither the thought of the Muslim Brotherhood, nor Qutbism, Sufism or Ash’ari.” These represent revivalist schools of modern Islamic thought.

“They [Daesh] draw their ideas from what is written in our books and from our own principles,” said Al-Kalbani in reference to conservative Salafism.

Al-Kalbani indicated that those who criticize Daesh do not criticize its thought. They only criticize its actions.

“We do not criticize the thought on which Daesh is based,” Al-Kalbani added.

While Al-Kalbani stressed that the ideological origin of Daesh’s thought is Salafism, he dismissed the widespread conspiracy theories in the Middle East that intelligence agencies created Daesh. He contends that intelligence agencies do not create new things, but they “exploit” what is already there.

“There are those among us, who follow the same thought but apply it in a more refined way,” said Al-Kalbani referring to the killing of journalists that it is based on Salafi edicts and lies within the Salafist framework.

In December 2015, Daesh threatened to attack Saudi Arabia “for its alliance with the Crusaders” by forming an Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism.

Interestingly, Saudi clerics don’t share the same views concerning Daesh. While there are some sympathizers, there are clerics who declared Daesh as un-Islamic such as the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Ibn Baz.

Some others went further declaring Daesh the main enemy of Islam. The prominent Saudi Arabian religious cleric Sheikh Saad bin Nasser Al-Shathri previously said that the organization of the Islamic state, also known as “Daesh,” is “atheist” and even worse than “Jews and Christians,” adding that “Daesh followers” are fighting Allah and his Messenger and must be killed.


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Above is a real funny article. 

This Al-Kalbani was removed from his post prior to expiration of his term since he declared some real strange and wired ideas about himself and others. It is no surprise he is being used by personal blog of John Lyman who happened to some leftist American blogger. Again, what does one expect from these secularist agnostics, the truth or spreading falsehood? 


He wrote “These represent revivalist schools of modern Islamic thought....” so according to him Buhkari, Muslim, Abu Hanifa, Imaa Ahmed, Shafe and Maliki are wrote some revivalist schools of modern Islamic thought, give me a break, this idiote forgot to mention Whahabi ideology? Hilarious 

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Pakistan helped Iraq in defeating IS, says Iraqi envoy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan quietly helped Iraq in its fight against the militant Islamic State (IS) group, which reached a major milestone this week with the liberation of Mosul from the terrorist group’s controlafter three years of occupation.

Pakistan was among a number of countries that supported Iraq in fighting the IS, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, said Ambassador of Iraq Ali Yasin Muhammad Karim at a press conference at the embassy. The presser was held to brief Pakistani media about the eviction of the IS from Mosul.

Pakistan’s contribution to the fight against the IS in Iraq has never been mentioned earlier either by Pakistani officials or Iraqis.

Ancient Assyrian town Mosul, which is Iraq’s second largest city and was used by the IS during years of occupation as the seat of its proclaimed caliphate, was freed after a gruelling nine-month-long military campaign by Iraqi security forces that was backed by several countries.


Talking about Pakistan’s help, the ambassador said Iraq, besides getting intelligence on terrorists, also received arms and ammunition and military medical assistance from the country. He recalled some of the Iraqi pilots, who took part in action against the IS, had been trained in Pakistan.

The ambassador said the continuing intelligence cooperation between Iraq and Pakistan could help the latter deal with the expanding footprint of the IS in the region.

Underscoring the IS threat, he said, the outfit was the most dangerous terrorist group and likened its threat to “time bombs” and “booby traps”.

“We share the same enemy,” Mr Karim said.

While responding to a question, the envoy played down involvement of Pakistanis with IS activities in Iraq, saying that “the bad guys” represented a very small proportion of the population of Pakistan. People of over 100 nationalities, he added, were part of IS ranks.

The people of Pakistan were generally very supportive of Iraq in its war against the IS, he remarked.

He praised Pakistan’s policy of neutrality towards the Middle East.

After Mosul, Ambassador Karim said, Iraq was about to make a final push against the IS from its territory.

Mosul’s liberation has, however, come at a huge cost.

The city after remaining under the IS occupation for three years during the fight for its liberation is in complete ruins and almost a million of its population has been displaced. The same is the case with other areas that Iraq has succeeded in liberating from the IS. Reports from Mosul warn of an emerging humanitarian crisis.

The Iraqi ambassador called for support for reconstruction and restoration of services in the cities devastated by the war.

“We need help for rebuilding infrastructure, which is the next important task,” he said.

Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2017

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